Today's Belize News: December 30, 2017
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Dangriga’s Ligemeri Wanaragua wins Senior Habinaha Wanaragua Jankunu Competition 2017
Dangriga’s Ligemeri Wanaragua won the Senior Habinahan Wanaragua Jankunu Competition 2017 on Tuesday, December 26th in Dangriga Town. The Jankunu competition saw seven teams competing for the title: Irahuñu Lidan Aban, Houn Gurigia, Legemeri Wanaragua, Lalagante Wanaragua, and Wabaña from Dangriga Town, Habariñu Wayunagu from Punta Gorda Town and Seine-Bight Village’s Libaña Biedi.
The Habinahan Wanaragua is an annual Jankunu competition organized in Dangriga Town which is known as the “Culture Capital” for its rich preservation of the Garifuna Culture through modern days. The competition is spectacular, colorful and the very embodiment of the Garifuna Culture, as it reunites the best Jankunu dancers throughout the entire country. Usually held the last Sunday of the year following Christmas Day, the date is a practical one. Many Belizeans living abroad return home during this season to attend this magnificent encounter of Jankunu dancers.
PIC OF THE WEEK: Traveling Mermaid In San Pedro Belize
There was a traveling mermaid in Belize during the Holidays and she was vacationing around the country taking stunning pictures. Mermaid Hyli caught our attention on Instagram with her beautiful long red hair and gorgeous mermaid tail as her husband took pictures of her at various locations in Belize, including San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. According to her account, she is a traveling Mermaid, making a splash wherever she goes. Visit her Instagram account for more gorgeous mermaid pictures in Belize.
BEL Cautions Against Life-Threatening Practices
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) is concerned about life-threatening practices of buildings being constructed and people working dangerously close to power lines, following two fatal incidents this year.
Last week, a resident of Independence Village lost his life whilst trimming a tree near high voltage power lines. Similarly, in June, a construction worker was electrocuted in Placencia whilst working near high voltage power lines. The Company extends condolences to the families who lost their loved ones due to these extremely tragic incidents.
BEL is pleading to the public to desist from constructing structures and planting trees near power lines.
Misc Belizean Sources
Temporary Closure of the San Estevan Ferry
The public, motorists in particular, are hereby informed that the San Estevan Ferry in the Orange Walk District will be closed to all traffic from 10:00 a.m. today, December 29, 2017, until Wednesday, January 10, 2018. The closure has become necessary to enable urgent maintenance to be done on the ferry.
The Ministry of Works regrets the inconvenience.
New Year's Eve Countdown at Central Park
SUNDAY! Come out to the Central Park and bring in the New Year 2018! Music by JLA Sounds, Island Fayah, DJ Debbie, Dajah and DJ JAGO! And don't forget! We will also have CARIBBEAN ROOTS BAND to party the night away! We will have party favors and FIREWORKS!
Job vacancy at Enjoy Restaurant and Bar on Caye Caulker
New Year's Eve at the Radisson
New Year's Eve 2018 at the Radisson with Oscar B - Oscar Benjamin, Supa G and the baddest band in the land Gilharry 7 Band
Party all night long with welcome cocktails, party favors, champagne toasts, happy hour prices and breakfast at 5am!
Tickets available at the front desk $60 Single and $100 per couple OR call 223-3333 to ask about the full New Year's Eve Party Package with a single or double room for only $170usd!
Benque Youths Christmas Party 2017
The Department of Youth Services had their Christmas party for the youths of Benque, and it was very well attended. Thanks go out to the DYS, Benque 4H Club, and the Opening Roads for Future Generations Organization.
Pictures of the event taken by Mr. Murillo.
"Benque Children’s and Youths Christmas Party was a Success. Having a total of 216 persons attending, 121 kids and 54 youths and 41 adults. We want to thank every sponsor, volunteer and persons who assisted in making this event possible. This Year’s Children’s and Youth Christmas party was organized by the Department of Youth Services Benque, Benque Viejo 4H Club and Opening Roads for Future Generations Organization. Some of the activities that encompassed this event were lots of games, Piñatas, food, and awards given out by the Benque Viejo 4H Club, and awards given out by our very own officers in Benque recognizing the people that have been there to support our activities and exceptional people who are doing great things in their community."
Clean-up of Corozal Bay Area
I congratulate and commend the Corozal Rotaract Club for organizing the clean-up of Corozal Bay Area this morning. Our town progresses when leaders realize that WORK gets done not by sitting idly by but by being actively involved!! Councillor Candidate Otoniel Riverol and I were proud to join the volunteers in getting our feet wet and hands a bit dirty to make Corozal Town's beautiful coast healthier. To those groups and their volunteers who have done the initiative in the past, I salute you. We'll have a better future because of your efforts! Keep Corozal Town clean and Beautiful.
End of Year Water, Shore and Coastal Clean Up 2017
End the year with a BANG! We are very pleased with the turn out for Rotaract's End of Year Clean Up Campaign. We were pleased to see people of all ages come out to support this event. Would like to give special mention to members from the CJC EAGLEs Environmental Club, Ryan Rivera from Oceana Belize, Mr Lincoln E. Eiley, Mrs Colleen Steege and Mr Bruce Steege, you guys were amazing I must say, to Mr. Rigo Vellos and Mr Otoniel Riverol, Mr Richard Quan and members of Corozal Bay, The Corozal Policing Unit that brought out the Cadetes and the Corozal Town Council.
United as a community we can achieve so much. Once again, thank you everyone who participated.
Changes going on at the old Sunset Grill in San Pedro
Fareed Ahmad, Questions Abound About Death of 39 Year Old
Last night, we told you about the very questionable death of 39 year-old Fareed Ahmad, the well-known barber from Hattieville who was shot in the face, and then crashed into a vehicle on the side of the road. It happened about a mile away from his home, just after midnight on Thursday.
His family believes he was murdered. And while his death has not been established as a homicide, fingers are pointing at his passenger, Woman Police Constable Michelle Brown. She was inside his vehicle with her service weapon. No one has been able to say with certainty what she was doing inside the vehicle - leaving many more questions than answers tonight.
On one side, there is a grieving family that is demanding answers and accountability, and then, there are the police investigators who are trying to be fair.
What Was Teacher Killed A Long Way From Home?
In the case of teacher Desmond Lewis, it is more straightforward. The teacher from Independence Village was found on Maureen Leslie Street yesterday morning with his throat slashed and other stab wounds to the chest.
Lewis, who lives in Dangriga came to Belize, and he was staying with a friend on that street in Belize City. Reports are that he was found dead kneeling between two bed posts in his friend's home.
The Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch shared what information he had on Lewis' murder:
BNTU Says Teacher's Murder Speaks To Intolerance
And, the Belize National Teachers Union also had something to say about Desmond Lewis - who was a teacher and union member.
The statement condemns what it calls "a vicious murder" - and alludes to his lifestyle, saying, quote, "(it) is not only unfortunate, but it speaks to the level of intolerance of some of our people." The statement calls him a "hard working, dedicated, appreciated and respected" member of society. They conclude, quote, "We have lost a loyal soldier. Enough is enough. Lives must be respected," end quote.
Police Puzzle Over Man Found Dead In River
Assistant Police Commissioner Myvette also discussed the murder of Errol Gabourel Smith. He's the Roaring Creek resident who was found floating in the river, an area near the Y-Wam Bridge in the village, early on Wednesday morning. Someone shot him in the head and attempted to dispose of his body. But before it could be carried off by the current, it was found by villagers who went to the area that morning. Today, Myvette told us that they have a suspect, who is in the custody of Corozal Police:
PM Says 40 M USD Approved For Caracol Road
Prime Minister Dean Barrow released his annual New Year's message about two hours ago. Mostly, the message focusses on his administration's calling card, which has emerged as infrastructure. And what caught our eye in the 12 minute address is the news that Government has recently secured funding for the full paving of the Caracol Road:
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize:
"I just received a letter from the director general of OFID confirming an offer of a 40 million US financing package for construction of the entire Caracol Road."
"We had thought we would need several partners to fund a project of this magnitude which will greatly add to the overall tourism vision and open up the natural and environmental wonder of that entire area including Mountain Pine Ridge."
The Resolution Solution
And while the Prime Minister has his plan for the New Year, what about your New Year's resolution?
After last weekend's ham, turkey, and the warmth of family, now, we're turning to the New Year - and, more than just a reason to party, it's time for stocktaking and decision making about 2018. Today we hit Albert Street and asked about folks what they plan to do in the big 1-8:
"I am from Germany."
"Yea I wish you all the best and Happy New Year."
Sahar Vasquez, reporter:
"Can you tell us Happy New Year in German?"
"Frohes Neues Jahr and Happy New Year."
AG Frowns Over News Breaking Story of Extradition Request For Attorney
Attorney General Mike Peyreffite says the his ministry has only recently received the extradition request for attorney Andrew Bennett, and the Solicitor General has not gone through it fully as yet.
Under the extradition law - the Solicitor General acts as the attorney for the US government so he has to be fully conversant with the facts and convinced of the validity of the request.
Peyreffite said that he feels it is unfair to the accused that the news knows the facts of case, before the extradition request goes through its due process.
Police Say Old Man Found On Road Wasn't Killed
Last week we told you about Cladius Meighan, the 80 year old who was found on the shoulder of the road, near mile three on the George Price Highway on Tuesday 19th December. He had a major injury to the back of his head - but no one knew how he got it.
That left him critically injured and Meighan succumbed to his injuries on Christmas Day. Today police said they don't think he was killed.
ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC, CIB Belize City:
"Reference the incident where Mr. Cladius Meighan was found on the 19th December on the George Price Highway, the postmortem was conducted this morning. The doctor has certified that the cause of death due to a fall that he had received and it is not consistent with any road traffic accident or any knock intentionally by anybody. So it was caused by him falling and caused him to go in a coma and thereafter he suffered from a lung collapse that caused his death."
Cops Helping With Man Missing For 3 Days
So, while police say that Meighan died of natural causes, they have no idea where Belize City Resident Jamal Humes is.
You'll remember his mother's interview with us in which she said she last saw her son on Boxing Day. Well, today, Police said that they have been trying to facilitate the family in their search for him:
ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC, CIB Belize City:
"Reference the missing person's [report] of Mr. Humes, at this moment police are along with family members in the Jane Usher and Faber's Road area conducting some searches. As I had mentioned previously, the investigators had been up to eight miles in different areas conducting searches based on information that we have been receiving. Reference Mr. Rodriguez, we have constant communication with the family and up to now we don't have a trace of where he can be."
Police Opened Grave Looking For Pollard
And, the cops are also trying their best to accommodate the family of 49 year old Belize City resident Mark Pollard went missing on a morning run in early July.
Assistant Superintendent Cowo say they even went and broke open a grave in Lord Ridge Cemetery to follow up on rumours that his remains may have been in there:
ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC, CIB Belize City:
"Reference the missing person Mr. Pollard, several rumors have been coming out remains being found. Let me inform you that yesterday we received permission from the Health Department and this morning the police department along with family members broke the tomb of the Pollard's at the Lord Ridge Cemetery and it was viewed and there is no bones additional in there as was allege by other persons. So that matter is still being investigated as a missing person."
Shawn Lord, Clear of Court, Alleged Thief
The cops also shared the details of the case coming out of the San Ignacio Magistrate's Court in which just over 2 thousand dollars went missing from the public purse.
ACP Myvette briefed the press on why Shawn Lord, a clerk at the Belize City Magistrate Court, is being accused of theft for the missing money:
ACP Joseph Myvette - Head National Crimes Investigation:
"Additionally one report was received from the San Ignacio magistrate court regarding the theft of monies amounting to $2,010. The report is that on the 14th November whilst Shawn Lord, 29 years old first class clerk of Belize City was at the magistrate court in San Ignacio doing some work. Two revenue collectors receipts were missing from the revenue collectors receipt book and the monies were not accounted for at the end of the day. As a consequence a report was made an investigation was done and yesterday he was formally arrested and charge for one count of theft. He was taken to court and granted bail."
Dialysis Solution For City
With lifestyle diseases such as hypertension and diabetes on the rise in Belize, it's no surprise that kidney failure is following closely behind. And for those with end stage renal failure - the only option to keep them alive is dialysis - which is both costly and scarce. There are probably less than 40 working dialysis machines countrywide - and the majority are concentrated in the north.
That's why many with kidney failure have been breathing easier since the middle of this month when a new dialysis center opened here in the city. This has taken the stress of repeated long drives off persons who are already ailing. Today we visited the centre and found out more from the nurse and patients.
Picked Up A Pickup In Big Raffle
The Rotary Club of Belize has become well known for its Grand Christmas Raffle and this year was no different. The prize is always big - but so is the buy-in - tickets usually go for a hundred dollars each!
But there's a good reason for it. The big prize this year was a brand new Ford Ranger off the dealer's lot. The winner went to pick it up today and 7News was there. Dion Robinson told us that somehow he just felt that he would win:
"Buying the ticket at the time no I just did it as a form of donation to Rotary but for the last couple days when I knew the drawing was coming up I felt that I was going to win it. This morning I gave my wife the phone when the drawing was about to play. I said hold my phone they are going to call us right now and they did."
Honorary Soca Citizen Returns
If you don't have any new year's plans as yet you can celebrate with Oscar B.
He's the performer who's been to Belize so many times, over so many years that we have to call him an Honorary Soca citizen. He's back - this time for Radisson's New Year's Bash. Today, he, along with the Food and Beverage Director at Radisson told us why theirs is the concert of choice for the biggest party of the year.
Doors open at 9:00 on Sunday night and the party goes until 5:00 New Years day when breakfast will be served.
Parties Will Be Policed
And while Sunday is the bashment night, many will start their news year's partying from tonight. But while the young, and the young at heart are on the cusp of the biggest party weekend of the year, the police department is concerned about citizen safety. They want to make sure that there are no repeats in the alarming number of deaths from traffic accidents and homicides which happened during the Christmas holiday.
Today, Assistant Police Commissioner Dezerie Magdaleno, the Regional Commander for Eastern Division, told the press, that the big New Years party in the City will be as secure as they can possibly make it for such a mass-gathering:
Roadblocks Aplenty This Weekend For Traffic Safety
And to try to prevent drinking and driving this weekend, Police will be rolling out checkpoints all across the country.
The Commander of Operations in Belmopan said that if you are a motorist, you should see heightened police presence in all the municipalities and villages:
Police are asking for your patience and cooperation should there be any inconveniences caused by the police checkpoints. Additionally, motorists are encouraged to report any issues they may have with officers at these checkpoints. An on-duty supervisor will be available to take complaints of misbehavior if any occurs.
2017, Looking Back
It's our last newscast before the new year, so, we'll end as we always do with our New Year's look back at some of the stories that made news in 2017 - which our editor Lance Howard has been laboring over all week.
And for those true news fanatics, who'd like to see the 100 stories that made the most news in 2017, you can tune in on Sunday night at 6:00 or Monday at noon, for the full repeat of those stories.
We wish all of you a happy and safe new year - and we look forward to being there for you in 2018.
Police to Question WPC Injured in Fareed Ahmad Shooting/Crash
A female law enforcement officer is tonight a prime suspect in the shooting death of thirty-eight-year-old Fareed Ahmad. Woman Police Constable Michelle Brown remains in stable condition at the K.H.M.H. [...]
Cops Suspect Special Assignment Team Member after Complaint
It is unclear what injuries WPC Brown sustained during the collision, as she simply complained of pain to her body following the accident. What is of particular interest is that [...]
P.S.B.’s Chester Williams ‘Chased’ S.A.T. Officers from Scene
According to ACP Williams, who has had extensive experience as an investigator, the shots that were fired came from inside the vehicle. WPC Brown was Ahmad’s only passenger at the [...]
As Ahmad is Buried, Family, Friends Seek ‘Real Answers’
The killing of Fareed Ahmad brings the murder count for 2017 to one hundred and forty-three, which is the deadliest year since 2012 when one hundred and forty-five homicides were [...]
Desmond Lewis the Target of Hate? Police Will Not Say
The murder of secondary school teacher Desmond Lewis continues to ripple across the southern communities of Dangriga and Independence Village. The thirty-five-year-old high school educator was butchered inside a residence [...]
Suspect in Errol Gabourel Murder Also Fingered for Shooting, Copper Theft
There is a suspect in police custody tonight, believed to be the triggerman in the execution-style murder of Errol Gabourel. On Wednesday morning, a body was discovered floating in the [...]
Uncle Sam Has Eyes on Lawyer Andrew Bennett for Alleged Money Laundering
Forty-six year old Andrew Bennett is said to be wanted by U.S. authorities in connection with money laundering charges in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte [...]
Traffic Blocking: Police Expand Eyes across Belize for New Year’s
The lengthy Christmas weekend was an exceptionally violent holiday across the country where a number of road traffic fatalities and homicides were recorded. As a result of all those incidents, [...]
Policing Belize City with Reflective Vests
In Belize City, where a majority of the outdoor festivities will be concentrated, additional measures are being put into place to mitigate instances of crime and violence. Not only will [...]
Family Asks Information for Safe Return of Eugenio Rodriguez
Father of two, twenty-four-year old Eugenio Rodriguez, was last seen two weeks ago when he came home from work as a security guard at Good Care Pharmacy on Cemetery Road. [...]
Jamal Humes Remains Missing Despite Searches
The families of Jamal Humes and Eugenio Rodriguez continue desperate searches for their loved ones who have been reported missing in separate disappearance over the past few days. This morning, [...]
A Greenhouse in Your Backyard: Couple Practices Hydroponics
Have you ever wanted to grow your own vegetables or herbs at home but haven’t been able to because you don’t have the space to do it? If so, hydroponic gardening [...]
Western Villages Lit Up; B.E.L. Warns Against Close Contact with Power Lines
With only two more days to go before the end of the year, Belize Electricity Limited says it has met its promise to connect four communities with electricity. The villages [...]
R.O.C. Calms Down Central Prison with Yoga
Yoga at the Belize Central Prison? Yes. You heard right. The ancient practice which includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for [...]
Deon Robinson Collects Ford Ranger from Rotary
Deon Robinson is the lucky winner of the 2017 Ford Ranger Pickup truck in the Rotary Club raffle. The raffle has been ongoing for almost a decade and was the [...]
What’s Your Commitment for the New Year?
2017 is winding down and while most residents are finalizing their plans for the festive weekend, it is also a time for reflection on goals achieved in the past year. [...]
2018 is Opportunity to ‘Do Right by All Men’
2017 has truly flown by, so fast even we cannot believe it. News Five has brought you the good and the bad, the ups and the downs over the course [...]
Police woman is a suspect in the murder of Ahmad
WPC Michelle Brown is a suspect in the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Fareed Ahmad. She is at the KHMH under heavy police guard. Brown was inside Ahmad’s BMW SUV on Wednesday night when they crashed into a parked truck near Mile 17 on the George Price Highway. Brown is a member of the Special Assignment …
Public wary of SAT
This is not the first time that the Special Assignment Team, SAT, has come under heavy scrutiny. Members of the public, especially those in Southside Belize City, have made allegations against members of the SAT including harassment and police brutality. The functions and purpose of the SAT was explained by Officer in charge of the …
One person detained in connection with murder of Lewis
The Belize Police department continues to investigate the murder of 35-year-old Desmond Lewis, who was killed on Thursday morning in Belize City. Today ACP Joseph Myvett, Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch spoke of the case. ACP Joseph Myvett – Head of the National Crimes Investigation “Thursday the 28th December sometime around 2:40 AM …
BNTU condemns the murder of teacher
Today the Belize National Teacher’s Union issued a release condemning the murder of Desmond Lewis saying the attack on quote, “our teacher is not only unfortunate but it speaks to the level of intolerance of some of our people”. The BNTU calls on the public to share any information that can lead to authorities solving …
Police say Meighan fell to his death
On the night of Tuesday, December 19, Belize City Police found 80-year- old Claudius Meighan unconscious near mile three on the George Price Highway. He had injuries and was rushed to the KHMH where he was admitted in a critical condition and consequently died. Initially, it was believed that Meighan had been either a victim …
Body found on Water Lane; police don’t suspect foul play
The body of a man was found early this morning on Water Lane in Belize City. ASP Alejandro Cowo says that no foul play is suspected. ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City “In reference to the Water Lane male person that was found dead this morning. Police visited an abandoned lot on Water Lane …
So far 140 murders in 2017
An estimated 140 murder investigations were launched by the Belize Police Department so far this year. There are two more days until the year ends and for the long weekend, police are not taking any chances. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Noel Leal, says that the department will deploy an increased number of officers to keep …
Family of missing man offers reward of $5 K
The search for 28-year-old Jamal Humes continues. Today his family, accompanied by volunteers and police began searching along the Faber’s Road area. His mother Sharlene Nicholas says they still have not been able to obtain any solid leads as to his whereabouts. Sharlene Nicholas – Mother “So far we have not any positive lead from …
Deon Robinson winner of a new truck
Deon Robinson is the winner of the Rotary Raffle of a brand new four by four Ford Ranger Truck. Normally, the Rotary raffles a truck at the end of the year and uses the funds to support their projects throughout the year. Robinson said that he regularly supports Rotary’s truck raffle which is a hundred …
Gas prices soar in 2017
This year Belizeans have seen gas prices soar. In February 2017, the prices at the pump were nine dollars and sixty-eight cents per gallon of regular gasoline, premium gasoline was ten dollars and thirty-five cents and diesel was nine dollars and three cents. By the middle of the year, in August, regular gasoline rose by …
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US Government sends extradition request for attorney Andrew Bennett
Belizean attorney Andrew Bennett, 46, became the subject of a United States extradition request that was sent to the Belize Ministry of Foreign Affairs some eight days ago, 7News reported tonight.
Today, Amandala spoke with Solicitor General, Nigel Hawke, who would only confirm that the documentation for a US extradition request have been received. Hawke, however, would not confirm the identity of the person whose extradition has been requested; neither would he confirm what the alleged offences are that triggered the US request.
Hawke told our newspaper: “It is a lot of papers and I have not had the time to go through them, so I cannot comment at this time.”
The Christmas ham story: locally produced versus imported hams
The Christmas season is a time when the majority of Belizeans absolutely must have ham and turkey for the family dinner. When it comes to hams, there is a choice between locally produced hams and imported hams. Taste is not the only factor. Less tasty imported hams are cheaper, and they flood the market at Christmas time.
Amandala spoke to some of the local producers who explained the politics of their industry, how it works, and how they try to remain competitive in the wake of the entry of much cheaper foreign imports into the market.
Amandala asked SouthSide Meats owner, Mark Lizarraga, to break down what happened this season with the selling of hams, and how the imported hams affected his sales. Lizarraga said that this is a long story, but a story that needs to be told.
Attorney Audrey Matura says PM Barrow is a violator of the rule of law
Listeners and viewers of KREM Radio’s Sunday Review with host YaYa Marin Coleman and co-host William “Bill” Lindo, were privy to an unusually candid outpouring of criticism and analysis of Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow about two weeks ago by attorney Audrey Matura, a former editor of the UDP’s Guardian newspaper and former United Democratic Party (UDP) senator.
In discussing charges made against the Auditor General by her staff at the Audit Department, YaYa Marin said that the Prime Minister said that he has known about the problem for more than a year, but he did not want to speak about it because he did not want it to be perceived as political interference.
Popular barber, Fareed Ahmad, killed!
The Ahmad family in Hattieville has not yet fully recovered from the death of Nadir Ahmad, who was shot dead by authorities in the Philippines on January 7. Now the family is again faced with another tragedy, that of career barber, Fareed Ahmad, 39, who was shot inside his vehicle this morning. After he was shot, Ahmad crashed his BMW SUV into the back of an old vehicle.
According to police reports, inside the vehicle with Ahmad at the time was Michelle Brown, 24, a police constable attached to the Special Assignment Team of the Eastern Division South police command.
Teacher Desmond Lewis murdered in the city
Desmond Lewis, 35, a well-known school teacher of Dangriga, Stann Creek District, was brutally killed at about 2:30 this morning in Belize City. Police said that they were called to a house on Antelope Street Extension, where on their arrival they saw a man in a kneeling position, between two beds, bleeding from a slit in his throat and a stab wound to his chest. He was already dead. Police said that the man, Lewis, was found alone, in the house of a friend.
Reliable reports are that Lewis was murdered one day after he arrived in the city. Unsubstantiated reports made to us are that he was dressed in women’s clothes, including women’s underwear, when his body was found. A relative of Lewis said that he was gay, and that he had had to be protected on occasion from people who wanted to assault him.
Citrus shows poorly, but other domestic exports up
The recently released statistics from the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), indicate that Belize’s domestic exports for the period January to November, 2017, have surpassed domestic exports for the same period last year by $45.9 million. The SIB reports that for January to November 2017 exports “totaled $429.9 million, up 12 percent … from almost $384 million recorded for the same period last year.”
Sugar and bananas have led the way so far this year. “Sugar, which accounted for more than a third of the country’s export earnings, grew by $45.2 million over the period, from $102.6 million in 2016 to $147.8 million in 2017, while revenues from bananas rose by 16.5 percent or $10.7 million, from $64.8 million to $75.5 million,” the report says.
When Bom was king
The “Goose” or “Needlecase,” because of his “flying” ability in goal, Wayne “Bom” Jones says he is (and looks it) 5 feet 7 inches tall, much taller than the late “Frogman,” Ruperto Alvarez, an outstanding goalie of the 70s and early 80s. Born on November 18, 1963, Bom rose to football fame in the early 80s; but after a decade plus years of stardom on a number of champion teams, Bom became a victim of the times and his unpreparedness to withstand the sweeping advance of crack cocaine and HIV Aids in Belize.
Already living in the depths of poverty, Bom was among the Majestic Alley fire victims earlier this year, that further reduced his condition.
Tonight, Bom said he doesn’t think he has much longer to go. His knees are weak when getting up. “Sometimes, I can’t feel my feet on the ground.”
WW Turkey Road Race results – Sunday, December 17
The Weekend Warriors’ (WW) 5th Annual Turkey Road Race, which started at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 17, went from Belmopan Courts to Leslie’s Imports, for 54 miles, for the “A/B”; and from Cotton Tree Village to Leslie’s Imports, for 40 miles, for the “C” Class.
Finishing order was: 1st Place – Kent Gabourel (Kulture Megabytes); 2nd Kenroy “Smokes” Gladden (Kulture Megabytes); 3rd Palas Joseph (Lampaz); 4th Barney Brown (Scotiabank); 5th Kirk Sutherland (Digicell-4G); 6th Vallan Symns (Kulture Megabytes); 7th Alvan Gillett (Kulture Megabytes); 8th Warren Coye (Santino’s); 9th Dean Belisle (Bel-Cal); 10th Sean Duncan (Smart); 11th Collet Maheia (Kulture Megabytes); 12th Ruthford Cunningham (Spinnaz)...
CYDP Peace Cup semifinals game 1 at MCC
Though it started more than twenty minutes after the advertised 1:00 p.m. kickoff time, the first semifinal in the CYDP Peace Cup 2017 1st Division tournament provided some intense and competitive football action for the scattering of fans that showed up on Saturday afternoon at the MCC Grounds. Both the semifinals and the finals are best-of-two games series, and, while there were a number of lopsided scores during regular season, the playoffs promise to be quite different. In the two semifinals played on Saturday, there was only 1 goal scored.
Chief Thursday Race results – December 28, 2017
First of all, let me apologize, as we had vehicle problems today. The Red Bull car shut down at the roundabout on the return, and so we could not video the finish. As a consequence, I will only give the top 10.
The race started at first light at 6:00 a.m. with a field of 37 riders and a strong Weekend Warriors (WW) presence today. Like last week, the race started fast and furious in a hard head wind.
By the time we got to Old Belize, a 5-man break had formed with 3 brand-name riders representing 3 different teams: Ernest “Peenie” Bradley of Digicell, Brandon Cattouse of Smart, and Byron Pope of Benny’s Megabytes, along with 2 Juniors, Eric Heusner and Carlton Robinson. By Hattieville, this 5-man squad had out the peloton by about a mile.
Editorial: Belizean of The Year 2017
There is no doubt in our minds at this newspaper that the Belizean of The Year 2017 is the Auditor General of Belize, Mrs. Dorothy Bradley. She has been the single most powerful weapon in the Belizean arsenal as our young, sovereign society fights against corruption in our highest places.
Mrs. Bradley’s struggle has been a lonely and increasingly dangerous one. The challenge for the rest of us Belizeans in the coming New Year is to see how much support we can give the Auditor General to ensure her success in her various anti-corruption initiatives. The Auditor General has been a tower of strength, but she is only human. Belizeans, we cannot afford to lose her now.
There are times Mrs. Bradley must have felt that it was she against the world. The venomous rhetoric coming out of the highest offices of government recently, indicates that the present administration views her as a threat, and the UDP has made her a target. Yet, all Mrs. Bradley is doing, is doing her job, as constitutionally mandated.
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I don’t know how many of his friends know that Chibby Rosado died earlier this year and was buried (cremated, possibly) without any kind of fanfare. I found out about Chibby’s passing about three months ago, when my wife mentioned it in conversation. Chibby had been dead for months at the time. One of my wife’s friends had casually brought up the subject.
I was stunned. How could a man who was so cool and popular and successful just leave The Jewel, and the planet indeed, without anyone hearing about it? Sylvino “Chibby” Rosado had been living in Caye Caulker for many years, but he and his wife, the elder daughter of the late Cito Gough and his late wife, Rita, also had a home in Belize City. Chibby, a highly accomplished accountant who worked for years with the Roe insurance group after coming home to live maybe twenty or twenty five years ago, had left his wife on the island and was in Belize City for a couple days. Apparently, he collapsed and died in the shower while preparing to return to Caye Caulker.
Religious writer argues against hellfire
To whom it may concern
The following topic is one of great significance that I strongly think pastors and other religious leaders should consider very seriously. Hence, I submit the following for your kind consideration and publishing. I thank you very much as well.
Will God really burn people in fire forever?
I hereby kindly encourage those who believe in a hellfire to reconsider that teaching carefully. 1 John 4:8 states that “God is love.” Can we imagine a God of love roasting people in fire for countless trillions of years – forever? In English, some Bible translators translate the Greek term, Gehenna, as “hellfire” or “hell.” Eg: Matthew 5:22; Mark 9:43; Luke 12:5 etc. During Jesus’ time on e
The Belizean Saviour
My preference in reading has always been autobiographies and biographies for the mere fact that it gives real accounts of people, their lives and events. On the top of my list is ‘It Doesn’t Take a Hero’ which is the autobiography of General Norma H. Schwarzkopf, who was the general who delivered the Coalition victory in the first Gulf War following the invasion of Kuwait. The book inspires, because it shows that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things. It does not take the richest, the smartest or the most influential people to make changes, sometimes it takes an ordinary man. Schwarzkopf’s book, first published in 1992 right after the war, remains a key factor in part of my motivational tool kit when things are not going as planned. While I will never compare myself with the likes of General Schwarzkopf in terms of achievements and world influence, two things are certain.
HOW 2017 CAME CRASHING DOWN
I read a Facebook post of a well-positioned supporter of this government blasting people for begging and expecting ham and turkey this Christmas… I just shook my head at the audacity they now have to tell people that they should not be begging, when it is this very government that got people into this unbridled hands-out culture. The so-called “Christmas-cheer” program is just a bribery dressed up as Santa Claus and a reinforcement of the “dependency” mentality disguised as Christmas giving. There is a fine distinction, and the difference is marked by the fact that it’s taxpayers who pay the price of these bribes and givings. See, if the politicians really wanted to give to their constituencies they would use their own personal money, but when they use taxpayers’ money… it is a bribe… it is an entrenchment of a culture of dependency and a legitimization of a culture of corruption…
Too much mix-up for the Jews to claim Israel
There is a rule which says that you don’t break down something if you’re not going to replace it with something better. I don’t even consider shaking the faith of another human being because I don’t have anything to replace it with. Point blank, that is way out of my territory. I only beg for tolerance.
If you follow the literal line of the Old Testament, you will read that God didn’t kill Cain after He murdered Abel: He banished him. But in much of the Old Testament, God didn’t “play” to tell Jewish leaders to kill this one and tara one. In this, the present day Jews are very much like the Jews of old. Come hell or high water, even if children have to die, they are after moving the Palestinians from off their land.
The Jews say that this Israel, which includes Jerusalem, it is God who decreed that it is theirs. It is interesting how, out of a mass of confusion, a maze, they cling to this line. Let’s just do a little run down here to get the sense.
Thus as can be noted from the chart, if the deceased is a child, then the parents are entitled to some compensation and that compensation increases where the person is already a legal age to be in a marriage, which is 16 years and over.
Then there is Section 5(5) which mandates that “the insurer shall also pay a supplemental death benefit of one thousand dollars for each surviving dependent other than the first where the deceased third party is survived by a spouse and one or more dependents or by more than two dependents.”
It is critical to note that within sixty days after the receipt of the claim the insurer shall make your payments. If they don’t, please report them as being in violation of the law to the Inspector of Insurance, who oversees and regulates the conduct of insurance companies.
Man’s throat slashed on Christmas Day in Placencia
Carlos Jackson ran for a short distance and then collapsed, after an unidentified man slashed his throat while he was socializing at a club in Placencia at about 3:30 Christmas morning. People who saw what happened, rushed him to the Placencia Clinic, but the young man, a mere 20-years-old, was declared dead on arrival.
Filberto Choco, Jackson’s coworker (Jackson worked in a restaurant in Placencia), said that they both left work and went socializing, and then they went home to a two-flat house in Placencia where they lived, Jackson living on the lower flat and Choco living upstairs. Choco said that when they got home, Jackson went to his room, and he went upstairs to his, and went to bed.
Faye Lin’s sisters find a new home
The Faye Lin Cannon saga continues to unfold. This time, however, there is some positive news to report. The Belize City Family Court on Wednesday granted David Cannon full custody of Faye’s other sisters: Zoe, Mia and Siri.
David Cannon, the adoptive father of the children, had been before the courts battling for custody since July, when the children were handed over to the Belize Human Services Department after Faye Lin Cannon, only thirteen years old, was found dead inside her bedroom on July 3rd. Prior to Faye’s death, the children were living in San Pedro with their adoptive mother, Anke Doehm (Cannon’s ex-wife), and Anke’s husband, David Doehm.
Couple run over by vehicle on Christmas Eve; both killed
Linda Carolina Hernandez, 33, and Oscar Rene Alvarado, 24, both of San Martin, Belmopan, were the unfortunate victims of a hit and run accident at about 11:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The couple was riding on a motorcycle on the George Price Highway, traveling from St. Matthews to Cotton Tree, when a vehicle crashed into them from the rear, ran them over, and sped away, leaving them to die on the highway.
Police who went to the scene of the accident, between Miles 42 and 43 on the highway, saw Hernandez lying on the road, writhing in pain. Rene Alvarado lay motionless on the highway. Police observed that he had suffered massive injuries to the head and body.
American woman murdered in Placencia
The body of an American woman, who entered the country on December 15, was found in a decomposed state inside a parked vehicle between Placencia and Seine Bight village. According to police reports, the discovery was made shortly after midday on December 23, 2017.
Police say that they observed a vehicle in the area and upon taking a closer look, the body of Kimberly Stephens, 55, was found on the floor in front of the back seat. A postmortem examination conducted on her body has left more questions than answers.
“On-site post mortem conducted revealed that she died from strangulation by ligature, which also requires further investigation into the findings,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Joseph Myvette.
Fareed Ahmad was shot by someone inside his vehicle, police say
Fareed Ahmad, the barber who was shot dead inside his SUV in Hattieville early Thursday morning was likely shot by someone who was inside the vehicle, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams says. Williams gave the details of the murder at a press briefing today […]
Police make arrest for November traffic fatality
Police have made an arrest for the November 22nd traffic fatality in Dangriga that claimed the life of Alexander Zuniga who was knocked off a bicycle on George Price Avenue. Police have arrested and charged Brandon Kerr, a Belize Defence Force soldier with ‘manslaughter by […]
Police Department introduces plan to address security and traffic issues
The Belize Police Department has introduced new measures as of today to address traffic issues and to help keep people safe over the New Year’s holiday weekend. New checkpoints have been posted in all districts, cities, towns and major villages to address the issue of […]
Maleek Pitts charged with drug trafficking!
Maleek Denmark Pitts, a 20-year-old Jones Street resident of Belize City is out on $3,000 bail granted to him by the Belize City Magistrate’s Court, after he was arraigned on a single charge of drug trafficking. Allegations are that on December 23, 2017, police saw Pitts disposing […]
Drunk driver charged for attempting to bribe police officer
Albert Morey Jr., 24, was charged for drunk driving and matters worse when he tried to bribe a police officer to let him go, for which he was additionally charged. According to police, on December 22nd, while Morey was being booked by an officer for suspectedly driving […]
Christmas day stabbing victim refuses to cooperate with police
A San Ignacio man was found with a stab wound to his chest, bleeding profusely on Christmas morning but has refused to cooperate with police. Abdale Castillo, 28, has refused to give police an official statement and tell police how he was stabbed. Around 5:35 a.m. that […]
KHMH awaits the first baby of 2018
There are an average of 2,500 babies born at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) each year, according to the hospital authority, and while every birth is cause for celebrating, the KHMH is awaiting the first baby of 2018 to give the parents a special gift. For […]
Gastroenteritis cases on the rise, says MOH
The Ministry of Health issued an advisory this week, warning Belizeans that there have been increased cases of gastroenteritis reported during the month of December. The MOH noted that a number of people have been observed with symptoms ranging from diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and fever; noting […]
Biological father of children adopted by Doehms win custody of them
David Canon, the biological father of the surviving sisters of Faye Lin Canon, 13, who died in the custody of Anke Doehm and her now deceased husband, David Doehm, now has full custody of the other three girls. Canon won custody of the minors during […]
Let there be light in Cayo – 4 villages being connected
More than 300 families in four communities in the Cayo district will soon have electricity after the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) connected those areas to the national grid last week. The power lines being installed in San Marcos, Los Tambos, Selena, and Santa Teresita replace […]
BELIZE’S HIGH MURDER RATE SHOULD NOT REMAIN STATUS QUO
⦁ Jules Vasquez, 7 News Director told Police Minister Elodio Aragon, Jr.: “Is it a disappointment to end the year [with] 139 by my humble count, 138 by yours…” ⦁ Aragon replied: “I am not disappointed… this is the reality of things, but I am […]
Happy New Year
All over the world at this time people are making plans to welcome the new year. It is a practice of universal appeal. We have no trouble at all letting go of the old year, and we wait up beyond midnight, counting down the inexorable seconds to greet the new […]
Intrigue surrounds barber’s death Family questions police involvement
Well-known barber, Fareed Ahmad, 38, was shot dead on Thursday inside his BMW SUV in Hattieville in the company of a female police officer who also sustained injuries. News of Ahmad’s death was followed by an outpouring of friends and family mourning his death on […]
Teacher found with his throat slashed inside apartment
Desmond Lewis, a 35-year-old teacher from Dangriga, was found dead early Thursday morning inside an apartment on Antelope Street Extension in Belize City with his throat slashed. According to police, cops arrived at the apartment before 3:00 a.m., and found Lewis in a kneeling position […]
Is Chief Justice saying goodbye?
Amidst Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin’s push to deliver numerous overdue judgments, there are reports that he may possibly leave Belize to take up a senior post in Guyana’s judiciary. Several Guyanese media houses have reported that Benjamin is the top pick to become the next […]
Strangled to death! Murder or suicide?
Police are still trying to determine whether 55-year-old American tourist, Kimberly Lin Stephens, committed suicide or was murdered following the discovery of her body on the Placencia road over the Christmas weekend. Police found Stephens’ body inside a rented Mitsubishi SUV in a vacant property […]
Treasury clerk charged for stealing from a Magistrate Court
A secondary class clerk attached to the Treasury Department in Belize City was charged this week for theft in connection with funds that went missing from the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court late last month. After a month of investigating, police charged David Lord, 29, for […]
Breaking Belize News
Man charged for death in November road traffic accident
One month after Alexander Zuniga lost his life in a road traffic accident on George […]
Police toughen up on traffic offences
With the recent spike in road traffic accidents over the Christmas weekend, the Belize Police […]
Attorney Andrew Bennet wanted in US for money laundering
Yesterday BBN reported that the United States government sent a request to extradite a Belizean […]
Cost of living higher for 11 straight months
During the months January – November, goods and services cost an average $1.20 cents more […]
Ashcroft’s jet crashes in Malta
A plane owned by Lord Michael Ashcroft was blown off a runaway in Malta and […]
November exports down, overall exports up
Belize’s exports declined by more than 10 percent for the month of November, but overall […]
Magistrate to face trial for rape
The Amandala has reported that Magistrate Norman Rodriguez will face trial for the rape of […]
David Cannon wins custody battle for Faye Lin’s siblings
The three siblings of Faye Lin Cannon went home with their adoptive father, David Cannon […]
Cool weather to continue
A moist northeasterly airflow continues to dominate our weather. Sunny skies with cloudy spells are expected […]
Dangriga teen missing in Santa Elena town
A 16-year-old minor from Dangriga went missing on Christmas day in Santa Elena town, Cayo. […]
Fareed Ahmad: The questionable murder of an accomplished Belizean
Fareed Ahmad, popular barber and football referee was gunned down yesterday morning in Hattieville Village, […]
Family and friends mourn Fareed Ahmad
Yesterday morning, Fareed Ahmad, a popular barber and football referee was killed in Hattieville village, […]
Checking out some New Spots on South Ambergris Caye
About a year ago I made a big move on a relatively small island. I moved from 2 miles south of San Pedro town to 7+ miles north Ambergris Caye.
I do miss the south side – the convenience of all the shops and restaurants are perfect for a scattered and forgetful shopper like me. Yesterday I took a drive down south of town to see SOME of what is new in my old neighborhood.
There is a building explosion. Change change change! With economies to our north thriving, visitors, dreams – big and small, and money make their way to this country. It’s inevitable, I guess. While many who live here or visit frequently long for the Ambergris Caye of our first visit (or of our childhood), change in a place this beautiful and this accessible is inevitable.
Welcome to Corozal District, Belize
The country's northernmost district, Corozal is wedged in between Orange Walk District and the border. Its proximity to Mexico lends it a certain Spanish charm, and also offers easy access to travelers coming from Cancún or Chetumal. In recent years, Corozal has been 'discovered' by outsiders, who are racing to buy up the affordable seaside property and build retirement homes on their little plots of paradise. However, this district is still relatively unknown to Belize-bound tourists, who don't often venture off the Philip Goldson Hwy.
The chunk of land that spreads south and eastward across the bay from Corozal Town is at once one of the least-visited and most visit-worthy spots in Belize. It's more compact than Orange Walk District, and most of the sights are well within striking distance – by boat or road – of Corozal Town itself. Though topographically not as dramatic as the west or the south (most of Northern Belize is fairly flat), this part of the country is sparsely populated and filled with pristine jungle, as well as the cool seaside town of Sarteneja and the amazing coastal Maya ruins at Cerros.
The Caribbean Is Stressed Out
Forty percent of the world's 2.5 billion people live in coastal cities and towns. A team including Smithsonian marine biologists just released 25 years of data about the health of Caribbean coasts from the Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity Program (CARICOMP). The study provides new insights into the influence of both local and global stressors in the basin, and some hope that the observed changes can be reversed by local environmental management.
The largest, longest program to monitor the health of the Caribbean coastal ecosystems, CARICOMP revealed that water quality decreased at 42 percent of the monitoring stations across the basin. However, significant increases in water temperature, expected in the case of global warming, were not detected across sites.
"We're seeing important changes in local conditions, like decreases in visibility associated with declining water quality and the increasing presence of people, but we're not picking up global-scale changes, like climate warming," said Iliana Chollett, post-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Marine Conservation Program in Fort Pierce, Fla..
Fifteen most beautiful waterfalls on the planet
Some of them are located in an incredibly beautiful tropical forests, others fall in a unique, deep caves, and some into the ocean – waterfalls with amazing features there are in different parts of the world. In creating some of them were directly involved, while the other over millions of years has shaped nature. Combines unique natural attractions incredibly well-balanced, admire them and enjoy the sound of water endlessly.
Altitude: 457 meters. In Belize there is a legendary waterfall Hidden Alleys, it is located on the territory of the natural reserve of Mountain Pine Ridge. The waterfall is 457 meters, it is incredibly beautiful and in combination with the surrounding scenery is fantastic spectacle. The area in which the waterfall is located, is unique from a Botanical point of view. Surrounding the waterfall, the mountain slopes are covered with pine trees, nowhere else in the world pine does not grow so close to the equator.
Our 18 Most Popular Instagram Photos of 2017
Pleased a beautiful image of a puma here in Belize by Frans Lanting was one of National Geographic's top 19 posts of the year...! Gorgeous shot
Caye Caulker Belize Sailing, 1.5min. Lustrumreis naar Belize? Een lustrumreis naar Belize is ideaal te combineren met Guatemala!
Belize Diving, 4.5min. Probably one of my favorite videos to work on since I knew absolutely no species going into this. Lots more footage but here the best
Reef Fish In Belize, 3.4min. This is a short video of some reef fish, a moray eel and a southern ray we saw in Belize . This video was taken in early December
The Yucatec Maya Garcia Sisters, 6.5min. The Garcia Sisters are two Yucatec Maya woman who know of herbs and about our Maya spirituality. The Yucatec Maya Garcia sister's feature in Down2earth . Down2Earth is a new environmental series that is broadcast on Canada's Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). The series features Indigenous people from across Canada and around the globe who are using traditional knowledge and contemporary training to find solutions to environmental issues that are affecting their communities and territories.
Memories of War Yucatec Maya elder Pedro Carrillo 2017, 2min. Nojoch Mak Pedro Carrillo is a Yucatec Maya elder from San Lazaro,Orange Walk speaking in our Native Yucatec Maya language .
Hanal Pixan - Máasewal, 3.5min. Belizean Yucatec Maya youths from the North, singing in Spanish and Yucatec Maya for this Heavy Metal band called Hanal Pixan . The song "Maasewal" is part of their album called U k'aayo'ob k'ujo'ob .
Belizeans have started their preparations, for the Corozal Rotaract Club, 4min. The New Year’s celebration is perhaps the biggest of the year. While we’re two days away from welcoming 2018 and Belizeans have started their preparations, for the Corozal Rotaract Club it is the opportune time to do community work. This morning the community group carried out a clean-up of Corozal Town’s bay area. The popular bay waters are heavily polluted and through the efforts of community residents, its health has become a priority.
ORANGE WALKENOS PREPARATION TO OFFICIALLY END THE YEAR OF 2017, There’s a new year just around the corner and tonight, individuals from across the globe have begun preparations to officially end the year 2017 in just three days, and of course to welcome the New Year… hoping for prosperity, joy and success among other greater expectations. Today while many were already in the spirit of celebration, we hit the streets of town to see just how Orange Walkenos will be celebrating this end of year in their own unique ways. Here is what we found out.
ORANGE WALKENOS TELL US THIER 2018 New Year’s resolutions, 4min. Healthier eating habits, weight loss, getting hitched, or saving more money…. are some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions which are often focused on improving one’s standard of living. The symbolism of a New Year tempts us to believe that it's the ideal moment for self-improvement, and starting over. As the New Year slowly approaches, many people are taking the time out to reflect and reassess a few of their life choices while seeking and embracing new ways to make changes. So what is your New Year’s Resolution? Today we hit the streets to find out what Nortenos expect to accomplish in 2018
GILL NET, 9min.
2018 New Year's Address by Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, 12min.
EF Ultimate Break Belize (Dec 14-24 2017, 42min.
Swimming w Sharks in Belize, 1min. Wendy & Dal go swimming with "benign" Nurse Sharks thanks to Reef Friendly Tours in Caye Caulker.
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