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Today's Belize News: October 30, 2014 #497429
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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Police Officer Dean Perez charged for theft
According to San Pedro Police, following an intensive investigation, an Identification Parade was conducted where PC Perez was positively identified. On Tuesday October 28th, Perez was formally arrested and charged for the crime of “theft” Perez has since been arranged before the San Pedro Magistrate Court where he was offered and met bail in the sum of $2000. He has been ordered to keep away from the complainant and is scheduled to reappear in court on December 5th. Inspector Jemott said beside the criminal investigation, PC Perez will also face an internal investigation and will be taken before a police tribunal on similar charges. PC Perez, who has recently been transferred to San Pedro Town, has been placed on interdiction on half salary.

The new sport in town: Rugby
Recently an organization called ‘Rugby Belize’ has been introducing a new sport to the country. While rugby is quite popular in our mother country, England, it is still relatively unheard of here in Belize. But it looks like that is about to change as Rugby Belize has made it way to San Pedro Town! Practice was held at the Honorable Louis Sylvester Arena (Saca Chispas) and I was certainly surprised at the number of children that had come out to learn more on the new sport. Rugby, which is a style of football, encompasses scoring goals against the opposing team by either running with the ball in hand or kicking it. It is quite an aggressive contact sport that incorporates tackling and body slamming. But, in my view this is a healthy way youths can release the stress and frustration of everyday life (Yes, even homework can be stressful).

Belize’s SGA proposes the complete use of the conch at regional conference
According to Schwendinger and Lawrence, if the conch flesh is extracted with the right tool and the conch shell is kept intact, it can fetch not less than US$1 per pound if properly marketed. In addition, parts of the conch can be used as organic food meal for poultry and other livestock. When processed, it can be used as vitamin and calcium supplements and even road/landfill materials. Schwendinger said, “We want to create extra income for the fishermen because of the delicate nature of the species and to discourage fishermen from harvesting juvenile conch. We will assist in the process by showing them how to use parts that are currently not being used and empower them, eventually creating work during the closed conch season.” To be able to use, develop, market and most importantly trade any byproduct of the Strombus Gigas, CITES would need to be on board since they are the international organization that deals with all forms of threatened and endangered species worldwide. “We would need the cooperation of CITES to allow the movement of byproducts derived from the harvesting of legal-sized conch without the many restrictions in place to save the animal. In implementing these restrictions, CITES has endorsed the treating of species such as bears, elephants and sharks in a similar fashion, which we disagree with. CITES allows the equivalence of using the paws of the bears, or the tusk of the elephant and leave the rest of the animal to die and go to the garbage. We think the Stombus Gigas can be treated differently and the entire conch can be used to benefit the local communities of Belize and the wider Caribbean,” Schwendinger highlighted.

US and Belize strengthen collaboration efforts to protect cultural properties
The United States Government, through their embassy in Belize and the Belize Institute of Archaeology, hosted a half- day workshop in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye on Wednesday October 22nd. The workshop highlighted the importance and potential benefits of protecting the country’s cultural heritage. It also served to update stakeholders about an agreement between the two governments to protect cultural heritage in an effort to address looting, pillaging and illegal trading of cultural and historical artifacts and antiquity. The agreement between Belize and the US was signed in February 2013 and falls in compliance with the 1970 UNESCO convention on the Means of Prohibition and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Trade of Ownership of Cultural Property. The agreement is seen as a step forward in addressing a serious concern as it relates to the looting of ancient monuments, including archaeological sites, colonial landmarks and even shipwrecks. In many instances, items found during the reckless looting is transported illegally and eventually finds its way into some illicit lucrative collectors market. In Belize, many sites have been looted over the past couple decades, more recently was El Pilar Archaeological site in western Belize.

Another Special Operation conducted on San Pedro
On Wednesday, October 22nd, a team of San Pedro Police, Criminal Investigation Branch, Special Branch and Belize City Gang Suppression Unit personnel, assisted by Special Branch Intelligence conducted a joint anti-drugs and HUTRAC operation within San Pedro Town. • A search was conducted near the residence of a known drug dealer in the DFC Area, which led to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing two transparent plastic bags which had 36 grams of suspected cannabis. The said drug was labeled as found property. • A search was conducted at an apartment room located in the San Pedrito Area occupied by 21-year-old Honduran Nationals Evelin Pamela Enamorado and Oneida Carolina Enamorado. Both persons were requested to produce their travel documents (passports). Police observed that they both had overstayed their time in the Country. Therefore, subjects were detained for “Failure to Comply with Visitor’s Permit” and were handed over to the Belize Immigration Department for charges.

Ambergris Today

House Fire Quickly Averted by Quick Thinking
It was the quick thinking of the security personnel of Atlantic Bank who saved the day as two of them extinguished the fire with fire extinguishers. Both BEL linesmen and firefighters arrived at the scene just in time to assist and cut power to the building. An electrician who was passing by at the moment commented that there are still some old homes in downtown San Pedro with old wiring and residents should consider rewiring their building and connections to the main electrical supply. In this case a handy fire extinguisher is also a very essential item to have around the house and business. Local electricians and personnel from the electric company can make assessments for homes and businesses to be safe.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

No one expected it. No one in the world expected Belize sailors all to finish among the top 15%, and place 4 in the top 50, in the biggest regatta of all time. On September 21, 2014, twenty-eight Belizeans were among 16,780 skippers of all ages, all over the world, and in all sorts of sailboats, participating in Bart's Bash, a regatta that the Guinness Book of World Records accepts as the largest regatta in history. It was held in memory of a beloved champion sailor and philanthropist, Andrew "Bart" Simpson and in support of The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Bart lost his life at age 37, practicing aboard Sweden's 72-foot America's Cup catamaran that cartwheeled in preliminaries on San Francisco Bay on May 8, 2013. The names of all the skippers in this memorial to his life will be recorded in the Guinness book's on line edition. It has taken the regatta's volunteer committee in the UK 5 weeks to compile the results, but they are finally in, and they are something of which all Belize can be immensely proud. The performance of the Belizean skippers establishes their homeland in the eyes of the international sailing community as a venue for sailors everywhere to admire, to yearn for, and to come and experience. 1179 of the boats contending were Optimist class dinghies, sailed individually by children aged 8 - 15. Young Belizean Optimist skippers in this massive regatta finished with ranks among the top 5% in their class and among the top 8% over all. Here are their scores:

First Annual Sarteneja Community Day!
Bring the entire family out and have lots of fun! It's all happening this Saturday!

BELIZEANS: remember, you DO NOT require a visa to visit Mexico
With your Belize passport you can travel anywhere in Mexico. You just have to fill out the entry form called FMM, which you can obtain at any Mexican border or airport. Welcome to Mexico!

Corozal Daily - Picture of the Week
Talented artist from Sarteneja Chuy Carillo, owner of Chuy's Arts. Visit him when in Sarteneja, Corozal.

Shark Satellite Tagging along the MesoAmerican Reef
We are pleased to have caught some of the species that we are targeting in our Mesoamerican Reef study on the spatial ecology of large reef-associated sharks. Thanks to the efforts of a crack team of fishers from Punta Gorda, Monkey River, Sarteneja and San Pedro documented by videographer extraordinaire Becky Kagan Schott, we are off to a good start!

Government of Belize Responds to Opposition Lawsuit Regarding Petrocaribe Funds
The Government of Belize deplores the suit filed by the Opposition PUP against the Petrocaribe program, as an abuse of the process of the court. This unpatriotic attempt to play politics with a breakthrough program that is of vital national financial and developmental importance, in truth has nothing to do with the law.

6th Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase in BELIZE!
Monday, November 3 at 6:00pm in UTC-06 Leo Bradly Library & Bliss Center in Belize City The 6th Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase in BELIZE starts next week Monday, Nov. 3rd to Friday, Nov. 14th. ALL FILMS ARE FREE!! The Official program for the 6th Edition of the Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase is made up of 27 documentaries and 3 short animations that represent 13 countries throughout the Caribbean. It will screen over the course of two weeks in Belize City with screenings for the first week taking place at the Leo Bradley Library’s AV Room from Mon. Nov. 3rd to Friday Nov. 7th and the second week at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts from Mon. Nov. 10th to Friday Nov. 14th. In both places, the screenings are scheduled to take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. During the same time period, additional public screenings have been scheduled to take place at the various Libraries and Houses of Culture in the other 5 districts as well as individual screenings at schools and other established institutions.

Channel 7

PUP Seeks Injunction ot Block Petrocaribe Spending; GOB Scoffs
The PUP has filed suit against the Barrow Administration – seeking to block government from spending anymore of the Petrocaribe money. As we've been reporting, Julius Espat, the representative for Cayo South and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has challenged the Petrocaribe Loan Motion ever since it went to the House of Representatives. Espat says it is too late to ask the House's approval for 114 million US dollars – since the money has already been borrowed and much of it spent. The Auditor General didn't buy his argument – so Espat has filed a law suit in the Supreme Court. It names Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow, the Attorney General, and the local company for Petrocaribe, ALBA PETRO CARIBE (BELIZE ENERGY) LIMITED. They are asking the court for an injunction restraining the Minister of Finance Barrow from paying the Petrocaribe loan out of the public purse, and an injunction restraining Barrow from spending any of the Petrocaribe money. The PUP says it violates the Finance and Audit (Reform) Act and the Belize Constitution.

Cricel Castillo Takes On Bodybuilding Federation
2 weeks ago, the Belize Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation held the 2014 Bodybuilding Championships. As we've told you, Rigo Vellos was crowned Mr. Belize for the 3rd time in a row, and veteran Gina Lovell was chosen as this year's Miss Body Fitness. The tournament went off without a hitch, and it was well supported by the public who went out to see the parade of chiselled bodies. But, all that ends well, is not always well: defending Body Fitness champion Cricel Castillo did not compete. She's been banned for two years. She spoke with our colleagues from KREM News about it and hearing those comments The Federation jumped to action and called the media for an impromptu press briefing. Daniel Ortiz has both sides:

82 Year Old Man Explains How The House Tumbled Down
Last night we told you about the 82 year old man whose house collapsed while he was in bed sleeping early Tuesday morning. It happened on Mangrove Street near the Bel China Bridge. Randy Cabral escaped unhurt but tonight he is begging lodging at his neighbor's house since he is now homeless. We visited the elderly man today as he tried to recollect what happened. Area Represented Herman Longworth told 7news that Cabral's case is considered an emergency and all efforts will be made to rebuild a home on his property as soon as possible.

Andy Palacio's Central Role InThe Wider discovery Of Paul Nabor
Paul Nabor's Funeral will be held on Saturday in Punta Gorda Town. The humble fisherman and parandero from Toledo will receive an official funeral witnessed by hundreds of adoring fans. But while he leaves this earthly plane as a national and international icon - had it not been for some name dropping by Andy Palacio back in 1995, Paul Nabor might never be as widely known or celebrated as he has become. That was revealed to us today in a conversation with Ivan Duran, the founder of Stonetree records who produced the only Paul Nabor songs most people have ever heard including of course, the anthemic Naguya Nei. Today, we spoke to Duran via Face time in Montreal, Canada where he told us the story of how Paul Nabor came into his life – and nothing was the same after that:… Tomorrow, we'll have more gems on the legend of Paul Nabor from our extended conversation with Duran, including the happy accident that led to those very familiar opening chords of Naguya Nei.

Lands Dept. Trying To Solve All Those Land Problems
If there is one thing that Belizeans are familiar with whether it be from firsthand experience or accounts from disgruntled family members and friends: its land issues. From stolen land leases, to lost applications, there's a bottleneck of mythic proportions at the lands office. But the Lands and Survey department has been trying to clear things up by conducting Field Inspection Sweeps around the country. They were in Orange Walk from Monday and they told us how this project will help resolve your land issues.

Taking A Look At Tower Hill
In June we showed you the ground breaking for the Tower Hill Airstrip in Orange Walk – and now they're getting ready to officially open the refurbished runway. And it is quite a transformation from a scratch of rough cement to a fully paved strip. The airstrip is ideally located to get tourists get to Lamanai, which is close by. The runway is located just about a mile away from the BSI factory and is now fully operational.

Man Accused Of Pulling Gun On Cops
26 year-old Ronald Smith allegedly got caught with a firearm, and while he tried to escape from police, he was cornered. What happened next, according to police, was that he took aim at the pursuing officer with the illegal weapon. Police Constable Roman Cantun reported that while he was at the Hatieville Police Station on Saturday, he heard a gunshot. When he went outside to investigate, he allegedly saw smith with a firearm. He said Smith ran into some nearby bushes, that's when he and other officers set chase. Cantun said when he caught up with Smith, the man pointed a firearm at him, which forced him to draw his service weapon. The officer says that he attempted to fire a warning shot, but his weapon misfired twice. Another officer then drew his firearm and apprehended smith but by that time Smith had already gotten rid of his weapon, which they have not managed to retrieved.

Mild Inflation in September; Highest In San Ignacio
The consumer price index rose marginally in September 2014 - The national inflation rate for the month was 0.7 percent, slightly lower than the 0.9 percent recorded in August. For the first nine months of 2014, the overall inflation rate was 1.3 percent. Prices for Breads and Cereals declined by 1.2 percent while vegetables, which had seen continuously rising prices since last year, were down by 2.1 percent. San Ignacio/Santa Elena recorded the highest rate of price increase for the month. The lowest was in Corozal Town, where consumer prices rose by a negligible 0.2 percent compared to the same month last year.

The Reason For Red Ribbons
A recent global survey by the World Health Organization which was launched last week in Europe showed that Belizean drinkers consume large volumes of alcohol. From 2003 to 2008, the average consumption for persons 15 and older was 5.3 litres of pure alcohol per year - that's about 12 pints. But for 2008 to 2013, it was up to 6.8 litres, about 14 pints. And while drug abuse among youths would seem to be on the upswing, every year, students march in Red Ribbon parades. Courtney Weatherburne captured their messages today The theme for this years Red Ribbon Week is "Love yourself and be drug free."

Rigo's Dominance Underappreciated
The Cricel Castillo controversy may be dominating the headlines, and 3-time Mr. Belize Champion, Rigo Vellos has been – perhaps unfairly reduced to a peripheral figure. But his dominance demands more: He won his weight category at the 2014 Body Building Championships, and he was also chosen as the overall winner of the competition. Today, we spoke with him about it, and he said that his winning moment was to return the stage in the shape he had envisioned at the start of the year: In order to take the record for the Most Mr. Belize Championships, he must win 5 more times.

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Mr. Belize Rigo Vellos Offers Advice to Cricel Castillo
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Rainy Weather Forecasted for Remainder of the Week
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NASA Shuttle Explodes During Launching
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GOB Releases Holidays Date For 2015
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Paranda Icon To Be Buried On Saturday Morning
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Wesley College parades against drugs
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Body Building Federation responds to corruption allegations
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Gospel music explosion set for next month in San Ignacio
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Caldo for dinner
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Policeman accused of theft in San Pedro
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Still no agreement on bagasse payment for cane farmers
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Organic fair this weekend in Punta Gorda town
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Fire truck damages parked vehicle
The National Fire Service has taken responsibility for an incident which took place late on 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. Around 4:15 p.m. a call came to 911 of the reported fire and trucks responded. But en route the truck’s bin opened suddenly and slammed into the back windows of a parked white van in front of Angelus Press on Queen Street, damaging two of them.

KHMH makes history with first female medical director
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) has new leadership, with Dr. Adrian Coye replacing Dr. Francis Gary Longsworth as chief executive officer. Before his moving up Dr. Coye was Chief of Medical Services and on Tuesday, the hospital unveiled his replacement, Dr. Lisa Johnson. Dr. Johnson is Belize’s first female general surgeon and the first staff manager of the KHMH in its 19-year history. She is an alumna of All Saints Primary School, St. Catherine Academy, Belize Technical College and the University of the West Indies (UWI) and interned in the Bahamas before receiving a general surgery qualification in Jamaica.

Belize to be represented at Development Forum in Mexico
Belize will have representation at the Seventh Ministerial Forum for Development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation Mark King is scheduled to travel to Mexico City today to attend the two-day forum. According to a press release from Minister King’s office, the forum on Thursday and Friday will bring together Ministers in charge of social and economic policy from 33 Latin American and Caribbean nations “to share their experiences in policy making in the social and human development realm, and debate policy alternatives for current and future institutions challenges in the region.”


Belize’s Maya and Indigenous Groups: Protecting the Environment
Here’s something we just received via the Earth Island Journal out of Berkeley, California. In the lead article of the latest quarterly, published 27 October 2014, headlined, “Indigenous Communities Challenge Big Oil in Belize” reporter Sandra Cuffe writes about efforts by local Maya, Garifuna and other groups to stop US Capital Energy from conducting oil exploration and drilling in Belize’s otherwise pristine Sarstoon Temash National Park. And it’s not just the drilling – the oil company’s roads have opened the park to further damage and incursions by foreign poachers illegally hunting and taking other resources. A quote early on in the article caught our attention: “’ I mean, (the Belizean government is) going to tell me you can’t go and cut the leaves you want to make a thatched roof without their permission, you can’t go and fish, and you can’t do farming there — but it’s okay for a company to come and put a big rig in there?’ says Tricia Mariano, president of the local Barranco branch of the National Garifuna Council, a group that works to preserve and strengthen the culture of the Garifuna people. ‘It’s contradictory’ she says, laughing.”

Guides Birdwatching
The tour guides of the CTGA thrive to be the best tour guides that they can be so training is very important to us all. On this day for example guides that wanted to fine tune their birdwatching skills could have done so with the help of other guides. They had a field trip to crooked Tree where the birds are plenty full here are some of those pictures I received from Daren Lamb.

Belizean Light Cake with Royal Icing
I did a different spin the the Belizean Light Cake and I also tried the Royal Icing based on the recipe from one of my viewers Dorita Alonzo Weir.

Che Chem Ha Guide Training
Earlier I showed you pictures of a birding expedition that the tour guides did in Crooked Tree. This time around, the guides visited the site of Actun Che Chem Ha Cave. This adventure is part of our guide betterment project which means tour guides are, and should be, constantly upgrading their skills in different fields. We also want more guides to access the cave so the guides needed to be trained by other guides. So, here are a few pictures of this tour, images provided by Daren Lamb.

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RoboForex transfers clients to new operations in Belize
RoboForex, a retail FX broker registered originally in New Zealand, has announced that it will transfer all of the clients of its RoboForex LP business to RoboTrade, its new subsidiary in Belize. The transfer will be automatic and will start on November 5, 2014. RoboForex LP has been registered as a Financial Services Provider (FSP) in New Zealand since October 2012, with the register still displaying that the company maintains this status. A representative of RoboForex stated to LeapRate today that the company does not plan to cancel its registration in New Zealand. In connection with the relocation of the company’s client base, there will be changes in the client agreements at RoboForex LP, which will become RoboTrade Ltd, the most important being that all clients wishing to withdraw their money will have to pass a full verification procedure and some may be asked to provide extra data when logging into their live accounts. This has to do with the anti-money laundering (AML) policy pursued by Belize’s financial regulator – the International Financial Services Commission (IFSC). The broker announced it had obtained a license from the IFSC on October 21, 2014.

Summit Church travels to Belize to help Blue Thumb Missions
An 11-member mission team from Summit Church recently traveled to Belmopan City, Belize, to provide labor at Blue Thumb Missions. Blue Thumb Missions is a 10-acre Christian Camp and Training Center that provides facilities for camps, retreats and conferences. They also serve local villages in humanitarian outreach. Joe and Piper Hensley have been directors of Blue Thumb for 10 years and are assisted by their son, Stephen. Blue Thumb is expanding its ministry and reach in the local community and needed assistance updating and building additional dormitory space for the increasing number of people who use the facility. Summit outreach director Ryan Richards found out about the ministry and the need and asked church members if they would be willing to help.

Real-life Indiana Jones on hunt for lost Mayan cities
THERE are days when Ivan Šprajc gets fed up with his job. Hacking pathways through the Mexican jungle with machetes is exhausting. Keeping a constant eye out for deadly snakes can be nerve-racking. The risk of finding nothing to show for all the effort is real. But then there is reward that comes when the contours of a plaza, palace, ball court or pyramid emerge from beneath the tree cover, or inscriptions that could help explain them are revealed by brushing off undergrowth. “I’ve said to myself quite a few times that this is the last season, because it is so difficult. But it is such a reward when you find a new site,” says the Slovenian archaeologist, who has made a career of finding lost Mayan cities. “It’s tough work, but it’s dead romantic.” This year Šprajc’s team found two — Tamchén and Lagunita — which followed last year’s discovery of a large site called Chactún. Šprajc’s first expeditions focused on an area close to the Belize border where the existence of small settlements meant local people could guide him to ruins they knew were on their land.


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