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#521377 - 02/04/17 01:08 AM Today's Belize News: February 4, 2017  
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The San Pedro Sun

Caribbean embraces fisheries collaboration between CRFM and Norway
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and a team of Norwegian experts have concluded a successful two-week fact-finding mission in the Caribbean aimed at identifying critical ways in which Norway can support the sustainable development of Caribbean fisheries and aquaculture. The team, comprised of Milton Haughton, CRFM Executive Director; Dr. Åge Høines, Senior Scientist, Institute of Marine Research, Norway; and Mr. Johán Williams, Specialist Director, Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, met with Senior executives of the CARICOM Secretariat in Guyana, as well as Ministers, permanent secretaries, chief fisheries officers and other stakeholders in sample countries, affording the team an opportunity to look at the spectrum of fisheries operations across the region in countries and communities with varying types of fisheries and levels of development. The 7 countries covered in the mission were The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Statistical Institute of Belize releases economic figures for 2016
On January 25, 2016 the Statistical Institute of Belize released its latest 2016 figures on consumer prices, imports, and exports. Compared to December 2015, the country’s imports decreased by 3.2%, while exports decreased by 10.7%, and consumer prices went up 1.1% in December 2016. The All- Items consumer price index recorded an inflation rate of 0.7%, increasing to 104.0 in December 2016 when compared to 102.9 in December of 2015. In December 2016, the ‘Transport’ index rose by 9.9% when compared to December 2015. This index remained the main contributor to the rising inflation rate, as fuel prices rose by 15.5%. Diesel prices recorded the highest increase of 35.9% when compared to December 2015. The ‘Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages’ category saw an overall 1.6% decrease as ‘Food’ prices went down by 1.5% compared to December 2015. However, sugar prices recorded a 29.4% increase, and ‘All Other Categories of Goods and Services’ prices rose by 0.6% compared to December 2015. There was minimal change in the ‘Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels’ category. The price of a 100 pound cylinder of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) increased slightly by 1.2% from $83.88 in December 2015 to $84.91 in December 2016.

Two detained for questioning in the murder of San Pedro resident Felix Ayuso
The San Pedro Police Department is investigating the murder of 44 year-old Jose Felix Ayuso. Ayuso’s death was confirmed following a distress call from a home in the San Juan Area on Thursday, February 2nd around 7:15PM. His body was found lying in bed in his room on the second floor of a wooden structure. There were multiple stab wounds to the upper body. Initial investigation reveals that Ayuso was last seen alive by his sister on Wednesday February 1st, about 4:30PM at his Unisex beauty salon, JoSe’s Salon, situated on Laguna Drive. She discovered his body around 6:30PM the following day, after he missed a scheduled appointment. Police believe Ayuso was most likely murdered on Wednesday night due to the state in which the body was found.

SP Department of Human Development aids children of sexual abuse
The Department of Human Services in San Pedro Town has been advocating for the protection of children on the island who may be vulnerable to sexual abuse. In an effort to keep the community informed, the Department has come forward to detail their services and what they do to protect sexually abused victims. The San Pedro Sun caught up with Adan Kay, the Human Development Officer for San Pedro. Kay stated that the Department mostly deals with cases affecting children, working along with their families in preparation to present their cases before the court. “The police will take care of the criminal part, and we deal with the victim. We provide the court with a report detailing the interview we had with the victim,” said Kay. “At the same time we work along with the child by preparing him or her before they go into court. We provide counseling and also psychological assistance throughout the duration of the case and if necessary after it is done, we can also refer the person to these professionals so they can continue the treatment and try to live a normal life.”

Sandwich Boards and Street Closures for Construction
The San Pedro Town Council is hereby requesting all businesses that use sandwich boards as a medium to promote their business, to kindly do so on their own premises. All sandwich boards on public property, including the beach, should be removed and relocated inside the perimeters of the property where the business is located.

Ambergris Today

BEL Awards 1,110 Golden Citizens with Electricity Bill Discounts
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) is providing 1,110 senior citizens countrywide with discounts on their electricity bills for 2017 through the Company’s Golden Citizen Program. Ms. Ivorine Bulwer, Executive Director of HelpAge Belize, which endorses the program says, “BEL’s services to improve the quality of life for older persons in Belize is an indication of the Company’s appreciation for those who have contributed to the growth and development of the Belizean Society.”

San Pedro Mourns One of its Heroes - Felix Ayuso
Residents of San Pedro Town are still in disbelief after the announcement of the death of Felix Ayuso Jr. sent shockwaves of emotions across the island community on Thursday, February 2, 2017. The untimely death of such a significant personality in San Pedro, has left a community heartbroken, sad and angry. The outpour of sadness and support for the Ayuso family is most evident in social media were hundreds of family members and friends mourn the loss of a great man in the community. More so, Felix’s life is being celebrated as residents post pictures, achievements and happy memories along with Felix Ayuso who had positively touched the lives of many in more ways than one.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Passing of Mr. Felix Ayuso
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its deepest condolences to the Ayuso family and friends on the passing of Mr. Felix Ayuso. San Pedro is at a great loss as we mourn the tragic passing of a dear friend - a friend who had immense love and passion for his Isla Bonita and everyone in it. We say farewell to one of San Pedro’s jewels, may you rest in peace amigo.

Power interruption Sunday in San Pedro postponed
Postponed until further notice, power interruption previously scheduled for a portion of San Pedro Town from 8:00am to 2:00pm on Sunday, February 5, 2017.

Cayo to Bullet Tree 10K
The Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic is having a fun run on Sunday, February 19th. There's a 1 way 5K and a 10K. You can register starting tomorrow at Hode's, which is where the race starts, and ends. "Hot off the press and another exciting first: Join the Cayo Race for Conservation 5K/10K! The bib numbers for this race in the beautiful hills between San Ignacio and Bullet Tree Falls just came in and will be available for early registration ($20) at Hode's Place in San Ignacio starting tomorrow. Check out the flyer for more information and put on those running shoes. Walkers are welcome for the 5K distance. And since this is our first race and we just got started... sponsors and volunteers needed as well (please contact bzwildlifeclinic@gmail.com). Any profits will be used for free entrances to the upcoming, first Chiquibul Challenge Marathon. Are you ready? We hope to hear from you and see you there!"

Feast Day celebrations for El Nino de Atocha cancelled
The San Pedro House of Culture & the Valdez family would like to inform the general public that the Novena and Feast Day celebrations for El Nino de Atocha has been cancelled. Our deepest condolences to the Ayuso family. Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Valentine Blues Revue, presented by the Belmopan Humane Society
Alive and well, the Blues in Belmopan !! google Jimmy Thackery and listen to his many cd's on line. Location - Scotchies on the Hummingbird Hwy beside the Mall Store Come out for a night of terrific music Visit our Valentine Room - Wine Bar - Specialty Valentine dessert bar - Photo booth <3 - view the many Raffle prizes Dont want to drive on the highway after the event! No Problem Hibiscus Hotel, and Bull Frog Inn is offering discounted rates if you show a ticket for the Blues Tickets available at SCOTCHIES restaurant- CORKERS restaurant - any board member of the Belmopan Humane Society or call 602 7947 or 822 3067 All proceeds go toward important animal care programs for the BHS

BELIZE MARINE CONSERVATION AND CLIMATE ADAPTATION PROJECT (MCCAP)
Consultant to Develop a Rapid Assessment of Management Effectiveness in Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve

Caye Caulker: Free OA Theatre Workshop for children ages 7-12
Meet 2pm tomorrow Saturday Feb.4th at Assembly of God Church. Instructor Dora Carrol will lead children through theatre sports, movement and masks.

Belize Bikers Rally 2017
Just before sunset this evening, a group of Mexican Harley Davidson Bikers made a short stop in Corozal on their way to Belize City to attend the 2017 Belize Bikers Rally. Welcome to Corozal. Bienvenidos a Corozal hermanos y hermanas Mexicanos! Do enjoy the rest of your stay!

Belize Biker Rally 2017
Lots of photos, Courtesy Will Moreno Photography.

Channel 7

Beloved Resident Savagely Stabbed To Death On San Pedro
Tonight, the San Pedro community is mourning the passing of 44 year-old Jose Felix Ayuso, who was viciously stabbed to death inside his home and left there for some hours before he was found. Ayuso was well known as an AIDS activist, and for his many contributions to the island's Carnaval. So, his particularly gruesome murder has caught everyone off guard, and his loved-ones are left to wonder why someone wanted him dead. Today, our news team traveled to San Pedro to get some answers, and Daniel Ortiz reports: 44 year-old Jose Felix Ayuso, a beloved member of the San Pedro community, was found dead inside his home on the Island last night at around the start of the evening news. His sister last saw him alive at around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday; he was here at his business place, Jose's Salon where he catered to the hairstyling needs of locals and tourists. When he didn't show up for work on yesterday, his sister decided to check up on him, and that's when she found his body. He had suffered multiple stab wounds.

Working Man Killed In Apparent Neighborhood Dispute
And while San Pedro was reeling from that murder, in Belize City, there was less shock at a murder in the Collett area - between Raccoon and Iguana Streets. When hearing that a 29 year old man had been killed in that area - many hearing the news may have written it off as just another gang related murder. But, Mark Jones was no gangster; he was a working man probably targeted because his neighborhood is at war. His brother - the well-known footballer Floyd Jones told us how he is struggling to come to terms with the loss:... Floyd Jones, Brother of deceased: "They took away my heart still, because he is a part of me. That's my little brother. The pain that I feel, they don't know." "I see lots of men come on the news and a lot of them feel the pain too Mr. Jules, but it's at my doorsteps and I feel the pain now too."

19 Year Old Succumbs 11 Days After Shot to Throat
So, while police are investigating those two murders, there is another one to add to the 2017 tally tonight: 19 year-old Keimar Nicholas has died 11 days after he was shot. Nicholas - who as shot in the neck in the ongoing rivalry in the Conch Shell Bay area - was left paralyzed and his family and friends were hoping for a miracle. They had planned a fundraising barbeque to raise funds so that he could get treatment in Merida. But, it wasn't to be. He passed this morning at 10:00 and now his family is left with grief compounded by a 9 thousand-dollar hospital bill, and funeral expenses. This evening, the family's spokesperson told us about finding out that Keimar suddenly died: Shaheed Haulze - Friend of Deceased: "I got a call from his mother and she told me that Keimar passed away. it was really shocking, I didn't expect that news, because I was visiting all the while and he was doing a little good but then when she called me, Keimar died."

GOB Rushes to Court For Urgent Injunction Against Ashcroft
This afternoon the Government of Belize rushed to the Supreme Court to get an injunction against the Ashcroft Alliance. Government Attorney Denys Barrow got an urgent hearing before Justice Michelle Arana to stop enforcement of the arbitration award by Belize Bank Limited and BCB Holdings Limited. As we've reported, a US District Court said that BCB Holdings and BSDL Limited are entitled to 50 million US dollars in arbitral awards against the government. GOB has said flatly that it will not pay, so, presumably, to get its pound of flesh, the Alliance would have to move on government's assets, or the Central Bank's Reserves. Those reserves are what hold the currency peg in place, and are the bedrock of the economy. Now, the Ashcroft alliance is moving to seek enforcement of its award in US courts, so Government ran to the Supreme Court to apply for an injunction to stop them. The Attorney for the Belize Bank and BCB Holdings, Eamon Courtenay chose not to appear, so government's attorney Denys Barrow was the only one making a presentation before Justice Arana. After a two hour hearing, she granted the interim injunction. Barrow told us the meaning of it:...

Man Who Shot At ACP Williams To Jail
In May 2016 Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams responded to a shooting incident on Euphrates Avenue. Williams intercepted the black Mazda described to him over the radio and advanced towards it. According to Williams, as he approached the vehicle, a man known to him, Zachary Knox reached out, pointed a gun and him and fired two shots. The shots missed, and Williams saw his shooters entire face and was able to identify him. Well, 9 months later, the case went to trial today. Williams testified to see Knox fire at him, while Knox denied even being there. In the end, Knox, who was undefended, was found guilty of aggravated assault. Because Knox had no previous convictions, Magistrate Carlon Mendoza only sentenced him to six months in prison.

US Emergency Specialists Visit KHMH
This week the KHMH hosted doctors from the American College of Emergency Physicians in Wisconsin. The doctors visit a couple times a year to teach Belizean medical practitioners how to properly treat seriously ill or injured patients. We spoke to the College's ambassador, Dr. Mark Bruce, about the progress Belize has made in the field of emergency medicine... Dr. Mark Bruce - American College of Emergency Physicians: "We have a long standing relationship with Belize and Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. I'm adjunct faculty with the Medical College of Wisconsin who 6 years ago basically started working on a program to strengthen emergency care in Belize and this was in agreement with the ministry of health, Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin. So since that time we have been working on doing just that. First starting here in the A&E at Karl Heusner to work with the doctors and the nurses and with BERT, the pre hospital provider in this area to do just that, to strengthen emergency care."

Face Off In OW East
There's a political controversy brewing in the Louisiana area of Orange Walk East. That's the political turf of UDP Area Representative Elodio Aragon, but a large part of that division also falls within the turf of PUP Mayor Kevin Bernard. So when Aragon started some street works through the Ministry of Works, and the rains came down, Bernard was quick to pounce on him. We have both sides of that story:.. Kevin Bernard, Mayor - Orange Walk Town: "They are doing a job that is not worth what they are doing. I want to make this known clearly that I have said to our operations manager I will send a letter to the ministry of works here in Orange Walk that they must cease and desist from touching anymore street in this town." Jules Vasquez, 7News: "You've been accused by the mayor of Orange Walk Town of calling in the ministry of works and destroying roads in that town. How do you respond?" Hon. Elodio Aragon, OW East Representative: "What has transpired is that we had a little rain yesterday and of course roads that are not finish or completed, of course they get a little mucky. The mayor took that as an opportunity to go out there, videoed it and put it on Fiesta FM, the PUP station and lambast saying look how terrible the roads were done etc. But the roads have not been finish and a lot of people are grateful for the work I am doing."

Alleged Jewelry Thieves
Tonight, Richard Ferguson and Yvette August are out of bail after being taken to court for the theft of 11 thousand dollars-worth of jewelry. The complainant, 31 year-old Shari Bradley, reported to police that her Alexandria Street home was burglarized on Wednesday. She checked her belongings and realized that an assortment of her jewelry, worth over $11,000 dollars, had been stolen. Police investigated the report and they charged both Ferguson and August with burglary. They were arraigned before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza, where they pleaded not guilty and were released on $5,000 dollars bail. They must return to court on February 1.

The Secret History of The Afro-Mexican
Today the Museum of Belize celebrated its 15th anniversary in style, with the opening of an exhibition celebrating the little known history of Black Mexico. Created in collaboration with the Mexican Embassy in Belize, it's called "El Cimarron y su Fandango", and it uses photographs to show the history of Afro-Mexicans from the days of the slave trade to the present. The Museum's Director, Alexis Salazar, and Mexican Embassy representative, Diego Sampien, told us more about the educational importance of this new exhibit... Schools from all over the country will be visiting the museum to view the exhibit.

Harley Rally Brings Hundreds of Bikers To Belize
The annual Harley Davidson Belize Bike Rally started last night - and today the muscle motorbike really started streaming in from all over the America's. The event draws hundreds of motorbike enthusiasts who drive hundreds, even thousands of miles to be a part of the weekend event. Host Nigel Espat of Black Pearl Club told us why the event is gaining in popularity:... The concert will also feature the Pan Tempers. Tomorrow everyone heads to Caye caulker. The most expensive bike there costs about 75 thousand US dollars and the furthest any rider has ever come for the even is from Chile.

Mek We Dweet, Dara
On Sunday Dara Robinson will be hosting his 15th annual Bob Marley Tribute and food drive. The venue this year is the Pickwick Club and the idea is to combine positive music with Dara's feeding program which keeps dozens of school kids fed every day. He told us more:… The event opens at 4:00 pm on Sunday for those who just want to drop off food items. Those who attend the event will be able to see classic reggae concerts and cuts, while also seeing the Super Bowl. If you want to make a donation, you can call Dara at 623-3662.

Channel 5

Activist Viciously Stabbed to Death in San Pedro
The prime tourism destination San Pedro has lost an outstanding member of the community who was murdered inside his home in the island.  Forty-four year old Felix Ayuso was a [...]

In Belize City, Mark Jones Murdered by Ambush
There was another murder, this time in Belize City where Mark Jones, was shot to death in his own yard. After eight o’clock on Thursday night, Jones was returning to [...]

Keimar Nicholas Dies; Case Being Treated as Murder
The third murder victim to the ongoing gun-violence in Conch Shell Bay, Belize City is nineteen-year-old Keimar Nicholas. Around ten o’clock this morning, Nicholas succumbed to gunshot injuries he received [...]

BCB/Belize Bank and G.O.B. in Legal War over Arbitration
Developments have been happening fast and furious in terms of another arbitral award being contested between the Government of Belize and the former B.C.B. Holdings and the Belize Bank Limited. [...]

Gas Prices Up Again Countrywide
Prices for all forms of gasoline – regular, premium and diesel – are up again following a slight reprieve lasting a little over a week. News Five understands that after [...]

Zachary Knox Jailed Six Months for Gun Attack on ACP Chester Williams
Twenty-year-old Zachary Knox, a Belizean/American, is serving the first night of a six months sentence handed down this morning by Magistrate Carlin Mendoza for shooting at Assistant Commissioner of Police [...]

Elderly Toledo Man Out on Bail after Incest Accusation
A seventy-one-year-old resident of Santa Elena, Toledo is out on bail tonight after more than six months on remand at the Belize Central Prison accused of sexually abusing a child, [...]

The Bikers are Back in Town!
Bring on the loud pipes!  The guttural rumble of a Harley Davidson motorcycle is often an acquired taste.  For enthusiasts, the sound of a hundred bikes roaring through the streets [...]

A Quinceañera for Museum of Belize
Fifteen years ago, the Museum of Belize was established from the remains of Her Majesty’s Prison, one of Belize’s longest standing colonial buildings. As former president of the National Institute [...]

Future Museum Plans Include Houses of Culture and Downtown “Eco-Museum”
Strange as it may sound, the Museum of Belize is not a national museum – most of its collections detail life in the Old Capital from its days as a [...]

Taiwan and Belize Mark Success with Tilapia
A five million dollar investment from Taiwan in the local aquaculture industry is coming to a successful end. In 2012, Taiwan invested and established a tilapia hatchery in the Cayo [...]

Westrac Gives Funds for School Renovation
The Rotaract Club of Belize’s four branches—located in San Ignacio, Dangriga, Belmopan and Orange Walk—are collaborating in a national project assisting multiple schools with needed donations for various amenities. Automotive [...]

From Yes to I do: the Wedding Expo and a Fashion Show Too
Thinking about getting married soon, or perhaps you’re just looking for something to do with your lover this weekend? You may want to visit the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel for [...]

“Dara” Feeds the Children and Annual Tribute to Bob Marley
This weekend sees the fifteenth annual tribute to reggae legend Bob Marley, born February sixth, 1945, in Jamaica. Joel “Dara” Robinson combines this celebration of his personal icon with his [...]

Belizean Beauty Graces Cover of British Magazine
On Monday, a new publication of the British style magazine, LOVE, will be released to its over one hundred thousand followers. Interestingly, the biannual magazine is featuring Belizean beauty blogger [...]

LOVE FM

Minister of Immigration denies reports of concerns amongst employees over recent promotions
This afternoon, reports surfaced that more than 20 Immigration clerks were expressing discontent over the promotion of one specific clerk who they say did not deserve it. According to persons within the department, the individual who was promoted was given the post of Assistant Immigration Officer over several other persons who have been at the department for a longer period. Some say that the promotion was politically motivated and clerks at the Immigration Department threatened to go on a “go slow” on Monday. This evening Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration, Beverly Williams, dispelled those reports.

Senior Immigration officer speaks on procedures not followed in Wong Hong Kim case
Yesterday, Senior Immigration Officer, Gordon Wade, who was the Head of the Nationality Department, was questioned by the Senate Special Select Committee. In her report, the Auditor General spoke of an egregious breach in the system that led unqualified persons to obtain Belizean nationality. This was the case with Wong Hong Kim. Kim’s nationality application was being fast tracked by former government Minister Elvin Penner who would regularly visit the Nationality Department. In fact, even though Wade told Penner that the Wong Hong Kim application was incomplete, he still made sure that the application was processed.

Police hold intervention in troubled neighbourhoods
Police were forced to stage an immediate intervention in the Conch Shell Bay area of Belize City after several shootings were occurring almost every night. More than four shooting incidents have occurred in the area since the start of the year and even the Area Representative, Minister Tracy Taegar Panton, saw it necessary to be part of the intervention. Several interventions have taken place in the area with the purpose of addressing issues within the community. Heading the interventions is Assistant Commissioner of Police responsible for Southside Belize City Chester Williams.

Community meets with Police to address crime situation
On Tuesday, more than thirty residents of the Collet Area participated in a community meeting facilitated by Eastern Division South of the Belize Police Department. These meetings were planned with the intent to see how officers can work along with the communities in order to tackle the crime problem in the area. The same was done last night in a separate meeting with residents of Conch Shell Bay and Lindo’s Alley. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, shared more.

Situation returns to normal at northern bridge
Last week Thursday we reported of the confrontation that took place between Mexican Smugglers called “Fayuqueros” and Belize’s customs officer on the Belize Mexico International Bridge. The situation was said to have gotten worse and one particular Mexican media, “Yucatan Times” had reported that 13 Mexicans had been injured. The Yucatan Times also reported that a customs official pulled a gun and threatened one of the Mexican smugglers. Love News has confirmed with Belize Officials that the information reported by the Yucatan Times is untrue. In fact, the only person injured during the confrontation was a Belize police officer attached to Corozal Police. We were told that a bottle hit the officer in the head causing him to bleed.

Dara Robinson to hold fundraising event for feeding program
Joel Dara Robinson has been making a difference in the lives of hundreds of children over the last ten years. Dara has been conducting a feeding program for school children based at his home. One of the main annual events Dara holds to keep the program going is the annual Bob Marley tribute and food drive. On Sunday the fifteenth such event will take place. We spoke with Robinson.

Businessman charged for discharging firearm in public
A Chinese business man has been arrested for discharging his firearm in public. Police say it happened during the wee hours of yesterday morning at the Placencia Casino. Reports are that, 59-year-old Canlin Su was the only customer that was in the casino and he reportedly threw coffee on two employees and walked out. According to the manager of the casino, Su came back shortly after and began banging on the doors. He then took out his licensed nine millimeter Luger Pistol and began firing shots in the air. Police responded quickly and the Pistol with a magazine containing eleven live rounds was confiscated. Su has been charged for discharging a firearm in public. He was also charged for common assault and aggravated burglary.

Belmopan man charged for drug offences
“Based on information received, Belmopan police visited the home of 25 year old Xu Bin Den of George Price Boulevard Belmopan City at about 1:45 this afternoon which resulted in the discovery of one pound of high grade marijuana. Den was escorted to the Belmopan Police Station along with the drugs after he was taken before the magistrate court where he was arraigned and charged. He pleaded guilty and was charged $2,000.00 for the possession of a controlled drug.”

Five pounds of marijuana taken off city streets
Five pounds of marijuana was found in Belize City this morning by authorities. The drug was found during an anti-firearm and drugs operation this morning by a joint team consisting of Special Branch, Strike Team, and the K9 Unit. The high grade marijuana was found in an abandoned lot in the Faber’s Road Extension. According to police, the drug is believed to have been for a known drug peddler operating in that area. It was deposited as found property.

National Library Service holds health fair
A health fair was held today the Leo Bradley Library Compound in Belize City. There were number of booths set up by health organizations, who informed students on the importance of a healthy lifestyle. We stopped by and spoke with spokesperson, Emertia Smith. Emertia Smith – Spokesperson: “We here at the Belize National Library Service we are currently having this health fair to let the public be aware that it is very good to maintain healthy lifestyles for longer better living. We are currently we have invited a lot of the health organization to participate in lecturing and to educate the public on healthy lifestyles I think everyone should be concerned with their health but as our day goes by we don’t normally look at what we eat or focus on what we are doing to our bodies. It is very important for us to have healthy lifestyles.

Witnesses no show delays Senate hearing
Today’s Senate hearing was delayed for more than two hours. It was scheduled to begin at ten o’clock but the enquiry did not start until after midday. Initially the Senate Special Select Committee decided to delay the Senate hearing for an hour and this was because the two witnesses who were supposed to show up in the morning did not. They are immigration officer Ady Pacheco and Benque’s former Port Commander, Edgar Cano. Pecheco did not appear due to personal medical reasons and Cano decided not to appear because his legal counsel Richard “Dickie” Bradley was not available to make it.

Senior Immigration Officer disputes comments in Auditor General’s report
Senior Immigration Officer, Gordon Wade, was subjected to tough questions today by the Senate Special Select Committee. Wade, who was the head of the nationality department, was one of the immigration officers questioned by police in regards to the Wong Hong Kim passport investigation. Today he was questioned for more than two hours. During the final portion of the inquiry, Wade was reminded of what he told the Auditor General in an interview. According to the Auditor General, Wade said that a Minister can approve a Belizean Nationality with one letter and have all other required documents waived. This, according to Wade, was not what he said.

COBEC holds college fair
Belize has been a part of the Consortium for the Educational Cooperation of Belize, COBEC for over twenty five years. Today we talked to Karen Martinez, the Belize Co-Chair of COBEC about what the organization has to offer to the people of Belize Karen Martinez – Belize Co-chair, COBEC: “COBEC is a partnership with Belize and international universities like the US and we recently included Canada. We work together to improve capacity, build capacity in Belize and we do a lot of collaboration among all the institutions.

Minor charged with attempted murder
A 16-year-old minor has been charged with attempted murder, grievous harm, use of deadly means of harm and conspiracy to commit. This is in connection with a shooting incident that occurred on Monday night. Police were called out to the Conch Shell Bay Area where neighbors reported hearing several gunshots. 21 year old Jaheel Goodger was on his bicycle on West Collect Canal heading towards Ebony Street when he was shot. Reports are that while he was heading to Ebony Street, Goodger saw three men standing at the entrance of the alley. One of the men pulled out a firearm and blasted several shots at Goodger. He was shot to the right leg.

Men walk free of robbery charge
Four men accused of the 2012 robbery at the Toledo Teachers Credit Union walked free of the charge earlier today in the southern session of the Supreme Court. PC Oswald Young, BDF soldiers Zacariah Cuz and Romel Elijio and Bernard Linares were charged with the June 2012 robbery in which over thirty six thousand dollars was stolen.

Senior Immigration Officer speaks on Wong Hong Kim case
During today’s Senate Hearing, Senior Immigration Officer, Gordon Wade was questioned specifically about the Wong Hong Kim Passport. In her report, the Auditor General states that Gordon was not paying much attention to the date when former Minister Elvin Penner submitted the Wong Hong Kim application. Gordon told the Auditor General that it was not out of the norm for any minister to submit an incomplete application. According to Wade, in the matter of Wong Hong Kim, Penner promised to submit the missing files at a later date.

Senior Immigration questioned about nationality applications
Last Wednesday at the Senate Special Select Committee hearing, former Immigration Director Ruth Meighan was questioned about the approval of more than two thousand nationality applications prior to the 2012 General Elections. In her testimony, Meighen suggested that these nationality certificates were fraudulently issued for the 2012 Elections. That matter was brought up again when Senators Aldo Salazar and Eamon Courtenay questioned Senior Immigration Officer, Gordon Wade, about it.

Chairman speaks on budget for Senate hearings
During the creation of the terms of reference, the Senate Special Select Committee had trouble agreeing on a budget for the public hearings. With the new fiscal year approaching and with reports that the Government’s budget will be one of austerity, the media asked the Chairman of the committee, Aldo Salazar, about the committee’s budget. According to Salazar, the budget only covers up to the end of the fiscal year.

Chairman says hearings should proceed without 13th Senator
Osmany Salas was sworn in as the Senator representing the non-government organizations on Monday. This came after a 2008 manifesto promise made by Prime Minister Dean Barrow. Senator Salas made his debut two days ago when he contributed to the debate on the Crown Proceedings Act and the Central Bank Immunization Bill. Some in the environmental community Belize that Senator Salas should also be part of the Senate Special Select Committee which is carrying out public investigation into the findings of the Auditor General Report on Passport, Nationality and Visa. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Aldo Salazar says that it is not something he would support.

Police Minister says strategic plan being developed
Last year Belize saw an increase in gun related violence. That trend continued into the New Year and when he appeared on Love FM’s morning show earlier this week, Minister of State, with responsibility for the Police Department, Elodio Aragon Junior said they are developing a strategic plan to combat crime.

House destroyed by fire
A house was destroyed by fire yesterday. San Ignacio Police visited Santa Familia Village in the Cayo District where 53-year-old Antonio Ayala reported that while he was at work when he was informed that his house was on fire. The structure was completely destroyed by fire. The property and contents are valued at sixty thousand dollars and were not insured.

Sixty six persons graduate from BELTRAIDE job preparedness training
The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of BELTRAIDE awarded certificates today to 66 people who completed tourism based Job Preparedness Training in Belize City. We spoke with Lejia Melanie Gideon the General Manager at BELTRAIDE about the program

Public officers participate in seven week training
“ The Ministry of Public Service is currently having a seven week introductory course for pubic officers. Five government departments will benefit from the training course. Jacquelyn Sealy the administrative officer for the Ministry of Public Service with responsibility for training spoke to Love News about the importance of the training.”

PUP calls for re-registration exercise to take place
The People’s United Party is demanding that a re-registration exercise takes place as scheduled in July of this year. The PUP says the Elections and Boundaries Commission has confirmed that the re-registration exercise will not take place until after the municipal elections in 2018. Area representative for Caribbean Shores, Kareem Musa said that is unacceptable. He said while back in 2007 and 2012, the Opposition agreed that the timing was not right for the re-registration to take place, that is not the case this time around.

Two men detained for City shooting
Belize City police have detained two persons in connection with a shooting incident that occurred last night. According to reports, at around 8:10 last night, police were called out to the Conch Shell Bay Area where neighbors reported hearing several gunshots. Police say that 21 year old Jaheel Goodger was on his bicycle on West Collect Canal heading towards Ebony Street when he was shot. Reports are that while he was heading to Ebony Street, Goodger saw three men standing at the entrance of the alley. One of the men pulled out a firearm and blasted several shots at Goodger. He was shot to the right leg. Since the shooting, investigators have detained two persons and are seeking a third man.


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Kiemar “Bewee” Nicholas, 19, paralyzed from neck down
A young and once healthy teenager now lies in a hospital bed unable to move because he is paralyzed from his neck down. Kiemar “Bewee” Nicholas, 19, was on a basketball court in Lindo’s Alley with two other friends on the night of Monday, January 23, when a gunman ambushed them and shot him in the neck. Nicholas was immediately rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) for treatment. After the shooting, word had quickly circulated that he had died, but when we later spoke with his father, Troydon Nicholas, he told us that his son had a 50-50 chance of survival and was in the intensive care unit at the KHMH. However, things took a turn for the worse and we were told today, Tuesday, by Troydon Nicholas, that his eldest son Kiemar, was paralyzed.

Activist Felix Ayuso, 43, stabbed to death
Popular San Pedro hair dresser and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) activist, Felix Ayuso, 43, was found dead in his home tonight. According to Police Press Officer Fitzroy Yearwood, he was found with multiple stab wounds across his body inside his home at the corner of Jew Fish and Seaweed Streets in San Pedro. His murder has triggered an outpour of sympathy on social media, especially from the gay community to which the executive director of the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), Caleb Orosco, said he belonged. Orosco told our newspaper, “I knew Felix for over a decade. He was a committed activist who shared concerns about the system’s slow response in the area of HIV prevention for men who have sex with men. He and I spent many years distributing prevention commodities or health information to the specific and general population on the island of San Pedro.” “His death was unnecessarily brutal,” Caleb added, but said he has to wait for police to conduct their own investigations before saying more.

Gordon Wade blames Elvin Penner and Ruth Meighan for 2012 irregularities
A whopping 2,110 immigrants, mostly Guatemalan nationals, received Belizean nationality certificates between October 2011 and February 2012. According to former Immigration Director, Ruth Meighan, as a result these persons were able to register and vote in the 2012 General Elections which the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) lost by a total of 812 votes according to Opposition Leader, John Briceño. According to Meighan, those persons did not satisfy requirements for nationality and should not have been granted nationality certificates. Senior Immigration Officer, Gordon Wade, on Wednesday told the Senate Select Committee that the issuance of nationality to those individuals was largely the decision of the Director and/or the Minister, who, according to him, may have held a different interpretation of Section 10 of the Nationality Act.

“Between the devil and the deep blue sea”
A succession of litigation wars between the unrelenting Michael Ashcroft Alliance and the Government of Belize, spanning a decade and a half, enters a new round this week, with an announcement from Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited (CIHL), formerly BCB Holdings, that it will mount a constitutional challenge to two pieces of legislation recently signed into law, in what Government says is an effort to stop Belize’s foreign reserves from being siphoned to pay $100 million in arbitration awards to the Ashcroft group. At the same time, the Government of Belize is seeking an anti-enforcement injunction in Belizean courts against the Belize Bank and CIHL to stop them from going after the Central Bank’s foreign reserves in the United States and/or elsewhere. We understand that a filing may be made sometime tomorrow, after the Caribbean Court of Justice pointed counsel for the Government of Belize back to the Belize Supreme Court.

Other high-ranking UDP officials all “frequently visited” Immigration Department
To serve as an elected Cabinet minister with responsibility for one or more government ministries is a time-consuming task. However, several ranking UDP Cabinet ministers took it upon themselves to deliver applications for immigration documents to the Immigration Department on behalf of their “constituents.” In their testimonies to the Senate Select Committee, former Immigration Director, Ruth Meighan and her successor, Maria Marin, have both confirmed the frequent visits to the Immigration Department by government ministers, mayors and other high-ranking officials of the Dean Barrow administration. At Wednesday’s Senate hearing, Immigration officer of twenty-seven years, Gordon Wade, would also confirm the same occurrence to the Senate Select Committee.

Pen Cayetano reflects on Evan X Hyde and the Black Power movement
No wait ‘til di man dead fi tell ahn ‘e good.” This is a well-known Creole adage that underscores that if a man is to be honored, it is best to do so while he is still alive! According to renowned Garifuna painter and musician Pen Cayetano, that is why he has chosen to put off a special tribute this Sunday to honor Amandala’s publisher, Evan X Hyde, and the movement which he helped to lead in the 60s – the United Black Association for Development (UBAD). The tribute is planned for 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, at Pen Cayetano’s Studio Gallery in Dangriga. “I am deeply honored by Pen’s invitation. Very much honored,” Hyde told Amandala today. “All is set to go. I think we will have a big crowd,” Cayetano said in anticipation of the upcoming event, the very first he is organizing to mark Black History Month, observed every February.

Week 3 in NEBL
On Friday night, Dangriga Dream Ballers hosted their first home game for this season. The Ecumenical High School Auditorium was pulsating with the Garifuna drums and the Sweet Pain Band, while approximately 800 fans had the stadium packed to capacity. The home team jumped out to an early 33-19 lead, which they were able to extend to 16 pts in the second quarter with their great defense and fluid ball movement. Cayo Western Ballaz was plagued by turnovers in the first half, with limited chemistry and offensive rhythm, while the home squad was fueling on all cylinders on both ends of the court. Darwin “Puppy” Leslie of Cayo Western Ballaz led a short one-man surge to end the first half, to keep the lead manageable at 12 pts, 43-31. With the home team maintaining a comfortable double digit lead, and feeding off the loud stadium, Dangriga Dream Ballers were in control of the game. However, in the third quarter, the visiting team mounted an 11-0 run in the third quarter to grab a 59-58 lead, going into the fourth and final quarter of the game, outscoring the home squad 28-15 in the third quarter. With 3 minutes remaining, the game was tied at 67, but Cayo Western Ballaz went on a 15-3 run to seal the 82-70 victory over Dangriga Dream Ballers.

CSSSA high school football semifinals end Friday for females, and Saturday for males at MCC
The best-of-two games semifinal series is half-way completed for both females and males in the Central Secondary Schools Sports Association (CSSSA) 2016-2017 football competition being played at the MCC Grounds. The female semifinals started yesterday, Wednesday, and will end tomorrow, Friday; while the male semifinals started today, Thursday, and will be completed on Saturday. Eight (8) male high school teams started this week with knockout quarterfinal games on Monday and Tuesday. In the opener on Monday, January 30, it was SJC, 2-1, over E.P. Yorke with a goal each from Eric Rodriguez and Carlos Guerra, while Kevin Najera scored for E.P. Yorke. And in the nightcap, it was Wesley, 5-0, over Sadie Vernon Tech with 2 goals from Kermit Sutherland and 1 apiece from Godwin Neal, Bernard Bailey and Jaylyn Thomas.

Belize National Volleyball Championship, Jaguars and Lady Jaguars repeat
The Belize Volleyball National Championship was held this past weekend with 15 matches on Saturday and 6 matches on Sunday at the Belize Elementary gym. A total of 11 teams participated, with teams coming from Corozal, Orange Walk, Cayo, Spanish Lookout, Toledo, and Belize City. The team names were: Lady Jaguars, SQ Stars, SQ Junior Stars, Jaguars, Toledo Scorpions, Corozal Massives, SQ Dragons, Alpha Warriors, Orange Walk, Rednecks, and Scorpions. Scorpions and Jaguars survived the pool of death, 1st and 2nd, while Toledo and Corozal Massives came out of pool B. In the female division, SQ Stars completed the preliminary round undefeated as #1 ranked females. Lady Jaguars was 2nd ranked, and Junior Stars 3rd ranked.

Dangriga sports stats
In last week Friday’s do-or-die game from the Dangriga Zone between the males of Ecumenical and Delille Academy, after 60 minutes of serious, hard, competitive action, the match ended in a 3 to 3 draw. It was a must-win for Delille Academy males. Ecumenical males only needed a draw, since both schools were tied in points, but Ecumenical was up by a 1-goal difference. That draw sent Ecumenical males to the District Regional Finals along with Delille Academy females from the Dangriga Zone this Saturday, February 4, hosted by George Town Technical High at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence. From the Independence Zone will be George Town Technical High males and females, along with Independence High males and females. From the Toledo Zone will be Julian Cho males and females.

Editorial: Roots, respectables, and rogues
Lately at this editorial desk, we have found ourselves being drawn into a discourse we felt we had moved beyond in 1977, the year when we explicitly committed to Belizean nationalism as opposed to black nationalism. Post-1977, we maintained a special concern for the black community, of course, but the circumstances which had caused the division in, and dissolution of, the UBAD Party in 1973 and 1974, respectively, made it so that we were marginalized in the Southside. The Southside of Belize City became a stronghold of the United Democratic Party (UDP), but that same Southside has become a bloody battleground over the last quarter century and more, a period during which the UDP has won four different terms of office. Since 2008, in fact, the UDP has won three consecutive general elections. How does one explain the continuing carnage involving our young men murdering each other at civil war levels, while the most powerful of Cabinet politicians are theoretically representing them in government? Please be assured that this essay is not about simplistic, name-calling UDP and PUP party politics. The UDP as such is not to blame for the Southside tragedies. There is a historical landscape which is responsible for the fact that we Belizeans have not been able to achieve national liberation. We have not even come close to doing so. Let us now consider that historical landscape.

From the Publisher
It is many, many years that I am to write a column like the following, which is about sailboats and how it used to be here when I was a child. But I have always, always put the subject aside and dealt with other material. One of the reasons I have always put the subject of sailing and boat racing aside is I have considered the subject an intricate, technical, difficult one to explore adequately for those who are landlubbers, as they say. I finally decided to take the bull by the horns and attack the subject after I read of how important speed was in the sailing craft which the British were using to intercept slave ships from other nations after the British themselves had abolished the slave trade in 1807, while other European nations persisted. (At the end of this column, I will reproduce the passage in question from the David Olusaga book which I have been quoting from recently.) When I was a child growing up in Belize in the 1950s, sailboats were still the dominant feature where fishing, travel, and transportation were concerned along the coastline of the colony. There were boats with inboard motors which had been around for some time, such as the Heron H, the Maya Prince, the Africola, and others, in addition to the tugboats which the mahogany contractors, most prominently BEC, used to tow mahogany logs chained together down the Belize Old River and the Haulover Creek to the Belize City harbor for loading in steamships.

On the Passing of their Great Leader Fidel Castro
“A revolution is not a bed of roses. It is a battle between the future and the past,” said Fidel Castro. Exquisite words of wisdom from the mouth of an experienced leader and revolutionary figure. That quote consummately embodied his life, a life which in the not so distant past of imperial oppression and the hope for a more sovereign and productive future, fueled the fire that drove the resilient and charismatic leader of the Cuban revolution and champion of his people. It is with heartfelt solidarity that we, the students of St. John’s College, offer our condolences to the people of Cuba. We celebrate the life and legacy of El Comandante, Fidel Castro. It is fitting that we pay our heartfelt gratitude to one of the greatest supporters of humanity, to one of the greatest leaders in liberation, to a man who held the economic, social and cultural development of all humanity as of significant importance to a revolution.

DEVIN DALY’S “TEAM FOG NAESTVED” CELEBRATES BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Last week Saturday Belizean basketballer Devin Daly and his Team Fog Naestved of Liga – Basket Liagen won their first ever basketball championship in remarkable fashion, on the road, against the defending champions Denmark Horsens IC,and by the final score of 81-80. According to the team’s Fog website, Phillip Nolan was huge in the clutch, sinking one of two free-throws with 0.8 seconds remaining in regulation to give the triumphant Team Fog the long awaited championship; something which had evaded them since entering the league in 2001, and after three third place finishes in 2011, 2014 and 2015. The win, according to the team website marked the first time that a sports team from Naestved has won a major sporting championship in Denmark. The win, however, was no walk in the park, but instead required Team Fog to overcome a seemingly unsurmountable 10-point deficit with just about 3 minutes remaining in regulation, something they did, on their way to their first ever pro-basketball championship.

PUP leader John Briceño on skullduggery in the Immigration Department in 2012
Leader of the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), John Briceño, is calling for a criminal investigation into what he considers voter fraud. At the end of last year, Briceño had received leaked documents revealing that over 2,000 immigrants had received their Belizean nationality in an expedited fashion within two months prior to the 2012 General and Municipal Elections. The nationalization of those persons, according to Briceño, was facilitated so that they could vote in an election in which the PUP lost by a total of 812 votes. During last week’s Senate hearing, former Immigration Director, Ruth Meighan confirmed that a large number of immigrants had received their Belizean papers right before the election. However, she revealed that in many cases they did not meet legal requirements for those Immigration documents issued to them.

“He is a machine from fifteen”
Lehman’s College Belizean Vince Young has been turning heads of late with his great play, most notably being that of his Head Coach, Steven Schulman. After hitting for a career high 21 points 7 rebounds 2 assist 1 stealand 1 block in their 91-81 win over Brooklyn College on January 20, 2017, Young immediately followed up that game with a 19 points performance, on 6 of 7 shooting from the field, against St. Joseph (Long Island). In his post-game press conference following the win against St Joseph, Coach Schulman, when asked to describe the recent play of Young, replied “He is a machine from fifteen, if he is left open he is going to knock it down”. Young is dynamic and comes off the bench, and while he currently averages 5.2 ppg, he’s obviously trending upward with his recent play of late scoring in double figures in 7 of his team’s last 10 games; while averaging 12.6 ppg during that span. Lehman’s College competes in the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC). It is an NCAA Division III basketball program. It currently sits at second in the conference with a (13-8) record behind Staten Island (16-6). Vince Young Jr. is the son of Vince Young Sr. of Bird’s Isle restaurant and Linda Hemsley, and the grandson of Henry Young, former Minister of Tourism. We at the desk continue to wish him much success.

A cruel prison sentence for one youthful indiscretion
Belize’s criminal justice system suffers from a monumental flaw of insufficient legal representation. There are not sufficient attorneys at the Legal Aid office. In fact, the Legal Aid office, located near the end of Albert Street, in Belize City, has less than six attorneys to spread across the entire country. With many of the laws of Belize in need of revision, the applications of some of the archaic laws are sometimes in conflict with some of the protection enshrined in the Constitution of Belize. Due to the inadequacy of legal representation, many citizens who cannot afford an attorney appear in court on a wide range of indictable offences defenseless and have to face off with trained attorneys — experienced prosecutors. That is what happened in February 2011, in the Southern Session of the Supreme Court where a minor, 15 years and 5 months old, who was a third form student at the time, was tried, convicted and sentenced to the mandatory minimum sentence of 12 years in prison for unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl who was 13 at the time of the sexual act.

The Reporter

Chinese businessmen face Belizean authorities
Two Chinese businessmen are in police detention this week pending drug and gun charges in two separate incidents. Zhubin Deng, 25, a Belmopan businessman, was found in possession of one pound of high grade marijuana after police busted him around 1:45 p.m., at his home […]

Bob Marley tribute set for Sunday
For the 15th consecutive year, the music of legendary Jamaican artist Bob Marley will, on Sunday, entertain patrons and supporters of Joel “Dara” Robinson’s charity drive to feed hungry schoolchildren. Robinson shared with the Reporter that the event continues to grow each year, and more […]

Teenager says police keeping him from his home
With tension running high in the Conch Shell Bay community in Belize City in the wake of a slew of murders and shootings in the area, police have now engaged the community in an intervention attempt. Police and area representative Tracy Panton recently reached out […]

New law shielding Central Bank reserves approved unanimously
In an unprecedented show of bipartisan unity, both sides of the House of Representatives voted unanimously to approve two Bills to shield the Central Bank of Belize assets against foreign court judgments, which the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Dean Barrow introduced at a special sitting of the House in Belmopan […]

KHMH renovations will delay elective surgeries
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) is delaying non-emergency (elective) surgeries for the next three to four weeks, to renovate its operating theaters. KHMH CEO, Dr, Adrian Coye explained this week that the hospital’s four operating theaters will be receiving infrastructural upgrades such as new walls, floors […]

Bureau of Standards prosecute businesses for over-pricing
Four businesses in Independence Village, Toledo district have been prosecuted for selling merchandise at prices higher than the controlled price and have been fined for such, while three of them have also been penalized for not displaying the prices of the products. The Belize Bureau […]

Belize Chinese celebrate New Year of the Rooster
The Belizean Chinese community celebrated the start of the Year of the Rooster, with the New Year’s festival beginning Saturday, January 8, the start of the lunar year. In China it’s the start of the Spring Festival, the longest public holiday;a time when many Chinese workers take a week off […]

BFLA sends Valentine’s Day message for youths
With the upcoming Valentine’s Day celebration, and its significance to intimate relationships, the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA) is calling on Belizean youths to make smart sexual choices during the celebration. The BFLA emphasized that many youths will be motivated by Valentine’s Day to engage in sexual […]

One-year-old drowns in well
A one-year-old toddler of the Maya Mopan area in Belmopan City drowned after he fell into a well located at the back of his home on Saturday. Around midday on January 28, Edwin Lorenzo Duartes of a La Mux Street, was playing outside his home in […]

Minor arrested for Monday night shooting in Conch Shell Bay
A minor was formally arrested and charged for a shooting incident that happened in the Conch Shell Bay area of Belize City on Monday night. The 16-year-old is accused of firing several shots and wounding 21-year-old Jaheel Goodger. The minor has been charged for attempted murder, […]

Cops find guns on Belize City’s southside
Police recovered two illegal firearms from the streets of southside Belize City this past weekend. On Friday January 27, the South Side Strike Team conducted a search on an abandoned lot on Santa Barbara Street in the St. Martins area where officers found a .9 mm […]

Editorial
Twelve years ago, in 2005 the then Prime Minister of Belize entered into a secret accommodation agreement with the owners of Belize Telemedia Limited. The Musa Government agreed to give the Ashcroft company a cast-iron guarantee that if the company did not make a 15 percent net profit on its […]

Gas prices up again!
Drivers countrywide can expect to spend more on fuel, after a price hike in all types of gasoline took effect this week. The price change, which took effect as of Thursday, February 1, sent Premium gasoline up 44 cents, pushing up the price to an […]

Gapi’s brother got 17 acres for $800?
The “hotbed of corruption” that Prime Minister Dean Barrow has described the Lands Department to be is living up to its name. More documents surfacing this week, suggest the former minister’s brother purchased crown lands for next to nothing. The documents show that on September […]

Senior immigration officer plays “pass the blame”
The latest witness in the public inquiry into corruption at the Immigration and Nationality Department, blamed junior officers and Ministers of Government for the irregularities cited in the Auditor General’s Special Audit Report. Former Officer in Charge of the Nationality Section of the Department, Gordon […]

Cops go to jail for grevious assault charge
Two policemen are in jail tonight on the orders of the Court for their role in beating up 19 year-old Michael Crawford. Crawford suffered a severe beating at the hands of three men. He has identified two of his attackers, Police Constable Kenrick Gamboa, 28, […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Westrac continues to give back
Westrac has developed a growing reputation for its continued support to communities across Belize. Today Westrac presented a check in the sum of BZ$17,789.23 to the Rotaract Club of San Ignacio to fund a national project. The Rotaract Club of Belmopan, the Rotaract Club of Dangriga and the Rotaract Club of Orange Walk will all be participating in a project to assist a total of seven schools in some way or another.

Paralyzed Conch Shell Bay youth dies
Kiemar Nicholas, 19, was paralyzed after he was shot to his neck last Monday. His spinal cord was completely severed after he was shot in the Conch Shell Bay area of Belize City. Today we received reports from his family that he has succumbed to his injuries. He reportedly died last night. Funeral preparations are underway.

Why did NCL ship divert from Harvest Caye?
Over 6,000 cruise ship passengers visited Belize City this week, because their scheduled trip to the Harvest Caye port was canceled. The Norwegian Gate Way and Norwegian Dawn, diverted to the Fort Street Tourism Village (FSTV) on Wednesday and Thursday. The company’s public relations officers in Miami had reported to local media that the ships diverted as a safety measure, because there was an obstruction in the channel leading to Harvest Caye. However the Belize Port Authority says that there was no such obstruction.

Efforts underway to gift Miss Belize Universe new car
Miss Belize Universe, Rebecca Rath represented Belize at the 65th edition of Miss Universe in Manila on January 29 and received massive support from Belizeans at home and abroad. Now there is an effort underway to try to gift her with a new car. Many Belizeans were posting on social media requesting that the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) hold a rally for Rath since she highlighted Belize on the international platform. Belizeans supported Rath throughout the entire pageant process, sharing different ways to vote for her and continued to express gratitude and appreciation because she represented Belize excellently.

A Belizean residing in Punta Gorda has made it to the cover of the United Kingdom’s popular, “Love” magazine.
Her name is Joyjah Estrada and she was photographed by Kendall Jenner, an American fashion model and television personality, originally known for appearing in the E! reality television show, “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” This is what Jenner had to say about the young woman who had studied at the Toledo Community College: “I loved how committed Joyjah was to the project. She flew in from Belize, had all these visa problems and then was a dream to shoot. She has that amazing face, all those freckles, and she seemed so genuinely excited to be there.

BTL warns customers of scam alert
Belize Telemedia Limited issued a statement informing its customers that the company investigated the recently reported issue of random international calls to DigiCell Numbers. In most instances customers would see a missed call registered on their call log. Most reported calls with number prefixes from +675.

Ashcroft Alliance will challenge new law that protect Belize’s foreign assets
The Ashcroft Alliance is moving to have the Supreme Court of Belize strike down the recently passed law which protects Belize’s foreign assets. In a recent release issued by Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited (CIHL), the company is filing a constitutional challenge that “intends to bring a claim in the Belize Supreme Court to challenge the constitutionality of the Central Bank of Belize Act and the Crown Proceedings Act, which received the support of both the government and the opposition in the House of Representatives and the senate”.

9mm and ammo found on Iguana Street this morning
According to police reports, a .9 mm Glock loaded with 10 live rounds was found by the GSU in the vicinity of Iguana Street this morning. It is believed to be the weapon used in the latest murder of Mark Jones.

Police issue official report on murder in San Pedro
According to police reports, last night around 7:15 p.m., police visited a residence at the corner of Jew Fish and Sea Weed Streets, where on the second floor of the wooden structure officers saw 44-year-old Jose Felix Ayuso, barber of the same address lying in his bed room with multiple stab wounds to his upper body. Initial investigation reveals that Ayuso was last seen alive by his sister on Wednesday at about 4:30 p.m. at his Unisex beauty salon situated on Laguna Drive. About 6:30 p.m. yesterday she decided to make checks on him at his residence when she discovered the body.

More than 2000 grams of weed found in Southside, Belize city
According to police reports, on Thursday morning at 6:45 a.m., the Southside Strike Team, Special Branch and K9 unit conducted a search in an abandoned lot in the Faber’s Road area of Belize City, which led to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing 2,009.4 grams of cannabis.

Police find weed in Bullet tree village
Police on anti-drug operations in the Bullet Tree village, Cayo conducted a search in an abandoned lot where cops found two black plastic bags containing 545 grams of cannabis.

Belmopan Chinese businessman charged for weed
According to police reports, on Thursday February 2 at about 1:13 p.m., police searched a house situated on the George Price Boulevard, Belmopan where officers found a transparent plastic bag containing 461 grams of cannabis. Zhubin Deng, a businessman of Trial Farm village, Cayo was present at the time of the search

Police issue report on Mark Jones murder
According to police reports, last night police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they saw the body of 29-year-old Mark Anthony Jones of #189 Pelican Street Extension, Belize City, with gunshot wounds to the hand, side and back. Investigations reveale that Jones was walking inside his yard when a male person approached and fired several shots at him causing his injuries.

Blogs

Traveling into Town on Ambergris Caye, Belize
There are a few ways to get to town these days. 1. A good long bike ride 2. Rent/own a golf cart and take the (sometimes very bumpy – sometimes very dusty – sometimes muddy) ride down to town. My ride is unpaved for about 4 miles and then a few miles paved as you get closer to the bridge. It takes about 30 minutes. 3. Own a boat or take the Coastal Xpress water taxi. Depending on the number of stops, it can take 10 to 30 minutes. Yesterday, for the first time in about a year, I took the water taxi. And was left wondering…why don’t I do this more often? The closest dock/pick-up is at the resort to our south, X’tan Ha Resort. It’s easiest if you call ahead or have you hotel call to make sure they stop to pick you up. The boats run every two hours to and from town, up and down the coast.

Living la vida lobster
The Belizean fishing industry dates back to the time of the Maya when snappers and anchovies were the most important food from the sea. Over the years sleepy fishing villages prospered from the bounty of the sea, from the northern cayes of Ambergris and Caye Caulker, to the mainland coastal communities of Corozal, all the way south to Punta Gorda. For generations, fisher folk benefited from harvesting fish, but did you know it wasn’t until the 1920’s that they became lobster trappers as well? At that time lobster were so abundant many old-timers tell the stories of how you could simply catch them from the beach! Although the Caribbean Spiny Lobster were once regarded as ‘trash fish’ by the locals, that trash turned to treasure when the US market for the crustacean opened after North American lobster numbers declined. In the first years of exportation, Belizean fishermen sold their lobster tails for one cent a pound! Of course the industry was advancing with the times, and motorized boats, along with the availability of ice allowed the fishermen to thrive. By the late 1940’s the lobster industry grew to be the most lucrative marine export product, with freezer boats coming from the US, and new processing and cold storage facilities in Belize City. For the fisher folk, this meant full-time, year-round lobster fishing, and they were now getting five to seven cents a pound!

Travel Safe and Busy Planning
I recently read and replied to an interesting thread on Keeping possessions safe in Belize. While most hotels do offer safes in their rooms or in the lobby but there is always a possibility you may find yourself in need of some good stashing ideas. I have listed a few simple tricks below should ever find yourself in a position when it is time to make like a squirrel and “stash your nuts.” While I recommend using your safest options first, do not forget the creative kind should you ever need them. A pile of papers can easily hide a passport. Under the TV is a good hiding spot (if it is not a wall-mount). A few dollars casually in plain view could keep light fingers from looking. For carrying money on your person spread it around. Have a small amount handy in your pocket and and also a reason why that is all you have. Photocopy and photograph all your ID. Do not bring more than you need to when you go out at night.

Harley Davidson visiting Corozal Belize: Harley Davidson in Corozal?
If you ever wonder sometime's you see those Harley Davidson Motorcycle around Belize? They go around Belize riding motorcycles. A group of Black Pearl, Harley-Davidson, Belize goes around riding motorcycle and shows off their rides. First stop was at Corozal scotty's bar and grill. and will continue through Saturday. Make sure to come out tonight for the concert at the The Ramada Belize City Princess Poolside that's only $10 for Entry. They stopped today for a lunch to mingle and meet Belizeans around Belize. When you see these kinds of Motorcycle you will never stop by and see this Motorcycle along the seaside. Here are some photo's Below of the Belize Black Pearl, Harley Davidson Motor rally in Corozal. Yes, you will ask Harley DAvidson in Belize? Yes, Those guys wearing Black Jacket, Colored leather boots, Long leather with bright colors, Mask to cover their eyes while they are driving, Helmet, Some Hand Grip , While they are driving. And, this guys are well drivers and are known for their appearance around Belize. Their Motorcylce going 90mhp? They rock with their loud sound when they turn it on.

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The Must-Visit Caribbean Destination You’ve Never Heard Of
Just a short 30-minute flight on a puddle jumper from Belize City is Placencia, a burgeoning town that was once a sleepy fishing village. Sandwiched between a lagoon on the west and Caribbean Sea on the east, Placencia appears to be an unassuming destination. Modest storefronts line the only main road and verdant vegetation grows throughout. But dive in a little deeper and you’ll find that its culturally diverse inhabitants—who range from those of Maya and mestizo descent to American expats—are genuinely friendly with a laid-back attitude inherent to such beach locales. The food, too, is unbelievable (or un-Belize-able if you really want to go there) and there’s a little something for everyone—whether you want to explore by land or sea. Nestled within 200 acres of private property is one of the newest kids on the block, Naïa Resort and Spa. A ritzy edifice is not what you come here for, but instead, a cozy and intimate hotel composed of 35 individual accommodations sitting on soft white sand. There’s nothing quite like waking up to the sounds of waves crashing against the shoreline and the sight of palm trees swaying back and forth in the wind, which is exactly what you get from a beach-facing bed in a studio room with glass double doors. If the Caribbean waters aren’t enough for you, opt for a one-bedroom beach house outfitted with a personal plunge pool.

Found: One (Relatively) Cute Shark And One Hideous Ghost Shark
There are so many small mysteries left in the world. Today’s evidence—a hammerhead shark and a ghost shark, both new discoveries. One is small and, dare we say, cute? For a shark? The other is the largest species of ghost shark ever discovered and, to the human eye, really ugly. The new species of hammerhead shark was discovered in Belize by a team studying bonnethead sharks. These smallish sharks are plentiful in the Caribbean Sea and were thought to be one big happy family of sharks. But when a team of scientists analyzed the DNA of bonnethead sharks captured in Belize, they discovered that these sharks were a different species from the ones that live around Mexico, the U.S. and the Bahamas. Even though all the sharks look quite similar, the DNA of the Belize sharks showed they hadn’t interbred with those other groups of sharks for several million years.

World Cancer Day 2017: Key Panellists Share their Experience
Improving access to cancer treatment in developing countries requires strong political commitment and effective public-private strategic partnerships. This was the conclusion of a panel discussion at IAEA Headquarters in Vienna today to mark World Cancer Day 2017. During the discussion, Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, First Lady Kim Simplis Barrow of Belize, and Amadou Diarra of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) shared their perspectives. Belize’s First Lady Kim Simplis Barrow, a cancer survivor herself, called for more equitable access to cancer care in Central America and the Caribbean. “We all share the same goal: to reduce the burden of cancer,” Ms Simplis Barrow said. “But small countries face specific challenges, which is why regional partnerships may be one good way to advance jointly and share resources. We need a broad coalition of government and non-governmental organizations, high-level leadership and commitment. I strongly believe that political leaders can become champions in making a positive change.”

Caribbean embraces fisheries collaboration with Norway
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and a team of Norwegian experts have concluded a successful two-week fact-finding mission in the Caribbean aimed at identifying critical ways in which Norway can support the sustainable development of Caribbean fisheries and aquaculture. The team, comprised of Milton Haughton, CRFM executive director; Dr Åge Høines, senior scientist, Institute of Marine Research, Norway; and Mr Johán Williams, specialist director, Norwegian ministry of fisheries and coastal affairs, met with senior executives of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in Guyana, as well as ministers, permanent secretaries, chief fisheries officers and other stakeholders in sample countries, affording the team an opportunity to look at the spectrum of fisheries operations across the region in countries and communities with varying types of fisheries and levels of development.

Royal Marines Commandos En Belice, ¡Bienvenidos A La Jungla!
Monos, tarántulas, arañas viuda negra, y serpientes. Éstos son algunos de los residentes que han "dado la bienvenida" a los Royal Marines1 a la jungla de Belice esta semana. 40 Commando Royal Marines (del ejército británico), con sede cerca de Taunton en Somerset2, están poniendo a prueba todas sus habilidades básicas de soldado a medida que aprenden a luchar y sobrevivir en uno de los ambientes más hostiles del mundo. Delta Company, los especialistas en Guerra En La Selva de 40 Commando Royal Marines, han estado en Belice impartiendo el entrenamiento vital bajo la atenta mirada de la Unidad del Ejército británico de Entrenamiento y Apoyo a Belice (BATSUB) y el equipo directivo de los Royal Marines. La primera fase de entrenamiento, los Royal Marines efectúan simulacros militares de combate, reconocimiento cercano de objetivos, supervivencia, patrullaje y entrenamiento de navegación en las profundidades de Sibun Gorge.

Videos

  • Wanderlust3, 6min. Can't stop adventuring! This time making my way around Portland, OR, Costa Rica, Belize, and Guatemala. The adventure runs on!

  • St. John's Cathedral, Belize Oral History, min.

  • Jumproping backwards while fly fishing in Belize., 17sec.

  • SIX YEARS IN BELIZE!, 10min.

  • Cormorant rescued by Belize Animal Rescue, 1.5min. It's just not all parrots you know. This cormorant was rescued by Belize Animal Rescue and transferred to BBR and was in a very poor shape. He had a fairly large parasite loading but also seemed to have injured one of his wings somehow. After a few meds, and with some rest at BBR he soon got better and was able to be released not too far from where he was found. Gordon and Gillian from BAR came to view the release which was a joy to see.

  • Belize - General shots, 3min.

  • Belize 2017 Snorkeling, 3min.

  • Belize Now Feb 3, 2017, 36min.

  • Lamanai Mayan Ruins Tour in Belize - Lorenzo's Flights, 3min. We took a 60 minute boat ride, 45 minute van ride, another 30 minute boat ride to finally reach the Lamanai Mayan Ruins in Belize! Truly an incredible experience.

  • Travel Vlog Carnival Dream Cruise BELIZE Excursion -AirBoat Nov 2016, 22min.

  • Harley Davidson In Belize, 2.5min.

  • Belize, 3min. I was fortunate enough to spend my winter break in Belize traveling and teaching. Here is a video capturing my travels with my new friends and students. It was truly an experience I will never forget.

  • Diving in Belize, 5min. Diving at San Pedro, Belize with Amigos Del Mar. Bottlenose dolphin, Spotted Eagle Rays...

  • #Chusey Snorkle Belize 2017, 7.5min.


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