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Digital Marketing Summit
Belize Tourism Industry partners are benefiting from the first ever Digital Marketing Summit hosted by the Belize Tourism Board. Participants have enjoyed presentations from travel writers, professional photographers, marketing agents and digital brand strategists. BTB hopes that this forum will help businesses strengthen their digital marketing strategies.
Help Vote to Win More Travel Awards for Belize
Voting for the World categories is now open and we ask everyone to go and cast their votes to support our country. The same procedures as before apply for these categories. Voting closes on November 8th, 2015.
The Grand Final Gala Ceremony will take place on December 12th, 2015, in Morocco.
To vote for Belize, please visit www.worldtravelawards.com , go to Nominees, then to the World Nominees 2015.
2) Second, Ambergris Caye, Belize, has been nominated by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best Caribbean Destination for Adventure.
Winners are chosen by readers of USA Today and 10Best, which “provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the World. No Business pays to be listed.” http://www.10best.com/about/
Taxi driver Alfonso Wiltshire charged for rape of 13-year-old minor
In an official report, police indicated that the minor, accompanied by her mother, visited the San Pedro Police Station and reported that Wiltshire had sexual intercourse with her against her will multiple times. The minor reported that the first incident occurred on Sunday, May 3rd when Wiltshire entered her residence and approached her carrying a black handgun. Wiltshire threatened the minor not to tell anyone, or he would kill her. He then begun touching her indecently, and proceeded to have sexual intercourse with her. Fearing for her life, the female told no one. Another incident occurred on Friday, October 2nd at around 1PM, while the minor was at home along with her younger sister. Again Wiltshire threatened her and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her.
Following the report, police carried out an extensive investigation. A medical examination was also performed on the minor, which indicated that she was carnally known. The medical practitioner who carried out the exam listed the minor’s injuries as grievous harm. With the substantial evidence, police carried out a special operation leading to Wiltshire’s arrest. He was charged and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until his first court hearing.
New Dialysis Center brings convenience, lower cost to Kidney patients in Belize
“DIALISIS de BELICE” announces the opening of their new dialysis facility on the Belize-Corozal Road in Orange Walk Town on Wednesday, October 21 st , at 10:00 a.m. Their new, state-of-the-art dialysis unit provides convenient and affordable in-center hemodialysis options closer to home for patients nationwide. The Facility is now accepting new patients and can accommodate 75 in total for in-center hemodialysis.
Heavy rainfall causes flooding across the country
Several areas in Belize remain under water, as a Tropical Depression has brought much rain to the southern Mexico and western Central American region. The inclement weather has been battering the northern region of Belize as of late Friday, October 16th, leaving severe flooding in its wake. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has since been mobilized and is assisting those most affected. As Tropical Depression 2 moves out of the region, meteorologists expect that its low pressure will gradually become better organized and will evolve into the next named tropical storm by Thursday, October 22nd. Here in San Pedro, the weather primarily affected the San Mateo, Boca del Rio, San Juan, San Pedrito, San Pablo and DFC area. According to the San Pedro Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) a family of three were evacuated from the San Mateo Area and sheltered at the San Pedro High School (SPHS) until the water receded from their home.The SPHS was opened as the designated flood shelter for all individuals seeking refuge. In an effort to scope out the situation on the island, NEMO personnel along with the San Pedro Town Council and volunteers conducted several tours across the island to identify possible residents in need of help. The EOC also observed severe beach erosion along the eastern beach coastline of the island.
Misc Belizean Sources
NEW DIALYSIS CENTER BRINGS CONVENIENCE, LOWER COSTS TO KIDNEY PATIENTS IN BELIZE
“DIALISIS de BELICE” announces the opening of their new dialysis facility on the Belize-Corozal Road in Orange Walk Town on Wednesday, October 21st, at 10:00 a.m. Their new, state-of-the-art dialysis unit provides convenient and affordable in-center hemodialysis options closer to home for patients nationwide. The Facility is now accepting new patients and can accommodate 75 in total for in-center hemodialysis.
Carlos Perrera, Managing Partner, commented, "We are excited to be able to offer the very best in dialysis care to our patients. We want to provide an affordable service to fellow Belizeans and increase life expectancy. The Facility exemplifies our goal to be the best of the best for people with kidney disease, helping them to live healthier lives, where quality of life is at the highest possible level. We want to help those in need of the service as there is a great demand, and our ability to combine such care with preventative services and education is taking dialysis services to greater heights.”
Ambergris Caye: A lot of beach washed out to se
The local weather station shows 9" of rain since the 15th.
A Little Flooding on Ambergris Caye
... Belize City has taken the brunt of the storm. It's not over yet as rain is forecast for the next three days. After a six hour reprieve from the rain, the thunder and lightning suggests we could be in for quite a bit more rain. The cisterns and wells should now be brimming, after months of a very dry wet season.
Cancer Group Arms of Love Walk
The Caye Caulker Cancer Group Arms of Love will be having our walk on the 24th October, which is this coming Saturday. Starting from the airstrip at 5 oclock am. All is in invited....Please make every effort to come out and show support to those who have lost their lives, to those battling this diseases and for those who have won the battle!!! Remember we will be having a raffle as well. We are still selling chances only $1.
Caye Caulker 2nd Annual Kayak Island Challenge
YOU CAN GET YOUR FORMS FROM MR. ROBERT BLEASE OR CALL THE NUMBER ON THE FLYER!! JOIN IN AND HAVE SOME FUN!!
Cayo Cancer Walk
The Cayo branch of the Belize Cancer Society is having their annual Cancer Walk this Saturday, starting at 5:00am, and it runs from Running W to the Macal River Park.
"Registration for Cancer Walk can be done at BFLA office infront of Sacred Heart Church Mondays, Wednesday or Fridays or at JK Biomedical behind Courts building during normal working hours. Registration can also be done the morning of the walk. Registration fee is $5.00."
Archaeology in the Community is in Belize!!!!
With over 900 archeological sites in Belize cultural heritage preservation is paramount. The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Institute of Archaeology (NICH) Belize, has brought Dr. Alexandra Jones, founder of the NGO Archeology in the Community, from Washington DC to do a series of interactive workshops with students across Belize.
Today Dr. Jones is in Belmopan working with students at Our Lady of Guadalupe High School.
NEMO ADVISORY NO. 12
As the rains continue flooding are expected across the country, in the upcoming days.
- The Rio Hondo River is at flood stage and rising. 4 boats and a BDF truck is on standby to assist Douglas and San Antonio residents with evacuation and movement to and from town. Residents are advised to move voluntarily for those who can.
- The Belize River is rising and residents of Grace Bank; St. Paul’s Bank; Willows Bank; Double Head Cabbage; Bermudian Landing; Isabella Bank; Flowers Bank; May Pen; Burrell Boom, Lord’s Bank and Ladyville need to make the necessary preparations to protect life and property.
- The Sibun River is receding in Gracie Rock; however water remains across the road, which is only accessible to high vehicle. In Freetown Sibun the water has receded and the road now passable to vehicular traffic.
How much rain?
The rains seem to have gone for now. The clearing began this morning.
Breezes are gentle and everything is very soggy.
There is standing water in some areas on Ambergris Caye as photos below
illustrate. Reports on rainfall vary by area, but we seem to have had over a
foot in this neighborhood. The water taxis from the mainland ceased
operations for a day, airlines were having a challenging time.
Belize City flooded worst of all. Some areas chest high in water, others not
flooded at all. Waters are draining off fairly quickly now. Lots of property
loss, but no loss of life. Schools were closed yesterday. Most re-opened
today. I understand that a transformer was blown in the Tres Cocos area during
the Sunday night electrical storm. Some trees and larger ornamental plants
tipped over due to hyper saturated ground. Buildings that "never leak",
Paradise Theater in San Pedro
Playing this weekend! We've got a bunch of horror movies coming up in the future for the halloween season ..
One of Belize's most legendary footballers, Mr. Anthony "Garrincha" Adderly
Today I had the pleasure of meeting one of Belize's most legendary footballers, Mr. Anthony "Garrincha" Adderly. Mr. Adderly said his roots are proudly from Caye Caulker. His grandfather, Mr. Simeon (I think) Norales, was the first person to be buried in Caye Caulker's oldest cemetery. According to Mr. Adderly, his family used to live "to the right of the main pier." That's where I now live, so I invited him "home" for a visit. During the time his family lived here there were only eight or so families living on the island.
Ocean Academy being recognised beyond our borders
Happening tonight in London, England: Beyond Sport Awards Ceremony. Ocean Academy is shortlisted for the Barclays Sport for Employability Award alongside three other amazing projects. Winners will be announced later this evening so stay tuned.
I painted this the other day but sold it and forgot to take a picture but this is the inspiration for Thursdays paint party.
Noche de Cuenta Cuentos 2015
Want to hear some thrilling stories? The Benque HoC will be doing their annual Noche de Cuenta Cuentos on October 30th, starting at 7:00pm.
"The Annual Noche de Cuenta Cuentos, thrilling supernatural stories of Benque featuring our communities tales & apparitions, by our very own story tellers, make it date! October 30th, 2015 starting at 7:00 p.m."
Oscar Burke at Soul Project
Oscar Burke played at the Soul Project. Great music, with a lot of Reggae. Amazing burgers too, courtesy of Bauce Burgers.
"Not only was Oscar Burke at the Soul Project, but they had some amazing hamburgers there too."
Benque Marimba Youths at Benque's 111th
The Benque Marimba Youths played at Benque's 111th celebration. Always great to see, and hear.
"Benque Marimba Youths, Benque at #111 Municipal Anniversary, Centennial Memorial Park"
Belize Raptor Center Inspires
The Belize Raptor Center has been busy educating and inspiring the youth around Cayo and Belize. They've educated 1240 students in the last 2 weeks! They have a crowdfunding campaign, if you'd like to contribute to their worthy cause. Thanks, BRC!
"We have had a very busy week!! Talking to over 700 students in Belmopan and Orange Walk in 3 days at 5 different schools. The feedback we have received from teachers, students and parents has been incredible. It reminds us that what we are doing works and is helping change the attitude these children have for all birds.
Educate. Inspire. Protect."
"Bag Of Passports" - Could It Be Backdoor Immigration Business?
This afternoon, it caused quite a commotion on social media when news went out that San Ignacio Police had "confiscated a bag of passports". It even led to a spontaneous political protest from PUP supporters who suspected that a crime of some sort had happened. We can confirm tonight that police were handed a bag, which contained 8 passports, and right now, they're investigating their origin.
What we know for sure is that at around 1 p.m., the owner of Studio 7 Printing Press in San Ignacio called police when he found a suspicious bag in their business place. The officers responded, retrieved it, and that's when they found the passports: 1 Honduran, 1 Guatemalan, 1 American, 1 Belizean, and 4 Salvadoran. All the passports were in different names, and so at this time, police are looking into them to make sure that nothing illegal was involved in their procurement, or nothing illegal was intended for them going forward.
The FSTV Monopoly Is OVER. What Next?
The legal battle between the Feinstein Group, the Government, and the Fort Point Tourism Village is over, and, now, the landscape of cruise tourism in the Belize District is set to change - in a big way. Justice Courtney Abel today finally made a decision in case, which has been ongoing for months now. He struck down the FSTV's monopoly in the Belize District, thus paving the way for Stake Bank.
You might remember how it all started: Developer Mike Feinstein sought to challenge the monopoly that the FSTV has over cruise tourism in Belize City by claiming that the head tax collected from each passenger, and the way it is shared up, is unlawful. While this case was taking place, however, the Barrow Administration amended the Cruise Ship Passenger Tax Act, and it blocked 3 of Feinstein's grounds for challenging the legality.
No Bail For Keyren Tzib
After an entire month and 2 days of waiting, Keyren Tzib, the Coast Guard officer accused of fatally stabbing her common-law husband, finally heard the decision of the Supreme Court. Her application for bail has been denied, and she will have to remain in prison while she awaits trial.
As we told you, Psychiatrist Dr. Richard Alovera took the stand and gave the court the report of his assessment of her mental health. He diagnosed her with bipolar affective disorder.
After consideration of the submissions of both the prosecution, the defense, and the doctor's testimony, Justice Troadio Gonzalez ruled that he will deny bail. He concluded that he found the doctor's testimony to be contradictory and confusing. One of the strongest factors to bail being denied, however, was the Judge's concern that Tzib may be a threat to herself or to society. He noted that he was not convinced that she wasn't, and that's why he decided to deny bail.
56 Year Old Was Collateral Damage In Petty Inter-gang Feud
Last night we told you about the murder of 56 year old Edward Robinson. He was killed on Saturday morning when a pair of gunmen went after Jamil Betancourt in the area of North Creek. Betancourt was only injured but Robinson was killed - collateral damage in a gang war. Well, police were quick to wrap up the investigation and announced this morning that two men had been charged. The interesting thing is that they are both form Supal Street - and so was their intended target, Jamil Betancourt. The lead investigator told us more this morning:
Insp. Alejandro Cowo, CIB Precinct 1 & 2
"So far police are conducting an investigation into the matter where several persons were interviewed and statements were recorded and as a result, 2 persons were detained yesterday. They are Ryan Alvarez and Devon Sankey, both of the Supal Street area. At present they are being charged and they will be taken to magistrate court sometime this afternoon. They will be charged for murder, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder on Jamil Betancourt."
Police Called In Rival Gangs
And while southside police have stepped up patrols in gang areas with the help of the GSU - half the work is not on the ground but in the conference room. That's where mediation sessions occur - and that's what police had to do in the case of the murder of Karl Heusner. First an update on the search for the killer:..
Supt. Hilberto Romero, OC - CIB, Belize City
"In regards to the murder of Heusner, we are doing follow up work at this time. We are reviewing video footage from the area, we are interviewing persons and that investigation continues."
Picking Up The Pieces After The Flood
Is the situation any better for flood victims? Can they return home? That's what we went to find out today. As we showed you yesterday about 10 inches of rain fell on the city during the weekend. The city was inundated - and residents had to walk and even float through the flood waters to get around. Many had to be evacuated and taken to shelters because their houses were completely flooded and belongings destroyed. While the water has receded on some streets, others are still flooded and the forecast for more showers pose the threat that water levels could rise again.
That is the main concern for Antelope Street Extension resident Oscar Palacios. We spoke to him yesterday at the ITVET shelter but he and his family went back home this morning. We met him and his children cleaning up the house and trying to salvage the little they had left after the flood.
Mother Cries Out
These floods have also forced the public to confront the ugly truth that there are many city residents who live in very impoverished conditions with very inadequate housing.
We met one such resident today, when 28 year-old single mother Kayla Stevens called the media out to the building that used to be her home. It was not much, but it was all she could afford for her 3 children...and this weekend it all came tumbling down in the heavy rains and flooding.
Daniel Ortiz visited her today and he has that story:
Daniel Ortiz reporting
28 year-old Kayla Stevens and 3 young daughters, ages 10, 6 and 4, used to live here, at this house on Neal Penn Road.
But like other southside residents, her home was among those hardest hit. The floods caused it to fall.
Walking around her humble living space, the water damage was evident. It was clear that it barely protected her and her girls from the elements.
Court Orders 65K For A Cop's Life
In September 2013 Police Constable Glenwayne Grant shot and killed a fellow officer, Constable Dean Yearwood when he was allegedly responding to a robbery in progress. YEARWOOD'S family sued the government to pay financial compensation for his death.
Well, today Supreme Court judge, Sonya Young said the Government must pay the Yearwood family $65,000 dollars in compensation. On the stand during the trial, PC Grant maintained that on the night of the fatal shooting when he shot and killed his colleague, he came upon a shooting and identified himself as a police officer and fired after the alleged culprit.
Phillip Palacio represented the Yearwood Family while the Government was represented by the Solicitor General's Office Triennia Young and Agassi Finnegan. As to whether they will appeal the court ruling, Young said she cannot say at this time until she reads the ruling in depth.
Toledo Weed Burned
On Monday morning, Toledo Police found a marijuana plantation about five miles East of San Miguel Village. The one acre marijuana field had already been harvested. There were about 20 plants about 3 feet tall and all of them were uprooted and burned. Checks were made in the surrounding areas where police found two bundles of 119 marijuana plants which were also burned.
Expanding The Digital Footprint
In the old days, a Belize ad in a glossy magazine or a 30 second spot on some obscure channel would be considered the gold standard in advertising. But, the truth is unless that ad appeared in a top magazine like Vogue, or a highly rated television programme like Monday Night Football - the way ads for Mexico and Jamaica do - it probably wasn't reaching an optimal audience. But, digital marketing has kind of leveled the playing field, providing high-end opportunities for low budged marketing efforts. And that's what Belize's first Digital Summit is about: optimizing marketing opportunities on the internet. The event is organized by the Belize Tourism Board who has brought in some top names to talk about subjects like Social Media marketing, and Search engine optimization.
For Belize, whose digital imprint is still small and growing, it's an important step and BTB's Digital Marketing Manager Maynor Larrieu told us more:..
Yesterday, residents and conservationists found an injured Manatee on the Hopkins Village beach in the South.
Information of the animal is limited at this time, our information is that it was discovered yesterday afternoon on the Beach. We are told that it was suffering injuries on its back, which are suspected to have been inflicted by boat propeller blades.
The manatee was rescued and handed over to the conservationists for rehabilitation.
The Return Of Raincoats
If you were out in the rain as much as we were this weekend - you might have noticed that Police officers don't have any rain gear: no rain hats, no rain coats, no boots. And those polyester uniforms don't hold up too well in the rain…so what happened to the raincoats you might have seen the cops wearing if you grew up in the 80's or 90's? The commander Southside told us that those have been on a 15 year rain check:..
Sr. Supt Chester Williams - Commander, Eastern Division Southside
"Police officers do not have the right equipment to be able to deal with the type of weather conditions. In the past we were issued with raincoats, but of recent, going back to at least about 10-15 years we have not been issue with raincoats anymore and I think that is something that we need to look at and try to see how best we could procure some raincoats for our officers."
The CEO in the Ministry of National Security has authorized Williams to source raincoats for Eastern Division officers.
Remembering the Rain
Like we said, we were out in the rain this weekend - for hours on Sunday our news team trolled the city cataloguing the epic flood. We put most of those images on the news last night - but tonight, as we close, and the rains are holding up, we put them all together for a complete look at the city under siege - a scene both sad and entertaining, as many found fun in the floods.
We leave you with that tonight. A lot to reflect on… join me back here tomorrow….
Who Dropped the Bag With Passports and Birth Certificates?
Tonight, there is a huge scandal brewing in the west after a knapsack containing passports from various countries, birth certificates, police reports and other documents was found inside a business [...]
P.U.P. Supporters Suspect Immigration Irregularity…Demand Answers
Multiple sources have told News Five that the owner of the bag has been confirmed as a former U.D.P. councillor candidate whose passport was allegedly also found inside the bag. [...]
Supreme Court Finds In Favour of Stake Bank Developer
Major decisions were handed down today by the Supreme Court. Justice Courtney Abel issued a judgment largely in favor of developer of the Stake Bank cruise port Michael Feinstein today. [...]
Attorney Says Feinstein Prepared to Work with All Parties
Senior Counsel Andrew Marshalleck, the attorney for Feinstein, outlined the two reliefs won by his client out of the five he sued for. Most important, he says, is that there [...]
Keyren Tzib Refused Bail
Seven weeks since the start of Keyren Tzib’s bail application and after many adjournments, Judge Troadio Gonzalez finally made a determination earlier today and it was not good news for [...]
Yearwood Family Granted Compensation
But there was good news for the Yearwood family. A ruling was handed down in the case of slain police officer, Dean Yearwood who was shot and killed in September [...]
San Pedro Businessman Arraigned For Rape of Minor
Tonight a well-known San Pedro resident is behind bars after he was arraigned last week Friday for the rape of a minor. Even though we report on many incidents of [...]
Jerusalem Under Siege From Poverty
One of the most poverty-stricken communities is Jerusalem; it is located in the outskirts of the Krooman Lagoon in the Antelope Street Extension of the city. The flooding of the [...]
2 Belize City Men Arraigned for Robinson Murder
A pair of Belize City men, both affiliates of the Supal Street gang, has been arraigned for the weekend murder of fifty-six-year-old Edward Robinson. The duo, twenty-two-year-old Devon Sankey and [...]
Police Stage Intervention With Supal Street Gang
In the wake of the weekend murder, Belize City police have staged an intervention with the Supal Street gang in an attempt to quell any ensuing fallout. According to Senior [...]
No Arrest in Murder of Karl Heusner Jr.
The murder of Karl Heusner Junior remains an open case despite an ongoing police investigation. On the heels of the weekend shooting, all efforts are also being made to bring [...]
Police Step Up Patrols in the City
Belize City police have stepped up both foot and mobile patrols in the respective areas. Supt. Hilberto Romero, OC, CIB, Eastern Division “The preventative measures have been taken: the [...]
Flood Leaves Family of Four Homeless
A family of four was among the many left homeless as a result of the flooding over the weekend. The head of the family is a single mother of three [...]
Mayflower Street Residents to Get Assistance
On Monday, we showed you the deplorable conditions in which residents of Mayflower Street are living. While the situation had been that way well before the weekend flooding, Area Representative [...]
First Ever Digital Marketing Summit Held in Belize City
A digital marketing summit, the first of its kind to be held in Belize, was hosted by the Belize Tourism Board today at the Ramada Belize City Princess. The objective [...]
Classes to Resume
Classes were called off for Monday due to water levels and the use of classrooms as shelters for affected families of the epic floods. A while ago, the Ministry of [...]
Ashley Needs Your Prayers and Support
Imagine that moment when you’re told that your child, your pride and joy…your beautiful baby has cancer. There’s absolutely no treatment available in Belize, and treatment overseas is prohibitively expensive. [...]
Alfonso Wiltshire arrested for rape
San Pedro Police have arrested and charged well-known taxi-man and landlord Alfonso Wiltshire for the alleged rape of a 13 year old minor. The minor claims that on at least five occasions she was sexually violated by Wiltshire, who reportedly held a gun to her head. Following an investigation and a medical examination Wiltshire was arrested and charged last Friday in San Pedro. He has been remanded. Because of evidence unearthed during the ongoing investigation, Police are also seeking additional victims between the ages of 10 and 14. We'll have more details in tonight's newscast.
Orange Walkeno Elected As Vice President Of CANQATE
Another Belizean has been elected to an esteemed position on the international platform. Adrian Leiva, current Dean of Muffles Junior College, has been elected Vice President of the Board of Management of the Caribbean Area Network for Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education. Leiva was elected in the twelfth annual CAN-QATE Conference held in St. Kitts and Nevis from October seventh to the ninth. CAN-QATE was established as a sub network of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education, in 2004. The network’s focus is to enable members to share information about the maintenance, evaluation, accreditation and improvement of higher education and to spread good practices in the field of quality assurance. Leiva is no stranger to the network as he has served as a member since its inception in 2004. Leiva says with the new position, Belize can have an even more direct involvement in changes and improvement in education in the region.
San Pedrano Charged For Rape Of Thirteen Year Old Minor
Again, Wiltshire threatened to kill her if she told anyone and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her. Following the report, police carried out an extensive investigation and according to San Pedro Police, 50 year old Alfonso Wiltshire has been charged with two counts of Aggravated Burglary and two counts of Unlawful Sexual Intercourse. A medical examination was also performed on the minor which indicated that she was carnally known.
The medical practitioner who carried out the exam listed the minor’s injuries as grievous harm. With the substantial evidence, police carried out a special operation leading to Wiltshire’s arrest. He was charged and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until his first court hearing. Police are still investigating the incident and believe there may be other victims.
Fifteen Year Old Female Injured In Traffic Accident
A fifteen year old female was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital late this evening following a road traffic accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The teen was traveling with her grandparents Manuel Lorenzo and his wife Nora Lorenzo who are residents of Trial Farm Village in the Orange Walk District. They were headed in the direction of Orange Walk in a red four door pickup truck when around 5:15 pm, just past the Mameyal Curve, they collided into a trailer carrying lumber. According to a man who was traveling in the vehicle that was pulling the trailer, he and his son in law Esner Campus were heading to San Narciso Village after buying lumber from Shipyard.
Belize Celebrates International Day Of Air Traffic Controller
Today the Belize Department of Civil Aviation celebrated International Day of Air Traffic Controller. The day is observed annually on October 20th and Belize’s Civil Aviation took the time out to pay tribute to dedicated work done by Belize’s Air Traffic Control Officers. In a release, the Civil Aviation said it salutes quote, “their stalwart service to the country and people of Belize. Air travel continues to be a pillar of the Belizean economy, bringing obvious benefits to Belize's tourism product, trade, society and the business world. Every day, hundreds of flights, both national and international, traverse Belizean airspace delivering thousands of passengers and tons of cargo to their destination. On any given day, these hundreds of flights are safely guided through our skies, by our very own and highly capable Air Traffic Control Unit at the Philip Goldson International Airport,” unquote.
Bag With Passports Found In San Ignacio, Police Investigates
We are pretty sure that here in Belize most of the population is aware about the Penner Passport scandal. That is why when news broke out today that a bag containing passports was found in San Ignacio, social media went crazy.
Around 2:00 this afternoon, San Ignacio Police were called about a suspicious knapsack found abandoned at a printing shop in that municipality. Upon further checks, it was revealed that the black knapsack contained several documents including a Honduran passport, a Guatemalan passport, an American passport, 4 Salvadoran passports and a Belizean passport. Following the discovery, news spread like wildfire and questions began popping up across the country. And tonight still more questions than answers remain as the police are now tasked to decipher who owns the knapsack. San Ignacio police have labelled the find as found property and their investigations continue. And while many questions arise following the sensational passport scandal involving disgraced former Minister Elvin Penner, this evening, the PUP Standard Bearer Cayo Central Dan Silva weighed in on the issue.
Primary Health Care Becomes Priority In the Corozal District
As is the obvious the torrential rains experienced over the last few days left Corozal with an unwanted amount of water. And the flooding is expected to get worse since the downpour continues thus bring along the possibility of disease outbreaks. Primary Health Care Coordinator, Doctor Miguel Rivero, told us today the concentration now lies in the areas of preventative measures.
“Well finally the rains have settled in and now we are beginning to see the effects of it first of all we must ensure that everyone remains alive that means stay out of the risk of being under water, being on the risk of flooding and once you decide to go to a shelter make sure you remain clean and follow proper hygiene and we need to do any check on any disease that would come out from the water supply or food contaminated supply so we need to focus on a lot of hygiene at this point.”
Four Old Month Baby Sent To Emergency Room After Vector Control Carries Out Thermal Fogging At Hurricane Shelter
The family of a four month old baby is tonight claiming that the life of their new born was put in danger when members of the Vector Control Unit conducted thermal fogging at the shelter they were staying in namely the Guadalupe Government Primary School in the Corozal District.
“We were at the shelter of Guadalupe school because we got flood here at Chula Vista so we moved and we went at the school we were there from two days and after that the Health Inspector reached all of a sudden and they say that they will spray and told everybody to put their things in plastic bags to take it outside so while we were doing that me and Mrs. Bernadine a teacher from Guadalupe school took the things outside when we were coming back they were sharing clothes then at the time we were there I saw smoke coming out from the classroom where we are so now I left the bag and I ran but at the time the men were at the door so I start to tell them my baby is in there man I started to tell them and you need to take her out and then they say no we cannot go inside and then the principal, the teacher of Guadalupe school and the next people who were sheltering there so I tell them help me and go in and no body didn’t want to go in so now I don’t know how I got strength I just shubbed the men that were at the door and I all I can remember is that I went inside and you lost like in space and then I just grabbed him with the bouncer and I run outside and by the time I ran outside I grab my baby and then the principal of the school saw me while running outside by the gate of the school so that the baby can breathe in and I can give her breathe through her mouth so that she can comeback.”
Supreme Court Gives Green Light to Stake Bank Project
In 2004, the Government of Belize had signed onto an agreement with the Fort Street Tourism Village, giving the port exclusivity in the Belize District. Some years later when Michael Feinstein sought to develop the Stake Bank Project which would be another port in Belize City, there were obstacles due to this agreement. The matter […]
US Kingpin Rule Affects 1000+ Banana Workers in Southern Belize
Yesterday we told you of the Mayan King Farms and the financial dire straits that the company was in until the international banana distributor, Fyffes, kicked in and began lending financial support to the company as they were going through hardships due to the recent drought and the subsequent challenges in having the growth of […]
Fabers Road Home Collapses with Child Inside
The home of 28 year old Stephanie Vasquez collapsed this afternoon. Inside the house, which is located in the Faber’s Road extension in an area known as “Bootsville”, was her nine year old son. He was the one who called her while she was at work. STEPHANIE VASQUEZ “I got a call about an hour […]
NEMO Gives Update on Relief Efforts Following Intense Rains
The recent flooding situation around the country is as a result of incessant rains in the last few days and now that the rain is slowing down, it will take more than a few days to get things back to normal particularly for those families who have been displaced or affected in some way. The […]
Government and Residents to Remain Vigilant in Coming Days
Meanwhile, as it pertains to the weather in the coming days, Minister Godwin Hulse told Love News that they are monitoring the rivers and that the residents, particularly, in low lying areas still need to be vigilant. GODWIN HULSE “We keep sending out notices and advisories; we are still reminding people who live along river […]
Minister Speaks on Process for Flood Victims to Get Aid
While the immediate needs of food and clothing and adequate shelter are being addressed by the various agencies around the country, there are the long term needs that would be required to get people’s lives and homes back to how it was. Prime Minister Dean Barrow did commit to reaching out to all those affected […]
Country’s Executive Remains While Legislature, Dissolved
In recent days since the flooding and the activation of NEMO, there have been questions from the public as to the status of Government Ministers and the Prime Minister since the House of Representatives was dissolved the day after the Prime Minister had announced elections for November 4. It is a point we have addressed […]
House Collapses on Jane Usher Boulevard
Due to the current weather, floods have been destroying homes and house appliances in vast amounts. The home of Kendra Smith located in Jane Usher has suffered a lot due to the floods. Her home has not completely fallen down, but her front veranda collapsed with her and her little brother while she was doing […]
Court Finds Government Liable in Murder of Policeman
In September 2013, Police Constable Dean Yearwood was shot and killed by fellow officer Glenwayne Grant. In July, Yearwood’s family took the government to court and today Judge Sonya Young ruled that Government was liable and must pay the family over sixty five thousand dollars. Her ruling is yet to be given in writing as […]
Coast Guard Seaman Denied Bail in Supreme Court
Today Keyren Tzib, the Coast Guard Seaman who is on remand for the death of her boyfriend earlier this year, was denied bail by Justice Troadio John Gonzalez. The bail application has been ongoing for a number of weeks as they awaited a doctor’s evaluation since Tzib’s attorney argued she should be granted bail due […]