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The San Pedro Sun
2017 brings another epic Halloween spectacular at the Holiday Hotel
The spookiest, most spectacular Halloween party in Belize took place on Saturday, October 28th at the Holiday Hotel in San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye. The highly anticipated celebration attracted hundreds of island residents and visitors alike, who brought out their most impressive costumes hoping to grab some fabulous prizes at the end of night. Attendees competed in different categories, ranging from super creative, elegant, wildest, cutest, to the craziest costume. According to spectators, this year’s celebration surpassed expectations once again, and plans are already underway for next year. An eager crowd of onlookers gathered near the traditional green carpet, curious and excited to see what the different costumes the evening would bring. Shortly after 9PM, the first participants began arriving, sashaying down the carpet to a captive audience, who cheered and the flashed their cameras. Pirates, clowns, witches, super heroes, demons, mummies and even religious figures made their way inside. One eye-catching costume featuring broken pieces of mirror had the crowd murmuring.
Belizean Wavemakers Gather for Oceana’s 2017 Annual General Meeting
On Saturday October 28th, 2017, Belizeans from across the country gathered at the Belmopan Civic Center to participate in Oceana’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) of its dedicated volunateers, our “Wavemakers”. During the event, several Wavemakers were awarded certificates of appreciation for their sensational support for Oceana’s campaigns and initiatives over the past year. Oceana was proud to recognize the St. Catherine Academy (SCA) Wavemaker Club and parent Mrs. Tania Mahler as the 2017 Wavemakers of the Year. The SCA Wavemaker Club, which started in December 2015, was awarded for their dedication to the offshore oil campaign as well as their consistent involvement in cleanups throughout the year. Earlier this month, the SCA Wavemaker Club succeeded in implementing their “Kick Plastic” campaign on campus when the school banned the use of single use plastic and styrofoam, which positively impacts both the environment and reduces the administrative costs of garbage disposal.
Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run held on Ambergris Caye
On Saturday, October 29th The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) organized its annual “Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run”. Runners/walkers gathered at the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge at 5:30 AM joining Belizeans across the country in solidarity, spreading awareness of the disease.
Before the event started, Sports Coordinator Kent Gabourel shared a few words “I want to thank everyone who made the effort to be present, and show solidarity to all persons that have a family member that is battling or have lost a loved one with this deadly disease.” After Gabourel’s brief speech, the participants began to run heading north all the way up to Belizean Shores and back to the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge.
Fake Profiles Of Belize Governor General Activated
The Office of the Governor-General (OGG) is aware that Facebook accounts and email under the name “Colville Young” and email@example.com have been created and are active. The OGG informs the public that any pages and email address firstname.lastname@example.org purporting to be the personal or official account of, or bearing photos or personal information of the Governor-General, His Excellency Sir Colville Young, are fake and unauthorized.
Art Show Fundraiser Coming Up At SP House Of Culture
The San Pedro House of Culture is hosting an art show featuring Bernadette Damper from November 9 to 23. The show will benefit San Pedro Fundraising Events; the opening will be on November 9 from 9a.m. to 5p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and support a worthy cause.
My name is Bernadette Damper. I have been a resident of San Pedro since March 2016. Before moving here permanently, I came once or twice a year for nine years to SCUBA and eventually became a dive master.
I was born in 1952 and grew up in the Bronx, N.Y. I attended Pace University in New York for a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. I began my nursing career in the Bronx and in my late 20’s, I moved to California, where I married, raised a family and worked full time as a Registered Nurse in the hospital setting.
Belizean Wavemakers Gather For Oceana’s 2017 Annual General Meeting
On Saturday, October 28, 2017, Belizeans from across the country gathered at the Belmopan Civic Center to participate in Oceana’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) of its dedicated volunteers, our “Wavemakers”.
During the event, several Wavemakers were awarded certificates of appreciation for their sensational support for Oceana’s campaigns and initiatives over the past year. Oceana was proud to recognize the St. Catherine Academy (SCA) Wavemaker Club and parent Mrs. Tania Mahler as the 2017 Wavemakers of the Year.
Misc Belizean Sources
Fake Profiles of the Governor General
The Office of the Governor-General (OGG) is aware that Facebook accounts and email under the name “Colville Young” and email@example.com have been created and are active. The OGG informs the public that any pages and email address firstname.lastname@example.org purporting to be the personal or official account of, or bearing photos or personal information of the Governor-General, His Excellency Sir Colville Young, are fake and unauthorized.
Users are advised to disregard any friend requests or communication from such pages and email and especially refrain from sharing any personal information with said accounts.
Of White Vans, Pink Eyes, Guatemalans and Yellow Buses. Belize is Panophobic
On February 24th, 2015 I wrote this short article below which makes me thing of the recent pink eye outbreak that also came from Yucatan and spread like wildfire to Belize.
“The mysterious white van has left Belize City's Queen’s Square and the northern districts. The kidnapping rumor, without a valid visa, crossed the Santa Elena border with Chetumal. On Thursday January 23rd, 2015 a rumor of a white van driving around Merida, kidnapping children was spread on social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.”
The rumors and hoaxes for the original source of the post is unknown, but it was shared by thousands of users in Yucatan and Campeche, not only through Facebook, but on Twitter and WhatsApp as well.
Raspberry Pi Jam
Kings Room, Ramada Princess. November 10, 2017. 10am
Dia De Los Muertos
Dia De Los Muertos is one of Mexico’s traditional holidays reuniting and honoring beloved ancestors, family and friends. It is an ancient and enduring ritual when the living commune with the dead – a mystical night when the veil is lifted between their two realms and they may share a day together. The historical roots of this celebration date back to the pre-Hispanic cultures of Mesoamerica of the indigenous people.
It has been gaining momentum in Belize over the years.
“One Hundred Belizean Portraits” at the Museum of Belize
Today we take a look at Yaoling Lee’s versatile artwork! In 2015 she challenged herself to do a project “One Hundred Belizean Portraits” in six months, one of which is on display now at the museum along with her other pieces. To check out her amazing work, visit her blog to view the process of theses fantastic portraits and sculptures.
DIA DE LOS FINADOS by Hector Silva
= ALL SOULS DAY. - - - DIA DE LOS ANGELITOS = ALL SAINTS DAY. - DIA DE LOS MUERTOS = DAY OF THE DEAD. ( Difuntos )
Finados really come from the word FIN. - Meaning those whose end came. These were two days, set aside in remembrance of those who had passed away./ ( Died )
WHY ? - Sometimes, Somewhere, Someone, decided that it was fitting to declare two days for our loved ones, who were no longer with us here on earth.
ALL SAINTS DAY( Dia de los Angelitos ) was the day of those who died young ( Infants ) - November the 1st.
Transport Minister Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Mexico on International Motor Carrier, Passenger and Freight Transportation
This afternoon in Belmopan, Belize’s Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Hon Edmond Castro, in the presence of Mexico’s Ambassador to Belize, H.E. Carlos Quesnel Melendez, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on International Motor Carrier, Passenger and Freight Transportation between the Government of Belize and the Government of the United Mexican States.
The Memorandum of Understanding has been signed on behalf of Mexico by Federal Motor Carrier General Director, Licenciado Adolfo Elim Luviano Heredia.
Poets Corner: Development
By Abdulmajeed K Nunez.
This country need interconnection
In half day one should be traveling the entire nation
Belize needs better communication
Belize better education
We are holding us back licking the foot of Washington
This is new Belize
Forty percent primary school graduation
Fifty percent of that reach secondary education
A total of ten percent of the 20 percent reach tertiary matriculation
Papsmear Drive Nov. 24th on Caye Caulker
Hey ladies all are invited
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), Belize Chamber of Commerce, the Embassy of Panama, and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture coordinated a meeting on 25th October 2017 at the ITVET Dining Room, Freetown Road, Belize City. The purpose of the meeting was for EXPOCOMER to present to Belizean companies their International Trade Exhibition that will take place on 28th February to 3rd March 2018 at the City of Panama.
The show is an opportunity for doing business with Europe, Asia and America. The focus of the EXPOCOMER are five main groups: food and beverage, textiles and accessories, construction, technology and services.
ARTIST.BZ Handing Over Ceremony
EXPORTBelize—a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), the National Institute for Culture and History (NICH), the Office of the Music Ambassador, Belize Coalition of Service Providers (BCSP) and the Music Industry Association of Belize (MIAB), attended the Handing Over of the National Artist Platform (artist.bz); a social site for Certified Belizean musicians that will introduce our musical talents to national, regional and international markets.
Belize Electronic Licenses and Permits System (BELAPS) Inauguration and Handover CEREMONY
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is pleased to announce that the governments of Taiwan and Belize will jointly inaugurate the Belize Electronic License and Permit System (BELAPS) on November 2nd, 2017 at Radisson Fort George Hotel. The Inauguration and handover ceremony will be officiated by H.E. Ambassador Charles K. Y. Liu of the ROC (Taiwan), Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber and officials from Ministry of Finance, Central Information Technology Office (CITO) and other agencies of the Government of Belize
Corozal Bay 1st Annual Bikers Fest
Right here at Scotty's this Saturday Nov 4th. Live music by Surpassing Silence and DJ Albert. Entertainment starts at 8pm and we will go all the way to 2am. Come out and enjoy the music, the atmosphere and the motorcycles. No cover charge.
Meaningful community interaction was at its best this past Saturday night as we raised awareness of the lost tradition of Hanal Pixan. Honouring our indigenous people is truly an honour in itself. We must thank our community for coming together to share each others thoughts and commitments in honouring our cultural traditions. Thank you to the Northern Maya Association members Adela Pederson, Faustimo Yam, Roy Rodriguez, Angelita Magana and Adan Palamo for leading us through this journey. Thank you to our amazing culinary artists Hector and Maria Villamil and Genara Cano all of Xiabe Village. We thank our beautiful cultural performers, Xaibe Nicte Ha Children's Group and Raices Mexicanas Retornos Belicenos Dance Group. We give great thanks to Corozal Community College, NDACC, Department of Youth Services, Villamil Family, Cano Family and the Northern Maya Association of Belize for preparing altars for display...they were beautiful! Thank you to our volunteers: Tourism Management Students of CJC and Food Preparation students of ITVET. Thank you to St John's College for displaying the Caste War - An Educational Project exhibit. Our cultural artist with live art; Cami Chun working on her baskets, thank you! Just an amazing night of enlightenment for the Corozal community.
SPOOKTACULAR Halloween Party with Live Music of "Son Cafetal" at the PRINCESS CASINO FREEZONE, Corozal
This Thursday, November 2nd, starting at 10:00 P.M. Dress to impress. Many halloween costume competitions. Prizes and surprises. Come and enjoy.
Maya Mestizo Finados
Join us this Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at Banquitas conference room for our traditional Maya Mestizo Finados.
This year we have the honor to have as the guest speaker, Mr. Manuel Solis who have been doing Finados for over 40 years in August Pine Ridge Village. He has a wealth of knowledge and will share it with us on this day followed by our traditional prayers and chants.
You are welcome to bring any offerings and photographs of your loved ones to place on our altars.
Opening ceremony for the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program - G.R.E.A.T. CUP 2017
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).
The G.R.E.A.T. Cup will give the cadets from different communities a chance to engage in meaningful sporting activities that teach healthy, organized activities. S
Home Invasion in Ranchito Leaves American Couple Rattled
A retired American couple in Ranchito Village, Corozal District are recovering after an early morning home invasion. Between 1:00 and 2:00 AM on Monday morning , 70 year old Michael and his wife Janet McGhee, woke up to find a pair of armed and masked men over their bed. They were professional thieves and by the time they were were finished - they had stolen everything of value that they could fit in the couple's pickup truck - including Janet's diamond wedding ring.
He told CTV-3 that they tied them up and threatened to kill them:..
Michael McGee, Held up in Home:
"They ties us up, made us lay face down on the floor and that was not good for her neck because she recently had neck surgery, so she's been in some pain because of that. They told us that they wanted money or anything they could convert into money and at one point they told us they needed at least $5,000. We don't have $5,000. And they were just throwing the "f" bomb around like wild, but it just went on for two and a half hours, so there is a whole lot that I can tell you but I'm not sure what more there is to know, really."
BDF and The Germans, Was There "Insider Trading"
Last night we told you about the audit into alleged irregularities with a BDF Jungle Training Program for the German Army. The Ministry of Defense asked the Auditor General to investigate the program after it appeared that Lieutenant Colonel Charlton Roches had conflicts: our information says he was the BDF Assigned Liaison Officer for the German jungle training in 2015, 2016, and 2017 - and he is also the majority shareholder in a company called Belize Jungle Experience which was contracted to provide logistical support to that same German contingent in the summer of 2016.
The Germans were here to get jungle training from the BDF - but Roches appears to have positioned his company - to get a lucrative 150 thousand dollar contract.
PUP's Maritime Motion Commotion
Belize-Guatemala relations are back in the news tonight after the Opposition, PUP, announced that they are going to push for the Maritime Areas Act to be amended.
Now, as this law currently stands, Belize is only claiming 3 miles of territorial waters between the Sarstoon River and the Ranguana Caye. Under international law, Belize is entitled to 12 miles, but the Maritime Areas Act was passed with us not claiming those 9 miles of sea. That was done as a means to provide for a framework for negotiating an agreement on the territorial dispute with Guatemala.
Since those negotiations have failed, experts on international law have advised that the law needs to be amended so that Belize can claim its full 12 miles of territorial waters. The rationale is that a claim for all territorial waters under international laws strengthens the country's case, if the territorial dispute should actually go to arbitration.
In Second Trial For Killing His Wife, Bucket Pleads Down To Manslaughter, Claims Provocation
10 years ago in November of 2007, Glenford "Bucket" Bermudez killed his wife 36 year old Raquel Requena, with a shotgun blast to her head. She was a taxi driver and was carrying a passenger - when he stopped her on the road, and shot her in the head. Bermudez then went and tried unsuccessfully to kill himself.
Now, Bermudez was already found guilty of the murder and sentenced to life in prison bask in 2011. But the Court of Appeal found that the judge had misdirected the jury, and so he was granted a second trial.
Belmopan Police May Have Fatal Hit and Run Truck
Tonight, there is late breaking news of a likely breakthrough in the fatal accident which happened this weekend on the southern highway. That's the accident in which Mellisa Andrews was killed when a pickup truck hit the motorbike she and her husband Allen Andrews were on.
Well, late news in to 7NEws is that the suspected pickup may have been found in Belmopan. Information says that police found a six wheel truck with damages to the front end. Reports say the truck was covered - as if to conceal it.
New Bze-Mex Transport Agreement, No Press Invited, No Details
Belize today signed a major transport agreement with Mexico - but we can't tell you too much about it tonight, because, again, the press was blocked out of the event.
All we know comes from a 150 word release which says that today in Belmopan Minister of Transport Edmond Castro, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on International Motor Carrier, Passenger and Freight Transportation with Mexico's Federal Motor Carrier General Director, Adolfo Elim Luviano Heredia.
Now, there are so many transport issues between Belize and Mexico: there are the Belizean busses in Chetumal - and the Mexican busses in Belize; then there are the private cars that travel to Chetumal and beyond with no insurance; and the couriers who haul cargo and vehicles through Mexico.
Justin Wants Justice, Says Cops Lied
A female police officer said he punched her in the chin in a scuffle outside a nightclub, and today, youth activist, Justin Usher was arraigned on a charge of assault.
Last night we showed you the video captured after his arrest when a tearful Usher was pleading for justice.
The dispute it appears, was over a hat, which, we see a police officer putting on his head during the street-side detention.
But, the hat is not what Justin Usher is upset about, it's the allegation that he punched a female cop. Today, outside court he discussed the inconsistencies in the case and told the media that he was unfairly charged:...
A Holy War Against the Herb?
The Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act, it's that much talked about law which was passed by the the House and Senate. When it takes effect, the amended law will decriminalize possession of small quantities of marijuana, specifically 10 grams or less. The Government expects that the Governor General will sign his assent and bring the law into effect by tomorrow, November 1.
So, it's what you would call a done deal, but the National Evangelical Association of Belize says it refuses to remain silent. Though they are late with the public pressure, the leadership of the Evangelical Association hosted a press conference to complain that the Government passed this law too fast, without carefully considering their objection.
7News attended, and we heard what the different speakers had to say on the topic:
Identity Theft of The Head Of State?
You might want the GG to be your "FF" - as in Facebook Friend, but he doesn't have a Facebook page. And that's why tonight, Belmopan police are asking your help to find this man: his name is Elston Earl Eligio. Police believe he may now something about setting up an email account and a Facebook page in the name of Governor General Sir Colville Young. A police report paints the picture of wholesale identity theft of the Head of State. Not only is there an email address, there's also a letterhead, a stamp and a scanned signature. Now, the real GG does not have a Facebook page; he only interfaces with the Facebook through the Government press office page; also, he does not have a stamp; and his email is "email@example.com".
More Bus Madness On Display, Operator Calls For Regulation
The Bus Wars - much to the horror and outrage of powerless commuters - they are raged every day and night on Belize's Highways. We're referring to the habit of racing between competing bus lines, who are fighting for passengers. On Saturday evening in Belize City, the extreme driving practices were brought into sharp focus - when one bus tried to overtake another on the foot of Vernon Street Bridge.
The culprit was Ramos Bus, trying to overtake a Stuart Bus. Their scheduled runs are 15 minutes apart, but - as is the old practice - the earlier bus hangs back to scoop up passengers from its competitor. On Saturday afternoon, it reached another ridiculous extreme.
Daren Stuart who had the later run says that Ramos was trying to come into his time:..
FFB, The Horses Are In The Paddock!
Elections for the Football Federation of Belize are coming up on December second, and the nominations have been finalized - which means who all are vying for the vacant posts of President and Vice President.
For President, we have Ruperto Vicente, Sergio Chuc, Onan Maclean and Daniel Fabro.
For Vice President, there's Cruz Gamez, David Griffith, Carlos Obeah Galvez and Leslie Sharp.
Now, there are alliances within those names, and unofficial slates: Vicente is working with Obeah Galvez, while Chuc is working with Gamez and Fabro is with Leslie Sharp.
A New Portal For Performing Artists
Right now, there are more Belizean performing artists who've released a CD or a music video than ever before. And, everyone is trying to get seen on Facebook, Youtube and wherever else they can promote themselves.
But, it can get really crowded fighting for those "views" and "likes", and, now, a new artist's promotion platform hopes to create a digital space where artists can offer their services as professionals, without clutter and on even footing.
It's called "artists.bz" - and it was launched today. But what makes this more than a just a website, is the institutional support of Beltraide, NICH, and the Belize Coalition of Service Providers. They've combined to make sure this site serves as a portal where artists can be viewed and retained for their specific strengths. We found out more today:...
Beyond the Hype of Halloween, There's the Substance of Finados
It's Halloween in Belize City, and, right now, we're sure those trick or treaters are coming down your street - sweet bags in hand! But, while Halloween may have the hype and the sugar high, the long established cultural and religious observance of "Finados" has the substance and the depth. It's popular in Western Belize, and in 2014, Courtney Weatherburne went back to her family's roots for an extended feature on "Finados":
Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten.And while that's what the Bible says, in Benque Viejo the dead are never forgotten and their rewards come every year on November second with Finados - a religious and cultural observance. That's why these women are praying this morning - to give thanks for the arrival of the souls of their loved ones.
P.U.P. Takes Lead on Amending Maritime Areas Act
In an extraordinary move, the Opposition People’s United Party today announced plans to table a motion for debate at the next sitting of the Senate to amend the Maritime Areas [...]
With Social Partners, Can Opposition Get Enough Votes for Debate?
Senator Courtenay is also a former Foreign Minister. He says that despite having been advised in the past on amending the piece of legislation that is now being challenged, government [...]
Keep Calm and Don’t Worry About Guatemala
So what will be the reaction from Guatemala once Belize moves to claim all its twelve miles of territorial waters under international law? It’s a thought that is furthest from [...]
Why Now, Asks Foreign Minister?
Twenty-five years after the passage of the controversial law, the Senate is going to be asked to consider the amendment at its next sitting. But the Government side appears to [...]
Elrington Wonders If Move is in Belize’s Best Interests
The Foreign Minister went on to state that as he understands that the purpose of introducing or repealing legislation is to serve the greater purpose of the Belizean people. Despite [...]
John Briceño Says New B.D.F. Probe is Latest in Corruption Chain
The Auditor General is on the case of a senior officer of the Belize Defence Force who is being questioned on whether his private company benefited from an inside connection [...]
Activist Justin Usher Denies Assault of Female Cop
Youth activist Justin Usher was today arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate Court for assaulting a female police officer. The twenty-six-year-old U.B. student from Los Lagos, Belize District was detained [...]
Not Running for Politics, Usher Decries “Conspiracy” Plot
Usher is to return to court on January fifth, 2018 when disclosure should be made on the matter. But he believes that he is being politically targeted, even though Usher [...]
Glenford Bermudez Pleads to Lesser Charge in Wife Killing
In November 2007, a husband killed his wife with a single shotgun blast to the head. After being tried and convicted for her murder and sentenced to life, forty-six-year-old [...]
Evangelicals Demand Government Attention on Social Issues
On November first, Governor General Colville Young is expected to sign into law the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill. The legislation will make it legal to possess in a private [...]
How You Can Get Your Criminal Record Expunged for Weed
During the Senate’s extensive debate of the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill last Wednesday, Churches Senator Ashley Rocke recorded the formal opposition of the organizations he represents – the Belize [...]
P.U.P. Tells P.M.: Release B.I.L. Contracts
On Friday, Belize Infrastructure Limited issued a press statement firing back on the public characterization of its efforts on the failed Lake Independence Boulevard construction. While acknowledging that the lack [...]
Accused Forger Targeted Governor General
Police are looking for twenty-three-year-old Elston Elijio of Dangriga in connection with a case of forgery. Belmopan Police issued a ‘wanted poster’ for Elijio because he reportedly created a fake [...]
City Crime “Destroying the Nation”
When we caught up with NEAB today, we also asked about the alarming crime situation. Antipathy for the Government aside, the association agreed with and adopted the position of Minister [...]
NEAB Disdains John B. – What About the Children?
The Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill enjoyed rare bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and to a lesser extent, the Senate. But the words of Opposition Leader John Briceño [...]
Preview of Godwin Hulse’s Visit to Senate Committee
Minister of Immigration and Nationality, Senator Godwin Hulse, is an anticipated witness to the Senate Special Select Committee on Immigration’s public hearings. He has said from the very beginning that [...]
Music Artistes Now Have Single Internet Platform
Artistes unite under the national artist platform called artists.bz. Several local musicians gathered today for the official launch of the online platform. Belize Trade and Investment Development Service, the National [...]
International Film Festival is Here
The countdown to the Belize International Film Festival is on. The much-acclaimed festival begins next Wednesday with a preview event at the House of Culture in Belize City. While the [...]
Dogs and Owners ‘Pawty in the Park’
The Belize Humane Society organized and put off the first ever dog show and ‘pawty’ at the Memorial Park in Belize City. Dog lovers, as well as man’s best friends, [...]
Memorandum Signed Between Ministry Of Transport And Mexican Ambassador
Back in February of this year, Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Hon. Edmund Castro, met with Mexico’s Ambassador to Belize, H.E. Carlos Quesnel Melendez, to discuss and establish opportunities regarding cross-border operations between Belize and the United Mexican States. That meeting was followed by a second which saw the participation of representatives and technical staff belonging to both parties.
Today that goal is one step closer of becoming reality as a Memorandum of Understanding on International Motor Carrier, Passenger and Freight Transportation was signed earlier today in the country’s capital. The MOU was signed between Minister Castro and Federal Motor Carrier General Director, Licenciado Adolfo Luviano Heredia, in the presence of Ambassador Quesnel.
Cane Farmers To Receive Third Payment On November 6th
There is good news coming out of the Sugar Industry tonight. A release issued by the Belize Sugar Industries Limited confirms that the average final price for the ton of cane for the 2016/2017 crop season is estimated at $64.00, which includes payment for bagasse. This means that cane farmers are expected to receive $9.05 to $ 9.28 per ton of cane for their third and final payment. These numbers are based on the quality of cane that was delivered to the factory during the 2016/2017 crop season. This estimation spells some really good news for cane farmers as the estimation for this crop is an average of twelve dollars higher than last crop when they received a total of $52.24.
PUP Files Senate Motion For Belize To Claim Full Maritime Area
The Opposition People’s United Party has filed a motion in the Senate, seeking to pass amendments to the Maritime Areas Act to set a defined boundary to the maritime area in the south that belongs to Belize. Opposition Leader John Briceno has for some time, raised the matter before the House of Representatives, but to the Government side, the message goes into one ear and exits the other. The Opposition, no longer on the mood to wait, will make its move at the next Senate meeting. PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay explained. “We prepared a draft of the amendment, we took some advice on the proposed amendment and we sent a letter to the National Assembly on the 20th of October asking for it to come up at the last Senate meeting, they took the position that the four days’ notice was not met because we sent it on the 20th and the meeting was on the 25th and so they refused to put the motion on the agenda...”
NEAB opposes Government’s move to decriminalize marijuana
The National Evangelical Association of Belize held a press conference this morning to address its concerns over the decriminalization of ten grams and less of marijuana, which is yet to become law. According to the NEAB, the move will have negative repercussions on youth and the Belizean society. But is the association moving in too […]
NEAB says GOB has not responded to their concerns
The National Evangelical Association of Belize also highlighted other issues that they have brought to government. Among these are homosexuality, gender, abortion, and the rights of church-run schools. The Association’s leaders say that back in September of 2016 when it joined the Church-State Commission, discussions among various churches, including the Belize Council of Churches and […]
Couple shook up after Home Invasion
Corozal Police are investigation a home invasion in Ranchito Village which took place yesterday between the hours of 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Two masked men broke into the home of 70-year-old American Retiree Michael McGhee and his wife Janet. According to the couple, the two men bound their hands and feet before stealing an […]
Usher Denies Hitting a Woman Police Officer
Yesterday we reported on Justin Usher, the student and activist who was arrested early on Saturday morning at around 3 o’clock. He was arrested for allegedly hitting a woman police officer and was to be arraigned yesterday but there was a hiccup with the court documents. This morning after he was charged with ‘assaulting a […]
Arnold Accused of Killing “Hard Rock”
This morning, the man accused of fatally shooting 42-year-old Andrew “Hard Rock” Bennett appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer. David Arnold was given another adjournment by the Chief Magistrate and he is to reappear on December 27. He has been on remand since June and stands accused of killing Bennett on May 24. No motive […]
Vidal: Recent surged in Crime is due to the Drug War
“The crime situation in Belize City has surged over the past four months and the spike became more noticeable under the Command of Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal who took over the Southside formation back in July. In our coverage of the various recent murders, Belize City residents who have been directly and indirectly affected by […]
Alleged Kidnapping Report Under Investigation
Police are still investigating the alleged kidnapping of three young girls on October 16th in the Mile7/El Progresso Village in the Cayo District. The three girls, ages nine, ten, and eleven, were on their way to school when they were forced into an Isuzu pickup by a man of a foreign nationality. The girls later […]
Police updated the media on Cattouse’s Case
72-year-old Albert Cattouse was killed on October 12 while driving his Lincoln Town Car and was shot when he was passing Bocotora Street. Cattouse was shot to the head and died inside his taxi which was found in a drain near the Rogers Stadium fence. Six days after his murder, the first official statement on […]
Police take weapons off the Street
Belize City police removed a firearm from the street. Officers found a Taurus brand firearm and a magazine loaded with 8 Lugar Brand live rounds, 2 Aguila Brand live rounds and S&B Brand live round. The discovery was made yesterday morning in the Hunters Alley area of the Old Capital.
Belize and Mexico signed MOU
Today, a Memorandum of Understanding on International Motor Carrier, Passenger and Freight Transportation was signed between the Government of Belize and the Government of the United Mexican States. The Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Hon Edmond Castro, signed on behalf of the Government of Belize while the General Director of Federal Motor Carrier […]
NICH puts Local Artists on the Map
Belize has been exporting sugar, oranges, and now, musical artists. Today, BELTRAIDE launched a musical platform in the form of a website, where local artist can be found and this platform was handed over to NICH. Export Promotion Officer at Export Belize, BELTRAIDE, Shawna Arnold, spoke to Love News about the initiative. Shawna Arnold “Export […]
Report Suggests Discrepancies of BDF’s Fund
A report recently conducted by the Belize Defence Force Fund suggests discrepancies. The BDF Fund is money raised by the soldiers through different activities carried out throughout the year. A portion of the findings focuses on Belize Jungle Experience Limited, a company contracted to carry out transportation services back in 2015. According to the report […]
Crime Incidents continues despite Operation ACT
Operation ACT has been in effect for four full days in Southside Belize City but the weekend was not without incident. Since Friday the Police Department has recorded one murder and two shootings which have left five persons injured. Four of these persons were injured on Sunday around three in the afternoon in a shooting […]
Charred Human Remains Found on Coastal Road
The charred remains of a human were found late Saturday afternoon on the Coastal Road, about ten miles from La Democracia Village. The remains were found about thirty feet from the right-hand side of the road when traveling towards La Democracia Village, by a farmer of Gales Point Manatee Village while hunting in the area. […]
Second Attempt on Swazo’s Life in less than a Month
Police are also investigating the shooting of James Swazo who was shot and injured on Sunday Morning. According to police Swazo, a security guard of the Jane Usher Area was at home when someone called for him. He came out of his house and was shot by a lone gunman who then fled on a […]
Taximan, 40, fatally shot on Complex Drive
A taxi driver died today of gunshot wounds he suffered on Thursday evening. Odner Estizeine, 40, a Haitian-Belizean taxi driver of Nutmeg Street, Lake Independence, Belize City, was the breadwinner for his wife and two young daughters, daily driving his $1 taxi van.
At about 5:00 Thursday evening, Estizeine was driving his taxi van on Complex Drive in Lake Independence when an unknown gunman fired shots in the area. Estizeine was shot in his upper right side. He got out of the vehicle and ran to escape the gunshots, but collapsed on the road.
People who saw what happened rushed him to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted in a critical condition to the Intensive Care Unit, where he fought for his life, but on Friday morning at about 6 a.m., he died.
Alvin Diamond of Mike’s Club dead at 89
Alvin Hubert Diamond, the proprietor of Mike’s Club on Regent Street West, died between last night and this morning, his son Glenford Diamond, 60, told Amandala tonight.
“He was always a good man,” Glenford said of his father. “He was a man who pioneered and championed a lot of good sporting activities, especially dominos. He always used to be a manager for dominos, in the 1970 and 80s.” Glenford recalled.
Glenford described his father as “a human man, who gave away everything he had and left with nothing.”
Amandala asked Glenford if his father was ill.
“He was a hypertension sufferer,” Glenford informed us. “The last time he visited doctor was just this past Saturday.
What killed Ryan Swift, 54?
A staunch supporter of the United Democratic Party is dead, his brother is hospitalized in a critical condition, and the authorities are baffled about what led to the tragedy.
Police say that at around 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, they visited the Swift residence at the corner of Central American Boulevard and Nargusta Street, where they saw Ryan Swift, 54, the owner of Ryan Swift Pesticide Control Agency, inside an ambulance, which took Swift to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). Swift, however, died on arrival.
His older brother, Steven Swift, who was seen unconscious on the scene when officers arrived at the residence, was left in the charge of BERT personnel. He, too, was later transported to the KHMH, where he remains more than 48 hours later.
Cardinal Andrews, 28, lost the fight for his life
News that Cardinal Andrews, 28, had lost the fight for his life began to appear yesterday after 5:00 p.m. in posts on social media.
Andrews, who is the father of one child, was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Room, and was immediately put on life support in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit after he was shot in the head on Partridge Street on Wednesday, shortly before 4:00 p.m.
At the time of the shooting, Andrews was sitting on a small car on Partridge Street, in front of the house of one of his friends. It is presumed that he was waiting for his friend to come outside. When his friend did, it was in response to the all-too-familiar sound of gunshots.
CCJ orders Barrow administration to get serious about respecting Maya rights
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) today heard from the Mayas of southern Belize and the Government of Belize’s Maya Land Rights Commission.
Both parties have reported a lack of progress in relation to the court’s consent order of April 2015 which focused on the recognition of communal land rights via demarcation and other related matters.
Today, the CCJ made several orders; among them was that the Government’s Maya Land Rights Commission must come up with a work plan by the end of next January. In order to do so, the commission must meet with the Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcalde Association.
Taxpayers “nuh fool-fool;” second “big money” for same bridge – The Haulover
The administration of Prime Minister Dean Barrow will be adding to the national debt a US $12 million loan to be paid within the next 20 years.
This loan from the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) is to reconstruct the Haulover Bridge.
However, as ballooned as the loan appears to be, it is only to cover 68 percent of the final costs of the civil works component of this project. During Wednesday’s sitting of the Senate, the Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Godwin Hulse, introduced the motion.
Hogan’s football story – Parts 6 & 7
(Hogan disappears from the Belize football scene; and, years later, returns to the spotlight in L.A.)
BELIZE CITY, Mon. Oct. 30, 2017–Amandala (A): So… after that, now… you are a national hero in your own way… with the Methodist primary school champions … and some of those players later on became senior players…. What was your route?… What did you do after that?
Hogan (H): Well… I didn’t continue my football career… because of other interests that came up…
A: You didn’t go on to high school…?
H: No, I didn’t go on to high school… I went to work at Belmopan… then I joined the Belize Police Force…
A: Belmopan… you mean the New Site? (Belmopan was officially opened in 1970)..
P.G. upsets Placencia; 5 PLB teams battling for 2 playoff spots
After an eventful weekend of games, the playoff race is narrowing down in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) Opening Season 2017-2018 regular season, as Placencia Assassins suffered a major setback by Punta Gorda’s Freedom Fighters, and five teams are now in contention for two remaining playoff berths, Belmopan Bandits SC and Verdes FC being the only two teams already in the Top-4 playoffs.
After falling 2-nil to Verdes the week before, BDF drew, 1-1, with Police United on Saturday night at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium. Camilo Sanchez (41’) put Police in front, and Vallan Symms (46’) equalized for BDF. With 1 point each from the draw, neither Police United nor BDF FC is sure of post-season action, as they are left to scramble for the two remaining playoff spots with three other teams – San Pedro Pirates, Placencia Assassins and Wagiya. (See standings below.)
Editorial: Belize’s Booker T.
The United States Civil War, fought from 1861 to 1865 between the Northern Union and the Confederate South, had the issue of slavery as a primary concern. The North wanted to abolish slavery, whereas the slaveholding South wished to continue that cruel institution. When the North won the Civil War, the Emancipation Act through which Abraham Lincoln had freed African Americans during the war, was upheld.
A period followed in the defeated South, roughly between 1865 and 1877, which was known as Reconstruction, but Reconstruction slowly began to be reversed as the defeated Confederate South began to re-organize itself through violent, white supremacist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, and established a system of racial segregation which is known historically as Jim Crow.
From the Publisher
In Belize, 36 years into political independence, the law remains an aristocratic profession. In Belize, you don’t find maverick attorneys, as in the United States, who take on cases simply because they believe in the justice or societal importance of the specific matter. The attorneys in Belize feel peer pressure, and community pressure no doubt, to focus exclusively on the accumulation of personal bank accounts: it is how it is.
I raise the issue because I believe it is long past time that some attorney should study the matter of discrimination in Belize. We know that political victimization has been accepted as a reality of life here for six decades and more, and I assume that political victimization is legal. I am positive, however, that discrimination is a crime in violation of the constitution of Belize, but I don’t know how one would prove discrimination in a court of law: I am not an attorney.
I’m loathe to say so, but the Barrow administration increasingly resembles the one led to the money trough by the buffoon and pathological liar, D.Trump, in the U.S. Like Barrow’s ministries, the Trump administration is also full of men without principles, bootlickers who continually debase the Nation on their misson to line their own pockets, knowing all the while that the liar-in-chief will cover for them.
I remain incredulous over how the citizens in both countries have allowed themselves to be bamboozled by their respective gangs of iniquitous know-nothings. Only by collective action will these criminal charlatans be thrown into the street and from there, hopefully, into prison.
An ACT to increase the price of weed
What’s the point of decriminalizing a small quantity of marijuana if you can’t get it? Some cruel teaser this could turn out to be. By the way, somebody has to tell people who have no vice that, yes, they do. There are things in this world which you take for granted that can be taken away. People who live in a democracy are used to saying what they want. A totalitarian state is a very different world. Every good totalitarian knows that the unfettered word is the greatest enemy of that system. Some people who grew up in a democracy will suffer if they can’t run off their thoughts. But what can they do if the law says to zip it? Aha, your world is turned on its head because your virtue is now turned vice.
What about your friendly, chubby next door neighbour? He’s the one in the neighbourhood with the most community spirit. Anybody needs a helping hand, he’s the man. He is active in youth sports and gives up a few hours each week helping high school students with remedial classes. He’s a church guy too.
The politics and business of marijuana
With the amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act, an adult will now be able to possess and smoke up to 10 grams of marijuana in the privacy of his/her home and in someone’s house or in a hotel room with the consent of the owner.
Although a politically popular move, these persons still cannot grow, buy, import or sell marijuana. So where are persons to get their 10 grams of weed to smoke at home? Where will the tourist get it to smoke it in the hotel room? This is illogical. Cannabis is still an illegal drug in Belize and still listed on the Schedule 1 and Schedule 4 list of drugs in the UN international conventions. Without a strict regulatory framework, we are being irresponsible and sloppy in how we are doing this.
THE BELIZE JENKINS SISTERS SOFTBALL DYNASTY!
Like the legendary Miguel Brothers of the 1960s and 70s Belizean cycling dynasty, the Jenkins sisters became a household name in Belizean softball during the same period. It appeared that there were four of them that played the game with extraordinary talent; but only two made the honor role as the best among their other siblings.
It is typical that families that dominated a sport in terms of ranking among the best were fostered by their natural family heritage. It becomes a kind of domino effect that sparks one family athlete to become like the other. It is a kind of chain reaction that explodes into that competitive spirit to be good and then better than the best. This analogy can only be the best way to describe family athletes like Cynthia and Genevie Jenkins of Belize’s Softball Hall of Fame.
Melissa Andrews, 32, dies in road traffic accident
A couple living in Sittee, Stann Creek District, were in a devastating road traffic collision at about 10:00 yesterday morning on the Southern Highway.
Melissa Dorothy Murillo Andrews, 32, a domestic, suffered massive head and body injuries and died, while her husband, Allen Andrews, 35, a construction worker of Sittee village, also suffered head and body injuries. However, he is now recovering at the Southern Regional Hospital.
Police say that Melissa Andrews was driving a motorcycle from Silk Grass to Sittee, and somewhere between Miles 11 and 12 she lost control of the bike and ran into a truck that was coming from the opposite direction.
15-year-old Helen Adolphus, missing for 82 days, found “alive and well”
Yesterday, 82 days after she went missing from home, Helen Adolphus, 15, of Belmopan, was found and returned to her family. The details of where she has been since disappearing on the afternoon of August 8, and what she had been doing all this time, were not released.
She was found by the organization Jasmine Alert, which informed us that Helen was found in good health, but Jasmine Alert would not offer more information.
Helen Adolphus’ family, in their effort to find her, had offered a reward of $1,000, but Jasmine Alert did not want to comment on the status of this reward. They said that it is enough that she was found alive and well.