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The San Pedro Sun

No arrests in Alfredo Cowo's murder; San Pedro Police weigh in
After initially declining interviews to the media regarding the fatal shooting of island resident Alfredo Cowo, the San Pedro Police Department offered a short press briefing on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 16th. The Officer in Charge of the Executive Coastal Unit, Superintendent Henry Jemmott told the media that the investigation is in its infant stage and no motive has yet been established. It was also confirmed that no suspects have been apprehended, but the investigation continues. Jemmott denied the allegations that any of his officers were involved in the fatal incident. "So far we have not uncovered anything, the matter is under investigation and it is too early to make any assumptions at this time," said Jemmott. He noted that at times people might lose hope in the Police Department, but he encourages the community to trust in their work as they are working with additional staff from the mainland to try to solve this homicide as soon as possible. He indicated that if the investigation reveals any wrongdoing by members of his branch, they will be dealt with according to the law. "I will not tolerate such a thing, and as you can see in the past, I make sure that any officer who commits any crime is charged and arrested for their offenses," ended Jemmott.

Quality Reef leads San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament 2018
Two matches took place during the fourth week of the San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament at the Hon. Sylvestre Sporting Complex on Sunday, January 14th. In the first match at 9AM, Extreme won by default against San Pedro High School (SPHS). The default win came after SPHS pitcher withdrew from the match after they were losing by seven home points against Extreme. In the second match, Quality Reef took on RCGO, in a tight match that saw both teams giving their best. In the end, Quality Reef managed to take the victory after tallying nine home points against RCGO who had eight home points.

San Pedro Police Department hosts annual staff appreciation party
On Saturday, January 13th, San Pedro police officers' challenging work was honored during the Department's annual staff appreciation party. From 7PM officers along with their families and invited guests, began arriving at the San Pedro Lions Den for a celebration that included a dinner, raffles, giveaways and musical entertainment. The highlight of the evening was a special recognition for Sergeant Derrick Saldano, who recently retired. Leading the event's formalities was Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit, Superintendent Henry Jemmott. He started by commending the officers' dedication to the well-being of the island community, noting that there has been a major decrease in criminal activity on the island, particularly major crimes. "We recorded the largest decrease in major crimes last year on the island- a solid 38%," said Jemmott. "We could not have done this without teamwork.

Alfredo Cowo shot and killed in San Pedro; police refuse to speak on the matter
Cowo's family is devastated, and they are speculating that the San Pedro police may be involved in his demise. They shared with The Sun that Cowo had been seeking legal help to open a closed case against San Pedro police officers Norman Coye and Darnell Madrill, who walked free of Wounding charges on Tuesday, January 9th. The duo had been charged for a shooting incident at Central Park in April of 2017 for firing shots at a crowd in attempts to disperse them. Five persons were injured from the bullets' fragments, Cowo being one of them. After the incident, Coye and Madrill were charged and placed on interdiction awaiting trial. For months the case was adjourned from date to date, until it was dismissed last week Tuesday, for 'Want of Prosecution,' which in legal terms means the case was incomplete.

San Pedro Pirates F.C loose first match of the new season of the PLB
During the first match of the new season of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) the San Pedro Pirates Football Club lost against the Police United Football Club. Held on Sunday, January 14th at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro, the island team fought hard to win the first game of the season, but at the final whistle, it was a clear 6-1 victory for the visiting team. The match started at 3PM, with both teams going on the offensive. Determined to win the home game Pirates Robert Highking scored a goal for his team within the first 12 minutes of the match. Police United responded with a goal at minute 36, courtesy of Byron Usher. The first half came to an end with a 1-1 draw.

Budget for Caye Caulker's airstrip reconstruction drastically cut
The rehabilitation of the Caye Caulker airstrip is set to start soon following the announcement of the loan approval from the Social Security Board (SSB). The funds will aid the Belize Airport Authority (BAA) to make the much-needed repairs on the airstrip. The announcement was made during a sitting of the House of Representatives on Friday, January 5th. The loan amount for the project which was initially set at $7.5 million, has now been reduced to $3.9 million cropping most of the original design for the facility. The initial $7.5 million for the reconstruction of the airstrip had apparently been turned down by the SSB and recommendations were made to downgrade the project. According to some sources, the decision to go ahead with a lower amount was made on December 21, 2017, during a meeting of the Board of Directors. La Isla Cari�osa has been without an airport for more than three months after local airlines, Tropic and Maya Island Air, suspended flights to Caye Caulker due to the dangerous condition of the runway in October 2017. T

Ambergris Today

Michael Del Valle - The First San Pedrano Lawyer
Knowledge is empowerment and empowerment leads to success and achievements. So what is an achievement? It is when you successfully completed something and you find success for your efforts. You may consider a job well done a true achievement or a course of studies timely completed. Such is the case of Michael del Valle who has successfully completed his studies in law and is today's youngest Attorney-at-Law and San Pedro's first graduate lawyer. After completing his studies at LIFE, Lydia's Institute of Fine Education, Michael attended San Pedro High where he graduated as an honor student. It is there where his Interest in law commenced so he went on to the University of the West Indies open Campus in Belize where he was awarded an Associate degree of Paralegal studies in July 2012. Michael traveled to reside in Barbados where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Law in July 2015. The last step in his educational journey was at Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica where he earned his Certificate in Legal Education in 2017.

Shooting At Central Park Is First Homicide Of The Year In San Pedro
Cowo and his two brothers were to testify against PCs Norman Coye and Darnell Madril who have walked free of wounding charges and excessive force after charges against them were dropped in the San Pedro Magistrate Court. Alfredo Cowo had told News 5 Belize of Belize City that he felt that he is not getting any justice for the crime committed against him and his two brothers. He even went further to state that he felt that he would be targeted by the officers now that the case was dismissed after he basically made a report against them. Just a few days of that report, Alfredo Cowo was murdered.

Misc Belizean Sources


BHA Hotel Accommodation Guide for 2018
The Belize Hotel Association is bustling with excitement as we publish our new Hotel Accommodation Guide for 2018. Download Here. The BHA Guide is the main marketing tool of the Association and this edition will be distributed at all the tradeshows, roadshows, events and presentations that the Belize Hotel Association attends for the year 2018. The Belize Hotel Association printed 7000 copies of the guide, which are distributed throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, South America, Central America, Asia, and the Caribbean. The guide highlights the different regions of Belize, listing all the member hotels, descriptions ,contact, amenities and photos. It also lists all our Allied and DMC members, making it a much sought-after item at all the events we attend internationally. It is a highly utilized tool for travelers, agents and wholesalers when planning their vacation to Belize, because it is viewed as a one-stop shop for all their accommodation, transportation and tour needs.

Paint N Splash
Hello everybody! This week we will be painting "Under the Sea-Palm Pods" at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar This Thursday from 2-4pm! Join us by clicking the link to sign up!

Vacancy Notice
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons to fill the following posts at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration: Agriculture Officer. Extension Officer II. Project Officer, Project Execution Unit. Deadline: Completed Application with two (2) references on professional experience, and notarized copies of qualifications should be submitted by 31st January 2018 to the Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration, Queen Elizabeth 2nd Boulevard, Belmopan City.

Prime Ministers Departs the Country for Medical Appointment
The Office of the Prime Minister informs the public that the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow departed the country today, 16th January, for a follow-up medical consultative appointment relating to his back ailment. During the Prime Minister's absence, the Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister, will act as Prime Minister. Rt. Hon. Barrow will return on Friday, 19th January 2018.

Contract Signed for the Consultancy Services for a Feasibility Study and Design for the Crooked Tree Road and Causeway
The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Works, signed a contract today, January 16, with Caribbean Civil Group Ltd. of Nassau, Bahamas. The agreement is for the feasibility study and final design for the upgrading of 5.6 km of Crooked Tree Village Road and Causeway to paved standard. The contract sum is USD$375,092.18. The scope of services to be undertaken by Caribbean Civil Group Ltd. will include a: - Climate Vulnerability Assessment, Hydraulic, and Flood Risk Modelling - Community Vulnerability Assessment - Gender Sensitive Feasibility study - Environmental and Social Impact Assessment - Preliminary and Final Detailed Designs of the Crooked Tree Road and Causeway

Grand Easter Weekend Excursion to Canon del Sumidero, Chiapas de Corzo, 5 Miradores, Parque de la Marimba
Leaves Corozal Central Park on March 29th, 2018. Price $450. Contact Elias Cantun at 626-5664.

Ferry from Chunox Village closed
The ferry from Chunox Village will be closed for repairs on January 17th, 2018. It is scheduled to reopen on January 24th, 2018. Commuters are advised that there will be no bus running to Corozal Town until it is open once more.

CAWS 2017 Chili Cook Off
The Cayo Animal Welfare Society had their annual Chili Cook-off at Remo's Roadhouse, and as always, there was some incredible chili. It was hard to pick a favorite. Congratulations, Lauren and Cheri, who respectively won in the vegetarian and meat categories. The great news was that 3 puppies found homes during the event. Thanks, CAWS! Pictures of the event from CAWS. More pictures on fb. "Chili cook off day! No one could beat these two gals! Lauren Burn Margesson has won as the veggie chili champ for the 3rd year in a row! Cheri McIntyre won best meat and overall chili for the 2nd year in a row! Amazing turn out and amazing fun! Thank you to all for your support towards CAWS's efforts. Three dogs got homes today too!"

Section of Coconut Drive closed today in San Pedro
The public is advised that today, Wednesday the 17th, a section of Coconut Drive from Caye Bank to Mermaid Supermarket will be closed to all traffic , Please follow the diversions, small vehicles heading South will be able to reach Mermaid Supermarket but then have to divert. ALL large vehicles should use the back streets North and South. This is to allow BWS to carry out some work. Thanks for your cooperation.

2018's Reef Week Belize is almost here!
he fifth Ride to Reef is the perfect way to motivate you to keep up with your New Year resolutions! Oceana's Ride to Reef will start at Independence Hill (National Assembly) at 7am and end at the BTL Park on the coast in Belize City. This year we ride in celebration of the leadership of the Government and people of Belize and their decision to say no to offshore oil! Registration is free and basic servicing will be included. Sign up at [email protected] or at Ordonez Bike Shop.

Channel 7

Man Bludgeons Mother With Crowbar
A man killed his own mother this morning - and he did so by bludgeoning her to death with a crowbar. The unthinkable act happened around 8:15 in Carmelita Village, just outside Orange Walk. Our colleagues from CTV-3 were on the scene shortly after as police were trying to chase down the killer, who ran off after leaving his mother for dead:... Police teams and villagers raced through the village, Fanning out even into the bushes surrounding Carmelita Village to find this man, Andy Rhaburn, while officers patrolled through the village on motorbike. Villagers gathered around in shock and came to the family's home to give support. They are all in shock after this 26 year old just bludgeoned his mother, 53 year old Braulia Pech with a crowbar here under this plantain tree in her yard.

Alfredo Cowo, From High Profile Police Complainant To Murder Victim
Alfredo Cowo made national news in April of 2017 - when this crazy scene unfolded: cops gone wild on San Pedro, firing indiscriminately on the street to disperse a crowd. Cowo got the worst of it - he was there using his cell phone camera to capture police roughing up a pair of women - and when they fired, his feet got riddled with shotgun pellets. Those cops, constables Coye and Madrill got off those charges last week. But, last night Cowo was murdered - right in the heart of San Pedro. The evidence shows he was directly targeted by a gunman in a hoodie, one of those street executions, but the family doesn't know what triggered it. Sahar Vasquez found out more in San Pedro:...

Police Say They Will Look At All Angles
And while the family of Alfredo Cowo is suggesting that police may somehow be responsible, police say, there's no evidence to support that claim at this time. Today the officer commanding in San Pedro held a brief press conference to outline what they know so far, and dispel suspicions of a police conspiracy to cover up anything. Superintendent Jemoth started with the official account of the crime:... Henry Jemmot - Superintendent and Officer In Charge of San Pedro Sub Information: "Acting upon information police proceeded to the San Pedro Poly Clinic where they saw a male person suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to the chest. Police then learnt the person name to be one Alfredo Cowo, a 26 year old fisher man of San Pedrito area, San Pedro Town. Initial reports into the matter stated that he was socializing near Central Park by an establishment where a male person came and fired several shots in his direction which apparently caught him in the chest area.

Cowo's Family No Reason For Murder
And while police held a press conference to issue re-assurances that there is no conspiracy and that they are thoroughly addressed - the family of the deceased has abiding reservations. Today in Belize City, Cowo's mother wouldn't say much. Here's her interview:... Blanca Mencias, Mother of deceased: "What happened is they killed my son. And God Bless the person who did this." "More or less, more or less, we can almost say who did it. That's all I can say, nothing more." Daniel Ortiz: "Now, sir, what immediately comes to mind is why would somebody want to hurt your brother like that? That seems targeted, as though the individual came to assassinate your brother."

Policeman in PG Charged For Manslaughter
Last night, we took you to Punta Gorda Town for our coverage of the very controversial killing of 24 year-old Mario Vernon, grandson of the Late Belizean National Hero, Leela Vernon. The official police version of the fatal police shooting was that Vernon had a weapon, and that he pointed it at Police Constable Tevin Aranda, who shot him in the head, in self-defense. Residents insist that police planted this weapon after the killing to cover up the unjustifiable use of deadly force. Well, after the public outcry from PG Town, police announced today that 23 year-old Tevin Aranda, a police constable attached to the PG Police Station was, quote, "charged for manslaughter as directed by the Office of the DPP" End quote. So why not murder? Well, apparently, there's no evidence that PC Aranda intended to shoot Vernon in the head. He did shoot him, yes, but the charge suggests that the DPP believes he did it unintentionally, like an accident.

Kus Complains About Cops Criminally Charged But Not Under Interdiction
In other police news out of PG, the family of 16 year-old Victor Cus is calling for police to take corrective measures and remove 2 officers from active duty, since they have now been criminally charged with the savage beatdown of the teenager. You'll remember the case from December when the young man was knocked unconscious, and lost 3 of his teeth - among other injuries. He was not charged for anything, so it was just gratuitous violence. Last week, nearly a month after it was announced that they would be criminally charged, Corporal Raul Ico and Constable Ermo Coy were arraigned for grievous harm and damage to property. They were arraigned and released on bail of $3,000.

Cash For A New Causeway
The Crooked Tree causeway has been featured on this newscast many times over the years - and that's because it often floods in the rainy season. The causeway is a manmade structure - about three and a half miles long, which spans the Crooked Tree Lagoon - and is the main means of transport for the one thousand or so residents of the village. But when floodwaters roll down from the north, they empty out into that lagoon, cutting off the main means of transport, and raising waters as much as three to five feet above the causeway. It's a chronic headache that's become a painful way of life�but, a long term solution is on the way. That's contained in the promise of a feasibility study for the final design and upgrading of the Causeway to paved standard. It was signed at the Ministry of Works Office in Belmopan today. We spoke to Works Minister Rene Montero about the plan as well as a few grateful crooked Tree residents.

Works Minister Says No Blast License Needed
The issue of whether or not Belize Roadway Construction needed a license for a quarry blast in Santa Cruz, Santa Elena, is still controversial. As we told you, the head of the Mining Unit says that a license is needed to blast - especially when it's in a residential area. Well, Works Minister Rene Montero and his team maintain that no license was needed and they referred us to a section of the mining act that speaks to their position. Chief Engineer Lennox Bradley also added that under this act, the construction company had every right and freedom to blast wherever they see fit to ensure the success of the road works. Hon. Rene Montero, Minister of Works: "As far as I know every single individual who was affected was adequately compensated." Reporter: "Do you still maintain that no license was needed?" Hon. Rene Montero, Minister of Works: "According to the mining act, there was no need for any license."

Minor Shooting In City
There was another shooting in Belize City last night - but luckily it didn't result in any serious injury. 23 year old Justin Stephens was walking on Magazine Road with his sister when a man pulled up behind him, called his name a few times, and then opened fire, hitting Stephens in the ankle. And, this morning in Orange Walk an 80 year old Taiwanese man who was driving a motorbike got injured when he was clotheslined on a rope. At around 8:30 Ting Tsai Hsu, didn't see a rope that was stretched across the road as a barrier. He drove into it and got caught. He fell on the pavement and got facial injuries. He was transferred to the KHMH.

PM Goes for Consult About Bad Back
Prime Minister Dean Barrow left today for the US. He's going to seek a medical consultation for his ailing back. Deputy Patrick Faber will act as Prime Minister until the PM returns on Friday.

12 Year Later Bahadur Conviction Confirmed, Sentence Overturned
The Court of Appeal has handed down its decision in the case of 33 year-old Linsbert Bahadur Jr., who was serving a life sentence after convicted of the April 2006 killing of his friend, Albert Wade. They've affirmed his conviction, but they've overturned his life sentence. Bahadur was convicted in July of 2016 after 4 attempts to prosecute him. The first failed when the Crown Counsel from the DPP's office entered a nolle-pros in September of 2010. Then, he was rearrested and tried on November of 2015, but the trial was aborted because a juror became ill. A third attempt was made in January 2016, but that trial ended in a hung jury. He was re-indicted in April of 2016, and by July, he was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Cattle Ranchers Coming Into Chiquibul
The Friends for Conservation and Development are reporting that the illegal incursions by Guatemalans into the Chiquibul seem to be on the decline. But, the FCD says that they can't rest easy. That's because there is an emerging threat to the Chiquibul National Park - and its cattle ranches that monied Guatemalans have set up. Currently, these ranches slowly are encroaching on denuded parts of the Chiquibul, that were cleared by poor Guatemalan peasants who were using the forest for slash and burn farming. The FCD experts believe that if the problem is not arrested at its early stages, these illegal cattle ranches will grow, and become a bigger problem later down the road. Today, the Executive Director explained it to us:

Gold Panning And Water Resource Depletion
Another threat that to the Chiquibul that keeps the FCD management up at night is gold panning. The co-managers have tried their best to discourage this type of activity in the national park, but no matter what they do, gold panners continue their operations. FCD's Rafael Manzanero told us that it should concern you because gold panners compromise the water sources which flow out of the national park. He underscored that many Belizeans in the Cayo District depend on these same water sources:

Channel 5

Breaking: PACT Sends Staff Home in 'Restructuring Exercise'
This just in�There was a major shakeup at the Protected Areas Conservation Trust today. At one o'clock this afternoon, staff members were individually called into an unscheduled meeting and notified [...]

Orange Walk Man Accused of Killing Mom; Resident Intervenes to Save Second Victim
A son killed his mother in cold blood this morning and tonight he is on the run. Police are looking for twenty-five-year-old Andy Rhaburn for the matricide of fifty-four-year-old Braulia [...]

San Pedro's Alfredo Cowo Predicted He Would Die - But Who Killed Him?
A murder in San Pedro shortly after midnight has rocked the community because the victim had predicted his demise. Twenty-six-year-old Alfredo Cowo last week Tuesday told News Five's Duane Moody [...]

P.C. Tevin Aranda Charged for Manslaughter in Mario Vernon Death
Twenty-three-year-old Tevin Aranda has been charged with manslaughter, following the shooting death of Mario Vernon Jr. in Punta Gorda Town on Saturday night.� The arraignment of the police constable in [...]

No D�j� Vu for San Carlos Farmers: They Want Chance to Sell Vegetables
San Carlos is a collective, cooperative farming community of twenty-four farmers. It has running water and a small school but no electricity. Nonetheless, it has been extremely productive in past [...]

Sugar Hangover?
While vegetables and staples may pay the bills, sugar cane is still king in the North. The sugar industry, which came off one of its best years in memory in [...]

Farmers Punished with High Prices Despite Innovative Uses of Fuels
You probably grumbled a bit recently when it was announced that prices for kerosene, premium and diesel fuel and butane went up. But while most urban Belizeans get butane for [...]

When Will Sugar Roads Be Fixed?
The Government of Belize recently promised as much as three hundred thousand dollars to fix sugar roads in the North. These roads provide access and transportation from many of the [...]

Mom Who Lost Reproductive Organs to Surgeons to be Paid Quarter Million Dollars
Two hundred and fifty thousand dollars - that is what twenty-two-year-old Jenny Bonilla received from a medical negligence case that left her without a womb and left ovary. Bonilla was [...]

Police, Customs Run Down Alvarine Burgess for Alleged Contraband
Over the weekend, police made a significant bust of contraband goods down south. According to their report, they pursued an SUV that ran a check point at Pomona Village. When [...]

Chicago Producer Ann Swaney's Murder Still Unsolved
It has been two years since ABC producer, Ann Swaney, was cold-bloodedly murdered in the west. Swaney was vacationing in Belize when she lost her life; her body was found [...]

Attorney for Jackie Willoughby Goes Inside Lawsuit Allegations
Crown Counsel Jackie Willoughby abruptly resigned from the Public Service Union on Monday as we reported in our newscast. Willoughby sent a letter to PSU President Doreth Cayetano-Obeymayer�in which she [...]

Works Ministry Approved Mining at Santa Cruz Quarry before Explosion
The detonation of explosives at a quarry in a residential area of Santa Elena Town last December resulted in the loss of life of seventy-year-old Ronald Sutherland, general manager of [...]

Minister and Chief Engineer Did Not Need License
Now, based on a 2014 Environmental Impact Assessment on the rehabilitation of the George Price Highway, an environmental compliance plan was agreed to between the Department of the Environment and [...]

Finally, Improvements Coming for Crooked Tree Road/Causeway
The government will be spending in the range of three quarters of a million dollars for a feasibility study and design to improve the Crooked Tree Road. The contract was [...]


Prime Minister On Medical Check Up Leave
Prime Minister Dean Barrow departed the country today for a follow-up medical consultative appointment relating to his back ailment. During the Prime Minister's absence, the Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister, will act as Prime Minister. Rt. Hon. Barrow will return on Friday, 19th January 2018.

The Wanted Fugitive, Dr. Errol Elrington Still At Large
In December we told you about an extradition request made by United States authorities for Attorney at Law Andrew Bennett. On January 11th, the Foreign Minister Sedi Elrington signed as the authority for the process to start here in Belize, which means that Bennett's preliminary hearing will go before the Magistrate's Court who will decided whether or not there are merits to the request. Now, Foreign Minister Elrington seemed to act pretty swiftly considering that Bennett's matter came up just days prior. We note that in the case of his younger brother, Dr. Errol Elrington, the law just can't seem to reach him.

Taiwanese National Injured During Traffic Mishap
A Taiwanese national who resides here in Orange Walk Town is lucky to be alive tonight after he was involved in an accident earlier this morning. Reports coming from the Police Department indicate that at about 9:00 a.m., 80 year old Ting Tsai Hsu was driving his motorcycle in front of San Francisco Roman Catholic School located on George Price Avenue, when his motorcycle reportedly got caught in a rope that was tied across the street which serves as a barrier. As a result, Hsu fell on the pavement and sustained two cut wounds to the chin. He was taken to the Northern Regional Hospital where he was later transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. Police are currently investigating the matter.


Linsbert Bahadur's conviction upheld
It went under the radar but on January 9, 2018, the Court of Appeal overturned the murder sentence of 33-year-old Linsbert Bahadur. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 32-year-old Albert wade, a resident of Santa Elena, who was fatally shot on April 14, 2006. The appeal of �

Son attacks and kills mother in Carmelita Village
A disturbing report of a murder out of the Orange Walk District is making headlines tonight as a mother was brutally attacked and killed by her own son. The incident took place this morning around 8:15 in Carmelita Village where, according to police, 26-year-old Andy Rhaburn (VO STARTS) approached his mother, 53-year-old Braulia Pech as �

Alfredo Cowo murdered days after revealing he feared for his life
San Pedro Police have launched an investigation into the murder of 26-year-old Alfredo Cowo, a young man who only last week had told the media that he was in fear for his life. Why? Cowo was a key witness in a case against two police constables who were charged last April for firing their weapons �

PC Tevin Aranda Charged with Manslaughter for shooting death of Mario Vernon
Police Constable Tevin Aranda, accused of the shooting death of 24-year-old Mario Vernon in Punta Gorda over the weekend has been charged by Police. Now, Aranda was not slapped with a charge for murder. Police report that, as directed by the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, Aranda was charged with manslaughter. He was �

Contract for the upgrading of the Crooked Tree road and causeway signed
The Ministry of Works signed a contract valued at more than seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars with Caribbean Civil Group Limited for a detailed design for the upgrading of the Crooked Tree road and causeway. The Minister of Works, Rene Montero, signed on behalf of the Government of Belize and Ray McKenzie, Project Director �

Alvarine Burgess Caught With Contraband Goods, Again
Alvarine Burgess and another resident of Mango Creek were busted over the weekend with contraband goods. According to police, fifty-year-old Burgess and forty-one-year-old Milton Palacio were in silver Kia Sorento when they ran a police check point in Pomona Village. Police pursued the vehicle through Hope Creek Village where they eventually were able to intercept �

Blast victims compensated says Minister of Works
Minister of Works Rene Montero confirmed to the media that the families affected by the blast in Santa Elena Town this past December have been compensated. He says they have done so satisfactorily. The blast killed Canadian Ronald Sutherland and the Environmental Compliance Plan, ECP suggests that the Ministry of Works and the Department of �

Jacqueline Willoughby resigns from PSU
Crown Counsel Jacklyn Willoughby resigned from the Public Service Union effective today. Willoughby sent a letter to PSU President Doreth Cayetano Obeymayer in which she states quote, "With great pain, I have come as far as I can go with PSU". End of quote. In the letter, Willoughby says that the PSU has lost its way. �

Belize City police investigate two shooting incidents
Belize City police are investigating two separate shooting incidents which occurred in the Old Capital over the weekend. This morning, Head of CIB in Belize City, ASP Alejandro Cowo provided more details. ASP ALEJANDRO COWO, HEAD, CIB "The first one happened on Friday the 12th of January sometime after 12:05 pm. Police visited the Karl �

GOB ordered to pay Jenny Bonilla $250K in medical malpractice case
The Government of Belize has been ordered to pay 22-year-old Jenny Bonilla two hundred and fifty thousand dollars. That's a small price to pay for being stripped of the ability to give birth. In 2015, Bonilla visited the Southern Regional Hospital after she began experiencing abdominal pain. Doctors there then decided to transfer her to �

Brazen armed robbery in Belize City
A brazen armed robbery today netted a pair of thieves ten thousand dollars in cash and fifty-three thousand dollars in cheques. It happened on Cran Street in Belize City and the victim is a Chinese businessman. We are told that a businessman was intercepted by the robbers who made good their escape. Luckily no one �

Joycelyn Dominguez found dead
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Joycelyn Dominguez. Police report that on Friday, a few minutes before six o'clock they were informed Dominguez had been found dead in an apartment in Bella Vista Village. Police say that Dominguez was lying on a bed on her side, motionless. Officers did not observe any �

Stephen Flowers charged with murder
Twenty-four-year-old Stephen Flowers, a laborer of a Pinks Alley address, was charged with the murder of Leon Bernard also known as Leon Garcia when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser. He was remanded into custody until April 16. The incident occurred on New Year's Day, January 1. Bernard was fatally shot when he was �

Orange Walk resident charged for the death of PC Tillett
24-year-old Jesus Munoz was charged for causing the death of 27-year-old Police Officer Enid Tillett. He was charged with 'Manslaughter by Negligence' and 'Causing Death by Careless Conduct'. He appeared before a magistrate court this morning and was offered bail of $5,000 and one surety of the same amount. On Sunday morning Police Constable Enid �

Charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a 2 year old
Fifty-seven-year-old Bernadat Reyes, aka "Burns", a plumber of a West Street address, was charged with sexual assault on a two-year-old baby girl when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser. Reyes pled not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that the child is of a tender age; �

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Woman awarded $250,000 in malpractice judgment
It happens far too frequently at Belize's public health facilities that doctors botch procedures and cause unnecessary and untold suffering, but in the majority of cases, nothing is done to make amends, as the victims of medical malpractice almost never come forward or take legal action. That standard approach has not been the case with a Dangriga female police officer, on whom a doctor at the Western Regional Hospital conducted surgery, during which he removed parts of her reproductive organs without her permission; she sued the doctor and the hospital in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Today, Supreme Court Justice Sonya Young awarded Jenny Bonilla, 22, $250,000 in settlement of her medical malpractice lawsuit.

Dr. Errol Elrington at 6th spot on US's list of 170 most wanted healthcare fugitives
October 2017 marked four years since Dr. Errol Elrington, the brother of Hon. Wilfred "Sedi" Elrington, has been a wanted fugitive in the United States. While there has not yet been any formal request by US authorities for his extradition, Elrington's photo hangs on the Office of the Inspector General (OIG)'s website. On October 7, 2013, an arrest warrant was issued for Errol Elrington for the offences of racketeering, Medicaid fraud, and healthcare fraud. It is alleged that Dr. Elrington swindled Medicare and Medicaid of more than $400,000 for services he never performed.

Leela Vernon's grandson shot dead
The death of Mario "Jun Jun" Vernon, Jr., 24, has sent shockwaves through the entire town of Punta Gorda not only because he was the grandson of the late "Queen of Brukdown," Leela Vernon, and cousin of Punta Gorda mayor, Fern Gutierrez, but because he was shot by a police officer on duty. In their report released on Sunday, police claimed that at about 9:30 p.m. they were on mobile patrol on George Price Street. There, they had received reports that Vernon was in a yard armed with a firearm. Police further claimed that they proceeded to the area, where they saw him running, armed, in a nearby yard. Vernon, according to police accounts, turned back and pointed a gun at an officer who was pursuing him.

Prices up for kerosene and butane
On Friday, the Belize Bureau of Standards announced that there would be price increases for both kerosene and butane effective Saturday. Kerosene costs rose from $5.89 to $6.40 per gallon - an increase of .51, while the cost of a 100-pound cylinder of butane gas has increased across the country by $7. In Belize City the cost per 100-pound cylinder of butane gas is now $104, up from $97. Butane in Belmopan now costs $106, up from $99, which is similar to the costs in San Ignacio.

Jacqueline Willoughby resigns from the PSU
Longtime trade unionist and former Public Service Union (PSU) president Jacqueline "Jackie" Willoughby, who is a trustee on the union's Council of Management, abruptly resigned from her post, effective today, January 15. In a lengthy letter addressed to the union's Council of Management, Willoughby cited an atmosphere in which "the welfare of membership is non-existent. Everything is sojourned on the personal and ethnic front." Willoughby's resignation letter added, "Attempts have been made to tarnish my reputation even when the truth was known, admittedly by the president. Unfounded personal attacks have been perpetrated by members of this council against me and other members of the union, at the NTUCB table relentlessly."

Police United, Freedom Fighters and Verdes win in Week 1 of PLB 2017-2018 Closing Season
Week 1 is in the books for the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Closing Season, and already the race is on for the aggregate regular season points total and a chance to secure a berth in the CONCACAF League tournament. Opening Season sub-champs, Belmopan Bandits finished that regular season with 35 points, to 30 points for eventual champions, Verdes. In their Closing Season Week 1 games this past weekend, Bandits drew, for 1 pt, while Verdes won for 3 pts, thus closing their aggregate points gap to 3 pts, 36 to 33. Between the Opening Season and Closing Season champions, the one with the greater aggregate regular season points total will gain the CONCACAF berth. Whichever club hopes to displace Opening Season champions, Verdes FC from that spot in CONCACAF, must first eclipse their aggregate points total in the two regular seasons (Opening and Closing), and then become champions of the Closing Season.

Belmopan Bandits to defend home court in Pepsi NEBL season opener on Thursday
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) will be tipping off its fifth annual basketball tournament on Thursday, January 18. The opening game will be held at the UB gymnasium in Belmopan, and will feature the rematch of last season's finale, as defending champions, Belmopan Bandits will host San Pedro Tiger Sharks. Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m. The game will be aired live on The National Channel (TNC), starting with a pre-game show at 8:00 p.m. The home squad, Belmopan Bandits, will showcase their new point guard, Leroy Louriano, who is coming from Belize Hurricanes to partner with his old UB teammate, Farron Louriano. Belmopan will also be featuring their big man, Trevor Andrews, who hails from Canada. Other new additions to the Belmopan Bandits roster include Quinton Bowen from Dangriga Dream Ballers,

Orange Walk sports update
The Orange Walk District Domino Tournament, held today at Darvis on Cemetery Street, was won by Thru-D-Hole, captained by Standord Casimiro. Thru-D-Hole defeated Gas Plus, 50 to 29, in the finals. In the first friendly this afternoon at the Louisiana Football Field, Guinea Grass Desert Storm won, 2-0, over Santa Familia Destroyers with goals from Alexis Chan and Rene Hernandez. In the other friendly, it was Progresso FC with the 3-2 win over Astros of Unitedville. The Sixth Annual Boxie Perrera Basketball Marathon was held today at the Orange Walk Multipurpose Complex. Junior Champions of today's tournament is Young Rebels; and the sub-champions - OW Spartans. The Senior Champions - SP Tiger Sharks; and sub-champs - Tuff E Nuff.

Regular season ends in Belmopan F.A. 1st Division Opening Tournament; quarterfinals next
The final four matches of group play in the Belmopan Football Association (BFA) Amateur First Division Opening Tournament 2017-2018 featured four crucial and decisive matches in Week 14, which did not disappoint the viewing spectators. In Friday night's double header, four teams entered, vying for the only two remaining playoff spots in Group A. In game one of the night, Napoles FC entered the game holding on to the third qualifying spot in Group A with 11 points, whilst Camalote Westar Warriors entered at the number five spot with 9 points. A draw would see Napoles through, whilst Camalote had to win to make it to the next round. Captained by veteran midfielder Oliver Wiltshire, Camalote Westar Warriors were able to initially manhandle and subsequently edge out a young and talented Napoles FC by a final score of 4-3. The Warriors started slowly in this one, as it was Napoles who struck very early via Daniel Naj in the 5th minute.

editorial: Flipping the Southside script
The reason why what happened with the formation of the United Democratic Party (UDP) in September 1973 is important, is because, when we ask the question if there has been an improvement in the socio-economic matrix of the Southside from then until now, specifically for the native roots youth who were represented by the UBAD Party in 1973, we think the answer would have to be no. The circumstances of the UDP's formation in 1973 constituted the replacement of Hon. Philip Goldson as Leader of the Opposition, a position he had held since late 1961, and his being replaced without his being defeated in a leadership convention. No one in the UDP ever wants to talk about what happened in 1973, and they have gotten away with refusing to talk, successfully enough to have won five terms as independent Belize's ruling party (1984, 1993, 2008, 2012, and 2015) and to have solidified themselves on the Southside to the point where the Southside represents the UDP's political stronghold.

From The Publisher
One November day during the 1971 Belize City Council election campaign, Hon. Philip Goldson, the Leader of the Opposition National Independence Party (NIP), asked me to accompany him on a visit to the New Road (corner Hyde's Lane) office of Mr. Santiago Castillo, Sr., who was Belize's no. l business tycoon at the time. At age 24, I was President of the UBAD Party, which Mr. Goldson had asked to join his NIP, Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, in a coalition for the aforementioned BCC election of December 8, 1971. I was one of three UBAD candidates, while the NIP offered six candidates. Mr. Goldson chose not to run on the nine-candidate slate. In retrospect, the NIP slate was weak (as was the UBAD slate, but that went without saying), so if by a miracle the NIP/UBAD ticket had won, there was nobody on the ticket of mayoral category or capacity. This is merely a personal opinion, and it is in massive retrospect. The point is that the 1971 NIP was a shadow of its 1966 or 1968 self, for instance.

Where are our friends?
Dear Editor, Guatemala is brainwashing its people that Belize was invaded by the British and taken away from them and given to the Africans who were brought here. At least that is the impression gotten in comments from their people. They fail to realize that Belize is a country, not a territory, accepted by the United Nations as such under the "Rights of a People to Self Determination". The people of Belize choose to be Belizeans and not Guatemalans or Mexicans, although both are great countries. When the British came here, Spain was the owner/usurper of these lands, for the Maya were here long before. The Maya did not practice individual but communal ownership of land, which is both good and bad.

Gibson comments on Gordon article
It is good and timely for public education purposes that Mr. Gordon's article provides information on the content of one of the OAS brokered Agreements on Confidence Building Measures entered into by Belize with the Republic of Guatemala, three of which have been signed since May 2000. These agreements have served to prevent conflict and to maintain generally stable relations between the two countries for nearly two decades; during which, efforts have been made to address Guatemala's persisting and often times belligerent attempts to seize Belizean territory. The following comments are provided to facilitate and clarify Mr. Gordon's review: It may be recalled that the first Agreement signed in May 2000 was entered into during a time of increased tension between the countries, and was designed to "keep the peace", and for removal and prevention of illegal Guatemalan settlements in Belize during the "pendency" of negotiations held at OAS Headquarters in Washington DC - now known as the Reichler/Ramphal Facilitation Process.

Czarnecki quotes James Baldwin
Dear Editor, When deciding whom to vote for, all Belizeans should keep in mind what the writer James Baldwin said: "I can't believe what you say, because I see what you do." Best of luck�Russell Czarnecki

Continuing water crisis in Hopkins
Dear Editor, Hopkins Water Board once again tells lies: they say there is no water problem in Hopkins. Years of no water during peak tourist season - there is a major problem in Hopkins. There is no water! The North End has never got in water for months on end. I would think not having water to flush a toilet, to bathe your baby, to take a shower, to wash dishes, clothes with, is a problem. Why are they denying that there is a problem? We cannot live without water. Businesses are being forced to buy water from the truck from Hopkins Bay; they are charging 15 cents a gallon. When the truck breaks down, there is no source of water at any price, and they don't see this as a problem?

3rd parties on the wrong path to glory
More than fifty years have passed since "Jack T" Campbell, one of Belize's most colorful public servants ever, told his good friend who had contested the general elections as an independent, damned right yes, I didn't waste my vote on you. The real is that in our kind of democracy, there can be only one Opposition party. Belizean hero, Hon. Philip Goldson, warned Belize that the time to save our country is "before we lose it." It takes generations to "save" a country that has fallen into a state of tyranny. Third parties in Belize seem not to have gotten that message. They seem to think that we have forever to get the job done. Well, we don't. The BNTU is not a third party. Ineffective opposition to a runaway government led them, forced them to step forward. They saw where Belize was heading. The real is that before the BNTU stepped outside of its role and cracked the back of the Barrow government (figurative), Belize was being configured into a police state.

Dodging the "BULLET" is no joke
Now let's get some facts straight! The minor is sixteen, per police, and as such he is able to consent to sexual intercourse, because our law says you are an adult until eighteen years but can consent to sexual intercourse from age sixteen � yeah, I know people will debate this, but for now this is the law. Thus, the key here is whether this boy consented or NOT to being sexually touched, assaulted or had, or that he was capable of giving free and informed consent, or if he had the capacity to give consent. However, if it's true the child is suffering from some mental challenge and it can be proven at court by some doctor or psychiatrist, then the issue of consent is moot, as there is no way he could have given consent. But if we understand Bullet's defence, consent is not an issue, since he is not saying that he was going to ravish the boy, but rather the boy was following and stalking him, to put it in my words.

Always, a traitor among us �
In 1993, Belize was still a quiet, easygoing place with the majority of its inhabitants being so innocent to the things which were taking place in different parts of the world. They were so accustomed to what was taught to them from the time of slavery and colonialization. The few who were able to get an education in the Western system came back puffed up like gods or descendants of those who believe that they are the chosen people of the God of Noah. Instead of helping their people they stepped on top of them and used them to benefit their own individualistic, selfish agendas. With the passing of time, these people would be considered the Royal Creoles of the British settlement, and they were given the privilege to represent their masters by oppressing their own people. With time, those who were born out of the church´s dogma became another class of people, who also oppressed those of a darker skin. Meanwhile, they separated themselves as superior beings from the rest of the community; they even hid their grandmother in the attic because of her blackness when the lighter-skinned master paid a visit to his sweetheart´s swampy cabin or whatever shelter they had, that they called home.

3 injured in weekend shootings
No lives were lost to violence in Belize City over the weekend. However, there were two shooting incidents which have left three persons injured. The first shooting incident occurred on Belize City's Northside just before 9 o'clock on Friday night. Kareem Williams, 33, was standing at the corner of Cran and Mapp Streets when a man walked up to him and opened fire. Three shots rang out, leaving Williams with injuries to the left thigh and left buttocks. He was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), where he was treated and released hours later.

Extradition process begins for attorney Andrew Bennett
Last Tuesday Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred "Sedi" Elrington, signed off on an extradition request for attorney Andrew Bennett, who is wanted in the United States for allegedly facilitating a money laundering scheme. Today, Amandala has been reliably informed that on Wednesday, Bennett will appear before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser, who will determine his fate after hearing evidence from the Office of the Solicitor General, which is assisting the United States government. Last month word of the extradition request surfaced and it was alleged that Bennett was caught in a sting operation by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Arrest of a Guatemalan woman with a false document turns political
On Friday, Wendy Castro, 26, a Guatemalan woman, who is eight months pregnant, was held in police custody over the weekend after she attempted to apply for a Belize social security card but was arrested by San Ignacio police, because she presented a false birth certificate. The matter of charging Castro is a simple police procedure, but when attorney Michel Chebat asked the police if she could be released on station bail due to her advanced pregnancy, the story took on a political twist and the United Democratic Party chairman Alberto August accused Chebat of pressuring the police to release Castro. In an interview with Amandala today, Monday, Chebat told us that he was called in around 8:00 p.m. on Friday to the San Ignacio Police Station concerning a woman who is pregnant and was in police custody.

Stephen Flowers, 24, Majestic Alley resident, charged with the murder of Leon Garcia, 29
Stephen Flowers, 24, a laborer of Pinks Alley, aka "Majestic Alley", was charged with the murder of Leon Garcia, 29, when he appeared today before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser. She did not take a plea from him because the offence is indictable, and remanded him into custody until April 16. Garcia, aka "Bernard", a notorious street figure, was stabbed in his chest and stomach around 3 a.m. on New Year's Day, January 1. It was the first murder for the New Year.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Alfredo Mansea killed in San Pedro
This morning around 12:40, police visited the emergency section at San Pedro Poly Clinic where [�]

PM departs country for medical appointment
The Office of Prime Minister, Dean Barrow informed that the Prime Minister Dean Barrow departed [�]

US State Department updates Belize travel advisory
The United States (US) State Department updated its Belize travel advisory to level 2 last [�]

Two years later, Anne Swaney's murder still unsolved
Two years ago, on January 16, 2016, ABC7 News Producer, Anne Swaney was found strangled [�]

Ministry of Works signs contract for consultancy services valued at US $375,000
The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Works, signed a contract today with Caribbean [�]

Police man charged for manslaughter of Mario Vernon
Mario Vernon Jr., 24, was shot in the head on Sunday night by a police man. BBN [�]

Man beats mother to death with crowbar, leaves another woman hospitalized
Police have confirmed the details of this morning's shocking murder in the Spanish Town area [�]

Murder in San Pedro
BBN has been reliably informed that there was a murder early this morning in San [�]

Man allegedly beats mom to death
Reports to BBN is that a 53-year-old woman died this morning after being beaten to [�]

Whistleblower Alvarine Burgess busted with contraband
Alvarine Burgess, the whistle-blower who broke silence and shed light on the rampant corruption at [�]

CARICOM condemns derogatory remarks made by US President Donald Trump
Over the past few days, social media has been in an uproar following derogatory remarks [�]

Police find shotgun in Maya Mopan
Yesterday evening, Belmopan police reported that cops found a shotgun in the Maya Mopan Area [�]


The Panti Rippa - the best way to enjoy an island favorite!
We have asked Jason Williams, a professional bartender at Caprice Bar to demonstrate the art of making the perfect Panti Rippa, but by all means PLEASE try this at home. We've even used Del Monte Pineapple juice to show that even if you live in Duluth, Minnesota you can imbibe in this tropical taste of heaven from the comfort of your own home! Heck stoke up the fireplace or crank the heat, put on some reggaeton music and bring in the lawn chairs! After a few sips of this Belizean libation, you just need to close your eyes and you're instantly back on the beach with sand between your toes! Any brand of coconut rum will do. My personal favorite is the Caribbean Coconut which is mastered by Cuello's Distillery in Orange Walk Town. It makes a great souvenir to take home after your vacation in Belize, but the beauty of a Panti Rippa is that you can use any brand of coconut rum, and to make things even easier, any pineapple juice works and any shaker does the job.

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Weekend Getaway: Ambergris Caye, Belize
This narrow barrier island just off the Caribbean coast of Belize is a beloved beach getaway. Do a long weekend on Ambergris Caye in style, thanks to a new, luxurious outpost and classic local favorites. A quick plane-hop from Belize's international Airport in Belize City, Ambergris Caye is a playground for swimming, snorkeling and diving, and enjoying the laid-back culture of Belize. Make your long weekend a perfect one by checking in at the newly opened Mahogany Bay Village's collection of luxury bungalows, and follow these 10 must-dos.

The Belizean Insurance Market Analysis 2018 (By Segment, Key Players and Applications) and Forecasts
'Governance, Risk and Compliance - Industry' report is the result of extensive research into the insurance regulatory framework in Belize. It provides detailed analysis of the insurance regulations for life, property, motor, liability, personal accident and health, and marine, aviation and transit insurance. The report specifies various requirements for the establishment and operation of insurance and reinsurance companies and intermediaries. The report brings together research, modeling and analysis expertise, giving insurers access to information on prevailing insurance regulations, and recent and upcoming changes in the regulatory framework, taxation and legal system in the country. The report also includes the scope of non-admitted insurance in the country.

Rigoberto Escobar L�pez, correspondent of Prensa Libre and Guatevisi�n in Pet�n, was attacked by the Belizean armed forces in the customs of that country. The incident was recorded in the area known as no man's land, in Melchor de Mencos. The journalist indicated that he was documenting with photographs and video part of the work of the adjacency zone, peteneros children who study in Belize, the customs precinct and the topic of the referendum, when he was approached by three people; one uniformed and two civil, without identification but indicating being employees of the Belizean customs. He adds that the military asked him what he was doing, which he replied that he took pictures. They invited him to leave since he was in Belizean territory. When he was going to the Guatemalan customs office located five meters away, he was caught and they grabbed him by the neck, with the intention to take him to the police substation of Benque Viejo del Carmen, and accuse him of illegal entry into the country.


  • Spotted Moray Eel, 1/2min. This weekend the CRC was in Caye Caulker working with our Next Gen Croc students. During one of our surveys we were treated to a sighting of a Spotted Moray Eel. Lagoons and coves are important habitat for a range of species like this spectacular eel.

  • February 15th marks the start of the harvesting season for farmers from the village of San Carlos, 10min. February 15th marks the start of the harvesting season for farmers from the village of San Carlos here in the Orange Walk District. Every year these same farmers are featured in our newscast but not because their business is vibrant. On the contrary these producers lose thousands of dollars every year when their products are unable to be sold in the local market due to the saturation of imported and contraband goods. This year however, farmers are grabbing the bull by its horns and turning to GOB demanding fair treatment.

  • Creativity at Our Core | Tanya McNab | TEDxBelmopan, 12min. Tanya McNab spoke about diversity, equality, and creativity at the Tedx Belmopan. She talks about creating a campaign for the banana industry, and it's definitely worth a watch for that alone. "Think outside the box? Creative Director Tanya McNab believes we can stay creative in everything we do and shows us what we can do with the box. Born and raised in Belize, Tanya McNab is an award-winning graphic designer, publisher, and visual branding expert. McNab is the force behind a handful of Belize's important publications.

  • Solar Off-Grid in Belize in La Gracia, Belize - Central America, 5min.

  • Belize 2018, 15min.

  • So Cute! Surprise Show @ Government School In Belize, 3.5min.

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