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Nayobie’s Hope for Children Project to bring happiness to island children
The Nayobie’s Hope for Children Project will be hosting their second annual fashion show on Friday, December 22nd at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium in San Pedro Town. All proceeds from the event will go towards purchasing gifts for the less fortunate children of the island.
The Nayobie’s Hope for Children Project is a non- governmental organization that is headed by a 14-year old girl named Nayobie Rivero along with the help of her family and friends. The organization was formed recently and focuses on conducting several fundraisers, to raise money to help unprivileged children of Ambergris Caye in many aspects. “Ever since I had class parties and Santa came, one kid in the class wouldn’t get a gift and I always asked myself why would Santa do such thing, then as I grew up I realized that it was because of the economic status of the family that they didn’t get a gift,” said Rivero.
Vildo Westby captured in Mexico; Ayuso family feels vindicated
On Friday, December 8th, news broke on the detainment of Vildo Westby in Las Choapas, Veracruz Mexico. Westby had been on the run since February of this year following the brutal murder of beloved island activist 44-year-old Felix Ayuso. According to Ayuso’s family members, they are grateful for the support the community has rendered and pleased that justice will finally be served. Reports from family members indicate that an anonymous tip led to the discovery of Westby’s hideout. The tip came from a resident of Las Choapas who alerted the family almost a week ago. Since then, family members traveled to Las Choapas to follow up on the tip which led to the successful apprehension of Westby by Mexican police. “We are overjoyed that he has been captured. Felix’s murderer will face justice,” said one of Ayuso’s sisters, Carmen Eiley. She further indicated that a $13,000 reward has been given to the person that tipped them off.
San Pedro R.C Teacher Reymundo Tun Passes Away
San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) Teacher Reymundo Tun passed away last weekend on Friday, December 1st.
For over four years, Teacher Tun taught Standard one, Standard Four and Infant two classes at the SPRCS. According to SPRCS Principal Roxani Kay, he was out on sick leave from October of this year. “He was a very good teacher with a sense of humor. Teacher Tun will surely be missed by the entire staff and the students of SPRCS,” said Kay. Teacher Tun was found dead inside his home in the DFC Area. While no official postmortem examination was issued, San Pedro Police have ruled his death of natural cause.
Free Eye Exam for the entire family from Stanford Professionals. Sunday, December 10th to Thursday, December 14th from 8:30AM to 4:30PM, daily at the San Pedro Lions Den Eye Clinic. Please bring along Social Security or other I.D. and sunglasses for after the eye test. The Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic Christmas Fundraiser will take place on Sunday, December 10th at the Caribbean Villas starting from 11AM to 5:30PM. There will be BBQ on sale for $15; giveaways of a 55” Flat Screen TV, hotel stays, tours, national flights, cell phones, golf cart rentals and bar tabs; as well as live music and several drink specials. Everyone is invited to come out and support a worthy cause.
BTB reports a Positive Increase in the Tourism Industry
For the past ten months of 2017, the tourism arrivals to Belize has been showing a positive trend according to a statistics report issued by Belize Tourism Board (BTB) on Monday, December 4th. The latest report shows that from January to October of this year, there was a 6.79% increase in overnight arrivals with a total of 341,777 visitors, representing over 26,265 more visitors than in the same time last year. Further shown in the industry’s statistics are that Ambergris Caye continues to be the leading tourism destination in the country, hosting 25% of all visitors to the country.
Two new garbage compactors for San Pedro Town
The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) recently purchased two new garbage compactors, and on Tuesday, December 5th one of them arrived on the island.
“We bought these garbage compactors because development on the island is increasing rapidly, so the amount of garbage is also increasing. We need to keep up with the demand,” said Mayor Daniel Guerrero. This is the third compactor acquired by the SPTC this year, with the first one purchased in January. With these two new garbage compactors, the island will now consist of seven trucks used to collect garbage across the island. Guerrero hopes that this will help decrease the amount of garbage not properly disposed of.
Mar de Tumbo Beach Easement Blocked and Moved to New Location
The blockage of an easement way used to access the Mar de Tumbo beach south of San Pedro Town has raised concerns among many island residents. The easement separating two large resorts, Grand Colony Island Villas, and Banyan Bay Suites, was always thought to be public property when indeed it belonged to the properties. It has now been confirmed that the pathway has been fenced closed in order to merge the two properties which are under the same management. The local authorities are in support of the development slated for the area and according to Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the developer has agreed to work on another easement north of their property in order to offer an alternative route for the general public to access the beach. The allegations that the alley was traded for political financial gain by local authorities was rebuke by Mayor Guerrero. The Mayor explained that the reason why San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) allowed the blockage of the easement was only if the resort would provide an alternative access to the beach.
Ayuso Family Releases Details Of Vildo Westby’s Capture
Ambergris Today made contact with the Ayuso Family members who have given details of their efforts to capture and apprehend Vildo Westby, wanted by local authorities for the murder of Felix Ayuso Jr. Through the family’s continued efforts and reward offered on the Justice for Felix page on Facebook, they inform that Vildo Westby has been detained by Mexican authorities.
According to the Ayuso family, after receiving an anonymous tip from a person in Los Choapas, Veracruz of Westby’s whereabout, they quickly mobilized to do everything in their power to capture him.
Caye Caulker Village Receives New Fire Truck
The village of Caye Caulker has received a new fire truck which is now part of the fire-fighting fleet of the National Fire Service.
The truck is a donation from US citizen James York of Beechwold Christian Church, Columbus, Ohio and was shipped to Belize through the assistance of the United States Air Force. It has a 1,000-gallon capacity tank and is capable of discharging water at 150 PSI (pounds per square inch).
The handover ceremony took place on the island on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
Belize Coast Guard Females Giveaway Shoes
There were big smiles at the Holy Cross Anglican School as students were extremely happy to see military personnel handing out shoes at their school on Thursday, December 7, 2017. A team of The Belize Coast Guard Females along with US Marine Corps Civil Affairs Team were on hand to share the Christmas Spirit with the children.
As part of an initiative to involve the Belize Coast Guard females in a community outreach program the girls partnered up with SHINE as a way to empower young girls and women of San Pedro. They held a shoe drive and about 150 children were fitted and given a pair of shoes as well as a coloring book and pencil.
Vildo Westby, Wanted Murderer Of Felix Ayuso, Detained In Mexico
Sources of Ambergris Today have confirmed that Vildo Westby, wanted for the murder of Felix Ayuso, has been detained by Mexican authorities and is being processed for his deportation to Belize.
This information brings a sigh of relief for Felix’s family and the entire Ambergris Caye community who have been waiting for justice for the untimely death of a vibrant member of the community.
Misc Belizean Sources
Mr. Alberto Nuñez
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its sincere condolences to the Nuñez family and friends on the passing of Mr. Alberto "Don Beto" Nuñez.
Mr. Alberto Nuñez, or as affectionately known as "Don Beto" served as Mayor of San Pedro Town from 1997-2003. Before his time as Mayor he ventured into working in various types of trades: in construction, as a fisherman, owned his truck service; he was a "Jack of all trades." His contribution to the island of Ambergris Caye were of passion and perseverance, as he had immense love for his island.
We bid farewell to a true pioneer of San Pedro Town. May his soul rest in peace.
Crocodile Research Coalition's Research Coordinator gets WWF Travel Grant
Congratulations to our Research Coordinator Bets who has received a WWF Travel Grant to attend the 25th Working Meeting of the IUCN/SSC-Crocodile Specialist Group in Argentina!!!! We are so excited about this opportunity for him!
Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber Attends the Sixth Caricom Cuba Summit
Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, represented Belize at the Sixth CARICOM Cuba Summit held in Antigua and Barbuda today, 8 December 2017.
The Summit, which is held every three years, took stock of the cooperation between Cuba and CARICOM and in particular received reports on the progress of two regional projects: Caribbean Regional School of Arts project and the Regional Centre for the Stimulation of the Development in Children, Adolescents and Young People in Jamaica and the Special Educational Needs Associated with Disabilities in Guyana.
Capacity Building for the Improvement of the Production and Uses of Coconuts
The Ministry of Agriculture’s Research, Development & Innovation Center in Central Farm, Cayo District has concluded a five-day training on capacity building for the “Improvement of the Production and Uses of Coconuts". This training is in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Mexican counterpart-SAGARPA.
The training concluded today Friday, December the 12th, benefitting a total of 30 coconut growers and technical personnel from the Ministry of Agriculture and representatives from the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI).
Facilitators for the training were coconut expert Dr. Feliciano Gerardo Balderas and Ms. Matilde Cortazar Rios, both from the Mexican National Institute of Forestry, Agriculture and Fisheries (INIFAP).
Theft and vandalism on Christmas Decorations in San Pedro
Good day everyone, we have received reports of vandalism and theft on our Christmas decorations around town. We are kindly asking the general public to please take care of these decorations as they are for the town and for everyone to enjoy. Please don't be removing or damaging items placed on the roundabouts and at Central Park.
A lot of time, effort and money go into these decorations; therefore, it is sad and frustrating for people to be doing these acts with absolutely no consideration. Thank you for your consideration and understanding.
THE CANE SEASON HAS STARTED: THE SUGAR CANE AND THE NORTHERN MAYA OF BELIZE
The Sugar Cane was introduce in Northern Belize by the Yucatec Maya who fled Mexico during the devastating Yucatan Caste Wars of the 1840's . As the Maya fled to What would become Belize they moved to land already inhabited by a local Yucatec Maya group known as the Icaiché Maya . Also many of the Yucatec Maya rebel group known as the Cruzoob Maya came to Belize during and after the War.
As a result, the area has been the scene of bloody skirmishes between the Maya Masewal and European loggers and other settlers . After the Guerra Social Maya(Caste War) from 1847-1930's many Yucatec Maya in Northern Belize became Cane farmers . Sugar cane became the main income for the Yucatec Maya(Maya Mestizo) communities in northern Belize .
Best wishes to the Cane farmers for a fruitful crop .
Volleyball Team at the Central American Games
Team Belize completes its participation at the Central American Games with a tremendous amount of valuable experience. We are very proud of these players and commit to the ongoing development of Beach Volleyball in Belize.
COROZAL CHEERS UP FOR CHRISTMAS
One of the brightest things that has recently happened to our Corozal community is, literally, pretty clear. The outdated street lights in town with the yellow glare have almost entirely been replaced with more energy efficient brighter led lights.
This initiative by our BEL company is certainly welcome by our Corozal town residents. These brighter street lights will play a major role in deterring petty crime and theft which has been plaguing our peaceful community, among other things, provide clear visibility in terms of traffic at night.
Rock the Reef: Corozal - FREE CONCERT and BUS RIDE
Bus leaves from the Corozal Central Park at 10:00 a.m. Saturday December 9th, and returns from Belize City at 6:30 p.m. (same day). There are 15 seats still available. For reservations call 653-3316 and ask for Ryan Rivera. This Concert is sponsored by OCEANA BELIZE -
"Are you ready to Rock for the Reef? An all star lineup of Belizean artists will take center stage at the Memorial Park in Belize City on Saturday, December 9th at 2:00 p.m. THIS IS A FREE CONCERT. Free snacks and swag bags (while supplies last).
Cayo Music School 2017 Christmas Recital
The Cayo Music School is having their 2017 Christmas recital on Sunday, December 17th, starting at 6:00pm. It'll once again be at the beautiful San Ignacio Resort Hotel.
Gender-Based Violence resources in Belize City
Domestic Violence Unit - Police Department
#9 Queen St., Belize City
Telephone: (501) 223-1080
Hotline: 0 800 292 9688
Family (Magistrate) Court
Bishop St, Belize City, Belize
Telephone: (501) 227-4107
Meet Mrs. Anita Zetina gender based violence advocate in the Belize District!
Her passion for gender based violence advocacy grew when she worked as the Educator/Trainer and then Director of the Women Department back in the 90’s. During her tenure, the first Domestic Violence Act came into realization. This meant facilitating training and awareness sessions on violence against women in all the districts.
Mrs. Zetina also served on the Board of Haven House for many years and continues to support them in whatever way necessary, but particularly, in developing proposals to strengthen the work of Haven House. Likewise, she has supported the work of the Office of the Special Envoy.
Love FM Christmas Parade 2017
The Traffic Dept informs the general public that the Love FM Christmas Parade is this Sunday the 10th December. We are requesting the co operation of all to please not park along Pescador Drive or Barrier Reef Drive between the hours of 3:00pm and 9:00pm. This is to allow the parade to pass and be enjoyed by all. Thank you and hope to see you there. The parade will begin at 5:30pm from Boca del Rio down Laguna Drive into Pescador and then Barrier Reef Drive to the Central Park.
Institute of Archaeology visits Valley of Peace
Monsignor Romero RC School in Valley of Peace invited us to come be a part of their culture day celebration.
Rock the Reef Concert, bus from Benque through San Ignacio
We have a bus traveling from Benque through San Igancio, Belmopan and then Belize City and back for anyone who is interested in attending the concert! Bring your family and friends and help us celebrate that is Belize is saying NO to offshore oil!
Inbox us or call 822-2792 for more information or to confirm a seat
Auditor General’s staff on sick-out
In a statement issued this morning, one staffer of the Auditor General’s announced a sick-out.
“We are opposed to degrading and inhumane treatment of the AG to her staff as well as some of us being targets of workplace bullying” the staffer said.
The statement reiterated that this is not a prank and call for investigation into their claims. So far it appears that no one has heard their plea. There has been no reaction from Auditor General, Dorothy Bradley.
Frequently asked question is what are my benefits in becoming a BTIA member?
Our response is in the accomplishments and advocacy section. Also take a look at what's coming up in 2018!
POLICE PRESS RELEASE ON ACCIDENT
On 8.12.2017 about 11:00 a.m., Belmopan police responded to a report of a Road Traffic Accident between miles 28 & 29 on the Hummingbird Highway. Upon arrival, 35-year-old Mark Westby, driver for Bowen & Bowen, reported that sometime between 10:30am and 11:00am today, 25-year-old Roy Bonnel, driver for Bowen & Bowen, was driving towards Dangriga Town in an 18-wheeler Bowen & Bowen truck,. Whilst travelling up a hill on a curve between miles 28 and 29, Bonnel lost control of the truck which overturned on its left side, trapping him behind the steering wheel. As a result, Bonnel suffered a broken lower left foot; Mark Westby, who was seated on the passenger side, complained of pain to the left side of his body.
Gold panners in southern Chiquibul use and leave behind camps
These camps would be used for a few weeks only and then they move to another area.
Kudos to the Belize Police Department, Belmopan Branch for assisting persons with diverse abilities as part of Disability Awareness Week!
"Sometimes the poor and the elderly are the most forgotten in our society", Superintendent Howell Gillett said. As part of Disability Awareness Week, Belmopan Police are assisting persons with diverse abilities. The week is being observed under the theme "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.
Mr. Alberto "Beto" Nunez' Funeral Cortege
We ask the public to please not park or obstruct Pescador Drive and Black Coral street tomorrow, Saturday, and respect the funeral cortege of former Mayor of San Pedro, Mr, Alberto "Beto" Nunez . The cortege will leave his residence at 11:30am. Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
House Meets, No Vote on the 90 Million - Not Yet
There was a House Meeting in Belmopan today - but for all those of you who expected a drastic showdown on the vote for and against the 90.6 million owed to the Belize Bank - it didn't happen.
That's because this house meeting had been scheduled from before the CCJ judgement was handed down on November 22nd. So today's sitting was the regular final house meeting of the calendar year. To vote on the 90 million - the Prime Minister will have to call a Special Sitting. But he will only do that after the Bank has formally served him with a certificate for the amount that is due on the award. That must be done within 21 days of the judgement, and we are at day 16.
The PM today told the press that the dramatic meeting featuring the vote on the 90.6 million dollar award will probably come in the first week of January:...
PM Has "No Quarrel" With NTUCB Position to Pay In Installments
Back to court - but what the Prime Minister seems to want is something like what the NUTCB proposed, a Special Investigating Body to find out why Belize got stuck with the debt, and nothing to show for it.
The Prime Minister said that - unlike the Chamber of Commerce - he has no quarrel with the NTUCB's resolution - even though they concluded that the 90.6 million dollars must be paid - in installments:...
Jules Vasquez - Reporter:
"The NTUCB put out a resolution..."
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister:
"Completely different from the Chamber. That is my quarrel with the Chamber. The NTUCB said the monies should be paid in installments, whether in fact, that is possible by way of the vote of parliament is another matter..."
Auditor General In Trouble With Staff, PM Exploring Options
And speaking of quarrels - it seems the staff of the Auditor General's office has a big one with their boss, the Auditor General Dorothy Bradley. The staff staged a sickout in protest today. This is after they circulated a letter to the media saying, quote, "we are unable to function properly due to the EXTREME lack of knowledge of the appointed Auditor General." They warn, quote, "something has to be done because frustration and aggravation (are) approaching critical levels." End quote.
Now, this is the same Auditor General responsible for those three damning reports detailing countless acts of corruption at the Immigration Department. She's a kind of sacred cow for anti-corruption crusaders but her staff is saying they are in quote, "full desperation mode," end quote.
PM On The Franze Parke Exit
And while the Auditor General is in a delicate position and faces an uncertain future, Justice of Appeal Franz Parke has already headed for the exit. Today, the Prime Minister discussed the unceremonious departure of his old college buddy - which came after the attorney for the leader of the opposition sent the government a letter detailing nine times Parke was brought under scrutiny for professional misconduct while working as a legal professional in the US. The PM says Parke could have defended his reputation, but figured it wasn't worth the trouble or the embarrassment to the judiciary:...
Marilyn Williams, Former UDP Candidate To Be High Court Judge
And while Parke has returned to Florida under a cloud, now, one of the Prime Minister's ardent supporters is about to ascend to the Supreme Court bench. Former UDP candidate and current chair of the Integrity Commission Marilyn Williams is expected to be sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court tin January. Today the PM said he agrees with the choice - but he didn't make it:
Jules Vasquez - Reporter:
"The ascension of Marilyn Williams, we are told she will be named to the Supreme Court. We know she is a quite ardent supporter of yourself and of your administration and a former candidate."
Rasheed Charged For Trying To Kill Cousin Russell Juniour
When we left you yesterday, it was with the news that 26 year old wanted man, Rasheed Hyde had just turned himself in to Cayo Police. He was wanted for for the attempted murder of his own cousin, 24 year old Russell Hyde Jr. Russell was shot at a meat shop in Santa Elena by someone who lured him there from his Belmopan home.
Well, police say it's Rasheed who pulled the trigger while 48 year old Michael Mendoza helped him out.
Flames Engulf Old Wooden Home On Southside
Another city home was destroyed by fire at midday - this time it was on Allenby Street - about a half mile from our studio in the Queen Square area. The owner, 61 year old Marie Ariola was inside the house cooking when the fire started in an upstairs bedroom. Fortunately Ariola got out just in time before the flames engulfed the entire wooden structure. A neighbor gave us an account of what she saw off camera.
Voice of - Area Resident:
"I was almost at the corner and I saw the smoke but it wasn't that big, so I went by the window and I told the guys in the barber shop to come out because a little kid just told me a lady upstairs is screaming and I saw smoke but it wasn't big. So afterwards I ran and told the guys to come. It appeared that the lady in the house and it was on fire but it wasn't big and after I called the lady and screaming for help."
18 Wheeler Tumbles Off One Of Those Hummingbird Hills
There was an accident this morning on the Hummingbird Highway in which a Bowen & Bowen truck overturned on one of those deep rolling hills. Fortunately, no one was killed, but the driver and his side-man are now recovering from the injuries they suffered.
It happened sometime between 10:30 and 11:00, between miles 28 and 29. 25 year-old Roy Bonnel was driving the 18-wheeler along with 35 year-old Mark Westby.
They were heading towards Dangriga. While they were climbing up a hill on a curve, Bonnel reportedly lost control of the truck. It ran off the road, and flipped over on its driver's side. The accident caused Bonnel to be trapped behind the steering wheel, and he suffered a broken lower left foot. Westby, who was seated in the passenger side, complained about pain to the left side of his body.
Oil Moratorium Legislation Passes With Bi-partisan Support
We've already shown you a whole lot from Belmopan tonight - but we haven't even touched any of the House business. And that's because there wasn't much. The only bill of serious mention is the Moratorium on Offshore Oil Exploration known as the Petroleum Operations Bill, 2017. In a rare show of bi-partisanship, this one had PUP support. Opposition Leader John Briceno called it a people's victory :...
Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition:
"This is a victory of the people Madam Speaker, because it of what they say "people power" that today we are working on this bill that we hope will soon become an act and law of the land."
"Look at the Spanish Lookout oil field. What did we get? We got a little over 600 million dollars Madam Speaker. Oil done. Money done. And what do we have to show for it? Poverty didn't go down. We didn't say we give thousands of students scholarships out of the oil money, but the money gone, the money finished, the oil finished. The point I'm trying to make, we can't risk for a little bit of oil to do oil exploration into our waters, because when you look at the Belize Barrier Reef, in my mind, the Belize Barrier Reef gives us more than 600 million dollars every year."
Cayo South Rep. Speaks Up For Slain Villager
But those were pretty much the only sparks that flew the whole day. Even when the often pugnacious Julius Espat stood up to speak on the killing of 20 year old Teakettle Villager Edwin Antonio Baires Hernandez - he tried to be constructive, not combative.
Espat says it happened din his division where he claims villagers fear police:...
Hon. Julius Espat, Cayo South:
"This person was not charged for anything that was killed. This person had no criminal activity, but yet the security forces went in and as a consequence of the person being shot, Madam Speaker, he died. Well people well he choked to death, but why did he choked to death? Well it could be 1) because the shot created something in his body for solids to be able to stuck in his throat. That is a possibility..."
DPM Faber With Raul Castro At CARICOM Cuba Summit.
We didn't see Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber at today's House Meeting in Belmopan. That's because he was representing Belize today in Antigua And Barbuda for the 6th CARICOM Cuba Summit.
It is held every 3 years, and at today's summit, the representatives of the CARICOM Nations took stock of the cooperation agreement between CARICOM and Cuba, particularly in 2 areas. Those were the Caribbean Regional School of Arts Project, and the Regional Centre for the Stimulation of the Development in Children, Adolescence and Young People in Jamaica, and the Special Educational Needs Associated with Disabilities in Guyana.
Civil Aviation Dept. Celebrates Their Day With Style
Yesterday, all over the world, those who work in the civil aviation industry celebrated International Civil Aviation Day.
In Belize, the Civil Aviation Department postponed their observance until today when they inaugurated the newly built and equipped second floor of their headquarters at the Philip Goldson International Airport. 7News was there, and Daniel Ortiz got to see a few of the new toys that the Air Traffic Controllers got just in time for Christmas. Here's his story:
The Minister of Civil Aviation and the President of COCESNA were the VIP's who cut the ribbon and officially opened the 2nd Floor of the Civil Aviation Department's Headquarters. It was the highlight of today's celebration of International Civil Aviation Day.
And why not? This building houses the state of the art equipment for the Air Traffic Controllers, newly purchased and installed.
In fact, just to access the building, one has to scan his or her thumbprint.
The Craft Of Coconut Production
For most, especially coconut connoisseurs, cutting and peeling a coconut is simple, second nature. Well, a lot more goes into the production of coconuts. And to ensure that coconut growers have a full grasp of that process, the Ministry of Agriculture hosted a 5 day training on the production and uses of coconuts. Some of the areas covered include: The types of coconuts used for planting and consumption of coconut water, diseases impacting the industry, measures and methods on how to make the coconut farms more resistant to the diseases and best harvesting practices among other topics. 30 coconut growers participated. The training concluded today.
Rowan Returns, Triumphant
Rowan Garel is in Belize to celebrate his big win as this year's Caribbean Adventure Ambassador. He bested 4 other competitors with the most votes. To welcome this regional champ home, his supporters organized a motorcade which started from the PGIA and moved into Belize City at the BCVI parking lot. Garel told us he was surprised to find out he would be the star of the parade.
Rowan Garel - Caribbean Adventure Ambassador:
"It's really an honor being in this motorcaded, didn't expect anything like this when I got back."
Hon. "Reemo" Raves About Rowan
And from the streets of the city to the seat of power in Belmopan, Rowan's area representative sang his praises at the National Assembly Building:...
Hon. Kareem Musa - Caribbean Shores:
"I wish to recognize, honour and congratulate a young community leader and if I dare say a national hero in my opinion and that is young Rowan Garel. Just 2 days ago Rowan made history again and this time across our region by being named this year's Caribbean Adventure Ambassador. At just 19 years old Rowan is a great example of dedication, energy and greatness of youth. On behalf of the residence of Caribbean Shores Madam Speaker and the people of Belize I offer big respect and congratulations to Rowan for showing us how the active citizen should participate."
A GOB Gift For Every Blue Boy
And that was a rare feel-good moment for the Caribbean Shores Representative who is often on the political attack. And, mostly, that was the mood that prevailed at today's three hour house meeting. In fact it ended with bouquets of Christmas cheer, both in cash and in kind, being volleyed across the house floor:...
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister:
"May I just say to colleagues on the other side that plantain noh di eat like rice but there is a little $12,500 for each of you for Christmas cheer so that your constituents would be able to [buy turkey], right!"
"No man, we go through Ministry of Human Development, you just put in your order and they will do. Merry Christmas Madam Speaker, Merry Christmas to you."
UDP Doubled Up On Cheer
And while the PUP representatives were grateful for the $12,500 in Christmas cheer for their constituents - the press had to look that political gift horse all the way down its mouth - to find out that their UDP counterparts got twice that:...
"Its $12,500 for the opposition so I would ask you how much are the government's side getting?"
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow:
"You are a hell of a fellow, not even the opposition asked that and you want to know that. Nothing is secret sir and you know we never try to conceal anything. We will get double sir."
Hon. Oscar, The "Gargon" of Independence Hill
And in one more humorous touch from today's meeting, Toledo West Representative Oscar Requena stood up to ask for urgent intervention on behalf of the Santa Cruz villagers who live near the Yok Balum Cave. He says they cannot access the cave for tourism purposes because NICH won't let them. The PM said he doesn't have to impress them with his advocacy :..
A Different Kind of Police Drama
We know about the GSU, SPU, Southside Strike Team and K-9 Unit but we don't hear too much from the police drama club. Yes, there are some talented and funny actors in the police department who can put on a good show. Today, they went around to different city schools to perform a skit. We dropped by to see them in action at the Nazarene High School and one of the lead actors told us more about their message.
There are 16 members in the Police Drama Club. The club was formed several years ago and they perform every year during the 16 Days of Activism. This year they took their show on the road starting off in Corozal and Orange Walk then to Benque and Belize City.
Belizean Athletes To CA Games
Yesterday we showed the track and field athletes who left for the Central American Games in Nicaragua.
Well today the Belize male and female National Volleyball Teams had their turn. Before their flight, we got a chance to speak with them.
Here's what they told us about their expectations:
This year's Central American Games end on Sunday, December 17.
A First Bronze For Belize
So far, Belize has only earned one medal and that's a bronze in basketball.
We leave you tonight with the medal ceremony for that event - which was held last night in Managua. The video is courtesy William Ysaguirre.
Enjoy...and have a great night and a super weekend. Join us back here on Monday.
P.M. Says Hold Off on U.H.S. Debt Payment until House Meets Next
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Accused Killer, Accomplice Surrender to Police
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Accused Murderer of Felix Ayuso Nabbed in Mexico
He has been on the run for more than six months, but tonight wanted man Vildo Westby is in police custody. Westby was the prime suspect in the murder of [...]
Senior Citizen Loses Home to Fire for Second Time
A sixty-one-year-old Belize City woman managed to get out of her burning house on Allenby Street at about midday today. A fire spread quickly and could not be contained destroying [...]
Ambassador Rowan Comes Home; Gets Big-Up in House
Rowan Garel is the new Caribbean Adventure Ambassador for the region. Garel was among several other persons shortlisted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization and after a voting period, the inspiring [...]
Auditor General and Colleagues at War; Can P.M. Intervene?
Auditor General Dorothy Bradley appears to be at war with her own colleagues in the Supreme Audit Institution. Today, News Five received reports that employees staged a “sick-out” in protest [...]
The Oil Moratorium is in Effect
Seven years of work has resulted in an overturn of the status quo ante regarding offshore petroleum operations in Belize’s marine territory. With little debate and bipartisan support, the National [...]
Taiwan Comes Through Again – US $40 Million over 4Years
The eagerly-awaited motion on Universal Health Services was not tabled today, but another money-related motion was. A forty-million U.S. dollar motion for a loan from the Export-Import Bank of the [...]
The Last Gasp of Petrocaribe in the House
The Government also introduced the third General Revenue Appropriation Supplementary Bill of 2017, concerning the last of the Petrocaribe funds spent by Government. After several years of riding high on [...]
Can Police Turn Over a New Leaf?
On the adjournment, a variety of topics were raised, usually about outstanding current issues. One is the ongoing battle between police and citizens, exemplified in the recent death of Edwin [...]
Christmas Wishes and Cheer from Belmopan
Our last story from the House of Representatives is a positive one, and may even be anticipated in some quarters. There were wishes of goodwill from both sides of the [...]
Special Olympians in Action
The Special Olympics games culminated Disabilities Week today. Over three hundred athletes converged at the Marion Jones Stadium in the city; the largest contingent came from Orange Walk, and the [...]
Anniversary and New Offices for Civil Aviation Department
The Government of Belize and COCESNA have invested roughly thirteen million dollars for better management and security for the airspaces within Belize. Today the Department of Civil Aviation officially opened [...]
Honoring Relationship between CARICOM and Cuba
The Sixth CARICOM Cuba Summit took place in Antigua and Barbuda, where Belize is being represented by Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber. The top-level diplomatic conference is held triennially and [...]
University of Belize Debuts MBA Program
The first graduate’s program was launched at the University of Belize this past Thursday, opening new opportunities for Belizean students to pursue higher education here at home. The first program [...]
A Mom’s Life with Disabled Kids
Raising children with disabilities is a challenge for any family. Tonight, through the National Resource Center for Inclusive Education of the Ministry of Education, we go inside the home of [...]
Please Keep Giving to Salvation Army
It’s Christmas time and the bells are ringing – that’s the salvation army kettle bells. If you are going about the city, you are bound to see the season’s symbolic [...]
Bodybuilders Off to Central American Games
A team of Belizean bodybuilding and fitness athletes is getting ready for the Central American Games. After three rounds of vetting, Mister Belize Clayton Greenidge, and four other well-known bodybuilding [...]
Capturing the Impact of HIV/AIDS in Art
Five young artists used their talents to create works of art to show why HIV/AIDS patients have a right to medical access. On Thursday, the National AIDS Commission donated the [...]
Last House Meeting for 2017
Today the House of Representatives met in Belmopan, but, not to vote on the ninety million dollar UHS debt. That sitting has yet to be called and the Belize Bank Limited is determined to collect what is owed. Courtenay Coye LLP Law firm has written to the Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte, on behalf of the […]
PM reveals the Reason Behind Parke’s Resignation
Four days ago, Franz Parke resigned from the post of Justice of the Court of Appeal. His resignation came unexpected for many, but for a few in the PUP it was no surprise. A week before the announcement was made, the PUP through its attorneys sent a letter to Solicitor General Nigel Hawke. The letter […]
Is Chief Justice unable to Handle his Case Load?
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin was supposed to hand down the ruling in the Gaspar Vega versus Ramon Cervantes case today. This is according to a projected schedule for delivery of outstanding judgments by the Chief Justice published earlier this year. That did not happen, as we have noticed with other judgments scheduled for delivery. As […]
PM on Leader of Opposition buck heads on Oil Moratorium
At the sitting of the House of Representatives today, the Petroleum Operations (Maritime Zone Moratorium) Bill went through its final reading. The bill seeks to impose a moratorium on oil exploration and other petroleum operations in the maritime zone of Belize. While the bill received bi-partisan support Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Opposition Leader […]
Taiwan continues to Financial support Belize
A loan motion of forty million US dollars from the Republic of China, Taiwan, was read today at the Sitting of the House of Representatives in Belmopan. The Government of Belize through its bi-lateral program of economic cooperation and development with the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has received an offer of further […]
Mexico to hand over Vildo Westby to Belize
Reports are that Vildo Westby is in custody of Mexican authorities and is expected to be handed over to law enforcement officers in Belize. Westby is wanted by Police in connection with the murder of 44-year-old Felix Ayuso who was murdered in early February in San Pedro. His body was found with multiple stab wounds. […]
Rasheed Hyde surrenders to Police
On Thursday the police department issued a wanted poster for 26-year-old Rasheed Hyde. He was being sought by police for the attempt on Russell Hyde Junior’s life on Monday of this week. Today police confirmed that Rasheed Hyde, who is a cousin to Russell Hyde, handed himself into police on Thursday. San Ignacio Police have […]
Family loses Everything in House Fire
Two years ago a family managed to save their home from being destroyed by fire; unfortunately, this time around the house was completely gutted by fire. The fire broke-out sometime before noon this morning at #3 Allenby Street and now the family is left homeless. Lovenews spoke with the neighbor who witnessed the fire. Neighbour […]
Traffic Accident sends Man to the Hospital
A man was seriously injured after the truck he was in overturned on the Hummingbird Highway. Correspondent Fem Cruz reports. Fem Cruz, Love FM “A driver of a Bowen and Bowen delivery trailer truck narrowly escaped death after he overturned and was trapped inside the truck he was driving. Love News understands that sometime around […]
Findings into Plane Crash has not been released
The results of an investigation into the incident where a Tropic Air aircraft crash-landed in the sea moments after it attempted lift-off at the Placencia airstrip in November are still to be released. Today Director of Civil Aviation Lindsay Garbutt says they are awaiting the report. Lindsay Garbutt – Director of Civil Aviation “Our responsibility […]
Rowan Garel is the Caribbean Adventure Ambassador
Rowan Garel has been bestowed with the title of the Caribbean Adventure Ambassador. Garel won the title after receiving a total of 1975 votes. Garel is a Belizean who was born blind; however, he does not allow his blindness to limit him. Garel has undertaken many daunting activities such as climbing the Victoria Peak, which […]
UB launches Graduate Program
The University of Belize has launched its first graduate program. The Master of Business Administration program will last for 18 months. Chairman of UB’s Board of Directors, Harrison Pilgrim spoke of the importance of the program. Harrison Pilgrim – Chairman “What an MBA graduate brings to the organization is fresh eyes, fresh insights, fresh ideas, […]
Challenges ahead for Sugar Industry
The sugar industry faces some serious challenges ahead following the price cuts in the European market. That’s only one, however, as the changes now push the industry to adapt to competing with other sugar producing countries worldwide which enjoy lower production costs. Additionally, the global market prices fluctuate. To help improve its competitiveness and find […]
Amputees will be able to walk again with Prosthetic Leg
Many of us take walking for granted while others can only dream of walking. Persons who have lost a leg have difficulty to move around and enjoy life like the rest of us. At times, these persons even lose hope since their disability restricts them. Many amputees can only dream of walking again since a […]
Audit Employees at odds with Auditor General.
Yesterday Love News broke the story of rising tensions within the Audit Department. As we reported, public service workers within the Audit department are not happy with the Auditor General, Dorothy Bradley. Love News has been in constant contact with several of the employees and from the documents and recordings we have received, frustrations within […]