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Man arrested in connection to missing Government Vehicles
Belmopan Police are making progress in the case of the missing Government issued Hilux vehicles, which police believe are all connected in some way or another, but have yet been able to prove it.Last week, the fifth vehicle since July would have gone missing; but by a stroke of luck, it was spotted...
Quality Poultry Broiler Explodes, Employee Dies
There was a work related accident at Quality Poultry Products’ facility in Spanish Lookout on Thursday October 14th.
Sabino Primentel, a resident of Santa Familia Village and the manager of the boiler system at the rendering plant for Quality Poultry Product, received severe burns when there was a...
Fire truck damages vehicle
The National Fire Service has taken responsibility for an incident which took place late Monday evening as trucks responded to reports of a fire near the Majestic Alley area of Belize City. But they claim that it might not have happened if the fire report had not turned out to be a false alarm.Arou...
Brian Charlesworth found guilty of carnal knowledge of child
45 year old Brian Charlesworth was convicted of carnal knowledge today by a jury of 9, before Justice Troadio Gonzalez in the Supreme Court. The jury voted 7-2 to convict Charlesworth of molesting a six year old female child.
The incident occurred at an unknown date between January of 2011 and Octob...
Guatemalan couple beat charges
A Guatemalan couple, 42 year old Alfredo Marcos and 46 year old Marleny Castellanos, who were charged with using document that they were not entitled to use, were freed of those charges on Tuesday when they were dismissed by Magistrate Dale Cayetano, after presentations were made by Crown Counsel Sh...
Teenager jailed for prohibited firearm
He says he is tired of being disrespected and taken lightly, but 19 year old student Jonathan Gideon will spend the next eight years in Central Prison, after pleading guilty on Tuesday to keeping a prohibited firearm and keeping ammunition without a gun license.
Magistrate Herbert Panton set sentenc...
Accused hand bag thief charged
Nineteen year old Khalil Heusner, a construction worker of Berkeley Street, Belize City, is one of two persons who the police believe stole a hand bag containing an I Phone.
He pleaded not guilty to a charge of robbery, when he appeared on Tuesday before Magistrate Dale Cayetano...
Land fight on Ambergris Caye goes to court
The case of Santa Rita Holdings versus Reef Village Limited and others went to court on Monday.
It is a dispute over usage of lands along the sea coast in Northern Ambergris Caye.
Proprietor and resident of Santa Rita Holdings and Tabony’s Industries, Gus Tabony, tells us about his company’s efforts to stop rival developers from using his property for their own.
Gus Tabony – Proprietor and Resident of Santa Rita Holdings
“What we’re trying to do in enjoin is the unloading of materials from barges from front of our beach front property. We feel that this is a private use of the public right of way, and that it’s damaging the sea wall. They’ve destroyed our pier, and the defendants just claim that they have the unlimited use of the sea front in front of our property, in which we are claiming because of our rights to the sea front, that’s why we buy sea front property is to have the use and the access to the sea, that it’s a violation of our rights to that part of the property.
There’s some issues here to what is a private use as to a public use, because yes the public has the use of the right of way.
There’s no Queen’s land in San Pedro, which is owned by the Government, but there is a right of way. It’s just a legal issue.”
Fire in PG Guts House; Resident Lost Everything.
An overnight fire over the weekend gutted a small cement building with zinc rooftop at Lovers Water Supply area in Punta Gorda.
The fire started sometime before midnight on Friday September 24th.
When police arrived at the scene they found the building already engulfed in flames.
Contrary to police reports the house was not abandoned. 22 year old Rigo Zuniga says he has been living there with his brother. He had left Punta Gorda for Belize City to find a job, and had not been home for a week and a half when he got the call.
“The building was in flames. I got the call at 12:27 a.m. on Saturday morning. Everything is totally destroyed. The house itself was [worth] 40 plus thousand dollars. The belongings inside was probably like maybe 15 or 17 thousand dollars.
I went to the Fire Department this morning trying to get a fire report, to submit to the bank, because I had a loan from the bank. That’s still at the preliminary stage right now.”
Steven Buckley attempted murder trial put off again
On April 28 of 2010, construction worker Steven Buckley and two companions were shot at in a Dodge Ram vehicle, stopped by Police on Kraal Road, Belize City, as part of their investigations into a shooting incident.
The shooter was identified as Inspector of Police Dennis Lopez from Belmopan.
Four years after the events of that Wednesday night, Stephen Buckley still waits for his day in court. It should have been Monday, but as he tells us, Inspector Lopez’s trial has been traversed again.
“When I want to the Court, they tell me the case is adjourned till next year.
They said that it’s due to the lawyer for the policeman not coming. So they say they adjourn it again, for sake of that.”
Cayo Cancer Society walks for awareness
There was a cancer walk in San Ignacio on Saturday October 25th . The San Ignacio branch of Cancer society started at 6:30 a.m. from Running W on the George Price Highway, all the way to the Macal River Park.
It was a good turnout to raise awareness of the disease and the need for support of victims and their families.
We spoke to one cancer survivor, John Lopez, who participated in the walk.
“All my life I work out, and that is the best I can do. I work out. I don’t drink now. I got about ten years I don’t drink. I think exercise really helps.
Cancer is for everybody. Anybody could get cancer. I would advise the majority that don’t exercise, to exercise, because I believe in exercise.”
Hanna hits Honduras, will drench Belize
The 8th named storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season made landfall south of Belize this afternoon, in Honduras, and while the storm does not pose a direct threat to Belize, it is expected to trigger heavy rainfall and squally conditions, according to an alert today from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).
In its first advisory on Tropical Storm Hanna, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression after it made landfall in Honduras at 2:00 p.m. today, Monday, October 27, 2014, NEMO says that the proximity of the tropical system will cause showers and thunderstorms around the country during the next 24 to 36 hours.
“The Rio Hondo and Mopan Rivers are rising slowly. The low-lying bridge and the Iguana Creek bridge on the Macal River are at flood state. Both the Baking Pot and Succotz ferries remain closed,” NEMO reports.
Crips vs Crips!
Roger Anthony, the reputed leader of the Mayflower Street-based Ghost Town Crips, who renounced his gang leadership two weeks ago, is in police custody pending charges, the police press office reported today.
According to a police press release dated today, Monday, October 27, on Sunday, October 26, Shelly Meighan, 39, reported that around 10:10 p.m., “whilst inside her house on Banak Street, she noticed a male person standing outside her house and shortly after, she heard what sounded like gunshots and realized her house was shot at, causing damage to a glass louver.”
The police report said that four expended shells were retrieved from the scene. “No one was injured,” the report said.
“Quick police response in the area led to the detention of Roger Anthony, 37, and a .9mm pistol which was seized. Anthony is in police custody pending charges,” said the report.
Minor traffic violation leads to alleged police beating and four charges
A resident of the West Lake community at Mile 8 on the George Price Highway was arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court late this evening on four charges stemming from a minor traffic violation. Typically, someone accused of such a violation is promptly released on station bail and he or she is given a date on which to appear in court.
That, however, was not the case with Sherwin Baizar, who had been in police lockdown since Friday, October 24, when the incident occurred. Baizar was brought to court this morning in the police mobile unit transporting prisoners.
Baizar, a 28-year-old musician, pleaded not guilty to “causing a bicycle to proceed on a one-way street; resisting lawful arrest; assaulting a police officer; and use of insulting words,” when Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart arraigned him on the charges.
Exploding boiler kills Quality Poultry employee
A resident of Santa Familia, Cayo District, succumbed to varying degrees of burns he received following an incident in which he was accidentally drenched with boiling water while working at a local chicken processing plant belonging to Quality Poultry Products in the Spanish Lookout community in the Cayo District.
The incident reportedly happened a little over a week ago, on October 16; however, the victim, Sabino Pimentel had been fighting for his life since then until he died on Thursday, October 23, while undergoing specialist treatment in Guatemala.
Raymond Barkman, general manager of Quality Poultry Products, issued a statement this evening explaining the sequence of events concerning the unfortunate incident.
The statement said that on October 16, 2014, the management was alerted to an accident that had occurred in the boiler section of the compound, and upon arriving there they saw Pimentel under a water fountain cooling himself down from an obvious steam burn, after which an instant decision was made to get him out of the country to a burn victim facility in Guatemala City.
BNE and Maranco case goes to Caribbean Court of Justice
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will hear the final appeal in a contract dispute between Belize Natural Energy and Maranco, which had been hired to work for Belize Natural Energy in the early stages of its operation here, particularly in relation to the onshore drilling contracts of May 1, 2008.
Court documents indicate that a dispute arose under the contracts between the parties concerning the amount of demobilization fees, the daily rates and damages payable to Maranco for alleged breaches of the contracts by Belize Natural Energy.
Court mediation in Maya land rights dispute faces GOB challenge
Conejo, Crique Sarco, Midway and Graham Creek are four Maya villages surrounding the Sarstoon Temash National Park, where US Capital Energy has been drilling for oil in rural Toledo. The communities have gone to court challenging the decision by the Government of Belize to permit drilling inside the national park, on what they insist is Maya ancestral lands, without properly consulting the indigenous communities in question.
Supreme Court Justice Michelle Arana has ordered that the parties meet for court-connected mediation, but the Government of Belize is challenging that mediation order on the claim that the matter has been submitted for appeal.
A date and time have been set for the hearing of the Government’s challenge. At 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 28, 2014, Justice Arana is scheduled to hear the Government’s petition to have the mediation order vacated.
Jadas win male, female softball finals games
The Orange Walk softball league championship games were held yesterday, October 26, 2014 at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk, and Team Jadas of Orange Walk won both the male and female championships in grand fashion.
In the male championship game, Jadas defeated Mad Bull Productions 3 -2. The winning pitcher in that game was Jeremias Chi.
In the female game, Carmelita Caribbean Queen faced off against Jadas, and in the end, Jadas won 16 – 4 in the fourth inning after the Mercy Rule was applied. The winning pitcher was Marina Gongora.
Game three of the finals series featuring Jadas and Carmelita Caribbean Queen, who won game 1 (9 -5), comes up on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at People’s Stadium at 2:00 p.m.
Southern region volleyball semi-final competition results
This weekend, in the semi-finals of the NSSSA Southern Regional Volleyball tournament, Stann Creek Ecumenical College came in first, while Toledo Community College and Delille Academy placed second and third respectively in the female category.
In the male competition, Toledo Community College boys were the first place winners, and Georgetown Technical High School and Delille Academy settled for second and third place respectively.
Of note is that the top two teams in both categories will now go on to play each other for the NSSSA Southern Regional Volleyball tournament championship.
Talking football – Part 7 – End
Hurricane Hattie of 1961 (October 31) started a process some months afterwards that continued to have a great impact on Belize football development over the years. If it is stars that fill stadiums, then there may be a clue here as to why it has been difficult over the years to keep fans crowding the stadiums like they used to “back eena di day.”
When the USA “opened the door” to Belizean families following the devastation of Hurricane Hattie, an exodus of Belizeans began, and that exodus was joined especially by the brightest of Belizean sports stars, one after the other. And it continued for decades.
It is sometimes said that one man, Babe Ruth, was responsible for the building of the great original Yankee Stadium, so great was his popularity, and his effect on fan attendance at games played there.
When Pine, and Chico, and Pops Hamilton, and Frankie Clarke, and Reds Wilson, and the Roo, and the Mugger, etc. … when these star players left Belize for the U.S. still in their prime, it had to have a negative impact on fans who were their contemporaries. Of course, many fans of their generation also joined the exodus themselves.
The real yardstick by which future generations of Belizeans will judge our contemporary political leaders is not by what they have thought or by what they have said, but by what they have built. Economists refer to the “infrastructure” of a nation, and this includes roads, bridges, ports, public buildings, water and sewerage systems, and so on. We are not economists at this newspaper, but we thought of opening up a conversation to which more knowledgeable readers may care to contribute.
Belize has had four Maximum Leaders in our lifetime, and these are Rt. Hon. George Price, Rt. Hon. Manuel Esquivel, Rt. Hon. Said Musa, and Hon. Dean Barrow. Mr. Price had the longest run as Maximum Leader, from 1961 to 1984, whereas Mr. Esquivel spent a total of ten years as Prime Minister, likewise Mr. Musa, whereas Mr. Barrow is working on his seventh year in office. Mr. Price was also Maximum Leader from 1989 to 1993, but the evidence suggests that he may have been a figurehead during that term of office.
From the Publisher
When United States President John F. Kennedy was murdered by right wing elements in November of 1961 in Dallas, Texas, Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson assumed the presidency. Business proceeded to go on as usual. But when Mexican President Francisco I. Madero and Vice-President José María Pino Suárez were murdered by Mexican Army elements in February of 1913 in Mexico City, it was a Mexican Army general, Victoriano Huerta, who took over the presidency after a plot which involved the United States Ambassador to Mexico, Henry Lane Wilson. Business did not go on as usual: a bloody civil war broke out in Mexico.
During his presidency, Victoriano Huerta, who is reviled in Mexican history, was supported by the Roman Catholic Church in Mexico. It is primarily for that reason that the Mexican Constitution drawn up in 1917 by the nationalist forces which had forced Huerta into exile in July of 1914, was distinctly anticlerical.
Letters: Dealing with deadbeat dads!
I heard the understatement of the year this morning when one of the panelists on the Talk Show declared: “Our women are overwhelmed!” During the discussion of Sexual Abuse of Children, one of the main causes seemed to be the economic deprivation of women and children which leads to various other abuses too. The inability to prosecute perpetrators is a problem that needs national attention. But such prosecution is related to cure and we should be looking to prevention as much as cure. Our laws and our practice must pay keen attention to find practical ways to deal with the root causes. Take, for instance, the widespread economic deprivation that occurs because many fathers won’t pay child support. One woman told me the problem is the court says she has to get DNA proof that the guy is the father because he denies that the child is his. The woman, of course, can’t find the $900.00 (her quote) to pay for the test so the guy walks free! I believe the following, properly girded by legal firewalls, is a practical solution that should be considered:
Bus line installs onboard Wi-Fi
James Bus Line, which is known for its daily runs to western and southern Belize, has launched an initiative that will now enable its customers to access Wi-Fi services while travelling on its express runs.
The owner of James Bus Line, James Williams, told us today that at this point, the service is undergoing a testing stage to determine how it will work and what else will be needed to make it possible, and that once it is up and running, it will be there for as long as the bus line exists.
It comes as a welcomed idea for university students who utilize the bus line to travel to and from school in Belmopan, since we understand that they plan to use the Wi-Fi to occupy their time or catch up with assignments while on their way to school.
BSCFA, BSI discuss upcoming sugar season
While there may still be no finalized commercial agreement between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) and the Belize Sugar Industries (BSI)/American Sugar Refineries (ASR), representatives of both parties met with the Sugar Cane Production Committee (SCPC) in Orange Walk yesterday to plan for the start of the upcoming sugarcane crop season, which is slated to commence in about five weeks, at the end of next month.
Despite the gloomy future of this year’s sugarcane crop delivery season, the stakeholders are assessing the produce in the fields to outline a plan for a successful and manageable harvest, which is currently estimated to be in the vicinity of 1.3 million tons of cane.
After the session, Alfredo Ortega, vice chairman of the BSCFA Committee of Management, told the media that as long as weather conditions are conducive during this crop season, the season should go smoothly, given that cane farmers take into account what needs to be done at the farm level with regards to harvesting, so that any problems with the quality of cane delivered to the mill can be reduced.
Mayor and Minister exchange words at deferred Dangriga market opening
After having been delayed for a lengthy period on account of a major setback that was reportedly the result of a sizeable chunk of its funding having been allegedly siphoned off by former employees of the Social Investment Fund (SIF), the government entity that was in charge of the project, the long awaited renovation of the Dangriga market has finally been completed and yesterday, amongst political fireworks, it was handed over to the Dangriga Town Council.
The market project had been launched in May of 2012 and was slated to be completed a little over a year later; however, in September of 2013, it was struck with controversy which resulted in a change of contractor, termination of at least four SIF officials, including the executive director, and reallocation of financing in order for the market to be completed.
All that, coupled with the fact that the market was delivered 15 months past its scheduled completion date and $400,000 over its proposed budget, apparently caused Dangriga Mayor, Gilbert Swazo, to lash out at SIF and Government officials during the opening ceremony yesterday in the “Culture Capital”, Dangriga.
The FIU’s move to freeze accounts of securities companies
The courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin was filled with about a dozen attorneys yesterday, Tuesday, because the Belize’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) had made a move to freeze the assets of six companies and their employees who were indicted on money laundering and securities fraud charges in a United States Federal District Court in Brooklyn, New York, on September 9.
All media representatives were asked to vacate the courtroom as the arguments over accounts that the FIU had secured a court order to freeze in Belize’s banks got underway “in chambers.”
The six individuals who have been indicted in the U.S. are Belizean, Andrew Godfrey, 51; Bahamians, Kelvin Leach, 34, and Rhon Knowles, 29; Canadians Brian De Wit, 45, and Cem Can AKA Jim Can, 44; and American Robert Bandfield,70.
Knowles and Leach were released on Supreme Court bail after they were arraigned on an FIU charge of attempting to leave Belize with more than the prescribed amount of money allowed under the law. After the two were granted bail at the Magistrate’s Court, however, they were rearrested and taken directly to the Belize Central Prison.
Supreme Court orders Mayor to pay arrears of $525,026 to Belize Waste Control
The Supreme Court of Belize has ordered the Belize City Council, to pay more than half a million dollars to Belize Waste Control (BWC) for arrears on garbage collection owed to the company.
For every day that the City Council fails to make the payment an additional $86.30 will be added to the total as interest. The City Council did not offer a defense in court, so the ruling became a default judgement.
Mayor Darrell Bradley has indicated that CitCo has already reached out to Belize Waste Control Limited and is in the process of formulating a payment schedule with the sanitation company.
Belize Waste Control Limited had previously taken the City Council to court in April of this year over arrears that the Council owed. At the time both sides had agreed to an out-of-court settlement when the debt was reduced to just two-weeks of outstanding balances.
Guatemalan boys shot in Belize near Guatemalan border; One still missing
A trio of Guatemalan teenagers who entered Belize illegally at Clarissa Falls near the border in Cayo last Sunday were shot at by an unknown aassailant. One was wounded, while another is possibly dead. A third teenager who fled during the shooting, has returned to his home in Melchor de Mencos.
Police Superintendent Daniel Arzu, Officer Commanding the Benque Police Formations, disclosed that they were three Guatemalan boys from Melchor de Mencos, aged 15, 16 and 17 respectively, who crossed into Belizean territory illegally to fish in the river.
Based on the information the police received from the 17-year-old youth who has been hospitalized at the San Ignacio Community Hospital, police believe that the boys were trailed by another Guatemalan who shot at them, wounding two.
A tribute to the life and work of the late Karlie Menzies
The death of the late Karl H.Menzies, at the age of 86, has evoked a flood of tributes from the business community of Belize City, where he was well known and greatly appreciated at every social level. The following nostalgic tribute was prepared and delivered by Mr. Marion Usher, his lifelong friend.
“Mr Karlie may not have written any works that made it into the Harvard Business Review, the Economist or the Wall Street Journal, but there was no need to publish his words of wisdom.
“We all knew. He had a stellar set of core and common sense values, which he developed in the Belize school of hard knocks, and which he willingly shared with all of us.
“When he spoke his words of wisdom I listened. I will always remember my discussions with him and his response as I considered venturing into business. He raised his head slowly, looked me squarely in the eyes and said: “My brother, measure twice and cut once”.
PAC Chairman urges Auditor General to perform her duty
Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman, Julius Espat has urged the Auditor General to use her authority to look into the government’s recent PETROCARIBE loan motion and he warned that to not do so would be a “complete abdication of responsibility.”
Auditor General, Dorothy Bradley told The Reporter on Thursday that since the funds in question originate from 2012, she would only be able to audit the matter when she receives financial records for that period from the Accountant General.
Bradley explained that her office, once in possession of those financial records, would conduct a comprehensive audit not just particularly as it relates to PETROCARIBE funds, but all government spending.
Cacao farmers organizing to increase production
Cacao farmers in southern Belize, under the umbrella group Maya Mountain Cacao (MMC), have organized to improve growing techniques and boost the level of production of local farmers.
MMC, which is made up of mostly Maya cacao farmers along with Belizean chocolate makers and American entrepreneurs, have started developing a world-class demonstration farm which, when in full bloom would boost Belize’s cacao production by 50 percent.
MMC Field Director Gabriel Pop said the demonstration farm will be a great tool to create economic opportunities in southern Belize while passing traditional Mayan agricultural techniques to the younger generation.
MMC recently acquired 120 acres just outside the village of San Pedro Columbia in the Toledo District and have started cultivating the land for their demonstration farm. The purpose of the demonstration farm is to share techniques and train younger generations on how to grow cacao in the hope that the industry will expand even further and improve economic activity in the area.
New bird regulations will restrict ownership
People and families who want to keep the birds they already have in their possession as pets can apply to do so before December 31, 2014.
The Forest Department will review each application and where the requirements are met, it will grant permission for bird owners to keep them, except for the Scarlet Macaw parrot.
This is under program that allows for one person per household to apply as a registered keeper of up to two birds maximum.
After December 31, 2014, the law will be vigorously enforced to protect endangered birds.
Under the current laws, it is unlawful to hunt, capture or keep a native parrot, but officials charged with protecting these creatures have found that people secretly go to extreme lengths to capture them, causing more harm in the process.
So the Forest Department has embarked on a program that offers families an opportunity to keep birds that have already been taken from the wild.
On Taiwan’s Anniversary A renewed pledge of solidarity with Belize
On the occasion of the 103rd anniversary of the founding of the Taiwan, Ambassador Ben Ho had some special words of appreciation for Belize .
“Our people and government are most grateful to your government for voicing unwavering support for our participation in international mechanisms and present for the occasion and gave a speech extolling Taiwan for her economic and industrial strides, and for her enormous help to the country and people of Belize.
Ambassador Ben Ho, in reply said that under the principle of mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual assistance, bilateral relations between Belize and Taiwan since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1989 have been growing from strength to strength.
“With the guidelines of “transparency, accountability and good governance our bilateral cooperation projects in infrastructure development, in technical cooperation projects, in infrastructure development, in technical cooperation, in medical cooperation, in capacity building and education, in youth and culture exchanges, we have effectively and efficiently implemented as planned”, he said.
Video symposium to be held in November
A media and video symposium will be held on November 4th to help small businesses, non-profit and government organizations become better marketers, communicators and visual storytellers.
The symposium is being coordinated by the Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative along with South Shore Productions Incorporated and will be held at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina.
Erika Gilsdorf, founder of South Sore Productions, told The Reporter that the idea for the symposium arose after multiple jobs in the Caribbean indicated a need for this type of information disemination.
The all-day session will be held at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and include insider tips and advice from Belize’s leading media and video professionals. Speakers at the session will include representatives from PGTV, Centaur Communications, KREM TV, Channel 7, Channel 5, The Reporter, The San Pedro Sun, TAS Belize, 13 Productions, Belize Filmworks and Idea Lab Solutions.
Every now and then the news of the day reveals an incident so outrageous that even seasoned journalists find it hard to believe. Such an incident was reported last week by a Belize City man who spent two days and three nights in a Queen Street police holding cell after […]
Dead Guatemalan retrieved from Mopan
Police have retrieved the body of Rudy Leonel Salazar, 22, one of two Guatemalan youths who were shot by a person who was stalking them as they crossed the Mopan River into Belize on a fishing expedition. Benque police confirmed to The Reporter on Thursday evening, that Salazar’s brother positively identified the body. The young man from Melchor de Mencos, had crossed from Guatemala into Belize along with two others.
Based on testimony given by one of the boys who received treatment at the San Ignacio Hospital, for a bullet wound in his right thigh, police believe that the person who shot them was a Guatemalan who followed them from Melchor.
The youth in the San Ignacio Hospital was shot in the leg, while Salazar was shot twice in the neck. He fell into the Mopan River. His body was found on Thursday evening in the River, about a mile north of Calla Creek in the Cayo District.
Paul Nabor, Soul of Garifuna Music, dies at 86 in Punta Gorda
Belize is mourning the passing of legendary Parandero, Paul Nabor, who died on Wednesday evening in his native Punta Gorda Town.
Nabor had been ailing since 2009, when he first fell ill and had to be air-lifted to Belize City for urgent medical treatment.
Nabor, 86, had composed many Paranda songs, mostly in Garifuna, which have gained him recognition in Belize and in international music circles.
He lived a humble life in PG, but gained international recognition with his 1998 hit release, Naguya Nei, a tribute to his dying sister and her last wish.
Nabor, whose real name was Paul Santino, came to be called “Nabor” by his friends and in known internationally by that name.
On a 2004 visit to Honduras, he was declared a distinguished guest of the City of Tegucigalpa.
GOB court battle continues BISL wants $60 M in damages
The government of Belize on Wednesday filed an application in the Supreme Court for the BISL suit against it to be struck out.
Belize International Services Limited, the company that used to operate the Merchant Marine Registry and the International Business Registry is suing the government for $60 million.
The attorney representing the Belize Government, Denys Barrow,argues that BISL’s claim for a violation of its constitutional rights is incorrect and therefore the case should be struck out. Barrow said BISL should have instead filed a claim for breech of contract.
BISL attorney Eamon Courtenay said that BISL’s claim is for damages because the government did in fact violate BISL’s constitutional rights by forcefully taking over the International Business Companies Registry and the International Merchant Marine Registry (IMMARBE).
Pervert charged for biting boy’s penis!
Police in Independence Village, Stann Creek have arrested and charged a 25 year-old man from that community with aggravated assault after he allegedly bit the penis of his neighbour, who is a five- year-old boy.
According to police, the boy’s grandmother took him to the Independence Police Station and reported that on Sunday, October 19th, her neighbour had bitten the boy.
Police ordered a medical examination which confirmed that the child had indeed suffered an injury which doctors classified as harm.
EBOLA WATCH…Cruiseship threat averted! Belize will forego passport checks
Two major cruise lines have threatened to boycott Belize if the government were to insist on Ebola screening measures that would require Belize officials to inspect passengers’ passports.
Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia, disclosed this week the initial idea was to require each cruiseship passenger to present his/her passport on entering Belize.
Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruise lines have objected to this procedure and have threatened to remove Belize from their cruise itenary.
Heredia explained that the cruise lines were concerned because their passengers would have already been screened by the time they reach Belize and individual screening of each passport would take away from the tourists’ time in Belize.
Belize Country Conference on Climate Change opens
Climate change has made an impact on Belize that few can ignore. But in terms of a unified response from the nation there is little to see by way of observation. To fill in that gap and make the issue more relevant to all Belizeans, a Country Conference […]
Brian Charlesworth found guilty of carnal knowledge of child
45 year old Brian Charlesworth was convicted of carnal knowledge today by a jury of 9 before Justice Troadio Gonzalez in the Supreme Court. The jury voted 7-2 to convict Charlesworth of molesting a six year old girl. The incident occurred at an unknown date between January of […]
Accused hand bag thief charged
Nineteen year old Khalil Heusner, a construction worker of Berkeley Street, is one of two persons who the police believe stole a hand bag containing an I Phone. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of robbery when he appeared today before Magistrate Dale Cayetano. He was released […]
Teenager jailed for prohibited firearm
He says he is tired of being disrespected and taken lightly, but 19 year old student Jonathan Gideon will spend the next eight years in Central Prison after pleading guilty today to keeping a prohibited firearm and keeping ammunition without a gun license. Magistrate Herbert Panton set sentences […]
Roger Anthony charged for shooting incident
Despite announcing two weeks ago that he was leaving the gang lifestyle for good and encouraging others to do the same, 37 year old Roger Anthony is back in trouble. He and 23 year old Kendis Flowers are accused of attempted murder, aggravated assault and damage to property […]
James Bus line offers free wifi internet to customers
James Bus Line is undoubtedly the premier public transportation provider of bus service from Punta Gorda to Belize City and back. For decades, James Bus Line has been a mainstay on the highways and roads of Belize and in keeping with the times, has introduced a new on-board […]
Murder of Patricia Nichiporowich remains unsolved one year later
Exactly one year after the brutal murder of Canadian national 57 year old Patricia Lynn Nichiporowich, police are no closer to solving the crime than they were last year. Corozal police have not made any arrest in the case and officially the crime remains “under investigation.” Indications are […]
Remnants of former Tropical Storm Hanna heading for Belize
The tropical system that was TD-9, then Tropical Storm Hanna, then a Tropical Depression again and now Invest 96L, just does not seem to want to go away. After going ashore on the Nicaragua/Honduras border as Tropical Storm Hanna on Monday, the remnants of the former Tropical […]
Arguments in FIU/Titan trial set
Later this week, on Thursday at 9:00 am., arguments in the case of Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) versus Robert Bandfield and several persons and companies allegedly linked to an alleged billion-dollar fraud scheme in the U.S. will be heard before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. Six persons from four […]
Deliveryman charged for stealing motorcycle
Thirty-three year old Orlando Salazar, a delivery driver for Chon Saan Palace, was charged with robbery and harm when he appeared yesterday before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart. Salazar pled not guilty to the charges. He was released on a bail of $1,500 and his case was adjourned until […]
Steven Buckley attempted murder trial put off again
On April 28 of 2010, construction worker Steven Buckley and two companions were shot at in a Dodge Ram vehicle stopped by Police on Kraal Road as part of their investigations into a shooting incident. The shooter was identified as Inspector of Police Dennis Lopez from Belmopan. Four […]
Can CitCo handle BML absorption?
It has been nearly three months since Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his Economic Affairs Ambassador, Mark Espat, negotiated a solution to the crisis involving Belize Maintenance Limited (BML) and the Belize City Council. BML workers had vehemently protested their possible firing by their employers because they could […]
Land fight on Ambergris Caye goes to court
The case of Santa Rita Holdings versus Reef Village Limited and others went to court yesterday. It is a dispute over usage of lands along the sea coast in northern Ambergris Caye. Proprietor and resident of Santa Rita Holdings and Tabony’s Industries, Gus Tabony, sought an injunction to […]
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“Grand Hotel” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Up bright (well as bright as I’m ever likely to be nowadays) and early this morning and out on the veranda – the western, lagoon facing one – with a mug of black coffee and my iPad by 05.15 hours.
I sat out there enjoying the tranquility and solitude for a couple of hours (or three mugs of coffee’s worth) before showering, shaving, taking care of the molars and dressing (and yes, I do it in that order) and setting off for breakfast. But it’s Tuesday you’re thinking -Estel’s Dine By the Sea isn’t open on Tuesday. And you’re right, but I wasn’t going there. I was going to Caribbean Villas Hotel
for one of these
And very good it was too.
Knowing that Rose and I have been invited to the Grand Opening
Pet Adoption in Belize: Have I Got The Dog For You – Meet Boo
Just Sunday morning I found a puppy. A sweet white, hazel eyed pup climbing the steps at an empty condo next door. Far from anywhere she should be. Clearly lost.
She stuck around for a few hours. No one was coming to pick her up. So I borrowed a collar and a leash…
The kids loved her…
the adults loved her.
The San Pedro, Belize SAGA Humane Society’s 11th Halloween Spooktacular Is the Biggest Yet!
Yesterday afternoon the entire town turned out for the SAGA Humane Society‘s BIG Halloween Fundraiser Costume party at Carlo & Ernie’s Runway Bar. The spot was JAM PACKED. Kids, adults, tons of dogs…
…games, raffles, a smooching pooch booth…drinks, food. It was a roaring success. I took a ton of pictures and Mike, a SanPedroScoop reader who just came down with his wife to adopt a puppy that they met at the Bacalar Chico ranger station, took even more. Beautiful close-ups of kids, pets and volunteers.
Food Becomes Art at Casa Picasso Restaurant
Casa Picasso hosted their annual smash hit party to kick off their reopening for high season. This year’s event was bigger and better than ever and it has definitely gained its place as one of the “must do” parties. The restaurant is also looking better than ever as they did some major renovations during slow season and totally opened up the place.
Two hundred or so people came out to enjoy refreshing cocktails, delicious food, great ambiance and fun people. Throughout the night, 2,200 mouth watering appetizers were served by Picasso’s fabulous staff and, as I chatted with different people, our opinions were all the same “simply delicious” and “glad to be there.”
The Rough Guide to Belize by Singha
The whole book online
Belize and Caribbean Real Estate and Vacation Resorts!
Volume 1 Issue 4
Living the dream: Guiding tours around Central America
I have just completed by fifth 49-day trip bringing groups of tourists around Central America. I was interviewed for an article for Generation Emigration just after finishing my first tour with a company called Tucan Travel last February, but I’ve learned a lot since then and wanted to offer a more rounded perspective of my job after several tours.
I love my work but it is an undeniably tough challenge. As a tour guide, you are responsible for organising all logistics and managing group dynamics, and regularly face unforeseen problems which have to be solved on the spot.
Some days, tour leading feels like the hardest job in the world, and on others it is like working in paradise; either way, you end up with good stories, which I’ve been collecting on my blog.
We start our grand tour of Central America in Mexico City. Mexico is a diverse country, with an unfair reputation for drug violence. The ruins of many ancient civilisations, such as the half-excavated Palenque jungle ruins (pictured above), are a sight to behold. I would recommend avoiding the big cities in the Yucatan peninsula like Cancun – if you venture down to submerged caves called “cenotes”, you will discover the real beauty of Mexico lies underground. In Belize, these caves have been left untouched, with the surprises of sacrificed Mayan skeletons awaiting you in the famous Actun Tunichil Muknal caves (pictured above). Caye Caulker takes the chilled-out Caribbean island stereotype to a whole new level.
Caribbean Tourism Report Q4 2014 - New Report Available
The Caribbean region is returning to sustained growth, with all countries expecting tourist arrivals to increase in 2014 and 2015 . However, this is expected to remain below pre-2007 trend growth, with regional arrivals now averaging about 3.0% annual growth. Nonetheless, we expect that improving growth prospects will encourage greater investment in the region, particularly in the hotel sector.
Our tourism report for the Caribbean considers the impact of ongoing global economic uncertainty on the Caribbean tourism industry and how the region's fiscal issues are affecting its tourism arrivals. Following the decline of the financial services industry after the economic downturn hit in 2007, tourism has increased in importance to Caribbean economies. Although Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago have more diversified economies, the majority of the Caribbean islands are now primarily dependent on tourism as their major source of revenue.
"The Boy and the Jaguar"
“This book is sure to entertain. It takes place in New York and Belize, perfectly wrapping itself around the Book Buzz theme of accepting our differences.
“Alan has a stuttering problem. No matter how many doctors he sees, or how many medicines he takes, nothing works. Although he has trouble talking to people, he can speak fluently to animals. Alan understands that animals haven’t been heard, like him. He becomes determined to keep animals safe and give them a voice.
“The author wrote this book in the perfect way. Within the first two pages, he hooked me on the story, just like a good book should. While reading it, I felt empathy for Alan and was cheering him on throughout the book!
“My favorite part is when Alan explains how he feels misunderstood like his pets. I also love the part, ‘The jungle makes me fell more alive than I have ever felt,’ and ‘I promise that if I can ever find my voice, I will be their voice and keep them from harm.’
Video: Charity work by Miss America Belize program, 14min.
CHARITY AT HOME -Belizeans for Belize!
Video: Paul Nabor Tribute, 3.5min.
1930 to 2014, Paul Nabor king of Paranda, Belizean singer song writer, and Icon, this tribute a made from clips of the documentary about Nabor, "Paul Nabor to bring you love" and clips of a visit with early this year. i am very happy to have had worked with this great legendary artist my good friend PAUL NABOR.
Video: Placencia Belize - Belize In America on tour, 2min.
So, I'm in Placencia, Belize capturing the many beautiful faces and places of this precious jewel. While it's quite convenient t move around the southern side of Placencia on bicycle, I'll park my bike and head over to Captain Jak's Rentals to rent a golf cart.
Video: Living in Rural Belize 15 min version 23 Oct, 16min.
Video: Belize cave medical training - Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge, 5min.
Caves Branch would not be what it is today if it weren’t for our tour guides. We take each guests safety very seriously. Our guides are all trained to international standards to provide each person the highest degree of personal safety while on our adventure tours.
Video: Lamanai: een prachtige Maya-tempel in Belize, 3min.
Kijk meer video's op Chris Zegers verblijft in de Lamanai Lodge en bezoekt de mooiste Maya-plek van heel Belize: de Lamanai.
Video: Dasha Belize - Photoshoot 2014, 9min.
Dasha Belize - Photoshoot 2014.
Video: Chris Zegers vliegt over Belize, 1min.
Kijk meer video's op Chris Zegers is in het tropische Belize, in het hart van Midden-Amerika. Hij stapt daar in 'n vliegtuigje dat hem het land én de zee van bovenaf laat zien.
Video: Paul Nabor, 3min.
Paul Nabor about his love for his guitar.
He will be tremendously missed and forever remembered.
Video: BELIZE SIZZLE 720, 8min.
Video: Belize Diving -- Dolphin Encounter, 3.5min.
Carolina Dive Center trip to Belize. Day 3 of diving encountered curious dolphins at Victoria Tunnels dive site.