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The San Pedro Sun

All set for San Pedro Lobster Fest 2015
With the opening of the lobster season comes the annual San Pedro Lobster Fest extravaganza. The week long activities will kick off on Sunday, June 14th and will culminate with a grand block party on Saturday, June 20th. With only days left before the festivities, organizers are hard at work tweaking final details for this year’s Lobster Fest, which promises to be the best yet. Among the list of activities is the Lobster Crawl. Residents and visitors are invited to visit the participating establishments and get their Lobster Fest Passport stamped. As always, each stamp will earn you a chance to win the grand raffle prize of the ultimate vacation package for two for the 2015 Lobster Fest. Passports can be stamped at participating Lobster Crawl establishments or through the San Pedro Lobster Festival Committee.

Amanda Lindroth to put her magic touch at Mahogany Bay
Work at Mahogany Bay Village (MBV) has been steadily going forward, with expectations of the resort’s grand opening coming in 2016. The development has an ambitious plan to provide private residences, a four-star hotel, beach club, bay, restaurant, bars, spa, business center and even a general store. With a clean, airy esthetic that invites the Caribbean breezes to breathe through white painted wooden walls, beautifully designed Belizean-made rustic furniture and high ceilings, MBV’s design captures the timeless colonial feel of Belize back then. Now MBV designer Julia Starr Sanford is collaborating with Amanda Lindroth of Lindroth Designs to put the ultimate Caribbean touch on the 16,000 square-foot Great House. Lindroth is synonymous with elegant, fabulous, chic…soothing, wonderful designs that bring to life the dreams of vacationers headed to the Caribbean. In an interview on location, she described how she takes the idea that vacationers have a dream: of looking amazing in their specially chosen resort wear; of sipping their favorite beverage at a beautiful poolside or beach; of relaxing and finally, crawling into a bed made with crisp sheets, surrounded by gorgeous furnishings and the little touches that make one truly slip into vacation mode. (Oh to dream!)

Kristina Romero returns from workshop in Jerusalem, Israel
San Pedro’s National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC) representative, Kristina Romero recently completed a one-month training program in Jerusalem, Israel. Titled “Educational Methodologies Youth At-Risk: Preventing Student Dropouts and Facilitating Reintegration”, the program was sponsored by Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The program lasted from May 4th to June 4th and was held at the Aharon Ofri International Training Center. The 30 day interactive seminar included lectures and discussions led by experts, as well as several training workshops. The attendees also participated in analysis of educational planning through written material and professional visits. “The main purpose of the program was to equip us with the necessary knowledge to be able to identify who our youth at risk are and how we can help. Often times, we turn a blind eye to the behavior of our youth, or chalk it up to puberty; however the behaviors demonstrated can be early indicators that our youth need help,” said Romero.

Lobster Season to open June 15th
The 2015/16 Lobster Season will officially come to an open on Monday, June 15th. As regulated by the Belize Fisheries Department under the Fisheries Act of Belize, the consumption and harvesting of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Panulirus Argus) is allowed from June 15 to February 14. During this time, residents and visitors, especially along the coastal communities will indulge in their favorite lobster dishes. Furthermore, the Fisheries Department will be closely monitoring the lobster fishing season for undersized species. Lobster tails must weigh four ounces or more to be considered legal for consumption. In the case of the whole lobster, the vernier caliper (from center of eye to the starting of the tail) carapace must measure three inches or more.

Ambergris Today

Waruguma Restaurant has a new location
Waruguma Restaurant celebrates the grand inauguration of its new location on Angel Coral Street. New environment, new menu and new experience. Go check them out. Free ceviche and rum punch today with Special of shrimp or beef kebab, served with veggie rice and garden salad.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Young Student of Corozal Junior College excels in scholastic aptitude
arsheel Kishore Makhijani is cited as the most Outstanding graduate of CJC, graduating class of 2015. Harsheel just turned 17 on April 4 of this year, and he is already looking to a future of major accomplishments. He is originally from Orange Walk Town where, through hard work, he has earned the privilege of being the valedictorian at both New Life Presbyterian Primary School (2009) and Muffles College High School (2013). He will be graduating from the Corozal Junior College on Sunday, June 12 with a cumulative GPA of 3.88 Likes: Harsheel loves keeping up with the latest technology and inventions, reading world news as well as science forums. He enjoys talking about politics and also keeping updated with world politics, and engaging in conversations about controversial topics such as marijuana legalization or terrorism as government acts. He also enjoys video games.

Cuevas Challenge 2015 Winners
Congratulations to the Rice University students that did the Cuevas Challenge. The Friends for Conservation and Development have had quite a few student groups visit lately. The FCD has been very busy in their quest for protecting the Chiquibul. Thanks, FCD! Be safe. "FCD thanks Dr. Scott Solomon and students from Rice University for visiting Las Cuevas Research Station and for keeping the tradition of Las Cuevas Challenge – a race through the trail network at Las Cuevas. Congrats to the Cuevas Challenge 2015 winners."

Caye Caulker Chronicles

Students of Little Stars Pre School Enjoy Fun Day At The Reef
The little students of Little Stars Preschool enjoyed a fun day out at the reef on Friday, June 8, 2015. Their day out included a day at the reef provided courtesy of Ragamuffin Tours. The little stars were accompanied by principal Vanina Sosa as well as parents of the children. Even Mickey Mouse made an appearance. As you can tell from the photos, everyone had a great time!

Ocean Academy High School Graduates 13
Ocean Academy High School on Caye Caulker held its graduation ceremonies on Friday, June 12, 2015. 13 students were excited to earn their high school diploma. As Pomp and Circumstance played, all the graduates walked up in single file to take their place at the front of the room. The graduation ceremonies were held at island’s community center. Ocean Academy is Caye Caulker’s only high school. It is a private school which is fully funded by private donations. Congratulations to all the graduates. Well done to all of you!

The Reporter

CARICOM moves to establish single business jurisdiction
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) this week launched a series of consultations in member states to begin establishing the framework for a single business jurisdiction among members. The consultations began in St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, and Trinidad and Tobago, and will begin in other member states in August. The single jurisdiction will entail harmonizing legislation of all CARICOM countries, so that businesses can move or expand operations effortlessly to other member states. The single jurisdiction will present more opportunities for citizens in member states to work and progress themselves economically. The draft policy was developed by the firm, BKP Development Research and Consulting, under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) CSME and Economic Integration Programme. It addresses incorporation of companies, securities, bankruptcy and other law-related areas.

Political will needed to move reparations movement forward in Belize
Support from the government of Belize is vital for Belize to move forward with seeking reparations for slavery from European nations, Myrna Manzanares cultural representative of the Kriol Council said this week. Manzanares, one of the members of the Belize Commission Initiative for Justice and Reparations, explained that while many of the other Caribbean nations have already put forward their position on the issue, Belize is still behind. “I’m not saying that we won’t take a position as a country, but we have not done so as yet,” she explained. “We can get out there and do everything but we need a signal from the government that says ‘we’re with you.” She added that one of the main signals of commitment the commission wants is for GOB to assign a replacement for Ambassador Adalbert Tucker as the person who will oversee the country’s interest in reparations full time.

The Belize Times

Chamber Blasts UDP Petrocaribe Feast – Patrick Faber blows away $50,000 on liquor, tacos & pibil
The evidence of wasteful spending of Petrocaribe loan funds has come, as they say, from the horse’s mouth as UDP Collet representative Patrick Faber announced that he used his portion of the Mother’s Day cheers money for a spring-break type fest for his loyal UDP supporters. While speaking at a UDP rally in Belize City on Sunday June 7th, 2015, Faber arrived appearing highly influenced on some special beverage and when he took the podium he said that he used the $50,000 provided by the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance to pay for a grand feast for his specially selected UDP supporters. What was Faber’s feast all about? Under the Petrocaribe loan agreement, funds are to be spent on social development programs that bring about poverty alleviation, but in the case of Faber’s Mother’s Day spree, it meant free tacos, pibil, alcoholic drinks and an outing along the Corozal coast-line.

Killer Cops in Caye Caulker!! – Post mortem confirms 18 year old Hilberto Sotz died from massive trauma while in Police Custody
A post-mortem carried out by Police Pathologist Dr. Mario Estradabran on the lifeless body of 18 year old Hilberto Sotz on Wednesday, June 9th, confirmed that the teenager died from massive trauma due to extreme physical violence. The post mortem listed the causes of death as “vascular shock; pronounced massive heart thrombosis; acute heart trauma and cerebral edema”. “Sounds like a brutal traffic accident”, one medical officer commented when we shared the results of the post mortem. But Hilberto was not involved in a traffic collision. He was being held by Caye Caulker Police officers and it is clear that he did not undergo a normal interrogation while in custody. He was physically and violently beaten, leading to the fatal swelling of his brain and blood cloths.

Barrow snubs Sarstoon Island questions
In his usual arrogant style, Prime Minister Dean Barrow outrightly rejected attempts by news reporters to get his view, as the nation’s leader, of the recent highly-controversial standoff between Belize’s coast guard and Guatemala’s military near Sarstoon Island, which is inside Belize’s territory but within the area claimed by Gyatemalan. The news reporters were attempting to get direct confirmation that he had given instructions to our Coast Guard personnel to withdraw from the Sarstoon Island in the face of aggression from Guatemala’s military. This was the Prime Minister’s coward response regarding the incident in which Guatemala showed blatant disrespect for Belize’s territorial sovereignty. His refusal to discuss whether or not he instructed our Coast Guard to surrender is proof that he is aware of the grave political repercussions of his actions and omission to act.

Ex-Fireman burnt up in bullet-riddled car
Dangriga Police are investigating the gruesome killing of 51 year old Ralston Patnett, an ex-fireman, who was found burnt to death inside his Toyota Camry car on Sunday night, June 7th 2015. Police responded to reports of a vehicle on fire in the Commerce Bight area of Dangriga Town, and upon arriving at the scene they were forced to contact Fire officials, as they met a car on fire. Once the fire was extinguished, they saw the charred remains of a body later identified as that of Ralston Patnett. Police have ruled the case as murder. The body of the vehicle had numerous bullet holes. The vehicle was found outside a property for which Patnett was the caretaker.

Think About It
The tiny tourist island of Caye Caulker will never be the same after Monday night 8 June 2015. Hundreds of residents erupted into a mini riot that lasted for hours. They had gathered in front of the village Police Station on hearing news that a young man had died in Police custody. Yes, even in a small tourist village the Police conduct themselves so unprofessionally that it becomes easy for the villagers to lose faith and believe the worst. All across Belize this is what our Police officers have come to. They have been working diligently to achieve the terrible reputation of behaving like criminals. They verbally and physically abuse people. They tighten hand-cuffs on persons. They detain persons for no reason. They keep people in Police Stations for days with no charges. They torture suspects. Their new technique is to pepper spray inside a black plastic and pull it over the head of persons in custody. Belize being small, everyone knows what the Police do. The only persons who do not know and do not care are the Police Commissioner, the D.P.P, the Ombudsman, the C.E.O, the Minister, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. They pretend to be blissfully ignorant of this cruel reality that exists among many Police for several years now. The death of 17 year old Hilbert Sotz at the Caye Caulker Police Station is of no importance to Government.

It took a riot, civil disobedience and the stoning of Police officers to bring about some semblance of justice for the residents of Caye Caulker. A frightened government in Belmopan, which had just turned tail and allowed our navy to be run off the Sarstoon Island, found itself at odds with the peaceful and law-abiding residents of Caye Caulker. Over three hundred residents rioted for over three hours to express their righteous anger. They threw bottles, stones and other missiles and faced the riot squad which was rushed in from Belmopan, in order to make their point. That one singular point was Police abuse. In this instance the abuse had gone so far as to claim the life of an 18 year old student, Hilberto Sotz. Hilberto was in Belmopan on Sunday the 7th June, where he is a student at the Belmopan Baptist College. On Monday morning he arrived on Caye Caulker where his mother, father and siblings live. Several vendors and residents saw him alight the boat and went to his father’s gulf cart taxi. He visited his mom, Carmelina at home. Along came Police officer Nunez. He told the father, Saturino, that Hilberto was wanted for questioning for a burglary which occurred Sunday night. Nunez seized the diminutive Hilberto by the waist in front of his parents and dragged him away.

Central Bank, Belikin & DigiCell win Interoffice basketball games
Belize Water Services won 67-44 against the Central Health Region, led by Jamir Enriquez with 15 points and Karim Thompson with 13 points. DigiCell 4G won 59-55 against Atlantic Bank, with Raheem Staine scoring 21 points and Ed Thompson adding 13 points. On Saturday, the Central Bank team won 69-55 over Complex Generals with Jacob Leslie scoring 21 points, Terry Benedict added 13 points and 16 rebounds. The Heritage Bank Heats scorched Ready Call Center 90-63 with Winston Pratt scoring 18 points and Devon Defour trailing with 16 points. Belikin edged past the Belize Bank Bulldogs 54-53 with Kadeem Olivera scoring 19 points and Alejandro Baptist added 10 points.

Holy Redeemer & St Joseph win city football champs
The Holy Redeemer RC School girls and the St Joseph’s RC School boys won the Belize City primary schools football championships at the M.C.C. Grounds last Thursday and Friday, June 5. On Thursday, the Holy Redeemer girls won 1-0 in a penalty shootout against the up-to-then undefeated Belize Elementary School girls who had drawn 0-0 with Holy Redeemer in the regular season. Holy Redeemer’s Yu Ting Li and Wareyni Gillett could not get through BES’ defense and goalie Melodie Robateau, but BES’s strikers Alyanna Musa and Rhyana Chebat were also shut down by the Holy Redeemer defenders, offering no real threat to goalie Nathida Alvarado. In the shootout, BES Allyana Musa stopped 3 penalties while 2 others missed. Holy Redeemer’s Nathida Alvarado also stopped 2 penalties and 3 kickers missed the goal altogether, sending the shootout into sudden death, in which Nathida Alvarado scored the winning goal.

San Pedro Tigersharks, 2015 NEBL Champs
The San Pedro Tigersharks won their 2nd National Elite Basketball League championship and the $20,000 first prize by scorching the Cayo Western Ballaz 61-55 in Game 2 at the Angel Nunez auditorium in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye on Sunday. Playoff MVP Darwin “Puppy” Leslie led the Tigersharks scoring, with 27 points in Game 1 and 18 points in Game 2. The Tigersharks led from the getgo and never let up, leading all the way to the 4th quarter. James Milton scored 22 points in Game 2, while Raul Roches and Densmore Edwards added 6 points apiece, and Andrew Ortiz slam-dunked 5 points. Cayo’s regular season MVP Richard Troyer scored 21 points, Ivan Flowers added 10 points, and Kurt “Chengo” Burgess tossed in 9 points, but the Ballaz were still down by two points at the end of the 3rd quarter. The game tied up 55-55 with 54 seconds remaining. The Tigersharks put up 6 crucial points in those final seconds, while the Ballaz came up empty.

An appeal to the people of San Pedro
Dear Editor, Tourists don’t feel very comfortable while driving in a small golf cart often jammed between trucks and taxis. They don’t feel safe and high traffic during high season counteracts to tourists’ need to relax while on vacation. How about a Public Transportation System? Rather than expanding our current taxi service, a system of small buses could be the solution or at minimum be part of a traffic solution for our beloved Ambergris Caye. Any expansion of the current traffic situation would be hindering growth of tourism. A loss of reputation would be followed by less visitors as the result. A public bus system with electric powered, small to medium sized buses would be pleasant for everyone, locals and many tourists alike. Tourists would pay $5 or $7, locals/residents $3, kids would be free for the ride. Three or four buses would be driving back and forward between the DFC area/or beyond and the soccer field in town. If these buses are electric powered (noise and exhaust free), we could show the island’s dedication of becoming environmentally friendly.

Belize Police Department: Animal Farm
Dear Editor: Did you know that the Belize Police Department is a big animal farm? Yes, all the animals are not equal. All the good Commissioners have retired and from Henderson onwards it’s been a big joke! I don’t even know why Wiley is getting a fat salary as he is hardly in office. Is he running away from the media or from his shadow? The poor guy doesn’t even have a TV where he lives so he can’t keep up with the mess in his department. Some dumb officers are being promoted, but only if Wiley likes them. Qualified people are not accepted at police training school because they are not related to the senior clan at the Police Department. If you have a special name you will automatically be accepted for training and you will score high and guess what, you will receive the baton of honour. Yes, the surname is special. A cunning and wily thing! I am sorry for our Police Constables. They work the hardest and the lazy senior officers get the credit. Something should be done to reward the Police Constables. Many of them commute and buy lunch daily with their meagre salaries. The Corporals and Sergeants penalize them for stupid things because they want a promotion. The Constable has no say and if they are not liked, it’s even worse, as they will be picked on and frustrated until they get the hell out of the department. Instead of calling meetings to iron out problems, Senior Officers take sides. Some of them take their problems to work and take it out on officers of lower ranks.

San Pedro needs a Public Transportation System!
Dear Editor, About 12 years ago I got International Actors Guild of New York to send down to Belize the first X-Ray Machine freely being the only one of a modern nature in Belize. Now I had an X-Ray machine that Mayo Clinic was to send down but instead they revitalized it and sent it to their new clinic in India. The Belizean government has given many of our tax dollars to build some of the best staffed hospitals around this country but so far didn’t help us finish the polyclinic that Ramon Nunez and I got $1,000,000 in contributions to build the first floor and when asked to complete the second floor they only built part of it for a dental office. People of San Pedro and our good friends from abroad I ask you to look in your hearts and then in your pocketbooks to help Dr. Danny finish his clinic that will benefit all of us. We need to send emails to our government officials such as Manuel Heredia to get government to give back part of the millions they receive in taxes from us to help us create better medical facilities and more physicians. Belize has just created the Belize Tourist Medical Association so let’s push for medical facilities and doctors and nurses that the rest of Belize has better than us.

Belize’s Shining Stars – Part III Featuring: St. Catherine’s Academy, Belmopan Comprehensive School, Nazarene High School, Orange Walk Technical High School, Independence High School, Escuela Secundaria Mexico, Wesley College, Ocean Academy, San Pedro High School, Gwen Lizarraga High School and Muffles College
St. Catherine’s Academy (SCA) held their Graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at the Ramada Princess Hotel’s King’s Room on Newtown Barracks in Belize City, beginning at 3:00 p.m. 123 young women took the march, led by Valedictorian Ms. Aliyah Marin, Salutatorian Ms. Jin Shaung (Sukie) Tan and 3rd Place finisher Ms. Jia Xi Xiao. Belmopan Comprehensive School in the capital had its Graduation ceremonies on Thursday, June 4th, at the University of Belize Gymnasium in Belmopan City, starting at 6:30 pm. 209 out of 225 students took the march, led by Valedictorian Ms. Josette McGann, from class Senior 2. The Salutatorian was Ms. Eudora Chiu. At Nazarene High School, students proudly marched on Friday, June 5th, at the nearby First Church of the Nazarene on Princess Margaret Drive. 67 of 75 students marched up, representing 3 different disciplines [Vocational, Business and Academic], led by Valedictorian Ms. Leanny Gonzalez (with an unconfirmed Grade Average of 81.5%), and 16-year-old Salutatorian Ms. Alisha Estell (of Class 4 Business, with a Grade Average of 81%.

PUP Position on Sarstoon Caye Incident
The People’s United Party condemns the feeble response by the Barrow Administration to the armed incursion into Belizean territory by the Guatemalan Armed Forces on Thursday May 28, 2015. The conflicting accounts of the events given by the government are further cause for concern. Particularly so since, reportedly, no less than the Prime Minister ordered the withdrawal of the members of the Belize Coast Guard from the Sarstoon Island, an island well inside Belize’s borders. The declared mission, which was to conduct an overt reconnaissance patrol, does not in the normal course require Prime Ministerial approval to come to an end. The PUP therefore rejects the account given by the Belize Coast Guard that the mission had been completed and that that was what prompted their “extraction”.

The Chamber Calls for Responsible Spending of Public Loan Funds
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry emphatically condemns the confessed blatant misuse of the Petro Caribe Loan Funds as confirmed by the Minister of Education Patrick Faber and aired by multiple media houses on newscasts of June 8th 2015. The minister stated at the Caribbean Shores endorsement convention that he used Petro Caribe Loan Funds to take twenty two (22) busses of his constituents to Corozal Bay for a beach party, using the said loan money to finance this outing. Spending loan funds on a picnic can in no way be seen as investing in our people’s future, and this activity underscores the need for procedures that uphold the principles of accountability, transparency and responsible spending, particularly in the use of loan funds.

From time to time I revisit my jottings about Jazz, published in October 2009 by the Image Factory Art Foundation in the book “Jazz Sketches – Profiles of Thirty Greats.” Earlier, I had written this series of articles that appeared in the Belize Times under the heading ‘A World of Jazz.’ Yasser Musa and I compiled and put out these pieces as “Jazz Sketches”. One of my entries, which I wrote on March 8, 2009, was on the great guitarist Wes Montgomery. A month or two ago a professional associate of my husband saw a part of my jazz CD collection. He was so impressed that he bought and sent me as a gift a new double CD of very early Wes Montgomery recordings that I did not have in 2009 when I wrote about Wes. This new recording is a treasure trove, which showcases Wes and his group in the mid 1950’s. Their music was recorded live at jazz venues in his hometown of Indianapolis, and reveals the phenomenal talent of Wes. He was playing along with his brothers Monk and Buddy and a few friends. I am certainly very happy to have this addition to my Wes Montgomery discography. I must make sure that I invite my jazz buddy, guitarist Mark Phillips, to have a listen.

Arise Young People of Belize
“Our youth deserve the opportunity to complete their high school and college education, free of early parenthood. Their future children deserve the opportunity to grow up in financially and emotionally stable homes. Our communities benefit from healthy, productive, well-prepared young people.” Jane Fonda Those are indeed inspiring words by Miss Fonda. In 2015 however the young people of this country (persons ages 15 to 35) have very little to celebrate although they have huge power in their hands as the largest voting bloc in the country. Our prison is filled with hundreds of young people, whose lives are being wasted with the serving of lengthy sentences for petty offences such as possession of a few ounces of marijuana or riding a bicycle contrary to the flow of traffic. One of the groups paying the heaviest price for the raging crime situation in Belize today is the young people of this nation. Of the over 60 persons murdered in the first half of 2015 almost 50% or 80% of them are young people of Belize. Sadly most of those murder cases remain unsolved.

The blatant and continued abuse of Belize’s Petro Caribe Funds should be of major concern to not only those who are not benefitting, but to each and every Belizean. The fact that the loan is being secured at a very low interest rate should in no way justify us just squandering this money. Even if we were being charged absolutely no interest, or even if it was simply a grant, just out of respect and consideration for those who make it available, then we should do our endeavor best to ensure lasting value for the monies spent. The people of Belize, all of whom will have to pay this money back, must not relent in their demand for transparency and accountability where these funds are concerned. These monies do not belong to Dean Barrow or to the United Democratic Party but to every citizen of this country. All of us are contributing and it is our hard taxed dollars that will eventually go toward paying back this loan. The way it has been going, it is only UDP ministers and their cronies who have been enjoying the bulk and only UDP supporters who have been getting the crumbs. Something is not right! The irony in all this is that while this United Democratic Party is having a grand time squandering and sharing this borrowed money among themselves, the people of Venezuela, who have been kind enough to grant us this loan, are suffering. Venezuela is presently confronting a major economic crunch and as Pedro Palma, one particular economic expert from Caracas laments, “We are on the verge of getting into a much deeper economic crisis”.

GOB Disrespects Dangriga
The United Democratic Party Government has disrespected the residents of Dangriga once more. Last week the Government announced that two contracts had been signed for projects in that town. You would have thought that the contracts were awarded in a fair and transparent manner and with the aim of ensuring that the local residents benefit. Lo and behold, the contract recipients are persons closely connected to the UDP in Dangriga. The first contract went to Hubert L. Usher, who is a close relative of the UDP standard bearer of Dangriga. It isn’t a coincidence that the Usher company with such close links to the UDP. The second contract, awarded to Coleman Construction Ltd., is not only another slap to the face of Griga residents because once more another UDP crony will benefit, but because the company is based all the way in Hattieville.

Castro won convention with big money, not integrity nor record
It was all about the money at the United Democratic Party’s Belize Rural North convention held on May 30, 2015, which saw the scandal-ridden politician, Edmond Castro, defeat a long-time educator and pastor, Dwight Tillett. Castro’s head has been on the chopping block, he was aware of this. He has become a political liability for the UDP. His name is synonymous with scandals. He is the politician which the longest political rap sheet. His antecedent report would include hustling from public funds, land scams, confessed abetment to visa hustling, alleged sexual offence while on official business, and the ugly list goes on. An influential section of the UDP wanted to get rid of Castro and the baggage he placed on the UDP. This section included Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley, who openly campaigned against Castro and attacked his integrity.

BYM calls for objective investigation into death of Hilberto Sotz
The Belize Youth Movement stands in solidarity with the community of Caye Caulker and calls for an objective and thorough investigation into the unexplained death of 18 year old Hilberto Sotz who was under Police custody at the time of his death on Monday, June 8, 2015. The Police’s account of what occurred does not hold when compared with the accounts of the local residents. The Police’s accounts makes no mention of alleged bruises on the teenager’s body, and while authorities claim that the young man died after experiencing respiratory problems, his family vouches that he had no such medical complication. Furthermore, the reports that the teenager passed away at the local health center have been disputed by witnesses who saw the lifeless body moved from the Police Station to the health centre on Monday evening. The question is: did the Police use excessive force while interrogating young Hilberto? The members of our Police Department and other security forces have a much higher duty to exercise care and responsibility over the citizens of our country, even those suspected of wrongdoing.

PUP Belize Rural South demands justice for slain teen
The People’s United Party Belize Rural South Office and standard bearer Mr. Jose Elito Arceo extend the most deepest and sincere condolences to the family of the late Hilbert Sotz. We are hereby demanding a full investigation by an independent party so that justice can be administered. We understand the anger and discontent the residents of Caye Caulker expressed yesterday as these sad events unfolded. We hope a fast and fair resolution is found so that residents and visitors can return to feeling safe in Caye Caulker.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

One man injured in fatal road accident in Camalote Village
One man has been injured in a fatal road accident that happened last night in Camalote Village, Cayo. Sources say that the man behind the wheel of the vehicle is the driver of Hon. John Saldivar, area representative for the Belmopan division and Minister of National Security. Police have since […]

Guatemalan military vessel removed from Belize’s Reef
The Guatemalan military vessel that ran aground Belize’s reef on Wednesday night around 11:00pm has been removed from the reef between Long Caye and Middle Caye in Glover’s Reef. According to reports, the vessel has been allowed to return to Puerto Barrios with all crew members on board which is […]

5 Belizeans detained in Guatemala
Reports reaching our newsroom are that 5 Belizean men were detained in Santa Cruz, Guatemala yesterday evening. Santa Cruz is a Guatemalan village that borders Jalacate in southern Belize, and according to reports, the men were drunk and disorderly and were involved in some sort of altercation. It is interesting […]

Guatemalans protest government corruption: Why it matters to Belize
Britain’s The Guardian reports that thousands of Guatemalans have camped out in the Constitution Square outside the National Palace in Guatemala City for the last two months, demanding an end to corruption and the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina, whose term expires in 2016. Ahead of elections due […]

Belize, Guatemala indigenous cooperate on reducing cross-border incursions
Indigenous Maya leaders from Belize and Guatemala met last week in Poptun, Peten, Guatemala, to discuss collaboration on decreasing the number of cross-border incursions and subsequent destruction of natural resources in the Chiquibul-Maya Mountains which straddle both countries. The indigenous groups aim to unite the efforts of the communities living […]

Belizean shrimp sold to British retailer
Belize Aquaculture Limited (BAL), a major producer of farm-produced shrimp, has entered an export contract with UK-based seafood agent Blue Earth Foods to provide raw shrimp to the UK’s largest chain of retailers, Sainsbury’s. Blue Earth is a subsdiary of Thailand’s SeaFresh Industry, which has owned half of BAL since […]

Murder in Belize City
Belize City Police are reporting that last night around 8:30 p.m., they visited #1011 Partridge Street Ext in Belize City where they saw 28-year-old Allison Williams of Rivero Street, Belize City lying face down on the street apparently dead. According to reports, Williams AKA Wally went to visit some friends […]

BMG will live stream Belize vs. Dominican Republic game tomorrow
After an exciting and victorious match in Dominican Republic, the Belize’s Jaguars are looking for a second win to seal their ticket to the third round of qualifications for the road to the World Cup 2018. Preparations at the FFB football stadium in Belmopan are in full swing for this […]

PUP might not contest the bye-election in Dangriga
The People’s United Party (PUP) is still assessing whether they will contest the bye-election in the Dangriga constituency. The bye-election is scheduled for July 8th and the assessment has still not been completed. According to a local news report, the assessment isn’t just a stalling technique but it is serious […]


“Feel The Need In Me” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Earlier this week after a shower I looked at myself in the mirror and I knew, I just knew. So I said to myself (yes I am ‘guilty’ of talking to myself but at least this time I could see who I was talking to) “Do you feel the need in me?” I’ve never felt this way before but I had a compelling urge for a ho. I’ve had these thoughts before but I’ve shown tremendous restraint and controlled them. But this time the need was too strong! I needed a ho that would do most of the work for me. I’m not getting any younger you know. I think I could have fought the desire for a ho if it were not so easy to find one here on Ambergris Caye. But the establishments where they are available are so well known and the signage makes it obvious that you’ll find a ho inside them. I decided that I would not tell Rose about my needs.- she might not understand and we might end up arguing about it. Sometimes in life you’ve just got to do what your body is telling you it needs. So I filled my wallet with BZ$ 50 notes, surreptitiously left the house (OK, OK so it was sneakily) and headed south to where I was confident I’d find the ho that I was looking for. And needed so badly.

Dharma talk, guided meditation on Sunday at Ak’bol Yoga Retreat
San Pedro friends, a special treat for us all on Sunday, June 14, 4-530 p.m.: Our good friend and Dharmacharya teacher from California, John Salerno-White, is visiting and will be presenting an afternoon of mindfulness and guided meditation at Ak’bol Yoga Retreat and Eco Resort. John was ordained by Vietnamese Buddhist Zen master Thich Nhat Hahn in 2005 and currently leads three meditation groups back home. John recently completed nine and a half years of Dharma prison practice. With the guided meditation, John will deliver a Dharma talk on the Three Dharma Seals (Impermanence, Non-self and Nirvana). There is no charge for the afternoon of mindfulness. This is John’s gift to the island. Please join us! — Bob and Rose Alcantara

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The Best Diving and Snorkeling in Belize
Tiny Belize’s mainland beckons with lush jungle canopy, palm-tangled Mayan ruins, and diverse wildlife. Still, this Central American jewel is best known for its snorkeling and diving sites along hundreds of cayes, atolls and a 185-mile barrier reef – second in size only to Australia’s. Abundant sea life and colorful corals fill the turquoise waters, are easily accessible and welcome divers and snorkelers of all experience levels. Dive tours can be half or whole days, with boat rides calm and usually under two hours. Other tour options include live-aboard boats, which offer week-long trips featuring 2 to 3 daily dives, including nighttime. From the busy north of Belize to the sleepy south, here are our choices for the best marine meanderings.

Tropical Update for the Atlantic
As of 2:00pm EDT on Saturday, June 13th, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami are keeping a close eye on a broad area of low pressure in the tropics. Recent satellite imagery shows the center of low pressure over the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico) and northern Belize. In the area, there is a large cluster of showers and thunderstorms that has developed. In the Caribbean Sea, winds are also near "gale" force. Conditions in the Gulf of Mexico support further development by the early part of next week. It could continue to develop over the southwestern Gulf by Monday morning, and potentially continue on a northward track.

Disturbance in Yucatan produces heavy rain, storms
A broad area of low pressure over northern Belize and the Yucatan peninsula is producing a large area of showers and thunderstorms and winds to near gale force over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Environmental conditions should support some development of this system when it moves over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico by tomorrow night and across the northwestern Gulf of Mexico through Tuesday. Regardless of development, heavy rains are possible over the Yucatan peninsula during the next day or so. * Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent

Top Ten Reasons to Love Belize for Scuba Diving
Publishing a Top 10 list is always risky, especially when it comes to listing the wealth of adventures a diver can have in a country like Belize. It may be one of the smallest nations in Central America, but it's home to the world's second-longest barrier reef and three of only four true coral atolls in the western hemisphere. During the spring and early summer months, Belize is one of the most reliable destinations for swimming with whale sharks, and it boasts the most recognizable landmark in the known dive world, the massive ocean cavern known simply as the Blue Hole. Now factor in the topside attractions-some of the most significant Mayan archaeological sites in all of Central America, laid-back beach towns, remote island dive lodges and adventurous jungle tours. Ten doesn't even begin to cover all the reasons thousands of divers flock to Belize every year. So Belize veterans, let me state up front that there will likely be differences of opinion, maybe even a few glaring omissions compared to your own list-and that we should get together soon over a cold Belikin or three and hash them out. Until then, go to and post your own list, because I'll bet we can agree on this: Belize is one great destination, no matter how you add it up.


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  • Dives 1 & 2 Turneffe Atoll North Belize Diving 2015 06 11, 1.5min. Here's a quick synopsis of the highlights of our first two dives with Belize Diving Services. Eels chasing fish in the open and a fish suctioning onto my head. Fun times!!!