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The San Pedro Sun
Work on Phase Two of police barracks to resume in 2015
While Nuñez has indicated that the $50,000 that was given by the Ministry of National Security on Wednesday, August 13th was used for the purchase of construction material, funds are still needed for the electrification and plumbing. “As I had said, we have all the material needed to construct the building, but we will need assistance with the plumbing, electric wiring and other minor finishes such as paint and tiles. We are estimating that it would cost around $8,000 to $10,000 to fully complete the barracks and have it up to standards as the first one,” said Nuñez.
Once construction resumes, Nuñez is estimating that the building will be completed in less than two months. Anyone wanting to make additional donations, either monetary or in materials, can contact Deputy Mayor Gabriel Nunez at 605-0976 or Inspector Henry Jemmott at 600-6523.
Boxes of Joy- Santa’s lil Fashionistas are ready to bring the Magic of Christmas
Christmas time is right around the corner and for several residents on Ambergris Caye that means bringing the Christmas spirit into the homes of the less fortunate. For the third consecutive year, preparations have begun for Boxes of Joy, a toy drive initiative started by 21-year old islander, Shantelle Pascasio.
Boxes of Joy started in 2012, when Shantelle channeled her love of volunteering and giving back to the community into a Christmas event. Since its inception, Boxes of Joy has slowly gained the support of the community, bringing over 500 toys to the underprivileged children of San Pedro. Because this is only the third year, the initiative is still in its preliminary stages and still requires much support. Last year, a huge part of the drive was Fashion Kids, a fundraiser fashion show. All proceeds from the show also went towards purchasing presents for the children.
Subdivision moves to high ground
The subdivision was originally planned on a portion of wetland that was proposed as part of the expansion of Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Over 350 submerged lots were already subdivided and were about to be distributed, but after heavy criticism and outrage by conservationists and local residents, the project was halted. After the matter caught national attention, Cabinet asked that another portion of land be identified. Cabinet later approved the use of a portion of the BELTRAIDE land for the new subdivision.
According to Heredia, all those who had originally paid for the subdivision that was halted, will be the first to receive lease land certificates for the new subdivision. Currently the first 100 acres of land is being surveyed and subdivided, and once that process is completed, the house lots will be distributed to the applicants.
ABC Pre School Christmas Presentation
With Star Show from Merida, Yucatan, join the celebration on December 13, 2014, starting at 7:30p.m. at the R. Angel Nuñez Auditorium. The show promises to have lots of surprises all night long. It’s the school’s first ever Christmas presentation with characters from Frozen, Disney in Christmas, Santa, Rudolph, Frosty the Snow Man and Much more.
San Pedro Athletes Shine in Chetumal Crossfit Competition
Eight San Pedro athletes proved to be strong soldiers over the weekend as they participated and represented San Pedro, Belize in their first Crossfit competition that took place in the neighboring city of Chetumal, Mexico.
Chetumal Crossfit hosted its second annual Crossfit Challenge on November 29 and 30, 2014, this year sending out a special invitation to San Pedro Crossfit athletes to join the member’s only challenge of Chetumal.
Five Crossfit members of the Sun and Sand Box (Chandel Rodriguez, Jennifer Maher, Alex Garcia, Ernie Longsworth & James Sanchez) and two members of the San Pedro Crossfit CFS Box (Gian Rivero & Freddie Gonzalez) were honored to represent their own box and country at the competition that would be their first experience in the Crossfit competition arena. The eighth athlete was Humberto ‘Chumbie’ Torres, from San Pedro who competed as a member of Chetumal Crossfit, while he attends school in that city.
SP Mayor Surprises Awardees on 30th Township Anniversary
To commemorate the 30TH Anniversary celebrations of Township for San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, the Mayor of San Pedro presented certificates of appreciation once again to island residents who have shown significant contribution to the island’s development in various areas.
To make things a bit more special, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, did not make any special invitations to an award’s ceremony this year, but instead, he opted to pay a surprise visit to all the awardees at their home or place of work. Along with a camera crew, his Councilors and Miss San Pedro, Michelle Nunez, he personally delivered the Town Council’s certificates of appreciation to each of this year’s awardees.
Misc Belizean Sources
The Call for Elections in Belize 2015
Elections in Belize are the duly held elections held at various levels of government in the nation of Belize.
Dissolving elected bodies is broken down in the following order:-
Dissolving the National Assembly of Belize is the prerogative of the Governor General of Belize, currently Sir Colville Young. Under sections 84 and 85 of the Constitution, the Governor General can at any time dissolve or prorogue the Assembly under the advice of the Prime Minister of Belize, with the caveat that a general election must be called within three months of such dissolution, unless the Governor General sees no reason to do so.
Magical Christmas Fashion Show
Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Central Park in San Pedro at 8pm. Free to the public!
Citizens and others speak their minds in Belize
After three ships had to pass on Belize because (a) no dock and (b) crummy weather, various coalitions are ramping up their interest in a dock. A coalition of citizens and the tourism office are going to lobbying Prime Minister Barrow to take action. Currently, cruise ships tender into Belize, which is a paradise for snorkellers and divers.
I was once on a ship that took two passes at Grand Turk because of storms, and the passengers booed the captain. Shame. Here’s the guy you trust with your life and you boo him? Not only did we miss the port, but he found an even better one in one hour.
Did they cheer? No. It’s like sports: boo then cheer when your team scores a touchdown. Obviously, my fellow passengers didn’t spend enough time in etiquette school, learning when to cheer and when to boo.
Cops under investigation in relation to Lumber theft
On Wednesday November 26, 2014 at 3:45 p.m., Alejandro Pedro Chiac 44yrs D.O.B 11.1.70 Belizean farmer of Red Bank Village Stann Creek District visited I.S.F police station and reported that between 20.11.14 and 22.11.14, he processed (118) pieces of Emery lumber valued at $919.35 in the Ginger Creek Area behind Roseville Community Stann Creek District. He transported a portion on 22.11.14 to Roseville and secured it. On Monday 24th November 2014 he revisited the location and discovered that (27) pieces of his lumber were missing. The remaining amount was branded with MM at the end. He revisited Ginger Creek to finish extracting his lumber about 5:00pm on 24.11.14 and while at the river with some lumber along with some of his workers, he met up with a white pickup truck Dodge 4 door 4x4 L/P TOL C- 4675. He recognize P.C Ferguson from Independence Police Station, a Caucasian man known as Charlie Sellars, two other dark complexion men dressed in police uniform and a fifth, small framed man dressed in camouflage long pants.
Bath time for Buttercup.
Please share with your friends. She is up for adoption, please private message me or Gillian Kirkwood. Thanks.
Belize Shuttle Service (BZ Shuttle)
You have come to the right place if your are looking for a private or shared shuttle to and from San Ignacio Town, Cayo Belize. Belize Shuttle services can provides transfers to and from destination such as Belize International Airport, Water Taxi Terminal, Hopkins or Placencia Village. Upon request we also take you to other destination in Belize.
We are located downtown San Ignacio, and can do pick-up and drop-off to Hotels and Resorts from just about anywhere in Belize.
If your flying into the Belize International Airport your driver will be there upon your arrival and take you to your destination safely.
Traveling to or from San Pedro (Ambergris Caye) or Caye Caulker via Caye Caulker Water Taxi or San Pedro Belize Express, reserving a Shuttle is easy! Lets us know your name and time when you will be arriving or departing, and we will get you there comfortably.
Ms. Araceli Hunter PASSES AWAY
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its deepest condolences to the Hunter and Paz family on the passing of Ms. Araceli Hunter. Mrs. Hunter was the mother of Mrs. Catherine Paz, wife of councilor Guillermo "Mito" Paz. May her soul rest in peace.
JOB OPPORTUNITY - VACANCY
Captain Morgan’s Casino located in San Pedro Ambergris Caye is looking for suitably qualified individuals to fill the post of Manager.
Qualified candidates need to meet the following criteria:
- Be Ready to re-locate to San Pedro (for out district candidates)
- Be Mature individual preferably 30 yrs or older
- Prove managerial experience and track record through work and character references
- Have minimum of Associate’s degree in related field
- Flexible hours to suit Casino needs
- Any other related qualification may be an asset
Post will be available January 2015. Salary is commensurate to qualifications and experience.
Candidates may send resume and cover letter to
Captain Morgan’s Retreat,
Attention: Karen Riley
P.O. Box 38,
OB OPPORTUNITY in Cayo - VACANCY EXISTS for a LICENSED ATM TOUR GUIDE
Please inbox us or send us an e-mail to [email protected] to find out more. Additionally, you can call 834-4010 and ask for Mrs. Bryony Bradley.
Homemade cakes by Stephanie Quan Rosado
Here is a great day to start your Christmas. You can inbox her for orders and deliveries!!!
Christmas time is here folks...make it complete with a delicious cake or two from Steph's Gourmet Cakes. Taking orders NOW! FREE delivery within Corozal Town limits!! (15 photos)
Friday's Second Murder - Was It Related To The First?
The body of 25 year old Kenroy Parham was found dead on Saturday morning in Mahogany Heights. He was discovered on the side of the road by his aunt- just across from his family residence. The father of 3 was shot had been shot three times to the back and head.
Neighbors say they heard the shots just after 9 on Friday night but no one went outside to see what was happening. So far police have one suspect detained and many believe that Parham's death was retaliation for the death of Emmerson Arnold - the BWS worker who was gunned down 14 hours earlier while on his way to work.
Today 7news spoke with his family to find out what they know.
Lauren Williams - Cousin of Deceased
"We received the news Saturday morning. We found him dead across our street from where we live in the drain lying down. We heard the gunshot, but we didn't know it was him."
Police Make Arrest For Friday Morning Murder
And to close out the panorama of death,we go back to Friday morning, when 35 year-old Emmerson Arnold, relative to reputed George Street affiliate Carlos "Zimbab" Abraham, was killed on Gibnut Street in Belize city.
After 2 days of investigation, police are accusing 19 year-old Jason Sanchez of pulling off the murder. Tonight, he's at the Belize Central Prison.
As we told you in our last newscast, the execution happened at around 6:45 a.m. while Arnold was heading to work at Belize Water Services. He was riding his bike when he was shot 7 times in the back by a man on bicycle wearing a hoodie.
Fri-Sat Takes 5 Lives
All told it was a deadly 20 hours - in the time between Friday morning's murder and Saturday morning at 1:00 am, 5 men between the ages of 20 and 35 lost their lives: two to murder, three to fatal accidents.
On Friday we told you about the fatal accident at mile 47 on the George Price Highway which killed two men, 20-year-old Orlando Pascascio and 35-year-old Ismael Hoare. They were crushed as their Ford Thunderbird which was headed towards Belmopan collided with a cargo truck at 2:00 pm. The driver of the Madisco truck, Leto Serrano was trapped behind the driver's seat - and had to be cut out. Serrano sustained serious injuries to his lower body and is reported in a serious but stable condition at the K.H.M.H.
Cane Farmers Tell Leader To Stand Strong
Next week Monday, December 8th. is the agreed upon start date for the sugar crop. But, with only days to go, there is still uncertainty if the cane deliveries will start on that day because the cane farmers and BSI/ASR have still has not arrived at an agreement.
As we showed you last week, the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the CEO of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Chairman of the Sugar Industries Control Board, and the 18 Branch Chairmen of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association all met last week Friday. At a press briefing held afterwards, the Prime Minister said that the Cane Farmers Association had moved and there was quote, "a compelling basis to move forward."
Mayor Embarks On Christmas Cleaning In Office As Frustrations Mount
What's going on at City Hall? That's what we wanted to know today when we got news that the mayor Darrell Bradley had packed up his office - the kind of thing someone would do on their last day of work. We are reliably informed from multiple sources that he took down all pictures, plaques, and even the clock, stuffed them all in a box - as if prepping them to leave.
Now, if this doesn't sound like anything that a mayor who's about to embark on a campaign for a second term should be doing - we thought the same - and we tried to reach him to find out what's up, but he didn't respond to our requests for a comment. One of the mayor's supporters in the council did text us to say that he's just renovating his office. Indeed, we had a news team posted outside City Hall and up to late this evening, nothing had left the office. Still, though, seems slightly odd to renovate an office with just three months to go before the election..,after all elections are never sure things…so let's just call it Christmas cleaning.
Tonight, 2 Belizean residents are out on bail after being taken to court for trying to hide 2 Cuban Nationals who had entered the country illegally.
According to the Immigration Department, they detained 29 year-old Jolkies Guerra and 27 year-old Jaima Aldana who were in a Toyota Corolla car. Under questioning, the Cubans confessed to the officers that they entered Belize illegally through the banks of the Mopan River out west.
They then got into the vehicle arranged for them by 2 facilitators. After conducting their investigation, the Immigration Officers accused 50 year-old Belizean mechanic Lewellyn Ramclam and 49 year-old Cuban national Alberto Quintana, who has permanent resident status here.
GSU Finds M-16 Rounds
60 rounds of 5.56 caliber and two M-16 magazines were found on the city streets this weekend. On Saturday night at 9:00, the GSU got information and searched a bushy lot at the corner of Flamboyant Street and Croton Lane where they found the two magazines and the 5 dozen rounds in a black plastic bag. No one was in the area so it was labeled as found property. The ammunition is believed to belong to members of the PIV gang. Police note that the magazines and ammunition - which are used in military style assault rifles were clean and in good condition, and appeared to be ready for use.
Amputee Fined Heavily For Weed
Last week, we told you about amputee Alton White, the taxi driver who was found guilty of drug possession after he was busted by the Gang Suppression Unit with an amount of drugs normally considered to be drug trafficking.
Well, tonight, he must come up with quite an amount of money to pay a hefty fine, much larger than the ordinary amount for other drug possession convictions.
As we told you, the GSU visited his house in the Conch Shell Bay on September 3, 2013, and it was then that they found the drugs at his premises. The officers ended up finding 119 grams - or 4 ounces - of cannabis at the house and so they charged him with drug trafficking.
GSU Finds More Weed In Conch Shell
And while that drug seizure resulted in a conviction, the Gang Suppression Unit has been continuing to focus on the same Conch Shell Bay area. At around 5 on last week Wednesday evening, the GSU searched an abandoned plywood house there and found 2 black plastic bags, each containing cannabis. The officers then found out that the bags had a combined weight of 1.86 kilos - or 4.1 pounds. No one was in the area at the time, and so the drugs were deposited as found property. The GSU do believe that it belonged to a known drug peddler who operates in that area.
BGYEA Back To Court
On Friday we told you that about the latest standoff between the BGYEA, and the Government. BGYEA says that they were trying to abide by court-ordered mediation while the Government representatives were flouting the court's order.
Both sides went back to the court this morning where Justice Abel told both sides to try mediation once again.
It's supposed to be a cost-effective and efficient way of dealing with legal disputes, but BGYEA says that it is not working as intended. Their attorney explained outside of court what happened in Today's hearing before Justice Abel:
Bregal Finally Arraigned
Lionel Bregal, the man Ladyville police is accusing of participating in the burglary in which 390 thousand dollars' worth of jewelry was stolen, is out on bail tonight after being arraigned today.
As we told you, police suspect his involvement in a jewelry heist at the Roe family house off the Airport Road in Ladyville.
But today, Bregal was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith on the charge of handling stolen goods. As we told you, police suspected him of being involved because officers found a Rolex watch case at his Belize City house - and it was traced back to the Roe family house.
The End Of An Unusually Calm Hurricane Season
Yesterday marked the end of the 2014 Hurricane season. Now many of you might not have even noticed and that's fine…given the relatively calm season we had this year with only one slight scare: which, in itself, was just the last breath of Tropical Depression Hanna. We asked with Chief Met Officer Dennis Gonguez about this year's unremarkable hurricane season.
Dennis Gonguez, Chief Met Officer
"This season was just about average or a little bit below average as was predicts at the beginning of the season that it would be just an average season. We had 8 name systems and typically we would have about 12 name systems. Of those 8 name systems, 6 of them became hurricanes and again the average is about 6 hurricanes per season. Of those 6 that became hurricanes we had two major hurricanes.
Man Sent To Jail For Pulling Gun On Wife
Tonight, King Street resident, Enfield Reyes is spending his first night of an 18 month sentence after he was convicted in Magistrate's Court of pulling a gun on his wife.
The incident occurred on April 13, 2014. Bernadette Reyes testified that on that day, he pulled his licensed 9mm pistol on her. She says that she was walking out the front gate when she heard the gun go off. When she looked back, she saw that her husband had the weapon pointed at her.
In his defence, Reyes testified and denied that he ever did any such thing.
Coming To Terms With AIDS
An Art and Health fair was held today at the Battlefield Park to commemorate World AIDS Day. The objective is to further educate the public about the virus and to encourage people to get tested.
It is a mammoth task to accomplish through one fair but health officials say it will take more than fairs and conferences: It will take a cultural shift in the way the virus viewed and treated.
Margaret Bradley, VCT Coordinator, Ministry of Health
"What we do, we try to integrate the services more, like we don't only test at the clinic, but we also test at each health center if possible and then we also go into work place, like Grace Kennedy, Scotia Bank and other places would encourage us to go in and we go in and we test, so most and all staff would get tested. The symptoms for HIV/AIDS is almost like any other illness; it's like a cold, sometime you have oral thrust in your mouth and then it doesn't only stays on your tongue, but all inside and it goes to the back and that causes us not to eat properly, so you find that our nutritional needs is not met. Again, you have, as a protocol, people who are diagnose with tuberculosis should be tested for HIV and likewise HIV should be tested for tuberculosis."
High Schoolers Seek "Visionary" Title
On Wednesday, the insurance company SAGICOR will launch what it calls "The Visionaries Challenge." It's the national component of a regional campaign to increase innovation in the region.
And the students at Canaan SDS High School think they have the right stuff. Monica Bodden found out about their very cool invention today:..
Monica Bodden reporting
What you're looking at is an electromagnetic generator ventilation system- created by eight students of Canaan High School.
Edwardo Garcia 4th Form Science
"Okay basically what you see here is an electromagnetic generator ventilation system. How this works is simply by a bike frame that's there, an alternator, a vehicle battery, an inverter and a fan - that's the ventilation system right there. What's working the fan is the battery itself. The battery is going the currant for the fan to be able to spin, but once the battery runs out of currant, we have the alternator attached to the bike and when you spin the bike, the alternator rotates and creates electricity which charge up the battery and then the battery goes to the inverter and then the inverter inverts electricity to a 110 volts, then the fan pretty much just uses the electricity. You can pretty much plug anything you want into the inverter because it has a normal outlet."
Remembering Andy P
The legendary Andy Palacio died of a stroke in 2008. But if he were alive, he would have turned 54 tomorrow, December second.
A trio of commemorative masses will be held tomorrow in remembrance of the great musician.
Tomorrow, morning Masses will be held in Belmopan at Our Lady Of Guadalupe R.C Church at 6:30, while in his birthplace of Barranco, mass will be held at St. Joseph R.C at 9:00 in the morning.
And then at 6:30 in the evening tomorrow in Belize City at St. Martin's De Porres Church.
Kenroy Parham Gunned Down in Mahogany Heights
There was an execution style murder sometime on Friday night on the heels of the murder of Emerson Arnold that occurred earlier that morning. But it is not known if [...]
Mahogany Heights Resident Arraigned for Murder
But back to Friday morning’s murder of thirty-five year old Emerson Arnold, the cousin of Carlos “Zimbab” Abraham, a George Street boss. Moments after Arnold’s life was taken, police detained [...]
Still no Resolution in Sugar Industry Crisis
Up north… Approximately one thousand cane-farmers from Orange Walk and Corozal attended the Annual General Meeting of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, held on Sunday in San Roman, Corozal. [...]
Is G.O.B. Dividing Farmers to Force a Resolution?
While BGYEA has been ordered to go back to the negotiating table, BSCFA in the north is also awaiting word to start negotiations. But up to news time, there’s been [...]
Harmonyville Parties Ordered Back into Mediation
Supporters and members of BGYEA assembled this morning at the Supreme Court for the umpteenth time for the case of Harmonyville against the Government of Belize. Harmonyville representatives have been [...]
Trial Date Set in Castro Visa Case
Minister of State Edmond ‘Clear the Land’ Castro walked away from charges of improper conduct as area representative for Belize Rural North over a year ago. Those claims were brought [...]
Cubans Charged for Illegal Entry
Tonight two Cubans are in Immigration Department custody pending payment of fines for immigration offenses. Thereafter, they are expected to be expelled but it is not certain where they will [...]
GSU Takes Guns and Drugs off City Streets
Two firearms and live rounds were found in gang territory over the weekend by the Gang Suppression Unit. The GSU moved in on Flamboyant Street, Belize City, where in a [...]
Education Conference Underway in Belize City
The Caribbean Union of Teachers, hosted by the B.N.T.U., is presently meeting in Belize City. It is the first time a congress of this nature, where as many as eighteen [...]
Session Fosters Enhanced Education Quality
The objective of the seminar, says Fitz, is to foster an understanding of specific academic needs through the various unions representing teachers. Thecla Fitz, Laureate Education Inc. “The primary [...]
Costa Rica Celebrates 66 years With No Military
Here’s a significant fact many people might not know. Costa Rica is one of only twenty-two countries in the world that doesn’t have a military. The decision to abolish the [...]
Have You Been Tested? World AIDS Day is celebrated
December first is celebrated annually as World AIDS Day; the global event focuses on breaking the stigma and locally this year, the Ministry of Health held activities to sensitize Belizeans [...]
Belize vs. Mexico in Mixed Martial Arts
There was a major uproar in Belize City on Saturday night. Soldiers of the Belize Defense Force were out in numbers as foreigners and locals got involved in some serious [...]
Football and Basketball stats with James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. It proved to be a most entertaining ballgame as Verdes FC hosted Placencia Texmar Assassins yesterday inside the Norman [...]