Today's Belize News: October 21, 2012 - 10/21/12 01:02 PM
Last night's TV news on Channel 7 and Channel 5
Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and the Dickie Bradley Specials
San Pedro Sailing Club’s Junior Sailors perform at Corozal Bay Regatta
Setting counterproductive vagaries aside, the sailors still believe that the regatta was both exciting and worthwhile. A number of intrepid San Pedranos even chose to enter the Pico class races. Picos are sloops, larger than Optimists and have 2 sails (a main and a jib). Our little Optimist dinghies have only one sail. The young San Pedrano teams who entered the Pico races had never or hardly ever sailed a Pico, let alone race one!
Armed Robbery at Western Union Office South of San Pedro
Police in San Pedro continue to investigate an armed robbery that occurred on Friday, October 19th. Sometime before 4PM on Friday, police responded to the scene at the Western Union office located at Ambergris Lake Villas south of San Pedro Town where upon arrival they observed a male person suffering from head injuries. Initial investigation reveals that a male person entered the premises and made his way to the Western Union office. He pointed what appeared to be a hand gun at the personnel and hit one of the employees on the head with what is believed to be a firearm. The thief then made good his escape with approximately $3,000 in cash and a laptop computer.
Black and White Bar – Showcasing Garifuna Culture
As more recent, the Black and White Bar has been synonymous to a (Girl Bar). However, owner and manager, Julia Martinez is in the process of restoring Black and White to the Cultural venue it was envisioned to be during its inception. Writing of her plans, Julia stated, “I Julia Martinez, the owner and manager of Black & White Bar would like to inform you of my new agenda. In the early years of our family bar it was well known as a Garifuna Cultural Entertainment Bar. Where we portrayed the Garifuna culture to many visitors. My place of business got out of control and became a girl’s bar due to renting and more so because of being so committed to my teaching profession. At this point I had made a personal survey and I’m not satisfied with the outcome of a girls bar. For me at this time and age, I strongly believe that bringing the bar back to a Cultural Entertainment place will be more beneficial to my family, my place of business, the community I served and most of all promoting the Belizean Garifuna Culture in a very unique manner to our tourists, visitors and friends. As a well known citizen of this beautiful Island which I have served in many ways. I would gladly appreciate the assistance of the Tourism board, the hotels, restaurants, golf cart rentals and taxi association by helping, in the process of encouraging guests to see and learn of what San Pedro has to offer in a cultural way at our local place of business.”
The BTB enhances Cruise Visitor Experience through Hair Braiders Training
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce that in the continuous effort to further enhance the visitor experience of cruise tourists, the Capacity Building & Training Team is embarking on a two-day interactive training session for 23 Hair Braiders from the Fort Street Tourism Village Zone. The training session will be held on October 18th – 19th 2012 at ITVET in Belize City. It will be facilitated by Ms. Mapye Smith, covering topics such as Professionalism, Etiquette, Health & Safety and Job Hazards in Hair Braiding. The Hair Braiders training course will serve as a sensitization process which will include assisting participants in the development of their marketing strategies, introduction of the underlying principles of marketing in the context of tourism services and best practices in customer relations. Upon completion of the training session, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Hair Braiding Kit which will include some hair care products and sanitizers on behalf of the Belize Tourism Board. Equally important to mention is that the present Hair Braider’s Minimum Standards will be reviewed and updated soon and once legislated by law, Hair Braiders would have to go through a licensing process every year in order to conduct business in the Fort Street Tourism Village Zone and in the country. The purpose of this initiative is to allow a suitable organization of Hair Braiders in that tourism area.
Misc Belizean Sources
-They sprayed us in Hopeville last night. We sat with rags over our nose and mouth for a long time. Isn't that a great way to spend your evening. UGGGG -They used it in California years ago, when we lived there. It damaged the paint on automobiles. Wherever the spray landed, the paint was damaged...not sure if it was just the color or if it actually 'ate" the paint. But people's cars were "dotted." -After lots of meds and a round of antibotics, Tommy is finally getting over being sprayed right in the face. It really affected his lungs, BAD stuff! - I think the spray program is sponsored by US AID. I said if was cheap and better than DDT. Not that I agreed with this practice. I lived twenty five years in the rainforest/jungle and never had malaria or Dengue. But when I moved to Dangriga I got Dengue and when I moved to Belmopan I got Malaria. The human vector is needed to transmit these.
Purple Movement General Meeting
The Purple Movement will be having a general meeting Sunday, at 2:00pm, at the Red Cross Building in Cayo.
Elias Awe Wake and Funeral
Elias Awe, former civil servant, and champion of the Octavia Waight Centre, passed away yesterday. There will be a wake tomorrow, and the funeral services will be at 2:00pm on Monday, at Sacred Heart Church. The Awe's ask that instead of sending a wreath, that a donation be made to the Octavia Waight Centre instead. RIP, Mr. Awe.
Floral Design Class at BBG
Al Quaranto of Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge taught a Floral Design class at the Belize Botanic Gardens. The goal is to train locals in marketable skills. They had more than 40 people attend the event. Thanks go out to the DuPlooy's, the BBG and Al for sponsoring this event.
Hurricane Hattie @ 51 Exhibit
The Benque House of Culture launched their Hurricane Hattie at 51 exhibit on Thursday. They had many survivors relate their experiences of the hurricane. Here are some pictures from the well attended event. "Hurricane Hattie set an all clear your can now visit your Benque HOC, for a historical review of the many struggles and developments caused by this natural disaster. Pictorial & time line available,police logs book copies, map's a complete insight of 1961 hard hit. Exhibition runs until November 23rd, 2012"
FTC Customer Appreciation Day
Farmer's Trading Center is celebrating their customer appreciation day today. "Since rising to supply the needs of Spanish Lookout in 1962, Farmers Trading Center has grown to offer one of the largest product ranges in Belize. In addition to our greatly expanded hardware department, we also offer an extensive range of home goods, textiles and grocery products, including fresh fruits and vegetables. Proficient service and competent prices continues to be our commitment to you, our valued customers."
Candle Making Workshop at Benque HoC
The Benque House of Culture is having a traditional candle making workshop today at 1:30pm. Learn how to make bee's wax candles with Mr. Raul Shish.
Four Teenagers Remanded To Prison For Murder
Reports from San Pedro town say that four teenage boys have been charged in connection with the death of forty six year old Emerito Itza. Itza died on Monday of this week after he was badly beaten on the night of Wednesday, October tenth in San Pedro town. Because of their ...
Former Civil Servant Dies In San Ignacio
News has been received of the passing of former civil servant Elias Awe. According to reports received, Awe, who was battling cancer, died around four thirty Friday morning in San Ignacio town. Awe has his country and community in various capacities over the years, including ...
OAS Says Foreign Ministers for Belize and Guatemala To Meet Next Week
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize and Guatemala will meet on Monday in Guatemala City. The announcement was made yesterday by the Organization of American States. According to a brief statement posted on the OAS website, Wilfred Elrington and Harold Caballe...
Judge Discharges Jury; New Trial for Accused Murderer
A murder case which began on Monday of this week came to a sudden halt this morning when the judge discharged the 12 member jury. The case of the accused will be traverse and a new trial will begin next week. 34-year-old Alvaro Rene Gregorio, who was accused of killing Robert...
Shooting incident in Belize City
Reports reaching the RSV Media Center indicates that a man was injured by gunshots this evening in Belize City. The name of the victim cannot be released, pending confirmation of the details. Preliminary indications are that the victim was shot once to the chest and once to the left arm. Police investigations continue.
Belize and Guatemala foreign ministers to meet on Monday
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize and Guatemala will meet on Monday in Guatemala City. The announcement was made yesterday by the Organization of American States. According to a brief statement posted on the OAS website, Wilfred Elrington and Harold Caballeros will meet on Monday in the context of the group of Friends of Belize-Guatemala. No details of what will be discussed at the meeting have been announced, except that it will be attended by OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza. The OAS statement also addressed an issue that has been much talked about in Guatemala, that of a meeting between the president of Guatemala and Prime Minister Dean Barrow. As Love News has reported previously, Prime Minister Barrow is on record as saying that he had no knowledge of a scheduled meeting with the Guatemalan president. The OAS statement says that Secretary General Insulza is always available to attend meetings involving Belize and Guatemala at the request of the respective governments, even to the point of postponement of commitments to facilitate such meetings. It appears that special interests in Guatemala are pushing for the meeting of the two leaders; but as confirmed to Love News, Prime Minister Dean Barrow is not aware of any pending meeting with Guatemala.
Environmental groups take umbrage with oil exploration in the south
The Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage and its member organizations are calling on the Government to reschedule a planned public consultation to discuss the UC Capital Energy’s Exploratory Oil Drilling Environmental Impact Assessment. The EIA was necessary because the area where the oil company, US Capital Energy, is interested in exploring is located within the Sarstoon Temash National Park. The date set for the meeting is October 25th, but the Coalition is asking for the date to be set for November 22nd, or a later date in order to give the communities involved adequate time to review the highly technical EIA. But Public Relations Officer for US Capital Energy, Niall Gillett, says that the company has already changed the original date of the discussion from last week to October 25th. This afternoon Love News spoke with the Executive Director of the Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage, Tanya Williams, who said that the document is such a technical one that they need time to translate it for the Maya people who live in the surrounding communities. Williams added that even if the Government goes ahead with the consultation, the Coalition would then ask for a second forum to further discuss matters arising from the EIA and concerns that people might have.
KHMH to introduce new service fees
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital is in the process of streamlining its revenues and expenditures in order to be a more viable health institution. This has become necessary since the hospital has been falling short of around two million per annum in its operations. Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Dr. Francis Gary Longsworth, told Love News today that because of this, the hospital will begin to charge a fee for non-emergency services rendered to patients. In addition, the KHMH will also seek to collect for outstanding fees owed for services rendered. Dr Longsworth encourages Belize City residents to utilize the health clinics during normal working hours for non-emergency type ailments and an additional five dollars for pharmaceutical services. In addition, the hospital is planning to contract its security services to a private firm to cut costs. Love News will have details of these other changes in our weekend news.
High School girl killed in road traffic accident
A teenage girl was knocked down and killed on the Southern Highway on Thursday evening. [VO STARTS[ The victim has been identified as eighteen year old Nalleli Canelas, a third form student of the Independence High School. According to reports reaching the RSV News Centre, Canelas ad just alighted a passenger bus in San Juan village and was attempting to cross the Southern Highway when a south-bound SUV knocked her down. Canelas sustained massive head and body injuries and died on the spot. Her body was first taken to the polyclinic in Independence village and later transferred to the morgue at the Southern Regional Hospital. The principal of Independence High School, Omar Longsworth told Love News that Canelas’ school mates are having a hard time coping with the tragic loss. Love News understands that the driver of the SUV has been detained pending the outcome of the police investigation of the incident.
Commissioner of Police meets with Santa Elena residents
Commissioner of Police David Henderson met with residents of Santa Elena town last night. Our Cayo correspondent Elaine Berry reports on that meeting and other news from the area.
Minister Saldivar completes his tour of the country
The Minister of National Security’s nationwide wide tour is nearing a close as he tours Southern Belize today. Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of National Security, Delroy Cuthkelvin told us more on what is taking place during this tour.
A new ferry for San Jose Succotz village
A new ferry will soon be pressed into service to take visitors across the Mopan River in the village of San Jose Succotz in the Cayo district. Shari Williams is the communications officer for the National Institute of Culture and History.
Elias Awe passes; funeral arrangements announced
News has been received of the passing of former civil servant, sixty two year old Elias Awe. According to reports received, Awe, who was battling cancer, died around four thirty this morning in San Ignacio town. Awe has his country and community in various capacities over the years, including as a public officer, head of the organization Help for Progress and in broadcasting as a news correspondent for the now defunct Radio Belize in the 1980’s. Last month, the Board of Directors of the Octavia Waight Centre, where he also served as a member, gave Awe a public citation in honor of his many years of dedicated service. A year ago, Awe was a guest on the current affairs program Belize Watch, right here on Love Television, where he was discussing proposed legislation regarding older persons. Here is an excerpt of that conversation. A wake is scheduled for Sunday, October twenty first, followed bya funeral services on Monday, October twenty second. Elias Awe is survived by his wife Lourdes, three children and a host of other relatives and friends.
Man charged for assaulting his baby’s mother
Police have formally arrested and charged a twenty year old man following an alleged assault of his baby’s mother. According to police reports, Patrick Jones, a resident of Banak Street in Belize City has been charged for the crimes of aggravated assault and harm. Twenty one year old Layla Fuentes reported to police that on Tuesday afternoon she went Jones’ home, reportedly to collect money for a child the couple shares. Fuentes says that when she got to Jones’ Banak Street house, the young man pointed a black revolver at her and threatened to kill her. Fuentes says that Jones then punched her on her face and knocked her on her head with a stone causing a cut wound. Jones is expected to appear in Magistrates court shortly.
Vehicle broken into; items stolen
Theft from motor vehicles has been reported frequently in the last few weeks. And today there is one more report to add to the list. Twenty nine year old Paul Wade Junior reports that sometime between nine thirty and ten o’clock last night, someone broke the passenger side window of his Toyota 4-Runner as it was parked on Krooman Road. Wade told police that the thief or thieves stole a laptop computer and personal documents that were in the vehicle. Police investigations continue.
Teens charged for Manslaughter
Reports from San Pedro town say that four teenage boys have been charged in connection with the death of forty six year old Emerito Itza. Itza died on Monday of this week after he was badly beaten on the night of Wednesday, October tenth in San Pedro town. Because of their ages, the names of the boys cannot be released, but Love News understands that they were read a charge of manslaughter when they appeared before a Justice of the Peace last night in San Pedro town. They were formally arraigned in Family Court today. As we have reported previously, Itza, a resident of the village of San Jose Succotz in the Cayo district, was brutally attacked in San Pedro town, where he worked. He was initially treated at the local polyclinic and released. But twenty four hours later Itza had to be readmitted and then a decision was taken to transfer him to the KHMH for further treatment where he died. Emerito Itza was laid to rest in San Jose Succotz village on Thursday afternoon.
Happy birthday Ada Tucker
Birthdays are special times for most people. But when a person reaches the one hundredth year of life on earth … it is an especially joyous time for celebration. Today, Love TV’s Natalie Novelo and video journalist Myles Gillette visited one such happy occasion and bring you the following report.
Independence High School prepares to celebrate World Food Day
A major event to commemorate World Food Day will be held tomorrow in Independence Village. Correspondent Paul Mahung has the details.
Belize City Passport office back in business
Two weeks after the announced closure of the passport office in Belize City, today the Ministry of Immigration and Nationalist announced that the facility is back in business. A brief statement making the announcement says that the reopening of the passport office is for the acceptance of application services only. Furthermore, it says, persons who wish to apply for an emergency passport can do so at the Belmopan office.
Orange Walk man acquitted of burglary charge
Thirty-one year old Germin Bustillos, a laborer of Guinea Grass charged with the burglary of Quan’s warehouse in which over $8,000.00 worth of items were stolen, was acquitted of the charge today. After the prosecution closed its case, Bustillos’ attorney, Phillip Palacio, submitted that he did not have a case to answer to because it was not established that entry was gained to the warehouse, which is one of the elements needed to prove the charge. As a result, Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith upheld the no case submission and acquitted Bustillos. The incident occurred around 2 a.m. on May 4, 2011, at the warehouse, located at mile 3 and a half on the Northern Highway. Mario Chun, a security officer at the warehouse, testified that he heard noise coming from the warehouse and when he climbed on top of a truck he saw two persons with items in their hands. Chun called the police and the police upon arrival saw Bustillos on the compound. The police pursued Bustillos and caught him on the compound. The stolen items were recovered by the police outside of the warehouse. The items included a compressor, a table saw, 11 boxes of fluorescent tubes, 144 cans of WD 40 and 1 roll of electric cable.
loves to chase these and tear them up. But before she got going on that, she sniffed something under our dock and made a bee-line underneath to retrieve it. We laughed out loud when we saw the treasure she hauled out. A full-sized coconut, almost as big as she is! She never fails to make us laugh with her silly antics. She actually managed to carry it over the sea wall, where Barry rolled it for her a few times, and she ran after and chomped on it. I guess there was enough coconut meat in it to provide some delicious flavor as she tore it apart. She just loves to deconstruct coconuts, I know not why. It's a dog thing. MUST TEAR UP...NOW! Soon the retrieval game moved to the water, where Barry would toss the coconut from the dock, and she'd rush in after it. We were amazed that she was able to retrieve it once it filled with water. It was pretty heavy, but she was able to "swim it in".
Alll kinds of Weather
Today was one of those days where we have been lucky enough to experience a wide range of weather, we even got a rainbow in amidst the sun, rain and fast approaching cloud cover. I also noticed the breeze has been coming in a bit more from the west which often brings cooler temperatures. I took the opportunity to enjoy the sun while it was out and get a nice walk in this morning. Part of the reason for my walk was a grocery run , so I headed down the road that leads to Marina’s stopped at a fruit stand near Banyan Bay. I picked up 1/4 watermelon, 2 beets, 2 carrots, 2 plantains, and 5 bananas for 12.50 bzd, I would have added a pineapple if I was not walking. Next came our corner store where I spent $31.15 for a jar of Nescafe Dolca coffee, a box of Lala milk, 2 green apples from Washington, 2 tomatoes and a tube of tooth paste. As soon as I got home the sky changed again and grew dark, perfect weather for an afternoon nap . I will leave you with a couple of sunset pictures I snapped on Thursday afternoon as I was passing by the Crocodile pond, it is always so peaceful there at that tine of day.
Cali, Colombia: Now This City's Got Some Pizazz, Part Two
I returned from Colombia almost one month ago and loved it. Adored it. I wrote about Medellin...twice, about visiting an amazing coffee finca outside of Manizales, about the thermal hot springs of Santa Rosa, about bland, colonial Popayan and then about Cali, the city of salsa and tight clothing. Medellin was far and away my favorite, a city that I could live in, but Cali, my last stop, had some spark...some spunk. And I only wrote Part One. So here is Part Two. Bear with me. I have never written a post weeks after the experience. I always write the morning after. Let's see if my memory fails me. For the tight clothes, the awesome zoo, and historical buildings of Cali, Colombia, see Part One After the zoo, we headed back to downtown Cali to check out the higher end neighborhood, the area of posh restaurants and more boutique hotels. On the way over we passed through a park filled with men and old fashioned typewriters. Cesar consulted one of the writers but couldn't understand one word the guy said. I found out later that these guys will write a poem for you on the spot. There were about 15 desks and no customers. Seems like a tough way to make a living. Across the almost completely dried up river (September is the heart of the dry season in Colombia), is the Granada neighborhood and it's undergoing quite a resurgence. There is plenty of construction going on along the tree lined streets. But there are also lots of shops and great restaurants. They are even raising money for a Salsa Museum in the area and these great wall paintings were just outside.