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John’s Escape Bar and Grill a secluded paradise for GREAT food and drinks
Looking to head off the grid and explore a bit more of what Ambergris Caye has to offer? How about 4.5 miles north to be exact? We’re talking John’s Escape Bar and Grill which provides the right level of relaxation you need, with an excellent touch of customer service and amazing food.
A short boat ride on the Coastal Express will get you there within minutes. Or you could be adventurous like we were, and load up some great people on a golf cart and take the scenic route. Even with many pit stops we were on location within a half hour, eager to see what we had escaped to!
Owner Brian made us feel at home instantly, and in no time, we were ordering a few menu items: Chicken Nachos, Shrimp Tacos, Pineapple Burger, Mayan Fish and of course Wings. While the food was prepped, Brian got the ball rolling with their signature shot, the Belikini.
Seven out of the eight contestants for the Reina de La Costa Maya® Pageant have arrived in San Pedro
First to arrive was Miss Mexico Samantha Gutíerrez Gónzalez-Rubio accompanied by Riena de La Costa Maya 2014/2015 Elisa Espinoza Gómez. Shortly after Miss Costa Rica Carolin On Porras, Miss El Salvador Genesis Margarita Fuentes Bolaños, Miss Honduras Gabriela Vanessa Salazar Valle, Miss Nicaragua Yuliset Laguna, Miss Panama Maria Saavendra and Miss Guatemala Lisa Hayet Francis touched down on La Isla Bonita. The beauties enjoyed their flight over the Caribbean Sea on Maya Island Air, the official airline of The International Costa Maya Festival®.
Belize and Guatemala talk peace at joint press conference, COLA protests
Ministers of Foreign Affairs from both Belize and Guatemala, along with a representative from the Organization of American States (OAS) held a press conference on Monday, July 27th at the VIP Room of the Radisson Fort George Hotel. The conference served as a forum to provide updated information on the status of the territorial dispute and to clarify recent altercations between Belize and Guatemala. Leading the conference was Belize Minister of Foreign Affairs Honorable Wilfred Elrington, Guatemalan Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Raul Moralez and Chief of OAS Peace Fund Magdalena Talamás, who served as the mediator.
First to speak was Elrington who elaborated on the evolution of the Guatemalan claim over Belizean territory. He also spoke on the relationship between both countries. “The relationship at every level has been very good, cordial, peaceful and very calculated. When we have difficult moments we call each other at the Foreign Ministry level, at the Prime Ministerial/Presidential level and at the technical level to work out the issue. Belize’s military works side by side with the Guatemalan military…Belize Police work with the Guatemalan Police…so we have a harmonious relationship that really is the envy of the world,” said Elrington.
The lovely Miss Mexico Samantha Gutíerrez Gónzalez-Rubio has arrived to La Isla Bonita!
Today will see all the delegates arriving in preparation for Reina de La Costa Maya® Pageant, which opens The International Costa Maya Festival® on Thursday, August 6th. Samantha was accompanied by none other than Riena de La Costa Maya 2014/2015 Elisa Espinoza Gómez.
Flavors of Belize launches 5th anniversary edition
The fifth issue of the much-celebrated Flavors of Belize magazine was launched on Thursday, July 23rd in Belize City. Media, stakeholders, friends and family were all invited to the Rainforest Room at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza to witness the grand unveiling of the newest edition of the magazine.
Leading the ceremonies was Clive Myers, who welcomed the attendees to the highly anticipated unveiling. Singing the national anthem was Jackie Castillo, accompanied by Garifuna drumming. Emaun Hyde, Managing Editor of McNab publishing Ltd, gave the opening remarks. Hyde spoke of the growth in the culinary industry of Belize, highlighting the energy and creativity of Belize’s chefs with each passing year.
Belize to face Canada in third round of World Cup Qualifiers
Now in the third round of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) World Cup Qualifiers (WCQ), the Belize National Football Selection will be taking on the National Football Selection of Canada. The preliminary draw for the next round of games leading up to World Cup Russia 2018 was held on Saturday, July 23rd at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. After eliminating both Cayman Islands and the Dominican Republic in order to continue their WCQ journey, the Jaguars have been hard at work training and honing their skills.
The draw was overseen by FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and decided the third round pairings as well as the fourth round groups. The 12 advancing teams of the second round of competition were divided into two pots according to their FIFA ranking as of July 2015 and paired against each other. The WCQ third round will see matchups between Curacao versus El Salvador, Grenada versus Haiti, St. Vincent and the Grenadines versus Aruba, Jamaica versus Nicaragua, Antigua and Barbuda versus Guatemala, and Belize versus Canada. Only the winners of each of the six pairings will advance to the fourth round. Matches will take place between August 31 and September 8.
Sunset Cruise with the Costa Maya Delegates on the YOL
Flashbacks: San Pedro Holiday Hotel’s 25ft Anniversary
This month Hotel, the pioneer hotel in tourism in San Pedro celebrated its Golden Anniversary. Fifty years ago this wonderful person, this amazing San Pedrana, passionate woman, and awesome entrepreneur, Celi Nuñez McCorkle, opened up the doors for the commencement of tourism in San Pedro and Belize. The seeds she sowed are still reaping benefits in the millions for thousands of people in this community. Talk about a prominent and iconic personality- it’s Celi McCorkle.
This week in Facebook, Celi’s daughter, Lisa McCorkle posted memoirs of the 25th Anniversary of Holiday Hotel when it was celebrated in grand style. Here are those memoirs and comments of many who lived the experience and a historic photo of Celi, the tourism pioneer, and George Price, the Father of the Belizean nation. Enjoy and make it a keepsake.
Overview Of Historic San Pedro Village in 1950’s
This aerial shot of the village of San Pedro came about one hundred years after the Mestizo Indians first settled in village in 1948. This is about 1955 when the village men were doing subsistence fishing and before the founding of the fishing cooperative. My comments will take you through some of the main houses and names of the village at the time.
House No. 1 This was the vacation property of Lucilo Ayuso, a businessman from Belize City, His son, Libby Ayuso, was a well known oculist/optician and friends with all of San Pedro. A well kept house and a large yard and pretty fence tells us that this was a well off family. This house was the only one that remained standing on the beach with Hurricane Hattie in 1961. After the hurricane of 1961, The Ayuso’s purchased the lot behind them and became owners of the entire little block. Today that entire property is the site of Spindrift Building. Notice the pile of coconuts in No. 1 b. This tells us that Mr. Adolfo Ayuso, who used to own that property, was a coconut farmer.
Belize to Boost Preparedness for Ebola with Support from Taiwan
The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) donated Clinical Care Kits for the care of patients with Ebola Virus Disease to Belize’s Ministry of Health with cooperation from Taiwan. This is part of a larger regional effort prepare for and control a potential outbreak of Ebola.
The project is a direct response to a request from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other world leaders for increased international cooperation to better address the potential threat posed by Ebola worldwide and in the Americas.
With support from Taiwan, PADF is delivering Clinical Care Kits to Belize and other countries in the region. In the event of an Ebola outbreak, the equipment can be quickly deployed to hospitals and other care facilities to protect medical personnel as they treat patients.
Copa Airlines to Connect Belize with Panama, Flights Start December
Today, a press conference was held at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel, announcing airline services to Belize via Copa Airlines. Starting December 8th, 2015 Copa airlines will be offering 2 weekly flights to Belize City from Hub de la Americas Panama City, Panama. With this new addition, Copa Airlines will now expand its route to 75 cities and 31 countries in North, Central, South and the Caribbean with Belize being the 7th in Central America. With the addition of Belize, they are now covering all of Central America, strengthening their regional leadership. “For Copa Airlines it is with much joy that we announce this new destination with which we consolidate our leadership in the region, strengthen our existing routes while at the same time allowing us to offer better connectivity and world class service to all of Central America, from Hub de las Americas, in Panama. The connectivity will open enormous opportunities for tourism and commercial development for this interesting Caribbean country, as well as allowing for tourist from the same region to have the opportunity to enjoy all the tourism and commercial strengths Belize has to offer”
Misc Belizean Sources
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
CONSULTING SERVICES: PROJECT MANAGER
Institution: Inter-American Development Bank
Abstract: The CNTMP seeks to promote a Belizean transport sector that contributes to sustainable economic and social development. Developed in close coordination with the relevant public authorities the plan will aim to: (i) promote economic growth, particularly in its headline sectors of agriculture and tourism, by reducing costs to market for the private sector, thus facilitating domestic and international trade; (ii) improve public mobility and access to markets, employment and social, health and leisure facilities; (iii) contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation; and (iv) ensure the financial, environmental and institutional sustainability of transport services.
Miss Costa Maya 2014 and Miss Mexico are headed to Ramon's Village
the Official Hotel and a Grand Sponsor of Costa Maya 2015. The rest of the delegates will be arriving shortly
SELL-A-TON AT LIONS DEN SATURDAY
Aug 1st, 8am-1pm
Clothing * Tools * Cell phones * Baked Goods * Books * Household items!
SELLERS: $25 for two (2) tables
Sell whatever you want! FUND RAISE for
your school, medical needs or personal.
BUYERS… You never know what
CONTACT: Jan Brown, 662-2725
“San Pedro Lions Club – We Serve”
Brainstorm for Freedom - August 1
We planning to start up a reading group or think tank. We having a brainstorm session on Saturday 1 August, 10 am in San Ignacio. Tentative venue is at the downtown library, near the Hawkesworth Bridge. It's emancipation day, so we can make it our tribute to freedom. We can become an active group to promote critical thinking, organize seminars/lectures, debates, publish online articles, increase youth democratic participation... Who can make it?
Saturdayat 10:00am - 1:00pm. San Ignacio, Belize
Poets Corner: Screams!
By Abdulmajeed K Nunez. All the world’s problems
Can be attributed to men
They come from one source
The fatherless curse
89% of fatherless children
End up pregnant, on gun charges or in the system
Most times in Belize men are perpetrators of this mayhem
Domestic violence, socially deviant, some become gangster and thugs
When all they really wanted was for their father to give them a hug
These men grow up with hate
Socially maladaptive and inadequate
Unable to think and unable to communicate
Men the world over are in a hellish state
Costa Maya Delegates 2015
DFC Smarter Banking Forum
The Development Finance Corporation held a seminar to show the advantages of using them for educational and business loans. Lots of great information was shared to the group of local business owners...and future business owners.
Pictures on G+.
SSBA Basketball Tournament
The San Ignacio and Santa Elena Basketball Association is having a basketball tournament starting on August 21st. If you're interested in registering a team, contact Elvis Usher by August 12th. Games will be held at Falcon Field on Friday and Saturday nights.
PUP Preserves Status Quo: Fonseca Puts Down Rebellion
Since last week, we’ve been reporting on the PUP’s Rebel 12 – a dozen standard bearers who are unhappy with the state of affair sin the opposition and are calling for a national convention. They put that in a letter to the party chairman on Monday – and, today, Party Leader Francis Fonseca called for a meeting to deal with their demands. But, the 12 were outnumbered by the 19 standard bearers still in the Fonseca Camp, so rather than be drummed down by a super majority of status quo supporters, they boycotted today’s meeting. Well, 10 of them did; two attended, namely Dr. Francis Smith and Major Lloyd Jones. More about that later, but first to the business of today’s three hour meeting at PUP Party Headquarters. When it was done at 5:00 pm, a very relaxed looking leader Francis Fonseca – flanked up by 20 standard bearers said he called the meeting to deal with the issues raised by the dissenting dozen – but they didn’t appear to argue their points:…
Hon. Francis Fonseca - PUP Party Leader
"We immediately convened a meeting today of the national executive and standard bearers in order to fully and properly discuss and address the issues raised therein. All standard bearers and executive members were invited to this meeting and in my view there was a particular and special obligation and duty attached to those who had signed the letter, to be present and to be fully and robustly participating in the discussion and decision making. The absence of any of the signatories to this letter without a legitimately documented excuse will only further erode confidence in their good faith intentions in respect to the important issues raised in their letter."
PUP's Pilloried in Postings On Facebook
Indeed the majority does rule, but the PUP will still have to deal with in the rebel 12 – or maybe that should be 10. Among them are two men who have never lost an election – they are John Briceno and Cordel Hyde. And with the national tour going north and coming to Belize city after Cayo – it would be embarrassing if those regional powerhouses also boycotted those events.
And surely, the Briceno camp is not happy. We could see that from a facebook post put up this morning by Orange Walk PUP Mayor and die-hard Bricenista Kevin Bernard. Sort of apologizing in advance for the boycott of today’s meeting, he urged the 12 standard bearers to stay away and then asks, quote, “How can we credibly tell them (our supporters) we will lead them to Belmopan if we can’t prove we are a viable party in any single election? The record will show we have not won any national elections since 2003.” He asks, quote, “what gives us the best chance to win the next general elections? That is what we should be concerned about, not about preserving the leader at any cost. Are we satisfied that what we are presenting gives us the best shot at winning? The last three elections scream hell no!” Unquote. He calls for a national convention where the leader would be put up to challenge, and laments, “It’s been almost 5 years since we’ve last had one, and yet some will say now is not the time. My question is, if not now, then when? After Barrow calls the next elections? After we’ve lost the general elections? Are you crazy???” END QUOTE.
Another Woman Killed, Her Husband on The Run
Another woman has been killed – most likely as a result of domestic violence. Tonight, Belize City police are looking for her ex common-law husband. 21 year-old Salvadoran Merlin Elizabeth Herrera Mejia, was found in her apartment on Morning Glory Street this morning, with her throat slashed. Police were called in early this morning, and we found out why they suspect that it is yet another domestic dispute turned homicide.
Daniel Ortiz reports:
When we arrived, the Eastern End of Morning Glory Street was already cordoned off by police and scenes of crime personnel.
Inside the cement house, seen here at the left of your screen, the body of 21 year-old Salvadoran Merlin Elizabeth Herrera Mejia lay in a pool of her own blood in one of the rooms.
Her throat had been slashed.
Inspector Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Precinct 1 & 2
"At 6:50 a.m. acting upon information received, police visited number 4533, it's a cement structure building. Police went inside of a room where they saw the lifeless body of a female descent person. She was identified as Merlin Elizabeth Herrera Mejia, 21 year old Salvadoran national, cleaner of that same address. Police observed two large cut wounds to the neck and one behind the left ear."
Bucknor Jailed For Child Molestation
He’s been fighting a child molestation charge for 2 years, and tonight, 52 year-old Belize city resident Charles Bucknor is spending the first night of a 3 year sentence after he was convicted before the Chief Magistrate today. The minor, who was only 12 at the time of the incident, testified in a trial that IN July, 2013, her grand aunt hired Buckner to repair the ceiling in the bathroom, and that’s where he began eyeing her.
She was watching television on her grand aunt’s bed, when Bucknor sexually assaulted her, and then threatened that if she said anything he will deal with her. As soon as she could escape, she called and reported the incident to her mother. They arrested Bucknor and charged him with burglary and aggravated assault of an indecent nature. That burglary offense was later dismissed due to lack of evidence, and he denied the sexual assault charge in the late stage of his trial. When it concluded today, however, the Chief Magistrate Smith told him that she didn’t believe his defense. She found him guilty and sentenced him to 3 years in prison.
Weed On His Way To Court Earns Man A Year In Jail
22 year-old Kevin Bodden is already an inmate at the Belize Central Prison. But today persons tried to smuggle weed to him when he appeared at the Magistrate’s Court for an adjournment hearing. So tonight, he’s behind bars with the bad news that he will serve one more year because of that failed attempt.
That drug supplier shoved it in Bodden’s hand, and the officers who were escorting him, did not see who did it, since normally, the court area is usually crowded. A vigilant officer saw when he made a suspicious move to shove his hand into his pocket. The officer immediately approached him, and retrieve the 40 grams - or 1.4 ounces of marijuana from that pocket.
He was immediately charged with possession of a controlled drug, and when he was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, where he pleaded guilty to the offense. She sentenced him to 1 year imprisonment, which is to run consecutively to the 3 years he’s already spending for a conviction of grievous harm. That means he will spend a total of 4 years in jail.
GOB Rejects US Conclusions About Human Trafficking
Last night we told you about Belize’s dismal performance on the US Trafficking in Persons Report. The Americans say that Belize has made no progress in preventing human trafficking cases, prosecuting trafficking offenders and protecting victims. As a result of this evaluation, Belize is now listed as a Tier 3 country – which is the lowest rank. Well according to the CEO of the Human Development sector, Judith Alpuche – this is an utterly unfair assessment of Belize’s efforts. In an extensive interview today, Alpuche told us that the US is only reflecting Belize’s low conviction rate among other shortfalls rather than highlighting the existing programs and services implemented to deal with this issue. Now she admits that Belize is not as advanced in the availability of services and facilities for victims compared to other countries but she also firmly states that Belize IS working towards curbing human trafficking.
Judith Alpuche - CEO, Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation
"What we have found and this year is no different is that what they focus on is convictions. It's abundantly clear in their report and we did not get a conviction and so I think it's not surprising to us. What is disappointing however is that there seems to be a narrative constructed to support this idea of you did not do anything. And I don't know if that is because in the past we have pointed out to say, well how can you downgrade us for this one area when you point out that we have done well in other areas. So the narrative is a bit different."
COPA Is Coming, Means Much For Regional Tourism
A new direct flight that will expand Belize’ tourism channel to South and Central America was launched today. A ceremony was held at the Biltmore Hotel to mark what the Tourism sector is calling a historic occasion. The Belize Tourism Board along with its partners has been working for about 3 years to establish this connection with Copa Airlines and it was finally realized today. We spoke to the Director of Tourism, Karen Bevans and she told us how significant this flight from Belize City to Panama is to the tourism industry.
Elisa Brenes - Regional Manager, International Sales Copa Airlines
"Today we are announcing, with a lot of joy that after December the 8th, we will be flying twice a week to Belize from our Hub de Americas in Panama."
Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. - Minister of Tourism and Culture
"We have enjoyed a sustained 8.7% annual increase in the overnight sector. That translates into more than double the projected growth rate expected and more than double the average growth rate of tourism in our region. It is without a doubt that here lays place one of the signal largest contributing factors to the increase of tourism overnight arrivals."
Man Charged For Double Chopping
A man has been charged for a double chopping in Belmopan. 20 year old John Briceno was charged last night with grievous harm and aggravated assault. As we reported 2 men were chopped in Salvapan around 1:00 Monday morning. 24-year-old Jorge Guevara and 25-year-old Clifford Alexander Alvarado were walking on the Road in front of the San Martin Primary School when 5 men attacked them with machetes. Guevara had been chopped to his head, back and face, while Alvarado's wounds were to his left hand, shoulder and left arm. Police believe that drinking may have fueled the incident. Police are still looking for the other 4 men involved.
The Police And Community Trying Truce
Communities rely on the police to protect and serve and the police, in turn, rely on community support and cooperation. But the relationship is not always harmonious. That’s about to change according to Senior Superintendent Chester Williams. This afternoon Williams and two groups of police officers including senior officers took part in a meet and greet on Caesar Ridge Road and Gill Street. He told the media it is in an effort to mitigate the violence and crime in these areas as well as to build trust between the community and the police.
Sr. Supt. Chester Williams - OC, Eastern Division South
"As you recall when I took over as the officer commanding eastern division south, one of the message I said was that - the police will be doing more out reach to the community. This is part of our community orienting policing. Where we will go out, meet the public, greet the public, talk to them, see what their concerns are. Take advice from them. If there is anything they believe the police can do better. To police the area, we want those tips from them and when we're through, what ever information we have obtained from these people, we will go through them and we will see what we can get from it to make our policing effort better. We want to be able to give the community the level of policing that they deserve, so that's the main mission here."
La Inmaculada Lambastes Signature Gatherers
On Friday we told you about a signature drive by disgruntled members of the La Inmaculada Credit Union. They are trying to gather a thousand signatures for a petition to force their credit union to hold an annual general meeting and declare a dividend.
Well, the management of the Credit Union put out a statement today stressing to its members that it does not endorse the signature drive. The statement says, quote, “Some of our members have indicated that they were deliberately misled through inaccurate information and that their signatures were obtained under deceit.” And even for those who signed, the Credit Union says, quote, “any and all signatures will need to be verified as is required by due process.”
The statement says that the Annual General Meeting will be held as soon as an investigative process is finalized, at which time, quote, “your rightfully due dividends will be recommended for approval.” It adds, quote, “Many are being wrongly informed that their dividends are being purposely withheld and will not been given and both allegations are totally false.”
Belize City Mayor Does His Part For Confidence Building
Since Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been on a public education campaign, collaborating with representatives of the OAS, and senior Guatemalan officials.
It’s a kind of public confidence building, in an atmosphere rife with misgivings. But, at the official level, they continue to cultivate good relations, and in that spirit, Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley today hosted a breakfast for the Mayor of Melchor De Menchos, as well as children living in the western border towns in both countries.
7News stopped by and spoke with the Mayor about this event’s important in the larger discussion of Belize/Guatemala diplomacy:
Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City
"We're working in partnership with the Organisation of American States and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and we're of course supporting the discussion in relation to the activities that are going on in Belize over the last 3 days to promote awareness in relation to the Belize-Guatemalan issue. And what this is, is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked us to host a breakfast with young people from Melchor de Mencos, including the mayor of Melchor de Mencos who's in attendance at this programme this morning. And also young people from Benque Viejo Del Carmen. So what we're doing is promoting sort of engagement, especially with our youth who can kind of engage with one another in fellowship, in the spirit of friendship and cooperation. To really kind of highlight the fact that in order for peace to come, we need to have understanding and we need to have a coming together - so it's really like an honour to support the initiatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in hosting this breakfast this morning and I think it's a wonderful actively."
OAS Holds Bze-Guat Forum
Last night at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts, the OAS held a public forum where they outlined the state of the unfounded Guatemalan claim and the repeated attempts at resolving it through negotiation. That information session was broadcast on national television, and right here on Channel 7, but in case you missed it, we pulled a few excerpts to share with you.
Here’s the Chief of the OAS Peace Fund explaining why we must go to a referendum to decide whether or not to take the territorial claim to the International Court of Justice:
The Foreign Ministers of both countries were also guest speakers at last night’s session, and they took the opportunity to reiterate that friendly relations continue. Elrington also talked about why he has changed from rioting against Guatemala that he did when he was a young man, to the present day conviction that going to the ICJ is the best option Belize has to resolve the territorial claim:
Is The Mayor Coasting?
When it comes to expansionary public works in Belize City, no Mayor in memory comes anywhere close to Darrell Bradley. After his first 3-year term in elected office, his legacy is currently the 142 streets that his administration has cemented, along with renovation of the Battlefield, Memorial and BTL Parks that were done in collaboration with other Government agencies.
But, 4 months into his second term, things have seriously slowed down. So, with the speculations that the General Elections are sooner rather than later, we wonder if he’s just coasting - until he runs for Area Rep. of Caribbean Shores.
We asked him about that today:
So, since there have been projects that the Mayor isn’t alerting the residents to, we asked him to discuss a few of them with us today, and here’s what he had to say:
Inflation Went Down Due To Fuel
The Statistic Institute of Belize has released its latest figures for June 2015, and the assessment is that on average, the cost of goods and services are 0.8 percent lower this year than at the same time last year.
The all items Consumer Price Index was at 102.8, down from 103.6 in the same month last year, which indicates a inflation rate of NEGATIVE 0.9 percent. The main contributor to this overall change is the falling fuel prices worldwide. In Belize, the prices of premium and regular gas was about 18 percent lower this year, and diesel went down the lowest by 25% in one year. That fall in fuel prices has a somewhat direct correlation to international airfares, and SIB reports that the cost of those went down by almost 25 percent when compared to June of last year.
Food prices are marginally down by 0.1 percent, and the most significant drop recorded was the prices of red kidney beans. Those declined by more than one third when compared to a year ago. But, the drastic decrease in Beans is offset on the CPI measurement by the increase prices in both pork and beef products.
Youth Dancers Donate To Dara
This afternoon a group of children from the Indian Community stopped by the home of Dara Robinson to pay him a special visit. They didn’t come empty handed – instead they brought along a cheque of three hundred dollars to donate to Robinson’s feeding program. The money was well earned by the group of youngsters who were rewarded this morning after performing at the brunch organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Belize City Council. 7news was there for the handing over.
If you would like to make any donations towards Robinson’s feeding program, he can be contacted at telephone number 623-3662.
Domestic Violence Claims Another Life
The details of the latest murder in Belize City are all-too-familiar and tragic. The life of a young woman, a mother of a four year old son, was taken in [...]
P.U.P. National Executive Meets – 10 Missing
The People’s United Party today held a National Executive meeting this afternoon to deal with a revolt in the ranks. Twelve standard bearers including John Briceño, Dan Silva and Cordel [...]
No Sanctions for Absent Standard Bearers
The P.U.P.’s National Executive numbers forty-eight, which includes thirty-one standard bearers. Thirty-four were present today which represents a comfortable majority and gives the party some breathing room. And that breathing [...]
Fonseca’s Leadership is Unchallenged
The letter signed by twelve standard-bearers focused prominence on a call for a national convention. While it wasn’t exactly spelled out in so many words, the explicit message being sent [...]
Patrick Faber Says Fonseca is a Dictator
While the P.U.P. breathes a sigh of relief at a clear majority of the National Executive behind Fonseca, the U.D.P. continues to prepare for general elections which many speculate will [...]
Tells P.U.P. to Get Ready for General Elections
You may have heard Minister Faber say that a U.D.P. National Convention is overdue, but they have agreed to wait until after the general elections. That’s another reliable indicator that [...]
Morales Says the Claim Must be Resolved
Since the beginning the week, the Organization of American States along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has organized a number of activities to draw attention to work of the [...]
Are Belize’s Borders Demarcated?
But Guatemala is claiming fifty percent of the country, and border incidents such as the one involving the Forward Operating Base in the Sarstoon often inflame emotions on this side. [...]
Protesters Demonstrate Outside Peace Forum
The comments made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs inside the Bliss prompted a protest outside. The forum, which aimed to promote peace, did not end quite peacefully for a [...]
COPA Airlines Comes to Belize
Panama’s flagship carrier, Compania Panamena de Aviacion, simply known as Copa Airlines, announced earlier today that as of December eight it will be offering two weekly flights to Belize City. [...]
New Flight Will Ease Access to the Americas
The flight from Belize to Panama is designed to provide connectivity to principal cities in Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile and a list of others. According to Minister of Tourism [...]
3 Years for Sexually Assaulting Minor
A Vernon Street man who was accused of performing oral sex on a thirteen year old primary school girl was convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment which is the [...]
Faber Wants to Be PM Someday
Earlier U.D.P. Collet Area Representative Patrick Faber spoke on the P.U.P., and on the prospect of coming elections, but he also took the time to speak about his own aspirations. [...]
UB Staffers Request Salary Adjustment
And from politics to Faber’s official position as Minister of Education. News Five has confirmed that following on the heels of a protest by K.H.M.H. employees just over a week [...]
Minister of Educations Speaks on New UB Insurance Plan
There’s another brewing story coming out of the University of Belize, where we understand students have been informed that they must now obtain mandatory insurance. If they don’t apply and [...]
Faber Takes on Deacon Cal
The Ministry of Education continues to be embroiled in a testy relationship with Deacon Cal Cathers, who owns the BRC publishing and printing company. BRC provides some textbooks to the [...]
Ariel Rosado Hosts Scholarship Award Ceremony
The Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation held its fourth annual scholarship award ceremony at the Lion’s Den in Belize City. Proudly, it announced that the number of scholarships granted to [...]