The Governor General graciously received the credentials of the ambassadors and warmly welcomed them to Belize.
Towards a General History of Belize
Efforts to continue strengthening the History Association as a viable organization continues as the Executive Board prepares to hold a meeting at the George Price Center for Peace and Development in Belmopan on August 2, 2014. The purpose of this meeting is to review and approve the draft Articles and Memorandum of Association for the establishment of the Belize History Association as has been reviewed by a lawyer. The executive board of the History Association had met on June 26, to review and make suggestions for amendments and queries with the lawyer; a series of steps necessary for a way forward towards a greater understanding on the History of Belize.
Following the August 2, meeting, the first involvement of the History Association will be a lecture and panel discussion on the Battle of St. George’s Caye at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts in Belize City on September 3, 2014.
KHMH improves Emergency Department
The Accident and Emergency Department at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital is the largest and busiest unit in the country of Belize. Each year there are more than 30,000 encounters and all categories of emergencies are managed successfully there. It is the only hospital with a mass casualty plan and would be the site for care even for air traffic accidents, if they were to occur. Despite the many successes especially in trauma care, it has been recognized that this very important resource requires a major strengthening to deal with the more complex issues that match the evolving role of the KHMH as the only Tertiary Care Public facility in the country of Belize.
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, has entered into a relationship with the Medical College of Wisconsin with the aim of providing advanced training in Emergency Medicine to a group of doctors and nurses currently working in the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department. A two year structured curriculum has been developed and since January 2014, there has been ongoing targeted training being conducted by certified Emergency Medicine Specialist Doctors and Nurses affiliated with the Medical College of Wisconsin, which entails three two-week sessions per year, where the instructors travel to Belize and train KHMH A and E staff, and one two-week observer period for the KHMH staff in Wisconsin.
UDP to the rescue of Incompetence in O.W.
Just a few months ago there was a riot on Facebook concerning the state of the streets in Orange Walk Town and particularly the state of the portion of the Phillip Goldson Highway that passes through that Municipality. On the ground, creative banners that possibly cost thousands of dollars to create, install and maintain could be seen in strategic locations along said route. Money they could have donated to the Orange Walk Town Council to put towards the fixing of one of those horrible streets. All and sundry in the PUP camp criticized the UDP area representatives, standard bearers and the UDP Central Government. The blame fell squarely on the UDP government for everything, including the streets within the Town of Orange Walk which invariably fall under the purview of the Town Council. Now, not all citizens that were complaining truly understand this. The local authority, being the town council, is responsible for everything that happens within the town. They must ensure that streets are fixed, drains are cleaned, garbage is picked up…etc., and that is why they collect taxes from the residents of the town. The taxes in return must be put to work for the people who pay them, but in Orange Walk Town it is anyone’s guess where the money goes. The streets in Orange Walk Town are truly UDP to the rescue of Incompetence in O.W.
Recovery assistance for Prince Street Fire Victims
On Friday, July 18, fire ravaged through the homes of 4 families on Prince Street in the Albert Division. The families lost everything they owned and they appealed for assistance from the government. That assistance came quickly as councilor Philip Willoughby was first to mobilize under his portfolio in charge of the City Emergency Management Organization (CEMO). Through CEMO, resources from the National Emergency Management Organization were mobilized and on Wednesday, July 23rd, the 4 families that were affected received assistance to get them to start to normalize their lives.
Each of the families received relief items including first aid kits, mops, brooms, pots, a gas stove, a gas tank, clothes, mattresses and beddings.
Kaina Martinez is Trailblazer of the Week
This week's feature is on a young Belizean athlete who has made us proud countless times and is currently in Scotland to represent Belize once again in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Kaina Martinez, known to many as Kaina Arzu, is a well-known accomplished Belizean athlete; both locally and internationally. She was born in Independence Village, Stann Creek District and was raised in Seine Bight by her single mother who never failed to teach her the importance of building character and being a good citizen. Kaina's love for sports dates back as far as 1999 when she attended the St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Primary School and participated in the 4th National Primary School Sport Championships. She was a part of the 1999-2000 National Primary School Volleyball, Basketball, Softball and Football champions. Here history was made as St. Alphonsus was the first Primary school to win all four national championships in one year. That year, Kaina was awarded MVP (Most Valuable Player) for both basketball and softball. She went on to Independence High School where she continued in her love for sport and represented her school on numerous occasions.
Two new UDP ladies for Belize Rural Central
The Belize Rural Central constituency has two new representatives as a result of bi-elections which were held in Lord’s Bank and Western Paradise Village.
The elections became necessary after the chairman of Lord’s bank resigned as well as a councilor from Western Paradise did the same. While there were actual elections in Lord’s Bank, there was an endorsement in Western Paradise.
The new Chairman of Lord’s bank is Shirlett Martinez who was soundly elected to the position receiving 145 votes. There were a total of 232 ballots cast with her opponent. William Smith, receiving 75 votes and 12 being spoilt. In Western Paradise, Paulette Gentle was endorsed as a new councilor.
Doctor's Order - Back to basics – Proper Diet
I shall start off with a disclaimer, I am not a nutritional expert, however, I am a doctor and the advice I’m giving you here is what I have given my patients in the past. One of the cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle includes a proper diet. Interpretation of what a proper diet is where things get tricky.
According to the World Health Organization (2011) Belize’s estimated prevalence of obesity is greater than 30%. What does this mean? That at least 3 out of 10 Belizeans is obese, not just overweight but one level “heavier” than overweight. Excessive weight at this level can lead to negative health effects such as heart conditions, diabetes, and joint pain.
Vanity comes with a Price
Are you lured by the atmosphere of brand – names, especially those sophisticated designer logos? If the answer is “yes” then you will more likely overspend if “you’re so vain”. Vanity may be one of the main driving forces in consumers to spend more of their hard – earned money on high-end brand name products. It is not only that they care about impressing others, but the more likely they will to overspend. The more focused the individual is on his thoughts, feelings, and impressions that he makes of others; the more he will seek outwardly recognizable status symbols. Vain people do not only care about looking good to others, but more importantly looking good to themselves.
Many of us evaluate ourselves in relation to other people. In psychology, there are three types of social comparison, namely downward social comparison, converse process, and upward social comparison. In the downward social comparison and converse process, the individual feels better because he views himself as more fortunate than others when he compares his situation with other people’s situation; thus, he will more likely accept his situation. Furthermore, in the upward social comparison, the individual will feel worse if his peers are outdoing him; therefore, he will rebuke himself for letting someone else outdo him.
Youth Talks - The World of Writing
Writing is often times taken for granted. As humans we sometimes forget that it is very important and that we use it on a daily basis. Writing is something that is all around us. It exists in signs, books, brochures, newspaper and chats. Language is so diverse that every group of every kind communicates in distinctive ways. For example many words have different meanings to other people. What may mean one thing to us may mean the next to others. So why is it essential for people to write?
Most of the things that we learn from come from books, columns, brochures and many others. Writing provides readers with information. Whether this information is factual, an opinion or argument is very important. Each reader is different and may communicate differently. Readers are of different ages, cultures, religions and communities. Hence what the writer writes must be in a proper language in order to prevent bias, misinterpretations, or even false information from going across. Since many people may read what is already written, the writer has to be precise with what he or she is trying to say. The writer can’t just assume that what he or she is writing about is factual to some extent because readers may believe it and thus carrying false information to others. In today’s world we find much false information in writings that are especially found around the web. People sometimes take their opinions as being true and end up writing it in Wikipedia or other websites for others to read. In order for the right information to be told or written to others, accuracy with words, statements and statistics being used is needed. In writing it is good making sure that the correct information is given to others.
Stabbed for no reason
Family and friends of 27 year-old Oscar Lambey are trying their best to cope with his sudden death, after his body was found early on Friday, July 18. He had been stabbed to death.
The reason, it comes as particularly difficult for his loved-ones, is that he was an avid Evangelist, who worked hard to become a preacher. He visited the watchman of the Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church the night before, and he had a conversation with him. After they talked, the watchman went back to his duties, and it was not until the next day, at around 6:30 a.m., that he discovered Lambey’s body. He suffered 3 stab wounds to the chest and back, and his attackers left him to die right in front of the gate of the church on Wilson Street.
Separate Accidents claim two Lives
The lives of two men were claimed this weekend due to traffic accidents, 1 in the north, and another in the west.
The first one happened just after midnight on Sunday, July 20. 62 year-old retiree Alfonso Manzanero was returning to his house in Belmopan, and on the way there he ran into a ditch. 3 strangers tried to help him, and when they towed his vehicle out of the drain, his vehicle spun and knocked him down. He was rushed to the Western Regional Hospitals for head and body injuries, but he succumbed while undergoing treatment. A post mortem has confirmed that he died from those traffic accident injuries.
About an hour later, a family of 4 from the Corozal district had a terrible traffic accident, where the patriarch passed away. 43 year-old Rejemio Botes was driving his wife, Vianney Botes; his son, Emmano Botes; and his daughter, Giselle Botes. They were heading home to Cristo Rey, Corozal, but on the way, Rejemio Botes lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road. The vehicle struck a big rock, and the impact sent Rejemio Botes into the windshield. It is believed that the force of the impact caused him to suffer serious head injuries, and he died on the scene. His 9 year-old daughter, Giselle, reportedly dragged herself out of the vehicle, got onto the road, and signalled a passer-by for help. Everyone else was rushed to the hospital in time.
Accused Car Thief out on Bail
Winfield Tasher, 40, is out on bail after he was charged on Friday, July 18, with theft of a motor vehicle. Chika Essel, a naturalized Belizean from Nigeria, reported to police that sometime between Thursday, March 6, and Friday, March 7, 2014, Tasher stole his 1992 Toyota Corolla from in front of his house.
Tasher appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser to answer to the charge. He pleaded not guilty and told the Magistrate that he was renting the vehicle from Essel to provide taxi services to tourists. He says the vehicle began to experience problems and he left it on the road. Tasher says he was unable to get in contact with the owner and had to leave the vehicle for a while. When he returned the vehicle was gone.
Senior Magistrate Fraser granted bail in the sum of $4,000 plus one surety of the same amount. He is scheduled to appear in court on September 11.
Five Conch Shell Bay Resident Charged for Gambling
Five Conch Shell Bay residents appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Monday, July 21, to answer to a charge of gambling.
According to police, the individuals were found gambling at the corner of West Collect Canal and Vernon Street on Sunday, July 20. The accused are 64-year-old Marie Trapp, 42-year-old Jermaine Hyde, 42-year-old Mounthcreef Joseph Flowers, 31-year-old Jeffery Jacob Craig and 25-year-old Quinn Melinda Arnold.
All except Quinn Arnold pleaded guilty before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart. They were fined $100 plus $5 cost of court. Arnold was granted bail in the sum of $300 plus two sureties of the same amount. She is scheduled to reappear in court on September 4.
Municipal Court Prosecutor Out on Bail from Gun Charge
Joseph Nunez, 40, is out on bail after he spent three weeks on remand for gun and ammunition charges. He is a former police officer who is now employed as a Municipial Court Prosecutor but the law man is in trouble with the law after he was busted with a firearm loaded with 15 live rounds of ammunition on Sunday, June 22.
Nunez was busted shortly after he intervened in a domestic dispute between a friend and his friend’s wife. According to reports, Nunez convinced his friend, who was intoxicated, to hand over his licensed firearm because the argument with his wife was getting heated and out of control. Nunez took away the gun, got on his motorcycle and headed for home. Unfortunately, police spotted Nunez riding the cycle with no helmet and no back light. The officers stopped Nunez and as they approached him he informed them that he had a gun on him. The firearm is licensed to his friend who is a security guard. Nunez does not have a gun license and as a result he was arrested and charged for being in possession of a firearm and ammunition without a license.
Inmate Charged for Stabbing Incident inside Belize Central Prison
Giovanni Ramirez, 20, is serving five years in prison for robbery and more time could be added to his sentence for allegedly stabbing Jamal Ariola, 23, inside the prison on Wednesday, July 16.
Ramirez allegedly stabbed inmate, Jamal Ariola, multiple times with a ‘bora’. The incident occurred sometime around 10 a.m. Ariola is said to have been engaged in a conversation with Ramirez when he suddenly felt a sharp pain to the left side of his chest. It was then that he saw Ramirez with a sharpened metal object known as a bora in his hand. Ramirez continued to stab Ariola and he was left with wounds to the hand, back and left foot. He was taken to the medical center where he was admitted to ward. Police were called to the prison and recovered a six inch instrument near the area where the stabbing incident took place. Ariola’s injuries were classified as wounding.
Shoplifter Gets Six Years stealing $11 worth of Products
Flamboyant Street resident Sherwin Leslie, 55, will have six years to think about an Armor-All he stole from Uno Gas Station on Central American Boulevard. Leslie appeared before Magistrate Hettie-Mae Stewart on Tuesday, July 22, and wasted no time in pleading guilty to a single charge of theft.
The incident occurred on Sunday, July 20. Leslie walked into the convenience store when the cashier was away from the desk and took an Armor-All. He hid it under his shirt and tried to walk out. Unfortunately for Leslie, PC August who was working at the gas station saw the play unfold. August approached Leslie, took away the item and restrained him until a police mobile arrived at the scene.
Wilfred Stanley in Prison for pawning stolen Items
Wilfred Stanley is in Prison after he was convicted on six counts of handling stolen goods.
Janelle Reyes, resident of Freshman Lane in West Landivar, reported to police that her home was burgalrized sometime between 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, and 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2014. An assortment of jewelry and other items were taken from the home.
Belize’s Flag raised in the Commonwealth Games Village
The International Zone of the Commonwealth Games Village in Glasgow, Scotland was the centre stage for the raising of the Belizean Flag during the team’s Official Welcome Ceremony to the XX Commonwealth Games.
During the short but impressive ceremony that included the raising of the Belizean Flag, the playing of the National Anthem of Belize and the exchanging of gifts between the Chef-de-Mission of Belize and the Lord Provost of the City of Dundee, Scotland, the Belizean Team along with its Commonwealth Games Assistants were treated to a cultural performance by the National Youth Theater of the United Kingdom.
FFB President’s Cup for female teams
The Football Federation of Belize inform all female teams from each of the Football District including Independence Village to send a representative to a very important meeting scheduled for Saturday, July 26, at 10:00 am at the Football Federation of Belize in Belmopan.
The meeting will discuss the FFB President’s Cup Women Division and the Secretariat is asking all to make a very extra effort to attend and to be on time.
City Boys is Smart 13 and U Football Champions
The 3rd Annual Smart 13 and U Football Tournament came to an end on Saturday, July 19, 2014.
In the championship game, City Boys won over Rising Stars in penalty shoot out after the game ended 0-0 in regulation time.
In the game for third place, Brown Bombers blanked Collet Strikers by the score of 2-0 to capture the third place position.
The goals for Brown Bombers were scored by Jovann Ramos and Dion Cacho.
Progresso FC takes over lead in President’s Cup Tournament
The FFB President’s Cup Tournament continued over the week with three more games on its schedule.
On Sunday July, 20, at the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga Town, the visiting Sagitun FC edged the host team Pomona United by the score of 2-1. The goals for Sagitun FC were scored by Darren Thompson in the 2nd minute of play and Rollin Burgess in the 65th minute of play.
Meanwhile, the goal for Pomona United was scored by Jevon Aranda in the 60th minute of play.
At the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in the City of Belmopan, Roaring Creek United defeated Estrellas FC by the score of 4-2. The goals for Roaring Creek United were scored by Kenny Williams in the 11th minute of play, Alden Coleman in the 35th minute of play via a penalty kick, Alexander Watson in the 40th minute of play and Orin Reneau in the 83rd minute of play via a Penalty Kick.
Dara’s 3rd Annual Ride for Hunger
Dara Robinson will be holding his 3rd annual Ride for Hunger on Sunday, July 27. According to Robinson, the ride is organized to raise funds for his feeding program where he feeds almost 50 children in Belize City.
The ride is scheduled to start at 6:30 from in front of SMART on the Philip Goldson Highway making its way to the Burrell Boom road and returning back to Belize City from the Boom road junction with the George Price Highway in Hattieville and then back to the Philip Goldson Highway in front of SMART. There will be refreshments and music will be available up to midday.
Riders who will be participating should cover a $5.00 registration fee and all riders are asked to wear a helmet. Robinson says that all riders will be provided with a raffle ticket as well as servicing and healthy snacks and drinks while they participate in the ride. Those who are unable to make it on time to pay for the registration can do so at the end of the ride. For persons who do not wish to ride but want to contribute they can do so by providing non-perishable items, school supplies or cash.
Another Devastating Prince Street Fire
A Friday night fire near downtown Belize City, has left 3 families homeless after their house on Prince Street burnt down.
It happened at around 8:30 p.m. on July 18. What police and the Fire Department have been able to piece together so far is that one of the 4 children on the upper flat was playing with a lighter. Somehow, the child lit the bed on fire by mistake, and then it spread to the walls. It’s a wooden house, and so it spread quickly to the other parts of the upper flat.
Shortly after the Fire Department arrived on the scene, but there was not much they could do because the blaze was already out of control. They manage to out the fire within 15 minutes of their activation, and they saved the 3 other house which were in the same yard.
Painting over the signs of gang activity
The Cayo Neighborhood Watch Association (CNWA) in collaboration with the San Ignacio Police Formation will be deleting graffiti in different areas of San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town on July 29th from 6:00 to 7:00 am. Graffiti has been noted to be near the Eden High School in Santa Elena Town, at the end of the Hawkesworth Bridge and in the Santiago Juan Layout Areas. Three different teams will be painting over these unsightly markings on public places, which are indications of or are a precursor to gang activity.
“We are dealing with graffiti in those areas, it is a sign of gangs and of course we don’t tolerate that, we want to let them know that it is being seen and dealt with... to let people know that there are volunteers that care about clean, good community,” says Ernie Braun, Chairman of the CNWA.
I make it a point to steer clear from commenting on the different practices and traditions of the several religious denominations that exist in Belize today. This is because many scholars hold firm the opinion that religious intolerance between differing faiths has sparked the most appalling conflicts in our world’s civilized history; several of these deadly conflicts continue without abate even to this day.
That said, and I say this tongue in cheek, I will risk one comment here on a ritual which I thought was pretty uncommon and bizarre, especially coming from a nationally recognized organization who participated in this ceremony. Last week Wednesday January 15 the leadership of the People’s United Party went to sing “happy birthday” songs at the tombstone of the late Rt. Hon. George C. Price, and then later went on to sponsor a press conference at Independence Hall, evoking the former PUP leader’s name several times during the in-house political rally.
Maurice Tomlinson case continues before CCJ
This morning, a short case management conference was held between the parties in the original jurisdiction case of Maurice Tomlinson vs. Belize and Trinidad and Tobago before the Caribbean Court of Justice. Tomlinson, a gay Jamaican residing in Canada, is asking the court to overturn provisions of each […]
Destructive fires caused by child neglect: Fire Service
Separate fires at either end of Southside Belize City in four hours this morning claimed two structures and left as many as seven persons homeless. Both fires were caused by children left unattended or out of the reach of adult supervision who were playing with cigarette lighters. Tragic […]
Art from Corozal at Image Factory
The Image Factory’s latest exhibit features a Corozal artist and farmer who paints stunningly life-like images with the help of acrylic paint on canvas. From Bob Marley to bad guys of the West, no topic escapes the attention of first-time exhibitor Freddy Bencomo. We got a preview of […]
Fire guts house in Orange Walk town
An Orange Walk family of four is without a roof over their heads after fire gutted their house this afternoon. The bungalow house that was destroyed by the fire was located in the Black Water Creek area of Orange Walk Town. The cause of the blaze is […]
Fatal traffic accident on the Yo Creek road
There are reports of a fatal road traffic accident in Orange Walk. According to reports, a jeep belonging to Maya Tortilla, slammed into a truck that was parked on the right hand side of the road around 2 o’clock this afternoon. The incident happened at mile two […]
Plane vanishes from radar; believed to have crashed
Another aircraft has been “lost” and hundreds of souls believed to have perished in another plane crash.
According to international media reports, the Air Algerie flight with 116 people on board disappeared from radar about 50 minutes into what was to have been a 4-hour flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers.
Flight 5017 is believed to have crashed in a remote part of Mali.
Police Academy entrance exam this weekend
Reports from Belmopan say that the case against Cayo Northeast area representative Elvin Penner for alleged wrongdoing in the passport scandal has been thrown out.
Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, (COLA) was pursuing a private prosecution of Penner.
Indications are that the case was thrown out for lack of evidence this morning in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court when the case resumed before Magistrate Aretha Ford.
COLA has indicated that it will appeal and has 21 days within which to make that appeal.
Private prosecution of Elvin Penner thrown out
The Belize Police Department has announced the venues for the entrance examinations for persons wishing to enter the Police Training Academy.
The examination will be administered on Saturday, July 26.
In Corozal the examination will be administered at the Corozal Community College; Orange Walk it is at Muffles High School; for Cayo it is at the Belmopan Comprehensive High School; in Stann Creek it is at the Delille Academy, in Toledo it is at the UB Campus and in Belize City it is at the Gwen Lizarraga High School.
An Afternoon And Stand Up Paddle Boarding With Friends at X’tan Ha Resort, Ambergris Caye
Travel 7.5 miles north on Ambergris Caye and you almost feel like you are in a different part of San Pedro. Yesterday, my friends and I hopped aboard the Coastal Express Water Taxi…to spend the afternoon at X’tan Ha Resort…on the beautiful beach, near the Mexico Rocks snorkeling site. It’s about 30 minutes up there…we dropped off tourists and resort employees along the way.
At almost that exact spot, the water seems to look like a giant swimming pool.
Here are some of my pictures from yesterday. For many more (and photos of the pool and the buildings, you can check out my last year’s visit.) When you hear people say that there are no beaches in Belize…now you know that they are DEAD wrong.
Branding: The Key Pillar to Success
When creating a brand identity, you’ll want to establish defined guidelines that cover all of the following elements such as name, colors, logo, fonts, design imagery, or a combination to identify the goods and services of one seller or group of sellers from those of other sellers.
From a customer-relationship perspective, having a strong brand is obviously advantageous. Word of mouth is a powerful form of marketing as customers attest their satisfaction and promote the product/ service.. For instance, when Belizeans think of hot sauce, they think of Marie Sharp’s Pepper Sauce. You want to have that kind of immediate, definitive relationship with your buyers as well. At the mentioning of a product customers can identify a brand that meets their stands out in the market.
Rugby Sevens – First Rugby in Belize
Preparations are being made for the first rugby clubs to be established in Belize, focusing on the hugely popular and fast growing Sevens game, which will make its debut in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games.
Rugby Sevens is a variant of the traditional rugby union game in a number of ways, chiefly:
Seven players on the field only (2 Props, Hooker, Scrum half, Fly-half, Centre & Winger)
Seven minute halves, instead of forty minutes, with one minute half-time
All conversions are drop-kicked, not place-kicked
Only three players in the scrum instead of eight
“Rugby Belize plans to focus on the development of rugby sevens as a forerunner to growing a full regular (15 man) team, and prepare to enter Belize into the next Commonwealth and Olympic games. Rugby Belize Global Ambassador, Jono Woodward, is himself an experienced sevens player and is enjoying a very successful pro-rugby career in sevens.” Explained Tony Gillings, Founder of Rugby Belize.
PASSING OF A FRIEND
Ambergris Today’s blog and host Jesse Cope passed away yesterday the 23rd of July. He was an icon here on the island and will be dearly missed.
Rest in peace Jesse
SALAD BAR – PROSCIUTTO WITH MELON AND ASPARAGUS
Trim the asparagus, cutting in half if very long. Cook in lightly salted boiling water over medium heart for 5 minutes, or until tender. drain and plunge into cold water, then drain again and set aside.
Cut the melon in half and scoop out the seeds. Cut into small wedges and cut away rind. Separate the prosciutto slices, cut in half and wrap around the melon wedges.
Arrange the salad greens on a large serving platter and place the melon wedges on top together with the asparagus spears.
Bloomberg Untangles CYNK Technology Corp’s Strange History
When CYNK Technology Corp (OTCMKTS:CYNK)’s stock price exploded earlier this month, the story of an asset-less product-less company valued in the billions went viral in the financial blogosphere. Most people assumed it was a pump-and-dump scheme that had somehow reached the stratosphere, but when the price kept going up in the face of steady ridicule, short sellers found themselves getting squeezed by what was obviously some sort of fraud. The problem was that no one could tell exactly what had happened.
Lots of people tried to call Cynk’s listed number, to no avail, so Bloomberg Businessweek reporters Zeke Faux and Dune Lawrence went down to Belize and have put together the most comprehensive back story we’ve seen.
Kueber says that he has no idea what’s going on with the company that he founded, and that he hasn’t been buying or selling shares, but he moved to San Pedro, Belize (where Romero is from) around the same time that CYNK Technology Corp (OTCMKTS:CYNK)’s relocated to Belize. Besides, it’s not that far-fetched to think that someone starting a pump-and-dump scheme would operate through a proxy.
In Belize, a curiously common address among fishy stock deals
Some of the market’s most noteworthy recent cases of questionable stock deals seem to be coming from a single floor in a single office building in Belize City, Belize.
Two weeks ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission asserted in a lawsuit that two brothers, Mike and Andrew Affa, conspired with others to manipulate the stock of a company called Amogear, which claimed to produce clothing for mixed martial arts fighters, but the SEC says in reality did nothing.
The Affas, who are from New Jersey and New York, met in Boston to discuss their business plans with a friend and another person who, unbeknownst to them, was an FBI agent. When it came time to place the trades that would get the fraud rolling, though, the SEC says the Affas did it through a tiny offshore brokerage firm called Titan International Securities, which is located on the fourth floor of an office building called the Matalon in Belize City. The Affas have denied the SEC’s allegations. Titan is not a defendant in the suit.
What nature should we protect?
Conservation biology shares the distinction with medicine in that it is a science that is given a moral imperative. Like medicine, conservation biology is an amalgamation of different fields (ecology, genetics, environmental science, etc) brought together for a single purpose.The question now is what exactly is that problem. Conservation biology has historically focused on protecting nature for nature’s sake. There has been pressure in recent years for a more human-based approach: one that focuses on what nature can do for humans through ecosystem services. These are known as the biocentric and anthropocentric approaches, and their proponents are locked in a heated debate. In the June issue of the scientific journal “Conservation Biology,” this debate came into the spotlight.
To an extent both sides are right. If purely anthropocentric and biocentric points of view are considered along a spectrum, many conservation projects exist largely in the middle. The Community Baboon Sanctuary in Belize was an example of a conservation effort that would likely please both camps. Two hundred landowners agreed to set aside twenty square miles of land to protect rainforest and the endangered howler monkey. The project was an early and largely successful example of ecotourism and has been in place since the early 1980s. This stands in contrast to many other projects that have simply left poverty stricken populations without access to resources.
Britain 101 – Understanding How the British Write Dates, Weeks and Measure Things Differently from an Expat
As a Briton happily marooned in Minnesota, land of 10,000 wind-swept ice-bound lakes, my mind often turns to the minutiae of the differences between the United Kingdom and the United States.
We all know that I say ‘tomatoh’, and you say ‘tomayto’, but, before we call the whole thing off, let’s try and clear up some of this confusion, shall we?
Like all right-thinking people, I’m a big fan of the British stand-up comedian Stewart Lee. Who has not nodded in agreement, as he discusses, in mock solicitude, the ‘tragic events of the 9th of November’?
9/11 (‘September the 11th ’) was a wake-up call for many reasons; but for the more pedantically minded it was the first concrete global indication of a particular American eccentricity; when enumerating dates, American convention puts the month first. As far as I can tell (by searching on the internet) the USA is one of only two countries in the world that reverses a pretty self-evidently logical convention. The other one’s Belize.
Video: Training of Facilitators Testimonials - Extended Cut - Belmopan, Belize, 7min.
Video: Search for Cynk's $6B Leads to Shack in Belize, 4min.
Bloomberg's Zeke Faux reports on his trip to Belize on the trail of Cynk, a company with no assets, no revenue, and one employee, that for one hour in July had a market value of more than $6 billion. He speaks on Market Makers."
Video: Belize Road Safety Training, 6min.
In June 2014, The Government of Belize launched its Youth and Road Safety Capacity Building Project with the commencement of an intensive two-week training course for 19 youths ages 18 to 25. It is expected that over the two-year lifecycle of the CDB funded project, over 2,000 youths ages 16-29 will benefit.
Video: You better Belize it, 6min.
Video: Grandparents Hulse (BELIZE), 3min.
Video: Belize - Termites, 1min.
Tasting live termites in the Belizean jungle. Thanks to our guide, Patrick, with Belize Nature Travel for introducing us to this woody, minty, protein rich snack.
Video: belize 2014 nunez family, 4min.
family vacation summer of '14.
Video: Cave Tubing! Mystery Meat WTF? Day 4 Vacation Cruise Ship Belize, 4min.
July 24, 2014
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Belizean Student Takes Second Place in Regional FCCA Competition
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce that two Belizean students were awarded prizes in the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Foundation Children’s Environmental Poster Competition.
Belize’s Junior Division representative, Amber McKoy of Grace Primary School, placed second at the regional level. For her entry, Amber was awarded $1,500USD. As the second place school, Grace Primary also won $1,500USD. Belize’s representative in the Senior Division, Dengry Hernandez of Ladyville Technical High School, didn’t place but his quality submission was recognized with a consolation prize of $200USD.
Belizeans Unite Against Italian “Mega-luxury” Project on Remote Coral Reef
Belize’s largest conservation and tourism organizations, as well as members of the public, have joined forces in opposition to a proposed seven star mega-resort on Belize’s most remote coral reefs. The project, named Puerto Azul, would transform two private islands on the northern side of the Lighthouse Reef atoll. The brainchild of Italian promoter Domenico Giannini, Puerto Azul was launched during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival at a lavish celebrity-studded party. Belizean ministers of government were also flown in for the occasion. Opposition to the project is based on its massive scale in an undeveloped area that is over 50 miles from the nearest mainland supply depot. Lighthouse Reef, part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, is one of only four atolls in the Caribbean and is home to the world renowned Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye Natural Monuments; both are protected areas and World Heritage Sites. The developers want to build what they describe as a “citadel of luxury” inclusive of underwater suites, a golf course, amusement park, submarine base, hospital, super-yacht marina and Formula 1 race track, all serviced by a two mile long international airport to be dredged from the sands and productive sea grass beds of the Lighthouse Reef atoll. The resort’s proposed one thousand guests would be served by a small city of two thousand employees.
Ambergris Caye Camp Starfish caters for children with special needs
There are several summer camps taking place across the island and the newest offering is the extra-special Ambergris Caye Camp Starfish! Dalia Alamilla and Dianela Hancock have organized this camp primarily for children with special needs. Camp Starfish commenced on Tuesday, July 22nd at the Lions Den and is the first summer program for children with mental or physical disorders that may impair their development. Alamilla spoke of the reason for the camp. “San Pedro doesn’t have any agencies or organizations that work with special needs children. So many parents are unaware of the assistance and opportunities that are available for the development of our children. The camp was designed to offer support for these children and to assess the population of children with special needs on the island.” The camp is being held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of the week from 9AM to 11AM until Saturday, August 9th.
Island boy in Scotland: Following triatlethe Kent Gabourel
While many Belizeans travel abroad for vacations and leisure, it’s not every day one gets the opportunity to enter new borders as an ambassador for their country. For island and national triathlete Kent “Bob” Gabourel the opportunity to represent Belize at the 2014 Glasgow Common Wealth Games is an honor. Kent will be proudly competing amongst such world-class athletes like England’s Brownlee brothers, and Jamaica’s Olympic gold medalists Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. But he has also been immersing himself in the experience, making new friends from across the world and enjoying every bit of the land and culture. The San Pedro Sun has been following the island’s star athlete for years, and we can’t help but to do the same now that he’s at the historic games. We’ve been enjoying his infectious Facebook posts showing him wholly immersed in every bit of his time abroad. Kent fits the bill of sports ambassador perfectly.
Domestic dispute leaves one man dead
San Pedro Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding a domestic dispute that left an islander of Ambergris Caye dead. The victim has been identified as 28-year old Felix Eduardo Alamilla, a caretaker of a Mosquito Coast Area of San Pedro Town. Preliminary police information indicates that sometime before 6AM today Wednesday July 23rd, Alamilla and his common-law wife were involved in a domestic dispute in which the woman inflicted stab wounds to his head, chest area and leg. The wounded Alamilla was rushed to the San Carlos Medical Clinic where Dr. Giovanni Solorzano pronounced him dead on arrival.
San Pedro Public Library educates children on the importance of water
The San Pedro Public Library is hosting a summer program to educate children on the importance of water conservation. The program started on Monday, July 21st with a group of 25 children participating. The program will run through Friday, August 1st. Throughout the program, children will learn about the importance of saving water, the availability of water, the water cycle and the necessity of water to living organisms. They will also enjoy watching fun videos, do arts and crafts, and play educational games. At the end of each week’s lessons, the children will be questioned on what they have learned and receive prizes for answering correctly. According to head librarian Iracela Acosta the program aims to educate children and promote the conservation of our Belizean waters while providing in a fun summer activity. “Children will understand how important water really is, especially to us in San Pedro as we do live on an island and are surrounded by water. We want to encourage the children to take care of the water by not polluting it and saving as much potable water as they can,” said Acosta.
San Pedro Community Shocked at Sudden Death of Sanpedrano After Domestic Dispute
Island residents are still trying to grasp the fact that a son-of-the-soil is dead today after an early morning domestic dispute. San Pedro Police is today investigating the circumstances around the death of 28-year-old Felix Eduardo Alamilla, a local Sanpedrano.
According to preliminary information received by the San Pedro Police Department, a domestic dispute took place around 6a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, between Felix and his common-law wife where she inflicted deadly stab wounds to his head, leg and chest. Felix was rushed to the San Carlos Medical Clinic where Dr. Giovanni Solorzano pronounced him dead on arrival.
SAGA Board Directors Train with Leading Dog Experts Abroad
Humane animal captures, proper handling and caring of pets and the overall welfare of animals on the island are the top priorities for the San Pedro SAGA Humane Society. For this reason and many others, Katia Marin, Board Director of SAGA HS, traveled to United States to train with leading dog experts.
Katia Marin, owner of Pampered Paws, one of Belize’s leading pet grooming centers, is an animal lover and board director of SAGA HS. She received her certificate as a professional groomer and veterinary assistant in Houston, Texas. At first Pampered Paws only offered grooming services and pet supplies but in 2003 Katia received her Master Degree in Dog Training in New York and began to offer overnight boarding, pet “day care” and dog training.
Jesse Cope of San Pedro Daily Passes Away
Ambergris Today, along with the community of Ambergris Caye, is saddened to share the news of the passing of Jesse Cope, who ran the San Pedro Daily website. Posts on message boards indicate that he fell ill earlier this week and was admitted to Belize Healthcare Partners in the city where he succumbed to his illness yesterday evening, Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
Friends and family indicate that Jesse was well cared for during his last days and passed away peacefully without any pain. His family has been notified and is in touch with Dr. Lerida Rodriguez and will be making arrangements with her as to the final preparations.
Misc Belizean Sources
Government of Belize Compensates Public Officers and Teachers for the 1995-1997 Increments Freeze
The Ministry of Finance is pleased to announce that it has today authorised the Accountant General to transfer the balance of some $3.06 million held in a Government Savings Account to the Trustees of the Public Sector Workers’ Trust, which has been established to hold funds in trust for all public officers and teachers whose annual increments were frozen during the period 1st April 1995 to 31st March 1997. It may be recalled that in 1995, the Government of Belize had agreed to give the Public Service Union and the Belize National Teachers Union some 794,732 shares in Belize Telecommunications Limited (now Belize Telemedia Limited) as compensation for the suspension of annual increments of public officers and teachers during the fiscal period 1995 to 1997.
"CANE FARMERS DAY" to be celebrated in Corozal
The end of an awesome Sugar Cane season calls for celebration,
even in the advent of an embattled closed season. The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association Corozal Division celebrates 55 years.
This years motto "Celebrating 55 years in the sugar cane industry, strenghtening the development of our small farmers" will bring
together every farmer and his family in Corozal to celebrate his labour of love.
The BSCFACD invites the general public to bring your family out and extend that handshake of gratitude and apprciation to our
to our norteño brothers and sisters. The venue will be between Rotary Park and the Corozal House of Culture.
Days events and activities will include the following: Date: FRIDAY, July 25th
One hundred African descendants are now returning from Guatemala
After attending a conference with ONECA
In attendance were Creoles, Ketchi, Maya from Guatemala
Other indigenous peoples and the Garifuna
Celebrating their origin from Africa
This was a historic event sanctioned by ONECA and AFROSA
In collaboration with the Guatemalan youth minister
It saw the participation of the youths from different countries in Central America
We discussed their participation in making the Garvey/Chatoyer initiative a realization
Twenty years ago ONECA was formed in Dangriga
To bring African descendants together
To empower them to set up a parallel system
Two years later they held their first conference in Panama
AFSOUTH facilitates Global ALSO Instructor Course
Three international health specialists and three non-governmental organization personnel supporting 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) provided a Global Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Instructor Course to eight Belizean health care providers.
Global ALSO is a training program designed to improve the skills and knowledge of maternal health care providers in regards to managing obstetric emergencies.
"The Global ALSO program is one more step, one more piece of the puzzle to decrease the maternal and neonatal mortality/morbidity rates throughout Belize," said Dr. Lesley Atwood, former ALSO Board chair and family medicine provider at Allina Health. "The team-based, hands-on sessions are designed to complement the existing evidence-based protocols from the Ministry of Health."
Expression of Interest Notice – Dominicana Moda 2014
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) will be collaborating in the organization of Dominicana Moda 2014 (DM2014) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Caribbean Export is highly committed to the development of the Fashion sector in the Region and seeks to enable opportunities such as these to engage relevant stakeholders and foster sector-wide integration. This collaborative effort will provide a great opportunity for emerging and established fashion designers in the Caribbean to expose their vision at a regional and international stage, thus positioning the Caribbean as an international go-to location for Fashion design and ingenuity.
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Love Kills: In San Pedro Woman Stabs Common Law Sleeping In Another House
Tonight, a 37 year old Mexican woman is detained pending a murder charge after she allegedly stabbed her Belizean common law, 28 year old Felix Alamilla to death in his sleep. His crime? He hadn't come home for two nights and had apparently taken up with another woman – that is according to reports.
So, at dawn, she went to find him at the far south of the island in the Boca Del Ciera area and stabbed him to death. After that she tried to flee San Pedro. Tonight she is detained and has confessed to police. Monica Bodden went to San Pedro to find out more:
Monica Bodden Reporting
This golf cart parked inside the compound of the San Pedro Police Station was what transported Felix Alamilla to a private clinic early this morning.
Will CEO Alexis Be Ambassador To Guatemala?
Last night you saw Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington avoid answering the question about who Belize's new ambassador to Guatemala will be: he said that is the prerogative of the Prime Minister who will reveal it shortly.
But, tonight, 7News has learned who will take up this senior and sensitive diplomatic posting: we have been reliably informed that the current CEO in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alexis Rosado will be appointed Ambassador to Guatemala.
He is a very senior official with more than a decade in the Ministry – moreover, in Central America the CEO is considered Vice-Minister so his appointment would denote the level of import Belize places on this key diplomatic posting.
We contacted Rosado who would not confirm. He only said, quote, "whoever he chooses to appoint, I'm sure the PM will announce in due course." End quote. He added that any proposed appointment to another country must receive the approval from the receiving state – in this case, Guatemala – before the accreditation can be effected.
Government Vehicle Stolen In Broad Daylight
Belmopan Police have confirmed that a government vehicle assigned to the Department of the Environment was stolen from its parking space in the market square this morning. It's the second government vehicle to have been stolen from in front of its office in 8 days.
The market square is one of busiest places in Belmopan, but that didn't stop the thief who also struck in broad daylight. The vehicle, a brown 2008 Toyota Hilux pickup, was used by DOE personnel a half hour before its theft. The last authorized driver parked the vehicle in front of the office, and when DOE employees checked back on the vehicle, they found out that it was gone!
The license plate number is BMP B-0108, and anyone who has information on it whereabouts is asked to contacted the nearest police.
Belmopan police are still looking for Mayor Simeon Lopez's municipal government vehicle, which was stolen last week Tuesday.
Verden Blease Charged Again For Abuse
In January, we told you about former Gwen Liz High School Teacher, Verden Blease. He was charged with 2 counts of carnal knowledge and 5 counts of incident assault. Well, he's back behind bars because of new charges of the same nature.
12 year-old girl has reported to police that Blease has been sexually assaulting her from the time she was 7 years-old. Because of her report, Belize was charged with 3 additional counts of unlawful carnal knowledge.
He was on bail when he showed up to court today, but that was confiscated, Magistrate Ann Marie Smith remanded him to prison until August 7.
Granny Marion Explains How She Got Charged For Drug Trafficking
Last night we told you how 8 persons who were in a yard at 3150 Supal Street were charged for drug trafficking after police say they found three bags of crack cocaine in the yard.
All eight were detained and arraigned late yesterday – including the 71 year old matriarch Marion Plunkett. Now, a 71 year old charged for crack possession with an intent to supply? That's a first! So today Monica Bodden went to the yard on Supal Street to talk to Marion Plunkett about the charge:
"You are charged with possession of a controlled drug with the intent to supply to another. I'm guessing this is your first charge, how old are you ma'am?"
Marion Plunkett – Claims Police Harrassment
Marion Plunkett – Claims Police Harrassment
"First time in life, my son that is younger he stood up in court and said, well first time mom, first time they searched the house through and through. All my speakers, like they wanted to buss the speakers. I told them no, I just bring these from America."
Hon. Elrington: The Gun Law's Unintended Consequences
And while that alleged joint enterprise for drug trafficking swept up eight persons, another similar law that has garnered much criticism for its use and misuse by police is the gun law. The last controversial case we reported on was predicament of the Smith family from Giles Street.
Right after the funeral for their teenaged brother and son, the entire family was arrested and charged with firearm offences earlier this month, even after they tried their best to explain to the police officers that the gun did not belong to any of the residents. They were released last week Tuesday, after a week on remand, and at the end, it was proven in court that they didn't have to endure that ordeal for that unlicensed weapon because one of the persons charged accepted guilt for it.
Yesterday, our colleagues from KREM News spoke with Attorney General Wilfred Elrington about cases like the Smith's, and he said that the Government did not foresee the unintended and painful consequence the application of this amended law would create:
Acting DPP Post Will Be Shared
And at the end of our newscast last night, we told you about the study leave that Director Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lynn Vidal went on.
She has actually been out of the office since last week Tuesday, and holding over as the acting DPP is Senior Crown Counsel Cecil Ramirez.
Elrington, explained yesterday that she applied for the study leave a few weeks ago, and it was approved earlier this month:
Hon. Wilfred Elrington – Attorney General
"My information was that she wants to be given study leave for a period of 3 months. That application has been duly made and approved of by the prime minister."
Alindy Marisol Amaya, News Director KREM News
Hon. Wilfred Elrington
"I think she is going be going from the 15th of July, I think she started already, and for 3 months. If my recollection is right, and during the course of the 3 months that she will be away, 2 of the crown councils will act in her place. One will act for the first 6 weeks and that person I have been told is Mr. Cecil Ramirez and for the remaining 6 weeks Ms. Willis will act, Linbert Willis, he is going to act for the remaining 6 weeks so that is going to completing the 3 months period.
Jail For Barrow Burglar
54 year-old Anthony Mortis is jail tonight, and he's serving the first day of a 7 year sentence after he was convicted of burglary today in Magistrate's Court.
The incident happened just before 8 a.m. on May 22 of last year at the Belize City home of 51 year-old Frank Barrow on Crown Cone Avenue in Coral Grove.
Police constable Roy Eck testified in the trial against Mortis that that he and other police officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress and when they arrived at the scene he saw Mortis peeping through a crack at the back door of the upper flat. Eck said when he searched Mortis he found 2 gold earrings and another piece of jewellery in his pocket.
In his defence, Mortis testified and denied committing the offence. He said that it was the police who took him to the house where the burglary was committed.
CCJ Contending With Cluster Of Ashcroft Alliance Appeals
In May of this year, the Court of Appeal delivered its decision on the Governments Acquisition of BEL, and the reacquisition of BTL. At that time, the attorneys for the former owners, the Ashcroft Alliance and Fortis Energy, promised that a vigorous appeal would be brought before the Caribbean Court of Justice.
That appeal officially began today via teleconference where the court held the first case management session. Eamon Courtenay, attorney for British Caribbean Bank and Fortis; and Godfrey Smith, attorney for Dean Boyce and the Trustees of the Employees Trust were both present, along with Nigel Hawk, the Acting Solicitor General of Belize.
There are 5 different appeals of the same case, and so the court decided to consolidate them into one big appeal matter. After the session we spoke with Godfrey Smith outside of court about the beginning of the final appeal on this case:
Godfrey Smith - Attorney for Dean Boyce/Employees Trust
"I'm sure that you aware this is the continuation of the long outstanding nationalization cases against Telemedia, the nationalization of Telemedia and Fortis. We represent Dean Boyce and the trustees of the BTL trust as you are aware. The last judgement did not go in our favor except for one portion that dealt with retro activity and the exercise here this morning was merely to obtain leave from the CCJ and to do a timetabling exercise to schedule the matter for hearing."
Government "Waiting And Seeing" On Puerto Azul
Last night we told you about the renewed drive by the conservation and tourism organizations, including OCEANA, the BTIA, the Belize Audubon Society, APAMO and others to block the Puerto Azul project.
Today, the media asked Tourism Minister Junior Heredia about it – and he said that government cannot dismiss the project out of hand because it could create jobs:
Hon. Manuel Herredia Jr. - Minister of Tourism
"At this point it is premature or to be making second guesses to what will happen and what not. As a fisherman, 30 years fisherman, I use to fish that area; I think I know that area better than any other NGO and loving the reef which was my life. Anything that would destroy my reef will destroy the tourism industry; I will not be for that and for that reason I must wait for everything to be completed They will analyse if it is possible or not. What I cannot accept that once you have a project before it even starts there is this negativity, let us stand up as Belizeans, look at what we have, and see how best we can use it and then move ahead."
Operation Clearwater Cleaning Up San Pedro
So, the headline tonight was that San Pedro had racked up another murder – in what has been a particularly violent year for the island. But this one was a crime of passion, not preventable by event the best policing. And heightened police activity is what the island has been seeing since the first week in July. The sustained operation has targeted petty criminals on the island and drug peddlers. The cops believe those small acts of lawlessness are driving bigger ones – and pushing up the island's violent crime.
And operation Clearwater has driven a reduction in both major and minor crime. We got a review of it today:
Sergeant Lenancio Bol - Investigator, San Pedro Police
"The operation clear water is still ongoing in San Pedro Town and it is very successful at this time. If you notice, all the news, or statistics you have, it definitely shows that there is a major reduction in terms of crime across the board, whether it is major crime or minor. We do have, we definitely have a lot of changes in regards to it. The operation targets mainly includes the drug peddlers and especially we had a number of thefts in terms of golf carts and things like those. So it is definitely at a minimum based on the operation we have ongoing."
3 Months For Less Than An Ounce
3 grams of weed is hardly an ounce but a Belize City man will spend 3 months for it.
33 year-old Theodore Swazo, a resident of Vernon Street, was sentenced 3 months in prison today after he was found guilty of drug possession in the Magistrate Court.
2 members of the Gang Suppression Unit testified in his trial before the Chief Magistrate that on February 17, they saw him come out of a yard on Iguana Street. When he saw the officers, he tried to throw away a small amount of weed, which they retrieved. It was only 3 grams, and so they charged him with drug possession.
After hearing all the evidence, Chief Magistrate Smith found him guilty and sentenced him to 3 months in jail.
Hattieville Chairman Still Missing
Hattieville Chairman Kevin Carcamo has now been missing for 3 days, and so, his family is still in the grips of anxious worry.
This evening, one of his bosses, Marvin Manzanero, the Assistant Project Director, for Discover-seis Geophysical Services, told us that the company still has its employees fully activated in an attempt to find him. Manzanero added that they've increased the area of their search, along with the civilian and military authorities, but no sign has been found of Carcamo.
As we told you, Carcamo is known to be an experienced hunter, and he's considered a capable bushman.
Alleged Land Swindler Charged
30 year-old Meredith Bregal, a Ladyville resident, is out on bail tonight after she allegedly defrauded a landowner of money from the sale of their land.
The incident occurred June 18th. 68 year-old Everith Sedacy reported to police that Bregal told her that she knew someone who was interested in buying her piece of land in Gardenia Village. Bregal says that Sedacy introduced her to the person. The deal was struck, and Sedacy was to collect $8,000 for the land.
The trouble is that when she went to collect her money, the person says that Bregal had already showed up, and a cheque was written out to her on behalf of Sedacy. When she contacted Bregal to collect her money, Bregal told her she indeed cashed the cheque, but someone stole the money from her. They agreed on a repayment schedule, but to date, Bregal hasn't paid her any money.
Relief For Fire Victims
On Monday we told you about a fire on Prince Street that left 3 families homeless and without possessions. Well, today NEMO made donations to the affected families to help them in the wake of this tragedy. Councillor Phillip Willoughby told us more:
Donations include mattresses, cleaning supplies, clothing and other care packages. 4 families are being aided.
Teaching Lions To Swim
The Belize Lion Man competition takes places in September, but every year, the greatest challenge for the Belizean triathletes is swimming. Well, Denise Diaz, an experienced swim instructor, is hoping to change this by hosting a swimming competition along with a group named "Knead Belize" on Sunday, July 27th. The longest lap of the competition is 750 meters which is about half a mile, and about half of the lion man swim. We caught up with Diaz at the competition site on Marine Parade where she told more about the meet:
The competition will begin at 9 am to give time to competitors from other districts time to arrive. Another pre Lionman competition will be held on August 10th.
A Barn Owl In Collet!
When you think of spectacular and mysterious birds like the barn owl you'd probably think they would be most at home in the wild, but this evening we found that barn owls like the concrete jungle just fine. Why is that? Well, it is because this owl's favourite meal is rats and small rodents – and this city has no shortage of those.
But things went wrong for one of these barn owls a month and half ago who was found snagged on a pipe clamp. Caretaker Allison Jenkins found the injured bird and called the Belize Audubon Society whch then contacted the Bird Sanctuary & Rehabilitation Center. When we spoke to Allison today, he told us how he became attached to the owl:
Allison Jenkins - Caretaker
"First, it wasn't much my concern but the second day the longer you look into the face of the owl, you see a sympathy that he has and that is what really got to me the second day. I received a call about 3 weeks after, surprisingly, telling me the bird that I had called him about is in good health and is doing well in recovery and they started keeping me in touch with it and there we are."
B'zean Diplomat Going For Senior OAS Post
At the top of the news, we told you how CEO Alexis Rosado is poised to become the next Belizean Ambassador to Guatemala. Well, currently, there is a move by the Organization of American States to get Belizean Ambassador to the US Nestor Mendez elected as the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS.
That was the decision that Belize took at the last SICA meeting in the Dominican Republic. He reportedly has the support of the other member states, but it may play out that his boss at the OAS could be a Former Vice President of Guatemala.
Yesterday, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington briefed the media on the SICA agenda item in which Former Guatemalan Vice President Eduardo Stein was officially announced as a candidate for the office of the Secretary General:
Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs
"The prime minister specifically pointed out that we had committed to another country before the announcement of this times candidacy, so he could not join in that decision by the rest of the SICA members. The prime minister was specifically clear on that, we also have a candidate for the deputy secretary general position. That is our own Ambassador Nestor Mendez in Washington and that time the prime minister put forward his name and it was my impression that we also got the commitment of the countries, the SICA countries that they would support Ambassador Mendez; But in relation to the Guatemalan candidacy the prime minister pointed out very clearly that in fact we had already committed to another candidate before we were aware of the Guatemalan candidacy, he was not in a position to join the consensus."
The Big BTL Payback For Unions
Way back in 1995 – in the bad old days of retrenchment – the then Esquivel administration froze increments for public officers for two years – and gave them 800 thousand BTL shares instead.
Well, today, almost 20 years later, it was payback time – and Government authorised the Accountant General to transfer the balance of $3.06 million dollars held in a Government Savings Account to the Trustees of the Public Sector Workers’ Trust. The fund has been established to hold funds in trust for all public officers and teachers whose annual increments were frozen between 1st April 1995 to 31st March 1997.
In 2007, the share certificates were transferred to the PSU and the BNTU, and now the three million dollars is the proceeds of dividends accumulated from the shares between 1997 and 2007.
The trustees are Ray Davis, Nadia Caliz, Philip Castillo and Enrique Iglesias representing the PSU, BNTU,Nurses Association of Belize, the BDF and the Belize Police Association.
A Tour Guide Stabbed To Death On La Isla Bonita By His Common-Law Wife
A domestic dispute ended in murder early this morning in the north end of San Pedro. A tour guide, Felix Alamilla who is also a caretaker of a luxury rental, [...]
Day 3: Still No Signs of Missing Hattieville Chairman
It has been a little over seventy-two hours since the unexplained disappearance of forty-three-year-old Kevin Carcamo, who disappeared on Sunday while returning through a densely forested area behind Freetown Sibun. [...]
$3 Million in B.T.L. Dividends to be Managed by Associated Union Trustees
More than three million dollars has been placed into an account which will be administered by four union trustees. The funds represent dividends for shares which were offered to public [...]
B.T.L. and B.E.L. Nationalizations Heard at CCJ
The seemingly unending litigation involving the government’s acquisition of the country’s telecommunications and electric utilities became complicated long ago. But it may all be approaching an end, one way or [...]
Alexis Rosado Appointed New Ambassador to Guatemala
The speculation about who will be named as Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala in the wake of the death of former Ambassador Fred Martinez is over. It is known that [...]
Minister of Tourism Says N.G.O.s Are Too Pessimistic About Tourism Development
The Puerto Azul Project has been mired in controversy since it came to light that Italian developers were preparing to invest in the development. On Tuesday, the environmental community reacted [...]
Guess Who Else Was In Cannes For Puerto Azul Launch!
When government ministers Manuel Heredia Junior and Erwin Contreras attended the Cannes Film Festival in May, where they hobnobbed with the rich and famous on the French Riviera. The occasion [...]
Superman Comes to the Aid of Fire Victims On Prince Street
A late night blaze on Prince Street in Belize City Friday night completely destroyed the upper flat of a wooden home. It was allegedly started by a child playing with [...]
Verden Blease, Former Gwen Liz Lecturer, Charged for Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
Today, a former Gwen Liz teacher was slapped with additional charges of three counts of carnal knowledge for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a minor who was seven years [...]
Belize Bank Awards Thirteen Scholarships Countrywide
Eight high school and five sixth form students will continue studies with scholarships from the Belize Bank. Accompanied by their proud parents, the deserving students were presented today with the [...]
Belizeans Shine In Regional Environmental Poster Competition
A pair of young Belizean artists has placed highly in a regional tourism and environmental poster competition hosted by the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association. While they did not win the [...]
What’s Going On At San Pedro Clinic?
Earlier, we reported on the murder of San Pedrano, Felix Alamilla. His death has brought to light a serious problem on the main tourism island of San Pedro. For years, [...]
Belize At Commonwealth Games 2014
The Commonwealth Games opened earlier today in Glasgow, Scotland. This station is airing the games daily at two o’clock in the afternoons beginning today through August third with two-hour highlights. [...]
Taxi Driver Charged With Drug Trafficking
Tonight, 30 year old Armando Vasquez, Belizean electrician of Diego Street, Corozal Town, is under police custody waiting to be charged for drug trafficking.
On Monday, officers of the Border Patrol Team were on official duty at the Northern Border check point when they searched a taxi car driven at the time by Vasquez and found 505 grams of suspected cannabis.
Today Officer Commanding the Corozal Police Formation, Andrew Ramirez, released the details of the incident.
Cane Farmers Are Not Permitted To Realease The Names Of Those Involved In Fruad
A few days ago the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association received the bad news that they were suspended by FLOCERT after receiving 8 non-compliances following an audit conducted a few weeks ago by the organization. Four of those non-compliances are considered major and include child labor at the cane fields and the fraud of $78,000.
As previously mentioned the audit revealed that during the period of 16th March 2012 to 15th May 2014 some employees of the association paid themselves increased salaries.
The audit also showed that payment for loans obtained by some employees had been entered in the registry when the reality was that monies for the loan had not been deducted from the employee’s salary.
New Assistant Commissioner Of Police Meets With Officers Of The North
Curbing crime is no easy feat and for members of the police department who endure copious amounts of scrutiny and criticism it can be a daunting daily process. While we are aware that crimes can happen at any moment, authorities are then tasked to work as diligently as they are required by standards that govern them.
This morning in Corozal, the top brass of the north including Corporals, inspectors and commanding officers met with the newly promoted Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett in a re-strategizing meeting. ACP Myvett says under his command, they are revisiting their crime strategy for the next 5 months in a proactive effort to fight crime in the northern part of the country.
Screen_Shot_2014-07-22_at_7.44.06_PMJoseph Myvett – ACP. Belize Police Force.
“This achievement is certainly going to assist the north in that it is a high requisition and therefore the decisions that are made will certainly have more impact both in receiving in receiving cooperation from Belmopan as well as in our crime fighting efforts, today we are just about to meet in revisiting our crime strategies in order to continue to plan for a further reduction in crime over the next five months and as I said before I really, really want to recognize both formation commanders superintendent Ramirez from Corozal and Superintendent Arnold in charge of Orange Walk for their dedication and effort who have brought us to this point and I am looking forward for their continuous cooperation in order for us to reach our set goal for this year.”
BSI/ASR Represented At Cane Farmers AGM
On Sunday the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association held their Annual General Meeting where the association’s Board of Directors discussed a number of issues with its membership. High on the agenda was the proposal of the Belize Sugar Industries Limited to pay cane farmers 51 cents per ton of bagasse. Proposal which cane farmers rejected resoundingly.
BSI is of the mind that cane farmers are not receiving the right information hence their rejection for the 51 cents payment. In order to disseminate their information to cane farmers, BSI met with members of six branches and even requested that they have representation in Sunday’s AGM. Sources told us that the company wrote a letter to the BSCFA requesting that they form part of the meeting’s agenda thus having an opportunity to address cane farmers. To date we are unaware if BSCF responded to BSI’s letter.
What we do know though, is that BSI had representation at the AGM, not as a company but as a cane farmer. As you may well be aware the company is a registered cane farmer under Research and C.G.P. So that gave them all rights to participate in Sunday’s meeting and opened a window to set the record straight.
O/W Town Council Addresses Abandoned Overgrown Lots In Town
The Orange Walk Town Council has embarked on a project that will see several over grown lots cleared. According to Mayor Kevin Bernard, the issue has been a major concern for residents and has been voiced repeatedly at neighborhood meetings.
In sight that is a huge concern for residents the council decided to take action and with the assistance of Councilor Ladrick Sheppard the work began this week.
“This over grown lots has been a hazard to everybody, in these overgrown lot there are roaches, rats, snakes and all different types of rodents that sometimes goes inside the house and we have been in the council going for the third year now that these over grown lot that no one have any knowledge of who are the owners of these overgrown lots and nobody really wants to chop it so it was an initiative that we took from the council by the Mayor that has decided to take advantage of the dry moment right now and see if we can chop these overgrown lots.”
Banquitas House Of Culture Holds Summer Program, Music and Production
Summer programs are abounding in Orange Walk but the next one we are about to hear of is perhaps the first of its kind for youth in Orange Walk. We are talking about music and production, a summer class being facilitated at the Banquitas House of Culture. Here is a look at what the participants are learning.
Dalila Ical – Reporting
Normando Esquilliano – Facilitator
“I came here and I am going to teach them the recording procedure to song writing and you know how to have a final production at the end of the day.”
Normando Esquiliano is facilitating a week of music and production lessons to at least ten interested teenagers from Orange Walk Town. While the number of participants seems low, their interest is genuine and serious as stated by Lucreshia Keyz.
Pregnant Woman And Common Law Husband Nearly Beaten To Death
Tonight there is disturbing news coming out from the village of Chunox in the Corozal District as reports indicate that a woman who is with-child was pushed to the ground and beaten by two men from the same village.
The incident played out on Sunday at around 10:00pm. According to 20 year old Mariacel Tun she was at home when she heard a loud noise coming from outside her residence.
As Tun, her mother and some friends stepped outside to see what was the matter, she noticed that four male person were beating her common law husband, 19 year old Jose Danilo Monzon, with what appeared to be a shotgun.
Customs Officers Accused Of Using Excessive Force
Oftentimes we hear of incidences involving custom officers and their random check points near the Rio Hondo, Santa Cruz and San Antonio Villages as they are an authorized governing body that monitors illicit contraband activities from Mexico into Belize.
While we know of rampant ‘contrabandistas’ making away with hundreds of dollars’ worth of uncustomed goods, this next story will make you think if the authorities who are tasked to defend our borders used excessive force.
According to the complainant, who choose to remain anonymous, around 9:30 last night whilst accompanied by his wife and another person to pick up relatives at a church in San Lorenzo Housing Site, he saw a vehicle hidden in the bushes and could not at the time make out who it was.
Harvest For Kids Conducts Belize Camping Experience
Viewers may recall the stories we have aired on the Harvest for Kids project. The initiative is a fund raiser for Belize Camping Experience, a program in which summer camps are designed and held for children primarily in underprivileged circumstances and at risk children in Belize City.
The program has been a success in the city and after much success with their fund raisers, this year organizers extended the program into Orange Walk Town. Here is a look at what that experience has been like.
DFC Gets Ten Million Dollar Boost From Caribbean Bank
The Caribbean Development Bank, CDB, has given Belize’s Development Finance Corporation, DFC, a US10 million boost. The loan will allow DFC to provide finances for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises as well as student loans, credit for low-income housing and also for energy efficiency/renewable energy projects. Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises are crucial to Belize’s economy and are estimated to account for a significant share of economic activity and employment generation. However, these enterprises are usually faced with a number of obstacles including access to financing. With the loan DFC will be able to carry its objective which is to improvement of home ownership, human development and the development of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.
San Pedro Man killed during dispute with common law wife
28 year old Felix Eduardo Alamilla is dead after he and his common law wife got into an argument. Early this morning, Wednesday, Mr Alamilla was stabbed to his head, chest and leg, allegedly by his common-law wife. We spoke to the Officer in charge of the investigation, Sergeant...
CCJ to hear utilities nationalization cases
On Wednesday morning via video conference, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) granted special leave for the final hearing of the nationalizations of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and Belize Electricity Limited (BEL). Citing precedence for direct application to the court for special leave, the CCJ struck out the sole...
GOB compensates teachers and public officers for 1995 to 1997 increment freeze
All public officers, teachers and open vote workers whose increments were frozen during the period 1995 to 1997 may now be entitled to benefits payable to them, even those who have since retired. That is because the Ministry of Finance announced that it has authorized the Accountant General to...
Minister Vega addresses fight over bagasse
The fight for a cut in bagasse continues with the ever looming possibility of the 2009 sugar crisis repeating. In the last meeting of farmers which took place in San Roman Village, Corozal on Sunday July 20th, the Farmers unanimously decided to reject BSI/ASR’s proposal of 51 cents per...
Brawl in Chunox leaves man critical at KHMH
A brawl in Chunox village has left one man critically injured at the KHMH. 20 year old Mariacel Tun of Chunox Village, Corozal District, reported that on Sunday 20th of July 2014 about 10:00pm, she was at home along with her mother and some friends when she heard a...
180 lots distributed in Yo Creek
180 lots were distributed in Yo Creek Village, Orange Walk District, a project headed by Juan De Dios, UDP Standard Bearer for Orange Walk South. We caught up with the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, who was in the Village of Yo Creek on...
Coalition of organizations say no to Puerto Azul
Puerto Azul is no where off the ground as yet; there is no government approval, and the developers have not even closed on the property as yet. However, opposition to the development of the mega resort on Northern and Sandbore Cayes has prompted loud opposition....
Plane crashes in Spanish Lookout
A plane crashed in Spanish lookout over the weekend but miraculously the pilot was able to walk from the wreck without major injury. The plane, a yellow crop duster, used in the agriculture industry to do spraying and inspections was piloted at the time by Johnny Braun. Photos of...
All Gay men should take antiretroviral says WHO
Men who have sex with men, whether they consider themselves healthy or not, are now being advised by the World Health Organization to take antiretroviral drugs.That is because HIV infection rates among gay men are exploding around the world, even in those places considered as more “open minded” and...
Nasley Somerville did not appear before PSC Hearing
It was scheduled that Nasley Sommerville was to appear before the Public Service Commission on Tuesday morning, to answer to allegations of misappropriation of hospital funds. At least Tuesday was the date that all media houses had written down for the Commission’s meeting with Ms Sommerville. But while the...
Belize welcomes Taiwanese youth volunteers
Members of a Taiwanese Rotary youth group are spending their summer vacation in Belize helping out with various projects in the country. They were welcomed on Tuesday by newly-arrived Ambassador Benjamin Ho. Benjamin Ho – Ambassador, Republic of China (Taiwan) “I welcome you here. I hope you...
U-20 footballers lose two games so far
It has been a long and dreary week for the Belize Under 20 selection which has suffered defeat after defeat at the U-20 UNCAF Qualifiers which is being held in Cuscantlan Stadium in San Salvador. As we told you on Monday night, since Friday the Belize team has played two...
FFB train coaches to work with young players
The FFB is doing more than training young players, they are also working on equipping coaches with necessary training and experience to work with young players and harvest their skills to a professional level. We saw the grassroots program, which aims to train coaches to work with kids six...
Minister of Agriculture comments on Harmonyville buffer zone
When we spoke to the Minister of Agriculture Hon. Gaspar Vega on Tuesday, we asked him to wade in on the controversial size of the buffer zone at Harmonyville. The story was that in the early stages, Harmonyville had been drafted by BGYEA representatives with a buffer zone not...
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Accused shooter of Stephen Buckley waits for trial
In April of 2010, Belize City resident and construction worker Stephen Buckley was shot in the face while he and his companions were stopped by police on Kraal Road. The resulting injuries put an end to his work career and led to a meager existence until Prime Minister […]
CCJ scheduled to hear utilities nationalization cases
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has granted special leave for the final hearing of the nationalizations of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and Belize Electricity Limited (BEL). Citing precedence for direct application to the court for special leave, the CCJ struck down the sole objection of the Government, […]
Tourism Minister calls attacks on Puerto Azul premature
A joint statement from several of Belize’s environmental organizations espoused opposition to the Puerto Azul project, variously described as a proposed “citadel of luxury” by its developers, and a “Disneyesque city” by at least one of its opponents. With plans for underwater suites, golf course, amusement park, submarine […]
Emory Felix and Maurice Felix murder charges dropped
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on Tuesday formally and quietly filed a notice of nolle prosequi against brothers Maurice and Emory Felix. Officially, it means the case is being dropped for lack of evidence but can be brought back at a later date if that […]
Eight, including a grandmother, charged for crack cocaine
A 72 year old woman and 7 other persons were charged with drug trafficking for 6.5 grams of crack cocaine when they appeared on Tuesday before Magistrate Herbert Panton. They are 72 year old Marion Plunkett, 25 year old Michael Plunkett, 24 year old Kathlee Reyes, 34 year […]
12 months for pawning stolen jewelry
Thirty-one year old Wilfred Stanley, a laborer of 173 B Neal Pen Road charged with 6 counts of handling stolen goods, was sentenced to 1 year for each count today by Magistrate Herbert Panton after he pleaded guilty to the charges. But Stanley will only serve 1 year […]
90 days for “dropped” drugs
Watchman Theodore Swazo was convicted of possession of controlled drugs today before Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith and sentenced to three months in prison. On February 17 of this year around 10:00 a.m., two officers of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) were on mobile patrol on Iguana Street when […]
Teacher further accused of carnal knowledge
In January of this year, 51 year old teacher Verden Blease was accused of carnal knowledge and aggravated assault of an indecent nature against a 12 year old student of Belize City. The minor says she was assaulted by Blease on a regular basis beginning from when she […]
Woman charged for theft of land payment
30 year old Meredith Bregal has been charged with theft in relation to a land sale dispute. She appeared before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart and pleaded not guilty, going free on bail of $3,000. Bregal is not to contact the complainant, Everith Sedacy, or any other witnesses; she […]
Man caught red-handed in burglary jailed
54 year old Anthony “Campa” Mortis will spend the next seven years in jail after being convicted of burglary. On May 22, 2013, an officer on mobile patrol responded to a call of a burglary in progress at the Crown Cone Avenue, Coral Grove, Belize City home of […]
Rumble in the Jungle – The Eco Kids Are Here!
The Eco Kids summer educational adventure camp is now underway in the lush jungles of Belize, with Chaa Creek once again hosting twenty four budding environmentalists in a week long learning adventure that combines fun with hands-on education.
And, midway through the camp, fun is definitely the name of the game here, with the camp councillors and kids all enthusiastically reporting that a good time is being had by all.
The adventure kicked off last Sunday (20 July) at the Macal River Camp with lots of merriment and activity as everyone went over the rules, sorted out sleeping arrangement in the lovely rustic casitas (the camp’s pole house style bungalows) and settled into camp life with their first learning adventure – Chaa Creek’s popular Creatures of the Night guided nature tour. After checking out porcupines, wolf spiders and other nocturnal flora and fauna around their new home, the happy campers returned to enjoy their first night in the forest. As one of the guides remarked, “It’s amazing how quickly the kids bonded with one another and friendships are born.”
The Fairy Princess Barefoot Bride – Belize Wedding
If you read our blog regularly, you’ll know that we love shoes. The reason – well, not many people wear them here in Belize, the home of the barefoot bride. But along comes a dress, every so often, that takes our breath away – and this is one of them. We’ve never had one quite like it and we loved it! It flounced, it flew and it was fabulous. In fact, it made our bride look just like a fairy princess.
Therefore, this blog deserves a proper beginning. Once upon a time there was a very beautiful bride.
A commentary on Stasis in Belize
During my study of Belizean history at the University of Belize, we often talked about “why are things the way they are? And how can we make a change?
In our history sessions, Professor Iyo would often make reference to “stasis” as a way of understanding the Belizean status quo (i.e. the existing state of affairs). As his students, he would recommend that we read his co-authored paper with Michael Rosberg entitled: “Theoretical Perspectives on the Stasis of Class Relations in the Caribbean: the Belize Case Study”.
I recall that Prof. Iyo would employ two analogies to introduce us to the concept of stasis. He once drew a spiral on the board. A spiral he would remark is a gradually progressing curve which emanates from a central point. For the spiral to take shape, it encircles the path of its previous inscription. Therefore, the spiral has a directional flow but it is non-linear, gradual and apparently redundant.
The second analogy, he often used, was comparing stasis to the movement of the earth. The earth sits on an axis. It gradually spins, completing its axial rotation and revolution, only to do so again and again.
Like the earth and the spiral, the Belizean society has been moving (changing) but has been constrained by an axial positioning which is theorized as the economic mode/relations of production (e.g. slavery; relationship between ‘master and slave’ or capitalism; relationship between employer and employees).
Media, Politics, and Hegemony in Belize
In recent news, the People’s United Party (PUP) held a press conference in which they critiqued what has been called the ‘Mother’s Day Cheer’ program. The ‘cheer’ involves the distribution of about $800,000 to $1,000,000 to United Democratic Party (UDP) representatives for redistribution to mothers in their respective constituencies. No funds were given to the fourteen PUP representatives in parliament. The PUP referred to the program as an act of “blatant political corruption”.
In this reflection, I focus on the media’s coverage of the press conference. I analyze what is included and excluded in the various media reports. I also examine the comments of politicians in the media. I contend that the media as well as politicians are explicitly and implicitly contributing to the ‘normalization of party politics’ in Belize.
By way of this reflection, I am also attempting to improvise and develop a theoretical framework towards understanding and challenging the current political regimes in Belize. I hope to elaborate on this framework in future posts.
SALAD BAR – MEXICAN SALAD
1.In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef and drain excess fat. Stir in the taco seasoning, chili beans and French-style dressing. Fill the dressing bottle 2/3 full of water and add to the skillet. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
2.Crush the bag of chips, open the bag, and toss the broken chips into a large bowl with the lettuce, cheese and tomatoes. When the meat mixture is done, combine it with the lettuce, tomatoes, chips and mix well. Then, add salsa and sour cream.
“Splash Paint Party” is Thursday at 3:00 at Crazy Canucks!
Going to be a good one! Hope to see lots of smiling faces and beautiful art!
Sixth Grader's Science Fair Lionfish Project Rattles Ecologists
By showing that lionfish can live in fresh water, 12 year-old Lauren Arrington has alerted ecologists to the potential for these fish to migrate upstream in rivers where they would pose a threat to the ecosystem.
The invasive species, which can be found along the Florida coast, has only been studied in saline, ocean-like conditions.
Arrington's project was unique in that it asked the question: What is the lowest salinity lionfish can tolerate? The results blew away professional ecologists. NPR explains how she did it:
"It was just a small, sixth-grade project, and I really didn't have all the tools necessary," she says. Her dad, who has a Ph.D. in fish ecology, suggested that she put the fish in tanks instead.
Lauren then put six different lionfish in six different tanks where she could watch her subjects closely. Lauren was given a strict set of rules by the science fair organizers. The most important one: Her fish could not die.
Searching for Cynk: The $6 Billion Penny-Stock Debacle, From Belize to Las Vegas
The Matalon, a six-story glass building in Belize City, Belize, towers over a lot littered with old refrigerators and washing machines. Jagged rebar sticks out of unfinished cinderblock structures nearby, and the view, across Haulover Creek, is of a cluster of corrugated metal shacks. This is the listed address for Cynk Technology (CYNK), a company with no assets, no revenue, and one employee, that for one hour in July had a market value of more than $6 billion.
Until that inconceivable run, no one had ever heard of Cynk or the social network it claimed to operate—no one, that is, outside the murky, volatile market for penny stocks, where fraud is rampant and regulation scant. Cynk had begun trading in 2013, for a few cents a share. The price stayed there, hugging the bottom, until June 17, 2014, when shares that had last changed hands at 6¢ spiked to $2.25, a gain of 3,650 percent. The stock kept surging, drawing the attention first of penny stock gossips, then the sharper finance blogs, and finally—as Cynk’s gain topped 36,000 percent, giving it a greater worth on paper than companies such as Urban Outfitters (URBN)—all of Wall Street. On CNBC, in the New York Times, and all over Twitter (TWTR), the strangest story of the summer was the mystery listing from Belize.
Calls to Cynk go unreturned. In filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Cynk lists its offices as the Matalon’s Suite 400. There is no Suite 400. The building manager says the company has never had an office there. There are no $6 billion companies in all of Belize, a country where workers earn as little as $80 a week. What Belize does have is a reputation as a haven for offshore businesses with difficult-to-trace records and little oversight.
From Tikal to Belize
Tikal was a spectacular adventure into the jungles of northeast Guatemala. We woke to Howler Monkeys growling high in the trees above. After breakfast we met our driver and loaded the van. Within a few hours we would be in Belize.
Belize is just south of Mexico and east of Guatemala on the Caribbean. We wound our way through the Belizean jungle gently decreasing our elevation as we came into Belize City. The four hour ride went quickly and our driver easily found the pier in which we would grab a boat to one of the Cayes. A Caye is a low-elevation, small sandy island formed on the surface of a coral reef.
Because traveling to Belize was not part of my original itinerary I wasn’t quite sure where we would actually be going. The next boat leaving Belize City was heading to Ambergris Caye and to the town of San Pedro. Within minutes of arriving in the big city, our bags were thrown on the boat and we were zipping through the gentle Caribbean Sea.
Upon arriving in San Pedro, we grabbed our luggage and began heading to the tiny town. A woman asked if she could point us in the direction of our hotel. I explained that we had no reservations and would be looking for a hotel. She was beside herself as she exclaimed “you mean you came to San Pedro without reservations – you’re kidding, right.” I assured her we were not. A few short steps later I met Eric.
Caribbean 2014 Tourist Arrivals by Country of Origin
Following is a summary table of Caribbean tourist arrivals from the Caribbean Tourism Organization:
Glasgow 2014: Five names to inspire and follow at the Games
Kent Gabourel: "I hate to see young guys throwing away their lives"
Country: Belize Sport: Triathlon
Competition date: 24 July
Competition venue: Strathclyde Country Park
In the sixth most violent country in the world, there are plenty of opportunities to step on to the wrong side of the tracks.
Kent Gabourel, Belize's former football captain, hopes that becoming the first triathlete from the Central American country to compete at a Commonwealth Games can create a legacy that will help persuade youngsters in his homeland to ditch the gangs and the streets for a world of sport. But this 34-year-old is already a sporting social worker.
"When I get back, I want to carry on racing triathlon, into our neighbours Guatemala and Mexico, and drag some kids along with me," he says.
"Drugs and gangs are the main things I worry about. They deeply affect our community.
"I hate to see young guys throwing away their lives in such a manner, so I try and get them to come over onto the sports side."
Video: WE BELIZE IT, 6min.
Video: Sun & Clouds ~ Belize, 1min.
Video: CSM Missions To Belize 2014 Highlite Video, 9min.
WakyMC Youth Missions Trip To Belize Through Thirst Missions...Absolutely A Fantastic Trip...Can't Wait To Go Back :)
Video: Waterfall Rappelling in Belize, 1.5min.
Waterfall Rappelling (abseiling Adventure) in Belize - These guy at Belize Jungle Masters do waterfall rappelling as a hobby, and also do guided rappelling for those visiting Belize.
Video: Bannister Island Belize City, 4min.
Video: Sailing to Belize, 16min.
Video: Venezia del Caribe Resort and Spa Interior Fly-Through, 3min.
Video: Anderson Vacation in Belize June 2014, 45min.
Vacation at Hamanasi in Belize 2014
Video: Exploring Mysterious Bottom of Belize Blue Hole by Ramon Llaneza, 7min.
Video: Belize - Iguana Conservation Project, 3min.
Visiting the crazy iguana kids at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel in San Ignacio, Belize.
Big thanks to our guide Humberto for a great time! This tour was arranged by Belize Nature Travel. Thanks to Patrick for accompanying us on this adventure.
The Iguana Conservation Project is dedicated to education and conservation of the endangered green iguana species in Belize. They breed and release these wonderful animals to help replenish the local population. Their efforts will hopefully prevent future overhunting and keep this species thriving for years to come.
Video: Belize, 6min.
Just Clarissa Falls.
Video: The Hospitality Tour : Ka Ana Belize, 3min.
Florie voyage du Mexique à l'Argentine avec un projet: partager ses compétences en gestion hôtelière pour un lit et cela en collectant les meilleures pratiques des hôtels en matière de développement durable pour Hopineo.org.
Video: Diamante Beachfront Suites, Belize - Construction Update - July 2014, 1.5min.
Hello from beautiful Ambergris Caye, Belize! At 5-6 weeks per level of both buildings, final preparations are underway for casting of our final levels (Penthouse levels) in Buildings A and B of Diamante Beachfront Suites.
Video: Lucky - First Week at Wildtracks, 1min.
Lucky was stranded on an isolated beach near Belize City, and rescued by Jamal Galves, the manatee coordinator of the Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute. Brought to Wildtracks for rehabilitation and eventual release back into the waters of Belize, Lucky is the second calf to arrive at the Centre in the last two weeks - a sad indication of the increasing toll boat traffic is having on the manatee population in front of Belize City.
Video: Belize Cultural Foundation September Celebration 2014 - BCF, 3min.
Biggest Belizean 2 Day September Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 20th and Sunday, Sept. 21st 2014.
In June 2000, a few Belizean Americans organized a meeting intended to introduce the concept of a new charitable organization that was soon after formed as Belize Cultural Foundation (“BCF”).
Presently, the primary source of raising funds for the organization has been through the success of the “Belize Independence Day Celebration Dance” and “Fiesta At The Park” events. These annual events, as of date have been the largest “turn out” of Belizeans in Los Angeles, throughout the years.
BCF’s immediate goal is to extend the Youth Soccer League programs throughout the entire country of Belize and to incorporate a “girls” soccer league.
July 23, 2014
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Mayors from Belize converge on Ambergris Caye on working visit
Mayors from across the country were at Las Terrazas Resort on Ambergris Caye on Friday July 18th as part of the monthly Belize Mayor’s Association (BMA) meeting. This month, the Mayor of San Pedro Town Daniel Guerrero hosted the Mayors from the various municipalities of Belize, and several areas of mutual concerns were discussed.
According to the Mayor of Belmopan and President of the Belize Mayor’s Association, Simeon Lopez, during the monthly meetings, the mayors discuss projects and plans for their respective municipalities. “We keep in touch with what is happening in the various municipalities through these meetings. We had presentations on the Belize Municipal Development Project (BMDP) which is basically a plan that shows how we intend for the municipality to grow by 2030. We also had a presentation by the country coordinator of the Caribbean Local Economic Development Program (CARILED). She shared information about the project and how it intends to grow in the fiscal year 2015/2016,” said Lopez. He added that the BMDP is in its second phase, which will see the execution of various infrastructural projects in some municipalities.
Staying Young, Rejuvenated and Healthy with Dance and Yoga at Zen Arcade
Zuzana is very energetic and motivational; she teaches various dance styles each week and the dance lessons are very fun, especially since they are focused on fitness. Both Angel Sofie and Gerry are dance fanatics who have had their fair share of hard work in the dance classrooms and performing on stage but they can both say that Zuzana kicked their butts with a good work out during her dance class! It was extremely fun and anyone can do it!
San Pedro Taxi Driver Charged with Drug Trafficking and Discharging Firearm in Public
After receiving reports from people who heard gunshots in the neighborhoods of the San Pablo and DFC Area, on Saturday, July 19, 2014, the next day San Pedro Police visited the residence of Juan Menjivar located in the San Pedrito area of San Pedro Town investigating a shooting incident which had allegedly took place in the DFC area of San Pedro.
On Monday, July 21, at 2:00p.m., police arrested and charged 30-year-old Juan Menjivar, Belizean taxi man of San Pedrito Area and a 15-year-old male of San Pedrito area for the crimes of drug trafficking of 1,413 grams of cannabis. Menjivar was additionally charged with discharging a firearm in Public, uncustomed goods and for the possession of over $10,000.00 believed to be the proceeds of drug trafficking.
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CDB providing US$10 million loan to Belize's Development Finance Corporation
The capability of the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) in Belize to provide financing for priority sectors in that country has been given a boost by a loan of US$10.5 million from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
Among the DFC’s lending objectives are the improvement of home ownership, human development and the development of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).
MSMEs are fundamental to the economic landscape of Belize and are estimated to account for a significant share of economic activity and employment generation. However, they are usually faced with a number of challenges including limited access to, and the cost of financing.
The CDB loan will allow the DFC to provide finance for these MSMEs as well as student loans, credit for low-income housing and also for energy efficiency/renewable energy projects.
The DFC was originally established in 1963 to expand and strengthen the economy of Belize by providing funding on affordable terms to individuals or groups seeking to develop key economic sectors, who would otherwise be unable to access resources from other sources on reasonable terms. DFC is wholly owned by the government of Belize.
BIFF at Cayo Welcome Center
The Belize International Film Festival screen a movie at the Cayo Welcome Center. Another Cayo Film Festival is in the works.
"Commonwealth Shorts Film Screening hosted by Kareem Mortimer, Filmmaker from the Bahamas. Photos By Alejandro A. Tovar"
Open Water Race
27 July, 2014. 350m and 750 m freestyle open water swim at Sandlighters Promenade
6th Annual Tres Pescados Slam Tournament
The 6th Annual Tres Pescados Slam Tournament is set for this weekend July 24-26, 2014, at the Holiday Hotel in beautiful San Pedro, Belize.
Call for Proposals
Caribbean Export officially announces results of the Call for Proposals for both the Accelerated and Regular Procedures grant facilities that was published on the January 17, 2014.
Accumulated Amount Awarded EURO 143, 578.49
Kings Promotion and Zabaranks present: SEAN PAUL LIVE IN BELIZE NOVEMBER 29, 2014.
Corozal Police Crime News
On Monday 21st July 2014 about 8:45 p.m. the Border Patrol Police Team were on official duties at the Northern Border check point when a grey in color 4-door Chevy Llimina car bearing L/P C-CZL D-00441 approached the check point and the Police recognized the driver to be one Armando Vasquez. The Police ordered him to park on the side so a thorough search could be conducted on him and the vehicle. The search revealed nothing incriminating on him. The Police proceeded to search the car in his presence and upon further search, the Police Officer noticed the driver seat was torn and a pillow was set on top of it. He then removed the pillow and pushed his hand in between the seat sponge and took out two transparent plastic bags, each containing green leafy vegetable substance suspected to be Cannabis.
Opening night photos of the 9th BELIZE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Placencia
Chairman of Hattieville Still Missing, Concerns Mount
Tonight, the authorities continue to search for Kevin Carcamo, the missing chairman of Hattieville Village. The last time his family saw him was on Sunday, when he left very early to report to work, but at the end of the day, he wasn't with the rest of his crew.
He's part of a group of men who work for Discover-seis, an oil exploration company which does seismic testing to find where oil is located in commercial quantities. They were searching for oil a few kilometres away from Freetown Sibun, just past Hattieville, but he never returned from that expedition.
Today, we found police and other civilians out searching for him, and Rural Executive Officer told us this evening that the longer he's missing, the more worried they are about his health:
Septuagenarian Charged For Crack Possession; Neighbors Say Police Set It Up
This morning police descended on a home at 3150 Supal Street. When they left, they arrested everyone in the yard, even a 72 year old for drug possession.
And so this evening, those eight persons were taken to court and arraigned for drug trafficking of 6.5 grams of crack cocaine before Magistrate Herbert Panton.
They are 72 year old Marion Plunkett, 25 year old Michael Plunkett, 24 year old Kathlee Reyes, 34 year old Carlos Mckenzie,28 year old Kareem Williams,19 year old Tamika Faber, 44 year old Raymond Alvarez and 22 year old Sheffield Fitzgibbon. They all pled not guilty to the charge. Marion Plunkett was offered a bail of $500 on her own recognizance while the others were offered a bail of $1,500 each.
Now you're probably saying what's a 72 year old doing going to court on a drug possession charge? Well, her neighbors say she didn't possess anything; they say the GSU planted the drugs - one of them spoke to us off camera:..
Vicious Beatdown in Chunox Injures Young Couple
Tonight, a man from Chunox village in the Corozal District is in critical condition at the KHMH after a vicious beat down. It happened on Sunday night at around 10:00 in Chunox when four men pounced on 19 year old Jose Danilo Monzon right in front of his house and gave him a vicious beat down. His common law wife, 20-year-old Mariacel Itzel Tun tried to intervene and they beat her up too - even though she is pregnant! He was left in a critical condition and has been transferred to the KHMH while Mariacel's injuries were certified as Harm and she had to see a gynecologist because she is four months pregnant and was experiencing pain to the lower back and the abdomen. The four men have been detained but were not charged today.
Felix's Finally Free
The Felix brothers, Emory and Maurice are finally tasting freedom tonight after eight years on remand and three murder trials. Court reports say the nolle pros document was finally filed after their most recent hung jury in mid May. The brothers Maurice and Emory Felix, had been on remand for the murder of Mitchum Heredia since 2006 and had three trials which ended in hung juries.
They have maintained their innocence throughout and claimed that they were at home at the time of the murder in April 2006.
One Year For Man Who Pawned Jewelry
Today thirty-one year old Wilfred Stanley, a laborer of Neal Pen Road was sentenced to 1 year in prison after pleading guilty to 6 counts of handling stolen goods, namely jewellry.
Police charged Stanley on May 19th after they recovered $8,750 worth of jewelry from pawnshops - all the items had been stolen from a house in West Landivar.
The jewelry belongs to 29 year old Janelle Reyes, and it was taken when the house was burglarized between April 9th and April 12th.
Some of it was recovered on May 16 from three pawnshops: J L Quick Loan, JEC Company Limited and Fair Brothers, but over $2000 worth of jewelry is still missing. Stanley said in court that he was only helping a friend when he pawned the jewelry.
Police Say Accident Was Not Foul Play
Last night, we told you about 68 year-old retiree Alfonso Manzanero, the man from Belmopan who was knocked down when 3 men tried to help him get his vehicle out of a ditch.
Police have been treating his death as a fatal traffic accident, but there were some strange aspects of the case, which had to be scrutinized. The post mortem has been conducted on his body, and today, the acting officer commanding Belmopan Police told us that its findings support that Manzanero died of an unfortunate accident - not any kind of malice or foul play. Here's how he explained it:
Inspector Dennis Myles, Acting OC - Belmopan
"Yesterday around 1:30 the post mortem on the body of Mr. Alfonso Manzanero was conducted in Belize City where the medical officer certify the cause of death was traumatic shock due to road traffic accident."
"Sir, can you just briefly explain to us what the evidence presented to Belmopan police is in relation to how this gentleman was knocked down?"
Nasley Was A No-Show
Nasley Sommerville, the administrator of the Southern Regional Hospital who was implicated in an audit, was a no-show at her public service commission tribunal hearing today in Belmopan. As we've told you, the Auditor General believes that she was involved in the misappropriation of just over 366 thousand dollars of public funds.
We're told that there was an indication that she would show up with her attorney for the tribunal hearing today. That hearing was to have started at 9 a.m., but when she didn't present herself, the case had to be adjourned. We're told that the reason she didn't show up was because she hadn't been properly notified. So, the hearing will have to be rescheduled for another day.
But today, we've learned a little more about the origin of those public funds which went missing. The 366 thousand dollars which was misappropriated actually comes from Social Security. The way it worked is that the SSB paid out monies to the different hospitals for the use of maternity and prenatal cases, but it wasn't placed directly into a Government of Belize bank account. Those monies actually went into a special account - which should have had oversight of the accounting officer, in this case the CEO.
Administrative Disquiet At CCJ
The Caribbean Court of Justice is the highest Court in Belize, Barbados and Guyana but right now the court is under pressure at its headquarters in Trinidad. News reports from Port of Spain say that the court is facing internal legal battles resulting from a series of dismissals, resignations and suspensions of senior managers. The Court says it is restructuring after 10 years, but half of the 72 employees have joined a union to lodge grievances against the court - mainly about a change in the salary payment system.
On top of that, the court's senior managers have hired an attorney who is preparing to file suit against the court according to the Trinidad Sunday Express.
Perhaps most damning is the account from the dismissed acting registrar of the Court, Jamaican Dr Leighton Jackson, who was escorted out of the Court's Headquarters in May.
He told the Jamaica Gleaner, quote, "Based on the incidents of mismanagement, arbitrariness and judicial misconduct, I think the current structure of the court is incomplete and insufficient" end quote.
Who Will Replace The Great Fred in Guatemala?
Today, the Prime Minister and his Ministers held a Cabinet meeting in Belmopan, and on the agenda was a discussion of a replacement for the Late Alfredo "Fred" Martinez, who was the Ambassador to Guatemala for 11 years.
The news on that topic is that the Government has found someone who they believe is capable of replacing Martinez as Ambassador. This afternoon, the Minister of Foreign Affairs spoke with the media about the progress of that Cabinet Meeting, in which the replacement was discussed:
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs
"I can tell you that we have made good progress I think so far. I think the Prime Minister is having a press conference very shortly. It's the Prime Minister's responsibility to appoint ambassadors and therefore he is going to advise the nation on that matter at the earliest possible time. I think he says he is going to have his press conference next week Wednesday. I don't know if its tomorrow or next week, but he regards the replacement of the ambassador in Guatemala as a matter of the utmost urgency and importance. He has acted on the matter with alacrity and I think he is going to notify the nation of the appointment certainly within the next 7 days."
Environmental And Tourist Groups Keeping Up The Fight Against Azul
Puerto Azul - we haven't heard that name in the news for a while but the campaign to block the development is still going strong. Today the six conservation and tourism organizations opposed to the project issued a release saying, quote, " Belize's largest conservation and tourism organizations, as well as members of the public, have joined forces in opposition to a proposed seven star mega-resort on Belize's most remote coral reefs."
The release says that the investors are moving forward with the studies required for environmental clearance but notes that government has not approved it - and neither have they bought the island. The conservation groups say that selective clearing is also happening on the cayes.
Mayor Bradley In The City Of Angels
Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley is on an extended west coast tour of the United States. It started in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 11th when the City Council accompanied the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to engage the Belizean diaspora in that area. They held the first Belizean Town Hall Meeting in Las Vegas where Ministry staff updated Belizeans living abroad on their benefits when moving back to Belize. Minister Elrington and Mayor Bradley then spoke about government issues and programs for Belizeans, updating them on the state of their country. Mayor Bradley then moved on to Los Angeles where toured of different government departments and met with dignitaries such as the President of the City Council, the Director of City Services and the President of Public Works in LA. Unofficial reports say he snagged two street sweepers for Belize.
Taiwanese Volunteers Visit
Today, Taiwan's new Ambassador to Belize, Benjamin Ho held his first press conference. He introduced 12 visiting student volunteers from a prestigious technical university called the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. They will be touring rural Cayo and visiting various schools in the area to donate computers and school supplies. Our intern Robin Schaffer found out more.
Robin Schaffer reporting
12 students from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan are in Belize. Today at a press briefing, Ambassador Benjamin Ho, told us about the university and why the students are here.
Benjamin Ho, Ambassador of Taiwan
"Tsing Hua University, a prestigious university not only in Taiwan. The university is just like MIT in the States. The university is very strong in technology and science, but they are also the liberal arts education too. They want to go to remote areas to help those under privilege people to network with the other part of the world particularly the internet. This is their purpose of coming over here. They come here to bring their love, not only their love, but also bring quite a lot of gifts."
DPP On Study Leave
We hear it on the news almost every night - that the file is being sent to the DPP for her review. But, what happens when the DPP goes on study leave? According to reports, that's just what has happened: Cheryl Lynn Vidal has gone on three months approved study leave. Those reports say that in the interim a Senior Crown Counsel will act in her post. Vidal has been DPP since mid 2008.
Hattieville Chairman Kevin Carcamo Still Missing 48 Hours Later
The family of Kevin Carcamo, the Hattieville Chairman, is clinging to hope tonight. It is forty-eight hours since the linesman, who is employed by Discoverseis, has been missing. A search [...]
Nasley Somerville A No-show At PSC Hearing
Nasley Sommerville, the former administrator of the Southern Regional Hospital, was a no show at a scheduled Public Services Commission hearing today in Belmopan. Sommerville was named prominently in an [...]
Puerto Azul Versus Conservation Community
There are still more questions than answers where the Puerto Azul mega-tourism project is concerned. Government has maintained that it can’t provide much information because the concept is still in [...]
Do you believe the quality of life laws are affecting only the poor people?
And tonight’s question is: Do you believe the quality of life laws are affecting only the poor people? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or [...]
GSU Raids Supal Street Residence Elderly Woman Arrested for Drug Possession
The Gang Suppression Unit conducted an operation today in the south side Belize City. The target was a property on Supal Street belonging to an elderly resident, seventy-two year old [...]
Corozaleno Armando Vasquez Charged With Drug Trafficking
A Belizean electrician from Corozal has been charged with drug trafficking after a search of his car yielded a significant stash of cannabis. The Border Patrol Team was on operations [...]
Sherwin Leslie Gets 6 Years for Stealing Armor-All
Fifty-five-year-old Sherwin Leslie, a car washer, who was accused of stealing an eleven-dollar Armor-All, has been sentenced to six years in prison. Allegations are that on Sunday, Leslie, a resident [...]
Taiwanese Ambassador Benjamin Ho Begins Tour of Belize
Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Benjamin Ho arrived in the Jewel last Thursday and on Monday presented his credentials to the Governor General to Belize. It is the [...]
Taiwanese Volunteers In Belize for Social Programs
Each year, through the sponsorship of the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), approximately two hundred volunteer groups from various universities in Taiwan are sent abroad to assist communities [...]
Belizean Football Coaches Receive Professional Training
Germany recently beat out Argentina to emerge victorious in the 2014 World Cup – a dream of football federations across the world and certainly one for Belize. Every journey has [...]
FFB President Comments On Belize’s Performance In UNCAF
F.F.B. President Ruperto Vicente says that FIFA has already approved the plan which will focus on youths and their coaches. It’s a long term project, but the road to the [...]
BDF Summer Camp Teaches Children Life Skills
It is summer so camps are popping up all over the place. By all accounts one of most popular is organized by the Belize Defense Force and hundreds of youths [...]
Bring It Lights Up The Bliss For Another Week
If You Can Sing it, Bring it! The song competition gets underway at nine, live from the Bliss. While the stakes are high for the performers, tonight’s theme is not [...]
BSCFA Want More Than Fifty One Cents Per Ton Of Bagasse
With a resolution passed by cane farmers, the only other option is to go back to the drawing board, that’s if BSI accepts. Cane farmers clearly stated yesterday that they want more than the 51 cents payment per ton of bagasse BSI is willing to give them. At first they asked for $10.00 but with BSI not budging cane farmers are prepared to compromise.
Alfredo Ortega- Vice Chairman, BSCFA, COM
“We clearly know that we can get a better price than fifty one cents so that is where we are at this point, farmers want a just payment for their bagasse.”
BSI has stated on the record that if the company would pay cane farmers the $10.00 per ton of cane delivered for bagasse, based on the 2013 crop results, the requested payment would amount to BZ$11.4 million, or 97% of Belcogen’s gross revenues from sales to BEL. This would cripple the company, says BSI. On the other hand cane farmers are saying; “show me Belgogen’s financial records and we move on”.
Manuel Castillo Disappeared In Thin Air
And as to the alleged ring leader behind these crimes, Manuel Castillo, who has struck fear in the lives of many in the North since his disappearance, police say they are following all leads in hope of putting him behind bars.
Maria Novelo – Reporter
“Any leads as to the mastermind of these crimes, Mr. Manuel Castillo who we know has been placed on Interpol’s most wanted list.”
Joseph Myvette – Assistant Commissioner of Police
“That Is as far as we know that he has been placed on Interpol we are continuing our investigation but there is no new information as to where he might be.”
Police believe Castillo has absconded to either neighbouring Guatemala or Mexico. The 37 year old fugitive is wanted for the kidnapping and murder of Ramon Cervantes Sr. and the murder of Sonia Abac. It is of note that Castillo was deported from North Carolina in 2004 for drug offences and possession of weapon with intend to kill.
Ramon Cervantes Junior Admits A Hand-Cuff Was Used In The Murder
As you heard, not much was said by Myvett when it comes to the investigations into two of Orange Walks most vicious murders. But police are not only being tight lipped with the media, the family of Cervantes Senior has also been kept in the dark as they know little about the on-going investigation.
A few days ago when questioned about the alleged involvement of two officers in Cervantes’ murder and the allegation that a handcuff belonging to the department was used to bind the hands and feet of the former Senator and Mayor, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, simply stated that investigations were ongoing and they were looking at the issue of discipline. Whylie would also not confirm whether Cervantes was indeed handcuffed or if the manacle is connected to the department.
But one person that has decided to speak out is Cervantes’ son, Ramon Cervantes Junior. Yesterday while at the cane farmers AGM, Cervantes Jr. responded to Whylie’s comments. Here is what he stated.
Climate Change Forum Takes Place In Orange Walk
The National Climate Change Office in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center has embarked on a national consultation geared towards the creation of a policy, strategy and action plan to address climate change in Belize.
These are expected to assist the government to address adverse impacts of climate change on the national economic and sustainable development of the country. The consultation for the northern region was held today in Orange Walk Town at the District Education Center.
Ann Gordon, who is the National Coordinator for Climate change in the National Climate Change Office under the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, expanded on the consultation.
Cane Farmers Reject BSI Proposal For Fifty One Cents Payment Per Ton Of Bagasse
A resounding no to BSI’s proposal that was the outcome of yesterday’s Annual General Meeting held by cane farmers at Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico in San Roman, Corozal.
A number of issues were discussed during the AGM but at the top of the agenda was BSI’s proposal to pay cane farmers 51 cents per ton of bagasse. After months of negotiations, the Board of Directors of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association went back to its members seeking approval or rejection for the proposal.
The outcome was as expected as cane farmers did not think twice when they ordered their directors to go back to the negotiating table.
“I know he is a giant company and he is chancing us cane farmers, he doesn’t know that three o’clock in the morning these men are already out and the women too and the fifty one cents cannot buy even a soap to what the shirt and the pants that the men dirty on the fields. I would like you to know that we are not fools, we know what the bagasse is putting in all your pockets but you try to lie to us but let me tell you this religiously that every penny that you steal from your poor brother you will pay for it on your death dead and that is in the bible."
Case File For Sonia Abac's Murder Yet To Be Sent To The DPP
More than two weeks following the heinous deaths of businessman Ramon Cervantes Sr. and Sonia Abac, authorities are still trying to piece together the puzzle that shrouds their demise. While 3 people, two of them residents of Trial Farm and one Guatemalan were charged for Cervantes’ murder along with Manuel Castillo who remains on the run, not much has been heard or reported on the investigations.
But today we managed to get an update on the case.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvette, says while the incidents are believed to be linked, those investigations are on-going and police is still in the process of compiling statements.
Joseph Myvette – Assistant Commissioner of Police
“There are some works that are still continuing that we are trying to conclude before the entire file is submitted to the DPP for perusal and direction.”
Standard Four Student Still Missing, Police Have No Clue Of Her Whereabout
For several weeks we have been reporting on the disappearance of Standard 4 student and 15 year old teen, Luz Clarita Carrillo who was last seen by her guardian heading to school on the 24th of June.
Since then, the family claims that they have gotten a note stating that she has been kidnapped and in another instance, a phone call that told them not to worry since Clarita was in good hands.
There are many allegations and speculations as to her whereabouts and today while we got a chance to speak with Assistant Commissioner Myvette, our digging got us nowhere.
O/W Business Man Receives Extortion Call
A few weeks ago Orange Walkenos played witness to two murders which were recorded in less than one week, that of Ramon Cervantes Senior and Sonia Abac. The death of both individuals sent shock waves throughout the north and since then Northenos are living in fear.
And apparently they have all right to be since there seems to be an apparent surge in extortions being reported in the North, the latest being that of Rene Cuello, well known businessman and avid karaoke singer. According to Cuello, he received a phone call last week Thursday July 17th.
The person on the other line, a male individual, identified himself as belonging to the ZETAS, a cartel that operates in Mexico. Cuello says he did not entertain the international call which came from a 12 digit number; hence it could not be traced.
Traffic Accident claims The Life Of Corozal Resident
Tonight, a family from the Village of Cristo Rey in the Corozal District is mourning the unexpected death of one of their own who perished in a traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway on Sunday morning. Reporter Victor Castillo has the details in the following report.
Victor Castillo – Reporter
It was a little after 6 am on Sunday morning when Ana Che received a telephone call, not knowing that at the other end of the line were members of the Police department with bad news of her Uncle, 43 year old Remijio Botes who succumbed to his injuries sustained in a traffic incident. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvette said Botes lost control of the vehicle.
Joseph Myvette – Assistant Commissioner of Police
“Yesterday morning sometime around 6am police visited mike 62 on the Phillip Goldson Highway where upon arrival a ford escape vehicle with license plate BZ C- 45968 was seen on the left hand side of the road overturned where upon further investigation it was revealed that the driver Remijio Botes was traveling from north to south direction along with three other persons when he lost control of his vehicle and overturned.”
Shooting Investigation Leads to Big Drug Bust
Thirty year old Juan Menjivar and a fifteen year old male minor were busted with more than a thousand grams of marijuana and ten thousand dollars in cash by San Pedro Police. The bust occurred late on Sunday night during an investigation of a shooting incident in the DFC area of San Pedro Town. According to San Pedro Police, they met the 15 year old male minor and Menjivar at a house in the area. Menjivar produced his licensed black nine millimeter firearm with eight nine millimeter live rounds in the magazine. San Pedro police then further searched of the house where they discovered ten thousand dollars in US and Belize currency, eight liters of Hennessy and three brown parcels containing one thousand four hundred and thirteen grams of cannabis. Menjivar, a Belizean taxi man of San Pedro Town, and the 15 year old minor were arrested and charged for drug trafficking, discharging a Firearm in Public, un-costumed Goods and for the possession of over $10,000.00 believed to be the proceeds of Drug Trafficking.
Village Chairman Goes Missing
Members of the Ladyville and Hattieville Police stations, the K9 Unit and other personnel spent the day in search of the chairman of Hattieville Village, Belize District. 43-year-old, Kevin Carcamo is an employee of Discoverseis Company and was a part of a team working in the Freetown Sibun area yesterday when he did not return home. Love News visited Carcamo’s home today and spoke to his common-law-wife, Shawn Bonner, who told us what led to her making a missing person report just after midnight last night.
“I made the report last night about ten to twelve because a young man came by my house last night asking if Kevin was at home and I said that no he had not reached home yet. I told him that Kevin was still at work but he told me that everybody had come from work already. I said, “Oh my God, you all left Kevin over there”. I went next door to my neighbor to ask if he had seen Kevin because they work at the same place and he said yes so I said I would have to call Discoverseis right away. I called them and they didn’t know either; so, he came and we went to the police station together.”
Farm Worker Drowns in Pond
A post mortem was conducted on the body of a 57-year-old watchman employed at Fresh Catch Farm in La Democracia Village, Belize District early this afternoon at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. Thomas Garcia, a Guatemalan national, who resided in the Cotton Tree Village in the Cayo District, was found floating in Pond 16 on the farm just after nine o’clock this past Friday night. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Christopher Noble gave us information coming out of their preliminary investigations.
ASP CHRISTOPHER NOBLE
“On Friday we did get that information, sometime after 7pm, to say that a gentleman had been found in one of the ponds in the tilapia farms. The body was located and we had people go out there. The gentleman is an employee of the farm and we are expecting results of a post mortem later today. We at this stage are very young into it and we did some work over the weekend into it and we hope that we could put closure to it by days end. That gentleman is an elderly man and he is not a born Belizean but migrated to Belize his family had been communicated with and the embassy relevant to his nationality has been communicated with.”
Inmate Arraigned for Prison Stabbing
Twenty year old Giovanni Ramirez, an inmate at Belize Central Prison, was charged with wounding when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Ramirez pled not guilty to the charge. His case was adjourned until September 19. The incident occurred around 10 a.m. on July 16. Twenty-three year old Jamal Ariola, an inmate at Belize Central Prison, reported to the police that he was in the yard of the prison talking to Ramirez when all of a sudden he felt a stab to the left side of his chest and he saw Ramirez with a piece of steel, known as a “Borer” in his hand. He also reported that Ramirez stabbed him several times on his hand, his back and left foot.
Man Drops Charges Against Spouse
A forty-four year old female security guard who handcuffed her husband and tied his feet then beat him on his head with a mall, was charged with wounding and using threatening words when she appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. She is Nathalia Wade, a mother of three, who resides at Milpa Site, Ladyville. Wade pled not guilty to the charges.
Cane Farmers Association Works Towards Corrective Measures
The other matter discussed during the cane farmers general meeting on Sunday was the suspension from Flo-Cert and investigative audit that revealed that thousands of dollars were misappropriated by several employees of the association. Arturo Cantun reports.
ARTURO CANTUN REPORTS:
“The audit from Flo-Cert shows that approximately 78 thousand dollars of Fair-trade funds were misused by certain employees of the association. This includes employees getting overpaid; others getting salary advance and others getting loans, despite those Fair-trade regulations clearly indicate that funds should not be used for such. Ortega updated us on what steps have been taken.”
“I think we have recovered in the vicinity of $6000 dollars and so we need to recover about $72,000 dollars more to complete the $78,000.”
Governor General Receives Credentials From Incoming Ambassadors
arrived in the country last week and today Ho officially presented his credentials to the Governor General of Belize, Sir Colville Young. He succeeds Ambassador David Wu, who departed Belize on July 12. Ho has served in Hawaii, United Kingdom and Singapore. Ambassador Ho was also previously posted to Belize as First Secretary and Senior Specialist from 1994-1998. The Ambassador of the Philippines Catalino Dilem Jr. also presented his credentials to the Governor General. Dilem stated that his country continues to enjoy a friendly and fruitful relationship with Belize and they look forward to strengthening that relationship through trade and other areas.
Chairman of Hattieville Missing
Police say that the Chairman of Hattieville has gone missing. Sunday evening, July 20th, Shawn Banner, common-law wife of Chairman Kevin Carcamo, visited the Hattieville Police sub-station and reported that Carcamo left for work with Discoversies Oil Company at 5:45am but did not return home as per normal. Kevin Carcamo works with...
Housefire erupts near downtown Belize City
Fire broke out in Belize City on Friday night in an area that has become used to such hazards. A yard on Prince Street, between Albert Street and East Canal, became a hazardous scene that brought hundreds of Belizeans out of their beds just after 8:30 p.m. The top...
Shootings in the Old Capital; are these ones random?
There were some shooting incidents reported in Belize City this weekend but the they appear to be random and arbitrary. A34-year-olddriver for Election and Boundaries was driving a red government Wingle on West Collect Canal heading towards Mex Avenue on Sunday night. Upon reaching the junction of West Collect...
Dead man found in shrimp pond
On Friday, police visited the Fresh Catch Farm located in La Democracia Village, Belize District where at pond 16 they saw the nude body of a male Hispanic person floating face down in the pond. The body was retrieved and was identified as 57-year-old Thomas Garcia, Guatemalan watchman of...
Fatal traffic accident in Belmopan; family wonders if foul play involved
Alfonso Manzanero, a resident of Nanche St. in Belmopan, died early Sunday morning after what relatives believe is a peculiar set of circumstances. According to Belmopan police, at around 1:15 on Sunday morning Alfonso Manzanero was driving his Mitsubishi SUV on the North Ring Road when he reportedly lost...
Guinea Grass man stabbed to the chest
On Sunday afternoon, Orange Walk Police visitedthe Northern Regional Hospital where they saw 32-year-old Felipe Camara of Guinea Grass Village, Orange Walk District, suffering from stab wounds to the center of his chest and to the center of his abdomen. Initial investigation revealed that at around 4:00p.m. that evening,...
San Pedro taxi man arrested for drug trafficking
On Sunday night, police visited the residence of taxi driver Juan Menjivar, located in the San Pedrito area of San Pedro Town, investigating a shooting incident which had allegedly occurred on Saturday in the DFC area of San Pedro. At the house, police met a...
Cane Farmers reject bagasse proposal
More than 700 cane farmers from the Orange Walk and Corozal districts gathered at the Escuela Mexico Auditorium in San Roman Village, Corozal, on Sunday July 20th., to keep members of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association abreast of the situation concerning bagasse, and to reach a general consensus...
BSCFA suspended from FLOCERT over misappropriated funds
The afternoon session of Sunday’s Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association meeting dealt with misappropriations of BSCFA funds of some 78 thousand dollars, for the period of September 2011 to May 214. Audit showed records of 10 people with irregular salaries between the period of March 2012 to May 2014 and...
Prisoner charged for prison yard stabbing
20 year old Giovanni Ramirez faces further charges related to an alleged attack on a fellow inmate of the Belize Central Prison. He pleaded not guilty to charges of wounding before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer and was sent back to prison until September 19 when his case resumes. Around...
Belize’s Soccer Teams Play Abroad
Last week Thursday we told you about the Football Under 20 Male team which travelled to El Salvador to participate in this year’s UNCAF Qualifier. The games are being held from the 17th to the 29th of this month at the Cuscantlan Stadium in San Salvador. Since Friday, the Belize...
Capital Culture to dramatize “Rose Slip”
On Saturday June 26th at the George Price Center, Capital Culture, Belmopan’s very own drama group, will be dramatizing a popular Caribbean play called the “Rose Slip.” The play, written by Douglas Archibal, is centered in Jamaica, however, according to Beverly Swasey, play director of Capital Culture, the group has adapted the...
Warring Ladyville couple bound to keep the peace
A Ladyville couple who have had a stormy, violent relationship was ordered to keep the peace for one year when the woman appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer to be arraigned on charges of wounding and use of threatening words against her husband, who professed his love for her and asked the court to drop the two charges.
When Magistrate Frazer asked Natalia Wade, 44, a security guard of 100 Milpa Site, Ladyville, what was her relationship with the virtual complainant, a man who was wearing a fez in the courtroom rose and identified himself as Keith Staine. He told the court Wade is his wife and he was the one who filed the police report against her.
When the 39-year-old Staine removed the fez from his head, a number of injuries became visible.
Frazer told Wade, “I am seeing scars on him and he went to the police to make a report against you.”
Cañeros “outraged” at BSI’s 51-cent bagasse proposal
In a unified show of defiance today, local cañeros gave an outright “thumbs down” to a proposal which was made by factory owners, Belize Sugar Industries (BSI)/American Sugar refineries (ASR), at a general meeting staged by the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) at the Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico in San Roman Village, on the outskirts of Orange Walk.
The sugarcane farmers are outraged by BSI’s offer to pay them 51 cents per ton of bagasse, especially since they (the cane farmers association) retained the expertise of technical professionals who have informed them that in reality, the farmers should be able to get up to $4 per ton of bagasse, a valued byproduct of sugar cane, which is currently sold by BSI to power producers BELCOGEN, who, in turn, sell it to the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) after it goes through its process of production.
Prior to the meeting, BSI/ASR had given the farmers an ultimatum – requiring that the BSCFA and their members make a decision by the beginning of next month, August, to either accept the 51-cent bid, or receive nothing at all. After the meeting, when we spoke to the vice chairman of the BSCFA’s Committee of Management, Alfredo Ortega, he made it clear that based on the farmers’ response, BSI’s offer is simply unacceptable.
Security guard, 58, found floating in tilapia pond
The body of a security guard was fished from a tilapia farm in La Democracia this past Friday, and based on the circumstances surrounding his death, his family is convinced that foul play led to his demise.pull quote - drowning
According to police, Tomas Garcia, 58, a security guard who was employed at the Fresh Catch Tilapia Farm in La Democracia, was discovered floating face-down and nude at Pond 16 late Friday night.
Today, Amandala spoke to Rural Executive Officer, ASP Chris Noble, and he said that, at the time, police were awaiting the results of a post-mortem on Garcia’s body to determine whether he was a victim of foul play.
He said, “On Friday we did get that information sometime after 7:00 p.m. saying that the gentleman had been found in one of the ponds in the tilapia farm. The body was located, and we had people go out there to look into it. The gentleman is an employee of the farm and we are expecting results of a post-mortem later today. At this stage, we are very young into it; we did some work over the weekend and we hope that we could put closure to it at least by the day’s end.”
Preacher stabbed to death in church yard
A well-known preacher in the community, Oscar John Lambey, 28, of Rivero Street Extension, was found dead at about 6:20 this morning in the Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist compound, in the Cinderella Plaza area.
The death of the preacher occurred just 24 hours after Lionel Sampson, 28, was found dead at about 6:30 yesterday morning, Thursday, after being shot and killed while walking in the Iguana Street Extension area on Gravey Street in the Collet Division.
Sampson was the eleventh person murdered since deadly violence escalated, beginning June 7, 2014, when a 16-year-old girl was shot in the Princess Hotel and Casino parking lot. The bullet is still lodged in her chest.
Lambey was found by the caretaker of the church when he was making a routine security check this morning in and around the compound.
Inspector Santiago Ciau of Precinct 1 Police said that at about 7:00 this morning, they responded to the report of a dead man in the compound of the Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church on Wilson Street, and on their arrival, they saw the body of a man lying face-up on the ground about 10 feet behind one of the buildings on the compound.
Hattieville chairman disappears
At present, an extensive search is underway between the villages of Hattieville and Freetown Sibun in the rural Belize District as co-workers and authorities are trying to find the current acting Hattieville chairman, Kevin Carcamo, 43, a seismic surveyor who left his Hattieville home yesterday morning for his workplace, Discoverseis, where he embarked on a routine trek to conduct seismic surveys along with six other employees in a vast area covered with bush and swamp on the outskirts of Hattieville.
Carcamo’s family became worried about his whereabouts late yesterday evening when he did not return home after work, after which his common-law wife, Shawn Banner, made a missing person’s report to the Hattieville police, who, along with Carcamo’s colleagues, immediately began a search that lasted until the wee hours of this morning, Monday.
So far, the search has proved futile, and today, Amandala spoke with Rural Executive Officer, ASP Chris Noble, who told us about the police’s efforts in tracing Carcamo since receiving the report late last night.
FedEx faces Federal indictment over shipments for online pharmacies
The internationally-famous courier, FedEx, the Memphis, Tennessee corporation which also provides services to Belize, is facing a major federal indictment on allegations that it facilitated online pharmacies in packaging and distributing drugs, allegedly in violation of US laws.
Fox Business quotes a FedEx spokesperson as saying: “We want to be clear what’s at stake here: the government is suggesting that FedEx assume criminal responsibility for the legality of the contents of the millions of packages that we pick up and deliver every day. We are a transportation company – we are not law enforcement. We have no interest in violating the privacy of our customers. We continue to stand ready and willing to support and assist law enforcement. We cannot, however, do the job of law enforcement ourselves.”
Two men found guilty of burglary: one fined, the other gets 5 years in absentia
Two Belize City men who were each being tried for one count of burglary before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer were found guilty of the offense at the conclusion of their case late this morning.
Frazer imposed a $1,000 fine on Christopher Gillett, 19, one of the two accused who was present in court. Gillett, who was a minor when he was charged for the offense which occurred on February 17, 2012, was ordered to pay his court fine by October 31.
The other accused man, Keron Swasey, 20, who did not appear in court today, was sentenced to 5 years in prison in absentia.
Police charged the two with burglary after they entered, as trespassers, the home of Emily Stanley, located on Fabers Road in Belize City. Stanley did not see the two when they entered her home.
The two convicted men made off with six Oran glass louvers, three metal chairs, a table and a basin.
The men later took police to two separate locations where the stolen items were found.
Police find prohibited Galil 5.56 assault rifle and prohibited .357 Magnum revolver
Four firearms – which include a prohibited, high-power Galil 5.56 assault rifle, and a prohibited .357 Magnum revolver – were confiscated by police on Friday.
The other two confiscated firearms are a 9mm pistol and a 32mm pistol, one of which is believed to be the pistol used in the armed robbery of a security officer guarding a Belikin delivery truck on Oleander Street in the Lake I area at about 10:00 Thursday morning.
The pistols were found during an intense search that took place shortly after the robbery in the area.
Police said that the 32mm pistol has been labeled as “Exhibit,” while the other three firearms have been labeled as “Found Property” and will be handed over for destruction.
Editorial: A different game
Between 1979 and 1984, this newspaper proved, at least for the benefit of ourselves, that the 4 percent of the electorate which we demonstrably influenced, could have a decisive effect on general elections under certain circumstances.
We did not experience any euphoria on appreciating the significance of our role, but rather we went through a period of sober analysis. In national elections, one is dealing with people’s lives; one is dealing with the direction and the fate of the Belizean nation-state.
A large amount of the energy in Belizean election campaigning is financial energy. Belize’s is a small, struggling economy, and any injection of substantial liquidity into the system immediately raises energy levels amongst the Belizean people. Post-modern election campaigning has become a matter of the two major political parties acquiring the millions needed for campaign financing, and then organizing their members and supporters on a salaried basis to work from house-to-house and from street-to-street compiling the information which will enable the parties’ election generals to bring out the maximum amount of favorable voters on election day itself.
From The Publisher
I think the Bible predicts that God will destroy the world again, as He did in the time of Noah, but on the second occasion He would do so with fire, instead of with water as on the first occasion.
The physicists say that it is inevitable that the sun, which is earth’s primary source of energy, will burn itself out, whereupon human life, as we know it, will come to an end. Personally, you and I don’t have to worry about this, because we ourselves will come to an end long before this happens.
Each of us has two worlds, you know. There is our personal existence, which is our own world, so to speak. And then there is the world at large, the world out there. Most of us expect that our personal worlds will come to an end before the world at large does, but there are religious sects which, from time to time, give specific dates for the end of the world. At this point, all their believers start making preparations for the end, but it has never happened so far. So, they have to go on living, and sometimes the sects even come up with new dates, just to keep all their followers on their toes, I guess.
Dara’s annual bike ride & Lucky Dube Tribute July 27
Well-known grassroots Belizean humanitarian, Joel “Dara” Robinson, of Belize City, is once again embarking on two annual ventures through which he aims to raise funds to support his feeding program which caters to needy primary school [...]
SSB hosts 2014 scholarship awards ceremony
SSB hosts 2014 scholarship awards ceremony
The Social Security Board (SSB) handed out scholarships to several students today as part of its annual scholarship program. The ceremony was held at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel, and Communications Officer for SSB, Gayle Ozaeta, told [...]
Prince Street fire leaves 8 people homeless
On Tuesday, July 8, a two-flat wooden house, the property of Eloise Hyde in Hattieville, was completely destroyed by fire at about 9:00 that morning, leaving 13 people homeless. The fire service said that a child [...]
Orange Walk girl, 13, reported missing since June
Luz Clarita Carrillo, 13, a standard four student of Louisiana Government School, has been missing for almost a month now, since June 24. Her guardian said that she last saw the girl that Tuesday morning, June [...]
Belize shut out in first two matches at UNCAF U-20 qualifiers, rough days ahead for Belize football
The Belize National U-20 squad is yet to score a goal, having lost its first two games at the Central American U-20 qualifiers in El Salvador on Thursday of last week and this afternoon, respectively. On [...]
FFB President’s Cup weekend results
The FFB President’s Cup tournament continued with 3 games played yesterday. Down south at the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga, visiting Sagitun FC clipped the home team Pomona United, 2-1, with goals from Darren Thompson (2’) [...]
City Boys are champions of Smart 13 & Under Football Tournament 2014
The 3rd Annual Smart 13 & Under Football Tournament climaxed on Saturday, July 19, at the Yabra Football field where the 3rd place game was followed by the championship match, and then the awards ceremony. In [...]
Rural softball results from Burrell Boom; Lords Bank this Sunday
The Belize Rural Senior Female/Male Softball Tournament 2014 continued yesterday, Sunday, with 3 games, 1 male (M) and 2 female (F), being played in Burrell Boom. Female and male teams from the villages of Lords Bank, [...]
Hall of Fame notes
My father, C.B. Hyde, told me yesterday that there was an induction ceremony for a first Belize Sports Hall of Fame sometime around 1992; and subsequently, about four or five years later, another attempt was made [...]
Stephen Okeke explains why he destroyed the TV Ramos bust
When we last left the issue of the Thomas Vincent Ramos bust created by Stephen Okeke, it was sitting outside his Northern Highway home waiting on a group of prominent Garinagu and others to raise the funds to buy it. However, Okeke has been consistently attacked on the […]
Belize welcomes Taiwanese youth volunteers
Members of a Taiwanese Rotary youth group are spending their summer vacation in Belize helping out with various projects in the country. They were welcomed today by newly-arrived Ambassador Benjamin Ho who wished them the best for their stay and encouraged them to see as much of the […]
Belize represented at Central American Black Youth Summit
With Belize’s black population facing an epidemic of drugs, gun violence and attendant social ills, local black leaders have joined with their counterparts from Central America to seek answers to these and other major issues affecting black youths across the isthmus. The tenth Youth Summit of the Central […]
International black professionals to visit Belize
There are two upcoming events of interest to the black community in Belize. Starting next week, professionals of African descent from around the world descend on the Jewel and the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City to discuss the problems of black people and potential solutions. Co-organizer […]
Garifuna youth take part in cultural retrieval activity in Punta Gorda
A two-day workshop on cultural survival is underway in Punta Gorda town. The St. Peter Claver College Extension is the venue for the event which has as its stated objective to engage youth of the municipality in cultural survival activities. This week’s workshop is being sponsored by the youth […]
A Summer Day in San Pedro, Belize – Sun, Chocolate and Pupusas
I have a friend visiting for 2 weeks – my very best friend. And since I disappeared for 4 days of her visit to attend the amazing Belize International Film Festival down in Placencia, we absolutely need to do fun things for the remainder of her visit.
Luckily, with the gorgeous weather and the water and the good eats, this is not hard.
I picked her up at Mata Rocks Resort right next door…she is staying there for a night or two (between her dog sitting gigs) and the morning was perfect on the pool deck.
We actually started the day quite spiritually with a guided meditation class and then beginners’ yoga at Zen Arcade. Love this spot. And love that I can finish all that wellness off with a $10bzd bean burrito that SO hits all the right chakras.
Drones Join the Human Effort to Protect the Belize Barrier Reef!
We’ve heard the expression before, but a real-life example is currently underway in Belize, where drones are actually being put to good use.
A recent NY Times article shows how Australian environmental technology is being used to monitor destructive, illegal fishing activity along the Belize Barrier Reef, and, with other Green applications planned for the future, giving the non-military use of drones a good name.
Belize Fisheries Department personnel are now being trained up to operate small but highly effective drones to patrol Belizean waters in a bid to combat illegal fishing, just as this year’s lobster season begins.
It seems only fitting that Australia, with the world’s largest Great Barrier Reef, has developed drone technology that is coming to the aid of Belize, home to the world’s second largest barrier reef.
“It’s My Party” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Hi Ziggy here so none of that “out on the veranda with a mug of black coffee” twaddle!
It’s been some time since I last managed to wrest control of his (John’s, that is) iPad and let you all know how I am faring and a visit to Ambergris Caye at the weekend presented the opportunity. So, here goes.
Nine of us set off from Price Barracks, Ladyville on Saturday morning and caught the 09.00 hours (I’m from the military so I use the 24 hour clock) Belize Water Taxi service to San Pedro.
We docked around 10.30 hours and then marched – when you’re in the Army that’s what you do, you don’t just walk- to Pedro’s Hotel where we had booked rooms for the night and dumped our kit bags (I didn’t actually have a kit bag because my Dad carried my stuff in his). And then we were ready to start celebrating Tod’s twenty-second birthday. Let’s PARTY!
Belizean Business DirectoryThe Consulate of Belize in Florida is compiling a Belizean Business Directory
Tasty Fruits To Try In Belize
Ok fruit-lovers, I’ve complied a list of the top fruits to eat in Belize and I’m sure you’ll thank me for it. These juicy and delicious fruits can be found at the local farmers market, small convenience stores and food vendors on bicycles. Also, most restaurants serve fruit-platters during breakfast. But no matter where you get it, it’s always good and fresh!
Here are 20 must-have Belizean fruits:
Caye Caulker Plaze Hotel, Belize Review
Caye Caulker is to Belize what Pai is to Thailand. A chilled out backpacker hangout. It’s been famous for this for decades and shows no signs of changing it’s demographic just yet.
The island is pretty small, but even by Caye Caulker standards this place is convenient. Literally 100m from the boat dock and you’re there. As you guys know, I wouldn’t even check in to a hotel with free wifi, so this place has that covered. Air con, snazzy shower, balcony check, check and check. I find that I get so much more work done in boutique hotels like this than some dingy dorm with mosquito nets so for all flashpackers and career breakers – this is the place to be.
Cave Tubing in Belize
Belize City is not the kinda place you wanna spend much time, but there’s one thing you HAVE to do if you’re transiting through, it’s just 40 minutes or so from the city that you have to try – cave tubing. Only a couple of operators offer the service for independent travellers (the clientele is mostly made up from cruise passengers), but the guys at CaveTubing.Bz can both sort you out and pick you up for the day trip tour.
The story behind the owner from CaveTubing.Bz is pretty cool – he grew up super poor, became a dishwasher at an American owned tour company in Belize, eventually promoted to tour guide, then cave tubing guide. He saved all his tips, all his salary and opened his own operator and it’s now the second biggest tour company in the region – he owns a zip line centre, about 7 buses, 50 staff and he is super nice too. I love success stories like this, so I was only ever going to go with these guys.
ReefCI Lionfish Statistics Quarterly Report – Q2
Here are our results for Lionfish Q2. September is Lionfish month with ReefCI in Belize, want to help us reach the 5,000 mark? We have removed 4,325 Lionfish so far this year!!!! Anyone know how many juvenile species we have saved?
Simply Marvellous: 10 Gorgeous Photos of Cahal Pech Village Resort in Belize
Perched on top of the ancient hills of Cahal Pech Maya Ruins is Cahal Pech Village Resort, one of the largest hotels in San Ignacio Belize.
The resort is comprised of 23 palm thatched cabanas, 14 standard rooms, 5 spacious suites, 9 deluxe suites, 3 fresh water swimming pools, a gourmet restaurant, a fully stocked bar, a gift shop, a fleet of tour vehicles and a cadre of professional staff that is responsive and will go beyond to make your stay unforgettable.
Here are 10 gorgeous photos of Cahal Pech Village Resort:
10 Photos You Definitely Need To See Of San Ignacio Resort
Belize offers a variety of luxury accommodations from the beautiful beaches of the south to the Caribbean waters on the Cayes to the adventurous jungles in the west. San Ignacio Resort Hotel is happy to make the top 25 list being the only luxury accommodation in Cayo offering a luxurious convenient location nestled in the hills of San Ignacio amongst 14 acres of lush vegetation. They are also known as the “ONLY JUNGLE IN TOWN” and rightfully so.
Below are 10 beautiful photos of the hotel:
SALAD BAR – WALDORF SUMMER CHICKEN SALAD
Place the apples in a bowl with the lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise. Leave for 40 minutes.
Using a sharp knife, slice the celery very thinly. Add the celery, shallots, garlic, and walnuts to the apple and mix together. Stir in the mayonnaise and blend thoroughly.
Add the cooked chicken to the bowl and mix well.
Line the serving dishes with the lettuce. Pile the chicken salad into the serving bowls, sprinkle with pepper and garnish with chopped walnuts.
The 6 Most Overrated Travel Destinations In The World
The Yucatan Peninsula is lovely - it belongs on any bucket list. Just skip Cancun.
The State’s Secret: Belize’s Money Laundering Regime – Analysis
Nestled on the northeastern coast of Central America, Belize is often named one of Central America’s most beautiful vacation destinations. With its ornate coral reefs and rainforest, the small English-speaking country has plenty to offer for tourists looking for tropical adventures. Yet, Belize is rapidly becoming known to the international community for attracting many drug trafficking organizations known for transporting marijuana and cocaine into North America. Since the country’s currency is conveniently pegged to the U.S. dollar, Belize also offers nonresidents the opportunity to run offshore accounts. Money laundering has become a prime form of funding for many criminal organizations. As a result, the United States Department of State has recently named Belize one of the world’s “major money laundering countries.”
One might ask, “Are all poor countries more open to private investment?” No. However, in nations like Belize, there is a greater problem of overall government mismanagement, which can lead to illegal private investments typically going unnoticed or unpunished by government officials. According to the U.S. State Department, Belize has a complete catalogue of rules and regulations that should be serving the purpose of monitoring various government investments. These regulations include such measures as the Fiscal Incentives Act, Export Incentives Act, the Export Processing Zone Act, Commercial Free Zone Act, International Business Companies Act, the Trusts Act, Offshore Banking Act, and the Gaming Act and Companies Act, which “offer some attractive incentives to investors, but in practice these incentives are often not realized.” This means that while Belize has taken measures to prevent underground ventures from happening, its constituents are failing to realize the power of the current laws and the potential negative consequences of not adhering to them. Hence, this shows the vulnerability of the state and highlights the money laundering issues facing Belize.
This 26-Pound Folding Kayak Fits in the Trunk of a Car
Boating just became much more accessible thanks to Oru Kayak, a 12-foot-long, 26-pound kayak that folds up into a 33 x 29-inch carrying case.
Oru Founder Anton Willis came up with the idea after moving to San Francisco and realizing his apartment was too small to fit his kayak. He launched a Kickstarter for a foldable boat, which successfully raised $443,806 and brought Oru Kayak into production.
Oru Kayak was also featured on Shark Tank, where Willis accepted a $500,000 deal for 25 percent from Robert Herjavec.
The boat is made from one sheet of corrugated plastic, with simple connections for easy assemblage. Oru Kayak is so beautifully built that it was even showcased at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Air Forces Southern medics arrive in Belize to facilitate obstetrics course
Three international health specialists and three nongovernmental organization personnel supporting the 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern, or AFSOUTH, arrived in Belize recently to facilitate the Global Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Instructor Course.
As partners in international health, AFSOUTH teamed with Belizean health care providers to increase medical capabilities in the country.
The need for the instructor course came about during New Horizons Belize 2013. During that time, a group of international health specialists along with the nongovernmental organization Project HOPE conducted a one-week maternal health assessment across the regional hospitals, clinics and health posts. The observations from the assessment enhanced the course discussions the following week when 30 Belizean healthcare providers from around the country went to Dangriga, Belize, to attend the two-day Global ALSO Provider Course.
Drones take flight over Belize coastline to monitor illegal fishing activity
Unsustainable fishing in Belize has placed growing pressure on local anglers and the country's celebrated coral reef systems. Decades of decline has led to the introduction of catch limits and even the European Union blacklisting seafood imports from Belize for a perceived lack of action against illegal fishing. In an effort to better regulate the industry, the Belize Fisheries Department has begun using drones to monitor coastal areas for unlicensed and unlawful activity.
Working with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Conservation Drones, an organization that develops low-coast UAVs for conservation efforts, the Fisheries Department began testing the vehicles in July 2013. Following full implementation of the program last month, the drones will now be used to locate fishing vessels operating illegally in marine protected areas.
"Belize has been a leader in the establishment of marine protected areas, including the world-famous Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve, but fishing regulations are difficult to enforce on the open sea," says Julio Maaz, Communities Fisheries Coordinator for WCS’s Marine Program in Belize. "Drones offer a means of improving the rate of detection of illegal activities at a fraction of the cost required for patrol vessels."
Cayman Islands, Belize See Big Increase in European Tourists
Belize and the Cayman Islands are seeing significant improvements in tourism from Europe, according to new data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
The Cayman Islands received 15,466 European tourists in the first five months of 2014, a 29.8 percent over the same period in 2013.
Belize received 18,836 arrivals from Europe in the same period, a 25.9 percent improvement over the first five months of 2013.
Those were the largest increases in European tourism of any destinations with complete reporting to the CTO.
Dominica saw a 17.2 percent increase in European tourism, with a total of 7,379 arrivals through May, according to the CTO’s data.
In the same period, Antigua and Barbuda received 44,242 European tourists, an 11 percent jump over the previous year.
SOVEREIGN DEBT RESTRUCTURINGS IN BELIZE: ACHIEVEMENTS AND CHALLENGES AHEAD
Summary: This paper examines the causes, processes, and outcomes of the two Belize sovereign debt restructurings in 2006–07 and in 2012–13 that occurred outside of an IMF-supported program. It finds that the motivation for the two debt restructurings differed, as the former was driven by external liquidity concerns while the latter was motivated by a substantial increase in the coupon rates and future fiscal solvency concerns. Despite differential treatment between residents and non-residents, both 2006–07 and 2012–13 debt exchanges were executed through collaborative engagement, due in part to the existence of a broad-based creditor committee and the authorities’ effective communication strategy. However, while providing temporary liquidity relief, neither of the debt restructurings properly addressed long-term debt sustainability concerns. Going forward, the success of the 2012–13 debt restructuring will still depend on the country’s ability to strengthen fiscal efforts and public debt management framework.
Video: MANATEE SIGHTING AT CORAL CANYON, TURNEFFE ATOLL, 2.5min.
The Manatee is large, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals sometimes known as sea cows.
Video: Dawn of the Maya Documentary, 53min.
Fade to Black in the Belizian Jungle, 2min.
Video: My body is Precious, 6min.
Video: 20,000 Strong Women Empowerment, 7min.
Video: Belize Vacation 2014, 21min.
Video: Coral in Belize, 2min.
Video: Snorkeling in Belize, 5min.
Snorkeling in Belize Excursion Carnival Valor.
Video: Belize!, 4min.
Snorkeling after a great dive and some fishing . . .
Video: Monkeys at Xunantunich, Belize, 1min.
Video: Cow Hoof Soup! Bennys Kitchen San Jose Succotz Belize, 2min.
A stop at Benny's Kitchen for cheap authentic local food after a fun day at the pyramids. But the kids get more than they bargained for when trying the local favorite dish.. cow hoof soup!
Video: Belize Monkey River Eco Tours Placencia, 5min.
Head out on a fun day with Monkey River Eco Tours Placencia Belize to Monkey River to see crocodiles, birds, turtles, herons and howler monkeys up close!
Video: Belize Cave Tubing Cave Tubing R Us, 6min.
Go cave tubing with Cave Tubing R Us. Travel With Kids joins David at Cave Tubing R Us in Caves Branch Belize for a fun day of adventure and learning nature and hisotry!
Video: Feeding Machismo the tapir - Belize Zoo 2012, 1min.
Video: Bocawina Zip Line, Belize, 5min.
GoPro in Belize doin da zipline mon, last February
Video: Yoga and Dance Classes at Zen Arcade, San Pedro, Belize, 2min.
Zen Arcade Health and Wellness Center is the place to go to when you feel like rejuvenating your mind, body and soul. The dance classes are not only fun, but very energetic and healthy. While yoga provides the opportunity to wind down and de-stress.
July 22, 2014
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Presentation of Credentials to the Governor General of Belize
Ambassador of the Philippines His Excellency Catalino R. Dilem Jr. and Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) His Excellency Benjamin Ho presented their credentials to the Governor General of Belize His Excellency Sir Colville Young today at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan.
Ambassador Dilem stated that his country continues to enjoy a friendly and fruitful relationship with Belize and they look forward to strengthening that relationship through trade and other areas. Ambassador Ho expressed his Government’s deepest gratitude and appreciation to the Government and people of Belize for their friendship and stated that the endeavors of Taiwan are to continue to promote interests of mutual benefit to both countries.
San Pedro Taxi Driver charged for Drug Trafficking
On Sunday July 20th at 11:00p.m., police visited the residence of Juan Menjivar located in the San Pedrito area of San Pedro Town investigating a shooting incident which had allegedly occurred on Saturday July 19th in the DFC area of San Pedro. At the house, police met a 15-year-old male of Hispanic descent of San Pedrito area and 30-year-old Juan Menjivar who produced his licensed black 9 millimeter SIG SAUER SP 2022 with eight 9mm live rounds in the magazine. Further searches of the house led to the discovery of over $10,000.00 in US and Belize currency, eight (8) liters of Hennessy and 3 brown parcels containing 1,413 grams of cannabis.
Those loud Black Howler monkeys
Did you know that there are 15 species of Howler monkeys? Belize is a great place to observe one of those species: the Black Howler Monkey. They are native to South and Central American forests, and are among the largest of the New World monkeys. Famous for their loud howls, which can travel up three miles through dense forest (!!!), howlers are great to observe in their natural habitat! The Community Baboon Sanctuary in Bermudian Landing is the right place to go for that fun experience! Nearly 13,000 acres of national park forms part of the Meso-America Biological Corridor in the Belize River Valley area. The sanctuary is located about 26 miles outside of Belize City and nestled deep in a forest that has been voluntarily protected.
BTB makes donation to San Pedro Red Cross for fire victims
On Thursday, July 17th, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. made a donation to the San Pedro Red Cross (SPRC) on behalf of the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) to aid the victims of the Sunday, July 6th Boca del Rio fire. The Minister’s donation was made in the form of a check of $5,000 which is to be shared to the property owners affected by the fire. In addition BTB employees also made a personal donation of clothing, food products and toiletries to be given to those that lost everything in the fire. Receiving the donation was SPRC members Eiden Salazar, Laurie Norton, Shirlee Arnould and Frank Panton. “We are glad to have received the donation and will ensure that it is put to good use.
Tourist Arrivals in Belize Continue To Go Up!
For the first half of this year, cruise passenger arrivals are at 527,037 visitors showing an increase of almost 37%. Overall, Belize saw over 142,000 more visitors in 2014, when compared to the first half of 2013. The month of June alone recorded the highest increase with 120.2% more cruise passenger arrivals when compared to June, 2013. March has seen the most arrivals with 115,227 cruise passengers. There have been 57 more cruise ship calls in 2014 than there were in 2013 through the same time period.
Pic of the Week:
She’s The One – Wedding Engagement in Ambergris Caye
Wedding Photographer Jose Luis Zapata found the perfect scene for this photo shoot where he captured the Canadian couple Dan and Kjersti during their engagement shoot in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
“This couple thought that San Pedro, Belize was the perfect place to get engaged,” commented Jose Luis who was hired to capture this special moment in the lives of Dan and Kjersti.
When Tupac and Snoop Dogg Visited San Pedro, Belize
Quite a few people will remember these Flashback pictures taken in the early 1990’s when the late rapper Tupac, Snoop Dogg (now Snoop Lion), Mc Hammer and Suge Night vacationed in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
They were international celebrities in their prime of popularity at the time. Just coming out of winning his murder trial in 1993, Snoop Dogg and the group came to Belize to blow off some steam. Very few celebrities who visit the island will come out to interact with the locals as a normal visitor would do. Of course they are celebrities and do not like to be hounded by too many people when they are trying to have a relaxing time during their vacations.
But Snoop, Tupac, Mc Hammer and Suge managed to make a big impact on the island residents as they really interacted with the people, hung out at local restaurants and bars, walked down the streets like they were locals and even enjoyed a few games of basketball with the local boys at Central Park.
Prepare a Delicious Conch Mango Ceviche
Sweet and Sour is a most popular way of preparing food. Well, we discovered and tested out this new way to prepare the popular ceviche here in San Pedro. Here is the sweet and sour version in the hors’dourve/appertizer category - Conch Mango Ceviche. The regular conch ceviche is already delicious and everybody loves it, so here is the opportunity for you to love it up even more and spice it up with some sweetness. You will immediately develop a taste for it and a liking that will last way beyond the summers.
Belize Solid Waste Management Authority
The Belize Solid Waste Management Authority invites the community of San Pedro to visit their booth at Central Park and learn how to manage your waste. Friday, July 25th the business community is invited to Sunbreeze Hotel for a dialogue meeting.
Misc Belizean Sources
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) is a statutory body of the Government of Belize mandated to perform functions and duties related to:
1) Trade Development and Promotion
2) Investment Generation and Promotion
3) Enterprise Development and Facilitation
BELTRAIDE operates within the portfolio of the Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development, and Consumer Protection.
BELTRAIDE is seeking the services of a suitably qualified and experienced person for the post of Human Resource & Administration Director.
Ambassadors from the Philippines and the Republic of China (Taiwan) Present Credentials to the Governor General of Belize
Mayor Daniel Guerrero was invited for a social gathering over at Mahogany Bay Village
Where he welcomed the attendees (realtors and potential investors) to San Pedro.
Ambassador Moreno travelled to Big Creek
This past weekend to visit the Southern Partnership Station, Spearhead Vessel, currently stationed in Belize.
Southern Partnership Station 2014 is a U.S. Navy deployment focused on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nation militaries and security forces. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet employ maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships that foster regional security in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility.
Summer Art Wave
The Corozal House of Culture in collaboration with the Corozal Community Hospital developed the Community Mural Project. Today our active youths began painting the mural at the hospital; depicting healthy living and a healthy community.
Belize Youth Movement Corozal on the Go!
Successful Cleaning up Campaign conducted this past Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Bacadilla Park, South End.
More events are planned by the BYM Corozal. Youths are welcome to join.
"Youths Moving Forward with New Visions for a Better Corozal.
Keeping Corozal Clean!!! (5 photos)
An important read for the sugar cane farmers
We bring you Part I series of V regarding various methods used to calculate the price of bagasse. The ongoing standoff between American Sugar Refining,the principal shareholders of Belize Sugar Industries Limited (BSI), and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association seems to have entered a new round: one in which there seems to be a great degree of uncertainty over what price should be tagged onto bagasse.
On one end, the farmers are saying that the price should be somewhere between $3.00 and $10.00 per ton of cane. The company, after having finally accepted, the universal fact that bagasse is a by-product,is understandably trying to keep their costs as low as possible.
The company, within the last few weeks, has opted to divulge its methodology via a full-page advertisement in the newspapers and radio talk shows. There has also been one telling interview with BSI’s Chief Financial Officer, Belizario Carballo, on LoveFM’s sister station, Estereo Amor, in which he said 2013’s bagasse payment ought to be .51 cents per ton of cane.
BSCFA has, of course, responded, saying that .51 cents is way too low.
Delmar Sutherland, re-known soccer player from Ranchito Village, Corozal silently passes at the Corozal Community Hospital
The Corozal Daily expresses its deepest condolences to the family of the late Delmar Sutherland. May he rest in Peace and be remembered in his Glory.
Friday Night Fire on Prince Street Leaves 3 Families Homeless
Tonight, 3 families, including 4 children are homeless after their residence on Prince Street was destroyed by fire on Friday night. But, the fire caused a scare in the general downtown area because at the particular location where the fire started, there were 4 houses clustered in the same yard. That yard is less than a block away from Albert Street, the commercial section of Downtown Belize City. Couple that with the fact, that we've seen block-burners in this exact area before, and that made the fire all the more dangerous.
That blaze broke out at around 8:30 p.m., just down the street from our Channel 7 studios, so we were on the scene shortly after. Daniel Ortiz has the timeline:
Daniel Ortiz reporting
The fire raged at this two-storey house on Prince Street, while the firemen got their hoses going. Even with civilian assistance, the first hose was not enough to douse the flames.
Another firefighter then climbed up his ladder and tried to get closer and smother the blaze.
The air around him was thick with ashes, still, he laboured on undaunted. That direct assault lasted for about 2 minutes, but then the water pressure dropped; and the fire was untamed.
Fire Department: Blaze Started By Child Playing With Fire
The Fire Department is particularly concerned about this fire because they've determined that it was an accident, where a minor is believed to have been playing with fire, which got out of control.
That's the second time in two weeks that this has happened; the other case was in Hattieville. So, when we caught up with Station Manager Orin Smith today, he had a strict warning for parents.
Sharday Arnold - Fire Victim
"Around 8:40 I was in my room, I got a phone call from my aunt and after the phone call I was combing my hair - I was fixing to go out with my sister and at that time I began to smell smoke, so I assume that it was my metal fan. I plug it out of the wall but then I still continue to smell smoke. At that time I heard footsteps outside of my door, so I open my door and I saw my roommate two kids to my left and they were like aunty we need water. So I ask what do you need water for and I look to my right and their father came out of the room and he was crying asking for water. I look passed him at that time and I look into the room I saw that the entire wall was engulfed in flames, so my instinct was to run downstairs to get assistance from my ex-boyfriend who lives downstairs. So I went there and he came upstairs with a bucket and then the kids came down when he was going up. But when he got upstairs, I don't know if it was electrical wire or something pop and at that time the flames started to spread, so people just started to come out of the house and just waited for the fire engine to reach to extinguish the fire."
Crackdown on Quality of Life Crimes Causes Community Uproar
There has been public outcry from the community and the families of the victims of the recent spike in gang related crime and violence in Belize City. The police have been harshly - and some would say unfairly - criticized for letting things spiral out of control.
So, police have taken a pro-active step - but one that's not winning them many fans on the street. It's a crackdown on petty crimes. The idea is not a new one: it's been tried successfully before in larger cities where it's called the "Broken Windows Theory." The idea behind it is that if you leave a broken window and don't fix it, pretty soon, the door will be broken, and then, eventually, the whole house will be falling down. So, it's law enforcement that's trying to fix the big problems, by starting with the small, often overlooked, ones.
But what happens when the small ones have been left so long that they've become a way of life? That happened on Friday night when over 10 people were picked up for breaking the traffic laws because they weren't using bells and lights. Now, you might be saying, bells and lights on bicycles - in 2014? That's like, so 1980's, right!? So on Friday night, it was like a throwback party - except no one was dancing or laughing.
Pedro Police Find Stash of Cash, Weed and Contraband At Cabbie's Crib
San Pedro police followed up on a man who discharged a firearm in public and ended up finding a stash of cash, weed and contraband.
Last night, police got a report that a town taxi man had fired his licensed pistol in front of a bar. License or not, that is an offence, and police went to search his home in the San Pedrito area. They found 30 year old Juan Menjivar and a 15 year old male relative in the house and recovered the loaded Sig Sauer pistol without incident. But a search of the premises then turned up more than $10,000.00 in US and Belize currency, (8) liters of Hennessy and 3 brown parcels containing 1.4 kilos - or about three pounds of weed.
Man Found Drowned At Fish Farm, Police Investigate
Ladyville police are awaiting the results of post-mortem which was conducted on Thomas Garcia, who was found in one the ponds belonging to the Fresh Catch Tilapia Farm, located in La Democracia Village. At this time, it's an apparent drowning, but police are following up to ensure that it is.
Garcia, a 58 year-old Guatemalan National of Cotton Tree Village in Cayo, was found floating face-down in the pond, and his body was nude.
Today, we spoke with police about what information they have so far:
ASP Chris Noble - Rural Executive Officer
"On Friday, we did get that information sometime after 7p.m. to say that a gentleman had been found in one of the ponds in the tilapia farm. The body was located and we had people go up there to look into it. The gentleman is an employee of the farm and we're expecting the results of a post mortem later today. We, at this stage, are very young into it, we did some work over the weekend into it and we hope that we could put closure to it by day's end."
Worries Mount As Hattieville Village Chairman Missing
And while the discovery of his body is the worst news for Garcia's family, police are hoping that they will find missing Hattieville Resident Kevin Carcamo in good health.
Carcamo, who is the Chairman of the village, went to work early yesterday, and he hasn't been heard from since.
The rural executive officer spoke to us about what information investigators have at this time:
ASP Chris Noble - Rural Executive Officer
"They came to us late last night, early this morning several things have been done to attempt to locate him. We are hoping that the gentleman is located alive and in good health. He works for the company in that area and that requires going into the bush. We believe that there might not be cell service in that area, so we have sent personnel into the area that is working with the BDF, the K-9 Unit and ourselves, along with villagers and the company he works with."
Man Caught In Accident Dies As They Try To Pull His Vehicle Out
2 men died this weekend, one of them in the bizarre and freakish aftermath of an accident.
Police say that just after midnight last night, they visited an area of the North Ring Road where they saw this silver Mitsubishi Sport Utility Vehicle, owned by 62 year-old retiree Alfonso Manzanero. Manzanero was driving his vehicle and lost control just a short distance from his home. He ended up landing in a ditch, and that's when 3 men allegedly offered to help him.
They reported to police that while they tried to pull Manzanero's vehicle out of the drain, their Ford Pickup instead lunged forward and knocked him down when the towing chain snapped. He suffered injuries to the face, abdomen, knees, legs and hands. He was taken to the Western Regional Hospital alive, but he passed away while undergoing treatment.
Hard Talk In Sugarland
As we've reported, the sugar cane season turned out ok after all - even after a much-delayed start. But, sugar cane farmers still aren't happy; they scheduled a meeting with their association to discuss bagasse.
As we've told you, the agreement for amicable industrial relations ended, two weeks ago, and by that time, the cane farmers and the factory owners were supposed to have arrived at a signed agreement for a bagasse payment. That never happened, but the factory owners have since moved from a flat out no to an offer of 51 cents per tonne of sugar delivered.
The association's negotiating team took that offer to the membership yesterday, and 7News was there for that marathon 5 and a half hour meeting in San Roman, Corozal. Daniel Ortiz reports:
Daniel Ortiz reporting
910 cane farmers and their families gathered for their AGM, the first since the 2013/2014 crop season finished. One of the main items on the agenda was an update from the negotiating team on the bagasse dispute.
OW Farmers Angry About Audit Revelations
And earlier this month, we told you how some of the employees of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers swindled the association of approximately $78,000 dollars.
As we reported, an audit of the association's finances revealed that one of the supervisors had been paying herself and other employees' bonuses on each pay cheque.
It was quite a lucrative scheme, and they got away with it for over a year, until it was revealed by a spot-check audit.
Yesterday, the management of the cane farmers association revealed the details to those 910 cane farmers, and they were understandably upset that they had been ripped off by their own:
Alfredo Ortega - Vice-Chair, COM, BSCFA
"In any place whenever funds are misused it is not taken lightly by the members. I think that we have come with a clear presentation to them based on the audit report that we have. There will always be people who will jump here and there based on certain things that are there, but we are coming clear to them. We are not hiding anything. We have presented the names of the people who were involved and what we are looking forward to is to recuperate the funds that were not used properly from these people who are involved in the situation."
Cervantez Jr Not Satisfied With Compol's Comments
One of the cane farmers who attend the meeting was Ramon Cervantes Jr, the politician son of the slain Ramon Sr.
We asked him to react to last Wednesday's interview with Police Commissioner Allen Whylie. Specifically the part about those police officers who's names were called early in the investigation of Cervantes' abduction, torture and murder.
Here's what Cervantes Jr had to say:
"Are you satisfied with his response?"
Ramon Cervantes Jr., Son of Deceased
"Not really, I am not satisfied."
"The matter with these officers - how certain are you guys, the family and friends that those handcuffs - how certain are you that those were found when your father's body was found?"
IDB President In Belize
President of the IDB Luis Alberto Moreno is in Belize and he met today with Prime Minister, Dean Barrow. It is their second meeting in less than two months; they met in Miami at the end of May.
According to a release, Moreno confirmed the IDB's commitment to partner with the Government of Belize on a number of projects. This year IDB spending in Belize is focusing on the education and transport sectors for a total of $30 million US dollars. The first is the "Education Quality Improvement Program" - a 10 million US dollar project approved by the IDB in June.
The second project is for the rehabilitation of sections of the George Price Highway to bring it up to international standards, while ensuring better climate change resilience. That is expected to be approved in November.
Smart Students At SPISE
Earlier this year we told you about 3 gifted Belizean high school students, selected to attend SPISE, a prestigious science camp in Barbados. Well, it started on July 19th and and SJC 4th form graduates, Siian Rancharan, Mishek Musa and Digna Ramirez of Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico have joined 18 of the best young science minds from the region at the Cavehill Campus of the University of the West Indies. The camp is called the Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering, and it includes a four-week session of university-level math and science. At the end of the program, the students will demonstrate their projects and present their business plans. It will end on August 16th. The camp hopes to groom the next generation of science, engineering, business and technology leaders in the Region.
Songsters Take It To The Stage
The September festivities are about 2 months away, but the National Celebrations Commission is making sure that the songs you'll be jumping up to in the streets for Carnival 2014 are the best.
They're doing it by holding their annual National Song Competition, but this year, they're doing things a bit differently. Starting from Last week Thursday, they've been holding knock-out rounds in the Northern, Western, Southern and Central Parts of the Country.
Those who make past the knock-out round, gets to compete in the finals. On Saturday night, the Commission Hosted the Central preliminaries at the BTL Park, and 7News attended. Here's a few highlights from that competition:
The Northern knock-out round was held in Orange Walk on Last Week Thursday, while the Western knock-out was held on the San Ignacio on Friday. The Southern knock-outs happened on Sunday, and though we've requested the results of these competitions from NICH we haven't gotten them.
New Ambassadors Present
Today, the Ambassadors of Taiwan and the Philippines presented their credentials to the Governor General in Belmopan. The Philippines Ambassador is Catalino R. Dilem Jr, and the Twainese Ambassador is the already much publicized Benjamin Ho.
Massive Search Underway for Missing Hattieville Chairman
At this time a search party is combing the area of Freetown Sibun near Hattieville looking for Chairman Kevin Carcamo. Carcamo is employed as a linesman by an oil company [...]
Alfonso Manzanero: Was He Killed Or Did He Die In Fatal Mishap?
The mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of sixty-two-year-old Alfonso Manzanero, a retiree of Belmopan, has raised more questions than answers for his grief-stricken family. On Sunday morning, Manzanero was reportedly [...]
Deadly Road Traffic Accident Claims Life of Cristo Rey Resident
There was another fatal road traffic accident early Sunday morning, this one in the Orange Walk district. Forty-three year old Remijio Botes was allegedly killed instantly when he lost control [...]
Guatemalan Caretaker Drowns In Tilapia Pond at Fresh Catch
A caretaker of Cotton Tree Village lost his life at the start of the weekend when he drowned inside a fishpond at Fresh Catch Farm in La Democracia on Friday [...]
3 Families Displaced In the Wake of Weekend Fire
A fire swept through a wooden house on Friday night; in its wake three families were left homeless. All indications are that the blaze erupted in the upper flat of [...]
Cane Farmers Meet to Discuss B.S.I.’s Bagasse Payment Proposal
There is no sign of flexibility in the current bagasse impasse between B.S.I. and the B.S.C.F.A. Cane farmers met in San Roman, Corozal District, on Sunday to decide on a [...]
B.S.C.F.A. Discusses Missing Money
Between the end of 2012 and April 2014, several employees of the B.S.C.F.A. collaborated to steal money from the association. They did it by targeting the payroll system and paying [...]
San Pedrano Juan Menjivar Slapped With Slew of Charges
The long arms of the law caught up with a minor and another resident of San Pedro. It all started with a shooting and ended with an arrest for drug [...]
Giovanni Ramirez, In Jail for Robbery, Charged for Stabbing Inmate
Last week Wednesday, a prison inmate was stabbed in the prison grounds but it was not fatal. After concluding the investigation, another inmate, twenty year old Giovanni Ramirez was charged [...]
Charges of Wounding Withdrawn Against Nathalia Wade for Beating Up Husband
Last Friday, thirty-nine year old Keith Staine came to News Five studio with a bruised-up face and forty-five stitches to the head. Staine claimed that his wife, forty-four year old [...]
Weekend Shootings in Belize City
Gun violence in the city continued over the weekend, but luckily no one was injured in either of the shootings. Around ten-twenty p.m., the thirty-four-year-old driver for Election and Boundaries [...]
IDB President meets with PM Barrow in Belize
In other news…Inter-American Development Bank’s President Luis Alberto Moreno was in the country briefly today. He met in Belmopan with Prime Minister Dean Barrow during which the bank’s activities, [...]
Ramon Cervantes Jr. Voices Displeasure with Investigation into Father’s Murder
Three men have been charged for the kidnapping and murder of seventy-one year old Ramon Cervantes Sr., and Police are actively hunting for another man, Manuel Castillo. The body of [...]
Cervantes Family Seeks Justice for Belizeans
The heinous, cold blooded murders of Ramon Cervantes Sr. and Sonia Abac have shaken the community of Orange Walk, and are grim wake up calls that safety and security in [...]
Sportscaster James Adderley Returns with Sports Monday
Good evening I’m James Adderley and here’s the sporting news. Belize opening game Thursday at the UNCAF U-20 Football Championship was very disappointing as our boys took a 6 [...]
New Belize City Centre to cost $25 M
Construction of the new Belize City Centre facility is expected to cost $25 M to build and will take between 20 and 24 months from the time it is scheduled to start in early 2015. Anthony Thurton and Associates (ATA) obtained the contract a […]
Union and BCCI propose amendments to OSH Bill
Both the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) have proposed amendments to the tabled Occupational Safety and Health Bill. According to BCCI President Arturo Vasquez, the chamber has submitted a total of between 50 […]
Cervantes family believes police investigation fell short
The family of Ramon Cervantes Sr., of Orange Walk is still reeling from the kidnapping and brutal murder of their loved one two weeks ago but reports are that they are not pleased with the way the police investigation has evolved. Someone close to […]
ComPol maintains Penner file still incomplete
Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie told reporters on Wednesday that the Elvin Penner case file on the passport/visa scandal is still incomplete and that investigations are ongoing. Whylie, therefore, maintained that due to the ongoing investigation he cannot turn over the Penner files to anyone […]
Vector Control unit gets new vehicles
The vector control Unit of the Ministry of health received 11 vehicles this week to increase the units’ operational capabilities in urban and rural communities. The vehicles, Toyota Hilux 4×4 pickup trucks, were handed over at the Belize Diesel and Equipment Company Limited’s compound in […]
PM hosts third annual business forum
Prime Minister Dean Barrow held his third annual Business Forum on Thursday in which members of the private sector met with the public sector to discuss ways to strengthen Belize’s business climate. Mike Singh, chief executive officer in the Ministry of Trade and Investment […]
Desiree Phillips on goals as new OCED
Desiree Phillips, new the new officer commanding Eastern Division, said her main focus after assuming her new role is to boost the moral of officers, rebuild community trust and focus on crime reduction. “We will continue to remain steadfast but there is a lot […]
Gino Peck promoted
Gino Peck, the police corporal who earlier this year was found guilty of two counts of keeping unlicensed and prohibited firearms and ammunition, this week received a promotion to the rank of sergeant. On Wednesday afternoon, Peck was one of 166 police men and […]
Belmopan Mayor Simeon Lopez’ vehicle stolen
Belmopan Mayor, Simeon Lopez, lost his vehicle on Tuesday afternoon when someone he did not authorize opened the SUV and drove off with it. According to Mayor Lopez, he discovered the vehicle missing from in front of his office after he had completed an […]
Thursday morning murder
A 28-year-old man was killed around 6:30 a.m. on Thursday after being shot several times near the Raccoon Street extension. According to Sergeant Ismael Westby, of the Crimes Investigation Branch Precinct Two, Lionel Sampson was walking along Gravy Street toward the Raccoon Street extension […]
KHMH staff get special A&E training
Four members of the Accident and Emergency staff at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital began special A&E training in Wisconsin, USA, this week. Dr. Rigo Montejo, Dr. Marta Habet, Nurse Shirlee Samuels (Sister) and Nurse Joelito Obligado started participating in high fidelity simulations and close observership with instructors on Monday, […]
Renan Briceño not guilty of murder
Renan Briceño, the man accused of shooting and killing a 19-year-old at Palm Island in 2011, was found not guilty in the Supreme Court by Justice Troadio Gonzalez Wednesday. According to Gonzalez, the prosecution led by Crown Counsels Shanice Lovell and Portia Staine failed to prove that Briceño was the […]
Every now and then the State of Belize pauses to pay tribute to an extraordinary Belizean, who in some way has influenced the course of Belizean history. Such a person was the late Fred Martinez of Orange Walk, former Belizean Ambassador to Guatemala, and prior to that, Chairman of the […]
BSI gives cañeros ultimatum Company says farmers have up to August 1st to decide
The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association has two weeks to accept the formula proposed by Belize Sugar Industries for bagasse remuneration before the offer expires, announced Chief Financial Officer for BSI, Belizario Carballo Jr. BSI wrote to the cane farmers this week informing them that […]
KHMH CEO’s contract denied! Another audit underway!
The Board of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, KHMH, has decided that it will not grant a request made by its Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Gary Longsworth, to extend his contract for another year after it expires in October this year. In an interview with […]
Smith family released from prison! Family says they might sue the police department
Alrick Smith, 52; Sandra Casey, 47; Leon Smith, 22; Tamika Smith, 19; Ishaida Brooks, 20; and a sixteen year old minor have been released on the order of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal after charges of keeping an unlicensed gun and ammunition […]
Boy finds body while playing in church yard
A boy playing in the open lot adjacent to the school on Wilson Street, discovered the lifeless body of Oscar John Lambey, 28, at around 6 a.m. on Friday, July 18th. Police confirmed that the body had four stab wounds to the upper part of the torso. They believe Lambey […]
Vulgar sexual comment prompts violent attack
A man saw his head bashed in by a 2 by 4 stick after hurling an in-descent sexual comment to Ernest Meighan. Meighan, a 57-year-old fisherman and machine repairman of Queen Charlotte Street in Belize City, appeared before Magistrate Herbert Panton in Court 3, […]
Ramon, Jr., questions officers’ involvement in kidnapping/murder
Son of the late Ramon Cervantes, Sr., Ramon “Monchie” Cervantes, Jr., registered his disappointment with Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie. This comes after the top cop told reporters last week that police were instructed by the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to lay charges against […]
Cane farmers reject paltry bagasse payment
At Sunday’s special general meeting in the Corozal District, over 900 caneros told their management to reject an August 1 deadline set by producers Belize Sugar Industries Limited (BSI) to accept what they consider a paltry offer on the payment for bagasse. The BSI/ASR offer is for 51 […]
Stephen Okeke wants copyright compensation for use of his sculptures
Do you know who created and assembled the Drums of My Fathers Monument at the entrance to Dangriga Town? If you guessed Stephen Okeke, you’ve been paying attention. But there are many who do not know that, because the many pictures, videos and other footage of the monument […]
Fire Service says housefire caused by child’s play
Fire broke out in Belize City on Friday night in an area that has become used to such hazards. A yard on Prince Street, between Albert Street and East Canal, became a hazardous scene that brought hundreds of Belizeans out of their beds just after 8:30 p.m. A […]
Prisoner charged for prison yard stabbing
20 year old Giovanni Ramirez faces further charges related to an alleged attack on a fellow inmate of the Belize Central Prison. He pleaded not guilty to charges of wounding before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer and sent back to prison until September 19 when his case resumes. Around […]
Troubled couple ordered to keep the peace
A domestic dispute resulted in charges at the Magistrate’s Court for a Ladyville woman, but the complainant says he is willing to pick up the pieces and try again. Security guard Nathalia Wade, 44, pleaded not guilty to charges of wounding and using threatening words before Senior Magistrate […]
Barranco villagers submit applications for farm land
Residents of Barranco village in the Toledo district are awaiting approval of formal application for land to be used for agriculture purposes. Over three dozen applications were delivered to Minister of Natural Resources and Agriculture Gaspar Vega last week by the chairman of Barranco village Joseph Palacio and […]
A Day At Tiny Ranguana Caye off Placencia, Belize…This is All I Need!
Unlike the Northern Cayes (Ambergris, Caulker, etc.), the barrier reef, as you move farther south, is no longer visible from the shore. To get out to the crystal blue shallow waters of the little cayes and the barrier reef, it’s a bit of a boat ride.
Saturday morning – I made last minute arrangements to hop aboard the dive boat at the Inn at Robert’s Grove to head out to their private caye. ..PRIVATE CAYE! for some snorkeling and picnic lunch.
We pulled up as close as we could to the dock and the mooring post. The dive master told me that a few months ago, this dock was in the water. But with the unusual high winds of this spring/summer, all the sand has piled onto the leeward side of the island.
3 Delightful Day Trips in Belize you can’t miss!
Fortunately, Belize has such a variety of awesome day trips that visitors can choose from a menu of a la carte activities and mix and match day excursions to create their own rich, totally satisfying holiday adventures.
So, in the spirit of “I’ll take one from column A, one from column B, and finish off with a treat from the desert trolley”, here are three sumptuous choices from Belize’s smorgasbord of activities.
1. Picnic at an ancient Maya temple. 2. Canoe down the Macal River. 3. Exploring San Ignacio Town.
SALAD BAR – COBB SALAD
Tear the lettuce into bite-sized pieces and put into a large mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss with 1/2 cup of the dressing. Divide the lettuce among 4 large individual serving bowls. Arrange the cheese, meats, eggs, and avocado, like the spokes of a wheel, on top of each salad. Scatter the tomatoes, cucumbers, and croutons on top. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve and pass the remaining dressing at the table.
All docks and beaches are “public” here on the island. They are considered “Queens Ground”. Anyone and everyone may access any dock. You do not have to purchase items at a bar or restaurant to use them. “The Truth” was told that last weekend some people were asked to leave a dock since they were not buying food or drinks at the bar and restaurant.
Ever Wondered Why the World is a Mess?
By Roberto Savio. While the Third World War has not been formally declared, conflicts throughout the world are reaching levels unseen since 1944.
Of course, for the large majority of people throughout the world, news about these conflicts is just part of our daily news, but another share of our daily news is about the mess in our countries.
This is so complex and confusing that many people have given up the effort to attempt any form of deep understanding, so I thought it would be useful to offer ten explanations of how we succeeded in creating this mess. 1) The world, as it now exists, was largely shaped by the colonial powers, which divided the world among themselves, carving out states without any consideration for existing ethnic, religious or cultural realities. This was especially true of Africa and the Arab world, where the concept of state was imposed on systems of tribes and clans.
Just to give a few examples, none of the present-day Arab countries existed prior to colonialism. Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, the Gulf Countries (including Saudi Arabia) were all parts of the Ottoman Empire. When this disappeared with the First World War (like the Russian, German and Austro-Hungarian empires), the winners – Britain and France – sat down at a table and drafted the boundaries of countries to be run by them, as they had done before with Africa. So, never look at those countries as equivalent to countries with a history of national identity.
Drones on a Different Mission
Belize has made a great effort to protect its coral reef system — the largest in the Western Hemisphere — by establishing more than a dozen protected areas. But patrolling large stretches of ocean and coastline and enforcing fishing regulations takes time, people and boats.
In June, the Wildlife Conservation Society began training operators from the Belize Fisheries Department to use two drones to help track illegal fishing activities. The drones went into use just at the start of lobster season.
This is only the beginning, said Julio R. Maaz, community fisheries coordinator for the conservation society in Belize, who hopes the drones will prove a cost-effective way to “monitor our national waters.”
And it is just one example of the growing use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, in conservation.
video Video: Studying Birds, With a Drone’s HelpMAY 6, 2013
The military use of armed drones is well known and contentious. But the use of much smaller unmanned planes, closer in size to the remote-controlled planes hobbyists fly, is spreading into all sorts of areas, particularly when they are equipped with cameras.
CDB providing USD10 m loan to Belize’s DFC
The capability of the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) in Belize to provide financing for priority sectors in that country has been given a boost by a loan of USD 10.5 mn from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
Among the DFC’s lending objectives are the improvement of home ownership, human development and the development of Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs).
MSMEs are fundamental to the economic landscape of Belize and are estimated to account for a significant share of economic activity and employment generation. However, they are usually faced with a number of challenges including limited access to, and the cost of financing.
The CDB loan will allow the DFC to provide finance for these MSMEs as well as student loans, credit for low-income housing and also for energy efficiency/renewable energy projects.
The DFC was originally established in 1963 to expand and strengthen the economy of Belize by providing funding on affordable terms to individuals or groups seeking to develop key economic sectors, who would otherwise be unable to access resources from other sources on reasonable terms. DFC is wholly owned by GOBZ.
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China.org.cn names Belize a top Dive Destination in the World
There is not an article on Belize that is published on the Internet that doesn’t mention the great blue hole…the blue hole remains the most majestic and awe-inspiring attraction in Belize.
This time the great blue hole was listed on www.china.org.cn, a popular Chinese web portal on the Internet.
The article entitled “Top best dive site in the world” describes the great Blue hole as follows:
The Great Blue Hole is a large submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. Formed during the last ice age, the hole is circular in shape, over 300 meters across and 124 meters deep. As a part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve, a World Heritage Site of the UNESCO, the hole features crystal-clear water, multi-colored stalactites and stalagmites, Caribbean reef shark and other rare fish species. Just imagine diving in the blue clear water with sharks, parrotfish and octopuses swimming beside you in this natural wonder!
Location: 2 hours away from Caye Caulker Island or San Pedro by boat
Depth: 124 meters
Visibility: 15-30 meters
Swimming With Sharks, Turtles and Eels Part of UCF Summer Program
Thirteen University of Central Florida biology students swam among nurse sharks, sea turtles, eels and lionfish this month as part of a hands-on summer abroad course.
The students spent a week studying more than 60 species in the depths of the Glovers Atoll, about 35 kilometers off the coast of Belize. The atoll is considered one of the most diverse sources of coral reefs in the Caribbean, providing a nursery for sharks and turtles among other creatures.
“I am a firm believer that study abroad and other intensive experiences are essential for truly engaging our students and preparing them for 21st century jobs,” said Biology Professor Linda Walters, who led the group. “It is expected that marine science undergraduates have field and research experience to make them marketable for graduate school or the workforce.”
The two-credit hour course included some classroom instruction at UCF and then a flight to Belize, where the group stayed at a remote facility in the atoll. The entire team snorkeled each day to observe and photograph dozens of species that call the atoll home. In the evenings they discussed the tropical marine biodiversity they had encountered and the impact of threats to the world’s oceans, such as climate change, overharvesting and acidification. They also collected data, completed some analysis and put presentations together on what they learned.
SCUBA DIVING BELIZE WITH THE BEST: CHUCK & ROBBIE’S DIVE SHOP
When I was perusing Trip Advisor and other dive sites for recommendation for reputable divers in Belize on Ambergris Caye, time and time again, I would read the same thing:
“Chuck and Robbie’s”
“Robbie is the best!” and “Can’t wait to dive with Robbie again.”
I thought I would ask around to my dive friends and I actually know a gal that lives on Ambergris Caye that is also a travel writer, Erin De Santiago of Our Tasty Travels, so I thought I would ask her what she thought.
Again, the same thing: “I use Chuck and Robbie’s — Robbie is a friend of mine and his instructor got me through my certification after I had not done it in 10 years which was after I had a horrible experience trying to certify in Mexico the first time.”
Video: Do u wanna dance - lil june, 2min.
Mellowvision: Videographed at the Belize CayeFest on July 6th. 2014 @ the Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles Ca. Lil June is a Punta Rock Artist -A Garifuna Belizean- In this video he performs one of his hit -DO YOU WANNA DANCE-
Training of Facilitators - Belmopan, Belize, 7min.
ROAD: Youth for Road Safety
Video: "HERE WE GO AGAIN" -RAS INDIO-, 3.5min.
Ras Indio is a Belizean Reggae artist who live in Belize. He travels to Los Angeles frequently . .. Here is a Mellowvision clip from a show which he did @ the Belize Cayefest on Jully 6th. 2014 -Ras Indio-
Video: Bird on a Mission: Mr. Blue meets a Frigatebird, 4min.
It's not often that you can find a cool bird to sing about, but this frigate bird off the coast of Belize gives Seanie Blue the perfect opportunity to show off a small part of "Wildbird," the song about a bird who thinks it can use music to bomb the world to its senses. This short piece is less than four minutes of the 33-minute version of Wildbird, and was sculpted into existence by Ariel Francis and Blue a year ago. the plan was to get an illustrator to animate the entire song, but until that happens snatches of it can be presented in similar videos.
Shot by Blue in the waters near Caye Caulker, using a Go Pro supplied by Matt Hoffman on a recent tour of Tikal and Belize. The original jazz version of this song was written by Seanie Blue and Helena Protopapas (aka Nicholas Smith-Jones) with Peter Fox and Sandra Bishop, and this version is part of a radical makeover by Blue and Francis featuring the works of David Huron (on how expectation determines the emotions evoked by music), and by Daniel Levine (on the brain's abilities to shape both the listening experience and the memory of that experience), and by Aniruddh Patel (on how language influences music in the brain).
One of the surprising findings of this project was the discovery that Mr. Blue can actually sing on key!
Video: Belize Kids and Boats Idyllic Days | Homestead Kids, 3min.
What are some of the things kids do while living in Belize? Here are a few scenes of what the love doing during the days that are not so busy in Belize. Mind you - most days are quite busy, but the days off are nice and peaceful. This beats sitting in front of a tv or computer playing mindless video games or something like that.
The kids love paddling their outrigger canoe and jumping out of it into the warm Caribbean water. If not in their outrigger, they love sailing with Papa in the sailboat. The old sail is pretty worn out, but still pushes the boat along in the wind. Idyllic days for any kid.
Video: bonefish Belize, 4:15min.
Video: The Hospitality Tour: Ile de Caye Caulker au Belize, 1min.
Florie voyage du Mexique à l'Argentine avec un projet: partager ses compétences en gestion hôtelière pour un lit et cela en collectant les meilleures pratiques des hôtels en matière de développement durable pour Hopineo.org
Video: Mr. Peters On Belizean Music, 6min.
In rare interview with Belizean Journalist Bilal Morris in 2006, the Belizean musical legend, the late Mr. Peters who popularized the Belizean genre of music called Brukdong speaks about Belizean music and some of the challenges that are facing traditional Belizean musical art forms like Brukdong and its lack of appeal to a younger generation of Belizean musical artists of today. Mr. Peters and a Belizean Soca artist called Swaappy, speaks out about the threat that traditional Belizean musical art forms faces in the rise of a foreign pop music invasion in Belize since the 1990's.
Video: Belize Missions Report 2014, 75min.
This video provides information about our 2014 Mission Trip to Belize.
Video: A Week in Belize, 24min.
A weeks worth of adventure, amazing people, and an inside look into international missions.
Video: Red Snapper Being Filleted in Belize, 1min.
Video: Red Snapper Being Filleted in Belize Part 2, 1min.
Video: More Squid off Karpata dive site, Belize, 1min.
Watch closely & you can see some color changes, July 3, 2014.
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The San Pedro Sun
Wolfe’s Woofer: Native of Australia
My telephone rang. When I picked it up Melody was already talking. “I need a favor,” she said. “Sure,” I said. “What’s up? What do you need?” “There are only two more days of school. Can you take Davin in the morning and pick him up when class is over?” “Sure.” “How are you doing, […]
On Sunday, July 13th, 49-year-old Heidi Horan visited the San Pedro Police Station and reported that on the same date a person had entered her home with intention of burglary. According to Horan, while in her bedroom of her condo south of San Pedro Town, she saw someone coming up the stairs. She walked out and noticed a man standing in her kitchen. Horan asked the man what he wanted and he held up a coffee cup that was on the table and said “I want some water.” Horan gave him the water and then he left. Horan informed her husband, Ricky Horan what had happened as a result Mr. Horan followed the man and got the cup back. Mr. Horan informed the manager of the incident.
Doctor Love: Housing Issues
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National Song Competition in Cayo
The Institute of Creative Arts had the National Song Competition for the Cayo District on Friday. 100's of people showed up for the wonderfully creative songs that were presented and sang. The winners go to the finals, which will be held on August 9th in Belize City.
Corozal Resident Charged For Bike Theft
A man from the Corozal District is tonight facing the long arms of the law after he was detained for bike theft.
is no other than 28 year old, Marlon Charlie Belizean unemployed of College Road, Corozal Town, who is accused of stealing a black and gold beach cruiser belonging to 28 year old Jair Aguilar, Belizean messenger of Corozal Town.
Aguilar reported to police that between 10:00am and midday yesterday he parked his bicycle in front of the Corozal Town Hall and it was stolen stolen.
Flow Of Belizeans To Chetumal Quintana Roo, Mexico Drops Drastically
The flow of Belizeans traveling into Chetumal Quintana Roo, Mexico, has decreased by about 37% from 2008 to date, according to an analysis done at the Embassy of Mexico in Belize. That’s not good news for the neighboring countries economy.
Well aware of the impact the drop of visitors from Belize could cause, President of the National Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism, Ligia Sierra Aguilar is already taking measures to restore the central business and tourism market between both countries.
New Taiwan Ambassador Arrives In Belize
Yesterday Taiwan’s new Ambassador to Belize arrived in the country. His Excellency Ambassador Benjamin Ho and his wife arrived at the PGIA yesterday morning where they were welcomed by a number of Taiwanese living in Belize.
Here is what he told our colleagues of Seven News when he landed at the PGIA.
Benjamin Ho, new Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize
"My government decided to appoint me as ambassador here. I was very excited. Without hesitation, I accepted immediately. I have so many friends, old friends. As I come here I will make more new friends. I think myself as a Belizean, so since I am here I would like to work together with your people hand in hand so that we can work together and we can strengthen our policies in many respect like infrastructure development, like in medical cooperation, like human resource training, education - all kinds even in energy and the environment. These are issues of common concern that we can try to work together."
One Mile Of Road To Be Paved In Corozal
On Wednesday June 18th of this year, we reported on the 4.4 million dollars that was allocated to commence road works and to “concrete” parts of the Philip Goldson Highway in Corozal from in front Social Security Building right up to the Santa Rita Hill.
When we first aired the report, BTL and BWS were carrying underground works thus seeing a delay in the infrastructural project.
But with BTL’s and BWS’ work complete works on 7th Avenue have begun as one mile of road is being prepped to be cemented.
Reliable sources tell us that the first portion of the road and the drainage being built to alleviate the flooding in the South End of Corozal Town will be cemented today.
Dr Alvaro Rosado clarifies
Since Thursday’s press conference at which Bruce Sanchez Sr., and his son, Bruce Jr., Accused Drs. Alvaro and Dorla Rosado of misappropriation, the wife and husband fired back.
The conflict over the Ariel Rosado Memorial Education Foundation, formed in honor of Ariel Rosado, the couple’s son, has mainly to do with the Bruce’s perception of way the couple was handling the entity’s finances.
The Sanchezes, who are co-founders with the Rosado’s of the foundation, have accused them of improperly using the funds and of inadequately providing receipts.
On Friday, flanked by other members of the foundation’s executive, Dr. Alvaro Rosado explained that he never misused monies from his deceased son’s foundation. The board members denied any abuse of the monies and contend that the work of the foundation has basically halted because the Sanchezes have refused to sign cheques.
The board members say that cheques made out to the Rosados were reimbursements for out-of-pockets they made on foundation work.
Powerful Colombian drug lord arrested in Spain
Hernan Alonso Villa, also known as “el Raton” is in Spanish police custody after he was arrested on a road in southern Spain following a month-long tracking operation.
He is suspected of being head of a gang of 200 people linked to international drug trafficking and extortion.
Villa is considered one of the main leaders of a group which operates around Medellin.
The suspect was carrying $54,000 US in cash when he was arrested.
The group to which Villa is connected was a part the 1980s Medellin Cartel, led by Pablo Escobar. It now reportedly has relations with members of the prominent Mexican Sinaloa Cartel.
Fatal road traffic accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway
A traffic accident early this morning on the Phillip Goldson Highway has left one man dead and two of his family members hospitalized.
The victim has been identified as Remejio Botes, a resident of Cristo Rey village, Corozal.
According to reports, Reyes was driving his SUV towards Cristo Rey early this morning when he reportedly lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road at the entrance to San Jose village in the Orange Walk district.
Botes died on the spot while his wife and two young children were taken to the Northern Regional hospital for treatment.
Women’s Resource Centre opens in San Marcos village, Toledo
A women’s resource centre was inaugurated today in the San Marcos village, Toledo. The project was realized through the efforts of the leaders of the community and the Toledo Maya Women’s Council.
Funding was provided through a United States-based organization called Rivers of the World, (ROW).
Juanita Chi who is the Chairlady of the Toledo Maya Women’s Council says that the new resource centre is a much needed facility for her community, while Executive Director of the National’s Women’s Commission Pulcheria Teul says empowering women is a benefit to the entire country. Residents of San Marcos village came out in numbers today to witness the ribbon-cutting and inauguration of the new Women’s Resource Centre is equipped with four sewing machines and has space for other activities.
Warm weather conditions prevailing
Warm and mostly dry conditions will continue to dominate the weather over Belize the first half of the work week.
The general forecast for Belize and her coastal waters is for partly cloudy skies tonight. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny with only isolated or showers of thunderstorms developing.
Winds over the open sea and along the coast will be easterly at five to fifteen knots, producing choppy sea conditions.
Low temperatures at dawn will be around 79 degrees Fahrenheit along the coast; 74 degrees Fahrenheit inland and a cool 70 degrees Fahrenheit up in the hills.
Cane farmers reject BSI/ASR offer of payment for bagasse
Cane farmers have rejected the offer of 51 cents per ton of fibre proposed by Belize Sugar Industries/ASR and negotiations for payment for bagasse will continue.
Approximately 700 caneros are today attending a meeting at the auditorium of the Escuela Secundaria Mexico in San Roman village, Corozal.
During the Sunday morning session, the farmers discussed a report on the ongoing negotiations and in the end farmers agreed that August 1 is too short deadline for reaching consensus on payment for bagasse. The farmers have rejected the offer of from BSI/ASR for payment of 51 cents per ton of fiber as opposed to a ton of sugar cane.
While it might seem insignificant, the farmers are holding firm to their demand for payment based on the per ton of sugar cane and not per ton of bagasse.
How to Fix the Belize Economy
Belize is 31 years into Political Independence. It finds itself in a position where unemployment is over 18%, with an even higher unemployment among the young population….poverty is over 40%, as more and more the middle-class is being wiped out….GDP growth is below the Latin American average of 3-4% per annum….the weekly newspapers largest earnings from adverts come from notices selling off people’s hard-earned assets….many of the largest investors have gone into receivership, have closed down operations, or have been sold off at cents on the dollar to local and foreign sharks….a large percentage of working Belizeans are living from paycheck to paycheck, taking short-term loans at scalping interest rates from the many loan-shark services that have sprung up all over Belice….the municipal and central governments are having to take draconian measures to collect their tax revenues, including threat of jail time for hard working citizens….the Government of Belize can’t find the money to pay its debts and running all over the place to beg our foreign friends for debt forgiveness, lower interest rates and extended terms of payment….its budget hinges on life-support from Taiwan….the monopoly electricity distribution company has to resort to large debenture issues at relatively high interest rates to keep its operations going, while raising rates by almost 20% to pay for the expensive debenture credit ….the PM is running with palms open to beg Mexico for concessionary rates for its supply of electricity….the families take home less and less groceries every week, as the price of basic goods have been rising at an unprecedented pace, while real-income falls….the country broke its all-time record for violent crime in 2012, and the beginning of 2013 looks like it will be worse.
Day Two in Placencia for the Belize International Film Festival at The Inn at Robert’s Grove
Friday was day two of the International Film Festival here at Robert’s Grove (and around the country of Belize) and there were things to do!
I chose the cheapest mode of travel. Ritchie’s Bus. It only comes 4 times a day but you can not beat the price for the 4 mile ride. $1bzd. OH! You can beat the price and borrow a bicycle from the resort and ride to the village.
10 minute later I was in the village of Placencia, just across the street from this sign at someone’s house/Thai massage studio. I had received a tip earlier in the day that Siripohn does an AMAZING stir fry from her home on Friday’s ONLY.
The July 20th, 2014 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE
This Week's Stories:
- Bateman Alleges Brutal Police Treatment:
Santa Elena resident, Simon
Bateman Jr, 25, this week had
another run in with the law; this
time however, he has lodged a
report against at least two
policemen who allegedly
brutalized him in the process of
In a report to the police,
Bateman, Belizean laborer from
the Hillview area in Santa Elena
informed that at around 11:45pm
on Saturday, July 12, he was
socializing with his female
partner, in the pool table area inside
the Blue Angel’s Nightclub
when he was approached by a team of four policemen
dressed in camouflage combats.
One of the policemen allegedly
approached him and demanded to
know: “da you di smoke di weed
up yah?” He reportedly asked the
policeman “what weed?” This
he said was met by a swift punch
to the mouth while another
policeman held him in a choke
hold from behind.
- 106 Years Of Age
– Truly A Blessing:
Wednesday, July 16, 2014:
Very few are those who live to
reach one hundred years of age.
Even fewer are those who go
beyond 100. One such person is
Mrs. Camilla Espinoza blessed
to be among relatives on the
occasion of her 106 birthday.
That’s right a century and six
We were at the Octavia Waight
Center today for this very special
event. She has outlived all her
children and so she was
surrounded by nieces, nephews,
grand children, great and
great- great-grand children.
Born in July 1908, Camilla
could be the oldest woman
living in Belize. She was born in
Punta Gorda Town. She came to
Cayo as a young girl, got married
in the west and never went back
to PG. Her husband passed away
four years ago.
She joined the center in February of 2005 and says that
she loves the place. A broken hip
has confined her to a wheel chair.
She speaks mostly Spanish but
- Lesson #1 In Belizean Political History:
The study of history is important
because each generation needs to
know about the people, events and
actions of a former generation in
order to make wise decisions in their
With every five year general
election cycle, a new cadre of voters
is added to the national voters list. The
voting population in Belize grows by
about 9% every five years. It is
therefore important for us to let them
know from whence we came in
order to afford them the opportunity
to make informed and wise decisions
in their time.
Here now is lesson #1 in the
political history of Belize:
After five years in opposition, the
People’s United Party (PUP) was
reelected to office in 1998. Those18
year old voters who will be voting for
the first time in the scheduled 2017
general elections were not yet born in
1998 when the PUP was elected. By
the time the PUP term ended with their
reelection for a second term in 2003,
those who will be 18 in 2017 and
voting for the first time would have
just turned four and of kinder garden
The real rape of the nation by the
PUP began in their second term,
between 2003 and 2008, by the time
the PUP were booted out of office in
2008, they left the nation with the
infamous two BILLION dollar
SUPER bond choking the national
economy. The new 2017 voters were
only nine years of age and merely
heading into Std III of their primary
school education when the PUP was
booted out of office in 2008. At that
tender age they had very little, if any
knowledge of what had politically
taken place in the first nine years of
their young lives.
- Visit Dibary Store:
process of the old making way for
There was a time several years
ago when the food we ate was
sold from behind a counter.
The customer would enter the
store, stand in front of the
counter and ask for the item. The
store keeper would get the item
and hand it to the customer.
The customer would pay the bill and depart the store. In those days
the customer dare not go behind
Times have changed. Today the
customer walks the isles, gets the
merchandise, pays and walks out.
removes the old and ushers in the
new. This change can be seen on
Burns Avenue in San Ignacio, the
upgraded lower section of Burns
Avenue is already attracting the
new. One such example is the
recently opened Dibary Store,
next to Venus Hotel.
- BTB Donates to San Pedro Fire Victims:
Minister of Tourism, Culture
and Civil Aviation, Hon. Manuel
Heredia Jr, presented a cheque
of five thousand dollars ($5,000)
to the Belize Red Cross San
Pedro Branch, in aid of the
residents affected by the fire. The
cheque, as a part of the Belize
Tourism Board’s contribution,
was presented along with boxes
of clothing, food items and
toiletries donated by the BTB
Hon.Manuel Heredia Jr saysthe
BTB and staff were willing to
assist, ‘We are very happy that
we are able to provide some
support to the families affected
by this fire and while the donation
in no way can compensate
for their loss, we sincerely hope
that it will ease their displacement
and bring some semblance
of comfort in their lives. As soon
as we heard of the fire, we
started looking into ways to help
and I must say that the BTB staff
gave generously to provide
the families with in-kind donations.
- Obese Women 'Show Signs Of Food Learning Impairment:
Obese women may have a "food
learning impairment" that could
explain their attitude to food,
research from Yale School of
Tests on groups of obese and
healthy-weight people found that
the obese women performed
worst when asked to remember a
sequence of food picture cards.
Writing in Current Biology,
Yale researchers tested 135 men
The findings could lead to new
ways to tackle obesity, the study
Study author Ifat Levy,
assistant professor at Yale
School of Medicine, said the
difference in the performance of
the obese women compared
with the other groups was "really
striking" and "significant".
The tests looked at an
individual's ability to learn
and predict the appearance of
pictures of food or money on
- Elect Your UDP Team:
As the United Democratic
Party (UDP) continues to
prepare for the Sunday, July 29,
2014; convention for the election
of the team to represent the party
in the March 2015 municipal
elections, a meeting was held
today with the candidates
offering themselves for election
in the convention.
The meeting, called by the UDP
National Chairman Alberto
August, was cordial and
informative. All candidates in attendance
candidly discussed and
agreed upon the manner in which
the July 29 convention will be
Voting begins at 9:00 am at the
Sacred Heart Primary School in
San Ignacio. The polls will close
at 6:00 pm. The counting will
begin immediately after the last
ballot is cast.
Notorious for attracting a large
number of persons offering
themselves as candidates for
the UDP, this time around is
no different. Of the nine
this western municipality is the
only one in which a convention
will be held for the election of a
- Malaysia Jet Crashes In East Ukraine Conflict Zone:
A Malaysia Airlines jet
carrying 295 people has crashed
in east Ukraine on a flight from
Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
There are no signs of survivors
at the scene of the crash near the
village of Grabovo, in rebel-held
territory close to the border with
Both sides in Ukraine's civil
conflict accused each other of
shooting down the plane with a
missile. It is still not clear why
the plane came down.
It is the second disaster
suffered by Malaysia Airlines this
- Alzheimer's Disease:
Alzheimer's disease (AD), also
known in medical literature as
Alzheimer disease, is the most
common form of dementia.
There is no cure for the disease,
which worsens as it progresses,
and eventually leads to
death. It was first described
by German psychiatrist
and neuropathologist Alois
Alzheimer in 1906 and was
named after him. Most often,
AD is diagnosed in people over
65 years of age, although the
Alzheimer's can occur much
earlier. In 2006, there were 26.6
million people worldwide with
AD. Alzheimer's is predicted to
affect 1 in 85 people globally by
Although Alzheimer's disease
develops differently for every
individual, there are many
common symptoms. Early
symptoms are often mistakenly
thought to be 'age-related'
concerns, or manifestations of
stress. In the early stages, the
most common symptom is
difficulty in remembering recent
events, known as short term
- STAR Humor
- Your Weekly Horoscope and Lucky Numbers
- Letters to the Editor
- Public Notices
Video: Belize Blue Hole, 5min.
Great video of scuba diving the Great Blue Hole. With some textual explanations along the side
Resource Centre Inauguration, 3min.
A new Resource Center has been inaugurated in San Marcos village, Toledo.
Video: MOTION BELIZE, 22min.
TV show about Belize… Well done...
Video: Ramon's Village, San Pedro, Belize, May 24th-29th, 2014, 4min.
Video: Upper Room Belize Mission Trip 2014, 16min.
Video: Meeting Marine Wildlife: Hawksbill turtle, Mexico Rocks, Belize, 2min.
Video: Meeting Marine Wildlife: Manatees at Turneffe Atoll, Belize, 1min.
Video: Belize!, 10min.
Video: Sea Kayaking, Placencia, Belize, 2min.
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