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Habet Takes Failed Recall Petition to the Courts
Also before the courts is the case brought against Current Cayo North East Area Representative, Elvin Penner by his political opponent, Orlando Habet. There was a recall petition carried out in Cayo North East, but a bulk of necessary petitions was rejected by the Elections and Boundaries Department. So Habet’s move to have Penner recalled failed and now they are taking the matter to court because they feel that the Chief Elections Officer unfairly disqualified a number of voters. As we said the matter is before the courts for judicial review and today, a pre-trial session was scheduled but that did not happened because certain things were not in order as explained by Attorney, Michelle Chebat.
“Unfortunately there are still some matters that need to be complied with to ready the matter for trial and so today what happened is that additional directives were given. The original trial dates that were set for the 25th and 26th of November have been vacated so that we can get the matters in order. We come back to court on the 25th of November for further pre-trial. ”
Dawson’s Family Believes Foul Play Was Involved In Mr. Dawson’s Death
A well-known mechanic and bus driver of rural Belize is dead and the family is now anxiously awaiting the post mortem examination to be conducted as they believe that something had gone awry between last night and this morning which led to his death. Meanwhile investigators are saying that an investigation is being conducted but so far they have no reason to believe that the incident is a case of homicide. Love News spoke with the Officer in Charge of the area, Inspector Frederick Gordon.
“Sometime around 6am, the police were called to 19 miles Sand Hill where a body was seen in the area beside a vehicle. We found the person, he was lying face down on the side of the road beside his vehicle. There was a sidekick that was right beside him with his engine on and lights on in the vehicle. After we process the scene and check the body, it was noticed that the body had no sign of injury at all.”
“Now I know the investigation is still in its infancy stage but so far what can you tell me that the police have learnt about Mr. Dawson and his last whereabouts?”
Man From Gardenia Found Dead
A well-known bus driver from rural Belize was found dead early this morning. With the story, we join Renee Trujillo.
“A well-known mechanic and bus driver of rural Belize is dead and the family is now anxiously awaiting the post mortem examination to be conducted as they believe something had gone awry between last night and this morning which led to his death. Sixty one year old Gilbert Dawson of Gardenia Village left his home around four o’ clock yesterday evening with two friends. Little did he know that when he left he would not return. We spoke to one of his friends he was with yesterday Ismael Requena.”
“Myself and my compadre Mr. Armstrong went to his home, we visited his home and were socializing for two hours at his house after which we decided then to come to Sandhill at Everyday Supermarket where we socialized again for about an hour and then I left both of them out there until about six and then I went home. This morning at about five thirty his daughter Geraldine called me and said that they found her dad dead. I immediately got up and went to look for Mr. Armstrong because I know he was the last person with him. Mr. Dawson dropped off Mr. Armstrong because we live in Sandhill, Mr. Dawson lives in Gardenia Village.”
PUC’s Quest To Supply Belize With Enough Energy, Stucked at Second Phase
Last week much hoopla was made over Cohune Energy Limited’s proposal to the Public Utilities Commission. The proposal did not make it to the third phase in the PUC’s quest to find a proposal that would supply Belize with enough energy. COLA sent a release expressing support for the project and questioning the PUC and the procedure implemented in short listing the proposals. While Minister of Energy, Science and Technology and Public Utilities, Joy Grant, would not specifically speak about Cohune Energy limited, she did, however; assure that proper procedures were followed.
“I will not discuss any individual project that would not be right, the process is still ongoing. However I just want to say that this is a three part process, first we had over 50 applications and we did the first screenings based on very clear criteria and the projects that came forward that could not meet the requirements were taken out. The second phase was a very detailed analysis of the projects, there is a team, one person from the ministry, one from BEL and one from PUC and we spent over 100 hours looking at those proposals and coming up with an initial ranking. The third phase is the negotiation phase whereby BEL taking the lead with these principles from these companies will sit down to look at what they are proposing right now as a cost of energy to a national grid and whether they are able to procure the financing to implement these projects. So that is the next phase that will happen. As I said, the PUC put out over 10 page document when they had their press conference which detailed how the analysis was done and why they came up with the first six projects that they identified.”
BWU’s Workers’ Union Plead to BSI/ASR For Raise
Belize Workers’ Union representatives met with BSI/ASR representatives last Thursday to start discussion for a salary increment. According to the BWU’s president, Richard Tillett, the union is asking BSI for a 15% raise.
“We decided that we put forward a 15% raise to start with to give them that to take back to the company. Normally, we believe in profit you know because if the company does not make a profit we would never ask for a raise. That is the position we are taking.”
“So right now, what is the profit that you are asking a raise on?”
“From the time ASR took over, we never got a financial report but they never gave us that so we are just judging by the amount of sugar that is made for the time of the crop.”
Tillett told Love News the Belize Workers Union wants the raise to be for one year and from there negotiate for the following years. The reason for this is that the sugar market is unstable at the moment and the employees do not want to be bound to a long term agreement. Tillett explained that BSI has hesitated to provide the BWU with a financial report for them to base their request for a raise.
Payment of Bagasse; BSI And BSCFA Unable to Sign Commercial Agreements
In related news about the sugar industry, BSI and BSCFA are still to reconvene to continue talks for the signing of a new commercial agreement. As we start the month of November with dry weather all indications are that the crop season will start in the next three weeks. But before the first cane truck drives into BSI compound, both BSI and BSCFA see it imperative for the signing of a new commercial agreement. Arturo Cantun reports.
“BSI and BSCFA have not been able to sign a new commercial agreement for several factors. These include a formula for the payment of bagasse and the length the commercial agreement should regulate the relationship between the two.”
“To big reasons why it is not a direct buy and sell agreement; One is because of the system we have been operating for decades up to now. We have been under a revenue sharing system. This means that we share the expenses of all the process from the field to the mill, from the mill to the market where our sugar goes which in our case is Tate and Lisle in London. We share all those expenses and losses through this chain of trading. So if we are sharing expenses and losses we have this right to be a co-owner of the product as we have been up to now. On our side, we have no doubt about it.
Near Catastrophic Fire Reported in Shipyard
A fire at a crude petroleum refinery facility in Shipyard community, Orange Walk district, almost turned catastrophic this morning. Arturo Cantun reports.
“Information to Love News is that around 10 am Peter Qrueca the facility care taker noticed fire coming from camp five and upon making closer inspections he detected that one of the fuel containers was on fire.”
“I was not there at the moment the fire started, but when I saw smoke from a distance I ran there and tried to out the fire. We could not out the fire so we called the fire department from Orange Walk and they put it out. I think there was an electrical shortage that started the fire. The fire started around 10am and by 12 noon the fire was out. The fire was big and there were not many people in the vicinity but the ones who were close by got frightened.”
Young Woman Undergoes Surgery For Osteosarcoma
Originally from Orange Walk Town, 22 year old Ladeni Osorto, found herself in the house of Neva Burks in Amarillo City, in Texas, USA. A few weeks ago, Osorto says, that she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, the most common type of bone cancer. In her quest to obtain treatment, Doctors in the US, found out that Osorto did not have bone cancer but rather that a tumor was growing on her left knee. Back when Osorto’s parents noticed a lump growing on Osorto’s knee, they immediately sought medical attention in Mexico and Guatemala. The medical expertise was not available in Belize and through Tim Tam’s The Word at Work, Osorto found her last hope in Amarillo City. There she received treatment. She underwent some tests which suggested that the tumor will eventually spread to the rest of her body and kill her. Lademi soon underwent surgery and had her left leg, up to mid-thigh, amputated. She will be using a prosthetic leg provided for her by the good folks at Amarillo City.
Accident Leaves One Dead And Another Injured
An early morning traffic incident has claimed the life of a court prosecutor. We join Reporter Leigh-Andra Gentle for the details.
“A road traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway has left twenty-four year old Ryan Martinez dead and a female passenger hospitalized. Yesterday morning around two forty, Ladyville Police responded to the accident which was quarter mile away from the Haulover bridge. Love News spoke to the Officer in Charge of Ladyville, Inspector Frederick Gordon”
“Sunday morning, sometime after two forty am, police from Ladyville responded to an accident just about quarter mile away from the Haulover Bridge going from Belize City towards Ladyville where a grey Lincoln was seen. The person who was trapped appeared to be dead behind the steering wheel. It appears that it is speeding but we cannot confirm anything at this time, until our investigation then we can say for sure exactly what happened. The gentleman appeared to receive chest injury. The driver Ryan Martinez and the passenger, a female received injuries. Why she got less injury I suspect is because of the airbag that released during the time of the accident.”
GOB and BGYEA In Mediation Process
It’s been quite some time that we have reported on BGYEA’s land issue. The matter is before the courts and today was set for case management. Today BGYEA’s attorney, Audrey Matura-Shepherd and GOB’s new attorney, Rodwell Williams, were ordered to re-visit the court’s order. In this case, both parties were told to participate in a mediation process.
Audrey Matura- Shepherd
“When I last updated you all on this matter the court had ordered mediation and we should have gone to mediation by the 16th of September, however that never happened. For different reasons it didn’t happen, one of them being that the government changed their attorneys so all though Mr. Hawk is holding brief right now we got a notice that the new attorney is Mr. Rodvell Williams, senior council. So Mr. Hawk was waiting for further instruction from his client meanwhile we sent in the names we had suggested we would want as a mediator. The court told us today that there is absolutely no way they will allow a court order that they had issued for mediation to be disobeyed and so they extended the time for mediation. We’ve been given up to the 28th of November to go to mediation. The court has since appointed a mediator so that is no excuse not to go to mediation because it’s important, if the court orders that you settle something and deal with it you do.
Belize And Korea Launched Their Knowledge Sharing Program
Belize and the Republic of Korea launched the Knowledge Sharing Program today. The program has been specifically designed to assist Belize in the Science, Technology and Innovation field. Through the program, both countries are working on a road map for the establishment of a Belize/Korea Science, Technology and Innovation Institute. Minister Joy Grant spoke to Love News.
“We have a shortage in our country of science technology, engineering and math graduates but this is not unique to Belize, it’s actually even in developed countries that they are finding that there is a shortage. So what we want to do is two things. However, we must first get the students at a very young age. We decide probably at standard six, what are the subjects you want to study but if they are not even exposed to the importance of these subjects then they won’t chose that path so we need to get to the students and explained what are the prerequisites needed for them to study in these areas but we also need to track the training of people we know even at this point in time Belize needs for the advancement of the country. For example one industry in Belize says that they need scores of engineers of engineering technicians, we don’t have those persons but if we had an institute and we knew what the demand was then we could provide those people to serve.”
Minister’s vehicle knocks down woman
There was a traffic accident on the George Price Highway on Tuesday morning involving a Minister’s vehicle; a 2015 Prado.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington was being driven to Belmopan by his driver, 25 year old Amir Garcia.
Sometime around 9 o’clock, 31-year-old Elisa Hunter attempte...
15 year old shot in Belize city
A 15 year old boy was shot in Belize City on Monday night.
According to police reports,just after 6 Monday evening, a 15-year-old male minor was shot to the right shoulder, while walking through Fredrick Alley in Belize City on his way home.
He was transported to the K.H.M.H for treatment...
PUC discusses requests for energy generation
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has been grappling with public disapproval over aspects of the 2013 Requests for Proposals for Energy Generation, which seeks to double Belize’s current capacity for electricity generation over the next 15 years.
Of the eight projects delivering firm capacity se...
Two Men Walk free of a murder charge after 10 years in prison
Two men walked free from a murder charge on Tuesday, for an incident that dates all the way back to 2004.
Carlos Granillo, a Salvadoran National, and Rene Lopez Morentes, a Guatemalan National, had been arrested and charged for the murder of Mary Jane Blondell, an American Retiree who lived on a sec...
Group charged for unlicensed revolver
Two men and two minors were charged with kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license.
21 year old Lloyd Parchue, 25 year old Michael Flowers, and two male minors aged 13 and 14, pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Dale Cayetano, and they were remanded into custody until February 4.On Monday...
Teachers of St. Matthews Government School plan to protest
Plus News has received information that the teachers of St. Matthews Government School in St. Matthews Village are having a planned protest at the school grounds Wednesday morning.
Their motive we are told is to stand in solidarity with four teachers, who allege they have not received payment for ov...
Ryan Martinez, 24, killed in traffic accident
The life of a young civilian prosecutor came to an abrupt end when his vehicle spun out of his control and collided with a tree in a marsh off the Philip Goldson Highway just past the Haulover Bridge yesterday, Sunday, November 2, at around 2:40 a.m.
Police reported that they visited an area between Miles 5 and 6 on the Philip Goldson Highway where they spotted a cream-colored 4-door Lincoln MKZ car with extensive damages about 20 feet off the highway, lodged in some mangroves in the vicinity of the Haulover Bridge.
Upon closer inspection, they saw Ryan Martinez, 24, a civilian prosecutor of #25 Marage Road, Ladyville, and Irene Sanchez, 22, of San Lazaro, Orange Walk, trapped inside the mangled wreck.
“The Agitator”, Yaya Marin-Coleman, protests the Queen Street “[#%!] House”
City goers who passed in front of the Precinct 3 Queen Street Police Station today might have noticed well-known activist Yaya Marin Coleman, along with fellow activist Samiyyah Andrewin-Miranda, displaying placards denouncing the terrible conditions at the infamous “[#%!] House”, which is the name Belizeans use to refer to the station’s holding cells, situated on the ground floor of the police station.
The very unsanitary “[#%!] House” is appropriately named – the cells reek of urine, and have reeked of urine for decades. No Commissioner of Police or Minister of Police, under any political administration, PUP or UDP, has seen fit to change the policy regarding the human needs and rights of those detained, or redesign the cells so that they can no longer be called, with absolute truth, the “[#%!] House.”
Marin-Coleman has turned her attention to what she described as a “violation of people’s human rights” and an eyesore even for the police officers who are tasked with guarding the cell block from time to time.
Gilbert Dawson, 61, found dead on Sandhill feeder road
Gilbert Dawson, a mechanic and resident of Gardenia Village, left his home sometime yesterday evening and had been socializing with friends in Sandhill.
Around 8:00 this morning, Monday, a resident from the Mile 19 community on the Old Northern Highway found Dawson lying face-down on the road, apparently dead on a Sandhill feeder road.
In a police press release, Dawson’s death was classified as a “sudden death.”
That classification, however, may be incorrect in the absence of a post-mortem result.
Inspector Frederick Gordon, the officer commanding Ladyville police, told Amandala tonight, “A post-mortem has to be done to confirm the cause of death.”
Pedophile gets 20 years
On Wednesday, October 29, a nine-member jury in the Supreme Court of Justice John “Troadio” Gonzalez voted 7-2 to convict Brian Charlesworth of one count of carnal knowledge. Justice Gonzalez had set today, Friday, as mitigation and sentencing date for Charlesworth, who had been convicted on two previous occasions for sexual offenses.
Justice Gonzalez imposed a 20-year sentence, stipulating that the sentence is to run consecutive to any other sentence that Charlesworth is presently serving.
Prior to the sentencing, however, Charlesworth, 45, appeared upset and argumentative in the courtroom.
Charlesworth told the court that he wanted the judge to give him back the time he had served.
Charlesworth, still upset with the verdict, blurted out that he thought that the justice system was unfair.
Puzzling murder in Concepcion
Corozal police have reported that they have no suspects, nor do they know the motive, for a puzzling murder that occurred just before daybreak this past Saturday, November 1, in the quiet village of Concepcion, Corozal District.
Authorities said that at about 5:15 a.m. on Saturday, they went to the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk and observed the body of Ricardo Alfredo Itzab, 24, a resident of Concepcion, with an apparent gunshot wound to the right lateral chest area and an exit wound in the left lower back.
Investigators later found out that Itzab, Miguel Gamboa and Oscar Herrera, all of Concepcion, had been walking in a westerly direction between Miles 76 and 77 on the Philip Goldson Highway, heading towards their homes when they were approached from the opposite direction by a lone bicycle rider dressed in dark clothing and wearing a mask, who fired a single gunshot in their direction, causing the fatal injury to Itzab.
Drilling surpasses 6,800 feet inside Sarstoon Temash
Dr. Colin Young, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in the Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology and Public Utilities, informed Amandala today that US Capital Energy was drilling to depths of 6,850 feet at last report, October 30, 2014, but there is no official information indicating whether there is a commercial supply of oil at the well’s location inside the Sarstoon Temash National Park (STNP).
Young said that the company faced a setback about two weeks ago when one of its drill bits broke in the well. He said that the company resumed drilling last week, and the specs of the drilling equipment indicate that they could drill as deep as 10,500 feet.
Marijuana: A Tale of Two Worlds
Several states in the continental United States of America have turned the sale of legal marijuana, primarily for medical use, into a multi-million dollar industry. Next week voters in three states, Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., will decide whether marijuana will be legalized in their localities.
A few months ago, the government floated the idea of decriminalizing a small amount of marijuana, but the proposed policy met with stiff opposition, mostly from church leaders. The decriminalized policy, however, is not completely dead; it is merely resting in the bureaucratic infrastructure that will activate it, if the courage is found for Belize to step up and keep pace with the ever-changing world.
In Belize, the regime of laws and penalties that exist to prevent marijuana use could be frighteningly harsh and appears ancient. Here’s an illustration of this point: Someone convicted on a drug trafficking charge for a half pound of marijuana that would sell for $100, would be at risk of going to prison for three years, besides a mandatory minimum fine of $10,000, or both a fine and imprisonment.
Semipro football on Wednesday – F.C. Belize vs Verdes
In K & N U-12 Football Tournament games played at the Barracks on Saturday, November 1, Belize drew, 2-2, with Elite Promos. Elvis Cabral and Albert Burns, Jr. shook the net for Belize, while Jordi Espejo and Daniel Grijalva netted for Elite Promos. Then Trial Farm dropped Young Strikers, 1-nil, on a goal by Kevin Matute. And in the last game of the day, Real Madrid clipped Yo Creek by a 2-1 margin.
Upcoming games at the Barracks:
Saturday, November 8
2:00 p.m. – Trial Farm vs Real Madrid
3:00 p.m. – Elite Promos vs Young Strikers
4:00 p.m. – Yo Creek vs Belize
O.W. Town Council Female 9-A-Side
The Orange Walk Town Council Female 9-A-Side football tournament is also taking place at the Barracks in Orange Walk with 4 teams participating, namely Guinea Grass, Chan Pine Ridge, Carmelita and Stadium Street Road Runners. They are competing in a home-and-away series for a first prize of $500.00, 2nd prize $300.00, and 3rd $100.00.
To: Amandala Sports Editor
Please assist me to publish this in the next issue of the Amandala.
My confidant, mentor and faith-oriented colleague.
You have reminded me of Saul, who gave David a job, after which he tried to kill him, after seeing his ambition and wonderful production; similarly, you also reminded me of Cain, who got rid of Abel because he was greatly praised/rewarded by God for his ambitious production. My punishment, like David and Abel, came in the form of an illegal suspension for ambitiously reviving the wonderful game of football in the Toledo District, like never before.
Mr. President, you came to Toledo to endorse a Competitions Committee, for which I was offered chairmanship, because you and your executive members had realized that competitions at the local level were non-existent. The committee immediately began to function passionately to the best of its ability to initiate the revival of the sport at the senior level where the stakeholders, especially the players, started benefiting, not only by playing locally, but also by playing with teams at home such as Georgetown Ibayani, Red Bank Napoli, Toledo United, and against Georgetown Ibayani in that village for the celebration of Georgetown Day.
National U-17 Male team to Costa Rica
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is proud to present the Belize National U-17 Male Team who will represent Belize in the 2014 UNCAF U-17 Elimination Tournament which will be held in Liberia, Costa Rica from November 4 to 8. This tournament is the qualifier to CONCACAF U-17 Championship which will be hosted at San Pedro Sula, Honduras from February 27 – March 15, 2015.
(UNCAF – currently in qualifiers; North – Canada, Mexico, USA; CFU- Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago)
The tournament will be played at Edgardo Baltodano Birsceño Stadium (natural grass). The tournament schedule is as follow:
The Belize Delegation will leave on Saturday, November 1, from the FFB Headquarters in Belmopan at 12 noon.
Editorial: A story goes with it
Today’s editorial is a modest effort. It is the immediate story of two generations of a Southside Belize City family which, on the Hyde side, began in 1795 with the mating of a Scotsman and a “colored” woman, and the birth of a son. This was a relatively wealthy family in the beginning, even after the Scotsman returned to Great Britain in 1830 and spent the rest of his days in London.
The family fell on hard times during the 1840s, however, so that when the fourth generation son, Absalom Bartlett Hyde, was born in 1853, he became a blacksmith and a machinist. It is said that Absalom’s youngest son, James Bartlett Hyde, had to purchase the Hyde family home at the corner of Regent Street West and West Canal from the business magnate, Robert Sydney Turton, who was James Bartlett Hyde’s employer and into whose hands the home had fallen.
From the Publisher
Parents who sent their children to Roman Catholic primary schools in the 1950s were getting a leg up on life for their kids. If these children went on to Catholic high schools, it appears to me that their success rate in the United States was very high.
Now this was in the aftermath of World War II, and British Honduras was going through significant changes that our people were not fully conscious of at the time. In the first place, many Belizean men were returning home from years of work in United States-influenced Panama, and they had become much more worldly where things like loose living, gambling, and aggressive politics were concerned. In the second place, Belize’s richest native, Robert Sydney Turton, had been trading with American companies for some time, and he had decided that British Honduras should fight for self-government and independence. (The word for that in the anti-colonial lexicon was “self-rule.”) Hence, he entered his personal secretary, George Cadle Price, in the election politics of the colony. Mr. Turton would die, in 1955, before Mr. Price became Maximum Leader of the pro-U.S. People’s United Party (PUP) in 1956, but the die had been cast.
Time for police officers to have life insurance benefits
The death of Police Officer Danny Conorquie gives the current members of the Belize Police Force the golden opportunity to demand a life Insurance and benefits package from the Government of Belize, which is long overdue.
In 1975 on November 19, my squad-21 brother and friend, PC 431 Francis Bermudez, better known in Dangriga as “Govna,” died at the Belize City Hospital at a very young age. He was working at the Criminal Investigation Branch in Belize City with me before I got transferred to Orange Walk. Most officers at the time rated him as one of the top criminal investigators in that branch.
After his death and funeral, the then Commissioner of Police, Esmond Willoughby met with his sister and father and gave them a check for about $2,000.
Cleandra Casimiro will represent Hopkins in Miss Garifuna National
Five lovely, intelligent and proud Garifuna young women vied for the title of Ms. Garifuna – Hopkins in the annual pageant held at Palmetto Grove Lodge in the traditional seaside Garifuna village on Saturday, November 1.
They are Aliyah Augustine, Shaineal Enriquez, Cleandra Casimiro, Ruth Nunez and Maria Matthews.
“After a job well done by all, introducing themselves in Garifuna, displaying their Garifuna dancing skills, eloquently answering questions posed on issues affecting the Garifuna community, and elegantly strutting their Garifunadüaü, Ms. Cleandra Casimiro was crowned Ms. Garifuna – Hopkins 2014 -2015,” said Uwahnie Martinez, the lodge’s owner.
The runner-up was Shaineal Enriquez, while third place went to Ruth Nunez.
Tower Hill/Chan Pine Ridge Airstrip inaugurated
The unveiling of the newly renovated and renamed Tower Hill/Chan Pine Ridge Airstrip took place yesterday onsite on the Tower Hill/Chan Pine Ridge Road in the Orange Walk District.
The once white marled and decrepit pavement, which serves as the only transit point for air arrivals to Orange Walk Town, was also renamed after one of the most prominent natives of “Sugar City”, former Mayor of Orange Walk, and the late Ambassador to Guatemala, Alfredo “Fred” Martinez.
Yesterday at the official ceremony, Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia Jr., in addressing the audience of government dignitaries, Belize Tourism Board (BTB) officials and members of the Belize Airports Authority (BAA), spoke about the airstrip and the fitting reason for its name change.
“Paranda King”, Paul Nabor, buried with honors in PG
An official state funeral for renowned Belizean musician and parandero, Paul Nabor, was held last Saturday, November 1, at the St. Peter Claver Church in Punta Gorda, Toledo, where he had lived for most of his adult life.
The funeral service for the 86-year-old musical icon, who was born under the name Alfonso Palacio, started at 11:00 a.m. and ended almost two hours later with hundreds of adoring fans and admirers in attendance, in addition to a host of family, friends, government representatives and dignitaries such as Governor General Sir Colville Young and Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Francis Fonseca.
The ceremony was replete with recollections from a repertoire of highly regarded musical artists including Aurelio Martinez, who flew in to Belize from Spain earlier this week for the interment.
Nabor’s only child, Marie Martinez, who came in from the United States, sentimentally spoke about her father, who was affectionately known by most of his colleagues as “Nabi”.
CARICOM wants to join Tomlinson CCJ case against Belize and Trinidad
The CARICOM Secretariat has filed an application with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), to maintain a “watching brief” in the proceedings and to make submissions in the case lodged against member countries, Belize and Trinidad and Tobago, by LGBT activist Maurice Tomlinson of Jamaica, challenging the immigration laws of the countries.
This has been confirmed by the CCJ, which explained that CARICOM’s request—which will be served on the parties to the proceedings and ultimately determined by the Court—is further to CCJ Original Jurisdiction Rules.
According to the CCJ, “an application for a ‘watching brief’ can be made by parties who may have a particular interest in the court proceedings and may wish to be present, and or make independent submissions to the Court in relation to the particular subject matter.”
Inflation and imports up; exports down
Latest information released by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) indicates that inflation for the first nine months of the year, January to September 2014, reached 1.3%, with inflation for September amounting to 0.7%, when compared to the same time last year.
Whereas there was a small price fall reported for food items, especially items in the bread and cereal category, which saw a price fall of 1.2%, vegetable prices, which the SIB says had been continually rising since last year, decreased by a notable 2.1%.
Meanwhile, home rental prices continue to edge upwards with prices being 2% higher than last September in every city and town, except for Corozal Town.
“Insurance premiums were also higher in comparison to last September, with health and motor vehicle insurance up by 3.3 percent and 6.1 percent, respectively,” the SIB further detailed.
September prices were especially higher in the western twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, while they were lowest in Corozal, which showed a negligible increase of 0.2% when compared to last September.
Belize experienced rising poverty amid “boom” for the Americas
The challenging economic outlook for the Americas was the subject of an economic forum held in Canada that has just concluded. José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), analyzed the economic outlook for the countries of the region in the coming years, in his comments at the 8th Annual Meeting of the International Economic Forum of the Americas held at Royal York Hotel in Toronto on Monday, October 27, and Tuesday, October 28, 2014, which focused on the theme “Rethinking Growth.”
Insulza said that the period from 2002 to 2012 was a boom time for most of the region, which, he said, “allowed us to grow more in one decade than in the previous two decades put together,” and during which nearly 70 million people were lifted from poverty.
However, during this same decade, Belize experienced rising poverty. As Amandala reported back in January 2010, over 50,000 Belizeans, particularly in the Southside of Belize City and in Toledo, had plunged into the depths of poverty between the country assessment of 2002 and the most recent study done in 2009, a span of seven years. In 2009, 41.3% of the Belizean population (or 142,000) was classified as poor, versus under 90,000 in 2002.
USA rejects petition to put Queen Conch on endangered species list
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has congratulated member states after a US government review of the status of the Queen Conch and its decision to reject a petition to have the Queen Conch listed as threatened or endangered.
On Monday, November 3, 2014, the National Maine Fisheries Services (NMFS), Department of Commerce, USA, concluded that the “queen conch is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range, nor is it not likely to become so within the foreseeable future”.
Executive Director of the CRFM, Milton Haughton, noted: “The CRFM is extremely pleased by this outcome and takes this opportunity to commend all the countries and stakeholders across the region that invested time and effort in working with the CRFM Secretariat in providing the detailed scientific and resource management information that assisted the United States authorities in arriving at their determination that the species is neither threatened or endangered.”
Another attempt to find Chik-V index case
The Ministry of Health announced today that it has confirmed three positive antibody tests via the Central Medical Lab in Belize City for Chikungunya from samples collected early last week during their investigation of a suspected case of Chikungunya from the Las Flores community.
“These three positive IgM samples along with another sample will be sent next week Monday for further testing and confirmation by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Laboratory in Trinidad,” the Ministry said.
The Ministry has had trouble trying to determine whether a Salvadoran woman who had been clinically diagnosed with Chikungunya, or Chik-V, a viral disease transmitted by mosquitos, in her home country more than a month ago had actually contracted the virus, due to inconclusive test results overseas.
PUP discusses Petrocaribe loan motion court case
The People’s United Party (PUP) called a press briefing this afternoon to address its plans to sue Prime Minister Dean Barrow over a belated motion to gain National Assembly approval for over $230 million in loans borrowed under the Petrocaribe program dating back to 2010. According to PUP […]
PUC calls discussion on requests for energy generation premature
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has been grappling with public disapproval over aspects of the 2013 Requests for Proposals for Energy Generation which seeks to double Belize’s current capacity for electricity generation over the next 15 years. PUC Chairman John Avery seemed surprised at the level of discussion […]
Titan executives back in court
The case of Kelvin Leach and Rohn Knowles for failure to declare excess currency on departure began trial before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer today with 2 witnesses testifying. Leach and Knowles, executives with Titan International Securities which is involved in a billion-dollar fraud case in the U.S., were […]
Channel Overseas challenges Telemedia over Channel 5
A group of overseas companies is suing Belize Telemedia Limited over their handling of a matter to do with the acquisition of the company by Government. If that sounds familiar, that is because it is. But in this case, Channel Overseas Investments Limited; Thames Ventures Limited; and Katalyst […]
Group charged for unlicensed revolver
Two men and two minors were charged with kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. 21 year old Lloyd Parchue; 25 year old Michael Flowers, and two male minors, 13 and 14 pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Dale Cayetano and they were remanded into custody until February […]
Orange Walk man accused of raping a 6 year old girl
Each time the media reports on the sexual abuse of children, the crime seems to get more depraved and sickening. Today, Orange Walk police are reported to be investigating a disturbing report of the rape of a 6 year old girl. And the alleged perpetrator is believed […]
SUV gets stuck in dirt on Corozal town street
Infrastructure work is continuing in the municipality of Corozal, and today one motorist had some anxious moments when his SUV became stuck on a pile of dirt. It happened at the junction of 7th Avenue and 3rd Street South. It is not certain if the driver mis-judged the […]
Woman knocked down on the George Price Highway
Thirty one year old Elisa Hunter sustained head and body injuries this morning when she was knocked down near mile 8 on the George Price Highway.
According to police reports, Hunter had just alighted a west-bound passenger bus around 9 o’clock this morning and was in the process of crossing the highway, when she was reportedly knocked down by a black 2015 Prado assigned to Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington.
Burglary reported at Belize Cancer Society officer
The Belize Cancer Society, with offices on Mercy Lane in Belize City, was targeted by burglars this past weekend. The break-in was discovered on Monday morning around 7:34 am when the director of the Belize Cancer Society arrived at her workplace and found that the office had […]
Tropic Air introduces night flights from Mexico to Belize
The San Pedro-based local airline Tropic Air, today announced that it has started to offer night flights into Belize from Cancun, Mexico. According to a press release from Tropic Air, the first flight – Flight 6621 – arrived at the Phillip Goldson International Airport from Cancun, Mexico […]
Shooting in Belize City leaves teenager injured
A fifteen year old boy was the victim of a shooting incident in Belize City last night. The child whose name has not been released by the police, was walking to his house around 6:08 pm on Monday when he was shot to the right shoulder. The […]
BGYEA and Government given more time for mediation
The case of the Government of Belize and Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA) returned to court on Tuesday. When last we left it Justice Courtney Abel had scheduled mediation between the parties. BGYEA wants to go through with a project to plant corn in what Government claims […]
Expanding Tourism in Belize with Additional Cancun Flights
On Saturday, November 1, Tropic Air opened a new chapter in its long history of providing new and innovative travel options for Belize when flight 6621 took off from Cancun, Mexico piloted by Belizean pilots, captain Alberto Ancona and co captain Wally Nuñez. The arrival of flight 6621 and its passengers at 8:15pm at the Phillip Goldson International Airport marked the launch of an entirely new venture into scheduled night time operations to and from our country.
This flight, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, is in addition to Tropic’s daily Cancun – Belize flight. It will, for the first time, allow same day connections from Europe to Belize via Cancun flights. This is a travel option that has been long sought by the tourism industry. The flight is being marketed in conjunction with Germany’s Condor Airlines, a Thomas Cook affiliate.
An Hour at the Museum of Belize in Belize City – Charles Lindbergh in Belize?
Saturday afternoon I took the boat ride over to Belize City to attend the big national arts & craft show in Memorial Park. I had a bit of time after lunch and stopped into the Museum of Belize.
Housed in a beautiful building (now) that was the Belize City prison for the 1850s to 1993! And you can see from this photo by Tony Rath – that when it was operational as a “correctional facility” it wasn’t so well maintained…
I’d only been to the museum once! When my friend Tanya and I met up to see the pretty spectacular “Crown Jewel of Belize” – The Jade Head of Altun Ha. An amazing 10lb jade carving…really breathtaking.
Service Vacations and Volunteering in Belize
How do you picture a Belize vacation? Lounging on the beach on Ambergris Caye? Snorkeling off Glover’s Reef? Exploring the Mayan ruins near San Ignacio?
How about working with Belizeans to provide care to the needy, medical help for the sick, and protection for fragile ecosystems?
If you think that all of these sound good, then consider volunteering during your stay. Service vacationing has boomed in popularity over the years, and with some research and good planning you can enjoy Belize’s beauty while making connections with its people and environment. Below is a list of a few prominent organizations that offer short and long term opportunities. Some are free, some you will have to pay for, some are for professionals, but all are ways to experience Belize and give back as well.
Yucatán’s Naval War with Belize
Arturo O’Neill de Tyrone y O’Kelly, the Governor and Captain-General of the Intendencia of Yucatán, moved a substantial fleet of warships against a rabble of British woodcutters. They had been squatters too long in territory that clearly belonged to the King of Spain.
Arturo O’Neill, scion of an ancient and distinguished Irish dynasty, had gone to Spain as a young military cadet. He progressed through the ranks in the royal army, achieved promotions to general and field marshal, demonstrated abilities as an administrator and diplomat, and received important political appointments in America. He became Governor of Yucatán in 1792 while also serving as Governor of West Florida. An Irishman in the service of Spain may seem strange, but it was not unusual — let us mention only Juan de O’Donojú y O’Ryan, the last Viceroy of New Spain; Alejandro O’Reilly, Governor of Spanish Louisiana; and Bernardo O’Higgins, a leader of Chilean independence.
English and Scottish woodcutters, called Baymen, had been active on the coasts of Yucatán since around 1630. They were essentially poachers, little better than the pirates with whom they were often allied, cutting and shipping valuable hardwoods out of the tropical forests.
Award given to top student
;For some high school students, having a 95% average in the International Baccalaureate program is no reason to rest.
Hannah Zhang, who recently graduated from west Edmonton's Lillian Osborne high school, was honoured Tuesday with a Michael A. Strembitsky Award of Excellence for her tireless community work as well as her academic achievements.
Zhang arranged an international service trip, in partnership with a Belize literacy program, to do some hands-on work erecting a playground in Belize City.
"That was really cool, because they actually used a recycled Canadian playground and brought it over there and helped them set it up. We were in Belize for two weeks and that was such a great experience," she said.
Zhang also helped a speech pathologist work with children with autism to develop their communication and social skills.
UNG biology classes to explore Central American ecosystems
In what will be the first study abroad opportunity for biology students at University of North Georgia (UNG), two groups will head separately to Belize and Costa Rica next summer to study the native flora and fauna.
The program in Costa Rica will also be open to trustees of the UNG Foundation Inc. and UNG alumni. They will experience the same course as students but will also have access to other activities.
"Trustees and alumni going to Costa Rica will have the opportunity to see firsthand the impact the trip has on our students, plus $500 of their total trip expense will be used to cover a portion of the students' expenses," said Dr. Mike Bodri, dean of UNG's College of Science & Mathematics. "The entire group will be staying at the University of Georgia field station, which is not far off the beaten path and also has great access to a cloud forest reserve."
How To Retire Overseas In 9 Simple Steps
It can be easy to overcomplicate the idea of retiring overseas, but, the truth is, in many ways, it's not much different than making a move within the States. In some respects, you could say it's easier. What makes it difficult is that you're working from a blank slate.
You don't retire to a new country for practical purposes (well, other than to reduce your cost of living). You retire overseas for fun and adventure, a real life change. With that as your agenda, you could go anywhere, and choosing a specific place to move to when you're operating without any restrictions whatsoever can seem overwhelming.
Here, therefore, is a 9-step program for thinking this through and making a plan:
Video: Belize Camping Experience - Greg Wood, 5min.
Belize Camping Experience Follow Up Program in Orange Walk With Comedy Illusionist Greg Wood
Video: Palapa Bar and Grill, Ambergris Caye Belize, 6min.
Video: (Yurumein) Garifuna Settlement Day, 14min.
At the center of Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations is the reenactment of Yurumein. Yurumein is the Garifuna word which means Homeland, it is a public reenactment of the epic journey of the Garifuna people from their homeland in St. Vincent to the shores of Belize The Yurumein is re-enacted in every major community where the Garinagu reside and presents itself as one of Belize’s prominent cultural celebrations. Other cultures of Belize have come to appreciate this annual celebration and it in fact contributes to our collective understanding of the Belizean identity. It is only hoped that the knowledge of Yurumein will be passed on to younger generations of Belizeans and thereby allow Garifuna Culture to remain an integral part of the Belizean way of life.
Video: Belize - Sopadilla Cayes - Oct 2014, 4min.
Birthday sailing trip from Rio Dulce Guatemala to the Sopadilla Cayes in Belize. Las Sirenas 46' catamaran