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5/14/11

Belize participates in global consultation on national AIDS responses
The Reporter Belize - ‎5/14/11‎
Belize is one of six countries participating in a global study of national AIDS responses, investigating the management and coordination of AIDS responses. The study focuses on the leadership and structures of coordination, inclusive and ...

BAHA gets cutting-edge technology
The Reporter Belize - ‎5/14/11‎
More than 40 members of the Belize Police Department and Belize National Forensic Science Service have been participating in a week-long training course in forensic ballistics at the Police Academy in Belmopan. Their Mexican instructor has extensive ...

BTL sale not a done deal!
The Reporter Belize - ‎5/14/11‎
The Barrow government's quest to close the deal with a strategic partner for a 45% take in the country's multimillion dollar telecommunication company, Belize Telemedia Limited, will have to wait at least another two months, BTL's Chairman said this ...

City thugs beat and rob salesman
The Reporter Belize - ‎5/14/11‎
A salesman from Belmopan was savagely beaten and robbed by two thugs on Belize City's south side at 7:30 Wednesday morning, May 11. David Lu, 28, lives at #1 Kiko Street in Belmopan City and works as a salesman with Caribbean Tires. ...

Cabby stabbed and robbed! Body dumped on roadside.
The Reporter Belize - ‎5/14/11‎
Frank Jacobs, a 34-year-old taxi driver, became Belize's 49th murder victim this year, when he was brutally stabbed to death on Wednesday night, May 11. A resident of Vista Del Mar discovered Jacobs' body, with 20 stab wounds, lying in a shallow drain ...

Daylight Execution sends children dodging for cover
The Reporter Belize - ‎5/14/11‎
... Martin De Porres Primary School had to scramble for cover just minutes after the end of their school day Monday afternoon when a lone gunman opened fire on three men standing at the corner of Vernon & Partridge Streets on Belize City's south side. ...

Historic US Embassy Building being demolished
The Reporter Belize - ‎5/14/11‎
Jobs are hard to come by in Belize these days, but over a dozen Belize City youths are employed dismantling a historic structure that once housed the United States Embassy in Belize City. The contractor who preferred to remain unidentified, ...

Attorneys Quit Mark Seawell's Extradition Case
The Reporter Belize - Rowland A. Parks - ‎5/14/11‎
An unusual twist of events in the court room of Belize's Chief Magistrate Margaret McKenzie this week has resulted in two prominent attorneys quitting a case in which their client faces extradition to the United States. ...

Businessman and News Director Targets of Hitman
The Reporter Belize (blog) - Rowland A. Parks - ‎5/14/11‎
Channel 7 News Director, Jules Vasquez and businessman and owner of Belize Dry Cleaners, Lascelle Arnold, called a press conference on Thursday, May 12th, to inform the media that they have received credible information that persons ...

Dot Earth: Farming Shrimp With the Planet in Mind
New York Times (blog) - Andrew C. Revkin - ‎5/14/11‎
The film chronicles the lifelong effort by Thornton, an Illinois native transplanted to Belize, to farm shrimp while leaving as small an imprint on ecosystems and waters as possible. She's largely succeeded, as you'll see, ...

5/13/11

Dot Earth: Farming Shrimp With the Planet in Mind
New York Times (blog) - Andrew C. Revkin - ‎5/13/11‎
The film chronicles the lifelong effort by Thornton, an Illinois native transplanted to Belize, to farm shrimp while leaving as small an imprint on ecosystems and waters as possible. She's largely succeeded, ...

Saldivar Says Census “Spot On”
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/13/11‎
... howls of disapprobation form those who don't agree with the findings. One Cabinet Minister and area representative for Belize Rural South Manuel Junior Heredia even said that the population estimate for his Island of San Pedro were just plain wrong.

Okeke Says Sugar Shortage Could Force A Shutdown
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/13/11‎
Then you send the next staff to buy 5 pounds somewhere because they are rationing sugar in Belize as if there is war. It's unfortunate they are shutting down the business, there are similar business like this is shutting down too. ...

Trial Without Jury Needs No Constitutional Amendment
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/13/11‎
No question, we are in a fight for Belize against the criminals. The provisions have been adapted from the UK criminal justice act 2003 and the criminal procedure amendment bill 2011 of Trinidad and Tobago. More and more in the Commonwealth on Nations ...

Chetumal Paper Chides Chell's Bus
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/13/11‎
The driver of a passenger bus from Belize was involved in an accident in Chetumal on Wednesday, and - according to one Mexican newspaper report - the residents of that border city say they are fed up with Belizean bus drivers who seem to have no regard ...

Preventative Detention Law Introduced In House
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/13/11‎
It's five pieces of legislation, the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Amendment Bill, The Belize Constitution Eighth Amendment Bill, the Indictable Procedure Amendment Bill, the Juries Amendment Bill and the Supreme Court of Judicature Amendment Bill ...

PM Mum On Taking Sodomy Laws Off The Books
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/13/11‎
The United Belize Advocacy Movement, UNIBAM, a gay rights group is generating lots of buzz with a case it has taken to the Supreme Court Of Belize. UNIBAM has filed a motion against the attorney general challenging the constitutionality of section 53 ...

VIDEO: January Jones Swims With Monster Whale Shark in PSA
Hollywood Reporter - Degen Pener - ‎5/13/11‎
She and the beast met up in Belize's Gladden Spit Marine Reserve. “I wasn't intimidated so much as in complete and utter awe. Seeing an animal of that size in the wild was incredible,” adds Jones, who has been involved with Oceana since 2009. ...

BELIZE ELECTRICITY LIMITED SAYS IT CONTINUES TO LOSE MONEY
LoveFM - ‎5/13/11‎
Belize Electricity Limited has been saying all along that it has been experiencing a cash-flow problem. When it presented its figures at its Annual General Meeting on Thursday evening, the picture did not look bright for BEL. The company revealed its ...

NEW ANTI CRIME LEGISLATION INTRODUCED IN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
LoveFM - ‎5/13/11‎
At the heart of the measures is the Belize Constitution Eight Amendment Bill, which provides for the much talked about preventative Detention. “Clause two of the Bill proposes to amend section 5 of the Constitution which section deals with the ...

AUDUBON SOCIETY HOLDS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
LoveFM - ‎5/13/11‎
“The Belize Audubon Society is our country's oldest and foremost environmental conservation organization. This year we are having our 42nd annual general meeting at the St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park on the Hummingbird Highway in the Cayo ...

NEW EXECUTIVE FOR BELIZE KIDNEY ASSOCIATION
LoveFM - ‎5/13/11‎
The Belize Kidney Association recently elected its new executive. The Association is now headed by Olga Herrera. “One of our main focus is advocacy for the patient and of course education for the general public. Our next endeavour is that we have ...

Belize signs convention on protecting disabled
Caribbean360.com - ‎5/13/11‎
Belize has joined the global commitment to further promote, protect and ensure the equal enjoyment of all human rights. BELMOPAN, Belize, Friday May 13, 2011 – Belize has joined the global commitment to further promote, protect and ensure the equal ...

From The Publisher
Amandala - Evan X Hyde - ‎5/13/11‎
The Mexican had boasted of his contacts in the Belize PUP government led by Hon. George Price, at the Belize government's highest levels. The Amandala, Reporter, and Beacon all reproduce the article, in toto, and all three are sued for libel by ...

Belize businessmen and GOB officials attend hallmark forum in Honduras
Amandala - Adele Ramos - ‎5/13/11‎
Head of Belize's official delegation was Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, who told our newspaper that the exposure in Honduras was excellent. Vega said it was his first time being at an event of that nature and magnitude. ...

Ideas and Opinions - To the ICJ or not Part II
Amandala - ‎5/13/11‎
There are a group of countries which have become known as the “Friends of Belize”, that have proven their friendship to our country over the years. It is because of that friendship why Belize is now a sovereign state within established boundaries, ...

Remembering Aubrey Lopez
Amandala - Daren D. Swasey - ‎5/13/11‎
That morning however, I turned on the radio and heard the morning talk show discussion of yet another murder in Belize City. Moving around in my room, I heard the shocking words, “….the murder of Aubrey Lopez”! I stopped in my tracks and just stood ...

Chatter and character
Amandala - ‎5/13/11‎
There is a societal collapse which has taken place on the Southside of Belize City. The community has been overwhelmed by the firepower and daring of young criminal organizations which have grown out of the community itself. ...

Life for Glenford “Bucket” Bermudez, 40
Amandala - Aaron Humes - ‎5/13/11‎
Former soldier in the Belize Defence Force (BDF) and security guard Glenford “Bucket” Bermudez, 40, who was found guilty of murder by a jury of nine women and three men on April 27, 2011, was today sentenced to life in prison by Justice Herbert Lord. ...

Princess taximan 2011 murder #49
Amandala - Daniel Ortiz - ‎5/13/11‎
This morning at around 6:00, the body of Frank Jacobs, 36, of Belize City, was found in a small drain off the Vista Del Mar Road in Ladyville. Police say that he was stabbed about 20 times. Jacobs was a well-known taxi driver who conducted his business ...

BMDC can't pay Toledo farmers their $174000
Amandala - Adele Ramos - ‎5/13/11‎
Belize's major agricultural sectors have been wading through financial turmoil in recent years, and the rice sector—the core agricultural sector for farmers in rural Toledo, where poverty rates are the highest in the country—is no different. ...

Jules, Lascelle, expose murder plot!
Amandala - Stacey Kelly - ‎5/13/11‎
7News director Jules Vasquez and Belize Dry Cleaners owner Lascelle Arnold called an unprecedented press conference today to expose what they say is a plot to murder both of them. The planned “hit,” as both Vasquez and Arnold have learned via sources ...

5/12/11

Taxi Man Viciously Stabbed To Death
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/12/11‎
There is another murder to report tonight; a 36 year old Belize City taxi driver is the victim this time. Frank Jacobs' body was dumped in Vista Del Mar - and his taxi van was stolen. Monica Bodden has more:… "The last time I spoke to my son ...

Nurses Slam GOB For Poor Working Conditions
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/12/11‎
Laura Longsworth who sits on the board of Directors at the KHMH and also works as a nursing consultant was one of the main speakers today, at the 56th Annual Nursing Conference held at the Belize Chamber of Commerce conference room. ...

Information Of A Hit Put Out On Jules And Lascelle
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/12/11‎
Since then a law has been enacted - but not effected - to install scales at every butane depot in Belize. 7News director Jules Vasquez broke the story - along with businessman Lascelle Arnold who validated our findings when he produced documentary ...

BELIZE TAXI DRIVER MURDERED
LoveFM - ‎5/12/11‎
"Thirty-four year old Frank Jacobs was an easy-going taxi driver who worked at the Princess Casino in Belize City. But sometime between eight-thirty last night and one this morning, his life was viciously cut short and his body discarded outside of ...

ANNUAL NURSES CONFERENCE HELD
LoveFM - ‎5/12/11‎
As part of International Nurses' Day, the 56th Annual Nursing conference was held today at the Belize Chamber of Commerce and had the participation of over ninety nurses countrywide. President of the Nursing Association of Belize Lydia Alpuche Blake ...

SAN PEDRO COMMUNITY MOURNS PASSING OF LONG TIME PHYSICIAN
LoveFM - ‎5/12/11‎
Dr. Otto Rodriguez opted to come to Belize in 1977 to learn English and while here, he was offered and accepted a job at the Belize City Hospital. While in Belize he joined the Belize City Lion Club and during one of Dr. Rodriguez's leaves, ...

BELIZE JOINS IN CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES
LoveFM - ‎5/12/11‎
But in Belize, the National Committee for Families and Children has kicked off the celebration with a series of information sharing events focusing on the plight of the Belizean family. “We here at the NCFC has partnered with the various entities that ...

Pook brothers charged with murder
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/12/11‎
Belize City police were quick to make an arrest in the broad daylight murder of a Belize City taxi-man who was violently stabbed to death in the Saint Martin's de Porres area on Thursday May 5th. Police investigations led them to arrest and charge 3 ...

Mark Humes acquitted of attempted murder
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/12/11‎
The charge arose out of an incident which occurred on February 8, 2009 at the corner of Poinsetta and Casuarina Streets in the Saint Martin's de Pores area in Belize City. The acquittal came after the complainant, Elijio failed to show up at court on ...

Mexican fined for fake US currency, in jail for gun possession
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/12/11‎
There is not a single legitimate investment in Belize that can yield more returns on the dollar than an investment made in Belize Telemedia Limited. The company has a long history of basically 'over performing'. It is likely that the fascination that. ...

Kareem Baraona arrested for murder
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/12/11‎
Kareem Barona, 28, a notorious figure in the streets of Belize City appeared in court #6 before Magistrate Dorothy Flowers where he was charged with a single count of murder. No plea was taken and Magistrate Flowers explained to him that the matter is ...

Jailed for stealing beans
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/12/11‎
A woman, her son and her common-law-husband were charged in the Belize City Magistrate's Court on Monday May 9th for theft of 7 -100 pound sacks of beans the property of Manuel Angel. Christian Alexander Landaverde, 19, his mother, Gloria Azucena Mejia ...

Sedi endorsed in Pickstock
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/12/11‎
There is not a single legitimate investment in Belize that can yield more returns on the dollar than an investment made in Belize Telemedia Limited. The company has a long history of basically 'over performing'. It is likely that the fascination that. ...

Cayo Education Gets a Boost from the Rotary Dinner, Dance and Auction
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/12/11‎
From a steam iron to overnight accommodation vouchers, lawn equipment, adventure tours, special beverages, furniture, artistic woodwork, massages, gift baskets and many more items, the businesses and professionals of Belize stepped up to help our ...

Belize PUP Opposition Leader John Briceno is struggling to hold on to his ...
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/12/11‎
When the Peoples United Party (PUP) in Belize was defeated by the United Democratic Party (UDP) by a margin of 25 to 6 seats in February of 2008, it led to the stepping down of the then Prime Minister Said Musa the PUP Party Leader. ...

MOE Honours Outstanding Teachers
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/12/11‎
Last week and this week Belize is celebrating Education Period.It is a time of reflection for stakeholders prompted by Minister Faber's speech which asks if education has been transformative in Belize. Based on the increase in poverty and crime, ...

Belize Signs Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disablities
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/12/11‎
On May 9th, 2011 Belize became the 148th signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Belize joined the global commitment to further promote, protect and ensure the equal enjoyment of all human rights by one of ...

Mother's Day in Orange Walk East
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/12/11‎
There is not a single legitimate investment in Belize that can yield more returns on the dollar than an investment made in Belize Telemedia Limited. The company has a long history of basically 'over performing'. It is likely that the fascination that. ...

Bella Vista Village gets water system
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/12/11‎
The Government of Belize will contribute some $120000 towards the project. The existing water system in Bella Vista Village is ten years old and is catering effectively for only 30% of the population. Residents in other areas are experiencing low ...

5/11/11

Rural WIFI A "Soon-Come" Reality
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/11/11‎
In August of last year, the governments of Belize and Taiwan opened Belize's first Information and Communication Technology Center. The promise then was to introduce new technology such as broadband wireless service, and a mobile telephone system - to ...

Regional Malaria Initiative
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/11/11‎
For the next two days, Belize is hosting health officials from 13 South American countries on San Pedro. They are attending the Amazon Malaria Initiative meeting which affords countries of the region an opportunity to share experiences on ...

NORTHERN BUS OPERATORS AT ODDS WITH MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT
LoveFM - Manuela Ayuso Cantun - ‎5/11/11‎
The restructuring is to regulate bus runs from Belize City to Corozal and from Corozal to Belize City. This morning we spoke with two of the bus operators who said they are not against the idea of regulating the bus runs as a proper schedule would ...

BELIZEAN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS BENEFIT FROM TRAINING BY MEXICAN GOVERNMENT
LoveFM - ‎5/11/11‎
Members of the Belize Police Department and Forensic Services are participating in a training course on forensic ballistics. The training is being conducted by a specialist from the Mexican Federal Attorney General's Office. The objective of the course ...

NEW PHASE OF ICT PROJECT IMPLEMENTED
LoveFM - ‎5/11/11‎
The Information and Communications Technology project started in 2006 with the objective of applying Taiwan's advanced ICT abilities in Belize. On Tuesday the Wi Fi infrastructure and IP Telephony system was introduced at a special ceremony. ...

NURSES WEEK CELEBRATED
LoveFM - ‎5/11/11‎
Mavis Palacio, Director Nursing Services at the Karl Hesuner Memorial Hospital says the staff at Belize's largest hospital comprises one hundred and seventy nurses made up of practical and registered nurses. Palacio says they are highlighting the week ...

MIX UP REPORTED AT BELIZE CITY CEMETERY
LoveFM - ‎5/11/11‎
The Belize City Council will have to find thousands of dollars to correct an error that has occurred at the Lord Ridge Cemetery as it tries to deal with another sensitive issue. The question for them is how did a person end up being buried in the wrong ...

Scientist awarded for helping to make people love sharks
Telegraph.co.uk - Louise Gray - ‎5/11/11‎
A scientist who has saved whale sharks in Belize from extinction has been honoured by the Princess Royal as the third woman in a row to win a prestigious prize for conservation. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent 8:30PM BST 11 May 2011 Dr Rachel ...

Face to Face With a Garbage Patch at Sea
Smithsonian (blog) - ‎5/11/11‎
She was at the Smithsonian Research Station on Carrie Bow, a small island off the southern end of Belize, when to her and her colleagues surprise, she says, “everywhere you looked there was trash floating by.” Why? As she describes on the Smithsonian ...

Treaty Energy Corporation Establishes Drilling Company
Sacramento Bee - ‎5/11/11‎
Mr. York added further, "Our new drilling company will be acquiring a second drilling rig immediately to perform all drilling operations that will be required in Belize." Andrew V. Reid, CEO of Treaty, stated, "We have made the decision to create our ...

January Jones swims with sharks to save them
Mother Nature Network - ‎5/11/11‎
She traveled to Belize to swim with a whale shark, the world's largest fish, at nearly 40 feet long. "I wasn't intimidated so much as in complete and utter awe," she says of the experience. "Seeing an animal of that size in the wild is incredible. ...

Volunteer Pilot Sought For Belize Flight
AVweb - ‎5/11/11‎
"We have an urgent need to find a jet to transport some rare falcon chicks to Belize," in Central America, spokeswoman Bev Gabe told AVweb this week. The trip is planned for June 5 or 6, from a breeding facility in Sheridan, Wyo., to Belize City, ...

5/10/11

Parenting Skills don't Come Naturally
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/10/11‎
This afternoon the Police Department along with Restore Belize held a graduation for this community safe zone initiative. 7news was there: "On Mondays to Fridays for the last 7 weeks from 1:30 - 3:30 we had these parents participating in ...

Belize's Border Under Pressure From Guatemala
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/10/11‎
Western Belize's border corridor with Guatemala is a vast expanse of green, much of it within protected areas. But in 2009 studies showed that during a 20 year span, eight thousand acres of the Chiquibul Forest and 3500 acres of the Caracol ...

Haitian Films Showing In Belize
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/10/11‎
We've all heard so much about Haiti since the earthquake of 2010 - but now film lovers have a chance to see things differently as the TRAVELING CARIBBEAN FILM SHOWCASE is having a HAITIAN FILM SPECIAL right here in Belize. Showings are free every day ...

Trade Licenses For Taxis?
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/10/11‎
Trade Licenses are a standard feature for every business operating in Belize's various municipalities. But what if that business is a moving enterprise, like a taxi? Well now, the city council says they have to pay a trade license fee as well! ...

Hapless ATM Jackers Get Fined
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/10/11‎
Two men who were allegedly caught in the act of trying to break open a Belize Bank ATM machine were found guilty of damage to property today. 21 year old Eugene Neal and 18 year old Stephan Flowers were each fined one thousand, five hundred dollars ...

“Emo” Suicides Come To Tiny Buena Vista
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/10/11‎
And many of you at home may be asking, what is Emo? Well, originally, it referred to a type of rock music with very emotional lyrics. But certainly in Belize it has morphed into a dark, almost cultish, movement with strong suicidal undertones.

UNDP AND PEACE CORPS TARGET YOUTH WITH HIV EDUCATION PROGRAM
LoveFM - ‎5/10/11‎
The United Nations Development Fund and the United States Peace Corps program will be working together to help young people in Belize keep themselves from HIV, which leads to the deadly disease known as AIDS. The partnership was sealed last Friday with ...

PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM FREE EYE CLINICS
LoveFM - ‎5/10/11‎
Over five hundred school children are being given free eye care at the Belize City Lions Club with the help of a volunteer optometrist and service care humanity team from Memphis Tennessee. Dan Bowersox is a Staff Eye Doctor Volunteer. ...

EUROPEAN UNION DONATES TO BAHA
LoveFM - ‎5/10/11‎
This morning, the Belize Agriculture and Health Authority's central investigation Laboratory received a much needed machine for analytical testing in the food industry, agriculture, soils, animals and water. The state of the art equipment was donated ...

Secret talks – Big money – which way forward for Belize football?
Amandala - ‎5/10/11‎
For the last twelve plus years, ever since Dr. Bertie Chimilio assumed the presidency in 1998 of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), the officially recognized football body by FIFA in Belize, controversy and discontent has been the order of the ...

Harmony in Harmonyville, says BGYEA
Amandala  - ‎5/10/11‎
The Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA) has been in an ongoing struggle with public authorities and opponents of their agricultural community movement at the Harmonyville site in Cotton Tree, Cayo District, located at Mile 41 on the ...

Preventative detention measures go to House May 13
Amandala - ‎5/10/11‎
At the Sitting of the House of Representatives on Friday, May 13, Prime Minister Dean Barrow plans to table a set of amendments to the Belize Constitution and Laws, in order to effect measures he said are targeted at addressing the crime situation in ...

From The Publisher
Amandala - ‎5/10/11‎
Peter is the son of one of Belize's most famous policemen in the colonial days. His father was called Chukku, as, it seems sometimes, all their family members are called. In the old days in Belize, anonymous composers would make up songs which became ...

Behind the political parties
Amandala - ‎5/10/11‎
In PUP Leader George Price's glory years, let's say from 1957 to 1974 for argument's sake, Belize's democracy was very powerful. The working people who supported the PUP were more numerous than the clerical classes who supported the NIP, ...

2011 murder #48!
Amandala - ‎5/10/11‎
The unofficial count of murders last year at this time was 40 — a tally that would increase till it peaked at a total, said police, at 129, which made 2010 the bloodiest year in Belize's history. With Wade's death, which puts the unofficial count by ...

29000 acres burned out from over 25 forest fires in Mountain Pine Ridge
Amandala - ‎5/10/11‎
Belize is almost at the peak of the dry season, and the effect of such forest fires are evident as large expanses of roadside savannah have been burned in stretches than span both the Belize and Cayo Districts. Almost two years ago, when there was ...

Pook brothers arraigned for Errol Ferguson murder
Amandala - ‎5/10/11‎
Police almost immediately detained several suspects, and on Friday, Michael Pook, 22, a construction worker; Ryan Pook, 20, a caretaker, both of Police Street in Belize City, and a minor, 17, a student of Ordonez Street who is the younger brother of ...

5th Toledo Cacao Festival in Belize, 20-22 May 2011
EcoClub.com - ‎5/10/11‎
It's time to stimulate your senses and head down to Belize's beautiful deep south for the 5th Toledo Cacao Festival. Grown by Maya farmers, the Criollo and Trinitario cacao speicies have over the years naturally crossed to produce new varieties. ...

5/9/11

Another Daylight Execution In The City
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/9/11‎
This afternoon at 3:45, as many as 9 shots were heard at the corner of Vernon and Partridge streets, which is less than half a block from St. Martin's De Porres Primary School. The victim was 21 year old Jerome Jason Wade. He and at least 3 other men ...

Chris Bowman Returns “Much Better”
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/9/11‎
Chris Bowman - the young man with the massive tumour left Belize on April fifteenth for specialized treatment in the united states. He returned yesterday after receiving $170 thousand US dollars in treatment and care, all free. ...

Moma's Got A Machete!
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/9/11‎
On Friday night's news we told you about the brothers Pook: 22 year old Michael, 20 year old Ryan and a 17 year old minor. All three were charged for the murder of Errol "Lighta" Ferguson. Ferguson, a taxi driver, was chopped and stabbed to death just ...

A BGYEA Breakthrough
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/9/11‎
The Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association BGYEA held a press conference in Belize city to give a general update on their affairs. First, over 700 members have paid their survey fees, and only 100 plus are outstanding; they have until the end ...

Fire At Mile Four
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/9/11‎
There was a fire on Friday night on the outskirts of Belize City. It started close to 6:30 and by the time our news crew got there at after 7:00 - it was in virtual free burn. Here's what we saw and what we found out:…. When we got there the fire was ...

Belize Kicks Off Maya 2012 Celebrations with New Museum Exhibit
TravelVideo.tv (press release) - ‎5/9/11‎
Belize City, Belize “ May, 2011 “ As the official kick-off for Maya 2012 celebrations in Belize, the Belizean community is embracing a new worldly era by reflecting on the past at the Museum of Belize in Belize City. Providing a deeply enchanting ...

BELIZE SIGNS UN CONVENTION TO ASSIST PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
LoveFM - ‎5/9/11‎
Belize has become the 148th signatory to the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Special envoy for women and children and Global Ambassador for Special Olympics, Kim Simpliss Barrow today signed the convention on ...

ANOTHER BELIZE CITY MAN GUNNED DOWN
LoveFM - ‎5/9/11‎
Just before four o'clock this evening gunshots rang out at the corner of Partridge and Vernon Streets in Belize City. The latest murder victim has been identified as twenty one year old Jerome Jason Wade. Sketchy reports to Love News are ...

DEMOLITION OF HISTORICAL BUILDING UNDERWAY
LoveFM - ‎5/9/11‎
The buildings that once housed the United States Embassy in Belize City at the corner of Gabourel Lane and Hudson Street are being demolished. Love News understands that the historic buildings, which according to some accounts date back to 1866, ...

Belize Bank wins Smart River Challenge canoe race
The Reporter Belize - ‎5/9/11‎
Evelio Flores, Amado Cruz and Daniel Cruz paddled their Belize Bank canoe to a first place finish in the Smart-Speednet Belize River Challenge canoe race on Saturday April 30. They paddled the 15 miles from the start at the Iguana Creek Bridge to the ...

Agric Show - A Hot Success
The Reporter Belize - ‎5/9/11‎
Caribbean Pride citrus juices from Citrus Products of Belize and Bradley's “Cool Delight” fruit drinks were also there to give them a run for their money. At the main entrance, fair-goers were greeted by the Belize Telemedia booth, which offered deals ...

Funny business at land registry
The Reporter Belize (blog) - ‎5/9/11‎
Court documents filed by a Belize City businessman against the Belize Bank and others are alleging that personnel at the Belize Land Registry may have been engaged in questionable business practices when they issued a land certificate for a parcel of ...

Look before you leap, warns foreign oil expert
The Reporter Belize - ‎5/9/11‎
Belize has yet to legislate into law proper safeguards and penalties to ensure that Belize's natural heritage, the Meso-American Barrier Reef, and other environmental protected areas, would be protected against an oil spill, in the event that one of ...

Two More Murders
The Reporter Belize - ‎5/9/11‎
The bludgeoning murder of Shamir Gonzalez, 19, in Orange Walk at 3:30 Wednesday afternoon, May 4 and the stabbing of Errol “Lighter” Ferguson, 31, a taxi driver, on Mahogany Street in Belize City on Thursday morning, May 5, have brought the death toll ...

Rival Gang Attacks PIV With Grenade
The Reporter Belize - ‎5/9/11‎
A sense of panic and fear swept across the old capital of Belize City this week when a suspected gang member threw a British made L109a1 hand grenade into a group of women and kids who were hanging out at the corner of Flamboyant and Moya Streets in ...

5/6/11

Big names absent from Pablo Marin Labor Day Classic
Amandala - ‎5/6/11‎
That's because an Elite list, including Shane Vasquez, Ron Vasquez, Darnell Barrow, Byron Pope, Marlon Castillo, Gregory Lovell, Allen Castillo and the lone female, Shalini Zabaneh, are all in Medellin, Colombia, representing Belize at the ...

Princess team plans to drill for oil in Medina Bank and Monkey River area
Amandala - ‎5/6/11‎
Treaty Energy Corporation, partner of Princess Petroleum in Belize, announced today that it is moving ahead with plans to drill for oil in Southern Belize, in the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts, including inside the village of Medina Bank, ...

A true success story of food security thwarted
Amandala - ‎5/6/11‎
Belize now is self- sufficient in corn, beans, rice, beef, onions and pitaya. There may be other commodities as well. This is truly a success story. All stakeholders, growers and the GOB participating are to be heartily congratulated. ...

From The Publisher
Amandala - ‎5/6/11‎
When I began to write this column in the form in which you readers know it, it was a case of my needing to convince the people of Belize that there was some kind of real sense involved with the processes in which I was involved. This was late in 1974, ...

Ideas and Opinions - To the ICJ or not
Amandala - ‎5/6/11‎
Sometime, in the future, the people of Belize will be asked to decide in a referendum whether or not we should take the “Compromis” to the International Court of Justice. Before we do, it might be helpful if we reviewed all the pertinent events in the ...

Obama gets Osama
Amandala - ‎5/6/11‎
But, the geopolitics and economics of Belize's situation have meant that Belizeans overall have a favorable view of America. This translates into the fact that countless thousands of Belize's citizens have served in the United States' armed forces over ...

Utility company Fortis Inc. issues dividend after reporting higher profits
The Canadian Press - ‎5/6/11‎
Fortis owns utilities in Newfoundland, Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Prince Edward Island, New York State and Belize. It serves about 2.1 million customers. The St. John's-based company also owns hotels and commercial space, mainly in Atlantic ...

Hispanic population is 50% in Belize
Amandala - ‎5/6/11‎
Belize has long been dubbed the melting pot of cultures, with the main ethnic groups being the Maya, Hispanics, Creole, Garinagu, East Indians, and Mennonites, joined by minority groups such as the Chinese, Lebanese and immigrant Indians. ...

30,000 census respondents jobless
Amandala - ‎5/6/11‎
Information released this week by the Statistical Institute of Belize revealed that about 30000 of the persons interviewed in the 2010 census were without a job at the time they were interviewed, yielding a national unemployment rate of 23.1% compared ...

BDF's New Crop
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/6/11‎
To tell you the truth I am the first BDF from August Pine Ridge and I feel very proud and my family feel very proud of me too because I am the first one to join the BDF in August Pine Ridge village to be champion and member of the Belize Defence Force. ...

An Early Mother's Day For Special Ladies
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/6/11‎
The women all members of HELPAGE Belize had a chance to reminisce on the good ole days while shaking a leg or two. HELPAGE's Executive Director, Sharon Polack says the party is a real treat for the mothers. "Our members really look forward to mother' ...

Customs Catch Container
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/6/11‎
This illicit cargo came into Belize on April fifth from China in a container declared to be 310 suitcases, bound for re-export to Mexico through an address in Orange Walk. That immediately sent off flags and today customs took the container to the ...

Will You Walk For Peace
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/6/11‎
Assistant Superintendent of Police, Diane Hall says the march will make its way thru the principal streets of Belize city and you're welcomed to join. "We are having this healing walk where I have invited the churches and different organizations to ...

Copper Theft At BEL
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/6/11‎
The copper theft epidemic caused a major power outage to a third of the country yesterday morning. At 1:30 am on Thursday the entire Stann Creek and Toledo Districts were caught in a blackout after copper thieves made off with cables from BEL's La ...

Three Siblings Charged For City Murder
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/6/11‎
And in Belize City, three brothers were also charged for murder. They are the Pook brothers, 22 year old Michael, 20 year old Ryan and a 17 year old minor. They were charged for killing Errol "Lighter" Ferguson when they appeared in court today. ...

GSU Gets Interpol Training
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/6/11‎
"With the help and facilitation from Walter Lazo I know that you are now betted not just to deal with, the gangs that we are familiar with here in Belize but also to deal with those transnational gangs that may migrate to our country and operate in ...

NEW SOLDIERS JOIN BELIZE DEFENCE FORCE
LoveFM - ‎5/6/11‎
A passing out ceremony for forty-nine recruits was held this morning at the Belize Defense Force's compound at Price Barracks in Ladyville. The event highlighted the areas of training the new soldiers underwent over the past three months. ...

UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR JAPAN RELIEF
LoveFM - ‎5/6/11‎
The communications skills class of the University of Belize is reaching out to its colleagues in Japan and is holding a fund raiser titled “from Belize to Japan with love.” The Bar-BQ sale will be held at the ITVET Campus located on Freetown Road ...

COPPER THIEVES CAUSE POWER COMPANY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN LOSS
LoveFM - ‎5/6/11‎
Belize Electricity Limited issued press release in which the company reports that thieves caused twenty thousand dollars worth of damage to its sub-station at La Democracia Village in the Belize district this week. According to the BEL statement, ...

Robinson who?: a desert island survival course
The Guardian - ‎5/6/11‎
For the past five days, we've sailed the blue waters around remote Turneffe Atoll, 40km off the coast of Belize, setting up rudimentary camps on deserted beaches to learn the essentials of island survival. The staged emergency exit from the helicopter ...

Belize - island paradise boasts great snorkeling
San Francisco Chronicle - ‎5/6/11‎
We went because: We've never been to an island paradise, and it has some of the best snorkeling in the world. Don't miss: A full day sailing and snorkeling trip with Ragamuffin. The blue water and parti-colored fishes were stunning, plus all the rum ...

Belize Sees New Trend in Summer Vacation Ideas
San Francisco Chronicle (press release) - ‎5/6/11‎
An interesting new trend in holiday travel - grandparents taking their grandkids on exotic summer adventure holidays- is taking place in Belize, according to managers of the Lodge at Chaa Creek. "Here at Chaa Creek we're seeing an interesting ...

Hon. Herredia Has Census Doubts
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/6/11‎
Tourism Minister and Belize Rural South Area Representative Juniour Heredia told 7 News he believes the latest census is seriously flawed. That's because the census says that San Pedro has a fixed population of eleven thousand residents. ...

Forest Fires Claims Tens Of Thousands Of Acres
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/6/11‎
This morning, Belize City residents woke up to a dense haze hanging over the city - and the ubiquitous smell of smoke. Most thought the dump was on fire again, but that wasn't it. According to the MET office, it's most likely the result of forest fires ...

Crime Stoppers Easter Cup concludes
Amandala - ‎5/6/11‎
The Crime Stoppers U-15 Football Easter Cup Tournament, which commenced on Monday, April 18, and concluded on Friday, April 29, was an initiative by the Crime Stoppers Community Outreach Program in Belize and the US Embassy. ...

Traffic outa door!
Amandala - ‎5/6/11‎
When we conveyed the public concerns last year to councilor for traffic with the Belize City Council, Dean Samuels, he told us that he realizes that the working environment of the officers needs attention, but he had put a proposal to the Ministry of ...

Russel Dougal, 27, succumbs to gunshot wound
Amandala - ‎5/6/11‎
As the nation of Belize prepared for a day of relaxation on Monday, May 2, 2011, after a weekend filled of activities such as the annual Agriculture and Trade Show, 2011, the Dougal family were in mourning because their loved one, Russel Dougal, ...

5/5/11

Belize promises tougher laws as rival gang crime worsens
Jamaica Observer - ‎5/5/11‎
BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — Prime Minister Dean Barrow has said that his administration will introduce tougher legislation to deal with crime at next Friday's sitting of Parliament after a grenade was thrown at a group of people in the old ...

New Resource Center for Kelly Street Residents
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/5/11‎
There is not a single legitimate investment in Belize that can yield more returns on the dollar than an investment made in Belize Telemedia Limited. The company has a long history of basically 'over performing'. It is likely that the fascination that. ...

Hon. Patrick Faber's Address Opening Education Week 2011
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/5/11‎
In Belize, where we invest approximately 25% of our national budget in the education sector, we are certainly no exception to this rule. In fact we may be at the high end of the education investment scale when we consider our education budget as a ...

Heritage Bank opens new branch in Benque Viejo del Carmen
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/5/11‎
Benque Viejo del Carmen is the westernmost town of Belize situated along the Belize- Guatemalan border. Once the hub of commercial activity in the Cayo District during the chicle industry, Benque Viejo has over 100 years of history as a town and the ...

New library for Benque Viejo del Carmen and Surrounding villages
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/5/11‎
Construction of the library was financed by the Government of Belize at an estimated cost of $400000. The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives also contributed some funds towards the furniture and bookshelves. Prior to construction, the Benque Viejo ...

PM Barrow and Minister Faber Visit Gwen Liz Evening School
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/5/11‎
He told the individual that when he visits the evening division it will be an extremely special occasion and the Prime Minister of Belize will accompany him on that visit. On the evening of Wednesday, May 04, Minister Faber came through on that promise ...

Caught exposing himself in public
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/5/11‎
A 69-year-old senior citizen, Albert Garbutt aka “Reds” was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate's Court on a single charge of exposing himself in public on Tuesday, May 3rd. The elderly man who was unrepresented appeared in Court #6 before ...

More opportunities for young people
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/5/11‎
He explained that government's goal is to address the social phenomena that is giving rise to the culture of violence particularly in Belize City. “Government is prepared to stand or fall by these efforts,” he said. And these efforts are social ...

Recycling garbage - Mark and Said take over the PUP
The Guardian, Belize - ‎5/5/11‎
The people of Belize rejected them soundly by the biggest margin ever in 2008 and the same in the Town Boards and Municipal elections. The people simply wanted a better way, away from the blatant and wanton corruption of the 1998-2003 PUP ...

5/4/11

Failed Grenade Saves Countless Lives
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/4/11‎
Well, there are now 17 after one was thrown in the Lake Independence Area of Belize city last night. Very fortunately, it failed to detonate and no one was hurt. But looking at the close-knit neighborhood where it was thrown, tonight's news could just ...

Herrera Vs. Brackett, The Rematch
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/4/11‎
I don't know of any company in Belize that would just entertain anybody who shows up at their door steps as experts. It doesn't operate like that; I wasn't trying to be rude. That wasn't the intention at all, but we have to do things properly. ...

Forest Fires Force Resort Evacuations
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/4/11‎
But according to one Blancaneux staffer we spoke to this morning at 8:00 it had been brought under control with the intervention of the Belize Natural Energy fire crew, Pine Lumber Company and the Spanish Lookout Fire Department. ...

BEL Complains Of Cash Flow Crunch
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/4/11‎
According to the Prime Minister, BEL's account with the Mexican Power Company CFE is running dangerously high – and that figure is underwritten by the government of Belize – which means if BEL can't pay, then, government must. ...

Central American Security Chiefs Converge On Belize
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/4/11‎
And, without reading too much into it, that is a microcosm, or maybe, better yet, a metaphor, for Belize's role in the Central American Security Conference which was opened today on San Pedro: "we'd love to help, but, first, we'll be needing your help ...

RUPTURED FUEL LINE CAUSE OF LAST WEEK'S OIL LEAK
LoveFM - ‎5/4/11‎
One week after an oil spill in the Belize harbor near the Fort Street Tourism Village, the source of the contamination has been identified. According to the manager of the filling pump for marine vessels Floyd Brown, thirteen gallons of gasoline leaked ...

POLICE INVESTIGATE ANOTHER GRENADE INCIDENT
LoveFM - ‎5/4/11‎
Police and the Belize Defense Force have recovered a grenade after a scare on Moya Street in Belize City. Authorities were informed that a grenade was found in the area around eight forty-five last night. Love News spoke with Police press officer ...

REGIONAL HEADS OF SECURITY MEET
LoveFM - ‎5/4/11‎
During his opening remarks, Commander of the Belize Defense Force General Dario Tapia explained that Belize is not speared from illicit trafficking. “For many of our nations, illicit trafficking is a major threat to national security and in Belize it ...

House Hunting in ... Belize
New York Times - ‎5/4/11‎
A property on the market on Ambergris Caye, Belize's largest island includes a wooden pier that stretches 240 feet over the aquamarine Caribbean and can accommodate a large boat. By ALISON GREGOR This five-bedroom home with a swimming pool and a ...

Local Vets Without Borders team reports on mission
Lovely County Citizen - ‎5/4/11‎
Puppy love -- Village children in Hopkins, Belize, attend Saturday afternoon puppy classes where they learn how to care for their pets. Carroll County Vets Without Borders team member, Debbie Weiland, hands out small toys and goodies donated by Mike's ...

BC, Belizean college strengthen ties
Post Searchlight - ‎5/4/11‎
Bainbridge College (BC) and Corozal Junior College (CJC) in Corozal, Belize, Central America, have expanded the mutually supportive relationship they have developed over the last several years. The two institutions formalized their mutual support by ...

Cave Tubing in Belize
Petaluma Argus Courier (blog) - ‎5/4/11‎
But, when I heard that there was such a thing as “Cave Tubing” my direction turned to the water-filled, bat-infested, claustriphobically chilly caves deep in the rain forest of Belize. After reading numerous, literally hundreds (because I am obsessive ...

5/3/11

E-Poll Says Census Takers Missed Majority
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/3/11‎
... it is a telling trend when of a fairly small sampling group, more than half say they were not counted. We still have not gotten the official census released to us and it has not been posted on the Statistical institute of Belize's website.

BNE Rejects Visiting Oil Expert
Channel 7 Daily News - ‎5/3/11‎
The Belize Coalition to Save Our National Heritage has collected close to 15 thousand signatures of the 17 thousand required to trigger a referendum on oil drilling in offshore and protected areas. But the Coalition - which represents 41 organizations ...

Who was in Obama's Situation Room?
Mirror.co.uk - ‎5/3/11‎
After a successful university American football career, this foreign policy expert, 41, had a spell teaching in the Central American nation of Belize. Little is known of the director for counterterrorism. Before yesterday there were no available ...

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION TO LAUNCH NEW PROGRAM TARGETING AT RISK YOUTH
LoveFM - ‎5/3/11‎
In speaking with Minister of Education Patrick Faber he explained that the effort is part of the Restore Belize initiative. “It is as center that will be geared towards those students who have been dropping out of upper level primary school and lower ...

BELIZE AND UNITED STATES TO HOST REGIONAL SECURITY CONFERENCE
LoveFM - ‎5/3/11‎
Participants began arriving in Belize today. "Security personnel on the island are on high alert and clearly visible as the law enforcement agencies tighten up security on the eve of a regional conference. Heads of the Defense from the region are ...

OIL EXPERTS TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO GOVERNMENT
LoveFM - ‎5/3/11‎
Oil experts, Richard Steiner and Richard Finberg are on a technical mission in Belize conducting assessments of potential impacts from the petroleum industry. Steiner has been in the country for one week now and his visit is being made possible by the ...

AGRICULTURE MINISTER SAYS HELP ON THE WAY FOR FARMERS
LoveFM - ‎5/3/11‎
That is one of the biggest challenge for us to insist that the farmers plant staggered because the market for onions is very small here in Belize and the technology for storage is not here yet, we don't have it. The only country that has the technology ...

Treaty Energy Forms 'Treaty Belize Energy, Ltd'
Sacramento Bee - ‎5/3/11‎
By Treaty Energy Corporation HOUSTON, May 3, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Treaty Energy Corporation (OTCQB: TECO), a growth-oriented energy company in the oil and gas industry, today issued substantial information on the Company's progress in Belize. ...


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