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Remembering Father of the Nation: Right Honourable George Cadle Price
Today Tuesday, January 15th, Belize’s first Prime Minister and founder of the country’s Independence Movement would have been 100 years old.
The Father of the Nation, as he is fondly referred to, was also the founder of the People’s United Party (PUP), and he began a peaceful and constructive Belizean revolution in 1950, leading to independence from Great Britain on September 21, 1981. He is remembered as a remarkable man who gave the Belizean people a sovereign and free nation with its territorial integrity intact, despite the threat of the Guatemalan territorial claim. Although he passed away on September 19, 2011, Belizeans continue to praise and pay tribute to the nation’s renowned hero with special events across the country.
PLB Closing Season Begins: San Pedro Pirates F.C lose 1-0 against Verdes F.C
The Premiere League of Belize (PLB) Closing Season 2018-2019 began this weekend with four matches taking place across the country. For the San Pedro Pirates F.C, their first match was against Verdes F.C at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town, Cayo District on Sunday, January 13th. The island team fought hard to start this new season on the right foot but fell short against Verdes F.C, in a match that ended with a 1-0 score point.
Copa San Pedro Closing Season 2018-2019 begins!
The highly anticipated Copa San Pedro Closing Season 2018-2019 began this weekend at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town with five intense matches.
The football tournament kicked-off on Thursday, January 10th at 7PM with the reigning champions Vince Assassins going up against Los Catrachos F.C. However, the reigning champions were defeated in a 4-0-point game. In the next match, G.Strikers F.C demolished Island Sharks F.C with a staggering 8-1 score point. Copa San Pedro continues this weekend, starting on Thursday, January 17th at 7PM with Captain G F.C taking on Terror Squad F.C, followed by G.Strikers F.C taking on Ambergris Hope’s F.C at 9PM.
San Pedro Comes Together For Baby Nelson
When it comes to helping someone in need the community of San Pedro always comes together to help out in any way possible. Two fundraising events took place this past Sunday, January 13, 2019, to help out baby Nelson Tabora suffering from Hydrocephalus.
Lovely Miss Nayobie Rivero of Nayobie’s Hope for Children Project held a dollar drive and bake sale where they managed to raise a total of $1,289.40. Also another fundraiser was held by a group of young San Pedranos including Chelsea Munoz, Yesica Quiroz, Evelyn Castillo, Kyrone Vasquez, Lex Rodriguez, Mynor Tepaz, Yaritza Rodriguez and Erica Bodden who managed to raise a total of $1,623.09 for baby Tabora. A grand total of $2,912.49 was raised for baby Nelson Tabora thanks to the great fundraising efforts of these two groups.
Misc Belizean Sources
Site Visit To the upcoming Marriott Alaia resort in San Pedro
The Ministry continues its work in promoting investment & economic development by taking a site visit to the upcoming Marriott Alaia resort in San Pedro! This BZD$92 Million investment hotel development currently employs approximately 300 Belizeans during its construction phase and will employ 250 full-time Belizean workers during the operation phase of the resort.
The Marriott Alaia which is a part of the Marriott Autograph Collection will encompass 162 new luxury class rooms in three five-storey buildings and eight beach villas. It will also comprise a three tiered pool, spa, world class dive shop, boat slips, a tour desk, restaurants, onsite gym and a state of the art conference room that seats 150 people!
Gallardo Hardware Toy Distribution
Gallardo Hardware teamed up with Santa to visit local villages and distribute gifts to needy children. Thanks, Gallardo Hardware!
"Thanks to generous contributions, the 4th Annual TOY DRIVE was a great success! We collected more than 400 toys for the children! There were toy trucks and cars, Barbies, books, sports equipment and games, arts and crafts, and bicycles, to name a few. We were also blessed to have food baskets that were donated to families in need! Your generosity means that those children had a wonderful surprise and beautiful gifts on Christmas. Thank you again for helping to make our community stronger and for creating a magical holiday for the youngest among us!"
The cacao trees at Belize's first agroforestry concession are producing pods!
In 2014 Ya’axché established Belize’s first agroforestry concession within a protected area – Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve. Since then, the organization has been providing training and support to the Trio Farmers Cacao Growers Association. The 31 farmer members have planted over 58,000 cacao trees; and, are now seeing the fruits of their hard work.
Workshop on financial sustainability
We have just wrapped up our workshop on financial sustainability with the support of our long-term partner Fauna & Flora International. Securing funding for our terrestrial conservation work in Belize has always been a challenge.
At Ya’axché, our Development Team is constantly applying for grants to fund our important programs within the Maya Golden Landscape. Also in place is EcoTourism Belize, which provides ecotours, service learning packages and lodging.
Today George C. Price would have been a 100 years
This is when George Price visited the Maya villages in Northern Belize around the 1970's . He met with Maya leader Jesus Ken of Xaibe, Maya alcalde of Cristo rey(Corozal) Eustaquio Yam and Ex Maya alcalde of Yo Chen (Corozal)Thomas Botes who serve between the 1950's -1960's.
Gerry Sharp RIP
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Marie's beloved husband, Gerry Sharp. Gerry Sharp retired from the Citrus Company of Belize before working with Marie at the factory. The Sharp family has a long, rich history in Belize and they were instrumental in the development of the countries Citrus Industry. Multiple generations of Sharp's managed the fundamental citrus operations and the history goes back to H.R. Sharp and G.G.R. Sharp of Jamaica, before Gerry's father, Frank Sharp, took over. As, Denzel F. Jenkins once said, "the Sharp's must be credited for transforming the Belize Citrus Industry, metaphorically speaking, from a way-side fruit shop to a supermarket.
AMBASSADOR OF R.O.C. (TAIWAN) VISITS SAN PEDRO
On Friday, January 11, 2019, the newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, His Excellency Remus Li-Kou Chen, made an official courtesy visit to San Pedro Town. In a gathering inside the Mayor’s office, the Ambassador met with Mayor Daniel Guerrero and all six councilors of the San Pedro Town Council, along with Town Administrator, Mrs. Patricia Verde Tillett and LED Officer, Mr. Jorge Aldana. The meeting was very fruitful, as the Ambassador is delighted to work along with the Town Council in the future. The Ambassador and the Town Council shared various points of interests between each other such as: tourism and the economy, as well as ideas on how to overcome the traffic and garbage situation that the island is currently facing.
Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico 36th Anniversary
Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico (ESTM) located in San Roman, Corozal District will be celebrating its 36th Anniversary on Friday January 18th, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Invitations are extended to Parents, Students, Guardians & Invited Guests ONLY.
ESTM Teachers and selected students will be fully engaged in their presentation and booth displays.
Here is wishing the school and faculty of ESTM, a wonderful and productive anniversary celebration.
Corozal Dart Tournament
Jah Mundo cordially invites you to its first Dart Tournament for the year 2019 on Saturday, February 2nd & Sunday, February 3rd. Visitors from all over Belize will be participating. Come & join us!!! Karaoke all night. Don't miss out. It's Super Bowl 2019 on Sunday. Lots to eat & drink, Cold...cold Beers
Verdes Host Defenders
The 2019 NEBL season is starting up this weekend, and the Verdes will be hosting the Defenders on Saturday. Tip off is at 8:30pm, and it all takes place at the SHC auditorium. Richard Troyer is back, and he's the captain. Go Verdes!
"Week one of the NEBL 2019 season kicks off on January 19 with your Verdes Basketball team in full action inside the S.H.C auditorium. Come out to cheer on your team as they deliver the best gameday experience.
Team roster coming soon!!!"
FCD visits Mollejon/Vaca Dams
FCD staff visited Mollejon/Vaca Dams with BECOL personnel to assess possibilities for monitoring in that landscape.
Belizean Patriot: Cleopatra White
I was the neighbor of Cleopatra White and I did not know. As I try to remember this person that lived on Cran Street, which is near where I grew up as child, I vaguely remember a lady that used to dress like a nurse. I would see her walking on the street. I believe that may have been her. I had no idea who she was and what she had accomplished. I remember passing a couple of inches right next to her on the street a few times. I am very happy that even though I did not know who she was at that time, I can say in that fleeting moment as I passed her, I had the honour to share a space with a person that helped so many people in her lifetime. The Biography below written by Silvana Udz, in 1991, is my tribute to my beautiful neighbor that I never knew.
Evan Neal's Family Desperate For Answers
Where is Evan Neal? The 43 year old father of three is the owner of the fishing camp on Mapp Caye and he is missing tonight. Police found his watchman, 29 year old Edinio Enso Humes dead on Saturday night in a latrine with a gunshot to the head.
But Evan Neal and another unidentified man are still unaccounted for. His brother Mark told us why recent events on the island have him fearing the worst:
Mark Neal, Brother - Evan Neal, missing:
"As we know when system like this happen - 2-3 days, our hope kinda lost. But I am hoping that fishermen around the area who work within the area fishing and vessels like the water taxis' passing by, if they see anything they can inform us..."
Island Murder Victim Was Caledonia Resident
And while Neal's family is begging for closure, his watchman's family is preparing for a funeral. He was a John Doe when police found him on Saturday with a gunshot to the head.
But today his father identified him. He is Caledonia villager 29 year old Edinio Enso Humes. He had been working with Neal for some time. It is unclear what transpired on the island which resulted in his body being found there, while the other two men are missing. Police believe it was all drug related.
John Briceno On ICJ: Yes, No, Maybe?
Belize's national referendum on April 10th. is inching closer, and, pretty soon, all of us who are registered to vote will have to decide YES OR NO to taking Guatemala's territorial claim to the ICJ.
Since last week, we know it's a "NO" for the PUP - but what about its leader, John Briceno? From late last year, he said publicly that he is in favour of going to the ICJ, but last week, under severe internal pressure from his party, he had to send out a statement declaring a hardline "no".
Bricenoo's press release went even further, making it clear that the former PUP Ministers, Lisa Shoman, Assad Shoman, Godfrey Smith, and former Prime Minister Said Musa do NOT speak for the PUP.
Bar Association Will Get Legal Opinion on ICJ
Keeping it on the topic of the referendum, the Bar Association says it is getting its own legal opinion on the dispute. A Bar Association press release says, quote, "â€¦The Association intends to hold a public forum to assist in furthering the ongoing national public education on the issue. In this regard, the Association has retained the services of Professor Stephen Vasciannie CD, an expert on international law, to prove an updated legal opinion on the dispute, which would form the basis for the discussions at the public forum." End quote.
Mark King Wins Landmark Judgement in Facebook Defamation Suit
Can you imagine having to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a reckless facebook post? Well, that's what the court has told Moses Sulph to do after he slandered former UDP Politician Mark King.
The case went all the way to the Supreme Court where Justice Sonya Young today handed down a ruling which could gave far reaching consequences for those who like to bash others on Facebook.
In March of last year King sued Sulph after he claimed Sulph unfairly slandered him and his company name on Facebook. The post, which Sulph admitted he made, alleged that Brints Security Company, was not paying employees' salaries promised for overtime and extra duties.
King Rips The UDP
And that wasn't all that King had to say. It's been a while since he has been in the public spotlight - so he used the opportunity to rage against the UDP - which is blocking him from being a candidate in Fort George. King didn't hold back when he said the party - which he still claims as his own - could do, and is doing a lot worse:...
Mark King - Rejected by UDP:
"The entire central executive of the UDP had made a double standard and wrong decision. So, at the end of the day if you take me to court and find me guilty I can still run in the UDP because I can show the judge that you have somebody that has gone to prison, that has gotten convicted, running in your party. You can't take something where you have a personal issue over and put it on Facebook..."
Hapless Hostage Trio Go To Court
Yesterday we told you about the brazen home invasion - slash - aggravated burglary at a Chinese store in the Lake I community that quickly turned into a hostage situation. It was a unique scenario where the police commissioner had to personally intervene. He stepped on the frontline to negotiate with the accused who eventually surrendered and were detained.
Today the trio was formally arraigned on a slew of charges. They are 26 year old Richard O'Neal, 25 year old Wayne Welch, and 25 year old Steven Bernard; all are from within the Lake I community.
Mr. Price And The PUP
Today would have been the 100th birthday of the Father of the Nation, George Price. And to honor his importance to the the country's history, and to the PUP, party faithful went to his gravesite in the Lord Ridge Cemetery this morning for a remembrance ceremony and a wreath laying.
A number of speakers at the ceremony discussed his life of service, and his leadership.
Here's what 2 of his colleagues, who are still alive, had to say about Price the visionary leader.
Missing Woman Anisha Young, the Mystery Deepens
Close but not close enough: that is how Anisha Young's family feels after they found what they believe to be her weave and skin tissue in a shallow grave in Maskall Village. Sure, these finds are significant but they still don't point to where exactly Young's remains are. Today the search party leader Jose Uk Espat along with the family held a press conference at his residence to revisit all the circumstantial evidence they have gathered from the time Young went missing in early December to now. That includes surveillance footage on the morning Young went missing, GPS readings and phone records. Now Espat made it a point that this case could have already been closed if it wasn't for the leaked information.
Jose Espat, Search Team Lead:
"Before myself and the family could reach from the Maskall cutoff to the main road, the Phillip Goldson Highway, the Reporter had already published the findings that we had made that day..."
An Iguana Street Ext. man is lucky to be alive after he was shot in the chest. Last night around 8:45, 35 year old Anthony Crawford was riding on Antelope Street extension when a gunman pounced on him. We spoke to a resident off-camera and he says the shooting is as a result of a gang rivalry.
Voice of: Resident:
"The next one that get shot was at his friend's house and it looked like he was going home and as he bend the lane from his friend house that is where the gun man was dodging him or waiting on him or something and he just burst too shot."
Cops Got "Tonz A Gunz"ť
And while the shootings continue, so do the gun and ammunition seizures. On Sunday, a special police operation, made checks under a lamp post at Periwinkle Street in Belize City. They found a 9 mm pistol with fourteen live rounds.
A search behind the Civic Center also led to the discovery of a Taurus brand revolver containing one .38 round of ammunition. Again, the items were labeled as found property.
And, early on Monday morning police found another gun, this one at the corner of St. Jude and Sittee Street. It's a beaten up .25mm pistol.
GSU, Future Hostage Negotiators
And keeping the focus on the police, tomorrow will be the official changing of guard ceremony for the new Commissioner Chester Williams.
He's making a lot of changes - and today one of those went into effect when he installed a new GSU Commander, Inspector Lorenzo.
He comes along with a new plan for the GSU, to make them more effective for hostage situations - like the one on Sunday night in Lake I. In yesterday's interview with Compol Chester Williams he told us more about how they intend to revamp the department's effectiveness when dealing with situations like these arise.
Teenager Shooting Victim Still Has Bullet In Brain
Jahmeel Reyes' family remains hopeful that he will recover from Saturday night's cruel attack. The 15 year old Reyes was badly beaten, shot in the head and then buried alive. But he crawled out of his grave and ran for help. Today when we spoke to the family they said that based on the cat scan, the doctors can't operate on him and take out the bullet because his brain is still swollen. So they will take him out of the coma tomorrow and see how he responds. We will keep following this case.
Accident Victim Ezekiel Holding On
And accident victim Ezekiel Ortega is still critical tonight. He is on life support. Ortega and his 18 year old daughter were flung from a motorcycle at mile 44 on the Western Highway. A vehicle rear ended them and just drove off. Fortunately, his daughter is recovering at home. The family is asking for blood donations. If you would like to assist you can call 627-8912.
Mapp Caye Murder Victim is 31-year-old Edinio Enso Humes
One man is dead and two others are missing, but what happened on Mapp Caye days ago is still being pieced together. Up until Monday night, all we knew was [...]
Evan Neal Still Missing; Family Says Disappearance is Not Drug Related
And what of Evan Neal? Well, forty-eight-year old Neal is the owner of Mapp Caye and veteran seaman. His family describes him as a diver and hard-working man, whom they [...]
The Search Continues for Missing Men
And so the search is ongoing for Evan Neal and Anthony Reneau. This evening we spoke with Operations Officer of the Belize Coast Guard Lieutenant Roque Canul who says that [...]
3 Men Arraigned for Mahogany Street Robbery/Hostage Situation
A trio of men was escorted to court this morning for the brazen heist that evolved into a hostage situation in Belize City on Sunday night. The three: Wayne Welch, [...]
P.U.P. Leader Says No Internal Political Rift
The I.C.J. Declaration was signed on January ninth by five former Ministers of Foreign Affairs, including sitting Prime Minister Dean Barrow. Barrow was joined by former P.U.P. Prime Minister Said [...]
Francis Fonseca: “Why Wasn’t Declaration Signed in 2013?”
While Briceńo says there is no rift in the party, in the wake of the signing of a seven-point declaration, several P.U.P. politicians have spoken out giving various reasons for [...]
Francis Fonseca Revisits Failed Idea of a Sarstoon Protocol
Last Wednesday, former Prime Minister Said Musa agreed that a protocol should be in place between Belize and Guatemala where it concerns access to the Sarstoon River. He also said [...]
Someone Wanted Anthony Crawford Dead
Thirty-five-year-old Anthony Crawford, no stranger to the law, remains hospitalized at the K.H.M.H. tonight, following an attempt on his life while on his way home on Monday night. Sometime around [...]
The Circumstantial Evidence Around Missing Anisha Young
A press conference was held late this evening by the family of missing woman, Anisha Young and search team lead, Jose Espat. After providing a detailed run down of what [...]
A Message from Anisha Young’s Family
It’s been over five weeks since Anisha disappeared and the family has not been able to find closure; they have, however, come to accept that Anisha was murdered. Today, Sheree [...]
Orange Walk Mother and Daughter Reunited After Hellish Ordeal
Tonight there is good news to report. Three-year-old Vera Timofeev and her mother Raquel Margarita Cocom have been reunited after a hellish ordeal. The mother and daughter returned to Belize [...]
P.U.P. Leaning Towards a “No” Position
Earlier today when we caught up with the P.U.P. leader, we asked him a number of questions with respect to the I.C.J. In October 2018, John Briceńo embarked on a [...]
P.U.P. Leader Takes on Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington
The media also asked Briceńo for a reaction to the comments made by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, on Monday. When asked about his thoughts on Diasporans voting in [...]
The Courtenay Doctrine Discussed in 2010 by P.U.P.
In 2010, the People’s United Party began discussing what is referred to as the Courtenay Doctrine, after former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eamon Courtenay. Courtenay was the only former foreign [...]
George Price’s 100th Birthday Celebrated
Today marks the one hundredth birthday of the Right Honorable George Cadle Price. Price who is known as the Father of the Nation passed on September nineteenth, 2011, a few [...]
Bar Association to Host Public Forum on I.C.J. Vote
The Bar Association is organizing a public forum in the coming days and an expert in international law has been invited to discuss the issue of the I.C.J. In an [...]
The CJ Acknowledges Retired Justices Lucas and Hanomansingh
There are as many as twelve judges on the Supreme Court bench, however, with the recent retirements of Justices Denis Hanomansingh and Adolph Lucas, two seats are presently available. Both [...]
Supreme Court to Prioritize Pending 2016 Criminal Matters
Will the high-profile case involving accused murderer William ‘Danny’ Mason be heard in the Supreme Court this year? Mason is one of seventy-four inmates on pretrial detention at the Belize [...]
Opposition Leader Urges G.O.B. to Assist Sugar Cane Farmers
P.U.P. Orange Walk South Area Representative Jose Abelardo Mai is on record speaking on the bad conditions of sugar roads and his concerns over the disbursement of monies earmarked for [...]
$ 20 Million for the Caracol Road; is it a Priority?
The Caracol Road is coming – well, not quite yet, but G.O.B. has announced that the funds for the project have been secured. On Monday, the Government of Belize signed [...]
Meet NEBL’s Defending Champions, the Belize Hurricanes
Basketball aficionados are looking forward for the opening of the National Elite Basketball League Season which gets underway later this week. But over the weekend, Belize Hurricanes got a jump [...]
Raquel Cocom returns home with her three year old daughter
Three year old, Vera Timofeev arrived in Belize with her mother Raquel Margarita Cocom just after midday today. We first broke the story when Cocom, with the assistance of Tikkun Olam’s Director, Elisa Castellanos, won a court battle to have her daughter returned to her. Cocom had gotten involved with a Russian national who was …
Squatters may get to stay
Last week, we told you of a property in Belama Phase four that is in dispute. Fen Lan Company is the new owner of the property and the residents who are squatting on the property have been given eviction notices. Yesterday, Orson OJ Elrington, the UDP Standard Bearer for Freetown, told Love news that they …
Briceno wrapping up Listening Tour
The leader of the Opposition, John Briceno, had expressed support for taking Guatemala’s unfounded claim on Belize to the International Court of Justice, ICJ, but after touring the country in an effort to get feedback from his party supporters on the matter, seemingly Briceno has had a change of heart. Today, he told the media …
US University Students examining Communication Disorders in Belize
Texas A & M University students and professors paid a visit to the Santa Ana Government School in the Toledo District. Toledo Correspondent Paul Mahung spoke to the facilitator for the excursion to Belize who said that the visits across the country were in order to examine communication disorders. Paul Mahung: “Santa Ana Government School …
Remembering the Father of the Nation
The Right Honorable George Cadle Price, the Father of the Nation, died on September 19, 2011. However, he still lives on in our hearts, especially the members of the People’s United Party, PUP, which he led for four decades. Today, the Father of the Nation would have been 100-years-old and this morning the PUP held …
Arsonist allegedly burned home after finding out woman moved
The National Fire Service and the Belize Police Department are investigating a fire that could have proven more destructive. On Friday night just after eleven o’clock, a man went to number 78 Dove Street in Ladyville and yelled for a female who lived at that address. Shortly after, a fire blazed and gutted the wooden …
Night Club Security and Police Special Duty on La Isla Bonita
On New Year’s night, Jamir Leal and his two brothers were at the Playa Bar and Grill in San Pedro when Leal assaulted his ex-girlfriend. When he began to choke her, his brothers and other patrons at the bar tried to get him to stop. When PC Tyrell Rowley and PC Samir Medina arrived on …
New Health Clinics Open Up
Healthcare continues to be one of the pressing issues as our population increases. That is why the Ministry of Health is opening two clinics on Monday, including one in Cristo Rey Village. Director of Health Services Marvin Manzanero explained why it was important to have these facilities installed and upgraded. Marvin Mendoza Director of Health …
Anthony Crawford Shot and needs blood
A Belize City man was shot on Monday night. At 8:45 p.m. 35-year-old Anthony Crawford was riding his bicycle with a friend on Antelope Street Extension when a man walked out from a yard and fired two shots at him. One of the bullets caught him on the chest. Crawford is in a critical condition …
Dylan Vernon in Belize for ICJ campaign
Dylan Vernon, Belize’s Ambassador to Belgium is in Belize to contribute to the campaign on the upcoming referendum. This morning he was a guest on The Morning Show where he simplified and discussed several aspects of the Belize/Guatemala issue including the failed negotiations that led to the Special Agreement. Dylan Vernon Belize’s Ambassador to Belgium: …
Investigation into death of Baby Woodeye Continues
Earlier this month baby Dion Woodye died after receiving what the family is referring to as poor treatment at the Corozal Community Hospital. The mother, Leah Miller said that the nurse on duty at the emergency ward told her there was no doctor on duty and that led to hours of wasted time that eventually had some effect on the passing of her child, Dion.
Chief Justice: Progress made in addressing backlog
The year 2018 saw eight hundred and eighteen civil claims made to the courts inclusive of bail applications. Chief Justice Benjamin stated in his address that a backlog in court cases was a serious issue. In the last year, the progress made in addressing the matter, is impressive, including the fact that all murder cases up to 2016 have been addressed in some form.
Judiciary received less than one percent of the budget for 2018-2019
Dozens of stakeholders and key players in Belize’s judiciary gathered at the Holy Redeemer Cathedral in Belize City this morning for the official opening of the Supreme Court 2019 calendar year. The service began at eight thirty and was followed by the annual pump and circumstance; the procession left the church just before ten o’clock ...
Hospitals Need Blood Donors
The national referral hospital is not the only institution that has a problem with a dwindling supply of blood. According to the Director of Health Services, Marvin Manzanero it is a situation that is facing all healthcare facilities. He told us that there is a year-round blood drive for Belizeans to donate blood.
Father and Daughter injured in Highway Accident
Last week Friday night a man and his daughter were the victims of a road traffic accident. 49-year-old Ezekiel Ortega was riding his motorcycle on the George Price Highway with his 18-year-old daughter Lilian Sanabria after 9:30 p.m. when they were hit by a vehicle which did not stop to render aid. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvette says clues were left at the scene but the driver of the vehicle has not been identified as yet.
BNE Charitable Trust donates Computer lab to primary school
The Light of the Valley Primary School is the recipient of computers that will be utilized in its newly installed computer lab. The equipment comes courtesy of the Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust. Dangriga Correspondent Harry Arzu spoke to Walter Garbutt, a Trustee for the BNE Charitable Trust and the school Principal, Desiree Pascual about the donation.
Josue Danilo Villatoro Amador Charged for Murdering Police Friend
Twenty-five year old Josue Danilo Villatoro Amador, a naturalized Belizean originally from Honduras, was charged with the murder of 51-year-old police corporal Alfonso Guy when he appeared today before Magistrate Tricia Anderson. Guy was killed inside his apartment with his service weapon in San Juan area of San Pedro Town. The suspect fled the scene and hid the weapon. However, the police told us today that Villatoro is claiming the weapon discharged by accident.
Will the Turneffe Atoll be managed by foreigners?
There is an article on the internet that refers to Belize’s Turneffe Atoll and assistance coming from the Isrealis regarding its upkeep. It is a non-profit, international environmental organization that reportedly offers opportunities to protect biodiversity. In this specific article it notes that 5-acres of the Turneffe Atoll has been turned over to the care of the organization.
Belize City Toddler Viciously Attacked by Dog
A dog attack in an area behind the Complex building in Belize City has left a child severely injured and his family praying for a quick and safe recovery. Love News found that after the incident, the dog is still at the apartment building but in a different area of the yard. Four year …
Freedom Street Resident Murdered in his Vehicl
A resident of Freedom Street in Belize City is the latest murder victim for 2018. 29 year old Jose Ayala was last seen partying with friends in the Supaul Street area of Belize City. He was blasted multiple times to his face over the weekend inside his Chevrolet Trailblazer. Police found his corpse inside the …
Elrington doesn’t see the practicality for Diaspora to vote
Last week, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, along with Former Foreign Ministers Assad Shoman, Godfrey Smith, Lisa Shoman and Said Musa, who served under past PUP administrations, came together to sign a declaration in support of taking Guatemala’s unfounded claim on Belize to the International Court of Justice, ICJ. Obviously missing was the current Minister of …
Home Invasion Hostage Situation on Mahogany Street
Last night after 9 pm police were called to a burglary in progress at 7 Days Grocery Store on Mahogany Street in Belize City. In one of his first acts as Police Commissioner, Chester Williams deployed officers to the scene as the burglars were still inside the business. It’s officially referred to as a home …
Murder and Missing Men on Mapp Caye
It seems that it doesn’t matter if you’re landlocked or somewhere on the high seas, violent crime continues unabated. On a small island about three miles northeast of Belize City, the police and coastguard are tying together the strings of a murder and missing men incident. Three men were on the island and the last …
ComPol Chester’s intervention saves hostage
Police had their hands full last night when around 9 p.m., they received word of a burglary on Mahogany Street at 7 Days Shop. What started off as a burglary, though, soon turned into a hostage situation.
According to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, when officers, including him, arrived on the scene, they surrounded the building and learned that the burglars were in the building holding the store’s proprietors hostage.
Initial media reports had indicated that the three burglars, one of whom was armed, jumped over the store’s cement fence to gain entry into the building. Once they were inside the store, they beat up the Asian couple, who were the proprietors.
US government’s partial shutdown affecting local staff at Embassy in Belize
Today marks day 24 of a partial shutdown of the US Government, which is affecting some 800,000 federal workers, many of whom are still working without a paycheck, while some have been furloughed.
Closer to home, the Belizean staff at the US Embassy in Belmopan has begun to feel the pinch of working without getting a paycheck on payday.
We called the Embassy today, Monday, to find out how many Belizeans are employed there and are affected by the shutdown, but the person who answered our call said that they have been instructed not to provide any information.
Mapp Caye mystery: 1 murdered, 2 missing
A man’s body, already in an advanced state of decomposition, was found on Mapp Caye, which is about 2 miles northeast of Belize City, around 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 12.
The body, which is presumed to be that of the watchman of the caye, was found in a latrine with a suspected gunshot wound in the back of the head. Two men who were with the watchman are still missing tonight.
The police and the Coast Guard became aware of this situation after family members of the owner of the caye, Evan Neal, age unknown, became concerned when he did not return to Belize City, since the last time they heard from him, which was on Friday, January 11.
Supreme Court opens amidst pomp and circumstance
The legal year began today with the traditional opening of the Supreme Court with all the usual pomp and circumstance, which included a Belize Defence Force marching band, leading a parade from the Holy Redeemer Cathedral to the Supreme Court and a police guard of honor that was inspected in front of the Supreme Court by Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin.
Following the march of the bar, bench and ancillary staff of the judiciary, the courtroom of Chief Justice Benjamin was filled to capacity, for the annual addresses, chronicling the accomplishments of the past legal year.
At the opening of his address, Chief Justice Benjamin acknowledged the sterling support of the Attorney General’s Ministry.
Child, 4, seriously injured after being bitten by dog
Another young child has been seriously injured after being bitten by a dog on Sunday, January 13, in the Rootsville area.
At around 3 o’clock that afternoon, Carlton Pitts, age unknown, was inside a room that he rents while his 4-year-old stepson, Ellis Ortiz, was playing in the yard right outside the room. After a while, he heard the child screaming and he rushed outside.
He then saw his landlord’s dog biting Ortiz’s face and Pitts, along with the landlord, rescued the child and rushed him to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Ortiz sustained injuries to his forehead and jaw.
18 persons lost their lives in car accidents in 2018
Numerous car accidents occurred over the course of 2018 – quite likely more than have been reported. Some were minor incidents; some resulted in serious injuries; and some turned out to be fatal. A perusal of AMANDALA’s archives revealed that there have been at least 18 persons whose lives were lost due to car accidents, not including those who were knocked down while walking or riding bicycles, or accidents that involved motorcycles.
A 77-year-old man, George Young, died in an accident involving a bulldozer on January 30. Around 3 p.m. that afternoon on the Burrell Boom Road, a Toyota RAV4 being driven by Young clipped a bulldozer that was being carried on a trailer. The impact caused extensive damages to the driver’s side of the RAV4, leaving it shredded and killing Young.
Southern teams stand strong in Week 1 of PLB 2018-2019 Closing Season
Of the 8 clubs in the Premier League of Belize (PLB), 3 are based in the south (Dangriga, Placencia and Punta Gorda), 3 hail from the west (Belmopan and San Ignacio/Santa Elena), and 2 from the east (Belize City and San Pedro); and in opening games of the PLB 2018-2019 Closing Season over the weekend, there were no losses suffered by teams from the south. Could this be a sign of a shift in the “balance of power” in PLB football, after western teams have shared the last 6 Opening and Closing Season championships – 5 for the Bandits and 1 for Verdes? Of course, the regular season is 14 games long, so we’ll see how it goes.
NEBL and Belize Hurricanes ready for grand season opener Friday night at the Civic Center
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) will be tipping off its sixth season this Friday with a huge game slated at the Belize Civic Center. Defending champions, Belize Hurricanes will be hosting their southern rivals, Griga Dream Ballers, with a lot of bad blood that needs to be settled on the court. Last year’s semifinals matchup between these two teams went to a decisive game 3, forcing a monstrous season opener.
Mirage Smart Belize Hurricanes will be showcasing their two big men, Belizean American Tyrie Orosco and American big man Jordan Daniels, as they join forces with Devin Daly, Brian White, Akeem Watters and Glency “Coope” Lopez in a quest to get back to the big dance this season.
Secondary school football in Dangriga
The Dangriga Zone Secondary School Football Tournament continued today at Carl Ramos Stadium, hosted by Dellile Academy. In Females result, Ecumenical won over Dellile, 2 goals to 1. The goal scorers for Ecumenical were Jessie McLaughlin and Shendra Casimiro; while Dellile’s only goal was by Tarin Arnold from the penalty spot.
The tournament continues this Wednesday, when it will be Ecumenical as the host school. At 2:00 p.m., game 2 from the female series will be Dellile Academy vs Ecumenical; and in the male match-up at 3:30 p.m., it will be Ecumenical vs ANRI.
Weekend Warriors Sunday Race results – January 13, 2019
Here are the results from Weekend Warriors (WW) racing held yesterday, sponsored by Santi Castillo. The race, for Open A/B/Elites, started at 9:10 a.m. and went from Leslie’s Imports (with a roll-out to Fabrigas) to Democracia junction and back to Old Belize, for 54 miles. 47 of the 48 starters completed the journey.
Top finishers were: 1st Place – Brandon Cattouse (Smart, 2:07:03); 2nd Tarique Leslie (Digi, st); 3rd Keon Robateau (Westrac Alliance, 2:07:10); 4th Wasani Castro (Clear The Land, st); 5th Shane Jones (Westrac Alliance, st); 6th Nissan Arana (Westrac Alliance, st); 7th Greg Lovell (Digi, st); 8th Richard Santiago...
Tourism, by definition, is a service industry. There is no shame in serving. Jesus the Christ made this very clear in John 13, when he washed the feet of his disciples. It must be noted, though, that when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, it was about humility and love, not money.
The first prime minister of Belize, Hon. George Price, didn’t consider tourism to be one of the horses on which to hitch our wagon on our way to prosperity. Belize’s foundation was formerly forestry, and the new foundation would be agriculture, and fisheries.
There are two reasons why Price did not see tourism as a major industry in Belize. One is that the industry has been considered fragile. Tourists don’t have to choose your country. There are open invitations for them to go to other countries, and the industry is always a bad travel advisory away from becoming a rejected destination.
From The Publisher
After Napoleon Bonaparte and the French army wreaked havoc on Europe in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the English dominated Europe and ruled most of the world for the rest of the nineteenth and much of the twentieth centuries.
The key to English hegemony was their navy: English seamen were the finest in the world. And, their maritime code was brutal. Once a sailing ship left an English port, the captain’s authority was absolute: unilaterally, he could have a member of his crew cruelly flogged, keelhauled, or even hanged.
In Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, the movie director gives his audience an idea of how rough military drill sergeants are on the young men they are seeking to get into fighting shape. Yes, the Marine drill sergeant in Jacket was crazy rough, but at least the recruits were assured of daily food and drink. English seamen in the days of sailing routinely endured significantly worse than what you saw in Full Metal Jacket.
Said Musa declares
Well, he took his own sweet time to do it. Said Musa might have declared before, but I didn’t hear the words direct from his mouth until he stood up and told the world on January 9, that he was YES to the ICJ. He had written, in 2008, that we allowed the Guatemalans too much space with the Special Agreement, but that didn’t change some of our minds on where he stood. Still, he had to say it. As dehnseh, betta layt than neva. Now, finally, all our big horses are in the gate.
Aha, Said Musa got a good laugh from the top level UDPeez who (as usual) packed the press conference(last week), when he said that some people were saying that he was following Dean Barrow (to the ICJ), when it was the opposite, that it was Barrow who was following him.
Naa, it wasn’t really a joke. Said Musa has been at the fore for a long time. After the vote it would be good to ask him if he would have been bold enough to sign the compromis. But that is the world of IF, and we live in a world of what IS.
Resetting national rhetoric and behavior: A MUST for resolving Guatemala’s unfounded claim
Beyond the mix of public congratulatory or disparaging remarks and argumentative nit-picking of statements made by various government and opposition leaders in the recent national discourse, all in response to the recent patriotic excursion of Belize Territorial Volunteers to Belize’s Sarstoon River border last Sunday, there still remains a harsh reality.
The reality is that despite decades of negotiations, the Guatemalan government’s unfounded claim to Belize’s entire territory is still unresolved as prospects for a negotiated settlement have remained as hopeless as ever. The Guatemalan military’s recent belligerent posturing at the mouth of the Sarstoon River in its unsuccessful attempt to intimidate BTV to abort their visit to the Sarstoon Island, demonstrated Guatemala’s position regarding their claim of the area.
Musings by the Curious Non-Conformist
These words read with background music of Damian Marley’s ‘Gunman World’ actually make me anxious, angry, and heartbroken because I know this is true for many of US who walk in brown bodies. The basketball court for us, whether made of red clay or gray concrete, is where we are oftentimes socialized. We see conflicts start and resolved, we celebrate when men like “Bynum” dunk and have hang time on these metal rims, and we see humanity shared when there are just enough coins with the Queen’s head to buy water for those at play. It’s a place where some of our first lessons are learned, even for those like me who aren’t that athletic. For others, my brothers, classmates, childhood friends, it’s where they learn their last lesson, oftentimes at the sound of gunshots ringing out or as the pastor tries to impart upon the grieving family some words of comfort and inspiration.
Stephen Leiva, 43, lured out of his house and stabbed
Early this morning, around 1 a.m., a sleeping Stephen Leiva, 43, was awakened and lured out of his house before being attacked by an unidentified man.
According to police reports the incident occurred near BelChina Bridge, where Leiva rents a room. When police arrived about half hour after the incident took place they saw Leiva with multiple stab wounds on his body.
Initial investigations revealed that Leiva, who is a taxi driver, was sleeping in his rented room when he heard a knock at the door.
Charlton Campos, 18, detained in investigation of Elodio Aragon, Sr.’s abduction
Orange Walk police have confirmed that they have one man in custody who they are questioning in their investigation of the abduction of Elodio Aragon, Sr., whose home in Orange Walk Town was burglarized yesterday, Thursday, after which he was forcibly removed from his home.
Aragon, 70, a former United Democratic Party minister of government and the father of current Minister of State, Hon. Elodio Aragon, area representative for the Orange Walk north constituency, was tied up, blindfolded and forcibly removed from his home, after all valuable items were stolen from the house.
Corporal Alfonso Guy, 51, fatally shot in his house
Former police prosecutor, Corporal Alfonso Guy, 51, who was originally from Corozal Town and was attached to the San Pedro police, died after he was shot in his abdomen at about 12:30 this morning, Friday, in his apartment in San Juan by a friend of his, Josue Danilo Villatoro Amador, 25, a waiter of San Pedro.
In speaking to the media this afternoon, Superintendent Reymundo Reyes, Commanding Officer of San Pedro police, said that Amador told them that he was playing with Guy’s loaded police-issued 9mm pistol when it discharged and the bullet struck Guy in the abdomen.
Instead of helping the injured corporal, however, Amador ran out of the apartment, taking the firearm with him. He then gave it to another person to hide.
Josue Amador, 25, charged with Corporal Alfonso Guy’s murder
Josue Danilo Villatoro Amador, 25, a naturalized Belizean originally from Honduras, was charged with the murder of 51-year-old Corporal Alfonso Guy when he appeared today before Magistrate Tricia Anderson.
No plea was taken from him because the offence is indictable. Neither could the court offer him bail because of the nature of the offence. He was remanded into custody until March 16.
The murder occurred around 12:30 a.m. on January 11. According to reports, Guy was in a room in his apartment in the San Juan area of San Pedro Town with his friend, Amador, and Amador reportedly was playing with Guy’s police-issued 9 millimeter pistol when he pulled the trigger and the gun went off.
Briceńo SAYS THE PUP IS UNITED – ICJ DECLARATION WAS STUNT
PUP Leader John Briceńo dismissed the joint ‘YES to the ICJ’ declaration as nothing more than a publicity stunt, and reiterated that the former PUP Foreign Ministers who signed on, did so on their own behalf and not on behalf of the Party. Briceńo also dismissed any notion that the situation had created any discord or rift within the PUP.