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U.S Embassy in Belize introduces new Chargé d’Affaires Keith Gilges
Following the departure of Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Adrienne Galanek, the United States Embassy in Belize, on Thursday, July 26th introduced Galanek’s successor, Keith R. Gilges via their official Facebook page. Gilges, a career Foreign Service Officer, assumed the position on Tuesday, July 24th, and has expressed his excitement to be in Belize and continue strengthening the relationship between Belize and the United States of America.
Additional over-the-water establishments in Boca del Rio raising concerns
The recent rise of docks for over-the-water restaurants and bars along Boca del Rio beach has business owners and residents in the area concerned. The general complaint is that the new over-the-water structures are congesting the waterfront that at one time was an attractive beach. They’ve called on the local authorities to intervene, but said authorities claim the issue is out of their jurisdiction. In the meantime, more docks are rumored to be coming in the near future. The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) says that they are against the construction of too many piers on the eastern side of the island, but that the final decision lies in the hands of the Ministry of Natural Resources. Mayor Daniel Guerrero stated in the past that he wants fewer and shorter docks and smaller buildings around the beach.
Re-registration process continues; Caye Caulker lobbies for extension
The national voter re-registration process commenced on July 1st and to date more than 54,000 Belizeans have re-registered countrywide. Elections and Boundaries, the department in charge of the process says that the procedure has been successful so far. However, in the Belize Rural South Constituency, Caye Caulker residents are not happy that they only had from July 16th to the 23rd, making it difficult for many Hicaqueños to re-register. A petition for an extension has been addressed to Elections and Boundaries, who is considering a second date for the island.
SP BTIA welcomes new Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit Reymundo Reyes
As early as April 2018, members from the San Pedro chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (SP BTIA) along with stakeholders have met with members from the Ministry of National Security and High Command in an effort to improve safety measures on Ambergris Caye while ensuring the quality of life for residents and protecting the tourism product on the island. Positive results have come from discussions with the Minister of National Security Hon. John Saldivar, CEO of the Ministry of National Security George Lovell, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, Deputy Commissioner Chester Williams, past Officer in Charge of Coastal Executive Unit Superintendent Henry Jemmott, representatives from the Belize Coast Guard, the Belize Defence Force, Mayor Daniel Guerrero and members of the San Pedro Town Council.
Three Positive H1N1 Cases In The Corozal District
The Ministry of Health can, at this time, confirm three positive cases of HINI Influenza in the Corozal District. The cases include two males who have recent travel history to Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, while the third is a pregnant female who resides in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Belizean Arrested In Mexico For Trafficking Endangered Marine Life
According to Mexico News Today, Mexican Government Environment officials have arrested a Belizean national after entering Mexico bound for China with protected marine life.
The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection says that a judge ordered the legal detention of a Belizean citizen destined for China. The man was detained at the International Airport of Mexico City after being found in possession of seahorses and sea cucumbers.
According to reports the person was also found carrying fish bladders. The illegal products were discovered after an inspection at the airport. The man was arrested after police detected the smell of fish. Upon inspection of his suitcase, federal inspectors found two bags containing 88 dried seahorses along with two bags of sea cucumbers and two bags of fish bladders.
Misc Belizean Sources
GREAT Bullet Tree Falls Summer Camp
The Bullet Tree Falls GREAT Summer Camp is next week. You can contact Corporal Medina at 610-0875, or email the registration form. GREAT is a project to educate and engage youths, You can also donate to their cause. Thanks, SISE Police Formation!
BTB German Familiarization Trip 2018
Tek Time fi Read! Book Festival
Reading gives life more life! Bring along the entire family! Belmopan Civic Center, August 4, 9am-5pm
Belizean Patriot: Zebedee Augustus "Sonny" Pitterson
Unsung hero and philanthropist Zebedee Augustus "Sonny" Pitterson (1931 - 2014) had raised himself up from humble beginnings to become one of the most successful Belizean businessmen in the City, operating Sunnyside for 55 years.
In 1952, the first of Sonny’s businesses, Sunnyside Saloon, opened on West Canal, specializing in pastries. Opened with savings of $68, Sunnyside quickly established a second branch on Racecourse Street on the lower flat of Pitterson’s home, and emerged as a competitor to Dit’s Saloon on King Street.
Shrugging off the disaster of Hurricane Hattie in 1961 (during which he lost almost everything and yet was able to shelter and feed 33 people and mix 900 sacks of flour, by hand, to make bread for the hungry populace in the aftermath of the hurricane), and fires caused by overheating ovens in 1995 and 2002, Sunnyside Bakery has stayed alive.
Mr. Zeb will always be remembered as a stalwart of the people who protected them from arbitrary increases in the price of bread. On one occasion the Belize Bakers Association had decided to raise the price of bread from $1 to $1.50, but Mr. Zeb was adamantly opposed to the raise, saying the people could not afford the increase.
San Pedro Fish kill likely due to depleted oxygen levels
So this happened last night to greet us in San Pedro this morning. A sizable fish kill that washed up on the beaches in southern Ambergris Caye. Grunts, sprat, juvenile permit and more - hundreds if not thousands of fish. What is very disturbing is seeing the bug-eyed aspects of many grunts, which I understand is due to exposure to waters with low oxygen content.
Any way we look at it, our sargassum situation is bad and we need to collectively throughout the region reduce our effluent/sewage/ nutrient releases into the sea as a start and a means to reduce the rapid proliferation of sargassum.
Thanks to Volney and Cynthia for taking the pics.
Moments on YOLO, International Costa Maya Festival
R.I.P. Emmanuel Gabourel Sr.
Man, words escape me. Mr. Gabourel has been a fixture on Caye Caulker for decades. He was one of the most competent plumbers on the island and fixed washing machines that no one thought would ever work again. To top it off, he was one of the best darts players on the island. Most of all, he was our dear friend. Deepest condolences go out to his family.
Central Medical Lab Confirms Positive H1N1 Cases in the Corozal District
The Ministry of Health can, at this time, confirm three positive cases of HINI Influenza in the Corozal District.
The cases include two males who have recent travel history to Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, while the third is a pregnant female who resides in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
The positive confirmations were received this afternoon from our Central Medical Lab in Belize City. The Ministry has activated its Northern Regional and National Surveillance Teams to immediately start managing these cases and to plan next steps forward. Initial visits and rounds with frontline personnel also concluded earlier in the week.
Peace in the Parks ... Today, July 28th, 2018!
Bouncy Houses, Cancer Screenings, Raffles all day, Live Performances, a Basketball Tournament, Massages & Manicures, Food on Sale, and much much more!
Come out to Yabra Green on Saturday July 28th, 10 am - 4 pm and help contribute to #ASafeBelize
Hosted by : RESTORE Belize, Ignite Ltd., Special Envoy Belize, YATA & Ncfc Belize and in partnership with Belize Family Life Association! Come out and enjoy!
CAYE CAULKER BTIA- GM UPDATE
We had 21 in attendance
including CCBTIA (BoD) & Special Guest INTELLIGENT SOLUTIONS
At The GM we informed Our Members & Public of what the CCBTIA accomplished in the past and plans to accomplish today and in the near future.
CCBTIA Strategic Plan includes the Objective and Champions.
We are open to suggestions from our members. Feel free to email us or message us on Facebook. The Communication Objective has now been shared among the other four board members. CCBTIA thanks Stacey Badillo and wishes her every success in her endeavors.
Odetes Home Center celebrates 20 anniversary
Odetes Home Center celebrated their 20 anniversary right here at Corozal. They had dj music, jumpers for kids, raffles all day long, sales on motorcyles, clothes, kitchen items and lots.
Postponed until further notice: power outage previously scheduled for Belize City
on Sunday, July 29 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Belize Water Services informs customers along a portion of the Philip Goldson Highway that there will be an interruption and low water pressure in the water supply on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, starting at 11:00am
The area to be affected by the water interruption is from Haulover Bridge on the Philip Goldson Highway to San Cas Plaza. The areas to be affected by low water pressure are West Landivar, Buttonwood Bay, Bella Vista, and Belama Phase 1 to 4.
This interruption and low water pressure is necessary for the installation of a new water main. Customers are being advised to have an adequate amount of water stored to last for the extended time. Due to the upgrades, customers may experience discoloration in their water supply when water is fully restored.
OCEANA responds to Shark Fishers Association on gillnets ban
In the interest of transparency, we are sharing a copy of a press release we have just been sent. We have responded to the sender with two questions: a) a clarification of how many of their members of shark fishers as they mention “hundreds” of shark fishers. For context, we have been informed that only 73 Belizeans are licensed to catch sharks. Secondly, we have asked this association to indicate if they are interested in hearing our position and what we are proposing to move forward. We made this invitation in good faith because the policy changes we advocate for are to support sustainable fisheries management efforts and to ensure all fishers will always be able to fish. Gillnets are not the only way to catch fish. The fact that only 6% (169 of 2716 licensed Belizean fishers) use them speaks volumes.
International Costa Maya Festival Secret Beach Lunch with the Mayor and Town Councillors
Thanks to Secret Paradise Beach Bar & Grill for Hosting
Presence of H1N1 Confirmed in Northern Belize
The H1N1 flu virus has been detected to Belize. After causing more than 6 deaths in Quintana Roo, three positive cases have been detected in the Corozal District.
The Central Medical Lab confirms that the cases comprise two males who recently travelled to Merida, while the third is a pregnant female who lives in Chetumal.
The positive tests were received this afternoon and the Ministry of health says it has activated its Northern Regional and National Surveillance Teams to immediately start managing these cases and to plan next steps forward.
Accused Killers Get Off A Second Time
Accused murderers Orel Leslie, Tyrone Meighan and Brandon Baptist have been acquitted for a second time of the shooting death of James Noralez.
In a trial without jury, Justice Collin Williams found that the DPP's Office did not prove beyond reasonable doubt that on November 23, 2012, these 3 men killed Noralez.
In October 2015, retired Justice Troadio Gonzalez found them not guilty after presiding over their very first trial. DPP Cheryl-Lynn Vidal appealed and the Court of Appeal ordered a retrial.
Cops Say He Threatened To Kill His Mother, But Brian Brown Bailed
It caused a huge uproar yesterday when police went to arrest the notorious Brian Brown at his home on Jimmy Dyer Street off Faber's Road.
Brown's home has a ten foot concrete fence, and when police showed up there, those in his camp - including minors - started to hurl projectiles at police - who ran to take cover. After that, the cops released white smoke, jumped the fence and dragged brown out of his house in a sheet.
The George Street figure was arrested because his mother gave a statement saying he was threatening to kill her.
60 Year Old Accused of Sex Trafficking Teenaged Girl from Melchor
Today we learned about a 60 year old - who's facing human trafficking charges for prostituting a 17 year old girl he brought over from Melchor.
60 year-old Valentine Pop, a resident of Cool Shade Farm in More Tomorrow Village, is facing 2 counts of human trafficking, for which he was remanded at the Belize Central Prison. But, but as soon as he is able to make the necessary arrangements, he'll be released on Supreme Court bail.
Organized Criminals Pounce on Paymaster, Snatch 15K
Organized criminals struck again this evening in Belize City. Around 4:00, four men in a tinted gray Ford explorer stole the payroll for a construction site in the Bella Vista residential community.
It's no random crime, because the robbers knew who was moving with the payroll in the residential community which does not have a police presence. Apparently, they trailed the employee who was delivering the payroll, and once he reached the location to pay the workers, a gunman approached him with a firearm and made off with fifteen thousand dollars in cash.
Police Shot Two Teenaged Robbers While Running Down Guns
Last night we had the late breaking story of how police ran down a trio of robbers in the Lord Ridge Cemetery. The three males had just robbed a security guard on Antelope extension of two pistols. Here's what happened. At around 6:20, 34 year old security guard Dion Gentle had just arrived at his workplace, the Harpie Security office on Antelope Street Extension. He had two 38 revolvers and a radio in a bag.
That's when two men pounced on him - one put a gun to his head - and the other took the bag. They ran off - but there's a fixed police presence right in that area. Two alert constables on foot patrol saw the trio of men dashing through the cemetery and pursued them. But, the robbers didn't stop so the police fired on them, hitting two of them in their legs.
Stealthy Criminals Slip Into Waste Control, Steal Gun & Safe
And while the police worked hard to get those stolen guns off the street, within hours, another one was in circulation.
At around 4:30 this morning, a group of very organized criminals slipped into the compound at Belize Waste Control and did some major damage. First they cut a hole through the fence, and then subdued the armed security guard and stole his Luger 9 millimeter pistol. They ripped out the alarm, cut off the power, disabled the backup generator and then stole a small safe from the office. The safe contained about five thousand dollars in cash.
Cedar Street Snatchers
And robbers were also prowling on the southside this afternoon. 7News has received reliable reports that customers at a scrap parts junkyard on Cedar Street were robbed by armed men.
Just after 1:00l, two persons were buying vehicle parts when three to four men held them up and stole over a thousand dollars in cash - along with jewelry and cell phones - amounting to a total of about 7 thousand dollars.
Regional Agriculture Ministers in Belize
When it comes to Belize's regional integration, you always hear talks about CARICOM, and indeed, we enjoy a very good relationship with the Caribbean region. But as it relates to the Central American region, well, the relationship, although healthy, leaves room for work. It is with that in mind that Belize is hosting this year's second biannual meeting of Central American Agricultural Council of Ministers, C.A.C for short.
Minister of Agriculture Godwin Hulse is acting as the protem chairman for this regional meeting which forms a part of the Central American Integrated System, SICA. Earlier this week the visiting ministers were given a tour of some of Belize's primary agricultural production.
Eight Years For A Life
29 year-old Jermaine Moody, the construction worker from San Pedro who was found guilty of manslaughter for the death of 31 year-old Moses Coc, will spend 8 more years in prison for his killing.
That's the sentence that Justice Adolph Lucas handed him today after consideration of all the factors in the case. The judge actually sentenced him to 12 years in jail, but 4 years were subtracted from that sentence because of the time he spent on remand awaiting trial. The judge also took into consideration the fact that Moody had no criminal record, and that he cooperated with police when he was arrested and charged.
Mexican Media: Notorious “Nene” from Sinaloa Is Belizean
On Wednesday evening, Chetumal police arrested a Belizean whom they say is a major player in Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel. He is Dioney Rolando, better known as "El Nene." It is believed that he answers to Zurisaday Villasenor Mendez, the alleged leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in the area. Villasenor was famously held in Belize for guns and ammunition four years ago, but was granted bail, never to be seen again.
According to reports from Mexican news outlets, around 10:00 on Wednesday evening, "El Nene" was in a blue Nissan pickup along with four Mexicans.
Sports For Summer
School is out, but the National Sports Council has kept kids busy this summer with a summer program. It has been taking place for the past two weeks at the Marion Jones Stadium in Belize City. Some 180 kids from ages four to 15 participated in the summer program.
But it wasn't just all fun and games. The Sports Council got some help from professional Belizean athletes to give the kids some valuable insight into the sport. We attended the closing event today and learned more about the program.
HIV In Colour On Canvas
The National Aids Commission today hosted a ceremony to thank their partners for contributing to National test day on June 29th. It was a successful test day with about 1700 persons coming out to be tested, including a fair number of men. So this morning at the Inspiration Center, the commission gifted 6 of their partners with paintings created by some talented youth. Here's more:
Enrique Romero, Executive Director, National Aids Commission:
"The public - private partnership is very important if we are going to fill gaps in financing left by the withdrawal of Scotia banks partnership..."
Dara, Go Deh Dreddy
Goodwill gestures may come and go, flickering across the screen as good publicity today, and forgotten tomorrow. But not so for Dara Robinson's Feeding Program - it's been going strong and steady for years and If you want to contribute to, you can participate in this Sunday's 7th annual Hunger Awareness Ride. Dara came over to our studio to tell us more.
If you don't want to participate in the ride but still want to help, you can take over food items and school supplies. Dara also has a Lucky Dube concert coming up next week Sunday August 5th at the Birds Isle. Proceeds from that event will also go to the feeding program.
Keeping Calm In The City In A Storm Of Retaliation
And, finally, tonight, the city hopes it will see some peace this weekend after a three year old was killed in last weekend's gang wars.
A lot of that depends on Roy Bennett. Baby Etana Bennett was his daughter and
he was, presumably, the target of the shooters who instead injured his wife and child.
Now, this is a man who has lost two brothers to gun violence: Tyrone and Faron Felix, and his sister, Freesha. How do you talk or think peace after so much loss?
3 Confirmed Cases of H1N1 in Corozal
The Ministry of Health has confirmed three cases of H1N1 Influenza in the Corozal District. The confirmation was received this afternoon from the Central Medical Lab in Belize City. A [...]
Tyrone Meighan, Orel Leslie and Brandon Baptist Acquitted of Murder, Again
Not guilty! That was the verdict delivered late this afternoon in the murder case against Tyrone Meighan, Orel Leslie and Brandon Baptist for the 2012 murder of B.D.F. soldier James [...]
Police Bust a Trio of Robbers in Lord Ridge Cemetery, Two Minors are Shot
A trio of brazen robbers, including two minors, succeeded in robbing Harpy Security on Antelope Street Extension, just after six o’clock on Thursday evening. The security company is located a [...]
Brian Brown Granted Bail after Appearance in Court
Today, Brian Brown was hauled to the Magistrate’s Court in Belize City and arraigned for five charges including damage to property and wounding following a raid at his house on [...]
Suspected Murderer of Samuel Cosme Remanded to Prison
Thirty-three-year-old Reainard Randey Ferguson is at the Belize Central Prison tonight. He was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford today for the murder of forty-three-year-old Samuel Cosme. No plea was [...]
Grief Therapy for Surviving Family Members of Slain Children
Murders and other violent crimes are continuously being committed against innocent children. While the tragic stories fade from the headlines, the pain—emotional and psychological—continues to impact surviving family members and [...]
Agriculture Ministers Across Central America Meet to Discuss Animal Health
Since assuming the pro tem presidency of the Central American Integration System at the end of June, the Government of Belize has taken up a number of responsibilities as it [...]
Local Farmers and Producers Onboard with SICA Agriculture Initiative
According to Hulse, Belize’s agro-productive sector is fully onboard with the SICA initiative. The visiting ministers were also given a tour of facilities in the Spanish Lookout and stopped in [...]
An Agriculture Survey to Determine the Number of Farmers and Their Produce
A countrywide survey is being conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture to gather information on the number of farmers actively partaking in the agro-productive sector, as well as the crops [...]
NSC Concludes Summer Sports Camp
Some two hundred young children have been enjoying their summer vacation at a sports camp in the city. The camp presented the young athletes with the opportunity to harness their [...]
Painting the HIV Picture in Belize
The National AIDS Commission partnered with six young artists to each create an original piece of HIV thematic art at the national testing day in June. The art pieces were [...]
More Men Than Women Tested on National Testing Day
The first national testing day was held in Belize on June twenty-ninth. Free HIV tests were offered in public spaces across the country to encourage people to find out their [...]
Showtime Sports Features Boxing Champ’s Charity Work in Belize
Lightweight World Champion Mikey Garcia will take to the ring in a boxing match on Saturday night to defend his title against fellow unbeaten fighter Robert Easter Junior. Both athletes [...]
Dara Rides for Hunger
Local philanthropist Dara Robinson is hosting his seventh annual hunger awareness ride this week. Robinson is inviting everyone to come out and give to a worthy cause. If you are [...]
Belize makes strides in agriculture sector
The Minister of Agriculture says that Belize has been making some strides in the agriculture sector. The government has embarked on a census that seeks to map the entire agriculture sector in the country to record accurate data on agricultural production. One of the more important objectives of this program is to promote biosecurity, which …
Minister of Agriculture says sugar cane farmers must improve quickly sugar prices fall
The sugar industry in Belize is facing grave challenges as the EU market shifts its focus and world market prices continue to fall. The payment to farmers is significantly lower this year than in previous, but it was not unexpected. Improvements have been made in best practices and adopting new technologies. American Sugar Refinery’s Belize …
National Aids Commission engages new partners to continue its work on HIV/AIDS
The National Aids Commission recognized partners who helped make the organization’s first National Testing Day possible. The event was held in June and according to Enrique Romero, the Executive Director of the Commission, the event was successful thanks to their support. He adds that it is a good indication as the Commission moves forward in …
Members are key in Rotary success
Another organization that is recognizing the work of its partners is the Rotary. Rotary International’s President Barry Rassin has wrapped up his visit. He was in Belize as part of the International President’s tour for the Rotary year that started July 1st, 2018 and ends on June 30, 2019. In his press conference held on …
Reregistration is politics and Castro is Clearing the Voters list
“Your Right to Vote Depends on it” is the slogan for the re-registration of electors exercise that started at the beginning of July. It’s important to clean the list for 2020 as politicians need to know what matters to their constituents. In some areas, politicians are taking up the challenge to get people to re-register …
Charges made for Haulover Murder
When Samuel Elias Zelaya Cosme’s body was found near the Haulover Bridge, no one could provide a motive for his death. The police were aware the construction worker was last seen in the company of a woman. So the police initiated a search for her, but it turns out she is not a suspect. …
Police say Brown threatened to kill his mom and sister
On Thursday, the police raided the home of the GSG’s Brian Brown in the Faber’s Road Extension Area of Belize City. The police used smoke grenades, and assaulted the home from all angles. They simultaneously stormed the front and back doors and also a window at the rear of the house to apprehend Brown. …
Belize hosts Central American Agriculture Council Ministers’ meeting
Belize has been appointed the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Central American Agriculture Council (CAC) for the next six months. The CAC is a division of the Central America Integrated System (SICA). Today, The Government of Belize hosted the regional CAC Ministers’ meeting in Belize City and ministers with the responsibility for Agriculture met to …
Three cases of N1H1 confirmed in Belize
The Ministry of Health confirms that there are three cases of H1N1 Influenza in the country. In a release issued shortly before six o’clock this evening, the Ministry states that the three cases were confirmed in the Corozal District and include two males and a pregnant female. The results were confirmed at the Central Medical …
“I will kill you,” cops say Brian Brown told family
Brian Brown, 41, a businessman of Belize City, is in custody on charges of threat of death and aggravated assault, and will be taken to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court to be arraigned for the offences.
During his arrest this morning at about 11:30, police said, he struggled with them in his house, and he had to be wrapped in a sheet so that he could be subdued.
Reainard Ferguson, 33, charged with Samuel Cosme’s stabbing murder
The body of Samuel Cosme, 39, was found with a number of stab wounds on Monday morning on a feeder road near Haulover Bridge. Not many details were initially revealed by police, except that his shorts, slippers, and a hat were found a distance away from him, and his red pickup truck was also found abandoned on the opposite side of the road.
Cosme, who was a construction worker, was last seen by his family on Mahogany Street Extension on Sunday, and he told them he was going to Lords Bank to meet with some coworkers. It had also been reported that police were looking for a woman who they believe was with him at the time of his death.
Second death in ADO bus accident was that of a Belizean
In yesterday’s Amandala, we reported on an accident in which an ADO bus that was carrying 40 passengers, including the Belmopan Trojans basketball team, was involved in a collision with another vehicle at about 5:00 on Monday morning, July 23, in Bacalar, Mexico, 45 minutes away from Chetumal.
The bus, which was travelling from Cancun to Vera Cruz, reportedly attempted to overtake another vehicle and crashed into a pickup on the side of the road, which had broken down. The team escaped with minor injuries, and it was reported that one person, a Mexican who was an ADO bus employee, was dead.
After argument, taximan chops taximan
According to Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo, disputes between taximen aren’t unheard of, especially at the taxi stand near Ocean Ferry Water Taxi on North Front Street. Cowo said there’s a constant battle for taxi jobs at the stand.
Unfortunately, on Tuesday, one of these arguments escalated into a chopping incident that resulted in the wounding of Gerald Lewis, 58.
Cost of imports keep rising
The Belize Institute of Statistics report for June 2018, indicates that imports were up 10.5%, when compared with June 2017. The value of the total imports for the month was $170.8 million, which is $16.2 million more than the $154.7 million worth of goods imported in June last year.
The BIS attributes the increase in the cost of imports to “a sizeable growth in the quantity of diesel fuel imported, coupled with significantly higher world market prices for fuels compared to June of 2017.”
Michael Modiri takes Bradley Paumen to court, over court-ordered compensation
Bradley Paumen, an American businessman and owner of Dark Knight Cave Tours, and Michael Modiri an Iranian-American businessman who owns land that is adjacent to Paumen’s property, have been feuding and litigating for some time now.
In April 2016, Supreme Court Justice Shona Griffith ordered Paumen to pay $300,000 to Modiri for trespassing on his land, on which Paumen had built an access road, after an ill-advised government acquisition.
FFB hosts National U-13 Elite Championship this weekend in Belmopan
With limited funding from FIFA, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is hosting a National U-13 Elite Championship 2018 this weekend at the FFB Stadium in Belmopan, featuring U-13 selections from all the football “districts” in the country. The original idea was for a full length country-wide youth tournament over a few months at least, but FFB Vice President Marlon Kuylen revealed this evening that, even this abbreviated tournament is costing upwards of $40,000.00 due to the transportation and hosting costs of the teams over the three days of the tournament, which will run from tomorrow, Friday, until Sunday.
Kelsey Balderamos and Emma Hoare to Colombia to represent Belize in Beach Volleyball at 2018 CAC Games
Kelsey Balderamos and Emma Hoare departed Belize today to Barranquilla, Colombia to compete in Female Beach Volleyball at the XXIII Central American and Caribbean Games Barranquilla 2018, where 37 nations are competing in 47 different sport disciplines. The Volleyball competition will take place from Saturday, July 28 to Wednesday, August 1 at the Puerto Colombia beaches.
Poor & Famous Culture Club’s summer activities for youths
Poor & Famous Culture Club is a non-governmental organization focused on the future of our young kids by instilling positive goals for a bright future. In this year’s summer program, our kids have participated in football and basketball games, as well as trips to villages in the Cayo District every weekend. We have also held Beach Cruiser bike races in the neighborhoods of the Collet and Port Loyola area.
Over-40 apologies; scores without games
“Once bitten, twice shy,” and we promise not to get caught like this again. In our last report on the National Over-40 football competition, on page 22 of Tuesday’s Amandala, July 24, 2018, we erroneously reported on games that were actually not played; and we sincerely apologize for that error. Being out of town for the weekend, we followed the Over-40 web site reports, and the scores recorded appeared as game results.
The United Democratic Party (UDP) government of Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean O. Barrow, received several hundred million dollars in loans at highly concessionary rates from Venezuela a few years ago, when things were still going pretty well for the Bolivarian Republic.
Mr. Barrow’s government chose to invest the Venezuela money in domestic infrastructure instead of investing in the youth and people of Belize. The decision to go with streets, roads, roundabouts, bridges, and auditoriums, was a sensible one, short term, because it immediately created jobs at the base of Belize’s socio-economic pyramid, and the infrastructure investment decision no doubt contributed mightily to the UDP’s success in the November 2015 general election, which the UDP won fairly comfortably, as opposed to their very narrow victory in the March 2012 generals.
From The Publisher
Nestor “Net” Vasquez, Sr.’s professional longevity is truly astonishing. Presently In his mid-eighties, Vasquez is the most powerful Belizean executive at Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL). Maximum respect is due him.
There are a few Belizeans who will understand the nuances of my Tuesday column this week, but there are more than two generations who have almost no idea of the personalities involved with the establishment of the now ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) in September of 1973, and all the machinations surrounding that establishment.
The Liberal Party, organized in 1972, was one of the most shadowy parties in Belize’s modern political history. There were five public faces in the party. These were Dr. Manuel Esquivel, a physics teacher at St. John’s College; Net Vasquez, Sr., an accountant whose most important client was the wealthiest merchant in Belize – Santiago Castillo, Sr.; Harry Lawrence, a businessman who had taken over the editorship of The Reporter; Paul Rodriguez, who had studied for the Roman Catholic priesthood and was the editor of The Reporter prior to Lawrence’s assuming the position; and Curl Thompson, a senior public officer who had been elected President of the powerful Public Service Union (PSU).
Slavery in Belize, a rebellious affair …
One of the prevailing opinions on slavery in Belize has been that slaves and masters labored and fought shoulder to shoulder. As Emory King said: “Slavery in Belize, A Family Affair”! This was put together so wonderfully that we can hardly stop singing, “It was the Tenth Day of September… Hip. Hip.”.
We are encouraged, ehem required, to celebrate the Battle of St. George’s Caye. It has been interpreted as a historic moment where the strong bond of slaves and whites, and everyone in between, supposedly came together to give to birth to the nation.
However, throughout the period of enslavement, the settlers, and the ruling elite (which later included Free Coloreds as slave owners) knew they could never say how loyal our African ancestors were to them.
The fires around power line posts
Through this medium I would like to lodge a complaint about those who check the power line posts on the road sides.
We have a farm on the Northern Highway near the San Luis Cutoff, right before you enter San Jose Village. We noticed some guys checking the posts and a while later, the brushes around there were on fire. Since the bush around there is pretty dry, the fire spread quickly, engulfing the area in thick smoke, spreading panic among the few animals we have there. Luckily, they are few.
TAKING OWNERSHIP OF THE BELIZE DIASPORA VOTE!
It is such a refreshing thing to see that this Belizean diaspora issue has taken front stage of Belize’s political scene, and that there are many other Belizeans abroad who have taken ownership of this issue since it had been pushed to the forefront of Belize’s diaspora political debate by the work of BREDAA since 2013 in its initiation of the “Belize Diaspora Vote.” That was the brainchild of Mrs.Muriel Laing Arthurs, who had urged the BREDAA Chairman, Nuri Akbar to take it to the Belizean people abroad. This was after a resistant Belizean group of “Anti-Belizeans Abroad Rights” chanted her down in the support of the Belizean people abroad when the Belize Prime Minister, Dean Oliver Barrow, tried to resurrect the Seventh Amendment at Parish Hall in Belize City in consulting with the Belizean people on the matter.
All about their breed
Belizeans, knowing how eager local lawyers are to step up with their services to defend persons accused of violent crimes, had to be shocked when they learned that two men accused of the most horrific crime, murder, had languished in jail, did not have their cases heard, because no lawyer would defend them.
In his July 21 story (Amandala), Rowland Parks reported that he was told that “the accused men could not find attorneys to represent them, because ‘no one wanted the job, even if they were paying,’ and a murder trial cannot proceed without the accused person or persons being represented by counsel.”
Two brothers die in car accident
Just before 6 o’clock last night, reports were circulating of a fatal car accident that occurred near Punta Gorda Town. This morning it was confirmed that two brothers — Jaime Archer, 28, a security guard, and Anthony Archer, 27, a laborer, both from Forest Home Village, died as a result of the accident.
The accident occurred between Miles 12 and 13 on the San Antonio Road near the San Marcus junction. Initial police investigations revealed that Jamie and Anthony were travelling in a gray Toyota Corolla car away from Punta Gorda, towards the dump, with Darian Romero, 20, a laborer, and Jerry Cruz, 17, who are both also from Forest Home Village, when the driver lost control of the car, which then overturned.
MoH recalls heart medication Valsartan
Yesterday, the Ministry of Health issued a press release saying that they have been alerted to a “precautionary product recall” from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on drugs containing Valsartan, which is commonly used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.
The release mentions that the recall was prompted by the discovery of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in the recalled products. Lab tests have shown that NDMA poses a potential cancer risk.
This recall is taking place all over the world, with countries in Europe and Asia recalling the medications from earlier in the month.
3 recaptured prisoners sentenced
Three men who escaped from a Corozal Police Station detention cell on the night of Wednesday, April 17, and were all recaptured and charged with escape from lawful custody and damage to property, were sentenced today in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court by Magistrate Patty Arana.
The men, Marvin Pec, 28, a laborer of Consejo Shores; Johnny Matus, 19, a laborer of San Narciso; and Austin Sutherland, 29, of South Corozal Town, had pleaded guilty to the charge of escape, and not guilty to the charge of damage to property.
Cost of living rising
The Belize Institute of Statistics’ (BIS) monthly consumer price index survey, for June 2018, showed that, “on average, Belizean households experienced a 0.6 percent increase in the cost of regularly purchased goods and services when compared to the same month last year.” BIS says that the greatest factor in the increase was transportation costs, which were up 4.5% over June last year. Transportation costs went up largely because of the increase of the cost of fuel. The price of regular gasoline was up 14.4% over June last year, the price of premium gasoline was up 10.5%, and diesel costs were up 20.6%.
The cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages decreased marginally, down 0.4%, mainly “due to decreases in the average prices of several meat products, including beef steak, pork chops and pigtail.”
Exports Down at Half-Year Mark
Belize has made less money from exports for the first half of 2018 when compared to last year, according to the latest data released by the Statistical Institute of Belize. The SIB’s External Trade Bulletin, released on Wednesday, showed that Merchandise exports for
Caye Caulker Man Stabbed
The last time he was in the headlines, it was in 2017 when the Supreme Court ordered Soca star Destra to pay him $14,000 in compensation for bursting his bladder on stage after she jumped on him. Now, the extremely bad-lucked Fernando Oliva,
Senate Special Select Committee Report Soon?
The Senate Special Select Committee, established to investigate incidents of corruption highlighted in the Auditor General’s Special Report on the Immigration and Nationality Department, is about to finish the first draft of its report after a year of public hearings. Committee Chair Senator Aldo
Scotiabank Gives the Gift of Education
In commemoration of the 12th anniversary of its scholarship programme and its 50th anniversary in Belize, Scotiabank gave away 20 scholarships to students from Region One of Belize City, formerly known as the Southside, this week. The bank held a brief handing over ceremony
WHY WE HAVE TO GO TO COURT
By Alejandro Vernon, Belize has to go to the International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace at the Hague because like in every matter from the domestic to the national to the International, where a conflict arises there is a Court that can deal with it to the satisfaction
Prayers Answered for Fantasy 5 Winner
One week ago, Corozal resident Esquiliano Putil and his wife were worried about how they would pay their eldest daughter’s sixth form fees when the tamales-making business they operate did not yield enough revenue. His daughter encouraged him to purchase a Fantasy 5 ticket on
Thousands KILLED BY SARGASSUM
A major fish kill was reported early on Thursday morning near the Banyan Bay Resort on San Pedro Ambergris Caye, where residents were shocked to see thousands of dead fish of various species washed up along the shoreline. The incredible occurrence is starting
NOTORIOUS ‘DON’ CAUGHT BY COPS
Police have apprehended a man wanted for a few days now for threatening to kill his mother. Brian Brown, a notorious street figure who is no stranger to the law, was picked up around 11:00 on Thursday morning at his house on Faber’s Road in Belize City.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams told the media on Thursday afternoon that they received a complaint from Brown’s mother twodays ago and that since then, Police had made several attempts to apprehend him.
GOOD SAMARITAN TURNED MURDERER, CHARGED
Police reported late Thursday evening that they had charged Reainard Randey Ferguson, 33, for the crime of murder. They believe he is responsible for the vicious murder of Samuel Elias Zelada Cosme, 44. At the press briefing on Thursday, Police revealed that they were able to trackdown Ferguson, a resident of Neal Penn Road in Belize City, through the assistance of the community, but particularly with the assistance of the woman whom they had been seeking for questioning since the murder.
EDITORIAL – JULY 27th. 2018
Belizeans who do not take the time to read may be forgiven for being fearful or deeply skeptical of the proposal to take the Belize Guatemala dispute to the International Court of Justice.
It is natural for people to experience doubt and apprehension on a matter so important to the future of the people of Belize.
But once you begin to read up on the history of the claim all that apprehension goes away and one is left with the firm conviction that Guatemala does not stand a chance.
GOB to Receive $300,000 for Health Sector
This week the Government of Belize received a commitment of US$150,000 in project funding for completing its targets under the second phase of
‘KIDNAPPER’ CONTACTS THE REPORTER
At 3:52am Mexican time – 4:52am local time on Thursday, the Reporter newspaper received an email with a message and a ransom request
CANE FARMERS SAY SUGAR IS SWEET…But Payment is Sour!
This week, cane farmers in Belize’s sugar belt received their second payment for cane delivered and sugar produced between December 2017 and July 2018,
HONDURANS SAY COAST GUARD ‘KIDNAPPED’ FISHERMEN
A senior official of the Belize Coast Guard has refuted claims made by Honduran fishermen who released an amateur video which was
Brothers Die in Tragic RTA – Two Still Critical
Two brothers, Jamie and Antony Archer, both residents of Forest Home just outside of Punta Gorda Town, died when the car they were
CitCo Provides for Needy Families through Christian Partnership
For three days this week, the Belize City Council engaged in a pantry program that benefited some 500 of Belize City’s neediest families. It
Taxi-man Hospitalized After Chopping Near Swing Bridge
A man chopped another in the heart of Belize City on Tuesday afternoon but Police have not been able to file charges so far because the victim has not filed a Police report about the incident, despite the fact that he suffered huge chop
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Fighting Crime on Ambergris Caye
It’s with a heavy heart that I write this post, but I believe it’s necessary to keep my readers informed on crime. As many of you know, recently, Ambergris Caye residents were shocked to hear about a robbery and shooting of a long time US expat resident. Folks were even more saddened to learn of the victim’s death not long after.
There was a witness but the person is understandably frightened and has left the country for personal safety.
Properly protecting a witness is a very expensive endeavor and currently beyond the financial ability of the Belize Government.
The few people that might find themselves in this precarious situation stand to benefit from recent changes to GOB legislation allowing for witness testimony to be done via video conference with face shadowed and voice altered.
Conservation Tidbits: Awesome nature news around Belize
Manatee advocate Jamal Galves, AKA Manatee Man was one of five Latin American conservationists to receive the National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE Fellowship this year. The Fellowship is designed to support on-the-ground conservation efforts to help save species featured in the National Geographic Photo Ark. Jamal won his fellowship for his work with the Antillean Manatee (IUCN Red List: Endangered).
The two scarlet macaw chicks that were rescued from poachers in the Chiquibul rainforest on June 6th are making a remarkable recovery. Foster parents are feeding the baby birds, ensuring their weight gain and proper development.
On June 15, 2018, the Belize government signed the Forests (Protection of Mangroves) Regulations 2018, which came into effect on June 23, 2018. The new Mangroves Regulations place greater emphasis on the management and conservation of mangroves in critical areas on the mainland and on the cayes of Belize.
Biggs Da CEO-Thief Nor Barrow (Punta Music Belize), 3min.
Belize, 7min. Adventures in this beautiful Caribbean country visiting Caye Caulker, San Pedro, and San Ignacio.
Snorkeling at Caye Caulker in Belize, 4min.
Orange Walk Town Council want you to come to Orange Walk Fiestarama 2018, 28min.
Gayla's Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition of the work of Roney Jobel Art, 19min.
Musical guest Fun Friday - PMO, 21min.
Global Exchange Network, 30min.
The Tyler Savery Foundation Update, 63min.
7th Annual Ride for Hunger, 21min.
Belize Scuba & Snorkeling Day 1 - 2018, 10min.
Police Check Point, 60min.