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Today's Belize News: July 7, 2018 #531244
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The San Pedro Sun

SPTGA reminds members that tour guide license renewal deadline is July 31st
The San Tour Guide Association (SPTGA) held a general meeting at the Lions Den in San Pedro on Thursday, June 29th. The meeting saw the attendance of various island tour guides who were informed of the necessary guidelines to follow in order to obtain their tour guide license renewals before deadline on Friday, July 31st. Shortly after 7PM, SPTGA President Billy Leslie led the meeting by sharing information about Rickilee Response & Rescue (Triple R Response), a 501-3(c) charitable organization that operates on Ambergris Caye and was formed in memory of Rickilee Mercer by Traci and Jim Curtin. Mercer, an American National, was found dead on the leeward coast of Ambergris Caye on March 1, 2017. She was reported missing on February 28, 2017, after she had gone jet skiing around the area of Secret Beach. In June 2017, the Curtins initiated the Triple R Response program in hopes of organizing a program that coordinates community resources to respond to water emergencies.

Remembering tourism pioneer and island icon Ramon Nuñez Sr.
The island community of Ambergris Caye is mourning the loss of tourism pioneer and island icon, Ramon Nuñez Sr. on Thursday, June 28, 2018. On Monday, July 2nd, after memorial services at Ramon’s Village Resort, his ashes were spread at sea in front of his beloved Ramon’s Village Resort, as per his request. Nuñez was born on June 12, 1940, on a sailboat off the coast of Belize. His father put his mother on the sailboat to get help with the delivery but ended up delivering the baby at sea. Nuñez was the last of 14 boys and a younger sister. He was a bright student and excelled in primary school, however, due to financial difficulties he could not attend college. Thereafter, he joined his father on the fishing boats and became a fisherman at the young age of 14.

Do The Right Thing Pedestrian Crossing 2018 Summer Program begins in Ambergris Caye
Do The Right Thing Pedestrian Crossing (DTRTPC) 2018 Summer Program began in San Pedro Town on Wednesday, July 4th. The program is led by activist Philip ‘Fawada’ Henry and Adilee McKoy, with the goal of educating children on social issues like human trafficking, cyberbullying, crime and violence. The summer program takes place from 9AM to 4PM from Monday to Fridays at the beachfront by the Central Park. Through presentations and fun-filled activities, the children will learn about the effects of social issues. “Our main goal is to educate children about all these social issues they are surrounded by that is affecting them in way or another,” said Henry. “Hopefully it can also serve as way to help decrease the crime and violence on the island.”

“For the Love of San Pedro,” organizers move forward with plans for a safer San Pedro
Following the “For the Love of San Pedro” rally that was organized by the San Pedro Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Chapter (SPBTIA), the Chapter has compiled information gathered from the rally and is moving forward in addressing some of the concerns island residents have.Held at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium on June 7th, concerns and possible solutions to the rising crime situation on Ambergris Caye, and specifically, the Town of San Pedro were voiced. With more than 300 people in attendance, out of the 283 who registered, 32 expressed interest in becoming Special Constables, 65 expressed interest in joining the SPBTIA, 60 expressed interest in identifying and improving housing for police while 110 expressed interest in forming a Neighborhood Watch Program.

Home invasion in north Ambergris Caye leaves one person in critical condition after being shot to the head
A home invasion off the north-west coast of Ambergris Caye resulted in a property owner being shot to the head. The incident took place on Thursday, July 5th around 11:30AM. The victim has been identified as retired American Cliff Kirk, 60, owner of the property called Casa Brisas, located 10 ½ miles north of San Pedro Town and only accessible by boat. Kirk was rushed to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II where he was treated and airlifted to Belize City in a critical condition. The preliminary report from the police states that as Kirk was walking down his steps, he was approached by four masked male persons. One of them fired a shot at him which caught him to the left side of his head. The assailants thereafter went up the stairs and inside the house where they stole a 9mm pistol, a 12 gauge shotgun and a briefcase with an undisclosed amount of cash. The culprits then made their escape on a jet ski. Kirk was remains hospitalized in Belize City listed in a critical condition.

Costa Maya Festival Presents: Miss Guatemala
The International Costa Maya Festival 2018 is coming together, and organizers are happy to announce the first candidate for the fabulous Reina de la Costa Maya pageant! Hilary Dhianette Castillo Cumings is proud to represent her beloved country of Guatemala. The 26-year-old Architecture and Interior Design student enjoys volunteer work, and when she isn’t organizing events, she loves to dance, garden and catch up on her studies.

Superintendent Reymundo Reyes is the Officer in Charge of the San Pedro Police Department
As of Sunday, July 1st, Superintendent Reymundo Reyes is the new Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit (Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker). The senior officer took over the position held by Superintendent Henry Jemmott, who was recently transferred to the Capital City of Belmopan. Reyes comes to the Cayes with 21 years of experience in the police department, and looks forward to working along with the community to achieve the common goal of both islands’ well-being.

Ambergris Today

Introducing Miss Guatemala Hilary Castillo Cumings
The International Costa Maya Festival is proud to announce the first delegate for the Miss Costa Maya Pageant her name is Hilary Dhianette Castillo Cumings proudly representing her country Guatemala. Hilary Dhianette Castillo Cumings is 26-year-old and is studying an architecture and interior design. Hilary enjoys volunteer work, and when she isn’t organizing events, she loves to dance, do some gardening and catching up on her studies.

Unpremeditated Book Release Renews Focus On McAfee Cold Case
25 people attended the official book launch of Unpremeditated: A Murderous Caribbean Travelogue at Senser's Kitchen in Bloomington, Minnesota. The E-book is available for sale now through Amazon. The book accurately reports the vivid sights and sounds of Belize in 2012: the world's best snorkeling; rain forest zip-lining; and white sand island cays where golf carts offer the primary form of transportation. Shortly after Prince Harry toured Belize, the next door neighbor of security pioneer John McAfee was murdered and now six years later, the case is as cold as the national beer- Belikin. The actual events surrounding the murder are unfolding in the background while the characters experiencing the drama and romance—are fictional.

Misc Belizean Sources


Movie Night at KoKo King
Family Friday comes around again. Starting after darkness falls, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 and to follow the exciting JR Tolkien movie Fantastic Beasts.

Idealist Day on Caye Caulker
It's time for another Idealist Day on Saturday! This time we will meet in front of Aria Kat Art Gallery at The Split to catch the breeze ;) We have received great feedback on our T-shirt bag project so far and we are going to set up a table at the event to make more - we have more T-shirt bag requests from our guesthouses than T-shirts! So, every T-shirt you can bring to the event to turn into a bag is highly appreciated :) We will have a special guest, Tony Gillings, the founder of Rugby Belize, who will talk to us about his youth projects on the mainland! Don't miss it!

The Department of Co-operatives to Commemorate International Day of Co-operatives
Getting an early start on the International Day of Cooperatives, the Registrar teamed up with the Belize Police Department to teach entrepreneurship to kids from different city neighborhoods. However, the Department of Co-operatives will be hosting a ceremony in commemoration of the International Day of Co-operatives on Saturday, July 7, 2018. The ceremony will be held at Battlefield Park in Belize City at 10:00 a.m. Following the ceremony will be a mini expo where co-operatives will be promoting their services and have for sale their goods and produce, including fruits, vegetables, honey, seafood products, and processed and fresh foods.

Results of Clerical Promotional Programme 2018
In an effort to continually provide vital training initiatives to enhance the aptitude and competency of public officers, the Ministry of the Public Service hosted a Clerical Promotional Programme. The programme, held from 9th April to 8th June 2018, was geared towards increasing the capacity and skills of the various clerks employed by the Government of Belize. It also provided working knowledge of the relevant laws and regulations, policies, processes as well as the technical functions required of them. Furthermore, the programme offered a means to standardize the level of verbal and written communication within government agencies.

Ministry of Agriculture Concludes Five-Day Training Course on Digital Elevation Model and Manipulation of Geospatial Data
The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and through the sponsorship of the Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership, today concluded its five-day training course on Digital Elevation Model (DEM) and Manipulation of Geospatial Data. The five-day training, which started on 2nd July 2018 at the National Agriculture and Trade Showgrounds conference room in Belmopan, is in line with the Ministry of Agriculture’s advancement towards the integration of Geographic Information System (GIS) and other geo-processing tools to improve planning, promote climate resiliency, and implement climate smart agriculture programmes for farming communities. The DEM is the first step in championing this move as it covers a cross-section of agricultural zones in northern Belize.

Health Fair at Lion's Den
Happening tomorrow, Saturday, July 7th at the San Pedro Lions Den! A Health Fair to which everyone is invited to attend!

Results of Clerical Promotional Programme 2018
In an effort to continually provide vital training initiatives to enhance the aptitude and competency of public officers, the Ministry of the Public Service hosted a Clerical Promotional Programme. The programme, held from 9th April to 8th June 2018, was geared towards increasing the capacity and skills of the various clerks employed by the Government of Belize. It also provided working knowledge of the relevant laws and regulations, policies, processes as well as the technical functions required of them. Furthermore, the programme offered a means to standardize the level of verbal and written communication within government agencies.

Ministry of Agriculture Concludes Five-Day Training Course on Digital Elevation Model and Manipulation of Geospatial Data
The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and through the sponsorship of the Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership, today concluded its five-day training course on Digital Elevation Model (DEM) and Manipulation of Geospatial Data. The five-day training, which started on 2nd July 2018 at the National Agriculture and Trade Showgrounds conference room in Belmopan, is in line with the Ministry of Agriculture’s advancement towards the integration of Geographic Information System (GIS) and other geo-processing tools to improve planning, promote climate resiliency, and implement climate smart agriculture programmes for farming communities. The DEM is the first step in championing this move as it covers a cross-section of agricultural zones in northern Belize.

Summer Arts Program
In this year's Summer Arts Program we are offering five dynamic classes focused on developing the creative, cultural and also life skills of our participants. We are proud to announce that our 'Cultural Industry' classes namely; 'Coconut Art' and 'Ti-Tai Art' workshops, are free of charge with special thanks to the Belize Electricity Limited! Registration is available for all classes, call 223-4524 for more information, don't let your child miss out!

Mrs. Elmira Phillips nee Vasquez passes away
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council would like to express its sincere condolences to the friends and family of Mrs. Elmira Phillips nee Vasquez on her passing, affectionately known as Chichi/Tia Mila. We hope her friends and family find the strength in each other to overcome this great loss. May her soul rest in peace.

In a ceremony that took place at Escuela Secundaria Técnica México in San Roman, Corozal this morning Friday, Juy 6th, Ambassador of Mexico to Belize, His Excellency Carlos Quesnel handed scholarship awards to 25 scholarships to Belizean students of the evening shift. The ceremony included special musical presentations by the Ambassadors Band from ESTM and the Coro en Movimiento - Koonex K'aay from Chetumal. The cooperation between the Mexican Government and the administration of ESTM has been both very courteous and generous over the years, building the bridges of friendship and peace among each other. Thank you Mr. Ambassador and special thanks to Mrs. Marie Espat!

Primary School Examinations Award Ceremony
This morning, the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture held a ceremony to honor the top 25 students from across the country for their outstanding performance in this year's Primary School Examinations (PSE). Congratulations to all! Students who placed within the top 10 of their district were also honored. Among those who received special recognition was Asher Leslie, an extremely bright, respectful and vibrant student from Ephesus S.D.A Adventist School in Belize City. Despite his physical limitations, with the assistance of the National Resource Center for Inclusive Education (NARCIE), Asher was not only able to sit the PSE, but achieved the highest score among all standard 6 clients who access services provided by NARCIE, and the second highest at his school.

Channel 7

Jump Street Man Killed Because He Didn’t Want To Be In A Gang
Last night's downpour did not cool down a killer who was stalking the Jump Street area. Around 7:00, 23 year old Akeem Vargas was gunned down near his home on Wagner's Lane. When police got to the scene, they found his motionless body riddled with multiple gunshot wounds. Emanuel Pech has more details on this story. The pitter patter of the raindrops might have made for a lyrical sort of melancholic scene, had this not also been a crime scene. Police responded to a shooting incident around 7:00 pm. Shortly after, the paramedics arrived but there was little anyone could do; the gunman got his target. The victim is 23 year old Akeem Vargas, a Belizean construction worker who was gunned down in this alley just a stone's throw from his home.

Armed Robbers Jack New Fortune, Chef Chases With Cleaver
New Fortune Restaurant, on King's Street, Belize City, was the target of another armed robbery last night. It all unfolded at a few minutes to 10:00 - and was over in thirty terrifying seconds. Emmanuel Pech reviewed the video from the security camera: You can see the gunman casually entering the restaurant while waiting for his two accomplices before pulling out what looks like a 9 mm pistol. He brandishes the weapon in front of the counter threatening owner Xinhui Zhang and the workers while his accomplices go behind the counter to help themselves to approximately $700 bz in cash.

Plans to Fly Out American Shot In Head
A 60 year old American is still clinging to life after he was shot in the head yesterday. Cliff Kirk was the victim of a well organized home invasion at his remote residence 10 and a half miles north of San Pedro Town on the west side of the island. Four masked men docked up at his home on jet ski's At 11:30 in the morning and him - and one of them shot him in the head. They then went into the house and stole a 9 millimeter pistol, a shotgun, and a briefcase with an undisclosed amount of cash. It was about an hour before they could get him to the town polyclinic, and then to the San Pedro Airstrip for a flight to airlift him to Belize City where he was admitted in a critical condition.

Homero Campos, Now A Reward, But Still No Word
Homero Campos has been missing for almost three weeks now - and, his family is beyond desperate at this point. The family is now offering a reward of 15,000 dollars for quote, "any information that will lead us to Mr. Homero Campos". They say the information must be concrete and precise - and will be kept confidential. The number to call if you have any useful information is 608-4078.

Police Have A Suspect For Killing 17 Year Old
On Monday's news, we told you how police did not have any significant progress to report in their investigation of the murder of 17 year-old Warren Rudon. He's the Oleander Street resident who was shot and killed one week ago on Lovely Lane. Well, we can report tonight that investigators have a significant lead that they're trying to follow in this case. Police sources tell us that one 31 year old Belize City man from that same area has been identified as a suspect.

Western Waters Rise, Briefly
There was some alarm raised today when this footage of the Warrie Head Bridge, around mile 60 on the Western Highway was circulated on social media. Many feared the bridge had been washed out, and Cayo would be cut off. But, there's no such thing. The water - which came down from the Barton Creek area has run off - and the area was filled up. Traffic is now moving normally. There was also some flooding entering Unitedville, and by Central Farm - but again it washed off quickly. The mini flash flooding is the result of 13 to 14 hours of rain the day before which sent all these waters coming down from the hills above. Again, traffic is moving normally and the waters have receded. NEMO reports that dam waters are normal and so are the river levels.

The Robotics Revolution Arrives
For some of us, the concept of building robots began and ended with our LEGO sets when we were 5 years old. Well, a group of St. Johns High School and St. Martin's De Porres Primary School students are taking it to another level by building and programming robots that can do a lot of cool tricks. It surely sounds fun but it still takes a lot of science, engineering and math to bring those robots to life. 4 volunteers from the St. Louis University High School in the US are the ones who brought this robotics camp to Belize. I stopped by SJC to see these young inventors There are many STEM programs for kids in the US. FIRST Robotics is one of the major ones.

Disturbing Case Of Abuse To Family Court
Tonight, there is a very disturbing case of sexual abuse coming out of the family court: a 13 year-old boy is accused of sodomizing his 5-year-old female cousin. The girl told police that on Tuesday, she and her older cousin were at her family home, and they started playing "mommy and daddy" after their parents went to bed. That game turned from innocent to disturbing when her cousin allegedly made her lie down on the floor where he sodomized her. The child's mother woke up, caught the 13 year-old in the act, and immediately called the police.

Lucas Weighs Verdict For Lemoth
Tonight, 29 year-old Justin Lemoth is at the Belize Central Prison awaiting a verdict from Justice Adolph Lucas after he stood trial for the murder of 17 year-old Richard Waight Jr. The killing happened in April, 2014, in Hattieville. Senior Crown Counsel Shanice Lovell called 9 witnesses to testify against Lemoth. Her chief witness told the court that it all started with a street brawl over a young person being punched. That escalated to murder when Lemoth allegedly pulled a knife and stabbed Waight in the chest.

Cops, Kids And Co-Ops
Tomorrow is going to be observed as the International Day of Cooperatives. Countries around the world will celebrate how cooperatives have helped small business owners by pooling their resources and working collectively to fund and manage their enterprises. In anticipation of this special day, the Department of Cooperatives, under the Ministry of Agriculture, teamed up today with the Police from Eastern Division Region 1 to teach youth from Belize city about how to become an entrepreneur. The premise is that these young people should already be learning about how to start their own businesses - and form or join a cooperative for greater success.

PUP’s Sheepish Retreat, Saldivar Smiles
On Tuesday, the PUP Chairman announced that they had decided to re-open the application process for the Belmopan standard bearer convention. This directly benefits and placates Arthur Saldivar, who brought a lawsuit against his party to challenge his disqualification from the race. He filed a claim before Justice Shona Griffith, and after the first hearing in the Supreme Court last week Friday - the PUP agreed to postpone the convention by one week. But the party has since walked back their hardline even more - agreeing now to have the convention at the end of August - which would be just fine by Saldivar who needs time to campaign.

Bail For Man On Crutches
He may be on crutches, but 27 year old Jahnon Trapp of Esperanza Village is out on bail after he was arraigned at the San Ignacio Magistrate's Court earlier this week for an attempted robbery. According to reports he was shot during the incident - and Trapp used the crutches because of gunshot wound on his right leg. The incident occurred last week Thursday on June 28th at a Chinese grocery store. He was subsequently arrested and arraigned in San Ignacio where he was denied bail. Today he was successful in his application for bail of $6,000 plus two sureties of $3,000 each. As a result he will be spending his days at home while his case is in process, with the condition of course that he attends all his court hearings and that he presents himself to the San Ignacio police station every Friday, effective July 13th.

A Book That Soars
One writer is bringing back the Kite flying culture in Belize with his new book entitled "Keron Flies his Kite." It's Harold Young's first children's book but it's more than just about kite flying - it is about a young boy's passion for kites and how he uses that passion to "seize the day". We were there for Young's book launch at the Image Factory... Harold Young, Author: "The name of the book is "Keron flies his kite" so it is about this young boy who doesn't have a kite, loves kites, nobody wants to fly kites with him, even his brother doesn't have time so eventually he builds his own kite and that is the success story that he realizes that he can do it today, he doesn't have to put it off anymore and so the story ends with him flying his kite, his friends joining him and his brother joining him flying his big singer kite."

That’s The Truth, Youth!
Last night, we showed you the luncheon that the National Sports Council held for the young Belizean basketballers brought home Gold and Silver medals from the Hoops on the Beach Tournament in Cancun. We didn't get a chance to show you our interviews with the talented ballers themselves, and so, tonight, we have those for you, including their plea to the Government to start focusing on the proper training regimen for the next generation of ballers, now that the sporting facilities in Belize are starting to catch up with international standards. Here's how they put it:

Free Zone Burglars Tunneled Through Wall
A store in the Corozal Free Zone was burglarized sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The thieves got lots of money - but the news is how they tunneled into the store, right through the zinc siding. The burglars burrowed a hole about 3 feet high and 2 feet wide in the wall, enough for them to sneak in and make off with nearly $14 thousand dollars in goods and cash. According to police the culprits stole 55 thousand pesos, 500 US dollars and 100 bz dollars. They also helped themselves to an assorted amount of clothing amounting to around 60 thousand pesos. The estimated value of the stolen goods is $13,877 Belize dollars. Police have made no arrests.

YCT, Communities and Conservation
The Ya'axché Conservation Trust has been working in southern Belize for 20 years now. They started out as a conservation NGO with a mission to safeguard a natural corridor connecting the forests of the Maya Mountains with the lowland forests of the Caribbean coastal plain. From there they took on co-management of the Bladen Nature Reserve - but learned that for conservation to be successful it must involve, engage and empower the surrounding community. The Executive Director spoke about this mission from the Bladen Reserve:

The Rock Park Remix
The Rock Park on Princess Margaret Drive near the sea in Belize City is a favourite attraction for photo opportunities and fishers. But, thanks to two area residents, it's also getting a complete clearing and overhaul. They've pruned the park and removed the thorny plants - in the hopes of creating less safe spaces for criminals to lurk - while also making the space more child friendly. It's a privately sponsored initiative - but the park was long upkept by area resident Steffi Lupp. Lupp has gone back to Germany and Daniel Arguelles who bought her home is now spearheading this effort. He assures us that the remaining trees and plants will re-grow and fill out the open spaces. The park is and remains an area for public use and enjoyment.

Channel 5

Akeem Vargas Gunned Down in Belize City
Twenty-five-year-old Akeem Vargas was shot multiple times early on Thursday night as he headed to his Wagner Lane’s house. He is the first murder victim in the city in seven [...]

American Expat Shot in San Pedro is Flown to the U.S. for Medical Treatment
Sixty-year-old Clifford Kirk is on his way to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland in the U.S. for medical attention following Thursday’s shooting in San Pedro. A local non-profit called [...]

A Freak Storm in Ladyville Tears off a Rooftop and Drenches a Bungalow
A system has strengthened to become the first hurricane for the 2018 season; Beryl is not heading this way and expected to weaken before landfall. But on Thursday evening, a [...]

UNCAC Experts from Tuvalu and Haiti to Arrive in Belize for Assessment
Belize signed on to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, UNCAC, on December ninth, 2016, becoming the hundred and eighty-fourth signatory to that agreement.  Earlier this year, a scheduled visit [...]

AG to Excuse Himself from UNCAC Meetings
Despite the disparaging remarks made by the N.T.U.C.B. against the island nations of Tuvalu and Haiti back in March, a meeting with the UNCAC representatives has also been scheduled.  According [...]

Arthur Saldivar to Reapply for P.U.P. Belmopan Convention
Attorney Arthur Saldivar’s application for an injunction to stop the P.U.P.’s Belmopan convention was not heard today. In fact, the application has been withdrawn following the party’s announcement three days [...]

A New Elections and Boundaries Commission is Named
One of the matters on the agenda of the special senate meeting was the appointment of four commissioners to the Elections and Boundaries Commission, chaired by Doug Singh. It comes [...]

Family Offers 15K for Information Leading to Omero Campos
A reward of fifteen thousand dollars is being offered for any information that can lead police or the family of Omero Campos to his whereabouts. The family says that the [...]

Girl Raped by Ex-Boyfriend
Police in Cayo are investigating a case of unlawful sexual intercourse. Along with her mother, a fifteen-year-old girl reported to police on Thursday that she was sexually assaulted by her [...]

The Clavius Project Brings Robotics to SJC
Schools have closed so students are at loose ends. Over at Saint John’s College a first of its kind summer camp is capturing the attention of young high school students. [...]

Senate Says Yes to Doha Amendment of Kyoto Protocol
The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement related to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, so named after a city in Japan.  The treaty signed in 2012, commits [...]

“Keron Flies His Kite” – A New Belizean Children’s Book
A children’s book called ‘Keron Flies His Kite’ was launched today by its author, Harold Young.  The publication is described as an inspirational book to motivate children of all ages. [...]

Boulevard and Vernon Street Intersection Gets Brand New Traffic Lights
If you’ve been driving along the Central American Boulevard, by now you would have seen the bright, new traffic lights. It has been some years since the lights at the [...]

Mental Health Welcome Resource Center Celebrates 5th Anniversary
The Mental Health Welcome Resource Center at the corner of Tibruce and Vernon Streets today celebrated its fifth anniversary, having opened its doors in July of 2013. The facility currently [...]

Triple R Rescue – Where It All Began
Earlier in the newscast, we told you about Triple R Rescue who assisted gunshot victim Clifford Kirk to go to the U.S. for further medical attention. Jodie Harnish is also [...]

At-Risk Youths Learn to be Entrepreneurs
More than sixty at risk youths of Belize City came together today for a one day session to learn how to do business. The collaborative effort between the Belize Police [...]

Re: Today's Belize News: July 7, 2018 [Re: Marty] #531245
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Who killed Akeem Tiron Vargas?
Another man was gunned down in Belize City. 25-year-old Akeem Tiron Vargas is the latest victim as he was gunned down last night on Wagner’s Lane in Belize City. Lorna Sanchez, Vargas’ mother-in-law said that she met Vargas in the alley when she came from work and not too long after while talking to her …

What happened to Ivan Witzil?
Police continue their investigation into the disappearance of 51- year- old Ivan Roger Witzil. As we reported earlier this week, Witzil’s ex-common law wife and his children became concerned after he did not visit their home as he was accustomed to. The last time the family saw Witzil was on June 17, however, it was …

Living Hope giving children a second chance
Living Hope Preparatory School has been giving children a second chance to reach their goals and make a difference in life. The school caters for at risk youths who have failed the PSE by giving them another opportunity to re-sit it. Terri Westby, the principal of Living Hope Preparatory School, said they have twenty scholarships …

Saldivar will get his wish
Last week, Arthur Saldivar took out a lawsuit against the trustees of the People’s United Party after his application to be a candidate in the Belmopan PUP convention was rejected by the party’s vetting committee. Saldivar said that he was seeking an injunction from the court to postpone the convention. Attorney Arthur Saldivar: What was before …

Police say fire may have been arson
Police are also investigating a fire which occurred earlier this week on T-Street which was occupied by one person who had recently moved to the premises. At yesterday’s press brief, ASP Alejandro Cowo, Head of the Crimes Investigation Branch briefed the media on the incident. ASP Alejandro Cow – Head of CIB: The house fire …

Police investigating fire on T-Street
Police are also investigating a fire which occurred earlier this week on T-Street which was occupied by one person who had recently moved to the premises. At yesterday’s press brief, ASP Alejandro Cowo, Head of the Crimes Investigation Branch briefed the media on the incident. ASP Alejandro Cowo: The house fire which took place on …

Number of Mexican visitors to Belize grows over past two years
The Mexican press is reporting that Belize has opened its border to Mexicans wishing to tour the Jewel. According to several reports, Belize’s Immigration Department has facilitated Mexican tourists with a border crossing card that allows them to enter Belize without having to present their passports, similar to the system of border crossing cards issued …

Family offers $15,000 for information leading to Businessman Omero Campos
The family of Omero Campos is now offering a monetary reward to anyone who can assist with information that can lead to his whereabouts. Campos, a businessman, went missing on June 17 after leaving his house to go to his farm in San Narciso Village in the Corozal District. His family received a call hours …

A “YES” Campaign
Today the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially launched the Public Awareness and Preparedness Campaign on taking Guatemala’s claim over part of Belize to the International Court of Justice, ICJ. The launch was done as the United Nations and the United States of America presented a grant in support of the education campaign, and by extension, …

Police investigates family’s allegation against Bella Vista Police
Police are now looking into the case of Jose Pop, the teenager who was assaulted by two civilians and taken to the Bella Vista Police Station on June 28 in San Isidro Village in the Toledo District. Pop’s family allege that he was taken from a neighbor’s house, where he sought refuge, by two men, …


Accused, undefended rapist acquitted
A jury of 7 women and 2 men deliberated for about 6 hours on Tuesday, July 3, in the court of Justice Colin Williams, before it found Rudolph Smith, 43, aka “Tubba”, not guilty of rape and aggravated burglary. The jury’s verdict was unanimous. The allegation was that in the early morning hours of November 23, 2011, Smith entered as a trespasser a house in Belize City and raped a girl who was 16 years old at the time, at knife point. To prove its case, the Crown, represented by Crown Counsel Killeru Awich, called the virtual complainant, who testified that she was awakened when she felt someone on her back. She said that when she got up, she saw that it was a man with a knife about 10 inches long in his hand.

CitCo welcomes new City Administrator
On Tuesday, July 3, Mayor Bernard Wagner officially introduced the new City Administrator, Stephanie Lindo-Garbutt. CitCo, in a press release, said that Stephanie has a “proven track record as a top performer in complex business environments in both the private and public sector management. Her applied work experience in sustainable project management and her established achievements in strategy and change management are key assets in supporting the Belize City Council in carrying out its three-year mandate while establishing solid foundation for its continued success.”

Cliff Kirk, 60, shot in head during robbery in San Pedro
Cliff Kirk, 60, an American businessman who owns Casa Brisas in northern San Pedro, is fighting for his life in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Kirk, a longtime resident of San Pedro, was shot in the right side of the head by one of four masked thieves who went to his house to rob him at about 11:00 this morning. Police said that Kirk was walking down his stairs to go into his yard when four masked men came up and one of them fired a shot at him which struck him in the head.

CitCo cuts taxi operators fee in half
In the former UDP City Councils, taxis were organized into 13 unions and each taxi driver had to pay a $20 per month operator’s fee. Making good on a manifesto promise, the PUP Council has cut that fee in half. City Councilor Allan Pollard said that much of his job has been to work with taxi drivers and that last week, the Council passed a resolution to slash the service fee in half, to $10. He said that the taxi drivers were very appreciative of this move, because, prior to being elected, the Council had heard these concerns from them.

Attorney Deshawn Arzu-Torres appointed chair of Integrity Commission
The Senate met today in a special session to consider a number of appointments, but the debate in the Upper House was dominated by the appointment of attorney Deshawn Arzu-Torres to head the Integrity Commission. As is required by the law, the chairperson of the Integrity Commission must be an attorney with at least 5 years in practice. Attorney Arzu-Torres takes up the spot of chairperson of the Integrity Commission that became vacant last December when the previous holder of the office, attorney Marilyn Williams, left the post to take up an appointment as a Justice of the Supreme Court.

Eric Echols wins “Julia Humbles” Award
Eric Echols, son of Virginia Echols, host of the KREM Radio show Moments of Inspiration, was awarded the Julia Humbles Award by the Crystal Ball Foundation in Atlanta on June 30. The award is presented to persons who “seek to promote human welfare, are philanthropists, social reformers, excellent leaders, and Good Samaritans.” The Crystal Ball Foundation supports the development of young people who are attending or plan to attend college. According to its website, it “serves as a beacon of light to enhance the lives of students through mentorship, leadership, and scholarships.” It also salutes individuals it considers as “mentors” or role models for these young people.

Basketball champions celebrated with luncheon
The Ahmadiyya Basketball team recently participated in the “Hoops on the Beach” basketball tournament held in Cancun, Mexico. Despite the lack of facilities provided for them to practice and the limited time they had, the U13 and U19 teams both managed to bring home the gold while the U17 team brought home silver Naveed Mangla, the president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Belize, said that just taking the teams out of the country to participate in the tournament was a success for them. The basketball league has been running for the last 4 years, and in the last couple of years it had about 100 youths participating. The basketball tournament lasts from January to May, and this year it was extended to include 400 youths.

BFLA holds 12th Annual Team Relay Triathlon
On Sunday, July 2, the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA) kicked off its Youth Month activities with the holding of its 12th Annual Team Relay (Swim, Ride amd Run) Triathlon. Eight (8) teams of three (3) members each participated in the Triathlon, which began with a 300m swim at the YWCA pool on St. Thomas Street (17 laps of the pool), followed by a 40K ride (9 laps of a route leaving from in front of YWCA on St. Thomas Street, on to Princess Margaret Drive, up Coney Drive, turning at Buttonwood Bay Boulevard, back to Coney Drive roundabout, and retracing their route on Princess Margaret Drive and then St. Thomas Street, to tag their teammates in front of YWCA for the 10K run (6 laps from YWCA around Freetown Road roundabout, up St. Thomas Street, turning around at the Marion Jones roundabout and return to YWCA).

Smart Mundialito 2018 Opening Season finals results from the MCC
The Smart Mundialito 2018 Opening Season finals were held on Saturday, June 30, at the MCC Grounds, where Ladyville Rising Stars dethroned 2017 champions, City Boys, to become the 2018 Smart Mundialito Opening Season Champions in Belize City. In the 3rd place game, Reality Youths came out with a 1-nil victory in overtime, after going scoreless in regulation against Hattieville Riverside Boys. Scorian Stuart got the winning goal for Reality Youths.

FFB National Over-40 reg. season winding down
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) National Over-40 football tournament is nearing the end of its double round-robin regular season. The tournament is divided into two groups of 6 teams each, with the top 2 teams from each group qualifying to the semifinal playoffs. We don’t have the scoring details, but here are the results of games played since we last reported the standings on Sunday, June 24:

Editorial: Belize’s television generations
When live television entered Belize in 1982, the year after Belize achieved political independence, it was supposed to take the form of a controlled experiment, wherein two or three dozen affluent households would purchase equipment which would enable them to receive television signals from a specific satellite company. The majority shareholders in that company were Arthur and Marie Hoare, and the exclusive rights had been given to that couple as a political favor to Mrs. Marie Hoare, the chairlady of Prime Minister George Price’s Freetown constituency for many years. Belizeans in Belize City, the nation’s population center, were desperate for television. In the extreme north and extreme south, Belizeans had been viewing television signals from Mexico and Guatemala, respectively, for decades. Many, many Belize City homes owned television sets which they had never been able to use.

The friend of my enemy is my enemy, but the enemy of my enemy is my friend …
Dear Editor, I shall not be drawn into the argument as to whether the Zionist State of Israel is secularist, apartheid and racist, with its capital,Tel Aviv, recognised as the gay capital of the world, as against it being a continuum of the Biblical Israel, despite its government, form, ideology, values and practices are at total variance with the Israel of the Bible. Neither will I discuss the history of this state’s formation in 1948 by its secularist and atheist founders, beginning with Theodor Herzl, David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir and Chaim Weizmann. Nor will I examine the Machiavellian role of Britain, which had the Mandate and was unduly influenced by centuries of Restorationist doctrines within Britain, as well as those of the US, and a guilt-ridden Europe which all needed to salve their consciences because of the genocide of a people whose DNAs expose them to be more European and less Jew – hence the compromise, “Jewish”.

Jerry Enriquez thanks Henry Young, Sr.
Editor Sir, I am writing with reference to a letter written by Mr. Henry Young, Sr. in this newspaper dated June 23, 2018, (pg. 7) in which he recommended that my book, To Educate a Nation: Autobiography of Andres P. and Jane V. Enriquez, should be a required reading for all; especially for teachers. His recommendation is an honor for which I am very grateful. Hopefully, the Ministry of Education as well as Principals and teachers of primary, secondary and tertiary education institutions will heed his advice and seek to deepen their awareness of our nation’s rich history. Indeed, our teachers cannot continue to remain apathetic about various aspects of our nation’s history – including our political, cultural, social and economic history. Promoting the knowledge of Belize’s history is so important for nurturing well-informed citizens, and for providing valuable insights for current and future generations.

Romel queries the Ministry of Transport
Dear Editor, I have a query for the Ministry and/or Department of Transport. On our Belize driver’s licence there is a B2 category for six-wheel trucks and a B3 for tandem drive vehicles (with trailer). On our highways you can frequently see delivery trucks with an extra (dead) differential, adding four more wheels to the vehicle so it can withstand more weight. Some delivery truck drivers have only a B2 six-wheel truck licence, and some transport officers want to ticket them whenever they are driving these added dead axle trucks because they consider them ten-wheelers.

Pastor Jim Duncan from Boston Village
Dear Mr. Hyde, I have enjoyed reading your newspaper and editorials for many many years, and have responded a few times before. This time I am writing in response to your editorial in the June 29 Amandala, titled “Belize or Israel: country or God?” I respectfully submit to you that for Belizeans to choose between our country and God would not only be foolhardy, but actually an impossibility. I will explain. I certainly will never be as knowledgeable about the history of Belize as you are, as I’ve only lived here for 20 years, but I do know that our Belizean constitution affirms in its preamble that “the Nation of Belize shall be founded upon principles which acknowledge the supremacy of God, faith in human rights and fundamental freedoms, the position of the family in a society of free men and free institutions, the dignity of the human person and the equal and inalienable rights with which all members of the human family are endowed by their Creator.”

Who is afraid of Belize’s Diaspora?
On the whole, it is fairly obvious that the Belizean Diaspora is misunderstood and thus mis-appraised. It is not a monolithic group, but one of the most fragmented and possibly divided Diasporas. There is a lack of leadership, organisation, ideological focus and goals, and therefore there is an urgent need for capacity building. In a number of important aspects our Diaspora mirrors the national chaos and anomie at home. The Belizean Diaspora is also economically modest when compared to other Diasporas in North America and Britain. But one needs to appreciate that a Diaspora can only work its economic magic not only if the host country within which it is situated tolerates it and gives it opportunities, but also if the home country appreciates it.

Mexico goes socialist, and a NY district might too
All the talk in Mexico and Latin America right now is about the victory of Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, a democratic socialist, in the presidential elections in Mexico this week. Much of the talk in the USA right now is about the victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old democratic socialist, who shocked a 10-term incumbent in a congressional district in New York. There’s little pure glory for mankind in the daag-eat-daag capitalist system. We have heard American president, Donald Trump, speak about the “art of the deal” as if it is some wholesome science. It’s not! Yes, much of the success in the capitalist system depends on your talent, hard work, home work, and intuition, but a heck of a lot of the deal is about dishonest insider trading, lobbying shady politicians, and at its most vicious, taking advantage of people who are financially desperate. In the political arena it is pointing a gun or pointing to the bomb and telling leaders of less militarily powerful governments, DEAL!

The Growth of Black Consciousness in Belize 1914–1919
Violence, whether spontaneous or premeditated, has an inherent attraction for both the historian and his reader. On the one hand there is the heightened colour of strong emotions unleashed in an individual or society exposed to unacceptable stress. On the other, the rare opportunity to perceive fully, perhaps for the first time, the processes in that individual or society which are most important to its functioning. Those processes and the psychological and ideological assumptions which regulate them may be only fully comprehended when the organism, be it individual or collective, makes war upon itself.

Riding across Belize for kidney patients
The Ride Across Belize is a community-supported annual initiative by the Social Security Board (SSB) to raise funds to support charitable causes and aid in the development of Belize. According to the SSB’s website, they started the initiative because, “medical practitioners linked to the Social Security Board decided that the institution needs to do more in emphasizing the importance of healthy living.” The Ride Across Belize program, according to the website, has two main objectives: to “work as a team and raise needed funds to generate public awareness for worthy causes, and to promote healthy lifestyles in Belizean homes.”

Michelle Cox Hoare new KHMH CEO
Michelle Cox Hoare, a veteran administrator of 33 years in the Belize Healthcare Service, is now the new Chief Executive Officer of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). She came with a Master’s Degree in Public Health, a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Administration and served as the Director of Nursing Service at the KHMH, and the Program Officer for the United Nations Population Fund for Belize. Hoare was introduced to the media yesterday as the new CEO during a brief ceremony.

Brhea Bowen, 20, awarded $10,000 in damages for GSU violation of her constitutional rights
The Belize Police Department’s Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) has been costing taxpayers many thousands of dollars in lawsuit awards as a result of a number of incidents involving the violation of citizens’ constitutional rights by the unit, which has engaged in an overzealous enforcement of the laws, especially the Amendment to the Firearms Act, which calls for the arrest of all persons on a premises where unlicensed firearms or ammunition are found. Today, a Supreme Court judge awarded a 20-year-old woman $10,000 after the court found that the GSU had violated her constitutional rights when she was arrested and charged, along with her mother and brother, for possession of unlicensed ammunition for some shotgun cartridges a GSU search party found at the family’s La Croix Boulevard home.

Jose Salinas, 16, attacked and stabbed after exiting bus in Hope Creek
Jose Salinas, 16, a fourth form student of Hope Creek, is recovering at the Southern Regional after he was beaten and stabbed in his back and abdomen yesterday morning in the village. Salinas is now declared to be in a serious but stable condition. Information to us is that yesterday morning, Salinas travelled from Belmopan to Hope Creek on a James Bus and on his arrival in the village three men were waiting for him at the bus stop.

The Reporter

Belize city restaurant robbed
New Fortune Restaurant located at the corner of West Collet Canal and King street in Belize city was targetted by three thieves on Thursday night. While A

keem Vargas shot dead on Wagner’s Lane
A shooting on Wagner’s Lane in Belize city on Thursday night has claimed the life of Akeem Tiron Vargas, 25. Vargas was shot to the right side of his neck

Two men arrested for stabbing and assault cases in St. Mathew’s village
Two men, Germaine Joseph and Santos Eduardo Lopez, have been arrested for separate stabbing incidents, both of which happened in St. Mathew’s village recently. Joseph, 30, a construction worker of

Guatemalan citizens can re-register: Attorney General
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte told the media today – despite a reported pause by the Immigration Department on the issuance of Belizean nationality to Guatemalans amid concerns over the renunciation

UNCAC inspection team to finally arrive this weekend
A team of government experts from the nations of Haiti and Tuvalu, whose February visit to Belize was reportedly postponed due to logistical challenges with arranging their travel plans, is

Prime Minister Set to give speech at CARICOM H-O-S, July 5th.
Developing story, Caricom H-O-S Meeting at Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 4th. – 6th. 2018

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Beryl intensifies to a Category 1 hurricane
The National Hurricane Center has just upgraded the status of Beryl to a Category 1 […]

Police find weed and cocaine in Caye Caulker
Yesterday morning between 5:15 and 6:30, a police search in an abandoned lot on Estrella Street, Caye […]

Father and son charged with drug trafficking in Corozal
Yesterday around 1 p.m., police searched the residence of Jose Escamila Sr., 48, of the Finca Solano […]

Belize City man gunned down
Belize City police are investigating the murder of a twenty-five-year old construction worker. Last night around 7:00, […]

International day of Co-operatives being celebrated on Saturday in Belize city
The Department of Co-operatives with the sponsorship of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, […]

Minor reportedly raped by ex-boyfriend
Belmopan police are investigating a report of rape in their jurisdiction. Yesterday, a 15-year-old minor […]

Over 120 clerks participate in training program
The Ministry of the Public Service hosted a Clerical Promotional Program to provide vital training […]

Belizean artist awarded 2018 Bridget Jones Award
Belizean artist, Katie Numi Usher is the recipient of this year’s Bridget Jones Award for […]

Ministry of Agriculture concludes five-day training course
The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and through the […]

First hurricane of 2018, Beryl, continues to gain strength
Beryl became the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season today. As of 11:00 […]


Cayo Espanto – Private Island Paradise
Located just three miles off the coast of Ambergris Caye is the ultra-exclusive private island, Cayo Espanto. Attracting a mix of discerning luxury travelers and A-list celebrities, this five-star resort features seven private villas, including one over-the-water bungalow. If you’ve ever fantasized about a private island getaway with round the clock pampering and gourmet cuisine, rest assured – Cayo Espanto is the stuff dreams are made of! You won’t have to wait until your arrival to realize how special this vacation is going to be – the pampering starts the minute you make your reservation. An e-mail questionnaire fleshes out important details like the time you prefer your morning coffee, what your dream dinner is, and how much pampering do you want. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, let them know as the staff will do their best to make it happen. Complimentary transfers to Cayo Espanto depart from Ambergris Caye via a quick 10-minute boat ride. Before you even have time to settle in on the boat, you’re already being delivered to your villa’s private dock, where the entire staff is on hand to welcome you.

Sometimes You Need Extreme Patience
I messaged both Wade and Kathy from Roadkill Bar this morning to let them know that I was finally changing my sign that is on display along the outside fence of the bar. After that, I decided to check and I found the start of getting the sign repainted dates back to May 20th, 2016. I tried to speed up the process but there was just no way around it. I was not only waiting on one sign painter either. I tried three and finally, I ended up going with the original of the three. And yes there is great a lowdown to that slow down however in the interest of respect, I am keeping it light. The irony to this story is when I turned up at the internet cafe to leave some money for the clear coat, my previous sign painter was there – I have literally not seen him in years. Belize definitely was showing it’s sense of humor when it had me on delay for my sign.

Buying Liquor On Your Way Into Belize
This was originally posted in 2012 but there have been some important updates at the international airport. Most notably, there are TWO inbound duty free stores and the selection has broadened to include some sunglasses, make-up and candy in addition to American brand cigarette cartons and wine and liquor. AND it can get you lower prices. There are no two ways about it…drinking in Belize can be expensive. Enjoying a beer at a local bar starts at $5BZD (or $2.50 USD), local rum is generally priced about the same and it goes up, way up, for imported liquors. Vodka or tequila drinks generally start at $12bzd. A glass of (often Chilean) wine starts at $15bzd. A night out can grow expensive depending on your tastes and your venue.

International Sourcesizz

Hurricane Beryl to raise risk of flooding in Caribbean; State of emergency declared in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Beryl, a tiny storm over the south-central Atlantic, is projected to take a path over the northern Caribbean. As of early Saturday morning, Beryl was moving west-northwestward at about 14 mph (22 km/h) and had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 km/h). Beryl is entering a zone of conditions that are likely to inhibit its further strengthening. "Because of the small size of Beryl and anticipated weakening, widespread wind damage is not expected," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda. However, there will be some risk to lives and property along the storm's path. People should take precautions.


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