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The Sounds of Drums
With Garifuna Settlement Day right around the corner, the cultural drums have already began to roll around San Pedro Town.

Smart Files Injunction Against BTL
Today Speednet Communications Ltd. filed an application for an injunction against Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) in the Supreme Court of Belize. The application for an injunction became necessary after BTL served Speednet with a notice of termination of service via certain links effective November 14, 2014 which will leave almost 7,000 Smart customers in the Toledo District without access to voice and data services. Over the past five years, Speednet has worked diligently and invested millions of dollars to build out its own network which would allow the company to become fully independent. This major investment project has been successful throughout the rest of Belize and is underway in Toledo. Speednet expects to complete the Toledo project in the next few months.

Ocean Academy receives two prestigious awards
Caye Caulker’s Ocean Academy Aquatic Tourism Program is receiving recognition both at home and abroad. Not only did the program win the International Sport for Education award at the 2014 Beyond Sports Awards, but it also won the National Youth Award from the Belize Department of Youth Service. The Aquatic Tourism Program is sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and helps students develop entrepreneurship skills and gain experience in the tourism industry. Selected from 350 entries, Ocean Academy’s Aquatic Tourism Program was acknowledged as the best project from around the WORLD that uses sport to bring about a positive social change. School founders Joni Miller and Heidi Curry traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa to participate in the Beyond Sport Global Summit and Awards held from Tuesday, October 28th to Thursday, October 30th, and were on hand to receive the award. “When the winners were announced we were so thrilled. The Sports for Education award is a testimony to all our students who have worked throughout the year. We couldn’t be happier,” said Miller.

Caribbean Villas Hotel is open for the season
After renovations and the addition of a new building, Caribbean Villas Hotel is now open and ready to offer new services and amenities to guests. The grand opening ceremony was held on Friday, November 7th, where invited guests were welcomed to view the new rooms that the resort will offer. Complimentary cocktails and appetizers were served throughout the evening. Caribbean Villas now offers four types of rooms to fit any vacationer’s budget. The loft suites offer spacious accommodations for up to five guests with a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, living area, and a balcony overlooking the pristine Caribbean Sea. Those opting for a quieter couples retreat can also enjoy a loft suite by choosing the one bedroom option.

Katherine Salinas wins 2014 Lions Peace Poster Contest
On Friday, November 7th, the San Pedro Lions Club hosted the judging of their annual Peace Poster Contest promoting peace, love and understanding. This year the competition saw the participation of four schools with 30 entries. After the judging, the top prize went to 13-year-old Katherine Salinas of The Island Academy. Her poster will represent the club at the 2014 Lions International Peace Poster Contest. According to Jan Brown, San Pedro Lion member in charge of the Peace Poster Contest, the event encourages children to express themselves in a creative manner. “The students were basically given a guideline as to the size of the poster, and the message it should bring about. The actual content of the poster was left to their creativity. We have such a small art program here… there is basically none. These contests give the children a chance to express themselves. Whether they are artists or not, everyone is creative and you would be surprised at some of the work coming from these 11 to 13 year olds,” said Brown.

Ambergris Today

Raquel Badillo Officially Crowned Miss World Belize
On Saturday, November 8, 2014, local businesses of San Pedro Town, family and friends gathered to show their support to Raquel Badillo who was officially crowned as Miss World Belize. The fundraising event took place at Fido’s Courtyard. Miss Badillo hosted a private party with special invited guests, where she expressed her enthusiasm and honor in representing Belize at this year’s Miss World Pageant in London, England. She stated that this has been a dream since she was a little girl and wanted to follow the footsteps of her aunt and “role model” Martha Badillo – the first Sanpedrana to represent Belize in the Miss World pageant in Taipei, Taiwan in 1989. Raquel Badillo was introduced to the community by emcees Gerry Badillo and Julianne Furgeson and crowned by Miss San Pedro 2014, Michelle Nuńez.

Oceana in Belize Continues to Inspire Belizean Activists Wavemakers
The challenges confronting Belize’s marine environments include illegal, destructive and over-fishing, the threat of offshore oil, and climate change. But with the support and hard work of dedicated Belizean activists, known as Wavemakers, Oceana in Belize continues to empower and inspire others to do their part to help protect our country’s precious marine resources. On Saturday, November 8th, Belizean Wavemakers gathered at Oceana in Belize’s country office in the City of Belmopan to participate in the membership’s 2014 annual general meeting. Oceana in Belize Vice President Janelle Chanona reported on the latest developments in our ongoing campaigns to ban offshore oil, increase protection for juvenile fish and remove gillnets from the list of legal fishing gear. Additionally, National Grassroots Coordinator Amelita Knowles provided Wavemakers with a list of upcoming activities and events, including the Ride for Belize, Ride with Oceana bicycle ride from Corozal to Punta Gorda scheduled for November 27th to November 30th.

The Celebration of Dia De Los Muertos in San Pedro
At midday the family would gather to offer prayers for the repose of the souls of the dead. After the prayers, the food would be shared and even sent to those family members who could not make it to the prayers. How can I forget the “Finados” dinner prepared by my fraternal grandmother Regina Nuńez. She had nine children, all with families and her Finados dinner was like half a drum of relleno. By late afternoon family members would visit the cemetery to light candles, refresh the tomb with flowers and offer some more prayers. Customarily there would be several dozens of families at the cemetery which would be bustling with activity, children running about admiring the tombs, men doing some cleaning and the women placing flowers on the tombs. It was a family solemn party at the cemetery which would be as busy as the town’s square for that day.

Sanpedrana Cecilia Lara Celebrates 100 Years
Dona Cecilia’s family deserves our respect and admiration. Below is her family tree that stands proudly in this community of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Children Mana, Gach, Sylvia, Arturo, Elsa Grandchildren Naive, Melita, Mar, Luz, Cookie, Eni, Corina, Len, Liz, Stel, Mario, Edita, Tony, Freddy, Mita Maria, Armando, Victor, Cecilia, Tully, Tony, Julio, Chucky, Letty, Elsita, Angel, Selina Great Grandchildren Daniel, Ann Marie, Delva, Lucito, Lucita, Africa, Kenny, Eileen, Raul, Eni, Kahlen, Amira, Alyssa, Adah, Patrick, Leia, Gliselle, Mariselle, Gabriel, Maya, Karim, Freddy, Jose, Jose Luis, Shinyei, Jean-Luc, Dito, Alex, Arturo, Nayelli, Tony 11, Chloe, Great-Great Grandchildren Loui, Lexi, Luna, Gigi, Sylvanie, Benjamin, Gaven

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Consejo Village Library Hosts Coffee Cafe
The Conejo Village Library will host monthly Morning Coffee Cafe events beginning on Sunday 16 November 2014 from 8am to 11:30am. The Consejo Village Library will begin monthly Morning Coffee Cafe events on Sunday, 16 November 2014 from 8am to 11:30am. The Library is on Lot #492, Consejo Village, the red "brick style" building across from Casablanca, diagonally from the Customs compound and pier.Bottomless cup of brewed coffee or tea with your choice of a slice of many different pies and cakes, for only $5 (Belize). All proceeds to benefit the Consejo Village Library. For information call Connie Bailey at 623-6355 or email [email protected]

PADF Youth-Focused Entrepreneurship Program Launches First Group of Micro-Businesses in Belize City
The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) announces the official launch of two micro-businesses under the second phase of the Youth Engagement Services Project (YES!), a program that targets youth who have limited opportunities in order to support youth-initiated micro and small businesses that increase access to jobs and encourage entrepreneurship in Belize City. The program, funded by the U.S. Embassy in Belize, is building on other services to complement ongoing activities by providing youth from marginal areas the essential elements of technical training and business advisory services so they can succeed in the labor market. During Phase I, participants completed a 12-week tailored training program in entrepreneurship through SBDCBelize, under the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE). Youth participants received training on start-up and improved business tactics and business plan development in order to be prepared to start their own business or improve an existing one. Under Phase II participants submitted business plans for review by a Business Launch Group comprised of private sector panelists. Following this process, four of the 10 business plans submitted received seed funding.

Succotz Villagers face the court
Succotz‬ Villagers protested after two of their own were caught in an accident involving Deputy Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura. One person was killed and one survived. The villagers feared that there would be no justice and took to the highway where tires were burnt. They are being charged this Thursday for an illegal gathering.

Amberjack photo
If you are suffering from the relentless bitter cold and snow of the Arctic Blast up north, then get your sandals and tickets together because Belize Invites...Come on down to Belize. We have the perfect weather in the tropics.Aboard the UPRISING on Ambergris Caye, a female angler hooked up a great amberjack at about 250 ft. We thank our friend Eric for sharing the photo.

SUPPORT a great cause on Friday in Corozal
On November 14th St. Paul’s Anglican Church by the Sea is having a turkey dinner for only $8 a plate. The menu will be turkey, ham slice, rice and beans, gravy and cranberry sauce. The time is 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for pick up at St. Paul’s Church. For further information regarding tickets please contact Louise Bailey at 633-1261. Funds raised will go towards some necessary repairs to church and school.

Love FM's San Pedro Christmas Parade
Love FM San Pedro Christmas Parade is set for Dec. 14th 2014 at 5:30pm. After, there will be a Central Park Block Party featuring Top Notch Boutique!

Cane Farmers Association says negotiation YES bully NO
The Executive of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association held a press conference this morning to denounce the actions of BSI/ASR in reaching out to farmers and bypassing the Association. The BSCFA claims it is a blatant disrespect and disregard of a 'sacred institution' by a predator. The Association says it is still willing to negotiate but will not be forced or bullied into an agreement which will benefit the company but hurt the farmers.

Corozal G.L.B Poolside Restaurant
Serving Breakfast - Lunch and early Dinner - Closes at 6:00 P.M. Located on Ferry Road behind the Almond Tree Development.

Flavours of the Garifuna
Celebrate our unique Belizean cultures - The Corozal House of Culture invites everyone on Wednesday November 19th to join in celebration of our Garifuna Settlement Day with our Flavours of the Garifuna Event. The event includes a variety of activities beginning at 5 p.m. Come out for a taste of the Garifuna culture and flavours -

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Cultural Heritage Center, is accepting project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2015 Competition. U.S. Ambassadors in eligible countries may submit proposals to Washington for projects they endorse to preserve cultural heritage in the host country. Belize is an eligible country. The deadline for submitting proposals to the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section is Tuesday, December 30, 2014.

Sugar cane crop belonging to BSI/ASR goes ablaze in Libertad, Corozal!
400 hundred tons of cane belonging to BSR/ASR under the CGP Program was completely burnt down around 12:30 today. The field was lit all around. It measures about 15 hectares. It is located in the area of Slip Dock in the area of Libertad if calculated by tonnage it is a loss of about 27 thousand.

48 inch high requirement in caves
The Institute of Archaeology, NICH hereby advises all tour operators, tour guides and the general public that an AMNESTY is GRANTED for the 48 inch high requirement for children to enter caves for cave tubing, until December 31, 2014. The Institute of Archaeology, advises that all of the rules and regulations for visits to these archaeological sites remain in place.

Channel 7

Police Shooting Alleged Gunman After He Attacked
This afternoon just after at 2:00, shots rang out on North Front Street in the area of Majestic Alley – just a few hundred feet away from the swing bridge which is the centre of Belize City. This time the scene of the shooting was Eden Site Alley – which adjoins Majestic Alley. 28 year old Andrew Tate, known as Froggy had been shot three times, once in the head. Tate fell to the ground, and his shooter fled, but an off duty policeman who was passing the alley saw what happened – and he set chase. He said the gunman then pointed the gun at him – and that’s when he shot him in the leg.That gunman has been identified as Carl Lino – whose relatives live in Majestic Alley. Police found a nine millimeter pistol on him – and he is in the hospital pending charged, while Tate is reported in critical condition.And while that is the account from police who say they were lucky to have an officer in the right place at the right time, Lino’s family has a different story which his sister shared with us today at the scene:…Diane Lino, Sister of shooting victim"When I hear the gunshot, I ran. When I ran out I reached before everybody. I heard the gunshot and I ran and a person said they done shot him, they done shot him, he's on the ground in the corner."

Corwin's Body Found; He Was Murdered
Tonight, the family of 24 year-old Corwin Mendoza continues to make preparations for his burial after 2 days of searching for his body. All through that time, the Mendoza Family has been dreading the worst possible outcome, that Corwin had died, and they were simply looking for closure by finding his bodyToday, those fears were confirmed when the family's search team found his body floating in the water behind the Guanacaste Park, just outside of Belmopan City.As we've told you, police believe that he was a victim of a stabbing, and a beating on Sunday night, after which, the assailants disposed of his body by dumping it in the creek which runs through Roaring Creek Village.His family's grief is unimaginable, but now, they know for certain that he was killed. Today, our colleague at Plus TV spoke with his uncle who spotted the body first at around 10 a.m. this morning. Here's what he said:

BSCFA Condems ASR/BSI Bypass Attempt
For the past few days the sugar industry has been dominating the headlines. As we’ve told you, ASR-BSI is trying a first: they are appealing to farmers and reaping associations to enter into a commercial arrangement directly with the factory owners, and in so doing, cutting the Cane Farmers Association our of the equation. Now, the association has represented the farmers since 1959 – and it’s not going anywhere – not quietly at least. They made that clear at a press conference in Orange Walk today. 7News was there:…Jules Vasquez Reporting…. Today the top brass of the Belize Sugar Cane Famers Association took the head table, with the Branch Leaders in the wings. At their headquarters to make ASR BSI know they are going to put up a fight:Oscar Alonzo, CEO - BSCFA"This proposed agreement is the worse agreement ever in the history of the sugar cane industry. BSI now AHS has become a predator who is using the agreement to try to obtain maximum benefits from it's investments."

BSI-BSCFA Industrial Action
And while they called on Government today, Ortega suggested that there may come a time when events may overtake them and they can no longer call for calm:…Alfredo Ortega, Spokesperson – BSCFA, Bagasse Negotiating Team"The time is coming, that they attitude they are demonstrating is really cornering the farmers to do things that will be harmful. Because they are not looking forward in negotiating in good faith for the farmers to get a just benefit and payment for their material. So we need them to understand, that as leaders, we have been working with our farmers in maintaining the peace; But there might be a time that our voices might not be heard by our farmers and other things can happen.”

Opposition Leader: ASR Move Worrisome
Very strong words, and while the government hasn’t made any comment on the state of affairs in the sugar industry, the opposition was quick to weigh in – with a position very sympathetic to the Cane Farmers Association.They say the BSI-ASR proposal would reduce farmers to cane cutters. They add that a future PUP Government would enforce the principle that quote, “sugar cane is unequivocally owned by the cane farmer.”Today in a press briefing at his private office, party leader Francis Fonseca elaborated on this:… Hon. Francis Fonseca - Leader of the Opposition"We certainly do not believe that the position that has been taken by BSI - ASR in their latest public pronouncements at their press conference, serves the best interest of the industry. We certainly do not support any effort to undermine or by pass the roll of the BSCFA. That does not serve the interest of the industry at all. We've had a long and successful tradition and history in the sugar industry of a tripartite relationship. Government, BSI, now BSI - ASR and the BSCFA representing the cane farmers.

DPM Vega Demands Retraction From Monchie
It made major news last week when Ramon "Monchie" Cervantes and his family released a phone call from a man claiming to be wanted murder mastermind Manuel Castillo. That caller made the explosive allegation that Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega organized a political assassination which ended up with Ramon Cervantes Sr being brutally murdered. DPM Vega has categorically denied that allegation, and now, he is demanding that Monchie Cervantes retracts and pays him damages for defamation, or else, he will sue.In a letter dated Sunday, November 9, Rodwell Williams, acting on behalf of Vega, wrote a letter to Cervantes saying quote,"You, Mr. Ramon Cervantes, Jr, the poltical opponent of the Honourable Gaspar Vega, played a voice recording in the Spanish Language of a conversation which you claimed was made between... Manuel "El Pelon" Castillo... and your mother, Mrs. Vilma Cervantes... The same was published by carrying and broadcasting live on Love FM and Fiesta FM Radio Stations to the General Public in Belize."

Hon. Fonseca Discusses Dr. Mendez Stepping Down
Yesterday, the PUP area representative for Orange Walk East, Marco Tulio Mendez made official what had been rumored a week earlier: he was stepping down as standard bearer because of a herniated disc in his neck.That creates an immediate and urgent vacancy in Orange Walk East for the PUP where a new standard bearer has to be identified and installed. That new candidate would only have a maximum of two and a half years to go before the next general election. And it’s an election where, again, the conventional wisdom would suggest that the PUP is going from a position of advantage – having the area representative - to one of disadvantage – having to find a new candidate.Today, the party leader discussed the party’s prospects going forward:…Hon. Francis Fonseca - Leader of the Opposition"I'm obviously disappointed that Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez had to step down. It's not something he wanted to do but he was advised to do by many doctors he saw over the few months. So that is my first concern, his health is my first concern; And i'm concerned about him as a friend and a colleague and that supersedes any of our political interests. Moving forward we have already put in place a team in the northern cacaos who will lead an effort to find the best possible replacement for Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez.

Is The PUP Haemorrhaging Publicly?
And while the PUP will move on in Orange Walk East – Marco Tulio Mendez’s departure has to be examined in its wider political context.Mendez, like Cayo North Representative Joseph Mahmud who sent the PUP his letter announcing his resignation as standard bearer a few weeks ago, will stay on, as what’s known in political jargon, as a “lame duck” area representative.It’s not an encouraging picture for the PUP: because the departure of these tow elected representatives brings to three the total number of PUP standard bearers who’ve been removed or resigned since September. Today we asked the Leader of the Opposition about the importance of appearances when it comes to losing viable candidates:Daniel Ortiz "Is this a reflection on your party's current stability? Can it be taken as a reflection of your leadership, that there is something inherently wrong with it?" Hon. Francis Fonseca - Leader of the Opposition "No, not at all. If you examine the cases of Dr. Mendez, Joseph Mahmud, those were personal reason sited. I have very good relation with both men, they have supported my leadership throughout my tenure. I have absolutely no reason to second guess their decision. I support their decision, I respect their decision and I feel very comfortable and confident as the leader of the PUP.

Bze. City Council Candidates Soon Come
And so, while he assures us that his party isn't hemorrhaging publicly, the party has yet to announce the rest of the candidates who will be running along with Yolanda Schakron for the Belize City Council Elections.Fonseca promised that the Eastern Caucus would make that announcement by the end of last week, but it still hasn't come as yet. Our information says that the party has been having difficulties with candidates who signed up and changed their minds at the last minute. Today, Fonseca was asked about the announcement of those other candidates, and he said that the Eastern Caucus Chairman simply hasn't found the right event to make that announcement: Hon. Francis Fonseca - Leader of the Opposition "That's been available from last week but I think the eastern cacaos, Dr. Smith, the chairman of the eastern cacaos who's leading that effort along with the chairman of the party and the municipal team. They want to plan a proper event to unveil their team and I can't argue with them for that. That's been settled from last week, so we have the names, that's available. I'm sure if you acquire it before, they will make it available to you, but I think obviously it's best to have the people present so you can match names to faces and have an opportunity to talk to people. We will do when they make the final arrangements.”

Hon. Fonseca Met With Lord Aschroft?
We also had to ask the Leader of Opposition about reports reaching our news room that he had a meeting with Lord Michael Aschroft.We understand that they dined in the Radisson Fort George Hotel's Dining Room, and that they had a lengthy conversation.Today, Fonseca didn't exactly say that he did have that meeting, and he didn't categorically deny it either. He did say that he reserves the right to meet with Ashcroft, with the understanding that if his party should take over Government, BTL will remain in the hands of the public:Hon. Francis Fonseca - Leader of the Opposition"I have no difficulty at all speaking to Mr. Ashcroft, he's an investor in Belize; But he has not, certainly since I became party leader of the PUP has not offered any financial support to the PUP and has not expressed any interest in offering any financial support to the party. Let me make it clear and I repeat this position that when it comes to the public utilities, BTL in particular. Under a PUP government, under my leadership, BTL will remain a public entity, majority owned by the state and people of Belize. There is absolutely no compromise in that position.”

City Fire Leaves 17 Homeless
A fire in the Collet area early this morning completely destroyed a house and scorched two adjacent structures. For the family of 17 it is a devastating event because they lost everything – including their shelter. They told us how the fire sprung up when they were sleeping:Courtney Weatherberne Reporting… This bit of charred rubble used to be a house which was sheltering 4 people. Beside it, is another family home which used to shelter 13 more people, including young children all the way down to a 2 month-old baby.But, a fire late last night destroyed them both, and almost spread to the two other houses in the yard.Linton Maskall Sr. - Fire Victim "It took place probably after 11 and I leaved to go buy some food and on my way back I saw the blaze and I ran, dropped the food and came to see what I could do to assists. I knew that my sister lived upstairs by my mother's house and she has 9 kids and I have a nice who has a 3 month kid too. All of them get affected by this you know."

Otis Claims Police Harassment
Tonight a 21 year old young man says he is wanted by police for a crime he did not commit. According to Otis Gladden, two police officers on motorcycle went to his home around one this morning looking for him. He was not there but the two officers proceeded to search the premises and then told his mother that he is wanted for driving a motor vehicle without license and insurance and assaulting a police officer at a police checkpoint. Gladden says he is innocent and is unaware of any of the incidents. He told 7news he is being targeted by one specific officer.Otis Gladden – Claims police harassment "I just came out of jail and then last night and two policeman came to the house and said I'm wanted for driving a vehicle without motor insurance and threatening and assaulting a police officer. Two of them came and searched my house and this is the second time i've gone to jail." Monica Bodden "The vehicle that they're talking about you were driving actually belongs to a neighbour?" Otis Gladden "Yes ma’am." Monica Bodden "And you have no dealings with that?" Otis Gladden "I don't deal with that vehicle, that is their family vehicle. I'm here hanging out, police man passes every minute, search me this morning and nobody told me anything. Just one specific officer is threatening." Monica Bodden

Douglas Jones Workers Get Their Jobs Back
Yesterday we reported on the workers of the Douglas Jones Canal Project who were outraged that they were losing their jobs because the project was the subject of a stop order. Today, however, it was a completely different atmosphere at the site where the workers and contractor met. It was quite a genial gathering; fitting given that the project was being re-instated. One of the Supervisors at the site gave us an update after the meeting.Quincy Gentle, Supervisor "Mr. Medina personally told me that they have tried to implement everything. I work with Mr. Medina personally on Wilson street and I know Mr. Medina is a man of his word and I can give 100 percent he will get everything done. We've come to agreement that we'll go back to work, our pay raised from yesterday and we're working on the gears and trying to take the mud off the streets as early as possible. So the neighbours and stores and business areas can't complain.” These 40 men get a raise of $15 to the existing $30 a day. Before we left the contractor was getting sizes from the workers for the protective gear. Works continue early tomorrow morning.

If You Love Belize, Teach
“If you love Belize.. Teach.” That is the theme for the countrywide Education road show. The main objective is to recruit teachers and educate the public about the importance of teaching to national development. Two of the coordinators discussed the scope of the initiative: The roadshow continued tonight at 6 at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall in Belize City. On Thursday they move on to San Ignacio at the Center for Employment training and Friday in OW at the Multipurpose sporting complex.

CANQATE Teaching Conference
And while that Education roadshow is mainly about teachers, CANQATE held it's 11th Annual conference to discuss ways to improve the quality of education services and the performance of students at the tertiary level. CANQATE, Caribbean Area Network for Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education holds several sessions every year and today specific topics centered on learning outcomes and improving standards. The coordinators discussed the details of the conference with me today. The conference ends on Friday.

An Exhibit From A Mexican Wood Carving Artist
We have seen and experienced art in various forms- from paintings to dances. But there is a unique style of art on showcase at the Institute of Mexico: wood carvings from well-known Mexican artist Orlando Canto Montalvo. His works depict the beauty and fierceness of nature. Marcelino Miranda of the Institute of Mexico came to our studios today to tell us more about Montalvo’s work. The Exhibit opens tonight at 6:30 and will remain open until December 5th.

ASR Will Continue To Dialog Directly With Farmers
We’ve told you all about the blowback from ASR – BSI’s unprecedented move to approach farmers directly. But what does ASR have to say? IT held meetings in Corozal and Orange Walk yesterday and today form Miami Mac Maclachlan told us the company is moving apace:..Mac McLachlan - International Relations Advisor, ASR "We have offered to the harvest group leaders and to the cane farmers who were present a period of time now to let us know what we think about it. As you know, we are trying to supply an element of choice to the cane farmers. That initial deadline for comments will be the 18th of November." Jules Vasquez "So then, should we take an interpretation that the agreement which had been put forward, 18 page agreement, is after consultation and after receiving feedback, that it is subject to change?" Mac McLachlan "We going to listen very carefully to what cane farmers say to us. We can't make any promises on what that impact will be in the end, we are going to listen very carefully and where we can we will making changes were farmers wish."

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Is Bagasse Payment Formula Equitable
The second point of contention in the new agreement is of course one that has dominated the sugar industry scene for the past year – payment for bagasse. In B.S.I.’s [...]

Supt. Howell Gillett Leads Belmopan Police in Outreach Initiative
Earlier we told you about the arraignment of two Roaring Creek residents for the murder of twenty-four year old Corwin Mendoza. Mendoza had been missing since Sunday following an altercation [...]

Mexican Sculptor Orlando Montalvo Exhibits Works In Belize
The Mexican Embassy through the Institute of Mexico in Belize City has an annual cultural exchange program that showcases the cultural heritage as well as the creative art of Belizean [...]


Another Hit And Run For The Corozal District
Tonight Corozal Police is investigating a hit and run incident where one of their own was the victim. 28 year old Police Constable Mario Villamil from the village of Xaibe reported to police that around 4:30 pm on Monday November 10th whilst doing his daily exercise; running from Xaibe Village to Canlum, he was knocked down by an unidentified vehicle. As a result Villamil sustained injuries to his shoulder, hands and back. He was unable to see what type of vehicle hit him. Villamil was transported to the Corozal Community Hospital where his injuries were certified as Harm. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Corozal Police Station.

BSI/ASR Cane field Goes Up In Flames
Shortly after midday today, word spread like wild fire that a portion of the BSI/ASR cane field which is located in an area known as Slip Dock in the Libertad Village was set ablaze. Reliable sources to our newsroom say that 400 hundred tons of cane under BSI’s ‘Research program’ was completely burnt down around 12:30 today. The field which measures about 15 hectares was lit all around cause much damage to the crops. If calculated by tonnage lost, BSI reports that about 27 thousand dollars were lost in crop. As a result, heighten security were placed at the fields and anyone caught in act would be prosecuted. Our calls for comment to the representatives of BSI/ASR were unsuccessful.

Speednet Seeks Injunction Against BTL
There seems to be a spar brewing between the two major telecommunications companies in Belize. Today Speednet Communications Ltd. filed an application for an injunction against Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) in the Supreme Court of Belize. A release from SPEEDNET claims that an application for an injunction became necessary after BTL served Speednet with a notice of termination of service via certain links effective November 14, 2014 which will leave almost 7,000 Smart customers in the Toledo District without access to voice and data services. The release says and we quote, “Over the past five years, Speednet has worked diligently and invested millions of dollars to build out its own network which would allow the company to become fully independent. Speednet switched its communications link in Toledo to BTL and service has been in place since July 27, 2014. Once this service went live Speednet terminated its service with its previous service provider.

BSCFA Comes Out Swinging At BSI
The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association makes its positions clear on the recent developments in the industry. As is expected, the Association unapologetically rejects and denounces the Belize Sugar Industry’s move to go directly to the cane farmers with an agreement for which negotiations between both parties have yet to be finalized. The situation is has undoubtedly become compounded as the start of the next sugar crop is only weeks away. The Association officials outlined their position of the company’s move and the contract itself in a press conference held today. Dalila Ical Reports. Dalila ical – Reporting Oscar Alonzo – CEO, BSCFA “As I mention to you, in our opinion and base on our analysis this proposed agreement is the worst agreement ever in the history of the sugar cane industry.”

Another Sudden Death In Corozal
Yesterday we reported on the sudden death of 60 year old Ramseh Vaswani who died on Saturday night while at the Corozal Commercial Free Zone from Bronco Aspiration. Tonight there is another sudden death to report also from the Corozal District. Yesterday at about 7:00am, Corozal Police visited the second floor of the Gabriel Hoare Market and in an open area discovered the motionless body of 52 year old Errol Reyes. Reyes, who is listed as homeless, was seen lying face up apparently dead. He was dressed in a blue sweater, blue jeans pants and his hands were placed on his chest. The body was transported to the Corozal Community Hospital where it was pronounced dead at 7:30am. No signs of injury or violence were observed on the body.

Standard and Poor Upgrades Belize’s Economy
Due to the ‘rising economic growth by way of investment in sugar and non-traditional agricultural products”, Belize’s growth has been upgraded from a stable outlook to a positive one, by the Standard & Poor’s Rating Service. The release issued by the company states that the positive outlook reflects S&P’s view that new foreign direct investment in Belize’s export sector is raising the country’s economic growth prospects and that this growth will support Belize’s external liquidity over 2014-2017. Additionally says the release, the government is actively strategizing the payment of external obligations related to the nationalization of two utilities by using government deposits financed by the Petrocaribe initiative and reopening its 2038 bond (up to US$75 Million).

Fruta Bomba Still In Business
This morning rumors indicating that Fruta Bomba and Belize Fruit Packers located in the Village of San Joaquin, Corozal District would close its doors, spread like fire.Information was that the managers of the company met last night and decided to close down for good after experiencing huge financial losses.In sight that if the rumors proved true hundreds would be left jobless, we went looking for answers. But when we visited the offices of the company, our reporter was informed that there was no truth to the information. In fact, according to the company’s Human Resources Officer, Carla Constanza, currently the company is in the process of planting for the next harvest. Currently both Fruta Bomba and Belize Fruit Packers have over 400 employees.

P.U.P O/W East Executive Signs Petition For Endorsement Of Josue Carballo
As mentioned by Doctor Marco Tulio Mendez there are several persons interested in representing the Peoples United Party and the people of Orange Walk East as Standard Bearer. One of those persons is Councilor Josue Carballo who is also seeking reelection for the upcoming Municipal Elections.Carballo has been the Chairman of the Orange Walk East PUP Executive Committee for the past four eyars and as such has worked closely with Mendez and the people of Orange Walk East. And from all indications he has the support of the executive to be endorsed as the next Standard Bearer for the P.U.P.In a meeting held last night members of the executive signed a petition recommending Carballo’s endorsement. If Carballo will have the blessings of the hierarchy of the party is not yet know but what we can tell you is that he is ready to take over the helms of the P.U.P in Orange Walk East.

Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez Steps Down As Standard Bearer For PUP O/Walk East
Today PUP Orange Walk East Area Representative Marco “Tulio” Mendez confirmed what has been rumored for quite some time; he is stepping down as Standard Bearer for that constituency for the upcoming general elections. The doctor made the announcement at midday today in a press conference with the media, citing health problems. “After so much time looking into it I made up my mind that yes I will be stepping down as the Standard Bearer for the Orange Walk East constituency because of the recommendations that have been given to me and of course being a doctor considering the risk factors that are involve with this with the activity that I have been doing I have definitely made up my mind and of course it has not been an easy decision, I have been to Guatemala and also doctors here and I went to Merida but I must consider that it is the most prudent and it is the best decision that I am doing. What the doctors recommended me is that he wants me to slow down on my activities because of the location where the dis-carnation is and the prognosis supposed to improve but if I persist in this high activity there are consequences that would come along and that is the reason of course I would say a personal decision that I have made and definitely anyone would want to have a better lets say as life transpires increasing the risk of what will come afterwards.”

DPM' Brother Claims He Is Victim Of Land Scam
A document leaked to the media is making headlines across the nation tonight and we have been able to obtain a copy of the release. In the body of the text shared, it portrays that Eduardo Vega, brother of Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, is claiming to be a victim of a land scam. That is after he had entered in an agreement to sell a parcel of land to a Chinese businessman, Tammy Tang, who is the owner of Three Flags Supermarket in Santa Elena Town.According to the document, Vega and Tang allegedly entered in agreement on December 1st, 2013, for the sale of a parcel of land, the property of Vega, located on the George Price Highway at the entrance of La Loma Luz Hospital. The document reveals that according to Vega, Tang agreed to pay $350 Thousand for the parcel of land in increments. The text quotes Vega stating that “By the end of March, he had received $275 thousand which was part of the agreement and the balance of $75 Thousand was guaranteed with post-dated checks.”


Drainage Project Postponed; Dozen Men At Loss
Dozens of men were at a loss this morning because when they arrived at their workplace on Douglas Jones Street in Belize City, they were told that the drainage project they are working on is being put on hold. With just a few weeks away from the Christmas season and with a new way of life being lived by many of these men working at the site, the future now seemed uncertain as they have very little information on what’s really going on between the contractor, Medina’s Construction and the Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Project that falls under the Ministry of Works. Love News went to the work site, where the men were more than willing to show us the works that they have been doing and how reluctant they are to go back to the life of crime they used to live. Quincy Gentle is one of the supervisors at the site. He mentioned to us that the businesses in the area are complaining that we are loitering, about the smell and the conditions that we are working under which we don’t have a problem with because we are not loitering because we work here. We don’t work in a building or an office, we work on the street. This morning we didn’t have a job. They said they will shut down the job site until further notice, that is the only information he gave to me and I have to send home people because we don’t have jobs.

Farmers Receive Bonuses For Close Of Crop Season
On Monday sugar cane farmers received their third and final payment for the close of last crop season. A couple of the farmers shared with us their thoughts on the payment. GONZALO TAMI JR. We did expect a little more for the late crop during the rainy season farmers put in bad cane because of rain a lot of trash and mud and that payment of the cane came lower for that reason that is how we cane farmers received this payment a little bit low. LEIGH-ANDRA GENTLE “So for this year what do you think it will be for you?” GONZALO TAMI JR. “Well I don’t know what to expect. I don’t what what we are going to experience when the season starts.” LEIGH-ANDRA GENTLE “How will this bonus aid you in the coming of the new cane season?


Gapi demands retraction, apology, and compensation from Cervantes
Ramon Cervantes Jr. received a notice of intention to sue from Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega. The Deputy Prime Minister was named in a recorded telephone conversation which was broadcast live on the radio. The Minister responded with a video release of his own, refuting any allegations of his involvement in the kidnapping and murder of the patriarch of the Cervantes family, Ramon Cervantes Sr. On Wednesday, the son of the deceased, Ramon Cervantes Jr. received the letter from Barrow and Williams law firm demanding a retraction and an apology to Hon. Gaspar Vega. Ramon Cervante is also informed that he needs to make a proposal for monetary compensation to Gaspar Vega. If Ramon Cervantes does not respond by 17th November, Hon. Gaspar Vega says he will sue.

BSCFA say they have support of farmers
On Wednesday, representatives of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmer’s Association met with farmers to discuss BSI-ASR’s new strategy to bypass the association and negotiate with farmer’s individually to get the new sugar season started. BSCFA held a press conference on Wednesday morning, where they stated that they have the support of the majority of the farmers, and will continue to negotiate with BSI as an association. That association represents roughly 5,300 farmers who have been in negotiation with BSI-ASR over issues within the commercial agreement. Those issues include ownership of the sugarcane and the formula for the payment of bagasse. BSI-ASR and BSCFA have not been able to reach an agreement.

BSI cane field set ablaze
On Wednesday afternoon, someone set fire to over 9 acres of sugarcane belonging to BSI. The cane field is near Estrella, Corozal. There has been no word as to who set the field on fire, but it comes at a time when relations between BSI and the cane farmers association are strained and negotiations have not been going well. BSI’s new strategy is to bypass the association and get individual farmers to sign the commercial agreement for the start of the crop season by the end of November.

Highway blockers summoned to court
On Tuesday night we told you about the defendant summons that were handed out to some 20 persons in connection to the August highway block that took place in Succotz Village in the Cayo district. On Wednesday we got a copy of the summons for those accused of rioting to appear in court on Thursday November 13. Many villagers had blocked the highway demanding that Deputy Commissioner Miguel Segura be charged, after he killed a woman and injured a man in a traffic accident while driving with alcohol levels above the prescribed limit. Miguel Segura was charged, but his day in court has not arrived as yet.

Speednet seeks injunction against BTL
On Wednesday Speednet Communications Ltd. filed an application for an injunction against Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) in the Supreme Court of Belize. The application for an injunction became necessary after BTL served Speednet with a notice of termination of service via certain links effective Friday, November 14, 2014. According to Speednet, owners of SMART, this move could leave almost 7,000 Smart customers in the Toledo District without access to voice and data services. Speednet says it terminated its service with its previous provider and switched its communications link in Toledo to BTL on July 27. They claim that only five weeks later, Telemedia sent them a notice of service termination effective November 14, 2014. Speednet expects to complete its own network in Toledo in the next few months but claims that they have written to the Public Utilities Commission which has said that it is not in a position to intervene.

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Workers dropped from Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Project
On Tuesday morning workers on the project to clean the canal under Douglas Jones Street and connect it through Cinderella Plaza and Baymen Avenue out to the sea were told that for now, they no longer have jobs.The decision came after the Ministry of Works sent a notice demanding that contractors Medina’s Construction stop work until they met certain conditions. The memo from the Ministry sets out a detailed list of violations, including lack of proper personal protective equipment for the workmen, excessive loitering complaints by businesses in the area, and the extent of cleaning, only to arms’ reach from the existing manholes.

Tour guide charged for sex assault on teenager
A tour guide from Crooked Tree Village in the Belize District is spending eighteen months in prison and may face more jail time on separate charges of aggravated assault of an indecent nature and carnal knowledge.Fifty-one year old Michael Davis Buylding was handed a prison sentence by the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith after she found him guilty of aggravated assault of an indecent nature on a girl who was 18 years old at the time.The incident occurred around 5:30 a.m. on November 13, 2012, in Crooked Tree.The girl testified that she was sleeping and she was covered with a sheet from head to toe when she was awakened by the feel of someone caressing her body.She said she thought at first that it was her mother.

Man charged in the case of the missing louvre windows
A Belize City woman spent $2,000 to buy glass louver windows for her home – but she has neither and blames businessman Marlon Longsworth, 40.The complainant Sharet Baptist, reported to the police that between July 2, 2013 and November 25, 2013, she gave Longsworth $2,000 to supply her with 12 glass louvre windows and she has not gotten any.Longsworth was charged with obtaining property by deception when he appeared on Monday before Magistrate Dale Cayetano.No plea was taken because the matter will be tried on indictment.

Shooting incident in Belize City
There has been a shooting incident in Belize City.Information is still coming in, but reports are that it happened at the corner of Majestic Alley and North Front Street.One person is reported to have been injured.More on this story will be posted as they become available.


Belize’s Chaa Creek Nominated For A Travvy Award
One of the things the management and staff of Chaa Creek take pride in is a high level of customer satisfaction. We see this in the smiles and gracious thank you’s of our guests, and in the overwhelmingly positive comments on sites such as Trip Advisor. It’s great when you love your job, and even better when you see that your efforts are appreciated.And while our guests are our number one priority, recognition from with the travel industry is also important. It shows that other professionals appreciate what we do, and how we do it.Chaa Creek has also been fortunate in this area, having over the years been acknowledged with awards or accolades from travel industry players such as the Belize Tourism Board, Conde Nast Traveller, National Geographic, Fox News, CNN Travel, Fodors Travel, Forbes Traveller, Travel+Leisure, Gayots Guide, Huffpost Travel, Zagat Survey, Green Globe and others.So we were very happy to be nominated for a Travvy Award, presented by travAlliancemedia, the travel industry media company and publishers of the industry’s major magazines and websites, to “recognise the highest standards of excellence in the industry today and honour travel companies, travel products, travel agencies and destinations for their outstanding achievement,” according to their media release.

What’s New In Placencia, Belize and Fantastic Meals at Maya Beach Bistro
Saturday I went on a bit of a whirlwind tour of the Placencia Peninsula to check out a few new things. Unlike Ambergris Caye, there is quite a bit of undeveloped land on this 19 miles stretch. Some places, like Placencia Village, have a quaint, pastel seaside village feel…and some, like the beginning of the peninsula, are being built up at a crazy speed – HUGE McMansions and promises of 18 hole golf courses (see Panther Golf Club & Estates) and casinos.A little something for everyone!As “the season” gears up…some changes are taking place in Placencia…some openings, some closings, some renovations…you know how it goes.Earlier this week, I took a bit of a whirlwind tour of some of the newest changes AND ate two amazing meals at one of (if not my) favorite restaurant in Belize – Maya Beach Bistro. Here. Let me show you…

Belize Birding: Ridiculous Yard Birds
I’ve been in Belize for nearly two weeks now and my Belize list is already at 171 species, with 78 lifers- inching me ever closer to the 700 club! I think its fairly impressive considering I’ve seen most of these birds within a mile of my house, and many right in my yard. For example, while we are busting our butts in the United States to see a handful of Elegant Trogans in southeast Arizona, here in Belize trogans are just sitting around like they own the place. The female Black-headed Trogon shown below was sitting over a puddle watching a group of Clay-colored Thrush foraging below. Normal morning in Belize.

10 Reasons Why You Should Quit Your Job and Move to Belize
Those looking for a fresh start in Central America often consider Belize as a top option. The country is perfectly situated with a tropical climate, and it features endless natural attractions that add to its beauty. Many visitors are unfamiliar with the country, and they fail to realize just how comfortable a move to Belize can be.1. Historical Significance Visitors that love history will enjoy the surplus of ruins from the ancient Mayan empire. Caracol is considered as one of the largest and most important Mayan sites in the country. At its peak it had more than twice the population of today’s Belize City. Actun Tunichil Muknal, or ATM, is one of various cave systems. Actun Tunichil Muknal was a sacred system for ancient civilizations as it was considered as a passage to the grace of the gods.

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Brooklyn baptists conduct missions in Belize
Ten pastors and ministers of the New Beginnings International Ministries (NBIM) embarked on a week-long Christian mission from Brooklyn, New York to the village of Camalote, Belize on Tuesday Oct. 28, 2014.The group provided bags of food that was sufficient to feed more than 50 homes in the village of Camalote for over a month, conducted evangelism and spiritual leadership workshops which were done in Camalote Baptist Church and went into Camalote Primary School where they evangelized and engaged the young students in arts and crafts. NBIM hosted a barbecue at the Blue Thumbs Missions compound where the entire village was welcomed. Inspirational messages were preached by the ministers to bring hope and encouragement to people who at times have very little to hope for.

Cedar Falls Dentist Provides Free Care to Hundreds on Dental Mission Trip to Belize
Thomas Strub, DDS, a Cedar Falls dentist, recently returned from a dental mission trip to Dangriga, Belize, organized and sponsored by Peace Lutheran Church. The purpose of the mission was to help poverty-stricken communities have access to dental care. Dr. Strub and his team arrived in Belize City on July 17th, quickly making the trek to Dangriga to do their part in providing necessary treatment for those who needed it.A blog post published on his practice's website titled, "Dr. Thomas Strub Recounts Belize Dental Mission Trip," shares additional details about the volunteer efforts. Once the team arrived in Dangriga, Dr. Strub says the volunteers created a temporary dental clinic in a Methodist school. They organized stations for taking in patients and triaging them into different categories. A separate area was sectioned off for anesthesia, oral surgery, and dental restoration procedures. Volunteers also taught patients about oral hygiene and gave out free toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss.

Running out of fish
By the year 2048, most fish species in the planet’s oceans may well be dead, driven to extinction by us humans. Such collapse will be largely due to super-efficient fishing technologies which are overwhelming fish species’ capacity to bounce back. But it doesn’t have to be this way. If we establish protected marine sanctuaries, and regulate fishing sustainably, we can share the planet with fish for a long time to come. These ideas were explored by experts in the recently screened 2009 UK film The End of the Line, shown at UWI as part of the Green Screen environmental film series organised by Sustain T&T.Belize’s Hol Cahn Marine Reserve, formed in 1987, is another success story, the film said. This reserve covers approximately 18 sq km (4,448 acres) of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove forest, and has succeeded in replenishing fish stocks in the reserve areas, growing larger fish, and generating jobs for many local small businesses which benefit from the great diving, the rich marine life and the tourism spinoffs. The Belize Government consulted extensively with all local stakeholders in planning the reserve.


Video: Coatimundi at the Witzoo wildlife sanctuary, Belize, 3min.

Video: Angela Gegg Belize Talk Radio with Macarena Interview, 12min.
Meet the ONE and ONLY full throttled, fully engaged, powerhouse of a Woman- ANGELA GEGG ( a.k.a. Proshka) ! I love what the THE BELIZE TIMES says:" ...Angela Gegg, Art Impresario, Publishing Magnate and Juggernaut Extraordinaire is a first for Belize. As a sociological-cultural phenomena Ms. Gegg is a force to reckon with. In Art Historical terms Ms. Gegg is the Reincarnation of Andy Warhol..." You will be blown away by the art forms that embody this Magnificent Woman, as to her visual art, spoken word, poetry, books, impressive entertainment talent and in fact, the way she lives her life, is ART in itself !Do not miss this provocative show today and you to will say Oh MISS GEGG !!

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