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SHINE hosts 'Women's Empowerment Week' SHINE center celebrated Women's Empowerment Week from Monday, February 5th through the 7th at the Hope Haven Center located behind Maya Island Air, in San Pedro Town. The event consisted of seminars to teach women of Ambergris Caye on how to start their own business. The classes were offered by Cary Heise, Jessica Thronebrug, Billie-Jo Cochran, Wendy Schulz, Julie Matheny, and Erica Curtime from Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
From Monday to Wednesday, the participants were learned how to start their own businesses and given important tips on how to make it a success and maintain it. Best practices such as marketing, budgeting and pricing were shared with them. The attendees were also given advice on how to succeed in a competitive market, especially if their business is going to be one that is common. They not only learned how to start their own business but were also given tips when applying for employment.
One year later, no one charged for the murder of Felix Ayuso Friday, February 2nd, marked one year since beloved island activist 44-year-old Felix Ayuso was found dead at his home in the San Juan Area. On June 28, 2017, San Pedro Police issued a warrant for the arrest of Vildo Westby, who is their prime suspect in Ayuso's murder. On December 8th news broke that Westby had been detained by Mexican authorities, but the Belize Police Department still haven't officially confirmed this information. Ayuso's sister Carmen Eiley said that she understands that the process of extradition takes long but at least she knows that Westby is still detained in Las Choapas, Veracruz. "I'm always checking with the Mexican authorities on Westby's status. So at least I can have peace that he is still behind bars. Now I'm just patiently waiting for the day he gets extradited to Belize and pays his time here for the murder of my brother," said Eiley.
Saga Humane Society benefits from annual Kelly McGuire birthday concert Island residents and visitors alike joined award-winning country singer/songwriter Kelly McGuire to celebrate his birthday at the Palapa Bar and Grill on Tuesday, February 6th. The birthday festivity included a concert by McGuire to raise much-needed funds for San Pedro's Saga Humane Society. With raffles, live auctions and great music to dance to, Palapa Bar donated 10% of their bar sales to Saga, who deemed the annual event a success.
The staggering cost of emergency medical air evacuations from the island to the mainland The lack of a proper emergency medical facility on Ambergris Caye continues to be the main factor for costly evacuations via air from the island to the nearest hospital in Belize City, particularly at night. During daytime medical emergencies the Belize Emergency Response Team along with Wings of Hope are the first options for evacuation assistance. This service is apparently free of charge to the patients, however, at night, Tropic Air is the sole responder transporting the injured and ill to the mainland. Such night service comes at a cost of nearly $5,000BZ of which some is covered by the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, some by the patient when possible and often Tropic Air absorbing the cost. This service is perhaps not economically feasible for Tropic Air, however, they consider it as a way of giving back to the island, which is also the company's home.
San Pedro House Of Culture Hosts Carnaval Photo Exhibi On Thursday, February 8, 2018, The San Pedro House of Culture opened its photo exhibit of the 'Grand Carnaval de San Pedro'. Those in attendance enjoyed the great music of of Mr. Wil Nunez and his 7-year-old grandson Alexus Nunez. The photo exhibit has pictures of old comparsas (dancing groups) and up to present day comparsas. The public is invited to visit the photo exhibit at the San Pedro House of Cultutre and enjoy viewing the beautiful pictures and information on the Grand Carnaval of San Pedro.
Children Enjoying The New San Pedro RC School Library The San Pedro Roman Catholic School reached out to the community of San Pedro for assistance in form of donations to be able to fix their library that was in dire need of repairs, the building had broken doors and windows and the exterior walls are all rotting and falling apart.
Heading the fundraising initiative was Catherine Whitney also known by the students as "Teacher Kate". She has been volunteering at the library for several years now. The children have grown to love and appreciate everything Teacher Kate does and love spending time with her at the library reading stories and doing other fun activities.
Belize Accommodations Among Top TripAdvisor 2018 Awards The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce once more that several Belizean accommodations have been recognized in this year's TripAdvisor's 2018 awards list, both at the World and Central American categories.
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Kindy take note of Archeological site update SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2018:
THE XUNANTUNICH, NOHOCH CHEEN AND ATM ARCHAEOLOCICAL RESERVES ARE ALL CLOSED DUE TO FLOODED RIVER CONDITION.
THE BARTON CREEK ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE IS OPEN
ALL OTHER ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES ARE OPEN FOR VISITATION.
PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION AT ALL TIMES.
FLOODING IN CAYO DISTRICT OVER THE LAST 48 HOURS There has been some flooding in the Cayo District over the past 48 hours due to persistent rains. Between Midnight and 1:00 AM Wednesday Night/Thursday Morning, NEMO personnel were called out to Unitedville where a portion of the George Price Highway was under 2 to 3 feet of water due to flash flooding. A few houses were also affected. Also, the low lying bridge across the Macal River in the Twin Towns of San Ignacio/Santa Elena and the low-lying bridge at Iguana Creek (Spanish Lookout Road) are currently under water. Some flooding has also been reported in some areas of the Toledo District. There has been no need for evacuations so far, but NEMO personnel, including river monitors, are keeping an eye on the situation in these areas.
NEMO NORTHERN REGION CONVENES DISASTER MANAGEMENT PLANNING MEETING NEMO Coordinators for the Northern Region, which includes the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts, met yesterday, February 8, 2018, at their first Disaster Management Planning Meeting for 2018.
The meeting was attended by Minister of National Emergency Management, Honorable Edmond Castro; Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry, Ms. Ruth Meighan; and NEMO National Emergency Coordinator, Colonel (Ret) Shelton DeFour. NEMO Northern Regional Coordinator is Elodio Aragon Senior. Orange Walk District Coordinator is Suleima Celiz, and her assistant is Michael Neal. Corozal District Coordinator is Willard Levy, and his assistant is Ronnie Hernandez.
Global Fuel Economy Initiative Representatives from various Government and Non-Governmental Organizations along with the Private Sector will gather on February 12th, 2018 to discuss the findings of a study to establish a fuel economy baseline for light-duty vehicles (LDV, ≤ 3,500 kg) that entered the fleet in Belize over the past four years.
The global increase of the vehicle fleet in the coming decades, especially in developing economies, will have a monumental impact on health, the environment, and the climate. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from cars will double between the years 2000 and 2050. As a result, the "Cleaner and More Efficient Fuels and Vehicles in Belize" project was developed within the framework of two global programs, the Partnership for Fuels and Clean Vehicles (PFCV) and the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI).
UAE-Funded Rural Electrification Project to be Implemented in Belize A delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund are in Belize to meet with the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities and village leaders for the implementation of the emPOWER Rural Electrification project (emPOWER project).
The emPOWER project envisions to install 344 kW of solar PV and battery storage in rural villages that currently do not have access to the national electricity grid. The villages selected are Indian Creek, Golden Stream, and Medina Bank. The project is estimated to cost US$2.736 million and is part of the UAE's $50 million grant fund for renewable energy projects in the Caribbean.
Transforming the business district in Corozal Progress brings good things - The private sector in Corozal has recently taken the lead in transforming our business district with the many number of new businesses, renovations, extension of existing structures and the process of new commercial and personal building construction.
Today was yet another one of those days that enlightened our hearts to know that the private sector has deep confidence in the future development of our Corozal community. We feel it coming and it will be here to stay.
We were on site this morning speaking with one of Belize's lead architects who has extreme talent. This young man in our personal view has a great vision to change the future landscape and future growth of Corozal. He also has a great talent as a professional photographer and and he is a Corozaleňo.
Carnaval 2018 - Corozal This Sunday, February 11th at Miami Beach. Free event. Come prepared. From 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Corozal tteacher charged in fatal traffic accident A school teacher, who teaches a at Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico in San Roman, was arraigned in the Magistrate's Court last week Tuesday on traffic related charges in connection with a fatal traffic accident in Corozal.
Gerardo Silvestre Chable age 35 was charged for manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct and driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention, and driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver's license.
Corozal Police say Chable was driving a white Isuzu Rodeo that knocked down cane farmer, Hermenejildo Patt, 52, who was riding his bicycle around 6:00 p.m over a week and a half ago in San Narciso Village.
CARNIVAL 2018 San Pedro
The Carnival is here again !
Barrier Reef Drive will be closed Saturday 10th February at 1:00pm.
Sunday the 11th Barrier Reef Drive will remain OPEN'
On Monday the 12th and Tuesday the 13th there will be restrictions on parking on Barrier Reef Drive and Pescador Drive, from 3:00pm, this is to allow the children to play "painting" safely.
Drivers should use Angel Coral Street from 3:00pm on these days.
Enjoy the Carnival.
Come and meet "Payaso" in Corozal The handsomest pony in the world. It will be giving rides to kids at Jahmundo from 3:30 p.m to 6:00 p.m. tomorrow Saturday, February 10th. Along with us will be Dioni Marin who will be taking portrait photos with Payaso, while your kids take a ride with it. Enjoy our coldest beers. Very secluded atmosphere. To get there take the road to Finca Solana off the Consejo Road between the cemetery and the market. Head towards the bay and take a left after Natural Mystics. From there go all the way to the end of the road and take a left after Dr. Garcia's property. We are on your left after that. For more information please call 634-3889.
BELIZE FISHING REPORT, Weeks of Jan. 29th - Feb. 4th, 2018 Big bonefish in the lagoon and on the flats this week. The bonefish have been waiting for an opportunity to feed heavily and feed they did. Each angler, experienced or a beginner, always find hungry bonefish in the lagoon. Dan, Bruce, Hans, Peter, and Dave enjoyed double-digit weeks in spite of a rough start weather-wise.
The Reef Week Belize Instagram contest is underway! It's the time to submit your photo(s) or video(s) to showcase the 2018 theme: Our Reef Rocks! Protect it! Don't Neglect it! To submit your entry for the Reef Week Instagram Contest, you must simply:
Tag Oceana Belize's Instagram page (@oceana_bze) to original photos and videos that showcase the theme of Reef Week Belize 2018: "Our Reef Rocks! Protect it! Don't Neglect it!"
Show us an example of a before and after "change" you're making in your community to positively impact Belize's economically important marine resources.
Holy Cha Chaac primicias People from Maya Descent from the village of San Pablo/San Jose(Orange Walk) preparing food for the Holy Cha Chaac primicias. This tradition have been done in this villages for over 100 years since the first Mayeros came to do milpas in the area around 1886.
CJ Benjamin, All But Gone According to Guyana Press Belize's Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin is on the move - according to news reports out of Guyana. An online outlet called "Demerara Waves" says that Guyanese President David Granger will go ahead with the appointment of Benjamin to the post of Chancellor of the Judiciary. This, despite objections from Guyana's opposition leader.
The article quotes Minister of State Joseph Harmon saying that the President and the Opposition Leader have already had "meaningful consultation" and it, quote, "paves the way for the appointment of Justice Kenneth Benjamin as Chancellor�." End quote.
Because of the objection from the Leader of the Opposition, the article indicates that Benjamin may be appointed as Acting Chancellor.
He Killed His Friend With a shot To The Head in a Drunken Game Of Russian Roulette He killed his friend while playing a game of Russian Roulette, and today the court told Edwardo Torres, he's free to go, with only a fine.
It happened back in May of 2013, when 32-year-old John Paul Fernandez and 40 year old Edwardo Torres were in the parking lot of the Palm Island nightclub playing with a licensed gun. According to witnesses, Fernandez told Torres to put the 9 millimeter pistol in his mouth and pull the trigger. The gun went off, killing Fernandez instantly, and Torres ran off.
He was initially charged for manslaughter but, in court, today he pleaded guilty to unlawful harm through negligence of a firearm.
Contraband Conflagration In OW District We're always reporting on contraband busts in the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts - and today customs enforcement in Orange Walk destroyed all that had been confiscated over the Christmas, and in early 2018. As this story will show, it's quite an accumulation - but still, it's just the tip of the iceberg:..
Jules Vasquez reporting:
They may look like they're loading up for a contraband party. But this is actually a customs operation.
All this stuff was loaded up at the customs warehouse in Orange Walk for transfer to the agriculture compound in Yo Creek where 548 canned and bottled beers were crunched by a back hoe which almost got bogged in the runoff from the 860 cases of bottled beers.
There was also a total of 86 sacks of flour that got destroyed. While 738 cartons and 3 cases of cigarettes went up in smoke. Throw in another 140 cases and 356 bottles of soft drinks, all laid to waste, 200 thousand dollars' worth of contraband one fifth of a million - all laid to waste in an "empire of dirt".
PM Gives Press Cold Shoulder Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his wife, Kim Barrow, returned to country today after three days away.
A press release from the Government of Belize said that he and his wife left on a private visit to attend to some personal business.
They returned this afternoon, and although the press waited at the airport in hopes that he would grant an interview, he declined saying that he had an urgent meeting he needed to get to.
The Sunshine Saga, Both Sides Now We would have wanted to ask the Prime Minister for his comments on a few important matters, such as the Sunshine Holdings Limited case that has been started against the Ashcroft Alliance.
As we told you, that's the latest fight between the Government and the Alliance over the settlement for the BTL acquisition.
Sunshine is asking the Supreme Court to order the Alliance to pay them some of the half a billion dollar BTL settlement. Sunshine used to be part of the Ashcroft group of companies, but it became Government controlled in 2009 when the Barrow Administration nationalized BTL.
The problem is that with the acquisition of Sunshine's shares, the Barrow Administration took on a 20 million dollar debt that the company owed to the Social Security Board, and the Government. This loan goes back to when Prime Minister Said Musa and the PUP were in office.
January 2018, Wettest Month On Record You probably thought last month was very, very rainy - but you probably didn't know that January 2018 was the wettest January on record. That's right, in the 30 years of recording rainfall at the Phillip Goldson International Airport, January's 20 inches of rain is the most ever recorded in any January going back to 1981.
The 20 inches is almost ten times more than the 2.8 inches which fell in January 2017, and more than three times the average January rainfall of 6 inches - which is based in the 30 year average.
Rainfall in Belmopan with 9.2 inches, is also about three times what January of the previous year saw, and is almost twice the 30 year average of 4.9 inches. Tower Hill in Orange Walk had rainfall just above average.
Corozal Robbers Roughed Up Storeowners 3 brutal robbers ran off with $10,000 in cash and cell phones from a Corozal Chinese store. It happened at Rong's Supermarket on 4th Avenue in Corozal Town shortly after 3:30 yesterday afternoon.
Surveillance video captured by the store's security cameras shows the entire assault from when the three robbers, two of them armed, arrived at the store. Two of them violently forced the male and female storeowners into submission, pistol whipping, kicking and punching them, all at gunpoint.
And while they did that one of the robbers went behind the counter loaded up the money from the cash register.
BDF Driver Killed Toddler, Pleads Guilty, Asks Court For Mercy He ran over and killed a three year old, and today 40-year-old BDF Civilian Driver, Hubert Martinez begged the court for mercy. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter by negligence and said he is sorry for his action.
In December of 2013, 3-year-old Jahston Terry was walking on the sidewalk with his 5-year-old brother when suddenly, Martinez's van charged unto the sidewalk hitting both brothers. Little Jahston died on impact from a head injury.
A terrible accident, but he wasn't drunk, and his attorney Bryan Neal submitted that Martinez is very remorseful.
ASR/BSI Looks to CARICOM For Sugar Fix The Caribbean has four sugar producing countries, and now they are making a pitch to be the sugar of the Caribbean. The Sugar Association of the Caribbean is urging regional manufacturers to use "plantation white" sugar to make soft drinks, cakes and biscuits.
ASR/BSI in Orange Walk produces that sugar, and today the senior Vice President explained why it makes all the sense in the world for the Caribbean to buy sugar from its own:...
Mac MacLachlan, VP - Int'l Relations - ASR Group:
"We produce more sugar than we need in the Caribbean and yet we still, as the CARICOM market, import around about 200,000 tons of white sugar from outside the region. What we as the sugar association of the Caribbean on behalf of the 4 producing countries, that's Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica and Belize. We are making the argument; we don't really think that its necessary. "
Cops Busted Bus Commuter Last night around 8:00, police busted a commuter with weed. The police stopped the bus at their checkpoint between miles 4 and 5 on the Phillip Goldson Highway. When the officers got on the bus, 41 year old Police Street resident Larance Lahoudi got antsy and gave himself away. Police found 9 ounces of weed in a purple knapsack under his seat. Police charged Lahodi with drug trafficking.
Belmopan Cops Caught Weedists In the Matrix Yesterday at around 6:45 pm, Belmopan Police were conducting an operation in Teakettle Village they saw a white Toyota Matrix parked on the side of the road.
A woman was sitting on the driver's side of the vehicle. It seemed suspicious, so Police searched the car and found 7 parcels of cannabis amounting to a total of 18 pounds.
29-year-old Ernest Almendarez and 22-year-old Brittany Hutchinson were both charged with drug trafficking.
Today the two appeared in court. Almendarez pled guilty and was fined $10,000 to be paid by December 30th while Hutchinson was granted a bail of $3000.
Real Estate Brokers Unite Today, the Belize Association of Real Estate Brokers along with the National Association of Realtors joined forces to sign an important bilateral agreement. They hope to strengthen different aspects of the real estate community. The president of Belize's real estate association told us more.
Hugo Moguel, President of the Association of Real Estate Brokers in Belize:
"Today's event is a reaffirmation of a bilateral agreement that we did almost 10 years ago."
"They have an international division and it's about strengthening ties with similar groups internationally. We have a similar code of ethics that we follow along with the lines of strengthening that code of ethics, strengthening the way real estate professionals work with each other and also fostering international business. They offer courses, training, things that we want to provide for our local market, our local practitioners but have not been able to develop."
Making Wetlands Lessons Stick Last week we told you about World Wetlands Day. It was celebrated in Crooked Tree - which is known as the crown of wetland ecosystems in Belize. Well, the Belize Audubon Society along with their partners want to ensure that stakeholders and the general public understand the important role wetlands play especially when it comes containing those flood waters. The team organized an educational session today where the media and other partners were invited to learn more about wetlands. We dropped by.
Dr. Ed Boles, Aquatic Ecologist:
"Wetlands are those areas that are routinely flooded during part of the year and so that area converts to an aquatic environment fish and other things are coming in and they are utilizing the resources that are there, and then when the waters recede they become dry land again but during the wet season the absorption of flood waters is very important because without those wetlands more places downstream would be flooded."
Corozalito Cannabis Cultivator 24 year-old Ronnie Rivera, a farmer of Corzalito Village, is staring down a 10 thousand-dollar fine after being taken to court for the cultivation of cannabis plants - and he only had two of them! He was 1 of 7 persons the police charged with the offense
Rivera was busted this morning at around 5:30. That's when police went to his Corzalito home and searched his property. The cops found 2 cannabis plants growing Inside an old refrigerator lying down in his yard, They arrested him and 6 others who were at the house. The cops charged everyone with cannabis cultivation.
"Johnny-Cakes"The Old Fashioned Way Our next story is about the fading art of "Johnny Cakes" cooked on "Fiyaa Haawt". Now, for you grammar watchers out there, we know the correct term is "journey cakes" and it's a fire hearth - but for the roots subject of this story, we just couldn't use all that fancy language.
So, forgive us as we investigate the fading art of baking to perfection on an open fire. Jules Vasquez reports from Cairo Street:
Ms. Rose sells JOHNNY CAKES on weekdays, and on weekends, she makes creole bread and bun by order only.
City Council Celebrates Just in time for the election, the fourth City Council BTL park fest is being held this Saturday. This year's fest promises tons of fun, plus the added adrenaline of politicians trying to get a feelgood moment before the election. So, first off, entry is free for all. And that's only for starters. The Belize City Council's public relations officer told us more.
Shane Williams, Belize City Council Public Relations Officer:
"6 to 8 is for the children. After 8 we will have the longest firework show you have ever seen and at 9 o' clock the adult show starts with a whole line up of star-studded entertainment. We have Supa G, Ernestine, Marilyn Vansen. We TY, NXT dancers, Nello player and at the end of the night we will have Baby Cham and Cecile."
"The BTL is a park is symbolic because it represents what we want in the city. A partnership between the private sector, public sector, the residents, and all the community involved so the BTL park fest is not a celebration of the park itself but the symbolism that the park represents."
OCEANA Cleans Up The Shore If you have time to spare tomorrow and you want to put yourself to good use, you can join OCEANA and its volunteer team on a cleanup. They will be picking up garbage along the Seashore drive area.
Over time, a lot of garbage has accumulated along the coast and they need your help to get all cleared out. Today we spoke to OCEANA's Outreach Program Director Jacinta Gomez about the initiative.
Jacinta Gomez, Outreach Program Director, OCEANA:
"So tomorrow the Belize City Council and OCEANA are collaborating to spearhead a cleanup targeting the Seashore Drive area. OCEANA has done numerous cleanups in this area and anytime we do it we target smaller pieces of thrash like straws and different plastics that wash up on the coast. Tomorrow is a bit different because we are targeting larger pieces of trash that are actually in the water that if you just drive past you might not even see it but walking along the sidewalk if you look in you see big pieces of trash like tires..."
The Benefit In Bob's Name And after working hard on that Saturday clean up - you can vibe all night to the best of Bob Marley's beats at the 16th annual Bob Marley Tribute and Food Drive. But, before you race out of the house to the concert make sure to pack a few food items. Dara Robinson told us more about this year's bash and benefit.
Dara Robinson, Coordinator :
"We are paying tribute to the late great Bob Marely and it is a food drive and a fund raising for the feeding program I run now for 11 years how we normally do it we have Dj's, I usually show Bob on the screen and what we will bring back new this year, we have a group that calls themselves singers and players of instruments. These are all veterans that will bring a band and they will do an hour or so of Bob Marley music strictly."
Landed In A Lamp-post This morning, we found this vehicle wrapped around a lamp post on newly paved stretch of the Phillip Goldson Highway. Construction work was finished just last year on this stretch, which starts in Ladyville and ends at the Haulover Bridge.
A nice touch on the new highway were the towering street lamps.
Well, someone crashed into one of these posts between miles 7 and 8, wrecking it.
We're told that this is the 4th lamp post that's been destroyed only months after the work was completed. The first happened last year August, when a US Embassy vehicle slammed into one.
Violence And The Family In PG Yesterday the Building People Movement hosted a conference in Punta Gorda named Violence and the Family.
The focus of the conference was to assist people in having a peaceful home and giving them tools and services to use. One of the presenters told us more.
Margaret Nicholas, Executive Director of National Committee for Families and Children/Presenter:
"One of the things I really and truly talked about was the number of domestic violence cases that are in Belize City and in Punta Gorda and its effect on the children. We also discussed the whole issue of tolerance and violence."
Customs Sets Contraband Ablaze in Yo Creek The flow of contraband items from across the northern border is brisk. It's big business, though risky, for contrabandistas to illegally bring in tons of items via various transshipment points. [...]
On Return, P.M. Too Busy for Media Questions Earlier this week Prime Minister Dean Barrow left the country with his family on personal business in the United States. As has become common practice, the local media camped out [...]
CitCo Struggles with Overnight Flooding Overnight, heavy rains came down on Belize City and other parts of the country. The downpour immediately caused flooding across the city and water levels are rising in the Belize [...]
West, South Inundated By Rains But even before the heavy rains in Belize City, torrential rains across western and southern Belize caused flooding of bridges and farms. NEMO is reporting that no homes have been [...]
B.D.F. Driver to be Sentenced for Knocking Down Boy Civilian driver for the Belize Defence Force, forty-year-old Hubert Martinez, awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to a charge of manslaughter by negligence. He admits causing the death of three-year-old Jahston [...]
Banker Fined for Friend's Accidental Death A banker made a decision while intoxicated to put a licensed firearm in a friend's mouth, which cost that friend his life. Forty-five-year-old Edwardo Torres has avoided jail time after [...]
Weed Busts in Teakettle, San Lazaro A drug bust in the village of Teakettle in the west, yielded police eight thousand five hundred and three grams of cannabis, the equivalent of eight pounds of the drug.� [...]
Can Imports be Reduced? The issue of Common External Tariffs not being applied to imported white sugar continues to affect millers.� The Sugar Association of the Caribbean, according to McLachlan, is looking at the [...]
After Sub-Par Year, C.D.B. Turns the Page This week, the Caribbean Development Bank held its annual press conference at its headquarters in Barbados. The headline is that the performance of its nineteen member countries economically in 2017 [...]
Belizean accommodations win TripAdvisor Awards Twenty four accommodations including Bread and Breakfasts, Inns, Hotels and resorts in Belize were among the recipients of this year's Trip Advisors Awards in the World and Central America categories. The winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. This year, Coco Plum �
2 Cotton Tree villagers charged for Israel Perez's murder The search for Israel "Prince" Perez, 27, of St. Matthews, Cayo District, who had been missing since Sunday, January 28, eleven days ago, came to a tragic conclusion at about 6:00 Tuesday morning in Harmonyville, and two Cotton Tree men will be arraigned in court for his murder.
Perez's body was found in an advanced state of decomposition in a shallow grave (a dugout). There were multiple stab wounds in his chest and upper body.
His hands and feet were tied, and his head was covered with a plastic bag. The body was partially exposed and a stench of decomposition was heavy in the air.
4-year contract for Citco admin, Candice Miller At the cusp of the impending March 7 municipal elections, the outgoing Mayor of Belize City, Darrell Bradley, has signed a four-year contract for Belize City Council Administrator, Candice Miller. She will now serve in the capacity of city administrator until 2022, and will thereby outlast whoever succeeds Mayor Bradley.
While the move has been criticized by the Opposition, Mayor Bradley had no apologies. According to him, it is a part of his efforts at reforming municipal staff throughout the country.
Bradley said, "This is part of our reforming of the municipal staff, so that this is not something that only the Belize City Council did.
Cycling prez, Dion Leslie, under fire Belize Cycling Federation president, Dion Leslie, who is also the governing United Democratic Party's mayoral candidate, has come under fire from a young man who is aspiring to lead the cycling organization.
Tariq Cano, who is not shy about his aspirations to topple Leslie from the top spot at the cycling federation, called a press conference today in which he called into question Leslie's performance as the leader of the cycling federation.
Cano, who was accompanied by his lawyer, Hector Guerra, told the media that since last November he has been requesting information about the election for the Cycling Federation of Belize.
Security guard charged with theft of friend's cellphone Dajion Staine, 19, a security guard at the Samuel Haynes Institute of Learning who has been accused of stealing an LG cellular phone, valued at $250, was read a charge of theft today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford.
Staine wanted to plead guilty to the charge, but Senior Magistrate Ford entered an equivocal plea of not guilty when Staine said he did not act alone in the commission of the offence. She offered Staine bail of $1,000 and adjourned his case until April 5.
The theft occurred around 8:45 p.m. on February 6. The complainant, Adrian Hall, 19, a tour guide, reported to the police that he was at A Plus Restaurant on Mahogany Street socializing with Staine and Lyndell Parham, and when he left, he forgot to take his phone from the table.
Belizean Hezron Parks, 21, charged by US authorities for 2nd degree murder Hezron Parks, 21, a Belizean national from Independence Village in the Stann Creek District, has been employed by the e-commerce company, Amazon, and living in the United States legally for the last five years.
However, his life changed permanently on Monday when he was arraigned in connection with the murder of an off-duty Marine veteran.
The Marine veteran, Captain Kyle Brayer, 34, was shot in the head in what appeared to be a road rage incident. American media outlets are reporting that prior to the shooting, Parks had been out partying in Scottsdale, Arizona, and got into a fight with a bouncer at one club, was denied entry to another and left a third club because he did not like his drink.
Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) rates Belize The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) released its 2017 Caribbean economic review and its 2018 outlook at an annual press conference held in Barbados on Wednesday this week. A review of the publication revealed that although several Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) suffered from devastating events like hurricanes, last year there was an overall uptick in economic growth, to 0.6 per cent.
The publication informed that although there was some growth in 2017, the region continues to underperform when compared with other country groups. For the last nine years, the annual growth in the region has averaged 0.8 per cent, while in other small developing states, growth has averaged 4.8 percent.
Cricket regular season opens this weekend Yesterday, the Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA) announced that its Sir Barry Bowen 2018 Harrison Parks Cricket Competition regular season will commence this coming weekend with 7 games scheduled, 6 on Saturday and 1 on Sunday. The planned season opening Marathon, which had been twice postponed due to rain, has been cancelled. Below is the Week 1 regular season schedule, all games starting at 10:30 a.m.:
Some FFB news items The following are a few selected items from an FFB press release on Monday, February 5:
President Sergio Chuc says farewell to Renan Couoh - Technical Director
On Friday, February 2, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) held a farewell ceremony for Mr. Renan Couoh. At this ceremony, President Sergio Chuc thanked Renan for 10 years as the Technical Director of the Federation, during which years he assisted in the development of many programs, leaving a legacy for the new Technical Director, Mr. Phillip Marin to continue.
PLB Week 4 summaries and Week 5 schedule Sunday, February 4:
Wagiya FC vs Belmopan Bandits SC at Carl Ramos Stadium - postponed.
San Pedro Pirates FC 2:1 BDF FC at Ambergris Stadium. (San Pedro Pirates - Highking Roberts 16' and Carlos Pertuz 90'; BDF - Shane "Chucky" Flores 47')
Verdes FC 2:0 Placencia Assassins FC at Norman Broaster Stadium. (Verdes - Alcides "Paco" Thomas 8' and Elroy "Bibbs" Kuylen 47').
Police United FC 2:1 Freedom Fighters FC at Isidoro Beaton Stadium. (Police United - Marlon "El Matador" Meza 81' PK and Carlton "Fubu" Thomas 28'; Freedom Fighters - Kyle Flowers 12')
Cycling fireworks building momentum to Cross Country The 2018 Cycling Calendar hit the pavement with a bang on New Year's Day, featuring the Krem New Year's Day Cycling Classic, the next biggest annual cycling event to the historic Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic.
We have been treated with some regular weekly reports on races hosted by the Weekend Warriors, as well as by individual cyclists or groups foraging into special events across our northern border, in Merida and Ciudad Del Carmen. This coming weekend, we understand that the Cycling Federation will be holding its annual DigiCell Elite Valentine's Tour.
Editorial: The myth of our inferiority This Friday, February 9, is the 49th anniversary of the founding of the organization which established this newspaper, Amandala, six months after UBAD's founding, in August of 1969.
Next year July will mark the centennial of the epic Ex-Servicemen's rebellion in Belize Town in July of 1919. UBAD was founded almost fifty years to the day after the Ex-Servicemen's rebellion. And UBAD was founded just 19 years after the radical, anti-colonial People's United Party (PUP) was formed in 1950.
At the time it was formed, the PUP was considered militant and revolutionary in British Honduras. So that, for UBAD to challenge the PUP less than two decades later on the grounds of militant and revolutionary commitment requires careful study and analysis.
The creation of wealth Dear Editor:
The creation of national wealth occurs when ordinary people come up with creative, useful and sometimes not so useful ideas, build them, improve on them and then market them. This can be a product as well as a service, a new way of doing something, a process or even a concept. That is pretty much the basis of wealth creation, and it's no great secret, as some might be led to believe. However, in most instances it is not overnight and takes persistence, patience and a dogged determination to succeed. Individual success grows into companies and eventually to some of the large successful Fortune 500 conglomerates we see today. As the saying goes, a great forest fire starts with a simple spark. This process is commonplace - from the man who started Facebook to the person who invented the common paperclip.
A piece of land for every Belizean! Darrell Bradley's term as Mayor of Belize City ends on March 7th this year and his coup de grace was to "gift" 195 employees of the Belize City Council, each a parcel of land. In aggregate, we are told, the land totals 57 acres and the entire project took about two and a half years to come to fruition. I am genuinely happy for the recipients of the lands, many of whom are first-time land owners. However, I am disgusted at the notion that a politician must grant us our own land. Mayor Bradley's gesture, apart from floating his own political boat, has served only to reinforce the existing system of partisan political distribution of public resources.
Of pesos and "pedimentos" �
The country of Mexico is one of Belize's best friends, there is no doubt about that. A lot of us are descendants of Mexicans who came to seek refuge from the Caste War, Mayans and Spanish alike. Mexico also supports our independence and would like to see us prosper, unlike our neighbor to the West and South who would like to gobble us.
But, our trade imbalance is hugely in their favor and methinks they can do much more to help us.
At present, Belizeans trek across the border daily into Chetumal to purchase millions of pesos in all types of goods, paying a hefty 16% IVA tax.
If you aren't rich, you should be socialist Agriculture as the chief means of making a livelihood in British Honduras has not yet been forced upon the people. For the present, thanks to the demands made by the American market for our woods, the country is seeing a return of comparative prosperity. But the evil day will come, and only the more surely because it is put off for a time. The forests are being denuded�no provision is being made by the enforced planting of trees to replace�
Almost all our eggs are, as Governor Moloney worded it, in one basket. When this basket breaks, there will be a return to the evil day of 1901 - emigration to Spanish Honduras, to Yucatan and even to Guatemala will set in, and homes in Belize will be broken up.
ABUSE IN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS � Cruelty in law It is interesting some of the cases of abuse I have come across in my line of work over the years and how from then to now the cases I have encountered have become even more heinous and prevalent. From the start of my career as a journalist I have had the privilege of having people confide in me, and me willing to offer support and encouragement. Now in the legal field I have had to not only listen but seek legal redress for women in very abusive relationships.
I always reflect on how most of these relationships started with promises of love, companionship and security, but then it turns to hate, loneliness and lack of personal security� sadly, the abuse comes from the person to whom you have given your heart. Or is it love? I opine, without the need to be a relationship expert, that it is not love.
Flash flood impacts Unitedville, Cayo Rains in the hills led to a flash flood that impacted the residents of the lower areas of the Cayo District today. The flash flood entered homes, flooded farms, and inundated the Iguana Creek Bridge near Unitedville/ Blackman Eddy, causing traffic delays.
In an interview with Plus TV, a Unitedville resident said that he saw the river (Belize River) rising from about 10:00 this morning, but he didn't pay much attention to it. He said the river continued to rise, and by 1:00 in the afternoon the water covered the Iguana Creek Bridge, making it impassable.
However, at about 2:00 this afternoon, the river began to recede, and by 3:00 the bridge was again passable.
Maya Leaders Alliance calls for respect in referendum education in Toledo The Referendum Unit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been working in the Maya villages of the Toledo District, but their work has given rise to questions about the impartiality of the methods that are being employed, and this has prompted Pablo Mis, the Program Coordinator of the Mayan Leaders Alliance, to appeal for respect of the process and to caution those conducting the operation to not attempt to extract answers that are supportive of the government.
Mis calls for the referendum campaign to be conducted in a fair, independent and objective manner.
"Given the magnitude of this concern, we have been in touch with the Referendum Unit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; they are the ones who are tasked to lead the awareness campaign.
Norman Slusher, accused of the 2012 barbershop murder of Jason Canto, on trial On Tuesday, a trial by judge sitting without jury began in the Supreme Court of Justice Adolph Lucas for the man accused of the May 2012 murder of Jason Canto, 30, who died in a hail of bullets sprayed at him inside Dale's Barbershop, located at the corner of West Canal and Bishop Street.
The accused murderer, Norman Slusher, who is said to be an affiliate of the George Street Gang, also sustained gunshot injuries at the murder scene. Businessman Jose Shoman was a customer inside the barbershop and had his licensed firearm on him when two armed men appeared.
Slusher, 28, is being defended by attorney Simeon Sampson, S.C., while the Crown's evidence is being led by Crown Counsel Janelle Tillett.
"It's stupidity on stilts," says attorney for the BTL Employees Trust, Eamon Courtenay, SC Most Belizeans thought that the government acquisition of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) was settled at over half a billion dollars, but this morning attorneys for Sunshine Holdings and the BTL Employees Trust gathered in the chambers of Supreme Court Justice Courtenay Abel, where a new round of litigation began to take shape.
When the attorneys were finished, dates were agreed upon, for a full hearing of a claim from Sunshine Holdings.
Attorney Rodwell Williams, SC, who is representing Sunshine Holdings, explained what is involved to reporters who were camped outside the court.
"Pending before the court were two applications, one by the claimant, Sunshine, to continue the freeze, and for an ancillary order to the freeze, and one by my friends to strike out the claim.
Couple busted with almost 20 pounds of weed A man and woman have been charged by Belmopan police for drug trafficking after they were busted with seven parcels of cannabis totaling just over 18 pounds. Brittany Hutchinson 22, of Teakettle village and Ernesto Almendarez, 29, of Belmopan were charged yesterday in Belmopan Magistrate Court. According [�]
Rescue dogs used to search for Taiwan's earthquake victims As the fight against time gets crucial in finding survivors of Taiwan's earthquake, rescue dogs are now being used more. A four-year-old golden labrador whose name translates to "Iron Hero", worked through dangerous aftershocks to search for survivors after the 6.4-magnitude temblor struck the city [�]
Two women charged for trafficking crack cocaine
Orange Walk police arrested two women for trafficking crack cocaine on Wednesday after cops discovered the drug during a search at their residence. Cops raided Raquel Gomez’s, 25, home in Trinidad village, Orange Walk on Wednesday morning and found a plastic container with 7.2 grams of crack […]
Magistrate’s SUV stolen in Ladyville, burnt on Lake I Blvd
A magistrate’s SUV was stolen over the weekend in Ladyville, but her misfortune was compounded when police discovered that the stolen vehicle was then set on fire on Sunday morning closer to Belize City. Police Crimes Investigations Branch (CIB) Chief, Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Cowo told […]
Man accuses police of abuse of authority
A man is accusing three policemen of abusing their authority while they held him in their custody on Saturday night. Dorita Muschamp told the media that she had just left her son, Yulide Allen at a shop on Jasmine Street and headed to her house. […]
Belizean-American charged for road-rage shooting of fire captain
A Belizean-American living in Phoenix, Arizona was detained over the weekend by police there after he allegedly, turned himself in and confessed to shooting an off-duty fire captain during a confrontation in Scottsdale, Arizona on Sunday night. Hezron Parks was handed over to Scottsdale police where he […]
ComPol cracks down on police special duties
Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, said the department is cracking down on police officers working special duties at private establishment without his knowledge or consent. At a press conference hosted at the Racoon Street Police Station on Wednesday, Whylie said the police department is a […]
US Embassy gifts thermo-cycler machine to Belize Central Medical Laboratory
The United States Embassy in Belize, last Wednesday, gifted a thermo-cycler machine including supplies and support training valued at approximately USD $ 150,000 to the Central Medical Laboratory, which will allow the lab to conduct rapid and accurate detection of viruses and bacteria that causes diseases including […]
Mexico supports peaceful solution to territorial conflict
Our neighbour to the north, Mexico was the first country to support Belize’s political Independence at the United Nations in 1981, and that country supports a peaceful solution to the territorial conflict that Belize shares with Guatemala. Mexican Ambassador to Belize, Carlos Quesnel Melendez told […]
Ministry of Agriculture import sheeps from the US
Twenty-nine Dorper and sixteen Barbados Black Belly sheep, which were born and bred in the United States (US), arrived at the Philip Goldson International Airport last Monday, imported by the Ministry of Agriculture. The imported sheeps are a part of the December 2015 “Genetic Improvement […]
Traditional Mayas march for slain sisters in the South
Over the weekend, 39-Mayan Communities in southern Belize rallied and marched for justice and peace in memory of slain sisters, Crescencia and Josephina Oh, who were both viciously slaughtered on their way home in San Jose Village, Toledo on January 21. Committee Organizer, Maya Choc, […]
Toledo resident Lusilla Vernon turns 100 years old
Lusilla McNab Vernon completed 100 years on January 26th 2018. She was born in Punta Gorda, Belize on January 26th, 1918. She is one of the 13 children of Sam Vernon JP and Isabel Vernon. She was married to Eddie McNab, and has five children – Dorothy, Edgar, Sandra, Anthony […]
RISING DEATH TOLL IN BELIZEAN MALES
6 out of 10 people who die in Belize each year are males By Adele Ramos Freelance Reporter Over the past decade, there has been a widening gap between the number of males who die in Belize and the number of females. A review of data sourced from the Ministry […]
Belizeans safe after second 6.4 magnitude quake rocks Taiwan
Belizean students and workers in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan are all safe after an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of Hualien, eastern Taiwan at 11:50 on Tuesday, killing 10 people, injuring more than 260, and toppling buildings […]
Police unveils its 2018 National Crime Fighting Strategy
The Belize Police Department, on Wednesday, launched its new ‘National Crime Fighting Strategy 2018-2020′, which includes a detailed and comprehensive action plan aimed at addressing, combating and reducing major crimes and gang violence across the country. The new strategy was unveiled by Commissioner of Police, […]
Police Commissioner Allen Whylie this week outlined a broad initiative, which aims at breaking the power and influence of the gangs in Belize by targeting the leaders and by bringing under surveillance, people who support gangs and provide help and comfort to their leaders. At the same time the Commissioner […]
Civil Service Credit Union bled dry
Share holders and members of the Civil Service Credit Union (CSCU) are unable to get their money, amounting to some $1.2 million, after the organization went into insolvency. Cedric Flowers, Chartered Public Accountant, explained that of the 1,200 people affected by the insolvency, some 200 […]
Flash floods affect families in western and southern Belize
Between four and six families in some villages in the Cayo district were faced with a last-minute evacuation emergency situation just before midnight on Wednesday when they woke up to sweeping, cold flood waters threatening their lives and properties. The families gathered as much as […]
Israel Perez's suspected murderers jailed
Two days after St. Matthew’s resident, Israel Perez was found stabbed to death inside a shallow grave in Harmonyville community along the George Price Highway, police have charged two Cotton Tree residents for his murder. Just before midday on Thursday, Cruz Castillo, 33, and Stanley […]
Cycling Association combats woes
The Cycling Federation of Belize and its President, UDP Mayoral Candidate Dion Leslie are being challenged for a lack of transparency and failure to hold elections, by one of its members, Tariq Cano. According to Cano, the Federation has not held an election for a […]
Iguana Juan's: Fresh Food in a Fresh Location Back Street is probably the least "touristy" and my favorite.
But now a cool new spot has opened - in a location that has languished since being refurbished a few years back. It was my first time up these stairs to visit the new Iguana Juan's. What a great location! To sip a margarita and enjoy some really delicious food and just hang out. And watch the real world, San Pedro.
The owners, Shannon and Brad. They sold a HUGE comedy club in Raleigh North Carolina about 5 years ago and were looking for a tropical way of life. They lived in Hopkins, Belize for a while and then came up to Ambergris to open their new business. They will also be holding cooking classes featuring tamales. I tried a sample of really delicious brushetta on homemade bread.
The Museum of Belize celebrates its 16th anniversary In 2002, Her Majesty's Prison was converted into the Museum of Belize, and on February 5th, celebrated its 16th anniversary. Dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of scientific, historical or artistic objects of interest, the Museum is a treasure trove of Belizean history. From the earliest stamp of Belize featuring Queen Victoria to the Buenavista Vase depicting mythical Maya Hero Twins dancing in victory over the Lords of Xibalba, the former prison has come a long way since it housed inmates when it was built in 1857.
The 16th anniversary celebrations included educational and interactive activities that patrons and stakeholders, as well as visitors and friends could enjoy. Monday's activity included the unveiling of a new temporary exhibit featuring Belizean artists.
5.5 earthquake jolts Caribbean islands An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 jolted several Caribbean islands on Friday but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies said that the quake, which occurred at 1.43 pm (local time), was felt in Barbuda, St Kitts and St Maarten.
It said it was located Latitude: 18.71N, Longitude: 61.43W and at a depth of 10 kilometres.
"The event occurred north of Barbuda and was reported felt in St Kitts and St Maarten," the SRC said.
Mangroves protect coastlines, store carbon - and are expanding with climate change With the help of technology, humans can traverse virtually every part of our planet's surface. But animals and plants are less mobile. Most species can only live in zones where temperature and rain fall within specific ranges.
As regions become warmer due to climate change, plants and animals in those areas will either move to more appropriate climates or be replaced by newcomers who are well-suited to the new conditions. These changes are already occurring. For example, many plants, animals and birds in the Northern Hemisphere have shifted their ranges northward.
My research team studies mangroves - salt-tolerant trees with branches that intertwine like dense jungle gyms. Mangroves line the world's coastlines and prefer warm temperatures, so they have traditionally been restricted to subtropical and tropical environments. But they have many features that have enabled them to survive major climate shifts in the past. Now, in a harbinger of climate change, mangroves are expanding from tropical zones into temperate areas. Scientists are finding them at higher and higher latitudes in North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Latin America.
Human Sacrifice in the Yucat�n One of the world's great civilizations, the Maya, flourished in southern Mexico and parts of Central America for more than three thousand years. From about 2000 BC until the Spanish Conquest in the 16th century AD, various Mayan centers rose in their far-flung territories in Mexico's Yucat�n Peninsula, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Maya peoples developed a hieroglyphic writing system, as well as ornate arts and sculpture designs, architectural innovations, complex mathematics and a detailed calendar based on their highly sophisticated astronomical calculations. Over the centuries the Maya withstood conquest by other indigenous peoples, sometimes for prolonged periods, and the systematic destruction of their culture by the Europeans.
The Spanish demolished Mayan temples, spreading Catholicism and disease wherever they went. The island of Cozumel, off the eastern Yucatan coast, now a destination for cruise ships and scuba divers, was once a sacred site of pilgrimage for the Maya, home of their Moon Goddess, where women came to seek fertility. At least ten thousand Maya were living on Cozumel when the Spanish arrived in 1520. But the smallpox they brought soon reduced the native population to a few hundred, who were later forcibly relocated to the mainland. As Wikipedia succinctly notes: "The Spanish conquest stripped away most of the defining features of Maya civilization."
Belize Now | February 9, 2018, 30min. 1. Belize Police Department launches new National Crime Fighting Strategy.
2. Restore Belize - Eight years later.
3. Belize City Resident leads initiative for new park.
4. Belize to receive funding from Global Fund for malaria elimination project.
5. National Oil Spill Consultation 2018.
6. UAE-funded rural electrification project to be implemented in Belize.
Mary Tate celebrates 104th Birthday!, 3min. Mary Tate of the Sister Cecilia Home for the Elderly celebrated her one hundred and fourth birthday today in grand style. She was serenaded by the other residents, ate birthday cake and spent time with her granddaughters. We found her in high spirits and full of energy. Tate told us that she lived on Pickstock Street for more than thirty-years after she relocated to Belize. News Five's Andrea Polanco was at the Sister Cecilia Home for the celebrations.
TRAVEL WITH ME | Belize Vlog |, 16min. Here is a fun travel with me vlog from my trip to Belize! We BARELY survived almost being eaten by a crocodile and shooting with the beautiful Belizean waterfalls. I had so much fun on this trip and miss it already!