SSB Approves 12Million Dollar Loan to Santander
The company, Santander formerly known as Green Tropics may be benefitting from a twelve million dollar loan from the Social Security Board for further development of the mill located on the George Price Highway in the Cayo District. The loan was approved last week and is in the publication stage where members of the general […]
Shooting in Lake-I; Duo Hospitalized
Last night two men standing at the corner of Marigold Lane and Jasmine Street were shot. Two twenty six year old males have been admitted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and are reportedly in stable conditions. Sergeant Hilberto Novelo gave the details on the shooting. HILBERTO NOVELO “Police visited the KHMH where they saw […]
Attorney Positive on Bert Vasquez’ Trial
Accused murderer Bert Vasquez was back in court today. Vasquez is facing three charges including the murder of 13 year old Jasmine Lowe which occurred back in June of 2012. Vasquez is also facing two other charges related to sexual offences. One of those charges is being dealt with by Justice Adolph Lucas. A trial […]
Toddler Drowns at Home
A one year old baby drowned in Indian Creek Village in the Orange Walk District. According to reports, the toddler died yesterday after was left alone to play. Police arrived on the scene and found the lifeless body of the little girl. Love News spoke with Officer in Charge of Orange Walk Police, Assistant Superintendent […]
Military Sub-Machine Gun found in Northern Belize
Orange Walk Police discovered a firearm yesterday. However, the firearm that was found is not the normal type of gun the department is accustomed to finding. Police found a TEC 9 semi-automatic fire arm which is a smaller version of a military submachine gun. Inspector Nicholas Palomo, Deputy Officer in Command at Orange Walk spoke […]
Fuel Prices Adjust
The cost of fuel decreased earlier in the week. Regular fuel decreased by forty cents and is now seven dollars and sixty eight cents per gallon. Diesel decreased by forty three cents and now sells for six dollars and twenty seven cents. Premium gasoline saw no change.
World Oil Prices and Pump Prices in Belize
Fuel prices at the pumps have gone down recently in Belize and continue to drop worldwide per barrel. While it is good news for drivers and vehicle owners, it does decrease the available monies from the PetroCaribe program as explained by Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight. JOSEPH WAIGHT “The price of oil has fallen dramatically. Consequently […]
Fin Sec Speaks on the Country’s Debt
Since the PetroCaribe came into being under the Barrow administration, many figures have been thrown out regarding the country’s overall debt and additional debts with PetroCaribe. Earlier this week, the Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight told the media just what our debts look like. JOSEPH WAIGHT “The super-bond is half our payment. It’s half our debt […]
BEL’s Arbitration Settled; BTL’s Pending
Following the nationalization of the electric and telephone companies in Belize, the Government of Belize have since concluded the arbitration settlement for the Belize Electricity Limited while the arbitration settlement for the Belize Telemedia Limited remains outstanding, as explained by Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight. JOSEPH WAIGHT “BEL has been settled. There was a settlement agreement, […]
Belize Celebrates World Cancer Day 2016
Today is being observed as World Cancer day. The Belize Cancer Society was formed in 1996 which makes it twenty years in existence. The Cancer Society utilizes this day to launch their yearly activities as well as to bring awareness of the disease to society. Love news spoke to Laura Longsworth President of Belize Cancer […]
Zika Virus now a major concern in Belize
Belize’s Ministry of Health and others are ratcheting up their activities in preparation for the Zika Virus now raging in the Americas. A committee composed of the Epidemiology Unit, the Central Medical Laboratory, the Maternal and Child Care Unit and the critically important Public Health and Vector Control Departments met on Tuesday morning of this week at the Ministry of Health in Belmopan to look at preliminary measures on vector and clinical surveillance, as the Zika Virus, a member of the flavivirus family, wreaks havoc outside of Belize’s borders.
The Zika Virus is spread by the female Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which also spreads dengue and chikingunya. As the mode of spread, the female mosquito drinks the blood of an infected person; they can then infect subsequent people they bite. The virus was first found in a monkey in the Zika forest near Lake Victoria, Uganda, in 1947, and has historically occurred in parts of Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Island. Only until last year has the Zika Virus come under new scrutiny and investigation by virologists and other scientists across the globe.
Big fight for leader of the Opposition in National Assembly
The People's United Party went through the process of electing a New (old) leader on Sunday January 31. For the PUP they billed it as a process of reformation and change of guard but the reality is that nothing has really changed in the PUP. All those who contested the election, bar none, are actually carry overs from the 1998-2008 era (the worst era in Belize's history.)
Going into the convention, Francis Fonseca, the former leader of the PUP was very clear and was always vocal about the fact that he controlled a majority of the PUP representatives in the house. After the convention, even though he was resoundingly defeated, he still has that bragging right. In fact, the PUP parliamentarians continue to support Fonseca as their leader which has now sent the PUP into a talespin. That was evident immediately after the convention when Channel 7's Jules Vasquez, point blankly asked Requena, the Toledo West Area Representative if he would support Briceno and he was non committal in his answer. It would have been expected that his answer should have been an outright yes, but in the PUP, while there is a leader, the Cappo's do not necessarily have to follow or even respect him.
Correspondent Banking problem being fixed
Financial imperialism is when large developed countries dominate developing (weaker) countries by pushing international policies or issuing private directives that steer the flow of international trade/wealth in their favour. This has been done in the past by implementing trade embargos or restrictions, currency control and uneven trade policies. Many learned people in the Caribbean region believe that the United States’ strict regulations in the Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) campaign is simply another method used by the super power to exercise economic sovereignty over the West. Belize has set up a plan to prevent economic Armageddon in the wake of Bank of America’s termination of correspondent banking relationship with Belize Bank and other similar developments in the sector.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow; Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight; Governor of the Central Bank, Glen Yssaguirre; and Economic Ambassador, Mark Espat; were joined in the United States by Belize’s Ambassador Pat Andrews on a mission to hold meetings with several financial regulatory agencies from January 25 to January 29. The goals of the mission were simple: one, to get a clear understanding of the federal government’s position on the large banks’ termination of relationships with Belizean banks, and two, to get an understanding of how the federal government’s regulations have influenced the decisions of those large banks.
Born to Loose!
Many years ago before the deep water port was built in Port Loyola, imported goods were brought onshore by barges, those goods were then landed and stored at the customs warehouses known as Queen’s Bonded Warehouse, at the same location where the Tourist Village is now located. After those goods were cleared they made their way to their owners, mostly stores and shops. The goods were mostly transported by either mule and cart, a few Bedford or Austin trucks or bicycle-carts. The bicycle-carts were used for hauling the smaller goods and also to transport household goods to homes around what was known as Belize Town at the time.
Most of those transports had names, usually the names were catchy and either related to a product, the name or nickname of a person or some part of our rich and colorful culture. There was this one popular bicycle-cart named BORN TO LOOSE. It must have been named so after a very popular song at the time, that was recorded by Ray Charles. The actual name of the song was “Born to lose”. Like with many other things the word LOSE was changed to LOOSE to get a completely different meaning. The gentleman that owned the bicycle-cart was no looser or loser though, quite the opposite he earned good money by the standards back then.
Belize participates in International Youth Forum
Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr. and CARICOM Youth Ambassador Eric Sanchez participated in this year’s International Youth Forum on Sustainable Development on February 1st and 2nd, 2016. This Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York under the auspices of the ECOSOC President His Excellency Mr. Oh Joon.
The theme of the forum was “Implementing the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Moving from Commitments to Results”. H.E. Joon listed unemployment, poverty, climate change, and inequality as issues needing to be addressed through a cross-cutting and interconnected approach.
In plenary sessions, Minister Aragon stated that Belize is finalizing its National Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS) which mainstreams the United Nations Post-2015 Sustainable Development Framework. The GSDS identifies clear policy aims together with subsidiary goals and targets to achieve a national vision comprising of a strong economy featuring optimal national income and robust growth, a resilient society, healthy environment, citizen security and good governance.
Belizean arrested in Melchor
Kayla Sanchez, a 25 year-old Belizean, remains detained in Peten, Guatemala, and she is awaiting a criminal hearing before a judge from that country. She’s being accused of going into Melchor De Menchos, Guatemala and stealing a cellular phone.
Information to the press is that she went over to that town between Saturday, January 30, and Sunday, January 31. While she was there, she was reportedly cornered by a group of Guatemalan residents of the town in the Central Park area. They say that she stole a cellular phone, and was trying to pry it open with a knife. Fortunately, Guatemalan Police officers observed a commotion in the park, and intervened before their attempt at citizen’s arrest turned into a mob which tried to hurt her.
Multiple separate accidents on Belizean roadways, one man dies
Egbert Ferguson, a 47 year-old resident of Hattieville Village, has died as a result of injuries he suffered in a traffic accident he was involved in between miles 17 and 18 on the George Price Highway.
It happened on Monday, February 1, sometime after 3 p.m. Ferguson was driving a grey 2-door Ford F-150 pick with extended cab. He was traveling with 44-year-old Daisy Olivera of Belize City and two minors as his passengers. They were heading from the direction of Belmopan to Hattieville, and for some still unknown reason, they crashed head on into a grey Toyota Hiace Van. The van belongs to the company, Cavetubing.Bz, and the tour guide, Rogelio Reyes, was driving 6 French Tourist for a visit to the Lamanai Maya Site. All 11 persons suffered varying degrees of injuries, but Ferguson was the most seriously injured. He passed away at around 4 a.m. on the next day, Tuesday. He leaves behind 19 children for which he was the main provider. He made a living selling juice and fudge in Belmopan.
Daniel Anderson acquitted of murder
The trial against Daniel Anderson, 32, for the murder of 19-year-old Joyce Mitchell, who was shot to death on the evening of Thursday, June 17, 2011, came to an end on Thursday, January 28, 2016. He was facing a trial without jury and his fate was decided by Justice Adolph Lucas on Tuesday, February 2. Justice Lucas ruled that the prosecution did not meet the burden of proof to convict Anderson of murder because of numerous discrepancies in witness statements and testimonies.
According to word on the streets, the intended target of the execution on the night in question was Mitchell’s brother but she was sitting on the trunk of a car in front of their home when the gunman unleashed a spray of bullets in that direction. Police investigation led to the arrest of Anderson who was positively identified by Mitchell’s relatives.
Rupert Avila Admits to Stealing over $11,000
IT Technician, Rupert Avila, 34, is lucky to be free from prison after he pleaded guilty to stealing over $11,000 from Belize City businessman Ricardo Gongora. Allegations are that on Saturday, January 30, he stole 21- one hundred dollar notes and 185 fifty dollar notes from a gas station on the Phillip Goldson Highway owned by Ricardo Gongora. According to Avila, he got a job at Gongora’s business place and while executing that job he needed to clean up the network cable so he took out some garbage to throw into the dumpster. When he emptied out the bin he noticed that there was money inside. Avila said he was frightened when he saw the money in the garbage so he placed it inside a vehicle he had access to at the time. He didn’t get a chance to tell his supervisor about the money because shortly after he found it the police came to the compound and found him in possession of the cash inside the vehicle.
Salvadoran caught living in Belize illegally
Salvadoran national Blas Antonio Contreras Andrade, 41, is spending time at the Belize Central Prison after he pleaded guilty to living in Belize illegally and was unable to pay a thousand dollar fine.
Andrade was busted by a team of Immigration Officers on Monday, February 1, and asked to produce identification and immigration documents to explain his status in Belize. Andrade could not do so and as a result the officers escorted him to their office in Belize City where he was charged with the offense of failure to produce a visitor’s permit.
Isidoro Beaton Field already getting “Wows”
The Isidro Beaton Football Stadium is more than seventy percent complete and its beauty can no longer be concealed behind curtains of construction activity. The stadium is being renovated to world class standards at an initial estimated cost of $3.5 million. However the scope of works has been expanded and the massive beauty that will be the pride of Belmopan may actually end up being the pride of the entire country. “I have never seen such a green field,” said one commenter who saw images from the Hon. John Saldivar’s Facebook page. The structure will include home and guest locker rooms, V.I.P. and press boxes as well as concession area. |
Department of Youth Services, job preparedness training
The Department of Youth Service’s Youth Enterprise/Job Creation Unit is presently conducting a Job Preparedness Training for twenty five youth between the ages of 17 – 29 years. The main objective of the training is to empower these young people with the necessary skills and knowledge to become marketable to join the work force.
A total number of ten (10) sessions are being conducted. The various topics include: Skills Identification, Work ethics, Conflict Resolution Management in the workplace, how to work along with HIV infected persons in the workplace, Resume writing, Interviewing skills and Mock Interviews. The other component of the training is to continue mentoring these young people and procure placements for them or assist them in returning to school where necessary or engage them into other skill trainings such as those offered at ITVET.
Next to last
At 10:15pm on Sunday night John Briceño was officially declared as the new Leader of the People’s United Party. Joining him in the victory was the returning Chairman Henry Charles Usher, new Deputy Leader for the South Rodwell Ferguson, new Deputy Leader for the North Jose Abelardo Mai and new Communications Director Anthony Mahler. The elections results were not really close as indicated by the numbers. There are some very revealing things that are glaring about the results though. The major one being that Francis who lost in a three way race for leader lost by 208 votes. The 208 is 5 votes less than the 213 delegates who did not vote. So the question is had they voted would Francis have won?
Let’s take a closer look at the actual numbers to see how the various candidates did. There were 2971 eligible delegates of which 2758 voted. There were 213 delegates who did not vote. Below is the way the numbers played out.
Hon. Frank “Papa” Mena visits PG public officers
Quite often constituents as well as public officers, complain of being ignored or taken for granted after elections. In some cases that turns out to be true for the most part, but this UDP government is working diligently in demystifying that misguided conclusion. It is the rant of everyday Belizeans about public officers not being in the “real world.” However, the question that begs to be answered is, would we survive in the “real world” without the assistance of these same public officers? The public in general, every so often looks down upon these courageous people and believe they are omnipotent. It is mythological to believe that at the snap of a finger public officers could change the world. The very next time you want a passport, birth certificate, land title and all the other things that Public Officers provide, think about the daily pressures they endure.
Multi-Institutional park ranger training ends
From the 26th of January to 1st of February, a Park Ranger Tactical Rescue Medic Training was conducted at Tapir Camp, Chiquibul National Park for Park Rangers.
Since the increase of park rangers in the Chiquibul, and understanding the environmental challenges faced, FCD has taken a proactive move to sharpen the skills of park rangers. Unlike the first year training program, this time FCD was pleased to have four Forest Officers of the Belize Forest Department and two park rangers from the Institute of Archaeology participate on the one week training.
The course consisted of rescue and first aid, navigation, use of firearms and patrol skills. Special guests including Ambassador Stuart Leslie from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Dr. Candy Gonzales from the Belize Environmental Law and Policy also imparted presentations on the Confidence Building Measures and National Protected Areas Systems Act.
New Water System for Santa Anna, Toledo
Over 500 residents in the Southern rural community of Santa Anna, Toledo now have easy access to quality potable water. This means 91 households, schools, churches and the village health post will now enjoy the continuous supply of quality potable water to meet their daily needs such as drinking, washing, bathing and cooking thanks to the Government of Belize who financed the expansion and upgrade of the water project at a cost of $565,686.16 through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank.
SICA member states meet to address emergency health issues associated with the Spread of Zika Virus
On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, officials from the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs of Belize participated in a regional videoconference organized by the Government of Honduras, current Presidency Pro-Tempore of the Central American Integration System (SICA), to discuss the regional health implications from the Zika virus.
The objective of the meeting was to coordinate regional positions and actions to ameliorate the number of infections and agree on a sustained action plan to work towards the eradication of the Zika Virus.
The Pan-American Health Organization has committed to providing all its resources to assist the region in its response to eradicate the Zika Virus and its possible correlation to microcephaly that has been affecting newborn babies of mothers infected with the virus. Research is also being conducted to ascertain a possible link to the Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
President Ma Ying-jeou’s trip to Taiping Island
With regard to President Ma Ying-jeou’s trip to Taiping Island Jan. 28 to inspect the island and celebrate the Lunar New Year with personnel stationed there, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs states the following:
(1) Whether from the perspective of history, geography, or international law, the Nansha (Spratly) Islands, Shisha (Paracel) Islands, Chungsha (Macclesfield Bank) Islands, and Tungsha (Pratas) Islands, as well as their surrounding waters, are an inherent part of ROC territory and waters, and the ROC enjoys all rights over these islands and their surrounding waters in accordance with international law. This is indisputable.
Time running out on tail dragging teachers
The Ministry of Education on Wednesday, February 3, proved once again that teachers are the only stakeholders in the education sector who will always get a pass for late or incomplete assignments. Teachers have been urged by the Government of Belize to secure their qualifications for Teacher’s Licenses since the Education Act was passed in 2000. More than 15 years later, hundreds of teachers in our classrooms are still not qualified to teach. This cannot be allowed to continue, says the Ministry of Education. As part of its plan to improve quality and relevance under the Education Sector Reform Strategy, the Ministry of Education has set a goal to have one hundred percent trained teachers in the classrooms across Belize.
The Ministry of Education made its intentions clear from the inauguration of this Administration when it lifted the ban on paid study leave. The ministry reinforced its position with the passage of an amendment to the Education Act in 2010 and informed all stakeholders of its intention to enforce requirements for teacher training and licenses for individuals in the classroom. For teachers who did not have qualifications for a license, a five year provisional license was issued on June 30 2011 for them to remain in the classroom. During this five years they were expected to further their education and take lessons in pedagogy in order to meet qualifications for a license.
Kareem Smith shot and charged with firearm assault
Kareem Smith, 27, also known as Flash, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after he was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm upon Corey Sebastian. Smith, a resident of Holy Emmanuel Street and brother of notorious Brandon “Battery” Smith, was released from the Karl Heusner Memorial and escorted to the Belize City Magistrates Court on Friday, January 29. He had to be treated by doctors at the Hospital after he was shot in what police believe was a failed execution attempt.
The shooting happened on Sunday, January 24, at around 12:15 p.m. at a house, which is located at the corner of Pitts Alley and Castle Street. The man who shot him, whose name has not been released to the media, told police that he was socializing at the house at the time when he saw one of his friends running in. This man told police that his friend, who is over at this house regularly, was being chased by Smith, who he says was armed with a gun.
Three from Abou Nehra’s robbery now charged for murder
Brandon Baptist, 30, John Grinage, 27, and Sheldon Grinage, 25, are back behind bars after they appeared in the Belize City Magistrates Court on Monday, February 1, to face a murder charge. The three men were just released on bail about a month ago after they were charged with aggravated burglary for the home invasion of Lebanese Consul, Sarkis Abou Nehra, in December. Now, they are being accused of killing 32-year-old George Town Village resident, Mariano Castillo.
Mariano Castillo was stabbed whilst socializing with friends and relatives just after midnight on Saturday, January 30. According to police, Castillo was walking on Mahogany Street Extension with his common-law-wife and two other persons at aproximately 12:35 a.m. when he was allegedly approached by John Grinage, Sheldon Grinage and Brandon Baptist of Police Street.
Woman charged with theft of borrowed bicycle
A crippled woman was dragged before the court on Thursday, January 28, after a man claimed she stole his bicycle. Kimberly Anne Lauriano, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of theft when she appeared before Magistrate Deborah Rogers. She told the court that she borrowed the bicycle and the owner, John Morgan, later accused her of theft when the bike was stolen from her at Friendship Restaurant.
Lauriano was arrested and charged with one count of theft. She was held overnight in lock down at the Belize Central Prison and appeared unrepresented in court. She wasted no time and pleaded guilty to the charge with an explanation. Lauriano said that on Tuesday, January 26, she borrowed the bike to go buy at Friendship restaurant because she cannot walk. She told the court that she locked the bike by its wheel but it was not there when she came out of the restaurant.
The Brawling Continues
Let’s face it: many of us made a huge mistake in foretelling that Hon. Francis Fonseca would emerge victorious as PUP Party Leader last Sunday 31 January at their convention in Belmopan. In our defense, however, we have to state that all indicators pointed in this direction, i.e. the open support pledged by several PUP standard bearers and the fact that Hon. Hyde would have diluted the votes that may have otherwise gone to Hon. Briceño. Imagine the size of the spread if Hyde had stepped down! Then again, from now on its best I leave all predictions to the better informed, especially as it concerns the People’s United Party.
Really and truly, then, congratulations are in order to the new PUP Party Leader; he did what most thought was not possible, and with his full slate to boot. What now seems impossible is the cry for unity in the PUP, no matter how much lip service they give the word. But before I go there, let me share what some UDP supporters are commenting: they would have preferred Fonseca at the helm of the PUP since this would have given the UDP an extra edge in the next Generals.
Dangriga Warriors squeak pass the Belmopan Bandits
The National Elite Basketball League competition continued on Saturday 30 January, 2016, with two more games on the schedule.
At the UB Gymnasium in Belmopan, the visiting Dangriga Warriors squeak passed the host team the Belmopan Bandits by the score of 68-63 in winning its first game of the 2016 campaign.
The top scorers for the Dangriga Warriors were Edgar Mitchell with 16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal; James Ewing with 15 points, 13 rebounds, and a steal and Macario Augustine with 11 points, 17 rebounds and an assist. Meanwhile, the top scorers for the Belmopan Bandits were Kick Brown with 20 points, 5 rebounds and a steal; Kyle Pascascio with 12 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal and Geovanie Lennan with 11 points and 9 rebounds.
The competition will continue this coming weekend with 5 games on the schedule.
Digicell Valentine’s Cycling Tour
The Cycling Federation of Belize in partnership with Digicell will be sponsoring the Annual Digicell Valentine’s Cycling Tour which will commence on Thursday 11th February to Sunday 14th February, 2016, for Elite, U-23 and Masters.
Meanwhile, the female and Jr. /Youth riders will compete only in the Valentine’s Road Race Classic that will be held on Sunday 14th February.
The Valentine’s Cycling Tour will commence on Thursday 11th February with stage 1, which is a 40 miles Road Race that will commence at 6:00 am from Leslie’s Imports to Mile 21 and then back to Leslie’s Imports.
St. Catherine Academy and Wesley College top seeds into the high school football playoffs
The Central Region Secondary Schools Football Competition entered its playoffs round with two games on Monday 1 February, 2016, featuring St. Catherine Academy the top seed into the female playoffs and Wesley College the top seed into the male playoffs.
In the female playoffs game one, St. Catherine Academy (1) defeated Wesley College (4) by the score of 3-0. The goals for St. Catherine Academy were scored by Kelsie Moss, Warani Gillett and Renisha Martinez.
In the male competition playoffs game one, Wesley College (1) defeated Ladyville Technical High School (4) by the score of 2-1. The goals for Wesley College were scored by Nathan Oliva and Kermit Sutherland. For Ladyville Technical, the goal was scored by Kenroy Allen.
Central Region high schools softball competition opens
The Central Region Secondary Schools Softball Competition opened on Monday 1 February, 2016, with 7 schools participating in the female competition and with 6 schools in the male competition.
The schools that are participating in the female competition are Anglican Cathedral College, Edward P. Yorke High School, Gwen Lizarraga High School, Maud Williams High School, Ladyville Technical High School, St. Catherine Academy and Wesley College.
Meanwhile, the schools in the male competition are Edward P. Yorke High School, Gwen Lizarraga High School, Maud Williams High School, St. John’s College, Sadie Vernon Technical and Wesley College.
In the female game played on Monday 1 February, St. Catherine Academy defeated Anglican Cathedral College by the score of 15-7. The winning pitcher was Kendrce Armstrong and the losing pitcher was Lynece Seguro.
Belizeans to perform at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
The Ambassador of Music, Jamal ‘Shyne’ Barrow is pleased to announce that several Belizean artists will be performing at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival.
The Garifuna Collective, Wageirale Drummers, Bredda David & Tribal Vibes, Sweet Pain with Chico Ramos and Supa G, Talla Walla vibrations and TR Shine will be showcased inside the Belize Pavilion and on two Festival stages outside the Pavilion.
The 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will celebrate 46 years of musical and cultural history at this year’s star-studded New Orleans event of the year.
WORDS OF LIFE with Barry Fraser
One concern of our Government is the alleviation of poverty. It is a continuing challenge.
Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want.” (Mark 14:7) We all know people who are less well off than us, and it’s our duty to help them when we can. If we can’t help them materially, we can encourage them, and pray for them.
In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 5, verse 3, Jesus promised, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” To be “poor in spirit” is to be empty in the depths of our being. We feel helpless and discouraged because of our situations. It is at times like this when we need God the most! We can either feel separated from God, or we can choose to grow closer to him through prayer.
Community worker from Benque Viejo Del Carmen gets prosthetic leg
A highly gifted resident from Benque Viejo del Carmen, Ricky Cunil, recently received a prosthetic leg to aid him in his involvement in many community related projects. His assistance came via a US based organization, Hope International with special coordination from Manuela Lue of Energy for Life Program and Milagro Garel of the World Pediatric Project.
Ricky Cunil wishes to thank the individual efforts that have assisted him with fund raising events such as Gilberto Guerra, from Piccadilly Charity in order to give Project Hope a donation for them to help someone else. He also wants to thank the Community Policing Unit of San Ignacio, which provided transportation to Belize City for the follow up visit in January.
Football Champion of Champions crowned in Orange Walk
The Champion of Champions football competition organized and hosted by Honorable Elodio Aragon Jr., Area representative for Orange Walk East and Minister with responsibility for sports came to an end on Sunday January 31. The Champion of Champions is played among the winners of the three different Cup tournaments organized by the UDP Representatives in the following divisions: Orange Walk East which is the Aragon’s Christmas Cup; North which is the Vega’s Cup and South which is the Lupe Magana’s Cup. This game was played in the beautifully reconstructed Louisiana Field in the Orange Walk East Division.
The competition is hard fought and attended by lots of fans from both Corozal and Orange Walk Districts. Since its revival in late 2012 football has been growing by leaps and bounds in Orange Walk and certainly rebounding to its glory days when football matches were attended by hundreds of fans. There is no doubt that under this government and under Hon. Aragon as the Minister responsible for sports we will see the resurgence of football as one of Belize’s top sports.
High schools’ football regular competition ends
The Central Region Secondary Schools Football Competition regular season end on Saturday 30 January, 2016, with two games on the schedule.
On Saturday 30 January, in the first of two games played, Wesley College defeated Ladyville Technical High School by the score of 5-0. The goals for Wesley College were scored by Kenyon Lewis (2), Shamar Thompson and Janel Babb with a goal each, while an auto goal by Alfredo Franco of Ladyville Technical gave them the 5-0 victory.
In the final game of the regular competition, St. John’s College and Anglican Cathedral College played to a 0-0 draw.
On Friday 29 January in the only game played in the male competition, Ladyville Technical High School defeated Belize High School by the score of 9-0. The goals for Ladyville Technical High were scored by Deidron Baptist (3), David Solorano (2), Elan White, Lashon Wade, Kenroy Allen and Eric Gomez.
Police United wins on Saturday
The Premier League of Belize Closing Season Tournament for 2016 continued on Saturday 30 January out at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town between the defending national football champions of Belize the Police United and Wagiya FC.
The visiting Wagiya FC took an early lead in the game when Jacinto Bermudez scored the 1st goal of the game in the 7th minute of play to give his team a temporary lead. The lead was short lived for Wagiya FC as the Police United was able to penetrate the defence which allowed Darren Myers to score the Police United 1st goal of the game in the 12th minute of play to tie the score at 1-1.
The competition will continue this coming Thursday 4 February, with 2 games on the schedule.
More charges for Bradley Paumen, the net cast wider as more are charged
American Tour operator Bradley Paumen was released on bail for a second time after spending 6 days in prison. He and 3 others: mechanic, Lisburn Anderson; Belmopan businessman, Jahan Abadi, and Korean American Hyang Choing Park have been charged by Belmopan police with the offences of the perversion of justice, and conspiracy to pervert justice.
All 4 are accused of trying to plant a .22 rifle and 150 live rounds of ammunition in Michael Modiri’s vehicle in April 2015. Hyang Choing Park, is former common-law wife of Michael Modiri, and police are accusing her of being involved in the plot to set up her ex. Park was charged for hiring policeman Solomon Mas, to act as her hitman. Abadi is accused of facilitating a key to get into Modiri’s vehicle so that the weapon and ammunition could be planted.
Car washer gets 7 years for burglary
Car washer and handyman of the Amara Avenue area, Richard Anthony Escalera, 32, was caught breaking into Lion’s King Night Club on its surveillance camera and as a result a quick trial resulted in him being sentenced to seven years imprisonment for burglary.
Escalera appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza on Tuesday, February 2, and pleaded guilty to a single charge of burglary after he was presented with a strong case against him. In a report to police, Nilda Floriselda Velasquez said that between the hours of 3:35 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 31, her business place, Lion King’s Night Club, was broken into and a number of items were stolen. Police investigation into the matter led to Escalera who was seen on surveillance camera footage. Escalera entered the business place and stole $120 worth of cigarettes, one black smart cellphone valued at $200 and a litre of Absolute vodka valued at $90, all to a total of $410.
Julian Cowling accused of burglarizing E. P. Yorke High
Julian Edward Cowling, 26, is out on bail after he was charged for the burglary of Edward P. Yorke High School. Magistrate Deborah Rogers released the resident of Sunray Avenue on a bail of $1,000 plus one surety of the same amount after he pleaded not guilty to one count of burglary.
Cowling was arraigned on Thursday, January 28, on two criminal charges: burglary and handling stolen goods. Allegations being made against him is that on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, he broke into the Edward P. Yorke High School’s Cafeteria and stole a case of chocolate, a pack of chips, assorted soft drinks, snacks, water, exercise books, a geometry set, construction supplies, assorted juices and prepared meals. In all, he allegedly made off with $957 worth of goods. Police say that Cowling took them to his home and handed over various items reported stolen from the burglary with a total value of $304.55.
Get home how you can!
Around 5:30 pm on Sunday when the buzz around the Belmopan Comprehensive School ground started to sound like Francis was about to go down in defeat at the hands of Johnny and some may say at the hands of Johnny/Cordel, (we think those persons may be right on target too , because he took the votes that Francis would have got from those persons who would have chosen Francis over Johnny had it been a 2 man race); the buses started to roll out. Many of the delegates and other people who had been bused to Belmopan to support Team Francis were left stranded in Belmopan. Apparently their sin was that they had pulled a switch on Francis and his slate by changing uniforms. Some literally changed uniforms. The recruiting took place in plain view for all to see.
Some people collected from both sides and if one notices we don’t say three sides because more and more we are convinced that there were TWO sides but 3 candidates. We have spoken to several people who told us that they were left in Belmopan and had to hitch rides with friendly forces. Two Belize City young men in particular that we spoke to said they rode an Orange Walk bus to the Boom cut-off, where they were picked up by a UDP friend whom they had called just after leaving Belmopan with the promise that they would pay for gas if he would pick them up.
Broad daylight double murder in Orange Walk town
Two families living on Gristock Street in Orange Walk Town are trying to recover from the tragic loss of their loved ones. two teenaged boys, 19 year-old Erlindo Matura and 17 year-old Rene Acevedo both juniors - were gunned down and slain in a street-style, brazen broad-daylight murder.
It happened at around 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 1. Both young men were in the company of another young man, and they were walking on the street. They were reportedly heading to a friend’s house to pick up movies to watch on DVD. That’s when an assailant, who may be acquainted with the boys, pretended to get information from them. He reportedly rode up to the 3 and asked them where he could buy marijuana. The victims reportedly responded to his question, and that’s when the young man went a short distance away. As soon as all 3 were had dismissed him as non-threatening, he pulled out a weapon and started firing hitting Erlindo Matura first. He shot Matura in the face, back and chest, while the other young men tried to flee.
Breaking Belize News
Two games played in Premier Football League
Two games were played tonight as the Premier Football League of Belize continued its schedule with Verdes FC taking on the BDF team in Cayo’s Norman Broaster Stadium and down South, Wagiya took a 3-0 beating. In the first game, Verdes defeated the BDF […]
Fired air traffic controllers “would have compromised safety”
This week we learned of a situation at the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA), where four air traffic controllers were recently terminated, for an unusual reason. Our understanding is that the four failed their appraisal test, which if they had passed would have led […]
Financial Intelligence Unit says it has learned lessons from Titan but it will still appeal
The offices of Titan International Securities at the Matalon Building on Coney Drive were raided in September 2014 and its principals, Rohn Knowles and Kelvin Leach, arrested as part of a U.S. probe into securities fraud to the tune of billions of dollars. While […]
Redone Belize City Airstrip will feel like Airport
The Belize City Municipal Airstrip has long acted as “little brother” to the Philip Goldson International Airport in Ladyville, serving as a key transport hub for tourists and Belizeans flying into and out of the Old Capital to other destinations. The Government broke ground […]
Round two of consultations planned for Blackadore Caye
American actor Leonardo DiCaprio is leading a plan to turn his privately-owned island, Blackadore Caye, into an eco-friendly luxury resort. DiCaprio’s plans call for a restorative island resort – increasing the biological health of the species on the island and in the waters surrounding it. […]
Is Norwegian Cruise Line exclusivity right and proper?
The Belize Island Holdings Facility Development Act was passed through both houses of the National Assembly several days ago. Among its more controversial provisions is the granting of a 25-year exclusive contract to Norwegian Cruise Line, parent of Belize Island Holdings, for the operation of […]
Bert Vasquez returns to court
Belize City resident Bert Vasquez has been accused of multiple crimes, including alleged child molestation in Cayo, multiple alleged abductions in the Belize District, and most sensationally, the murder of 13-year-old Jasmine Lowe back in June of 2012. The school girl had gone missing in her uniform […]
Two shot in Lake I
A pair of Belize City men are in the hospital recovering from injuries sustained when a gunman opened fire on them last night in the Lake Independence area of Belize City. The shooting occurred sometime before 7 pm when a lone gunman opened fire on a […]
Deportee from LA fined after failing to report to GSU
Persons accused of criminal charges out on bail and deportees from outside Belize, especially the United States, share one thing in common: they must report to local authorities on a regular basis. A recent deportee from Los Angeles, California, who is gainfully employed and turning his […]
Byron James tried for murder of Frank Vasquez
Byron James was tried this week for the murder of Frank Vasquez which occurred at around 10:30 p.m., on May 9, 2012 on Neal’s Pen Road, Belize City. The trial was held without jury before Supreme Court Judge, Troadio “John” Gonzalez. The deceased was shot multiple times […]
Belize Progressive Party calls on government to save the economy
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) has called on the government to implement certain strategies to improve the economy by cutting public sector spending while taking some of the pressure off tax payers. According to the BPP, “the rich cannot get richer at the expense and […]
Reported accident in Orange Walk
Breaking reports reaching our newsroom suggest that shortly before 1:00 this afternoon, a student was knocked down by a Belize Telemedia Limited owned truck. Details of the incident are still limited but our reporters are on the scene and more information will be published […]
Belize City police find gun and ammo
After being called to an area near the Euphrates Avenue Basketball Court last night around 8:00, police saw a motorcycle on the ground with a gun magazine beside it and learned that a male person was seen running form the area with a firearm. […]
Two shot on Jasmine Street, none dead
Two 26-year-old Belize City men are listed in stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after a shooting incident last night around 6:48, left them both with multiple gunshot wounds. Police responded to the KHMH shortly after 7:00, where they saw Benua […]
Gradual increase in moisture today
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting cloudy skies at times with a few showers mainly along the coast this morning, then over most areas this afternoon. Winds will be blowing from the East-Northeast at 5-15 knots and the sea state will be […]
Easter Winds Come Early Washing Over Seawalls & Bringing Back The Sargasso
Here’s my run down: Drier/sunnier/cooler season –> humidity picks up and Easter winds –> HOT HUMID SUMMER (rain at night for the most part) –> HOT HUMID FALL (rain more likely) –> Repeat.
In just two days, the island went from sunny and calm to sunny still…but the winds! Gusts up to 25 mphs throughout the day combined with high tides really brought the water and the sea grass in.
Sailing appeared great. Zipping right along.
And down on the easement just south of me, the sargasso had all washed right back in…
This morning, the winds have died significantly and Windfinder is predicting a “cold front” this weekend….with some rain, winds from the north and dipping temperatures.
The Atlantic Ocean Is Acidifying at a Rapid Rate
Over the past 10 years, the Atlantic Ocean has soaked up 50 percent more carbon dioxide than it did the decade before, measurably speeding up the acidification of the ocean, according to a new study.
The paper published Saturday in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles, “shows the large impact all of us are having on the environment,” Ryan Woosley, of the University of Miami, said in a statement. “Our use of fossil fuels isn’t only causing the climate to change, but also affects the oceans by decreasing the pH.”
Burning oil, coal, and natural gas for energy and destruction of forests are the leading causes of the carbon dioxide emissions driving climate change. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen from 355 parts per million in 1989 to just over 400 ppm in 2015.
Decreasing pH in seawater can harm the ability of shelled organisms, from microscopic coccolithophores to the oysters and clams that show up on our dinner plates, to build and maintain their bony exteriors.
Researchers reported last year that acidification is also threatening to wipe out large populations of phytoplankton, tiny ocean plants that are at the base of food webs that support fish, dolphins, whales, and other marine life.
Paint Party Events. Paint N Splash
Reef Series week 4. Join us this week to paint a beautiful underwater scene. Everything you need is provided step by step direction, paint, brushes, smocks, canvas and a pre sketched canvas for those who want one. Price is $25u.s per person. Discount applies to our Members. February 4, 2016, 2:00 PM
An Agritourism Trip to Belize, 7min. The artfully sustainable Spanish Creek Rainforest Reserve cultivates noninvasive bamboo, and sources rainwater and food from its 2,000 acres to create a true haven in the rainforest.
Tucked between a second-growth rainforest and a wildlife sanctuary in Belize lies the haven of Spanish Creek. Here, Mark Ellenby and Sol Tucker have created a 2,000-acre reserve—including a solar-powered farm cultivating one of the largest growths of noninvasive bamboo in all of Central America. Ellenby shares with GLP Films how he and his team practice pesticide- and herbicide-free farming to create a finca that is completely self-sustainable. Water comes from the rain and food is grown on the land, including the fruitful orchards of avocado, banana, plantain, passion fruit, and mango trees. Travelers, volunteers, and villagers from Rancho Dolores are encouraged to stop by the Spanish Creek Rainforest Reserve and learn about the property’s pioneering agroforestry, agritourism, and conservation efforts. Of course, there’s always time for leisure: guides offer crocodile safaris, trail walks, canoeing, horseback riding, or simply relaxing beneath one of the bamboo palapas. “We always have this belief,” said local Belizean and tour guide Raymond Reneau, “the forest is not ours: it’s for our children.”
Snorkeling in Belize, 2min.
Under the sea in Belize, Caye Caulker, 1.5min.
Wildtracks End Of The Year 2015, 3.5min. Wildtracks has put together a video highlighting all the wonderful accomplishments they've had over 2015. Worth a watch. 4 troops were successfully released this year Thanks, Wildtracks!
"Wildtracks is reviewing the 2015 year - and is sharing the year's stories. Thank you to all Wildtracks supporters, whether volunteering their time or contributing funds to ensure that these endangered species can return to the wild. We couldn't achieve theses successes without you!"
Sanctuary Belize, 3min.
Belize Technology Report epi 2, 60min. As seen on the "Greatest Places on Earth" TV series. Produced by Steve ODell. Technical direction by Cadet Henderson. Special thanks to the Belize Film Commission.
T Rex in Belize 2016, 5min.
Slickrock Belize, 3min.
Snorkeling dans la région de Caye Caulker, au Belize (8 mai 2015), 1.5min. Une vidéo de ma journée de snorkeling dans la région de Caye Caulker, au Belize, le 8 mai 2015.
Bike Ride in Rain Forest of Belize, 5min. Bicycle ride stop at the big Mahogany tree with the tour guide explanation.
San Pedro Belize rough landingto flight, 1min.
Chicken Sh*t Bingo aka Chicken Drop - San Pedro, Belize, 1min. When I heard this was going down tonight I had to attend! There are multiple rounds and strict rules but the gist of the game is hold a chicken, move it around in big circles, move it up and down, "fluff" or blow gently on their tuckas and then set them down on the game board and hope the chicken poops on your number (or like this chicken did and go across two numbers at once 9 & 100) the lucky winner(s) has to take tissue and wipe off their number and take it to the bar to claim their winnings! People chant, scare, call and feed the chicken to entice them closer to their number. First for everything and I even saw a big chicken take down a huge cockroach!