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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.
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 Sources
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.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE for Hammerheads
If you want to see Endangered Hammerheads protected in Belize please write to the Fisheries Administrator Ms Wade and the Fisheries Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
DEATH OF RARE SHARK HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR GILLNET BAN
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!
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.
Ex-B.D.F. Soldier Killed on Valentine’s Day
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9 year old Boy and a Fisherman Shot In Belize City
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CitCo’s Financial Records Under the P.U.P. Microscope
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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
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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
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Will Taxes Be Lowered Under a P.U.P. City Council?
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Darrell Bradley Defends His CitCo Administration
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Ladyville Trio Charged for Possession of Unlicensed Ammunition
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Separate Hit & Run Accidents Claim Two Lives
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Meet the Dangriga Mayoral Candidates!
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Dangriga Machete-man Shot by Police Officer
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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
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