Today's Belize News: December 7, 2012 - 12/07/12 03:20 PM
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John McAfee detained in Guatemala and his political asylum denied
Authorities in Guatemala have arrested John McAfee. The 67 year old anti-virus pioneer is wanted for questioning in Belize but fled to Guatemala, arriving in the country’s capital on Tuesday accompanied by his Belizean girlfriend Samantha Vanegas. In Guatemala, McAfee confessed to have entered the country illegally and had requested political asylum through his attorney Telesforo Guerra. The multimillionaire and businessman is wanted in Belize for questioning in regards to the murder investigation of his neighbor, 52 year old American national Gregory Faull. Faull was found dead with a shot to the back of his head on November 11th. “We made the decision to deny (the asylum) and we will not give it to him, it is a right of this state,” said Foreign Minister, Harold Caballeros. Meanwhile, Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina explained that the request was denied because of his background in Belize, where he has been photographed heavily armed. According to the Government of Guatemala, they have already notified McAfee’s attorney of the decision and explained that McAfee will be deported as soon as they resolve an appeal by his lawyer. Minister Caballeros said that the Guatemalan government received a correspondent from their Belizean counterparts requesting that McAfee be transferred to Belize. “The gentleman has not been charged with a crime, he is simply wanted for questioning,” reaffirmed Caballeros. McAfee and his girlfriend have been at the immigration department, located in Zone 5 in Guatemala City, since he was detained by Interpol and Immigration officials Wednesday night at his hotel room. The Prensa Libre reports that an officer of the U.S. Embassy visited with McAfee and informed him that there is not much that the embassy could do, but they would see that his treated in a dignified way.
The Belize Barrier Reef gets its 2012 Report Card
The Belize Barrier Reef, one of, if not THE major source of income for the entire country of Belize, has been in the media for quite some time now. With the threat of losing the status of a World Heritage Site, and the threat of offshore oil drilling, the health condition of our reef is at the forefront of the minds of almost everyone living in the country that is aware of its value. In San Pedro Town, it is the jewel that we take pride in having at our fingertips. It is a selling point for individuals marketing timeshares, condos and property on the island. It provides food for most fishermen that have made fishing their livelihoods. It provides a habitat for a vast variety of marine life and is home to some of the most beautiful corals in the world; all balancing a delicate marine ecosystem. On December 4th Healthy Reef Initiative (HRI) issued their 2012 report card on the state of the world’s second largest uninterrupted barrier reef. According to Dr. Melanie McField, Director of HRI, this is somewhat of an annual physical assessment of the reef’s health. The report looks at four specific indicators, two of which deals with the hard bottom of the reef. The other two components include measuring the amount of fish, and in particular the omnivores fish, such as parrot fish, tangs and surgeonfish. The fourth component is measuring the top predators or commercial fish such as the groupers and snappers. The 2012 Report Card highlights three focal sections: existing and emerging threats to the reefs health; an assessment on the current state of the reef and social context; highlights of reef conservation actions across the region, including the prioritized recommendations to foster healthy reefs and healthy people.
“Poly Dolly” helps raise funds for the Polyclinic
On Tuesday afternoon, December 4th a group of lovely ladies, decked in holiday attire and eager to dine and socialize met for a “Ladies Holiday Charity Luncheon.” Hosted by Casa Picasso, the luncheon was organized by Ti Southwell, Amy Knox, Tina Hayden and Tammy Peterson. The get-together was not only an opportunity to visit with friends, enjoy fine food and wine while bringing in the holiday season, but an occasion to help raise money for the community. While the guests enjoyed a delicious lunch and cocktails, a raffle was held where a variety of gifts were presented to the lucky ticket holders. Generously donated by local business, the prizes ranged from sunset cruises and gift certificates to baskets of chocolate. There was also an ornament exchange which was enjoyed by all who brought one to the luncheon. While there were plenty of local San Pedro “socialites” in attendance, the true guest of honor was Poly Dolly. Multi-colored and multi-ethnic, the colorful handcrafted fabric Poly Dolly dolls, fashioned by three Sagebrush Community Church members were created to raise funds for the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II. Each unique doll, stuffed with bean bellies and rice legs, donned a Poly Dolly tag with a name and interest penned on it, such as “Hi! My name is Emma and I like to go on adventures!” Of course the sophisticated ladies were immediately reduced to young girls, enamored with the darling dolls as they admired each and every one. With a total of 80 to choose from, soon the number dwindled as gifts for granddaughters, nieces and neighborhood cuties were rapidly purchased. For only $25, many bought two or more, thrilled to find a unique gift while helping the Polyclinic. With 100% of the proceeds going to the clinic, the guests enthusiastically purchased the dolls.
A miracle for Fatima
Fatima Arceo was born with spina bifida, and abandoned at birth on September 29th, 2006. In her short six (6) years of life, she has had ten shunt revisions and five operations, and has many more procedures to undergo. In particular, she is expected to undergo an MRI to investigate whether Fatima can receive corrective surgery to enable her to eventually walk. She is a beautiful, happy soul, constantly smiling and despite being in a wheelchair most of her life, enjoys music and dancing, not letting a set of wheels get in her way of a good time. Everyone who meets Fatima instantly falls in love with her, taken in by her glowing smile and general cheerful attitude. One person who was touched by this little girl was photographer Olivera “Oli” Rusu, and she is offering a special photo session to help raise some much needed funds for the upcoming procedures that Fatima must undergo. On Friday, December 7th starting at 7PM, Oli will be doing a Christmas photo shoot at Bistro Mestizo Restaurant. For $25BZ, you get two (2) photographs for web display. For the best photos, Oli recommends solid colors such as white, red, or green, even black. Get your Christmas portraits while helping a lovely young girl with her medical expenses. There will be specials at Bistro as well, so don’t miss out! See you there!!
United Nations Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties COP-18
The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Senator Honourable Lisel Alamilla is presently leading a delegation comprised of senior technical government officials and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre representatives to the Climate Change Conference of the Parties — 18 (COP 18) being held in Doha, Qatar. It is focusing on four main themes: a second commitment period to the Kyoto Protocol; successful closure of the ad-hoc working group on Long-term Cooperative Action (LCA); a work programme for the development of a new legally binding climate change regime post-2020 under the Ad-hoc working group on the Durban Platform for enhanced action (ADP); and securing the necessary financing for developing countries to ensure we reach the target of a $100 billion USD annually by 2020. Yesterday, Thursday December 5th, 2012, Minister Alamilla presented Belize’s position on Climate Change and the intended outcomes of the COP-18 to the High-Level plenary.
Infamous McAfee on Way Back to Belize After Arrest in Guatemala
Software mogul John McAfee could be deported to Belize today, Thursday, after being detained by immigration officials, a Guatemalan official said. Authorities took McAfee into custody Wednesday, December 5, 2012, said Francisco Cuevas, a spokesman for Guatemala's president, Otto Perez Molina. "He entered the country illegally and we are going to seek his expulsion for this crime," Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said. McAfee was detained by Guatemalan police and a member of Interpol at the upscale Intercontinental hotel in Guatemala City. After weeks in hiding and eluding authorities here in San Pedro, Belize, the 67-year-old Internet security pioneer emerged publicly on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, in Guatemala's capital, hundreds of miles away from his home where his next-door neighbor was found dead. Guatemala's foreign minister said earlier on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, that officials there did not know how McAfee entered the country and that there was no record of McAfee entering legally at any official border crossing.
Two Belizeans Honored by Queen Elizabeth II
Two prominent Belizeans were today honored by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. They are Sister Maria Caritas Lawrence, RSM, EDD; and Right Reverend Philip Wright B.A. (Hons) M.A. who were bestowed with the insignia of the Order of the British Empire. The Governor-General of Belize, His Excellency Sir Colville Young pinned the emblematic medals on them, reciting a short biography of each for the benefit of a number of distinguished invitees to the occasion. Bishop Wright currently sits on the Board of Governors of the University of Belize, is a member of the Council of Churches, and works with a number of NGO groups within the church in the Province of the West Indies; and now is the third most Senior Diocesan Bishop in the Province. Today Bishop Wright was honored by the Queen for his outstanding services to Belize in the field of religion. Bishop Wright is married to Mrs. Carla Suite-Wright. Sister Maria Caritas Lawrence is the eighth of ten children born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lawrence. Her career as an educator spans forty-six years, with forty-three of those years dedicated in loving service to the people of her beloved Belize. Sister Caritas holds a Doctorate in Leadership Education. Today Sister Caritas, as she is affectionately called, was honored by the Queen for her years of outstanding accomplishments and service in the field of religion and education.
Founder’s Day Celebrated San Pedro High School
The birthday of Principal Angel Nuñez was always a BIG event at San Pedro High School. The senior class was always responsible to come forth with a super birthday party to rival last year’s celebrations. But now that Mr. Nuñez has retired from the position as principal, the school still celebrates his birthday but now as part of Founder’s Day that is observed on his birthday, December 5th. This year the celebrations were nothing short of fun and entertaining as years past. The entire school gathered at the R. Angel Nuñez Auditorium and the different classes organized dances and musical presentations, among other entertainment, for Mr. Angel Nuñez. The highlight of the celebration was a skit performed by the drama club of the school. They gave rendition to Mr. Nuñez by reenacting key points of his life, from going up as a young boy 25 years ago, meeting and dating his girlfriend, marrying his wife Ligia and the founding of San Pedro High School. Here are some highlights of the celebrations. Happy Birthday Mr. Angel Nuñez!
Emo Teens Deal Depression with ‘Cutting’
So this week I would like to talk about cutting and depression and I believe this is a very big issue with teens today. When going to school I have noticed a lot of people with cut scars on their wrists and these same people that do are the ones that always seem happy and are living a good life. It’s funny how what you see on the outside does not compare to what is on the inside. For example, a regular boy that always has a lot of friends and is super happy could just, on the next day, kill himself. Teens could be depressed for many things. Maybe it’s their parents’ neglect on their social, emotional or even educational problems. Also, another reason is that they believe cutting themselves is a style or fashion because there are actual groups that pretend to act sad and cut themselves because they are trying to be ‘Emo’. I have actually seen on a lot of these types of social networks - a girl would post a status saying “Omg! ‘Emo’ Boys are so cute!” Then a boy sees this and cuts his hand and tries to be this ‘emo’ person, but there are actual real depressed people, actual ‘emo’ people who do come together in groups to cut or do different rituals. The only difference between these two is that the real ‘emo’ group is actually depressed for some reason and could lead to suicidal tendencies. However, the ones pretending to be ‘emo’ would not go as far as to kill themselves. So if you are depressed, you need to talk to someone and try to change what is making you depressed. I know it might sound hard but as soon as you are willing to conquer your depression, it’s a piece of cake. If you cut yourself to relieve your depression, then I got to tell you something; it doesn’t work. All that it does is give you pain and scars on your hands.
Reaching Our Students
In Strengthening the Balance I pointed out that our students want very much to know that we, their educators, care whether they learn or not. Even more pressing to them than that, though, our students want to know how the coursework that they work on everyday connects to their lives and to the world in which they live. Why do they have to study the lessons that we give them in the classroom everyday? Why do they get homework based on those lessons? A recent comment posted by a reader indicates that as a student in high school he once asked his Math teacher, “When will we use Math formulas in real life?” In response, the teacher immediately gave him 5 demerits and sent him to detention. Sadly, that incident seems typical of many teachers – past and present. Yet, it’s the total opposite of trying to connect a student’s day-to-day work with the world in which the student lives. Was that teacher someone who seemed to care whether his student was learning or not? Without a doubt, the incident reported in that comment showcases to the world how not to reach out to, or care about, students. Notwithstanding the many “Do’s and Don’ts” in the classroom that both teachers and students must adhere to everyday, once they develop positive relationships between and amongst themselves they nurture learning, and allow it to blossom beautifully and productively. Study after study in Education continue to show that, despite what many teachers mistakenly believe, the vast majority of students do not mind being academically challenged and being held accountable. Actually, as social beings they crave the recognition! However, what they do mind is when a teacher refuses to think of them or treat them as partners in learning, but instead, insists on ruling them as feudal subjects when the teacher is in the classroom. Such teachers do not stimulate or encourage students to want to learn and reach their potential. On the contrary, any teacher with dictator-like teaching methods will merely increase his/her students’ apathy towards learning, and he/she will destroy any high academic expectations they may have, or want to have.
Misc Belizean Sources
Mexico trains forensic ballistic analysts in Belize
Two Belizeans have just returned from Mexico after receiving specialized training in the science of forensic ballistics. The two Belizeans underwent an intensive five-day crash-course in various aspects of forensic ballistics, including the use of the integrated ballistics imaging system (IBIS). The training course was conducted in Mexico City from November 22 to 26 through the Mexican Program for International Cooperation for Development. With the training received, the Belizean forensic ballistic analysts will be able to operate the IBIS TRAX 3D System recently donated to Belize by Canada, which is being set up within the National Forensic Science Service headquartered in Ladyville. It has been agreed that the possibility will be explored for further training and follow-up courses, as well as continuous exchange in techniques and practices in forensic ballistics and related specialized fields.
The San Pedro Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Come witness the alluring “Isla Bonita” glittering throughout the night, as the “San Pedro Holiday Lighted Boat Parade” progresses on its 2 mile route along the shores, this December 8th, 2012! “Get-in-the-spirit” of the Christmas Season in San Pedro-Ambergris Caye, and enjoy ALL the wonderful activities scheduled for this event including a Block Party. Activities include: The San Pedro Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Isla Bonita Marching Band Presentation Award Ceremony The Christmas Caroling Competition Food and Drinks on sale Music As an annual tradition, this year marks the 7th Annual San Pedro Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, a fun-filled event for all ages! Visiting Belize for the winter season? Then take a trip out here and relish in the lineup of island activities. Cheer on the parade participants at Wayo’s dock (starting at 6:00 p.m.) and watch the 2 mile course heading south toward the Caribbean Villas Hotel, as it brings joy to onlookers. The parade then concludes at the Central Park pier, where all the fun activities will be held! To get more information about this exciting Holiday event, contact Seaduced by Belize at: 226-2254 & 610-1697 or the San Pedro Business Association at: 226-2799.
Benque Viejo Posadas
The Benque House of Culture is starting the annual Posada on December 15th, at 7:30, in Centennial Park, and it'll continue until Christmas. It'll be a huge cultural event, with Marimba music of course. They've been posting tons of pictures from the Benque celebrations over the years. Be sure and check those out. "Traditional Posadas in Benque Viejo Del Carmen, celebrations start on the 15th of December until December 25th, follow us to learn which homes will be hosting and sharing delightful and traditional treats this season."
Panoramic History of El Cayo
The Institute for Social and Cultural Research is having the 1st annual Elias Awe Memorial Lecture tonight at the Octavia Waight Conference Center. The theme is 'A Panoramic History of El Cayo,' and they'll have a great lineup of speakers. Dr. Jaime Awe will present on Anthropological history, Don Hector Silva will cover Political history, Melanie Smith will talk about Sociological history, and Alfonso Tzul will explain Agricultural history. It starts at 7pm.
Bze Police Await McAfee Expulsion, He's Hospitalized With Heart Problems
Last night when we left you John McAfee was profiling and preening for the cameras in Guatemala City - where he was asking for political asylum. But, in 24 hours, a lot can change in McAfee's topsy-turvy world - and it has! Tonight, he's in a Guatemala City hospital - and reports are that he may have suffered two mild heart attacks. Quite a scene was created in Guatemala City this afternoon - as an ambulance took him from his private holding room at an Immigration Detention Center. He ended up in that center after he was picked up last night on immigration charges. The immigration issue is that McAfee openly admits to entering Guatemala illegally from Belize - which is an offence. Now it may be considered permissible in the case of a person genuinely fleeing persecution and seeking asylum - but Guatemalan authorities don't think McAfee qualifies as such a case. And so last night - Guatemalan immigration authorities accompanied by Interpol officers went to his hotel and put him under arrest. They had every intention of expelling him, sending him back to the country he came from - in this case Belize - which is the standard procedure for illegal immigrants. But, McAfee's got a resourceful attorney, former Attorney General Telesforo Guerra - known as "Telesh" - who is originally from Benque Viejo, Belize. Guerra is pulling out all the stops to keep McAfee from being put on a plane and to be sent back to Belize. We've pieced together video and pictures from various news reports - and here's a rundown of what all has happened since last night:.. Jules Vasquez reporting Last night at around 9:00 Guatemalan Police and Immigration authorities arrested John McAfee at his hotel in Guatemala City.
Man On Bike, Man In Car Teamed Up For Ladyville Shooting
Tonight, 18 year-old Raheem Crawford and 25 year-old Mason Patnett are in prison after they were arraigned for allegedly shooting a man in Ladyville. According to police, 21 year-old Marvin Bol reported that he was in a yard on Dove Street on Saturday, December 1. He said that he was speaking to a friend when a black car and a man on the bicycle approached the yard. The car then stopped, and the driver of the vehicle got out. He then handed a firearm to the man on the bicycle, who then immediately fired several shots at Bol, hitting him in the right shoulder. Both men then made their escape, and Bol was rushed to the hospital and successfully treated for his wound. Police investigated this incident, and they arrested and charged Crawford and Patnett with attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm, and wounding. Patnett was additionally charged with abetment to commit murder. They were arraigned before Senior Magistrate Frazer today, who remanded them to prison until their next court date, which is scheduled for January 15, 2013.
Stevedores Threaten Industrial Action
Since March of this year, the Christian Workers Union and the Waterfront Workers have been in negotiations with the receivership management of the Port of Belize. They're trying to hammer out a new Collective Bargaining Agreement - and it's been slow going. Some forward progress has been realized, but today they made two steps back. In a meeting at the Port of Belize, they were discussing three things: reducing the size of the work gangs, reducing the number of hours of work for work gangs, and a retirement package. But, the Stevedores say the port management took one of those items off the table. That's when the CWU walked away from the table. President of the Union Antonio Gonzalez told us why they felt they had no choice:.. Antonio Gonzalez, CWU President "We left the meeting in an abrupt way." Jules Vasquez "It sounds like the meeting was broken up." Antonio Gonzalez, CWU President "It didn't break up but we didn't leave in a contented position." Jules Vasquez "No resolution?" Antonio Gonzalez, CWU President "No resolution, so we intended to go back to the table. We have three issues; retirement package, the gang situation and the hours of work. It appears that they want to dismember the hours of work from these three other issues. The three of them has to go hand-in-hand. Right now they moved from 15 hours to 18 hours - that is their proposal. We are saying no, let us negotiate this and see if we can improve on that. This evening when we put out those feelers and those new issues that we mentioned earlier - they are trying to get our confirmation. Let us agree to the hours of work; if we let go the hours then that means that we only have two other issues - three goes together."
Child Abuser Gets A Dozen
4 weeks ago, 7News told you about 54 year-old Romero Jimenez, the man who was convicted a second time for carnal knowledge in the Orange Walk Supreme Court. Well, he has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for it. As we reported, the 12 year old girl testified against that in July of 2008 Jimenez entered her home, tied her hands, and raped her. In the original trial, Jimenez was convicted and sentenced to spend 17 years in jail for it, but in October of 2010, he successfully appealed his case, which was granted. The Court of Appeal set aside his conviction and ordered a new trial, and he was convicted again. His family has indicated that they will take the matter to the Appeal Court a second time.
Accused of A Carnal Crime
36 year Karel Galvez Sr., a resident of Jane Usher Boulevard is in jail tonight after it was alleged that he had sexual relations with a 15 year-old girl. According to police, they received information that Galvez was having relations with the girl, and as a result, they went to her home and detained her mother. The child, in the presence of her mother, reported that during the month of October 2012, Galvez, who she identified as her boyfriend, had intercourse with her 7 times. She claims that they have been together for over a year. She was examined by a doctor, who certified that she was carnally known. As a result, police arrested Galvez and charged him with unlawful carnal knowledge, and he was arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer. Due to the nature of the offence, no plea was taken and Galvez was remanded into prison until January 18, 2013, his next court date.
Cycling Dispute Goes to Governing Body
Last night, 7News told you about Deputy Belize City Mayor Dion Leslie who has been organizing a vote of no-confidence against the current Belize Cycling Association President, Emil Moreno. It is part of an ongoing power struggle between both men, over the AGM which was called to elect a new executive. Those elections had to postponed because they can't agree on whether the BCA is an association or a federation. Leslie, who wants to become the next president of the association, claims to have major support from the cyclists, who, according to him, have already been signing the no-confidence document en-masse. But, Moreno has pulled out a trump card - a letter from the regional governing body recognizing his executive. In a letter dated November 26, 2012, the President of Pan-American Cycling Federation, Jose Manuel Rodriguez, addressed Sports Minister Patrick Faber requesting that elections of the BCA be postponed until January 20, 2013, when he will make a visit to Belize. He reiterated that his organization and the International Cycling Union currently only recognizes Moreno's executive. They also recognize the constitution lodged with them, which is for a Federation. The constitution lodged with the Sports Council is for an Association.
Xunantunich Concert Cancelled
The villagers in Succotz have raised an uproar about Xunantunich being shut down for two weeks during the tourist high season - and tonight it seems the Gods of Failed Concert Promotions have heard their cries. Unofficial, but reliable reports to 7news are that the major international concert planned for December 21st at Xunantunich has been cancelled. According to our reports, the international promoters who were renting Xunantunich from NICH to hold the concert had to abandon their plans for their own logistical reasons. The concert was supposed to have major international artists performing for a global audience and was expected to raise significant revenues for NICH. And so while it wasn't cancelled due to pressure from Succotz - we're sure leaders in that Western Village are happy tonight that there will be no closure.
Police Find Weed By the Pound
Special Branch information has proved accurate again, as it led police to an abandoned lot in Rowland's Alley this morning. They found 2 black plastic bags with 1.8 kilos - about four pounds - of cannabis. No one was in the immediate area and so the drugs were labeled as Found Property.
Bze Minister Talks About Climate Change In Qatar
MINISTER OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, Lisel Alamilla is in Doha, Qatar at a major Climate Change conference. In her address, Alamilla noted that Belize has the highest percent of natural forest cover in the Mesoamerican region. She noted also that Belize's national mangrove cover has remained relatively stable over a 30-year period from 1980-2010. But on the downside, she noted that Global warming has increased coral bleaching episodes and rising sea levels is increasing erosion on the mainland and offshore islands. She noted also what we've been reporting that during the annual spring tides, the municipal airport in Belize City is now being inundated twice a day, disrupting domestic air transport. She warned that if "the international community fails to undertake ambitious actions to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius, then the impacts of climate change to Belize will be significantly greater and more extensive."
In Memory Of Peetaz!
The second annual Mista Peetaz Brukdong Bram will be taking place this Saturday at the Black Orchid Resort in Burrell Boom. It is all a part of the Institute of Creative Arts Christmas celebrations in Creole style. The public will be entertained with traditional Creole songs by musicians who will be using instruments like the grater, pint bottles and the famous mouth organ. And while there won't be a Brukdong Bram competition this year, there will be a concert in the night with all of the Bands. Organizer Timothy Stamp told us more:.. Joseph Stamp Romero, Coordinator "This Saturday starting at 3pm we invite the general public to join us a celebration to Mr. Peters birthday - it's his birthday bram. We kinda celebrate Mr. Peters on a whole even though he is not here and not his actual birthday but we celebrate Mr. Peters in Belize and the fact that he gave so much to this country in his music especially. On that day we have artists coming together like Sam Harris, Mr. Peters brukdown band and artists like Nello Player, Lisa Alvarez and others like the queen of brukdown Ms. Lila Vernon. We have those artists coming together in celebrating this momentous occasion in brukdown music in saying that brukdown is alive and it continues to be a part of our culture and history. We invite everybody to come out. We have rides, we have food, we have a concert event and a dance event and there is also a bus running from 5 in the evening. There is no reason not to come over and enjoy this really great occasion with us."
Damian Lights The Way with New Art
Tomorrow evening the Image Factory is launching a new exhibit by sculptor and assemblage designer, Damian Perdomo. The exhibit is called "Luminous," where Perdomo experiments with the behavior of light on glass and other reflective and transparent mediums. And, if you're scratching your head trying to figure out what we're talking about, we dropped by the Image Factory and got a preview of his pieces: Damien Perdomo, Artist ""Luminous" is a show involving artwork that uses light, either it produces light or it reflects light in some way. I really wanted to investigate the limitations of glass and with working with glass you have to be extremely patient; the minute you try to rush the job it breaks on you especially when it comes to drilling holes in glass - if there is too much pressure or too much heat or vibration from you equipment it breaks and you have to start at square one."
PROFILE: Marlon Rodriguez
Every week on the "I Am Belize Profile" we feature regular folks with extraordinary stories of dedication, determination and perseverance. And, in the normal course, Marlon Rodriguez is not the type of person you'd expected to see on the feature. The young man is intellectually impaired and that might cause some to say he's not ready to tell his story in a profile. But this teacher's assistant has his own moving study of a triumph over adversity. And in this disabilities week, we thought it would be just the right fit - and so here's his story with the help of his special needs teacher:..
Hundreds More Turn Up For McDonald's Hiring
Last night we told you about the frenzy at the Radisson where a Canadian Company was hiring Belizeans to work at McDonald's in Western Canada. Well, 250+ persons went in for interviews yesterday - and today - with a publicity bump from our news - it was almost 400!! Actyl - which is the company doing the hiring - reports that 7 persons have been hired. The job interviews continue tomorrow and they expect to hire over 70 by the weekend. They expect to recruit 150 Belizeans for jobs this year.
Florida Cruise Assoc. Gives
It's a Christmas tradition that every year the Belize Tourism Board teams up with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association to bring a little Christmas cheer to deserving primary school children of Belize City. The FCCA and the BTB held that Christmas Party yesterday at the House of Culture in Belize City and Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia told us why the FCCA gives: Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism "Today what we are having over here is just another year, it started 15 years ago with this project between BTB and Florida Caribbean Cruise Association that have partnered to make sure that we can bring joy and happiness to the under privilege schools in Belize City and every year we try to bring at least 200 students over to receive their toys from the Norwegian Cruise that is handing over these toys. Apart from that BTB provide the food and drinks to these kids so that they can have a lot of fun every year on this occasion."
Busted! Guatemala arrests and wants McAfee deported
“Thank God I am in a place where there is some sanity. I chose Guatemala carefully” Those were the words John McAfee said before being arrested in Guatemala City on Wednesday night for illegal entry. Earlier today, the Guatemalan Foreign Minister, Harold Caballeros, turned down his request for political asylum and McAfee was expected to [...]
Did John McAfee get a heart attack in Guatemala?
McAfee’s lawyers are fighting his deportation. Prior to his arrest, however McAfee also spoke to Thomson Reuters and ABC News. John McAfee “The plan was always Guatemala; there was no other country I could have gone to.” Reporter, Thomson Reuters “Why is that?” John McAfee “Mexico is extremely friendly to Belize for [...]
Trade license gone up
With the record pace at which the Mayor of Belize City is repairing streets, streamlining the council’s collection of fees is also on a fast pace, much to the chagrin of some businesses. In some cases trade licenses for businesses have shot up by sixty percent. But Mayor Darrell Bradley says, he’s only equalizing the [...]
Millennium Development Goals released
A final report of a survey on how women and children are faring in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals will be released this Friday. And you can catch the proceedings live on this station or by streaming video. The report was compiled by the government through the Statistical Institute with financial and technical [...]
Belizeans flood employment opportunities for Canada
For two days, long lines of unemployed persons formed at the Radisson hoping to get jobs in the Canadian market. The process has been expeditious and after interviews and short listing, by the end of this afternoon, many received good news that they will be among the two hundred persons heading to Canada next January. [...]
Cycling Association; a petition to remove its executive
The cycling election that should have been held at the Aguada Hotel in Santa Elena did not occur at the end of November and President Emil Moreno is being challenged by Belize City Deputy Mayor Dion Leslie. Because those elections did not take place, Leslie’s camp has set out to sign a petition for a [...]
End of Mayan calendar coincides with aborted Xunantunich concert?
On Wednesday night, we reported that the closure of Xunantunich in the height of the Maya Celebrations was being opposed by tour guides and vendors in Succotz Village. Well, there is some development which indicates that a planned concert at the Mayan site has now been postponed, which means that the site will not have [...]
She’s 15, he’s 36; court says it’s Carnal Knowledge
A fifteen year old student of Belize City is claiming that her boyfriend, who is at least twenty years older than her, has been having sex with her since mid-October of this year and as recently as last week. Today, thirty-six year old Karel Galvez Senior, of Jane Usher Boulevard was arraigned in the Magistrate’s [...]
Youths convicted of stealing bicycle
A fifteen year old minor and twenty-three year old Evan Bruhier were convicted this evening of the crime of robbery. The duo is accused of stealing a beach cruiser bicycle from Oscar Dimas, and robbing him of his cell phone. After they were found guilty, Bruhier and the minor were remanded into custody until December [...]
Old beef over stolen bicycle motive for attempted murder
The main cause of violence in Belize City streets continues to have its roots in cattle. Well, on the street it’s called “Old Beef.” And apparently an attempted murder occurred because of an ancient but not forgotten dispute over a bicycle. Eighteen year-old Raheem Crawford, an unemployed youth of Gibnut Street and twenty-five year old [...]
Assistance needed; can you help?
Life has been tough for thirteen year old Gerald Augustine of Seine Bight Village and he now needs your help to travel abroad for medical treatment. Gerald was left paralyzed after an accident over ten years ago. Due to complications caused by his condition, his mother now fears that he may not survive, but the [...]
Cruise Association & B.T.B.’s Christmas Party for Kids
About two hundred children had a chance to be merry. The Belize Tourism Board and the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association held their annual Christmas party for needy children on Wednesday. They were treated to food, face painting and Santa was on hand with the goodies… and so was Duane Moody. Duane Moody, Reporting Some [...]
The Debut of the National Choir and Orchestra of Belize
The National Choir and Orchestra of Belize had its debut performance on Newton Barracks on Wednesday. It was an evening of light classics, jazz and Belizean folk music played by students and teachers, including several familiar faces from the Pallotti music school. They were directed by Colville Young Junior, who says the orchestra and choir [...]
Healthy Living catching, treating and preventing flu
As the daily temperature gets lower and fluctuates, the frequency of the sniffles and coughs increases. But do granny’s home remedies and advice really work on the flu? Healthy Living, this week went on a myth busting mission on common beliefs about catching, treating and preventing the flu. Marleni Cuellar, Reporting In Belize, our [...]
Two Men Charged With Attempted Murder
18 year old Raheem Crawford and 25 year old Mason Patnett, were charged with attempted murder when they appeared in Court today. They were also charged with wounding and use of deadly means of harm. Crawford, an unemployed of Gibnut Street was also charged with a second count of woundi...
Welder Charged With Carnal Knowledge
Thirty-six year old Karel Galvez, a welder of Jane Usher Boulevard, was charged with unlawful carnal knowledge of a female high school student 15 years and eight months old when he appeared in Court. No plea was taken because the offence is indictable. Neither could the Senior Magistra...
International Concert at Xunantunich Postponed
The international concert which was scheduled by NICH to take place in Xunantunich on the twenty first of December, has been postponed. The event sparked controversy with locals which include Tour Guides and the Village Council of San Jose Succotz over the lack of com...
Belize Represented at Climate Change Conference in Qatar
Belize has representation at the ongoing Climate Change Conference known as COP-18 in Doha, Qatar. According to a government press release, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development Lisel Alamilla is leading the Belize delegation to the conference. On Wednesday,...
Belize Participates in Regional Workshop In Jamaica
Belize is participating along with eighteen other countries in a Regional Small-Scale Fisheries Workshop which kicked off today in Kingston Jamaica. The workshop is part of the consultative process for the development and negotiation of the final draft guidelines for the Internat...
New Ambassadors Present Credentials to Governor General
Three new ambassadors presented their credentials to the Governor General in Belmopan this morning Sujan Chinoy is India’s new ambassador to Belize; Susanne Kaekkerup is Denmarks’s new top diplomat in Belmopan and Jalal Kalantary is the new Iranian ambassador to...
Belize Electricity Company Boasts Good Response to Its Shares
City Hall is not the only entity that is boasting a good response to shares in its bond. The Belize Electricity Limited is advising that although its Series Five offer in debentures in the company has been fully subscribed and closed, the Series One Debentures will mature on Dece...
Opposition Party Speaks Out On Current Health and Police Issues
In our newscast yesterday we heard Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia comment on his involvement in the removal of Police Corporal Sharmane Young from San Pedro following an incident involving a tourist. Today the opposition People’s United Party condemned the Minister&rsqu...
Hearing dates set for challenge to Section 53 of the Criminal Code
In April of this year, the Caleb Orozco and the United Belize Advocacy Movement suffered a setback in their challenge of section fifty three of Belize’s criminal code when the judge in the case Michelle Arana struck off UNIBAM as a claimant in the case. Section fifty three makes it a criminal offence for same sex intercourse, calling it carnal intercourse against the order of nature and Orozco and UNIBAM were contending that the law contravenes their constitutional rights to human dignity and fundamental rights and freedoms. The move to have UNIBAM struck off was one of the primary applications made by the church as an interested party in the proceedings. But UNIBAM and its president Caleb Orozco are persistent if nothing else, and so when the case came back to court today for a continuation of the preliminaries, UNIBAM scored a comeback. According to Orozco who is the first claimant in the case, UNIBAM is now on equal standing as the churches, having been accepted as an interested party in the case. In an interview this afternoon, Orozco told Love News that a date for the full hearing of the challenge to section fifty three of the Criminal Code has been set.
Backlash after Minister’s admission in overruling police officer
Minister of Tourism and area representative for Belize Rural South Manuel Heredia, Junior, confirmed to reporters t...
Teenager knocked down and injured in Belmopan
A 19 year old young lady is knocked down and injured in Belmopan. Just after 7pm on Wednesday night (Dec 5) Miriam ...
Belize City Municipal Airport to be doubled in size
The Belize City Municipal Airport has been serving Belize City for years.
Belize City Council has wrapped up the first 10 million dollars tranche of its bond offering
$20 million dollars to be spent in 8 months: That’s the ambitious plan for spending $10 million in the first tranch...
2013 Inspiration Calendar is launched
The Special Envoy for Women and Children launched the 2013 Inspiration Calendar and agendas at the Belize Biltmore ...
Nation of Islam Leader's visit postponed
Louis Farrakhan Mohammed Sr. renowned international religious and motivational speaker visit to Belize has been pos...
Belize City Mayor says increased taxes are justifiable
Do better streets mean more taxes for business owners? That was the question posed to Mayor Bradley when he was ask...
Farmers trained in best practices in the use of Pesticides
Pesticide Control Office yesterday held a launching ceremony for best practices in the use of Pesticides. The Pesti...
Belize not on 2012 Corruption Index; insufficient data
For the fourth consecutive year, 2009, 2010, 2011, and now 2012, Transparency International just released its corru...
1,806 grams of cannabis found in Belize City
Early this morning (DEC 6) a team of Special Branch officers responded to a tip and conducted a search in an abando...
Three charged in Corozal for Cocaine possession
Corozal Police arrested and charged two Belizeans, one Alfonso Iglesias Sr. of Corozal Town, and Jose Alberto Nuñez...
Belize’s Barrier Reef is doing poorly, but improving
Belize’s Barrier Reef and the connected Mesoamerican Reef System which includes Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, is ...
Two Belizeans trained in the science of Forensic Ballistics
Two Belizeans have recently returned from Mexico after receiving specialized training in the science of Forensic Ba...
Telemedia to launch Digicell 4G Network
Telemedia is amping up the ante as they get ready to launch the much touted Digicell 4G network. Customers in Beliz...
McAfee suffers 2 minor heart attacks in Guatemala
Software mogul John McAfee could be deported to Belize after being detained by immigration officials, a Guatemalan ...
Minister of Forestry leads delegation to Climate Change Conference in Qatar
The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Senator Honourable Lisel Alamilla is in Doha, Qata...
Three Ambassadors present their Letters of Credence
Three Ambassadors today presented their Letters of Credence to the Governor-General of Belize, His Excellency, Sir ...
22 year old charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm
In Dangriga a 22 year old was charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. On Monday at about 10:00am...