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The San Pedro Sun
Maya and Tropic Air planes clip wings at San Pedro airstrip
On Monday, July 24th, a Maya Island Air and Tropic Air plane reportedly clipped wings around 9AM this morning at the San Pedro airstrip. Although it was confirmed by the Belize Department of Civil Aviation (BDCA) that no one sustained injures, the collision has allegedly put both planes out of commission.
According to Lindsay Garbutt, Director of Civil Aviation of the BDCA, information regarding the incident is currently being gathered. “I have sent two inspectors to check on the matter, and I am just waiting on the report. Afterwards, [we] will sit down with the entities that manage that specific airport, which is the Belize Airport Authority, and look at measures to ensure that incidents like this does not happen again,” said Garbutt.
“Tropic Air was taxiing to the gate at the airport when our airline’s wings collided. However, no one was injured,” stated John Grief III, President of Tropic Air, who confirmed that the incident did occur.
Out on bail, Anke Doehm makes brief stop on Ambergris Caye for belongings
After being granted Supreme Court bail for the charge of ‘cruelty to a child,’ on Friday, July 21st, David and Anke Doehm were one step closer to walking free. The couple continue to be the prime suspects in the death of Faye Lin Cannon. David could not meet his $10,000 bail and was thus remanded to the Belize Central Prison. However, Anke met bail and by Sunday, July 23rd, she was back on Ambergris Caye. Accompanied by an unknown young lady, Anke was only on the island for a couple of hours before heading back to Belize City.
After an eyewitness reported seeing Anke boarding a 10:30AM boat from Belize City to San Pedro Town, word quickly spread and protesters lined up on the beach to wait for her. The unhappy group of persons followed Anke calling her ‘murderer’, ‘monster,’ ‘killer,’ and more. Anke silently walked to Barrier Reef Drive where she boarded a taxi to her condo on Northern Ambergris Caye. Residents nearby observed her packing her belongings and making her way back downtown.
Belize Ambassador To USA Meets President Trump
H.E. Francisco Daniel Gutierez presented his Letters of Credence to the President of the United States of America at the White House, thus making him the tenth Ambassador of Belize to the United States of America.
In his remarks to President Trump, Ambassador Gutierez expressed heartfelt greetings from the Prime Minister the Right Honorable Dean Oliver Barrow and the Belizean people. He underscored the friendly, and long-standing bilateral relations existing between both countries.
Anke Doehm Packs Up And Leaves Ambergris Caye In Four Hours
On Sunday, July 23, eye witnesses reported seeing Anke Doehm boarding the 10:30a.m. Ocean Ferry Water Taxi leaving Belize City with destination to San Pedro. Word quickly spread around San Pedro Town and residents lined up to confirm her arrival on Ambergris Caye.
Chanting “You Murdered Faye”, those who gathered followed her as she walked on the beach, to Central Park, where she crossed over to Front Street (Barrier Reef Drive) to meet the nearest taxi past her store Rubi Moon.
Shortly after, Anke and her companion returned to the water taxi and left the island on the 4p.m. boat. Ambergris Today met up with Anke at the Ocean Ferry Belize City terminal where she was seen assisted by three more people, reportedly all Belizeans, who helped her with her luggage and drove her away.
Misc Belizean Sources
Phillip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson
Tuesday, July 25th is the Birthday of this great Belizean Hero. Here is a short version of his life, courtesy of Hector Silva
Phillip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson was born on the 25th of July 1923, in Belize City. He was the second son of Mr. Peter Edward Goldson and his wife Florence Matilda Babb Goldson. He attended St. Mary's Primary School and although he never had the never had the opportunity to go to high shool he studied at night and successfully obtained the Cambridge University Overseas Junior Certificate in 1939 and Senior School certificate in 1941.
Vacancy at BELTRAIDE – IT Officer
Vacancy exists at Belize Trade and Investment Development Service for the post of IT Officer.
Kindly see the attached vacancy notice below and, if interested, apply no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 27th, 2017..
Half Moon Caye & Blue Hole Trip
This July, visitors got a chance to experience these spectacular sites, first-hand with BAS! The Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye Natural Monuments are a part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site. Both sites are co-managed by the Belize Audubon Society. It all started with the boobies! Located 55 miles east of Belize City, Half Moon Caye Natural Monument is infamously home to the Red-footed Booby Bird. Gazetted in 1928, HMCNM is not only Belize's oldest site for wildlife protection, but also the first designated protected area in Belize since 1982. A few miles away lies the Blue Hole Natural Monument, a fascinating geological formation adorned with coral and cave formations. The tranquil abyss measures 1,000 feet across and approximately 415 feet deep.
BELMOPAN BANDITS BEAT GOES ON
In preparation for their CONCACAF Champions League football debut, Belmopan Bandits SC had an impressive nil-nil draw in their first international friendly against Inter Playa, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. On Thursday, August 3, 2017, they play their first Champions League game in Nicaragua against CD Walter Ferretti. The following Thursday, August 10, 2017, the return match takes place at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan. The Belmopan Bandits have already made Belize proud and, with the entire country behind them, we are confident they will take that national pride to a new level. Go Bandits! Go Belize!
International Costa Maya Festival's Sashing Ceremony Thursday July 27th
Get ready for the Sashing Ceremony at Fido's Courtyard!
Car wreck by Banana Beach
Crazy morning, This happened by Banana beach in San Pedro Ambergris Caye.
Have a bee infestation on Caye Caulker?
Notice: any problems with bees in your yard or close to your home? Any bee infestation??Please let us know. Persons are here who are going around to spray and get rid of them.
Toddlers, Teens, & Tiaras
Mahgany Bay Village Resort, Ambergris Caye - "Toddlers, Teens, & Tiaras - Mahogany Bay Village invites you to a very special public event on Saturday, July 29th from Noon – 2:00 p.m. at Shaken Sunset Bar, Mahogany Bay Village in south San Pedro. Bring your princesses (and princes!) to meet and take a photo with the International Costa Maya Festival 2017 Pageant contestants from neighbouring countries that share our Maya heritage. Admission is free, and there will be special-priced offerings of all-ages snacks and drinks to enjoy. Also making an appearance will be the young women enrolled in local non-profit program SHINE, an empowerment group for teenagers at San Pedro High School. Part of the event proceeds will directly benefit SHINE."
NEW CALGARY TO BELIZE FLIGHT
According to Routesonline, WestJet plans a NEW weekly (Friday) #NONSTOP FLIGHT from Calgary, Alberta to Belize City, Belize. Flights start November 3rd and will complement the existing twice weekly flights from Toronto. The new Calgary flights are also timed for easy connections from Edmonton, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia. So, now there are even more options to get to your Belize Vacation.
Kaleidoscope: Thru The Eyes of a Child
The Wildfire Artmosphere will be having an exhibit of the art from all the student workshops Rony Jovel has had over the last few months. They've been renovating Wildfire for the exhibit, and it's ready. The exhibit is Saturday, July 29th, at 7:00pm.
Belize Fishing Report July 17th - July 23rd, 2017
Lots of happy anglers and tons of fish coupled with an awesome staff and great food. Who needs anything else?
“Tons of Tarpon” is the common theme this week. There are so many hungry tarpon around. Michelle managed to hook up with five in one day. Freda, a first time tarpon angler also landed two nice tarpon, with one of those weighing in around seventy pounds. If you have never experienced it, watching a tarpon jump out of the water while one is on the end of “your” line is a sight to see and something every angler should be able to put on their catch list. Come and put it on “YOURS”.
UWI ARTS CHORALE & UWI ARTS STEEL ensembles in Belize
Joyful 2 concert in Belmopan at the UB Jaguar Auditorium.
It's at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25th. $10 per person and $5 with student ID. They are hosting workshops and concerts across Belize since last week, but they are wrapping up their tour this week with two more events.
On Tuesday, July 25th, they will be in Belmopan at the University of Belize for a paid show. And on Wednesday night they will be at BTL Park in Belize City where you can catch them in a free concert!
Job Opportunities at the Corozal Free Zone!!
Openings at Princess Casino Free Zone
Miss Estereo Amor Pageant
The Miss Estereo Amor Belize Pageant will be happening at the Sacred Heart Auditorium on Saturday, August 19th. Rossy War will be performing. Giselle Rodriguez will be representing San Ignacio, and Carmelita Lara will be representing Benque.
Will Moreno took their glamour shots.
"Mark your calendars! The most awaited event of the year is almost here! Miss Estereo Amor Belize pageant followed by the grand concert featuring Rossy War! This one you do not want to miss!"
World Youth Conference Coming to Belize
The 2017 World Youth Conference will be held in Belize. This is a first, and they've made a short 'Welcome to Belize' video for the occasion. You can register for the event on their website.
"For the first time in the Western Hemisphere the World Youth Conference is coming and it's all happening IN BELIZE!
Check out our website www.wyc2017.com and register!
Registration closes July 31st , 2017. Globally Running to 2030 ; becoming sustainably strong!
This Day In History
July 24th, 1822, The principal inhabitants of Belize, address a memorial of their grievances against Colonel George Arthur (Superintendent of British Honduras 1814-1822), praying he may never resume the Superintendency of the Colony.
Bar Scolds Media, Tries To Makes Nice With CJ
The Bar Association has decided that it will give Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin until the end of September to deliver the backlog of 29 outstanding judgements that have been pending between 2 and 5 years.
That's according to unofficial reports - but there'll be no press release from the Bar Association Executive confirming or denying it. That's because the Bar Executive is mightily displeased that their internal documents reached our news desk on Friday.
This evening, the Bar sent a press release scolding 7News for releasing the documents on Friday's news. The release says, quote, "the report...sought to portray the issue...in a sensational and wholly inappropriate manner." End quote.
The Harassment of Anke Doehmn On San Pedro
On Friday night's news, we showed you how the Americans Anke and David Doehm got Supreme Court bail, despite the howls of protest outside of court, and the objections from the DPP's Office. Both the prosecutor and the public believe that they are a flight risk, after being charged with cruelty to a child for the death of their adopted daughter Faye Lin Cannon.
Anke Doehm met bail that same day, but her husband, David, didn't and, so he was taken back to prison. It was expected that he would be able to meet bail today, but we've confirmed that he is still on lockdown tonight.
Man dies In Cayo, Cops Say His Co-Worker Is The Suspect
A man who was savagely beat down last Friday in Santa Elena died on Saturday. 38 year old Marlon Peters was hanging out with his co-worker and friend Errol Smith on Friday July 14th. But something went terribly wrong that Friday afternoon when Smith pounced on Peters and beat him unconscious. Courtney Weatherburne has more details on this street fight turn murder.
Marlon Peters and Errol Smith worked together at the Ministry of Works in Cayo. They were also known to be friendly with one another outside the workplace.
But last week Friday July 14th, a cool friendly outing between the two led to a deadly brawl on Maxi Street.
Man Hit With "Two By Four" Succumbs
So, while San Ignacio Police are investigating the fatal beatdown of Marlon Peters, Belize City Police are investigating the murder of 22 year-old Trevaun Chee. It is believed that he was hit in the head by a "two by four."
It happened at around 2:00 on Friday afternoon when Chee was walking on Mahogany Street. Police investigations say that he was a short distance from his Mahogany Street Extension Home when he encountered a 17 year-old male. The two had some sort of confrontation, which escalated when the minor grabbed the plank of wood and lashed him in the right side of the head.
He was rushed to the KHMH, but his medical condition deteriorated, and on Sunday, he passed away.
Police Detain Alleged Mother and Sister For Discarded Baby
Over the weekend police detained two women for the baby that was found in East Canal last Thursday. The women are the suspected mother and her sister - who works at the hospital - and is believed to have delivered the baby. Our reports say the mother refused to say anything - and have both gotten an attorney. The mother was released, and today, Police told us the very little they could about the person they have detained:
Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino, Investigator - CIB Precinct 3:
"What I can say is that we have spoken to persons of interests and there is one person in custody at this point. Nobody has been charged and the investigation continues."
Man Flung Off Mangled Motorbike In Accident
At about 10:30 Saturday night, Ladyville police responded to a traffic accident near the Burrell Boom Junction. Police say they found a white van on the left hand side of the road with the front end extensively damaged. Police also found 25 year old Christian Contreras lying in the middle of the road next to his black motorcycle, which was also mashed up. Contreras was unconscious and had received severe injuries to his head and face. An ambulance arrived not long after and took him to the KHMH where he is currently in critical condition.
Cops Shot An Underaged Teen In Griga
The Police Press Office hasn't released any details but 7News has received reports from Dangriga saying that the cops shot a 17 year old in that southern town. Sketchy information says police pulled up in an area of the town and one of the officers got jumpy and shot the teenager. He was taken to the Southern Regional Hospital, where he is stable.
Civilian sources tell us that the shooting was unjustified.
Scandinavian Tourist Raped on Caye Caulker
There was a rape on Caye Caulker this weekend. The story the police press office put out says a 24 year old female resident of Caye Caulker reported that at around 4:00am on Saturday morning while sleeping she was awakened by a man who was on top of her holding a knife to her face. He threatened to harm her if she resisted, and he proceeded to rape her.
Well, when we looked into the story, we found that the victim was not a resident of Caye Caulker - as police had said, but a tourist from the Scandinavian country of Denmark.
Our sources tell us that she was staying at one of the many hostels on Caye Caulker - which do not have optimal security. Island police are looking for a suspect.
Cayo Man's ruthless Sexual Assault
26 year old Arsenio Cano has been charged for sexually assaulting a 13 year old girl. The minor reported that on Saturday July 15th Cano broke into her house, grabbed her and tried to rape her but she fought him off. San Ignacio police gave us more on this troubling case.
ASP Daniel Iche, Deputy Officer, San Ignacio:
"A thirteen-year-old female of Santa Familia Village reported that on Saturday, July fifteenth at about 11:40 a.m., she arrived home, she found the door open and she went inside and was grabbed on her arm from behind by someone. She began to wrestle with the person and she recognized the male person to be one Arsenio Cano. During the struggle with Cano he apparently pulled down her pants and touched her inappropriately. An investigation was carried out and Arsenio Cano, twenty-six-year-old Belizean laborer of Santa Familia Village was subsequently charged for the offenses of burglary, attempt rape and sexual assault."
Police Having A Hard Time With Portillo Case
While police has solved that sexual assault case, they are having some difficulty solving the Maynor Portillo murder case. Portillo was shot and killed in mid-June. His body was found at the Novelo's Convention Center in Santa Elena. Police told us more about this difficult case.
"Have you made any arrest of Maynor Portillo?"
ASP Daniel Iche, Deputy Officer, San Ignacio:
"No, not as yet."
Pawnshop Owner Complains, City Council Says He's Confused
Tonight, a businessman says City Hall is harassing him for no reason, and running him down for money he doesn't owe.
That man is Gilroy Usher Jr., and in late 2014, he moved his Belize City business, First Stop Speedy Money, from Cemetery Road to King Street. The location on King Street is significantly smaller than the previous building he was renting, so he sent in an application for City Council to reassess his trade license fees. According to Usher, Citco did not complete the reassessment until early 2016, but was still charging him based on the assessment of when his business was on Cemetery Road. The confusion has led to a multitude of problems for Usher, who received a stop order from CitCo this morning. He explained the situation to us today...
No Albert Reciprocity For Philloughby?
On Friday's news, you may have heard UDP Mayoral aspirant Phillip Willoughby waxing poetic about why he's the best UDP candidate for the job. But things hit a little rough patch when we asked him about the last time he stepped aside as a candidate to make way for someone else. That was in the Albert Division in 2015 - when he abandoned his candidacy for that division to let Tracey Teagar-Panton run.
The man we lovingly call "Philloughby" took one for the team, and in return he was supposed to get a diplomatic posting in Chicago - which never worked out. So, at least, you'd think he could expect some reciprocity from Taegar-Panton. So then you can imagine our surprise when we saw her on Facebook with her committee hugging up with Willoughby;s opponent, Dion Leslie.
Chetumal Bridge Takes A Banging
Over the last several months we've reported on the deterioration of the Lake Independence Boulevard. And while we have told you about the constant renovations taking place on the new road, today renovations are needed on the bridge that connects it to Chetumal Street.
According to reports, at around 3:00 yesterday afternoon, a blue minivan crashed into the side of the bridge. So far, investigations reveal that Enrique Cuellar was driving in the direction of the George Price Highway when he lost control of the vehicle and slammed into the bridge's railing. The impact caused severe damage to the barricade, almost completely dislodging it from the bridge.
GSU Gets Weed And Weapon
The GSU has gotten another stash of weed and weapons. On Saturday afternoon, the unit conducted Operations on Police Street in the Saint Martin's De Porres Area, where they found 6 9 millimeter rounds, one home-made firearm and 11 grams of weed broken down into bags for sale.
Johnny Gabs Takes Kingpin Case To US Court
For almost 5 years now, Stann Creek businessman John Zabaneh has been battling with king pin designation from the US Treasury Department. The Treasury Office of Foreign Asset's named him as an associate of the Mexican drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, and the Sinaloa Cartel.
Well, American press reports say that he is now fighting back. His US attorneys have filed a lawsuit against the US Treasury Department
The designations under the King Pin Act "prohibits US persons from conducting financial and commercial transactions with these individuals and companies, and also freezes any assets they may have under US Jurisdiction."
A Strange case Of Murder, Or Was It Suicide?
In December 2014, we told you about the shooting death of the American Retiree, 66 year-old Timothy Patrick McNamara. He was found dead on the verandah of his home on the Old Northern Highway.
He was shot in the head with a 9mm pistol belonging to his American wife, Tracy McNamara. She told police that they had been talking in the house about some money problems that they were having. He then went on the verandah, and shortly after, she reportedly heard a gunshot.
She told the police that he shot himself, but police weren't so sure about that at the time. Here's what the then Rural Executive Officer had to say at that time:
The Civic Shelter is For Those Who "Man The Fort"
Last week, we took you inside the Civic Center - to see the very decked out interior of the most expensive public or private structure ever built in Belize. And while ti will serve as a sports facility and concert venue, it's also a hurricane shelter. But, as the designer explained off camera - its not necessarily meant to serve as a shelter for regular folks running from the storm. Here's how he put it:...
Voice of: Daniel Arguelles, ARCHITECT - I.E.:
"No more than two thousand occupants should occupy the building during the event of a hurricane - and that is simple for the fact that although we have 90,000 gallons of water, 20,000 gallons back up plan water in the roof."
Another For Big Money Robbery
The messenger at UNO Bel China gas station was robbed of almost 16 thousand dollars in February. Five months later, police have arrested a second person for the well orchestrated robbery. He is 33 year old Arthur Humes, a resident of Curassow Street. Humes pled not guilty to the charge when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. He was remanded into custody until August 15. The incident occurred around 9 a.m. on February 7. In March, 24 year old Lloyd Leslie was charged with the offence.
Belize Volleyball Girls Got Fifth In Regional Tournament
After four grueling days of competition, the U20 Central American Female Volleyball Championship wrapped up this weekend. Belize hosted 6 other teams from Central America, in a tightly packed schedule that saw the teams playing two matches in one day. After the final match on Saturday, Costa Rica walked away with the Gold medal, with two of it's players receiving individual awards. Team Captain Edya Espinoza won Best Attacker and Best Receiver, while her teammate was named Best Defender. Honduras finished in second place, with Ruth Aguilar winning Best Service, and Nathaly Perez being named the Highest Scorer, with 99 total points. Guatemala rounded out the Top 3, followed by Nicaragua, Belize and El Salvador, and Panama in the bottom spot.