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Today's Belize News: October 23, 2014 #497182
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Anti-drugs operation in San Pedro
On Friday, October 17th a team consisting of San Pedro Police, San Pedro Quick Response Team, Criminal Investigation Branch, Special Branch and Belize City Gang Suppression Unit personnel conducted an anti-drugs operation in San Pedro Town. The operation was headed by Inspector Mark Flowers with assistance of Special Branch Intelligence. A total of 2.8 grams of suspected cannabis, 8.6 grams of suspected cocaine and metal pipe suspected to be used for drugs was confiscated. Following is a breakdown of the operation: • A search was conducted at the apartment of 32-year-old Sharlette Willams, 18-yearold Marlon Casey, 19-year-old Alexander Williams and a minor in the San Pedrito Area. The search led to the discovery of a transparent plastic bag containing 0.8 grams if suspected cannabis. All persons were formally arrested and charged for the crime of “Possession of Controlled Drugs”.

BTB Gives $10,000 to FCD Park Ranger Program
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce that on Saturday, October 18th, the organization donated ten thousand dollars ($10,000) to the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) Park Ranger Program, through its telethon. Over the weekend, the FCD held the telethon to raise much needed monies to fund twenty rangers at a cost of twenty four thousand dollars per ranger. The BTB congratulates the Friends for Conservation and Development and the telethon organizers for a successful event that raised over three hundred and twenty thousand dollars ($320,000). The BTB wishes Executive Director Rafael Manzanero and the FCD all the best in their endeavours and stand ready to dialogue and engage with partners to ensure that the Chiquibul Forest is protected.

Ramon’s Village donates Speed bumps
On Monday, October 20th, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) was recipients of a donation of 12 pairs of rubber speed bumps from Ramon’s Village Resort. On hand to make the donation was resort manager, Einer Gomez, who officially presented the speed bumps to Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Councilor in charge of traffic, Kenrick Brackett. According to Brackett the speed bumps will serve to alleviate speeding in San Pedro Town. With the increase in vehicles on the island, speeding has become a major issue, and at times result in traffic accidents. “This donation is very much appreciated. We cannot take care of the traffic problem alone and these types of donation assist us greatly. We have noticed that placing speed bumps are effective at controlling speeding in San Pedro Town,” said Brackett.

Karaoke Sundays at AJ’s Belize
If there’s one thing certain about Ambergris Caye, it’s that this little island sure knows how to have fun. Whether you’re here to just soak up the sun, enjoy the beach and sea time leisure, there’s certainly something for everyone. But before you pack your bags and jet set off to our little island, there’s something we have to admit, and we certainly hope you’re not shy. You see, La Isla Bonita has its fair share of KARAOKE enthusiasts. Whether you’re singing for fun or to flaunt those finely-tuned vocals, islanders know that one of the best karaoke nights is certainly at AJ’s Belize. And you know the old saying, when in Rome San Pedro, do as the San Pedranos do! Average Joe’s is generally known for their amazing wings and deliciously prepared pub grub such as burgers, tacos, and poutine. However the friendly folks over at AJs are also satisfaction specialists. Yep, trained to satisfy your hunger, thirst (did someone order an ice cold Belikin?) and Sunday night Karaoke fever with island musician Valentino. Every Sunday the place is packed with locals and visitors alike simply waiting to give it a go! Shy?

Ambergris Today

Saga Goes High-Tech For Halloween Auction
Top-rated excursions, luxury resort accommodations, dining and boutique shopping certificates headline the 11th annual Saga Spooktacular Halloween on-line auction - The San Pedro community businesses and resort managers and owners, have generously donated award winning dining certificates, exclusive resort and condo accommodations, adventure excursions and activities, boutique shopping certificates and more, in support of the 11th Annual Saga Humane Society Halloween Fundraiser. This year, many of those items can be won on-line at On Sunday October 26th from 11 AM to 5 PM, Saga friends and supporters will gather at Carlo and Ernie’s Runway Bar & Grill on Coconut Drive in San Pedro to celebrate Halloween “Saga Style” with games, activities, food and drink and the ever popular Saga Halloween Costume Contest, awarding great prizes. “Everyone in San Pedro looks forward to the Saga Halloween party each year,” says Saga board member and Animal Well Being Director Kathy Marin. But not to worry, she says. “If you can’t come to the party, you can still grab some great prizes on-line at auction site with all the proceeds going directly to SAGA.

Flashbacks: San Pedro High Volunteer Teacher Visits Island After 35 Years
There is one thing Former principal of San Pedro High has done very well and it is to knock at doors of opportunity. This “seeking for assistance” has connected San Pedro High to: British Embassy, Embassy of Germany, Peace Corps International, Lions Clubs International, Optimist International, Al Felly of Madison, Wisconsin, Goshen University, Nelson County, Virginia, and Lord Michael Ashcraft. One such outstanding volunteer is Debbie Fedderke, a student of Goshen University in the 1970’s who spent time teaching in San Pedro High. Goshen University students were required to spend time in a foreign county and participate in a cultural exchange experience. Debbie enriched the lives of our students and left footprints never to be forgotten. A few days ago Debbie was in San Pedro visiting with friends and visited our office to reminisce her formidable experiences; she could not get over the idea that her best female athlete, Elsa Paz, turned out to become Mayor of San Pedro. It was nice meeting you, Debbie, and you certainly do have good reasons to call SanPedranos your friends.

Caye Caulker Ocean Academy Up for UNICEF Sponsored Award
Caye Caulker Ocean Academy's Aquatic Tourism Program has been shortlisted for the prestigious Beyond Sports 2014 Awards in the category Sport for Education (sponsored by UNICEF). Beyond Sport is an international organization whose mandate is to “promote, develop and support the use of sport to drive positive social change across the world,” and these awards highlight the most innovative, standout case studies in sport and development each year. Ocean Academy's Aquatic Tourism Program was selected from 350 entries spanning 70 countries, and is one of only three projects shortlisted in the Sport for Education category. Ocean Academy was founded in 2008 as Caye Caulker’s only high school. In addition to traditional high-school subjects, the school’s innovative Aquatic Tourism Program matches students with mentors and entrepreneurial opportunities in the tourism industry on the island, allowing them to receive financial credits as well as learn the necessary skills for working in this field after graduation. It highlights the positive impact that location-based learning can have on a student’s future employment possibilities and his or her likelihood to remain in school.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Here are some pictures on the progress of the paving of the road on North, Ambergris Caye. The paving is already approaching Grand Caribe Belize. Some sections are being paved already like in front of Reef Village and the right off the north side of the bridge.

It’s not Summer but 3 Females are Missing
20-year-old Ashanti Diamond of 73 Taylor’s Alley in Belize City was reported missing on October 21st. She was last seen at 3:00 p.m. on Albert Street. She is 5 feet 3 inches tall, has a scar on her back, and has a tattoo on her left shoulder of a vine. She was lastly seen wearing a sleeveless yellow blouse, a blue short pants and a pair of pink Old Navy brand slippers.If seen, please contact 0800-2929-688 or contact the nearest Police Station. 16-year-old Kenisha Oshon of 123 Mahogany Street in Belize City was reported as runaway on Friday, October 17th by her mother. She was last seen on the 16th at 2:00 a.m. while she was still at home. Oshon is 4 feet, 8 inches tall. She was last seen wearing a short yellow dress and a pair of pink slippers. If seen, please contact 0800-2929-688 or contact the nearest Police Station. 13 year old Corozal resident Jeannie Alvarez is also missing. According to her mother, Ponseda Hill, on Monday October 20th Jeannie left home to visit her father’s house on 5th Avenue in Corozal Town. She has not returned home. No photo of the missing teen has been provided.

Destruction of Harvest Caye by NCL
Aerial photos from 21st October 2014. An update on what's happening at Harvest Caye, just 3 miles offshore from Placencia. The dredging photos were taken 11th October 2014. A huge suction tube is removing the sediment and dumping it on the mainland.

Sunday morning canoeing
SUCH a Blessed Sunday. God is good God is great. I give thanks to the Almighty for his creation. I started my Sunday morning canoeing on the River From Belama Phase I to Halouver Bridge, Belize City. The mangroves were magnificent... boy we need to protect them. Imagine a Belama Mangrove Canopy Reserve.... Mangroves are so essential to our cycle of life and we keep cutting them down without consideration of their contribution to our fishlike, coastlines protection and home to many birds. Of course they are filters for our water and prevent erosion. What you say my people... do we preserve the natural beauty of our country? God bless you all this Sunday.

Field Inspection Sweep and issue land leases to residents of Corozal.
Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega and Minister Hugo Patt and other Ministry of Natural Resources & Agriculture officials hold Field Inspection Sweep and issue land leases to residents of Corozal.

Power interruption, 8:00am to 2:00pm, Sunday, October 26
Entire Orange Walk District. BEL to repair and replace equipment at Orange Walk Substation, replace poles and complete upgrades on Orange Walk distribution system.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Week of October 12th – October 18th, 2014
Although the week was fairly cloudy the site fishermen did surprisingly well searching for nervous water, tails or rolling fish.

Ebola Update 1 - Ministry of Health Conducts Activities for the Possible Entry of Ebola
The Ministry of Health continues to conduct multiple activities associated with the global threat of Ebola.

The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) is a statutory body of the Government of Belize mandated to perform functions and duties related to: 1) Trade Development and Promotion 2) Investment Generation and Promotion 3) Enterprise Development and Facilitation BELTRAIDE operates within the portfolio of the Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development, and Consumer Protection. BELTRAIDE is seeking the services of a suitably qualified and experienced person for the post of General Manager, Trade & Investment Development Division. ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: I. Strategic Management A. Strategic Planning 1. Liaise and collaborate with the other division of the organization and with other government agencies and departments to ensure organizational synergies, maximize resource management, and keep in line with the overall organization direction, vision and mission.

Fraudulent SMS
BTL shares with you our customer alert on the recent fraudulent SMS being sent to our DigiCell customers. Call us at 119 to report any suspicious number sending a text message to you.

Power interruptions scheduled for portion of the Stann Creek District and entire Toledo District as follows
•Thursday, October 23: 7:00am to 7:45am and 5:00pm to 5:45pm •Friday, October 24: 7:00am to 7:45am and 5:00pm to 5:45pm Affected areas include the entire Placencia Peninsula, Independence Village and surrounding areas and entire Toledo District. BEL to perform maintenance on portion of transmission line which supplies power to Stann Creek and Toledo Districts.

Channel 7

Cruise Ships Balk At New Ebola Screening, Threaten Mass Cancellations
Last week Friday, Belize’s Ministry of Immigration announced new stringent measures for Ebola screening at two major entry points: the Phillip Goldson International Airport and the Belize Harbor where cruise ships come in. The Cruise Ship health screening protocol seemed problematic from the jump – if only because of the sheer volume of cruise visitors who come to shore on cruise ship day and the tight schedule they are on. Imagine having to screen thousands of cruise ship passengers in a very short period of time. On Monday, it was – to put it mildly – problematic, and that caused alarm with the major cruise lines – who threatened to pull scheduled cruises fast and furious. The press asked the Tourism Minister about it today:…. Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism "When these type of activity happen, as a government we have to be extremely cautious. The tourism industry is a very sensitive industry and it's the bread and butter of many destinations. There was some measures that was taken, but the cruise lines are a business entity and they want to make sure the passengers are safe onboard. There was majors, one particularly with the passports that was taken, we are revisiting that particular one. And I believe that indeed, we're suppose to do so because for these people, this is not the first point of entrance, Belize is not the first destination. The go to Honduras, then Mexico, then finally Belize, so we're looking at that and I hope by this evening we will have a concrete idea as to how we will move forward in that direction."

Four Possible Cases of Chikungunya In Belmopan
And while every effort is being made to keep Ebola out of Belize – the experts say that with Chikungunya – it’s just a matter of time before it reaches in Belize. And that time may be up. Tonight, the Ministry of Health is awaiting the result of a blood test which should come back tomorrow. That will tell them whether a resident of Las Flores has the virus that is called “Chik-V” for short. Today, the Vector Control Chief told us that she tested positive in Belmopan at a private clinic with a rapid test – but one that is inconclusive: Kim Bautista, Chief of Operation, Vector Control “She tested positive with a rapid test. When that was reported to us, what we did was take a blood sample and we have it at the central lab in Belize and we're going to running a test on that. The sample sits over night and it goes through a process that takes 24 hours before you before you get back confirmations. We’re also going to be sending her sample and a relative's sample, who tested negative at the same private lab, but she had dengue like symptoms. So we decided to take blood from both of them and we will get confirmation on that for you.”

Minister of Health Firming Up Plans For Ebola Screening At PGIA
So far tonight we’ve discussed the two emerging health threats that are out there Chikungunya and Ebola and told you what authorities are doing about them. But, there’s more – especially for Ebola. Two isolation facilities have been set up at the Philip Goldson International Airport. Apart from this, Public health screeners are activating Point of Entry Screening for passenger. The Ministry has also developed a Health Alert notice card, a passenger location card, and a fact sheet on Ebola to keep track of passenger information and movement patterns.

Man Drops Robbery Charge; Admits He Got Paid
22 year-old Lloyd Leslie Jr., who was charged with 2 counts of robbery, and 1 count of grievous harm, is a free man after his accuser went to court withdrawing the complaint. That kind of thing happens all the time, but this one took a turn: under questioning from the magistrate, the accuser admitted that he was paid to drop the charges. The incident occurred on the evening of April 16, 2012, where 21 year-old Anthony Pollard told police that he and a female friend were walking home from school when they were approached by 2 men, one of them armed. He pointed it at them and demanded that they hand over all their belongings. Pollard said that while they were gathering their valuables to hand over, a police mobile was approaching. That distracted the thieved and Pollard took it as an opportunity to kick the gunman in his backside. The gunman then pistol whipped him, and shot him in the back when he attempted to run away. Before the police mobile got close enough, both men ran off and escaped.

Peeping Tom's Jail Time Increased
38 year-old Angel Dorado, who was sentenced to 6 months in prison about 3 weeks ago, got more bad news today when he was informed that his jail time will increase to 2 years. That was the sentence that the Chief Magistrate handed down today after she found him guilty of punching out a man, breaking his jawbone. The incident happened on September 18, 2013 at Sunset Park at mile 8 on the Western Highway. Paul McCord testified that he was on his way home when he saw Dorado throw something in the bushes near his house. He said that when he retrieved it, he realised that it was a bag containing weed. McCord intended to hand it over to a police officer who was on the other side of the highway, but Dorado realised what he was doing, and snatched the weed from his back pocket. McCord says that he tried to get it back and that's when Dorado punched him in the face, fracturing his cheekbone. McCord was examined by a doctor who classified the injury as harm, and that's what police charged Dorado with.

Hundreds of Guatemalan Students Attend Cayo Schools
When it comes to border towns you can get to without too much hassle: there’s the high living of Chetumal to the north and then there’s the cheap products of Melchor De Mencos to the west. But, say what you want about Melchor – crossing that border is a breeze compared to the strict, militarized crossing you now find in Chetumal. And that’s because, despite the unfounded Guatemalan claim and the whole “Belice es nuestro” delusion – the residents of Belize’s western towns have learned over the years how to get along very well with their Guatemalan neighbors. So much so that hundreds of Guatemalan students choose to go to school in Belize – from pre-school right up to sixth form. Yesterday Courtney Weatherburne travelled west to find out why they do it:… Courtney Weatherburne Reporting… Belize and Guatemala may be going through a difficult patch as neighbours. But while there is unease between Guatemala City and Belmopan, on the ground, the true state of relations between these neighbouring countries is being proven daily by the hundreds of Guatemalan School Children who cross the border from Melchor to Benque Viejo to attend school in Belize.

The Endless Saga: Ashcroft Alliance Vs. GOB In Court
4 weeks ago, we told you how the Ashcroft Allied Belize International Services Limited won the first court battle against the Government of Belize. They were able to convince Justice Shona Griffith that the Commissioner of Income Tax arbitrarily assessed BISL for 30 million dollars in back taxes that they didn’t owe. Justice Shona Griffith agreed and struck down that assessment. Well, today, the Government of Belize went on a pre-emptive strike to get BSIL’s full claim thrown out. The real fight, which is pending, is whether or not Government acted lawfully when they assumed control of the registries. That case is before Justice Michelle Arana, and a preliminary hearing came up because Government attorney Denys Barrow wants it struck out. As we've told you, BISL is claiming 60 million US dollars as an award of damages because according to them if the court rules that the government acquisition is unlawful – that’s what they are entitled to. The company's position is that they had a registry management services agreement which gave them control over the registries up until 2020, but the Government broke that contract and violated their constitutional rights.

Hon. J. Espat Writes Auditor General
Yesterday PUP Deputy Leader and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Julius Espat told us that the Auditor General had let him down when she wrote to him saying that she would not investigate the Petrocaribe loan motion while it was before the House of Representatives. She said it would be premature. Well, now Espat has formally written back to her saying that even if the motion – once adopted - will have the force of law and can authorize the borrowing, he says it can’t give the authority to spend the loan proceeds which have already been spent. So Espat advises, her investigation would not be premature, instead, he says it would be late. He closes by saying, quote, “This matter simply cannot…be side-stepped but must be confronted squarely. It would be a complete abdication of responsibility, by both your office and mine, to sit and watch over two hundred million dollars in public funds expended in an unlawful manner and without the requisite level of transparency or accountability.”

Drug Crackdown In San Pedro
There were several drug busts yesterday between dawn and mid afternoon in San Pedro. The raids were carried out by island police and the GSU. Near the residence of a known drug dealer in San Pedrito police found a black plastic bag of 179 grams or 6.3 ounces of suspected cannabis, a small white and orange container with 127 grams of suspected cannabis or 4.4. ounces and another plastic bag with 14 grams – or half an ounce. All were labeled as found property. Again in San Pedrito, Police found another half an ounce in a plastic bag in a open lot. That was also labeled as found property. The police searched the home of 35 year old Pablo and 39 year old Claudio Barbosa in San Pedrito and found a plastic bag with less than an ounce of Crack cocaine.

A New Brand For Belizean Products
Tourists visiting Belize are always looking to pick up trinkets, curious – or what we locally would call arts and crafts. But, too often, those products which are emblazoned with the word Belize on it can be made in China, or worse, Guatemala. The project called “Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archeological Sites” is trying to change that by creating a Belizean umbrella brand for genuine, locally produced crafts that have high standard and legit indigenous credentials. It’s called the Unique Belize brand and it was launched this morning at the Princess Hotel. The organizer of the initiative explains that the artwork has to meet three criteria which he outlined: Geraldo Flowers - Project Coordinator "You see here today is a culmination of, I would say 6 to 8 months of work, training and mentorship for artisans, particularly artisans who come from communities around archeological sites. These are primarily rural artisans, they represent regions from all over the country and they are here today to present their products, their prototypes; And to display the type of wonderful products Belizeans, truly authentic Belizeans can create as artists and can sell in Belize, the region and around the world.

Neighborhood Pleads With City Hall
Lately, city residents have had to deal with a lot of irregular flooding and many blame the new cement streets - most of which were built without drainage. But those living on JC Street in the Port Loyola area say their flooding predates those new streets – and exceeds all tolerable limits for civil living. Today 7news visited the area. Kirk Yard, Resident of JC Street "As you could see behind me, that you have a water situation and it's been over 5 years that we've had this situation. I went to see the mayor about it, I talked to the city engineer; I brought it to all their attention and so far nothing done. You can see that we don't even have walking space, we have to use the edge of people's yard and fence to reach. Even the children have to walk in the water, so I make it an appeal to those who are hearing to please try to assist us, put some kind of material in the street, please; Not just for me, but for everyone and the traffic on the street. Sometimes the water last 2 months. As you can see we don't even have drains, no drains on the side of the street and that's kind of hard. The water can't run off and right behind is is Jane Usher and that street is paved, so what about this? We are one set of people living in an environment, one area so it's suppose to one straight across the table. Fix the streets, we are tax payers. We call it our personal swimming pools, there are 4 that way and there is one that way, so there is no real entrance for people to go in or come out, it's all water.”

Channel 5

No Confirmed Cases of Chik-V in Belize…Not Yet!
Facing the threat of the dread Ebola, the nation went on high alert, which is a polite way of saying we panicked. There’s no threat from that particular source any [...]

Vector Control Unit Resources in Action
Dengue has been identified in certain communities across the country, and that is where the Vector Control Unit pumps its resources. Like in Las Flores, for example, the team collects [...]

P.U.P. Leader Says Mahmud’s Resignation Has Been Accepted
We reported on Tuesday night that People’s United Party Cayo North Area Representative Joseph Mahmud will not be contesting his seat in the 2017 general elections.  The announcement was made [...]

Fonseca Supports Stance of PM Barrow on Ebola Scare
Last Friday, U.S. Department of State’s Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that they are disappointed in Belize’s decision to turn down a request to have a lab [...]

B.D.F. Reports Frequent Confrontations with Guatemalans
Along the western and southern borders for some time now, B.D.F. soldiers are deployed to deter encroachments, illegal logging and xaté harvesting, as well as gold panning and the cultivation [...]

Tourism Minister Says Cruise Protocols Being Reviewed
Following the Ebola scare last week, several measures were put in place before passengers of cruise ships are disembarked to come on land. The new protocols such as screening of [...]

BISL and G.O.B. Back in Court
Belize International Services Limited, the parent company of the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize and the International Business Companies Registry, won the first round of a protracted legal battle [...]

BISL Seeks US$60 Million in Lost Profits
Among damages being sought is sixty million U.S. dollars, profits BISL claims it would have earned over the remainder of the seven-year contract.  Senior Counsel Denys Barrow says that there [...]

P.U.P. Says G.O.B. Acted Illegally
Under the Petrocaribe initiative, the government has gotten access to hundreds of millions of dollars from Venezuela – two hundred and twenty-eight million to be exact. That very concessionary loan [...]

P.U.P. Seeks Legal Advice on Taking G.O.B. to Court
But with all that said…is there anything that can be done? According to Espat there are two options, and the National Executive of the P.U.P. has given the go ahead [...]

Belize Prepares for Ebola
With the news that the health worker aboard the Carnival Magic had tested negative for Ebola, the threat to Belize was gone. But it was a wake-up call, sent home [...]

Manuel Heredia Says G.O.B.’s Decision Will Not Affect Tourism
As you heard earlier in the newscast, the Leader of the Opposition, Francis Fonseca he supports the decision taken by the prime minister not to allow a cruise ship passenger [...]

Lloyd Leslie Jr. Apologizes and Walks Free
  In April 2012, a Wesley College Junior College student was the victim of an attempted robbery as he and a female friend were heading home from school.  Anthony Mark [...]

Mega-Million Cruise Port Construction Underway
Remember Norwegian Cruise Line and their mega-tourism project on Harvest Caye. Well, the last time we heard, the government sub-committee that was set up to deal with the project had [...]

Local Artwork Exhibition At the Ramada Princess
Distinctive Belizean art pieces are often lost among the wide array of products from the region. Ongoing at the Ramada Belize City Princes, is an exhibition of locally made artwork [...]

Belize Training & Employment Centre Prepares Belizeans for Work
  The number of call centers is growing in Belize creating employment to just under three thousand Belizeans. This week, the Belize Training and Employment Center is preparing individuals to [...]


Proper Practices On Brushing Your Teeth
Yesterday we reported on the opening of Dental Week in health regions across Belize and while we sat down with Dental Surgeon at the Northern Regional Hospital, Dr. Francisco Casteneda, we were informed on proper practices of brushing your teeth. It’s something we all learned as kids, and we do it twice (or more) a day. So when that time comes to brush our teeth, surely we’re not making any mistakes…..or are we? Actually, dental health experts like Dr. Casteneda say that improper brushing technique is more common than most people realize. And the result is that healthy teeth are not as common as they should be. DR. Francisco Casteneda – Dental Surgeon, NRH “Always have soft bristle, tooth brush and small amount of tooth paste and we start from the right side of the mouth and then on the outside of the mouth and we go from top to bottom, all around the mouth and then go to the bottom part up to the top of the gum if you noticed we go from the gum to the top part of the molar so that we do not get the food get stuck inside the gum...

Logging Season Officially Opened
The Logging season was officially declared opened today by the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development. Loggers are advised that a valid logging license is required for the harvesting of trees from October 15th to June 15th, 2015. A release from the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development states that quote, “All forest department district offices will be engaged in assessing legally harvested forest produce during this period. All persons involved in the timber and related industries are hereby reminded that all conditions regimenting the harvesting and transporting of forest produce apply and our staff will be monitoring the public roads for compliance,” end quote. For more information on this regulations and restrictions contact the Orange Walk Forest Office at 302-2208.

What Corozalenos Know About Ebola
As news spread on Thursday October 16th that a Dallas Health Care Worker possibly infected with the Ebola virus was on board the Carnival Magic Cruise Ship anchored in Belizean waters, the social media went into overdrive and Belizeans fared the worst. The news made headlines the following day and prompted government to call a press conference where the nation was informed that the woman exhibiting the symptoms did not come ashore. That calmed the waters but the subject of Ebola is still subject of much discussion as other parts of the world do all in their power to combat the deadly virus which has claimed one life in the United States and many in several parts of Africa.

Another Drug Bust Made In Corozal
Yesterday we told you about the several drug bust made by Corozal Police over the weekend and there is one more to add to the list. On Sunday October 19th between 4:00am and 5:40am, Corozal Police Quick Response Team and Special Branch conducted an antidrug operation one mile north-east of San Antonio Village, Corozal District which led to the discovery of a small hut which contained about 15 pounds of processed cannabis. Approximately five hundred yards from the hut, a partially harvested marijuana field was found measuring approximately 25feet in width and about 150 feet in length. The marijuana field contained five hundred and sixty mature marijuana plants which ranged from two feet to four feet in height. No one was found in the area and all plants were uprooted and destroyed by fire.

Guatemala Identifies Drug Routes Belize Included
The electronic edition of the Prensa Libre in Guatemala published an article today stating that at least ten land routes of drug trafficking in Guatemala have been detected by the authorities, nine of them coming from Belize to Mexico, the Caribbean, Honduras and El Salvador. The map of the National Crime and Violence Index 2013, color codes the level of criminal acts in municipalities within Guatemala and shows the route for narcotics that are northbound with black lines. According to the report, half of the routes used by drug traffickers reach Izabel, while three pass through Peten, Alta Verapaz, Zacapa, Escuintla, Su-chi-te-pequez, Reta-guleu, Quet-zal-tenango and San Marcos.

Mark Flowers Denies Allegations Of Human Trafficking
Last week the US Embassy sponsored a workshop to tackle the booming Trafficking in Persons issue in Belize. The workshop was facilitated by a group from North Carolina called Eagles Wings Ministries who delved on topics from prostitution, human trafficking and exploitation of woman and children. And while authorities seem to place a ‘blind eye’ on the issue of ‘happy bars’ in municipalities around Belize, one such authority figure finds himself in the spotlight again. The highly criticized Commander of the GSU Mark Flowers remains in the hot seat as a letter being circulated on social media pins Flowers on allegations of “attempted smuggling of illegal immigrants.” The letter, written by Immigration Officer Ruby Hoare and directed to Officer In Charge Sharon Frazer, outlines an incident that occurred on May 31st in 2009. The letter states that around 11:00am on the 31st of May 2009, Officer Hoare was informed by Officers Elick Chan and Teresita Kotch who were working on the arrival section of four persons acting suspiciously. According to the report, two of the individuals, who appeared to be Mennonites, proceeded to the Belize Border and passed the check point while the others walked towards a brown wagon type car in which they placed their luggage, got in the vehicle and drove off towards the border.

American National Robbed In San Pedro
Tonight, an American National is crying foul to authorities in San Pedro Town as he was a victim of burglary. The 26 year old American National, who resides in the San Pablo area of San Pedro Town, told authorities that on October 14th someone burglarized her home and stole her grey LENLX brand camera bag which contained: one black Nikon brand camera valued at $4,000.00USD, one vintage PENTAX K1000 brand camera valued at $350.00USD and extra attachable camera lens valued at $400.00USD and an assortment of memory cards valued at $300.00USD. Total value of items stolen amounted to $5,050.00USD. The investigation continues.

Family Of Leslie Logan Says Cops Covering Up His Murder
The family of Leslie Logan Junior, the man who was killed during a robbery at "Hung Ya" store in Orange Walk spoke to the media and said that authorities are not handling the investigations properly claiming there has been a cover up of the case. Logan’s father asked his attorney Audrey Matura to call the press conference because he is unsatisfied with the investigation or lack thereof by the police into the case who have breached his constitutional rights. He started saying that he condemns his son’s action but that he should have been dealt with accordingly. To start with, the pathologist did not perform the autopsy. Logan “I must to you right now that and then after serving for 37 years I condemn this act, I am sad of the act how crime and criminals, I don’t condone it at all and he should have been punished for that crime according to law. I think that it doesn’t make one wrong and another wrong and make it a right, the legal justice system should have allowed to take its course and that is what they have taken away from us, the legal justice system was not given a chance to take its course.”

Re: Today's Belize News: October 23, 2014 [Re: Marty] #497183
10/23/14 05:45 AM
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BSI And BSCFA Plans For The Starting of The Sugar Cane Crop Season
BSI and BSCFA representatives are meeting with Sugar Cane Production Committee in Orange Walk to plan for the start of the sugar cane crop season at the end of November. Arturo Cantún reports. “Sugar Correspondent” “The beginning of the sugar cane crop delivery season is roughly five weeks away. Besides the uncertain future in the industry when it comes to signing a new commercial agreement, cane farmers and the sugar mill are looking at the produce in the fields to trace a plan for a successful harvest. For the last crop season, farmers delivered approximately 1.2 million tons of cane and this year the industry wants to match that amount. The problem with achieving this projection is the fact that not all cane might be ready for harvesting due to a late start of the last crop season. Alfredo Ortega of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association explains.” “Alfredo Ortega” “We have varieties like the BBC and the B79 that are early varieties that mature in the vicinity of eleven months so we believe that yes there would be a little downfall in regards to quality depending on the weather. If we enjoy a weather that we will be having sunshine then the downfall of it will be very minimal so farmers would need to really take into account this situation and to do what is needed to be done at the farm level in regards to harvesting so that they can reduce the incident of any problems with quality cane delivered to the mill.”

Ministry of Health Active Measure to Prevent Chikungunya
Last night, reports coming out of Cayo was that one person tested positive for Chikungunya- viral disease transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes such as Aedes aegypti. The disease causes similar symptoms to that of dengue but accompanied by affecting multiple joints. Chikungunya does not often result in death, but the joint pain may last for months or years and may become a cause of chronic pain and disability. CHik-V has been reported in several Caribbean and Central American Countries. So today we contacted the Chief of Operations for Vector Control in the Ministry of Health, Kim Bautista, for confirmation on the reports. Bautista told Love News, that they have no official confirmation of Chik V in Belize. However, in Las Flores, Belmopan, blood samples from four individual suspected to have the virus have been sent for testing. “Voice 1″ “Jamaica has been having a significant problem with Chikungunya and so has Suriname and actually had to declare emergencies in both of those sovereign nations. I am happy to confirm that in Belize we do not have any confirmed cases yet and there are none confirmed in Benque. We are aware that there are some reports of cases and we do have a concern about a test that some in the private sector are using, a rapid test for Chikungunya because it is not very sensitive and it is not very specific for the Chikungunya pathogen.

Dental Health Week
This week is being observed as Dental Health week and yesterday we told you about the treat teachers are being given via the public health sector under the Ministry of Health as part of the celebration. Once the time being devoted to teachers passes on Wednesday, the dental services offered to the general public will resume at a minimal cost at various public health clinics countrywide. Love News spoke to Dr. Rafael Samos, the senior dental officer at the Ministry of Health, who told us about the services provided via the dental clinic to the general public. “Voice 1″ “The public sector was in the past offering only extractions, but we have moved from that. It has come now where we do fillings, cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments, in fact we have a fluoride campaign going on for kids. Of course, it is based on the availability of materials. “ “Rene” “If I come to the public health department for some sort of dental service, what money am I looking at to pay?”

Aedes aegypti mosquito, Vector for Dengue
Like Chikungunya, Dengue is also spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Chief Operations for Vector Control in the Minister of Health, Kim Bautista says that this time around, the number of clinically diagnosed persons with dengue is similar compared to last year with more than three hundred cases. These cases are concentrated in Belize City, specifically on the Southside. Kim Bautista “Chief Operations for Vector Control” “We are also seeing cases in the Corozal district specifically in the Corozal town. Areas in Corozal town such as Hall’s Layout, Joseito, San Antonio. We have cases coming out of Concepsion and Calcutta as well. Out west it is again Los Flores and specific areas in Benque Viejo. So the cases aren’t too much in terms of the figures, it doesn’t differ too much from last year but the cases are very focal in certain areas. The last report we had, we had 460 persons country wide being confirmed by the lab at the various labs that report to us both public and private. We have also clinically diagnosed some 354 persons as well with dengue so I believe that as the year is winding down and the weather is starting to change we should see a significant decline in terms of dengue cases. The cases tend to reduce drastically when we enter into November and there is a whole change in the weather.”

Cayo District Supports Cancer Walk
A cancer walk is being planned to take place this weekend in San Ignacio. Correspondent, Elaine Berry, tells us more. “Elaine” “San Ignacio branch annual cancer walk will be taking place on Saturday October 26th commencing at 5AM. Claire Usher, President of the San Ignacio branch, spoke to Love News about the walk and other activities.” “Claire” “Our biggest activity of the year is our cancer walk, so we are holding that walk this Saturday the 26th of October. Its going to be starting at 5AM from Running W fine meats and ending at the ending of the Macal River park. Guerra’s bus services, form Benque Viejo, has graciously offered their help for us on Saturday. They will begin picking up people at 4AM in Benque Viejo at the Becol Park in Succotz at the bridge bus stop. In San Ignacio, at Cayo bus stop in front of Sacred Heart College in front of the Police Station. In Santa Elena, in front of Public Work.


Shooting near Guatemalan Border
Police in Benque Viejo are investigating a shooting incident near the Guatemalan border, that left one Guatemalan National, Cesar Rodriguez, receiving treatment at the San Ignacio Hospital and another likely dead. According to Police, at around 9 o clock on Sunday evening they received reports of sh...

Does Belize have its first case of Chinkungunya?
Does Belize have its first case of Chikungunya?  Information coming to PlusNews from several reliable sources strongly indicate that the first case in Belize may be in the capital City of Belmopan. The Ministry of Health has issued no official release on the matter, but credible sources say that a ...

5 year boy old sexually assaulted by uncle
There is a very disturbing report coming from the Southern District of Toledo, where it is alleged that a 5 year old boy was sexually assaulted by the next door neighbour. According to police reports, a grandmother of Independence Village took her 5 year old grandson to the Independence Police Stati...

FIU goes after companies in U.S. scam
The saga of Titan International Securities and its related partners has been ongoing in the courts of Belize for a few months now, but before Tuesday it had centered on the fate of Bahamian executives for Titan, Kelvin Leach and Rohn Knowles, who made bail after being picked up on unrelated charges.

Dangriga Market finally completed
After many delays, the much anticipated Dangriga Town Market is finally completed. The Dangriga Market Project was launched in May 2012, under the Belize Municipal Development Project that is being implemented by the Social Investment Fund (SIF). If you can remember in 2013, when the project was ori...

New City Administrator for Capital City
The Belmopan City Council has a new City Administrator and he is not an unfamiliar face. In August, Angela Wade, the former City Administrator, tendered her resignation due to health complications. Plus News has since been informed that Dr...

Man charged with murder of Lloyd Augustus
24-year-old Sherman Rodney has officially been charged with the murder of Lloyd Augustus, who was badly beaten in April and died as a result of those injuries some two months later. In April, 35 year-old Lloyd Augustus was allegedly badly beaten by Sherman Rodney, while he was at his house on Doris...

Attempted murder charges dismissed after alleged victims back out
Ellis Meighan Jr and Malik Dixon, who accused two young men of attempting to kill them last year, now say they are not willing to continue with the case against Jeon Peebles and Akeem Smith for attempted murder. Upon communicating this to Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer in Magistrate’s Court Tuesday...

Jack Charles runs afoul of Social Security
The Social Security Board oversees the paying out of benefits from a general pool to persons affected by various conditions which make them unable to work. Typically, employers must register themselves with the Board for each employee they hire. But the owner of Xtra House enterprises, Jitendra Chaw...

Fire in Blackman Eddy destroys house
A wooden structure in the Village of Blackman Eddy, Cayo District, was gutted by an afternoon fire on Tuesday. Reports are that 54 year old Rudolph Chavez left his house sometime before 12 noon, and went to a nearby residence in the same village...

Mother charged for burning son’s hand on stove
Thirty-two year old Odette Lambey, a sales clerk who allegedly lit her stove and put the hand of her 6 year old son in the fire, was charged with grievous harm when she appeared on Tuesday before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Odette Lambey was released on a bail of $500...

FCD Telethon Successful
Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) held a telethon on Saturday at the Memorial Park in Belize City. Their objective was to raise half a million dollars to fund the expansion of its Park Ranger Program. The Friends for Conservation and Development is a non-profit, non-governmental organiz...

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Paul Nabor passes away
News has been received of the death of Paranda artist, 86 year old Paul Nabor. Reports received say that the legendary performer passed away this evening. Nabor had been ailing for an extended period. In January of this year, he was hospitalized with pneumonia and at that […]

Tropical Depression 9 approaches from the west
Proving the unpredictability of tropical cyclones, Tropical Depression 9 has failed to develop into a named storm as forecasters expected as it continues to move slowly towards the Mexican state of Campeche. What’s certain however, is that whether or not the system develops into a named storm, […]

Complainant asks for apology from robber/shooter
Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer dismissed charges of 2 counts of robbery and one count of grievous harm against 22 year old Lloyd Leslie Jr. today after his accusers declined to move forward with the case. The second complainant was not in court to testify, but the first did. […]

Tourism Ministry launches brand for Belizean artisans
As part of the Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archaeological Sites project, the Government, Ministry of Tourism, Belize Tourism Board and NICH collaborated to develop a standardized, certified brand for products from artisans working at or near to nine archaeological sites ranging from Blue Creek and Altun […]

Repeat offender given 2 years for wounding
34 year old Angel Dorado is serving a six month sentence for committing a mischievous act and also faces charges of belonging to a criminal gang. Now a sentence of 2 years’ imprisonment was given him on a wounding charge. Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith handed down the sentence […]

Road improvement project continues in Corozal town
After weeks of inconveniences, the motoring public in Corozal is now getting some relief. Road construction at the entrance to Corozal town is progressing on schedule and has seen major improvements to the area already. The portion of the road that is being repaired is now […]

Maya Expo to take place in Belmopan
The Maya Leaders Alliance is finalizing preparations for the first Maya Expo scheduled for this weekend in Belmopan. The event is being sponsored by the Venezuelan embassy and will take place on Saturday, October 25. Participants from all over Belize are expected to travel to Belmopan to showcase […]

GOB and Carnival to meet over cruise tourism precautions
Last week the Ministries of Immigration and Health put together several safety precautions for visiting cruise ships in the wake of the near-scare over a lab technician thought to be carrying the Ebola virus aboard the Carnival Magic cruise ship. Local authorities refused the U.S. permission to evacuate […]

FIU goes after companies in U.S. scam
The saga of Titan International Securities and its related partners has been ongoing in the courts of Belize for a few months now. Prior to yesterday much of it had centered on the fate of Bahamian executives for Titan Kelvin Leach and Rohn Knowles who made bail after being picked up on unrelated charges. At the heart of the case is an allegation of fraud against the U.S. Government in the State of New York to the tune of $1 billion, and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), which deals with financial and cyber crimes, has been tasked to go after the assets of those involved. On Tuesday there was an inter-parties hearing before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin in chambers at the Supreme Court.


Belize’s Kardashian Does Central America Episode 5! The Surf Towns Of Central America’s Pacific Coast
We left young Kardashian (he is almost exactly one year younger than his big sis, Khloe) in what I am deeming the MOST fabulous part of his trip (we will see what he has to say about that) – Nicaragua! Good-bye volcanoes… …and hello San Juan Del Sur. A place that is become a popular tourist spot for surfing. Here’s Finn. So I’m in San Juan del SUR…A mini version of RIO DE JANEIRO. Just a little bit smaller and no one in Thongs and plastic surgery bums. A little different from all the other nicaraguan towns we’ve been to. Now backpacking alone since my German brothers decided to stay and tour a volcano a extra day is not so cool. I really don’t need to see a VOLCANO for a next decade.

The Heroes of the Belize Chiquibul Forest Fight On
Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), an NGO with a special focus on protecting the Chiquibul, has been a major player in this area and maintains the all-important Park Rangers Program – Belize’s first line of defence against poachers. And last week, Saturday October 18 2014, the FCD held a “Chiquibul Protection Telethon” that raised some $202,347 in pledges to keep rangers’ boots on the ground. With the generous support of sponsors, media houses, contributors and artists such as Jamaica’s Beanie Man, who pledged $1,000 of his own money, the telethon showed how concerned Belizeans are about protecting their environment. With the Government of Belize also kicking in an additional $120,000 to support five rangers, the efforts went a long way towards raising the $24,000 a year it takes recruiting, equipping and supporting each ranger. When you consider the hardships and danger of working in the rugged and remote terrain of the Chiquibul, $24,000 isn’t exactly what you’d call a king’s ransom. These dedicated heroes obviously aren’t in it for the money.

Simply Delicious Wild Mangos Restaurant
After spending a good part of Monday morning together, I was not surprised I ended up going out for dinner with Matt and Sara. I got a text from Matt not long after my my first my dinner date with tacoboy fell through due to him needing a rest between work and time with Pedro and Rob Kinnon :) We hashed out a few options and Wild Mangos Restaurant jumped to the top fast. It was pretty busy when we arrived, but we scored a great corner table. I knew instantly I was having Amy’s Chef Salad, Matt switched his order at the last minute after he saw the taco salad (something he had been craving) and Sara went with the arracherra. We all enjoyed our meals and Matt and Sara opted for dessert – banana chimichanga and coconut cream cake. I declined as I was still over sugared from $60 worth of chocolate and delicious homemade cake at Christian’s birthday party, but I did allow them to twist my arm for a little taste.

Top Ten Things to Do in Caye Caulker, Belize
A tranquil island paradise that is quickly making a name for itself as THE island for budget travel in the Caribbean. Everyone's do-to list will be a little different of course. Randi and I don't dive so we excluded visiting the Blue Hole for what we hear is an amazing diving experience. However, no matter what you like or dislike you should DEFINITELY try doing everything on this list at least once. Also, be sure to check out our guide on how to travel on a budget in Caye Caulker, Belize! In no particular order: Spend the day relaxing, swimming, and soaking up the sun at The Split with a 20 Belize ($10.00 USD) bucket of ice cold Belikin Beer. Do so on a weekday for smaller crowds. Or do it everyday! Snorkel the Hol Chan Marine Reserve with Raggamuffin Tours, and experience some of Belize's diverse marine life.

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Re: Which Foods are the Worst for the Environment?
“We see lakes disappearing, groundwater levels decline. Rivers are empty before they reach the sea, and many rivers are heavily polluted. Those problems relate to the fact that so much water is consumed and polluted for our daily consumer goods, particularly food.” That’s how Arjen Y. Hoekstra, a water management professor at University of Twente in the Netherlands, answered the question: Why do we care about how much water is needed to create the foods we eat? Hoekstra studies the human water footprint a great deal. He recently wrote the book The Water Footprint of Modern Consumer Society. He’s published a number of papers on the subject, including a recent one in the journal Science. And for the UNESCO Institute for Water Education, he and a colleague calculated the water footprint of many of the foods we eat. They looked at a food’s total water footprint in all parts of the supply chain. “The water footprint is measured by quantifying the volumes of water consumed or polluted, and that are therefore not available for other purposes,” he explained.

Weather Service stops receiving satellite data, issues notice about forecast quality
Since at least Tuesday, some satellite data – an important input to weather prediction models – has stopped flowing into the National Weather Service due to an apparent network outage. At 1 p.m. today, the National Weather Service’s National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) issued the following statement cautioning the outage could impact forecast quality: NCEP HAS NOT RECEIVED A FULL FEED OF SATELLITE DATA FOR INPUT INTO THE NUMERICAL MODELS SINCE 22/0000Z…POTENTIALLY IMPACTING THE MODEL FORECASTS.NESDIS AND NCEP ARE INVESTIGATING THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE ISSUE. ONCE THE SITUATION IS RESOLVED ANOTHER MESSAGE WILL FOLLOW. It is unclear if the data outage is only impacting the National Weather Service or whether it extends to other international modeling centers such as the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasting, home of the top-performing European model, and Environment Canada. Within the National Weather Service, the outage could affect the performance of National Weather Service’s Global Forecast System (GFS), North American (NAM), and HRRR (High-Resolution Rapid Refresh) models.

Kickstarting help for Belizean cocoa farmers
Just outside San Pedro Columbia, a traditional Q’eqchi Maya village in southern Belize, lie 120 acres of pristine jungle where lush rainforest vegetation has grown wildly, taking advantage of the fertile soil. In 1991, the Belize government leased this land to local subsistence farmers with the intention of developing industry through agriculture. However, with limited resources available to develop the land, the parcel holders have left it untouched. In the meantime, wild bananas, jungle plums, and cohune palms grew freely between mahogany, salmwood, and cedar trees. Earlier this year, Maya Mountain Cacao (MMC) began working in collaboration with the parcel holders’ families, the local village government and other key stakeholders to improve farmer livelihoods, grow the local blossoming cacao industry, and do it all in an environmentally and socially conscious way. MMC, in collaboration with these local leaders, is developing this land as an environmentally sustainable, certified organic, world-class cacao Demonstration Farm.

The Ultimate Honeymoon Destinations
For most people it's the most significant holiday of their life, a much-needed chance to relax and unwind after the stress of a wedding - but deciding on a honeymoon destination can be a challenging business. A quick Google search throws up the usual recommendations - the Maldives, the Seychelles, Hawaii, and a variety of Caribbean islands - but what if you are looking for an extra element to your honeymoon beyond staggering beachside beauty? For couples who love exploring the deep, Belize offers all the marine enchantments of the Caribbean islands but in a less expensive and touristy manner. Dense tropical forests cover much of the land, while offshore, clear azure shallows and cobalt depths blanket the immense Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which meanders nearly 200 miles along the coast. With countless inhabited mangrove-swathed islands for couples to utilize along the way, the swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities that Belize presents are unsurpassed. The chance to dive within the Great Blue Hole, the largest blue hole in the world, will be a huge draw for couples serious about diving. Sinking down into this haunting submerged abyss, gazing at bizarre, mesmerizing limestone formations and encountering all manner of marine life is something that you won't forget. There's plenty for couples to do on dry land too: adrenaline junkies can tube through ancient caves and zip line along the rainforest canopy, while those after a bit more culture can immerse themselves in the mystical Maya temples and multiple monuments at Xunanatunich.

The top 10 cities you just have to visit
Two North American metropolises are on the well-beaten path bracket Lonely Planet's Top 10 Cities list for 2015, one of an annual variety of best-of and trend-spotting rankings announced this week by the travel publisher, which also compiled them into the Best in 2015 book and travel planner ($14.99). Top 10 Regions 1. Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey 2. Rocky Mountain National Park, USA 3. The Toledo District, Belize

Tropic Air joins Sabre to expand commerce strategy with agencies
Sabre Corporation has signed a long-term technology and commerce agreement with Tropic Air, a regional airline that operates over 200 daily flights to 16 destinations in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. Tropic Air will also adopt Sabre’s connectivity standards and e-ticketing capabilities to deliver real-time pricing, seat availability, data and ticket changes for flights booked by Sabre-connected travel buyers. With this announcement the regional carrier joins the Sabre global travel marketplace for the first time, and will use its software and e-commerce capabilities to market and sell their airfares relying on unprecedented reach to world travellers. Sabre’s distribution technology will also contribute to improve Tropic Air’s commercial operations through instant booking confirmation and access to last-seat available inventory to business partners across channels, including agents, online agencies and corporate buyers. Steven Schulte, CEO for Tropic Air, said: “The agency channel will be thriving enhancement to our marketing efforts, while increasing our brand visibility within one of the most competitive marketplaces for air travel. We’ve chosen Sabre’s technology to accelerate our plans to put our products and services in front of the broadest global travel community, and build strategic partnerships that will create better service and revenue opportunities from our regional flights network.”


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