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Today's Belize News: February 17, 2015 #501152
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The San Pedro Sun

Councilors’ debate in San Pedro date change
The San Pedro Sun and Reef Radio/Reef TV would like to inform the general public that due to the Carnival activities, the councilors’ debate for February 16th has been rescheduled for Wednesday February 18th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Houston to Belize via Southwest Airlines – it’s coming!
Southwest Airlines, where “bags fly free”… We’re pretty sure this delightful tagline has travelers mentally packing and preparing for the October 2015 Houston-Belize route launch. As we discovered during a very informative meeting with Brad Hawkins, Senior Advisor in Communications at Southwest, ‘bags fly free’ is a HUGE positive in the aviation industry. Joined by Tropic Air’s Anthony Hunt (Chairman of the Belize Aviation Development Committee) and Julie Kee, Brad met with the media on the island to talk about Southwest’s move to bring more visitors to Belize. We already have airlines bringing daily flights to Belize, so what’s the difference with Southwest? Aside from two free 50-pound bags chock-full of items to make your next vacation here super-awesome, they also DO NOT charge additional fees! More often than not, travelers’ biggest complaint is about hidden fees and extras that take a chunk out of their fun money before they have even gotten to their paradise destination. Well, Southwest is here to ease that travel headache, which means more margaritas and Belikins in your future!

Sexual Abuse against Children is a no no…
Belize became the fifth country to ratify the UN convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). That CRC document has since become the most widely ratified convention and human rights instrument in the world. This is testament to our country’s recognition of the importance of caring for our children and nurturing them to be responsible and productive citizens. This commitment obligated our Government to enact laws and policies that create the enabling environment for children to flourish. One of the obligations to our children is to protect them from all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse and neglect. In this light, the recent alleged sex-related cases and the sexual exploitation of our children in the news is extremely troubling to the NCFC. It is an example of the challenges the social sector encounters when attempting to change attitudes that allow children to remain vulnerable to violations of their person.

Kelly McGuire celebrates birthday in San Pedro!
Some people REALLY know how to celebrate their birthday, and singer/songwriter Kelly McGuire is no exception! For years the crooning Texas musician has returned to the island each February to not only celebrate his birthday, but to treat the island to some toe-tapping, fun dancing, sing along music. From playing at an afternoon party at Palapa Bar, to a snorkel cruise to Hol Chan, to a Sunday afternoon show at the beachside Island Time Bar & Grill, to a dinner show at Ramon’s, Kelly was joined by many friends and fans alike.

San Pedro’s Joe Melgar graduates with honors from US Army
American Author Henry David Thoreau once said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have always imagined.” That is exactly what 19-year-old Joe “Joey” Amelio Melgar did when he followed his dream to become a soldier in the United States Amy. The Sanpedrano graduated with top honors on February 5th from the Fort Benning army post located in Georgia, USA. Joey, as he is affectionately known by many on Ambergris Caye, is the son of Pamela Zetina. The young Belizean is pursuing his dream of being in the US Army and will be specializing in General Mechanics.

Heredia Jr says that a government school will be built before the end of his term
Primary Education in Belize is compulsory for children ages 4 to15 years; however there are several factors that can affect school attendance. One such factor on the island has to do with the lack of classroom space for children on Ambergris Caye. School populations at the three main grant-aided schools have passed accepted standards, and because of the lack of space, many simply stay home. For some time now, islanders have been promised by the Area Representative Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. that a government school will be built.Interview with Heredia- web It is unclear how many children between the ages of 4 to 15 are not attending school, but unofficial estimates put it at around 200. That is based on results from the 2010 census and a Child Activity Survey conducted in 2007. With the influence of the imported labor force from mainland Belize, there continues to be a need for more classroom space as the current congestion is straining the capacity of existing schools.

Ambergris Today

Celebrity Spotting – TV Show Host/Actor Tamera Mowry Vacations in San Pedro
TV show host and actor Tamera Darvette Mowry-Hously must be wondering what is going on in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, as she chose to vacation in La Isla Bonita during one of the craziest times of the year – Carnaval!! Word got out that Tamera was in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, after she posted a few images on her personal Instagram account of her setting in a lounge chair on beach with the comment: “Belize, oh how I love thee.” Tamera also hastagged one of the pictures with #babymoon indicating that she was on vacation during her second pregnancy. She just recently confirmed, during one of her talk show episodes, that she was expecting a baby girl. Ambergris Today got word that Tamera was riding around town during the Carnaval celebrations but was unable to spot her.

Yes! This is Carnaval in San Pedro, Belize
Men dressing up in drag and dancing through the streets of downtown San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize – there is nothing odd with that, once it is Carnival time, of course. The official Carnival celebrations kicked off on Friday, February, 13, 2015. The comparsas (street dancing groups) are always a highlight of Carnaval in San Pedro and three of them made their way through downtown San Pedro once again with vibrant costumes and cheerful song & dance. The men’s group who dress in drag came out in full force and are always there to give spectators a great laugh. Of course Carnaval is not complete with revelers hitting the streets with paint and raw eggs in hand to joyfully paint each other; it’s the signature practice that makes the yearly event so colorful and fun. The painting and street dancing continue for two more day. Here are some images of the FUN of San Pedro Carnaval Day One:

San Pedrano Looks Towards Successful Career in US Army
Upon completing his education at San Pedro High School, Joe Amelio Melgar, known as Joey or Jojo, moved on to the United States of America where he joined the U.S Army. It seems like only yesterday but already Joey has graduated from the U.S. Army Basic Training program at Fort Benning in Georgia. Joey graduated with honors and as team captain with a few awards. We had the honors of speaking with him and here is what he had to say: “I started basic training on November 3 at Fort Benning, Georgia which is one of the most decorated and best bases in the USA for developing the best soldiers in the army. I was with 2nd battalion known as the panthers. The company I was with was named Charlie 2-47.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Manatee Fact-Sheet (The Real Belizean Mermaid)
I'm pleased to announce that the new Manatee Fact-Sheet (The Real Belizean Mermaid) is now available on the Be Kind Belize website. This is a free download, like the rest of the resources available there, for any educators, volunteers, community workers or simply people who wish to learn about Belizean wildlife. Please do have a look and share.

If you want to see Endangered Hammerheads protected in Belize please write to the Fisheries Administrator Ms Wade and the Fisheries Department ([email protected]) and urge them to pass a law protecting these species. Thank you for caring and wanting to keep hammerheads alive to thrive!

Nohoch Che’en Sinkhole Expedition
Check out one of the reports from the 14 day expedition that went into the Chiquibul Forest, and explored some of the natural beauty found there. Tony and Therese Rath got some amazing pictures during the trip. Check out the size of that sinkhole. Well worth the read. A 14 day expedition into the Chiquibul Forest of Belize to explore and document biological and geological diversity, find and map Maya sites and discover what exactly was at the bottom of the Holec sinkhole elicits contradictory emotions for a Belizean visiting the Chiquibul for the first time.

The death of a rarely seen Scalloped Hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) in the waters off Hopkins village after it became entangled in a gillnet, highlights the need to transition away from this destructive fishing gear. According to Oceana Belize’s investigations into the incident, the approximately 8’ Hammerhead swam into a gill net placed in the shallow waters on the north end of the village. By the time the fisherman pulled up his net on Sunday, February 15th, the shark had already drowned. Once a common sight in Belizean waters, the Scalloped Hammerhead is today classified as a species endangered with extinction. Globally, it is estimated that in the last 30 years, the population of scalloped hammerhead sharks have declined by more than 95%. Known as “walls of death”, destructive gear such as gillnets and activities such as finning contribute to this staggering reality faced by shark species like the Scalloped Hammerhead.

OCEANA: Sneak peak of the sensational selfies done today at the Placencia Art Festival!
The overwhelming response to the say no movement by fishers, tour operators and Belizeans in general was amazing! Thank you Placencia! We're excited about tomorrow!

BOLEDO DRAWING for Monday, February 16, 2015: 42

Michael Hyde Wins 2nd Grammy
Congratulations, Michael! Belizean keyboardist Michael Hyde won his 2nd Grammy award, the second year in a row by the way. Last year he won for his work on Ziggy Marley's 'Ziggy Marley in Concert' album, and this year for 'Fly Rasta,' both of which won Best Reggae album. Here's to a 3rd win next year!

Channel 7

Cold Blooded Ladyville Killing
Tonight, Ladyville police are investigating an execution style murder that happened in that village on Saturday night. It was staged in an open lot between the Japan area - which is home to certain Belize City gang elements - and the Lake Garden area - which is an upwardly mobile residential community. Denver Jones met his end between those two worlds. 7News was there on Saturday night and Daniel Ortiz reports:.. Daniel Ortiz reporting At about 9:30 on Saturday night, 29 year old Denver Jones parked his Geo Prizm at a cut off on Marage Road. He left 3 teenaged males - all minors - inside the car and walked in about a hundred feet - he told them he was going to buy weed. But, inside the bushy area under the cover of tall grass, there would be no weed transaction, he was killed here in cold blood - with a single gunshot to the head:

Man, Boy Injured In Random City Shooting
That was the weekend's only murder - but there was a terrifying public shooting spree on Sunday night in Belize City - which left two injured: a young boy and a middle aged man. It happened at around 7:00 on Faber's Road. 56 year old Charles Guy and 9 year old Davian Sanchez were buying at the corner Chinese Store when a gunman just opened fire on them - and the general area they were standing in. Fortunately they only received injuries to their legs. Police told the media today that it was a random shooting:.. Supt. Hilberto Romero, OC - CIB - Belize City "Police visited Fabers Road area where a report was received that there had been a shooting and several extended shells were found. Police made checks at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they found two male persons; one with a gunshot wound to the leg and one with gunshot wound to the lower part of the right foot."

Two Men Killed In Hit And Run Accidents
A man was found dead on the Phillip Goldson Highway this morning around mile 61. That is near San Pablo village north of the "Mameyal" curve. Christian Javier Villalobos appeared to have been walking north when he was the victim of a hit and run - who left him on the road to die. It happened sometime in the pre-daylight hours, but his body was not found until early this morning. Police told us they need the public's help:.. Rafael Martinez - Police Press Officer "At approximately 6:45 this morning, Orange Walk police proceeded to an area at around mile 61 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, where they saw 19 year old Christian Javier Villalobos, suffering from what is characteristic from a hit and run accident. At this point, police cannot locate or they don't have any suspect in custody and for this incident, they are again, requesting the assistance of the public to find out who are the person involved in this allege hit and run incident at mile 61 on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Police believe that some persons around there may have seen what had happened."

First A Prison Officer, Now A Prisoner
He was a prison officer, but tonight Ryan Rowland is a prisoner - after he was convicted for drug trafficking. Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith convicted him in absencia for the trafficking of 55 grams, about two ounces of weed. She ordered him to pay the mandatory minimum fine of $10,000 dollars, or in default serve 5 years in jail. But, he wasn't there to pay, so police went to pick him up. He couldn't pay by noon, so they took him to jail - where the prison officer is spending the first night of his 5 year sentence. 10 months ago, on April 17, 2014, Rowland, was busted at the Belize Central Prison in possession of 55 grams of cannabis.

Darrell Vs. Yolanda, GRRR!
Last week on the news, you heard the PUP's Mayoral Candidate for Belize City Yolanda Schakron, issue a public challenge to Mayor Darrell Bradley to explain why the council spent 1.3 million dollars in legal fees. Schakron said it was exorbitant; the mayor rebutted by explaining that it was to settle a debt with Belize Waste Control, a debt which no other council paid. Well, if you thought it would be the end of that back and forth, you thought wrong. Schakron and the PUP are keying in on the audit - they say it shows several degrees of financial mismanagement and a lack of accountability. Of course, the Mayor categorically disputes that, and he has declared that the PUP Mayoral Candidate is electioneering. Today, Yolanda Schakron invited the media to a breakfast meeting to drive her point home. This time, they aren't only questioning last year's audit - they start with the audit of 2011-2012 in which the auditors gave an adverse opinion of Council's finances at that time. There were millions of dollars under question which the auditors were unable to verify that the Council, under the Zenaida Moya Administration, had either paid out or collected.

Endangered Scalloped Hammerhead Snared In Gill Net
The Scalloped Hammerhead shark is endangered and a rare sight in Belizean waters, and tonight the image we have is of a dead one, snagged in a gill net. OCEANA says the death points to the dangers of gillnets. OCEANA's investigation has determined that the approximately 8' Hammerhead swam into a gill net placed in the shallow waters on the north end of Hopkins village. They say that when the fisherman pulled up his net on Sunday, February 15th, the shark had drowned. Globally, In the last 30 years, the population of scalloped hammerhead sharks has declined by more than 95%. Oceana Belize's Vice President Janelle Chanona says, "From a sustainable management angle and an economic standpoint, gillnets have no place in Belizean waters."

NHI Goes North
The National Health Insurance scheme has been rolled out to the north. NHI services were officially launched at two newly expanded clinics, Corozal Polyclinic II and Patchakan Presbyterian Clinic. The Minister of Health - who is the representative for Corozal Bay was all over it at the at the Corozal Community Hospital Compound on Santa Rita Hill, in Corozal Town today:.. Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health "We are starting to roll out here in Corozal and soon we will be extending this healthcare services. Already working so well in the Southside of Belize and in the south of Belize. Throughout the rest of our beloved country, I am also very happy to inform all Belizeans that this is being accomplished without touching any Social Security reserve."

Cop Gets 10 Years For Killing Detainee
Police Constable Alpheus Parham, who was found guilty last week of manslaughter for killing prison Detainee Alex Goff, will spend 5 more years in jail. That's the sentence he was handed today by Justice Troadio Gonzalez today. In his mitigation hearing today, his attorney Simeon Sampson reminded the court that he has been on remand since 2010, and that prior to this conviction, he was of good character. So, after consideration, Justice Gonzalez, sentenced Parham to 10 years in prison, but 5 years were deducted for the time he spent on remand.

Three For Firearm To Court
Three persons were arraigned on ammunition offences when they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser, and tonight, they are on remand. They are 39 year old Darrell Rowland, a resident of 200 Pigeon Street, Ladyville; 37 year old Angela Burns, a public officer of 205 Sunset Park, located at mile 8 on George Price Highway; and 45 year old Jessie Stephenson, a nurse who resides in Los Angeles. They were charged with keeping prohibited ammunition, keeping unlicensed ammunition and possession of .02 grams of cannabis. The police reported that on Saturday, February 14, they went to Rowland's house and when they searched the yard they found 5 rounds of prohibited ammunition, 2 rounds of .38 calibre unlicensed ammunition and a small quantity of weed.

Was Icicle In Ladyville Just Bug Droppings?
On Friday we told you about what looked like the formation of an icicle on the limb of a cotton tree in Ladyville. It caused quite a stir in the community because some residents thought it was snow. As we reported, meteorologist Derrick Rudon attributed this occurrence to an excessive cooling of the limb or rapid evaporation. But that might not be the only explanation. According to email and facebook chatter we've picked up on, the sliver of ice may be the work of what's known as a spittlebug.

The Art of Being 102
Eulalio Smith, a resident of Rancho Dolores, turned 102 on Thursday. Now, he's one of the very, very, very few Belizeans to reach that ripe old age - and he made sure to celebrate it in style, indulging liberally in his favourite beverage, Brandy Mist. That's right, old Mr. Eulalio still likes a good drink. But there's much more to him as Courtney Weatherburne found out today:.. Courtney Weatherburne reporting "In the sweet by and by", that's one of Smith's favorite songs to sing on his bed. It is where he spends most of his time, listening to his tunes on this 20 year old radio. But he did get up and enjoy the birthday party his family threw for him on Thursday. Birthday signs, balloons and messages of admiration for Smith still hang in his room.

Apologized For Bad Touch
A woman accused 45 year-old Cresencio Flores, a fisherman from Santa Elena, of touching her inappropriately, and caused him to be criminally charged, but tonight he's free, after apologizing in court for the unwanted sexual advance. The incident occurred on Friday, February 13, when, according to the complainant Flores touched her crotch. Well today, when the case went back before the Magistrate's Court, the woman informed Senior Magistrate Frazer that she wanted no further court action. After she was questioned several times by Senior Magistrate Fraser, the woman admitted that it was a man by the name of Cruz who asked her to drop the charge.

Getting On Bad In Chetumal
And tonight we leave you with footage of Carnival Chetumal Style. In the true tradition of carnival, our neighbors to the north are engaging in one week of revelry before the beginning of lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday, February 18th. They held their Carnival on Avenida "Er-o-es" on Saturday - and they invited Erotic Mass Band and Mother Nature to participate along with the Pandemonium Steel Band. Courtnesy of NICH, we have footage of the Belizeans showing our Mexcian neighbors a thing or two about getting down on the road. We leave you with that, have a good night and join us back here tomorrow.

Channel 5

Ex-B.D.F. Soldier Killed on Valentine’s Day
A former B.D.F. soldier was likely lured to his death on Valentine’s Day. Denver Jones was murdered after nine o’clock on Saturday night in an area that he was known [...]

9 year old Boy and a Fisherman Shot In Belize City
In Belize City, nine year student, Davian Sanchez, and fifty-six year old fisherman, Charles Guy, were shot while they were in front of Zen’s Shop on Faber’s Road. Guy is [...]

CitCo’s Financial Records Under the P.U.P. Microscope
This morning, the P.U.P. held a press briefing to draw public scrutiny to what they say is very questionable management of the City Council’s finances over the past three years [...]

Former Mayor Joe Coye Says Mounting CitCo Debt Unsustainable
According to accountant and politician, Joe Coye, although the 2012 audit is inconclusive and the 2013 audit is incomplete, the figures presented in the 2014 audit are cause for alarm. [...]

Mayor Bradley Scoffs at Coye’s Opinion on CitCo Audit
The P.U.P. maintains that from what they’ve seen of the audit, and from what they haven’t seen, there is a clear indication of mismanagement. According to Coye, it’s almost impossible [...]

Is Audit Scrutiny Really Political Propaganda?
According to Bradley, it’s beyond him how anybody could question the record of the Council, when he maintains that they have been nothing but transparent. He got quite hot under [...]

Yolanda Schakron Says Mayor Bradley is Incompetent
The Belize City Council has received financial assistance from Central Government, to the tune of millions of dollars to bail out city hall for B.M.L. workers, for streets and other [...]

Will Taxes Be Lowered Under a P.U.P. City Council?
So with all that said…is all the hullaballoo about CitCo’s finances a genuine concern, or a political red-herring? We figure that depends on who you ask, on which side of [...]

Darrell Bradley Defends His CitCo Administration
And to wrap up the political discourse, Mayor Darrell Bradley dismissed the P.U.P.’s assertions as utter nonsense. And to prove it, he even threw his predecessor under the bus, claiming [...]

Ladyville Trio Charged for Possession of Unlicensed Ammunition
Darryl Rowland, a real estate officer from Ladyville, along with two women, Angela Burns, a Second Class Clerk employed with the Belize City Prosecution Branch, and Jessie Stephenson, a visiting [...]

Separate Hit & Run Accidents Claim Two Lives
Two persons also lost their lives over the weekend in separate hit and run accidents, one up north in Orange Walk and the other in the Stann Creek District. Just [...]

Meet the Dangriga Mayoral Candidates!
Our Meet the Mayoral Candidate series takes us tonight south, to the banana and citrus belts. In Dangriga, the mayoral seat is between two educators—one is in the classrooms and [...]

Dangriga Machete-man Shot by Police Officer
Also in Dangriga, forty-three-year-old Gregory Williams is tonight recovering from gunshot wounds to the legs after being injured by a police officer at the start of the weekend.  On Friday [...]

Rare Specie of Hammerhead Shark Dies In Gill Net Near Hopkins
The drowning of a rarely seen Scalloped Hammerhead Shark in Southern Belize has brought into sharp focus the use of gillnets at sea. For years, fishermen have been calling for [...]

Sports Monday with James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   The 2 Belize City teams in the NEBL season went into the Belize Elementary School Auditorium desperately looking to [...]

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PUP Northern Caucus Elects New Committee
The People’s United Party’s Northern Caucus has a new Chairman. In fact it has an entire new committee. The election of the new committee took place on Sunday and it comes at the heels of Doctor Marco Tulio Mendez, the former Chairman being stripped from the post by the party’s National Executive after he was charged for aggravated assault against two minors. Aspiring candidates and elected officials of the PUP met at here in Orange Walk where the elections took place. At the end of the meeting, Orange Walk South Area Representative Jose Abelardo Mai was elected as Chairman of the Northern Caucus and aspiring Area Representative for Belize Rural South Elito Arceo was elected as Vice Chair. We spoke with both political leaders at the event and they filled us in on the role the caucus plays.

San Narciso To Hold Annual Agric Show For Corozal Southwest
Since being elected in 2012 to represent the people of Corozal Southwest, P.U.P Area Representative Ramiro Ramirez has been working for his people in that constituency by organizing many projects. One of those projects involves the continuing of social and economic activities and this year, Ramirez says things are coming along well for the 3rd Annual Agriculture Show that is scheduled in San Narciso Village. At the Northern Caucus Meeting over the weekend, we had the opportunity to speak with Ramirez on the logistics of the event. “Traeríamos una vez más el Agric Show que tantos años abandono el UDP cosa que hay que darle beneficio a los agricultores entonces se ha hecho cada año desde el 2012 vamos en la tercera etapa y seguiremos siempre y cuando Dios preste vida e tenemos el Agric Show este 28 de Febrero y la inauguración seria a las 3 de la tarde y demos gracias a Dios que estamos haciendo esta cosas para los agricultores que son muy importante ellos dan el pan en la meza a todos los Beliceños y hay que darle ese aplauso a ellos porque ellos hacen ese tal trabajo arduo que no muchos les gusta pero estamos enfocados en eso. Eventos que vamos a tener todo el día arrancamos a las 10 de la mañana y vamos a tener bastantes empresas allí...”

Newly Formed Youth Group Assist The Ederly
A newly formed Youth Group is starting to leave their mark with humanitarian gestures and outreach initiatives to the community of Orange Walk Town. We are talking about the La Inmaculada Youth Group who were showing the love to our golden citizens this past Sunday at the Zenobia Meggs Helpage Center. Shamin Urbina who is the Youth Leader says they are looking at recruiting new members into their proactive group. Shamin Urbina – Youth leader “We want our youths to reach out to other people because as you may know we want to give out youth to God and not only our older days as it is the best time of our lives so we want to give this part of our lives to God so that someday someone can wait for us.” Maria Novelo – Reporter “Who are we?” Shamin Urbina – Youth leader “Our group is made up of mainly youths made up of between the ages of 13 and 23 but we also have other people that are older and mainly from the Orange Walk community.”

Student Of Compassion School Wins PAHO/WHO Award
The Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) launched its #TOUCHINGLIVES international school talent contest in August of last year where they invited students from throughout the Americas to submit creative work that promotes hand washing, one of the most effective and low-cost measures for preventing disease and illness. And while there were countless submissions from schools across the Caribbean Region, we are very much delighted to report that a Belizean student from Yo Creek Compassion School in the Orange Walk District won one of the internationally recognized awards in the print category of the contest. Dr. Kathleen Israel is the Interim Representative for PAHO. “One of the students from this community Dianelly Carrillo, she got recognized in the competition for the written component a poem that she submitted and for me I think that is a wonderful thing and I think it just demonstrates how important it is to mould young minds no matter where they are, no matter how rural the community may be, no matter how small the school may be if the teachers are interested if they are involved with the children will also become enthusiastic about learning and about contributing so this is a contribution she has made not only for this community for which she originates...”

NHI Rolled Out In Corozal District
The Government of Belize has implemented the National Health Insurance “NHI” program in Belize, Stann Creek and Toledo Districts, that up to today’s date 36,000 persons on the Southside of Belize City benefit of the program that was established in 2003 following the pilot project in 2001 conceived by the People’s United Party. Today residents of Corozal can boast that they have also been rolled into the NHI program. This morning in a short ceremony, Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health, Dr. Peter Allen, CEO in the Ministry of Health, Manager of the Corozal Hospital Dr. Nelson Marin and Regional Director, Guadalupe Longsworth in the company of Corozaleños witnessed the inauguration of the much anticipated Poly Clinic 2 at the Corozal Community Hospital under the NHI program.


Minor Injured in Faber’s Road Shooting
Following a fatal shooting in Ladyville this weekend, a shooting also occurred in Belize City this weekend that leaves a nine year old minor and fifty-six year old Charles Guy in a stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. According to Eye Witnesses, Guy and the minor were standing in front of the Chinese store on Fabers Road when the alleged gun man rode passed and fire shots at them and made his escape on Sanker Street. Deputy Officer in Charge of Crime Investigation in Belize City, Inspector Hilberto Romero, explained further more. “Police visited the Faber’s Road area where a report was received that there was a shooting, several expended shells were found. Police made checks at the KHMH where they found two male persons one with a gunshot wound to the leg and one with a gunshot wound to the lower part of the right foot. These people were at the Chinese store when someone came and opened fire in that general are. We have not established who the target was because this was a minor and then a 56 year old man who were shot. The investigation continues. One person is in custody and again based on investigations we will determine if he will be charged but one person is in custody at this time.”

Hattieville Resident Killed in Ladyville Shooting
29-year-old Denver Owin Jones was shot and killed on Saturday night in Ladyville. The shooting occurred on a dirt road that links Marage Road and Lake Gardens. Deputy Officer in Charge of the Crimes Investigation Branch in Belize City, Inspector Hilberto Romero briefed the media. “On Saturday the 14 of February police visited an area off Marage Road a road leading into the Lake Garden area where they saw the lifeless body of Denver Jones 29 years with a gunshot wound to the head apparently dead. Investigation revealed so far that he went to that area in his car and he went into the road that he was found which is in a dark area. Later on his body was found there, he was in the car there were three other persons that went along with him in that particular area.

Former PUP Mayor Combs Through Citco’s Audit
As we mentioned, Joe Coye, was brought in as an expert with numbers and he too commented on what he calls the many fallacies stated in the audits. JOSE COYE “The council has contracts that it also services, sanitation and solid waste management which is about $8 million and he was giving us a figure, .40 cents on the dollar which proved not to be true but that is another matter. Now before when you look at the financials that were being put out which is on the website prior to 2011-2012. If the council had only paid let’s say $4 million of the $8 million we would not have known that the council has $4 million owing. We would only have known that they paid out $4 million.

Political Heat Turns Up Between Schakron and Bradley
With that said, Bradley responded to Schakron’s statements, saying her concerns are not genuine and purely election propaganda. DARRELL BRADLEY “I believe that the first two pages of the audit contain the auditors’ opinion. So, I would dispel any kind of allegation that the auditor didn’t give an opinion. The first two pages of the audit which I released to the public in December contain the auditors’ opinion. Of course they won’t give an audit that is 50 pages long, they will give an opinion to say that they checked the accounts of the City Council; they are satisfied in doing the audit and they give an opinion which I think is like two or three pages long.

Mayoral Aspirants Debate Before the Media on Increase of Taxes
In the first segment of our newscast, we told you about the City Council’s Audit Report that aspiring Mayor Yolanda Schakron and Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley, spoke of. Both mayoral candidates held a press conference for about an hour in which the city’s audits were not only the key subjects. It became a “she said-he said” with Schakron stating that Bradley has plans to increase taxes- a notion he strongly refuted. “I have heard that they will increase taxes if they win again. That would really be unfortunate first of all if they win and to increase taxes. As we walk around this city the cry of the people is ‘we are being overtaxed’ we are burdened with tax. You cannot burden a community with tax, the community will fail. The businesses are failing at this time. What I can tell you is that we will not increase taxes.”

Joint Efforts in Toledo To Cease Bandit Activities
Activities described as Bandit related criminal operations are reported in Rural Toledo. The reported criminal activities are of major concern to villagers of the affected rural areas and joint Police and BDF operations are part of efforts to capture any individual or those involved in what is described as Bandit related activities as confirmed by Officer in command Toledo Police Formation Superintendent Simeon Alvarez. “At around 10 p.m. on the 8th of February, based on information received of some bandits in the Otoshaw/Dolores area a team of police which consist of the quick response team departed around 4 a.m. that morning to that area in search of the alleged bandits. As a result of that one Juan Cus a 32 year old Guatemalan national was located and brought to the Punta Gorda police station where it was alleged that he was a part of the team. As a result of the interview it was later learnt that he was not a part of that particular operation where it was said that the bandits were armed and were threatening and robbing people in that area. In the interview we found out that it was a negative of him and he was later released.

Has Central Government Been CITCO’s Saving Grace and Money Back-Up
The People’s United Party’s mayoral candidate for Belize City was flanked this morning by chartered accountant, who was once a Government Minister and a Belize City Mayor under the People’s United Party, Joe Coye along with other PUP councilor candidates. Aspiring Mayor, Yolanda Schakron called a press conference to speak about the City Council’s figures and bottom line. According to the PUP, Mayor Darrell Bradley, has failed to account properly and has deliberately misled the residents of Belize City. In the nearly one hour press conference, Schakron outlined what she says is wrong with the audit. “The audit for 2012 by Castillo Sanchez and Burrell Charted Accountants had an adverse opinion. Basically what that means is that they did not have enough evidence to say what the real position of the council was. The numbers reportedly could simply not be independently verified as being correct.

Mendez Replaced as PUP’s Northern Caucus Chairman
The People’s United Party has a new Northern Caucus Chairman. Following the allegations of inappropriate behavior against Orange Walk East Area Representative, Marco Tulio Mendez, who held that seat, the party requested Mendez to vacate the seat. On Sunday the representatives of the eight electoral divisions in the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts and Belize Rural South convened in Orange Walk to elect a new chairman. Orange Walk South Area Representative, Jose Abelardo Mai was elected as the new Chairman. JOSE ABELARDO MAI “Essentially the rule of the Northern Caucus is to monitor and report on the party’s activities and the different party arms, their functions and their organizations. Right now we are busy with the Town Council elections so we are helping to organize the campaign, the Northern Caucus members to go out and visit along with the candidates; organizing the different activities that lead up to the municipal elections.”


Hit and Run in Orange Walk
In Orange Walk Town, Police are seeking assistance from the community to find out who may be responsible for a road traffic accident that knocked down a young man from the community, With more, here is Police Press Officer, Raphael Martinez. “At approximately 6:45 this morning, Orange Walk Police proceeded to an area at around mile 61 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, where they saw 19 year old Christian Javier Villalobos, suffering from what is characteristic from a hit and run accident. At this point, police cannot locate or they don’t have any suspect in custody and for this incident, they are again, requesting the assistance of the public to find out who are the person involved in this allege hit and run incident at mile 61 on the Phillip Goldson Highway.

Hattieville man lured to death in Ladyville?
29 year old Denver Owin Jones of Hattieville, Belize District, is the second man from that village to die in the last few days. He was found dead lying face up on a road connecting Marage Road in Ladyville to Lake Garden community, with a single gunshot wound to the left cheek, around 9:30 on Valentine’s Day evening. According to police, he went alone into the road, leaving three friends behind in his vehicle, but did not come out alive. The question is, did someone call him to do business in an unlit area which resulted in his death? Superintendent Hilberto Romero, who is in charge of Criminal Investigation Branch for Eastern Division, which includes the entire Belize District, says police have not established a motive but are looking at that angle and others.

Boy, 9, and senior citizen shot in Belize City
It was not fatal, but residents of Fabers Road in Belize City were surprised around 7:00 p.m. Sunday by the sound of gunfire in their neighborhood. Nine-year-old student Davian Sanchez of Rivero Street Extension was found shot twice to the right leg, and 56 year old Charles Guy, also known as Robin, a fisherman from Fabers Road, was hit to the right leg as well. The two were buying at a store when, according to police, a single armed man rode up and opened fire. But was this shooting targeted, or random? We found out from Officer in Charge of CIB Eastern Division, Superintendent Hilberto Romero. “Police visited Faber’s Road area where a report was received that there was a shooting and several expended shells were recovered. Police made checks at the Karl Huesner Hospital where they found two male persons. One with a gunshot wound to the leg, and one with a gunshot wound to the lower part of the right foot. One person is in custody for this shooting, and an investigation continues.

Man killed in hit and run on Southern Highway
Independence police are investigating a hit and run incident. According to reports, on Sunday February 15th, Police visited an area near mile 23 on the Southern Highway in the village of Santa Cruz, where they saw a man lying face up on the right side of the road apparently dead. The victim was later identified as 38 year old Oswaldo Portillo, a Guatemalan farmer. Mr Portillo received injuries to the face, abdomen and left arm. His body was taken to the Southern Regional hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:40 am.

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Political parties spar over independent audit
Two weeks from the municipal elections, in Belize City the major political parties exchanged blows over the results of an independent audit for the 2013-2014 fiscal year of the Belize City Council. People’s United Party candidate Yolanda Schakron and two of her councilors hosted the press this morning […]

Orange Walk student wins international award
In August of last year, the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization launched a “Touching Lives” School Talent International Contest. It called for the participation of school students from all across the Caribbean Region. And from a pool of submissions, a Belizean was fortunate enough to win […]

Gill net snares endangered Hammerhead shark
Concerns have been raised over the killing of a rarely seen Scalloped Hammerhead shark. The shark died this past weekend in the waters offshore southern Belize and it has raised serious concerns for Oceana-Belize. The organization today sounded the alarm after its investigation, based upon information it had received, revealed […]

Policeman jailed on manslaughter conviction
Supreme Court Justice Troadio Gonzalez has sentenced Police Constable Alpheus Parham to a total time of 10 years in prison. Constable Parham was found guilty last week of a charge of manslaughter in the shooting death of Alex Goff, who he shot to death in a detention cell at […]

Two die in hit-and-run incidents on opposite sides of the country
Police in Orange Walk are investigating an apparent hit-and-run incident on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The victim has been identified as nineteen year old Christian Villalobos, a resident of the Louisiana area of Orange Walk town. According to reports, Villalobos’ body was found at the side of the Phillip Goldson […]

Police investigate hit-and-run incident in Orange Walk
Police in Orange Walk are investigating an apparent hit-and-run incident on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Preliminary information received says that the incident happened near mile 61 on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The body of the victim, whose name has not yet been confirmed, has been taken to the morgue at the Northern Regional Hospital for a post mortem examination.


50 Shades of Grey in Belize
What IS sexy, and I noticed it yesterday afternoon while taking this picture, is a grey sky in Belize. 50 shades? 100 shades? Who cares… As it says in that seriously crappy book – Belize makes “my very small inner goddess sway in a gentle victorious samba”. Ewwww. Here are some of the many beautiful shades of Belize gray.

Another glorious day on Ambergris Caye so we decided to head north of our house and evaluate the scenery up there vs. the more populated areas south of us. Also, I’m tired of running into people we know while I’m sweating my ass off and, obviously, way out of shape. There was a great breeze and sunshine reflecting from the waters everywhere we turned, so heading to some of the most beautiful beaches on this day was the perfect scenario. We can walk the beach most of the way from our place to the bridge and, on the way, you run into this festive looking park. Would you expect any other colors? Here is the bridge over the split that heads north. If you’re in a vehicle or golf cart, you’ll need to pay the toll, which is $10BZ roundtrip.

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Maimed Toucan Set To Receive 3D Printed Beak
Last month, a toucan was brutally attacked by a bunch of youths in Costa Rica, an assault that left the poor bird mutilated and missing a substantial chunk of its beak. And the world was not happy about it. The incident quickly earned a lot of attention online, and it didn’t take long for people to dip into their pockets to help the fella out. Now, thanks to the generous public, the animal’s outlook may not be so miserable as he is set to receive a prosthetic replacement. According to BBC News, four different companies in the country said they have the skills to help him and have volunteered their services to 3D print the bird a new beak, which could be the first time that a toucan has received such a prosthesis. However, scientists know that such a procedure can be successful as prosthetic beaks have been fitted on an eagle and a penguin before.

Belized to meet ya: Central America’s sexiest secret beach
Peek-a-booing out of a far western pocket of the Caribbean, Belize’s Ambergris Caye is like the shy kid whose older brother gets a DUI and whose underage sister gets knocked up — all of a sudden he’s the golden child for just basically sitting there, doing nothing. It’s true, the Central American country’s largest island — just a 20-minute prop-plane hop northeast of the mainland on Tropic Air — is surrounded by at-risk siblings. Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico — across the hall are all sorts of narco-trafficking, kidnappings, white slavery and head-removal shenanigans. (Remember cartels? They just have slightly better table manners than ISIS.) But beachy, mangrovey, 25-mile-long, mile-wide Ambergris is quiet as a mouse. The most danger you’ll encounter in bustling 13,000-souled San Pedro, the caye’s only town, is getting your foot run over by a tipsy driver on a golf-cart (the main form of transport). I apologize in advance. Ah, what a difference a barrier reef makes — barrier being the operative word — and calling it home has other perks, too, like insane diving ops attracting all sorts of snorkel-faced expats. Not to mention a reality show or two. Do you think Fox would’ve filmed season one of “Temptation Island” just anywhere? I think not. Here’s how to do one of Central America’s, indeed, most temptation-filled secret beaches.

Cope and Alfaro lead Costa Rica to beach volleyball victory in Central America
Costa Ricans Karen Cope and Natalia Alfaro won a golden set 15-7 over Guatemalan siblings Maria Jose Orellana and Maria Andrea Orellana as Costa Rica claimed the women's top place of the Central American Beach Volleyball Tournament, a first round competition of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Continental Cup. El Salvador and Honduras blanked Honduras and Belize respectively 4-0, earning the other two tickets to the next phase. Nicaragua 4, Belize 0: Lolette Rodríguez/Elia Torres of Nicaragua A defeated Tichele Solis/Tisha Solis of Belize B 2-0 (21-5, 21-11) and won 2-0 (21-5, 21-6) against Jasmine Anderson/Kelsey Balderamos of Belize A. Claudia Machado/Osiris Patricia Juarez of Nicaragua B defeated Anderson/Balderamos 2-0 (21-16, 21-14) and won 2-0 (21-16, 21-9) over Solis/Solis.

In the new book "Split Second Decision ll Apprehended" (published by AuthorHouse), the second installment in author Vickie Swan's trilogy, is set in a village in Belize and presents a fictional story based on nonfiction testimonials of human trafficking reports. Now that Anita is a pawn in his game, Dante proudly takes her on a tour of his 'empire.' She witnesses how he forcibly takes children from the surrounding villages in Belize and barbarically trains young boys to be soldiers and how he 'prepares' young girls to be sold on the human black market. Gaining some freedom, with Anita's help, some of the young girls show their strength and courage to rebel against Dante and the outcome will surprise the readers. The cruel experiences Anita faces, while in Dante's care, teach her how to be manipulative and her feat is - can she put Dante behind bars and still free Carolyn from his clutches?

For the adventurer in you: The top 10 exotic caves from around the world
The hidden treasures of the world captivate the adventurous hearts of common people everyday. Caves are unique; no two caves are the same. Actun Tunichil Muknal, Belize provides explorers with a unique journey, including underwater traveling. Reaching this legendary Mayan cave is not easy. "One must hike, wade and underwater swim," states Perfect Vacation. But if you make it, this is a life-changing view.


  • Kymani Marley LIVE in Concert (Belize 2015) pt.1, 15min.
  • Cholo's Barbies - Carnaval 2015 San Pedro Belize, 1/2min. Short clip of this years street dancing - Comparsas - during Carnaval in San Pedro, Belize. These are the men from Cholo's :)
  • San Ignacio Saturday Market - Belize, 3min. A video walk trough of the San Ignacio Market - Saturday is the best time to bee in this market.. Think of it as Belize bundle in one place.
  • Placencia Sidewalk Arts & Music Fest Belize, 2min. A taste of Placencia Sidewalk Arts and Music Fest Belize 2015 Plenty of great handmade art and amazing local paintings.
  • Belize Plancencia 2006 with the Boyds, 41min.
  • Zip Lining in Belize, 1min. My POV video of zip lining through the Belizean rainforest.
  • CHETUMAL CARNIVAL, 9min. And tonight we leave you with footage of Carnival Chetumal Style. In the true tradition of carnival, our neighbors to the north are engaging in one week of revelry before the beginning of lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday, February 18th. They held their Carnival on Avenida "Er-o-es" on Saturday - and they invited Erotic Mass Band and Mother Nature to participate along with the Pandemonium Steel Band. Courtnesy of NICH, we have footage of the Belizeans showing our Mexcian neighbors a thing or two about getting down on the road.
  • The 2015 Carnaval Comparsas are parading the streets of San Pedro!, 2min. Ritmo, Color y Cancion, Que Viva Nuestra Tradicion! Here is the performance by The San Pedro AIDS Commission...
  • Bobby Lopez and Audrey Matura-Shepard discusses the potential power of unions in Belize., 65min. Bobby Lopez, Mayoral candidate for San Pedro Town Council and his VIP Team meets and greets Mrs. Audrey Matura-Shepard - Second Vice President of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize and President of the Christians Workers Union. Mr. Lopez and his team hosted Mrs. Matura-Shepard on his Reef TV show, talking about the issues affecting San Pedro, Belize and the potential power of unions in Belize.
  • San Pedro Carnaval Celebrations Day 1 Comparsas, 7min. Men dressing up in drag and dancing through the streets of downtown San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize – there is nothing odd with that, once it is Carnival time, of course. The official Carnival celebrations kicked off on Friday, February, 13, 2015.
  • Ziggy Marley ‎- In Concert, 80min. Listen to the entire Ziggy Marley in Concert album on Youtube
  • Adventures in Belize, 15min. Belize is a nation-state on the eastern coast of Central America. It is the only country in Central America whose official language is English, though Belizean Creole and Spanish are also commonly spoken. SHOW MORE
  • Belize: Paradise Found, 43min. Jack explores the many drinks beautiful Belize has to offer.

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