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The San Pedro Sun
Arson suspected after motorcycle destroyed by fire
San Pedro Police are investigating a suspected arson in the San Pablo Sub-division south of San Pedro Town following the questionable circumstances in which a Honda motorcycle was incinerated late on Sunday night, September 9th. The owner of the motorcycle, 21-year-old Trent Turley, reported that he left his bike parked outside his home and by early Monday, September 10th the motorcycle was discovered destroyed by fire. A golf cart parked nearby also resulted with minor damages, but it was clear that the main target was the motorcycle.
SPTC addresses unregulated beach dredging in northern Ambergris Caye
Reports from eyewitnesses stated that unidentified men had been using a backhoe, digging up sand and then loading it onto trucks and transporting it away. The destination of those trucks loaded with sand could not be determined. Mayor Daniel Guerrero was able to get in touch with the owner of the property and ordered him to discontinue the practice and to spread out the sand that had been dug back in place. The property owner complied with the order, and by Friday, September 7th the sand had been returned to the beach. He tried to justify the actions as a normal method to get rid of the Sargassum that is affecting the entire coast of the island. He alleges that nearby residents are doing the same, digging a hole in the beach and then burying the seaweed.
2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season at its peak; be prepared!
As we are at the height of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, meteorologists have been closely monitoring a very active season so far. One hurricane (Florence) and three tropical storms (Isaac, Helene, and Joyce) are threatening countries in the Atlantic. Meteorologists advise citizens to follow guidelines and be prepared during this active season. A hurricane preparedness plan entails knowing hurricane risks, knowing evacuation zones, assembling food supplies, preparing financially, strengthening your home and making an emergency plan.
Patriotic Children’s Rally Held In San Pedro
September Celebrations are in full swing across the Nation and on Friday, September 14, 2018, a children’s rally was held at the Rafael Angel Nunez Auditorium where hundreds of students from all across the island gathered in celebration.
The San Pedro Roman Catholic School opened the event with a lovely rendition of Belize’s National Anthem followed by the National Prayer recited by New Horizons SDA School. Welcome address was delivered by San Pedro’s Children Advisory Board President, Ms. Karissa Vasquez which was followed by a re-enactment of the Battle of St. Geroge’s Caye and Independence Day skit by Ambergris Caye Elementary School.
Misc Belizean Sources
El Fogon Restaurant in San Pedro signs up to the Fish Right Eat Right Program
Fish Right Eat Right recognizes establishments that are, not only using the OurFish App to track their seafood purchases, but also promoting sustainable fishing by adhering to certain rules and regulations.Fishers will also be acknowledged for practicing sustainable fishing.
Besides being in full legal compliance with the Fisheries Act of Belize, certified restaurants must also subscribe to certain best practices that promote sustainable fisheries in Belize.
Caye Caulker Children’s parade 2018
Rotary Club of Corozal Raffle
Your Rotary Club of Corozal gets much of its funding for projects, such as the scholarship program from Raffles and the Cheap Sale. When you support Rotary by purchasing tickets for our Raffle you are supporting your community. We will be at Art in the Park on the 15th. Please stop by our table. We plan to be near the Rotaracts and the popcorn.
Art in the Park in Corozal
Saturday will be the 9th anniversary edition of Art in the Park...where has the time gone? I am so very delighted to have artist Alex Sanker (originally of San Antonio Village) displaying several pieces of his beautiful and sometimes controversial work! DJ Kelly will be out playing your favourite music. A very special thank you to this month's sponsor Belize Bank - Corozal Branch! Come on out for a night of art, music, food and family.
BINGO by Corozal Animal Program
FUNDRAISER FOR COROZAL ANIMAL PROGRAM (CAP)
Please join us for a fun afternoon of Bingo called by our very own Teamous Newberne!
DATE: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3.
TIME: 2 TO 4 PM.
PLACE: JAM ROCK.
There will be cash prizes, as well as other great prizes. 100% of the funds we raise goes to CAP!
Hope to see you there!
Face book: corozalanimalprogram. Hosted by Corozal Animal Program-CAP
Annual Children’s Rally Photos!
Pan Yaad 2018 FREE!!!
BTL Park, Sunday the 16th at 2PM!
The U.S. Embassy was on the road on Carnival Day!
Hilberto Miguel Tut needs our help
Good evening to One and all, my fellow friends and tour guides of CATGA. One of our fellow tour guide under the name of Hilberto Miguel Tut needs our help. I was at the hospital and nurses mentioned that we will need assistance in donating blood today. He is very low In blood. Mr.Tut is dire need of blood. To all those reading this message render any assistance. He is in the emergency ward at the Belmopan Hospital. Any help given will be highly appreciated. Thanks. God Bless
BELTRAIDE Welcomes Dr. Leroy Almendarez as its New Executive Director
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Leroy Almendarez as the organization’s new Executive Director. Dr. Almendarez will officially assume this new role on September 17th, 2018.
Dr. Almendarez joins BELTRAIDE after serving as an Assistant Professor at the University of Belize’s Faculty of Management and Social Sciences (FMSS), where he taught International Business, Socioeconomic Development, and Small Business Management. His background uniquely positions him to assume this post as BELTRAIDE’s Executive Director as he previously served as the Director General of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Commerce.
San Pedro Jouvert 2018
The San Pedro Town Council, in collaboration with Dj Debbie, bring you Jouvert 2018 at 5:00 A.M. on the 21st of September! Parade starts at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex! See you all there!
Central America & Mexico Independence Eve
Sept. 15 at the Louis Sylvester Sports Complex,Parade starts at 5pm
Career Opportunity - Belize Sugar Industries Limited
Belize Sugar Industries Limited invites qualified and self -motivated individuals to submit applications for the position of Logistics & Sea Container Management Coordinator at its Belize City location.
The Logistics & Sea Container Management Coordinator is responsible to supervise, coordinate & execute all processes related to truck & sea container logistics to process sales orders to customers and deliver on-time.
Jahmundo cordially invites you to its 2nd Dart Tournament
Starting Saturday, 15th September @ 5:00 p.m. (Luck of the Draw) and Sunday, 16th September @ 10:00 a.m. (singles/doubles/mix doubles). We are having visitors from all over Belize. Come and meet new friends and The Belizean Dart Association and our loyal group of Dart players and friends who have helped us in one way or another. Registration fee $10 singles & $20 doubles. Food & beverages will be available.. For more information you can contact me through FB, phone & email. Make it a date
September 20th Concert 2018
The SISE Town Council is having their 3rd annual Independence Eve concert at the Sacred Heart College auditorium on Thursday. They have a great lineup, including Clayton Williams and Ernestine Carballo. The fun starts at 9:00pm...and ends at 4:00am.
"3rd Annual September 20th Concert at Sacred Heart Auditorium.
6 Belizean Local Artists, all backed up by the most versatile band in the land: the ‘New Sensation Band’.
Tickets available at the SISE town council, cayo welcome center during regular work hours or call 615 9843 or 614 8382."
Swearing In Ceremony for Peace Corps Health Volunteers 2018
Congratulations to the Peace Corps Volunteers who were sworn in today! Thank you for your service and for making President John F. Kennedy’s vision of promoting peace and friendship a reality!
PANYAAD Belmopan Edition
Belmopan very own PANYAAD the " Year For Love" on Saturday, September 15 starting at 8:00 pm at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium.
See you there!
Faber Using PM Platform As Bully Pulpit
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber hasn't been taking his three weeks as acting prime minister lightly at all. In fact, he's capitalizing on it. He has organized a countrywide tour to, as he put it, re-connect with the people. Today at another event, we asked him about this tour and if this round of visits may be a crafty tactic to garner support in the race for party leadership. Here's his response.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister:
"In the time I have been acting prime minster, I decided to embark on a tour to just re-connect with people and it is not something for me alone. It is going to be recorded and documented so the entire government can have access to it as a way of reconnecting with what people want. Quite often when we are in our offices in Belmopan and making decisions in the cabinet and even in the national assembly we lose track of what it is people want us to do so I thought I give people an opportunity to put on the record the things that are important to them that the government needs to be working on. So I have now completed two districts the Toledo district and the Stann Creek district."
What Can The Political Directorate Do About Corrupt Cops?
We also asked Deputy Prime Minister Faber about the major drug plane bust up north. As we told you, 5 persons have been charged, including veteran cop Supt. David Chi. and a police constable, Norman Anthony. Faber discussed Belize's curse in being the prime transshipment point for narcotics in the region and also spoke on the involvement of cops in these drug plane landings.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister:
"The reason why drug planes see Belize as a target is because we are a small nation, we don't have the ability to police the borders in the manner in which we want. It is evident that planes that land here and other transshipment that goes on passes Belize in an effort to get to the United States. If we were not geographically located here this kind of trouble would not exist for us."
Suspect Mexican Picked Up Just For Parking On Street
And while the detainees are being held at the prison - the drugs remain under lockdown. They have not yet been destroyed - even though Deputy Compol Williams had said he wanted to get rid of it by the end of this week.
And because the 1,225 pounds of suspected cocaine is at the Queen Street Station - police are on highest alert. And a pair of Mexicans on Queen Street may have been innocently detained because of this. Around 4:00 yesterday, they were parked in this white pickup - and because of the plates and the fact that police didn't know their business, they were taken out of the truck and detained at the Queen Street police station.
TS Issac, Going From Strength To Weakness
And, as we go into the weekend, some may be wondering what's going to happen with Tropical Storm Isaac. Well, at 3:00 this afternoon, the storm which had weakened to a Depression has become a minimal storm again with maximum winds of 40 miles per hour.
But, there's not much prospect for development and the National Hurricane Center says the future of this system is unclear. It continues to move westward at 14 miles per hours, but a turn to the west-northwest is possible by late Sunday. The present forecast track seems to be taking it more towards the south of Jamaica by early next week.
Re-Registration, The Full Breakdown
Since, the start of July, when the Elections and Boundaries Department started the re-registration exercise, we've been reporting on the weekly figures.
The idea is to get as many persons as possible back on the voters' roll to keep our democracy robust, and to make sure next year's ICJ referendum has a broad representation of the population.
The Elections and Boundaries Department and the UNDP, have compiled data which closely tracks the trends that occurred since the start of re-registration until the end of August.
So far, just over 122 thousand Belizeans have re-registered, which only 59% of the total number that was on the previous voter's list. The Elections and Boundaries authorities had set a target of 70% of the old list, but as we've shown you, voters just haven't been showing up in that kind of numbers.
Chamber Blows hot & Cold on SOE
Earlier on you heard the acting PM say he feels the State of of Emergency has done more good than harm.
Well, the Chamber of Commerce weighed in today when it sent out a press release on the very polarizing public issue. The only thing is - their statement doesn't say too much about the state of emergency.
Instead, the release gives a long analysis of crime trends, going back to 2002 when the murder rate first spiked to 33 per hundred thousand citizens, and has been going up ever since.
DCP Chester, The Quote Heard 'Round The Country
And the man literally at the center of the operation is Deputy Commissioner Chester Williams. He has morphed from a kumbaya community cop to stormtrooper in chief - and he's also made a claim to virtual omniscience. In a quote heard around the country, last week Williams told the press that every shot that is fired on the southside, he knows "whodunnit." The words of a southside super cop if ever there was one - and DCP Williams has been pilloried and lampooned for this meme-worthy statement. And why? Because if he knew who fired every shot - well why didn't he just go ahead and put them in jail!?
And that's why Williams says he's been taken out of context. And indeed, these are his full remarks - which emphasize the difference between sound knowledge and prosecutable evidence:..
GOB Close To Finalizing Deal For Subsidized Dialysis
Turning now to health - there could be relief in sight for long suffering patients with kidney failure. These persons depend on costly dialysis treatments to stay alive. Simply put, if they don't get dialysis at least twice weekly, they will die. It's a stark reality, and it is made more grim by that fact that two dialysis sessions- which is the bare minimum for survival - can cost close to five hundred dollars a week. That's almost twenty five thousand dollars a year - just to stay alive!
That's why patients with end stage renal failure have been begging government to subsidize a private programme to make dialysis treatments more affordable. Today, the acting Prime Minister announced that Cabinet is on the verge of finalizing something:..
Audits Aplenty In Faber-ville
We also asked the Acting PM about two audits of public interest in his Ministry. That's one at the National Sports Council which points to some lack of accountability, and the well-known one at NICH. Faber gave us updates on both.:..
Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister:
"It is the ministry with responsibility for sports which I led that caused the audit to happen. So we are looking into things as a normal course of doing things and where there are irregularities that cannot be explained, then we will move to correct those. But the issue has been that internal audits - even audits sanctioned by the ministry itself are blown out of proportions before explanations for basic things can be given. That has to be out of place. The NICH audit as far as I know is going to be completed today and we are expecting an initial draft from the auditors today."
Infotel Rebranding For Bigger Opportunities
Infotel is a call center in Belize City that has been in business for 12 years. And while Call Centers are everywhere and they are hardly news anymore, Infotel has been experiencing rapid growth - and today held a ceremony to announce it's re-branding. John Malic told us what he feels is their difference:...
John Malic, Voyse (formerly Infotel):
"If you look at the tagline of our new logo its Voyse - people and technology. For us the brand represents that connection between the customer and the client and using their voice to make that connection. That's how we arrive at the new brand "Voyse." But more importantly our strategic direction for the next 5 years, we needed a refresh brand. We needed something new for our organization and that how we wanted a brand new look for the company. When we opened our doors 11 years ago under the name InfoTel, it was with 30 employees. So just for like some perspective 30 employees 11 years ago and today we have 420 employees and we also wanted a new brand to go into the future because our growth rate is forecasted to be an additional 20% growth each year over the next 5 years which is a total of about 200-300 more employment jobs here in the company."
Cops Say Wayne Welch Shot Dawn Parchue
3 weeks ago, we told you about Dawn Parchue, a 23 year-old mother, who became the victim of a bizarre shooting on the night of Friday, August 25th. She survived multiple gunshot wounds to the body, and police say that they've arrested and charged the man who they think pulled the trigger.
He's 24 year-old Wayne Welch, a resident of Belize City, and he is now facing charges of attempted murder, dangerous harm, and use of deadly means of harm. He is expected to be arraigned and remanded to prison at the earliest convenience.
Another GAF Gaffe on Sarstoon Island
Wil Maheia and the Belize Territorial Volunteers had yet another confrontation with the Guatemalan Armed Forces today over Sarstoon Island, at the mouth of the Sarstoon River.
As we've reported, the BTV continues to maintain a sort of citizen patrol of the island, and they go out there regularly, to sort of keep an eye on things.
They went out there this morning to prepare for tomorrow's kayak race eco-challenge, and Maheia insisted that he would once again plant Belize's flag on the island.
Kids Rally 'Round The Flag
Today, well over 3,000 kids packed the Belize Civic Center for the annual children's rally. 31 schools from the Belize district were invited. We dropped by for the big celebration.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education:
"Well it is always a fun event and I am happy they are able to return the children's rally to the civic this year you know that used to be a fixture in the September calendar and we have been displaced for a number of years now and it was very heartwarming to see the children today in the civic center enjoying the wonderful facilities here and demonstrating their patriotism which is always very very good for our country."
Keeping Kids a Priority In Sports
And from the children's rally, to children in sports…
Jardehl Muschamp is still trying to hold on to that dream of attending FC Barcelona's Youth Soccer Residency Academy in the U.S. We spoke to Jardehl and his dad, Hilberto Muschamp in late August when they came asking the public for financial assistance. They had to raise $83,000 Belize dollars. Well, they did get some assistance from the public : over $12,000 worth. But Muschamp had to come up with the remaining $71,000 Belize dollars. And he did, but now, the issue is Jardehl's visa. Muschamp told us today that Jardehl had been turned down twice. But Jardehl isn't the only Belizean athlete trying to advance their sporting careers. We asked Minister of Education and Sports Patrick Faber what and his ministry are doing to help these young athletes. Faber says they are doing all they can.
Mexican Police Orchestra Was Magic At Civic
And while a US visa is stress for Jardehl, going to Mexico isn't a problem for any Belizean. And Mexico showed its strong ties of friendship last night when it flew in the 65 members of the Mexican Federal Police orchestra to perform at the Civic Centre in a free concert celebrating Mexican Independence. Here's a snippet:
The orchestra flew back to Mexico City after their performance for celebrations there…
And while last night's musical fare had an orchestral flair, on Sunday, Steel Pan Music will be the thing. It's the annual Pan Yaad concert and you can see it live here on Channel 7 or go out to BTL Park where admission is free. To get you in the mood for it, we close with highlites of last year's concert - and remind you that you can also catch coverage of the Expo Belize Market Place live on Channel 7 starting tomorrow at 10:00.
But, we leave you tonight with the players of the pans…
Goodnight, I'm Courtney Weatherburne, join us back here on Monday…
Group of Mexicans Detained by Belize City Police
Five Mexican nationals, two men and four women, were detained by Belize City Police on Thursday evening. They are forty-seven-year-old attorney Reymundo Choc, his wife thirty-year-old Norma Gonzalez, forty-seven-year-old Victorino [...]
Acting Prime Minister Reacts to Drug Plane Bust
Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber today chimed in on the recent drug plane landing in northern Belize for which two Mexicans and three Belizeans including superintendent of police, David Chi, [...]
Patrick Faber: “Drastic Time Calls for Drastic Measures”
The proclamation on a “State of Public Emergency” on two south side neighbourhoods in Belize City has been met with criticism from various quarters on the basis that it violates [...]
Teenage Robbers Caught Red-Handed by Belmopan Police
Two minors are in police custody pending charges of armed robbery. The two young men, one fifteen and another sixteen years old, believed to be from Belize City, were captured [...]
BTV is Turned Back from the Sarstoon by the GAF
Smack in the middle of the national celebrations there has been encounter in the Sarstoon. The Belize Territorial Volunteers, lead by Wil Maheia, was up the Sarstoon River prior to [...]
Audit Reveals More than $200,000 of Fuel Purchased from an Unauthorized Vendor
The misuse of government resources has been a recurring public complaint under both administrations. In the Auditor General’s Report for the period April 2013 to March 2014, the audit team [...]
A Demographic Breakdown of the Re-Registration Exercise
Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai today reported on the cleaning-up of the voters list during the still ongoing re-registration process. Now, Stann Creek West pulled out the biggest number of [...]
Re-registration – A Numbers Game
Has the re-registration exercise, which is set to conclude at the end of the month, met its target? According to Chairman of the Elections and Boundaries Commission, Doug Singh, a [...]
Will Re-districting Impact Landlocked Constituencies?
The ongoing re-registration precedes a re-districting exercise which is scheduled to take place prior to the next general elections. In two Belize City constituencies, namely: Queen Square and Fort George, [...]
Prime Minister Dean Barrow Recovering Very Well
Prime Minister Dean Barrow continues to recover from spinal surgery in Havana, Cuba. On Wednesday, he received the President of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, who was accompanied by his wife [...]
An Update on the External Audit at NICH
Minister of Culture, Patrick Faber, who is the chair of the board for the National Institute of Culture and History, says that he is awaiting an initial draft of the [...]
An Orange Walk Driver is Reported Missing
A missing person report has been filed by a thirty-year-old domestic of Orange Walk Town who told police that her husband, Julio Estuardo Choc left home on September ninth for [...]
How Did Belize Fair Off in CSEC?
How did Belize fair off in the 2018 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate, better known as CXC? As we reported a few weeks ago, several schools were not in receipt of [...]
Acting Prime Minister on Country Tour
Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber has embarked on a tour across Belize which he says will reconnect him with the citizenry. Faber has visited the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts [...]
Caye Caulker Village Council Has Many Concerns
There is trouble brewing on La Isla Carinosa. A few weeks ago, the Chairlady of the Caye Caulker Village Council released an extensive letter publicly disclosing a number of thorny [...]
Area Rep Manuel Heredia Jr. Intervenes in Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker Village falls under the Belize Rural South constituency which is represented by Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia Junior. Heredia told News Five that he is aware of the concerns [...]
Little Junior Miss Belize Returns with a Bang
Little Junior Miss Belize is returning to the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts with a bang. After taking a two-year hiatus, the children’s pageant show is set to light [...]
Annual Children’s Rally Returns to Belize City Civic Centre
The annual children’s rally returned to the Civic Centre this morning. Primary school children from schools in the Belize District converged there to show their love and respect for the [...]
Faber supports state of emergency
Belize is listed as one of the top five countries with the highest murder rate. The spike in the escalating crime has placed fear in the people and the authorities saw a need to address the problem. As a result, the Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, declared a state of emergency in two gang …
Belize plague by illicit drug activities
Belize’s central location makes it vulnerable to transnational organized crime. Despite support from the US State Department to combat the illicit drug trafficking, law enforcement still struggles with the drug war. Belize is among 22 countries identified as major illicit drug producing or transit nations by US President Donald Trump. According to Trump, Belize along …
ITVET will come abuzz with Expo 2018
The annual Expo Belize Market Place takes place this weekend at the ITVET compound in Belize City. The preparation for the Expo has been developing since January. The Expo is expected to draw a huge crowd and today when we visited the grounds many businesses were setting up their stalls. Love news spoke to Viannie …
Chamber of Commerce Speaks on the Crime Situation
The recent outbreak of violent crime and the subsequent state of emergency declared on a significant portion of Belize City has prompted the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) to air its concerns regarding the social issues which also impacts everyday commerce and trade. The BCCI points to Belize earning a spot on the …
Chief Elections Officer, Josephine Tamai speaks voter’s list cleanup
The last re-registration exercise was conducted in nineteen ninety seven. In July of this year an attempt to clean up the voters list was undertaken. Today at the Stake Holder’s Information Sharing Session, Chief Elections Officer, Josephine Tamai explained how they filtered deceased persons from the list. Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai: “The purpose of …
Election and Boundaries Department speaks on re-registration exercise
The re- registration of electors continues. Today the Election and Boundaries Department provided an update. Sitnah Blease reports. Sitnah Blease: “The Election and Boundaries Department held their stakeholder engagement and information sharing session on the ongoing re registration of electors exercise. Chief Elections officer Josephine Tamai shared information on the results of the reregistration exercise …
Faber is presently touring the country
Acting Prime Minister of Belize, Patrick Faber, is on a tour of the country; so far the tour has taken him to the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts. Faber is not calling it a political campaign tour, he said the purpose of the tour is to reconnect with the people. Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Patrick …
Dr. Leroy Almendarez is the new Executive Director of Beltraide
Dr. Leroy Almendarez is the new Executive Director of Beltraide. Dr. Almendarez’ appointment takes effect on Monday. Dr. Almendarez holds a Doctorate Degree in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and a MBA from the University of the West Indies, Cavehill Campus. He brings a wide range of experience to Beltraide, having …
Robbery by pellet gun
Two minors robbed a grocery store with a pellet gun. And though it’s not considered a dangerous weapon that needs to be licensed, the charges they may face are very real. At 11:20 a.m. on Thursday, two persons entered Tai San Shop on Garza Street in the Capital. One of them took out what appeared …
Orange Walk Man is Missing
An Orange Walk resident is missing and his wife hopes that the public can aid in locating him. Julio Estuardo Choc has been missing since he left home at 6:00 a.m. on September 9. His wife Edelmira says Choc left home to go to Belmopan where he works as a driver, but his employer said …
Kortco Belize Ltd. jacked over $800,000
At press time tonight, word to Amandala is that one person has been detained for questioning in the case of the over $800,000 robbery of a business in the Western Border Free Zone in Benque Viejo Del Carmen.
Sometime between 1:00 and 2:30 on the early morning of Sunday, September 10, four masked thieves breached the chain link fence on the western side of the compound of the Western Border Free Zone in Benque and made their way to the Kortco Belize Company Ltd. building.
The thieves used a portable oxy acetylene torch kit to first cut their way through the main door at the north end of the building.
When the thieves got inside the building, they used their torch kit to cut through two steel doors, the second of which opened to a room which held an iron safe that reportedly contained a whopping sum of money, over BZ$800,000!
Ernest “Dangalang” Thurton, 25, convicted of 2012 dockyard double murder
Two men, Ernest “Dangalang” Thurton, Jr., 25, and Jasper Brannon, 28, were indicted for the October 25, 2012 double murder of Robert Young, 41, and Frank James, 35, which occurred at the dockyard on North Front Street, and at the conclusion of the trial today, Justice Adolph Lucas, who tried the case sitting without a jury, found Thurton guilty of the crimes.
Justice Lucas has deferred sentencing to October 8, when the court will hear from prison officials, and from character witnesses, if Thurton decides to bring any to speak on his behalf. Since life in prison for murder has been ruled to be unconstitutional, a fixed-time sentence will be handed down to Thurton, who is the first person to be convicted of a double murder since the evolution of the law.
Cops “allow” Kevin Bodden, 25, to escape from Queen Street Police Station
Police’s investigation into the shooting death of Kendis Flowers, 27, a laborer of Mayflower Street, which occurred on the morning of Saturday, March 17, on Sibun Street, led to Kevin Bodden, 25, a laborer of Belize City, who fled the area when he received the information that he was a wanted man.
A wanted poster was issued for Bodden’s arrest, but he could not be found.
On Saturday, however, during the Carnival Road March, almost six months after a warrant to arrest him was issued, he was seen in the city watching the parade, and police arrested him and formally charged him for Flowers’ death.
Drug Plane Lands
This morning, five men, including two police officers, were taken to the court of Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford in connection with the seizure by police of a small plane loaded with cocaine reportedly worth US$7 million that landed on a road in the Blue Creek area of the Orange Walk District early Sunday morning.
After Senior Magistrate Ford entered the courtroom, the five accused men stood up, and the proceedings began with the court Spanish interpreter in place for two of the accused, who are Mexican nationals.
The court prosecutor indicated to Magistrate Ford that he was instructed to inform the court that the matters would be tried on indictment; therefore, no plea was taken from the accused men.
US President Trump names Belize as a major drug transit point
On the heels of last weekend’s capture of a plane that was loaded with an estimated US$7 million worth of cocaine which Belizean officials said originated in Venezuela, United States president Donald Trump today named Belize as a major drug transit point.
Belize has been listed along with other major drug-producing or transit countries such as the Asian countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, and the Southeast Asian nation of Laos.
Closer to home, the list on the “presidential determination” includes Bahamas, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.
The disarmament question that National Security Minister, John Saldivar, dodged
Gun violence snuffed out the life of another man over the weekend on the south side of Belize City. This latest homicide in the murderous streets took place not too far from one of the two areas which have been declared to be in a “state of public emergency,” as defined by a proclamation, signed by the Governor General, which came into effect early last Wednesday morning, when security forces raided the homes of suspected gang members and carried off 100 persons, most of whom will remain incarcerated for one month—just like that—under the emergency measure now in place in two areas of the southside.
By now, if you have a proper understanding of the civil war that is taking place on the south side of Belize City, you will appreciate that there are too many guns in the hands of the wrong people and there is no program or government policy in place to arrest that situation.
BzSA holds 8th Annual National Championship Regatta on September 8-9 in Caye Caulker
The Belize Sailing Association (BzSA) held its 8th Annual National Championship Regatta on September 8-9, 2018, hosted by the Caye Caulker Community Sailing Club (CCCSC) and supported by the Caye Caulker Village Council. Enthusiasts and onlookers were treated to two days of sailing from the Optimist and Laser Class Boats on the beautiful Caribbean Sea due east of the Palapa Gardens. The winds on both days were a fair 9 knots, veering between 100 and 110 degrees, with a small chop in the sea presenting a fine canvas for the event on the Olympic Trapezoid course. Up for grabs was the National Championship in Optimist and Laser classes. Additionally, a year round score of all four of our series ranking regattas for Optimist and Laser was completed, providing our annual top sailors for each class of boat.
Belize 4-0 over Bahamas in Nations League qualifier
In the Concacaf Nations League qualifier at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Friday night, September 7, Belize lived up to our higher Concacaf ranking (#24 to Bahamas #31), as the Jaguars posted a 4-0 win, despite missing a penalty and a few good scoring opportunities. Belize finally got on the score card late in first half, with two goals coming in quick succession, after left midfield/wing Nahjib Guerra navigated near the goal line twice, on the first occasion setting the inlet for Deon McCaulay (40’), who converted from point blank range, and then seeing his pass again to Deon being deflected off a defender and into the net for the second Belize goal (a Bahamas auto goal) at the 44th minute.
The bright light for the Jaguars would be the two second half goals from young Krisean Lopez (80’ & 90+5’), who came off the bench and displayed poise and clinical finishing on the big stage.
Strike two for Jardehl from US Embassy
onight, a new set of outstanding Belizeans, including legendary sports men and women, are being hailed as Belizean Patriots at the National Awards Ceremony taking place at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts.
But yesterday, a young Belizean, standing on the threshold of dreams, received a heart wrenching “strike two” call from the US Embassy of Belize, when, for the second consecutive week, after filing all required papers, paying all required fees, providing all requested endorsement letters from local authorities as well as from the inviting school/academy in the U.S., 16-year-old Jardehl Muschamp’s application for a Student F-1 visa was turned down by the US Embassy official on duty. Last week, it was a female Embassy official doing the task; this week, a male Embassy official gave Jardehl’s dad, Hilberto Muschamp, the disappointing verdict.
Editorial: Belize: innocent and bogus at the same time
Watching television footage this week of Southside black youth packed in a holding cell at the Queen Street Police Station (they had been packed like that for more than a week), and listening to a description of their condition inside the cell by the attorney Audrey Matura, we had a flashback of imagination to how it was for our slave ancestors crossing the Atlantic Ocean in the dark bellies of British slave ships. It was, of course, worse, much worse, for our slave ancestors during the months of the so-called Middle Passage. But, the bottom line here is that this week’s television footage was September of 2018, and yes, these were Belizean human beings who were being treated worse than animals.
There were other Belizeans, in positions of power and authority, who had made the decisions which created the inhumane conditions, and these Belizeans have said that they believed that they were doing the right thing, that they had no choice but to impose last Tuesday’s state of emergency on the Southside of Belize City.
From the Publisher
A few years ago I was in a conversation with Senator Henry Gordon, and I said to him, well maybe it’s about time we had another black summit, to look at the real. Henry’s response was that the first black summit, held in September of 2003, had not accomplished anything. He stopped me in my tracks. Cold.
There was a lot of work put into that first, and only, Belize Black Summit, you know. Several months of planning, involving leaders of the UBAD Educational Foundation (UEF) and Dr. Ted Aranda’s World Garifuna Organization (WGO) went into the summit. I guess, looking back, we must have ended up with some feel good moments, but not much more. Still, just putting together the summit was an accomplishment in itself, unprecedented.
Some people say that if you don’t have anything encouraging to say, maybe you shouldn’t say anything at all. I don’t have anything encouraging to say right here, but it’s my job to tell it like it is.
Pedal by Pedal – Report of Chief’s Thursday Race of September 13, 2018
Twenty-five riders, comprised of 15 Elites and 10 Weekend Warriors (WW), took off at 5:40 a.m. today in what turned out to be a blistering pace, as the wind pushed us towards Hattieville. By the time we cleared Burdon Creek Bridge at Mile 6, some damage had already been done, as many riders had been dropped. By this time, there was a 2-man breakaway running up front, with the big name Elites chasing them furiously.
As we turned around at Hattieville, the wind was now in our face, and hit us like a ton of bricks. This caused the peloton to slow down, while the 2 front runners, Byron Pope and Herman “Hijo” Requeña had excellent cohesion, and managed to stay away, taking 1st and 2nd place, respectively.
Remembering the 2008 financial crash, amid 2018 concerns …
A worldwide, financial disaster occurred when investment bank Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy on September 15, 2008, becoming one of the largest fatalities in the 2008 financial crisis. It is the 10th. anniversary of this financial crisis.
I am asking, is another eminent? Markets, despite their communal expertise, are apparently fated to repeat history as illogical enthusiasm is followed by an equally illogical despair. Episodic bouts of turmoil are the inevitable result. The last 40 of global financial crises verify the cyclical nature of the boom-and-bust cycle of the global economy and a general trend to disaster.
Sedi Elrington no longer cutting edge
Understand, it will happen to everyone if they live long enough. I don’t have a direct line to Claudia Cayetano, so I can’t ask her the pertinent questions. Kathy Esquivel has some knowledge of these things but I wouldn’t expect her to talk. In the land of the blind the man with one eye is king. In the absence of the experts, the least inexpert is a sage.
From my observation, and a little research, no longer being at the top of one’s game can be caused by age-degenerative diseases, mental life traumas (aka stress), physical life traumas (blows to the head), and “sedentarism.” That last one, the doctors won’t call it out because there’s no money in it for them. The sedentary life just happens to be the worst enemy of all animal life. A couch potato is a rotten potato.
Musings by the Curious Non-conformist
I’m sure we all know that our beautiful Belize is about to celebrate its 37th year of Independence! We gained this status of independence peacefully, unlike any of our Central American neighbors, who have a history marred by full-blown civil wars and genocide. We gained it through strategic negotiations, acting in pursuance of our human right of self-determination and staunch nationalism, something the Father of The Nation, Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price, called the “peaceful and constructive revolution.” We, the people, have for a long time been asserting ourselves as an independent nation. I say this because we have been a full member of the CARICOM community since 1974, almost a decade before the country’s greatest, collective achievement in 1981.
What is the Puebla Panama Plan?
The Puebla Panama Plan (PPP) is defined as a sustainable and integral development project, created and proposed by Mexican president Vicente Fox. It is directed to the southern states of Mexico, (Campeche, Chiapas, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Puebla, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Veracruz and Yucatán) and the Central American countries (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama). It proposes to re-launch the Mexico-Central America cooperation, consolidating the commercial opening scheme, managing resources for infrastructure of common interest, strengthening and expanding the institutional mechanisms for policy coordination.
Victor Hernandez, 18, charged for accidentally killing coworker
On Monday of last week at about 10 p.m., Jeffrey Hernandez, 21, was cleaning the inside of a cement mixer at his worksite at AP Enterprise Cement Block Factory when the mixer was accidentally turned on, crushing him between the blade and the inside of the machine.
His cries alerted his co-workers, who turned off the machine and found a critically wounded Hernandez inside. After about 2 hours, personnel from the National Fire Service and BERT were finally able to extract him from the machine, but the injuries to his midsection were too severe, and he died while being rushed to the hospital.
Premium Wines robbed of over $57,000
On Friday, September 7, Premium Wines, a well-known store at 166 Newtown Barracks that specializes in the sale of fine wines and other liquors, was raided by robbers who looted the store of an assortment of items and cash which together totaled $57,785.25 in value.
The robbery occurred during broad daylight, at around 10:30 a.m. When police arrived about 15 minutes later, the manager of Premium Wines, Maria Price, 49, told them that she was inside the store talking with her employees when three men entered the business.
Steven Gomez, 23, sentenced to 11 years for manslaughter
A prison sentence of 11 years was imposed today by Justice Francis Cumberbatch on Steven Gomez, 23, a resident of Unitedville, who was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter in the Belmopan Supreme Court on July 16.
Justice Cumberbatch had actually sentenced Gomez to 15 years in prison, but he subtracted 4 years from the sentence, which was the time Gomez had spent on remand. The conviction and sentence are for the death of Victor Vargas, 37, aka “Mico”, a father of four who was fatally stabbed during a fight that occurred in Unitedville around 3 a.m. on August 16, 2014.
Almost 100 men being held at Raccoon Street and Queen Street “[#%!] Houses”
Last week, Statutory Instrument (SI) no. 49 of 2018, which declared two gang neighborhoods on the southside of Belize City as public emergency areas, was signed and came into effect. SI 49 of 2018 gave security forces wider powers to arrest and detain persons in the declared areas: George Street and Banak Street.
Last week, Deputy Police Commissioner, Chester Williams, told the media that by means of the emergency powers, persons can be detained for up to one week, before they are told the reason for their detention.
Yesterday, Tuesday, while on our way to attend a Ministry of National Security press briefing, we passed near the holding cell area of the Queen Street Police Station, also known as “[#%!] House”, and those detained appealed to media workers to take up their cause.