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One person detained following the murder of Caye Caulker resident Christopher Meighan in San Pedro Town
Police have detained one suspect in connection with the discovery of the lifeless body of 21-year-old Caye Caulker resident Christopher Meighan in a hotel in San Pedro Town on Friday, September 28th. Meighan was found by an employee shortly after 11AM in a sitting position between two beds in a pool of blood with what appeared to be a large cut wound to the throat area, a stab wound to the left lower abdomen and one stab wound to the left foot. Police transported the body to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II where Meighan was pronounced dead on arrival and later transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital’s morgue in Belize City.
ICJ and the State of Emergency highlighted during Independence Day Ceremony
On Friday, September 21st, the official ceremonies that commemorated Belize’s 37th Independence anniversary were held as customary at Independence Hill in Belmopan City. The patriotic event saw the attendance of Belize Diplomatic Corp and foreign dignitaries among other invited guests. During this year’s address to the nation, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber delivered the speech on behalf of Prime Minister Dean Barrow who was not available for the event. He spoke on various projects that the government has embarked on as well as on issues of service delivery, national security, the economy, infrastructure and the future of Belize as a country. As per tradition, the Leader of the Opposition John Briceńo also had the opportunity to address the Belizean public, highlighting the many national issues the country is confronting.
New fly-fishing guides in San Pedro Town receive their licenses
A short ceremony was held at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Office in San Pedro Town on Wednesday, September 26th, to officially issue licenses to the newest fly-fishing guides of the island. They are Cesar Hernandez, Luis Rodriguez, Rojel Sanchez, Anthony Espat, Kirian Espat, Gilberto Espat, Brian Espat, Delmar Rodriguez, Jerry Espat, Jose Lopez and Francisco Morales.
President of the San Pedro Tour Guide Association, Philip Leslie, spoke shortly after 4PM, congratulating the new fly-fishing guides and sharing the importance and responsibility of their new job. “Our tourists will now be in your hands, so we hope that you guys take good care of them,” he said. Leslie further reminded the new guides to always renew their license on time in order to avoid any problems with the Belize Port Authority.
Qualified Belizean Voters once again encouraged to Re-register
With only a few days remaining in the Elections and Boundaries Department’s 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise campaign, the turnout continuous to be inadequate. Under the theme “Your Right to Vote Depends on It”, the Department is making one last call for qualified persons to visit their nearest Elections and Boundaries Registration Office. The campaign is set to end on Sunday, September 30th, after which the Department will no longer be actively advocating for persons to register.
As of Saturday, September 22nd, a total of 124,416 application had been received, 38% shy of the Department’s targeted goal of 200,000. In the last Election Exercise, there were a total of 196,587 eligible voters, number not believed to accurately depict Belize’s voting population.
Iris Salguero’s Miss American Latina del Mundo journey has begun!
Island beauty queen Iris Salguero has departed the country to participate in the 2018 Miss America Latina del Mundo Pageant to be held in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. From Monday, September 23rd to Saturday, September 29th, Salguero will proudly represent Belize among 22 other participants. Being hosted at the Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort, Miss America Latina del Mundo is one of the first and oldest pageants specifically for women of Latina descent.
Previous to her departure, Salguero expressed her excitement and enthusiasm at once again representing Belize at the international level. No stranger to the world of pageantry, she has held several titles, including Miss San Pedro 2015, Miss World Belize 2016 and Miss Earth Belize 2017.
Caye Caulker Resident Murdered In San Pedro Town
Police are investigating the murder of 21-year-old Christopher Meighan, resident of Caye Caulker Village who was found dead in a hotel room in San Pedro Town.
According to reports San Pedro Police visited the Central Park Hotel on Barrier Reef Drive shortly after 11:30a.m., where they found the body of a male person with multiple stab wounds to the body. Reports stated that police caught the suspect attempting to board a flight to leave the country and is now in police custody. More on this as it becomes available.
Misc Belizean Sources
Inspection of existing fire hydrants in Orange Walk
An joint inspection of existing fire hydrants was done today by personnel of the Fire Department, BWS and Town Council. This is based on one of the first recommendations from Today's meeting. We will share the findings later, but as a Council, we will be another voice for the People in demanding that better maintenance, servicing and equipment be provided to the department and hydrants.
27th Anniversary of the National Coastal & Riverways Cleanup
Happening at Miami Beach this Saturday, September 29th - It is the 27th Anniversary of the National Coastal & Riverways Cleanup by Oceana Belize in collaboration with the Scout Association of Belize. Join us in Corozal this Saturday, September 29th, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. Miami Beach. Bring rakes and gloves.
Corozal: Prevent Zika
REMINDER - Prevent Zika - Community Cleanup! Sunday September 30th, 2018. Please support this wonderful community activity sponsored by the Red Cross. Everyone is invited.
Trio Farmers Cacao Growers Association capacity building workshops
Trio Farmers Cacao Growers Association continues to participate in a series of capacity building workshops in leadership and governance for effective management.
This session, being the second, focused on decision making and leadership types to increase the association’s transparency and accountability. The organized forest community group maintains its commitment to improve their good governance.
Furthermore, our capacity building program is contributing to a longlasting stewardship for the protection of the Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve – where the farmers have access to grow cacao in Belize’s first agroforestry concession.
Fisheries Department Skills Training Graduate Receives Opportunity in Anguilla
The Fisheries Department in collaboration with the Belize Marine Conservation and Climate Adaptation Project congratulates Mr. Noe Verde, an Electrical Installation graduate from Sarteneja Fishing Village, who was selected to work with other Belize City ITVET graduates with DCK Worldwide company in Anguilla. Mr. Verde left the country on September 28, 2018 and will work in Anguilla for 2-3 months, all expenses paid.
Mr. Verde was one of 15 Trainees who completed the Electrical Installation (Level 1 and 2) course at Orange Walk ITVET. This eight-month customized skills training programme included internship. Mr. Verde holds an Associate Degree in Environmental Science and worked part time with the Sarteneja Fisherman Association.
Caye Caulker YARD SALE!!
Bondi Bar this Sunday 30th Sept 9:30 am-ish till 4 pm. Lots of stuff for sale...clothes, kids stuff, electronics, kitchen wares, Halloween costumes, general household goods, artwork etc...We are several vendors...so there'll be a lot items and great deals!!
This is How We Keep Breathing Book Launch
The launch of This is How We Keep Breathing will be Saturday night at the Soul Project. You can meet some of the authors, and get your book signed...and try some new artisan wines at the same time.
It's part of the HYP weekend, and tonight they are having a 'poetry face-off' at the Soul Project, and tomorrow morning a 'write-o-thon' at Hode's.
No Styrofoam Summer Camp Exhibit Launch
The SISE HoC will be Launching the No Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp exhibit on Thursday, October 4th. Everyone is invited to see the exhibit, and hear about the story behind the unique Summer Camp.
"As promised, we will be exhibiting the results of our '1st No-plastic, No-styrofoam Kids Summer Camp, 2018,' which we held in Bullet Tree Falls, for 50 kids, during July. Please see the invitation below for details on the opening ceremony. Also, take note that the exhibit will be displayed at the NICH House Of Culture in San Ignacio Town, from the 4th to 18th of October. Feel free to visit anytime!"
Interruption in the Belmopan water supply, Tuesday, October 2, 2018, starting at 12:00am midnight
The areas to be affected are Birds area, Trees area, San Martin area, Salvapan area, Piccini area, Rio Grande Street, Fuits area, Constitution Drive, West Belmopan, Las Flores, Lomas de Las Flores, Rivera area, and Districts area.
This interruption is the result of a broken water main. Customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration when water is restored.
Businesses to be affected include Belmopan Market Square, Social Security Board – Belmopan, and Capital Investment.
Big congratulations to the CARSI ESF 2018 grant recipients!
Building the Alumni Network. Improving Literacy in the Jewel
The U.S. Embassy and the Belize Alumni Association hosted an event under the theme "Building the Alumni Network. Improving Literacy in the Jewel." Alumni, government officials, teachers and librarians discussed the challenges and opportunities Belize faces in regards to literacy.
Many ideas were suggested including a book club, using technology positively, more literacy programs, peer helpers and to encourage parents to read along with their children.
Calypso Belize City and Museum Tour
Today the Downtown Rejuvenation Project conducted its Calypso Belize City and Museum Tour for all of the schools participating in the Belize City History and Social Studies Competition on October 17 and 18. The initiative is part of the festivities leading up to the annual competition. The aim is to immerse the competitors in our history and culture. Fifty five students and teachers participated.
GOB Has To Pay Another Multi-Million Dollar Settlement
Government has to pay out another multi-million dollar award. This time it's to NEWCO - a company of international consultants that was set up to privatize the Phillip Goldson International Airport during the Musa administration. The settlement is for 6 million US dollars - to be paid in two three million US dollar installments - the first of which is due in 30 days.
The NEWCO deal goes back to 2002, during the Musa years, when they entered an agreement with Government to privatize the Phillip Goldson International Airport.
The Musa government terminated the agreement which led to arbitration - which ultimately led to successive losses for Belize. Eventually the matter ended up at a US Federal Court which found in NEWCO's favour.
Parliamentary Debate Rages Over Fire That Killed Four
And while the NEWCO settlement is a sovereign matter - today's house meeting wound down on a much more local note. Orange Walk Central area representative John Briceno spoke on the adjournment about the devastating fire which happened in his constituency, claiming four lives.
Hon. John Briceño - Leader of the Opposition:
"That fire strikes close to home. I knew this young family. They lived about two blocks away from where I live. My son goes to the barber shop; my youngest son would go there to the barber shop. My wife Rosanna taught these three children at St. Peter's Anglican School and on Sunday the most regrettable thing is that there was a fire hydrant right in front of the Petillo family and the fire hydrant was sealed, it was disconnected from the WASA mainline. I have to say, $500 million of Petrocaribe was wasted..."
A Dozen Amendments to The Criminal Code
And, the other heated debate focussed on the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Amendment bill. PUP National Deputy Cordel Hyde said there has been a dozen or so amendments to this law in 10 years of UDP rule, with no effect:...
Hon. Cordel Hyde- Lake I Area Rep, PUP:
"I believe this must be the tenth or eleventh time we are here since 2008; bringing amendments to either the Crime Control or Criminal Justice Act or the Criminal Code. I think we first had amendments in 2008, twice in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 and this is the second time in the last five months we are having amendments and not much has changed really. Every time we come here you get the impression that well, okay, these are some stringent measures to be tough on crime and to be tough on the criminals and in fact it was, I believe, in April of this year that we passed some sweeping legislation..."
Stabbing Murder In San Pedro
There was a murder on La Isla Bonita. According to reports, this afternoon around midday police found the body of 21 year old Caye Caulker resident Christopher Meighan in a room at Hotel Central Park. He had multiple stab wounds to his body. Reports are that police have a suspect. We will have more on this murder on Monday.
Belmopan’s Alleged Attempted Abductor Positively ID’d, Police will Charge
Belmopan police are preparing charges for the attempted kidnapper who they caught yesterday. An ID parade was conducted today, where, we are told, the suspect was positively identified by all witnesses. Now, the police are about to charge him for attempted child abduction. Charges could be laid by later tonight.
As we reported, on Tuesday in the area of Egoli Estate - a man in a white van tried to abduct an 8 year old - who was accompanied by his siblings. They fought off the attacker - who drove off.
But, the kids, aged 14, 12, and 8 identified the brightly coloured van - and this is the vehicle police impounded yesterday. It has Belmopan plates and bears a resemblance to an ice cream truck. We'll keep following this story.
Girl Sexually Assaulted At Church
And, so, while that very disturbing attack looks like it will result in prompt criminal charges, the community is also hoping for a quick arrest in a deviant attack on a girl in Belize City.
The ugly report of child molestation allegedly happened at a church in Belize City.
A 12 year-old girl from Belize City visited the police station accompanied her parents, and she said that on last Sunday, at around 9:55 a.m., she went to a church service with her family.
About an hour or so later, she went to use the bathroom, and when she exited, she was stopped by a man who was standing in front of the door.
Teachers Union Right Back At MOE
Last night, you saw the press conference that Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber and other officials of the Ministry of Education held to discuss the latest dispute with the BNTU over hardship allowances for teachers, and the cutting of time off for certain teachers to collect their end-of-month salaries.
It all stems from a revised list of schools in rural and urban areas that qualify for the hardship allowance. That's where teachers who face challenges to commute to the remote schools are given a monthly stipend of between $100 and $200 a month to assist with those expenses.
Some schools were added, which neither side takes issue with. But also, some schools were removed from the list of those approved for allowances, which the BNTU disagrees with.
The Reality of Teacher Hardships
Several of the Branch presidents of the BNTU also stepped forward today to say that whoever came up with the Education Ministry's formula for assessing which schools qualify for hardship allowances, and which don't clearly didn't do on-site visits and proper research. They say that these policy makers should go out to see the lengths that some teachers really have to go through to do their jobs, only to find out that their allowances have been cut, or taken away completely.
Here's what the treasurer of the BNTU Stann Creek Branch, who the Deputy Prime Minister focused on yesterday, had to say about what her members deal with on a daily basis during the school days:
BWSL Will Take Over San Pedro’s Failing Water Supply
In our coverage of today's House Meeting - you've already seen all the stuff the members argued about - but one thing they did agree on was the 17 million dollar loan guarantee for the South Ambergris Caye Water and Sewerage Expansion project.
If you don't live on the island - you might now know it, but San Pedro has serious water shortages - especially during peak visitor periods such as Easter. The loan fund from the CDB will be for BWSL to buy over the island's water company - Consolidated Water Belize Limited and upgrade the water supply.
Lawless Robbers In North
There were two daring armed robberies this week in Corozal. The first happened last night at around 9:00 at a 7th Avenue and 5th Street Chinese store. But what is interesting in this case is that based on the report, the police showed up as the four robbers dressed in black came out of the store. One of the men pointed the gun at police and the men just scrambled off with the money they jacked. But police may have a lead in this case as they have detained a suspect who was found with a homemade gun.
Then the night before, on Wednesday at 7:00, two men robbed G Street's Aqua Fina Purified Water. Businessman Roy Reyes was standing outside the store when two men approached him. One of them had what appeared to be a sawed-off shotgun.
NAC, HIV and an APP
The National Aids Commission is trying creative ways to spread awareness on HIV. They launched their second app today at the Biltmore. I found out how it works:
Courtney Weatherburne reporting
There are tons of phone apps to choose from. Some of the most universally popular ones are of course whatsapp, Facebook messenger and Instagram.
Well, the National Aids Commission hopes that their new app will be on everyone's list of top picks.
The Field of Dreams, Or Is It A Fantasy?
The Belize Visionary Foundation of Baseball and Softball have a renewed vision for youth in baseball. Now, when it comes to sports in Belize, basketball and football are more celebrated - and even softball comes before baseball.
But, the President of the foundation wants to shed some spotlight on baseball. They want to build a state of the art field. Now, we know, the old movie mantra goes, "if you build it, they will come…"
But, first, they need the land to make it happen. We found out more at their press conference today.
BEL Teaches About Electricity Safety
Today BEL held its 4th annual Open Day for the public.
It's an exhibition that the company organizes mostly for school children, so that they can learn about some of the benefits and hazards of electricity.
They invited several primary schools to stop by for their educational, but fun demonstration.
We found out more today:
UNICEF Encourages Kids To Give Input Via Social Media
And while BEL was educating school children about electricity, UNICEF was signing several hundred of them up for their U-Report project.
It's a social media platform designed by the NGO to give young people a collective voice to influence policy in their country. The U-Report has been launched in over 30 countries worldwide, and today, UNICEF brought it to Belize.
Today, the country representative told us that policy makers will be able to sample public opinion of the young Belizean subscribers on issues that affect them if they make use of the U-Report Platform:
Belizean American Suspect in Island Murder
And before we close tonight we have more information on the murder we told you about earlier.
This morning at 11:18 police found 21 year old Caye Caulker chef, Christopher Meighan dead inside Central Park Hotel. He was sitting between two beds in a pool of blood with a large cut wound to the throat. He had 1 apparent stab wound to the left lower abdomen and 1 apparent stab wound to the left foot apparently dead.
Murder in San Pedro; American Man Stabbed to Death in Hotel Room
There is a murder in San Pedro that police are investigating. The body of a young man was retrieved from a hotel room on Barrier Reef Drive around midday today. [...]
A British National is Detained in Connection with Attempted Kidnapping of Boy in Belmopan
A sixty-three-year-old British national is in custody at the Belmopan police station. It is believed that he was the perpetrator of a foiled kidnapping of an eight-year-old boy on George [...]
Government Seeks to Settle NEWCO Debt
Prime Minister Dean Barrow returned to the country on Thursday, but he was unable to attend today’s House Meeting since he is still recovering from surgery. So, Acting Prime Minister [...]
Opposition Lambastes GOB for Attempting to Settle NEWCO Debt
The Opposition hotly debated the six million U.S.-dollar settlement agreement. John Briceńo led the charge questioning why government wants to settle a U.S.-based judgment when it had ignored a judgement [...]
A 3-way Dispute Over Ownership of Belize Airports Concession Company
When the NEWCO deal collapsed, the Belize Airport Concession group was granted an agreement to manage the P.G.I.A. The Belmopan Area rep John Saldivar raised the issue of who was [...]
More than 50% of B.N.T.U. Membership Affected by M.O.E.’s Re-Categorization
The Belize National Teachers Union called a press conference today to share its position on the Ministry of Education’s finalized list which was released at the start of the new [...]
B.N.T.U. Will Meet with M.O.E.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Education made a number of claims against the B.N.T.U., including that the union didn’t respond to information made available to them nor did they raise [...]
B.N.T.U. Says Wheel and Come Again, Minister Faber
And so the B.N.T.U. says that it will be participating in the meetings scheduled for the categorization list. But in the mean time, they want to make their point loud [...]
BWSL to Purchase Consolidated Water Belize in San Pedro
A loan for roughly seventeen million Belize dollars is being guaranteed by government for Belize Water Services Limited to acquire shares in Consolidated Water Belize Limited in San Pedro. The [...]
Clear the Land Responds to Criticism of the National Fire Service
The tragic fire that claimed the lives of four members of the Petillo family in Orange Walk Town on Sunday morning remains a talking point in light of numerous criticisms [...]
Crime Control and Criminal Justice Act Amended for the Umpteenth Time
The state of emergency for two south side neighborhoods is presumably nearing its end. That notwithstanding, another amendment was tabled before parliament today. The Crime Control and Criminal Justice Act [...]
Armed Robberies at Corozal Businesses
Two businesses in Corozal were hit by robbers in just over twenty-four hours. The most recent occurred on Thursday night just before nine p.m. at Gao Tai Store at the [...]
U.S. Chargé on I.C.J.
The referendum is set for April tenth. 2019. It is the day when Belizeans will go to the polls to decide if the Belize-Guatemalan territorial dispute should be taken before [...]
National AIDS Commission Launches User Friendly App to Encourage HIV Testing
The National AIDS Commission is introducing an innovative way to get more people tested. They have developed an app which they are making available for free and can be downloaded [...]
U-Report Launches in Belize
Today, the U-Report was launched at the B.T.L. Park in Belize City. It is a free SMS social monitoring tool designed to gather information to address issues that affect youth. [...]
Which Audit at Office of Music Ambassador? Faber Says There’s None
It has been reported across the media that an audit was to be conducted on the office of the music ambassador, Shyne Barrow. It was Barrow who first spoke out [...]
Faber Sanctioned Audit at Sports Council; Results Pending
There is also an ongoing audit at the National Sports Council. While it comes on the heels of the NICH external audit ordered by cabinet, Deputy PM Patrick Faber says [...]
Where Did High-Powered Rifle Come From?
Investigators are trying to figure out where a high-powered rifle retrieved in Orange Walk originated from. As we reported on Wednesday, Orange Walk Police discovered an AR-Fifteen, five-point five-six rifle [...]
B.E.L. Hosts Health and Safety Open Day
The Belize Electricity Limited hosted an open day to share information on health and safety tips when using electricity and working or playing near power lines. The fair included several [...]
B.T.B. Takes the Local Media on Tour
The Belize Tourism Board is hosting its annual familiarization trip. It is an opportunity for the local media to experience Belize’s tourism offerings and tell you all about the exciting [...]