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The San Pedro Sun
Iris Salguero is Miss San Pedro 2015-16
After a night of beauty, poise and grace, San Pedro Town has a new beauty ambassador, and she is 19-year-old Iris Salguero! The 2015 Miss San Pedro pageant began at 8PM inside the Honorable Louis Sylvestre Stadium, with hundreds of island residents in attendance. After the National Anthem was sung, an opening number by San Pedro Jabbawockeez kicked off the night’s events. Host Eiden Salazar Jr. was once again in fine form, transitioning the evening’s various segments, starting with their introduction. As they slipped away to prepare for the costume segment, special invited guest performers Lirahunu Satuye Dance Group showcased some of Dangriga’s finest! The Garifuna group – comprised of drummers and dancers – brought color and life to the stage as they displayed one of Belize’s richest cultures.
Miss San Pedro Pageant 2015
Congratulations to the new Miss San Pedro 2015 Iris Salguero and all the other contestants for a job well done.
Iris Salguero Selected New Miss San Pedro 2015
An attentive and anxious audience awaited the results of the Miss San Pedro Beauty Pageant that was held at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex on Saturday, August 29, 2015. Cheers when out to all six contestants who were vying for the title of the prestigious crown. In the end, five judges selected 19-year-old Iris Salguero (Miss Captain Sharks) as the island’s newest beauty ambassador.
The audience burst into thunderous applause as the contestants graced the stage for the opening dance performance that included participation of outgoing Miss San Pedro 2014 Michelle Nuñez. The ongoing cheers for the lovely ladies kept on throughout the pageant as the entertained in three segments that included a cultural, swimwear and evening gown presentations.
Pageant contestants included Vivian Magdalen Noralez, Velie Alexi Williams, Ethel Villatoro, Brianna Hope Leslie, Iris Salgero and Tisane Martinez.
Misc Belizean Sources
1. In a heavy-bottom saucepot, heat the olive oil. Dust the oxtail pieces with a pre-seasoned flour then browning on all sides of the pieces. Remove; set aside onto a paper towel to drain off excess oil.
2. In a heavy bottom stock pot pre-heat beef broth, garlic, black pepper, onions, red wine and Worcestershire sauce bring to a rolling boil .
3. Add the browned oxtails and turn down the flame to simmer and cover continue cooking tails 2 1/2 -3 hours occasionally stirring tails as not to stick, adding 2 more cups of hot water as needed when the liquid becomes low, continue cooking oxtails until tender. This method makes it's own gravy.
BECOL Men's Tournament
BECOL had their Men's Basketball Tournament this weekend at Falcon Field. Once again, Cayo photographer Kenny Lamb dazzles with some great pictures of the event.
BWRC 2015 Fundraiser
The Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic has announced the date for this year's silent auction and fundraiser. Saturday, November 21st, at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. Sounds like it'll be bigger and better than last year. If you can donate anything, please let them know.
"We could not do our job without your support! I am sure you can recognise Petunia the porcupine, but I hope the flyer is not too small to read? (when veterinarians do graphic design...) But here the key facts: Save the date for this year's BWRC fundraiser event on the 21st of November, at the amazing San Ignacio Resort Hotel. This year with live music! And, please share this and help us with donations for our Silent Auction to make this year's event as successful as the 2014 lion fish dinner and auction. Contact [email protected] com for more info. Thank you!"
Hot Mama's Wins Again
Congratulations, Hot Mama's! Their world famous Manganero hot sauce took 2nd place at the World Hot Sauce competition in Louisiana.
"Hot Mama's Belize Ltd., Belize's premier producer of the world renowned Manganero Sauce, continues to rack up points on the international foods scene, when the Company recently took Second Place honors in this year's World Hot Sauce, BBQ and Extreme Foods competition in Louisiana. The Manganero Sauce took First Place honors in last year's competition where the Company gained the premier recognition in the category for Best Fruit Based Hot Sauce, with the same Manganero Sauce, which had won 1st Place in the Scovie Awards of 2008."
FCD Rangers and their SMART patrol systems
FCD Rangers use SMART patrol systems to maximize best practice and utilize the power of information to increase the effectiveness of environmental law enforcement in order to protect wildlife and its habitat in the Chiquibul
Garifuna Nation is the best last hope for all Garifuna people
The Garifuna people live in the countries of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize and the United States of America. It is estimated that this nation, as described by the United Nations, numbers about 700,000 people living in all these countries.
Due to their resistance to Spanish, French and British colonial rule and slavery, some of these people were forcefully removed from their native land St Vincent and the Grenadines and deported to Roatan, Honduras, on April 12, 1797.
Subsequently, because of the living conditions and the hostility they experienced in Honduras, they migrated to Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, and later on to the United States of America where they live up to today. Even though most of these Garifuna people were born in these countries and are citizens, they are still looked upon by other ethnic groups in these countries as intruders and strangers.
Miss Queen of the Bay Pageant
Winner of the Queen of the Bay
Rehabilitation of Dangriga Multi-purpose Sporting Complex
Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL), a public sector agency of the Government of Belize (GOB), is undertaking the design, construction and management of capital projects in Belize with particular emphasis on sporting and other multipurpose facilities.
The Design phase for the Dangriga Multi-purpose Sporting Complex has been completed and BIL is pleased to announce that the contract for the Construction phase was signed today. The contract was awarded to Mr. Salvador Habet of BCG Ltd from Belize City for $2,991,544.07.
September Celebrations Basketball Marathon
The San Ignacio and Santa Elena Basketball Association is having a basketball marathon for the September Celebrations. There will be cash prizes for the winners.
The Notorious Russell Hyde Killed Execution Style
For decades, the name Russell Hyde hung like a spectre over Western Belize – he was the most notorious figure in all of the West. The tales of his outlaw exploits were part of the lore of the Belmopan and Roaring Creek areas – and in May of this year, his outlaw narrative spun into headline news when Hyde was at the centre of a string of murders, starting with the sniper killing of his wife. After that, four, and possibly five men were killed. That is the panorama of violence that defined the world of Russell Hyde, whose ruthlessness and reach in the underworld were vast. Yet, on Friday night, when a gunman ambushed him at his home – Hyde had nowhere to run; he couldn’t escape a determined killer who shot him four times with a shotgun and point blank range. It’s a stunning and sudden end, for a man who dabbled in death, but had always dodged it. I spoke to his family yesterday in Belmopan:…
Hyde Friend Marcy Was Collateral Damage
As we told you in the story, 27 year old Marcy Humes was also shot and killed along with Russell Hyde on Friday night. Our sources say that Hyde told Humes to open the door to the house after they saw the flashlights but that was when things took a turn. The gunmen, apaprently thinking that Humes was Hyde – shot her twice – once to the chest and once to the leg. We spoke to her family yesterday and they told us that Humes was just caught in the middle of a chaotic situation.
"Your daughter was with Russell Hyde right? So do you know when they started to talk?"
Maria Samuels- Mother of Deceased
"Nothing, nothing, I no know nothing. One month I no see my daughter to talk to; I no see her, I no hear her voice. Till I gone meet her dead on that bed, then only then I see her. I go to my work 8 o'clock in the morning; I come home come straighten off and I no see her, I don't know until I gone meet her dead."
Police Cpl & PM Wife's Personal Security Charged For Murder
And there was another murder in Cayo South – but in this one – the man accused is a cop – more importantly, he is the personal security guard of the Prime Minister’s wife Kim Barrow. He is accused of killing Nicaraguan Eduardo Manuel Perez Sanchez. Perez Sanchez was found early on Saturday morning on the Young Gial Road in Teakettle; he had been shot twice to the head and dumped on the road. I spoke with the family who made the discovery:…
Hubert Usher - Found the Body
"I was heading by my work Saturday morning about 5:40. And when I haul that curve, I see a guy laying on the road, so I drive the truck little closer and I stop and I watched him, see if he is blowing. When I notice that he no the breath; so I open the truck, come outside and when I peep, I see they got his face tied with a black cloth. I called my boss and I tell him boss, I see a dead body on the road side. He told me to call the police. Well I don't know the police number to call, so he gives me it. He tell me the police number is 911 and I call the police and I told them I see a dead body on the road side; and they told me okay, don't move. Just hold on right there until they get here. And I wait until they got here and I showed them. I watch and everything then I took off and went to my work."
Why Was Malik Murdered?
So, Police in Belmopan have their hands full with those 3 murders, especially because one of their own stands accused – and more embarrassingly, he is one of only three officers in the entire country entrusted with the care of the Prime Minister’s family.
But Belize City police also have their work cut out for them. After a brief lull in violence, 20 year-old Malik Dixon was killed on Saturday night in what looks like a gang slaying.
Dixon has been shot before, and he is on the record as associating with known gang figures in Ghost Town. But on Saturday night, his killer caught him off guard riding his bicycle on Flamboyant Street. He was heading home to Mahogany Street when a gunman opened fire on him. 2 bullets struck him in the lower back and under the left arm pit, and as soon as he fell off the bike, the gunman fled the scene.
GOB Settles BEL Compensation With BECOL
In mid-2011 – the Government of Belize took over BEL. They took it from the Canadian company Fortis – who was the majority shareholder at the time. At the time, the Fortis-managed BEL was insolvent, in other words, it had run out of cash, and could not pay its debts. The company said it needed higher rates, or it would be forced to implement rolling power outages. Government rejected that, and moved decisively to pass legislation and swooped in to take over the power company. Since then, BEL has been stabilized and earned record profits – while bringing down rates to a modern low. Sounds like a happy ending, but, one big part of the story was missing: Fortis had not been paid for its shares – and according to them Government owed them over 300 million Belize dollars. More than that, Fortis was challenging the takeover in court – and that case is at the Caribbean Court of Justice – where Fortis found common cause with the Ashcroft Alliance.
So, it was a ticking time bomb – either government would have to pay hundreds of millions of dollars – or it could lose the case, and be forced to give them back the company. Both prospects were grim, but things took a turn when former Fortis boss Stann Marshall retired and was replaced by Barry Perry. He didn’t want hundreds of millions, and he didn’t want the company back – he just wanted a fair settlement. Perry met with the Prime Minister in July and since then, things moved very quickly to a settlement – the details of which were announced this afternoon at a press conference at the Biltmore:…
Hon. Marco Tulio - Charges Upgraded, Accusation Very Serious
Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez… that’s a name you haven’t heard in the news for almost 5 months now. Well, the PUP Area Representative for Orange Walk East – who is accused of child molestation, is back in the news tonight after he returned to the Orange Magistrate’s Court today. He was expecting a routine adjournment, where the police prosecutor normally asks the Magistrate for an adjournment while the investigators gather their evidence for disclosure. But he and his attorney were blind-sided at the preliminary inquiry when the prosecution asked the court to withdraw the 6 counts of aggravated assault of an incident nature against Mendez, and then… they requested for him to be arraigned on 3 counts of carnal knowledge – a far more serious offence.
Now, Dr. Mendez has maintained his innocence ever since these allegations emerged against him. Police say that the two female children accused him of touching them inappropriately, but now, police are saying that he did more than that. Investigators are now saying that there is evidence that he had sex with these minors.
Citrus, Fewer Boxes of Fruit, But Still A Profit
For the past year, the Sugar industry in the north has been so much in the news that we’ve kind of forgotten about citrus in the south. Government had to intervene dramatically in that industry to stabilize it last year. But since then, how has it been doing? Well, we got the full lowdown at the end of crop year meeting on Saturday in Pomona Valley. Jules Vasquez reports:…
Jules Vasquez Reporting…
Everyone was under the tent at the CPBL – even though the tent has gotten smaller as the industry has been in the doldrums for the past three years due to citrus greening.
Doug Singh - Chairman, CPBL
"If you look at the reversal in 2012 the industry started turning around. It was after that it collapsed; and when it collapsed it was of a result of the threat of hlb. You will recall around that time there were destructions in nurseries. There was very reinvestment done and we're going through the results of those lower investments."
Police Have No Suspects For Hyde Murder
As we told you earlier in the newscast 45 year old Russel Hyde and his girlfriend 27 year old Marcy Humes were shot and killed at Hyde’s house on Friday night after 9. Now the narratives circulating all point to retaliation as being the motive, but when we spoke to police today – they couldn’t confirm it or provide much compelling information at this point.
"There is speculation that Hyde was killed in retaliation for Madrid's murder. Can you confirm that?"
Insp. Stephanie Grinage - Deputy Commissioner, Belmopan Division
"At this time we cannot confirm what is the motive in regards to the murder of Mr. Hyde."
"Could you talk to us or reveal if the murder starting from Steven Hyde or his friend as well Edilberto Madrid are somehow linked? Can you confirm that?"
"Russell, So Are You ...
So, Russell Hyde, the most notorious name in the west is dead, executed with a shotgun….for some, it was an inevitability, for others, an impossibility that he would be casually killed with the same cruel force he had become known for. But, while there is so much talk about his notoriety, here at 7News we always found Hyde to be approachable, cool and straightforward He came here more than once to make his point against the police – and Jules Vasquez asked him straight about his life in the underworld – when he was responding to police accusations of drug trafficking:…
FILE: (April 30, 2012)
"I will ask you this plainly sir; are you a drug dealer?"
Russell Hyde, Charge by GSU
"I am not a drug dealer, boss. I deal with my farming and stuff. I am not saying that I am a saint. But that is not the way to go on someone to search for drugs. If you already search that place with someone, you are going to pick me up from off the street five hours after and claim that you find drugs there. You could have planted it there too, so the benefit of the doubt has to go to the accuser. I am the accuser. I was never there, I am not God."
Logan For 54 Counts of Forgery
Tonight 28 year-old Glenford Logan is out tonight on bail after he was arraigned before Magistrate Deborah Rogers for 54 charges of forgery, theft and uttering upon a false document.
According to police 78 year-old retired Canadian John Oliver reported that last week Monday, the bank called him to say that there had been 18 suspicious cheques which were cashed to withdraw $6,250 from his bank account. When he investigated, he realized that his cheque book had been stolen from his vehicle, and when he saw the cheques, he confirmed that his signature had been forged.
Police investigated, and charged Logan with 54 criminal offences of forgery, theft and uttering upon a false document. He was arraigned today before Magistrate Deborah Rogers, but before the arraignment started, police asked our court reporter and another freelance journalist to leave the court room. That’s very unusual because the press is usually allowed to observe such cases, and are only asked to leave in sensitive cases involving minors.
Dangriga Sports Complex Cometh
Dangriga will get its new sports complex. The Design phase for the Dangriga Multi-purpose Sporting Complex has been completed and the contract for the Construction was signed today. It was awarded to Salvador Habet of BCG Ltd from Belize City for 2.9 million dollars.
Remembering The Battle
Yesterday, the 2015 September Celebrations was officially opened on Saint George’s Caye, which is where it all began for the September season.
In the keynote address, Tourism and Culture Minister Manuel Heredia Jr., spoke about the significance of the event:
The September spirit gets another infusion of energy tomorrow with the Belize City Council’s Annual Flag Raising event.
Remember that first-day-of-school feeling... when your new backpack was full of crisp notebooks, sharp pencils, bright markers...? Well according to the organization called Group Hug, every child deserves that feeling. This summer, the group of young people toured around the city to distribute backpacks and school supplies to over a hundred primary and high school students.
And there is another organization called Backpack for Kids International. It is based in New Jersey to help underprivileged students with school supplies and backpacks. Founder Carla Usher Sherman is a Belizean American – who says her charity must start at home.
Tomorrow Sherman and her team travel to Santa Rita Christian School and San Antonio Government School in the Corozal District where they will be distributing over a hundred backpacks to students.
Police Say Major Crime Down
On the top of the news, we told you about the murder 20 year-old Malik Dixon, a resident of Mahogany Street.
He’s the first murder in over a month, and the first suspected gang slaying since July 5th, 2 months ago. So, apart from the shooting of 16 year-old Mark Phillips the city has been relatively quiet. Today, police commander of Eastern Division South, Chester Williams told us that the NUMBERS for major crimes are down:
Sr. Supt. Chester Williams - OC, Eastern Division South
"When we compare our statistics for August this year to August of last year; in the precinct 1 area last year in the month of August we had 2 murders. And this year in precinct 1, August; there is no murder. We must understand that precinct 1 have the Mayflower area; which was a problem to us when I came. And it has the Taylor's alley as well which is a problematic area. Our results, our effort have yield good results in that area. In terms of major incidents comparing precinct 1 last year August to this year August; last year we had a total of 18 major incidents, this year August we have 9. That's a reduction of 50%. In terms of precinct 2, last year August we had 2 murders; this year we have 1 and that is the one that took place on Saturday night. And in terms of major incidents, last year August we had a total of 21; and this year August we have a total of 14.
Cops and the Community Again
And police say crime is going down because of the sustained community policing efforts that they are making in Southside Belize. That continued this weekend with an event held on Cumberbatch Field for the gang neighborhoods of Kraal Road, and Fabers Road on the turf of the Southside Gangsters. Williams said that yesterday’s community social event was the most well-attended of so far:
The Lion And The Pride
It’s a fixture on the September Celebrations schedule and The annual Lionman Triathlon was held on Sunday in Belize City. In the male category, Kent Bob Gaabourel won his third Lionman, Ahmed Figueroa was second, Eric Donis of San Pedro was third, KEnroy Smokes Gladden was fourth and Jody Williams was fifth. Belize Bank won the team event. Kerah Eiley was the first female and Dr. Ramon Figueroa repeated as master’s champion.
G.O.B. to Pay Fortis $70 Million for B.E.L.
The Government of Belize has gotten rid of one albatross which has been hanging around its neck since June 2011. That’s when government nationalized Belize Electricity Limited, seizing seventy percent [...]
Fortis Receives 33.3% Shareholdings in B.E.L.
The Prime Minister says he is confident that the new and improved relationship will work out, and if it doesn’t, there is a clause which allows Fortis to sell its [...]
Special Session of Cabinet to Discuss Fortis Settlement
The matter of the settlement was taken to Cabinet in special session this morning, and will go before the House on Wednesday and the Senate on Thursday. The Governor General [...]
…CCJ to be Notified of Settlement
According to the Prime Minister lawyers for both parties are currently notifying the CCJ of the settlement so where litigation is concerned, the matter is done. The prime minister acknowledged [...]
Double Murder in Camalote: Infamous Russell Hyde is Taken Down by Gunmen
There were four brutal murders over the weekend. One in the City, another in Teakettle and the most sensational double murder occurred at a feeder road in Camalote also in [...]
Kim Simplis’ Bodyguard Arrested and Charged for Murder!
So while there are no arrests for the murders of Hyde and Humes, a policeman assigned to the Special Patrol Unit has been charged for another murder. Authorities believe that [...]
Who Killed Toony and Why?
There’s one other murder to report tonight. In the City, a resident of the south side was shot multiple times and succumbed at the K.H.M.H. Malik Gibson, also known as [...]
Police Say Major Crimes are Down in Belize City
But is community policing an effective approach to addressing the issue of crime and violence in the Old Capital? According to Senior Superintendent Chester Williams, when compared to August 2014, [...]
Was DHS Michael Pitts Booted Out of His Office Before Retirement Deadline?
Director of Health Services Doctor Michael Pitts is retiring from his post as third in command of the Ministry of Health. His departure however, is not without controversy, as News [...]
Marco Tulio Mendez Goes Back to Court
Embattled politician Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez was slapped with additional charges today when he appeared in the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court. The P.U.P. Orange Walk East Area Representative was charged [...]
Trio of Thieves Arraigned for Stolen A/C Units
In court this morning, a trio was charged jointly with Handling Stolen Goods and one of the three was also charged with the theft of two air condition units from [...]
18 Counts of Forgery for Glenford Logan
A seventy-two year old man of the Buttonwood Bay area, Belize City, claims he is the recent victim of theft and is accusing a Buttonwood Bay mechanic of stealing over [...]
Community Family Day Brings Yarborough Youths Together
As many as six neighborhood teams converged on the Wilton Cumberbatch Field on Sunday where they all competed in a basketball tournament organized by Eastern Division South. The initiative, part [...]
Pink Boutique Expands in the West
If you are a fashionista, you would easily recognize the Pink Boutique Brand. It already has branches in Belize City and San Pedro, and on Saturday, responding to a demand [...]
Sporting Highlights with Veteran Sportscaster James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. On Friday night, Central Bank forced a decisive 3rd game for the Interoffice Firms Division Basketball title with a [...]