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Police Report: Drug Trafficking
On Friday, March 10th, San Pedro Police searched a male minor at a local dock, after he was seen carrying a black school bag. The search led to the discovery of six parcels of cannabis inside the bag, amounting to a total of 2,491 grams. He was arrested and charged in the presence of his mother for the offence of ‘drug trafficking’.
Letter to the Editor: A successful blood drive in Caye Caulker
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Letter to the Editor: A successful blood drive in Caye Caulker
Sunday, March 19th, 2017
The Belize Red Cross, San Pedro Branch (BRCSPB) held their first Caye Caulker Blood Drive on March 4th at the Caye Caulker Clinic. 21 pints of precious blood were collected, along with over $1100 in donations. The BRCSPB would like to extend sincere thanks to the following businesses and individuals for their generous support; Noelle Gray and volunteers, Nurse Chris Diego, Joni Miller, Principle of Ocean Academy, and the student volunteers, Caye Reef Condos, Seadreams Hotel, Seaside Cabanas, Villa Almendra, Southside Pizza, The Lazy Lizard, Sub-Away and Wish Willy’s. The Blood Drive was a huge success due to the help of these caring friends and neighbors.
Wolfe’s Woofer: Brave Hunter
Bob Emmons and I sat on the front porch and had some liquid refreshment. It was our first chance to talk in the five years since Bob moved from Ambergris Caye. His ranch was at the edge of the jungle near Spanish Lookout over by the Guatemalan border.
“This is a beautiful place you have here,” I told him.
“It’s nice living out here in the bush,” Bob said. “Everything is quiet and peaceful.”
“Hey, do you have any paths in the jungle that I could hike on?” I asked, after a while. “I’m feeling adventurous.”
San Pedro Police statistics show a quiet February
The San Pedro Police Department has released crime statistics for the month of February. There was a steady decrease in major crimes, while burglary recorded higher in the second month of 2017. The report also indicates most of the major crime cases ended in arrest. Other crimes, including wounding, harassing, harm, and damage to property, also experienced a decrease during February. One murder was registered that month, becoming the first of the year for the island. Island resident and activist Felix Ayuso was brutally stabbed to death on February 1st. Police continue investigating. Most of the February crime incidents took place in downtown San Pedro. Police also carried out raids, seizing ammunition and drugs such as Marijuana and Cocaine, making several arrests in the process. The majority of arrests (18) were for possession of marijuana. Police are also pleased to report an increase in crime response and patrols, in order to deter criminal activity.
Doctor Love: Mirror, Mirror
Dear Doctor Love,
I have a friend I have been close to since baby days. We grew up together and graduated school together. But I find it more and more difficult to want to be around her. She has become so needy – and has such low self-esteem – that all she seems to focus on is the wrinkle under her right eye or her lip is fuller on one side than the other side. Her concerns about her appearance are really getting on my nerves. She comes right out and asks for compliments, like “I really suck at putting on make-up. How do I look?” She will starve herself for days to lose what she thinks are fat rolls, then share photos on the internet about how she lost weight but needs to lose more. She is not fat, she has a great figure, and all of her friends rush to tell her that she is beautiful the way she is, but she is always making negative comments about herself. She wants a nose job and a little liposuction here, here and here. It is endless and I think it is a game to get attention. She has noticed that I don’t hang out as much, and has started asking why. What do I tell her?
/s/ Mirror, Mirror
Misc Belizean Sources
Belize Weekly Fishing Report, March 12 thru March 19, 2017
A lot of anglers staying at the lodge this week fighting the strong winds but managing to get it done. An enjoyable week with many new friends. A tough week of fishing with strong winds and muddy waters. Every day the anglers we able to boat a few bones though. The bonefish are hungry, so when the weather settles, they are eating heavily. Next week forecast is for lighter winds and sunny skies. Can’t wait.
BDF's Brigadier General David Jones was inducted into the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) International Hall of Fame!
The induction ceremomony took place on March 16, 2017, at the Lewis and Clark Center in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where General Jones was a student in 2007. Congratulations to Brigadier General (BG) David N. Jones, who was inducted into the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) International Hall of Fame! The induction ceremony took place on March 16, 2017, at the Lewis and Clark Center in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where BG Jones was a student in 2007. During the ceremony, BG Jones, accompanied by his two sons, David and Deron, spoke fondly of his time studying at CGSC and how the course prepared him to lead the Belize Defence Force.
Re-Painting of Pedro Mena Park
The Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo re-painted Padro Mena Park as few weeks ago it was vandalized. We want to thank the Rotarians that came from Cristo Rey to do community Service, also the neighbors that’s assisted in the painting.
Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project second Community Engagement
Yesterday the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project carried it out its second Community Engagement at the House of Culture. We had great weather and many enthusiastic visitors attended. Our engagement would not have been possible without the participation and assistance of so many people and organizations. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the following:
Fire official says Prince Street fire started on a bed
A fire which destroyed a house owned and occupied by Arilee Scott of Prince Street, was started on a bed on the upper flat.
Operations Officer at the Fire Department, Benesford Matura told reporters on Thursday that the fire which started sometime after 7:00 a.m.,
on Wednesday morning was started by something on the bed, and that electrical fault had been ruled out altogether.
At the time of the blaze, Scott was busy on the lower flat of the house and she had left her grandson, aged four, upstairs watching television.
OAS Sec. Gen. urges Belize and Guatemala to expedite referendum process
OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro visited Belize and Guatemala last week to urge our countries to expedite the process to hold national referenda about going to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
The urgency in that message has to do with the fact that funds which are provided to finance the OAS, and its office at the Adjacency Zone at the Western Border are quickly dissipating. The European countries that have been been sponsoring the office have indicated that their tax payers are now reluctant to continue to fund the project that has gone on for 11 years without any tangible solution.
Almagro urged the officials to proceed with the referendum, since the ICJ seems to be the only answer to our dispute.
“We agreed that we will continue to work diligently towards finding a peaceful permanent solution to the territorial dispute. Some of them (the talks) were related about implementing mechanisms of consultation to avoid – to make better management of incidents; the need to go on ahead with the referendum as early as possible, and that will allow us to take the case to the International Court of Justice,” Almagro said.
Ladyville resident drowns
A man from Ladyville reportedly drowned on Saturday.
Unofficial reports are that Hipolito Mai, 22, a resident of Lake Gardens, Ladyville, drowned sometime Saturday afternoon in the Biscayne Village, about 13 miles further north.
Police have not released any details of the incident as yet.
Belize and Guatemala officials resume talks to solve border dispute
While the relations between Belize and Guatemala are still not back to where we were before a 13 year-old Guatemalan boy was shot and killed in a cross fire by Belizean soldirrs on patrol in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve one April night in 2016, talks between our two countries over our border dispute resumed last week.
On March 15, Belize’s Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington and Belize’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), visited Guatemala to meet with their counterparts and the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, who emphasized the need for our countries to arrive at a definitive conclusion.
The team visited border communities in Guatemala and flew over the Chiquibul National Reserve, which has been vastly affected by Guatemalan citizens who wantonly invade and pillage the forest for their survival.
Man shot Friday
Two men were shot on Friday night.
Police say that sometime before 8:00 p.m., Marlon Tevin Garbutt, 21, of #130 Vernon Street was shot in the right foot.
Garbutt was reportedly socializing in front of Gian Nei Chinese shop at #89 Vernon Street when he heard shots and ran. Just then, however, Garbutt realized he was shot.
Police have no suspects.
Fatal shooting claims tour guide’s life; two more men shot in city
A tour guide of the Cayo district was shot and killed at the western border on Thursday night.
Police say that about 8:50 that night, Carlos Manzanero was at Larios’ when he was shot in the abdomen, left hand and right knee
Manzanero was from San Jose Succotz village.
Meanwhile, the same night, two men were shot in Belize City.
Police have only given the names as Sherlock Vernon, who was shot in the stomach, and Kemar Flores, who was shot in the leg.
Breaking Belize News
Former PM Musa celebrates 73rd birthday
Former two term Prime Minister and Leader of the People’s United Party (PUP), Rt. Hon. Said Musa, is celebrating his 73rd birthday today.
As a youth, Musa could be seen selling tamales and ducunu before leaving Belize to pursue legal studies.
Upon his return, the young Musa began to cut his teeth politically with persons such as black nationalists, Evan X Hyde; and socialist, Assad Shoman; who had both offered themselves in prior elections.
Musa later rose to power at the helm of the PUP, being embraced by the Father of the Nation and leader emeritus, George Price.
“Some days you ride the tiger…my personal medical battle”
This picture of a stack of receipts represents the thousands of dollars I have paid to Belize Healthcare Partners, Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and Belize Medical Associates over the past month or so, and which I was able to do due to the extraordinary outpouring of support by family, friends and acquaintances near and far. Your moral and financial encouragement, assistance and support has touched me deeply. I am alive because you cared.I have not yet been able to visit my bank to determine some of the contributors to my account there and it is impossible at this point to tell who deposited what via online. I will make the effort this week to do so and will seek to publicly thank all those who did individually.
Santa Elena Sign, 10sec. The sign is almost done! The San Ignacio & Santa Elena Town Council is spending this Sunday creating the Santa Elena sign. Great job! Elvis Aldana and Sheldon Trapp are painting the sign, and making it unique in every way.
Ascenthium Performing Simple Man, 6min. Ascenthium rocked Bamboo Bar on St. Patrick's Day, playing many of their own songs, along with some new covers. One of the best was Lynyrd Skynyrd's Simple Man.
"Wow! Great job, Ascenthium! What a concert!"
Dangriga Belize Beach, 1/2min.
Belize 2017, 4min.
Dive Belize, 4min.
Zip line Belize 2017, 9min.
25 Pound Barracuda - Belize, 3min. Video of a fight to catch a 25 pound barracuda in Belize.
Madi Swims the Belize Reef, 5min. Madison Pearl may just be 11 years old, but she loves Belize. When she heard of threats of Offshore Oil Exploration in Belize she knew something had to be done. Her Epic Journey from North to South to explore and understand the importance of our Belize Barrier Reef has inspired us all To Love and Protect Belize, to Be Sensational, to Change Climate Change, to Say No To Offshore Oil Belize!
Belize Jaguar Project 2016, 9min. My experience participating in the Jaguar Project in Belize the summer of 2016!
Entrance to Barton Creek Caves, Belize, 15sec. We went to Barton Creek Caves and then canoed in! It was really neat seeing all the cave formations and learning how the Mayans used the cave system to worship the Gods and ceremonial purposes, such as.....sacrificing humans... there were 27 human skeletons still in there, many of which were children's. You could also see Mayan pottery.
The natural pool at the entrance of the cave is a stunning spot to go for a swim!
Barton Creek Canoeing in Cayo District, Belize - Jan 2017, 3.5min.
Scuba Belize 2017, 8.5min.
Flying High in Belize, 9min. Walt & Nadine Schroeder parasailing off Harvest Caye, Belize.
Cave Tubing in Belize - Jan 2017, 5min.
Белиз . Карибское море.Belize City.5часть 2015г., 7min.
Hog head Cultural Festival at Macal River Park in San Ignacio, 5.5min.