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The San Pedro Sun
RCGO are San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament 2018 champions
Team RCGO has claimed the 2018 San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament championship! RCGO battled Quality Reef on Sunday, March 11th at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex, easily taking a 12-2 final score.
The championship match began shortly after 11AM, with RCGO controlling the game from the start. At the end of nine innings, RCGO were named champions after tallying 12 home points against Quality Reef’s two. Quality Reef settled for sub-champions, while third place went to San Pedro High School, who had battled for the third place spot against Team Extreme on Sunday, March 4th. In addition to team trophies, individual awards were given to various tournament players. “Best Male Outfielder” went to Damion Pollard, while Aliyah Pilgrim won “Best Female Outfielder”. “Best Male Infielder” was Jason Carlson, and the “Best Female Infielder” was Karen Gillet. “Most Stolen Bases” went to Rene Flowers in the male category, while Aliyah Pilgrim took the prize in the female category.
Vivian Marin Celebrates Her 15th Birthday
Happiest of birthday’s to Vivian Marin who celebrated her quinciañera n Sunday, March 11, 2018.
“Today is a very special day because our dearest daughter is turning 15 years old. Happy Birthday to our lovely Quinciañera!!! No matter how old you are, you will always be our little girl. You are the most beautiful gift anyone has ever given us. We love you more than words can say and look forward for watching you continue to blossom. May God protect and bless you always and may all the dreams which are hidden in your sweet heart come true. We love you endlessly mi niña.” – Love your Parents
Celebrity Spotting: World Champion Boxer Mikey Garcia In Belize
Following a big win for world champion Mikey Garcia on Saturday, March 10, 2018, the boxer arrived in Belize the following day Sunday. The superstar boxer is in the country to do some charitable work and build some homes for the poor.
Garcia announced this trip to Belize during an interview after winning his latest fight this past weekend. Details of his humanitarian trip to Belize are not known at this time, but Garcia was spotted at the Belize’s Phillip Goldson International Airport as he arrived. He took pictures with Belize Immigration Officers and other fans. According to sources, he headed to the southern part of the country.
Coastal Zone Management Participates In Plastic Pollution Workshop
CZMAI participated in the second phase of The Major Aspects of Coastal Environment Management Workshop in Chile, scheduled March 5 to 8, 2018. This was a follow up to the initial phase that took place in Kingston, Jamaica where Mr Victor Sho (Sport Fishing Coordinator) and Mr Gilbert Andrews (Water Quality Lab Technician) of CZMAI presented their findings from a pilot project on Marine Litter and Micro Plastics Pollution in Belize, a research which was conducted by Mr Sho, Mr Andrews, Mr Samir Rosado (Coastal Planner) and Mr Ellis Requena (Water Quality Lab Assistant and Boat Captain).
Misc Belizean Sources
South Ambergris Caye Neighbourhood Watch Meeting
The next General Meeting of the South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch will be held on March 14th, 2018. We hope to see you there.
Remember, we are very successful because of people like you who contribute to our safety and well being on the South End. If you have made a contribution lately, thank yourselves for keeping our staff working for you. If you would like to make a contribution, you may bring it to the meeting, bring it to Treasurer Ana Lausen or drop by the Black Orchid after 4pm Tues-Sat. to use your credit card. We appreciate your help in this successful organization.
SPTC hard work is highlighted by UNICEF at the Emergency Preparedness and Response Workshop
Eduardo Rivera "El Jaibita" at at the Princess Casino, Freezone
Laugh Out Loud weekend with one of Mexico's most popluar and reckless stand up comedians, Eduardo Rivera "El Jaibita" as seen on many TV Shows. Come out this weekend Friday March 16th and Saturday, February March 17th beginning at 10:00 p.m. and laugh your heart out at the Princess Casino, Freezone, Corozal.
IMMEDIATE JOB VACANCIES AT LAS VEGAS CASINO FREEZONE
Motivated and Professional Individuals need apply.
PURCHASING MANAGER, ACCOUNTS CLERK.
La Ruta Maya Cultural Night 2018
The 2018 La Ruta Maya Cultural Night was full of music, dancing, cultural displays, fun, and more dancing(the crowd took over). The Cayo Welcome Center once again made the perfect venue.
For the month of March, we are excited to feature Lorcia Moore as our Young Belizean Entrepreneur!
Coconuts are embedded in Belizean culture and can be found in everything from local dishes to pastries to drinks and now, beauty care products thanks to entrepreneurs like Lorcia Moore. Lorcia is the owner and creator of Naturally Belize Coconut Products, an eco-friendly company which uses the bi-products of coconut to produce hair and skin care products.
Born in the southern town of Punta Gorda, Lorcia and her family have long used coconuts—it’s a family tradition. She can recall waking up to the sweet aroma of coconut oil being used to prepare breakfast. Her grandmother, Josephine Eiley, was also a producer of coconut oil in Placencia Village, where she had a business for many years. In 2012, Lorcia found a renewed love for coconut oil and started to make handmade coconut oil in small batches in her own kitchen. After much research on the coconut industry in Belize and abroad, Lorcia began to put plans together for her business.
Belize First National Research Conference
March 21 & 22, Jaguar Auditorium University of Belize, Belmopan Campus
Women Economic Expo Coming Up!
March 16th, Central Park, Orange Walk. 9am-2pm. Poetry and Dance, Informational Booths, Arts and Crafts and More!
Amendment to GST Regulations
It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Finance that inaccurate reports have been made in certain areas of the media that the 2018 Budget will impose crippling taxes on farmers which in turn will result in higher agricultural production costs and ultimately higher food prices and inflation.
The Ministry of Finance hereby corrects this report as in fact the amendment to the General Sales Tax (GST) Regulations will apply GST at the standard rate of 12.5% only on land preparation for agriculture, harvesting, and crop dusting services, and then only to those farmers who are registered for the GST.
The Ministry also makes it clear that the amendment will not apply to all farming activities, nor will it affect those small farmers who are not registered for the GST, such small farmers being outside of the GST system.
Ministry of Health Cautions the Public on an Unauthorized Vitamin and Mineral Syrup
The Ministry of Health informs the public of an unauthorized and suspected falsified vitamin and mineral syrup, Dayamineral ® Syrup 240ml. The liquid supplements were found to be circulating on the local market and those found have since been confiscated.
Investigations conducted by the Ministry of Health revealed that the product has not been registered by the Ministry and therefore cannot be imported into the country as it has not met the necessary quality standards and may be compromised.
Central Park gets a Paint Job!
Thanks to the SPHS Male Softball Team, Marion's friends, our SPTC Staff and Miss San Pedro 2017, Virginia Vasquez! Thank you guys for helping out, you all did a great job!
The Belize National Teachers' Union (BNTU) to Take Action Against Recent Spike In Crimes Inflicted On Women And Children!
The Belize National Teachers' Union (BNTU) wishes to place on record our sadness, concern and anger over the recent spike in violent acts against our women and especially against the most vulnerable of our population, our children.
We strongly condemn these acts of violence and call on the Government of Belize to SPARE NO RESOURCE, both human and financial, to attack what seems to have become very regular occurrences. We DEMAND that our government IMMEDIATELY identifies and implements measures to ensure the safety and protection of our women and children. The perpetrators of these heinous crimes must also be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Earth Hour 2018. Corozal Central Park
March 24th, 2018. " Let Nature Shine "
BWRC Founder Wins Yves Rocher Award
Congratulations, Dr. Isabelle Paquet Druand! Dr. Isabelle received the Yves Rocher Foundattion's award for women for her work with wildlife through the Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic. There's a video(in French), and pictures from the awards ceremony, which took place in France. Anyone who knows Dr. Isabelle knows this is a well deserved award.
"The Maison Yves Rocher is happy and proud to welcome the 3 new winners awarded yesterday at the 17th French awards for women of the yves rocher foundation. A very shared moment with these women who make a desire to act in turn."
Year of the Reef Declaration
Each year, local ‘reef-minded’ organizations come together to celebrate Belize’s national resource, the Belize Barrier Reef through a week-long celebration, known as Reef Week Belize. This year’s Reef Week officially launched on March 9th, 2018, under the theme: "Our reef rocks! Protect it. Don't neglect it!"
This year also marks the International Year of the Reef. To celebrate this and our recent conservation successes, the Reef Week Belize committee kicked off the week with our Launch event: Year of the Reef Declaration.
National Lecture Series Focuses on Belize's National Animals
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), through the Museum of Belize, in collaboration with The Belize Zoo and The University of Belize present the National Lecture Series concentrating on Belize's national animals.
Presentations on the Baird's Tapir and Keel-Billed Toucan will begin at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at the University of Belize's Jaguar Auditorium in Belmopan. The program will feature an introductory presentation on the Tapir and the Toucan by University of Belize, Faculty of Science and Technology, Natural Resource Management Program Students. Tapir Researcher from the Belize Tapir Project, Mr. Celso Poot, will be presenting on the conservation and human threat to the national animal, the Baird's Tapir. Education Director of The Belize Zoo, Mr. Jamal Andrewin-Bohn, will present on the rehabilitation and preservation of the national bird, the Keel Billed Toucan. Guest Presenter, Dr. Stephen Zitzer, Taxidermist and Ecologist, will be presenting on the conservation of endangered species through taxidermy.
Belize bike ride
Thanks to our sponsors and supporters - especially the bike riders who took on this challenge, our Belize bike ride was a true success!
On the 4th of February the TENT team ran our first ever Belize bike Ride. This exciting six days adventure raised funds for (FCD) Friends for Conservation and Development - FCD Belize, an organisation working to maintain, manage and protect the Chiquibul Forest in the southwestern region of Belize.
BELIZE'S FIRST & ONLY WOMAN'S MAYOR ZENAIDA MOYA!
A BELIZEAN LEGENDS "WOMAN'S MONTH" COMMEMORATION!
Belize's Zenaida Moya became the first female Mayor of Belize City, Belize in the 1990s. Her historic work as one of Belize's progressive mayors and for the people of Belize City marks a significant time for women in Belize.
The photo here shows the former Belize City Mayor, Zenaida Moya, meeting with former Los Angeles, California Mayor, Antonio Villalagrosa. Zenaida Moya met with the Los Angeles mayor during a 2008 visit to Los Angeles and was offered the key to the city of Los Angeles.
Innocent Woman Targeted, Because of Her Son
It was a long weekend all across Belize - a welcome break from the political pressure that had built up with last week's elections - but there was no break from the senseless violence and targeting of innocent persons in Belize City.
A 52 year old woman was killed - and her 9 year old daughter and 20 year old son shot - all because the killer wanted to get to her son - who he couldn't find.
It's the kind of truly senseless violence that has the Belize City community despairing.
Sahar Vasquez visited the scene this morning looking for answers:
Bernardine Louriano spent decades living in a dilapidated structure up until about four years ago. Some generous donors gave Louriano and her family a brand new home. We spoke to her on that very special day and we could see the relief in the eyes of the mother of 7.
Murder Was Related To Long-Standing Feud
While Louriano's family continues to mourn, the police are in the midst of their investigation. Today they shared more which shows that Louriano's brother Joe may have been right. The family of the deceased and the suspect have had an ongoing feud since 2013.
ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City:
"What happened, police the information and a result proceeded to 6831 Aloe Vera Street where they made checks inside the house and observed several expended shells on the scene."
"What we understand is that Miss Bernadine and her daughter, and another male person were sitting on the couch when a male person approached the front door, and fired several shot in their direction causing the above mentioned injuries.
Drowned Teen Was Four Hours Underwater
And from murder to a tragic teen drowning…
Today, instead of their normal morning classes, Pallotti High School students had counseling sessions to try and cope with the loss of their classmate and friend. 16 year old Miracle Ojo was at a friend's pool party on Saturday at the Pickwick Club when she drowned. But no one knows for sure why or when she went under. Courtney Weatherburne tries to put the narrative together.
Courtney Weatherburne reporting:
Christina Perry's "A Thousand Years" is Miracle Ojo's favorite song. She would sing it any chance she got.
Cassandra Sabal, Home Room Teacher, 3 Science:
"She could pelt out a tune right and so that is one of my fondest memories of her. She would sing while she was doing her chores, she would sing just to get you to smile."
Police Say Pickwick Should Have Had a Lifeguard
Today, police said that there should have been a lifeguard on duty:
ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City:
"The last time that she was time that she was seen was sometime after 12:30, and thereafter, until she was found submerged inside the pool after 4:20 p.m. Initially, the family had made a missing person's report to the domestic office because the information that they had received that the child had left from the party, and had gone with unknown persons to their house. Unfortunately, the person was found submerged inside of the pool, and thereafter, she succumbed at the KHMH.
Stabbing Victim Found Near Coro Slaughterhouse, Girlfriend A Suspect
And from that drowning, we turn now to a murder in Corozal. On Saturday afternoon, police were called out to an area on the outskirts of that northern town, about 200 yards off the San Jomal Road.
Near the slaughterhouse, which is close to the intersection with the Phillip Goldson Highway, the cops found the body 41 year-old Mark Anthony Clarke, who lives near to where he was found. Someone stabbed him multiple times to the chest area, and the cops also found a cut wound on his neck.
We're told that this location used to be a garbage dump.
Now, police don't have much to go on - other than a lead that points to a possible intimate connection. Today, the Head of NCIB told us that the investigators are asking for anyone with information to come forward and help them solve Clark's murder:
“Dayamineral” Syrup Could Be Counterfeit
If your medicine chest has a vitamin and mineral syrup called Dayamineral - you should throw it out.
That's what the Ministry of Health says. It sent out a health advisory saying that the Dayamineral 240 ML is an "unauthorized and suspected falsified" supplement.
The Ministry has taken it off shelves because it, quote, "has not been registered by the Ministry and therefore cannot be imported into the country as it has not met the necessary quality standards and may be compromised." End quote.
16 Year Old Punched Out And Run Over
Tonight, the family of Josue Tut Cabrera, a 16 year-old resident of the Belize Corozal Road, in Orange Walk, continues to worry about his well-being after he was run over by a sugar cane truck.
As this video shows, over the weekend, he was walking near his house, which is located on the outskirts of Orange Walk Town, on the way to Corozal. The surveillance footage captures the moment when he was attacked by a man, who punched him in the face, while running away.
That man knocked him out, and he was pursued by another male. All this while Tut was left sprawled out in the middle of the highway.
15 Year Old Found Hanged From Tree, Police Can’t Confirm Suicide
And while that 16 year old Orange Walk resident is in stable condition - the family of a 15 year old from Palmar village is grieving.
On Sunday morning at 8:45, Angel Gabriel Cisneros was found hanging from a tree branch in some bushes near the village. He was found in a kneeling position with a nylon Strap tied around his neck.
He had been missing for 5 days - and he was in an advanced state of decomposition. Police say he had died 5 days ago.
The cops told the press today that preliminary indications are that Cisneros may have committed suicide, but they are not ruling out foul play just yet:
Suspects For Four Year Old’s Murder
A week ago, we told you about the murder 4 year-old Treshawn Goff. He's the boy who was shot and killed on Nurse Finley Crescent.
His family continues to mourn his senseless murder, and he was laid to rest over the long weekend. His loved-ones are hoping that police will be able to solve the case, but today, the cops told us that they aren't any closer than they were last week.
ASP Alejandro Cowo spoke briefly on the case today:
"I know that we are following up that investigation. We have detained 4 persons, however, because of the lack of evidence, we had to release them. Nonetheless, that investigation still being followed up, and we are looking for other suspects that might assist us in this investigation. Likewise, we appeal to the public, that if they know anything, to please assist us, to solve this matter."
Child Sex Abuse in Bella Vista Extends to Another Girl
On Friday's news, we told you about the disturbing case of the 4 year-old girl from Bella Vista Village in the Toledo District. She was in the hospital for a serious heart condition - but examinations showed she was also the victim of sexual abuse.
She became the 5th victim in less than 3 weeks making national headlines as part of a spike in reports of violence and sexual abuse against children.
And, tonight, it gets more disturbing.
Police have learned she was not the only girl at the residence to have been molested. Today, the Head of the National Criminal Investigations Branch told the media that an 11 year-old child, who lives in one of the 3 houses in the same yard, was also sexually abused.
Here's how he explained it today:
BNTU Has Had Enough, Will March For Kids
And so now, we have all these hideous cases of children being the victims of sexual and gun violence - and it just keeps happening.
That's why the Belize National Teachers Union says it has to take a stand. A release issued today says, quote, "We strongly condemn these acts of violence and call on the Government...to spare no resource, both human and financial to attack what seems to have become very regular occurrences."
It continues, quote, "we demand that our government immediately identifies and implements measures to ensure the safety and protection of of our women and children…The BNTU stands ready to take action to demonstrate our seriousness in ensuring that appropriate measures are taken."
“Cyaah Walk Ah Mi Plantation...”
Corozal Police destroyed an entire plantation of marijuana trees.
At around 6:45 on the morning of Friday, March 9, a team of officers conducted an operation at the Beight Fresh Water Creek and Camp in the Little Belize area of the Corozal district. That's where they came upon 1,573 marijuana plants, ranging from 6 inches to 4 feet tall.
No one was found in the area, and so the officers uprooted al the plants, and burnt them completely.
Toy Grenade Raises Alarm
But, while the cops found those very real weed plants, this weekend, they had to retrieve a fake grenade on Castle Street.
It caused quite a scare when the grenade was sighted in a drain, but the cops told the press that it is a toy, and nothing more:
ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City:
"Yesterday, just after 9 p.m., police were called to #27 Castle Street, where a suspected grenade was seen on the street side. The BDF expert, Staff Sergeant Ramirez, was called in. After 2 hours inspecting the location and the grenade, it was found to be toy grenade."
Empty Case For Military Grade Rocket Launcher
And while that was a toy grenade, the case for a rocket launcher that police found this morning was real - fortunately, it was empty.
In what looks to be British style labelling, the GSU found the launcher case stashed in an abandoned wooden building on Sittee St.
The case would hold a 68 millimeter rocket launcher - which is a highly destructive kill weapon used in military warfare.
Guatemalan Driver Remanded After Accident
The Guatemalan driver of an 18 wheeler that crushed a man at the Western border has been charged.
53-year-old Guatemalan Jose Alfredo Guevara has been charged for manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, and driving without due care and attention. He appeared in court today and was remanded until May because he is a flight risk.
Man Shot On Southcreek Just Because He’s From The Wrong Neighborhood
So, already on the news, we've told you about the weekend murders in the Corozal and Belize Districts. There were also a pair of shootings in Belize City, but fortunately, none of them resulted in fatalities.
On Friday night at around 7:00, 32 year-old Jose Carlos Reyes, a Salvadoran living on Antelope Street Extension, came under fire on South Creek, where his vehicle had broken down.
Police told us today, that they have reason to suspect that he was targeted simply because of where he lives:
ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City:
"On Friday night, minutes after 7 p.m., Mr. Jose Carlos Reyes was on South Creek, waiting for some family members because his vehicle was experiencing mechanical problems. And whilst he was checking on his vehicle, a male person from the other side of the creek approached from some bushes, and fired 2 shots at him...
Another City Shooting
Then on Sunday night, just before 11:00, the cops were called to respond to another shooting on Jones Street.
They told us that the victim escaped with only an injury to the right wrist:
ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City:
"On Sunday, March 11, some time after 10:55, Mr. Tyrique Francis was walking on Jones Street, heading to his house, when he was approached by a male person riding a bicycle, who passed him, and thereafter, came back towards him, and fire shots at his direction. As a result, he received a gunshot wound to the right wrist. He was admitted to the hospital, where he is presently in a stable condition.
Election By The Numbers
Whenever there's a major election we try to dig a little deeper into the numbers looking for larger trends.
After all, an election is the ultimate poll - it's where all the talk, hype, speculation and empty boasts end, and the voters deliver the real and final verdict.
This time that verdict had some surprises for the UDP - especially in Belize City. Jules Vasquez looked at some numbers:...
Jules Vasquez reporting:
57% of the 114 thousand voters eligible to vote in municipalities came out. That's a little below the 59% that came out in 2015.
The only place where turnout increased was Belize City - which had the strongest turnout in Pickstock and Lake - I where the PUP got 52% of the vote, and the UDP got 47%.
Bar Assoc. Speaks Up Against Child Violence
The Bar Association of Belize - may not be known for its sterling social conscience - but today it issued a release crying out against the rash of extraordinary violence against children.
The release says it condemns all acts of violence, physical, emotional and sexual abuse…inflicted on the very young and the vulnerable of our society.
The release adds, quote: "the Bar calls on parents, guardians and all members of the public to be vigilant in the attention, protection and care given to children..."
Thrilling Finish At Ruta Maya
The second biggest sporting event in Belize, the Ruta Maya race finished yesterday at the Belcan Bridge in Belize City. It aired live on Channel 7 and Rhonda Crichton's team had the call and the first interviews with the paddlers:
Courts was first for the females, and Benny's second.
How To Catch A Fat Fish
If you are a Discovery Channel or Nat Geo fan, you have surely seen some strange and grotesque animals on their shows and features - animals you never knew existed. Well, that is what Belize City fish vendor Claudia Gutierrez thought when she first saw this 167 pound Jewfish. She had no idea they could grow this big in Belize. We first found out about the big fish on facebook. In the post it says that the Punta Gorda fishermen Ricky Castro known as Noche and Michael Casimiro were out at sea off coast of Toledo this weeekend and they caught the beast. They then sold it to Fish vendor Guiterrez. She told us more about this mega catch.
"How long have you have you been buying and selling a fish?"
Claudia Gutierrez - Fish Vendor:
"Must be about 4 to 5 years now."
"Right here from this spot here?"
Claudia Gutierrez - Fish Vendor:
Acclaimed Prizefighter Mikey Garcia In Belize In Charity Mission
One of the world finest boxers is in Belize preparing to do missionary work in Toledo.
Mikey Garcia - who just won a world title in his fourth weight class on Saturday - said he was leaving the ring and heading for the airport to come to Belize. Here's how he put it after he beat Sergey Lipinets in San Antonio:
He is working with a church group in Toledo. Garcia simultaneously holds world titles at junior welterweight and lightweight, is only the third fighter to win belts at 126, 130, 135 and 140 pounds.