Sugar Roads still a Major Concern for Farmers
Another set of challenges for sugar cane farmers are those faced in the fields. Their cost of production continues to be high, farmers also have limited access to finance to make adequate investments in their crop, and there is also the issue of sugar roads which is an annual problem for producers. Salvador Martin, Management […]
Farmers receive assistance from GOB
As the farmers wait for improvements of sugar roads, the government of Belize has been providing assistance in the form of fuel subsidy to cane farmers to help cut transportation costs. Chairman of the Sugar Industry Control Board, Gabriel Martinez told us how much that assistance translated to for farmers. Gabriel Martinez, SICB Chairman “Over […]
PSWT and Union to go to Mediation over Dispute
The court did not order an injunction against the Public Service Workers’ Trust and the union. That is the resounding message sent today during a press conference held in Belize City by the management and trustees of the PSWT. It is an issue that dates back to 1995 and involves thousands of public workers and […]
Man wanted by Police for Murder
Twenty-six-year-old Rasheed Hyde is wanted by police in connection with the attempted murder of 24-year-old Russell Hyde Jr. Rasheed is considered to be armed and dangerous. If you have any information that can lead police to his arrest you are asked to call 911, Crime Stoppers Belize 0-800-922-8477 or the nearest police station. Rasheed, a […]
Video of Police Beating Man Goes Viral
On Sunday a video showing officers of the Special Assignment Team beating 20-year-old Randy Chambers began making its rounds on social media. The video shows Chambers putting his hand behind his head as three SAT officers approach him. One of the officers forces him to the ground after which two officers kick him a few […]
A Stash of Weapons found in Container
Ten days ago, the Customs Department handed over to the Belize Police Department a container which contained ammunition and firearms. Initially custom officers found three nine millimeter empty magazines, one hundred nine millimeter hallow point Ruger brand round, twenty nine millimetre ballpoint Ruger brand rounds, eleven 204 Ruger brand rounds, forty 204 A- Merc Ruger […]
Ride to Border
Earlier this month, the security services came together to put off the annual law enforcement torch run. This weekend, the security services are joining forces once again, this time around, the Belize Coast Guard has scheduled a ride on Saturday. Admiral John Borland told us about the initiative. Admiral John Borland, Belize Coast Guard “Security […]
New Fire Truck for Caye Caulker Fire Station
Caye Caulker has a new fire truck. The truck which has a 1,000-gallon capacity and is capable of discharging water at 150 pounds per square inch, was donated by US citizen James York of Beechwold Christian Church, Columbus, Ohio. The donation came through the personal efforts of Caye Caulker’s Officer in Charge, Miguel Matus, who […]
Is there Contentions within the Audit Department?
Officers within the Audit Department are not happy with Auditor General, Dorothy Bradley. Love News has been informed that several officers have expressed discontent and disapproval of Bradley’s management of the department. Contentions within the Auditor General’s office have been building since last year. A letter dated May 13, 2016, and signed by 16 employees […]
Women share Stories of Sexual Harassment
“Life in Leggings” exhibition, where women will share their stories of sexual harassment, opens tonight at the Mexican Institute in Belize City. The movement was started in Barbados by Ronelle King, who had experienced sexual harassment and started the movement in an attempt to stop the harassment. Ann-Marie Williams, Executive Director of the National Women’s […]
Gillett Open Up about Surviving an Abusive Relationship
The National Women’s Commission continues to push for an end to violence against women. On November 23, they launched the16 Days of Activism against Gender-based violence campaign in the hopes of sensitizing the community that abusive relationships can indeed be life-threatening. Many women have died at the hands of their abusers. For Shawna Gillett, the […]
Court finds Man Not Guilty of Attempted Murder
In a trial without a jury, Justice Adolph Lucas today found Inmas Espinal not guilty of the attempted murder of Jose Antonio Saravia. Saravia, a naturalized Belizean, originally from El Salvador, was stabbed in his abdomen on March 15, 2012. Justice Lucas said that it was not a case of self-defense nor was it an […]
Bail granted for Man charged with the Murder of Wayne Wade
Thirty-six-year-old Elroy Grinage, a driver for Forestry Department in Belmopan, who was remanded into custody after he was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and abetment to murder, was offered a bail of ten thousand dollars today by Justice Adolph Lucas. The bail was offered on the condition that Grinage attends the Magistrate Court in […]
Woman Attacked and Robbed in her Home
Today police shared a bit more on what transpired on Wednesday morning after four men assaulted a woman in her apartment on Fuller’s Alley and robbed her of thousands of dollars in cash. The incident ended up with police shooting after the suspects. ASP Alejandro Cowo said that it all happened after they pursued the […]
Finger Spelling Bee Competition
Today children with diverse abilities gathered at the Saint Catherine Academy Auditorium for the 21st annual finger spelling bee competition. The event is part of Disability Awareness Week which is being held under the theme “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”. Special Education Officer for the National Resource Center for the Inclusive Education, […]
Maheia: Trip to Sarstoon didn’t have any Hiccups
A group of Belizeans went to Sarstoon Island without being harassed by Guatemalan Armed Forces or the Belize Coast Guard. Over the weekend, Wil Maheia of the Belize Territorial Volunteers led members of the Belize Bird Conservancy to Sarstoon Island for a bird inventory exercise. Maheia says they went early to avoid the Guatemalan Armed […]
Five Paintings handed over to National AIDS Commission
Last Friday Belize joined the world in commemorating World AIDS Day. As part of the event, five artists created a painting depicting the theme, “Right to health”. This morning artists Uriel Cowo and Kenesha Gooding handed over their paintings to Arthur Usher of the National AIDS Commission. According to Usher, the paintings will then be […]
Disability week observed; protection of persons with diverse abilities lacking.
This week is being observed as disability week under the theme “Transformation towards a sustainable and resilient society for all”. This morning there was a march from the Battlefield Park to the Memorial Park, where there was a rally to commemorate the occasion. Love News spoke with Erlette Thomas, Manager of the National Resource Center […]
AG satisfied with where Senate investigation stands
As we mentioned before, today was the last session held by the Special Senate Select Committee. Auditor General Dorothy Bradley’s report encompasses a number of irregularities that had been happening at the Immigration department between 2011 and 2013. After the report was publicized, the Auditor General was subject to scrutiny particularly from the UDP camp. […]
With Senate hearings over what comes next?
The hearings which have spanned a little over a year with a total of 42 sessions held are finally over. What happens next? After this afternoon’s final session, the media asked Senator Mark Lizarraga. Mark Lizarraga, Senator: “The first thing is that we are going to take a much needed break. We are meeting again on […]
GOB collects 77.5 million dollars from IMMARBE and IBC
7 million, 590 thousand and 68 dollars is the combined revenue that the International Business Companies Registry (IBC) and the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize (IMMARBE), has been able to procure for and on behalf of the Government and people of Belize. The money is the combined total for operations of the two companies since 2015. In that year IBC made USD$7,103,430.00; in 2016 it was USD$7,536,980.00 and this year its up to USD$8,143,235.00. IMMARBE has had as much success with operations in 2015 bringing in US $6,274,207; in 2016 it was US $5,332,145 and this year, 2017 saw US $4,405,037 in revenues.
It is significant that these numbers are brought to the fore as prior to 2013, all revenues collected by these companies were paid to a company controlled by Michael Ashcroft related entities. That company went by the name Belize International Services Limited. Under the arrangement BISL received 64% of revenues while Government received 46%.
Implementation of Anti-Corruption measures begin
In celebrating Belize’s one-year anniversary of signing its accession to the United Nation’s Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), which will be on December 9, 2017, a series of events are being held countrywide during the week of December 4 to 8, 2017. These activities are being held with the intention of engaging youth, women, and other relevant bodies. Belize became the 182nd country to sign the international agreement.
The anti-corruption training for secondary and tertiary students during the months of November and December have come about from the collaboration between the United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the Attorney General’s Ministry of Belize.
BNTU says GOB must pay UHS debt
The Belize National Teacher’s Union held the government and people of Belize hostage for 11 days last year because they wanted the government to implement a number of measures against corruption. In fact the BNTU was one of the primary movers back in 2007 that caused the government at the time, under Said Musa to back down from taking a bill to the National Assembly for the Belizean people to pay for a 33 million dollar guarantee which had been given to the owners of UHS, a private hospital.
Teakettle villagers protest fatal police shooting
A police officer shot a civilian in the Arizona area of Teakettle Village, Cayo, that man subsequently died. Police say that it was an accidental shooting, but friends of the victim are insisting that the officers intentionally shot him. The deceased has been identified as 20 year-old Edwin Antonio Baires Hernandez, a Salvadoran who is also known as “Jose”.
The police version of events are that at around 1:35 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, they responded to a report of a robbery at the football field in the Arizona area of the village. Residents say that the field was very active that day because there were a number of football games happening as part of a sports marathon.
U.S. Government Expands and Upgrades Belize’s Automated Fingerprint Information System
On Monday, December 4, 2017, the U.S. Embassy transferred 14 new Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) terminals to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Belize Police Department. The project, valued at approximately $430,000 USD was officially signed by Adrienne Galanek, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy, and Hon. Elodio Aragon, Minister of State for Home Affairs.
The handover of documents took place at the Belmopan Police Headquarters. Chargé Galanek highlighted the Embassy’s dedication to assist the Government of Belize in increasing its forensic capacity, decreasing impunity, improving the justice system, and making Belize safer for all.
Ways in which the NTUCB and Chamber can pay the 90 Million UHS debt
We are dismayed by the pronouncement from the NTUCB, which states that we should pay the 90 Million judgement for the UHS Loan Guarantee. You the readers may be wondering why we feel this way since it has always been the NTUCB’s position to be at odds with the government on any given subject. Well in the matter of this UHS Loan Guarantee, the NTUCB and this UDP, were in agreement with each other at one time. Actually in the original case that saw the matter go to court, the NTUCB was one of the original PLAINTIFFS that took the matter of the UHS Loan Guarantee to court back in 2007.
Youth Rise Project underway in San Ignacio
Community Policing Officers from the San Ignacio Police Formation engaged the youths and their families on Saturday at the Octavia Waight Convention Hall in San Ignacio. This is an effort to bridge the gap between the Gang Resistance Education and Training GREAT program, which the kids learn in school and now with their family. In doing so San Ignacio Police are involving the parents to help support their kids in helping them to resist gangs, peer pressure and in developing their self esteem.
The two hour program for parents and their children on Friday was facilitated by Corporal Jason Jones under a Youth Rise Project with funding coming from the Caribbean Development Bank.
Minister and CEO of Foreign Affairs visit Brussels for Working Mission to EU Institutions and Attends 106th ACP Council of Ministers
Brussels, Belgium. December 6th, 2017. Today, December 6th, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs of Belize, Hon. Wilfred P. Elrington, along with the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Pat Andrews, concluded their five-day working mission to Brussels, Belgium, after attending multiple high-level meetings with the EU Institutions and participating in the 106th Session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Council of Ministers.
On Monday, December 4th, the Belize delegation met with the Commissioner of the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission, H.E. Neven Mimica, to discuss Belize-EU bilateral relations and its development cooperation both in the Central American and Caribbean sub-regional contexts.
Belize and El Salvador discuss Citizen Security
The first Technical Cooperation Meeting on Security between the Governments of Belize and the Republic of El Salvador was held on December 5, 2017 in San Salvador. This followed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in October, 2017 which formally established the strengthening of relations and citizen security in the countries.
During the meeting, both delegations focused on improving efforts in the areas of migration, intelligence sharing, international security and terrorism, prevention of gang violence, and the fight against organized crime and forensic sciences.
Senate Hearings come to a close
After 13 months and hundreds of thousands of dollars in public spending, the Senate Hearings on Immigration are finally over.
The Senate Select Committee called Auditor General, Dorothy Bradley to testify as their final witness. She was the first witness back in October 2016, and on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 she was the last to be called back.
The majority of the hour and a half long testimony was housekeeping, with the Auditor General taking questions about her audit process which resulted in her 2011-2013 Audit Reports on Immigration.
Friends for Conservation and Development protecting the Chiquibul
The Friends for Conservation and Development held its 18th Annual General Meeting at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel on Sunday. As part of the meeting, a new Board of Directors was elected with prominent citizens such as Ambassador David Gibson and Tony Rath coming into the fold.
In his presentation to the gathering, Rafael Manzanero, the Executive Director of the Friends for Conservation and Development reviewed important events within the organization over the preceding year. According to Manzanero, the Belize Electric Company Limited BECOL has been providing FCD with $25,000.00 yearly to do bio-monitoring; especially the Scarlet Macaws. Also, the Belize Diesel and Equipment Limited donated a new Hilux, which is now stationed at the Las Cuevas Research Station. Manzanero also reported that the co-management agreement with the Belize Government for the management of the Chiquibul had expired.
UNICEF/OAS discuss how to measure poverty
Representatives from various Government Organizations met at the Inspiration Center on Thursday, November 30, 2017 along with the representatives of UNICEF and the OAS in Belize to discuss multidimensional poverty. The discussion focused on poverty in Belize and its effect on children especially. The first part of the discussion was an open house sponsored by UNICEF in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation.
There, the concept of the multidimensional poverty index was introduced. This index will be used to measure poverty in its various facets, facets that go beyond income and expenditure.
Police Torch Run to raise funds for Special Olympics
The Belize Police Department as well as the Belize Defense Force, the Belize Coast Guard, the Belize Immigration Department, the Belize Transport Department, and the Customs and Excise Department embarked on the 6th annual “Torch Run” carrying the Flame of Home. This activity, which is to last one week, started on Saturday, December 2, 2017 and will journey through various municipalities in an effort to promote awareness about the Special Olympics Belize and its participants.
Gender-based violence and human trafficking being targeted
On November 29, 2017, RET International launched its newest project “Strengthening the Government-Civil Society Partnership for Timely, Transparent Response to Gender-based Violence (GBV) and Trafficking in Persons (TIP)” at the George Price Center in Belmopan. The 2-year project is being funded by the U.S. Embassy through a Central American Regional Security Initiative Economic Support Funds (CARSI-ESF) grant and is value at approximately USD $300,000.
Through this grant, RET International will support the implementation of Belize’s National Gender-based Action Plan and is partnering with the Women’s Commission, the Association of Justices of the Peace and Court Commissioners, and Productive Organization for Women in Action (POWA).
FFB has new executive
Sergio Chuc has won the election for presidency of the Football Federation of Belize. He now joins the executive of the FFB, along with Vice President Elect Cruz Gamez, filling up 2 empty seats that have been vacant for 1 year and 7 months.
The election for those posts happened on Saturday, December 5, in a full Congress of the FFB, which was held at the Princess Ramada Hotel. Chuc was up against the incumbent, Ruperto Vicente, and other candidates such as Onan McLean, and Daniel Fabro. In the first round of elections, Chuc defeated his opponents when he got 14 votes out of the possible 20. Mclean received 4 votes, and the other 2 went to Vicente. Fabro, who was a newcomer entering the race late, received none of the votes.
Dr. Carla Barnett explains why she walked away in 2007
I was asked why I walked away in 2007 rather than stay to try and help to “fix it”. People’s memories are short - or maybe it’s just natural to try and forget painful experiences. Please remember that a lot of time and energy was spent:
1. Trying to solve an unsustainable fiscal situation
2. Implementing tough economic reform measures which brought real pain to the business sector and ordinary Belizeans,
3. Negotiating extensive governance strengthening measures such as reform of the Finance and Audit Act and introducing social partner consultations in policy formulation etc.
Belize Tourism Board Hosts Children’s Christmas Party at Tourist Village
The Belize Tourism Board hosted 200 children from 10 different primary schools in Belize City at the Fort Street Tourist Village (FSTV) for a children’s Christmas party on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. This year marks BTB’s 14th year for the Holiday Gift Project. BTB works with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) to bring a form of Christmas cheer to needy children.
According to Maria Guerra, Cruise Coordinator, BTB, the BTB worked along with the Ministry of Education to identify 10 needy schools. From each school, 20 students were chosen to participate in the initiative. In an effort to spread the cheer around, 10 different schools are chosen each year.
Belize City Council’s 12 Days of Charity
With the Christmas season quickly approaching, the Belize City Council took to their second year of their version of “12 Days of Christmas”. Their 12 Days of Charity started on Friday, December 1, 2017 with a Calypso Train city tour for the elders of the Sister Cecilia Home.
The tour was guided by Mayor Darrel Bradley himself and began at 10:30 a.m. A lunch with entertainment at the BTL Park followed the tour which was sponsored by the Office of the Mayor. At that lunch, Mayor Bradley and the Belize City Councilors shared a meal with the older people
Aragon Christmas cup winds down
The Aragon Christmas Football Cup which has been running for the past five consecutive years is in its final leg. After eight weeks of intense competition only four of the eight teams that signed up remain. With three more weeks to go and the final game tentatively scheduled for the 17th December, only the best have survived so far. Progresso, Carmelita, Guinea Grass and San Jose Palmar are the four teams which will battle it out to see who walks away with the coveted $5000.00 first Prize. The second place winner will take home $3000.00 and third place settles for $2500.00.
Police and his Girlfriend charged with wounding of his daughter
A police officer and his girlfriend are out on bail after they were separately charged with the offence of wounding in connection to the alleged beating of the police officer’s 6-year-old child.
They are PC Tony Gamboa, 31-year-old; Aricia Gentle, a 23-year-old sales representative, both of Hattieville. PC Gamboa and Gentle were taken to court on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 to be arraigned before Magistrate Michelle Trapp.
The police officer was read a single charge of harm upon his 6-year-old daughter.
Two men charged in Belmopan
Two men have been charged in connection with the decapitation of a Belizean laborer from Cotton Tree. Twenty-nine-year-old Raphael Mencias was charged for murder while thirty-six-year-old Elroy Grinage was charged for abetment and conspiracy to commit murder on Friday at the Belmopan Magistrate Court. Both men, also of Cotton Tree Village were brought before the court in connection to the death of Hilton Wade and were as a result remanded to the Belize Central Prison until March 2, 2018.
Teenagers out on bail for robbery and wounding
On Monday, December 4, 2017, two teenagers ages 17 and 18 were before the court to answer to two criminal charges of robbery and wounding upon a man. The 18-year-old has been identified as Dwayne Williams.
The duo was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where they were read a charge of robbery upon Alfredo Ical and one count of wounding upon Ical. Both Williams and the minor pleaded not guilty to robbing Ical. Williams did plead guilty to wounding Ical but his sentencing for the guilty plea was deferred until a later date.
Two years in jail for taxi driver who touched girl’s leg
Nestor Gallindo, a 44-year-old taxi driver, was sentenced to 2 years in prison after he was found guilty sexually assaulting a 15-year-old minor who was a passenger in his taxi. He was found guilty on December 1, 2017 and sentenced on December 4, 2017. Gallindo appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where he pleaded not guilty.
Russell Hyde Jr. shot in San Ignacio
Russell Hyde Jr., son of the notorious Russell Hyde Sr. from Roaring Creek, continues to recover at the Western Regional Hospital from a shooting incident in San Ignacio Town.
On Monday, December 4, 2017 at about 8:15 p.m., San Ignacio police received information about the shooting, and they visited the San Ignacio Hospital. That’s where they observed Russel Hyde Jr., a 24-year-old Belizean businessman of Belmopan, with multiple gunshot wounds to the body.
Gasman Jones on bail for sexual assault accusation
Gasman Jones, a 22-year-old Belize City resident, is out on a $2,000 bail after he was accused of the offense of unlawful sexual intercourse. His case ended in a paper committal before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.
In August of 2016, Jones was accused of having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl.
After the paper committal, Senior Magistrate Ford committed Jones to stand trial at the Supreme Court for the January 2018 session set to commence on January 16, 2018.
Screwdriver and TV splitter costs man his job
Antonio Novelo, a 38-year-old ex-sales clerk of Augusto Quan, was fired from his job on Monday, December 4, 2017 after he was caught red-handed stealing from his workplace.
On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, he appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court where he was read a single charge of theft. Novelo pled guilty to the charge and was fined $500 plus a $5.00 cost of court which he was ordered to pay by January 15, 2018 in default of 5 months’ imprisonment.
Novelo was caught stealing a screwdriver and a 2-way TV splitter, all to a value of $4.50.
Verdes FC a win away from National Football title
The Premier League of Belize entered its final round of the 2017 Opening Season with game one of the finals on Sunday 3rd December, 2017, at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town between the defending champions and competition favourites the Belmopan Bandits and the determined Verdes FC.
Before a stadium full of football fans and enthusiasts, the host team Verdes FC, were determined to cut the defending champions Belmopan Bandits down to size. The game itself was perhaps one of the best games played in the championship series for a long time when no one gave up any goals in the early goings.
Demille Flores to Rush Select Programme
Dangriga’s Demille Flores, 14, has been invited to attend the Rush Select Programme at the Presidents’ Day Tournament as one of the top 16 players in Rush his age group. Demille had attended and participated last month in the Rush Select 2004/2005 Boys ID Camp, an event for 60 boys and 60 girls of the U13 - U15 age groups where the Rush Select staff trained and evaluated them.
The Rush Select Technical Staff selected him based on nominations from Rush Technical Directors there.
The Presidents’ Day Tournament is a college showcase tournament February 15 - 19, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Belizean athletes compete in Beach Volleyball at the XI Central American Games in Managua
Gabriel Nunez Jr. and Luis “Ricky” Luna both of San Pedro Town are representing Belize in Beach Volleyball at the XI Central American Games in Managua, Nicaragua. Belize is among the Central American countries that are participating in the regional games.
On Sunday 3rd December, Team Belize played two games in the Round Robin competition. In game one, Team Belize fell to host country Nicaragua by the score of 21-12 and 21-12.
Sergio Chuc to lead football in Belize for the next four years
The Football Federation of Belize held its 11th Ordinary Congress on Saturday 2nd December 2017, at 10:00 am at the Ramada Princess on Newtown Barracks in Belize City.
The high point of the 11th Ordinary Congress was the elections of the President and Vice President of the Football Federation of Belize.
A total of 20 delegates, each representing a football district and the Premier League of Belize participated in the election process, which saw the election of Sergio Chuc as the new President of the Football Federation of Belize. Chuc, received a total of 14 votes out of the 20 casts by the delegates. Onan McLean received 4 votes, former president Ruperto Vicente received 2 and outsider Daniel Fabro received 0 votes.
Landlord and Tenant Act pt1
If you’re an adult living in Belize, chances are that you have been in the position of a tenant or landlord at some point in time. There are many things to know when you are either of them and a great many misconceptions as to what you can or can’t do when you find yourself in any of these situations. The rules and guide that governs this is the Landlord and Tenant Act Chapter 189 of the Laws of Belize, Revised edition 2000. This act consists of 69 sections and to include all the information therein we would need four newspapers. The following will speak on some of the more common issues encountered while letting premises.
Closure of Nassau Grouper Season
The Nassau Grouper season will be closed from 1st December 2017 to March 31st, 2018.
Statutory Instrument #49 of 2009 Regulations which relates to Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus):
(1) No person shall take in the waters of Belize, buy, sell or have in his possession any Nassau Grouper between the 1st December and the 31st March, inclusive, in any year.
Man found stabbed in San Ignacio
San Ignacio Police visited Domingo Street in San Ignacio Town on Sunday afternoon where they discovered a decomposing body inside a house with stab wounds above the left eye and other bodily injuries. The lifeless body was that of thirty-three-year-old Victor Spain, who was last seen on Friday evening at about 5:30 pm.
The ex-common-law of Victor Spain had found him in a pool of blood inside his home. Neighbors had reportedly heard screams coming from inside the house on Friday night, but they did not react thinking that it was just a domestic dispute. They also report seeing two persons running from the area shortly after.
Minor survives hit and run accident on Phillip Goldson Highway
On Thursday, November 30, 2017 at about 5:40 p.m., police officers visited the KHMH where they observed 11-year-old Emmett Burgess, a student of a Belize City address, suffering from multiple injuries over the body.
Initial investigation revealed that while Burgess was crossing the Phillip Goldson Highway near the DK Supermarket to meet his grandmother, he was hit by an oncoming vehicle. A driver had signaled for Burgess to cross but an overtaking vehicle hit him. That vehicle was being driven by 29-year-old Ralph Burns, a Belizean businessman of a Lord’s Bank address.
The other side of Christmas
It was not until I was nearly a 25 year old woman that I realized that for some people Christmas was not the most wonderful time of the year. Sure I had always known some families have it better than others. My family had it better than some and some had it better than ours. But what I did not realize was that for some people, Christmas was a time of utter sorrow and misery.
One Christmas-Eve when I was five years old or maybe I was six- I don’t quite remember now- my dad upon arriving home from work, informed my mama and me that he would be working the next day, Christmas day.
“WHAT DADDY? WHY? WHY DO YOU HAVE TO WORK ON CHRISTMAS DAY?”
My dad who was the manager of his work station calmly explained that, yes, it is Christmas and the other employees all wanted the day off so although he was not scheduled to work, he volunteered to do so.
One of a Kind
I am me, you are you but at times one plus one is not two. Are we not equals if I am but one and you another? What makes you so special, if I have the “whole” to your part? I cultivate and reap whilst you just plant the seed. Looking at it objectively, It is unbalanced as us women carry the brunt. We, women carry all the secrets as well. We hide the truth behind our smiles, jackets, scarfs, pants and war paint.
Today, the 6th of December is the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre and is now observed as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence AGAINST Women. Majority of the time, we cannot tell when women are being abused, be it verbal, physical or both because they are ashamed and hide it well.
Sustainable Development Goal Target 6.4 ?
Last week I reported that the SDGs are designed to finish the job started by the MDGs, that is, to get to a statistical “zero” on hunger, poverty, preventable child deaths and other targets. Included is the set of goals, is to “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” also known as SDG 6. The SDGs unlike the MDGs are applicable to all countries, rich and poor, and developed and developing.
Belize has always focused on the provision of potable water, and under the MDGs we did an excellent job. However SDG 6 includes seven targets and only Target 6.1 is specific to drinking water (potable water). All other targets refer to sanitation, water use efficiency, wastewater management, gender issues, international cooperation for water, the natural water environment, and Integrated Water Resources Management. The reason for this shift is that the MDG 7 outdid itself in most parts of the world, including Belize. There is now the need to ensure that the Green Infrastructure will be able to sustainably provide water for potable use without imperiling these natural water systems.
Private Hustles, sovereign Guarantees
I am treated each week to several opinions from friends on topics they think I should share with readers. I must confess that I do not always develop these suggestions into writing since truthfully some of them do sound weird. However, there was a particular gentleman, a former PUP diehard, who sat beside me Sunday morning past on my bench where I sit to read. He piped my interest with the following observation.
This longtime acquaintance, whom I will call Buddy, is vehemently against our country paying the $90 million for an illegal sovereign guarantee made to greedy, connected PUP cronies. Buddy said that this action by the past PUP Administration combined with $millions in free grants from DFC and SSB to “lambiscones” made him turn against his own Party. Buddy told me that he heard that the Principal benefactor of the Alliance met with the entire PUP caucus last week and secured from their representatives a commitment for a “yes” vote in the House on December 8.
Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
At this time of year, our thoughts are about the mother of our Lord Jesus, Mary of Nazareth. Her story illustrates many of the characteristics of the kind of woman God uses to fulfill His redemptive purposes in our world.
There was nothing particularly unusual about Mary. She was not from a wealthy or illustrious family. When the angel appeared to this young teenage girl, she was engaged to be married and was undoubtedly doing what engaged girls do—dreaming of being married to Joseph, of the home they would live in, of the family they would have.
Human Rights Student Scholars: Write to Fame!
Written by By Calbert Pratt.
All you hear every day is crime.
Crime rate goes up but never goes down.
Every day innocent people drop by gun.
Their mothers are crying, “God, why my son?”
People taking it for fun,
Until their eye water starts to run.
Crime rate will never stop.
Gun man pass and rob people by the bus stop.
When you go to jail,
More than likely you won’t even get bail.
In life, you’ll realize all you did was fail.
Rise up ghetto youth.
Let SUCCESS be your motivational line.
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Aji Tapa Restaurant in San pedro Ambergris Caye
Aji Tapi Restaurant includes a Bella Vista Guest Homes, a four casita boutique resort located 2.5 miles north of San Pedro inside Aji Tapa premises. It has full equipped furniture, wifi, cable, air-conditioning and kitchen. The garden has a walk way very clean and maintained.
My friend Linda Miller picked me up at my house, and we drove 2.5 miles up north with her golf cart. The weather was perfectly fine to come out and adventure in San Pedro. We exchanged information all the way until we reached to Aji Tapa Bar. The first thing I saw was the big sign that had written their happy hours and opening time in Aji's. I liked the style they had from the entrance. Beachfront, Restaurant, Tapas, Paella, Wine, Seafood says the sign. Tapa and Bar restaurant opening hours are from 8am to 10pm. Then, I saw a long wooden post laid flat across from one cement post to the other. It had a stained crocodile on top of the wood.
Mahogany Bay Village Opens As the Largest Resort in Belize & Hilton’s First in the Country
Yesterday Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio Collection by Hilton officially opened! Late morning on a gorgeous day, there were a few speeches, the Belizean flag was raised and lunch and champagne were served.
The largest resort in Belize is OPEN.
It marked a project that has been in the works for quite a few years (check out the posts I’ve written below) – and is just one stage in many more that are planned. It is the largest resort on Ambergris Caye – with 106 rooms opening at 12.01am on December 6, 2017. There will be 300 in total. There are now 325,000 square feet of completed buildings. 310 employees. A monumental accomplishment on a large piece of reclaimed land that was completely empty – just dirt and sand -about 5 years ago.
I first properly visited the site less than 2 miles south of San Pedro town in June 2014. Since then there has been an EXPLOSION of activity. New businesses, new buildings, a massive Great House, furnishings, decor, plants…
Belize's 1st Pelagic Trip, Warbler Mania on Halfmoon Caye
So this has been what many Belizean Birders have been waiting for, a Pelagic Birding Trip. For those of who don't know a Pelagic is a trip that goes out in the open ocean look for seabirds (boobies, shearwaters, storm-petrels etc)
This trip has been in planning from the beginning of the year and thanks to the chief Roni Martinez and the Belize Audubon Society the day has come. We boarded the Booby at the Old Belize Marina to start our journey out to the Lighthouse Reef Atoll we had a pretty solid group of birders Roni Martinez, Fidelio Montes , Isaias Morataya, Diego Cruz, Eduardo Ruano, Marcos Corado, Meshack Eliah, Eric Tut and myself. Before the trip even started Eduardo, Marcos and I managed to stumble upon a Brown Noddy in Belize City.
So we took hour two hour journey and our first stop within the Lighthouse Reef Atoll was at a caye called Northern 2 it was supposed to be some sort of mega resort on the atoll but it never really took off ( thankfully) so now the island is abandoned buildings that have become fishing camps and an abandoned airstrip. A perfect stopover point for migrating birds before long we were picking up migrants such as Palm Warblers, Blue Grosbeak, Dickcissels, Merlin, Peregrine Falcons and my first pair of lifers an Acadian Flycatcher and a Prairie Warbler. Other than birds we stumbled across an Allison's Anole an Anole that's found only on a few Islands in the Caribbean.
Hilton’s Mahogany Bay Opens in Belize
There’s a new place to stay on Belize’s Ambergris Caye.
The Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio Collection by Hilton is now welcoming travelers, the property announced Thursday.
Belize’s newest hotel features 205 cottage and villa-style rooms on a 60-acre waterfront site.
The sprawling complex includes 10 different dining outlets, along with bay and beach clubs and event spaces and a 72,000-gallon saltwater pool.
It all adds up to what is the largest hotel in Belize.
CARICOM and Cuba mark 45 years of relationships
The bonds of brotherhood and cooperation between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba, 45 years after the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries of that bloc and the largest of the Antilles, were highlighted on Wednesday in Havana.
During a gala to commemorate the date in the Marti Theater, the Cuban Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ana Teresita Gonzalez, recalled that more than four decades of that courageous decision, the links between peoples and governments of the Caribbean and Cuba have been deepened and made more effective.
González emphasized that a sign of that friendship was the mutual support after the passage of the intense hurricanes Irma and María, which hit the Caribbean last September
SPECIAL OLYMPICS 2017 COROZAL FUND RAISER, 4min.
CCRCS school children going around singing Christmas carols, 1/2min. How adorable.
Mahogany Bay Resort Opens its Doors, 5min. A new luxury resort was launched today in San Pedro just in time for the tourism high season. A year later and over a hundred million dollars in investment, Mahogany Bay resort opened its doors to Hilton members visiting the island. At the launch today, it was announced that this latest CURIO brand resort is among five in the Latin American and Caribbean region. News Five’s Duane Moody was present and files this report.
Belize Reef C1/GoEco highlights 2017, 8min. Thanks to Reef C1 and GoEco for the opportunity to explore the coral reef zones off of the coast of Belize.
Drone footage provided by Polly Alford
Bones in Belize, 22min. SFTV Classic: Mike Mazur, Editor of Fly Fishing In Salt Waters, travels to an exotic offshore atoll surrounded by hungry bonefish and permit.
Carnival Magic Cruise Vlog November 2017 - Part 4: Belize - Altun Ha & River Wallace - ParoDeeJay, 26min. We're rolling on to a 7-day cruise aboard the Carnival Magic out of Port Canaveral, headed to Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay, and Costa Maya! We cruised from November 11-18, 2017. In this episode, we schedule an excursion throuh Carnival called "Altun Ha Mayan Site & River Wallace" where we'll tour a Mayan ruins site, then head out on a river wildlife safari...
Gender-based violence is everyone's business, 1min.
Talk Ah Di Town December 7, 2017, 31min.
Morning Matters Raggamuffuin Tours #2, 65min.
Human Rights Commission, 44min.
Belize High School MOAS 2017, 21min.
Confettii Christmas Tree Decor Tips, 19min.
Kaya Cattouse Annual Cycling Track Games, 17min.
Representatives of the Belize Chamber of Commerce "The CCJ Ruling", 45min.
Belize Barrier Reef, 4.5min.
Belize! Be There!, 8min.
BELIZE, 6.5min. My Family's trip to Belize.
Belize | Travel Diary, 9min. I surprised my hubby with a trip to Belize for his 30th birthday! We stayed at the Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort in Hopkins. This was the best little get away!
Tobacco Caye, Belize 2017, 9min. Small coconut-tree island, 30 minute boat ride from Dangriga, few accommodation, excellent snorkel on the exterior side of the reef
Belize Barrier Reef, 4min.
Belize Don't wanna say goodbye,5 min. Belize coral reef conservation project, November 2017.
Thanks to Reef C1 and GoEco. Shout outs to: Willie, Richard, Linda, Luis and Capiiiitan Choc!
Belizean Christmas Vol. 1., 21min.