Today's Belize News: November 24, 2018
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The San Pedro Sun
BERT gets a helicopter for emergency situations countrywide
The Belize Emergency Response Team’s (BERT) first helicopter landed at John Greif II Municipal Airport in San Pedro Town on Thursday, November 22nd. Arriving with the helicopter was Manager of BERT Andre Carillo, Pilot David Pearce, along with BERT medics and special guests.
In an interview with The San Pedro Sun, Carillo stated that this new helicopter will be used for emergency response countrywide. “BERT always tries to find creative ways to get to their patients during emergencies, so with this helicopter we will be able to respond in a faster and more reliable way in various parts of the country, including San Pedro Town. We will also be able to visit areas that primarily very difficult to reach,” he said. “When someone’s life is in danger, every second counts, so hopefully with this helicopter, we will be able to be save someone’s life,” he said. Carillo further stated that with this helicopter, they can also provide International transfers to neighboring countries such as Mexico.
San Pedro Police increase routine check-ups at ports of entry
To deter illicit activities and to monitor persons coming to the island, the San Pedro Police Formation has increased its presence at the different ports of entry to San Pedro Town. The practice is not because of the approaching Christmas season but a routine activity that will take place at different times throughout the weeks.
Officer In Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit Superintendent Reymundo Reyes stated that when police officers patrol near the water taxi terminals or the John Greif II Municipal Airport, they are required to make checks on arrivals. “This is done to monitor persons coming to San Pedro, especially people of questionable characters, we need to intercept them and know their whereabouts while on the island,” said Reyes. “It is a method to try to keep the island safe,” Reyes said this practice has yielded the interception of drugs and weapons, and they will continue these checks at unknown times.
San Pedro hosts CECC/SICA XL Ordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers of Education and Culture
San Pedro Town was the host of the 40th Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Education and the Council of Ministers of Culture of the Central American Educational and Cultural Coordination of Central American Integration System (CECC / SICA) from Tuesday, November 20th through Thursday, November 22nd. The event included cultural and educational presentations during the day, culminating with the meeting at the Mahogany Bay Village Resort south of San Pedro. The gathering served as a mechanism to find ways to strengthen the organization and develop plans for the future in the areas of education and culture within the respective member countries of the CECC/SICA.
Living Word Church to host Annual Toy Drive
As the Christmas holidays draw near, many non-governmental organizations in San Pedro Town provide gifts to the less fortunate children of the island. One of them is Living Word Church (LWC), who has been hosting their annual Toy Drive for eight years. This year their Toy Drive is scheduled to take place on Friday, December 21st at the Honorable Slyvestre Sporting Complex.
LWC believes that the Christmas season can be overwhelming and stressful for some parents who may not be financially stable enough to provide a gift for their children during the holidays. LWC seeks to provide a gift for all children in need to alleviate some of that stress. Last year a total of 1,000 toys were distributed, which means 1,000 happy children! Each child also received a drink and a cupcake.
Aero Mexico launches direct Belize flights
Belizeans may now fly direct to Mexico City D.F., and by the same token Mexicans can now visit Belize, thanks to a new direct weekend flight introduced by Aero Mexico on Saturday, November 17.
Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr joined Aero Mexico’s senior vice president for corporate strategy Loren Aandahl in welcoming the new flight when it touched down at the Philip Goldson International Airport at 10:30 last Saturday morning. Aero-Mexico’s Embraer E-190 aircraft seats 99 passengers and five crew, connecting to Mexico City in two hours for USD$477 round trip, on Saturdays and Sundays. The flight takes off from Mexico City at 8:30am, lands in Belize at 10:30am, and takes off at 12 noon.
Belize Sex Offender Registry Launched
Belizeans authorized by the Ministry of National Security will soon be able to access the ministry’s new National Sex Offenders Registry. The Belize Crime Observatory introduced the new online portal to social workers, educators, law enforcement officials, civil rights groups, non-governmental agencies and other interested parties at a sensitization session at the Radisson Fort George Hotel Belize City on Tuesday morning, November 17.
Chief Executive Officer George Lovell of the Ministry of National Security made haste to explain that the new website would not be an Open Source, as it is in the United States and other countries. Concerned citizens would be required to complete a questionnaire/application form, and if approved, the authorized individuals would then be granted a password to access the system. The new website has been two years under construction, and Lovell said he expects it will be available to approved users within a week.
Holy Cross Anglican School celebrates Cultural Day 2018
Holy Cross Anglican School celebrated the vibrant Belizean cultures on Wednesday, November 21st at its Annual Cultural Fair. Throughout the day, students and teachers had the opportunity to showcase their knowledge on the country’s various ethnic groups: Maya, Creole, Garinagu, Chinese, East Indian, and Mennonites. Many of the students and teachers also dressed up in cultural attire and enjoyed a fun day of activities with the whole family.
Parents and visitors were invited to the campus to observe the display of cultural booths featuring the many cultures of Belize. Each booth was set up with information on each culture, and guests had the opportunity to sample traditional dishes, as well as learn the history of the ethnic groups.
4th Annual Adopt a Bear returns to Ambergris Caye
Adopt a Bear is Back! For the past four years, to make Christmas a memorable experience for less fortunate island children, the “Adopt a Bear” program has been launched during the Christmas Holidays. The project, sponsored by Raise Me Up, gives individuals in the community the opportunity to gift a Christmas present to one child whose parents are not able to do so.
The “Adopt a Bear” program began in 2015 and was founded by co-owner of Sandbar Hostel and Restaurant, Britney O’Daniel and Kaitlin McWhorter of Projects Abroad with the aim to bring happiness to the children of modest means in San Pedro Town.
San Pedro High School Hosts SICA Ministers Of Education And Culture
San Pedro High School had the honors of hosting a diplomatic group of Ministers of the Central American Integration System (SICA) on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. The Central American Integration System (SICA) is an integration process established under the Protocol of Tegucigalpa in 1991. It is comprised of Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panamá and so the Ministers of Education and Culture of each country were in San Pedro as part of their 48th Meeting of Ministers of Education and Culture of CECC/SICA.
Promoting Belize Through New AeroMexico Direct Flight
On Tuesday, 20th November, the Belize Embassy in Mexico City and Tropic Air sponsored a dinner event with the support of the Belize Tourism Board, the Belize Hotel Association and the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) with the sole objective to market and promote Belize to Mexican travel agents in support of the new route offered by AeroMexico.
Misc Belizean Sources
Art LCHEMISTS: An Exhibition of Paintings and Quilts
Up coming exhibition!
Ilona Smiling German Figueroa Keion George Griffith Terryl Edward Godoy Masani Live Valeska Paintner many thanks to Amb Carlos Quesnel for making it possible
Opening Live music with Dih Maroons. Nov. 29, 7pm Mexican Institute in Belize City.
Seminar on Belize Small Ruminant Registry and Digital Platform
The Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project under the Ministry of Agriculture, collaborated between Republic of China (R.O.C) and Government of Belize, is pleased to announce that a Seminar on “Belize Small Ruminant Registry and Digital Platform” was held on the 22nd – 23rd November, 2018. The seminar was especially designed for Partners in Development, The Ministry of Agriculture Extension Livestock Officers, other Technical Officers and Sheep Producers in Belize.
The main focus of the seminar was to highlight the achievements and current status of Small Ruminant Registry and traceability in the Sheep Industry. The Breeding Sheep Certification Program with on-line application in Small Ruminants and the Digital System being now used in sheep farm management in many countries, was introduced as a very important element to take our Sheep Industry in Belize to the next highest level.
Belize’s Position on the Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce
Based on a health alert from the United States Centre for Disease Control regarding an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O0157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) associated with romaine lettuce, BAHA and the Ministry of Health advise consumers not to eat any romaine lettuce. Retailers and restaurants should not serve or sell any imported from the U.S.A. and Canada until more information becomes available.
This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of pre-cut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad.
Ministry of National Security Hosts 4th Annual Multinational Security Cooperation Conference
Today, November 23rd, 2018, The Ministry of National Security (Defence) hosted the 4th Annual Multinational Security Cooperation Conference at the Naia Resort in Placencia, Stann Creek.
The main objective of the conference was to share Belize’s vision, work and requirements with regards to military assistance with our allies and partners. It emphasized security cooperation and military capacity building for the Belize Defence Force, the Belize Coast Guard and the Joint Intelligence Operations Centre all within the Ministry of National Security (Defence).
The keynote speaker of the conference was the Chief Executive Officer in the ministry, Mr. Felix Enriquez. Mr. Enriquez highlighted that the Ministry of National Security’s strategic direction centered on the men and women of the Belizean security forces.
Tribute to Fidel Castro
This morning the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow paid tribute to the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in honour of the second anniversary of his death (November 25th). Hon. Cordel Hyde, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, also paid tribute to the former president of Cuba.
Present in the gallery were Cuba's Ambassador to Belize H.E. Lissette Pérez, Belize's Ambassador to Cuba H.E. Annie Burns, former Ambassador to Cuba H.E. Assad Shoman, representatives of the Government of Belize, other members of the Cuban delegation, and resident ambassador from other embassies.
NOTICE OF EUROPEAN UNION (EU) GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS (GIS) FOR WHICH PROTECTION IS REQUESTED UNDER ARTICLE 145E OF THE CARIFORUM EU ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
Under the Economic Partnership Agreement between CARIFORUM States and the European Union the Parties committed to a process that would provide future protection to each other’s Geographical Indication (GIs) within the context of the Agreement.
The European Union has provided a list of Geographical Indications that it would like CARIFORUM States to provide legal protection. The List includes some well-known European Geographical Indications for
a) Cheeses (for example Roquefort, Feta, Parmigiano Reggiano and Mozzarella di Bufala Campana).
Belize National Emergency Management Minister meets Panama President & Vice President
On a recent trip to Panama, Belize’s Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Hon Edmond Castro, met and spoke with that country’s President, Juan Carlos Varela; and Vice President, Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado.
Hon Castro was in Panama for the inauguration, on November 19, 2018, of the Regional Logistics Center for Humanitarian Assistance (CLRAH), a logistics platform that will facilitate the collection, handling, storage and redistribution of supplies and equipment, and the mobilization of human resources for an efficient management of humanitarian assistance in the face of national and international emergencies.
Social Security Presentation on Caye Caulker
Far West Street Block Party
Erva's is teaming up with many other local businesses to have a block party on Far West Street on Sunday evening. They'll have live music and DJ's throughout the night. The fun starts at 6:00pm.
Sisimito Sessions 2019
Great news on the electronic music front. The 4th Sisimito Music Festival has a date. Sisimito Records and Mind & Me Music are teaming up to make this the best Belize Electronic Music Weekend yet. Uwe Kruggle and Night Quest will be performing, as will many other international DJ's. It'll be happening in Hopkins, on the beach, on Saturday and Sunday, February 2nd and 3rd.
"The 4th Annual Belize Electronic Music Weekend. 2 days of cutting edge House and Techno in the beautiful country of Belize, featuring International and Local D.j's and live acts on the beach. 2&3/02/2019."
BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of Nov. 12th - Nov. 18th, 2018
The first cold front of the 2018/2019 winter season produced strong northwest winds, cloudy days and cooler than normal temps.
Anglers and guides were able to put together some good days by moving and adapting to the weather and water conditions. El Pescador Lodge was happy to host a fly fishing and photography workshop by Yellow Dog Outfitters featuring well known outdoor photographers Jim Klug and Bryan Gregson. It was a treat to see the amazing images captured by the participants while on land and in and under the water.
SPTC Inaugurates Child Friendly Secretariat
On Wednesday, November 21, 2018, the San Pedro Town Council inaugurated its Child Friendly Secretariat in a short ceremony. This Secretariat will serve as a base for all Child Friendly related matters and events. San Pedro Town is the first municipality to inaugurate its Child Friendly Secretariat.
NICH hosts CECC SICA Ministers for Culinary and Cultural Experience at San Pedro House of Culture
The 40th Ordinary of Council of Ministers of Education and Culture of the Central American Education and Culture Coordination of the Central American Integration System (CECC SICA) and the 28th Sectoral of the Council of Ministers of Education and Culture CECC SICA were held in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye for Ministers, Vice Ministers and Representatives of Education and Culture visiting from member countries. The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), through the Museum of Belize and Houses of Culture, hosted a series of cultural and gastronomic presentations for SICA's Ministers of Culture from the respective Central American Countries and the Dominican Republic.The Ministers and Representatives of Culture were invited to the event at the San Pedro House of Culture (SPHOC) as part of the meetings. The Directors of NICH's Institutes were also present at the cultural and culinary presentations held at the San Pedro House of Culture.
NICH hosts CECC SICA Ministers for Culinary and Cultural Experience at San Pedro House of Culture
Lots of photos...
Cultura Ministers' Field trip
I feel honoured to host all the Central American Ministers of Culture at the San Pedro House of Culture at the Cultural & Culinary Arts Experience. Showcasing Belize's cultural diversity. Thanks to our local artists and musicians for pulling out such a great show. Performers included the Maya Fire Dancer, the Hijos de West Marimba, the Fantastic Steel Pan, the Garifuna Drummer, the Charikanari Dancer, the Jonkunu dancer and the Two-foot Cow dancer.
Paradise Theater playing this weekend
The Happy Time Murders,
New signs on Coconut Drive and Sea Grape drive are not in use
We would like to remind drivers that the new signs on Coconut Drive and Sea Grape drive are not in use, we will inform the public before the new system becomes operational.
To the moron or morons that saw fit to uncover the signs, not only did you endanger the public but you broke the law. It is an offense to alter, damage or remove any traffic sign or barrier, these signs are for the public's safety and only the traffic dept or the police have the authority to deal with traffic signs. We are reviewing CCTV footage to see if we can identify the culprits.
The Belize Kriol Brukdong Festival
Get into the Christmas spirit the old fashion way with good Kriol Brukdong music and food. Come and hear our local artists sing those old fashion Kriol Christmas songs the way they use to play it in the old days. Also happening on these days is a song competition between some of the bands to see which band can create the best new Brukdong song with all of the flavors of the past Brukdong songs. Which band will win? You have to come out to cast your vote! Dec 14 - Dec 15, Battlefield Park, Belize CIty
Charged For Killing Her Big Sister
Tonight, 23 year old Isela Cano has been charged for killing her big sister, 26 year old Keidi Yesenia Ramirez. She was charged this evening in Independence village.
Two days ago, Cano had been detained along with her parents for causing the death. But those parents were released today and Cano was charged not for murder, but for manslaughter. This is based on advice of the DPP - who did not find that there was enough evidence to support a murder charge.
PM Would Have Voted For “Peyre” In Port
UDP Party Leader Dean Barrow is coming up on retirement from electoral politics, but - all indications are - he's not going "gentle into that good night." Reports suggest he's actively involved in picking his successor, and those reports say he wanted it to be Attorney General Michael Peyreffite - who lost in the Port Loyola Convention three weeks ago. And while the PM has consistently denied publicly that he had any favorites - today he conceded that - if he lived in Port, he would have voted for "Peyre":...
"Whatever happened in Port? I'm going to put it this way, your horse lost."
Cabinet Ministers Ask PM To Stay On Until 2020
And while there is now chatter in the party that the man PM calls a great friend, Mike Peyrefitte may somehow slide into place in Queen's Square - for the time being, that's just talk. Right now, there are other intrigues swirling in the UDP. Foremost among those is the talk of a meeting the Prime Minister held earlier this week with a number of ministers - reportedly a majority of Cabinet members who want the PM and Party Leader to stick around as long as possible - right up to the 2020 elections, if he can. That would spell bad news for Patrick Faber or John Saldivar - who are hoping for a leadership convention and a transition as early as next year.
We asked the PM what Wednesday's meeting was about - and he slyly said, it was business as usual:…
Dr. Carla Will Stay In Cabinet Club
And one Minister without much political play or sway who will be in that Cabinet meeting is Carla Barnett. She lost the Freetown convention two weeks go and said she's getting out of electoral politics. But, though her political capital has dwindled to zero, the PM said he's not taking her out of Cabinet:...
Jules Vasquez, reporter:
"Will Dr. Carla Barnett who has now been defeated at general election level and at convention level, will she remained in the cabinet and in the senate?"
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister:
"Again, let me be careful. The fact is she did not win and that will allow some people to draw certain conclusions about Carla's political career..."
Worries Mount For Fishermen Gone For 10 Days
Tonight, there are concerns for 13 fisherman from Copperbank village in the Corozal District - who are believed to be missing at sea. But, at this hour, there is more confusion and uncertainty, than there is reliable information - both in their home village and with the coast guard.
The Coast Guard launched its own patrol from Calabash Caye and activated its partners like the Audubon Society and TASA, along with the BDF Airwing to comb the entire Turneffe area - but the searches have not turned up anything.
Reports from the village say Funciano Copo's boat left from the village 10 days ago with 13 fishermen on board, all relatives. From there the stories go in all different directions - but it boils down to one thing: the men are feared to be unaccounted for at sea - because the most they would usually take on the sea is 8 days.
Top Military Brass Converges On Belize
Yesterday, we took you to the BDF's Camp Belizario in Cayo for a look at Tropical Dagger, a regional training initiative in Belize which brought representatives of the top security forces from Canada, Belize Jamaica, and Trinidad for the entire month of November. Well today, the Ministry of National Security invited us to Naia Resort in Placencia, where military leaders from the Belize Coast Guard, the BDF, the Canadian Armed Forces, the British Army, the US Army, the Mexican military, and the Taiwanese Military were meeting for their annual Multinational Security Cooperation Conference.
Like Tropical Dagger, the Security Conference aims to foster closer cooperation between the security forces of Belize's allies, where they seek to combat shared challenges like regional security, and the fight against transnational organized crime, such as narcotics trafficking.
Teachers Protest in Benque
Today Mount Carmel Primary School teachers took to the streets to send a clear message: they want three of their colleagues to get what they are due: paid in full, no bull! Today was day 2 of their protest and we were there to find out what all the noise is all about. Courtney Weatherburne has the story.
Courtney Weatherburne, reporting
Mount Carmel teacher Maria Del Carmen Martinez is the life-force behind that fight with her two sided poster as her armor- jamming to Bob Marley's most popular protest anthem. This was the scene at 11:00, when the teachers were taking a break.
But earlier at 9:00, they were out on the streets, demanding their pay.
GDG & GOB Settling A Sour Sweetheart Deal
And now to today's house meeting - where the biggest item coming out of the day's business was a 5 million dollar settlement payment government has to make to Glenn Godfrey for one of those sour sweetheart deals.
Now, we know, Glenn Godfrey and Interco are names that haven't been in the news for a decade - like ghosts of governments past. But Godfrey - in the name of a company called GDG Acquisitions - sued the government on the strength of a 2002 master lease agreement. It's a contract Intelco signed with Government to supply telecommunications equipment. Now, never mind that the equipment never really worked and the company went south faster than a dropped call, the agreement still stands, and government has to pay.
PUP Mum On Intelco Settlement
And, if it struck you as a little odd that we only showed the Prime Minister speaking on this issue - it's because no one on the other side said a word.
It's unusual because even when the Government has to pay hefty settlements for PUP deals gone bad - the other side usually comes in saying something like the UDP side cost taxpayers millions by waiting too long to settle, or litigating too long.
But today? Not a word, not even a peep. We asked the Prime Minster about it:...
GOB Changing Law To Avoid Costly GST Refunds To Tourism Sector
Government also went to the house today to amend a sales tax law - after a costly CCJ judgement. That judgement found in favor of Cruise Solutions, that tour services to cruise lines should be considered zero rated supplies. Now, millions of dollars in tax have already been paid for those services - and, with this judgement, all who have paid would be entitled for a refund from the GST office.
That's why government went to the house to try and retroactively cure the law:...
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow- PM:
"So, according to them the tax that all these operators had been paying all these years was being invalidly collected because their interpretation, by the president, their interpretation of the law was that, as it stood, these people needed to be treated as zero rated. Apart from the successful appellant, every tour operator who had ever paid GST under the then regime, which we all thought was legal, is coming calling upon the GST department for a refund.
Hon. Hyde Says Strip Brads of Boledo Contract
And finally from the house session, PUP Deputy Leader Cordel Hyde spoke on the adjournment about a matter of public interest, and that's Brad's Boledo franchise. His 10 year license is coming up for renews and Hyde says government should think twice - and put the bold back in public hands:...
Hon. Cordel Hyde- PUP Senior Deputy:
"I believe it was in 2009 that Bards and Friends were given a 10 year contract to administrate our Boledo franchise. So, I imagine that at some time, pretty soon, it will come up for consideration. I wanted to put the government on notice that they really need to do the right thing here. They really need to rescind that contract. The only problem I can recall is that government was complaining that they are only getting a million dollars in taxes from the sale of Boledo.
Counterfeit Cash On The Peninsula
The Police department is warning that a new set of counterfeit US dollar bills is in circulation on Placencia.
Yesterday, at around 8 a.m., officers from Placencia were called to several business places on the peninsula, where 2 men went on a shopping spree using US 20-dollar notes that were counterfeits. Police inspected several of these fake dollar bills, which had the same serial number: MD42596339.
Investigators have already detained 2 men, and they're seeking another suspect.
BAHA Rejects Romaine Lettuce
And while the police warn about fake money on Placencia, BAHA is putting a ban in imported Romaine lettuce. The US Centre for Disease Control has determined that Romaine is causing an E-coli outbreak in the States.
If you don't know, E-coli causes serious health problems including severe diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia.
Because of this, BAHA and the Ministry of Health are advising Belizeans not to eat any romaine lettuce. Additionally, retailers and restaurants should not serve or sell any of this lettuce imported from the US and Canada until more information becomes available. This includes all types of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, bags and boxes of pre-cut lettuce, and salad mixes which contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar Salad.
For A Few (Million) Dollars More
Earlier we told you we had aired the last items of house business from today's house sitting. But one item we missed was a government motion to borrow 7 million dollars more for the George Price Highway Rehabilitation Project. Now, they've already borrowed 27 million dollars in 2015 for the paving of mile 47.9 to mile 67.3. Today the Prime Minister explained why they are going back to the IDB for 7 million more:..
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow- PM:
"Whereas the board of directors of the bank approved an original loan to the government in the sum of $27 million, dated November 17th, 2015, whereas we've since approached for additional financing, whereas it is the intention to use the additional financing to meet the costs of the supervision of the civil works, utilities relocation and environmental and social mitigation measures."
Both Side Of House Remember Comandante Castro
But, while it was across-the-floor business as usual, the meeting did start with a touching tribute to Cuba's Comandante Fidel Castro. He died two years ago on November 25th, and - with a full contingent of cuban Doctors, and diplomats from 8 embassies in the gallery - both sides of the house paid tribute to Fidel:...
Reputational Risk For Barrow & Williams?
And while you can see the Prime Minister visibly struggling with his back and his mobility in those photo opportunities - the media still grilled him for 20 minutes, that's after getting about 15 minutes with him yesterday. The PM had to lean on a nearby doorframe, but he took all our questions including one more about his law firm's involvement with the Sitee River Wildlife Preserve. That private NGO is named in a civil complaint by the US Federal Trade Commission as being associated with the massive Sanctuary Belize real estate scam. The Prime Minister said they are entitled to a defense:
Jules Vasquez, reporter:
"I know you dont make decisions for Barrow and Williams, the firm that has your name on the masthead, but I saw them in court after the civil complaint has been lodge - Ms. Lizette Stain from Barrow and Williams for the Sittee River Wildlife Reserve appearing for. Is that a a concern that you have, the reputational risk of the continued association with an associated group to Sanctuary Belize?"
Is PSU Credit-Worthy For National Bank?
And the press also took one more stab at the PSU issue. As we reported last night, the Prime Minister has interceded to get the hilltop property back for the PSU. He's going to give the union a grant to assist them to buy back the property. But he's also going to recommend to the national bank to help the union with a 150 thousand dollar loan. We asked him on what strength he makes that recommendation:...
Jules Vasquez, reporter:
"The union, they hold an important place in the social firmament, but they have been proven to be people who unfortunately or unable to pay their lease at least, Why then would you recommend them to the National Bank?"
Mixing Music With An ICJ Message
And perhaps walking in his father's footsteps…Shyne Barrow gave us an interview at that same location a few minutes earlier. But he wasn't talking about a matter of state, he was chatting about an ICJ info-infotainment concert tonight at the Marion Jones.
The concert starts at 9:00 tonight. The first 159 persons enter free, and ladies are free all night.
Finnegan’s Not So Subtle Bradley Putdown
And we've saved the best for last. We asked Michael Finnegan about his wife Dianne's candidacy as an aspirant in Lake Independence. That convention is coming up a week from Sunday - and he told us he feels good about it - but he also had a special message for one of her opponent's allies:...
Jules Vasquez, reporter:
"What you make of the prospects for your wife and are you involved in the campaign?"
Hon. Michael Finnegan:
"I think she is doing extremely well and I am putting hand and a leg here and there for her, but the responsibility is her, but she is doing quite well."
Copper Bank Fishermen Missing at Sea, Massive Search Effort Underway
A massive search and rescue effort to locate a seagoing vessel carrying ten fishermen onboard is underway in the waters of the Turneffe Atoll. It is reported that Nayadi set [...]
Sister of Missing Copper Bank Fisherman Pleas for His Safe Return
Late this evening, News Five spoke by phone with Melissa Garcia whose brother, twenty-six-year-old Aldo Antonio Hernandez is also missing at sea. According to Garcia, she spoke with her brother [...]
G.O.B. Honors Cuban Revolutionary, Fidel Castro
Two years ago, in November 2016, Commandante Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president, died at the age of ninety from natural causes. In the 1950’s, Castro emerged as the Leader of [...]
G.O.B. Barrows $14 Million More for Highway Works
The Government of Belize today received approval from the House of Representatives to borrow fourteen million dollars from the Inter-American Development Bank. This is in addition to tens of millions [...]
G.O.B. Settles Lawsuit Brought by Glenn D. Godfrey Acquisitions
More than ten years ago, G.D.G. Acquisitions, a company controlled by Glenn Godfrey, sued the Government of Belize in the U.S. The lawsuit claimed that the government was liable for [...]
G.O.B. Passes Bill to Close GST Loophole
In October, the Caribbean Court of Justice ordered the Government of Belize to repay businessman David Gegg more than half a million dollars. Gegg is the owner of Cruise Solutions [...]
Teachers Demonstrate in Benque; Matter Resolved
There is good news for forty plus teachers at Roman Catholic primary schools in the west. Following a meeting around two p.m., between management, the Teaching Services Commission and the [...]
B.N.T.U. Meets With M.O.E. in Another Round of Discussions
This afternoon, executives of the Belize National Teachers Union met with the Ministry of Education to further discuss issues involving schools that are presently on the hardship list. The meetings [...]
P.S.U. Intends to Take Legal Action Against Belmopan CitCo
The battle over the Belmopan Hilltop property between the Public Service Union, the Belmopan City Council and an Asian businessman from Corozal, seems to have ended amicably following a meeting [...]
PM Barrow Disappointed that Mike Peyrefitte Lost Port Convention
Prime Minister Dean Barrow says he is disappointed that Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte lost his bid to represent Port Loyola for the U.D.P. in the upcoming general elections. Peyrefitte, AC [...]
PM Barrow Says Dr. Carla Barnett Stays
Then there is the case of Doctor Carla Barnett and her failed political venture to represent the people of Freetown for the United Democratic Party. Doctor Barnett, a sitting cabinet [...]
Pooling Our Resources Together – Philloughby’s Latest Port Loyola Brainchild
PORT, an acronym for Pooling Our Resources Together, is the latest initiative to be undertaken by U.D.P. standard bearer Phillip Willoughby who aspires to represent the people of Port Loyola [...]
Land Grab in San Juan; Propose Village Extension is Being Cleared Out by Non-Villagers
Is there a land grab going on in San Juan Village? According to Chairman Carlos Peraza – it would appear so and the village council has no idea who is [...]
Who’s Responsible for San Juan Land Grab?
Chairman Carlos Peraza has notified the Ministry of Natural Resources about the developing issue in San Juan. Peraza told us that neighboring communities are experiencing the same problem. He says [...]
3 Teams Pitch Their Way to BELTRAIDE’s Business Hackathon 2018
BELTRAIDE held the final pitch for its Business Hackathon today in Belize City. Three four-member teams of I.C.T. professionals and students are the finalists having competed against other teams to [...]
Missing fishing vessel
Belize Coast Guard and B.D.F are conducting a search for a fishing vessel reported missing at sea. The B.D.F air wing is doing a fly over of the general area and the authorities have made checks at Halfmoon Caye and are now en route to Turneffe.
Reports are that ten persons were on board the boat when it went out to sea fourteen days ago. The vessel, we are told, is from Copper Bank Village.
There are conflicting reports about what exactly happened - and while there are speculations that the boat may have capsized, the authorities say there is no evidence at this time to suggest that.
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Burglar Buggers cellmate
Forty-four year old Kenroy Cooke, an inmate of the Belize Central Prison was charged with 2 counts of an unnatural crime and 1 count of harm. He was committed to stand trial in the April, 2019 session of the Supreme Court after a preliminary inquiry was held today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Cooke, who …
Who will win the Hackathon competition?
On November 9, a total of six teams competed in a first pitch Hackathon Competition that was held by the Small Business Development Center Belize (SBDC) of BELTRAIDE. From the first competition, three teams advanced to the second pitch which is being held today, namely, SAI INFO, Belize High School Hackers, and LXJ Corozal Junior …
16 Days of Activism: ramping up awareness of gender violence
Today, the Special Envoy for Women and Children in collaboration with the National Women’s Commission held the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence under the theme “Orange the World: #HearMeToo”. This year’s launch comes against the backdrop of a woman gruesomely murdered at the hands of her common-law husband. Love news …
Government will pay off ten million dollars in settlement to Glenn Godfrey
The Government of Belize is settling with Glenn Godfrey as it pertains to a Master Lease Agreement over equipment leased by the failed enterprise International Telecommunications Limited (Intelco) to the then Musa administration. The story goes back to December 2002 when Godfrey signed the agreement with the then Minister of Budget Management, Investment and Home …
MOE and BNTU met behind closed doors
In September it came to light that the Belize National Teachers Union, (BNTU) and the Ministry of Educations were at odds over the re-categorization of hardship and rural allowances. The BNTU said it had viewed with disgust, the manner in which a finalized list of re-categorized schools was arrived at and then circulated by the …
GOB borrows US$7 million more for George Price Highway Rehabilitation
This morning, at the sitting of the House of Representatives, the Government passed a bill to borrow seven million US dollars from the inter-American Development Bank. The money is an additional sum to the 27 million US dollars that the Government had received as loan for the George Price Highway Rehabilitation Project back in 2015. …
PM: Dr. Barnett remains in Cabinet
After going at it two times to capture the hearts of the Freetown voter, Dr Carla Barnett didn’t make it. Some are saying that her political career is over with this last loss against OJ Elrington but is her career in the public service, particularly, under the Barrow administration? It is a question that popped …
Toledo Prepares to Properly Manage Waste Disposal
Across the country, the Government is addressing the proper disposal of solid waste. In Orange Walk, the station is being built with funding from the IDB and land donated by ASR/BSI. In the south, a transfer station to dispose of solid waste is being built in Forest Home to serve residents of Toledo. Toledo Correspondent …
Mount Carmel Gets Support from Surrounding Schools in Protest
4 Catholic schools in Benque have joined the Mount Carmel Primary School protest today. At the top of the list is the case of one teacher who reportedly is not allowed to teach after her license expired on September 9, even though she had applied and was given a special permit since July and became …
PM Says Sanctuary Belize will not affect Banking Sector
Atlantic International Bank (AIB), an offshore institution, was cited in a in a civil complaint from the Federal Trade Commission in the United States. The Trade Commission requested a US Federal District Court to shut down a real estate scam called Sanctuary Belize which siphoned millions of dollars from North Americans who wished to build …
PM mum on Sanctuary
On Tuesday, Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia, Jr. told the media that Prime Minister Dean Barrow would shortly hold a press conference to address the Sanctuary Belize real estate scam that was shut down by the US Federal Trade Commission, but speaking to reporters today, Barrow clearly expressed that he did not want to talk about that subject.
When reporters caught up with him late this morning, and he was asked about the Sanctuary Belize matter, PM Barrow said that he and the Central Bank thought long and hard on whether “we should make any public statement, because it was, and still is, an extremely delicate situation.”
“A wise fellow once said, silence may be misunderstood, but it can never be misquoted,” the PM said. That has been the position adopted by the government and the Belize Central Bank.
PSU to get back Hilltop
Following a meeting this morning in Belize City at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Laing Building with members of a union negotiating team which comprised the leaders of the Public Services Union (PSU), Prime Minister Dean Barrow told the media that the objectives of the meeting was to restore control of that property to the PSU, and that he has proposed a way to make that happen.
Barrow said, however, that he did not want to get into the specific details of what it is that he has proposed “because they will put out a press release later this afternoon and I don’t want to preempt them.”
Stella Maris teacher, served with police committal warrant, died of heart attack
A Stella Maris teacher of eleven years, Ruth Ferguson, 35, who is a mother of one, died Tuesday evening after she was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital from the National Health Insurance (NHI) clinic on Regent Street. Ferguson reportedly developed breathing problems when she was arrested on her job site by a pair of police officers who had gone to serve a committal warrant from the Magistrate’s Court.
The committal warrant was, for her to be imprisoned for a period of six weeks, for a debt she owed a loan shark, and which she had agreed to pay when the matter was taken to court. For some reason, Ferguson defaulted on her court payment, resulting in the committal warrant being issued.
Tragic Murder-Suicide in PG
A gruesome report of suspected murder-suicide has arisen from out of Punta Gorda as the family of Josephine Hamilton, 30, wonders what could have led Hamilton’s common-law husband, Steven Ferguson, 37, to shoot her moments before turning the gun on himself.
The bodies of the two deceased persons are currently in the Punta Gorda morgue and will soon undergo a postmortem examination. When police arrived on the scene of the shooting last night, November 21, at 10:45 p.m., they saw Hamilton in a sitting position with two gunshot wounds to the top of the head and one near the left eye.
Government concerned about Belize’s image, after FTC exposes Sanctuary Belize scam
Belize, it appears, is suffering major international embarrassment after the Sanctuary Belize real estate scam was exposed by the United States’ Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the story took on a life of its own when it was picked up by several US mainstream media outlets. On Tuesday, Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia, Jr., said that Prime Minister Dean Barrow will most likely call a press conference to express government’s position on the matter.
The private real estate investment scheme that was advertised as “Sanctuary Belize”, which has bilked scores of United States citizens out of millions of dollars, and which the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had to close down on Thursday, November 8, after its investigation revealed that it was a scam, will be discussed by Prime Minister Dean Barrow at a press conference which has not yet been scheduled, Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia, Jr., announced on Tuesday.
“Garifuna progress a task for all Garinagu” — Belize City mayor, Bernard Wagner
Belize City mayor, His Worship, Mayor Bernard Wagner delivered the keynote address at ceremonies held in Belize City to commemorate the arrival of the Garinagu to Belize. In his inspiring speech, Mayor Wagner said that the Garinagu fled war and persecution and that “they came as strangers who today are indelibly and intrinsically a part of the very fabric of the cultural mosaic that is Belize.” He said they could have fallen away, but “the indomitable spirit of these people, our people, the Garinagu, was not to be denied.”
Victor “Cheeboz” Herrera 8-Ball Tournament in Cayo
The first ever Victor “Cheeboz” Herrera Single-Player 8-Ball Tournament was held at CK Sports Bar on November 17 and 18, 2018. Fifteen top players participated in the double-elimination tournament in a race-to-3 shoot-out.
While the drums were beating in celebration of Garifuna Settlement Day around the country, Wallace Chu was beating up players on the pool table, as he emerged as the champ in undefeated style and fashion to win the $200.00 cash prize and trophy. The young Wallace Chu shot smoothly like a pro, as he was faced off with senior and sharpshooter, Luis “Lish” Usher; but Wallace showed he was “in it to win it.” Luis would have had to win Wallace twice to be victorious, since Wallace was undefeated reaching the finals...
Digi-Puppy Leslie Youth Basketball League finals at Civic – Bulldogs are U-14 and U-18 champions
The Digi-Puppy Leslie Youth Basketball League production consisted of a hectic and exciting month and a half of youth basketball at Swift Hall, where six U-14 teams and six U-18 teams played a double round-robin in their respective categories; and this past weekend saw the playoff rounds, culminating with the final game of the championship series in both categories, which took place at the Civic Center on Monday afternoon, November 19th, Garifuna Settlement Day.
On Friday night, the top four U-14 and U-18 teams in regular season were involved in the knockout semifinals at Swift Hall, where the two winners from each category would move on to the championship round.
Competition rough at Week 8 of Stann Creek FA 1st Division Amateur September Season
The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) had Week 8 games in its 1st Division 2018 Amateur September Season on Saturday, November 17, at the Carl Ramos Stadium. Both games ended in 2-1 scores.
In the opener on Saturday, Pomona Impacts got a goal each from Kevin Lino (9’) and Tyrone Peters (79’) to clip Pomona Warriors, 2-1. A late goal by Yibemeh Lewis’ (90’) avoided the shutout for the Warriors. In the nightcap, Kenyon Lewis (19’) gave Silk Grass SG Ballers an early lead, but Hopkins Ibayani came back with goals from Eworth Flowers (36’) and Errol Ogaldez (75’) to secure the 2-1 victory.
High drama in final week of PLB regular season
Only Week 14 remains in regular season, after 2 back matches were played this past week in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Opening Season; and the 2 remaining playoff spots will be decided this weekend among San Pedro Pirates FC, Altitude Assassins FC and Police United FC, none of whom will be facing one another in Week 14.
Following the postponement of PLB Week 14 games due to the Concacaf Nations League match featuring Belize vs Puerto Rico last Friday night, Police United played the first of two back matches on Saturday night, November 17, and pulled out an important 3-2 victory against rivals Altitude Assassins at the M.A. Stadium in Independence.
Editorial: A tale of two doctors
It was not surprising that Dr. Rene Villanueva, the multimillionaire owner of several radio stations, including the LOVE FM national radio monopoly, and other business ventures, and recently the Rotary District Governor of the Guatemala/Honduras/ Belize region, emerged last week as the poster guy on the Philip Goldson Highway for the “ICJ Yes” campaign.
But it is somewhat surprising that Dr. Assad Shoman, with all his socialist credentials and background, plus his residence in Havana, Cuba, the Western Hemisphere’s revolutionary capital, has assumed such a prominent role in the said “ICJ Yes” campaign.
The reason why one doctor’s role was not surprising, and the other’s is, has to do with something called ideology, which has to do with how nation-states approach national development. Dr. Villanueva is a neoliberal capitalist, and was the primary beneficiary of the divestment/privatization of Radio Belize in 1999 by the then People’s United Party (PUP) government.
From The Publisher
When I entered Belizean public life in 1969 at the age of 21, it was probably the case that my core belief was that African and Mayan (Indigenous) history should be taught to the children of Belize. I was confident that I was correct in such belief, so that the question of how many Belizeans agreed with me or not did not enter my mind. I was, in the words of the Japanese proverb which Leroy Taegar often quoted to us, a majority of one.
I knew that in proposing and promoting that core belief, I would be running head on into the educational wall which the major Christian churches, which controlled Belize’s school system, had built over many decades to protect their school curricula. I knew that going contrary to the educational programs of the major Christian churches would be a rough ride, because Belize was controlled by powerful politicians who basically owed their electoral success to the fact of their having been blessed, so to speak, by the Christian clergy.
To be, or not to be?
The famous Renaissance French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist, René Descartes, seeking to confirm his own existence to himself, stated, “Cogito, ergo sum. (I think, therefore I am.)” Another famous quote of his is “…it is a mark of prudence never to place our complete trust in those who have deceived us even once.” I find these words to be very relevant to consider in arriving at the decision we will be called upon to make on 10th April, 2019. Now let’s proceed with the topic of this article.
As the government’s referendum education campaign to influence a “yes to the ICJ” vote continues to escalate, much emphasis has been placed on teaching voters the facts.
Offshore companies exploit our resources
This past week a dear friend of mine, Mr. Bryton Codd, and I were discussing a bit about where Belize is and where we want to see it in the next decade. He is away studying to complete his Master’s degree in Canada, but with the advent of social media keeping up to date with what’s happening at home is very easy for him. Our discourse revolved around the party political conventions that are happening, the emerging of new parties and coalitions, and focused a lot about the poverty that still plagues our beloved Belize. He recalled that he had written a piece about this and shared it with me so we can then further discuss our positions and possible points of action. I share his opinion entitled, “Continuation of the Divide: Household Poverty”, in hopes that it may spark some dialogue for you be it internal or with your own circle of friends.
Lawrence Vernon launches A Narrative of Political Parties in Belize
Author, editor, researcher and librarian, Mr. Lawrence Vernon, launched his new book, A Narrative of Political Parties in Belize, on November 20 at the National Heritage Library in Belmopan. The book, which is self-published, offers a detailed look into the political history of our country, Belize. The book was first launched at the Leo Bradley Library in Belize City on November 14, 2018. A condensed version of the book was published by St. John’s College in a publication entitled, “Readings in Belizean History” (edited by Lita Hunter Krohn), and some of the articles included have appeared in the Amandala.
Absolutely nobody believes that
I heard Pastor Scott and Pastor Louis say (on PLUS TV) that the roundabout and its approaches, at the junction of the George Price and Hummingbird highways, cost a whopping $13million. The pastors said that there was no hue and cry over the cost, and because there was no such complaining the architects of that project feel they have carte blanche to bloat the costs of more major projects.
If they are right, oh for Jorge Espat, the first member of a ruling party to call out waste of the people’s money by the government. He got drummed out of his party, and politics, but Belize will never forget his sacrifice. How these political leaders betray the people, when they asked for the job so they could serve!
US District Court found John McAfee liable for death of neighbor, Gregory Faull
John McAfee, the British-born antivirus software pioneer who also holds United States citizenship, fled Belize in November 2012, after his neighbor, Gregory Faull, 52, was murdered on northern Ambergris Caye and he (McAfee) was named by Belize police as “a person of interest.” McAfee, often described as eccentric, eluded police in Belize and turned up in Guatemala, where he faked a heart attack and was eventually freed by authorities there.
While he has consistently denied any involvement in the death of Faull, a retired Florida contractor who was residing in Belize, McAfee was sued by the estate of Faull in the US. On Wednesday, November 14, a US federal judge from the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division, ruled that McAfee is liable in the wrongful death lawsuit that was filed against him by the estate of Gregory Faull.
Unfinished social inquiry report delays sentencing for convicted murderer
On September 12, Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas, in a trial by judge sitting without jury, found Ernest “Dangalang” Thurton, Jr., 25, guilty of the double murder of Robert Young, 41, and Frank James, 35. Young and James were gunned down at the dockyard on Belize City’s North Front Street on the night of October 25, 2012.
Justice Lucas had scheduled today, Wednesday, as the sentencing date for Thurton. When the court convened, however, Justice Lucas announced that he had not yet received the social inquiry report for Thurton.
Belmopan businessman JahanAbadi sentenced to 6 years for abetment to murder
Belmopan businessman JahanAbadi, who was indicted in January 2016 for abetment to murder by solicitation, was convicted on the indictment and sentenced to serve 6 years in prison. Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore imposed the sentence after she found Abadi guilty in a trial without jury.
In January 2016, Bradley Paumen and others, including JahanAbadi, were charged for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, after they allegedly planted a firearm and ammunition in Michael Modiri’s vehicle. Modiri and Paumen have had a longstanding feud over some properties the two neighbors own in Frank’s Eddy, Cayo District.
Woman’s family detained following her death
A 26-year-old Honduran woman from San Juan Village was found dead on Tuesday, November 20, and her mother, father, and sister are being detained pending the investigation into her death.
Not long after Keidi Ramirez was rushed to the Independence Polyclinic in an unresponsive state, she was pronounced dead. When the police arrived at the hospital around 8:20 p.m., doctors showed them injuries that were on her neck, and both her hands and feet.
WEEKEND – BREAKING NEWS
BAHA has issued an immediate ban on all Jennie-O products containing turkey meat following reports in the United States of its possible link to Salmonella outbreak. BAHA will update on any progress, as investigations continue. The Government of Belize has agreed to settle its ongoing legal battle in the US Courts with Glenn Godfrey’s GDG Acquisitions LLC, for Bze. $5 million at the House meeting this morning.
MOUNT CARMEL TEACHERS PROTEST
Forty-one teachers from Mount Carmel High School in Benque Viejo del Carmen have participated in a sit-out from class since Wednesday, and have obtained a permit to demonstrate on Friday if there is not a satisfactory response from either the Teaching Services Commission (TSC) or ministry officials in regards to their concerns. Those concerns include the timeliness of salaries being paid and an attempt to dismiss one teacher, who has not been approved by the TSC.
MAN & DOG DIE IN FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
A man and his puppy were tragically knocked down and killed while attempting to bypass congested traffic which was backed up on the Hummingbird Highway on Wednesday evening.
Just after 5:10 p.m. on November 21st, the motionless body of Guatemalan national Edwin Najarro Valdez, 32, and his small puppy lay a couple feet apart on the pavement while the smashed bicycle that they were travelling on lay not too far away.
I WANT TO LIVE – By: Mike Rudon Jr.
A couple things right off the top – because people look at me sometimes and see all this absolute, wonderful gorgeousness and sex appeal, intelligence which is pretty damned amazing and, the cherry on the top of the cheesecake, a sense of humour which sparkles…and they think I am as close to perfection as it gets. I’m not.
TOURISTS STRANDED OVERNIGHT IN ATM CAVE
On Tuesday night six tourists and a guide were held hostage for an overnight inside the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave in Teakettle Village by rising waters which prevented them from being evacuated by rescue teams.
The alert was raised just after 5:00 p.m. on November 20th when the group of six did not return to the starting point. Reports indicate that the group left on the last tour at 2:00 p.m. and should have returned by five.
EDITORIAL – November 23rd. 2018
A lease is a formal agreement or covenant made between a property-owner and his tenant. It protects both the property-owner and the tenant.
Under Belize law a written lease can only be voided by a formal declaration from either side, stating the reasons for bringing the lease to an end.
Mayor Belisle of Belmopan should know this. His unilateral action in selling the land leased to the Public Service Union without prior notice of any kind is not only an unfriendly act. It is illegal!
THE UDP, THE PUP AND THE I.C.J
At his October 29th press conference Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced, quite astonishingly, that not only is the Cabinet in support of the ICJ but that the UDP’s formal position is also in support of the ICJ. With that statement Mr. Barrow sprung the trap he had set for the PUP.
Mr. Briceño’s PUP cannot now adopt a NO position without coming across as being partisan; and it cannot formally support a YES vote without appearing to be soft on the Barrow administration and thus risk internal revolt by those powerhouses who are on record as supporting a NO vote.
POLICE INVESTIGATE BIZARRE ‘FAMILY’ MURDER
A directive expected to be handed down by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions will determine whether murder or manslaughter charges will be brought against the father, mother and sister Keidi Ramirez, 26, a resident of San Juan in the Stann Creek district.
Currently Ramirez’s mother, a 46-year-old Honduran woman, her 50-year-old husband and their 23-year-old daughter remain in custody at the Independence Police Station pending charges.
Breaking Belize News
Belizean youth killed in Los Angeles
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Ministry of National Security hosts 4th Annual Multinational Security Cooperation conference
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Outbreak of E. coli Infections linked to Romaine Lettuce
Based on a health alert from the United States Centre for Disease Control regarding an […]
Vessel with 10 occupants missing at sea
According to reports, a fishing vessel with ten occupants has been reported missing at sea. […]
17-year-old minor charged for robbery in Belmopan
A seventeen-year-old minor has been charged for the robbery that occurred on November 12, 2018, […]
Police find gun and ammo in San Pedro
Yesterday, San Pedro Police conducted a search in an abandoned lot in the San Juan […]
Prime Minister introduces bill to amend GST law
At today’s sitting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow introduced […]
PM says his firm did nothing wrong in Sanctuary Belize scandal
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Government and Opposition pays homage to Fidel Castro
At today’s sitting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow began […]
PM Barrow thanks Assad Shoman at House meeting
The Government of Belize is hosting a meeting of the House of Representatives at the […]
8 Top Things to do in Hopkins, Belize
Traditionally a quiet, unassuming beach town, Hopkins, in southern Belize has in recent years become a must-visit place for many visitors to the country. There are many reasons for this growth in popularity, from its ideal location to many southern mainland tours, highly rated resorts, and authentic culture, to its proximity to Sittee River.
Hopkins is a small, authentic Central American village that is warm and welcoming to visitors. There is a large percentage of Garifuna settlers here, who have maintained their cultural traditions, such as drumming, which is a must-do in Hopkins. Directly adjacent to Hopkins is the Sittee River and “resort row”. The marina close to the resort area has started to become highly sought after for Belize investors, and there is a great deal of development here. Along Sittee River, boaters will be able to access deep river boating with direct access to the Caribbean Sea.
If the idea of an authentic cultural village, newer to tourism than the more developed, discovered places like Ambergris Caye, Caye, Caulker, and Placencia, appeals to you.
Xibalba – Are our caves a passageway to the underworld?
Belize’s cultural heritage boasts of three Maya groups: Ke’kchi, Yucatec and Mopan, and their contributions to our landscape are everywhere, particularly in the jungles. Archaeologists and modern-day explorers are fascinated with their pottery, temples, traditions, and rituals. Some of the most intriguing finds have been inside caves, and it’s easy to see why those darkened hollows of earth are significant to the Maya! Pronounced She-Bal-Bah, Xibalba can be roughly translated to “place of fear”; it is also referred to as the entrance to hell (which, frankly, strikes fear in my heart!). Those are traditionally cave entrances and having traipsed around a couple; I can say that if my lights went out and the utter darkness of a cave surrounded me, I’d probably believe I was about to enter the underworld indeed!
A Randomly Timed Walk Landed Me a Night at Wayos Beach Bar
Last night was a full moon, and earlier in the day my friend Madison told me to set myself up for going outside at 11:38 to soak up the energy. So I set my cell phone alarm, kept on watching TV and texting with my friend R. Close until 8:00 pm. I felt like I was ready to take TV to bed and knew I was not going to get up to do a moon bathe if I did that. So I decided the best thing to do was throw on a dress, grab my music player and go for a walk.
I started on the “boat road” so I could be by the water and was planning to walk to the bridge and back. When I hit Middle Street where the road turns into a two-way and started heading north, shortly after that a cart drove by and pulled over. It was my friends, Jon and Eddie. They were on their way from a lovely Thanksgiving dinner at Black Orchid and heading to Wayos.
I Dodged a Bullet and Admired Some Fancy Chandeliers
I was minding my own business doing my morning tacogirl thing and attending to some 40 emails that needed addressing and then was planning to write when the universe pulled me in a completely different direction.
My messenger started going off and water testing the San Pedrito Highway became my new priority. Pinch-hitting for crocodile Chris and Christina who were unavailable to do the job. I was back and forth with a few friends between a Facebook group post and Fb messenger. It came down to Maureen Utsman, Robbie Zeske, Diana Evans and Susan Zell Watts as the people who could help. I needed to get the four presence-absence coliform test kit containers my friend Heather in Canada had lined up with Ismael at Consolidated Water, and get them filled with water samples. Susan ended up taking it on and thankfully so for me, as Randy was with her. They had just done lunch at Mesa Cafe.
Caribbean real estate dream turns into $100 million nightmare for retirees
Ever fantasize about fleeing the winter cold and getting in on the ground floor of a beachfront real estate deal in which you double your money in a few years? If you’ve dreamed that dream, here’s how it could turn nightmarish.
When Frank Balluff and his wife, Rebecca, purchased a lot in what seemed to be an exciting new Caribbean resort development, little could they imagine what they were getting into. In fact, it was what the Federal Trade Commission now calls the biggest real estate scam involving overseas property it has ever investigated. Promoters allegedly fleeced 1,000-plus lot buyers out of $100 million or more. Earlier this month, the FTC sought and obtained a federal court order temporarily shutting the project down and freezing promoters’ assets.
Balluff, a business owner from Michigan, estimates that his personal losses exceed $310,000, but he says he’s heard of others who “invested their full retirement funds” and planned to build homes and move to the resort. Now “they just have nothing left,” he says.
Belize Evokes Fidel Castro's Independence and Solidarity Legacy
The National Assembly of Belize paid tribute on Friday to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, on the occasion of the second anniversary of his death. In statements to Prensa Latina, Cuban Ambassador Lissette Perez noted that it was an unprecedented ceremony in this country and it was full of emotion.
During the ceremony, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, leader of the United Democratic Party, recalled Fidel's contributions to the fight for a better world and in defense of the peoples of the Third World.
'Fidel's legacy will be eternal because he dedicated his life to fighting for the most vulnerable on Earth,' he noted.
Identification book for birds of Central America
“Birds of Central America — Belize, Guatemala Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.” Newest in the Princeton University Press field guide series. Authors are Andrew C. Vallely and Dale Dyer,
The book covers 1,261 species. The illustrations are well done, the text far more complete than found in the usual North American ID book. The range maps are distinctly presented and excellent. (Range maps usually are my first complaint about such books.)
As an example of the extensive information included here for each species, compare the text for Limpkin from David Sibley’s fine North American guide and this Vallely/Dyer book. Sibley uses 78 words. Vallely and Dyer use more than 180. That kind of detail is found page after page.
US Embassy Introductory Interview, 45min. Kieth Gilges - U.S Charge d Affairs, a.i
National Aids Commission - Parliamentarians Forum, 41min.
Belize Credit Union League - 4th Annual Father Ganey Quiz Competition, 9min.
16 Days of Activism Launch - #HearMeToo End Violence Against Women & Girls, 37min. Eleanor Murillo - Program Officer, National Women's Commission.
Taheerah Usher - Human Dev. Coordinator, Women's Department.
Snake vs Snake!, 8min. I never thought id see this again!...
A Coral killing and swallowing a Red Coffee Snake!!!
The Coral finished swallowing it's meal!, 7.5min.
When Howlers Cross Paths..., 1min.
Croc Cam, 1min. A little Croc Cam action to start the morning off! Check out this adult Morelet's crocodile cruising the New River in Belize. The CRC continues to use our drone as a scienctific conservation tool.
Beautiful Eagle Ray off of Ambergris Caye, .5min.
Children’s Day Parade by San Pedro Roman Catholic School!, 13min.
Discussing CRC AT Ambergris Caye Elementary School, 1.5min.
Belize Instagram Video, 1min. My Girlfriend Rachael and I took a trip to beautiful Belize. We were able to explore the Mayan ruins close to the border of Guatemala. We had such a fun time. The people of Belize are so nice and accommodating. We also met a monkey named Fred. These Instagram videos are something I love making.
MISS UNIVERSE BELIZE, 2.5min.
The Belize Zoo, 2.5min.
Road to the Crown with Miss Universe Belize, 3min. Miss Universe Belize 2018 Jenelli Fraser is getting ready to compete at this years Miss Universe pageant in Thailand.
Ambergris Caye Dive #3 - San Pedro, Belize, 4.5min. Second dive of the day with Steve, back off the reef near San Pedro.
Amazing Belize Adventure at the Community Baboon Sanctuary, 15min. Learn more of this Community Baboon Sanctuary that will get you up close and personal to the nature beauty Belize has to offer.
DAS MÜSST IHR SEHEN / freilebende Haie, Silk Caye Belize, Unterwasserwelt, 13min. Das müsst ihr sehen: Wir schwimmen in Belize mit freilebenden Haien und gehen schnorcheln auf der Insel Silk Caye.
A Prova De Tudo (Belize) Completo HD, 44min.
Fr.Marion Ganey National Quiz Competition 2018, 2.5hr. Financial Literacy Regional Quiz Contest | Live From Octavia Waight Center, San Ignacio Town, Cayo District | Belize Credit Union League
SIMPLY BELIZE: THE YUCATEC MAYA, min.
To'one Masehualo'on a Yucatec Maya group of Corozal teaching Maya to the children of San Pablo Community School, 1.5min. We serenade these lovely children for their Birthday in Yucatec maya language at San Pablo village. Orange walk town. BELIZE. The village of San pablo in Orange walk was founded by Maya people over a 100 years ago and even today the village consist mostly of people from Yucatec Maya descent . The elders are fluent Maya speakers but with no programs trying to preserve the language in the village it could be lost in the future . The youths mostly speak spanish and English now .
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