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Today's Belize News: August 16, 2017 #525197
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The San Pedro Sun

Jafari Castro and Gilbert Franklin arrested for August 6th Aggravate Assault incident
Police have officially released an arrest warrant for the alleged culprits involved in an incident that left 21-year-old Kevin Brown unconscious. Initial reports indicated that the incident was cause by Wasani and Jafari Castro, sons of Minister Edmond Castro. However, the Belize Police Department Press Office immediately dispelled the allegations as just rumors, citing that “no report has been made”. It was not until a week later, on Saturday, August 12th, that warrants for the arrest of Jafari Castro, Gilbert Franklin Junior and James Young Junior were issued. Brown, who was attacked during a dispute over a piece of jewelry on Sunday, August 6th at a resort south of San Pedro Town, was hit in the head with fire extinguisher. He was taken to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II at around 9:05PM in an unconscious state. Brown was later transported to the Karl Huesnuer Memorial Hospital in Belize City, where he regained consciousness and his now recovering at home in Camalote Village.

Ambergris Today

Slaying Lionfish In Belize
They are an invasive species in the region, wreaking damage on the marine life of Belize. Lionfish are actually a threat to the livelyhood of the Belize Barrier Reef, so it is encouraged to kill as many of them as possible. The good part is that they are delicous (taste like grouper)! Ben Popik shares with us his great pic of Douglas McLain, the "Lionfish Legend", of SeaStar Belize with a spear-full of Lionfish. "How does he do that?"

Belize Network Of NGOs Call For Re-Registration Before Municipal Elections
The Belize Network of NGOs (BNN) has issued a press release expressing its grave disappointment that the national re-registration exercise that was to have been initiated in July 2017 has been postponed to next year. The BNN stated that voting systems are an integral component in the equation of our political democracy. The right to vote (including who can vote) and a fair and free election process are fundamental rights guaranteed by the Belize Constitution. The Press Release goes on to say that; “Given that the last re-registration exercise was conducted two decades ago, the electors list is very likely compromised which means that the very integrity of our political democracy is severely undermined.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Splashers
Come paint with us tomorrow at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar. We will be painting "Home Sweet Home" inspired by local artist Marcus Larious.

CHEVENING IN BELIZE! Deadline is approaching. Apply now!
Applications for 2018/2019 Chevening Scholarships are open between 12:00 BST on 7 August 2017 and 12:00 GMT on 7 November 2017 (both midday UK time). Chevening is the UK government's global scholarship programme that offers future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the UK. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding professionals from your country and beyond to pursue a one-year master’s degree in any subject at any UK university.

Two 10 minute power interruptions 7:15 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, August 17
Entire Orange Walk & Corozal Districts. BEL to replace transmission poles carrying high voltage power lines in the area.

Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project
A part of the Hard Components of the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project is to restore three Heritage Buildings in the downtown area. These buildings are in addition to the Government House Property buildings which will commence renovations in September or October. The uploaded picture shows the location where the vacated Women's Department building located on Albert Street. A new building will be built in this location utilizing the Colonial Style architecture of downtown. The completed building will be incorporated to the Eco-Museum concept to be developed in downtown.

Seedlings are available for sale at the Ya'axché Conservation Trust nursery
Through August, fruit and timber seedlings are going for BZ$2.00 per plant.

BHA launches a New Marketing Video initiative for its Members!
The Belize Hotel Association, in conjunction with the Belize Tourism Board and our new BHA member Love Television, has embarked on a new and exciting marketing initiative for our membership. We are planning to produce several Destination videos highlighting each of our members in each area. Each destination video will be two minutes long, more or less, and each member hotel will receive approximately fifteen seconds of airtime during the video, highlighting their rooms and amenities. These videos will be aired daily on Love FM channels each month, starting immediately, for the entire membership year, giving added exposure to our members locally. They will also form an integral part of our marketing presentations at all the international Tradeshows we attend. BHA Members who wish to produce a longer segment for their own marketing efforts, can discuss this with Love TV studios separately. These destination videos will be used for BHA marketing purposes only, so there will be no cost to our membership for filming, production or airtime. BHA Marketing Director, Tessie Tonaco will be contacting all our member properties in the upcoming weeks to schedule the date and time for each property shoot and also to request assistance from our membership to provide accommodations in each area for the Love Television crew.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships
Research Fellowship, Academic year: 2018-2019, Country: Belize

Why you should support the UB 1st President's All-Inclusive Endowment Fete
Support the UB Endowment Fete on September 17th, 2017. The Soca event is a fundraiser that will offer scholarships to well deserving Belizeans. It is sponsored by Best Western Biltmore, Scotia Bank, UB, Travellers, BTB, LoveFM and The Guardian.

Creating A Safe Space Agenda!
The U.S. Embassy in Belize is proud to support the Young Women Christian Association in its effort to increase and maintain the productivity of girls and youth through personal action and capacity building. At two separate ceremonies in Belmopan and Belize City, over 200 students graduated from the various programs carried out between 2016-2017 focused on providing alternative educational opportunities for youth, remedial programs and building capacity for future employability and entrepreneurship.

Channel 7

Kevin Brown Suspects In Custody
They were wanted for beating down Kevin Brown and tonight Jafari Castro and Gilbert Franklin Jr are in police custody pending charges. Reports say they were caught today in the Conch Shell Bay area and taken to the Queen Street police station. Police have confirmed that they are being held pending charges. Now, only James Young Jr remains at large. All three young men have well known fathers.

Fuel Prices Goes Up At Midnight
If your vehicle uses regular fuel or diesel, you'd be well advised to put in gas tonight. That's because prices are going up sharply at midnight. Regular gas is going up 51 cents per gallon, while diesel is going up fourteen cents per gallon. The increase on regular fuel amounts to a 5.5% hike, while the increase on diesel amounts to 1.75%.

Mayor Says He Doesn't Know What Willoughby Talking About
Last week Wednesday, UDP Belize City Mayoral hopeful Phillip Willoughby lit up the evening news when he staged a media event to say that the council would be forgiving property taxes for those who have demonstrable need. Here's how he put it:.. Phillip Willoughby - City Councillor: "We do the due diligence and then we proceed to write off the tax and give those persons who fall within the law that ease that they need." Willoughby also read the relevant law from the Towns and Property Act. But since last week we've been hearing heavy rumblings from inside the council saying that he made this declaration unilaterally and without any basis since the council took no such resolution. This week it's been causing all kinds of chaos for his rivals on the campaign trail where - in poor areas - voters are clamoring for a write off. So today, the mayor - who endorses Willoughby's opponent Dion Leslie came forward to say he doesn't know what Willoughby is talking about because that is not the policy of the city council:

Family Says GSU Pepper Sprayed 2 Year Old
After what they say has been about a week and a half of harassment from the GSU, the Gonguez family is speaking out. According to the family, the GSU started making regular, hostile visits to their home on Curl Thompson Street around the beginning of the month, when they were hosting a birthday party for one of the toddlers. The Gonguez's say that the GSU told them that they were looking for guns and ammunition and broke up to party to conduct a search. Since then, the GSU have allegedly been stopping by the family's home, and harassing them on a regular basis for no reason. The altercations between the GSU and the family came to a climax yesterday, after the GSU chased a neighbor into their yard, assaulted multiple people, fired shots and pepper sprayed a 2 year old girl. We visited the Gonguez family today and spoke to them about the traumatic confrontation...

Customs Law Enforcement Team Shot Orange Walk Man
Tonight 7News has received multiple credible reports which say that a Customs Law enforcement team shot a man in the area of Santa Cruz Orange Walk this evening. The circumstances are not known - but we do know that this is one of the most commonly used illegal border crossings - which goes over to Botes, Mexico. Persons on the bus in the area when the shooting happened and his sister in law claim that Dwayne Almendarez was shot in the back. He survived and was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital - where reports say he is still alive.

Decriminalization For Small Quantities of Marijuana Coming
The fight to de-penalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana that sees so many persons hauled to court every week, could be gaining major ground on Friday. Legislation for the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana will be tabled at Friday's House of Representative's meeting. Former police minister Douglas Singh and a committee of other stakeholders recommended that the government make an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act that would see the decriminalization of possession of up to 10 grams of weed - that's about three to four joints.

Shyne And Artists Speak Up Against BSCAP
Last week we told you how Belize's Music Ambassador, Shyne Barrow, resigned rather suddenly from his post as CEO of BSCAP, the Belizean Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. This is the organization set up over 10 years ago to fight on behalf of Belizean artists so that whenever you hear their music on the radio, on TV, or being used by any company, that these artists are being paid for their creation. But, Barrow resigned last week accusing the the Board of financial mismanagement, which he says is severely hurting the pockets of those artists who are trying to make a career off their craft.

BSCAP's Side Of the Story
So, as you've seen, BSCAP's is going through a public relations nightmare, with the board being accused of taking advantage of the very same artist community that they are supposed to be serving. We made contact with several of the board members, and this evening, they organized a press briefing via Skype with Heather Cunningham, who is in the US. It happened about 1 hour or so before the start of news, and it ran for over 25 minutes. We start first with the board's response to Barrow's accusation, with a portion of Cunningham's prepared statement. Here's what she had to say just before news time:

Alleged San Pedro Shooter Arraigned
Alleged San Pedro shooter, 21 year old Christian Espat was arraigned and remanded to prison yesterday in Belize City Magistrate's Court. Espat appeared before Magistrate, Carlon Mendoza at around 4:15 p.m., and was read seven criminal offenses. He was charged with two counts of attempted murder, three counts of use of deadly means of harm with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of dangerous harm upon primary school students, aged 12 and 9, along with 27 year old Lloyd Tyndall.

No Charges Yet In Caribbean Tyres Heist
No one has yet been charged for the safe breaking robbery at Caribbean Tyres. Three men are detained after San Ignacio police were able to recover close to 50 thousand dollars from an area in Billy White Village. That's also here they arrested the main suspect. Now police have detained two os his suspected accomplices, and today investigators were out in the field gathering further evidence to see if they can also lay charges against two other suspect.

Latest Info on Customs/BDF Shooting
And to update a story we had at the top of the last segment, a customs joint law enforcement team shot a man in the area of Santa Cruz Village near Botes, Mexico this evening. New information says that police cannot confirm at this time whether it was a BDF soldier or a customs officer who shot Orange Walk resident Dwayne Almendarez. According to latest information from CTV-3, there was a confrontation between Orange Walk residents and lawmen from the BDF and Customs department somewhere along the road from Santa Cruz Village to Orange Walk town. CTV-3 reports that that Customs and BDF officials were searching a bus traveling towards Orange Walk Town for uncustomed goods, the situation then allegedly took a turn for the worst as passengers of the bus reportedly attempted to attack officers, who then allegedly discharged several shots.

Castro and Franklin Arrest Happened on Northside
As we told you earlier in the news - police have arrested two of the three men accused of being involved in the Kevin Brown beatdown which happened on San Pedro 9 days ago. The suspects in custody are Jafari Castro and Gilbert Franklin Jr. Initial reports told us that they had been found in the conch shell bay area, but subsequent reports say that the Northside strike team detained them at Gilbert Franklin's home on Dunn Street, Kings Park area. They are expected to be charged for harm tomorrow. James Young Jr is still at large.

Caught With Cycle, Man Says He Was Taking It To Police
He was caught pushing a stolen motorbike, but Lerone Williams says he was taking it to the police station, not stealing it. The 31 year old said he found the motorcycle with some minors who were swimming in the sea near BTL Park on Regent Street and he was taking it to Raccoon Street Police Station when the police came and took him into custody. Williams was offered a bail of $1,500 and his case was adjourned until October 20. The LIFAN motorcycle, valued at $1,800, was stolen from the compound of the Ministry of Education.

Police Looking Into Beating
In yesterday's newscast, we gave you extensive coverage of the press conference with Assistant Police Commissioner Chester Williams to discuss the high profile allegations of lawless police behavior before the Professional Standards Branch. As you saw, the Department is under pressure from the recent spike in the reporting of those cases, but one more which we didn't include last night was a report of police brutality out of San Ignacio. The Commander gave us the details:

All Of The Lights At Marion Jones
In October of 2016, the Ministry of Sports signed a half a million dollar contract to put what are called "Class Two Lights" on the on the football field at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. It is a project funded by the Mexican government, part of a 5 million US dollar plan to build an indoor sporting facility not he Marion Jones compound. Today Ambassador to Belize, the Executive Director of the Mexican Agency for the International Cooperation for Development came to turn the switch:

Channel 5

Five years later, Audit finds that G.O.B. had favorable relations with ‘Special Effects’
Late this evening, News Five has been able to get a sneak peek at the 2012-2013 Auditor General’s Report which is expected to be tabled this Friday in the House.  [...]

Artists rally as Shyne renews challenge to BSCAP
There are more details available tonight on the state of finances of the Belizean Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Last week, Shyne Barrow resigned abruptly when it became known [...]

BSCAP Chairperson Heather Cunningham hits back
Late this evening, BSCAP’s chairwoman, attorney Heather Cunningham, responded to claims being made by Shyne during a press conference earlier today.  Those statements cast a negative light on Cunningham, as [...]

Defending against ‘slander,’ Cunningham says artists got their funds
Cunningham has taken umbrage to the allegations made by Shyne because she says they are slanderous.  According to the chairwoman, the twenty-five hundred dollars that has been earmarked for distribution [...]

Castro and Franklin in custody; police say Insp. Yearwood info was not official
At news time this evening, police confirmed that Jafari Castro and Gilbert Franklin are in police custody pending charges. The duo was detained earlier today in the south side of [...]

Christian Espat arraigned for weekend shooting
As police were announcing the arrest of twenty-one-year-old Christian Espat on Monday evening for charges of attempted murder, deadly means of harm and dangerous harm for a shooting incident on [...]

Fuel prices for regular and diesel going up again
It’s been a month since the last increase at the pumps, but get ready for another crunching increase in fuel prices.  At midnight tonight, regular gasoline rises by a whopping [...]

Cop facing charges for gun bust
One week ago, Police Constable Franklin Ramirez was busted by fellow officers in the Mobile Interdiction Team along with three civilians. He was driving a vehicle carrying a gun hidden [...]

Two more suspects in Caribbean Tire robbery
San Ignacio police continue to investigate the burglary of the Caribbean Tires depot in Spanish Lookout, Cayo District, which is believed to be an inside job. On Saturday some twenty [...]

Immigration, Mines to charge Chiquibul gold panners
Over the weekend San Ignacio police received six Guatemalan nationals – thirty-eight years old Agusto Perez Gonzalez of Dolores, Petén; twenty-six years old Wilfredo Antoniel Chavez of Barrio Nuevo; eighteen [...]

Lerone Williams charged for handling stolen motorcycle
A motorcycle stolen from the Ministry of Education has been recovered by police from the possession of a fisherman.   Today in court, Lerone Williams, a resident of Faber’s Road [...]

N.C.I.B. to process Chunox file to D.P.P.
The Professional Standards Branch of the Belize Police Department is inundated with cases of alleged police misconduct and there were several updates coming out of Monday’s press conference with its [...]

Professional Standards Branch confirms charged for P.G. cops accused of extortion
In Punta Gorda, two cops have been accused of shaking down a school principal for money to hush up an alleged violation of insurance expiration. They agreed to accept money [...]

Customs shot a man in Santa Cruz, Orange Walk
Though not confirmed, there are reports of an altercation between Customs and a group of Belizeans in the Santa Cruz area of Orange Walk. This village is particularly known for [...]

Fires on Guatemalan side of Sarstoon River
Our newsroom has also received photographs of a fire in the Sarstoon. The reports state that several structures on the Guatemalan side of the river went up in flames earlier [...]

Francine Pitts dies; survived loss of daughter Eyannie Nunez and City house
Belize City resident Francine Pitts gained public attention when her young daughter, Eyannie, was shot and killed as she slept at home. Pitts would go on to experience a long [...]

Who can build the ultimate Maya Spa Experience?
BELTRAIDE and the Belize Spa and Wellness Association are organizing the first ever “Maya Spa Experience Brand Competition.”  The overall objective of the competition is to have certified massage therapists [...]

KTV the Remix is back for semi-finals
After a brief hiatus, KTV, the Remix is back tonight live at the Bliss and the show promises to be as entertaining and ram packed with great performances.  The remaining [...]

CTV3

Orange Walk Resident Shot During Altercation With Custom And BDF Officers
Unconfirmed reports to CTV3 news is that a confrontation between Orange Walk residents and officials from the BDF and Customs department shortly before news time tonight lead to one man being shot as many as four times. While full details surrounding the incident are still sketchy, CTV3 news understands that the incident transpired somewhere along the road from Santa Cruz Village to Orange Walk Town while authorities were conducting daily patrols. Reports are that Customs and BDF officials were conducting search on a bus traveling towards Orange Walk Town for unaccustomed goods, the situation then allegedly took a turn for the worst as passengers of the bus reportedly attempted to attack the officers, who then allegedly discharged several shots in self-defense.

Regular and Diesel Prices Increase
If your gas tank is running close to empty, our advice to you would be to full up before midnight because at one minute past 12:00, prices for regular gasoline and diesel will see a major increase across the country of Belize. Here in Orange Walk Diesel will see an increase of fourteen cents, sending the price from eight dollars and seventy five cents to eight dollars and eighty nine cents. Regular Gasoline is increasing by a whopping fifty one cents and instead of nine dollars and seventy seven cents, Orange Walkenos will now pay ten dollars and twenty eight cents per gallon.

Minister of Health Says Corozal Town Council Has Served The People
Yesterday you heard UDP Corozal Bay area representative Pablo Marin openly throw the entire weight of his support on Richard Quan over Town Councillor Rafael Castillo ahead of Sunday’s convention in Corozal Town. That has turned out to be a major endorsement for the current Traffic Manager over the seasoned politician and former Deputy Mayor. With municipal elections on the distant horizon, we also asked Marin whether he felt that the Town Council has delivered the goods and services to the town residents of Corozal. As expected, he was highly optimistic.

Will Mayor Campos Move Out Of Town Hall and Into The CCFZ
We also asked Marin to comment on strong but unconfirmed reports that the Corozal Town Mayor was being considered to take up the post of Chief Executive Officer at the Commercial Free Zone at the Santa Elena Border. While Marin did not confirm or deny, he couldn’t help but indicate his support for the idea. Hon. Pablo Marin - Corozal Bay Area Representative: “If the Mayor do receive that post at the Free Zone he has served Corozal town for a good while and think that is more than enough to say that he is good for that post and I will always be supportive for someone that have shown for the people of Corozal the amount of work that he has put.”

Jafari Castro And Gilbert Franklin Now In Police Custody
After almost a week of being sought by police in connection with a case of aggravated assault, Jafari Castro and Gilbert Franklin were detained today and are tonight in police custody pending charges. If you have been in tuned to the news lately, you may be aware that Castro and Franklin along with James Young were wanted by police for ‘harm’ after they allegedly assaulted twenty one year old University student and San Ignacio Basketball athlete, Kevin Brown on Sunday August 5th, 2017 in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

Mr. Belize Awards Scholarships To Six Lucky Recipients
This morning six students from the Corozal District received tuition scholarships from Mr Belize, Rigo Vellos, through his gym, Spartan Fitness. The gym offered five scholarships back in July, four for primary and one for high school but due to the needs at the high school, there was a high volume of applications which saw Vellos distribute two primary school and four high school tuition scholarships this morning. We were there as the students received their official letters and pledged to commit to similar values which have kept Vellos on top of his game.

LOVE FM

Police “officially” issue warrant for three men including Jafari Castro in brutal beatdown of Kevin Brown
San Pedro police have issued arrest warrants for Gilbert Franklin, James Young and Jafari Castro, son of Government Minister, Edmund Castro. They are wanted by police for the brutal beating of 21 year old basketball player, Kevin Brown. The trio is wanted for the crime of harm. Franklin is also wanted for the crime of […]

ACP Edward Broaster speaks on former press officer’s transfer
Over the past week, there have been some inconsistencies and confusion over Kevin Brown’s brutal beating on San Pedro Town last week Sunday. The Castro brothers had been unofficially named as being part of the group who attacked Brown and on Wednesday morning police press officer Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood told the media that the Castro […]

Corozal Police Officer charged for perverting the course of justice
The Belize Police Department is investigating one of its own. Police Constable Ismael Monima has been charged with Perverting the Course of Justice. He is accused of tampering with evidence. On Thursday August 10 a Corozal man was detained and charged for traffic offences. A urine sample was collected and it was placed inside the […]

Senior Officer caught with contraband pharmaceuticals being investigated
The Professional Standards Branch is also investigating a senior cop of the police department. On August 4, Superintendent of Police Dinsdale Thompson was caught transporting contraband pharmaceuticals. He was intercepted by Customs Officers who found him in possession of a batch of medicines including antibiotics and vitamin supplements. But unlike PC Ismael Momina, the case […]

ACP Chester Williams updates on police officers charged for extortion
Last week, Police Constable Arden Jones and Woman Police Constable Jenny Tanner were charged for extorting a principal. The principal reported to Punta Gorda police that Tanner and Jones stopped her at a check point in Punta Gorda and told her that she was being detained for driving with expired insurance. According to the Principal, […]

Cayo Police Officer accused of pulling his firearm on a young boy
The Professional Standards Branch is also investigating the conduct of a police officer attached to the San Ignacio Police Station. That officer is accused of punching a man and pulling his gun at a thirteen year old boy. ACP Chester Williams shared more. ACP Chester Williams – Head, Professional Standards Branch “Yes there is also […]

Eldred Neal reinstated as PSU President
The Public Service Union Belmopan Branch called a Special Meeting at the Belmopan headquarters to resolve the matter of the suspension of the President, Eldred Neal. Neal was suspended after a recording was leaked in which he made disparaging remarks about the Garinagu. The recording was deemed offensive and racist and Neal was suspended on […]

Major political parties hold conventions out west
Mayor Khalid Belisle will once again head the slate for the United Democratic Party into the next municipal elections. A convention was held yesterday to finalize the slate. There was some controversy as Councilor Anna Banner Guy was omitted from the official party slate. Banner Guy was not pleased as she felt she was shunned […]

Corporal Michael Atkinson represents Belize at international fundraising event in London
Paul Mahung reporting… “A member of Belize’s Jaguars Football team participated in an international fundraising event in London and continues to do well in Senior Level British Forces Football Competition in England. Mother of Corporal Michael Atkinson, IldaMuschamp Atkinson originally of Punta Gorda spoke to Love News.” Ilda Muschamp Atkinson “In July my son Michael […]

Fatal RTA reported on the outskirts of Belmopan
Fem Cruz reporting… “Based on information received on Saturday morning, Roaring Creek Police visited an area at the outskirts of Belmopan at mile 44 on the George Price Highway where they saw a Hispanic male person lying face up in the middle of the highway when travelling from an east to west direction with multiple […]


Re: Today's Belize News: August 16, 2017 [Re: Marty] #525198
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WANTED!
On Saturday afternoon, police confirmed that warrants had been issued for the arrests of men believed to have been involved in the severe beating of Galen University student, Kevin Brown. The men — Jafari Castro, Gilbert Franklin, Jr., and James Young, Jr. — are all wanted for harm. Franklin is additionally wanted for aggravated assault. Jafari Castro is a son of Minister of NEMO and Transport, Hon. Edmond “Clear the Land” Castro, whose constituency is Belize Rural North. At press time tonight, however, police say that the men have not been found.

Francine Pitts, Belize City Council tax collector, dead at 46
Francine Pitts, who was employed as a tax collector for the Belize City Council, was pronounced dead on arrival on Saturday, August 12, at the Western Regional Hospital. The mother of 6 children, an asthmatic, Pitts was found unconscious on the floor of her mother’s house in Mahogany Heights. She was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital by her son, Eandre Nunez, 17, but was pronounced dead, one of her sons, De’ Zhaun Humes, 22, told Amandala tonight in a telephone interview. Although a post-mortem exam has not yet been performed on Pitts’ body to determine the cause of her death, her son, Humes, is of the view that their mother died from heart failure and an asthma attack.

Anna Banner-Guy loses bid to remain on Belmopan CitCo slate
The United Democratic Party (UDP) held an endorsement convention today for its mayoral candidate for the Belmopan City Council race that is scheduled to take place next year March. Khalid Belisle, the incumbent mayor, will head the UDP Belmopan City Council slate again. It wasn’t smooth sailing for the UDP to fill the six slots for their city council candidates. Infighting in the ruling party had led to one incumbent councilor, who has served two terms, to be left off the party’s main slate. And this councilor had decided not to go away quietly. So, notwithstanding the fact that the party had chosen a slate for Belmopan, the rejected two-term councilor, Anna Banner-Guy, put her name on the ballot for today’s voting, which took place at the Belmopan Civic Center from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Eldred Neal reinstated as PSU president
Eldred Neal, who was suspended after a May 19 meeting of the council of management of the Public Service Union (PSU) over a secretly recorded conversation he had with other union members in which derogatory remarks were made against the Garinagu, is being reinstated as the union’s president after a meeting was held this past weekend. Neal appeared at a Council of Management meeting held on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at the PSU headquarters, requisitioned by members of the Belmopan branch. Edmund Zuniga, Jr., who heads the Belize City branch of the PSU, told Amandala that at the meeting, Neal admitted to making the controversial statements and apologized to the Garifuna people of Belize and those present at the meeting. Although nothing was demanded in writing, Neal will apologize to the wider membership at the AGM, Zuniga indicated.

The Dangriga Sub-Treasury jacked
A bare-faced thief with a sawed-off shotgun robbed the Dangriga Sub-Treasury, which is located in a building complex on Main Street, today. Reports are that the thief entered the premises, pointed the gun at the clerk, and demanded money. She got scared and handed over $1,700 cash that was in a drawer. The man then escaped on his bicycle with the stolen cash.

PG cops charged with extortion of school principal
On Friday, two police officers were dragged into the Punta Gorda Magistrate’s court, where they were arraigned on charges of extortion. They both pleaded not guilty and were offered bail of $3,000 each, which they met. According to a complaint sheet, on Tuesday, a principal from the Toledo District was driving in the town when she came to a checkpoint being regulated by Woman Police Constable (WPC) Jenny Tanner and Police Constable (PC) Arden Jones. WPC Tanner informed the principal that the insurance on her vehicle had expired two days earlier, and indicated that she would be arrested and charged.

PLB 2017-2018 Opening Season kicks off with a bang!!
Despite the two-week delay in commencement and very little fanfare to mark the occasion, the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season nevertheless kicked off with a real bang, with all 8 teams seeing action over the past weekend; and it promises to be a hotly contested season, judging from the scores in Week 1 of the tournament. (San Pedro Pirates FC has replaced FC Belize in this tournament.) Here at the MCC Grounds on Saturday, visiting Placencia Assassins had hosts BDF FC “on the ropes” after a corner from the left side resulted in a header from close quarters by Assassins defender Elroy Coe glancing off the torso of BDF defender Ricky Ricketts (45’ Own Goal) and rolling inside the left goal post for the 1-nil Placencia lead just before the intermission.

BDFA Interoffice Football Week 5 results
Week 5 games in the Belize District Football Association (BDFA) Interoffice Football Tournament 2017 were played last week Wednesday and Thursday, August 9 and 10, at the MCC Grounds. In the opener on Wednesday, Tourist Village Tennants dropped Latino FC, 3-0, with goals from Keeron Young (23’) and Carlos Guerra (4’ & 62’). And in the nightcap, Brodies shut out Customs, 2-0, with Travyon Martinez (30’ & 53’) netting both goals.

Pickstock Lake gets first win in Week 11 of National Over-40
–It’s been a long time coming, but Pickstock Lake-I finally gained their first victory in the FFB‘s National Over-40 Tournament 2017, and it came in at the expense of the BDF Veterans at the MCC Grounds on Saturday, August 12. BDF Veterans took a 1-nil lead on Saturday with an early goal from Steven Ortega (5’); but Pickstock Lake rebounded in second half with goals from Stanley Thomas (75’) and Jermaine “Bowfoot” Zunga (82’ & 87’) for the 3-1 win, their first of the season. Also on Saturday, San Pedro Veterans visited Independence and dropped home standing Mango Creek Veterans, 4-1, with 2 goals from Christopher Hendricks and 1 each from Orlando Pinelo and Alex Garcia; while Mango Creek’s lone goal was by Kirk Mayen.

Rural softball regular season ends; playoffs this Sunday in Lords Bank
The 2017 Belize Rural Female Softball Tournament wound up its regular season over the weekend with games at Bermudian Landing on Saturday, August 12, and at Flowers Bank on Sunday, August 13. In game 1 on Saturday in Bermudian Landing, Unity DHC won, 11-4, over Orchid Girls. Winning pitcher (WP) was Herlet Bull; and losing pitcher (LP) was Valorie Vernon. Game 2 saw Power Outage with the 13-1 victory over Lords Bank Sunrise. WP – Eyvette Flowers; LP – Karen Hilton.

Editorial: Corruption as PUDP culture
In this newspaper’s 48 years of existence, we have been privileged, at various points in time and for various periods, to work with all four Prime Ministers of Belize – Right Hon. George Price, Right Hon. Manuel Esquivel, Right Hon. Said Musa, and Right Hon. Dean Barrow. At various points in time and for various periods, we have also felt it incumbent upon us to criticize and challenge all four Maximum Leaders Belize has known. As we have written in these pages before, many Belizeans felt a great urgency to effect a change of government in 1984, because the People’s United Party (PUP) was the only native government we had ever known and there was a hope, now exposed as naïve, that the United Democratic Party (UDP) would be honest and pure in power. In 2017, we can now see from this newspaper’s perspective that there are certain patterns of behavior which are common to both the PUP and the UDP when they are in power.

RIGHT TO THE POINT: Matrimonial property … division upon divorce
Thus it stands to reason that the term “matrimonial property” seeks to address the properties that were obtained during the said marriage. If a person marries several times, in each marriage, only what is obtained during that marriage can be dealt with upon the divorce from that marriage. And the word “property” is not limited to land, as it may include shares, money, savings, bonds, vehicles, machinery, equipment, vehicles and any material item of some value. The principle upon which division of matrimonial property operates under, is to ensure that when the marriage ends, any of the property (using the term loosely) the married couple worked towards obtaining, is divided between them and only them as the entitled ones.

Eulogy for Stuart Simmons, Sr.
Written and delivered by Lexia Juria Simmons (Monday, August 7, 2917) Good morning, everyone, I’m standing here today to read to you my farewell letter to my grandfather. The last section I will attempt to read it in Spanish as a tribute to the fact my grandpa was bilingual. And I know, I’ll try to remember to roll my “rrs.” Hi Grandpa, as I stand here today I see you. I see you in the 4 sons, 10 grandkids and 4 great-­ grandkids, whom you’ve left behind, some of us who sit here today, all of us who will miss you forever. I know you feared death, grandpa, but I hope you find peace up there knowing you live on through us. And when you do get there, grandpa, please, please, try to be good. I know you didn’t belong to just us though. You impacted so many people in the 82 years you inhabited this earth. You were the definition of a pillar in the community. If I had a dollar for every time someone said, “Oh! You da Mr. Simmon grand-daughta,” I would have more than enough to send you on that Spain trip you dreamt of taking.

http://amandala.com.bz/news/guatemala-pacific-coast-country/
If you look at a map of Guatemala you will notice that their capital, Guatemala City, is around 300 miles from the Caribbean Sea (Atlantic side), but not much more than fifty miles away from the Pacific Ocean. Prior to Guatemala City becoming the capital of Guatemala, their capital was Antigua, which is even closer to the Pacific than Guatemala City. Antigua was devastated by an earthquake in 1773, hence the move of capital. Guatemala City, which is just a few miles from Antigua, became that country’s capital in 1776. Coffee was king in Guatemala and this is an area where they had their largest plantations. The story, History of Coffee in Guatemala, says that there were half a million coffee trees around Antigua in 1859. And by 1880, coffee accounted for 90% of that country’s exports. El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua are also Pacific coast countries. If you look at a map you will see that those countries’ capitals – Tegucigalpa, San Salvador, and Managua – are near to the Pacific. There’s a sound reason why these countries developed with a look toward the other ocean in our hemisphere. British buccaneers might have something to do with it. Then there was the trouble with hurricanes.

Marijuana decriminalization laws ready for Parliament
Belize moves for the first time to remove criminal sanctions for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. It is not the same as ‘legalization,’ as fines would be levied for offenders, as is the case with traffic offenders. Doug Singh, one of the leading members of the committee which had been tasked several years ago to come up with recommendations for the decriminalization of up to 10 grams of marijuana, told Amandala today that the enabling legislation—an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act—is due to be tabled in the House of Representatives when it meets in special session on Friday, August 18.

Marconi Matus wins PUP mayoral vote
On Sunday, members and supporters of the People’s United Party (PUP) converged at the Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio Town to elect a mayoral candidate for the 2018 municipal elections. A total of 863 persons voted in the polls, which opened at 9 a.m. and closed at 5 p.m. Three candidates vied to lead the PUP team in the battle for the twin towns next year. When the final ballot was counted, Marconi Matus, a career businessman, won the day with 345 votes. Community activist, Arthur Smith, was the second choice with 261 votes, and retired BDF Colonel, Javier Castellanos, was third choice with 240 votes. There were 17 spoiled ballots recorded.

Inside job – over $50,000 cash stolen from Caribbean Tires
In 2005, Caribbean Tires Limited in Spanish Lookout opened its offices for business for the first time. Since then, the company has not been subject to news coverage until over the weekend when burglars made off with over $50,000 in cash and checks from the company. According to police, David Reimer, 54, reported that between the hours of 6:15 p.m. on Friday and 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, someone broke into the establishment and gained access to a lower flat of the building where an iron safe was kept. The culprit or culprits then wrenched off the door of the safe and helped themselves to US$20,000, BZ$5,000, along with a string of checks valued at $13,000 and another undisclosed amount of cash.

6 Guatemalan men busted panning for Belize gold
Over the weekend, six Guatemalan men were busted inside the Chiquibul National Park panning for gold. According to a statement issued by the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), at around 3 o’ clock on Saturday afternoon, soldiers of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) and FCD park rangers were on patrol in the Chiquibul. The patrol unit reportedly heard voices coming from a camp located near the Ceibo Chico Creek, situated at the south end of the national park. When the patrol unit got closer to where the voices were coming from, they observed four men inside a pit digging, while two other men were carrying water in small containers.

The Dangriga Sub-Treasury jacked
A bare-faced thief with a sawed-off shotgun robbed the Dangriga Sub-Treasury, which is located in a building complex on Main Street, today. Reports are that the thief entered the premises, pointed the gun at the clerk, and demanded money. She got scared and handed over $1,700 cash that was in a drawer. The man then escaped on his bicycle with the stolen cash. The incident occurred at about 12:30 this afternoon. The clerk, who was the only public official at the Treasury at the time, told police that she was behind the counter, engaging in a business transaction with a woman, when a man walked into the office with a bag.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Gas prices going up again
Today, the Belize Bureau of Standards announced that effective midnight tonight, Regular gas is going up by 51 cents. Regular gas, which was priced at $9.70 prior to he latest increase will now cost $ 10.21 per gallon.

Jafari Castro and Franklin detained by police
A short while ago, the Belize Police department informed the media that Jafari Castro and Gilbert Franklin have been detained by police. A warrant was issued earlier this week for Castro and Franklin’s arrest in connection with an attack of Kevin Brown,21, basketball player from Camalote Village.

Does the Audit Report on Ministry of Works reveal another hotbed of corruption???
BBN has obtained a copy of the Auditor General’s Report on the Ministry of Works for the period April 2012 to March 2013 and it is wrought with irregularities. The Report is still being perused by our reporters but, just like the recent Audit Reports on the Immigration and Nationality Department, the observations made by the Auditor General on the Ministry of Works are mindboggling.

“Numbers don’t lie,” says Shyne
Shyne Barrow, former Chief Executive Officer of the Belizean Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (BSCAP), held a press conference today, providing evidence to his claim that the former CEO had claimed over $600,000 in salaries. Barrow held the conference at the Belize City House of Culture this morning, providing a document that showed former CEO and current Chair of the Board, Heather Cunningham, had claimed over $600,000 in salaries and expenses for the period, 2010-2013.

San Ignacio police officer investigated for police brutality
A police officer attached to the San Ignacio police formation is being investigated for a report of police brutality and pulling out his firearm at a minor. PC Chris Usher is being investigated by the Belize Police Department’s Professional Standards Branch and the San Ignacio police formation. BBN reported of an incident that occurred last Thursday night in Santa Elena town, in which a 20-year-old driver, accompanied by his two brothers – one 18, the other 13, and some employees were returning from delivering items in San Ignacio town.

Northern customs bust 79 cases of contraband beers
According to a report from 7News yesterday, customs officials busted 79 cases of Corona and Superior beers on Saturday in San Victor village, Corozal.

Belmopan teen missing
The family of Hellen Ethelma Adolphus,15, is worried over her disappearance and is seeking the public’s assistance in locating her. According to her family, she was assigned a councilor and ran away from the Belmopan Government Plaza on Tuesday, August 8 around 4:00 p.m.

IDB blog makes recommendations on how Belize can improve juvenile justice
Sin Medios, a blog operated by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), has commended Belize’s approach to dealing with juvenile crime and made recommendations on how those efforts could be improved. Following the release of a GAP analysis published by the IDB on the “Community Action for Public Security (CAPS),” financed by the IDB, which measures desired outcomes against actual outcomes, the blog pointed out that Belize could benefit from law reforms, which would remove the ability for minors to be sentenced to life without parole. The blog pointed specifically to the charge of “uncontrollable behavior” which are offenses that do not involve criminal acts, noting that in 2015, 44 percent of minors in the system stood accused of such crimes.

Diasporan organization joins calls for voter re-registration
Belizeans United for Equal Rights at Home and the Diaspora (BUFERHD), is calling on Belizeans to reject that voter re-registration has been postponed until next year. The organization, in a statement released to day, said it joins all concerned parties taking issue with the fact that re-registration was deferred until after the municipal elections set for next March.

Burrel Boom teen reported missing
Yesterday around 9:05 a.m., Silvia Janeth Simon, a Honduran domestic from Burrell Boom village, Belize district reported that on Saturday, August 12, around 6:30 a.m., her 12-year-old daughter Catherine Esmeralda Claros left home and has not returned since. Claros is of brown complexion, slim […]

Western Dairies celebrates 50th Anniversary
Western Dairies (WD), the popular ice cream and dairy producing company in Spanish Lookout, celebrated its 50th anniversary last week. WD is the leading milk manufacturer in Belize and their well-recognized ice cream is largely considered the tastiest frozen treat made in the country. […]

Police recover money stolen from Caribbean Tires; employee detained
BBN reported on Sunday that Caribbean Tires in Spanish Lookout was robbed of over $50,000. David Remier, 54, reported that between the hours of 6:15 pm on Friday, August 11, 2017, and 7 am on August 12, 2017, someone broke into the business establishment and damaged an iron safe by […]

Belize Network of NGOs call for Re registration before Municipal elections
The Belize Network of NGOs (BNN) today issued a statement expressing its grave disappointment that the national re-registration exercise that was to have been initiated in July 2017 has been postponed to next year. According to the BNN, given the impending national referendum regarding […]

Belize financial regulator warns of bogus securities company
The International Financial Services Commission (IFSC), Belize’s financial regulator, has issued a warning regarding Trine Markets Group Ltd. According to the IFSC, it has noted that Trine, which operates under the trading name TRINEMARKETS, is falsely claiming to be ‘controlled’ by the IFSC. The […]

PUP introduces San Ignacio/Santa Elena Municipal Slate
The People’s United Party (PUP) held a convention on Sunday, August 13, 2017 in San Ignacio to elect its Mayoral Candidate that will represent the Party in the March 2018 Municipal Elections. According to the PUP, the venue for the convention was Sacred Heart […]

Belize to get big bucks from IDB
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is set to provide close to US$800,000 in technical cooperation grants of US$400,000 each for Development and Integration Development for Mesoamerican Project member nations. Belize is a member nation which stands to benefit along with Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, […]

Vehicle claims life of man on bicycle
A fatal road traffic accident in the Cayo District has claimed the life of one man. According to police reports, just before 11 p.m. on Thursday night police visited mile 37 on the George Price Highway where they saw 57-year-old Juan Eulalio Chavin Vitzil […]

Blogs

The diversion factory called Truck Stop has come up with a corker
I imagine it started with the Sunday pig roast. Since roasting a pig is a slow and tedious process that the average person can watch for no more than 11 minutes tops, somebody came up with the idea of a cornhole tournament to fill time. Suddenly the tournament became a Big Deal, carrying loads of pressure and enthusiasm way beyond its fighting weight. It began drawing crowds. Drinking crowds. People actually PRACTICE to win the cornhole tournament. And some give SERIOUS THOUGHT to the names of their teams. For cornhole. That must have triggered something in the merry pranksters who created this shop — Ben and Joanna Popik and Adam and Jackie Feldman. (And working with them is their own Steve Bannon of Creative Diversions, a master of ceremonies in his own right, Joe Chung!) Next thing you know, there are interesting movies being screened right out on the lagoon under star-lit skies on Wednesday nights. And now there are family movies on Friday nights, too.

Belize after Dark
An “Accidental Tourist” tour of Island life after Sunset When many think of traveling the Caribbean, the first thought is of the amazing adventures you’ll experience on the water. Clearly, that’s a focus when you think of coastal Belize. From Southern Placencia to Northern Ambergris Caye, thousands of divers look forward to experiencing the Barrier Reef, Great Blue Hole, the Hol Chan Marine reserve, and countless other dive/snorkel destinations. But when the sun goes down, there’s more to do than eat a fantastic meal and call it a night. The Belizean coastline is dotted with hundreds of bars and nightclubs. Many, have a DJ or live music. Who doesn’t want to dance the night away with the Barrier Reef as your backdrop? Over 30 days (and nights) I listened to the music that entertain the life blood of this country. Each year, millions of tourists finance the economy of this tiny country with dollars, euros, pesos, yen and countless other forms of currency. While you may see day photos mixed in, many of these places thrive on nightlife.

Soaring over Ambergris Caye
Years ago while visiting, I met a couple of brothers who ran a diving business in San Pedro. Ecologic Divers is widely popular and respected here. Their services are superb and the staff is 100% customer & safety focused. Eric & Kendall Beymer operate the business. Despite my sometimes less than intelligent tourist questioning, they always gave friendly and accurate answers. Even during this trip, a friend wanted a last minute snorkeling adventure. Eric of course made a phone call and it was all set! When I visited last year, Kendall spoke of moving (expanding) part of the business to Roatan, Honduras. It’s another slice of paradise down the coast (way down the coast). That’s where Kendall was during this trip. Perhaps I’ll see him next time.

Videos

  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve, San Pedro Town, Belize C.A.,1 min. Hol Chan Marine Reserve is one of the most popular areas to dive or snorkel while here on Ambergris Caye. Established as the first marine reserve back in 1987, this area offers vast numbers of both macro and pelagic marine life as well as different types of coral. “Hol Chan” is a Mayan word meaning “small” or “little” channel, This channel is a natural “cut” through the barrier reef system which is a little more than 75ft/23m wide and 30ft/9m deep creating 2 mini coral walls.

  • How to Apply for a U.S. Visa Online. It’s easier than ever!, 2.5min. Every year, millions of people are issued visas to travel to America, some for tourism, some to visit friends and family, some to study, some for medical treatment, some for business meetings and even some who just like to shop.

  • Going Back to School, 24min.

  • A few seconds with Island Guitar Legend & Luthier Dale Wallace Sr., 1/4min. Catch him at Elvi's Kitchen starting this Saturday @ 6:30p.m.

  • Belize Tourism, 4min.

  • Belize Caye Caulker Stressless Snorkeling Tour, 4.5min. Big thank yous to Keith for this wonderful snorkeling tour around the Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve. From sea turtle to nurse sharks, we had an incredible time swimming and discovering the Caribbean's wonders.

  • Ziplining Tour GoMaya Belize Adventures, 3min. Getting There: The adventure begins at 9:00AM with a pick up at your hotel or in San Ignacio Town. We embark on our journey out of San Ignacio on an hour and 15 minutes’ drive along the George Price Highway (paved road) until arriving at the junction of the Jaguar Paw Cave Tubing outpost. The drive into the site’s parking lot is another 10 minutes or so on paved road.

  • Paddle-Boarding in Belize! (First Time!), 1min.

  • Belize River Lodge - Bow to the Silver King Tarpon, 37min. Tarpon, Snook, & Bonefish on the flats of Belize.

  • TOP 5 THINGS to do in BELIZE! Ocean Lovers PARADISE!, 7min. If you are a water baby like me, you have to visit Belize. It's the up and coming destination in Central America and full of stunning views and fantastic wildlife. Here are my Top 5 Tips for what you need to do while there!

  • Police Check Point Talk Show Live, 60min.


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