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Today's Belize News: October 27, 2017 #526686
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The San Pedro Sun

Family seeks help after home burns down in northern Ambergris Caye
In the official report made to San Pedro Police, Velasquez, along with her common-law husband Emir Recinos left home on the evening of Sunday, October 15th due to the torrential rains causing flooding in the area. A few days later, on Wednesday, October 18th, when her husband checked on the house located eight miles north of San Pedro Town, he found it destroyed by a fire. Velasquez told The Sun that she believes it was deliberately set on fire since the house did not count with electricity. She added that there is no other explanation, as there is nothing else that could have caused the fire. She said that they have been able to find a place to stay for the time being, but they hope to start rebuilding her home soon.

Police arrest and charge Gilbert Palacio for attempted murder
San Pedro Police have arrested and charged 28-year-old Gilbert Anthony Palacio after attempting to take the life of 45-year-old Alexia del Carmen Melendez. The incident took place on Wednesday, October 25th on an unnamed street in the area of San Mateo, north-west of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge. The motive of the attack has not been ascertained by police, but Palacio has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison. Via an official report, police stated that on October 25th they visited the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II around 4PM, where they observed Melendez suffering from cut wounds to the left side and lower part of her neck. Initial investigation reveals that on Wednesday around 3:45PM, Melendez was walking home in the San Mateo Area, when a well-known male person riding a bicycle approached her and attacked her with a knife, inflicting the injuries.

Marco Gonzalez Maya Site Hosts Archaeology Week on San Pedro
During Archeological Week, Marco Gonzalez Maya Site Ambergris Caye Ltd (MGMSAC), along with Belize Institute of Archaeology (IoA), held informative presentations at El Patio Restaurant in San Pedro Town on October 19th and 20th. The archaeological presentation was facilitated for all San Pedro Town primary and first form students as well as island residents. The purpose was to educate the participants about the archeological interests on Ambergris Caye and the near vicinity while fostering an appreciation for the preservation and protection of their cultural heritage. Facilitated by the Research Department’s Antonio Beardall, photographs, video clips and fossilized remains of a giant sloth were used to teach the attendees about the Maya who occupied Ambergris Caye as a trading zone, highlighting the dynamism of the Marco Gonzalez site. At the end of the presentation, there was a question and answer segment in which students were rewarded with items from the IoA.

GOB takes historic step with moratorium on offshore oil exploration
During the October 20th sitting of the House of Representatives, the Government of Belize (GOB) made history by introducing a legislation to enshrine a moratorium on offshore oil exploration in Belize. The announcement was previously mentioned at the August 18th House Sitting where Prime Minister Dean Barrow stated that Cabinet had taken a decision on the said legislation. The tabling of the legislation brought much relief to opponents of offshore oil drilling in Belizean waters. Many conservationists contend that allowing such activity to take place in Belize will put in danger the country’s marine natural resources, such as the Belize Barrier Reef, the territorial seas and the Exclusive Economic Zone. They also added that the livelihoods of many Belizeans who work in the tourism and fishing industries would also be threatened.

Ambergris Caye stakeholders win big at BTB 2017 National Tourism Awards
Ambergris Caye nabbed three of the prizes for the evening, starting with the Frontline Personnel of the year, which went to Las Terrazas’ Leroy Welch. Welch has always been involved in the tourism industry providing services to the tourists. According to him, he started off selling jewelry on the beach, as well as delicious panades. “I mingle a lot with tourists, I get to know them, and they get to know me and see a great happiness in me,” said Welch. He also noted that he always gives his all to make visitors feel welcome when they visit the island. The Minister’s Award went to Phillip ‘Billy’ Leslie. Leslie is well known on Ambergris Caye and is the president of the Tour Guide Association on the island. He is proud of this achievement, sharing his transition from the end of the commercial fishing era into tourism, with fishing tourists encouraged to visit areas at sea where they could snorkel, view manatees, and even do inland tours to visit Maya sites. “We were the commercial fishing group that knew a lot about the reef, where the different marine species were, so when a customer said I want to go and see some fish, we knew were to take them,” said Billy. Taking Hotel of the Year Award was Grand Caribe Resort, a condominium resort located north of San Pedro. The luxury property opened in 2010 and comprises of 76 condominium units ranging from one bedroom to five-bedroom villas. According to Amy Leiva, the resort employs 99% Belizean staff and is considered a luxurious and modern resort within the country.

Ambergris Today

Mexican President Strengthens Bond With Belize During Visit
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto arrived today, October 25, to participate in the IV CARICOM Mexico Summit. On hand to receive him was the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honorable Wilfred Elrington. Though this is President Peña Nieto’s first visit to Belize, he emphasized that the visit is not merely protocol but reflects longstanding relations that are evident by the substantive cooperation and bilateral engagement. President Peña Nieto met with Prime Minister Barrow in a private bilateral meeting in which both Heads reviewed the state of play of the longstanding and friendly bilateral relations between Belize and Mexico, as well as cooperation in areas of mutual interest at the global level.

Police Report On Assault And Arrest On Attempted Murder
San Pedro Police report of an attempted murder incident that took place on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in the San Mateo Area. Initial Investigation reveals that about 3:45 p.m., Alexia del Carmen Melendez (45yrs) was walking home on an unnamed Street in San Mateo Area, when a well-known male person riding a bicycle approached her and attacked her with a knife inflicting the injuries. At the Poly Clinic, police report observing Melendez suffering from cut wounds to left side of neck and lower neck.

Misc Belizean Sources

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"A Plastic Ocean" to be shown in San Pedro
November 2nd, 6pm at the Mar Alliance office on Coconut Drive, San Pedro Town- A timely and pertinent showing of the award-winning documentary "A Plastic Ocean" and a post viewing discussion on solutions to reduce plastic use and refuse in Belize. The event is FREE and light refreshments will be served.

Government of Belize Signs Contract for the Updating of a Feasibility Study and the Preparation of Detailed Designs for the Upgrading of the Coastal Highway
The Ministry of Works informs the general public that a contract for provision of consultancy services for the preparation of a feasibility study and detailed designs for upgrading of the Coastal Highway (Manatee Road) was signed today between the Government of Belize, Ministry of Works and a reputable Italian Consultancy firm, Politecnica Ingegneria ed Architettura Societa Cooperativa (Politecnica). The detailed design of the Coastal Highway will allow for upgrading of 36.2 miles/58 km of road to paved standard, inclusive of climate adaption measures to build resilience against climate change impacts. The consultancy study is to be completed within ten (10) calendar months after contract signing.

Address delivered by Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada and Chairman of the Conference of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community
On the Occasion of the Fourth Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Mexico, Belize City, Belize 25 October 2017. I wish, first, to welcome all of you to Belize. Whether you are a first-time visitor to our shores or have been here before, you will know either by reputation or experience that our tremendous physical attractions and the warm hospitality of our people are very much yours to enjoy. It is a pity that the compressed squeeze of our allotted time, together with the extended nature of our agenda, will not allow any leisurely sampling of Belize’s pleasures. What it will do, though, is to persuade you that opportunities to return in the future must be found, manufactured even, and acted upon with alacrity.

Hector Verdugo speaking in Belmopan
Hector Verdugo, a former gang member, now Associate Executive Director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, is in Belize as part of the Embassy's Speaker Program! To hear Hector's message, come to the Civic Center in Belmopan, Friday, October 27, at 10:00 a.m.!

Laura Garcia-Godfrey featured at Belize Museum
As promised, we continue to feature outstanding women in art. Today we invite you to join us in admiring the talent of Laura Garcia-Godfrey. Laura likes to create art with pastel and water color. Her favorite subjects are people, capturing the eyes as her starting point. Come over to the Museum of Belize and admire her work!

Call for a multi-party national assembly in Belize
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) welcomes the recent statement by the deputy party leader of the opposition, the honorable member from Cayo, who stated that the “Independents” have a major contribution to make to the National Assembly and the country. Honorable Espat urged Belizeans not to fall victim to the one-party dictatorship that we have been living since independence, 36 years ago. This one-party government has been undemocratic and in fact robs Belizeans of their human and democratic rights. The BPP is determined to establish an equal voice for all the Belizean people, to end and bury official corruption and impunity.

Essay Contest for students from Secondary Schools, Colleges & Universities
Attention students! Want to win a free Dell laptop? Explain one type of Corruption that you have observed or personally experienced in Belize, and outline your proposed solution for addressing that type of corruption. Deadline: 15 November 2017 The extent of the essay should be 1.5 - 2 pages or 500 words

Gate filled at Sarteneja Nazarene Primary School
We want to take this opportunity to publicly thank Mr. Calin Tamai for land filling the entrance gate of our school. Mr. Tamai has been cleaning our little field also on a monthly basis and we are very grateful.

Go St.Francis Xavier Primary School Blue Jays!
We're proud to represent Corozal District at the Basketball National Tournament in Belize City on 3rd November 2017. Congratulations Blue Jays!!!!

Power outage 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., Friday, October 27: entire Belize City inclusive of all areas up to Mile 1 Philip Goldson Highway and Mile 1 George Price Highway
BEL to conduct urgent maintenance works at Belize City Substation.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
The rest of the movies are gonna be posted a little later, we are going to play 2 different scary movies each night for a total of 6 this weekend, and making the poster for that is gonna be.. horrific. We are Definitely playing Cars 3 and Atomic Blonde every night on screen 1 and alternating scary movies on screen 2. Atomic Blonde, Cars 3

Belize Archives and Records Service inaugural lecture series
The Belize Archives and Records Service (BARS) is organizing its first inaugural lecture series. The purpose of the series (to be held every other year or so) is to host a lecture by scholars who have carried out substantial research at BARS and has gained scholarly recognition for his or her work. Please see the details below. Lecture: Mapping, Colonialism and the Making of Southern Belize Presenter: Dr. Joel Wainwright, Professor, Ohio State University Venue: Fr. Francis J. Ring, S.J. Parish Hall, Punta Gorda Town Date and Time: Friday, 3 November, 2017; 11:00 am - 12:00 pm We look forward to your attendance.

Cultural night with the Great Panamanian Folkloric Gala
Saturday, November 4th ... Bliss Centre... Free

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MRS. LILA VERNON MBE!
We will hold you in our hearts forever. Last day of this five day "Cantata" to the incredible blessing that came our way. Life was not all sweet for you but you surely made the best of it. You gave us hope and showed us how to succeed against all odds. You will always be remembered as Mrs. LILA VERNON MBE --THE LEGEND and BELIZEAN HERO. with love Julet Vernon-Austin. To all family and friends who took the time to like and comment on this post and the others, really appreciate your time, love and support you gave to our celebration of the life of Mrs. Lila Vernon MBE. Blessings to you and your families. Have a fabulous day. I could not add all family members and in laws, there is not enough space! Love you all!

Official Opening Night-Belize International Film Festival 2017
Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM, Bliss Center for Performing Arts Belize City, Belize. JOIN US FOR THIS GLAMOUROUS RED CARPET EVENT THAT WILL BE BROADCASTED LIVE ON CHANNEL 5!

Channel 7

Controversial Cop Under Investigation - Did He Plant A Bullet In Underwood's Yard?
Last night we told you about SSG Boss Alex Underwood - who was remanded - along with his brother Curtis - for a single live round of ammunition found in his yard. Underwood's family told us it was planted - and tonight there is sensational news supporting that claim. It turns out that Alex Underwood has security cameras in his yard - and those cameras have allegedly captured a well-known and controversial police officer planting the bullet in their yard. The allegation by police was that the single round of ammunition was found inside a sanitary pad in the yard.

Police Launch Major Crime Operation in Belize City
And while the unravelling of that case could bring down a cop who's made a lot of enemies in the streets, police have much bigger plans to bring crime under control in Belize City. Tomorrow, the Minister of State responsible for Police, Elodio Aragon and the Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie will have a Press Conference to announce a major police operation targeting the southside which will roll out tomorrow. This comes out of strategy sessions held yesterday and today with the senior command and all senior officers. The meetings were held at the Queen Street and Raccoon Street police stations.

Opposition Leader Says Bringing Back Chester Is Not Enough
But, Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno is not likely to be impressed. He held a press conference today to discuss a broad range of issues, primary among them, crime on the southside. Briceno said bringing back Chester Williams is a step in the right direction, but spoke also of what's driving the serial of violent crime:... Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: "I am told now that they are sending back Chester Williams into the Southside. It's not necessarily a bad thing. He seemed to have things under control. But sending Chester Williams in itself maybe a band aid solution, a temporary solution, but it is not going to address the real issues that are affecting our people; the issue of poverty, the issue of housing, the issue of lack of education, especially in the Southside."

Cardinal Clings To Life
And the latest victim of violent crime in the St. Martin's area is 28-year-old Cardinal Andrews. As we reported last night, he was shot to the head in broad daylight on Partridge Street. Tonight, despite the fact of a bullet wound that penetrated his skull, he is clinging to life. Not much was known about the young Andrews yesterday but today we learned a little bit more. Even though his family is not ready to appear on camera they were still willing to share some information about their loved one. Sahar Vasquez reports:

7 Year old Shooting Victim Is Critical, But Improving
And while he is critical, so is 7-year-old Mali Herrera. On Tuesday night, she was sitting with her grandmother watching the news when a shooter opened fire on their house, hitting 60 year old Judith Rocke in the forearm, while Mali was shot in the back. The bullet went right through her, causing serious internal injury. She underwent a long surgery and it seems to have been a success. Her family tells us she is no longer on the ventilator, she is responding to verbal communication, and is now in a more stable condition - but still critical. Little Malia Herrera still has a long way to go but is expected to recover. The shooter has still not been identified as police continue to investigate.

Cops Say "Cross Di Nitro" Crossed The Line
On Monday, he posted a Facebook video that frightened Belizeans all across the country, and, today, the artist named Cross Di Nitro went to court to answer for it. His real name is Shikell Nunez, and he is a 24 year old rapper. Today in court, he was charged with threat of death before Magistrate Stephanie Gillett. Nunez pled not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that the offence is a serious one and if tolerated it can become more serious. In response Nunez said that on the day he made the video clip he was frustrated and he had overreacted with certain words. He said he was in fear of his life and the life of his manager, Kenneth "Big Tom" Flowers. Magistrate Gillett upheld the objection and she remanded Nunez into custody until December 11.

Briceno Tells SSB Don't Lend BAA 7M For Caye Caulker Airstrip
For weeks now, we've been reporting on the problems with the Caye Caulker airstrip. Both Tropic Air and Maya Island Air have suspended flights to that destination because of the condition of the runway. They say the Belize Airports Authority has to fix it urgently - and every day they don't tourists are inconvenienced and the airlines lose money. Well, the BAA has been trying to source funding for this multi-million dollar venture, but without much success. Today the leader of the opposition pounced on a confidential report that the opposition got its hands on. It says that the amount of funding for the runway refurbishment that the BAA is trying to get from Social Security is 7 million dollars. Opposition leader John Briceno noted with pleasure that the Prime Minster said in the House of Representatives on Friday that it was four million dollars:...

PUP Leader Will Not Include Deputy Kareem Musa On His Slate
And the leader of the opposition can focus on the UDP because - all indications are - he will not face a leadership challenge in his party's national convention next month. The deadline to submit the names for executive posts is tomorrow at 4:00 pm, and it seems the status quo will remain - the present executive will be endorsed for another term, That is, the status quo, maybe minus one. Deputy Leader for the East Kareem Musa had briefly indicated that he was considering challenging Briceno - and so he didn't put his name on Briceno's slate. Today, Briceno told us that Musa never got back to him, so he is moving on:..

Hon. Espat Shadowboxes With UDP PAC Members
Julius Espat will be on that slate as Deputy Leader for the West. And today he was back in Belmopan, fighting, not against the police, but maybe just shadowboxing with UDP members of the Pac Committee who did not show up for a scheduled meeting. PAC is the only house committee which the Opposition chairs - and Espat holds that seat. Today, the Committee was supposed to be combing through the Auditor General's Annual Report for the year, April 2012 to March 2013. That's the report which was released earlier this year in which the Auditor General flags several areas of public spending. In today's meeting, the Auditor General was supposed to have appeared before the Committee to give testimony. That couldn't happen because none of the Government's 4 PAC members showed up. We were in Belmopan to speak with Chairman Julius Espat, who jumped on the opportunity to harshly criticize the Government for the canceled meeting. Here's what he and fellow member Kareem Musa had to say:

Protecting Sexual Abuse Victims In The Justice System
Almost every night on the news, we report on those disturbing stories of incest, molestation, sexual assault, unlawful carnal knowledge and rape. But, behind those stories are victims traumatized not just by what happened to them, but by the shame of having to go into open court and face their accusers and a jury, or to give a statement to police, who many times aren't the most compassionate professionals. And that's why Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin today launched the Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean in Belize. Justice Michelle Arana explained that the systems as it currently stands, often re-victimizes victims. These new guidelines hope to change that:...

He Cracked Nikita Smith's Skull
On Tuesday we told you about a terrifying domestic dispute that occurred on Mayflower Street at the downstairs residence of Nikita Smith. Smith and her children were sleeping when they were attacked by Smith's Common law partner at around 5:30 am. Reportedly the night before Smith and her partner had a dispute which may have led to his sudden anger outburst that left all three of them injured, but Smith had the worst physical injury as a cement block was dropped on her head. Her family tells us that she is conscious and speaking now, but, today doctors found out that her skull is cracked, so they are trying to treat that injury. Smith's children are recovering at home but they are understandably still very traumatized by what happened to them and what they witnessed. The police continue to investigate.

Woman Cut In San Pedro
In another case of domestic violence, yesterday around 3: 45 pm Alexia Del Carmen Melendez was walking home in the San Mateo area of San Pedro when a man riding a bicycle attacked her with a knife causing two cut wounds to the left side of her neck. The police have since arrested and charged 28-year-old Gilbert Anthony Palacio. Palacio is a construction worker of the San Mateo Area in San Pedro where the incident occurred. He has been charged with grievous harm, use of deadly means of harm, and attempted murder.

A Rusty Gun Robbed Pawnshop
There was a big money heist at a Belmopan pawnshop today. Capital cops say at 9:20 this morning, thieves made off with almost 60 thousand dollars in cash and valuables from First Stop Pawn Shop on Constitution Drive in Belmopan. The manager of the pawn shop, told police that 2 men entered, one of them pulled out a rusty handgun and demanded that they opened the lock to the burglar bar gate. Fearing for their lives, the pawnshop employees complied, and that's when both men cleaned them out of $8,500 in cash, and assortment of jewelry to total value of $51,000, and a cell phone. No one has been arrested yet.

Coastal Road to The Future
The Coastal Road is kind of like a secret weapon - from all those who dare to use it, it's a great shortcut to the south. But, by the time you're done, you may feel like your insides are scrambled! Well, now, the Government of Belize wants to pave that nearly 37 miles of road. But it's going to be a while before the upgrade works actually start. The Government signed a contract today with an Italian Engineering and Consultancy Firm to conduct a a 10-month feasibility study. The company is called Politecnica (Poli-technica), and today, in a rare invitation to the press, the Ministry of Works invited us to attend the contract signing. Here's what the Works Minister had to say about the project:

What About Anke's Kids?
For months now we've been reporting on the sage of Anke Doehm, her adopted daughters, and their stepfather, David Doehm. Well, he committed suicide, and she still faces charges of child cruelty. But what about her children? Faye Lin Cannon died from malnutrition and abuse, but there are two other girls who remain in foster care here in Belize. Today the CEO in the Ministry of Human Development gave us an update:... Judith Alpuche, CEO - Ministry of Human Development: "The children remain in the care of the Department of Human Services and they are receiving counseling. As you can imagine there are lots of issues that they are dealing with coming out of this tragedy."

Marijuana Decriminalization: Vice or Virtue
Today, the media also asked CEO Alpuche about the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana. Critics say the social fallout - especially among youths could be great - since it could lead to the normalized use of a gateway drug. But, others would say that many youths are already using it and ending up in jail for small amounts of weed. Alpuche says there's a government task force to analyze and reposed to the change in the law:... Judith Alpuche, CEO - Ministry of Human Development: "How do you implement this especially with regards to under 18 and so cabinet had instructed that 4 ministries and their technical personnel meet: Health, Human Development, Education and Home Affairs, the police. We met and discuss how the implementation would work and basically we outlined the barebones of a protocol as to how these things would be managed for under 18 and that was sent to cabinet and cabinet approved those recommendations."

Can Belize Get To Tier Two?
Alpuche also commented on Belize's tier three ranking for Human Trafficking - one of only two or three countries in the entire western hemisphere to be so classified by the US State Department. She was part of a rapid response team that went to Washington to meet with State Department Representatives to discuss who Belize could come up to a tier two ranking. Today she told the media that it's a process:... Judith Alpuche, CEO - Ministry of Human Development: "We are continuing on on the road of ensuring that we address human trafficking. We cannot manufacture arrests. We cannot manufacture victims. We deal with it as we see it and one of the things that although we only have one prosecution under the new law. One case has gone before under the new law. That case was won. The person was convicted. Maybe not the penalty that we wanted for sure."

Finally, PUP Mayoral Candidate Named
It's one of the most closely guarded secrets in all of politics: who will be on the PUP's City Council slate? Well, tonight we know whose going to be their Mayoral candidate. Confirming months of speculation, Leader John Briceno today told the press that Bernard Wagner is his candidate for mayor:.. Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition" "So I am very pleased to tell you that we have our slate. We have had meetings with them Tuesday and last night. Last night we had a meeting with all of them in this office and we are going to have a launch, not this weekend, but the following weekend, I think it's the fourth of November. And I am pleased to also announce that Bernard Wagner is going to be our mayoral candidate - a dynamic young man, a young man I've had the pleasure to meet; a person that is sincere, that is genuine, a person that has lived in Southside, has worked in Southside, that has worked with young people, has worked in the bank - so he is a rounded individual, that is not just depending on who he is but what he has done, that he is offering himself. So I am very excited about the team."

Courtney and Colleagues in San Fran
The 10th World Conference of Science Journalists. It's a major international event and this year it is being held in San Francisco. It is the first time it is being held in the US, And our Courtney Weatherburne is representing Belize along with her Caribbean colleagues. This conference is in connection with the Compete Caribbean Competition that Courtney and her team won in Barbados last year. The conference is a week long of forums, workshops and field trips and the theme is "Bridging Science and Societies". Science Journalists and researchers from all over the world are attending.

Pena Nieto Farewell
And finally tonight, we have a few words from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. He addressed the media at the close of the fourth Belize - CARICOM summit - and sitting between two CARICOM leaders, Grenada's Keith Mitchell and Belize's Dean Barrow - he outlined the importance of the CARICOM region:.. Enrique Pena Nieto - President, Mexico: "...And also occasion to call upon the rest of the world to give greater attention to this region of the world -- the Caribbean region. This region that have had the opportunity to enjoy its beauty, whose primary economic activity centers on agriculture and also tourism and today requires greater visibility, greater attention above all." Pena Nieto flew out immediately after that press conference. It was his first visit to Belize and he spent about 8 hours here.

Channel 5

S.S.B. Warned Against Loan to Airport Authority; P.U.P. Agrees
A proposed loan by the Social Security Board to the Belize Airports Authority is making the headlines tonight. The said loan is to finance construction of the Caye Caulker Airstrip [...]

John B. Knocks the Caye Caulker ‘Hustle’
In Friday’s House meeting, Prime Minister Dean Barrow said that the amount being asked for was four million dollars and that the Board had yet to consider it. Meanwhile, Tourism [...]

Bernard Wagner to Lead P.U.P. CitCo Team?
Since the confirmation of the incumbent United Democratic Party’s slate in August, the announcement for the unveiling of the People’s United Party slate in Belize City has been hotly anticipated. [...]

Salary and Employment of B.T.L. C.E.O. ‘Insulting’
By far, C.E.O. of Belize Telemedia Limited Rochus Schreiber’s salary and benefits, amounting to more than seven hundred thousand Belize dollars, is the most paid to anyone in that role [...]

Faye Lin Cannon’s Remaining Siblings Continue to Heal
The battle over custody of the three surviving Cannon siblings continues in the Family Court. They are the younger siblings of the late Faye Lin Cannon, found dead with severe [...]

Franz Parke Case Back to Court on Monday
The Court of Appeal concludes its business for the current term on Friday, but one of its judges is facing a fight to keep his job. Recently appointed Franz Parke [...]

Modest Decrease for Regular Fuel; What Happened to Big Cuts?
Prime Minister Dean Barrow promised a significant fuel price reduction at a press conference, but he asked for a couple days grace for it to happen. According to the Prime [...]

P.U.P. Still Wants Bipartisan Crime Commission; Chester Comes Back
While Social Security dominated this afternoon’s press conference, the first issue raised by P.U.P. Leader John Briceño was crime, which has dominated this week’s news as it has many weeks. [...]

Family Describes Shock of Grandmother’s Shooting Injury; Child Still Hospitalized
A seven-year-old Saint Joseph Primary School student is tonight recovering back at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital from a gunshot wound to the back which exited her abdomen. Malli Herrera [...]

Cardinal Andrews Fighting for Life in K.H.M.H.
As seven-year-old Malli Herrera recovers at the K.H.M.H., Cardinal Andrews continues to fight for his life and remains on a ventilator inside the I.C.U.  The twenty-eight-year-old Belize Water Services employee [...]

San Pedro Man Charged with Attack on Woman
While no one has been detained for either of the shootings in the city, on Ambergris Caye, a construction worker of the San Mateo area of San Pedro Town has [...]

Artist “Cross Di Nitro” Charged with Police Threats; He Says He Fears for His Life
Twenty-one-year-old Bernard Cayetano, aka Unlimited, a local artist was arraigned on Wednesday in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court for allegedly obstructing and assaulting a police officer, and resisting arrest. He [...]

Jamaican Foreign Minister Shares Decriminalization Experience
The recent decriminalization of a small quantity of marijuana for personal use is not unique to Belize.  In fact, it follows a similar model that has been implemented in Jamaica [...]

Jamaica Takes Baby Steps Toward Legalization
Along with decriminalization is a broader conversation of legalizing the marijuana industry as a viable contributor to a country‘s Gross Domestic Product.  That prototype would be similar to a model [...]

PAC Member Patrick Faber Hits Back at Chairman Espat
A session of the Public Accounts Committee during which Auditor General Dorothy Bradley was scheduled to appear, was called off earlier today when four U.D.P. ministers who sit on the [...]

New Guidelines Introduced for Dealing with Sex Charges
The Caribbean’s judicial officers have for the past few months been consulting on an issue of region-wide importance. With an increase reported in sexually-based offences, particularly here in Belize in [...]

Channel Five’s Marleni Cuellar Represents at Science Journalists’ Conference
Tonight, my colleague Marleni Cuellar is in San Francisco, U.S.A. where she is attending the tenth World Conference of Science Journalists. Marleni is teaming up with Channel Seven’s Courtney Weatherburne [...]

HIV in Belize: Infections Stable, Strides Made, More Work to Do
The Ministry of Health released the 2016 Annual HIV Statistical Report and the numbers show that there were fewer persons infected than in 2015. As in previous years, the report [...]

Ministry of Health Screwed Up Blood Bank?
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has had to suspend elective surgeries because ten days ago, it reported that there has been a shortage of available blood due to a limited [...]

Jamaica’s INDECOM a Model for Addressing Police Issues
The spike in violent crimes across Belize City, as well as allegations of state-sanctioned killings as a possible solution to the rampant homicides that have gripped the Old Capital, has [...]

Designing a New Coastal Highway
The Ministry of Works signed a contract with Italian consultancy firm Politecnica for a feasibility study and detailed designs for the upgrading of the coastal road. Politecnica is the same [...]

How Telemedia Will Handle Planned U.S.-dollar Loan
In contrast to the debate in the House of Representatives which centered on the salary of its C.E.O., the Senate’s debate of the International Banking (Amendment) Bill focuses on Belize [...]

Why Temporary Residency is Necessary
An amendment to the Immigration Act proposes to create a new class of persons with legal immigration status in Belize. As the name suggests, temporary residency supposes that holders who [...]

CTV3

Electrocuted Victim Remains Unidentified.
Yesterday a man lost his life after he got electrocuted while in the Village of August Pine Ridge in the Orange Walk District. Today our news team visited the village to find out more about the circumstances behind the accident but what we found was more questions than answers. What we understand is that the victim, who is yet to be identified, approached a group of Mexican carnival operators, who are currently in the village, on Wednesday night asking for a job. According to the men, while the individual only know to them as “motto motto” was told they were not hiring at the time, he decided to stick around and helped out wherever he could.

UDP Ministers Derail PAC Meeting With Absence
On October 12th, a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee, scheduled to review the Auditor General’s most recent audit of the Government’s finances, for the fiscal year 2012-2013, was called off when the Committee learned that the Auditor General was out on country. The meeting was re-scheduled for today but could not be held because neither of the four Ministers of Government appointed to the Committee presented himself. The absence has incensed the Chairman Julius Espat and Opposition’s newly-appointed member Kareem Musa, and they are accusing the Government of derailing democracy.

Sugar Exports From ACP Countries Into Europe Will Decrease Says Belize's Ambassador To The EU
A report issued earlier this week in the Jamaican Newspaper “The Gleaner” indicates that the Belize Ambassador to the European Union, Dylan Vernon, is predicting that sugar exports from the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries into Europe will be decreased “significantly” as a result of the change in the regime that manages the EU sugar market. As viewers may be aware the EU regime changed from October 1st, this year with the removal of domestic quotas. According to the report, Vernon, who is also the chairman of the ACP Sugar Subcommittee told the just concluded 20th Meeting of the ACP Ministerial Trade Committee that a recent study on the impact of the EU sugar reform on ACP suppliers noted that, while the final outcome of the reform is uncertain, sugar production in the EU is expected to increase.

PUP Mayoral Candidate Asks For Disclosure Of Street Works Contract
You heard PUP Corozal Town Mayoral Candidate Rigo Vellos call on the outgoing Corozal Town Mayor Hilberto Campos and the Town Council to stop granting contracts to Imer Hernandez Development Company Limited for street works in that municipality. Vellos said that the evidence that the company delivers questionable work is overwhelming therefore the Council should look to more competent contractors, including the local ones in the Corozal District. Well, Vellos is keeping the pressure and yesterday he wrote the Mayor directly, calling on the Council’s provision of the contracts for street works to be made public. Vellos stated in his letter that the residents of Corozal have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent.

Decriminalization Of Marijuana Draws Heated Debate At Senate Meeting
The proposed decriminalisation of marijuana legislation went before the Senate yesterday, attracting heavy discussion and debate. Lines were drawn by Senators based on scientific, religious and moral positions and it all made for interesting news. Here are some of the highlights and surprise declarations by some of the Senators. MarkSenator Mark Lizarraga - Business Senator: “Mr. President, we see medical professions in this and other studies associate marijuana use in differences in brain tissue integrity that and Mr. President, those are their words not mine, at predict and I quote; future risky behaviors such as delinquent and aggressive use, this part alone Mr. President, should give us pause when we begin to consider and take into account what we’ve seen happening in our country among our youths on the streets...”


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Briceno Opposes Loan from SSB to fix Caye Caulker’s Airstrip
The Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno, vehemently opposed a loan application made by the Belize Airport Authority to the Social Security Board. The loan application is for seven million dollars and is to repair the Caye Caulker municipal airstrip. Briceno shared the reasons why his party is opposed to the idea. John Briceno […]

Briceno: “The Root Cause of Crime is Poverty”
The Belize Police Department will present its new strategy to address the crime situation in Southside Belize City tomorrow morning. Love News understands that the senior command of the Department met today to design this new anti-crime strategy after being directed to by their bosses. For the past few months, we have been reporting about […]

Man on Life Support after being Shot
At approximately 4:00 p.m. yesterday, 28-year-old Cardinal Andrews was shot in the head. Andrews was sitting on a blue Toyota Tercel parked in front of his friend’s home on Partridge Street. While waiting for his friend, a lone gunman rode up on a bicycle and fired a single shot in his direction. The bullet penetrated […]

Bernard Wagner is PUP’s Mayoral Candidate for Belize City
Bernard Wagner will lead the PUP’s Belize City Municipal slate in the upcoming elections in March 2018. The announcement was made this evening by the party’s leader, John Briceno. John Briceno, Opposition Leader “I am pleased to also announce the Bernard Wagner is going to be our Mayoral candidate. A dynamic young man, a man […]

Briceno has High Hopes for Municipal Elections
It seems that John Briceno will not be contested for the upcoming PUP National Convention next month. The PUP’s Deputy Party Leader for the East, Kareem Musa, had considered challenging Briceno but he changed his mind, saying that it is a time for the PUP to be united and win big in the municipal elections. […]

Vellos requests Imer Hernandez contract be publicize
PUP Mayoral Candidate Rigo Vellos has written to the Corozal Mayor Hilberto Campos requesting that the Town Council make public the tendering process and contract granted to Imer Hernandez for street work in that municipality. The letter was sent to the Mayor on Wednesday in which Vellos states that previous works done by Hernandez in […]

Members of PAC failed to show up for Meeting
The Public Accounts Committee was scheduled to meet today in Belmopan but that did not happen. Area Representative for Cayo South, Julius Espat, who is the Chairman of the PAC, presented himself but was told that the other members could not make it for today’s meeting. Espat spoke to Love News. Julius Espat “The honorable […]

Chairman of CARICOM briefed Media on Meeting
Yesterday, Belize hosted the fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit where leaders of Caribbean countries discussed regional issues with President of the United Mexican States, Enrique Pena Nieto. The meeting lasted a little over two hours and late yesterday evening, Chairman of the Caribbean Communities, Grenada’s Prime Minister, Keith Mitchell briefed the media on what was discussed and […]

No Bail for Nitro who made Death Threats against the Police
Twenty-four-year-old Shikell Nunez, aka “Nitro”, a musical artist, who allegedly made a video clip in which he threatened members of the GSU and their families with death, was charged with threat of death when he appeared today before Magistrate Stephanie Gillett. Nunez pled not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor objected to bail on the […]

Man charged with Grievous Harm for stabbing Woman
Police have charged a resident of San Pedro Ambergris Caye for having attacked and stabbed 45-year-old Alexia Del Carmen Melendez. According to police, 28-year-old Gilbert Anthony Palacio of the San Mateo Area attacked Melendez as she walked home on an unnamed street in that same area shortly before four o’clock on Wednesday afternoon. Palacio was […]

Seven-year-old Girl – Victim of Gun violence
A seven year old female child became a victim of gun violence in Belize City last night. Johnelle McKenzie files the report. A little girl is in a critical condition after being shot last night in Belize City. A family had just sat down to watch the news when all of a sudden a barrage […]

Faber: Family is Key to solve Crime
The gun violence that is plaguing our country is being carried out by the youths. The young people not only execute these senseless acts, but are also the victims. In last night’s shooting incident, one of the victims was only seven years old. The Department of Youth Services is doing a lot for the young […]

The Guardian

Bill passed to ‘pass the weed’ - 10 grams or less of Marijuana decriminalized
Commissioner of Police told the media on Tuesday October 24 that his department through Superintendent of police Bart Jones is conducting countrywide educational sessions with police officers to inform them of the Amendment of the Misuse of Drugs Act. This was one day before the senate met and ratified the bill on Wednesday October 25. The Bill will now be forwarded to the Governor General for ascension. Under the amendment it reads: “Where the controlled drug in a person’s possession is cannabis or cannabis resin in an amount of not more than ten grammes and – (a)… the possession is not unlawful and an offence is not committed thereby; -

Mexican President commits new school in Toledo during visit to Belize
A delegation of CARICOM Heads of State along with the President of the United Mexican States, H.E. Enrique Peña Nieto, was hosted at the Best Western Hotel on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 for the 4th Mexico-CARICOM summit. The relationship between Mexico and CARICOM dates back to July 30, 2017 after the CARICOM-Mexico Cooperation Agreement was signed. Since then, Mexico has been an important partner to CARICOM especially as it pertains to the areas of climate change, disaster management, health, food and security, national security, human resource development, and marine management. Disaster management is of particular relevance as CARICOM countries and Mexico just recently came to terms with one of the most catastrophic periods of natural disasters.

Earl Trapp delivers new town hall to San Ignacio and Santa Elena
In February of this year construction commenced on the new town hall for the twin towns of Santa Elena and San Ignacio. Under the stewardship of Mayor Earl Trapp the municipality’s offices had to be relocated from an old dilapidated structure to one where they are renting space for 7 thousand dollars per month. While the move was one that was necessary, the intention was always for the town board to have its own home and Mayor Trapp says that new home is nearing completion.

The financial toll of Pink Eye
Even as the numbers of the eye infection is taking a downward trend, the financial toll is taking an upward one. When persons are infected with Pink Eye, they are advised to stay out of school and out of the work place, that translates into loss of productivity as well as loss of wages. The organization that takes up the slack with wages is the Social Security Board. The Guardian spoke to Chief Executive Officer at the board who reports that as of October 18, SSB has processed 5,174 claims for pink eye for the month of September and a portion of October. These claims resulted in a total of 24,302 sick days, which resulted in Social Security Board paying out over $704,000 in sickness benefits. This figure is however not a full picture as the epidemic is still ongoing and claims keep coming into the board on a daily basis. It is estimated that by the end of it the board would have paid out at least a million dollars in benefits.

New Haulover Bridge on the way
On a daily basis there are between 6,500 and 7 thousand vehicles that travel on the Haulover bridge from the Airport into Belize city and between 11,000 and 11,800 that travel on the bridge in the opposite direction. Engineers say the loading capacity of the bridge has long been exhausted and the reality is that the bridge is surviving basically on borrowed time. Time and again there have been repairs done on the bridge but when inspections are done on the underside it is quite evident that the bridge has very little time left.

BTB holds 15th National Tourism Award Gala Event
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) held its highly anticipated 15th National Tourism Awards Gala Event on Saturday, October 21st at the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel. The event was well attended with guests coming from all regions of Belize. Distinguished guests included, Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, and Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children, among others. The 15th National Tourism Awards was an elegant celebration of the accomplishments made throughout the year by tourism partners and friends.

Hon. Elodion Aragon Jr., addresses flooding in Carmelita
On Monday morning residents of Carmelita woke of to the frustrating reality of having to deal with flooding. The continuous rainfall over the weekend caused some localized flooding in the village. Several residents came out to see how they could address the situation but there was not much that they could do without heavy equipment. Area representative Hon. Elodio Aragon, who is always abreast of what happens in his area, responded immediately and with the assistance of the Public Works Department personnel from Orange Walk tackled the problem.

Minister Aragon holds strategy meeting with police
The recent spate of crimes in Belize City has given rise to concerns and rightly so. The cause has been attributed to the drug trade. For the most part the killings have been confined to the members of the underground community. There have been instances however where innocent bystanders have been caught in the crossfire. This situation has reached unacceptable proportions and a move is being made by the police to address it immediately.

BDF Captain secures Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies
Belize Defence Force Captain, Eric Neal has completed a year of studies at the National Defence University in the U.S. Neal told the Guardian that he enrolled for the course on the 8th of July 2016 and graduated on the 8th June 2017. In a release from the BDF it states that, “He also obtained honours for his thesis entitled “Managing Indigenous People in Belize: Guaranteeing Security and Rights for All”. Furthermore, Captain Neal’s high level of academic performance was reflected in his cumulative G.P.A of 3.89.”

B.D.F. Price Barracks hospital renovated
The U.S. Marines have been working along with the Belize Defense Force over a 4-month period in an effort to renovate the hospital at the Price Barracks. This task, valued at over half million Belize dollars, was funded by the U.S. Southern Command’s Humanitarian Civic Action. This project was the brain child of Commander, Brigadier General David Jones and the 2015 US Ambassador Carlos Moreno. These men made the way for the 33 Marines and the team of Light Engineering personnel from the BDF to accomplish this feat.

Belmopan roundabout features Olmec head
Residents and visitors in Belmopan were taken aback this week as workers labored arduously to install a new feature to the roundabout that is near the Belmopan Hospital. Having been completed a few months ago, the roundabout was adopted by Print Belize who has pledged to maintain it. This week in collaboration with the Mexican Embassy, who donated a sculpture of an Olmec head in honor of the visit of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, the sculpture was installed. The donation is a gesture of continued friendship between Mexico and Belize and the Belmopan City Council which has responsibility for the roundabout.

Flooding in Cayo: once bitten twice shy says Mayor Earl Trapp Junior
The local authorities in San Ignacio continue to keep a watchful eye on the Macal River on Wednesday after it had receded about two feet at last report on Tuesday. Almost incessant rains over the last few days has caused both the Macal and the Mopan Rivers to rise. The hammock bridge in Arenal village was overturned by the raging Mopan earlier this week. On Wednesday morning Mayor Earl Trapp Junior informed market vendors to go back to their working places after having feedback from both the National Emergency Management Organization NEMO and the Weather Bureau. On Tuesday, Mayor Earl Trapp had been making the rounds at the market informing vendors to evacuate after warnings from NEMO and “knowing three dams were spilling over.”

G.R.E.A.T. CUP 2017 Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony for the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program - G.R.E.A.T. CUP 2017 was held at the BTL Park in Belize City on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The sporting competition is supported by the U.S. Embassy through the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) section, which provides equipment, uniforms and trophies for the participants. Cadets and G.R.E.A.T. students from the Eastern Division Community Policing program were represented and they came from Precinct One, Precinct Two, Precinct Three, Precinct Four, Ladyville, Hattieville and Coastal (Caye Caulker and San Pedro).

HIV Statistics show decrease in infection rate
The HIV trend throughout the country has seen a decline over the past few years. While there is an estimated total of 3,665 persons living with the disease, of over 32,000 tests done in 2016, there was only a 0.7% positivity rate. Of those 3,665 persons living with the disease, 1,353 were receiving anti-retroviral drugs as of December 2016. Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero told the Guardian that treatment is available for all who need it. He noted that it is only provided however to those with a CD4 count of 500 and less.

Media Boycott ends
The Police and the Media relations which had been strained for quite some time now and which has seen the media boycotting the police twice has been addressed. On Tuesday October 24 the Commissioner of Police called a meeting with key players of the mainstream media. The meeting was held at the Raccoon Street Police Station and both media and Police representatives put forth their concerns and at the end of it all they agreed to the following: “We’ve agreed that the police and the media do need to be working together in a more cooperative and collaborative fashion and so we have agreed that twice per week senior officers will be made available that will be doing press briefings to the media here at the Raccoon Street Conference Room.

PUP Devils talking about Sin
Undoubtedly Belizeans have become accustomed to hearing the members of that CRIMINAL GANG a.k.a. the People's United Party accusing the MEMBERS of the United Democratic Party of all sorts of fraud and outlandish things. However Belizeans know better than to believe the PUP’s claims. They know that it is the PUP who are the ones that have always been guilty of everything that they have been accusing the UDP of. Last Friday at the House of Representatives was no different, as the members on the PUP side of the house went on an all-out offensive in an effort to try and accuse the members of the UDP administration of PUP-type of hustling.

Senators and bridges
With Senators generally not being politicians, one would have expected the quality of the debates at the Senate, to be at much more higher level. Also it would have been expected that the senators affiliated with the opposition, would not be opposing just for opposing or because they had been instructed to oppose, rather than debating on the merits and demerits of the specific bill being debated. For example on Wednesday of this week there was a debate on a loan motion that was requesting the Senate’s Approval for a concessionary loan of US TWELVE MILLION DOLLARS, from the Opec Fund for International Development (OFID).

U.S. Embassy hosts Hector Verdugo, ex-gang member, for motivational speech
Given the surge of crime and youth gang activity going on in our country, the United States Embassy along with the Bureau of International Information Programs have embarked on a task to implement a program that focuses on those problem areas. On Monday, October 23, 2017 at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts, Hector Verdugo spoke to several Belizean high school students as a part of the program.

Statue of Sir Barry unveiled
Presentation by Dixie Bowen, Barry Bowen’s wife: Good Morning~ Protocol having been established, welcome Ladies and Gentlemen, invited guests, friends and family. Thank you for joining us today. It is my privilege to have been requested by the BAA to be asked to commission a statute of Sir Barry for The Sir Barry Bowen Airport, renamed in his honor last November. The truth be known, Sir Barry was always taken by statues. When traveling he would always take time to stop and really study this form of art and I know today he would be so very proud of his lasting remembrance of himself, at the airport he so painstakingly designed and was determined to make a reality. I would like to take this time to share the story behind the sculptor and this statue coming to fruition…. I had been approached or had suggestions from several parties about who might be the artist to take on this project. Then Michael told me Hilly knew of various artists in Cuba, had a particular artist in mind and that it would be a good idea to travel there to procure the proper sculptor.

Feeding Programs in Belmopan Area being boosted
Last Thursday, Belmopan Police commenced a much needed feeding program at the San Martin Government Primary school in the Nation’s Capital. This will see some 25 children being fed a nutritious breakfast daily. A release from the Belmopan Police has thanked the staff, parents and the Mira family for supporting this initiative. In a statement from the St. Martin’s Government School it states that: Good things are happening at St. Martin’s Government School this school year. Our first day of our feeding program made possible with the collaboration of the Belmopan Police Department and Mr. Howell Gillett.

BWS employees clings to life after being shot in the head
At press time tonight, 28 year-old Cardinal Andrews, a resident of Burrell Boom Village, is clinging to life after he was shot in the head in the Saint Martins area of Belize City. At around 4 p.m., on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, Andrews was socializing in front of a friend’s house on Partridge Street when a gunman shot him in the back of the head. The bullet is said to have exited through his forehead. It is not known at this time why he was targeted, but persons who were around at that time rushed to his aid, and he was swiftly transported to the KHMH via a police mobile. Police continue to insist that he survived the attack, and is at the hospital, where doctors are trying to save his life.

Two brothers killed in 12 days
The Almendarez family from the Lake Independence area of Belize City lost another son to gun violence. 25 year-old Shaquawn Almendarez was shot and killed by a gunman who came looking for him at his home. His older brother, Jason Almendarez, was murdered in another shooting only 12 days before that. The incident happened at around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, at the Almendarez family home on Electric Avenue. Shaquawn Almendarez was just about to enter his front gate when a dark-skinned shooter approached him and shot him in the right side of the chest and the right wrist. His family was at home, and his mother, Karen Almendarez, told the press that the execution of her son caused an uproar in her house, with one of her other sons, shouting angrily at the retreating gunman.

Former BDF Volunteer walks away from murder charge
The trial against Jermaine Rhaburn, a 24-year-old former BDF volunteer, ended on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Rhaburn was accused of shooting and killing another colleague, 21-year-old Private Clifford Cruz, with an M16 rifle during an incident at the Militia Hall compound. Allegations against Rhaburn are that he and Cruz became engaged in a struggle. Cruz took Rhaburn in a chokehold which caused Rhaburn to not be able to breathe. Rhaburn informed Cruz of this but Cruz continued to hold him which forced Rhaburn to crank his M16 rifle and shoot Cruz in the abdomen.

Grandmother and grand-daughter shot on New Road
On Tuesday, October 24, police received information of a shooting incident and visited #96 New Road where they saw Judith Rocke, 60-years-old, suffering from a gunshot wound to the right forearm. Her 7-year-old granddaughter, Malli Herrera, was also seen with gunshot injuries to the lower back and abdomen. They were both rushed to the KHMH. While Rocke has since been discharged, Herrera remains hospitalized and is listed in a critical but stable condition at the Pediatric Ward.

Senior citizen left to die in drain
On Monday, October 16, 2017 at 10:45 p.m., Belize City Police visited the KHMH where they saw 82-year-old Ricardo Benito Vasquez of Bagdad Street with an abrasion to his right cheek and right hand and a cut wound to the back of his head. Investigations revealed that earlier that night, Vasquez was walking on Water Lane heading towards Bagdad Street when he was approached by a male person who inflicted the injuries and made good his escape. The reports are that Vasquez was at a game shop and after he left to head home, he was assaulted and left to die in a nearby drain.

Sydney Lamb killed and robbed
The life of 42 year-old Sydney Lamb, a resident of Oleander Street in Belize City, was cut short by gun violence. The victim was shot and killed while on his way home, and his family suspects that he was robbed by either the gunman, or someone else after he was fatally injured. Sydney Lamb, or “Belly”, as he was also known, went to a shop on Casuarina Street at around 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, October 21. He had only just purchased a few items, and while he was heading home, a gunman rode by on bicycle and shot him. Reports are that his assailant got off his bicycle, and shot Lamb several more times before leaving.

Underwood brothers on remand for ammunition
Two well-known criminal figures who have managed to previously beat a murder charge are presently behind bars after allegations against them came up regarding firearm ammunition. They are brothers Alexander Underwood, 28, and Austin Underwood, 24. They were found on October 23, 2017 with a 5.56 bullet. The brothers appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Michelle Trapp at the Belize City Magistrates Court on October 24, 2017 where they were read a single charge of kept prohibited ammunition. Both plead not guilty to the charge but due to the nature of the offenses, they could not be granted bail.

Belizean recording artist Unlimited faces criminal charges
On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, local recording artist, 21-year-old Bernard Cayetano a.k.a “Unlimited”, was taken to court to be arraigned on three criminal charges. He was brought before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser to be read the charges of obstruction, resisting arrest, and assaulting a police officer. The police allege that on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, Cayetano resisted the arrest of Officer Valdez and proceeded to assault him in an attempt to obstruct him from executing a search at a house on Croton Lane in Belize City. In court, Cayetano pleaded not guilty to all charges and was released on bail of $1,000 with an adjournment for January 13, 2018. According to Cayetano, the charges laid against him were made in an attempt to justify police brutality against him at the home of Kenneth “Big Tom” Flowers, his boss.

Verdes FC blank the Belize Defence Force FC in Premier League Football competition
The Premier League of Belize 2017 Opening Season competition continued over the last week end with three games played. On Saturday 21st October, at the Football Federation of Belize Stadium in Belmopan, Verdes FC blanked the host team Belize Defence Force FC by the score of 2-0. The 1st goal of the game was scored by Jarret Davis in the 22nd minute of play to give his team an early lead. The first half of the game ended 1-0 in favour of the visiting Verdes FC. The 2nd and final goal of the game was scored by Elroy Kuylen in the 90th minute of play to give his team the 2-0 victory.

Stars Academy wins in CYPD Peace Cup Competition
The Conscious Youth Development programme 2017 Peace Cup Football competition continued over the last week of play with three games on the schedule. On Saturday 21st October, in the first of three games played, Stars Academy defeated R &G City Boys by the score of 4-2. The goals for Stars Academy were scored by Jahron Myvette, Harold Thompson (2) and Shemar Thompson. Meanwhile, the goals for R & G City Boys were scored by Keron Patnett and Michael Augustine.

Belize Rural Primary School wins rural girls’ and boys’ basketball competition
The Belize District Rural Primary Schools Basketball elimination for zones 1, 2, 3 and 4 took place on Tuesday 17th October, 2017, at the Ladyville Basketball Court. Four girls’ team namely Burrell Boom Methodist School, St. Therese RC School (Burrell Boom), Belize Rural Primary School and Lucky Strike Government School participated in the competition while the schools that participated in the boys’ competition are Burrell Boom Methodist School, St. Therese RC School (Burrell Boom), Belize Rural Primary School, Lucky Strike Government School and Our Lady of the Way RC School (Ladyville).

National Track and Field Championship rescheduled for November
The Belize Athletics Association invites all athletes and track enthusiasts once again to be a part of a National Track and Field Championship event. The event will take place at the Marion Jones Sports Complex on November 4-5, 2017. All athletes 16 years and older can participate in the events. Registration forms can be obtained from and returned back to the Belize Athletics Association via email belizeathleticsassociation@gmail.com or from their Facebook page (Belize Athletics Association) or at the Marion Jones Sports Complex. The registration fee to participate in the National Track and Field championship is $10.00.

“…the obligation of you and your fellows to treat the Government badly.”
Prime Minister Dean Barrow on NEWS 5; Oct 18, 2017: “We are concerned and I have said that it is the duty of the Government to treat you well, despite the fact that it seems to be the obligation of you and your fellows to treat the Government badly. (Applause) But that is the way it is…” Mose was totally wrong about the meaning of a very simple word, yet the complete Belize Media participated in his ‘Chicken Little Parade!” Wil, Lisa, Eamon, Keisha, Luke, Giovanni, Sulph, etc., couldn’t do it for Mose; so he turned to Indira and Emaun. The new dead dog that he is beating is titled: “Media Friends Duped To Assist Mose Pay Zinc Fence’s Bills And To Help Dodo Bird Cordel Deliver Victory For PUP Johnny!”

Story No done Yet
After I wrote my article last Wednesday I noted in the news that same night that the Honorable Kareem had decided not to offer a challenge to Mr. Briceño for the post of PUP Party Leader which made me think that maybe I had fired off prematurely with my prediction of an ugly fight, but a friend later consoled me that the “pin in that story no ben yet”, in other words, the story still has several additional chapters of intrigue and suspense yet to unravel. He suggested to me that the wily young Musa is bidding his time and patience and will wait for an opportune date between March 7, 2018 and November 5, 2020 to make his move. We will all wait and see how that drama evolves over the next two years, God spare life.

Gossip
Gossip can seem like harmless fun until you are its target. There’s something entertaining about talking about other people among your friends, but when you are the one being talked about, it’s not easy. It happens to everyone at one time or another. You walk into a room or up to a table at lunch where everyone had been talking and laughing, and suddenly there’s silence. Or maybe people who are normally nice to you suddenly start giving you funny looks and don’t want to talk to you. Odds are when this happens you’ve become the target of gossip. Someone started a rumor about you that’s being passed around. It’s probably something silly, unbelievable and untrue, but that doesn’t mean it won’t change people’s opinions of you. Sometimes it is true, and that can hurt even more because you probably shared a secret with a friend and suddenly it was all over school.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

GOB sign contract for consultancy services valued at US $995,000
The Ministry of Works informs the general public that a contract for provision of consultancy […]

Police issues report on shooting on Patridge Street, Belize City
Shortly after 4 pm yesterday, Police visited the K.H.M.H where they saw Cardinal Andrews, 28, of Burrell Boom Village […]

Woman stabbed on the neck in San Pedro Town
Yesterday around 4 pm, San Pedro Police visited the Poly Clinic in San Pedro Town and […]

‘Not a free for all’, says Attorney General
Yesterday, a bill to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act was presented in the Senate. […]

Unlimited charged for assaulting police officer
Young Belizean artist Unlimited was charged yesterday in Belize City. Bernard “Unlimited” Cayetano was being […]

Taiwan donates $25,000 to Youth conference
The World Youth conference is coming to Belize this year. The event will be hosted […]

Cool weather to continue
The 24-hour forecast is for fair, windy and cool conditions to prevail with some moisture […]

Laker legend traces roots through Belize
Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr., known to the world as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, legendary Laker center and […]

Blogs

Belize Tourism Board’s Tourism Industry Conference 2017
On Friday October 20, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) held its annual Tourism Industry Conference for local hoteliers and tour companies at The Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel. The event was an opportunity for stakeholders to learn about tourism related developments and trends affecting the country as well as providing an overview of BTB’s Marketing & Public Relations plan. This year’s theme was based on “Sustainable Tourism and its Impact on the Belize Market” and counted on the presence of numerous international speakers. The morning session of the summit focused on Responsible Tourism and Best Practices: Its Value and Importance and discussed areas such as Safety & Security Requirements in the Tourism Industry (Dr. Peter Tarlow), Building a Better World Through Responsible Tourism (Trudi Pearce from Brighter Group), and Framework for Capacity Building (Amanda Charles from Caribbean Tourism Organization). The second half of the event demonstrated on Food Tourism & a Sense of Place in Belize (Erik Wolf), How Belize Can Adapt as an Emerging Culinary Destination (Alfredo Echevverría) and Creating a Sustainable Culinary Plan (Joxan Obando).

Meet our local tour guides! Guest blog from Mark Leslie, CayeQuest private tours...
Mark Leslie is a longtime local tour guide from one of Placencia's original families, the Leslie's. Mark is guest writing a blog today, to feature a great excursion he offers to guests!! Mark Leslie, enthusiast and passionate of his ancestry of seafarers, who inhabited the surrounding islands of Southern Belize, long before settling on mainland Placencia, surviving and living off the environment. Mark with this legacy, will guide you through unexplored sunken patch reefs, known only to a few local generations of fisher folks. Witness and experience the coral reef exploding with life in their natural habitat, in the clear turquoise waters Belize’s barrier reef. Watch as your lunch is hunted and speared, the traditional way. Castaway on a remote private island as your fresh catch is prepared and cooked on an open fire. Discover the true essence of Placencia lifestyles of eon gone as you leave your comfort zone and venture into an idyllic and unimaginable existence.

The Belize Tourism Awards 2017
On Saturday, October 21st, the annual Belize Tourism Awards was held in Belize City at The Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel. This year marked the 15th anniversary of this event and the celebrations and awards did not disappoint. Every year I look forward to this post since it’s a great way to keep up-to-date with the best resorts, hotels, tour operators, tour guides, and frontline personnel of Belize. Kudos to the 2017 award winners, and a bigger shout out to all the tourism stakeholders that support the industry and make Belize a top travel destination. Here are the Belize Tourism Awards 2017 winners along with short videos created for them by the Belize Tourism Board:

Queen Conch in Belize
As we discovered in a previous blog, everything is not always as it seems. Cashew nut is in fact a fruit and chocolate comes from a seed. This month we talk a little about one of Belize’s favorite foods, Conch; where it lives, how its caught, how its cooked and how… it’s a snail! If you are eating conch in Belize, you are most likely eating Queen Conch. Horse Conch or mai mula as it is locally known is also eaten especially in ceviche but sadly it is now rare and considered a delicacy. Queen Conch is a large sea snail that can be found close to the reef in shallow water in the sand or seagrass. Conch don’t like to stay in one place and tend to travel miles looking for food. They move about in groups or schools using their “foot” to drag them across the sandy sea bottom. Local fishermen are skilled at knowing where to find them and only those with a commercial fishing license are allowed to catch them. They are relatively easy to catch but extracting what’s inside requires skill and precision. The fisherman makes a small hole in the spiral part of the shell preferably using another conch shell (a knife is liable to break). This hole breaks the vacuum inside the shell making the meat easy to extract.

Xunantunich: Belize’s Maya Archaeological Gem
The Cayo District in western Belize, is known for its winding rivers, honeycomb caves, dense rainforest jungle, colorful birds, elusive jaguars, and rich Mennonite farmland. It is also the Mundo Maya, the center of the Maya World. For anyone interested in Maya archaeology and culture…the Cayo is a must see. Whenever my husband Mike, and I visit, we make a point to visit the Maya archaeological sites. Most recently, we visited Xunantunich, one of the most popular Maya sites in Belize. From San Ignacio, the regional main town, it takes 20 to 30 minutes to drive to Xunantunich. A pleasant drive, we passed green, rolling hills, grazing cattle, horses, and bucolic villages nestled between rolling foothills. Arriving at the site, we drove our rental car directly onto the barge that takes visitors across the Mopan River. After disembarking, it was a short drive up the hill to the parking lot and visitor’s center. You can take a group tour, walk the site, or hire a guide. We chose to hire one of the guides, for $30.

Americans Slash Their Taxes…as Expats Overseas
“Property taxes in Belize are ridiculously low when compared to those in the United States,” says Ann Kuffner, IL Belize Correspondent. “I’ve interviewed a number of expats who own three bedroom houses, on half-acre properties, with a view of the bay in Corozal, and with river views in the Cayo District. None of the expats I’ve interviewed pay more than $50 per year for property taxes in Belize. And those I’ve interviewed who own two-bedroom, two-bath beach front condos on the Cayes, with a Caribbean Sea view, pay less than $300 a year for property taxes.” Tax on property is very low in Belize. Depending on which part of the country your property is in, the rate will be about 1.5% of the assessed valuation. What makes the tax low is that the assessed valuation is usually very little; a consequence of government policy to encourage development. As a result, you can expect to pay less than $500 a year on most houses and condominiums, and in many cases, the annual tax will be under $100. Property taxes are assessed by the Belize government and are due on April 1 of each year.

“Whatcha Gonna Do About It” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Before we set off for a short trip to Nicaragua (some editions about this will follow in the very near future) I sat out on the veranda, the western, lagoon facing, one for a good few mornings with a mug of black coffee – instant and unsweetened – contemplating what I could arrange for Rose’s upcoming birthday. Now I could have taken the very easy and lazy route (something that I’m normally quite adroit at) and said that the Nicaraguan holiday was an early birthday present. But no, I was not going to do that. I contemplated some more. I could have pondered (I’m good at that too) but this matter needed serious thought and attention. Morning after morning I supped my coffee and contemplated. I found myself talking to myself. “Whatcha gonna do about it?” I asked myself (just lately I’ve found that I talk to myself quite a lot). “I really don’t know”, I replied. And then, from nowhere, the inspiration came. A sunset cruise on Seduced By Belize‘s “SEA’S d Day, a 58 feet houseboat equipped with everything one could want for a meander around the lagoon side of Ambergris Caye.

Explore Nearby San Ignacio
Take a short drive across the only drivable suspension bridge in Belize, Hacksaw Bridge, over the Macal River, where a fun town filled with restaurants, bars, shops and a true Belize cultural experience waiting for you. Welcome to San Ignacio! San Ignacio is the beating heart of western Belize. It was founded in 1904 and since then it has become a cultural hub, melting the history of the surrounding local Maya ruins with new influences. It’s definitely one of the most popular tourism destinations in Belize – not just because of its strategic location near Maya sites like Xunantunich and Cahal Pech, caves like Barton Creek and Actun Tunichil Muknal, and the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve which is home to the spectacular waterfalls like 1,000 Foot Fall and Big Rock Waterfalls. San Ignacio is also the hub of western Belize’s food scene – with great local restaurants, new farm-to-table fares, and of course, how can you miss the Saturday market! The first first stop of your day trip should be the San Ignacio Market where you will find a unique opportunity to experience true culture and life of Belize. There are farmers, traders and vendors all selling their goods. You’ll also hear a blend of German, English, Spanish, Creole and Maya languages. Don’t forget to pick up some delicious local fruits, veggies, and maybe even local medicinal herbs for muscles sore from too many hiking adventures. Every Saturday, the San Ignacio Market comes alive with tourists and expats browsing the local vendors.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Belize in 2018
As the cold begins to dig in for the long winter season, it's only natural that people start to consider where they can go to escape and get some warm sunshine. At Caves Branch Jungle Lodge, now is the perfect time to plan and book a wonderful 2018 holiday in the tropical warmth of beautiful Belize. A small country on the shores of the Caribbean, Belize has a wide range of exciting activities and things to see and do. To get you inspired, we've put together five of our favorite reasons why you should come visit Mother Nature's Best-kept Secret (Belize!):

Belize Traditional Healing: Natural Remedies From The Wild
Medicine, as we know it today, is a pretty recent feat of modern chemical engineering. There are pills to make you lose weight, kill sickness inducing bacteria, stop your watery eyes and sneezing from allergies and all manner of imaginative effects. It’s hard for people born in this generation to even imagine what it must have been like, kids probably think cough syrup and pills have existed from the dawn of time. The truth is, people have been curing their ailments for quite a long time. Sometimes to disastrous side-effects (think Victorians and lead-based makeup), but some, like the Maya of Central America, effectively used what we now term today as “Traditional Healing” to cure themselves of many health problems. The kicker? They did it with jungle plants. A thing that’s still part of Belize Culture to date.

International Sourcesizz

New security screening for all U.S. bound flights announced
All incoming flights to the United States will be subject to new security screening procedures before takeoff, including both American citizens and foreigners possibly facing security interviews from airline employees, the U.S. government said Wednesday. “The security measures affect all individuals, international passengers and U.S. citizens, traveling to the United States from a last point of departure international location,” said Lisa Farbstein, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. “These new measures will impact all flights from airports that serve as last points of departure locations to the United States.” The new rules include “heightened screening of personal electronic devices” and stricter security procedures around planes and in airport terminals, Farbstein said. She did not elaborate.

Belize-set drama 'Inheritance' is long on family dysfunction, short on substance
There’s not enough “there” there in the melodrama “Inheritance,” a brief, elliptical journey into catharsis and reconciliation. Laura E. Davis and Jessica Kaye, who co-wrote and directed, compress a lifetime’s worth of familial puzzle pieces into a few choppy days of angst and dubious behavior that never quite gels, despite being occasionally intriguing. Upon returning to her childhood home of Belize, the unstable Mara (Kaye) discovers that her estranged father, a respected doctor, has died suddenly. Her dad’s longtime housekeeper, Grace (Myrna Manzanares), and Grace’s daughter, Linda (Shamira Gill-Card), try to support Mara but she’s too overwhelmed, even with the helpful presence of recovering-addict boyfriend Aaron (Daniel Ahearn). Enter Mara’s edgy brother, Ben (Mark Webber), who apparently remained in Belize, as did their father, after Mara returned to the U.S. as an adult. Ben’s snarky anger toward Mara gives way to a strange, semi-nude, swimming hole incident that raises the red flag of sibling dysfunction.

Videos

  • Turismo em Belize 1, 5min.

  • Turismo em Belize 2, 5min.

  • Turismo em Belize 3, 5min.

  • Belize - Dive Trip 2017, 2.5min. Trip to San Pedro, Belize. Dove the Lighthouse Atoll including the Blue Hole, Aquarium and the Half Moon Key.

  • Belize Travel Vlog in 360 | Laura Lee,3 min.

  • Main Plaza at Altun Ha, Belize (2009), 1min.

  • Hector Verdugo of Homeboy Industries is at Stann Creek Ecumenical High School in Dangriga, cultural capital of Belize!, 41min.

  • DECRIMINALIZATION OF MARIJUANA DRAWS HEATED DEBATE AT SENATE MEETING, 10min. The proposed decriminalisation of marijuana legislation went before the Senate yesterday, attracting heavy discussion and debate. Lines were drawn by Senators based on scientific, religious and moral positions and it all made for interesting news. Here are some of the highlights and surprise declarations by some of the Senators The bill did pass at the end of the debate and will now be sent to the Governor General for assent, marking the start of a new policy on the limited use of marijuana by the Government.

  • Talk Ah Di Town October 26, 2017, 25min.

  • Saw this huge Caterpillar crossing the street, so I just make sure it made it cross., 1min.

  • Osprey feeding, 2min. Whatever it takes to survive in the wild

  • Belize 2017, 5min.

  • X' Tan Ha Resort on Ambergris Caye, Belize, 4min. This beach front resort has pristine beaches and a go slow attitude that is great for those looking to get away from it all and truly relax.

  • LSCS Senior Class 2017 Missions Skit in Belize, 4min. The team performing their drama during service at LifeNet. Not even technical difficulties can slow them down.

  • Caye Caulker - Belize, 2min. Um dia em Caye Caulker - Brasileiros em Belize.

  • Flooding in Belize City leads to school closures, 1.5min.

  • Belize Tech Expo 2017, 14min. The Belize Tech Expo was held on September 27th and 28th at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza where local and international vendors exhibited their latest products, services and solutions.


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