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Tropic Air adds next generation Cessna Caravan to its fleet
Tropic Air announced today the arrival and addition into scheduled service of a brand new Cessna Grand Caravan 208B-EX turbo prop aircraft (registration number V3-HHV). This latest addition to the fleet arrived over the weekend after a delivery flight from the Cessna production facility in Wichita, Kansas. It represents a BZ$5.2 million investment for the company, and our confidence in the strength of the Belize tourism product.
United Airlines makes direct travel to Chicago possible
Direct non-stop flight from Belize to Chicago is now possible as United Airlines now offer flight services between Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) and Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. On Saturday, December 20th the inaugural flight #1150 touched down in PGIA and will now be a weekly flight.
According to Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Tourism, Tracey Taegar Panton, the increase in flights to Belize is necessary for the continued growth of the tourism industry. “We are proud of the partnership we shared with United Airlines since its inaugural service to Belize in 1988. What a long way we have come. From a single flight out of its Houston hub to two, and sometimes four, daily flights from Houston, weekly service from Newark and now a weekly service from Chicago. This partnership has insured that the North American market continues to be the primary source market for the tourism sector, with Houston being our busiest hub,” said Panton.
Kaylee Kumul Celebrates Quinceaños
Congratulations to Kaylee Kumul as she celebrated her Quienceaños (15th Birthday) over the weekend. A celebratory mass was held at the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church and a festive 'Winter Wonderland' themed party was held at the San Pedro Lions Den afterwards with close friends and family. Happy Birthday Kaylee.
Pic of the Week - A Pelican's Life in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
The Brown Pelican is the smallest of the species and a common sight along the shores of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. It spends its days diving for food, gliding inches above the surface of the water and perched on pier pilings soaking up the sun, just hanging around.
Celebrity Spotting - Mixed Martial Artist Anthony 'Showtime' Pettis in Belize
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye fans and followers of UFC got a special treat over the weekend as many got the opportunity to meet and have their pictures taken with mixed martial artist Anthony "Showtime" Pettis who is currently the UFC & WEC World Lightweight Champion. Pettis was spotted hanging out at popular island hotspots Palapa Bar and Fido's Restaurant & Bar during the holiday weekend. According to his personal posts on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, Anthony was staying at Belizean Coves Estates in North Ambergris Caye.
Belize Mayors Sign Historical Employment Policy for all Municipalities
Last week, San Pedro Mayor, Daniel Guerrero, was part the Belize Mayor’s Association’s historical signing of a municipal service regulation policy that applies to all nine municipalities that have undertaken to standardize policies that relate to employment.
Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley, who designed the policy after eight months of consultation, spearheaded the signing; all nine mayors in the country signed the Municipal Service Regulation Policy. Its importance is the first step towards getting a standardized employment regime amongst all nine municipalities that seeks to change human resources practices in local government so that employees are protected from political manipulations and political interference during the hiring process does not occur.
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Letter: Appeal to Belizeans in the Diaspora
Respected Belizeans in the Diaspora:
It has been almost 15 years now since UB has started its Social Work program. To date, none of our tertiary institutions, which include Galen University, UWI and the University of Belize, has an accredited MSW program in Social Work. Our country has no shortage of MSC (Masters in Counseling); Belize being a growing nation more social workers is needed. In fact, the CEO in the ministry of human development, social transformation and poverty alleviation, Ms Judith Alpuche, will attest to the fact that Belize is in dire need of such a program. Social workers at the MSW level are needed at every government department in the country. They are needed to analyze data collected from our communities. They are needed to help with our gang situation by going into our communities. They are needed for advocacy and community mobilization. They are needed for policy creation and implementation and research.
The Issues of Transplanting Mangroves
I have been asked several times on my recommendations for transplanting mangroves but I don't think folks really like to hear the answer. If good methods exist to reforest mangroves and allow them to adapt in their natural habitat with very little human assistance, we want to avoid transplants as much as possible. There are many successful transplant initiatives in the region and any attempts of such should really consider the lessons learnt to avoid situations like this picture. Healthy young mangroves were chosen for this transplant exercise in an area north of Ambergris Caye. The mangroves were still very much alive for many months after the transplantation, as can be noted from the healthy green leaves. However, the mangroves may undergo a period of shock from which they may not recover, especially if the substrate and salinity conditions vary considerably from their initial environment. This would result in poor foliage and root structure and dwarfed trees. Such trees would not be able to provide the intended or desired functions; coastal resiliency, nursery habitat etc. In my opinion the greatest loss of examples such as these is the great effort invested in the approach.
No trash pickup in Belmopan, Jan 1
The Belmopan City Council would like to inform the General Public that garbage will not be picked up on Thursday, January 1, 2015 but will be collected on Friday, January 2, 2015.
DAVID BUDDAN MAKES HISTORY FOR BELIZE IN THE DIASPORA!
In November of 1986, the legendary Belizean broadcaster, and popular Radio Belize DJ, David Buddan, hosted the first ever radio show in the Belizean community of Los Angeles, called the Belizean Music Hour, that was sponsored and produced by the legendary grassroots L.A. based Belizean organization, BREDAA (Belize Rural Economic Development of Agriculture through Alliance).
The moment of history is as clear as day today, as the one called the Rockadelic Rocker, uttered the first words that broke the airwaves for Belizeans in the diaspora: "This is David Buddan, and we are listening to the Belizean Music Hour on KPFK, Los Angeles." With those words, Belizeans in the diaspora came to be known as a force to be reckon with, showcasing their music, culture, and diverse peoples. Buddan's style was clean cut, soulful, and confident. He carved a broadcasting style that was unique in terms of its assimilation as a British-Caribbean trained broadcaster to have cut straight into the American lingua franca of popular pop radio, and introduced a radio swag with a Belizean flavor.
Don't Sign! Cane Farmer Takes Out Injunction Against BSCFA.
When we left you on Christmas Eve - both sides of the sugar dispute were "this close" to settling on a final agreement for the start of the crop season. Well, tonight, the bad news is that they've gotten no closer; in fact, they are probably further apart!
Here's what happened. As we told you the cane farmers had one last change they wanted BSI to make to the draft final agreement. BSI agreed to that change and sent over what should be the final modified draft to the Cane Farmers Association this afternoon. But it hasn't been sent back.
And about two hours ago we learned why. One of the BSCFA's branch directors Lucilo Teck filed an injunction in the Supreme Court against the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association's Committee of Management and Ezequiel Cano prohibiting them from signing a final agreement with BSI.
It was filed today by attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd. The injunction says, quote, "Lucilo Teck applies to the court for…an interim injunction to restrain the 1st and 2nd Defendants… from proceeding to sign the agreement as the Committee of Management… without taking the matter to the General Assembly to accept by resolution the terms of such agreement..." End Quote.
Senior Citizen And Hot Dog Vendor's Throat Slit in Dangriga
A senior citizen who's also a hot dog vendor was murdered in Dangriga Town over the Christmas Holiday.
72-year-old Honduran Felix Castillo Carranza was found in his home on Saturday with his throat cut. There are several conflicting reports surrounding this murder but police are trying to untangle this web of allegations to solve the case of murder for a man who had no known enemies. Courtney Weatherburne traveled to Dangriga today to find out more.
Courtney Weatherburne reporting
This is where 72 year old Felix Carranza came every day to sell his famous hotdogs: Right in front of GrigaLizeans Store near this rusted bicycle rack.
Now this space is left empty after Carranza was executed in his small wooden house on Saturday. It was a morbid scene behind this door and According to 36 year old Marsha Castillo, her 11 year old daughter found Carranza's body.
American Man Commits Apparent Suicide, Police Still Not Sure
Tiny Boston village on the old Northern Highway was the scene of an apparent suicide this weekend. On Christmas night, 66 year old American retiree Timothy Patrick Mcnamara was found dead on his verandah. He had been shot in the head with his 43 year old common law wife's gun - a licensed 9mm pistol.
She is American Channon Nessi and she told police that they had been talking in the house about some money problems they were having, when he went on the verandah - and shortly after she heard a gunshot.
A post mortem has been conducted and police told us why they think it's a suicide, but why they are not ruling out foul play just yet:...
Insp. Frederick Gordon - Rural Executive Officer
"On the 25th December, we received information that a person has gotten shot in Boston Village whereby we visited the area where an American national was seen with a gunshot behind on the top of the head."
Mother Angry Over Her Son's Remains
Ladyville Police are also responsible for the case involving the remains which were found Thursday, December 18, at Dew Drops Area at mile 11 and a half on the Northern Highway.
They were said to be the remains of 23 year-old Marvin Rafael Bul, originally from Ladyville Village. His mother is convinced based on the discovery of the clothing and his identification card, which was found in the pants pocket on the scene.
So, on public record the bones are identified as Marvin Bul's, but the medical examiner, we're told won't make such a bold statement until conclusive tests say that the remains are his.
That's causing his mother considerable distress; she's convinced that the remains are her son's but, she cannot get a death certificate and rights to bury him. She told us today that she just wants closure:
New City Bridge Operational
The city's newest bridge- it spans the Haulover Creek from Chetumal Street in the Belama Phase one area right over to the new Lake Independence Boulevard in the Gungulung area. Work started in March and the contractors promised to finish it by the end this year. Well, 2014 is just about finished and so is the bridge. Motorists started using it this weekend - even thought it has not been officially opened.
When we went out there today we saw on familiar face among those ager to give the new bridge a first go:...
Hon. Anthony "Boots" Martinez
"You could say its unofficially open right now, but its traverse a lot by lots of vehicles. It takes you about 3 minutes from the corner Faber's Road to the Philip Goldson Highway and also 3 minutes from Philip Goldson Highway to the corner Faber's Road. So, it eases lots of traffic early in the morning. It opens up both highway and its a good prospect for business and prosperity in the country."
Police Find Decomposed Body Of Man Left Tending Home
The body of a dead 37 year old was found in Belize City this afternoon. The discovery was made at around 1:00 in the afternoon on Eve Street where police found a lifeless body decomposing inside a two-storey wooden structure.
Those in the area told the media that the family had gone to celebrate the Christmas holidays in Guatemala and returned this morning to find their family member, identified only as Walter Humberto, apparently dead.
Walter Humberto was reportedly acting as caretaker for the house while the family was away.
Caye Caulker's Lazy Lizard Rises Again
The Caye Caulker Split's well-known bar, the Lazy Lizard has been closed for almost 2 months because the bar owner, Immer Perez, has been having a complicated dispute with his landlord.
This landlord wants him evicted from the property because he says he has a buyer for the deal, a deal which Perez and his lawyer strongly dispute. So, the liquor license issued by the Town Council, which was in the landowner's name was revoked, forcing Perez to close down. Then, the landlord's agents went into the bar and removed Perez's liquor stock and placed it in a different area. Perez claims that they broke in and burglarized his place, and so, he's pressing criminal charges against the agents.
All of that meant that the bar, which attracts lucrative economic activity for the island, has been closed down.
Extra Holiday For Schools In Cayo North
The by-election in Cayo North will be held on Monday January 5th. And while opponents Richard Harrison and Omar Figueroa and their retinue will be riled up and rolling out major political machinery, many students will be taking that opportunity to enjoy one more day on the Christmas holiday.
That's because many primary, pre-primary and secondary schools in San Ignacio, Santa Elena and Bullet Tree Falls Village will be closed on by-election day. The primary and pre-primary schools include: Santa Elena R.C School, Eden SDA Primary, Santa Elena Baptist School, Faith Nazarene in San Ignacio, Bishop Martin R.C, St. Andrews Anglican, Sacred Heart Primary, Arms of Love pre and a primary school, Bullet Tree SDA Primary, Immaculate Conception R.C Primary, all pre-schools in Santa Elena, San Ignacio and Bullet Tree. The secondary schools include Sacred Heart College, St. Ignatius High School, Eden SDA High School and Cayo Center for Employment Training.
Sand Hill School Loses To Burglars
Over the long Christmas Holiday weekend, thieves broke into the Guadalupe RC Primary School in Sand Hill village and stole a gas tank, as well as copper wiring from the cafeteria. If you're thinking that they did not get away with much, the principal of the school will not agree with you.
Today, when she spoke with us, and explained that the school feeds the children using that tank:
Esther Requena, Principal - Guadalupe RC Primary School
"I was on my way to Belize City and I stopped in to get a file. Actually, I was on my way down because I wanted to pay Bowen and Bowen some monies and when I drove in I saw this window over here and something didn't seem right with it. But we had a previous burglary and it was damaged, so I didn't pay it much attention. But on my out Ms. Vacarro over there showed me, she said look at the back and when I stop and I went to the back another window was pry open - a board window was open and I said oh boy. I came out the vehicle and I took a walk just to notice that the cafeteria was broken into also."
St. Martin's Needy Targetted
While that school was assessing the bad news, at St. Martin De Porres on Patridge Street in Belize City, needy families were getting clothing donations.
It's an effort headed by members of the Pallotine Alumni of New York in which local agents have been working in Lake Independence to get the donation to those who need it the most.
We stopped in and spoke with the organizers about it:
Bernadette Ellis, assisting with donations
"Today i am assisting Mrs. Daphne Mars out of New York. Actually the Pallotine Alumni Association Chapter of New York along with Mrs. Margarita Menzies is contributing to the St. Martin's De Porres Parish through St. Vincent de Paul in honour of Santos Diaz."
The Collapse Explained
"The ancient Mayan civilization collapsed due to a century-long drought," - that's what new research suggests. According to a study by archaeologists at Rice University, sediments found in the Belize Blue Hole near the center of Lighthouse Reef show that extreme drought may be the leading cause of the civilization's collapse.
The director of the Institute of Archaeology, Dr. John Morris told us via phone that this development complements the research he and his team are conducting in the Caves here in Belize and that this theory is only one of many.
Dr. John Morris
"There are many theories that explain the collapse of the ancient Maya civilization and one of them is that of environmental degradation or in some sense severe dry period of drought that affected the Maya quite considerably. It's one of several theories and one that has been examined quite recently in detail. The evidence that we are acquiring comes from core deposits that we retrieve from lagoons and lakes and also from tests done on stalagmites in caves and primarily because what those show is that running through test on the stalagmites, it shows that a severe dry period took place sometime around that same period between 700 and 900 AD and the evidence is remarkable because those caves for example the one in the blue hole and also when you look at the coring done at Lake Peten in Tikal, it shows also too that there was significant dry periods."
Elderly Man Slashed in Dangriga
The constant story for this year remained about murder, which according to the statistics, continued on a constant upward trend in 2014. Tonight, there is one more to add and [...]
Body Found in Belize City
In Belize City, just after midday today, police visited a house on Eve Street in the vicinity of the Ice Cream Shoppe. In the upper flat of the concrete and [...]
S.C.F.A. Chairman Accused of Embezzlement
Tonight, the outspoken chairman of the Stann Creek Fishermen Association, Mark McKenzie, stands accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from an associate in what is being described as an unsuccessful [...]
B.S.C.F.A. Chairman Says All Set for Signing
The New Year may yet turn out to be a good one for cane-farmers in the north, as there is word tonight that the signing of the agreement is likely, [...]
Cane-Farmer Applies for Interim Injunction
Like we said, the industry and players are volatile. That interview with Chairman Cansino was done this afternoon, and about an hour after, we got word that parties had filed [...]
…Says Farmers Conceded Too Much
Four of the eighteen directors under the B.S.C.F.A. signed a petition last week to go back to the general assembly. They were outvoted by the majority. So now those directors, [...]
Farmers Call on S.I.C.B. to Decide Crop Start Date
That brings us to the industry bottom-line, which is that for all stake-holders from factory to field, the crop season needs to get underway. And it can, according to those [...]
2 Children Knocked Down
A pair of siblings, seven year Herber and ten year old Diana Yacab were the victims of a traffic accident on Boxing Day. The duo was hit by an SUV [...]
P.U.P. Questions Transfer of Cayo North Registering Officer
The by-election in Cayo North is scheduled for January fifth, 2014. On December twenty-second, 2014, three days before Christmas, the Registering Officer for that division, Jerrylyn Bruce, received a letter [...]
P.U.P. Chairman Says Cayo North Election Will be Close
Traditionally, by mid-December every year all attention is focused on things Christmas-related…and that lasts up to the day after New Year’s. That’s been pretty much the case this year, even [...]
Did Bones Found Belong to Marvin Bul?
On December eighteenth, Antonia Cal got the news that no mother wants to get. Police came to her workplace in Ladyville to ask her to identify the bones and clothing [...]
Student Charged for Attempted Murder
A twenty year old Belize City student has been charged for the December twenty-first attempted murder of twenty-eight year old Tyron Scott of Unity Street, who was stabbed twice to [...]
Trio Charged for Drug Trafficking
A Belize City businessman, Kevin Pandy, his girlfriend, Elmarose Cabral, and his cousin, Jomo Avila, were all jointly charged with one count each of drug trafficking for three point two [...]
Belize City Woman Raped at Knifepoint
There is also a report of an alleged rape which is under investigation by the cops. A twenty-two year Belize City woman claims she was raped around midnight on December [...]
The 2014 Premier League of Belize Playoffs
Good Evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. The PLB season continued into Week 4 with a monster showdown at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium as the Belize [...]