Today's Belize News: September 16, 2014 - 09/16/14 11:45 AM
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Moses Coc murdered during street attack
26-year-old Jermaine Moody from San Pedrito area is in custody pending investigations in the murder of 31-year-old Moses Coc. Coc received a fatal blow to the back of his head while walking on Angel Coral Street on Saturday, September 13th at around 10PM. According to an initial report, the San Pedro Quick Response Team (QRT) responded to a distress call and visited the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II where they saw Coc bleeding profusely from the back of his head. Coc succumbed to his injury and was officially pronounced dead at 11:10PM. Further investigation revealed that Coc was out socializing with friends earlier in the night. At around 10PM, Coc and one male friend were walking in the direction of Swan Street towards Angel Coral Street. According to the male friend, a man of dark complexion ambushed Coc, hitting him on the back of the head with a piece of wood that resulted in the deadly injury. The attacker escaped, but was later caught by police.
Oasis Spa: Ditching the keyboards for a day of relaxation
Oasis is one of the newer establishments in San Pedro Town. A warm invitation was extended to us by the owner, and we were more than happy to accept. So we made our way along Fido’s pier to the cute cabaña styled spa. An extensive spa menu offered everything from Swedish massages to sun burn therapy, from facials to manicures and pedicures. There is surely something there for everyone looking for a bit of rest and relaxation. I opted for a facial while my amiga Janelle looked curiously at a contraption that sat on the deck. It was a massage chair, and so she was sold! She wanted whatever package came with that! As I lay waiting for my facial, I could only think of how much I needed this; an oily complexion combined with our lovely dusty island roads, yeah- I really, REALLY needed this. Dion, my therapist for the evening, started off with a gentle cleanser, applying from the chin upwards.
Island Students show Patriotism at Youth Rally
Students from across Ambergris Caye gathered at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium on Friday, September 12th foe the Annual Youth Rally. Hosted by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, the rally is held as part of the September Celebrations and thus was celebrated under the theme “Industrious Hand, Intelligent Minds, Together for Belize”. The students enjoyed musical and dance performances as well as an inspirational speech from the newly crowned Miss San Pedro 2014-2015, Michelle Nuñez. The rally commenced with the official protocol. The San Pedro High School (SPHS) Band performed an amazing rendition of the National Anthem, complete with wind instruments. The upper division students from San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School (SPRC) the led the crowd in the prayer of the Belize National Prayer. The program continued with SPHS student Trisha Strokes singing “My Home Land by the Sea”. Her singing was accompanied Terryil Godoy on keyboards.
Flashbacks: The Laid-back, Sandy Streets of the Fishing Village of San Pedro
A casual look at this Flashback Pic might get you wondering what part of the village in the 1970’s this could be. Or you might wonder whether this could be some other village of Belize. Could that building with a square water reservoir be the community center, now the town hall? Look at the huge hill of white sand that makes up the street- so islandish, so picturesque, so safe, so children-friendly. It’s gotta be San Pedro. Of course it is San Pedro! Why do you think Ramon Nuñez Jr. is cruising along enjoying the serenity of his village? Indeed it is that portion of Tarpon Street leading up west to the San Pedro R.C. School. Driving up that street today, you can see the sea but there is no hill of sand now. At the time there was no fence because there was no need to. On the left side of the street is Mr. Francisco and Mrs. Vilma Arceo’s humble dwelling with a typical San Pedro wood picket fence intended not to keep ‘unfriendly’ people out but to keep the chickens and the dogs in. This is the site of the once very popular The Hut Restaurant and now the Vilma Linda Plaza.
25 Years Ago:
Things We Take for Granted – Speedboats
A speed boat is something that today we take for granted. Jump into a small speed boat, perhaps a mahogany skiff and in twenty minutes you are at your dive spot making deep skin dives looking for lobsters. Or perhaps you jump into your large speed boat equipped with diving gear and in forty minutes you are at the world famous Blue Hole ready to take your excited visiting divers for a breathtaking dive. Finally you might board into one of the water taxis and in one hour and twenty minutes you are already disembarking at Belize City ready to consult with your personal doctor, lawyer, or whatever business takes you to the old capital city. A speed boat is something that today we all take for granted. It is just there. But it was not always like that. Back in the 1940’s people in San Pedro had to patiently await the services of El San Roque, a cargo boat that travelled between San Pedro and Belize City mostly with coconuts for export. Later on in the 1950’s it was the Elsa P, captained by Felipe Paz, lovingly known as Tio Pil. The Elsa P took orders from two or three local business owners and sailed to Belize City shopping for the grocery stores. And because there was no other mode of transportation, passengers could get a ride to the city for 50 cents.
Pic of the Week:
No Place I Rather Be
This week’s pick of the week features this beautiful traveler who is in love and waiting to reach her destination in the Cayes. As the refreshing wind blows through her gorgeous hair, she enjoys the view as the boat runs through the aquamarine waters of Belize. Picture after picture, she creates memories of her unforgettable vacation, while she sings out loud to the lyrics of Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne “Rather Be”
Elvi’s Kitchen Macho Burger Left Titleless
It was a bellyful of food and fun at Elvi’s Kitchen second annual Burger Challenge 2014 which took place this past Saturday, September 13, 2014, in connection with the September Patriotic Celebrations. Chef and coordinator Jenny Staines prepared the challenging menu for the competitors who came in all sizes and ages including one who flew in from the U.S. especially for the event. The burger challenge included one pound of bread, two pounds of ground meat, one pound of vegetables including onions, lettuce, and tomato all accompanied by one pound of French fries all to a total of five pounds. Elvi’s kitchen which was had a packed house expressed thanks to Belikin Beer and Traveller’s Rum for sponsoring the challenge which truly offered a bellyful of food and laughter to all competitors, clients, and staff. Congratulations to the winners and for those who won or came close to winning, there is always Elvi’s Kitchen Burger Challenge 2015 which will come bigger and better and tons of fun.
Misc Belizean Sources
Partial Scope Agreement between the Government of Belize and the Republic of Guatemala
The negotiations on the Partial Scope Agreement (PSA), between the Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of Guatemala, were launched on November 22, 2004. Both countries signed the agreement on 26th June, 2006. In 2009, Belize deposited its Instrument of Ratification to the CARICOM Secretariat and obtained CARICOM’s approval of the Agreement and completed its internal process of ratification that year. Guatemala completed its ratification in March of 2010. With the exchange of information notifying the completion of the internal process in each country, the PSA took effect on 4th April, 2010, thirty days after Guatemala completed its internal process of ratification. This is Belize’s first negotiated bilateral trade agreement and one which takes into account the obligations to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This agreement has been seen as an opportunity to enhance trade and commercial relations for both countries.
Commentary: Garifuna organizations must devise a plan to deal with discrimination
By Wellington C. Ramos Ever since it was reported that there was discrimination taking place against Ms Uwahnie Martinez, an employee of FirstCaribbean Bank International, for speaking her Garifuna language, the Garifuna people in Belize and in the Diaspora have been outraged. Why? Because in the countries of “Yurumein”, now known as St Vincent and the Grenadines, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Belize there has always been a history of racism and human rights violations against the Garifuna people up to this very day. In St Vincent and the Grenadines, the Garifuna people’s country was invaded and taken over in the 1600 and 1700s by the French and British, who declared an unjustifiable war against them and occupied their country as if it was theirs. The French even had the nerve to hand over their country to the British in the Treaty of Paris. When the British defeated the Garifuna people on March 11, 1795, they removed them from the island to Baliceaux, an adjacent island, and left them there to perish and die.
Flavors of Belize Mobile App
Flavors of Belize has a new mobile app. It's free on itunes and Google Play. The launch coincided with the Carnival parade, and they had a great float. Olivera Rusu Photography got some great shots of it. "The Flavors of Belize App is a combination of our annual magazine, our cookbook, and our cooking show. We provide a free, easy to use guide on your phone that highlights accommodations, restaurants, & hotspots throughout Belize all conveniently separated by area and categories."
A Snapshot of Summer at GPC
Valerie Penner's 'A Snapshot of Summer' will be opening at the George Price Center this Friday at 7:00pm. Ms. Penner is one of Cayo's up and coming artists, and you'll definitely see something you like.
FISHING REPORT: Week of September 6th – 13th, 2014
Well, we have had some weather, and we have had some amazing things happen this week! The renovation is almost finished and the lodge is looking beautiful. We are super excited about our Ribbon Cutting party coming up to celebrate the new room additions on the 19th. To our guests this week – thank you from all of us at El Pescador for sharing your time and dreams with us. Your job is to go infect others with your passion for fly fishing. Yes, it’s a blast when the fish are put to your hands, but it is also very rewarding to see others go out and feel that same excitement!
Lilly the kinkajou gets freedom
Another Release! After nearly 3 months Lilly the kinkajou went from from intensive treatments back to freedom. It was fabulous to observe how she went from mostly lounging, laying on her back (picture on the left), eating and sleeping (she is nocturnal by nature so quite normal to sleep during the day when we are around...) to exploring the rehab cage (loving her tree log home) in the reserve for several weeks, before the door was finally left open for her to leave at her leisure, and return as needed for supplemental feeding (last picture). Thanks to the many helping hands in returning this animal to its wild home!
Win Cash Prizes! Best Float, Best Group
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Kids Talent Show
Santa Elena will be having a Kids Talent Show this Friday, starting at 7:00pm. It'll be at Joseph Andrews park. Happy September!
Death Of A Salesman In San Pedro
There were three murders over the weekend: 1 in the city on Friday; 1 in San Pedro on Saturday, and the third in Cayo on Sunday. We start in San Pedro, where 31 year old Moses Coc, a resident of Big Falls village in Toledo was struck repeatedly across the head and died. It happened at around 11:00 on Saturday night, when Coc and a friend were walking on Swan Street in San Pedro - and a man struck him from behind with a piece of wood. His brother told us today that he suspects Moses was being robbed:..
Paul Rubio Morgan's Street Execution
And while that was Saturday night in San Pedro, 24 hours earlier, Belize City saw a murder on Friday night. 40 year old Paul Rubio Morgan was killed in what police believe is a gang related execution. His family couldn't talk to us today, but police told us that they are looking at an underworld angle:... Supt. Hilberto Romero, O.C., Crimes Investigation Branch "Initial investigation reveal that he was in a vehicle on King Street on the passenger side when he was approached by a lone gunman who fired shots at him causing the said injuries." Jules Vasquez "Are you all aware if his murder had anything to do with the underworld trade in narcotics?" Supt. Hilberto Romero "At this time we have not established a clear motive. That is one of the leads we are following up on. He had been charged before for drug trafficking and that case is before the court. Perhaps we are looking at another angle gang affiliated, but we are still working on establishing a clear motive."
Titan Principals Bailed, Re-Arrested Pending Extradition
And still ahead - we'll tell you about the weekend's most shocking murder - a man who was beheaded in Duck Run village - allegedly because he once ran with a Guatemalan gang. That story is coming, but first to the latest development with the Offshore company called Titan Security. As we reported all of last week, Titan, and five other offshore companies based in Belize were named in a federal indictment. When the indictment was unsealed on Tuesday in New York, that sent the Financial Intelligence Unit and the Police straight over to Titan's offices at the Matalon Building on Coney Drive where police cleaned it out - down to the last garbage bin and stapler. But while their companies records were being confiscated for US Authorities, the owners of Titan, Bahamians 34 year old Kelvin Leach and 29 year old Rohn Knowles were free to go; they were not accused of any crime in Belize - and though the US said they would seek extradition, no request was forthcoming.
Guatemalan Gang In duck Run? Man Almost Beheaded
A Guatemalan's man past may have caught up with him in the remote village of Duck Run 3 in the Cayo district. On Saturday morning just before sunrise, Cayo police found 24-year-old Pedro Ariel Diaz Guien with his head almost cut off. Today, Monica Bodden went west to find out what may have led to this gruesome death:.. The decapitated body of 34 year old Pedro Diaz was found on this deserted road in the village of Duck Run 3 early Sunday morning. Ana Diaz - Wife of Decease "Saturday at 3 o' clock." Monica Bodden "Did he mention to you where he was going?"
KHMH Re-Opens NICU
The Karl Heusner Memorial treats more trauma and critical care cases than any other facility, private or public in the country. But, regardless of how many lives it saves, the hospital's public image will probably forever carry that taint of the 13 babies of May 2013 who died in the pediatric intensive care unit. A major part of turning the page is re-opening an expanded and refitted neo-natal intensive care unit. Work started over a year ago, and today, three hundred thousand dollars later, a ceremony was held to mark it's re-opening. For maximum publicity effect, the KHMH Administration joined that event up with the opening of an adult intensive care unit - the first dedicated one in the public system. We found out what difference both will make in the quality of care the public receives:..
SCA Makes History, Launches Bond
If you follow the news, you'll know all about the municipal bond launched by the city council in November of 2012. 20 million dollars of those bonds sold like hotcakes - mostly because the banks are offering very low interest rates on savings. That means individual investors and institutional investors have money but they don't have anywhere to put it. The banks are only offering 2% at most so when the municipal bond came along offering 3.5%, 5.5.% and 8%, well investors jumped at it. NOW Saint Catherine's Academy is hoping it can do the same. Now you may say, what's a school doing selling bonds? Well, they're making history. We found out more at the launching today:.. Ervin Perez, Legacy Fund Ltd. "This is the first educational institution in the English speaking Caribbean; we are talking Barbados, Trinidad, Jamaica - all the eastern Caribbean - this is the first institution that is issuing an education bond for capital investment. This is absolutely historic. The purpose of the bond as Sister Mercy has spoken about is the artist rendition of a multi-purpose student center which will enhance student experience at this school and provide the school with opportunities and benefits that has been at this current time not available and the school St. Catherine's Academy, the board of governors have pledge for the security of this bond 7% of the gross revenue of the school which approximates to $172,000 for the first at least 3 years.
Carnival Was Sweet on The Streets
When you think about September in Belize, you think about the 10th, and the 21st but even more so the unscripted and boisterous Carnival Road March. Well, carnival weekend has come and gone but it has surely made a mark, not only on the road but in our memory. Now as you recover from the blazing "Carnival" fever, we bring you highlights from the break of dawn to the remains of Carnival day 2014. The winning bands took home cash prizes. In the Junior category Jump Street Posse got $7,000 and Sunshine Masqueraders got $4,000. For the Senior Large band category Erotic Mas Band took home $10,000. While Soca Moca got $5,000 and Mother Nature's Creation won $4,000.
Carnival Was Incident Free
But it seems everyone won on Carnival day. We say that because the day was mostly incident free. There was no grenade, spectators were safe, as were the revelers. But, it wasn't a Carnival Day miracle, it was the cumulative result of hundreds of police officers on patrol. Today the press officer told us that half the department was out there: Rafael Martinez, Police Press Officer "I must mention that it went for most part incident free and as you all know that this is the time when we spend enough energy from the police department to police Belize City. It has always been approximately 50% of our man power use to come down Belize City and that's including of course members of the Belize Defence Force as well to come down to ensure that we have a very safe September celebrations. This will actually continue up to 21st September and we do again encourage people out there if you see something, if you don't feel too secure about something please call the police department 911."
In Corozal on Saturday a 66 year old Naturalized Belizean of Paraiso Village was attacked and killed by a swarm of Africanized Bees. Gilberto Manzanilla was riding his bicycle at about 11:45 in the morning on a street near a cemetery on Saturday when he was attacked by the bees. He died as a result of Cardio Respiratory Arrest due to multiple bee stings.
San Pedro Environmentalists Have A Major Issue
Tonight, environmentalists on San Pedro are sounding the alarm on a situation, which is developing on the Island. It includes a part of the island, which was supposed to be set aside as a protected area, but is now under threat of being used for housing development. The area has been closely studied and tested to check its importance to the marine ecosystem which surrounds Ambergris Caye. An environmental protection plan, known as the Ambergris Caye Wetlands Project Expansion, has been completed for at least 3 years now, and it has been before Cabinet for several months pending approval. That governmental approval has not been forthcoming, and that caused another problem to develop.
KHMH CEO Francis Gary Longsworth is leaving at the end of this month. He joined the hospital six year ago in July of 2008, and now he's leaving, largely as a casualty of the baby deaths of May 2013. It can be argued that it wasn't his direct responsibility to modify procedures after the first three babies died, but still, he was the man at the helm and the responsibility has been laid at his feet. So, now that he's leaving, we asked him if there are any hard feelings:.. Dr. Gary Longsworth, CEO - KHMH "When I ask for a renewal and I was asking for one year, that's was it. I mean it was denied. I was told I could re-apply, but I am not interested in doing that. Why should I do that? That's like redundancy." Jules Vasquez "So what's next for you?" Dr. Gary Longsworth, CEO - KHMH "A long break. I haven't had a proper vacation in many years, ever since I came to Karl Heusner in fact. I think the longest break I had was about 5 days at any given time, so I think it's time for a real vacation and then to see what's out there for me."
Hon. Marin On Stolen Pickups from MOH
And speaking of CEO's, ultimately who is responsible for the three Toyota Hilux pickups stolen from the ministry of health since July. We asked the minister of health today, where does the buck stop?:.. Jules Vasquez "How do you feel about all these stolen vehicles that continue and 3 already this year?" Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health "It is sad to say, but if you can notice all of these vehicles that are being stolen is based in Belmopan. There are some kind of group trying to do mischief or selling these kinds of vehicles. We are trying to put as much hand on it. Right now we are moving where the guard was some cameras. We are trying to see if we can get GPS in our vehicles because we don't know exactly who it is. We leave everything in the hands of the police. That's about it." Jules Vasquez "Sir, only your vehicles are being targeted. Obviously this is a Ministry of Health type thing and someone has to be held accountable. We can't even get a picture of these vehicles, nobody cares enough to say see a picture here. At least when the one was stolen from Central Ms. Melinda Guerra, I must praise her - call us in, gave us security footage, and gave us the picture of the vehicle. But in this case in Belmopan like everybody okay they thief a new Hilux, next."
Mek Mi Rich Launches
If you've been watching the ad breaks on the news, you've definitely seen the commercials for the new game show "Mek Mi Rich". Apart from the bizarre challenges we've seen people take on in the commercials, there are other ways to win big bucks, as much as half a million dollars. The show debuts tonight at 8:00 on channel 7 and Executive Producer Nima Nejat told us why you should tune in and participate. Nima Nejat, Executive Producer "Mek Mi Rich is an interactive game show where viewers at home can play and we created the game where just using your cell phone you can text in your numbers or you can text "QP" to 7424 and it charges your phone bill and you can buy a ticket. Every Monday and Thursday at 8pm we will do a live drawing, it's a very entertaining game show that we've created and at the live drawing you'll get a text message to see if you won money. Part of the game is called street segments where our street segment host Dillon Jones goes around to different parts of Belize and people do challenges for money. So you never know when we are going to be out on the streets. You never know what the challenges are going to be, but you have an opportunity to sit there and play a game and make money right on the streets. With the actual game we are giving away from one dollar to half a million dollars. We have a five thousand dollars prize as well and we have a bunch of other prizes that people can win. We also have a raffle where just by watching the game show you can play a raffle and win other really exciting prizes, maybe a trip to San Pedro, maybe like different electronics and things like that."
Indicted Bahamians granted bail, but are immediately rearrested for extradition proceedings
Tonight, two Bahamian nationals are behind bars pending proceedings for an extradition request by the United States government. Rohn Knowles and Kelvin Leach are accused in a Belize billion dollar [...]
Guatemalan national is chopped to death – his head almost decapitated
Turning to crime news. Three men were murdered over the weekend, in San Pedro, Belize City and in Cayo District. Early on Sunday morning, a Spanish Lookout resident was killed [...]
Paul Morgan is executed in the City
The body of forty-two-year-old Paul Morgan, who also goes by the name Paul Rubio, is at the Belize City morgue tonight. Morgan, who has a long rap sheet, was violently [...]
Bowen and Bowen employee is bashed to the head and killed
There was a murder in San Pedro over the weekend, allegedly the result of an altercation in town. According to the Police report, Bowen and Bowen employee thirty-one year old [...]
Corozal resident dies after being stung by killer bees
Up north, a swarm of killer bees viciously attacked a resident of Paraiso, Corozal over the weekend. Sixty-six year old Gilberto Manzanilla was riding his bicycle in the village just [...]
Government offering submerged lots in northern Ambergris Caye
There is a developing story tonight out of San Pedro where the government is offering submerged lots in northern Ambergris Caye. As incredible as it sounds, there are numerous pegs [...]
K.H.M.H. turns 19
The national referral hospital has frequently been mired in scandals; as recent as two weeks ago the K.H.M.H. settled with seven mothers after their newborns died in the neonatal unit [...]
Thousands participate in Jouvert 2014
Just before dawn on Saturday, a massive crowd gathered in the area of the Belcan Bridge for Jouvert. The event has grown by leaps and bounds and this year, the [...]
The glitz and glam of the 2014 Carnival Road March
The Jouvert at predawn on Saturday made way for the grand 2014 carnival road march. With colourful costumes that seem to get bigger every year, the bands started the parade [...]
Police say carnival weekend without a hitch
The annual Carnival Road March saw thousands of Belizeans converge on the streets of Belize City. Fortunately, this year it went without a hitch. While the Belize Police Department will [...]
Volleyball and Cycling with Veteran Sportscaster James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. We lead today with the BDVA interoffice volleyball championship which took center stage at the Belize Auditorium Friday [...]