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October 31, 2014


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The San Pedro Sun

Halloween Jam Night at Legend’s
Legend’s Road House, formerly known as Legend’s Burger House, just north of San Pedro Town is known for their amazing smoked meats and “legendary” Tuesday Jam Nights. With music by local musicians and a live band, many gather to enjoy cold beers, good food and rocking tunes. On Tuesday, October 29th they too got into the spirit of Halloween, and hosted their very own Halloween Jam Night, masquerade style. While many did not show up in full Halloween attire, the crowd did come out and certainly had a good time.

2015 Public and Bank Holidays
IT IS NOTIFIED for general information that public and bank holidays specified in the First and the Second Schedules to the Holidays Act, Chapter 289 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2003, will be observed on the following days during the year 2015 in accordance with section 3 of the said Act:-

San Pedro Turtles begin recruitment
Rugby, a newly introduced sport to Belize, has taken Ambergris Caye by storm and is quickly gaining popularity among island youths. Recruitment for the San Pedro Turtles Rugby Club (SPTRC) started on Tuesday, October 21st and saw a large crowd of youth eager to get acquainted with the new sport. Spearheading the project in San Pedro is Rugby Belize regional organizer, Martin Dawson with the assistance of professional rugby player, Alex Almas. The first training session was held at the Honorable Louis Sylvester Arena and was aimed at sensitizing the children to the new sport. Originally played in England, Rugby shares similar traits to football as it entails of scoring goals against an opposing team. But unlike football, rugby players can score either by running with the ball in hand or kicking it across the field. The popularity of rugby has grown in the past year and will make its international debut at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ebola Update 2 – Ministry of Health Updates on Ebola Activities
The Ministry of Health continues to carry out activities aiming at containing any possible threats of Ebola in Belize. 1. The Ministry of Health has ramped up a series of coordinated activities in conjunction with the Customs and Excise Department, the Immigration Department and the airlines for further strengthening at the Phillip Goldson International Airport (PGIA). 2. A meeting was held with the airlines and personnel from the Airport Concession Company to agree on the implementation of new procedures for passengerarrival. A flow chart for processing of passengers is in use as a guide for Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) who are now being rotated at the International Airport. 3. Training continues on infection control procedures for a wide cross section of persons at the International Airport.

What’s Hot around Town: Nails by Angelina!
Today I’m introducing you to Angelina Guerrero. Angelina, is a very vibrant and creative artist. While many artists choose to paint on canvasses and walls, she creates beautiful art on your nails! Whether you want sculpted nails, acrylic designs, the ever trendy “gelish” nails -or maybe you’d just like to polish up on your natural nails, she does it all! Her creative eye translates through bubbly designs bursting with color and creativity on each nail. Whether you want something fun and exciting, or maybe more polished and refined, if anyone can do it this girl can!

Belize loses its Paradero King, Paul Nabor
86-year-old Paul Santino Nabor passed away on Wednesday, October 22nd in Punta Gorda Town. Nabor had reportedly been ailing for months as he was suffering from pneumonia amongst other illnesses. Nabor is a Belizean icon who has contributed significantly the country’s rich musical culture and history. Born on January 26, 1928, Nabor was a musician from Punta Gorda who dedicated much of his life to keeping the Garifuna culture alive. He specialized in paranda music, a mix of percussion and guitar rhythms. Through his music Nabor promoted the need to preserve the rich culture of the Garifuna.

Ministry of Tourism launches brand for Artisan products
On Wednesday, October 22nd and Thursday, October 23rd, the Ministry of Tourism (MOT) launched the first certified brand for Belizean artisan products called Unique Belize at the Ramada Princess Belize City. The brand is part of the Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archaeological Sites Project (MTBCAAS). The product brand was created through the collaboration of the MOT, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) and will be sold at nine major Archaeological Sites across Belize. The aim of the brand is for products made in Belize be distinguishable among other Central American products. Currently there are 64 artisans participating and collaborating for Unique Belize. These artisans have received training for small business and product development. Products being sold under the brand will include anything from carvings, bamboo art pieces, woven baskets, hats, stone products and paintings, items that are sought out by tourist for souvenirs. The project is funded by the European Union and the Government of Belize.

Ambergris Today

Belizean Sailors Shine in Guinness Record-Setting Sailing Attempt
No one in the world expected Belizean sailors all to finish among the top 15% and place 4th in the top 50 in the biggest regatta of all time, but guess what? Belize did set itself apart and proved to be a powerhouse when it comes to sailing; and it all happened in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, La Isla Bonita! On September 21, 2014, 28 Belizeans were among 16,780 skippers of all ages, all over the world, and in all sorts of sailboats, participating in Bart's Bash, a regatta that the Guinness Book of World Records accepts as the largest regatta in history. It was held in memory of a beloved champion sailor and philanthropist, Andrew "Bart" Simpson and in support of The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Bart lost his life at age 37, practicing aboard Sweden's 72-foot America's Cup catamaran that cartwheeled in preliminaries on San Francisco Bay on May 8, 2013. The names of all the skippers in this memorial to his life will be recorded in the Guinness book's on line edition.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

National Beach Soccer Team
Mr. Betto Lima, CONCACAF Beach Soccer Development Manager, and Mr. Benny Astorga, CONCACAF Beach Soccer Instructor are in San Pedro where they are offering a course to prepare individuals for the National Beach Soccer Team. Selections will be made from San Pedro Town and will participate in Costa Del Sol, El Salvador from November 12 to the 17 of this year. Currently taking the course is Mr. Hector "Tito" Alamilla, Mr. Roberto Canul and Mr. Alex Noralez who are part of the coaching staff that will be preparing the individuals to participate in El Salvador.

HOME DEPOT in Chetumal
HOME DEPOT in Chetumal, Mexico stocks up as they get prepared for their grand opening. They are located at Avenida Insurgentes a few blocks north of Plaza America.

Ebola Update 2
Ministry of Health Updates on Ebola Activities

Placencia Peninsula Nov. 1 planned outage postponed
Postponed until further notice, power interruption previously scheduled for entire Placencia Peninsula, Independence Village and surrounding areas: 7:00am to 11:00am, Saturday, November 1, 2014.

Halloween Spooktacular Fair
It’s back folks, Corozal ITVET does it again! It’s our annual Halloween Spooktacular Fair and you are all invited to come join in all the fun and scares we have prepared for you. Date: October 31st 2014 Time: 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm Place: Corozal ITVET School Grounds Entrance: Free Support Corozal ITVET!

Requests for Proposals for Energy Generation
Recently the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) released the first draft of its report on the 2013 Requests for Proposals for Energy Generation, for which 22 bids were received from 37 proposals. A final list of eight bids was presented which have the greatest likelihood of proceeding to power purchase agreements with Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) once a final “simulation” phase is passed. We understand that the PUC intends to make a decision tomorrow, Friday, to declare which candidates may proceed to negotiations with BEL, and ask that they postpone this decision until the public has heard from each of the top candidates. While we note that there have been no contracts signed, after research and review, COLA endorses fully the seventh-placed project in the list, the proposal by Cohune Energy Limited (CEL) for the following reasons. This project is an example of the kind of Belizean creativity and innovation that will drive the country forward – making use of a local resource to power the Jewel sustainably and efficiently. More importantly, it has secured written financial commitment from international banks to the tune of $350 million, which keeps it from becoming a liability to the Belizean people should it fail. But if it succeeds – as we expect it to – this will become Belize’s newest and fastest-growing industry, providing thousands of jobs and bringing in foreign exchange for the economy.

Old glasses bring new vision to Belize
The little boy trying on glasses of various strengths appeared puzzled when I pointed to the letters on the vision screening chart. A few seconds later, he grinned as I pointed to pictures on a special chart for people unable to read. “What do you see?” I asked, pointing to various shapes. He knew the circle and the star. He called the flag a box. When I pointed to the heart toward the bottom of the chart, he said “I see love.” Tears filled my eyes. Joy filled my heart. “Honey, I see love, too,” I told him gently. “You may have this pair of glasses.” I hugged him and we both smiled. Each of my 36 international medical mission trips have had at least one such magical moment. My recent Volunteers in Medical Missions trip to Belize had two. In mid-October, I was part of a 13-member medical team that represented six states. We flew from Atlanta to Belize City and then traveled by van to the capital city of Belmopan, which served as our base.

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Channel 7

The Holy Helicopter Cometh
Finally, the Belize Defense Force will have its own helicopter. Since the pullout of the British Military Training unit in 2012, government has been going around cap in hand begging their partners in the US, the UK and Taiwan for assistance in getting a helicopter. But at eight to 12 million US dollars for one helicopter, there have been no takers, so now the Barrow Administration has found a multi-million dollar deal, for not one, but two helicopters - and they announced today that they are taking it. National Security Minister John Saldivar was the first to speak at a press conference this afternoon where it was called a glorious day for Belize:.. Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security "Our desire for a helicopter is about to become a reality. We were in discussions with the British, the US, the Canadians and the Taiwanese, however, none of these have borne fruit." Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "Now, what we are looking at is a cost of 4.1 million dollars for two refurbished helicopters; a smaller one and a bigger one."

USA To GOB on Hunting Caye: Give It To The Gautes or Pay Your Own Way
The other security issue of national importance, which was discussed at the press conference today, was the Hunting Caye forward operating base for the Coast Guard. As has been widely reported, the US Army Corp of Engineers subcontracted it out to a Guatemalan contractor named Binarq. After public uproar made that untenable the contract was cancelled and other options were sought. But, it seems no Belizean firm was big enough to meet what are known as the prequalification terms to be eligble for a US Corp of Engineers contract. So, the US gave Belize two choices. The Security Minister outlined them today:.. Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security "We have been advised by the US Army Corps of Engineers that at this point there are only two options for Belize; one, that the construction of the forward operating base continues under the existing contractual arrangements with BINARQ and no change in their workforce configuration. Option 2 is for the Government of Belize to complete the construction of the forward operating base. These two options were presented to Cabinet on Tuesday by my ministry and Cabinet has made a decision to go with option 2 which is for the Government of Belize to continue and complete the construction of the forward operating base."

GOB Not Backing Down On Petro Caribe
So, government isn't flinching at that figure or at the 4.1 million US dollars for the helicopters. And why is that? Petrocaribe, of course! No doubt, the petro-bucks have the Barrow administration drunk in love with Chavvissimo. Except now, the PUP is trying to break up the party - by asking the Supreme Court to intervene and stop the government from borrowing or spending more Petrocaribe proceeds. But the Prime Minister says, the petro-bucks can't stop, won't stop:.. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "I believe honestly and with the utmost conviction that this challenge to the Petrocaribe program and this effort to stop the Petrocaribe spending is a case that the opposition cannot win either in the supreme court or in the court of public opinion. In terms of accounting for the Petrocaribe funds, we account not just to the Belizean people, we account to the Venezuelans. They were here 6 months ago and did a complete evaluation and pronounce themselves, my word not theirs, "ecstatic" about the fact that the program is so absolutely well-run, so impeccably run in this country."

Eastern Div. Strike Team Stops Robbery In Progress
You probably haven't heard of the Eastern Division Strike Team - but they're making news tonight after the impressive and swift apprehension of a carload of alleged armed robbers. Here's what happened: at a few minutes after 4:00, a pair of robbers held up a Chinese Grocer store on Albert Hoy Street. They escaped in a small green car, which was waiting for them. The Eastern Division strike team sprang into action and intercepted the car on Coney Drive a few minutes later. They stopped a green Geo Prizm with four men inside. Inside the car, police found the bag containing the money and also a .38 revolver loaded with live rounds.

CHIK-V: From CARPHA To CDC
Last week we told you about the four suspected cases of Chikungunya coming out of the Belmopan area. As we told you on Friday, it's down to two suspect cases, since two of the women have since tested positive for Dengue. But we've been waiting now for two weeks for the test on the most suspect case to come back from Carpha in Trinidad. Well, things have changed: now it's coming from the Centers For Disease Control in Atlanta. How did that happen? Well CARPHA tells the Belize Ministry of Helath that it's been inundated with requests for tests on Chikungunya from other countries so it was forced to redirect the Belize sample to the CDC. Still, they expect the result to come back by the end of this week. We'll keep you posted.

Major Suit For Government
4 weeks ago, we told you about the lawsuit that Belize City resident Allyson Major Sr. is bringing against the Attorney General and the Police Department. He's seeking an award of damages for the ordeal he experienced while he was wrongly accused of being in possession of a weapon. He's also seeking the get the Supreme Court to strike down sections of the Gun Laws, which have been oppressive and punitive. As we've told you, back in April of 2012, Police seized 2 weapons from a Peter Seco Street home, where 6 persons were charged and remanded. Fortunately, one of the defendants, a resident of the house accepted guilt, but those other 5 did not get an automatic acquittal. Major, who has a visiting relationship with the woman of the house, protested that he knew nothing about the weapons. Still, he was arrested, charged, arraigned and remanded based on faulty police intelligence, and he was held in custody for 38 days. He was forced to stand an entire trial before his freedom and reputation was restored to him after being acquitted.

Cops Captured Drinking Dos Equis
A picture is worth a thousand words. And one image that has attracted quite a negative response is one of two police officers - who were allegedly off duty - drinking Mexican beers at the Benque Free Zone. Now, many might say that police officers like government workers and teachers have a personal life too but not in uniform. We spoke to ASP Daniel Arzu, the officer commanding the Benque Police Formation today about the incident and he says he is well aware of the situation and disciplinary actions have been taken against both officers. He lamented the media exposure.

Titan Securities Case Still In Chambers
For almost the entire day, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin was busy with the billion-dollar securities fraud case which has made it to the Supreme Court due through the efforts of the Financial Intelligence Unit. The convocation of legal eagles representing the 6 men and the 6 companies indicted by a federal court in New York were back in court on Tuesday. They were dealing with preliminary issues that have emerged in the case. They all returned today, and will be back tomorrow for the continuation of the in-chambers hearing. So, what's being discussed in these hearings? Well, we can't tell you because at this time, the media is not allowed to sit in and listen to the progress of the trial.

The Strange Sonic History Of Naguya Nei
Tonight in Punta Gorda preparations for Paul Nabor's funeral are going into high gear - or as high gear as laid back Punta Gorda gets. And tonight at 7News, we continue our examination of his peculiar legend. As we told you last night - his body of recorded work is incredibly small: there are only about three songs on one album that are commercially available - maybe collectors have a couple more from earlier years - and his friends have songs they just recorded at his home, known as The Temple. But the recording of his most famous song is kind of an accident - not in how it happened - but in how it came out. Producer Ivan Duran who made the recording at Diamond Studios in Belize City recalled for us the recording quirk that made "Naguya Nei" a timeless classic: Ivan Duran, Producer - "Naguya Nei" "Naguya Nei has to be one of the most beautiful Garifuna songs ever composed. It's just a song that from the first moment you hear it you know it's something special and it touches your heart."

Gov't Services Are Going Electronic
Last night we told you about the Lands and Survey Department Sweep in ORANGE WALK to solve those long standing land issues. Well, government departments are following the trend of improving services to the public by installing e -government services. This means no more long lines and patiently, or, as the case may be, impatiently, waiting on applications to be processed. We found out more today at an e government conference. There are several projects being implemented under this service such as the license and permit system.

Midway Village Writes PM; Declares Support For Oil
In August, we told you how the Mayan Buffer Community of Midway joined Sunday Wood Village as the only indigenous communities who have openly declared that they support oil exploration in the south around the buffer communities. That's following a meeting with the District Association for Village Councils (DAVCO). Well, in case there is any confusion, the Alcaldes wrote a letter to the Prime Minister 2 weeks ago, on October 17. In that letter they say quote, "We the Alcaldes of the Village of Midway... officially informs the Government of Belize that (neither) the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM)... The Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA), nor the Toledo Alcaldes Association (TAA) represent or are authorized to represent the village of Midway..." End quote. This means that none of these organizations or their agents can presume to speak for them on any topical issue, or include them in any court challenge against the Government and US Capital Energy.

The Healing Abilities Of The Mind?
We should all be familiar with traditional western medicine - that is healing through prescription medications and doctor visits, but there is another form of healing that entails nothing more but your mind. Now, the mainstream would be quick to write it off as quackery, but visiting American Health Educator, Dr. Mark Pirtle says it's real. He told Courtney weatherbuene about it today: Dr. Pirtle will host a one day workshop on Saturday at the Radisson.

7 Things You May Not Know About Paul Nabor
We've learned a lot about Paul Nabor this week and through the film The Three Kings many of us already knew a lot about him. But, still, the man is an enigma - and that's because he's a bundle of contradictions: great global fame matched up against great humility; great talent but precious few recordings…and the list goes on. Yesterday we spoke to his great friend Michale Norales from Punta Gorda by way of Dangriga. Along with Darius Avila, he set up the Paul Nabor Birthday concert every January - and yesterday he reminisced with us about some of the little known things about Paul Nabor. Ivan Duran who toured all over the world with Nabor also chipped in with some reminiscences:… And later on - we'll have one more shot of Nabor as we show you highlites from his first tribute concert last night in Punta Gorda Town…

PM Discusses RFP Proposals
Last week we told you about the results for the initial review of the request for power from the public utilities commission. One proponent of alternative energy who got a low rating form the PUC seems to have enlisted COLA to sweat fever for him. A release from the activist group today says quote, "COLA endorses fully the seventh-placed project in the list, the proposal by Cohune Energy Limited". But the PUC didn't seem too taken by it, and today COLA's president Geovannie Brackett put on his journalist hat to ask the Prime Minister about it - which got into a wide ranging discussion about the energy proposals:.. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "I don't know the details. i did inquire of Minister Grant in Cabinet and she said first of all its not really cohune, I forget what she said it really was before you get to the cohune, but she made the point. I don't want to misrepresent her, but the point was made that that project was evaluated, was found not to be viable and there are very many reasons why a project might be found not to be viable in terms of making onto the shortlist; cost, lack of expertise, whatever. But she reminded me and Cabinet that the process of evaluating these proposals was conducted in the most transparent fashion with assistance from the Clinton Foundation.

GSU Seizes Tens Of Thousands In Weed
There have been more drug seizures by the GSU. On Monday GSU personnel searched a small wooden house on West Street and found 996 grams or about 2 pounds of high grade weed, known as Hydro in a barrel, wrapped in a black plastic bag with a street value of $13,000 dollars. No one was found in the area but they believe the drugs are the property of members of the George Street Gang. And on Antelope Street on Monday at about 6:55 in the evening 797 grams or one pound of weed was found underneath a house, separated in 7 black bags. Near that area 91 grams or 3.2 ounces of cannabis was found between a zinc fence. GSU believe it belongs to well-known drug peddlers from the Antelope Street Area.

BBBFF President Under Sustained Criticism
Last night, we showed you how the Belize Body Building and Fitness Federation responded to the allegations of misuse of funds which bodybuilder Cricel Castillo made against them. The President had to answer personally to that allegation, and Castillo is not the only person who's criticizing his leadership. Clinton Tucker, who you may know as the head trainer at the Lion's Den Boxing Gym in Ladyville, is also a bodybuilder and a member of the Federation. He's also the back to back winner of the Mr. Physique competition, a category within the Bodybuilding Championships. He and Moody had a recent falling out over money; he claims that the monetary prizes for winning the competition have been unreasonably decreased, and he blames the federation executives for not raising funds. Yesterday, the president was asked about it at the press conference they hosted, and here's how he explained what he views as an unimportant dispute with Tucker. Stanley Moody, President, B.B.B.F.F. "Last week when Mr. Tucker came to pick up his stipend as we put it for winning the Mr. Physique, he came to my place of business, I had customers in my business, he was given his cheque and on his way out the door he turn around and started making a whole heap of noise about if this is the little bit of money he is getting and that this cant satisfies him and he was being very loud in my place of business.

Positive Vibes' Punta Inna You Blood
The artist Positive Vibes has released a new album. The man who made hits with songs such as "Liabetes" says he's gone fully Punta this time while keeping a premium on entertainment:.. Vibes will be hosting a prerelease show this Saturday at the Downtown Plaza. The official release will be on November 15th.

Channel 5

US Southcom Issues Ultimatum on Hunting Caye F.O.B.
On October ninth, the construction of the Coast Guard’s forward operating base on Hunting Caye came to an abrupt stop. Following public outrage and outcry at the news that a [...]

Belize Defense Force to Receive First Fleet of Helicopters
The press conference by the Ministry was called for two reasons – first to update on the forward operating base, which could classify as bad news, depending on how you [...]

Training to be Provided for Helicopter Pilots
In addition to the four point one million acquisition cost, there is also the matter of what had previously been described as prohibitively expensive operating costs. But those costs, including [...]

Petrocaribe Funds to Cover Cost of Helicopter Acquisition
One hundred and eighty million dollars of the Petrocaribe Funds are unspent. The Prime Minister will use part of that money to pay for the helicopters, since government’s coffers are [...]

P.M. Barrow on Petrocaribe Lawsuit
Of course, there is the matter of the claim which has been filed by Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Julius Espat. In addition to seeking declarations the money was [...]

P.M. Reiterates Transparency of PUC’s Decision on Renewable Energy Providers
Eight companies which submitted bids for the provision of energy to the national grid were recently shortlisted by the Public Utilities Company. One company which wasn’t…submitted a proposal using the [...]

Does Anwar Barrow Have Interest in Southern Renewable Energy?
Two other companies which did make the cut became the subject of a testy exchange this afternoon. The first is SS Energy Limited, owned by the Guatemalan based Santander Group [...]

Financial Secretary Joe Waight Says Cost of Fuel Is Expected to Reduce
The cost of fuel in Belize has dominated the airwaves in the past couple weeks. Actually it’s not exactly the cost – which has been consistently high for years now. [...]

Yanie Cu Offered Compensation by G.O.B. Following Near-Fatal Collision
On October twenty-fourth News Five brought you the terribly tragic case of Benque resident Yanie Cu. Cu was badly injured in a collision with a vehicle driven at the time [...]

Cost of LPG From Mexico Increases By Two Dollars
A few more hours to go, but effective midnight the prices of butane imported into the country by the main suppliers are going up by two dollars across the country. [...]

Allison Major Challenges Firearms Act
This morning, in the courtroom of Justice Michelle Arana, attorney Arthur Saldivar and his client Allison Major filed a claim in which they are challenging the Firearms Act.  The suit [...]

Double Head Cabbage Cab Driver Charged for Snapping Pics of Female Minor
A Double Head Cabbage taxi driver is in trouble with the law after he made the mistake of approaching a twelve-year-old student, told her he liked her then took out his cell [...]

Copper Bank Fisherman Busted for Unprocessed Conch
A Copper Bank fisherman was slapped with more than two thousand dollars in fines after he was found in possession of ninety-three unprocessed conchs. The fisheries bust was made earlier [...]

Mayor Bradley on Flooding of City Streets
The rains keep coming down and the streets of Belize City keep flooding. It’s an accepted thing because we know it WILL happen, but that doesn’t mean it’s pleasant. Owners [...]

Schedule for Diabetes Month Released
Activities commemorating the international day of recognition for diabetes have been scheduled for the month of November.  Diabetes, otherwise known as the silent killer, is among the leading causes of [...]

National Library Service Hosts Health Fair
Ebola and Chik-V pose potential threats to the health of Belizeans. ChikV is not as dangerous, but is prevalent in the region; but Ebola is deadly and as a recent [...]

ORINCO Joins National Road Safety Initiative
The Organization of Insurance Companies, ORINCO, is the organization under which insurance companies are members.  And as an initiative to reduce traffic accidents in Belize, all insurance companies will be [...]

Belizean Artists at Tribute to Paul Nabor
Activities leading up to the official funeral of iconic Belizean musician Paul Nabor continue in Punta Gorda Town.  On Wednesday, a handful of artists took to the stage in that [...]

Healthy Living Looks at Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever
Over the past few months, there has been an increased attention on viral infections like Ebola and Chikungunya; but, there is one viral menace that is sweeping across the nation [...]

CTV3

SIB Releases External Trade Figures
The Statistical Institute of Belize, SIB today released its consumer price index and external trade figures for the month of September. Latest trade statistics show that for September 2014, the total value for imported goods into Belize showed a 9.6% increase, from $149.3 million last year to $163.6 million this year. Mineral fuels and lubricants accounted for almost half of the increase in the value of imported goods during the month, growing by more than $6 million to $25 million, mostly as a result of increased diesel imports. Machinery and transport equipment rose from $30.8 million to $34.3 million due to higher imports of water pumps and motor vehicles. In the ‘Food and Live Animals’ sector, increased purchases of lard and shortening, coffee, canned sausages and animal feed rose to $2.3million.

PUP Cayo South Area Rep. Files Court Action Against Minister Of Finance
Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee and PUP Cayo South Area Representative, Julius Espat, officially filed a claim against the Minister of Finance, Honourable Dean Barrow, against the petro caribe program today. As we’ve reported, that money comes from sales of fuel imported into Belize from Venezuela, for which Government only has to pay half, while getting the other half on credit at very favourable terms. In the claim, Espat wants the Supreme Court to follow up on several matters. One: To stop Prime Minister Barrow from spending the millions of Petrocaribe money. Two: For the court to declare the spending unconstitutional and illegal because Barrow is spending the funds without Parliaments approval. And three: For Barrow to explain how the money was spent and for receipts to be shown.

MOH Sets Measures For Ebola Prevention Locally
Concern lingers internationally over the spread and handling of Ebola which has now become the deadliest outbreak in West Africa, according to officials. The virus was first detected in 1976 and up until March of this year it was relatively dormant. The virus was detected in West Africa in March this year and BBC reports that by October 23rd, four thousand nine hundred and twenty-two people were reported as having died from the disease. These deaths have been recorded in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and the United States. The number of cases detected is in excess of ten thousand, according to the BBC.

Libertad Residence Face Problems With Potable Water
Tonight residents of Libertad Village in the Corozal District are facing challenges with the distribution of potable water. CTV3 News was made to understand that for the past month, residents had to be on a time schedule to fill up their containers for their use. Our news reporter Victor Castillo spoke to a concerned resident on the issue. Concern villager – Libertad “Now we have a problem with this water system that the, we don’t have water main, sometimes the entire morning or the evening we don’t have water, they say the pump is not working very good but then I say why we pay water every month, $10.00 water, and they say they have like 500 users/members of the water board with the villagers.” Out – go and come. It is reported that over 500 consumers from both Libertad and Concepcion Village are benefactors of the water supply and today, from what we have been able to gather from villagers, it is alleged that the chairman of the water board has failed to provide a report on the income generated.

Corozal Health Workers Hold Mini Health Fair
Today Community Health Workers from Corozal Town hosted a mini health fair with the objective of educating and providing medical assistance to those who are facing financial problems and are unable to visit the hospital or much less a private clinic. Elda Sutherland – Community Health Worker. “Today we are having a health fair, this health fair, the Corozal District is divided into Catchment areas so we are in the Corozal Catchment area which is Corozal town, we have San Andres, we have San Antonio, we have Santa Rita and we have Paraiso so all of us health workers get together because we are in this program of Mesoamerica and we are doing health awareness in the community so by doing this we invite all the community in our areas to come out and we have this educational program for the morning.”

Vehicle Robbed In Corozal
There is another motor vehicle theft to report tonight, but this time the victim hails from Patchakan Village in the Corozal District. Thirty four year old Joel Ruiz, Belizean cane farmer, reported to police that on Tuesday around 6:00am, he parked his black and grey GMX Sonoma pickup truck in a cane field off the Ramonal/Estero Road in the Corozal District and went to spray his cane field. Upon his return around 9:00am, Ruiz’s vehicle was nowhere to be found. Police have launched an investigation but all efforts to retrieve the vehicle have been unsuccessful. The estimated value of the pickup truck is $5,000.

Still No Breakthrough On Bagasse Negotiations
The next sugar crop is scheduled to start sometime in late November or early December this year. It appears though, that the crop may very well be affected once again by the deadlock in the negotiations for the bagasse revenue sharing between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and the Belize Sugar Industries Limited. The last meeting to move these negotiations ahead was held on October ninth where BSI officials presented a counter proposal to the association’s proposal that had been handed to them on September eight. Vice Chairman of the Committee of Management at the BSCFA, Alfredo Ortega, says BSI’s response was not favorable to say the least and once more the negotiation is down an unsure path. Alfredo Ortega “Esta ves vinieron de una manera de imposición de que quieren que aceptemos su propuesta de ellos a como dé lugar así es de que en estos momentos estamos en un callejón incierto en estos momentos, n hay nada cercano para llegar a un de acuerdo para firmar en esta position d ambas partes.”

Inflation Rate Goes Up By 0.7% For September
Turning to the consumer price index, statistics show that prices (inflation) went up slightly by 0.7% in September. The all-items consumer price index rose marginally to 103.6 in September 2014, increasing from 102.8 in the same period last year. For the first 9 months, the overall inflation rate was 1.3 percent. Home rentals prices were 2 percent higher than in September 2013. Increases for this item were recorded across all municipalities except Corozal Town. With an inflation rate of 1.5 percent, more than double the national inflation rate, San Ignacio/Santa Elena recorded the highest rate of price increase for the month and Corozal recorded the lowest.

San Pedro Police Officer Charged For Theft
San Pedro Police charged one of their own yesterday based on accusations of theft. Twenty six year old Constable, Dean Perez, was arraigned on Tuesday in the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court for the crime of theft. He was given bail in the amount of $2,000 and ordered to return to court on December 5th of this year. The charge of theft was brought against PC Perez after San Pedro resident, Jose Hernandez, complained that the law enforcement officer stole cash and a cell phone from him with a combined value of $1,000 during an investigation at his home. The San Pedro Sun Newspaper reports that during an investigation on October 5th, PC Perez allegedly swiped identification documents with $600 between them and a $400 cellular phone belonging to Hernandez. Following a complaint lodged by Hernandez, an investigation was carried out and PC Perez was positively identified during an ID parade, after which he was arrested and charged for theft. The Sun reports that PC Perez is also facing an internal police investigation and could end up before a police tribunal.

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Barrow Says Figueroa Will Win Cayo North Division
Last week we reported on the resignation of PUP’s Cayo North Area Representative, Joseph Mahmud. While he has decided to step down, Mahmud says that his support for the PUP is undying. So now, the People’s United Party will now search for a new candidate. However, Leader of the United Democratic Party, Dean Barrow, says that Mahmud never posed any threat. RT. HON. DEAN BARROW “We were going to win in any case, no disrespect to Mr. Mahmud but I think from the time of our convention which produced a phenomenal turn out and not every convention held by the UDP did produce a phenomenal turnout but that one in Cayo North certainly did and it also produced a phenomenal candidate, Dr. Omar Figueroa.

GSU Yields Marijuana in City Operations
Operations on West Street in Belize City by members of the Gang Suppression Unit have yielded two point two pounds of hydro type cannabis with an estimated street value of thirteen thousand dollars. According to reports, the search was conducted today at a small wooden house where a search was conducted inside a barrel which contained a black plastic bag containing a parcel wrapped in transparent plastic bag which contained the drug. No one was in the area at the time of the discovery and it was labeled as found property. GSU operatives are of the belief that the drug is the property of members of the George Street Gang.

PM Says Government Will Assist Yanie Ku with Medical Bills
Barrow also shared that Yanie Ku, the driver of a taxi that was involved in an accident with Miguel Segura, will received some sort of financial assistance for his medical attention. RT. HON. DEAN BARROW “The CEO approached me and I said ”Look I have to be careful because Mr. Segura is not accepting liability and so ultimately what a government is going to be liable or not remains to be determined but I have said to him let me look at it, give me the figures”, the expenses that the man has incurred and for sure we will either meet all of those medical expenses or contribute a great portion to it.”

Government Makes Offer to Mother of Daniel Conorquie
The killing of Special Constable Daniel Conorquie by Guatemalan men stunned the nation in September. Conorquie was sitting under a palapa at the Caracol Archaeological Site when a group of men pounced on him and shot him several time. Conorquie was on duty at the time of his murder and so the question of compensation has risen several times. Cabinet met recently and it was decided that a financial compensation will be given to Conorquie family. Prime Minister Dean Barrow says that he believes the amount is fair. RT. HON. DEAN BARROW “An offer has been made, I don’t want to disclose the details because they have not yet responded and perhaps it’s better to wait for that and I believe that the offer made to Danny Conorquie’s mother is fair. I tried to do my very best to ensure that it would reflect the tremendous value that we put on the sacrifice he made. I also had to bear in mind as I was told there are other people that have fallen in the line of duty.

Man Sues GOB for Infringement of Constitutional Rights
Allyson Major along with his attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, appeared before Justice Michelle Arana this morning in regards to Major’s constitution motion challenging specific provisions of Belize’s Firearms Act. The constitution challenge stems from an incident that occurred in April 2012 when Major was arrested for firearms offences. He was imprisoned for 38 days and he now is suing the Government for infringing on his constitutional rights. Sylvestre and Major spoke to the media. “Last year in November we brought this claim to the Supreme Court claiming damages and exemplary and aggravated damagers for various breaches of Major’s constitutional right in particular his right not to be charged unless there is reasonable suspicion. As the public is well aware the provisions of the Firearms Act allows a person to be charged when applied even if that person in real sense may not necessarily have any knowledge of the particular ammunition or firearm and therefore there might not have been any reasonable basis for that person to be charged.

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PUP’s Petrocaribe Hustle!
“ Benefits of Petro-Caribe were being channeled away from the intended beneficiaries of the program, the Government and People of the recipient countries, towards a coterie of private interests;” In June 2007, the MUSA administration being ill prepared to deal with the Petro Caribe initiative, awarded a contract to Petro Fuel Belize Limited (hereinafter, PFBL). PFBL, a subsidiary of the Big Creek Group, was awarded the right to import and distribute on the local market refined petroleum products, lubricants and LPG delivered under the Petro-Caribe Agreement. The table below attempts to illustrate the loss to the Belizean Public as a result of that ill advised move by the MUSA administration. The income and fuel imports figures are actual figures reported to GOB rounded to the nearest million. The local expenditure is a generous estimate.(see table) A report entitled “Brief History” at a Petro Caribe (http://www.petrocaribe.bz/) web site states that, “During the period 2007 to 2009, PVDSA (Venezuelan counterpart) delivered 457,680 barrels (19,222,560 gallons) of refined petroleum products valuing over $41 million USD (FOB).” From the above financial data received from a reliable source, PFBL is only reporting receiving Belize $63 million worth of product. What pray tell has happened to some Belize 19 million dollars worth of products?

New Chief of Medical Staff for KHMH
In last week's edition of the Guardian, we told you how Mr. Adrian Coye had been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lisa Johnson, who had been offered his post as the Director of the Hospital's Medical Services, has accepted, and she is now the second most senior staff member at the KHMH. She then returned to Belize where she practiced medicine from 2003 to 2007. She then returned to Jamaica, where she became the consultant general surgeon St. Ann's Bay Regional Hospital, where she remained for 5 years. Dr. Johnson says that she wanted to increase her capacity further as a medical practitioner, and so, she took up a clinical fellowship through the University of Toronto, at both Saint Michael's hospital and the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Saint Michael's Hospital runs a level one trauma center. Level 1 trauma centers are where all the dire medical cases are referred to whenever the other hospitals in the area are unable or unequipped to handle them.

Louis Wade Yet to Accept PUP Offer
Silence from Julius Espat and Louis Wade of Plus TV is frustrating senior members of the People’s United Party. Over a week ago the press found out that Joseph Mahmud, Area Representative for Cayo North, had submitted a letter to Francis Fonseca signaling his resignation as PUP Standard Bearer for Cayo North. Mahmud resigned out of frustration due to constant undermining and disrespect by PUP Deputy Leader Julius Espat. Since Mahmud’s resignation, Espat’s supporters have been lobbying for the party to insert Louis Wade as the Standard Bearer for Cayo North. Espat’s supporters believe Wade’s television station’s reach in the Cayo area is one of the main reason the PUP were able to make up ground in the West from 2008 to 2012. They believe Plus TV can benefit the entire PUP Western Caucus.

Governor General of Belize Welcomes New Costa Rican Ambassador
This morning at the Belize House in Belmopan, His Excellency Edgar Garcia Miranda, the Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica to Belize, presented his credentials to His Excellency Sir Colville Young, Governor General of Belize. In his presentation to the Governor General, the Ambassador expressed his “desire to further strengthen the cordial relations of friendship which happily exist between Costa Rica and Belize”. For his part, the Governor General welcomed the Ambassador on behalf of the people of Belize and thanked him for his “kind words of cooperation and friendship”.

Department of the Environment’s Online Licensing System
In order to facilitate a quick and easy application process of obtaining licenses to import used batteries and tires and to export scrap metal, the Department of the Environment has obtained the assistance of the Central Information Technology Office (CITO) of the Government of Belize to develop an Online Permits Application and Licenses (OPAL) System. OPAL is a web-based application for the purpose of issuing permits on behalf of the Department of the Environment (DOE). The DOE is authorized under the Laws of Belize to issue permits/licenses for the import or export of scrap metal, used tires, lead-acid batteries, ozone depleting substances/halogenated gases, refrigeration/air conditioning equipment and petroleum products. The OPAL system should be used by all persons or companies applying for a permit/license to import/export of any one of these items/commodities. This new system will be used in line with the Customs Department’s online system, ASYCUDA WORLD, which is already being used by custom brokers and other clients. The DOE is committed to assist the Customs Department in administrating ASYCUDA WORLD to ensure the proper vetting of imported and exported items/commodities. The product or electronic license from OPAL will feed into ASYCUDA WORLD to improve on the current importation and exportation process of the above-mentioned items/commodities.

Micah Out because Goodin is No PUP Name Brand
It did not make news and no member of the PUP executive body felt the need to comment publicly last week when Micah Goodin decided to step down as PUP Standard Bearer for the Collet Constituency. One senior PUP activist told the Guardian, “His [Goodin’s] decision was more of a resignation from the crazy belief that he actually was the Standard Bearer.” Goodin’s rise to familiarity came when the poet led a small group called Nation Builders in protest against the Government’s Budget commitment to youth development in 2012. Goodin said the amount committed to youth development was not enough. He failed to understand that the largest slice of the National Budget, by far, is committed to youth development in the form of education. Ironically, it was that same “small portion” of the budget that was going to be used to help him when the funds from his Hunters Commission Scholarship dried up in January of 2013. Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber, extended an offer to assist him using the Budget for Education and Youth so that he could finish his associate degree in Criminal Justice at SJCJC. This offer was not accepted; making it clear that Goodin had an agenda other than finishing his studies at SJCJC.

Petro-Caribe Haunting the PUP!!!
This is the season of tricks, treats and hauntings as the PUP is using every trick in the book to stop Prime Minister Barrow from delivering the well deserved treats to Belizeans made possible by the scary, for them, Petro-Caribe Initiative. Never has a Government of Belize been able to execute such a comprehensive national infrastructure development project like this one currently being executed by the UDP Administration. Every road that is fixed is a nail in the limbs of the mummified blue party. Every multipurpose facility constructed adds gasoline to the burning plaza on Queen Street. And every new house built for a first time home owner is a dagger in the hearts of PUP aspirants. These are the reasons why Petro-Caribe re-loaded is haunting the People’s United Party this Halloween. Using funds available through the Petro-Caribe Agreement, in just two years, Prime Minister Dean Barrow has already committed over $160 million to development projects. Of those projects, the initiative he may be most proud of is the opening of the National Bank of Belize Ltd.

Ghost Town Crips’ boss remanded
Roger Anthony, the reputed boss of the Ghost Town Crips, who announced to the entire press 2 weeks ago that he will walk away from gang life, has been remanded to prison for allegedly shooting up the house of his rivals. Sheldon Meighan, mother of the well-known Tyrone and Ellis Meighan Jr., reported to police that on Saturday, October 26, she was inside her house on Banak Street. She said that she saw Anthony wearing a camouflage outfit and a warm cap. They allegedly shared hard words, and immediately after that, Anthony reportedly opened fire on the Meighan residence breaking 4 window louvers, piercing a bedroom door, and the cement walls of the house, all in the spray of bullets.

Mowers to beautify villages
The Ministry of Rural Development handed over 5 riding mowers and 2 weed eaters valued at over $35,000 to villages across the country. 2 mowers will be used to benefit ten villages in Toledo, 1 was handed over to the village council of Redbank in the Stann Creek District; 1 was handed over to the Xaibe village council and another went to Patchakan. The two weed eaters were handed over to the villages of Dolores and Machakila Ha. On Friday one of the mowers was handed over to Xaibe village chairlady, Leidy Triminius. Handing over the equipment was area representative Hon. Hugo Patt and Rural Development’s CEO Candelaria Saldivar Morter. After 30 years of PUP control the village council had no equipment to maintain their football field, community center and school compound. The villagers that were present, for the ceremony were glad to see that this UDP government, continues to support the Village of Xaibe.

Minister Rene Montero examines works in Cayo Central
With the recent passing of the remnants of a tropical storm over Belize, the Representative of the Cayo Central Division and Minister of Works, the Hon. Rene Montero has seen it suitable to examine the many projects within his division on Tuesday to study the effects of the excess water flows. Minister Rene Montero walked around with his team of engineers to inspect Bishop Martin and Salazar Street in Santa Elena Town where works are still in progress. His team was particularly drawn to Bishop Martin Street where they were able to observe the drainage system and how well it was working.

Herman Longsworth assisting unfortunate Albert resident
The home of 82 year old Randy Cabral tumbled to the ground on Tuesday morning at around 1a.m. on Mangrove Street. Cabral was inside the house when it fell, luckily he was unhurt. On Wednesday when the Guardian visited the site, we found Area Representative, Hon. Herman Longsworth on the ground. He was there to explain to Cabral that within the next couple of days work will commence to put some land fill in the yard, clear up the debris and shortly thereafter start the construction of a new house for him.

Government of Belize Responds to Opposition Lawsuit Regarding Petrocaribe Funds
The Government of Belize deplores the suit filed by the Opposition PUP against the Petrocaribe program, as an abuse of the process of the court. This unpatriotic attempt to play politics with a breakthrough program that is of vital national financial and developmental importance, in truth has nothing to do with the law. The question arises whether the Petrocaribe initiative, restarted by the current Administration with such spectacular success, is at all a loan agreement requiring National Assembly approval. It is a special commercial and diplomatic arrangement under which our sister Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela sells Belize petroleum on terms that oblige us only to pay a part of the purchase price upfront, and keep the rest as credit to be paid instead on installments over 20 years. Certainly when the program first began under the PUP in 2005 it was never taken to Parliament, and there was never any accounting of how the financed portion of the petroleum purchases was spent by the then Government, or even how much it amounted to.

Melvin Hulse in Cowpen during rainy days
The rains over the past few days have been affecting the entire country with areas that are prone to flooding being affected most. In the past one such area was the Azteca area in the village of Cowpen. The torrential rains that are coming down in the past used to inundate the area making life unbearable. But that was a thing of the past as UDP Standard Bearer, Melvin Hulse has been hard at work trying to alleviate those conditions. In the past couple of months he has been busy installing drains to ensure that water runs off and that work is now paying off. One resident of Cowpen explains that “it rained all night and now the Azteca area didn’t get flooded thanks to the new drainage done with the help of our hard working standard bearer Mr. Melvin Hulse... I would like to ask the government to please continue to support Mr. Hulse cause with him work is done and delivered.” And the work that was done in Cowpen is benefitting 30 families as the drains remove water from even inside houses where some of the residents sleep on the ground.

Micah Out because Goodin is No PUP Name Brand
It did not make news and no member of the PUP executive body felt the need to comment publicly last week when Micah Goodin decided to step down as PUP Standard Bearer for the Collet Constituency. One senior PUP activist told the Guardian, “His [Goodin’s] decision was more of a resignation from the crazy belief that he actually was the Standard Bearer.” Goodin’s rise to familiarity came when the poet led a small group called Nation Builders in protest against the Government’s Budget commitment to youth development in 2012. Goodin said the amount committed to youth development was not enough. He failed to understand that the largest slice of the National Budget, by far, is committed to youth development in the form of education. Ironically, it was that same “small portion” of the budget that was going to be used to help him when the funds from his Hunters Commission Scholarship dried up in January of 2013. Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber, extended an offer to assist him using the Budget for Education and Youth so that he could finish his associate degree in Criminal Justice at SJCJC. This offer was not accepted; making it clear that Goodin had an agenda other than finishing his studies at SJCJC.

Gary Emmanuel Clark Jr. Charged for Burglarizing Democracia Primary School
La Democracia resident Gary Emmanuel Clark Jr., 21, is at the Belize Central Prison on remand for the burglary of Saint Agnes Anglican Primary School in La Democracia Village. According to police report, sometime between Friday evening, October 17, and Monday morning, October 20, a trespasser broke into Saint Agnes Anglican Primary School and stole a Dell laptop computer, 36 energizer batteries and $730 in cash. Police investigation led to the arrest and charge of Clark on Thursday, October 23.

19-year-old student busted with prohibited sawed-off shot gun
On Monday October 27 a team of police officers acting upon information received visited the Novelo’s Terminal area where they set chase behind a group of 4 men who had just exited a bus at the terminal. In the end they caught up with a former Gwen Lizarraga High school student who was found in possession of a prohibited firearm, a sawed-off shot gun loaded with 4-20 gauge cartridges.

Shopping sprees on a stolen debit card
Ladyville resident, Ron Haylock, 37, is in jail for going on a shopping spree after he found John Hun’s lost debit card. According to police, Hun lost his visa debit card on October 12 and sometime between October 12 and October 19 Haylock found it and went on a shopping spree. Haylock used the card on four different occasions: sums of $110, $65.60, $200 and $405. He signed as Hun on each occasions. He also managed to draw cash in the sums of $441, $25, $550 and $1,456.

Leon Savery loses his life 6 weeks after being shot
Leon Savery, one of the 4 men who was shot on Angel Lane, on September 17, passed away on Tuesday, October 26, almost 6 week later. Savery’s injury was not considered life-threatening at the initial stages, but over the course of his treatment at the hospital, he suffered severe complications, and his health took a turn for the worst. The 28 year-old Belama resident was hanging out with 26 year-old John Aviles, 30 year-old Mark Alamilla, and 28 year-old Nigel Ferguson at Aviles’ house on Angel Lane at around 9 p.m. It is unclear what motivated the mass shooting of these men, which at the time was the 4th in 8 hours. Investigators believed that these shootings were all connected due to retaliations for the murder of a relative of a George Street affiliate.

Central Region basketball competition opens at Bird’s Isle
The 2014-2015 Central Region Secondary Schools Basketball Competition opened on Tuesday 28 October, 2014, at Bird’s Isle. There are seven schools participating in the female competition which includes Anglican Cathedral College, Gwen Lizarraga High School, Ladyville Technical High School, Maud Williams High School, Pallotti High School, St. Catherine Academy and Wesley College. Meanwhile, in the male competition there are eleven schools which include Anglican Cathedral College, Gwen Lizarraga High School, Maud Williams High School, Nazarene High School, St. John’s College, Wesley College, Belize High School, Excelsior High School, Edward P. Yorke High School, Ladyville Technical High School and Sadie Vernon Technical High School.

Belize Elementary boys and girls are Belize City primary schools volleyball champions
The 2014-2015 Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball Championship came to an end on Tuesday 28 October, 2014, at Birds Isle with the championship game in both the boys and girls category. In the girls’ championship game, Belize Elementary School defeated Holy Redeemer School in two straight sets 25-9 and 25-18 to claim the title. In the boys’ championship game, Belize Elementary won over St. John’s Primary School in two sets 25-11 and 25-15 to capture the championship. On Monday 27 October, the semi-final round was also played at the Birds Isle with four games on the schedule. In girls’ game one, Belize Elementary School eliminated Ephesus SDA in two sets 25-4 and 25-7 to advance to the championship round.

Time Longer than Rope
Many ideas that are terrifying when first encountered become widely accepted as they grow domesticated over time. Younger people are generally more open to new ideas than older folk and often there is a generational difference in acceptance. The time frame for these changes appears to be shortening as younger generations, with greater access to education and information than previous ones, take over the reins. Changing moral perspectives is a disruptive process, especially to those who benefit most from the status quo, but change is unstoppable in the long run. The most successful campaigns are those that reassure those who are most fearful of and have the most to lose from change.Slavery was abolished in the entire United States at the end of the American civil war in 1865 but one hundred years later a framework of institutional racism in the Southern States and unofficial but pervasive racism in the North was still firmly entrenched. It took the concerted efforts of many to begin to dismantle this edifice and still fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Bills of the 1960’s vestiges of individual and institutional racism still remain, as evidenced by recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Contracts Signed for almost $9 Million In Infrastructure Development
The Government of Belize signed contracts for the execution of major road works in the Belize, Stann Creek and Toledo Districts on Monday, October 27. Contracts were signed with CISCO Construction for the construction of roundabouts at the Lake Independence Boulevard’s intersection with the George Price Highway and the Chetumal Street’s intersection with the Phillip Goldson Highway. These contracts are for a total of $3.6 million. A contract was signed with RODLA Construction to pave five miles of the Old Northern Highway with Hot Mix. This project will cost $3.4 million. The parking area for Sir Charles Bartlett Hyde (Complex) building will be rehabilitated by M and R construction for $300,000.

Triple B’s and DFC Gentle Touch lead in Women President’s Cup playoffs
The Football Federation of Belize Women President’s Cup Tournament Playoff round commenced on Saturday 25 October, 2014, with a single game on the schedule between the Toledo Strikers and DFC Gentle Touch. In the game, it was DFC Gentle Touch that came up victorious when it defeated Toledo Strikers by the score of 5-2. The goals for the DFC Gentle Touch were scored by Shanel Gentle in the 5th, 47th ,58th and 77th minutes of play and Ethlene Gentle in the 15th minute of play. Meanwhile, the goals for the Toledo Strikers were scored by Melonie Gamboa in the 38th minute of play and Kelsey Polanco in the 64th minute of play. The playoff round then continued on Sunday 26 October, 2014, with another game on the schedule. The game was played at the People’s Stadium between Triple B’s and Sugar City Girls. Triple B’s blasted Sugar City Girls by the score of 8-2.

Vega Cup Tournament fast coming to a close
The Vega Cup Tournament continued on Sunday 26 October, 2014 with four games on the schedule for the San Juan Football Field. However, in the end only two games were played as two were won via the default route. In the first game on the day, Old School won over San Pablo Youth via the default route. The score was 3-0 in favour of Old School. In game two, White Eagles also won via the default route over United Ballers. The score was 3-0 in favour of White Eagles. In the third game of the day, San Roman FC blanked A.C. Aliari by the score of 2-0. The goals for San Roman FC were scored by Alfredo Villamil in the 7th and 19th minutes of play.

Our Lady of Guadalupe girls and Belize Christian Academy boys are Belmopan zone volleyball champions
The Belmopan Zone of the National Primary Schools Volleyball championship was played on Friday October 25, 2014, in Belmopan. In the girls’ competition, five schools participated in the zone qualification. The schools that competed in the zone qualification are St. Jude Roman Catholic School from Camalote, United Evergreen School, Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic School, Belize Christian Academy and Kuxlin Ha Government School. In the first game of the day, Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic defeated Belize Christian Academy in three sets by the score of 15-3, 10-15 and 15-4. In the second game played, St. Jude Roman Catholic School from Camalote Village defeated Kuxlin Ha Government School in two sets by the score of 15-7 and 15-9.

Health Hookup
The Doctor’s Orders - Constipation “plumbing appears to be backed up.” Recently I’ve started to notice a trend where the elderly population would be complaining that they were constipated. Upon further questioning I realized that almost 95% of them were not constipated but in fact were having normal bowel movements. The first item that should be addressed is the definition of ‘constipation’. Medically speaking, constipation is defined as having less than 3 bowel movements per week. So if you had 3 bowel movements in a seven day period then chances are you are not constipated. You are considered constipated if you have two or more of the following for at least 3 months: • Straining during a bowel movement more than 25% of the time. • Hard stools more than 25% of the time. • Incomplete evacuation more than 25% of the time. • Two or fewer bowel movements in a week.

When Baby Waahn Cry
A common phrase being repeated by candidates from the three incumbent PUP Town Councils, when making reference to their performance over the past two years, is “standing tall”. With respect to this, many of my fellow Orange Walkeños view that expression as highly debatable in every sense of the phrase, as will be pointed out to you in the following paragraphs. In the specific case of Bernard and Carballo there at the OWTC, we would have thought that these gentlemen would have preferred to steer clear of that adage since, to be honest, those words do carry a comical meaning when voiced by these particular two men, if you get my drift. But coming back to the actual performance of the OWTC, the prevailing opinion on the streets is that this crowd has been too much talk and too little action. Our town has never been in a worse state of deterioration in terms of streets and drains; two core services which the Council is charged with providing, and two which they have failed miserably in delivering.

Minister King represents Belize in Mexico
Hon. Mark King leaves the country today for Mexico to participate in the “7th edition of the Ministerial Forum for Development in Latin America and the Caribbean.” Hosted by the United Nations Development Program and the Ministry of Social Development (Secretaria de Desarrollo Social) of Mexico, Ministers in charge of social and economic policy from thirty-three Latin America and the Caribbean countries will get together on October 30 and October 31 to share their experiences in policy making in the social and human development realm, and debate policy alternatives for current and future institutions challenges in the region.


La Democracia resident Gary Emmanuel Clark Jr., 21, is at the Belize Central Prison on remand for the burglary of Saint Agnes Anglican Primary School in La Democracia Village. According to police report, sometime between Friday evening, October 17, and Monday morning, October 20, a trespasser broke into Saint Agnes Anglican Primary School and stole a Dell laptop computer, 36 energizer batteries and $730 in cash. Police investigation led to the arrest and charge of Clark on Thursday, October 23. Clark was unrepresented when he appeared before Magistrate Hettie-Mae Stewart on Friday, October 24. He was read a single charge of burglary and pleaded not guilty. There was heavy objection to bail by prosecuting Inspector Pablo Pikney. Pikney objected pointing to the prevalence of such crime. He also based the objection on the strength of the police’s case against Clark saying that the accused may interfere with the crown’s witnesses.

Government of Belize Responds to Opposition Lawsuit Regarding Petrocaribe Funds
The Government of Belize deplores the suit filed by the Opposition PUP against the Petrocaribe program, as an abuse of the process of the court. This unpatriotic attempt to play politics with a breakthrough program that is of vital national financial and developmental importance, in truth has nothing to do with the law. The question arises whether the Petrocaribe initiative, restarted by the current Administration with such spectacular success, is at all a loan agreement requiring National Assembly approval. It is a special commercial and diplomatic arrangement under which our sister Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela sells Belize petroleum on terms that oblige us only to pay a part of the purchase price upfront, and keep the rest as credit to be paid instead on installments over 20 years. Certainly when the program first began under the PUP in 2005 it was never taken to Parliament, and there was never any accounting of how the financed portion of the petroleum purchases was spent by the then Government, or even how much it amounted to.

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Allyson Major challenges gun law in court
The first hearing of a challenge to the provisions of the Firearms Act in favour of Allyson Major of Belize City was heard this morning by Supreme Court Justice Michelle Arana. Major was acquitted of firearms-related charges almost a year ago in Magistrate’s Court after being remanded for […]

Minister of Finance defends use of Petrocaribe funding
People’s United Party deputy leader and chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Julius Espat is seeking injunctive relief from the Supreme Court to block the Government from further spending of the Petrocaribe funds. But Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow says this will be a non-starter, […]

Belize may assume over Hunting Caye construction
Guatemalan company BINARQ was appointed by the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers and Southern Command to build the forward operating base at Hunting Caye, but after criticism by the Belizean people the project was suspended. Today Minister of National Security John Saldivar updated on the options the Government […]

Government announces plan to buy helicopters for military
The Ministry of National Security and the Belize Defence Force have dreamed of it for several years and now it is a reality: the people of Belize will now benefit from at least one helicopter to be bought from a leading provider, Bell. The plan is to buy […]

GSU finds thousands of dollars worth of marijuana
The Gang Suppression Unit of the Belize Police Department today said it had removed $13,000 worth of “hydro type” marijuana from a south side Belize City neighborhood. A press release sent out by the GSU said that during operations in the West Street Area today, a search […]

Corozal preparing for Christmas
The Corozal Town Council and residents of Belize’s northernmost municipality are putting the final touches on plans for the 2014 Christmas season in the north. The base for the municipal Christmas Tree is nearing completion in Central Park and some stores have already decorated their showcases with Christmas […]

Toledo teachers attend health and nutrition training in PG
Teachers from the Toledo district today attended a day-long workshop which focused on improving the health and nutrition for children in their classrooms. According to Joan Palma, the Health and Family Life Education officer, the training provided theoretical ideas for the teachers who will in turn now go […]

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Celebrity hotspots – Where to avoid if you want to escape the media
Hey, are you a celebrity? Are you interested in vacationing in Belize and would like to keep it on the down low and escape the media? Well, I’m here to help. With the rise of social media it seems that everyone has the need to document everything and it’s harder to unplug and really get away during a vacation. More and more celebrities are choosing to vacation in Belize and where they go has become so predictable that “local paparazzi” are always on the alert. Use this short guide to avoid the two common places that are known to be celebrity hotspots. Avoid: Ambergris Caye is the most visited place in Belize and it is not without merit. Picture a small Caribbean island surrounded by water that is all kinds of blue. It is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the beach or do adventure activities such as snorkeling and diving. But it’s the most touristy spot in Belize and MOST celebrities end up there. So unless you want to be photographed, avoid La Isla Bonita.

CHILLIN’ CAYE CAULKER STYLE
There is a reason that the motto of Caye Caulker is “Go Slow” – it’s too hot to get anything done faster. The little island off the Caribbean coast of Belize is a world in itself. The moment you step off the water taxi, the energy turns to a slow meander. After a decent amount of rain for days prior, I was happy to be amongst the palm trees and reggae music. The island doesn’t actually have any beaches, which might turn some travellers off. It’s an island made of limestone coral meaning there is no real sand. However, it also seems to have kept a low radar because of this and it’s certainly not lacking in beauty. Caye Caulker has become a popular destination for backpackers and budget travellers, probably because there are no resorts or big chains taking up the waterfront. Case in point: we stayed at the misleadingly named Dirty McNasty’s Hostel for about CA$13 a night. What did we get with our stay? A private bathroom, two fans which needed to be set to full blast at all times, and free rum punch after 8pm.

International Sourcesizz

CIPA students raise money for Belize Zoo
If the Oct. 25 fundraising event was any indication, the Belize Zoo has a strong foothold in upstate New York. Nearly 100 people, including supporters from the Cornell Veterinary School, the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) and SUNY-Cortland, welcomed staff from the Belize Zoo to the Ithaca area for 10 days of education events and meetings. The fundraiser launched a capital campaign to build a new commissary and hospital for the zoo and took in $13,400. The Belize Zoo is a client of the CIPA capstone program, which offers students pursuing a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree the opportunity to participate in a pro bono team consultancy clinic. Laurie Miller, CIPA associate director for public engagement, and her team of graduate students will create a fundraising plan for the zoo and initiate targeted fundraising events to support the zoo’s new clinic. The project will cost between $100,000 and $300,000.

Stories about sports … from Belize
Eight visitors from Belize will share global perspectives on Belizean athletes and coaches during a panel discussion from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Capitol Room of the Holmes Student Center. The delegates will share their personal stories related to sport. Many are current and former elite competitors, including an international cyclist, a soccer player and a professional basketball player. They will connect their experiences to Belize’s needs for youth sport as well as share descriptions of their current professions related to youth development. Significant time for audience questions will be included. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served after the panel discussion.

St. John members on mission trip in Belize
Four members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. John (Missouri Synod) are in Belize laying the foundation for a Lutheran church there. Pastor Robert Weinhold, Beth Gehrke, Larry Wood and Craig Peterson left last Sunday and will return on Saturday. They will train to become team leaders for future mission work there. This is a very poor country where the people are eager to hear the word of Jesus Christ. The people there do speak English, so communication is eased by this fact.

Candice Accola and new husband Joe King 'honeymoon in paradise' on Belize private island
The Vampire Diaries star Candice Accola and new husband Joe King didn't waste a second in jetting off to Belize for their romantic honeymoon. The newlyweds, who tied the knot in a beautiful New Orleans ceremony less than two weeks ago, have shared a series of touching shots of their idyllic break as husband and wife on the private five-star island and resort in Belize, Cayo Espanto.

Bringing to Light Mysterious Maya Cave Rituals
Why did the ancient Maya take their sacrificial rites underground?Inside Actun Tunichil Muknal, a giant limestone cave in the jungle of western Belize, it has been raining for thousands of years. Water falls lightly from the tips of stalactites into the river flowing through the cave. Beneath this light shower, I wade up the river with University of California, Merced, archaeologist Holley Moyes. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall, and the water reaches up to her chin, leaving a ripple in her wake as she moves deeper into the chamber. In the vast and echoing hall, ou...

Videos

Video: canal from Anderson Lagoon to Sittee river, Belize, 1min.
We were exploring the coastal area around Hopkins and found a canal that led to a lagoon (we later found out it is Anderson Lagoon). From there we found another canal that connected the lagoon to the Sittee River. SHOW MORE

Video: Lamanai Mayan Ruins -- Belize, 3.5min.
Carolina Dive Center -- Rainy day trip to see Lamanai ruins. Shot with GoPro Hero3+

Video: Paul Nabor x7,9 min.
We've learned a lot about Paul Nabor this week and through the film The Three Kings many of us already knew a lot about him. But, still, the man is an enigma - and that's because he's a bundle of contradictions: great global fame matched up against great humility; great talent but precious few recordings…and the list goes on. Yesterday we spoke to his great friend Michale Norales from Punta Gorda by way of Dangriga. Along with Darius Avila, he set up the Paul Nabor Birthday concert every January - and yesterday he reminisced with us about some of the little known things about Paul Nabor. Ivan Duran who toured all over the world with Nabor also chipped in with some reminiscences:…

Video: Lina Point @ San Pedro, Belize Overwater Living, 3min.

October 30, 2014


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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Police Officer Dean Perez charged for theft
According to San Pedro Police, following an intensive investigation, an Identification Parade was conducted where PC Perez was positively identified. On Tuesday October 28th, Perez was formally arrested and charged for the crime of “theft” Perez has since been arranged before the San Pedro Magistrate Court where he was offered and met bail in the sum of $2000. He has been ordered to keep away from the complainant and is scheduled to reappear in court on December 5th. Inspector Jemott said beside the criminal investigation, PC Perez will also face an internal investigation and will be taken before a police tribunal on similar charges. PC Perez, who has recently been transferred to San Pedro Town, has been placed on interdiction on half salary.

The new sport in town: Rugby
Recently an organization called ‘Rugby Belize’ has been introducing a new sport to the country. While rugby is quite popular in our mother country, England, it is still relatively unheard of here in Belize. But it looks like that is about to change as Rugby Belize has made it way to San Pedro Town! Practice was held at the Honorable Louis Sylvester Arena (Saca Chispas) and I was certainly surprised at the number of children that had come out to learn more on the new sport. Rugby, which is a style of football, encompasses scoring goals against the opposing team by either running with the ball in hand or kicking it. It is quite an aggressive contact sport that incorporates tackling and body slamming. But, in my view this is a healthy way youths can release the stress and frustration of everyday life (Yes, even homework can be stressful).

Belize’s SGA proposes the complete use of the conch at regional conference
According to Schwendinger and Lawrence, if the conch flesh is extracted with the right tool and the conch shell is kept intact, it can fetch not less than US$1 per pound if properly marketed. In addition, parts of the conch can be used as organic food meal for poultry and other livestock. When processed, it can be used as vitamin and calcium supplements and even road/landfill materials. Schwendinger said, “We want to create extra income for the fishermen because of the delicate nature of the species and to discourage fishermen from harvesting juvenile conch. We will assist in the process by showing them how to use parts that are currently not being used and empower them, eventually creating work during the closed conch season.” To be able to use, develop, market and most importantly trade any byproduct of the Strombus Gigas, CITES would need to be on board since they are the international organization that deals with all forms of threatened and endangered species worldwide. “We would need the cooperation of CITES to allow the movement of byproducts derived from the harvesting of legal-sized conch without the many restrictions in place to save the animal. In implementing these restrictions, CITES has endorsed the treating of species such as bears, elephants and sharks in a similar fashion, which we disagree with. CITES allows the equivalence of using the paws of the bears, or the tusk of the elephant and leave the rest of the animal to die and go to the garbage. We think the Stombus Gigas can be treated differently and the entire conch can be used to benefit the local communities of Belize and the wider Caribbean,” Schwendinger highlighted.

US and Belize strengthen collaboration efforts to protect cultural properties
The United States Government, through their embassy in Belize and the Belize Institute of Archaeology, hosted a half- day workshop in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye on Wednesday October 22nd. The workshop highlighted the importance and potential benefits of protecting the country’s cultural heritage. It also served to update stakeholders about an agreement between the two governments to protect cultural heritage in an effort to address looting, pillaging and illegal trading of cultural and historical artifacts and antiquity. The agreement between Belize and the US was signed in February 2013 and falls in compliance with the 1970 UNESCO convention on the Means of Prohibition and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Trade of Ownership of Cultural Property. The agreement is seen as a step forward in addressing a serious concern as it relates to the looting of ancient monuments, including archaeological sites, colonial landmarks and even shipwrecks. In many instances, items found during the reckless looting is transported illegally and eventually finds its way into some illicit lucrative collectors market. In Belize, many sites have been looted over the past couple decades, more recently was El Pilar Archaeological site in western Belize.

Another Special Operation conducted on San Pedro
On Wednesday, October 22nd, a team of San Pedro Police, Criminal Investigation Branch, Special Branch and Belize City Gang Suppression Unit personnel, assisted by Special Branch Intelligence conducted a joint anti-drugs and HUTRAC operation within San Pedro Town. • A search was conducted near the residence of a known drug dealer in the DFC Area, which led to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing two transparent plastic bags which had 36 grams of suspected cannabis. The said drug was labeled as found property. • A search was conducted at an apartment room located in the San Pedrito Area occupied by 21-year-old Honduran Nationals Evelin Pamela Enamorado and Oneida Carolina Enamorado. Both persons were requested to produce their travel documents (passports). Police observed that they both had overstayed their time in the Country. Therefore, subjects were detained for “Failure to Comply with Visitor’s Permit” and were handed over to the Belize Immigration Department for charges.

Ambergris Today

House Fire Quickly Averted by Quick Thinking
It was the quick thinking of the security personnel of Atlantic Bank who saved the day as two of them extinguished the fire with fire extinguishers. Both BEL linesmen and firefighters arrived at the scene just in time to assist and cut power to the building. An electrician who was passing by at the moment commented that there are still some old homes in downtown San Pedro with old wiring and residents should consider rewiring their building and connections to the main electrical supply. In this case a handy fire extinguisher is also a very essential item to have around the house and business. Local electricians and personnel from the electric company can make assessments for homes and businesses to be safe.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

THE BART'S BASH REGATTA RESULTS - BELIZEAN SAILORS SHINE
No one expected it. No one in the world expected Belize sailors all to finish among the top 15%, and place 4 in the top 50, in the biggest regatta of all time. On September 21, 2014, twenty-eight Belizeans were among 16,780 skippers of all ages, all over the world, and in all sorts of sailboats, participating in Bart's Bash, a regatta that the Guinness Book of World Records accepts as the largest regatta in history. It was held in memory of a beloved champion sailor and philanthropist, Andrew "Bart" Simpson and in support of The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Bart lost his life at age 37, practicing aboard Sweden's 72-foot America's Cup catamaran that cartwheeled in preliminaries on San Francisco Bay on May 8, 2013. The names of all the skippers in this memorial to his life will be recorded in the Guinness book's on line edition. It has taken the regatta's volunteer committee in the UK 5 weeks to compile the results, but they are finally in, and they are something of which all Belize can be immensely proud. The performance of the Belizean skippers establishes their homeland in the eyes of the international sailing community as a venue for sailors everywhere to admire, to yearn for, and to come and experience. 1179 of the boats contending were Optimist class dinghies, sailed individually by children aged 8 - 15. Young Belizean Optimist skippers in this massive regatta finished with ranks among the top 5% in their class and among the top 8% over all. Here are their scores:

First Annual Sarteneja Community Day!
Bring the entire family out and have lots of fun! It's all happening this Saturday!

BELIZEANS: remember, you DO NOT require a visa to visit Mexico
With your Belize passport you can travel anywhere in Mexico. You just have to fill out the entry form called FMM, which you can obtain at any Mexican border or airport. Welcome to Mexico!

Corozal Daily - Picture of the Week
Talented artist from Sarteneja Chuy Carillo, owner of Chuy's Arts. Visit him when in Sarteneja, Corozal.

Shark Satellite Tagging along the MesoAmerican Reef
We are pleased to have caught some of the species that we are targeting in our Mesoamerican Reef study on the spatial ecology of large reef-associated sharks. Thanks to the efforts of a crack team of fishers from Punta Gorda, Monkey River, Sarteneja and San Pedro documented by videographer extraordinaire Becky Kagan Schott, we are off to a good start!

Government of Belize Responds to Opposition Lawsuit Regarding Petrocaribe Funds
The Government of Belize deplores the suit filed by the Opposition PUP against the Petrocaribe program, as an abuse of the process of the court. This unpatriotic attempt to play politics with a breakthrough program that is of vital national financial and developmental importance, in truth has nothing to do with the law.

6th Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase in BELIZE!
Monday, November 3 at 6:00pm in UTC-06 Leo Bradly Library & Bliss Center in Belize City The 6th Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase in BELIZE starts next week Monday, Nov. 3rd to Friday, Nov. 14th. ALL FILMS ARE FREE!! The Official program for the 6th Edition of the Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase is made up of 27 documentaries and 3 short animations that represent 13 countries throughout the Caribbean. It will screen over the course of two weeks in Belize City with screenings for the first week taking place at the Leo Bradley Library’s AV Room from Mon. Nov. 3rd to Friday Nov. 7th and the second week at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts from Mon. Nov. 10th to Friday Nov. 14th. In both places, the screenings are scheduled to take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. During the same time period, additional public screenings have been scheduled to take place at the various Libraries and Houses of Culture in the other 5 districts as well as individual screenings at schools and other established institutions.

Channel 7

PUP Seeks Injunction ot Block Petrocaribe Spending; GOB Scoffs
The PUP has filed suit against the Barrow Administration – seeking to block government from spending anymore of the Petrocaribe money. As we've been reporting, Julius Espat, the representative for Cayo South and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has challenged the Petrocaribe Loan Motion ever since it went to the House of Representatives. Espat says it is too late to ask the House's approval for 114 million US dollars – since the money has already been borrowed and much of it spent. The Auditor General didn't buy his argument – so Espat has filed a law suit in the Supreme Court. It names Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow, the Attorney General, and the local company for Petrocaribe, ALBA PETRO CARIBE (BELIZE ENERGY) LIMITED. They are asking the court for an injunction restraining the Minister of Finance Barrow from paying the Petrocaribe loan out of the public purse, and an injunction restraining Barrow from spending any of the Petrocaribe money. The PUP says it violates the Finance and Audit (Reform) Act and the Belize Constitution.

Cricel Castillo Takes On Bodybuilding Federation
2 weeks ago, the Belize Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation held the 2014 Bodybuilding Championships. As we've told you, Rigo Vellos was crowned Mr. Belize for the 3rd time in a row, and veteran Gina Lovell was chosen as this year's Miss Body Fitness. The tournament went off without a hitch, and it was well supported by the public who went out to see the parade of chiselled bodies. But, all that ends well, is not always well: defending Body Fitness champion Cricel Castillo did not compete. She's been banned for two years. She spoke with our colleagues from KREM News about it and hearing those comments The Federation jumped to action and called the media for an impromptu press briefing. Daniel Ortiz has both sides:

82 Year Old Man Explains How The House Tumbled Down
Last night we told you about the 82 year old man whose house collapsed while he was in bed sleeping early Tuesday morning. It happened on Mangrove Street near the Bel China Bridge. Randy Cabral escaped unhurt but tonight he is begging lodging at his neighbor's house since he is now homeless. We visited the elderly man today as he tried to recollect what happened. Area Represented Herman Longworth told 7news that Cabral's case is considered an emergency and all efforts will be made to rebuild a home on his property as soon as possible.

Andy Palacio's Central Role InThe Wider discovery Of Paul Nabor
Paul Nabor's Funeral will be held on Saturday in Punta Gorda Town. The humble fisherman and parandero from Toledo will receive an official funeral witnessed by hundreds of adoring fans. But while he leaves this earthly plane as a national and international icon - had it not been for some name dropping by Andy Palacio back in 1995, Paul Nabor might never be as widely known or celebrated as he has become. That was revealed to us today in a conversation with Ivan Duran, the founder of Stonetree records who produced the only Paul Nabor songs most people have ever heard including of course, the anthemic Naguya Nei. Today, we spoke to Duran via Face time in Montreal, Canada where he told us the story of how Paul Nabor came into his life – and nothing was the same after that:… Tomorrow, we'll have more gems on the legend of Paul Nabor from our extended conversation with Duran, including the happy accident that led to those very familiar opening chords of Naguya Nei.

Lands Dept. Trying To Solve All Those Land Problems
If there is one thing that Belizeans are familiar with whether it be from firsthand experience or accounts from disgruntled family members and friends: its land issues. From stolen land leases, to lost applications, there's a bottleneck of mythic proportions at the lands office. But the Lands and Survey department has been trying to clear things up by conducting Field Inspection Sweeps around the country. They were in Orange Walk from Monday and they told us how this project will help resolve your land issues.

Taking A Look At Tower Hill
In June we showed you the ground breaking for the Tower Hill Airstrip in Orange Walk – and now they're getting ready to officially open the refurbished runway. And it is quite a transformation from a scratch of rough cement to a fully paved strip. The airstrip is ideally located to get tourists get to Lamanai, which is close by. The runway is located just about a mile away from the BSI factory and is now fully operational.

Man Accused Of Pulling Gun On Cops
26 year-old Ronald Smith allegedly got caught with a firearm, and while he tried to escape from police, he was cornered. What happened next, according to police, was that he took aim at the pursuing officer with the illegal weapon. Police Constable Roman Cantun reported that while he was at the Hatieville Police Station on Saturday, he heard a gunshot. When he went outside to investigate, he allegedly saw smith with a firearm. He said Smith ran into some nearby bushes, that's when he and other officers set chase. Cantun said when he caught up with Smith, the man pointed a firearm at him, which forced him to draw his service weapon. The officer says that he attempted to fire a warning shot, but his weapon misfired twice. Another officer then drew his firearm and apprehended smith but by that time Smith had already gotten rid of his weapon, which they have not managed to retrieved.

Mild Inflation in September; Highest In San Ignacio
The consumer price index rose marginally in September 2014 - The national inflation rate for the month was 0.7 percent, slightly lower than the 0.9 percent recorded in August. For the first nine months of 2014, the overall inflation rate was 1.3 percent. Prices for Breads and Cereals declined by 1.2 percent while vegetables, which had seen continuously rising prices since last year, were down by 2.1 percent. San Ignacio/Santa Elena recorded the highest rate of price increase for the month. The lowest was in Corozal Town, where consumer prices rose by a negligible 0.2 percent compared to the same month last year.

The Reason For Red Ribbons
A recent global survey by the World Health Organization which was launched last week in Europe showed that Belizean drinkers consume large volumes of alcohol. From 2003 to 2008, the average consumption for persons 15 and older was 5.3 litres of pure alcohol per year - that's about 12 pints. But for 2008 to 2013, it was up to 6.8 litres, about 14 pints. And while drug abuse among youths would seem to be on the upswing, every year, students march in Red Ribbon parades. Courtney Weatherburne captured their messages today The theme for this years Red Ribbon Week is "Love yourself and be drug free."

Rigo's Dominance Underappreciated
The Cricel Castillo controversy may be dominating the headlines, and 3-time Mr. Belize Champion, Rigo Vellos has been – perhaps unfairly reduced to a peripheral figure. But his dominance demands more: He won his weight category at the 2014 Body Building Championships, and he was also chosen as the overall winner of the competition. Today, we spoke with him about it, and he said that his winning moment was to return the stage in the shape he had envisioned at the start of the year: In order to take the record for the Most Mr. Belize Championships, he must win 5 more times.

Channel 5

Julius Espat Sues P.M. Barrow Over Petrocaribe Funds
Prime Minister Dean Barrow, as Minister of Finance, is being taken to court over what the Opposition says is the unlawful borrowing of two hundred and twenty-eight million dollars of [...]

Espat Says Petrocaribe Is Not a Bank
Government has presented a loan motion in the House under the Finance and Audit Act which states that they can give approval for a loan if it’s from a financial [...]

Will Belizeans Enjoy Declining Oil Prices at the Fuel Pump?
Turning to a related issue…oil. It is no secret that on the world market, the price of oil has gone down considerably. But consumers in Belize are yet to feel [...]

San Pedro Cop Busted for Theft
A police officer attached to the San Pedro Police Formation will be tried for the crime of Theft. Twenty-six year old Police Constable Dean Perez, originally from Belize City, has [...]

Roaring Creek Resident Acquitted of 2011 Murder
Twenty-three-year-old Jamie Gill was accused of fatally shooting sixteen-year-old Raheem Vasquez in 2011 during an incident in Roaring Creek.  Vasquez was shot three times to the body, twice in the [...]

Brian Charlesworth Guilty of Carnal Knowledge of Minor
A jury panel had a split verdict in the case of a Belize City man accused of the sexual abuse against a minor. At least two of nine jurors, who [...]

Should G.O.B. reduce price of fuel due to decrease in the cost of crude?
And tonight’s question is: Should G.O.B. cause a reduction in the price of fuel given a decrease in the cost of crude in the world market? Send your comments and [...]

Cricel Castillo Tangles with Bodybuilding Federation
The Belize Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation has announced the suspension of bodybuilder Cricel Castillo, for a period of two years, effective immediately. The decision came after a nasty bout between [...]

B.B.B.F.F. Accused of Misappropriation of Funds
According to Cricel Castillo, the Olympic Association told her that they gave the B.B.B.F.F. money to support Rigo Vellos and herself with funding for airfares. That money allegedly never reached [...]

Cricel Explains Suspension from B.B.B.F.F.
The suspension came following Castillo’s participation as Miss Fitness Belize at the Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Tournament in Columbus, Ohio earlier this year. Castillo and Mister Belize, Rigo Vellos, both competed [...]

Mr. Belize Rigo Vellos Offers Advice to Cricel Castillo
According to the Federation, the ban is final and at this point, non-negotiable. According to President Stanley Moody, anyone who represents the B.B.B.F.F. must maintain the highest standards and be [...]

Suspended Body Builder to Compete in World Beauty Fitness Federation
That suspension has prevented Castillo from competing in the 2014 Body Building and Fitness Championship earlier this month. But like the saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens. [...]

CARICOM Joins Gay Activist Maurice Tomlinson In Suit Against Belize & Trinidad
On May ninth, the Caribbean Court of Justice handed down a decision on behalf of gay activist Maurice Tomlinson, allowing for special leave to challenge the immigration laws of Belize [...]

SIB Releases September Statistics for Consumer Price Index
The Consumer Price Index for September 2014 has been released by the Statistical Institute of Belize.  The CPI, as it is known, indicates a marginal increase from the same month [...]

Rainy Weather Forecasted for Remainder of the Week
The rains have been pounding the country for days and it is expected that in the next few days, the downpour will persist. The weather report will have more details [...]

Wesley College Celebrates 16th Annual Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Week
A recent survey by the National Drug Abuse Control Council and the University of Belize shows that the use of drugs among students is on the rise and it is [...]

CTV3

NASA Shuttle Explodes During Launching
The NASA is reporting no injuries in the explosion of an unmanned Antares rocket that exploded seconds after liftoff from a commercial launch pad in Virginia today. The 14-story rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, bolted off its seaside launch pad at the Wallops Flight Facility late this afternoon carrying a Cygnus cargo ship for the International Space Station. It exploded seconds later and the cause of the accident was not immediately known, said NASA mission commentator Dan Huot. US media described that flames could be seen shooting into the sky as the sun set.

GOB Releases Holidays Date For 2015
The Government today announced its schedule for public and bank holidays for the year 2015. Next year, Belizeans will enjoy a total of 13 holidays and 8 three day weekends.

Paranda Icon To Be Buried On Saturday Morning
The Government announced today that an official funeral will be held for Alfonso Palacio, better known as Paul Nabor who passed away last Wednesday, will be held on Saturday morning at 11:00 am at St Peter Claver Church in Punta Gorda Town. It will be preceded by a tribute concert on Friday night from the multi-purpose building. The funeral will be aired via several television and radio stations.

Dr. Lisa Johnson, New Director Of Medical Services At KHMH
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, Belize’s biggest health care provider is under new leadership with Dr. Adrian Coye who replaced Dr. Francis Gary Longsworth as Chief Executive Officer. And while he plays the role as leader, it left his former position as Director of Medical services open and today management announced his replacement. Dr. Lisa Johnson, who had also applied for the CEO post, was assigned that post. Dr. Johnson is Belize's first female general surgeon and the first staff manager of the KHMH in its 19-year history. According to Doctor Johnson, she will supervise a new education campaign to target Belizeans on the specific services of the hospital, including those which have gone unnoticed and unmentioned. Dr. Lisa Johnson “We also recognize that many of us, I mean I went to medical school, I went through residency, I went through fellowship, we are not necessarily trained to relate well. What use to be the old style of bedside manner and there are times particularly when some of my staff are at the front lines dealing with very difficult situations and we recognize that and we recognize too that they require some assistance in dealing with the public.

LOVE FM

Mister Physique Wants More Prize Money; Prez Says There’s No More
Cricel Castillo is not the only person who has problems with the Belize Body Building and Fitness Federation. So does Mr. Physique 2014, Clinton Tucker. Tucker vented his frustration to President Stanley Moody last week as he picked up his cheque for winning the Mr. Physique competition. Tucker says that the winnings are not enough for what they had to do in order to win but Moody says that they have no obligation to give out any financial award to the winners. We have both sides of the story. STANLEY MOODY “Last week when Mr. Tucker came to pick up his stipend as we put it for winning the Mr. Physique he came to my place of business, I had customers in my business, he was given his check and on his way out the door he turned around and started making a whole lot of noise talking about if this was the little bit of money he was going to get that this can’t satisfy him.

PlusTV

Hon. Julius Espat files lawsuit against Minister of Finance Hon. Dean Barrow
It has recently come to light that PetroCaribe funds accessed in loans since 2012 never made it to the house for approval. PetroCaribe sells fuel to Belize in terms of concessionary payment, which in turn gives GOB access to millions of dollars which can be accessed through loan agreements. Since th...

Self defence ruled in Jamie Gill murder case
A man who fatally shot and wounded another during an incident in Roaring Creek village is now home free from a murder charge, after being on remand for more than three years. 23-year-old Jamie Gill  was charged back in 2011 at the age of 19, for the shooting murder of a minor, 16-year-old Raheem Vas...

Mechanic charged for drawing gun on police
Twenty-six year old Ronald Smith, an assistant mechanic of Hattieville, who allegedly pointed a firearm at a police officer, was charged with aggravated assault when he appeared on Wednesday before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart. Mr Smith pled not guilty to the charge...

Repeat offender jailed again for weed
Forty-two year old Clinton Fraser, aka “Hog”, who was recently released from prison after serving 3 years, went to jail on Wednesday when he appeared before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart and pled guilty to possession of 6 grams of cannabis. Mr Fraser begged Magistrate Stuart not to send him to pr...

PC With Sticky Fingers Arraigned in San Pedro
Police officer Dean Perez, a 26 year old attached to the San Pedro Police Station, is being accused for having “sticky fingers” and has seen been arrested and charged. The San Pedro Sun Reports that the alleged theft occurred during an investigation on October 5th , at the residence of Jose Hern...

Incapacitated man found on Belize City street
On Wednesday morning an apparently unconscious man was found on the side of Rocky Road in Belize City. Initially it was thought that he had died, but closer examination found him to be alive and breathing, but apparently intoxicated. Police and an ambulance responded and took the man for medical att...

Belize Leadership Summit on the way
Belize Leadership summit got started on Wednesday in the Capital City. Individuals from various business and organizational sectors attended day one of the two day session at the George Price Center. International and local speakers addressed some of the  issues that affect, impact, and influence or...

The Reporter

ROC (Taiwan) president receives Eisenhower Medallion for peace initiative
President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Ma Ying-jeou has received the Eisenhower Medallion from People to People International (PTPI) for his efforts in promoting regional peace. In presenting the award, PTPI Chairman Micah Kubic said that the award followed Ma’s “efforts to further cross-cultural communications, for his extraordinary leadership, and for exceptional contributions to world peace and understanding.” The medallion was presented primarily in recognition of President Ma’s East China Sea Peace Initiative, proposed in August 2012, and which calls on all parties in disputes over the Diaoyutai Islands to refrain from confrontation, controversies and encouraged them to keep dialoguing, to observe international law and resolve disputes through peaceful means. It also calls for all parties concerned to seek consensus on a regional code of conduct, and to establish a mechanism for the joint exploration and development of resources.

Patrick JonesPJ

Wesley College parades against drugs
If it’s the last week of October in Belize City, it must be time for Wesley College’s Red Ribbon Week, an initiative begun 16 years ago at the Methodist-managed high school to promote drug awareness and smart decision-making by a vulnerable section of the population. With evidence that […]

Body Building Federation responds to corruption allegations
The rift between members of the Belize Body Building and Fitness Federation (BBBFF) has now exploded into the public eye. Former body fitness champion Cricel Castillo made public allegations of misappropriation of funds intended for herself and three-time Mr. Belize Rigo Vellos to attend the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic […]

Gospel music explosion set for next month in San Ignacio
A gospel music concert featuring Belizeans and visiting artists will be held in San Ignacio town in mid-November. The event, called Explosion Musical 2014 is being billed as a family event where members of the audience will be ministered to through different types and styles of Christian Music. […]

Caldo for dinner
Caldo: it has been a staple on the dinner table in many Maya homes for generations. The traditional meal, which is still prepared by Maya women in communities in the south, has as its main ingredient local chicken meat cooked a soup with added ingredients such as onion, […]

Opposition parliamentarian takes the PM to court over Petrocaribe funds
There are legal fireworks between the government of Belize and the opposition People’s United Party after Cayo South area representative took the Prime Minister, the Attorney General and Alba Petro Caribe Belize Energy Ltd to court over millions of dollars of Petrocaribe funds. The suit was filed […]

Policeman accused of theft in San Pedro
A policeman stationed in San Pedro town on Ambergris Caye has been accused of having “sticky fingers” and has been formally arrested and charged. Constable Dean Perez, 26, was arraigned on Tuesday in the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court for the crime of theft. He was given bail […]

Still no agreement on bagasse payment for cane farmers
An entire Sugar Crop Season has passed and another is about to start and there is still a stalemate in the finalization for payment of bagasse or a signed commercial agreement in the Sugar Industry. And while we have been reporting on every new development, both sides, […]

Organic fair this weekend in Punta Gorda town
For the sixth year running, an Organic Fair will be held in Punta Gorda town. The dates for the event are Friday, October 31 and Saturday November 1, 2014. The annual Organic Fair is organized by Sustainable Harvest International, a non-profit organization operating in the Toledo district. Coordinator […]

Fire truck damages parked vehicle
The National Fire Service has taken responsibility for an incident which took place late on Monday evening as trucks responded to reports of a fire near the Majestic Alley area of Belize City. But they claim that it might not have happened if the fire report had not turned out to be a false alarm. Around 4:15 p.m. a call came to 911 of the reported fire and trucks responded. But en route the truck’s bin opened suddenly and slammed into the back windows of a parked white van in front of Angelus Press on Queen Street, damaging two of them.

KHMH makes history with first female medical director
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) has new leadership, with Dr. Adrian Coye replacing Dr. Francis Gary Longsworth as chief executive officer. Before his moving up Dr. Coye was Chief of Medical Services and on Tuesday, the hospital unveiled his replacement, Dr. Lisa Johnson. Dr. Johnson is Belize’s first female general surgeon and the first staff manager of the KHMH in its 19-year history. She is an alumna of All Saints Primary School, St. Catherine Academy, Belize Technical College and the University of the West Indies (UWI) and interned in the Bahamas before receiving a general surgery qualification in Jamaica.

Belize to be represented at Development Forum in Mexico
Belize will have representation at the Seventh Ministerial Forum for Development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation Mark King is scheduled to travel to Mexico City today to attend the two-day forum. According to a press release from Minister King’s office, the forum on Thursday and Friday will bring together Ministers in charge of social and economic policy from 33 Latin American and Caribbean nations “to share their experiences in policy making in the social and human development realm, and debate policy alternatives for current and future institutions challenges in the region.”

Blogs

Belize’s Maya and Indigenous Groups: Protecting the Environment
Here’s something we just received via the Earth Island Journal out of Berkeley, California. In the lead article of the latest quarterly, published 27 October 2014, headlined, “Indigenous Communities Challenge Big Oil in Belize” reporter Sandra Cuffe writes about efforts by local Maya, Garifuna and other groups to stop US Capital Energy from conducting oil exploration and drilling in Belize’s otherwise pristine Sarstoon Temash National Park. And it’s not just the drilling – the oil company’s roads have opened the park to further damage and incursions by foreign poachers illegally hunting and taking other resources. A quote early on in the article caught our attention: “’ I mean, (the Belizean government is) going to tell me you can’t go and cut the leaves you want to make a thatched roof without their permission, you can’t go and fish, and you can’t do farming there — but it’s okay for a company to come and put a big rig in there?’ says Tricia Mariano, president of the local Barranco branch of the National Garifuna Council, a group that works to preserve and strengthen the culture of the Garifuna people. ‘It’s contradictory’ she says, laughing.”

Guides Birdwatching
The tour guides of the CTGA thrive to be the best tour guides that they can be so training is very important to us all. On this day for example guides that wanted to fine tune their birdwatching skills could have done so with the help of other guides. They had a field trip to crooked Tree where the birds are plenty full here are some of those pictures I received from Daren Lamb.

Belizean Light Cake with Royal Icing
I did a different spin the the Belizean Light Cake and I also tried the Royal Icing based on the recipe from one of my viewers Dorita Alonzo Weir.

Che Chem Ha Guide Training
Earlier I showed you pictures of a birding expedition that the tour guides did in Crooked Tree. This time around, the guides visited the site of Actun Che Chem Ha Cave. This adventure is part of our guide betterment project which means tour guides are, and should be, constantly upgrading their skills in different fields. We also want more guides to access the cave so the guides needed to be trained by other guides. So, here are a few pictures of this tour, images provided by Daren Lamb.

International Sourcesizz

RoboForex transfers clients to new operations in Belize
RoboForex, a retail FX broker registered originally in New Zealand, has announced that it will transfer all of the clients of its RoboForex LP business to RoboTrade, its new subsidiary in Belize. The transfer will be automatic and will start on November 5, 2014. RoboForex LP has been registered as a Financial Services Provider (FSP) in New Zealand since October 2012, with the register still displaying that the company maintains this status. A representative of RoboForex stated to LeapRate today that the company does not plan to cancel its registration in New Zealand. In connection with the relocation of the company’s client base, there will be changes in the client agreements at RoboForex LP, which will become RoboTrade Ltd, the most important being that all clients wishing to withdraw their money will have to pass a full verification procedure and some may be asked to provide extra data when logging into their live accounts. This has to do with the anti-money laundering (AML) policy pursued by Belize’s financial regulator – the International Financial Services Commission (IFSC). The broker announced it had obtained a license from the IFSC on October 21, 2014.

Summit Church travels to Belize to help Blue Thumb Missions
An 11-member mission team from Summit Church recently traveled to Belmopan City, Belize, to provide labor at Blue Thumb Missions. Blue Thumb Missions is a 10-acre Christian Camp and Training Center that provides facilities for camps, retreats and conferences. They also serve local villages in humanitarian outreach. Joe and Piper Hensley have been directors of Blue Thumb for 10 years and are assisted by their son, Stephen. Blue Thumb is expanding its ministry and reach in the local community and needed assistance updating and building additional dormitory space for the increasing number of people who use the facility. Summit outreach director Ryan Richards found out about the ministry and the need and asked church members if they would be willing to help.

Real-life Indiana Jones on hunt for lost Mayan cities
THERE are days when Ivan Šprajc gets fed up with his job. Hacking pathways through the Mexican jungle with machetes is exhausting. Keeping a constant eye out for deadly snakes can be nerve-racking. The risk of finding nothing to show for all the effort is real. But then there is reward that comes when the contours of a plaza, palace, ball court or pyramid emerge from beneath the tree cover, or inscriptions that could help explain them are revealed by brushing off undergrowth. “I’ve said to myself quite a few times that this is the last season, because it is so difficult. But it is such a reward when you find a new site,” says the Slovenian archaeologist, who has made a career of finding lost Mayan cities. “It’s tough work, but it’s dead romantic.” This year Šprajc’s team found two — Tamchén and Lagunita — which followed last year’s discovery of a large site called Chactún. Šprajc’s first expeditions focused on an area close to the Belize border where the existence of small settlements meant local people could guide him to ruins they knew were on their land.

Videos

Video: Morning squall releases some heavy rain in San Pedro, 10sec.

Video: Bouncing in Belize!!!, 1min.

Video: GAÏA Riverlodge Belize, energized by nature, 1.5min.

Video: Belize 2014, 4min.
Fischer Family vacation to Belize October 2014

Video: HAPPY GARIFUNA SETTLEMENT DAY, 1min.
Buidula Hafeduhani Haweyuri Garinagu! Belikin wishes all of Belize a Happy Garifuna Settlement Day!

Video: Blue hole and crystal caves Armenia, Belize t84v9jAKJzY, 5.5min.

Video: Belize Pro Dive Center 2nd Anniversary, 8min.
Thanks to all our past guests, family and fans, without you we wouldn't be here. Currently the number 1 dive operator on the number 1 island in the world on tripadvisor. Here's your crew for the new season, we look forward to blowing some bubbles with you soon, ocean hugs!!!.... Happy Birthday Belize Pro DIve Center!!

October 29, 2014


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Specials and Events

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The San Pedro Sun

Island residents invited to participate in 5K and 10K run
On Saturday, November 1st, the San Pedro Sports Committee (SPSC) will be hosting a five kilometer (K) and a 10K running competition. The competition is scheduled to commence from the Boca del Rio Park at 6AM. Runners of all ages and gender are invited to participate, as there are cash prizes and trophies to be won! The competition will be divided into three main categories: male, female and group. The group category consists of teams of five members with at least four members completing the race to win. Each team participating in the group category must have of at least one female member and wear similar colored T-shirts to represent individual teams.

Letter to the Editor: Miss San Pedro Michelle Nunez
On October 19, 2014, I was invited to an amazing dinner at Ramon’s Village and met such wonderful people. I knew I couldn’t miss this opportunity to get to know the nonprofit organization, On Eagles Wings Ministries. It all started on September 10th, when I was crowned as the official Miss San Pedro 2014-2015. I had a short conversation with Alexis Guerrero, I told her how much it meant to me to reach out to the young ladies who have been victims of sexual abuse or lack self esteem, since that topic hits home to me. Alexis Guerrero is the present counselor at San Pedro High School. Last week I received a message from Emily Fitchpatrick, founder and president of On Eagles Wings Ministries (OEWM). She messaged back setting up an appointment for us to meet each other and the group. At last I found a nonprofit group that would suit my goals. We talked as we had known each other for years. Emily is such a caring person and full of ideas. It was an honor to meet another key person, Amena Mchea, employee at the OEWM Hope House. I also met Autumn Hanline, who is the prevention coordinator and also enjoys running and we both shared our good work out habits. I got to meet Ashley Frady, a nursing student who wanted to help out. Blake Davis, an intern with the ministry and works with the girls at the safe house. The entire team welcomed me at dinner with big smiles.

Governor General of Belize Welcomes New Costa Rican Ambassador
On Monday morning at the Belize House in Belmopan, His Excellency Edgar Garcia Miranda, the Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica to Belize, presented his credentials to His Excellency Sir Colville Young, Governor General of Belize.

The fun, scary and plain ‘olé creepy at Holiday’s Halloween Bash
It was a night to let your freak out at the annual Holiday Hotel Halloween Bash held on Saturday, October 25th. The long anticipated event saw a crowd of islanders and visitors alike, dressed in their most ghoulish and terrifying attire. Of course there are always those that prefer to dress up as the sweeter, classier or even down right hilarious side of Halloween. This year’s event saw wicked costumes, as partygoers reveled in the night and strutted the orange carpet. Holiday saw it all, from the scary monsters, vampires, witches and werewolves to the not so scary 80’s chicks, hard rockers, fairies and even a couple angels here and there.

Ambergris Today

Pic of the Week: Spectacular Skies in Belize during October
We always say that October has the most amazing sunrises and sunsets in Belize. Practically every day there is a spectacular show during the morning and evening hours that occur around 5:30 a.m. and p.m. We notice many residents sharing their unique views of both daily events and marveling at the awe-inspiring sight. Here is just one of those sunrise moments in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

Tropical Storm Hanna Develops Over Nicaragua & Honduras
It may not pose a big threat to Belize but the ninth named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season may bring more unwanted rain to Belize this week. The remnants of Tropical Depression 9 which crossed over northern Belize late last week now have developed into Tropical Storm Hanna. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has sent out a press release informing the public that as of 3:00 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm (TS) Hanna was located near 14.6N 83.9W over northeastern Nicaragua. Maximum sustained winds remain at 40 miles per hour and TS Hanna was moving towards the west at 7 miles per hour.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Evidence of Journey
Come and make it a Family Affair! An event you don't want to miss! Free Christian Concert in San Pedro, Louis Sylvester Sports Complex, Nov. 1, 8pm

Bert Belize
ready to serve Belize! Access to swift, skilled medical care and evacuation may save your life!. If you have access to a usable airstrip in your area Bert Belize is willing to come to you assistance.

Public and Bank Holidays, 2015
Thursday, January 1st: New Year’s Day Monday, March 9th: National Heroes and Benefactors Day Friday. April 3rd Good Friday Saturday, April 4th: Holy Saturday Monday, April 6th: Easter Monday Friday, May 1st: Labour Day Monday, May 25th: Sovereign’s Day/Commonwealth Day (in lieu of Sunday, 24th May) Thursday, September 10th: St. George’s Caye Day Monday, September 21st: Independence Day Monday, October 12th: Pan American Day Thursday, November 19th: Garifuna Settlement Day Friday, December 25th: Christmas Day Saturday, December 26th: Boxing Day

Reinado Internacional del Tropico 2014
Belize Pageant Updates shares pictures of Adriana Rain Haylock (Belize Delegate) at Reinado Internacional del Tropico 2014 Pageant in Honduras. The delegates of Reinado Internacional del Tropico 2014. Miss Belize Adriana Haylock is on the far left.

Looking for talented kids
CM3 media Group, Inc. is looking for Belizean kids that are talented in the area of Music - Art - Culture Dance, please do post and we will review.

Haunted House at Wayo's Bar
Friday October 31st!! Haunted House from 7pm - 10pm (Haunted house will also be open the 29th and 30th from 7pm - 9pm) Kids candy give away at 4pm! Costume Contest at 9pm!! Win awesome Raffle prizes from Restaurants, Hotels and Tour Operators in San Pedro!! Try your luck with the 50/50 Raffle Come join us for an amazing afternoon and evening all benefiting a great cause!! All proceeds benefit San Pedro AIDS Commission

Power interruption Placencia Peninsula
Power interruption, 7:00am to 11:00am, Saturday, November 1: entire Placencia Peninsula, Independence Village and surrounding areas. BEL to repair hotspots at Independence and Placencia Substations, install and repair lightning arresters and replace utility poles in area.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT Week of October 18th – October 26th, 2014
It was a special week at the lodge but it was even more special for 2 guests. Daniel and Maria were engaged to be married during their stay at El Pescador! He proposed while they were diving, it made the whole lodge happy!

Belize fights to save a crucial barrier reef
Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which provides jobs in fishing, tourism and other industries which feed the lifeblood of the economy, Belize has long been acutely aware of the need to protect its marine resources from both human and natural activities. However, there has been a recent decline in the production and export of marine products including conch, lobster, and fish, even as tourism figures continue to increase. The decline is not helped by overfishing and the harvest of immature conch and lobster outside of the standard fishing season. But the primary reason for less conch and lobster in Belize’s waters, according to local experts, is excess ocean acidity which is making it difficult for popular crustacean species such as conch and lobster, which depend on their hard, spiny shells to survive, to grow and mature. According to the executive director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC), Dr. Kenrick Leslie, acidification is as important and as detrimental to the sustainability of the Barrier Reef and the ocean generally as warming of the atmosphere and other factors generally associated with climate change.

Clown Theatre Performance in Belize City "Triciclo Rojo" (90 photos) 25 Oct 2014
The Embassy of Mexico presented the theater clown company “Triciclo Rojo”. "Triciclo Rojo" is a group of dancers and clowns that integrate dance, juggling, animation and music, in vivid complicity with children’s imagination. This show has been recognized for its stage authenticity. "Triciclo Rojo" has presented its art and work at important venues in Mexico, such as the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Palace), as well as in other countries such as Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, India, Portugal, Spain, and USA. In Belize City, they presented the play: "The Basin Poet" which tells the story of Etolo, a wandering knight, who is always looking for small miracles to restore people's faith in their dreams. With the help of Bum and Hum, he will discover where do forgotten dreams go and he will conquer fear and danger before climbing the world.

Cultural tradition of Hanal Pixan
The Corozal House of Culture will be showcasing the cultural tradition of Hanal Pixan - the Maya tradition of honouring the dearly departed. Please visit us this Friday October 31 and view the traditional altar on display. Learn more about this cultural celebration as we offer free lectures at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with Mr. Roy Rodriguez. Yours in Art and Culture, Debra Wilkes Coordinator Corozal House of Culture 1 Avenue Corozal Town

Thunderbolt Water Taxi resumes operation on Friday, 31 October.
The Thunderbolt Water Taxi Facebook has been out of service from 15 October until Friday, 31 October, for its yearly maintenance.

Channel 7

Toyota Thief Worked For The Dealership
Last week when police recovered a Toyota Hilux that had been stolen minutes earlier from the Institute of Archaeology, it gave them their first real opening in the case of the stolen Hilux pickups - four of them since July. And tonight, the news is that police have made their first arrest - and it's huge. Huge because the man who stands accused is an employee of the Toyota dealer, Belize Diesel and Equipment Company. His name is Hector Monterosa, a 22 year old maintenance man from St. Matthews's village. His job at Belize Diesel was to wash vehicles after servicing and in some cases deliver them back to the clients. Information so far suggests that he would use that time to make the unauthorized duplicate keys, which would later be used to steal the vehicles. But we're getting ahead of ourselves; so far he's only been linked to one stolen Hilux - and that's the one from the Institute of Archaeology. Today the Officer Commanding Belmopan - who's been working overtime to crack this case told us about the arrest - and the important missing link which they need your help to find:..

Gang Boss "Roger" Appears In Court on Crutches; Arraigned, Remanded
Tonight, 37 year-old Roger Anthony, the reputed boss of the Ghost Town Crips, is at the Belize Central Prison along with 23 year-old Kendis Flowers. That's after being taken to court for shooting up the Meighan residence. Anthony showed up walking on crotches after he injured the arch of his foot. Both Anthony and Flowers were charged with attempted murder, damage to property, and aggravated assault. Anthony was additionally charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm, and keeping unlicensed ammunition. As we told you, Anthony appeared beside GSU Commander Mark Flowers and announced on national television that he was leaving the gang life behind. 2 weeks later, he now stands accused of opening fire on the house of his rivals, Tyron and Ellis Meighan Jr.

September 17th Shooting Victim Dies
Violence erupted in Belize City on of September 17th.; within six hours, 3 persons were dead, while 5 others had been shot. Well, of those five who were shot, one died last night. He is 28 year old Leon Savery, a resident of Belama. On the night of September 17th, at 8:00 pm, he was hanging out with John Aviliez, Nigel Ferguson and Mark Alamilla at the corner of angel Lane when a gunman pulled up and opened fire. Avilez was killed and Savery was shot in the buttocks - which, most times, doesn't end up in a fatality. But, in his case, the family tells us, the bullet travelled up inside his midsection. Despite numerous surgeries doctors could not remove it - and he died from pneumonia at a few minutes to eight last night. So he joins John Avilez as the second person to be killed in that shooting - and becomes the fourth casualty from the 6 hours of gun violence on September 17th - which is the highest single day murder count in Belize so far for 2014.

Alleged Immigration Queenpin Beats 10 Charges
In May, it made major news when 46 year-old Marleny Elizabeth Castellanos, and her common-law husband, 42 year-old Alfredo Orlando Gonzalez Marcos, were charged for fraudulent immigration documents built around stolen identities of dead Belizean citizens from Benque Viejo. That led to them being scrutinized as part of a wider immigration ring. All the circumstances pointed to Castellanos being an immigration fraudster who facilitated documents for other illegal immigrants in the country. Well, the news tonight is that Castellanos and her common-law, Gonzalez Marcos, have been acquitted of the first 10 charges they faced for those illegal documents, and they may also get a full acquittal of the other charges they currently face. When they were first arraigned in May, from the details of the investigation, it appeared as if though the Immigration Department had an airtight case against them both.

Man Who Rode "Up-Stop" Got Beat Up By Cops
We know police have been cracking down on quality of life crimes, but on Friday, 28 year old Sherwin Baizar felt the brunt of it. Police reportedly caught him riding contrary to traffic, or "up stop" on Collet Canal near the Michael Finnegan market. They arrested him for causing a bicycle to proceed on a one way street. But, they say he also resisted arrest assaulted a police officer and used insulting words on the police. And that, it seems earned him some raw street justice - when police put a beating on him. He said during his ride to the station the officers began beating him for no reason. Today he gave 7news his account of what happened. Sherwin Baizer - Allege Police Brutality "On Friday the 24th, I went to the market to buy vegetables on my bike and like the men (police) were coming on the lane the same time I am going to a stall to buy.

45 Year Old Man Convicted of Molesting 6 Year Old Girl
Tonight, 45 year-old Brian Charlesworth is on remand awaiting his sentencing hear after he was found guilty of having sexual relations with a girl who was 6 years at the time. He stood trial before Justice Troadio John Gonzalez where the girl testified against him as the main witness. She told the court - in a closed session - that between January 20111 and October 21, 2011, Charlesworth had intercourse with her. The child's mother also testified for the jury and explained what her daughter had told her about the sexual violation. A medico-legal form was tendered into evidence in which the doctor who inspected the child says that what he found was "suspicious, but not confirmatory." In his defence, Charlesworth testified under oath and denied that he had committed the offense, explaining his version that he was elsewhere when this violation of the child happened. After deliberating for 4 hours, a jury of 9 found him guilty in a Majority verdict of 7-2.

Stole A Visa Card, Went On A Spending Spree, Now Going To Jail
Yesterday 28 year old Ron Haylock was sentenced to two years in jail for stealing a BDF's visa debit card and spending over $2000 dollars. According to BDF Jose Hun he lost his visa debit card on Wednesday and reported that about $2,115.32 was missing from his account. Police found 4 invoices and slips with what appeared to be Hun's signature, but when the signatures were shown to him, he said he had not signed for any of the transactions. Apparently Haylock found the card in Green Jades Restaurant on Poinsettia Street and used it to buy items for his son and himself then to throw a party for his friend. Haylock pleaded guilty and said that he told Hun that he would pay him back all the money he spent but that the authorities wanted him to pay more.

82 Year Old Man Emerges From Rubble of Collapsed Home
Tonight an 82 year old man is lucky to be alive after his wooden house collapsed with him inside. It happened around 1am this morning on Mangrove Street near the Bel China Bridge. Neighbors say Randy Cabral was inside his home sleeping when they heard a loud sound. When they ran outside, they saw the elderly man crawling out from under the rubble. Cabral lived in the house alone and his neighbors say something like this was bound to happen.. Voice of: Neighbor "Well I was watching TV and about minutes to one I heard a crack and when I heard that I told my girlfriend Mr. Ranny house drop. We ran outside and we saw the house on the ground and I yelled out for him and he climb out from under the house and I ask if he was alright and he said yes. I send my husband for him and I bring him here to spend the night. Every time you have a hard breeze or the weather comes, the house shake like a hammock - like crazy.

Teenager Charged For Street Robbery
Yesterday, we told you about the 64 year-old woman and her daughter who were robbed at knife point. Well, police say that they have made a quick arrest, and tonight, 19 year-old Khalil Heusner is out on bail. As we told you, it happened on Saturday afternoon at around 3:15. The elderly woman and her daughter were walking on Albert Street west when 2 men approached them in front of Anglican Cathedral College. One of them pulled a knife on them, and placed it on her daughter's throat. When he had her subdued, the culprit then grabbed her purse, which contained an iPhone 5 and other personal documents, and ran off.

Dr. Lisa, New DMS At KHMH
3 week ago, we told you how the Board of Governors chose Dr. Adrian Coye to become the new CEO of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lisa Johnson had also applied for the job as CEO, and she got avid support from board members. In the end though, after a close vote, they chose Coye, and offered Johnson his old job as the Director of Medical Services. Well, Dr. Johnson has since accepted the post, taking over as the second most senior staffer at the hospital. Today, she introduced herself to the media and discussed what her vision for the hospital will be while she is in charge as Director. She told us that the focus will be improving relations with the public that medical staff serve: Dr. Lisa Johnson "Sometimes you get caught up in the moment as you are dealing with patients and you try your very best and I will tell you that most if not every doctor and nurse as they are dealing with a patient, or not necessarily a trauma patient but every patient, have a stake in how that patient does and they are very much engaged and not only engaged but are extremely empathetic to the situation that we find our patients in and It's something that I said a lot in the emergency room and I think that we all feel that way that a lot of times when we see our patients we need to understand that it is possible that patient's worse day and relatives worse day and sometimes unfortunately it may be that patient last day and we strive to give excellent patient care and to also treat patients with dignity.

19 Year Old Gun-toting High Schooler Looking At 8 Years In Jail; Tells Court Tired of Being Chanced
19 year-old Jonathan Gideon, a high school student, is spending the first night of an 8-year sentence after he pleaded guilty to being in possession of a sawed-off shot gun in Magistrate's Court today. The incident happened yesterday at around 10 a.m. at the Novelos Bus Terminal. Police officers were on mobile patrol, and one of them spotted Gideon and 3 other males exiting the terminal area. The officer decided to search the group, and as soon as they made for the 4 men, Gideon tried to avoid them. Because he acted suspiciously, the officers detained him and searched his Old Navy school bag, where they found a 20-gauge sawed-off shotgun with 4 cartridges. Police subsequently charged Gideon with keeping a prohibited firearm, and keeping unlicensed ammunition. He was arraigned today before Magistrate Herbert Panton, and he pleaded guilty to both offences.

A Chance For a Climate Change Discussion
Last night we told you about UWI's poster competition that reflects the effects of Climate Change. Well, today the more formal discussions began at the UWI open campus. It's called the Belize Country Conference and the focus of this year's conference is to examine the factors that threaten the region's economic stability and the well being of its people. We spoke to two of the invited guests and they explained the dynamics of the discussion and the way forward. Dr. Mark Bynoe, Senior Resource Economist, Climate Change Center "The idea is to begin to sensitize and get the information more out that climate change is a real phenomenon and what are some of the things we need to be looking at, some of the actions we need to be taking so that we can build our resilience to climate change. In terms of what has actually been accomplished, we have pass the stage of just educating. Within Belize I can speak for my own organization; we have been working with government; we've been working with other organizations; we've been working with the University of Belize. So for example, we have put in place hydrometeorology stations, coral reef early warning systems. We've been doing vulnerability assessments and training. We are also working with community such as the Ya'axché NGO which is a group down in the Toledo District as well as the Flowers Bank community where we are looking at the cohune palm and how that can be used as a source as renewable energy."

If We Took a Holiday...
The holiday list for 2015 was released today and you can start to mark your calendars for those vacation days. First off New Year's Day falls on Thursday January 1st while National Heroes and Benefactors Day falls on a Monday March 9th ; so that's one long weekend for you. Then for the Easter holiday, it begins from Friday April 3rd with Good Friday to April 6th which is Easter Monday. And there's another long weekend for Labor Day which is on Friday May 1st. There is another long weekend with Sovereign's Day on Monday May 25th. Looking at September now, the 10th falls on a Thursday and Independence falls on a Monday while Pan American Day, October 12th will also be on a Monday. Garifuna Settlement Day is on a Thursday and we end off another year with Christmas on Friday December 25th and Boxing Day observed the Saturday.

9M In Works Contracts Signed
Contracts were signed yesterday in Belmopan for major road works in Belize City and Punta Gorda. 5 miles of the Old Northern highway will be paved with hot mix by RODLA Construction for 3.4 million dollars. Then, a four-leg roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of the George Price Highway, Faber's Road and Lake Independence Boulevard. That's to make way for traffic coming off the southern end of the New Chetumal Street Bridge. A similar 150 foot reinforced concrete roundabout will be placed on the Phillips Goldson highway to regulate traffic on the northern side of the bridge, at the intersection with Chetumal Street. This will be done by CISCO construction for 3.6 million dollars.

Channel 5

Roger Anthony & Kendis Flowers Arraigned for Shooting at Meighan’s Residence
Thirty-seven-year-old Roger Anthony and twenty-three-year-old Kendis Flowers were arraigned this morning in the courtroom of Magistrate Herbert Panton on a battery of firearms-related offences. The charges stem from a shooting [...]

Leon Savery Succumbs to Gunshot Injuries Five Weeks After Deadly Shooting
A victim of a shooting spree back in September died on Monday night at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Leon Savery was among a group of men who were targeted [...]

Hector Armando Monterosa, What’s His Role in Toyota Hilux Thefts?
Last week Belmopan Police narrowly missed capturing a man who was stealing a Toyola Hilux assigned to the Department of Archaeology. He abandoned the vehicle and escaped in the bushes [...]

82 Year-Old Man Escapes Injury During Overnight House Collapse
An elderly Belize City resident is tonight lucky to have escaped grave injuries when his home on Mangrove Street suddenly collapsed in the wee hours of this morning.  The elevated [...]

UN Says Belize is Third Deadliest Country In the World
Belize and four other countries in the region continue to take the lead with the highest murder rates in the world. The other hotspots for murders are Honduras, El Salvador [...]

Marleny Castellanos and Alfredo Marcos Walk Off Immigration Charges
For several months, we have reported on an alleged immigration scam which was suspected to be masterminded by Marleny Castellanos, aided by her husband Alfredo Marcos, both Guatemalan nationals residing [...]

Gwen Liz Student Busted with Sawed-Off Shotgun
On Monday, a team of police officers on mobile patrol in the area of the Novelo’s Bus Terminal in Belize City set chase behind a group of men who had [...]

Cabinet Agrees on Financial Compensation for Danny Conorquie
Danny Cononquie was executed at the Caracol Archaeological Site on September twenty-fourth. His murder sparked national outrage because it is believed that he was killed by Guatemalan encroachers; and then [...]

Caracol Park Manager Recalls Last Conversation with Danny Conorquie
The Caracol Archeological Site reopened on Monday, and for the tour guides and tourists who visited, it was business as usual. The tour guides have not told their guests about [...]

Khalil Heusner Arrested for Belize City Robbery
Over the weekend, a sixty-four year old mother and daughter were accosted in broad daylight by two men on Albert Street West, near the Anglican Cathedral College. One held up [...]

Will Compensation Be Extended to Yanie Cu?
Twenty-eight year old Yanie Cu was badly injured when a vehicle being driven by Deputy Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura slammed into his taxi on August sixteenth. Today, he cannot [...]

Sugar Crop Season Approaching, Where Are B.S.C.F.A. and A.S.R. on Bagasse Agreement?
For months, we’ve been reporting on the impasse in the sugar industry between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and the American Sugar Refinery. Both sides have been unable to [...]

2014 Climate Change Conference Opens in Belize
Four days ago, the European Union agreed on targets to protect the changing climate. The principal target was a pledge to reduce emissions by at least forty percent by 2030. [...]

Paul Nabor In Concert Revisited
The National Institute of Culture and History, NICH, has released information on the upcoming events which will culminate on Saturday with the funeral of Paranda legend Paul Nabor in Punta [...]

CTV3

No One Arrested Or Charged For Stabbing Incident At CJC
Last week Friday we reported on an unfortunate incident that landed one student of Corozal Junior College at the Northern Regional Hospital. The student, who is said to be a minor, was stabbed by one of his fellow classmates allegedly over a seat on the bus. The incident is said to have transpired on the afternoon of Thursday October 23rd on the school campus. To date, CJC’s administration has refused to speak on the matter simply stating that they are investigating the incident.While the names of both the victim and his attacker are yet to be released, we do know that Corozal Police is aware of the incident and are carrying out their investigations. But it hasn’t been easy since authorities have been unable to interrogate the minor who remains hospitalized at the NRH.According to Officer Commanding the Corozal Police Formation, Andrew Ramirez, as soon as they have all details in hand they will proceed with necessary measures.

One Year After Canadian's Murder Arrests Are Yet To Be Made
Today makes exactly one year that 57 year old Canadian National Patricia Lynn Nichiporowich was brutally murdered at her home located in the Consejo Shores Area in Corozal Town. Since the incident, no one has been charged for her murder and all indications are that the case has gone cold as police have no leads. Today, Officer Commanding the Corozal Police Formation, Superintendent Andrew Ramirez, updated us on the case.Andrew Ramirez – OC Corozal“Unfortunately I must apologies to the Corozal community that the Corozal formation has no other lead in relation to what we have already had in constantly being informed to the community, we still look forward in getting the opportunity to interview that male person who had left the day prior to Mrs. Patricias’ unfortunate demised and in the absence of that we could basically say that the investigation has been stalled somewhat but we must be mindful as well that these cases that were committed basically in a planned manner tend to take a little bit more longer than the normal haphazard type of killings and we would hope at least during my tenure here as the Commanding Officer that we get some sort of break truth to satisfy the family especially the family, whilst we have not had any other serious matter there in Consejo, remember a live lost is far too much for us.”

Hanna Weakens, Rain Still Expected
Storm watchers continue to monitor what was Tropical Storm Hanna which had moved into Central America and weakened midweek. According to forecasters, the system could redevelop and another system bears watching. The system has headed towards Belize and forecasters give it a 20% chance of returning to a Tropical Storm. The high pressure system to the north will prevent Hanna from moving northward into the Gulf of Mexico and approaching coastal areas of the United States. Part of the lingering zone of showers and thunderstorms from Hanna could redevelop nearby along the coast of Belize, Honduras and Guatemala this week, according to reports. As a result, this part of Central America could continue to deal with locally drenching rain and gusty storms through the end of the week. Reports indicate that the system is currently carrying maximum sustained winds of 25 miles per hour and moving west-northwest at 10 miles per hour. By midday on Wednesday, Invest 96L should be inland over Belize and northern Guatemala. Hanna formed in warm waters of the western Caribbean, right along the coast of Nicaragua, on Monday morning. The system originally formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico as Tropical Depression 9, but then weakened while crossing the Yucatan Peninsula late last week. Hanna was the eighth named system in the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. The next name on the list of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season is Isaias.

Murder Rate For Corozal Remains Same As Last Year
The first three quarters of this year has surely proven to be similar to that of last year when it comes to the murder statistic for the Corozal District. But while the murder rate for 2014 is similar to that of 2013 in Corozal, statistics also reveal that all murders committed so far for 2014, are registered in the rural areas and 60% of the murder cases have been solved. Andrew Ramirez – OC Corozal“For 2013 we had five murders within the Corozal District including the death of Patricia but we had an incident in Sarteneja where a woman was charge in relation to that one, we also had an incident in Libertad where a male individual was charged, we had an incident in the Patchakan village outskirt of ChanChen where a gentleman had lost his life and two person were charged in relation to that, then we had Darwin Salazar whose body was found just in the outskirt of Chan Chen heading toward the Phillip Goldson Highway so as a recap those were the five murders so basically we solved 60% 3 out of 5 we solve, and we hope to get assistance from one family in relation to that two and the other two as I mentioned those were well planned as a result we do not have any suspects so to speak.

Confication Of Drugs In San Pedro Leads To Several Arrests
Over the weekend, San Pedro police with help from GSU members of Belize City, conducted several raids and searches to get rid of drugs, firearms, ammunition and any illicit articles off the streets. And while these reports may seem petty to the average Belizean, authorities on the island are not taking anything lightly and are treating these cases with the same severity. In the first instance 8 persons were arrested for being in possession of a pipe. According to police, a search was conducted at the residence of 40-year-old Claudia Cabanas, 19-year-old Diannie Cabanas, 21-year-old Laura Valencia, 21-year-old Nayelie Cabanas, 31-year-old Jaime Campos and 21-year-old Alexis Alvarenga in the San Juan Area. The search led police to the discovery of a silver and green metal pipe measuring 3.25 inches suspected to be used for smoking cannabis. All persons were formally arrested and charged for the crime of “Possession of pipe”.

Former Lands Committee Of Palmar Village Refuses To Hand Over Reports To New Committee
Earlier this month the residents, particularly those who have descended from the founders of San Jose Palmar Village, concluded a several months long wait for a new lands committee. With the input of the Lands Department, representative of the Government as trustee to the village’s land, a legal and binding election was held on October fifth for three of the new committee members. That should have concluded the conflict between the former committee members and descendants who claimed irregularities in how the former committee handled the village’s land affairs. Well, it is not and today there is continued contention and the latest being, that the former committee members are reportedly refusing to hand over all documents to the newly elected committee. Chairman of the village and member of the new committee, Orlando Balam told us more about the situation.

PUP Seven Endorsed In Orange Walk Town
In five month’s Belizeans across the country will once again head out to the polls to elect the team they believe will best run the affairs of their respective town or City for the next three years. With Municipal Elections right around the corner both political parties in Belize have cranked up their machinery and from all indications it will be a highly contested election. Here in Orange Walk the incumbent P.U.P Seven Team, with the exception of Councilor Neri Ramirez, was endorsed during a special convention held by the party on Saturday night at the Crystal Palace Auditorium. Taking Ramirez’s seat is Councilor Candidate Gian Vazquez who is no stranger to Orange Walk and to the P.U.P. Here are the highlights of the endorsement. Carmelita Perez – Reporting The endorsement of Mayor Kevin Bernard and his team was attended by young and old and had the support of Party Leader Francis Fonseca, Former Party Leader John Briceno and other members of the party including Standard Bearers and Area Representatives from across the country.

James Bus Line Now Offers Free WiFi Services On Buses
Passengers, especially students and businesspersons from Punta Gorda to Belize and vice versa will be benefitting greatly, thanks to the added convenience of wireless internet in the express James bus Line. The project is in its testing stage and according to Manager James Williams, they wish to expand on this service since the reception from their passengers and commuters have been positive. James Williams– MANAGER, JAMES BUS LINE “We decide ways to give back to our customers and we decided that WIFI was going to be one of the best things to give back and it took a long while to figure out how to implement it on the bus but now I guess we are successful because today was the first test run.” Maria Novelo – Reporter “Now, is this implemented on all the fleet or only on the buses that take students to UB?”

Tropical Storm Hanna Brings Rain For Belize
Tropical Storm Hannah is expected to make landfall in Honduras tonight and for Belize it means heavy rainfall and squally conditions. The National Emergency Management Organization, (NEMO) reported that at 3:00pm today the centre of Tropical Storm ‪ ‎Hanna was located over north eastern Nicaragua. Maximum sustained winds remain at 40 miles per hour and Hanna was moving towards the west at 7 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, has Tropical Storm Hanna heading deeper into Nicaragua and Honduras. On the present track the center of circulation is expected to remain inland along the border of Honduras and Nicaragua. This track over land will weaken the system. Tropical Storm Hanna currently poses no significant threat to Belize; however, its proximity will support some showers and thunderstorms around the country during the next 24 to 36 hours. The Rio Hondo and Mopan Rivers are slowly rising. The Low-lying Bridge and the Iguana Creek Bridge on the Macal River are at flood state. Both the Baking Pot and Succotz ferries remain closed.

Two Of Four Blood Samples Sent For Testing Prove Positive For Dengue
On Friday we reported on an active investigation by the Ministry of Health on suspected Chikungunya cases in the Belmopan area. And while the Ministry is yet to receive official confirmation, public relations officer Claudette Dakers told us today that two of the four suspected cases of Chikungunya in the Belmopan area have come back positive for Dengue. These two cases are related since the two female individuals are sisters from Las Flores. In the first case, the Ministry is still awaiting results from CARPHA, which they project to come in on Wednesday. In the fourth case, the Ministry is still working on getting samples from family since they are not fully cooperating but authorities say they are actively investigating that case. Still, as of late his evening, there is no confirmed case of Chik-V in Belize, just two confirmed cases of Dengue and they are being treated accordingly. More on this story as it develops.

Ambassador Of Costa Rica Presented Credentials To GG
In a short ceremony this morning, His Excellency Edgar Garcia Miranda, the Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica to Belize, presented his credentials to His Excellency Sir Colville Young, Governor General of Belize in Belmopan. The Governor General welcomed the new Ambassador who expressed his desire to quote, “further strengthen the cordial relations of friendship which happily exist between Costa Rica and Belize”.

PUP Standard Bearers And Area Reps. Endorses PUP Seven
Also coming out in numbers to witness the endorsement of Mayor Kevin Bernard and his team were P.U.P Area Representatives and Standard Bearers from across the jewel, including down south. Those who addressed the crowd brought along with them a message of hope for Orange Walkenos and the nation. Oscar Requena- PUP Area Representative Toledo West“I have every confidence that this is the winning team, this is the team that is going to deliver for Orange Walk and it is the team that is going to send a clear message to Dean Barrow that this is strike one, strike two, strike three, when we take over Belmopan under the leadership of Honorable Francis Fonseca and team 31 whenever he calls the elections. I will tell and I am certain that when we go to Belmopan under the leadership of the honorable Francis Fonseca and team 31 we will have a hell of a bloody job to fix back this country because everything is in shambles; whether it is in the lands department, whether it is in education, whether it is health worst in infrastructure we are going to have a hell of a job but I will tell you nation building is for giants and the RT. Honorable George Price said it, nation building is about giants and we are the giants, the PUP is going to respond to bring back this country, to save back this country my friends and that is why tonight I proudly endorse our Mayor Kevin Bernard and his team.”

Woman Get Stab Over Cellular Phone
A brawl over a cellular phone almost turned tragic for one Orange Walk resident over the weekend. Authorities say on Sunday, 21 year old Embrece Franklin, domestic of Asuncion Street, was socializing at Xunan Bar located on Lovers Lane, when she had an altercation with 39 year old Sherlaine Smith of Smithsonia Street. The altercation allegedly stemmed from a cellular phone and resulted in Franklin being stabbed on the left hip by Smith. After the report was made, police detained Sherlain Smith who was arrested and charged for aggravated assault. Smith was arraigned in court this afternoon.

DPP Is Back In Belize
The Director of Public Prosecution, Cheryl Lyn Vidal is back on the job after taking what was reported by the Government as a study leave of three months. Information provided to CTV3 News by our colleagues at KREM News in Belize City, state that reporters ran into the DPP today while at court. She was asked if the Kim Wong Hong passport was already at her office and about her studies. Her response was: why would her vacation be of interest to anyone. She then proceeded to dispel that she had gone on study leave.At the time of her leaving the country, the COLA private prosecution of former minister Elvin Penner was at court and the NGO was hoping that the Kim Wong Hong case file, that the police had sent to the DPP for further directives, would be sent to them but this never happened. When questioned about this today, the DPP is quoted as saying, “today is literally my first day on the job," end quote.

LOVE FM

Garifuna Celebrations Declared Opened
November 19 has been observed as a national holiday since 1977. Through the efforts of civil rights activist Thomas Vincent Ramos, the day was set aside to celebrate the settlement of the Garifuna people in Belize. A number of activities will take place leading up to the day and today the President of the National Garifuna Council, Senior Superintendent Robert Mariano, declared this year’s celebrations open. ROBERT MARIANO “The Garifuna race continues to struggle for survival and therefore needs the contribution of all. If this great race of people is to meet its fullest potential. This year we celebrate under the theme ‘Let’s not just talk, let the work progress. God before us and we behind’. This is a theme that is very important because as a struggling nation we cannot do it standing on the peripheries bickering, hating or by separation. The bible speaks of the impact of separation when it is said that a house divided will fall. We need to have cohesion and unity with everyone to stand on the side and bicker about the work of the organization can no longer do.

Structure Collapses on Elderly Man While In Bed
An 82 year old man is lucky to be alive after his house collapsed with him inside. Ronald Cabral Senior was asleep when around one o’clock this morning, his house which is located on Mangrove Street in Belize City, came crashing down, trapping Cabral Senior among the rubble. His neighbors heard the noise and ran to Cabral’s aid. Cabral Sr. did not receive any serious injuries. Rosa Cadle spoke to Love News. “When we were sleeping we heard the thing crash down and when it crashed down my son yelled for me and we ran out and that is how we got over there to see what was wrong and my son hold his hand and brought him out on the piece of bridge and asked him if he got hurt and he said cabral house 2no only a bump in the head. So we took him over and he went to sleep in my warehouse. The house is already old, he has no finance to repair it, nothing because he is an old man. He has no way of income.” Hipolito Novelo “He is luck to be alive.” Rosa Cadle “Yes, He’s very lucky because all the neighbors who would see it always wish that he would not be in the house when it falls down.”

A Synergy of Maya Mountain Cacao and French Chocolate
A long term business agreement was signed between Maya Mountain Cacao of Toledo and a French chocolate manufacturer. Paul Mahung “The signing of the agreement on Friday October 24th marked an exciting partnership with Chocolate Colleagues in France as explained by CEO of Maya Mountain Cacao of Toledo Emily Stone.” EMILY STONE “Maya Mountain Cacao has signed a really exciting partnership with the chocolate maker Valrhona out of France. This partnership is specifically related to one single large farm in Belize and we will set a new standard for quality and consistency of production coming out of country that is now so valuable in the global cocoa industry.”

Trapp Brothers Freed of Attempted Murder Charge
Two men were acquitted of attempted murder in the Southern Session of the Supreme Court. Correspondent Harry Arzu reports. HARRY ARZU “24-year-old, Norman Trapp and 29-year-old, Dennis Trapp, both of Punta Gorda Town, were today acquitted of two counts of attempted murder in the Supreme Court of Justice Denis Hanomansingh. Both men were charged for attempted murder as a result of a shooting incident, where they were accused of shooting in a crowd on the Main Street of Punta Gorda Town sometime between 11:30pm and 12:00am on the 28th of February 2011. The victims in the incident were John Sanchez and William Sanchez. As a result, the duo were arrested and charged for the said crime but were granted bail. After the decision was handed down by Justice Hanomansingh, Love News Spoke with the attorney for the Trapps, Arthur Saldivar.”

A Look at Health Issues Within East Indian Community
The East Indian community in Belize is one of the smallest ethnic groups in the country. Despite this, the small community is making all efforts to retain as much of its culture and traditions for the sake of present and future generations. Arturo Cantun reports. Arturo Cantun “The first Indian Diaspora Conference in Belize was held in August. During the four day event, several topics were discussed which included history, social economic issues and health. Dr. Raju is East Indian and has been a doctor for the past 39 years. She was one of the presenters at the conference who spoke on health matters affecting East Indians in Belize. Dr.Raju explained that a study was conducted among East Indian families that exposed the common illnesses within that community.” Dr. Raju “The majority of diseases they are experiencing is diabetes, and then high blood pressure or hypertension, heart complications and obesity. So I gave them a few tips on how to prevent these diseases because prevention is better than cure and health is wealth and the family nuclear unit is very important, the belief systems and how they live as a family and community. So I talked about team work and to work as a team together so that they can have a better, healthier society, happier and then I gave some illustrations on how to take care of their bodies as a temple of the living God.”

PlusTV

Man arrested in connection to missing Government Vehicles
Belmopan Police are making progress in the case of the missing Government issued Hilux vehicles, which police believe are all connected in some way or another, but have yet been able to prove it.Last week, the fifth vehicle since July would have gone missing; but by a stroke of luck, it was spotted...

Quality Poultry Broiler Explodes, Employee Dies
There was a work related accident at Quality Poultry Products’ facility in Spanish Lookout on Thursday October 14th. Sabino Primentel, a resident of Santa Familia Village and the manager of the boiler system at the rendering plant for Quality Poultry Product, received severe burns when there was a...

Fire truck damages vehicle
The National Fire Service has taken responsibility for an incident which took place late Monday evening as trucks responded to reports of a fire near the Majestic Alley area of Belize City. But they claim that it might not have happened if the fire report had not turned out to be a false alarm.Arou...

Brian Charlesworth found guilty of carnal knowledge of child
45 year old Brian Charlesworth was convicted of carnal knowledge today by a jury of 9, before Justice Troadio Gonzalez in the Supreme Court. The jury voted 7-2 to convict Charlesworth of molesting a six year old female child. The incident occurred at an unknown date between January of 2011 and Octob...

Guatemalan couple beat charges
A Guatemalan couple, 42 year old Alfredo Marcos and 46 year old Marleny Castellanos, who were charged with using document that they were not entitled to use, were freed of those charges on Tuesday when they were dismissed by Magistrate Dale Cayetano, after presentations were made by Crown Counsel Sh...

Teenager jailed for prohibited firearm
He says he is tired of being disrespected and taken lightly, but 19 year old student Jonathan Gideon will spend the next eight years in Central Prison, after pleading guilty on Tuesday to keeping a prohibited firearm and keeping ammunition without a gun license. Magistrate Herbert Panton set sentenc...

Accused hand bag thief charged
Nineteen year old Khalil Heusner, a construction worker of Berkeley Street, Belize City, is one of two persons who the police believe stole a hand bag containing an I Phone. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of robbery, when he appeared on Tuesday before Magistrate Dale Cayetano...

Land fight on Ambergris Caye goes to court
The case of Santa Rita Holdings versus Reef Village Limited and others went to court on Monday. It is a dispute over usage of lands along the sea coast in Northern Ambergris Caye. Proprietor and resident of Santa Rita Holdings and Tabony’s Industries, Gus Tabony, tells us about his company’s efforts to stop rival developers from using his property for their own. Gus Tabony – Proprietor and Resident of Santa Rita Holdings “What we’re trying to do in enjoin is the unloading of materials from barges from front of our beach front property. We feel that this is a private use of the public right of way, and that it’s damaging the sea wall. They’ve destroyed our pier, and the defendants just claim that they have the unlimited use of the sea front in front of our property, in which we are claiming because of our rights to the sea front, that’s why we buy sea front property is to have the use and the access to the sea, that it’s a violation of our rights to that part of the property. There’s some issues here to what is a private use as to a public use, because yes the public has the use of the right of way. There’s no Queen’s land in San Pedro, which is owned by the Government, but there is a right of way. It’s just a legal issue.”

Fire in PG Guts House; Resident Lost Everything.
An overnight fire over the weekend gutted a small cement building with zinc rooftop at Lovers Water Supply area in Punta Gorda. The fire started sometime before midnight on Friday September 24th. When police arrived at the scene they found the building already engulfed in flames. Contrary to police reports the house was not abandoned. 22 year old Rigo Zuniga says he has been living there with his brother. He had left Punta Gorda for Belize City to find a job, and had not been home for a week and a half when he got the call. Rigo Zuniga “The building was in flames. I got the call at 12:27 a.m. on Saturday morning. Everything is totally destroyed. The house itself was [worth] 40 plus thousand dollars. The belongings inside was probably like maybe 15 or 17 thousand dollars. I went to the Fire Department this morning trying to get a fire report, to submit to the bank, because I had a loan from the bank. That’s still at the preliminary stage right now.”

Steven Buckley attempted murder trial put off again
On April 28 of 2010, construction worker Steven Buckley and two companions were shot at in a Dodge Ram vehicle, stopped by Police on Kraal Road, Belize City, as part of their investigations into a shooting incident. The shooter was identified as Inspector of Police Dennis Lopez from Belmopan. Four years after the events of that Wednesday night, Stephen Buckley still waits for his day in court. It should have been Monday, but as he tells us, Inspector Lopez’s trial has been traversed again. Steven Buckley “When I want to the Court, they tell me the case is adjourned till next year. They said that it’s due to the lawyer for the policeman not coming. So they say they adjourn it again, for sake of that.”

Cayo Cancer Society walks for awareness
There was a cancer walk in San Ignacio on Saturday October 25th . The San Ignacio branch of Cancer society started at 6:30 a.m. from Running W on the George Price Highway, all the way to the Macal River Park. It was a good turnout to raise awareness of the disease and the need for support of victims and their families. We spoke to one cancer survivor, John Lopez, who participated in the walk. John Lopez “All my life I work out, and that is the best I can do. I work out. I don’t drink now. I got about ten years I don’t drink. I think exercise really helps. Cancer is for everybody. Anybody could get cancer. I would advise the majority that don’t exercise, to exercise, because I believe in exercise.”

Amandala

Hanna hits Honduras, will drench Belize
The 8th named storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season made landfall south of Belize this afternoon, in Honduras, and while the storm does not pose a direct threat to Belize, it is expected to trigger heavy rainfall and squally conditions, according to an alert today from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO). In its first advisory on Tropical Storm Hanna, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression after it made landfall in Honduras at 2:00 p.m. today, Monday, October 27, 2014, NEMO says that the proximity of the tropical system will cause showers and thunderstorms around the country during the next 24 to 36 hours. “The Rio Hondo and Mopan Rivers are rising slowly. The low-lying bridge and the Iguana Creek bridge on the Macal River are at flood state. Both the Baking Pot and Succotz ferries remain closed,” NEMO reports.

Crips vs Crips!
Roger Anthony, the reputed leader of the Mayflower Street-based Ghost Town Crips, who renounced his gang leadership two weeks ago, is in police custody pending charges, the police press office reported today. According to a police press release dated today, Monday, October 27, on Sunday, October 26, Shelly Meighan, 39, reported that around 10:10 p.m., “whilst inside her house on Banak Street, she noticed a male person standing outside her house and shortly after, she heard what sounded like gunshots and realized her house was shot at, causing damage to a glass louver.” The police report said that four expended shells were retrieved from the scene. “No one was injured,” the report said. “Quick police response in the area led to the detention of Roger Anthony, 37, and a .9mm pistol which was seized. Anthony is in police custody pending charges,” said the report.

Minor traffic violation leads to alleged police beating and four charges
A resident of the West Lake community at Mile 8 on the George Price Highway was arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court late this evening on four charges stemming from a minor traffic violation. Typically, someone accused of such a violation is promptly released on station bail and he or she is given a date on which to appear in court. That, however, was not the case with Sherwin Baizar, who had been in police lockdown since Friday, October 24, when the incident occurred. Baizar was brought to court this morning in the police mobile unit transporting prisoners. Baizar, a 28-year-old musician, pleaded not guilty to “causing a bicycle to proceed on a one-way street; resisting lawful arrest; assaulting a police officer; and use of insulting words,” when Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart arraigned him on the charges.

Exploding boiler kills Quality Poultry employee
A resident of Santa Familia, Cayo District, succumbed to varying degrees of burns he received following an incident in which he was accidentally drenched with boiling water while working at a local chicken processing plant belonging to Quality Poultry Products in the Spanish Lookout community in the Cayo District. The incident reportedly happened a little over a week ago, on October 16; however, the victim, Sabino Pimentel had been fighting for his life since then until he died on Thursday, October 23, while undergoing specialist treatment in Guatemala. Raymond Barkman, general manager of Quality Poultry Products, issued a statement this evening explaining the sequence of events concerning the unfortunate incident. The statement said that on October 16, 2014, the management was alerted to an accident that had occurred in the boiler section of the compound, and upon arriving there they saw Pimentel under a water fountain cooling himself down from an obvious steam burn, after which an instant decision was made to get him out of the country to a burn victim facility in Guatemala City.

BNE and Maranco case goes to Caribbean Court of Justice
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will hear the final appeal in a contract dispute between Belize Natural Energy and Maranco, which had been hired to work for Belize Natural Energy in the early stages of its operation here, particularly in relation to the onshore drilling contracts of May 1, 2008. Court documents indicate that a dispute arose under the contracts between the parties concerning the amount of demobilization fees, the daily rates and damages payable to Maranco for alleged breaches of the contracts by Belize Natural Energy.

Court mediation in Maya land rights dispute faces GOB challenge
Conejo, Crique Sarco, Midway and Graham Creek are four Maya villages surrounding the Sarstoon Temash National Park, where US Capital Energy has been drilling for oil in rural Toledo. The communities have gone to court challenging the decision by the Government of Belize to permit drilling inside the national park, on what they insist is Maya ancestral lands, without properly consulting the indigenous communities in question. Supreme Court Justice Michelle Arana has ordered that the parties meet for court-connected mediation, but the Government of Belize is challenging that mediation order on the claim that the matter has been submitted for appeal. A date and time have been set for the hearing of the Government’s challenge. At 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 28, 2014, Justice Arana is scheduled to hear the Government’s petition to have the mediation order vacated.

Jadas win male, female softball finals games
The Orange Walk softball league championship games were held yesterday, October 26, 2014 at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk, and Team Jadas of Orange Walk won both the male and female championships in grand fashion. In the male championship game, Jadas defeated Mad Bull Productions 3 -2. The winning pitcher in that game was Jeremias Chi. In the female game, Carmelita Caribbean Queen faced off against Jadas, and in the end, Jadas won 16 – 4 in the fourth inning after the Mercy Rule was applied. The winning pitcher was Marina Gongora. Game three of the finals series featuring Jadas and Carmelita Caribbean Queen, who won game 1 (9 -5), comes up on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at People’s Stadium at 2:00 p.m.

Southern region volleyball semi-final competition results
This weekend, in the semi-finals of the NSSSA Southern Regional Volleyball tournament, Stann Creek Ecumenical College came in first, while Toledo Community College and Delille Academy placed second and third respectively in the female category. In the male competition, Toledo Community College boys were the first place winners, and Georgetown Technical High School and Delille Academy settled for second and third place respectively. Of note is that the top two teams in both categories will now go on to play each other for the NSSSA Southern Regional Volleyball tournament championship.

Talking football – Part 7 – End
Hurricane Hattie of 1961 (October 31) started a process some months afterwards that continued to have a great impact on Belize football development over the years. If it is stars that fill stadiums, then there may be a clue here as to why it has been difficult over the years to keep fans crowding the stadiums like they used to “back eena di day.” When the USA “opened the door” to Belizean families following the devastation of Hurricane Hattie, an exodus of Belizeans began, and that exodus was joined especially by the brightest of Belizean sports stars, one after the other. And it continued for decades. It is sometimes said that one man, Babe Ruth, was responsible for the building of the great original Yankee Stadium, so great was his popularity, and his effect on fan attendance at games played there. When Pine, and Chico, and Pops Hamilton, and Frankie Clarke, and Reds Wilson, and the Roo, and the Mugger, etc. … when these star players left Belize for the U.S. still in their prime, it had to have a negative impact on fans who were their contemporaries. Of course, many fans of their generation also joined the exodus themselves.

Editorial: Infrastructure
The real yardstick by which future generations of Belizeans will judge our contemporary political leaders is not by what they have thought or by what they have said, but by what they have built. Economists refer to the “infrastructure” of a nation, and this includes roads, bridges, ports, public buildings, water and sewerage systems, and so on. We are not economists at this newspaper, but we thought of opening up a conversation to which more knowledgeable readers may care to contribute. Belize has had four Maximum Leaders in our lifetime, and these are Rt. Hon. George Price, Rt. Hon. Manuel Esquivel, Rt. Hon. Said Musa, and Hon. Dean Barrow. Mr. Price had the longest run as Maximum Leader, from 1961 to 1984, whereas Mr. Esquivel spent a total of ten years as Prime Minister, likewise Mr. Musa, whereas Mr. Barrow is working on his seventh year in office. Mr. Price was also Maximum Leader from 1989 to 1993, but the evidence suggests that he may have been a figurehead during that term of office.

From the Publisher
When United States President John F. Kennedy was murdered by right wing elements in November of 1961 in Dallas, Texas, Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson assumed the presidency. Business proceeded to go on as usual. But when Mexican President Francisco I. Madero and Vice-President José María Pino Suárez were murdered by Mexican Army elements in February of 1913 in Mexico City, it was a Mexican Army general, Victoriano Huerta, who took over the presidency after a plot which involved the United States Ambassador to Mexico, Henry Lane Wilson. Business did not go on as usual: a bloody civil war broke out in Mexico. During his presidency, Victoriano Huerta, who is reviled in Mexican history, was supported by the Roman Catholic Church in Mexico. It is primarily for that reason that the Mexican Constitution drawn up in 1917 by the nationalist forces which had forced Huerta into exile in July of 1914, was distinctly anticlerical.

Letters: Dealing with deadbeat dads!
I heard the understatement of the year this morning when one of the panelists on the Talk Show declared: “Our women are overwhelmed!” During the discussion of Sexual Abuse of Children, one of the main causes seemed to be the economic deprivation of women and children which leads to various other abuses too. The inability to prosecute perpetrators is a problem that needs national attention. But such prosecution is related to cure and we should be looking to prevention as much as cure. Our laws and our practice must pay keen attention to find practical ways to deal with the root causes. Take, for instance, the widespread economic deprivation that occurs because many fathers won’t pay child support. One woman told me the problem is the court says she has to get DNA proof that the guy is the father because he denies that the child is his. The woman, of course, can’t find the $900.00 (her quote) to pay for the test so the guy walks free! I believe the following, properly girded by legal firewalls, is a practical solution that should be considered:

Bus line installs onboard Wi-Fi
James Bus Line, which is known for its daily runs to western and southern Belize, has launched an initiative that will now enable its customers to access Wi-Fi services while travelling on its express runs. The owner of James Bus Line, James Williams, told us today that at this point, the service is undergoing a testing stage to determine how it will work and what else will be needed to make it possible, and that once it is up and running, it will be there for as long as the bus line exists. It comes as a welcomed idea for university students who utilize the bus line to travel to and from school in Belmopan, since we understand that they plan to use the Wi-Fi to occupy their time or catch up with assignments while on their way to school.

BSCFA, BSI discuss upcoming sugar season
While there may still be no finalized commercial agreement between the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) and the Belize Sugar Industries (BSI)/American Sugar Refineries (ASR), representatives of both parties met with the Sugar Cane Production Committee (SCPC) in Orange Walk yesterday to plan for the start of the upcoming sugarcane crop season, which is slated to commence in about five weeks, at the end of next month. Despite the gloomy future of this year’s sugarcane crop delivery season, the stakeholders are assessing the produce in the fields to outline a plan for a successful and manageable harvest, which is currently estimated to be in the vicinity of 1.3 million tons of cane. After the session, Alfredo Ortega, vice chairman of the BSCFA Committee of Management, told the media that as long as weather conditions are conducive during this crop season, the season should go smoothly, given that cane farmers take into account what needs to be done at the farm level with regards to harvesting, so that any problems with the quality of cane delivered to the mill can be reduced.

Mayor and Minister exchange words at deferred Dangriga market opening
After having been delayed for a lengthy period on account of a major setback that was reportedly the result of a sizeable chunk of its funding having been allegedly siphoned off by former employees of the Social Investment Fund (SIF), the government entity that was in charge of the project, the long awaited renovation of the Dangriga market has finally been completed and yesterday, amongst political fireworks, it was handed over to the Dangriga Town Council. The market project had been launched in May of 2012 and was slated to be completed a little over a year later; however, in September of 2013, it was struck with controversy which resulted in a change of contractor, termination of at least four SIF officials, including the executive director, and reallocation of financing in order for the market to be completed. All that, coupled with the fact that the market was delivered 15 months past its scheduled completion date and $400,000 over its proposed budget, apparently caused Dangriga Mayor, Gilbert Swazo, to lash out at SIF and Government officials during the opening ceremony yesterday in the “Culture Capital”, Dangriga.

The FIU’s move to freeze accounts of securities companies
The courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin was filled with about a dozen attorneys yesterday, Tuesday, because the Belize’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) had made a move to freeze the assets of six companies and their employees who were indicted on money laundering and securities fraud charges in a United States Federal District Court in Brooklyn, New York, on September 9. All media representatives were asked to vacate the courtroom as the arguments over accounts that the FIU had secured a court order to freeze in Belize’s banks got underway “in chambers.” The six individuals who have been indicted in the U.S. are Belizean, Andrew Godfrey, 51; Bahamians, Kelvin Leach, 34, and Rhon Knowles, 29; Canadians Brian De Wit, 45, and Cem Can AKA Jim Can, 44; and American Robert Bandfield,70. Knowles and Leach were released on Supreme Court bail after they were arraigned on an FIU charge of attempting to leave Belize with more than the prescribed amount of money allowed under the law. After the two were granted bail at the Magistrate’s Court, however, they were rearrested and taken directly to the Belize Central Prison.

The Reporter

Supreme Court orders Mayor to pay arrears of $525,026 to Belize Waste Control
The Supreme Court of Belize has ordered the Belize City Council, to pay more than half a million dollars to Belize Waste Control (BWC) for arrears on garbage collection owed to the company. For every day that the City Council fails to make the payment an additional $86.30 will be added to the total as interest. The City Council did not offer a defense in court, so the ruling became a default judgement. Mayor Darrell Bradley has indicated that CitCo has already reached out to Belize Waste Control Limited and is in the process of formulating a payment schedule with the sanitation company. Belize Waste Control Limited had previously taken the City Council to court in April of this year over arrears that the Council owed. At the time both sides had agreed to an out-of-court settlement when the debt was reduced to just two-weeks of outstanding balances.

Guatemalan boys shot in Belize near Guatemalan border; One still missing
A trio of Guatemalan teenagers who entered Belize illegally at Clarissa Falls near the border in Cayo last Sunday were shot at by an unknown aassailant. One was wounded, while another is possibly dead. A third teenager who fled during the shooting, has returned to his home in Melchor de Mencos. . Police Superintendent Daniel Arzu, Officer Commanding the Benque Police Formations, disclosed that they were three Guatemalan boys from Melchor de Mencos, aged 15, 16 and 17 respectively, who crossed into Belizean territory illegally to fish in the river. Based on the information the police received from the 17-year-old youth who has been hospitalized at the San Ignacio Community Hospital, police believe that the boys were trailed by another Guatemalan who shot at them, wounding two.

A tribute to the life and work of the late Karlie Menzies
The death of the late Karl H.Menzies, at the age of 86, has evoked a flood of tributes from the business community of Belize City, where he was well known and greatly appreciated at every social level. The following nostalgic tribute was prepared and delivered by Mr. Marion Usher, his lifelong friend. “Mr Karlie may not have written any works that made it into the Harvard Business Review, the Economist or the Wall Street Journal, but there was no need to publish his words of wisdom. “We all knew. He had a stellar set of core and common sense values, which he developed in the Belize school of hard knocks, and which he willingly shared with all of us. “When he spoke his words of wisdom I listened. I will always remember my discussions with him and his response as I considered venturing into business. He raised his head slowly, looked me squarely in the eyes and said: “My brother, measure twice and cut once”.

PAC Chairman urges Auditor General to perform her duty
Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman, Julius Espat has urged the Auditor General to use her authority to look into the government’s recent PETROCARIBE loan motion and he warned that to not do so would be a “complete abdication of responsibility.” Auditor General, Dorothy Bradley told The Reporter on Thursday that since the funds in question originate from 2012, she would only be able to audit the matter when she receives financial records for that period from the Accountant General. Bradley explained that her office, once in possession of those financial records, would conduct a comprehensive audit not just particularly as it relates to PETROCARIBE funds, but all government spending.

Cacao farmers organizing to increase production
Cacao farmers in southern Belize, under the umbrella group Maya Mountain Cacao (MMC), have organized to improve growing techniques and boost the level of production of local farmers. MMC, which is made up of mostly Maya cacao farmers along with Belizean chocolate makers and American entrepreneurs, have started developing a world-class demonstration farm which, when in full bloom would boost Belize’s cacao production by 50 percent. MMC Field Director Gabriel Pop said the demonstration farm will be a great tool to create economic opportunities in southern Belize while passing traditional Mayan agricultural techniques to the younger generation. MMC recently acquired 120 acres just outside the village of San Pedro Columbia in the Toledo District and have started cultivating the land for their demonstration farm. The purpose of the demonstration farm is to share techniques and train younger generations on how to grow cacao in the hope that the industry will expand even further and improve economic activity in the area.

New bird regulations will restrict ownership
People and families who want to keep the birds they already have in their possession as pets can apply to do so before December 31, 2014. The Forest Department will review each application and where the requirements are met, it will grant permission for bird owners to keep them, except for the Scarlet Macaw parrot. This is under program that allows for one person per household to apply as a registered keeper of up to two birds maximum. After December 31, 2014, the law will be vigorously enforced to protect endangered birds. Under the current laws, it is unlawful to hunt, capture or keep a native parrot, but officials charged with protecting these creatures have found that people secretly go to extreme lengths to capture them, causing more harm in the process. So the Forest Department has embarked on a program that offers families an opportunity to keep birds that have already been taken from the wild.

On Taiwan’s Anniversary A renewed pledge of solidarity with Belize
On the occasion of the 103rd anniversary of the founding of the Taiwan, Ambassador Ben Ho had some special words of appreciation for Belize . “Our people and government are most grateful to your government for voicing unwavering support for our participation in international mechanisms and present for the occasion and gave a speech extolling Taiwan for her economic and industrial strides, and for her enormous help to the country and people of Belize. Ambassador Ben Ho, in reply said that under the principle of mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual assistance, bilateral relations between Belize and Taiwan since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1989 have been growing from strength to strength. “With the guidelines of “transparency, accountability and good governance our bilateral cooperation projects in infrastructure development, in technical cooperation projects, in infrastructure development, in technical cooperation, in medical cooperation, in capacity building and education, in youth and culture exchanges, we have effectively and efficiently implemented as planned”, he said.

Video symposium to be held in November
A media and video symposium will be held on November 4th to help small businesses, non-profit and government organizations become better marketers, communicators and visual storytellers. The symposium is being coordinated by the Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative along with South Shore Productions Incorporated and will be held at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina. Erika Gilsdorf, founder of South Sore Productions, told The Reporter that the idea for the symposium arose after multiple jobs in the Caribbean indicated a need for this type of information disemination. The all-day session will be held at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and include insider tips and advice from Belize’s leading media and video professionals. Speakers at the session will include representatives from PGTV, Centaur Communications, KREM TV, Channel 7, Channel 5, The Reporter, The San Pedro Sun, TAS Belize, 13 Productions, Belize Filmworks and Idea Lab Solutions.

EDITORIAL
Every now and then the news of the day reveals an incident so outrageous that even seasoned journalists find it hard to believe. Such an incident was reported last week by a Belize City man who spent two days and three nights in a Queen Street police holding cell after […]

Dead Guatemalan retrieved from Mopan
Police have retrieved the body of Rudy Leonel Salazar, 22, one of two Guatemalan youths who were shot by a person who was stalking them as they crossed the Mopan River into Belize on a fishing expedition. Benque police confirmed to The Reporter on Thursday evening, that Salazar’s brother positively identified the body. The young man from Melchor de Mencos, had crossed from Guatemala into Belize along with two others. Based on testimony given by one of the boys who received treatment at the San Ignacio Hospital, for a bullet wound in his right thigh, police believe that the person who shot them was a Guatemalan who followed them from Melchor. The youth in the San Ignacio Hospital was shot in the leg, while Salazar was shot twice in the neck. He fell into the Mopan River. His body was found on Thursday evening in the River, about a mile north of Calla Creek in the Cayo District.

Paul Nabor, Soul of Garifuna Music, dies at 86 in Punta Gorda
Belize is mourning the passing of legendary Parandero, Paul Nabor, who died on Wednesday evening in his native Punta Gorda Town. Nabor had been ailing since 2009, when he first fell ill and had to be air-lifted to Belize City for urgent medical treatment. Nabor, 86, had composed many Paranda songs, mostly in Garifuna, which have gained him recognition in Belize and in international music circles. He lived a humble life in PG, but gained international recognition with his 1998 hit release, Naguya Nei, a tribute to his dying sister and her last wish. Nabor, whose real name was Paul Santino, came to be called “Nabor” by his friends and in known internationally by that name. On a 2004 visit to Honduras, he was declared a distinguished guest of the City of Tegucigalpa.

GOB court battle continues BISL wants $60 M in damages
The government of Belize on Wednesday filed an application in the Supreme Court for the BISL suit against it to be struck out. Belize International Services Limited, the company that used to operate the Merchant Marine Registry and the International Business Registry is suing the government for $60 million. The attorney representing the Belize Government, Denys Barrow,argues that BISL’s claim for a violation of its constitutional rights is incorrect and therefore the case should be struck out. Barrow said BISL should have instead filed a claim for breech of contract. BISL attorney Eamon Courtenay said that BISL’s claim is for damages because the government did in fact violate BISL’s constitutional rights by forcefully taking over the International Business Companies Registry and the International Merchant Marine Registry (IMMARBE).

Pervert charged for biting boy’s penis!
Police in Independence Village, Stann Creek have arrested and charged a 25 year-old man from that community with aggravated assault after he allegedly bit the penis of his neighbour, who is a five- year-old boy. According to police, the boy’s grandmother took him to the Independence Police Station and reported that on Sunday, October 19th, her neighbour had bitten the boy. Police ordered a medical examination which confirmed that the child had indeed suffered an injury which doctors classified as harm.

EBOLA WATCH…Cruiseship threat averted! Belize will forego passport checks
Two major cruise lines have threatened to boycott Belize if the government were to insist on Ebola screening measures that would require Belize officials to inspect passengers’ passports. Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia, disclosed this week the initial idea was to require each cruiseship passenger to present his/her passport on entering Belize. Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruise lines have objected to this procedure and have threatened to remove Belize from their cruise itenary. Heredia explained that the cruise lines were concerned because their passengers would have already been screened by the time they reach Belize and individual screening of each passport would take away from the tourists’ time in Belize.

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Belize Country Conference on Climate Change opens
Climate change has made an impact on Belize that few can ignore. But in terms of a unified response from the nation there is little to see by way of observation. To fill in that gap and make the issue more relevant to all Belizeans, a Country Conference […]

Brian Charlesworth found guilty of carnal knowledge of child
45 year old Brian Charlesworth was convicted of carnal knowledge today by a jury of 9 before Justice Troadio Gonzalez in the Supreme Court. The jury voted 7-2 to convict Charlesworth of molesting a six year old girl. The incident occurred at an unknown date between January of […]

Accused hand bag thief charged
Nineteen year old Khalil Heusner, a construction worker of Berkeley Street, is one of two persons who the police believe stole a hand bag containing an I Phone. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of robbery when he appeared today before Magistrate Dale Cayetano. He was released […]

Teenager jailed for prohibited firearm
He says he is tired of being disrespected and taken lightly, but 19 year old student Jonathan Gideon will spend the next eight years in Central Prison after pleading guilty today to keeping a prohibited firearm and keeping ammunition without a gun license. Magistrate Herbert Panton set sentences […]

Roger Anthony charged for shooting incident
Despite announcing two weeks ago that he was leaving the gang lifestyle for good and encouraging others to do the same, 37 year old Roger Anthony is back in trouble. He and 23 year old Kendis Flowers are accused of attempted murder, aggravated assault and damage to property […]

James Bus line offers free wifi internet to customers
James Bus Line is undoubtedly the premier public transportation provider of bus service from Punta Gorda to Belize City and back. For decades, James Bus Line has been a mainstay on the highways and roads of Belize and in keeping with the times, has introduced a new on-board […]

Murder of Patricia Nichiporowich remains unsolved one year later
Exactly one year after the brutal murder of Canadian national 57 year old Patricia Lynn Nichiporowich, police are no closer to solving the crime than they were last year. Corozal police have not made any arrest in the case and officially the crime remains “under investigation.” Indications are […]

Remnants of former Tropical Storm Hanna heading for Belize
The tropical system that was TD-9, then Tropical Storm Hanna, then a Tropical Depression again and now Invest 96L, just does not seem to want to go away. After going ashore on the Nicaragua/Honduras border as Tropical Storm Hanna on Monday, the remnants of the former Tropical […]

Arguments in FIU/Titan trial set
Later this week, on Thursday at 9:00 am., arguments in the case of Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) versus Robert Bandfield and several persons and companies allegedly linked to an alleged billion-dollar fraud scheme in the U.S. will be heard before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. Six persons from four […]

Deliveryman charged for stealing motorcycle
Thirty-three year old Orlando Salazar, a delivery driver for Chon Saan Palace, was charged with robbery and harm when he appeared yesterday before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart. Salazar pled not guilty to the charges. He was released on a bail of $1,500 and his case was adjourned until […]

Steven Buckley attempted murder trial put off again
On April 28 of 2010, construction worker Steven Buckley and two companions were shot at in a Dodge Ram vehicle stopped by Police on Kraal Road as part of their investigations into a shooting incident. The shooter was identified as Inspector of Police Dennis Lopez from Belmopan. Four […]

Can CitCo handle BML absorption?
It has been nearly three months since Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his Economic Affairs Ambassador, Mark Espat, negotiated a solution to the crisis involving Belize Maintenance Limited (BML) and the Belize City Council. BML workers had vehemently protested their possible firing by their employers because they could […]

Land fight on Ambergris Caye goes to court
The case of Santa Rita Holdings versus Reef Village Limited and others went to court yesterday. It is a dispute over usage of lands along the sea coast in northern Ambergris Caye. Proprietor and resident of Santa Rita Holdings and Tabony’s Industries, Gus Tabony, sought an injunction to […]

Blogs

Chikungunya Virus
Chikungunya (pronunciation: \chik-en-gun-ye) virus is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Outbreaks have occurred in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In late 2013, chikungunya virus was found for the first time in the Americas on islands in the Caribbean. There is a risk that the virus will be imported to new areas by infected travelers. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat chikungunya virus infection. Travelers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites. When traveling to countries with chikungunya virus, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens.

“Grand Hotel” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Up bright (well as bright as I’m ever likely to be nowadays) and early this morning and out on the veranda – the western, lagoon facing one – with a mug of black coffee and my iPad by 05.15 hours. I sat out there enjoying the tranquility and solitude for a couple of hours (or three mugs of coffee’s worth) before showering, shaving, taking care of the molars and dressing (and yes, I do it in that order) and setting off for breakfast. But it’s Tuesday you’re thinking -Estel’s Dine By the Sea isn’t open on Tuesday. And you’re right, but I wasn’t going there. I was going to Caribbean Villas Hotel for one of these And very good it was too. Knowing that Rose and I have been invited to the Grand Opening

Pet Adoption in Belize: Have I Got The Dog For You – Meet Boo
Just Sunday morning I found a puppy. A sweet white, hazel eyed pup climbing the steps at an empty condo next door. Far from anywhere she should be. Clearly lost. She stuck around for a few hours. No one was coming to pick her up. So I borrowed a collar and a leash… The kids loved her… the adults loved her.

The San Pedro, Belize SAGA Humane Society’s 11th Halloween Spooktacular Is the Biggest Yet!
Yesterday afternoon the entire town turned out for the SAGA Humane Society‘s BIG Halloween Fundraiser Costume party at Carlo & Ernie’s Runway Bar. The spot was JAM PACKED. Kids, adults, tons of dogs… …games, raffles, a smooching pooch booth…drinks, food. It was a roaring success. I took a ton of pictures and Mike, a SanPedroScoop reader who just came down with his wife to adopt a puppy that they met at the Bacalar Chico ranger station, took even more. Beautiful close-ups of kids, pets and volunteers.

Food Becomes Art at Casa Picasso Restaurant
Casa Picasso hosted their annual smash hit party to kick off their reopening for high season. This year’s event was bigger and better than ever and it has definitely gained its place as one of the “must do” parties. The restaurant is also looking better than ever as they did some major renovations during slow season and totally opened up the place. Two hundred or so people came out to enjoy refreshing cocktails, delicious food, great ambiance and fun people. Throughout the night, 2,200 mouth watering appetizers were served by Picasso’s fabulous staff and, as I chatted with different people, our opinions were all the same “simply delicious” and “glad to be there.”

International Sourcesizz

The Rough Guide to Belize by Singha
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Belize and Caribbean Real Estate and Vacation Resorts!
Volume 1 Issue 4

Living the dream: Guiding tours around Central America
I have just completed by fifth 49-day trip bringing groups of tourists around Central America. I was interviewed for an article for Generation Emigration just after finishing my first tour with a company called Tucan Travel last February, but I’ve learned a lot since then and wanted to offer a more rounded perspective of my job after several tours. I love my work but it is an undeniably tough challenge. As a tour guide, you are responsible for organising all logistics and managing group dynamics, and regularly face unforeseen problems which have to be solved on the spot. Some days, tour leading feels like the hardest job in the world, and on others it is like working in paradise; either way, you end up with good stories, which I’ve been collecting on my blog. We start our grand tour of Central America in Mexico City. Mexico is a diverse country, with an unfair reputation for drug violence. The ruins of many ancient civilisations, such as the half-excavated Palenque jungle ruins (pictured above), are a sight to behold. I would recommend avoiding the big cities in the Yucatan peninsula like Cancun – if you venture down to submerged caves called “cenotes”, you will discover the real beauty of Mexico lies underground. In Belize, these caves have been left untouched, with the surprises of sacrificed Mayan skeletons awaiting you in the famous Actun Tunichil Muknal caves (pictured above). Caye Caulker takes the chilled-out Caribbean island stereotype to a whole new level.

Caribbean Tourism Report Q4 2014 - New Report Available
The Caribbean region is returning to sustained growth, with all countries expecting tourist arrivals to increase in 2014 and 2015 . However, this is expected to remain below pre-2007 trend growth, with regional arrivals now averaging about 3.0% annual growth. Nonetheless, we expect that improving growth prospects will encourage greater investment in the region, particularly in the hotel sector. Our tourism report for the Caribbean considers the impact of ongoing global economic uncertainty on the Caribbean tourism industry and how the region's fiscal issues are affecting its tourism arrivals. Following the decline of the financial services industry after the economic downturn hit in 2007, tourism has increased in importance to Caribbean economies. Although Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago have more diversified economies, the majority of the Caribbean islands are now primarily dependent on tourism as their major source of revenue.

"The Boy and the Jaguar"
“This book is sure to entertain. It takes place in New York and Belize, perfectly wrapping itself around the Book Buzz theme of accepting our differences. “Alan has a stuttering problem. No matter how many doctors he sees, or how many medicines he takes, nothing works. Although he has trouble talking to people, he can speak fluently to animals. Alan understands that animals haven’t been heard, like him. He becomes determined to keep animals safe and give them a voice. “The author wrote this book in the perfect way. Within the first two pages, he hooked me on the story, just like a good book should. While reading it, I felt empathy for Alan and was cheering him on throughout the book! “My favorite part is when Alan explains how he feels misunderstood like his pets. I also love the part, ‘The jungle makes me fell more alive than I have ever felt,’ and ‘I promise that if I can ever find my voice, I will be their voice and keep them from harm.’

Videos

Video: Charity work by Miss America Belize program, 14min.
CHARITY AT HOME -Belizeans for Belize!

Video: Paul Nabor Tribute, 3.5min.
1930 to 2014, Paul Nabor king of Paranda, Belizean singer song writer, and Icon, this tribute a made from clips of the documentary about Nabor, "Paul Nabor to bring you love" and clips of a visit with early this year. i am very happy to have had worked with this great legendary artist my good friend PAUL NABOR.

Video: Placencia Belize - Belize In America on tour, 2min.
So, I'm in Placencia, Belize capturing the many beautiful faces and places of this precious jewel. While it's quite convenient t move around the southern side of Placencia on bicycle, I'll park my bike and head over to Captain Jak's Rentals to rent a golf cart.

Video: Living in Rural Belize 15 min version 23 Oct, 16min.

Video: Belize cave medical training - Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge, 5min.
Caves Branch would not be what it is today if it weren’t for our tour guides. We take each guests safety very seriously. Our guides are all trained to international standards to provide each person the highest degree of personal safety while on our adventure tours.

Video: Lamanai: een prachtige Maya-tempel in Belize, 3min.
Kijk meer video's op Chris Zegers verblijft in de Lamanai Lodge en bezoekt de mooiste Maya-plek van heel Belize: de Lamanai.

Video: Dasha Belize - Photoshoot 2014, 9min.
Dasha Belize - Photoshoot 2014.

Video: Chris Zegers vliegt over Belize, 1min.
Kijk meer video's op Chris Zegers is in het tropische Belize, in het hart van Midden-Amerika. Hij stapt daar in 'n vliegtuigje dat hem het land én de zee van bovenaf laat zien.

Video: Paul Nabor, 3min.
Paul Nabor about his love for his guitar. He will be tremendously missed and forever remembered.

Video: BELIZE SIZZLE 720, 8min.

Video: Belize Diving -- Dolphin Encounter, 3.5min.
Carolina Dive Center trip to Belize. Day 3 of diving encountered curious dolphins at Victoria Tunnels dive site.

October 28, 2014


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The San Pedro Sun

Fine dining at Pineapple’s Restaurant
Tucked away on one of the oldest and most prestigious resorts on Ambergris Caye is a restaurant with food as unique as its name. Pineapple’s Restaurant at Ramon’s Village Resort is synonymous with delicious food, so when the My Beautiful Belize gang gets a special invitation to go sample some their signature dishes, it’s a unanimous “Yes” around the office. Pineapple’s atmosphere is quite different from other restaurants. Surrounded by lush vegetation that recreates the ambiance of a Maya village, yet complimented by an astounding view of the Caribbean Sea, the main dining area sits under 35 foot tall thatched roof. But what really caught my eye was a huge Maya stone head and other artifacts displayed at the rear of the room. It is a truly awesome sight! If you’d rather bask under the sun while having lunch or revel in the moonlight while having dinner, opt for the seating on the veranda instead.

Adriana Haylock to represent Belize at Reinado Internacional del Tropico 2014 Pageant
La Isla Bonita’s very own Adriana Haylock is set to represent Belize in the Reinado Internacional del Tropico 2014 pageant. The pageant will be taking place in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on October 31st. Twenty year old Adriana, will be Belize’s third delegate to represent the country at this pageant since its inception in 2010. No stranger to pageantry Haylock has also partaken in several pageants including Miss San Pedro 2012-2013 and Miss Tourism Belize. Haylock looks forward to representing her country alongside the other thirteen delegates from Central America, South America and the Caribbean region. With countries across the region boasting rich rainforests and many landmark and wildlife reserves ,the pageant itself, is aimed towards promoting the awareness and preservation of natural resources and habitats for present and future generations to come. Miss Reinado Internacional del Tropico 2013-2014 Joely Bernat of the Dominican Republic, will be crowning this year’s winner. As Adriana travels to Honduras today, October 27th, The San Pedro Sun and community of San Pedro wishes her the best of luck.

Coast Guard calls off search for Eric Garcia
The Belize Coast Guard has officially called off all active searches for missing San Pedro Town resident Eric Garcia. The 21-year old went missing at sea on Monday October 13th, and his disappearance which led to a massive search and rescue operation. Garcia was a part of a group of three who went on a fishing trip onboard a canoe that capsized at sea near the coast of Ambergris Caye. Garcia’s friends, 28-year-old Joseph Hernandez and 25-year-old Jamal Martinez were rescued at sea alive and in good health during the initial stage of the search and rescue operation. Garcia, who was not an avid swimmer, is believed to have drowned after large waves and swift current dragged him into the deep sea. Local diver masters, tour guides and fishermen joined Coast Guard officials in an underwater and surface search and recovery effort for four days. Despite miles of search, all that was recovered were diving gear, pieces of Garcia’s clothing and other items believed to be related to him.

SPJC participates in ATLIB National Volleyball Tournament
On Sunday, October 19th the San Pedro Junior College (SPJC) male and female volleyball teams participated in the Association of Tertiary Level Institutions in Belize (ATLIB) National Volleyball Tournament. Held in San Ignacio, it saw the participation of six tertiary schools: SPJC, Ecumenical Junior College (EJC), University of Belize (UB), Saint John’s College Junior College (SJCJC), Sacred Heart Junior College (SHJC), and Independence Junior College (IJC). At the end of the competition, UB took first place in the male division while SJCJC took first place in the female division. The tournament was split into two divisions. First to play were the female volleyball teams. Four female teams participated, each playing a total of three matches. Winners of the matches were determined by a best out of five sets. Taking the female championship was SJCJC who played astoundingly, winning all three of their matches. In second place was UB who won two matches but lost to SJCJC. Third place went to EJC with one win and two losses, while SPJC had to settle for last place with three losses.42 SPJC Male Volleyball

World Pediatric Project – Facial Plastics Mission
A team of outstanding Facial Plastic Surgeons will be in Belize next week with the World Pediatric Project. They will be conducting a clinic at Karl Heusner Hospital on Saturday, November 1st afternoon and all day on Sunday, November 2nd at Southern Regional Hospital. If you know of anyone in your community who has a child with a facial deformity, scar, cleft lip or palate, or some other issue with their Eyes, Nose or Throat, They can be brought to either of these clinics to be evaluated and scheduled for surgery if necessary. For additional information please can the World Pediatric offices and speak to Milagro Garel at 223-7300.

The Belize Mission Dental Project returning to Ambergris Caye
The Belize Mission Project is gearing up once again to serve the residents of Ambergris Caye. Led by Dr. Frank Whipps, the team of dental professionals is expected to be on the island on Monday October 27th, to commence the first day of the annual two-week community dental clinic. The project has been coming to Belize for over 23 years, hosting clinics in various parts of the country including but not limited to, Placencia, Corozal, Valley of Peace (Cayo District) and Ambergris Caye. Last year’s project comprised of approximately 100 US medical volunteers, including professional dentists who conducted dentistry clinics at the San Pedro Lions Den and physicians that volunteered at The Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II. While the trip to serve the Belizean communities is certainly not a cheap one (last year’s clinic cost an estimated total of $800,000 in combined time, supplies and contributions to the country), the volunteers and partners do it for the love of the country and Belizean people.

Ambergris Today

The Biggest Halloween Bash of the Year in Belize
It may not be Halloween just yet, but the Holiday Hotel in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, decided to celebrate one weekend earlier on Saturday, October 25, 2014. It is definitely the biggest Halloween celebration on Ambergris Caye, (probably in all of Belize) as hundreds flocked to the popular venue in costumes to celebrate. The black carpet was rolled out once again for the huge crowd of spectators outside of the Holiday Hotel to come enjoy all the great costumes as people walked into the party.

Saga Humane Society Rocks Halloween in San Pedro
Now in its 11th year, Saga Humane Society’s Halloween Spooktacular event shows no sign of slowing down. The fundraiser party keeps getting bigger and better with a record number of attendants at this year’s event that took place at Carlo and Ernie’s Runway Bar and Grill on Sunday, October 26, 2014. Pet owners, mostly of the canine kind, gathered in packs all dressed up in funny and spooky costumes along with their beloved pet dogs. It has always been a big family affair, with lots of young participants showing off their pets, even with matching costumes. There was food, music, candy, a silent auction and prizes for the best costumes. The event was a big success and very well attended; islanders to like to pamper their pets. Here are some of our favorite costumes/moments of the event.

Rugby Training Starts in San Pedro
Under the guiding hand of Martin Dawson as Organisor, San Pedro Turtles RUFC has been very fortunate to attract the attention of San Pedro resident Alex Almas, a qualified coach, and he has now run two training sessions with the eager youngsters. “Volunteers like Alex are going to be so important for this sport.” Says Rugby Belize Founder, Tony Gillings, “Rugby can be a rough game, it’s very physical and that’s why it attracts youngster; they can let off steam while getting fit and being part of and enjoying an unbeatable team spirit environment.”

San Pedro Beauty to Represent Belize in Honduras
Adriana Haylock, 20 year-old business major of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, was selected to represent Belize at the Reinado Internacional del Tropico 2014 pageant. Adriana will be Belize’s third representative at this pageant. The final is set to take place in San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras on October 31st, 2014. Adriana has been training with her sister Annabell Haylock, who herself has pageant experience as she represented Belize at Miss Teenager Universe 2011 in Guatemala. Adriana is very excited at the opportunity to represent her country internationally as a beauty ambassador and promises to do her best to make her nation proud. She will leave Belize en route to Honduras, via Tropic Air, on October 27, 2014.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Joint operations and patrols in the villages inside Belize and Guatemala along the border
Could someone explain why the Belize Defense Force and Guatemalan Armed Forces are conducting joint operations and patrols in the villages inside Belize and Guatemala along the border. Is the BDF and the GAF fighting a mutual enemy or they are searching for SC Donny Conorque's murderer? Guatemala claims that the entire country of Belize belongs to them. Is this the diplomatic and foreign policy statement that we are adopting for the national security of the Nation State of Belize? Is this the way we hope to secure the integrity of our borders with Guatemala? Someone please tell us the truth. Hubert Enriquez is this the new Border protection policy and if it is who is the Commander of a joint BDF/GAF operation? In situations like these if the patrol is in Belize the BDF would be in charge but when we cross into Guatemala, the Guatemalans will take command of the BDF troops. Is this a show of independence or what?

Governor General of Belize Welcomes New Costa Rican Ambassador
This morning at the Belize House in Belmopan, His Excellency Edgar Garcia Miranda, the Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica to Belize, presented his credentials to His Excellency Sir Colville Young, Governor General of Belize.

Papsmear and Immunization Campaign
Papsmear and Immunization Campaign at the Dr Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II on Nov 8th! Don't miss it folks.

Saga Halloween fundraiser
A big Thank you to our volunteers, the huge crowd that came to support our Halloween fundraiser and to our host. Enjoy some pictures. — with Hayley Baer and 14 others at Carlo & Ernie's Runway Bar. (40 photos)

NEMO ADVISORY NO. 1 - TROPICAL STORM HANNA - LANDFALL ON HONDURAS
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) hereby informs the public that as of 3:00 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm (TS) Hanna was located near 14.6N 83.9W over northeastern Nicaragua. Maximum sustained winds remain at 40 miles per hour and TS Hanna was moving towards the west at 7 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida has Tropical Storm Hanna heading deeper into Nicaragua and Honduras. On the present track the center of circulation is expected to remain inland along the border of Honduras and Nicaragua. This track over land will weaken the system. Tropical Storm Hanna currently poses no significant threat to Belize, however, its proximity will support some showers and thunderstorms around the country during the next 24 to 36 hours.

Seal Paul Live in Belize City!

Meet Suzanne....a surrendered parrot!
Meet our latest arrival Suzanne - a Belize City surrender. Her owner realised that Suzanne would be better off meeting other birds, and we can't disagree. She's a contented little soul provided she has lots of chewable items: cardboard, books, leaves, sticks, berries... If she doesn't have anything handy, she'll pick on herself. It's a full-time job keeping her satisfied, but even after just one week, you can see a few new chest feathers already peeking through. Thank you so much to her caring owners for giving her a second chance - can't wait for her first introduction to another yellowhead!

Unique Belize Artisan Portfolio. Must View

Corozal Basketball League
Five teams have already signed up in this year's Corozal Basketball League competition. Looking forward to seeing some of these teams in action. Best of luck to all.

“No interim agreement…NO sugar”
This morning on a TV talk show Vice Chairman of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmer’s Association (BSCFA), Alfredo Ortega stated that if Belize Sugar Industries (BSI/ASR) cannot or will not meet an interim agreement with BSCFA that favours the sugar cane farmers….then there will be NO sugar cane delivery for the upcoming sugar cane harvest season which is scheduled to open in the next five weeks. BSI/ASR continues to claim that they have a Buy and Sell Agreement with the cane farmers, while the cane farmers claim they have a legitimate partnership and sharing agreement. The Corozal Daily has been following the stalemate between BSI/ASR and the BSCFA since September of 2014 when BSI had originally sent a proposal which the BSCFA countered, entirely. Since then, both parties have failed to finalize a commercial purchasing agreement. Earlier this month Vice Chairman of the BSCFA, Alfredo Ortega told the media that he is disappointed at the result of the negotiations because the company refuses to compromise to arrive at a resolution equitable to both parties.

Channel 7

Ghost Town Boss "Roger" Caught By Cops After Alleged Shooting
It made headlines two weeks ago when the commander of the Gang Suppression Unit brought out Ghost Town boss Roger Anthony - who professed to the world that he had left the gang life behind. But tonight, Shelley Meighan, the mother of the Meighan brothers who are considered inter-gang rivals for Anthony - alleges that Roger himself shot up her house last night. She told police she saw him stand right in her yard on Banak Street wearing a warm cap, and a camouflage outfit. She says she exchanged hard words with him and he proceeded to open fire on her house. Bullets shattered the glass louver, penetrated the bedroom door and found their mark on the concrete wall in the hall. Very luckily no one was hurt. But what's even more remarkable is that police responded almost instantly and found Roger Anthony in the empty lot adjoining their home. Incredibly, police say they found him with the camouflage outfit, the warm cap and they also recovered the weapon used, a 9 millimeter pistol. We note how unusual this is because while the 37 year old Anthony has been charged for numerous offences over the years - he has never been found at a crime scene, much less with a weapon.

The Caracol Comeback
Today, 4 weeks after the murder of Special Constable Danny Conorquie, the Caracol Archaeological Site was re-opened to the public. As we've told you, immediately after his killing, the area became the focus of national security concerns, since it is believed that the lawman was executed to send a statement to Belize's law enforcement. The Belize Defense Force closed the site down so that they can secure it from armed assailants, by stationing a permanent deployment of soldiers there. But setting it up took time - and while the multi-agency team was busy getting things in place, the tour guides were losing money because they couldn't deliver on pre-booked tours to the site. So, the re-opening was important for both the tour guides and the park managers, and a number of tourists made sure to visit Caracol today. Our news team was at the Archaeological Site for most of the day, and Daniel Ortiz has that story:

TD-9 Forms Into TS Hanna, Now Weakening
When we left you on Friday night we were talking about Tropical Depression 9, which was dumping rain over Belize as it jogged east back into the Caribbean. The models predicted that the weekend cold front would break up the system - but tonight, TD9 is still around, except that it is became Tropical Storm Hanna this afternoon as it touched down on the border of Honduras and Nicaragua. The good news tonight is that it is weakening and at 6:00 pm, it was a Tropical Depression with winds of 35 miles per hour. NEMO today issued an advisory saying, quote, "Tropical Storm Hanna currently poses no significant threat to Belize." End quote. But, the advisory does warn that the main threat from Hanna is heavy rainfall and squally conditions. That's because the Rio Hondo and Mopan Rivers are rising slowly. The Low-lying Bridge and the Iguana Creek Bridge on the Macal River are at flood state. Both the Baking Pot and Succotz ferries remain closed.

Nabor Funeral Saturday In PG
The funeral arrangements for Paul Nabor, legally known as Alfonso Palacio, have been finalized. The funeral will be held on Saturday morning at 11:00 am at St Peter Claver Church in Punta Gorda Town. The 86 year old parandero is being given an official funeral. It will be preceded by a tribute concert on Friday night from the multi-purpose building. The media is teaming up to try and air the events live and technical arrangements are being finalized.

DPP Returns After Long Leave
Today, after being on leave for 3 months, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal was officially back on the job as the Director of Public Prosecutions. There was some confusion caused when she left because Attorney General Wilfred Elrington told the media that she applied for study leave. Today, she clarified to us that she went on vacation leave. She said that she had accumulated 104 vacation days over her tenure as a public officer which she had not taken. She decided to take 74 days from that, and her leave officially ended last week Friday.

Mayor "Worried" About Having To Take On 170 BML Workers
Back in August when Belize Maintenance Workers erupted in a defiant and ugly protest in front of City Hall - government had to get involved to patch things up - and part of the reconciliation deal was that the workers would be hired by City Hall when the BML contract is terminated. But today the mayor confessed that the prospect of hiring 170 workers is keeping him up at night. He spoke candidly outside the courtroom. Darrell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City "One of the biggest things that is concerning me though is working very closely with the transition to the new regime after BML's contract is expired and I think that that is something that should cause members of the public some concern because its causing me some concern to find out how we will incorporate into our system 170 people. What kind of hot our budget will take by having to take on 170 people and not only talking about salaries, you talking about pension liabilities, you are talking about housing them in terms of an area, and you are talking about equipment. We recently got a report that as a result of just those 170 people we have to hire 4 more HR staff to process their tax payments, Social Security benefits sick thing, like all those kind of things - just to deal with that addition and that will grow the city council the compliment of our staff by 35%.

Cemented City Streets Being Dug Up For Drainage
The flood mitigation project is causing significantly less stress for the mayor. That's because it is funded and executed by Central Government. But it was causing stress to drivers today when Douglas Jones Street at its junction with the Bel China bridge was closed. The mayor explained that it's all about drainage:.. Darrell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City "You can see work going on right beside Princess Hotel in an area of Sanlighters Prominade - they are digging up an area there. All of this is to connect the drainage system from the Douglas Jones canal under the street having that go through Cinderella Plaza, go up Baymen Avenue, go to the side of Calle Del Mar and then out into the Caribbean Sea and the connecting of those two waterways; the canal and then the Caribbean Sea would alleviate tremendous amount of water flow problems and drainage problems in that area. We just ask for patience and we are doing the best we can to ensure that everything is done quickly but also safely and professionally."

Bad Patches Of Cement Streets Still Not Repaired
But while GOB is paying for that one, who will pay for the city's cement streets which are being eroded by the rains? It's only happening on very few streets, but it is very distressing since those streets are supposed to last for decades - and it hasn't even been a year. Today we asked the mayor who's going to fix them and when:.. Jules Vasquez "One sees that the last section of New Road one of the blocks of concrete pavement is breaking up, as it is on Cemetery Road." Darrell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City "I will concede that there is some capacity issues in relation to the municipality and I am saying that you are correct in recognizing that in terms of properly cataloguing the inventory of roads that we have to ensure that we have a rapid response on the contractors and I would agree with you that the response on Cemetery Road has been woefully lacking and we've allowed that to be there for too long."

Streets In Time For Santa
And while those "A-class" streets have a few bad spots, some streets are just plain horrible. We think of East Canal, Vernon Street, St Joseph Street and others. Today, the mayor told us that there is a plan:.. Darrell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City "We are trying to sign off on new projects for example, Blue Marlin Boulevard, the continuation of Vernon Street, the finishing up of Princess Margaret Drive, the doing of a section of St. Joseph Street, the commencing of Slaughterhouse Road and Cleghorn Street. These are projects and I am working with at the highest level trying to coordinate with the water company in ensuring that we can get these works finish before Christmas." Bradley says that so far 130 streets in the city have been cemented.

Weekend Robberies Reported
On Saturday at around 3:15 in that afternoon a 64 year old woman was walking with her daughter on Albert Street West when two men approached them in front of Anglican Cathedral College and pulled a knife on the daughter. The culprit then grabbed her purse containing an IPhone 5 and other personal documents. And, a Taxi man was held up on a late night run on Saturday. At around 10:30 Saturday night a taxi man was driving on Princess Margret Drive when a woman signaled for him to stop. He did and that's when two men also jumped into the car. The culprits pointed what the taxi man said felt like a firearm to his neck and ordered him to drive to West Landivar Area. That's when he surrendered $475 dollars, a cellular phone as well as his $10,000 dollar vehicle.

Beers and Babes, the Belikin Formula
Let's face it: no one ever went broke selling beer hawked by scantily clad women. And by now, Belikin has it down to a "T." But more than just a gimmick - as the beer of Belize faces a tougher lineup of imported brews than ever before - the calendar has become a key marketing tool in emphasizing Belikin's Belizean-ness. The calendar been around now for 14 years, but, arguably, the most successful edition was last year's, when the production team launched the behind-the-scenes videos. Riding last year's wave, they were under pressure to reproduce or out-do that success. So how did they do? Well, we found out at the 2015 launch on Friday night:

Seafront Dispute In San Pedro Could Set Public Policy Precedent
A property developer on San Pedro was in court today arguing an interesting case. He claims that his neighbor is abusing his sea frontage - and bringing down the value of his property. Gus Tabony was asking the Supreme Court for an injunction to block his neighbor Jeff Pierce from Reef village from unloading barges in front of his property. We heard from Tabony and from Pierce's attorney, Darrell Bradley on a case which may set out an interesting public policy precedent:.. Gus Tabony "What we are trying to do is unjoin is the unloading of materials from barges from front of our beach front property. We feel that this is a private use of the public right of way and its damaging the sea wall. They've destroyed our pier and the defendants just claim that they have the unlimited use of the sea front in front of our property in which we are claiming because of our rights to the sea front, that's why we buy sea front property is to have the use and the access to the sea, that it's a violation of our rights to that part of the property."

Making Posters For Climate Change
The most conventional way to approach the topic of climate change is through forums and discussions. But another more engaging way is to organize a poster competition where youths can portray their understanding of Climate Change through Art. That's the approach the University of the West Indies took and today 4 winners were recognized for their works of Art depicting the effects of Climate Change. 1st place winner 14 year old Pedro Bernal says it took him 3 weeks the finish his painting but it was all worth it. 1st place winner Pedro Bernal received $300, 2nd place winner Caitlyn Tillett from St. Catherine's Academy got $200, 3rd place winners Class 4A1 from Gwen Lizarraga High School got $100 while 4th place Neeraj Pagarani from the Belize High School received $50. The Belize Country Conference on Climate Change will be held tomorrow and Tuesday the 29th at the UWI open campus.

Wi-Fi On A Bus?
For anyone who commutes, just talk about the public transport system and eyes immediately roll. But, James Bus line out of Punta Gorda is trying to make the experience for its commuters a little more convenient by installing wi-fi services in buses. Today we spoke to the owner James Williams about this innovative service. It is still in the testing stages for now but Williams says that it's off to a good start.

Channel 5

Roger Anthony Suffers Relapse: Criminal Charges on the Way
Thirteen days ago, reputed gang leader Roger Anthony, bolstered by the Gang Suppression Unit chief, Mark Flowers, gave a televised statement renouncing gang life, in this case the Ghost Town [...]

Caracol Reopens to Visitors Following Danny Conorquie Murder
The largest archaeological site in Belize was reopened this morning. Caracol was closed down by National Institute of Culture and History on September twenty-fifth after Special Constable Danny Conorquie was [...]

Roads to Caracol Remain Deplorable
The Caracol Archaeological site is located approximately fifty miles from Georgeville in the Cayo District. But due to the condition of the road, the journey can take anywhere from two [...]

Stephen Buckley Back In Court, Case Against Dennis Lopez Adjourned
Steven Buckley was wounded by police back on April twenty-eight 2010. Buckley was hit in the head by multiple pellets fired from a service weapon.  The construction worker and two [...]

Chetumal Street Bridge Set for Completion by Mid-December
Millions upon millions of dollars are being spent on infrastructure works in the city. One such project is ongoing at Chetumal Street where a bridge is under construction and nearing [...]

FIU versus Titan International Securities Adjourned
The case against Titans International Services Limited came up again in the Supreme Court this coming. The Financial Intelligence Unit wants to freeze assets of various persons and companies linked [...]

Ron Haylock Pleads Guilty to Forgery
A Ladyville resident who went on a spending spree at someone else’s expense, was before the court today. Ron Haylock reportedly found John Hun’s visa credit card sometime between October [...]

Sister Accuses Brother of Incest in Belmopan
In the capital, a juvenile is claiming that she has been sexually abused by her own brother for three years. The minor made the report to the police on Friday [...]

Weekend Robberies in Old Capital
There were a number of robberies committed over the weekend which kept the Police Department on their toes. On Saturday, a sixty-four year old Belize City mother and her daughter [...]

James Bus Steps Up to Wifi
James Bus Line has been providing public transportation services to the country for the past thirty-three years. But tonight, the southern bus company is going high-tech. Commuters on the express [...]

Climate Change and You
A two-day conference under the theme “Climate Change and You” begins on Tuesday at the UWI Open Campus on Princess Margaret Drive. This morning as a prelude, UWI revealed the [...]

Test Results Positive for Dengue, Still No Chik-V Cases in Belize
Despite the presence of the epidemic in neighboring Central American countries as well as in the Caribbean, there are still no reported cases of CHIK-V in Belize. That’s the report [...]

Tropical Storm Hanna is No Threat to Belize
We will have more details on Tropical Storm Hanna later in our newscast, but for now we can tell you that Hanna poses no threat to Belize.  In an advisory [...]

World Pediatric Project Helps Kids With Facial Deformities
For the tenth consecutive year, a team of plastic surgeons will be conducting a two-day clinic in Belize. Doctors Alan Burke and Howard Krein will be heading this year’s mission [...]

Milagro Garel on World Pediatric Project Fund Raiser
  The annual plastic surgery clinic is among the many health programs that are provided by the World Pediatric Project. Country Representative, Milagro Garel told News Five today about the [...]

Softball and Football Stats on Sports Monday
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   We start off with Saturday’s big clash in the Cayo 1st Division Football Competition as Bullet Tree battled Westrac [...]

LOVE FM

Security Guard Robbed on West Street
Police have detained one person following the robbery of a motorcycle. A 27-year-old security guard told Police he was pushing his red and black motorcycle on West Street when three male persons approached him and took away his cycle valued at one thousand five hundred dollars. Police have since recovered the motorcycle.

Drastic Increase In Belize Maintenance Limited Staff
While the debt of Belize Waste Control is surely a burden on the Mayor’s Back, Bradley says that he is more concern over the one hundred plus workers from Belize Maintenance Limited that are schedule to transition into the council’s staff list by January of next year. Bradley says that the addition of the workers is a complete reversal of what he is accomplishing at the City Council. Mayor Darrell Bradley “One of the biggest things that is concerning me though is working very closely with the transition to the new regime after BML’s contract is expired and I think that is something that should cause members of the public some concern because it is causing me concern to find out how we will incorporate into our system 170 people. One of the things I hoped as mayor is that our cash flow position would have increased next year because that $78,000 per week that we won’t have to pay BML but now one of the things that we factor in is what kind of hit our budget will take by having to take on 170 people.

Mother And Daughter Robbed of Iphone And Several Personal Documents
Police are investigating a robbery that occurred on Saturday afternoon in Belize City. A 64-year-old woman told Police she was walking with her daughter on Albert Street West when upon reaching in front of Anglican Cathedral College, two dark complexion male persons approached them. She said she struggled with of the men while the other held a knife on her daughter and took away her hand bag containing one Iphone and a number of personal documents.

Taxi Man Robbed of Cash and His Belongings
A taxi driver has reported that his vehicle, a red 2000 Mitsubishi Montero, has been stolen. According to the man, he was in Princess Margaret Drive when a female requested his services. He said when he stopped, two men jumped into the vehicle along with her. He was told to proceed to West Landivar. He said while driving, he felt something to his neck and noticed what resembled a firearm. The men relieved him of cash amounting to 475 dollars, his cellular phone and his vehicle. Police continue their investigations.

Shot in The Head By Police; Buckley’s Case is Adjourned Till Next Year
The case of Steven Buckley has been going on for more than four years. Buckley was shot to the head by a police officer on April 28, 2010. Buckley survived and he lodged a suit against the Belize police department. He got a preliminary settlement of one hundred thousand dollars. But his day in court is yet to come. Buckley appeared for his court case today but was informed that it had been adjourned until next year. Buckley “They say it is due to the lawyer that the police did not come so they said they will adjourned it again because of that. It is taking too long because right now I have no help to deal with my kids, no money to deal with my kids the way I want to. Right now my biggest son is in college and I need shoes for him and I do not have that. I just have to wait a little longer until justice next year so until next year.”

Villagers Irrated At Former San Jose Palmar’s Committee Members
Earlier this month, the Lands Department oversaw elections for a new San Jose Palmar’s committee. It was believed that the move would have brought an end to the friction among villagers, however that has not been the case. Arturo Cantun reports. Arturo Cantun “On October 5th, about 70% of San Jose Indian descendants took part in an election to choose a new lands committee to oversee the distribution of house lots and administer the finances of the committee. Friction had risen after new elections for new committee members was held for more than ten years, but following the elections at the beginning of the month it was believed everything was solved and peace would reign among the descendants; however, that is not the case as Love News has been informed by village council chairman Orlando Balam that a handing over ceremony was held on Sunday October 16th. Balam explains that the former lands committee members simply refused to recognize the newly elected members and refused to hand them any of the financial documents.”

Sustainable Harvest International Belize Annual Organic Fair
Sustainable Harvest International Belize continues to promote awareness on the importance of sustainable organic agriculture in Toledo. Correspondent Paul Mahung reports. Paul Mahung “Sustainable organic agriculture will be the focus of a major event organized by Sustainable Harvest International Belize as explained by SHI Belize regional coordinator, Candido Chun.” Chun “In our continuous effort in raising awareness on the importance of sustainable organic agriculture, SHI Belize is once again hosting its sixth annual organic fair to be held on October 31st and November 1st 2014. The theme for this year’s event is ”Go Organic”. On Friday October 31st an organic forum will be held at the multipurpose building starting at 9am followed by a farm tour at 1PM. Prizes are going to be awarded for the female farmer of the year, Junior Farmer of the year and senior farmer of the year. On Saturday November 1st, a fair will be held at the PG central park starting at 8AM and ending at 1:00PM. During the fair, farmers have the opportunity to showcase and sell their products and organizations display their information. The fair is a great opportunity for our farms and organizations to meet and exchange information and formulate partnerships with each other and with potential markets.

Elderly Man Robbed of a Large Sum of Money From Police
A story on the abuse of power by members of the Belize Police Department is coming out of a rural area in the Belize District. Love News has gotten information of where officers allegedly robbed a church elder of four hundred US dollars last Friday after detaining him at a checkpoint near Bainsville at mile 18 on the George Price Highway. 50-year-old, Alfonso Crawford, a church elder and caretaker for the Grace Outreach Ministry in Roaring Creek Village, Cayo District told us that he was traveling to Freetown Sibun on a D & E Bus on Friday morning when the bus was intercepted at a checkpoint and the passengers were requested to vacate the bus. A search was conducted on the bus and the passengers were allowed to re-enter the bus……all the passengers with the exception of Crawford, who was not allowed back on the bus but rather, he was allegedly detained and robbed. Here is how the story went, according to Crawford as he spoke to Love News via a telephone interview.

Delivery Driver Charged with Robbery and Harm
Thirty-three year old Orlando Salazar, a delivery driver for Chon Saan Palace, was charged with robbery and harm when he appeared today before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart. Salazar plead not guilty to the charges. He was released on a bail of $1,500 and his case was adjourned until November 24. The bail was offered on the condition that Salazar does not interfere with the complainant and other prosecution witnesses and that he reports to Queen Street Police Station Every Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The incident occurred on October 24. The complainant, Estoval Sandoval, reported to the police that Salazar punched him and stole his red and black motor cycle, valued at $1,500.

Sugar Commercial Agreement on the Table for Revision
The signing of a commercial agreement between BSI/ASR and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association remains on hold as both parties continue reviewing the last proposal tabled by BSI. There are several reason why the signing of the commercial agreement cannot move forward. Arturo Cantun reports. ARTURO CANTUN “The main reason known to be holding back the signing of a new commercial agreement between BSI and BSCFA is agreeing on a formula that will determine a quantum to be paid for bagasse. But this is only one element of this key document that governs the commercial relation between the two main partners in the industry. LOVE NEWS spoke with BSCFA’s CEO, Oscar Alonzo, who explained that another main contention is the period the commercial agreement would regulate business between the two stakeholders. Alonzo says BSI wants the commercial agreement to be seven years but cane farmers just want it to be one year.”

Court Orders City Council to Pay Garbage Company
The Belize City Council was hit with a major ruling last week in the Supreme Court of Belize. The Belize City council was ordered to pay Belize waste Control five hundred and twenty five thousand dollars in debt owed. Bradley says, that they will pay Belize Waste Control, but not immediately. Mayor Darrell Bradley “We have a subcommittee that is chaired by Councilor Willoughby, Councilor Leslie and Councilor Elrington that meets with them on a bi-weekly basis and they are working with them in relation to a series of issues including the arrears position we have with them. This is something that I have had to deal with since I have been elected as mayor and it should be no suppose to members of the public that these garbage contracts because of the volume is too tremendous for us to meet especially in our slow season, but we are acting responsibly as a municipality and we will ensure that they are satisfied and we are working with them in terms of putting them a payment plan.

Land Dilemma: Public Beach vs Private Beach
There is an ongoing land dispute on Ambergris Caye that has been brewing since 2009 surrounding a beach. The complainant in this case is August “Gus” Tabony, the owner of a prime land just a few yards away from the portion of beach in question. Tabony’s problem is that a private developer is using the beach for private use and he will not stand for it. He sought an injunction against the developer back in 2009 and attempted to seek another one today. Tabony, explained why he is seeking an injunction on Reef Village Estate Limited and other parties… AUGUST ‘GUS’ TABONY “We feel that this is a private use of the public right away and that it is damaging the seawall and they’ve destroyed our pier and the defendants just claimed that they have the unlimited use of the seafront in front of our property which we are claiming because of repairing and rights to the seafront, that is why we buy seafront property is to have the use and the access to the sea that it is a violation of my rights to that part of the property. There are some issues here, as to what is a private use as to a public use because yes, the public has the use of the right away. There is no Queensland in San Pedro which is owned by the government but there is a right of way, it’s just an illegal issue.”

A Week of Red Ribbons At Wesley College
As part of the fight against drugs and in an effort to bring drug education and prevention into the classrooms, Wesley College is holding its annual Red Ribbon campaign. With the story on this initiative, we join Renee Trujillo. RENEE TRUJILLO “The Red Ribbon Campaign is an initiative that started in the United States almost thirty years ago after a drug enforcement agent; Enrique Camarena was murdered in Mexico while working in the fight against drugs. Though it’s been decades ago, the fight against drugs remains at the forefront of scores of every Government administration and Belize is no exception. The fight is one that many organisations and institutions are united in undertaking including schools such as Wesley College in Belize City. Today marks the beginning of the 16th annual Red Ribbon Week for Wesley College, an initiative they had adopted from the United States after School Counselor Elizabeth Goff returned from a conference and had the school implement the idea which brings drug awareness and education to their students. According to Goff, the idea is one that students look forward to each year.”

Gang Leader Reneges on Words of Reformation
On October 14, 37 year old Roger Anthony, the very well known leader of the Ghost Town Crips Gang appeared before the cameras, flanked by Head of the Gang Suppression Unit Inspector Mark Flowers, renouncing his title as the leader of the gang…..but tonight, just a day short of two weeks later, Anthony is in the hospital recuperating from a broken ankle under heavy police guard and that is because Anthony is the main suspect in an attempted murder case. The official police report states that 39 year old Sheldon Meighan reported that on Sunday, at about 10 o’clock she was inside her house on Banak Street when she noticed a man standing in front of her house. Seconds after gun shots rang out. Luckily no one was injured. Police quickly responded and they captured Anthony with a 9 mm pistol. While that is the official report, word on the streets is that an internal Ghost Town feud places Anthony in the predicament that he is because Anthony was ready to hand down the leadership of the gang to one of his loyal followers…..the only problem with that is that another key player, who thought that he was next in line, opposed the idea. Tensions rose and Anthony was caught at the scene of an attempted murder. We understand late this evening Anthony was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, damage to property and kept firearm without gun license. This comes at the heels of what Anthony said two weeks ago….

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“Changed” gang member allegedly shoots up house
Two weeks ago Roger Anthony, who has been recognized by many as the leader of the Ghost Town Crips, renounced a lifetime of crime and violence. In an interview he did with members of the media on October 14th , he explained that his family was the inspiration behind this dramatic change and made a c...

Car washer accused of indecent assault
Fifty-five year old car washer Austin Gotoy, who allegedly committed an indecent assault on a 13 year old girl, was denied bail when he appeared before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith and was arraigned on a charge of aggravated assault. Austin Gotoy pled not guilty to the charge...

La Democracia resident charged with school burglary
Twenty-one year old Gary Clark Jr., a resident of La Democracia, who was charged with the  burglary of St. Agnes Anglican Primary School in La Democracia, was denied bail when he appeared on Monday before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart. He was remanded into custody until November 7...

Brother sexually molests sister
A female minor from Belmopan reported to police that she has been sexually abused by her brother for a long time. On Friday October 24th the female minor accompanied by her mother visited the Belmopan Police station where she reported that from the year 2011 up to the 16th of October 2014, she has b...

Elderly woman robbed by two young men
A 64 year old Belize City woman was walking on Albert Street West, Belize City, accompanied by her daughter on Saturday 25th October, at three in the afternoon, and when they reached in front of Anglican Cathedral College, two dark complexion men approached them...

Passengers rob taxi driver
A taxi man was robbed on Friday night in Belize City. Sometime around 10:30pm, while on Princess Margaret Drive, a female requested his services, but when he stopped the cab, two men also jumped in the vehicle with the female...

Tropical Storm hits Nicaragua, Belize in the clear
Belizeans have been watching the weather closely with Tropical Storm Hanna in the vicinity. Monday evening, at around 3:00 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm (TS) Hanna was located over North Eastern Nicaragua...

DDP Back from Vacation
The Director of Public Prosecutions Cherly-Lynn Vidal left offices on July 15th , to take a study leave in the middle of a very critical moment for COLA, who took up a private prosecution against former Minister of State Elvin Penner. In an interview with the Attorney General Wilfred Elrington, he t...

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La Democracia resident charged with school burglary
Twenty-one year old Gary Clark Jr., a resident of La Democracia, who was charged with the burglary of St. Agnes Anglican Primary School in the village, was denied bail when he appeared today before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart. He was remanded into custody until November 7. The prosecution […]

Car washer accused of indecent assault
Fifty-five year old car washer Austin Gotoy, who allegedly committed an indecent assault on a 13 year old girl, was denied bail when he appeared before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Gotoy was arraigned on a charge of aggravated assault. Gotoy pled not guilty to the charge. […]

Corozal man given bail for cocaine trafficking
Attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley has secured bail for thirty-six year old Axel Fuentes, a fish vendor of Ranchito Village who was remanded into custody for drug trafficking of 18 kilograms of cocaine. He was released on bail of $50,000 offered by Justice Herbert Lord on the condition that […]

UWI awards climate change poster competition winners
A high school poster competition announced by the University of the West Indies (UWI) Belize Open Campus to design a poster communicating students’ representation of climate change and its impact on the community has produced a winner. Pedro Bernal of Ladyville Technical High School took the $300 first […]

Mayor of Belize City updates on infrastructure projects
Earlier this month the Belize City Council and Central Government launch of a fourth phase of the Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Project in the area of Douglas Jones Street, Cinderella Plaza, Baymen Avenue and Newtown Barracks. It will see the construction of an underground canal linking the drains […]

Orange Walk women brawl over a cell phone
A bar fight in Orange Walk town over the weekend resulted in criminal charges for one woman. Thirty nine year old Sherlaine Smith was arrested and charged for the crime of aggravated assault today, following the fight on Sunday. According to court reports, Smith is accused of […]

New Costa Rican ambassador accredited to Belize
The government of Costa Rica has sent a new diplomatic representative to Belize. Ambassador Edgar Garcia Miranda presented his letters of credence accrediting him to Belize this morning to Governor General Sir Colville Young. During the presentation at Belize House in Belmopan, Ambassador Garcia Miranda pledged his […]

Quality Poultry Products employee dies after burn incident
The General Manager of Quality Poultry Products Raymond Barkman, this afternoon responded to queries from Belize Media Group regarding an incident at the company’s production facility in Spanish Lookout, which has left an employee dead. Sabino Primentel, a resident of Santa Familia Village and the manager of […]

PUP endorses municipal candidates in Orange Walk
The People’s United Party held an endorsement convention on Saturday night for its municipal slate in Orange Walk town. The Crystal Palace Auditorium was the venue for the event where supporters and party officials fathered for the endorsement of the PUP 7 for the March 4, 2014 […]

Orange Walk Central Park rehabilitation works continue
Work continues on the project to rehabilitate the Orange Walk Central Park and the areas surrounding it. The project, which is carrying a price tag of $1.8 million will dramatically improve the ambiance of the area and make the public space more user-friendly. The Orange Walk Town Council is providing counterpart funding to the tune of three percent towards the park rehabilitating project, which includes drains and pedestrian walkways improvements.

Charges pending against Roger Anthony
Police have released additional information regarding the detention self-proclaimed former gang leader Roger Anthony, 37. According to a release from police press officer Douglas Hyde, Anthony was taken into custody on Sunday night, following a shooting incident at a house on Banak Street. Police say that a resident of Banak Street reported that around 10:10 pm on Sunday, a man was spotted standing outside the house and soon after shots were fired at the house.

Tropical Storn Hanna forms in the Caribbean Sea
The remnants of Tropical Depression 9 which crossed over northern Belize late last week has developed into Tropical Storm Hanna. The eighth named storm of the 2014 Hurricane Season formed early this morning near the coast of Nicaragua. Tropical Storm Hanna, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, poses no threat to Belize and her coastal waters at this time. Forecasters expect that Tropical Storm Hanna will be short-lived as its west-southwest movement at 7 miles per hour, will take the storm over land this afternoon after which it is expected to quickly break up and dissipate within the next 24 hours.

Burn victim succumbs to injuries
A man from Santa Familia village in the Cayo district has succumbed to injured nearly two weeks after he was injured on the job in Spanish Lookout. Belize Media Group confirmed over the weekend that Sabino Primentel was reportedly badly burned when he was doused with boiling water while at work at a local chicken procession plant in Spanish Lookout. The incident reportedly happened on October 16. A request for information from the company in Spanish Lookout has so far gone unanswered.

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Spooktacular Saturday and Sunday in San Pedro
After dinner at Blue Water Grill, tacoboy and I were both feeling pleasantly stuffed and like we were not going to last long at the Holiday Hotel party. As it turns out we did not get home till after 2:00am. After dinner, our evening was delayed by watching the UFC fights and drinks at Lola’s. By the time we got to the Holiday Hotel, the red carpet grand entrances were done but the party was still packed and going strong. Everyone knows there is no spookier way to spend Halloween than the Holiday Hotel party. I think they were smart to get the jump start on the parties by holding it the week before. Tacoboy wondered if that would cost them turnout, but I knew that this was always the “must do” party. I will say, however, there were more people without costumes this year that came to checkout the action. For those that did opt to dress up, many went all out as usual and there were some great group costumes. My favorites were the shark week girls and the Lego boys.

AMAZING Photos of San Pedro Belize’s MASSIVE 2014 Halloween Night- Part Two AND THE WINNERS!
San Pedro’s biggest Halloween party of the year. Well…human party. Saturday night the adults partied until dawn (or very close to it) and then Sunday afternoon, the pets and the kids dressed up for the SAGA Humane Society Party that may have been the biggest yet. I posted lots of gorgeous pictures yesterday (taken by Steve of Lola’s Pub) at the Holiday Party and there are lots more. SO many good ones. This is my hardest assignment yet! Here is Part Two.

“Won’t Get Fooled Again” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Regular readers will know (well I have probably mentioned it to the point of boredom) that I spend a fair amount of time when I get up -‘me time’ as I refer to it- out on the veranda (the western, lagoon facing one on the first floor) with a mug of black coffee and my iPad (yes, equipped with a camera Mike). I normally start off with The Times online but when I’ve satisfied my need for news I normally switch to Facebook and it was while I was on Facebook that a couple of posts really caught my attention. The first was posted by a guy by the name of Larry Harmon who has created a free to use type of craigslist specifically for Belize amazingly called Belizelist. The concept of this type of website specifically for Belize intrigued me and I contacted Larry to find out a bit about him and the aspirations he has for his website.

It's Impossible to Hate a Canadian
Who said Freedom and Islamic Terrorists can't just get along?! I submit the photo to the left as evidence that Freedom and Islamic Terrorists can in fact get along...a lot of rum really helps to expedite the process, but it did work none the less. So - Holiday Hotel Halloween Bash 2014...what a good time! This party is quite the staple in the lives of those on the fabulous Ambergris Caye. People from all walks of life, that one doesn't usually see around town (such as Hitler) just hanging out and having a good old time. Anyone who knows me, knows that while I'm not a big 'dress up' kinda guy. I am a fan of looking like a moron just for the hell of it.

Bird Watching Hotspots in Belize
bird watching in Belize locations, ranging from broadleaf forests to wetlands, mangroves to pine forests, and savannahs to rainforest. Home to 16 endangered bird species; Belize protects these ecosystems in its many wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. What is good for the bird is good for the bird watcher. Here is a list at some of Belize’s protected areas to brief you on what to look for at the best bird watching spots in the country. Observing the unique qualities of different bird species while wandering through secluded forests, marshes and grassland takes adventure travel to a whole new level. Bird watching will let you fall more deeply in love with Mother Nature and appreciate her variety.

Pan Dulce or Conchas
As a child growing up in Belize, I use to enjoy the occasional Pan Dulce from the panadero man going by with this cart. These breads are delicious while still not being too overtly sweet. The topping is like a cookie on top of a bread. SHOW MORE

The October 26, 2014 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • Hot Point Marijuana Bust:
    A man from Santa Elena Town was today arrested and charged for the possession of a controlled drug with the intent to supply. On Tuesday, October 21, at around 1:15 pm, on a search for drugs, police visited the residence of Patrick Gordon located in the Hot Point area of Santa Elena. Just as the police was approaching they saw a shirtless male person running from the house with a black plastic bag in his right hand. Police set chase after the fleeing man. He was found hiding in bushes without the plastic bag. When asked about the whereabouts of the bag he reportedly pointed to an area about three feet away and said “See it deh, dat da the bag”. Police retrieved, not one, but two black plastic bags, both containing suspected marijuana.
  • Burglar Caught Red Handed In Spanish Lookout:
    A male resident of Billy White village was today remanded to the Hattieville Prison on a burglary charge. San Ignacio police inform that on Wednesday, October 22, at about 12:15 a.m. they received an anonymous phone call informing that a burglar had been detained at Farmers Choice Butane Gas in Spanish Lookout. Arriving about an hour later, police found a handcuffed male person in front of the building. The owner of the burglarized business place, Geharel Rempel, 45, informed that he was at home when he received a call from a friend informing that the friend and the friend’s brother captured a male person who was burglarizing the business place.
  • Ministry of Health Celebrates Dental Health Week:
    The Ministry of Health is this week celebrating Dental Health Week under the theme, “BELIZEANS BIG-UP YOUR SMILE, IT REFLECTS YOUR STYLE”. Activities are being carried out by dental departments across the regions. The Public is especially invited to a Dental Health Fair which will take place on Friday, October 24th, at Central Health Region Compound in Belize City. Within the last year, the Dental Department has conducted and participated in several trainings to update the staff and improve on the services offered to the public. One training session was focused on dental care for children with special needs and in addition, staff also benefitted from lessons in sign language.
  • GOB Host Violation Exercise:
    The Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology and PublicUtilities in collaboration with the Inter– American Development Bank and Costalia Strategic Advisors is hosting the final validation exercise of the Belize Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Strategy at the Radisson Fort George Hotel on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The session is geared towards getting a final feed back on the Sustainable Energy Strategy and Action Plan from the original set of stakeholders who have participated in the consultation process or have vested interest in the energy sector. It is expected that at the end of this validation exercise, consensus will be agreed upon on the way forward with the action plan which outlines schedule, process and cost estimates on the activities that will allow Belize to achieve a sustainable energy scenario by 2033.
  • Rugby Training Starts:
    Though it may only be a sandy patch of ground, the Saca Chispas field in San Pedro made history recently as it became the venue for the first official training session for children participating in Belize’s newest sports activity, rugby, as members of the San Pedro Turtles rugby club. “We’re starting small,” says Martin Dawson, organisor of the San Pedro Turtles, “and we are aiming to get a rugby sevens team organized very soon. We know there are more children and youth in San Pedro that would like to play rugby with us, and they are welcome to come along”. The game, already popular throughout Central America, is played by both girls and boys, young and old, and in a variety of variations.
  • Ministry of Health Conducts Activities for the Possible Entry of Ebola:
    The Ministry of Health continues to conduct multiple activities associated with the global threat of Ebola. The Ministry of Health is pleased to share an update on several activities carried out within the past week. Two isolation facilities have been stationed at the Phillip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) compound and the precise specifications of these facilities are currently being reviewed. Revisions have also been conducted on surveillance activities at the airport for further strengthening.
  • A Eulogy:
    Not long ago, I was privileged, honoured and blessed to visit my father's birthplace, the small town of San Francisco in Peten, Guatemala. After a royal tour provided by relatives, I visited, at my request, the town's cemetery. It was a sight to behold! It was more than the resting place of departed loved ones. It was more like a garden come alive with freshly, recently placed wreaths on each and every tomb. It was divine! In a few days' time, All Saints Day or Finados will be upon us once again. Santa Rita Cemetery in San Ignacio and the Santa Elena cemetery will be visited by friends and relatives of the departed and wreaths will be left in kind remembrance of them. But the sad truth is that many tombs have remained abandoned and forgotten. As a grateful people we should do something about it.
  • You Can't Cram for What Matters Most:
    I checked my watch as I sat down to study. Twelve hours until my test. Pouring a cup of coffee, I added sugar, stirred, tasted and added another teaspoon of sugar. I was going to need it to prepare for the all-nighter before me. Oh, there were many reasons I could have given you for waiting until the night before to study: my part-time jobs, other demanding classes and a boyfriend who I was sure would be my husband one day. They were good excuses ... but underneath all the superficial reasons was the truth: I hadn't done a good job of studying. Rather than tackling a little bit each day when I had free time, I used that time for other things ... things I felt I deserved for working so hard! Plus, I was counting on an adrenaline surge the night before the test and laser focus due to the pressure.
  • Farewell: Paul Nabor- A Belizean Cultural Icon:
    In 2011 and 2004, Paul Nabor was honoured for his contribution to culture and music at the ‘Tribute to Belizean Patriots’ with the Order of Distinction and Meritorious Service Award, respectively. In 2004, this international icon who was fluent in English, Spanish and Garifuna, was bestowed with the honourable title of “Distinguished Guest,” during a visit to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. While there for the release of fellow Paranda musician, Aurelio Martinez’s Garifuna Soul album, Nabor received a signed proclamation from the officials in Honduras; an honour which further cemented his popularity, not only in Belize, but in the region.
  • Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo’s First Annual Cancer Walk:
    The Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo held its First Annual Cancer Walk on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The objective of the Cancer Walk, which will be an annual community service event, is to raise awareness about cancer which affects women, men and children, especially Breast Cancer Awareness which is observed during the month of October. The Cancer Walk was also a fundraising event to raise funds for cancer patients in Benque Viejo and San Jose Succotz. Rotaractors approached residents and businesses within the community for monetary donations. Participants of the Cancer Walk and attendees at the Benque House of Culture’s Annual Art Fiesta also gave monetary donations. The Cancer Walk started about 4:45 p.m. in front of the ferry in San Jose Succotz, and it was escorted by Mr. Heraldo Rancharan from the Benque Viejo Traffic Department. There were about 40 participants from Benque Viejo del Carmen and San Jose Succotz.
  • Breast Cancer:
    Breast cancer is the development of cancer from breast tissue. Signs of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in breast shape, dimpling of the skin, fluid coming from the nipple, or a red scaly patch of skin. In those with distant spread of the disease, there may be bone pain, swollen lymph nodes, shortness of breath, or yellow skin. Risk factors for developing breast cancer include obesity, lack of physical exercise, drinking alcohol, hormone replacement therapy during menopause, ionizing radiation, early age at first menstruation, and having children late or not at all. About 5–10% of cases are due to genes inherited from a person's parents, including BRCA1 and BRCA2 among others.
  • Mahmud Resigns:
    Joseph Mahmud, he's the elected PUP Representative for Cayo North. We have confirmed that he has told the party he is stepping down as standard-bearer and will not contest that seat for the PUP in the next general election. We have confirmed that Mahmud sent a letter last week to the party headquarters announcing his decision. What's behind it? Well, reports tell us that Mahmud had differences with the other PUP General's in the West, principally Julius Espat, who is the PUP Deputy Leader for the West. Today Deputy Espat wouldn't discuss it only saying, quote, "It's a sensitive issue…I wish him all the best. And I''ll be there to support him in whatever decision he makes…" End quote.
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Indigenous Communities Challenge Big Oil in Belize
Groups push to keep US Capital Energy out of Sarstoon Temash National Park. The old school bus rattles along the dirt road, heading through the rainforest to the southernmost reaches of Belize. The sign would be easy to miss. Morning glory vines climb the small, rusted notice off to the right, nearly blending in with the banana plants and palm-thatch roofed houses in the Mayan community of Midway. Sarstoon Temash National Park. No Hunting, Fishing, Logging Or Fires. A few hundred feet down the road, there is another rusting metal sign outside a small building that serves as the community health clinic: U.S. Capital Energy Belize. Oil Company Working For The Community. Like the clinic, the school and pre-school across the road are painted in the Texas-based oil company’s colors, yellow and green. Even the metal garbage bins around here are emblazoned with the company slogan: Energy that becomes life. The road ends where it meets the Caribbean Sea in the small Afro-indigenous Garifuna community of Barranco, one of the villages buffering the park. The Belizean government created Sarstoon Temash National Park — a 42,000-acre swath of waterways and lands rich in biodiversity that forms part of traditional Mayan territory — in 1994 without community consultation, but local communities have largely come to embrace the protected status of the area. And they have refused to cave to US Capital Energy as it attempts to develop oil prospects both in and outside of the park, pointing to the lack of consultation as well as the government’s double standards when it comes to environmental protection.

Sea turtle conservation in remote Western Australia
Recently, I resigned from my position as Science and Technology editor with the Manitoban to participate in an once-in-a-lifetime experience with an Australian marine turtle conservation program. Over the next six months I will be documenting my experience with the program and struggles with Australianisms at Gnaraloo Bay in the column, Notes from Gnaraloo. I completed my undergraduate studies at Vancouver Island University, a program which included field schools and excursions. I attended a five-week tropical ecology field school in Belize which changed my life forever and provided me with the hands-on skills I needed to break into the “turtle world.” Currently, my master’s thesis in Aquatic Toxicology is on hold so I can “chase turtles” in Australia.

Different teams take different approaches to CONCACAF Champions League
Some clubs or leagues don't want to take the CONCACAF Champions League seriously while others see it as paramount – and that's OK. Media members too often look to war or fighting sports for their metaphors. We'll avoid that trope this week, as the MLS teams in Central America showed no fighting spirit. The Portland Timbers didn't battle Olimpia. Sporting Kansas City didn't tussle with Saprissa. They were outplayed in their defeats as they crashed out of the CONCACAF Champions League. To some, that's OK. The Timbers needed a win Saturday to get into the MLS playoffs (they got the win but still missed the playoffs thanks to a Vancouver victory) and Sporting had a Sunday match with New York that could've improved its seeding (it lost to the Red Bulls). Clearly, the timing of the matches was hardly ideal, and some teams simply don't prioritize the CCL. Costa Rica doesn't even have three automatic berths into the continental championship but was the beneficiary of Belize being stripped of its spot. Saprissa, Herediano and Alajuelense are the latest reasons to believe that the Ticos aren't just challenging the Mexico-United States duopoly when it comes to soccer in the region. Costa Rica is right there as one of the region's powers.

Lessons in survival from wild jaguars
In conversation Simon Worrall talks to Klan Rabinowitz, who is a pioneer in the jaguar conservation initiative. Klan Rabinowitz, author of Jaguar: An Indomitable Beast, has devoted his life to studying and protecting jaguars. He established the world’s first jaguar sanctuary, the Cockscomb Basin Preserve, in Belize. And he was the moving force behind identifying and securing jaguar corridors throughout Central and South America. Speaking from his home in New York, he talks about how looking to jaguars could help us deal with problems we face, like climate change. Excerpts: You call the jaguar the “sumo wrestler of the animal world.” What do you mean by that? The jaguar is the largest cat in the Western Hemisphere and the third largest cat in the world, behind lions and tigers. But compared with a lion or a tiger, the jaguar looks like a fireplug. It’s got a massive skull, similar to a tiger’s and lion’s skull; a big, stocky body, which is much larger and more physically powerful than a leopard or even a mountain lion; short, stocky limbs; and a low center of gravity. All the good characteristics of a top-notch sumo wrestler. I read somewhere that jaguars are the only big cat that can’t be tamed, which is why they have never featured in circus acts. Is that right? They can’t be tamed in the manner that lions, tigers and even leopards can be. They’re much more unpredictable. I could see that as a kid. At the Bronx Zoo, all the other cats were doing almost what was expected of them: coming to the bars, charging at people, vocalising. The jaguar just sat back.

To Nibble: Chocolate at Home in Red Hook
Having settled into a spacious new factory in Red Hook, Raaka Chocolate now turns out 20,000 chocolate bars a month and is starting to make truffles and dipped bonbons for the holidays. Ryan Cheney, the owner, picked the name Raaka, which means raw in Finnish, because he liked the cadence of the word. His cacao beans, imported from small growers in Belize, Bolivia, Madagascar and the Dominican Republic, are fermented but not roasted. The company calls it virgin chocolate. It takes days for Nate Hodge, the chocolatier, to process the cacao to a satiny finish, then turn it into bars sweetened with honey or maple sugar, or seasoned with tea and sea salt. One is made with dark chocolate cured in used bourbon barrels. The new facility accommodates tours and classes for children and adults: Raaka Chocolate, 64 Sebring Street (Van Brunt Street), Red Hook, Brooklyn, 855-255-3354, raakachocolate.com.

17 REASONS WHY YOU MUST VISIT BELIZE
When visiting Belize there will never be a dull moment. Not only will you be able to relax and enjoy the wonderful nature but there are also plenty of things to do for the real thrill seekers and culture addicts. We’ve listed 15 reasons why you should visit Belize..

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Video: Caye Caulker Carnival 2014, 4min.

Video: Belize Honeymoon, 16min.
October 2013, Honeymoon starts on a catamaran and ends in the jungle.

Video: Caye Caulker, Belize Scuba Diving, 13min.

Video: Live, Learn, Latin America: Belize, 3min.
Student narrated story describing an MSU Spartans Without Boarders service learning trip to Belize.

Video: The Flavors of Belize Cooking Show: BLOOPERS, 2min.
For those of you that think cooking shows are boring... Here's proof of how much fun we have during filming.

Video: Belize Tourism Board App, 1min.

Video: Good Reasons to Invest Belize Real Estate and Tips to Do So, 2min.
Belize real estate offers a good opportunity to live and invest in the country. Know valid reasons to make the investment and some tips on how to make this process go smoother. You might think that investing in property in any part of the world right now is madness; after all, house prices in the United States and United Kingdom are falling so the value of your equity is on the slide. Along with this, it has become harder and harder to arrange domestic mortgages, and even raise one to buy abroad.

Video: Why Belize For Ocean Front Property Investment, 1min.
You can’t go wrong with ocean properties in Belize.

Video: Ranger Rover thru Belize, 1min.
Riding thru Belize back-roads in a dilapidated Range Rover. June 2014.

Video: Scuba Diving Ambergris Caye Belize - Sandy Point Reef Boat Dive - 2014, 5min.
Scuba Diving Ambergris Caye Belize - Sandy Point Reef Boat Dive - 2014. Diving at the barrier reef off the shore from the coco beach resort in September 2014. Bottom depth of 66 feet. Tuff E Nuff dive shop. $110 for 2 tank dive with BCD weights and regs. Shot with SJ4000 which is similar to the gopro. Some of the best diving in the Caribbean.

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Video: Ben's travels #3 BELIZE 2014, 4min.

October 27, 2014


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The San Pedro Sun

Wolfe’s Woofer: Skin Grafts
“Hey, John,” I said. “Pull up a chair and tell me how life is going up in Canada.” One of the nicest things about living here is all of the people you meet. You might only see them once or twice a year but some become old familiar friends. John pulled up one of the […]

Letter to the Editor: Chriss Roggema
Hey, Chriss why did you stop writing your articles? I mostly answer by asking, “What do you think I should write about.” Or I say “Pardon my French, but we say the more things change, the more they stay the same whatever one says or writes” Yes, I do admit I have been frustrated these last six months because my private situation and divorce but not that alone. I look around and see people still kill each other because one is red or the other is blue or one is sunny and the other is shite or one is Belizean and the other is Guatemalan. Where is the love? Where is the respect? Where is the acceptance of our differences? Where is the care for the betterment for our children? The one person who answered my question about what to write about mentioned the high school situation. How many cases of dengue do we need at the Caye Caulker Ocean Academy before social security and thus central government is willing to invest in the future of our island? And I am not talking what will this do to tourism. I’m talking about our children!

Doctor Love
Readers, please send your letters. They can be emails, formal letters or handwritten notes. They are edited solely for grammar and spelling. Also, they are sometimes edited for length. Dear Doctor Love, I have been married for six years. After we had been married for a year I had an affair with an old girlfriend […]

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

La Feria Frontera Sur EXPOFER
the fun continues at "La Feria Frontera Sur EXPOFER" in Chetumal as tonight is celebrated as "Noche Beliceña" or "Belizean Night". Last night was a packed night with many Belizean musical artists performing on stage..Enjoy and be safe! (4 photos)

NOHOCH CHE'EN OPEN
The IA would like to inform all Tour Guides, Tour Operators and the General Public that as of Sunday 26 October 2014 the NOHOCH CHE'EN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE is OPEN.

CTV3

Stabbing Incident At CJC Leaves On Student Injured
A student enrolled at the Corozal Junior College is tonight admitted at the Northern Regional Hospital recuperating from a stab injury inflicted on him by another student. The incident is said to have occurred yesterday inside the school campus. Up to news time the administration at CJC is being tight lipped about the situation and has refused to speak on the matter based on the grounds that anything they say can jeopardize the investigation. What we understand happened is that the two male students got into a fight over a seat on the bus yesterday afternoon. That fight reportedly escalated and led to one student stabbing the other.When we questioned Dean Jose Mai whether an official report has been made to the Corozal Police Formation he stated and we quote. “To my knowledge the police are already involved and are doing their investigation, which i will need to find out.”This afternoon reporter Victor Castillo caught up with Officer Commanding the Corozal Police formation, Andrew Ramirez, who confirmed that the victim is a minor while the aggressor is an adult.

MOH Still Awaiting Results Of Samples Sent To CARPHA
Two days ago we told you about the suspected cases of Chikungunya in Belize emerging from the Las Flores area of Belmopan City. When we left you, officials at the Ministry of Health had conducted a rapid test which proved inconclusive and so the blood samples of the possible patients were sent for further testing at the CARPHA headquarters in Trinidad. Today when we tried contacting Vector Control Chief, Kim Bautista, we were informed that he was unavailable. Our calls were directed to the Ministry’s Public Relations Officer, Claudette Dakers, who told us that they are still awaiting the results.Claudette Dakers – Public Relations, MOH“Today as of 4:25, we have not received any official note at all from CARPHA, we sent specifically two to CARPHA for their confirmation because we will only take confirmation form them even if there has been tests down here in Belize with whatever test they are using; rapid test in order for us to establish it here we have to get the confirmation from CARPHA and we haven’t gotten that as yet but we are pushing it for Monday.”

Courts Kicks Off New Promotion With Eating Competition
Today the daily routine at Courts Orange Walk Branch was interrupted for a rather interesting competition between two men. Their challenge was to get through one of the biggest burgers to be on sale in Orange Walk Town. We are talking about the “man burger” prepared by the Burger Hut in Town. The management of Courts teamed up with the restaurant to launch their latest promotion. Branch manager at Courts, Cesar Ramirez tells us more about the partnership. Cesar Ramirez – Manager, Courts “We had two very worthy competitors, we have Mr. Gian Montero who came out the champion he did it in it was approximately eighteen minutes that he devoured this huge burger, you guys have the shot earlier but it was very fun and exciting to see and we brought burger hut into our store and we definitely excited to do some more promotion along with them.”

Dental Week Comes To An End
The week long, countrywide activities to commemorate Dental Health week, ended today with a dental fair in Belize City. The Dental Health Department along with other organizations who have an interest in maintaining healthy teeth were on hand to provide the community with dental tips and proper oral care. Senior Dental Surgeon, Dr. Rafael Samos, spoke on how many times you need to visit your dentist and what you can do to brighten your smile. Dr. Rafael Samos- Senior Dental Surgeon, MOH“We encourage each person to visit the dental clinic at least twice a month so let’s do the maths if your age is twenty multiply that by two and that is the amount of visits you owe me for this year.”Reporter“Between those visits, how would you advise in terms of brushing teeth, flossing teeth that kinds of thing.”

TD 9 Brings A Lot Of Rain
Yesterday we told you about slow moving Tropical Depression #9 that crossed over Belize from the Yucatan Peninsula. While the satellite images now show a disorganized depression, Chief Meteorologist Dennis Gonguez, says Belize can expect cooler weather since a cold front is surfacing in our horizon.Dennis Gonguez - Chief MeteorologistThe remains of tropical depression #9 continue moving eastwards, however, there is a cold front that's entering the Yucatan Peninsula tonight and eventually crossing Belize before dawn tomorrow. Cold air from this cold front will wrap around into the remnants of tropical depression #9 and that will impede its redevelopment for a couple of days and subsequent to that the cold front will lie on Sunday evening near to the northeastern Honduras and the remnants of tropical depression #9 will also be at the tail end of the cold front at near northeastern Honduras. The more tricky part comes on Monday when the cold air breaks up over us and whatever is out there starts moving westwards us on Monday. We are not sure what it will be. Presently all the intensification models are forecasting that - it will not reach anywhere. Tropical depression #9 will not redevelop. However we still have to be cautious that something could happen at the tail end of the cold front because typically this time of the year that is the scenario that occurs - that we get systems developing at the tail ends of cold fronts."

Mexican National Charged For Drug Trafficking
Orange Walk Police have confiscated quite an amount of drugs over the last days. In the first report, police were conducting a patrol on Tuesday this week on the Yo Creek/San Lazaro Road when they intercepted two Hispanic male persons. Both men were riding a motorcycle and when stopped officers noticed that one of the passengers pushed his left hand in his left front pocket and pulled out a shiny object and threw it to a side. Police retrieved the item which was an aluminum foil and opened in the presence of the men. Authorities found it to contain a powdery white substance suspected to be cocaine. Both men were informed of the offense and detained. They are fifty-six year old Alfredo Antonio Perez, a Mexican Laborer of Botes Quintana Roo in Mexico and fifty-year old Leonardo Gonzalez of San Lazaro Village. The drug weighed a total of 6.5 grams. Both men were charged with drug trafficking but since Perez took full responsibility, he was the only one remanded to prison.

Three Men Charged For Robbery And Wounding At CZL Magistrates Court
Daniel Mendez, thirty year old Belizean cane farmer of Concepcion Village in Corozal, is tonight recuperating at home from several injuries. Mendez was attacked by three male individuals while walking home on Friday night after purchasing some groceries at a Chinese Store. The good is that the 30 year old was able to recognize his attackers who hit him several times; fracturing his nose and causing him bodily pain.After being identified by Mendez, 21 year old Celedonio Pinelo, Belizean construction worker, 34 year old Herminio Rodriguez, Belizean Laborer both of Concepcion Village, Corozal District and Manuel Flores were jointly charged for the crimes of robbery and wounding. Of note is that Flores is on the run. As for Pinelo and Rodriguez, they both men appeared before the Corozal Magistrates Court yesterday where they were offered bail to the sum of $3,000 plus a surety of the same amount which they met.

The Reporter

BEL Assists CARILEC Member Utility with Hurricane Restoration Works
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) gas announced that it will assist Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited (BELCO) and Anguilla Electricity Company Limited (ANGLEC), who suffered damages caused by the passage of Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricane Gonzalo on October 11 and 17. Bermuda and Anguilla are members of the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC). In Bermuda, over 80 percent of its customers were without power while Anguilla’s electrical infrastructure suffered extensive damage.

Brazilians re-elect Rousseff as President
Brazilians have re-elected Dilma Rousseff as president with more than 51 percent of votes in the closest election race in many years. An official count showed her rival, candidate Aecio Neves, taking just over 48 percent of the vote. In her victory speech, Rousseff said she wanted to be “a much better president than I have been until now”. She faced protests last year against corruption, record spending on the football World Cup and poor services. She has been in power since 2010 and is popular with poor Brazilians.

Eat more eggs for a healthier Belize says Poultry Association
The Belize Poultry Association is striving to debunk the old stereotype that eating lots of eggs is harmful because it raises cholesterol levels. General Manager of the BPA, Orlando Habet, told The Reporter on Sunday that traditional research failed to make the distinction between good and bad cholesterol when determining that too much eggs is bad for you. “Eggs actually raise the good cholesterol which decreases the negative effects of the bad one,” Habet said. He added that traditional research was also based on consuming an unrealistic consumption of eggs. The American Heart Association explains that by itself, cholesterol can’t dissolve in the blood and must be transported through your bloodstream by carriers called lipoproteins. which got their name because they’re made of fat (lipid) and proteins.

Cuba responds to Ebola outbreak with deployment to West Africa
Cuba has responded to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa with a deployment 91 health workers. The medical experts are joining 165 of their colleagues already working in the region to halt the spread of Ebola. Although Cuban government officials say the majority of the health workers being sent to West Africa are veterans of previous tough postings, the risks that Ebola presents are unique.

MOH wraps up Dental Health Week
The Ministry of Health closed off Dental Health Week on Friday with a health fair at the Central Health Region compound. The health fair featured information from the dental health unit as well as several other MOH departments, including the Water Analysis Unit, and the Health Education and Community Participation Bureau (HECOPAB). The fair also featured booths from health related non-governmental organizations, including the Belize Cancer Society and the Diabetes Association of Belize.

The Belize Times

Ebola Scare
I was for the most part, incommunicado when the main shock from the Ebola quake hit Belize. I returned to the country on Sunday morning but immediately began feeling aftershocks. I had spent the past week in Cuba where internet access was at best, sporadic. I grabbed whatever I could read because it seemed that something big had happened, or had almost happened. From what I could gather a health care worker (to this point unnamed) who had handled a blood sample of Thomas Duncan the Liberian man who died from Ebola in the US on October 8th, was on board a cruise ship and was attempting to enter Belize. Now given what we know about Ebola, which is little enough, one can understand the apprehensions and concern felt by not only Belizeans but Mexicans and citizens of every other country, including the US. Upon arriving in Cuba, the first questions asked were, “have you been to Africa” and “have you been to Texas”? I’m not sure what procedure would have followed had I answered in the affirmative but I imagine it would have been immediate quarantine.

Mr. Barrow is in deep trouble
In September of 2005 the great leader of Venezuela Hugo Chavez was able to realize one of his dreams and aspirations for the region. Venezuela holds one of the world’s largest proven reserves of black gold-oil. Mr. Chavez, who grew up from humble beginnings to become the most popular modern leader of his nation, was of the vision that his nation’s oil wealth should be of some help to the struggling countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. Such a vision found its way into his government’s policy. That foreign policy initiative was the Petro Caribe program. Under the program Venezuela would sell oil at reduced prices and more than half the price could be held back and treated as a loan. In the case of Belize, the arrangement was for Belize to pay only 40 percent of the low selling price for Venezuela petrol. The remaining 60 percent was to be treated as a loan to Belize. That money, instead of being paid was to be used by Belize for worthwhile development projects and after 25 years would need to be repaid. The interest rate was ridiculously low at a mere one percent. Viva Hugo Chavez and the people of Venezuela.

3-in-a-row for Rigo Vellos as he wins Mr. Belize title
Since winning the Mr. Belize bodybuilding title in 2012, Rigo Vellos has dominated the arena and on Friday October 17th 2014 he continued to rule by winning his third consecutive title. Vellos won the Light Heavyweight category and advanced to the Overall Category against the winner of the Masters and Middleweight Categories, Clayton Greenidge, and Lightweight Category newcomer Oyinkro Okpobodor who settled for 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

SCA & BHS lead high school volleyball
The St. Catherine’s Academy girls are undefeated as they lead the high school volleyball competition with 5 wins, while the Belize High School girls also have 5 wins and a loss at the Stars’ training gymnasium last week. The SCA girls completely dominated the Pallotti High School girls: 25-2, 25-2 for their 5th win on Tuesday evening. Kevanna Sebastian hammered the Wesley College girls last Wednesday for their 3rd win, and with Karen Quan, Mya Musa and Juel Lewis serving up aces they dominated 25-4, 25-4. The Belize High School girls posted their 5th win against the Anglican Cathedral College girls last Friday: 25-11, 25-3.

Verdes FC, BDF & Wagiya win in PLB football openers
Verdes FC bombed San Ignacio United 4-2 at the Norman Broaster Stadium; the Belize Defence Force stopped FC Belize 2-1 at the Peoples Stadium, and Wagiya stomped the Paradise Freedom Fighters 2-0 at the Toledo Union field in Punta Gorda in the Premier League of Belize football tournament openers on Sunday, October 19. Richard “Cheety” Jimenez struck first for Verdes, blasting in a low level cruis missile past goalie Gerardo Vanegas in the 20th minute. Joel Guzman equalized for San Ignacio in the 29th minutes but Vanegas could not stop Nahjib Guerra’s left foot shot in the 46th minute as Verdes took a 2-1 lead into the break.

US “disappointed” at Belize decision regarding possible Ebola victim
The boys in Belmopan are worried over the initial reaction of the United States to the Government of Belize’s decision to refuse a couple including a woman suspected of having the Ebola virus, from disembarking from a cruise ship that had moored on Belizean waters ...

Minds VS Hands – Art by Inga Woods
hadow and light dance. Will you seek balance? Even in this tense and tight environment, one can forge out a tiny space of reflection and create big works. A new artist completely burst a reflective space in the art ...

Current and Future State of Tourism in Belize
The World Bank estimated that tourism arrivals in Belize in 2000 were 196,000 visitors, with total spending of US$111 million. The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) estimated that in 2013, a total of 294,177 tourists visited the country. This reflects an annual growth of between 4-8%. The Center on Eco-Tourism ...

IN MY PERSPECTIVE – Don’t be so cocky!
One of the proudest moments in my life was in June of 2013 when I learned that the Belize Jaguars football team was coming to the United States of America to play in the gold cup in Salt Lake City. Like most Belizeans I felt proud and this ...

Do The Right Thing!
“I didn’t tell you to go and mek so much pickney”, “I am not your pickney pa”, “I can’t mine yu”, “I am not yu man”, “Money nu the grow pan me”, “A nu de se nobody till wa mont fra now”, and “A done gi yu ...

MORE RAIN IS COMING!!…….Belize City braces for more cement streets disaster
Weather conditions across the country are expected to deteriorate over the next few days with heavy showers and possible thunderstorms as Tropical Depression Nine moves west-southwest over the Yucatan area of Mexico and Belize. TD9 formed in the Gulf of Mexico late Tuesday night about 160 miles ...

Rotten from the start…
These pictures are of Election Day 2012. The disgraced and corrupt Elvin Penner is seated in the black vehicle. He was reportedly signing notes which indicated how much each person would get after they have voted. They then ...

YOLANDA AND KIM
Word started going around within the past four weeks that the Government of Belize may have contributed as much $300,000 towards the recent travels and engagements in New York and London of Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis Barrow. We even heard that the hotel ...

Pablo Marin – incompetent where it matters
Conspicuously absent from last Friday morning’s emergency press conference called by the Prime Minister Dean Barrow to calm public anxiety over the country’s possible exposure to Ebola was the head of the Ministry of Health, Pablo ...

REFLECTIONS ON THE PUBLIC SQUARE – The UDP Government: Fast Asleep On The Job
Over the past few weeks our focus and attention has rightly been on specific issues of national importance such as BORDER SECURITY, the ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS AT CHIQUIBUL, and the latest EBOLA SCARE. Each of these issues requires preparation, planning, dialogue and attention to detail. This is the responsibility of ...

Ministry of Health drops the ball – Too much talk and no action!
Almost two weeks after Ministry of Health officials had promised the nation that they would get things right for Belize to be ready in case the deadly Ebola came knocking on our doors, they proved just how unprepared ...

Hon. Julius Espat writes Auditor General on Petrocaribe loan
Mrs. Dorothy Bradley Auditor General Dear Madam, Re: Loans of US$18,031,336.00, US$76,331,016.00 and US$19,944,954.00 in 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 contracted from ALBA PETROCARIBE Belize Energy Ltd. (APBEL) As you are aware the Government of Belize (GOB) on the 2nd October, 2014, tabled a loan motion before the National Assembly seeking a resolution ...

Auditor General responds to Hon. Julius Espat on Petrocaribe loan
Hon. Julius Espat Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Forest Drive Belmopan Dear Chairman Espat, This is to confirm receipt of your letter dated October 8th, 2014 regarding the referenced loans from ALBA PETROCARIBE Belize Energy Ltd. (APBEL). At the last sitting of the House of Representatives the motion was introduced for consideration and ...

Hon. Julius responds to Auditor General – Loan Motion-Petro Caribe
Auditor General Attention: Mrs. Dorothy Bradley Dear Madam, Re:Petro Caribe Loan Motion Thank you for your response of October 17th, 2014, to my letter of October 8th, 2014, regarding the captioned matter. You should recall that by the terms of my letter I raised two concerns arising out of the pending motion: (1)

Patrick JonesPJ

Dry and cool weather conditions blanket Belize
Atmospheric conditions over Belize are currently supporting mostly dry conditions. Little or no rainfall is expected over mainland Belize and her coastal waters heading into Monday. Sunday afternoon and Monday morning will see sunny skies. Overnight Sunday will see partly cloudy skies. Winds during the forecast period will be northerly to north-westerly at 5 to 15 knots, producing choppy sea conditions. High temperatures today will peak at 81 degrees Fahrenheit along the coast; 84 degrees Fahrenheit inland and 75 degrees Fahrenheit up in the hills.

New member for the San Ignacio Rotary Club
The Rotary Club of San Ignacio has a new member. During a special meeting of the club on Friday, October 24, Linda Kimble was officially installed and pinned as the newest Rotarian. The induction was conducted by the Acting President of the San Ignacio Rotary Club William “Bill” Butcher. Kimble was sponsored by Rotarian John Acott and the visiting Governor of Rotary District 4250 Jose Mauricio “Chepe” Rodriguez was given the honor of pinning Linda as the newest Rotarian.

Blogs

AMAZING Photos of San Pedro Belize’s MASSIVE 2014 Halloween Night- Part One
Awesome, awesome AWESOME pictures that speak for themselves – and show you how very seriously Ambergris Caye takes Halloween. If you love a good party and you love dressing up, I’d start planning for 2015. It’s not easy to win the costume contests around here… Take a look. They are in no particular order…and there will be LOTS more coming on Facebook for days to come. SO MANY GREAT SHOTS! Thank you Steve.

Diwali Celebrated in Belize
Every year the Indian community in Belize come together to celebrate Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights. So what is Diwali? Diwali as described on Google is “a Hindu Festival of Lights, held in the period October to November. It is particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and marks the beginning of the fiscal year in India.” For us, the Belize Indian Community, Diwali is a very festive season with excitement and celebrations that start a few days prior to the day itself. My experience of Diwali has been slightly different than the way it is celebrated in India, since I reside on the western side of the world. However, the Belize Indian Community does follow the traditional aspects of the Festival of Lights and accommodates the celebrations for us to enjoy it.

International Sourcesizz

Paul Nabor: on the passing of a national treasure
Garifuna singer and Belizean national cultural treasure Paul Nabor (January 26, 1928—October 22, 2014) died on 22 October 2014 at the Punta Gorda town hospital. Nabor had been hospitalized in January 2014 for pneumonia and dehydration, had been in poor health for some time, and on October 12 suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed. From the coastal village of Barranco, Toledo District, Belize, Paul Nabor (born Alfonso Palacio) or “Nabi” was best known as a singer and writer of Garifuna paranda songs, a ballad form accompanied on guitar and percussion. Like many Garifuna men, forced by socioeconomic circumstance to migrate in search of work, Nabor lived his life between Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. Nabor had been a boxer in his younger years (his assumed name comes from his days as a pugilist). At home in Belize, Nabi was a fisherman, sailor (in his hand-built dory), traditional farmer, herbalist, and Garifuna buyei or priest and spirit medium, presiding at dügü rituals at his dabuyaba or Garifuna temple. Spanish-Canadian filmmaker Katia Paradis' award-winning documentary Three Kings of Belize (Amazone Films 2007 - see below) offers a touching portrait of Nabor, along with brukdown accordion king (Wilfred) “Mr. Peters” and Maya traditionalist Florencio Mess, two fellow masters of Belizean roots music.

Exploring Belize and Guatemala One Geocache at a Time
Whenever you get the chance to travel somewhere new, do it. If you add geocaching to the mix, trips become even more adventurous and rewarding. I had the opportunity to travel to Central America and explore two fascinating and beautiful countries: Belize and Guatemala. Along the way, I geocached underwater, through a rainforest and next to a smoking active volcano. Here are six amazing geocaches that I found and believe all geocachers should add to their bucket list. First stop was in Belize where the people are friendly, the way of life is chiller than an ice cube, and the geocaching is a blast. There are only 110 active geocaches in the entire country of Belize (yes that’s right, 110.)

Videos

Video: Caves Branch Cave Rescue, Guide Training, 3min.
Caves Branch would not be what it is today if it weren’t for our tour guides. We take each guests safety very seriously. Our guides are all trained to international standards to provide each person the highest degree of personal safety while on our adventure tours. As you can see in the video our guides go through some pretty extensive training. This training exercise was done on our Waterfall Cave Expedition. So, when you take an exciting tour with the guides from Caves Branch, you can rest easy knowing that you are in experienced and qualified hands.

Video: Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley Snorkeling, 8min.
In Belize for Danny and Joy's wedding and had the chance to do some amazing snorkeling!

Video: Romantic Activities in Belize for Honeymooners, 2min.
Despite its small size, Belize so many activities to offer, even to newlyweds spending their honeymoon. There are several romantic activities that couples can enjoy while in this beautiful country. For its small size, Belize offers a surprisingly wide variety of romantic activities. From the lush jungle in the west to the Caribbean white sand beaches in the east, the people are friendly with English as their first language. Formerly under the British rule, Belize is easy to navigate. Activities packages transport visitors seamless from jungle to sea between resorts.

Video: Belize Honeymoon, 1.5min.
Caye Caulker

Video: Hawksbill sea turtle feeding on sponge among angels. Belize 2014, 4min.
This is a video of a Hawksbill sea turtle feeding on sponge among angels. Belize Aggressor III. October 2014.

Video: Belize scuba diving and beach, 10min.

Video: Belize, 2min.
Feliz cumpleaños padre!!!

Video: Belize, 2.5min.
Snorkel trip to the Barrier Reef in Belize, October 2014

October 26, 2014


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Caye Caulker’s Ocean Academy shortlisted for 2014 Beyond Sports Awards
Ocean Academy’s Aquatic Tourism Program has been shortlisted in the running of the Sport for Education award in the 2014 Beyond Sports Awards. Ocean Academy is a secondary school based in Caye Caulker Village. With the sponsorship of The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Ocean Academy has implemented the Aquatic Tourism Program to help students develop entrepreneurship skills in the tourism industry. The award is part of the Beyond Sport Global Summit and Awards to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from Tuesday, October 28th to Thursday, October 30th. The event is aimed to promote, develop and support the use of sport to drive positive social change across the world.

Police Report
Possession of Controlled Drugs *On Tuesday, October 21st a team of police personnel conducted a personal search on 24-year-old Mariano Teul. The search led to the discovery of a wrapped cigarette containing 0.2 grams of suspected cannabis. Teul was formally arrested and charged for the crime of “Possession of Controlled Drugs”. Found Property *On Tuesday, October 21sta team of police personnel conducted a search near the residence of a known drug dealer in the San Pedrito Area. The search was a result of Special Branch information and led to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing 179 grams of suspected cannabis, a small white and orange plastic container containing 127 grams of suspected cannabis and a transparent plastic bag containing 14 grams of suspected cannabis. All items were found amidst a pile of garbage. The drugs were labelled and deposited as “Found Property”. Drug Trafficking *On Tuesday, October 21st, San Pedro Police conducted a search at the residence of 35-year-old Pablo Barbosa and 39-year-old Claudia Barbosa based on Special Branch information. The search led to the discovery of a transparent bag containing suspected crack cocaine. The drugs were weighed and amounted to 18.9 grams. Both persons were formally arrested and charged for the crime of “Drug Trafficking”. Burglary *26-year-old American national Catherine Clary living in the San Pablo Area reported that on Tuesday, October 14th her home was burglarized. She reported that at around8PM she left her grey in colour LENLX brand camera bag in her home which contained: one black Nikon brand camera valued at $4,000USD, one vintage PENTAX K1000 brand camera valued at $350USD and an extra attachable camera lens valued at $400USD and an assortment of memory cards valued at $300USD.

Ebola Screening to be implemented at island’s port of entry
On Friday, October 17th, San Pedro Health Officer, Lisa Tillett hosted a small seminar on the disease Ebola, which has only recently appeared in the Western Hemisphere. Present at the seminar were representative from Maya Island Air, Tropic Air, San Pedro Water Taxi, Caye Caulker Water Taxi, San Pedro Water Jets Express, Belize Customs and Exercises Department, Belize Immigration Department, as well as several concerned citizens. The seminar was aimed at sensitizing the attendees on the disease and explain the need to screen visitors who are coming to the island from any point of entry.

Gimmi some Conch!
October 1st marks the open season for conch lovers throughout Belize and on Ambergris Caye, there certainly is no exception!Our tasty little strombus gigas (scientific name), are an island delicacy and are prepared and served in a number of amazingly delicious ways. Two of the most popular are without a doubt the conch ceviche and conch fritters but there is also curry conch, stew conch, and conch soup- all very, very yummy! Many local restaurants and household kitchens whip up these tasty treats all throughout the season, which is open from October 1st to June 30th annually. These delicious little golden nuggets are a must try! Fritters are a pretty quick and easy treat to whip up, and make the perfect snack or appetizer. Trust me, you can find it on the vast majority of menus across the island. The fritters are made up of a combination of sweet little chunks of diced conch, diced sweet peppers, onions and celery and mixed in a batter consisting of flour, eggs, and favored seasonings of choice. The fritters are then deep fried until golden brown .You can have them plain, with your favourite dipping sauce, or with some delicious coconut white rice, stewed beans, and fried plantain. Hungry yet?

PlusTV

Dangriga Market finished but SIF Lawsuit still stands
On Thursday we aired the story of the opening of the renovated Dangriga Market. The original contract was for 1.4 million dollars and had been awarded to Kenard Smart of K and G Construction. The facility that we showed you on Thursday required an additional 400 thousand dollars to complete it at a total cost of 1.8 million dollars. According to Mayor Suazo, that additional money was found by short changing additional works that would have been done in other parts of the town so that the Market could be finished. Gilbert Swazo – Mayor of Dangriga ” This overt frontal assault took the form of a reallocation of funds. The funds of about a minimum of $400,000 was reallocated. $400,000 was taken from our Phase Two Project to rehabilitate our street, one point two miles. We have lost four hundred thousand dollars, from that Phase Two Project, which was then placed onto Phase One, so this Market could be completed.”

Belize Leadership Summit October 29 and 30th in Belmopan
The Belize Leadership Summit is a two day event scheduled for next week Wednesday and Thursday. That is the 29th and 30th of October. International and local speakers will key in on issues that affect, impact, and influence businesses, organizations, ministries, families and more. Kerm Thimbrel, one of the organizers of the event, gave us more details. Kerm Thimbrel – Summit Leader “Some of the presenters include corporate presidents, university coaches, bankers, international business trainers, and businessmen in general. These people are coming out of the Dallas area of the United States. It’s for business people. It’s for corporate managers. Because of some of the topics that is going to be addressed, if I could highlight a few of them: One of them is, for example, ‘Growing Your Business’. We also have ‘Business Start-up Keys’. It caters for people who are already businessmen, but also those who are new and want to be able to get into that arena.

The Reporter

DOE unveils new online application system
The Department of the Environment within the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development has unveiled a new online service for importers. The Online Permits Application and Licenses (OPAL) system, unveiled on Friday, is the department’s new way of issuing permits/licenses for importing or exporting of scrap metal, used tires, lead-acid batteries, ozone depleting substances/halogenated gases, refrigeration/air conditioning equipment and petroleum products. The OPAL system was created through the Central Information Technology Office (CITO). The new system is designed to eliminate the need to physically visit the DOC office to apply for a license, and reduce the usage of paper since applicants will be issued with an electronic license. The system will also bring the added convenience of being able to apply from mobile devices “on-the-go”.

Patrick JonesPJ

Belize observes Dental Health Week
Dental Health Week was held this week under the theme, “Belize Big Up Your Smile, It Reflects Your Style.” Activities were held countrywide to emphasize the importance of dental health, including free teeth cleaning for teachers. On Friday in Belize City the community were invited to a dental health fair featuring participation from the Dental Health Department and other organizations who have an interest in maintaining healthy teeth, and there was even a special appearance from Belize’s own Tooth Fairy. But, some Belizeans still carry a childhood fear of unendurable pain at the end of a tooth drill which prevents them from seeing the dentist regularly.

Weather Bureau keeping an eye on remnants of TD 9
The National Meteorological Service predicts a cool and wet weekend, as on the heels of Tropical Depression Nine which crossed Belize Thursday night from the Yucatan Peninsula. There is a cold front which is scheduled to arrive this weekend. According to Chief Meteorologist Dennis Gonguez, at this time of the year storms behave erratically as the guiding currents are not in place, which explains the unusual west-to-east track TD 9 took. But while T.D. 9 has been reduced to a disorganized area of thunderstorms and showers, it could regenerate as it reaches the warm waters of the western Caribbean in front of Belize and joins on to the tail end of the cold front. An easterly flow will direct the mass toward Belize, possibly bringing rain.

Fire guts building on Lover’s Lane in Punta Gorda
An overnight fire in Punta Gorda town has gutted one building. Details are still being confirmed, but a freelance journalist who captured a part of the incident on video and still photography reports that the blaze erupted at a house on Lover’s Lane in the Water Supply area of the municipality sometime before midnight on Friday night. The cause of the blaze has not yet been determined. Of note is that this is the second fire incident this month in Punta Gorda town. We will have more on this latest fire incident as the details are confirmed with fire officials and the police.

Blogs

New Tropic Air flights and procedures
All the repeat visitors are about to do the happy dance at this news….. New Tropic Air flights to the BZE-SPR route that will be starting November 15, 2014 – see times below. If you are a first timer and you have the opportunity to fly to Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker, go for it. Not only is Tropic Air the country’s largest service provider offering private charters, regular cross country flights and a wide range of great aerial tours, they are the top source for amazing aerial photography. For many, the flight to both colorful islands tops the vacation highlights list.

Monroe Doctrine: A fundamental of US foreign policy
Speaking in the superlative, from the standpoint of digit, there has been 44 Presidents of USA while from the viewpoint of personality, the number is thirty two. It happened so because some of them were elected for two terms while Franklin D. Roosevelt was voted to the office for three terms. Under such calculations, the number of President from the Republican Party stands at eighteen since Abraham Lincoln became the first in 1861 and the number of President from the Democratic Party comes to thirteen since Andrew Jackson became the first in 1829. There are marked differences between Republican and Democratic parties on matters of strategies, program, manifesto and so forth, although similarities on visions and missions to make USA the topmost developed country anointed with science and technology having the highest degree of excellence and application with the leadership of the world are very much spotted and recognized. Republicans are usually viewed as conservative, too much nationalistic and doctrinaire whilst Democrats feel free to fashion themselves as champion of human rights and democracy. This is interesting to note that when a person, whether he is Republican or Democrat, is voted to the office of the President of USA, he starts behaving as President of USA even going above the line of his party. It does so happen since the very presidency is faced with problems and issues of multifarious natures, scales and dimensions in action in the context of national, bi-lateral, regional and international landscapes as a whole and thus, focuses on realities, possibilities and challenges to put the vision and mission of his party into practice as contained in the party documents get thrust for limitations and less actualities. Excepting few, all the Presidents are more or less fall into it or revolve around it.

The War On Democracy
A few years ago George W. Bush stated “America will not impose our own style of living on the unwilling. Out goal instead is to help others to find their own voice, attain their own freedom, and make their own way”. Nevertheless the United States’ actions in Latin America are proof that exactly the opposite is true. This film by John Pilger is about the struggle of people to free themselves from a modern form of slavery. It describes how those with next to nothing show extraordinary strength and courage defending the most basic of human rights in a war being waged against all of us. It was Richard M. Nixon who once said of Latin America that “people don’t give a shit about the place”. He was wrong because the plan of the United States of America as an empire was to take over and rule an entire continent, referred to contemptuously as ‘the back yard’.

Top 15 Belize Resorts
Looking to have a relaxing visit in any of the best luxury Belize resorts? We have the list for you. Each of these Belize resorts 5 star has something unique to offer, whether they are a rustic eco haven in the middle of nowhere to a hip boutique hotel with world class comforts and amenities. The Belize hotels below have been hand selected because they offer spectacular views, the best tour guides and staff, exquisite food, and an overall rich ambiance.

International Sourcesizz

Wilmington's vehicle donations may impact city budget
The Wilmington City Council recently voted to donate 21 vehicles with a combined value of $45,300 to four nonprofits. Yet the city's largess may have a budgetary consequence. Vehicles or equipment declared surplus would otherwise be sold at auction and the proceeds would return to the city's coffers. When a city vehicle is replaced, the old model is auctioned off to recover any value, Lee said. Typically, the city finances 10 percent to 20 percent of the cost of the replacement with the sale of the old vehicle, he said. When a car or truck is given away, the city doesn't recover its value. If the city continues donating vehicles, that will put pressure on the budget. To compensate, city departments would need to pay higher costs for the vehicles they use, Lee said. In 2008, for example, Wilmington donated a streetsweeper to San Pedro, Belize, one of our sister cities. (San Pedro heralded the sweeper with a dance that closed Main Street.) In 2012, the city donated two 2003 Ford Crown Victorias to a New Jersey police department hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Videos

Video: Belize Vacation - 2014, 5min.
Highlights from our vacation to Belize in October 2014.

Video: Diving Sandy Point Reef - Ambergris Caye Belize, 1min.
Scuba diving Sandy Point Reef - Ambergris Caye Belize. We were in a channel in these clips at a bottom debth of 66'. These are just 2 clips that i liked during this dive, one of a queen angelfish as we were descending and another of a sea turtle. Filmed on SJ4000 camera which is similar to the GoPro.

Video: Landing in Belize City, August 2014, 2min.
On descent into Belize City, August 2014.

October 25, 2014


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Specials and Events

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The San Pedro Sun

Farewell: Paul Nabor- A Belizean Cultural Icon
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) expresses its sincerest condolences to the family, friends and fans of the greatest Parandero, Mr. Paul Nabor. While we are saddened by the news of his passing, we join the rest of the country to recognize and celebrate Nabor’s achievements and contributions to Belize’s music industry. Usually seen with his guitar, Paul Nabor shared the Garifuna culture through his music and teachings of Paranda. The instrumental and percussion-based soulful music helps to export the Garifuna culture, and, by extension, promotes Belize to the rest of the world. In 2011 and 2004, Paul Nabor was honoured for his contribution to culture and music at the ‘Tribute to Belizean Patriots’ with the Order of Distinction and Meritorious Service Award, respectively.

Verge of Umbra shoots music video for “The Meditation”
It’s not often that one gets the opportunity to be in a music video, so when the invitation to join Verge of Umbra for a little filming came through, I was all over it. I mean, I made sure I got off the island and on the rooftop at Belize City’s Bachelor Inn that Saturday, October 18th. Despite the connotation of the hotel’s name, I’ll have you know I was not about to sully my good reputation (ha!). In fact, when I showed up with my camera and over-excitement, the sight of two police officers assigned to keep an eye on things sobered me right up! Friends of the band members had begun gathering while the boys ran around putting the final touches on their spread: Belikin beer on tap, rum from Traveller’s Liquors, and even a feast of rice and beans, yummy chicken and potato salad.

CABEI approves US$30 million credit to Belize
The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), recently approved a loan for up to US$30 million to the Government of Belize for the execution of the Belize Integral Security Programme (BISP), initiative that is aligned to the Central American Security Strategy (ESCA for its Spanish translation). In this regard, the Executive President of CABEI, Dr. Nick Rischbieth indicated that this credit will support investments in infrastructure and equipment in Belizean institutions responsible for the security of the Belizean people.. The Belize Integral Security Programme is a part of the National Security Strategy promoted by the Government of Belize and in its first phase will focus on the rehabilitation of existing edifications, construction of new civil works and equipment provision for the Belize Police Department, Belize Defence Force, Belize Coast Guard and National Forensic Science Services.

Preparations are underway for the 2014 Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
The San Pedro Business Association (SPBA) has started preparations for the 2014 Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. In 2013, due to lack of community support and boats participating, the annual event was canceled. The boat parade is iconic to the island, however, and as such, the SPBA is hoping to garner sufficient interest and support to carry out the event this year. With the official date set for December 6th, the boat parade is set to follow the same route as previous years. Beautifully lit boats will take off from the Boca del Rio Area, moving southwards to Caribbean Villas the turning back to Central Park. During the boat parade, events will also be simultaneously taking place in Central Park. There will be several booths available for the sale of food, drinks and gift items. As well, SPBA is planning on having a Christmas Carol Competition for the primary schools in the island.

Ambergris Today

Miss San Pedro Michelle Nuñez Works on Empowering Women
Miss San Pedro 2014, Miss Michelle Nuñez recently became a member of the On Eagles Wings Ministries (OEWM) whose members are frequent visitors of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. OEWM works hand in hand with Miss Alexis Guerrero, present counselor at San Pedro High School, by assisting her with presentations and workshops dealing with sensitive issues such as sexual abuse and human trafficking, amongst other topics. Below is a report written by Michelle in which she shares her experience in meeting these great people and how she, as a public figure, helped spread awareness of their mission in San Pedro. Miss San Pedro Joins On Eagles Wings Ministries "On October 19, 2014, I was invited to an amazing dinner at Ramon’s Village and met such wonderful people. I knew I couldn’t miss this opportunity to get to know the non-profit organization On Eagles Wings Ministries. It all started on September 10, 2014, when I was crowned as the official Miss San Pedro 2014-2015. I had a short conversation with Alexis Guerrero, I told her how much it meant to me to reach out to the young ladies who have been victims of sexual abuse or lack self esteem, since that topic hits home to me. Alexis Guerrero is the present counselor at San Pedro High School.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Five pups , and two bedraggled kittens
Help... when it rains it pours. Five pups , and two bedraggled kittens. Needing good home for the kittens, please contact Linda Searle at Sea Sports, BHSAS will assist with deworm, vacs and sterilizations. Gorgeous kitties.... at least they are now safe from the rain, thank god. Thank you Linda, for stepping up to the plate, each and every time. And here they are 2 rescued kittens from a roundabout along northern foreshore in Belize City. They are eating on their own and are now napping. PLease contact me if you can adopt one or two or both, asap.

Mangrove Reforestation
Mangrove reforestation training is underway at TIDE. Bob Riley from Mangrove.org arrived yesterday to help us reforest Abalone Caye. Most people have heard of mangroves; a remarkable tree species that can live and flourish in salt environments. Many have even seen them; a mass of trees spreading from land into the sea, existing in an area known as the intertidal zone of oceans or rivers. But do you know how important they are for our ecosystems? They provide habitats for fish, crab, shrimp, oysters, barnacles and birds sponges and their roots are sheltered and act as nurseries. They reduce coastal erosion by trapping sediment and they increase employment to fishers and tour guides across the world. They provide a lifeline and a lifecycle for so many species on our planet. Yet today, we are facing crisis along our coastlines because mangroves are being deforested leaving land open to the elements and erosion. TIDE itself is facing this problem. After building our marine ranger station on Abalone Caye, the island has rapidly eroded. Over the past few years we have been adding a rock barrier, however the erosion is still occuring and the situation has now reached a critical level!

E-course Announcement, Government of Belize Press Office
Introduction to Water Diplomacy

Chikungunya Song from Jamaica - Wayne J
Gobhealth Belize shared a catchy tune on ChikV done by a Jamaican artist. Check it out!

Unique Belize
The Making Tourism Benefits Communities Adjacent to Archeological Sites (MTBCAAS) Project is proud to announce the official launch of its “Unique Belize” artisan programme. The launch took place over two days, October 22 and 23, 2014, at the Ramada Belize City Princess in Belize City. The event included the launch of the Unique Belize Brand and the exhibition of the first Unique Belize artisan product line. The Unique Belize artisan programme was made possible through The Government of Belize with counterpart funding from the European Union via the Belize Rural Development Programme 2 (BRDP 2). Unique Belize is a standardization, certification, and branding programme aimed at helping Belizean artisans working at or near to nine archeological sites in the country to promote their work in the local and international marketplace and to help consumers to identify and purchase authentic Belizean artwork.

Goliath Grouper Dissection
Wednesday we received an exciting call from a local fishermen here in San Pedro. He had successfully caught a Goliath grouper (also called Jewfish, scientific name: Epinephelus itajara) and asked if we would like to collect samples. Of course we jumped at the opportunity! Ivy Baremore, our Technical Coordinator, collected tissue samples and pectoral fin clips, identified the sex, and extracted both otoliths (ear stones). Through closer inspection, we learned that the Goliath Grouper had several crabs for lunch, was a mature male, and had an interesting, but rather creepy, case of parasitic worms.

Murder in Margaritaland
Somewhere in the tropics between the Port of Indecision and South West of Disorder, you'll find that murder meets mayhem, and the intrigue begins! While most vacation at Margaritaland - an exclusive tropical resort - to get away from their troubles, for one unfortunate soul, it will mean the end of their travels altogether. At the resort, the guilty will mingle among the guests and everyone will be left with the task of deciphering between the facts and falsehoods that plague this paradise, in order to make the killer pay for their crime. Included in the USD$85 admission is a glass of wine or one of our signature cocktails, a three course menu including conch fritters, quinoa salad, garlic lobster & jungle ribs & creme brûlée. Plus, special prizes for those who guess the killer correctly!

DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT'S ONLINE LICENSING SYSTEM
Government of Belize Press Office

Hasta La media Noche musical concert
We are excited to share with you the new day for the "Hasta La media Noche" musical concert!! Mark your calendars for the 8th Nov 2014 7:00pm @ the Corozal Central Park! Don't miss this great evening featuring Mexican Group Bernakoolo and Corozal's very best Caribbean Roots!

EXPOFER CHETUMAL 2014
Sunday October 26th will be celebrated as "Belizean Night" at the grounds. According to the organizers, the program of events will continue with or without rain. We note some of our own Belizean Artists will be performing. See you at the EXPOFER 2014!

Dance X BZ 2014!!!
November 26th - 30th - Bliss Centre

"TRICICLO ROJO"- Clown Dance Company from Mexico City.
The Embassy of Mexico presents "TRICICLO ROJO"- Clown Dance Company from Mexico City. Saturday, 25 October @ 5PM Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts FREE ENTRANCE. DON'T MISS IT!!

GONE TO THE PROMISE LAND: THE MUSICAL LEGEND THAT WAS PROF DRUMMOND!
The musical legend that is Prof Drummond in a striking pose during one of his appearances at the Lord Rhaburn Musical Awards in Belize City. Coming soon on Belizean Legend---a entertaining exclusive on the man who wrote the book in Belizean Balladeer performances.

Channel 7

Two Cases in Belmopan Positive for Chik-V, Not Dengue
Two of the four suspected cases of Chikungunya in the Belmopan area have come back positive for Dengue - which has health authorities ruling out Chik-V in both cases. That's the case of the sisters from Las Flores who went to a private clinic in Belmopan and one of them tested positive for Chik-V, but on a quick test which is not approved by CARPHA, the regional testing headquarters in Trinidad. When their samples were tested at the Central Medial Lab in Belize on a CARPAHA approved test, they both tested positive for dengue, and once that appears, no further test for chikungunya is performed. That leaves two more cases -both women from the Flores area of Belmopan who tested positive Chikungunya in El Salvador earlier in the year - returned to Belize, and started showing symptoms here. In the first case - her sample has been sent to CARAPHA in Trinidad - and the result is expected next week. In the other case, health authorities are still doing an active investigation on the ground - but have not yet collected a sample - because they are not getting full cooperation.

Caracol Re-opens
Next week Monday the Caracol Archaeological Site will re-open 4 weeks and 4 days after it was closed,. By now, you are very aware that the site was closed because Special Constable Danny Conorquie was killed while on duty. He was targeted and executed while he was looking after tourists. Since then, law enforcement and military personnel have been on a high level of activation in and around the site, especially since there was an armed incursion around Camp Valentin shortly after the murder. But, Caracol is one of the major tourist destinations in the Cayo District, and addressing the security concerns meant that no tours were going to the maya site. Those security concerns have now been addressed with a permanent BDF presence on the ground, and today, NICH's Director of Archaeology, Dr. John Morris outlined the new security measures that are in place:

TD 9 Inundates Belize
Tropical depression number 9 passed over Belize last night into early this morning. The remains of the tropical depression are now near the lower Yucatan coast and they will slowly shift east and south through the weekend. The main impact from this system will be heavy rain over Central America- but according to our Chief Met Officer, there will be a cold front crossing over Belize early tomorrow morning that will break it up. Dennis Gonguez - Chief Met Officer "Tropical Depression #9 formed in the Bay of Campeche couple days ago and moved across the Yucatan Peninsula as it cross the land mass of Yucatan Peninsula it weakened and during the course of last night and this morning the remains of tropical depression #9 cross Belize and hence the increment weather conditions that we had yesterday and earlier this morning. The remains of tropical depression #9 continue moving eastwards, however, there is a cold front that's entering the Yucatan Peninsula tonight and eventually crossing Belize before dawn tomorrow. Cold air from this cold front will wrap around into the remnants of tropical depression #9 and that will impede its redevelopment for a couple of days and subsequent to that the cold front will lie on Sunday evening near to the northeastern Honduras and the remnants of tropical depression #9 will also be at the tail end of the cold front at near northeastern Honduras.

Bail For Alleged Drug Trafficker
Tonight, 38 year-old Axel Fuentes, a fisherman from Ranchito Village, who was busted with about half a million dollars in cocaine, is out on bail after being imprisoned for 5 weeks. His attorney, Dickey Bradley, took an application before Justice Herbert Lord today, and asked the court to grant Fuentes bail for the charges against him. After considering the submissions from both Bradley and Crown Counsel Linbert Willis, Justice Lord granted Fuentes bail of $50,000, with the usual conditions that he must hand over his travel documents and report to police weekly until his case is complete.

Guat. Found Dead in Belize River
On Tuesday we told you about the 3 Guatemalans who were shot at in the Clarissa Falls area off the Benque road. One was shot to the thigh, the other apparently escaped over to Melchor, while the other was reportedly shot to the neck but his body could not be found. Well, his body was found yesterday lying face down in the Mopan river about 500 meters from the Calla Creek Bridge. His body was identified by his brother Elmer Salazar as 22 year old Rudy Leonel Salazar. A Post Mortem Examination was conducted this morning and the cause of death was asphyxiation by drowning; there were also apparent gunshot wounds to his neck and upper back. Police believe the shooter was a Guatemalan…

Alleged School Burglar Remanded Without Bail
Police say that he broke into a school, and so tonight, 21 year-old Gary Clark is at the Belize Central Prison. The incident happened between last week Friday and Monday of this week. Someone broken into the St. Agnes Anglican Primary School in La Democracia village and stole a Dell laptop, $730 in cash, and 36 batteries. The culprit gained entry into the principal's office by prying open the door of the standard 6 classroom, which is adjacent to it. Police investigated the report and charged Clark with burglary. He was arraigned today before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart, who remanded him to prison on the strength of the grounds from the Prosecution. According to the police prosecutor, the offence has become prevalent in the La Democracia area, and that Clarke may try to tamper with their evidence gathering process.

Who will Replace Mahmud?
For the past few nights we've been reporting on Joseph Mahmud, the PUP Representative for Cayo North. He's not going to offer himself for the next election - which is a blow to the PUP, since his replacement will probably face an uphill battle - being that Cayo North has historically been a UDP stronghold. So, who will replace him? Well, PUP sources tell 7news that the party has reached out to attorney Michel Chebat. Chebat is originally a Cayo native - who lives and works in Belize City. It would be an interesting choice for the PUP, as Chebat has gained prominence as an attorney for the Catholic Church - and last appeared in the injunction agaiNst the reggae performer Alkaline. But we are told the Chebat interest only at the initial stages - and we could not reach him for comment.

SIF Says Dangriga May Get Streets
The Dangriga Market - for the Barrow Administration, it's like one of those wounds that just won't heal. SIF did its best to stitch it up - but yesterday the Dangriga Mayor tore it back open - and left it to fester in public view. One of the Mayor's principal lines of attack is that when the contract for the market had to be re-negotiated with a new contractor, it cost four hundred thousand dollars more - money that was taken away from the town's overall disbursement from the Belize Municipal Development Project. And so the mayor argues that the town lost when the first contract for 1.4 million dollars with Kennard Smart's company fell apart. And that loss means fewer paved streets. We asked the SIF project manager about it:.. Ernest Raymond, Project Supervisor - SIF "It is not a situation where $400,000 was removed from one project to complete another project. We operate on the basis of an allocation for each town council and there is an overall budget for the project. In that regard, as we see it presently there is still the likelihood of the Dangriga municipality getting their two streets; Gasbi Ramos and Trucking Boulevard. When this project was first put to bid, it is interesting for you to note and to know that the highest bidder for this project was 3 million dollars at that time you know. We had bids at 3 million, 2.1 million and 1.4 million and in this case K & G Smart was awarded the contract for 1.4 million after meeting all the conditions."

PG Mayor Complaining About SIF Too
And while the mayor of Dangriga has a well-sharpened axe to grind with the Social Investment Fund - the Mayor of Punta Gorda town also threw a blow yesterday. Mayor Anthony Fuentes says that SIF refurbished his council's municipal office and administration building for nearly half a million dollars - and the building is already leaking. He explained:.. Anthony Fuentes, Mayor - Punta Gorda Town "The amount of money $416,000 was spent and there are already some defects on that particular building in Punta Gorda Town." Jules Vasquez "Really, so has this been reported to SIF? Have they indicated if they can remedy it?" Anthony Fuentes, Mayor - Punta Gorda Town "They have one year for the defects and one year have passed already, so we are left to maintain that particular building. Yes there is more needs to be done by the Social Investment Fund to ensure that the monies invested on these buildings - we get value for money."

Dangriga Mayor Leaving Politics
And while the Punta Gorda Mayor is putting in his political points, you could say Dangriga Mayor Gilbert Swaso is doing it purely for either the principle or the pleasure of inflicting political blows. That's because he's not running for mayor again. Swaso did not contest the PUP's municipal convention where he would have faced a challenge. We asked him why:.. Jules Vasquez "We are told that you are not running because they wanted you to face a convention when none of the elected representative face a convention. So it wasn't fair. Why aren't you running again?" Gilbert Swazo, Mayor - Dangriga "Well, I stand on principle and I've also decided that on a personal note that I will not continue within the political field. I am of the firm view that the type of politics that has been perpetrated within the country is very much perpetrated in a culture of dependency."

Dangriga Mayor's Pvt. Business Venture Went Belly Up
And so while he's through with politics for the time being - he remains a public official and one that had to endure some public scrutiny recently when a call center that he co owned went belly up - and left owing debts to workers and suppliers. We asked the mayor about the demise of "Wafagua Easy Call" Jules Vasquez "I am told it failed and that people were left unpaid and they had to go to you." Gilbert Swazo, Mayor - Dangriga "Okay, I certainly as a partner in the call center business. What we are doing it to get ourselves reorganized and we will commence operations very shortly. Whatever shortcomings will be rectified certainly and we will bring jobs to this municipality." Jules Vasquez "However, did the original Nigerian investors abscond and leave you holding the bag?" Gilbert Swazo, Mayor - Dangriga "They are still available here in Dangriga and certainly we continue to dialogue. We still remain a team and as I said we are getting ourselves reorganized."

Police Look To Dealer For Clues In Stolen Hilux Pickups
Yesterday, we told you about how Belmopan Police managed to recover a government owned Toyota Hilux pickup that had been stolen. The Hilux belongs to the Department of Archaeology, and just like the other 4, it was parked in front of the department's headquarters in Belmopan. Just like the others, someone simply jumped in and drove off with it, but by a stroke of good fortune, one of the employees saw the vehicle as it leave the parking lot, and realized that none of the authorized drivers were behind the wheel. Today, the Director of the Institute of Archaeology told us more: Dr. John Morris, Director - Institute of Archeology "There were several vehicles in the parking lot and in fact two vehicles were being loaded to go to one to Lamanai and one to Caracol and we were in the process of putting in supplies in those vehicles that we take to those sites and this fellow just walk off the street on the Ring Road and he got into one of the vehicles. He used a key to get into the vehicle and fortunately for us one of our officers were coming down the stairs with his load of stuff to put in the vehicle and he saw the vehicle driving off and then he said wait a sec, the other guy who us driving the vehicle is upstairs and he turn around and went back up and check and yes the other guy was upstairs and he said somebody drove off in your vehicle and that is how we realize that somebody had stolen the vehicle.

Belmopanan Police Cleaning Up Recreation Area
And while Belmopan police are trying hard to crack that case, they are also working on providing safety for area residents on recreation. In August we told you how a family was held up in the Riviera area of Belmopan - which is a riverside spot outside of the city. Well, police got the area cleaned up so there's less room for criminals to lurk:.. Ins. Andrea Grinage, Deputy Commander - Belmopan "People would come to the Riviera area to swim on maybe a Saturday or a Sunday and then they would be robbed. What we had notice the OC and myself had come down here and notice that the area was really bushy and we had liaised with the KOLBE Foundation and had gotten 15 inmates to come and assist us in clearing out this area. We had observed that the area was bushy so they were hiding in the bushes and the persons swimming could not readily see them. We would still like the people in the area coming to swim to take precautions, have their vehicle lock properly - don't display any valuable items in your vehicles - to help us in combating these crimes."

Hon. Espat (Toledo West) Says New Schools Create New Needs
Last week - SIF and the Ministry of Education opened up two school buildings in the remote reaches of the Toledo District, namely Aguacate and Corazon. These are villages with new school buildings, providing major relief for school children who in the past would have to travel hours by road just to get to school. But Toledo East representative Mike Espat said that there are some unintended consequences. He said the presence of a school has forced some of the children's parents to go work in the banana industry just to pay their children's fees. He explained:.. Hon. Mike Espat, PUP Toledo East "What high school has done to them is put a lot more expenditure that they did not have before, so now they have to go look for a job and now you also have kids going to UB which takes the price up a lot higher." Jules Vasquez "Sir, but it's not that you are opposed to the education?" Hon. Mike Espat, PUP Toledo East "We can't, we came out of the classroom. I spent 17 years of my life in a classroom, so why would I be opposed to it?"

Meeting WTO Standards
For the past 5 days, all the government agencies involved in trade have been participating in workshop for Trade Facilitation Need Assessment. As a member of the World Trade Organization, Belize has to ensure that the trade apparatus being used is compatible with the rest of the WTO members. The main goal of the assessment was to determine if the country is ready to implement the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, which was approved by the Trade Ministers for all the members in Indonesia in November 2013. Now, it might sound like boring talk-shop to you, but the technocrats say it is needed to streamline trade. Today, the Director of Foreign Trade explained what the assessment has revealed so far about the weakness in the system: Dr. Leroy Almendarez, Director of Trade "One of first things we need to work with is to get the legislations in place. If it's in draft form, then we have to make sure that it becomes move from draft and be enacted because some of these things require legislation in order for Customs and the other entities to do what they need to do.

PACT Gives Grants
Yesterday the Protected Areas Conservation Trust awarded 5 co-management organizations with grants totaling about 1.2 million dollars. These grants will fund projects that will strengthen the conservation of protected areas in Belize. Acting Executive Director, Kerry Belisle discussed the importance of these grants to PACT's continued effort in preserving these areas for future generations. Kerry Belisle, Acting Executive Director - PACT "I think we can then all agree that our grantees today should stand especially proud that their continued diligence and commitment to protected areas has earned them a place in today's award of almost 1.2 million dollars. But at PACT we understand our job is far from done and perhaps today more importantly commemorates just another step in the journey and a longer and even more audacious path. The path to achieving a sustainably funded and optimally functioning protected area system."

All Smiles For Dental Health
Today marks the end of Dental health week and to conclude the activities the Ministry of Health held a Dental Health Fair today at the Central Health Region Compound under the theme "Belizeans Big-up your smile, it reflects your style." It was all about educating the students about developing good cleansing habits to prolong the strength and health of teeth and gums. Courtney Weatherburne found out more:.. Courtney Weatherburne reporting Everybody wants a clean mouth and a bright smile but many people don't take the necessary steps to keep their mouth clean. So the health department held a Dental Health Fair today to reinforce dental health best practices Dr. Raphael Samos, Senior Dental Surgeon, Ministry of health "Dental Week is celebrated countrywide under the theme "Belizeans big up your smile, it reflects your style." It sound catchy right. It's a week of awareness that we do countrywide. Each region has their own sets of activity that they carry out from tooth brushing drills to radio talk shows, give out incentive gifts and the idea is to create awareness of the importance of dental and oral hygiene."

Mexican Clown Troupe Visits
The Embassy of Mexico is inviting all Belizean children to the Bliss Center this weekend to enjoy a presentation by the theater clown company -"Triciclo Rojo." The group of dancers and clowns will be integrating dance, juggling, animation and music in a play called -The Basin Poet- which tells the story of a wandering knight who is always looking for small miracles to restore people's faith in their dreams. Sounds like quite a show and today we caught up with the clowns to get more on it. Triciclo Rojo will be presented on at 5:00 pm at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts. Admission is free and open to the public.

Remembering "Nabi"...
It's been two days now since 86 year-old musical Legend, Paul Nabor passed away, but still, the list of persons wishing to acknowledge his importance has not come to an end. Today, the National Garifuna Council released a statement reminding that Nabor's influence was international. His music was influential in spreading Garifuna culture to the rest of the world, and today the NGC lamented his loss. Indeed, as one of the most influential musicians performing in the paranda genre, Nabor ascended to iconic status. We've been doing a deep dig through our archives, to remember Nabor. Here's what we found: Jules Vasquez reporting Did you ever see him touch the stage? Did you ever see him dance? Deseree Diego, Performed with Nabor "I will tell you that everybody who knows Paul and who see him on stage, the moves that he has - that's what draw the crowd and I know everybody would want to remember him just showing off on stage." This is how the crowd reacted at "Y-Not Island" in 2007 just at the opening chords of Naguya Nei...

PROFILE...
Tonight's I AM Belize Profile features inspirational teacher Fiona Huang, who lived most of her life in Taiwan. While there, she nursed a secret dream to be a teacher, but she didn't get her opportunity to act on it until they moved to Belize when her husband retired. Tonight, she tells the profile how she had to overcome culture shock and the language barrier so she could teach art:

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No Official Assistance for Benque Accident Victim
On August sixteenth, Benque resident Yanie Cu was driving Yolanda Valencia to the market in San Ignacio when they collided into a vehicle driven by Deputy Commission of Police Miguel [...]

Yanie Cu Needs Your Help
Yanie Cu left a bill of eleven thousand quetzales in Guatemalan and he will need to return there for therapy and more treatment. So far, with a complete lack of [...]

P.U.P. Did Not Sign Hunting Caye Contract
The political jousting between Dangriga Mayor Gilbert Swaso and Junior Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Santiago Castillo, during the opening of the Dangriga market on Thursday was a fiery [...]

The General Remembers the Consummate Parandero
The passing of extraordinary Parandero, Paul Nabor, earlier this week continues to resonate across the country.  His death has undoubtedly created a vacuum within the ranks of esteemed Belizean musicians.  [...]

Reflecting on a Musical Legend
Well-known music promoter, Barbara Noralez, also shared past experiences with Paul Nabor, her fondest being a visit to the late buyei’s temple in Punta Gorda Town.  According to Noralez, they [...]

Belizeans Prepare to Say Goodbye to Paul Nabor
Paul Nabor’s daughter, Marie, arrived in Punta Gorda today via Guatemala so funeral arrangements for the Paranda great will be finalized over the weekend when a delegation led by representatives [...]

Caracol Reopens on Monday
It has been a month since the horrible execution of Danny Conorquie at the Caracol Archaeological Site. The murder triggered the closing of the site to visitors, both local and [...]

Murdered Guatemalan Found in the Mopan River
The body of a Guatemalan male was found floating in the Mopan River near Calla Creek at around eleven Thursday morning. It has since been identified as that of twenty-two [...]

Another P.U.P. Candidate Departs the Big Blue Tent
Earlier this week, it was announced that P.U.P. Cayo North Area Representative Joseph Mahmud will not be seeking reelection in 2017.  While Mahmud has cited personal reasons for not contesting [...]

Musa Says G.O.B. Spending of Venezuelan Money is Irresponsible
While we were with the former prime minister, we also broached the issue of the two hundred and twenty-eight million dollar PetroCaribe loan. The Opposition is challenging the management of [...]

Court Hears Bail Applications
  As many as fifteen bail applications were lodged before the Supreme Court today and a number of persons were successful in being granted bail by Judge Herbert Lord. Included [...]

Belize City Man Remanded for Assault on Minor
A fifty-five year old man is tonight on remand at the Belize Central Prison where he will remain for the next seven weeks. Austin Gotoy was before the court today [...]

Weekend Looks to Be Cold and Wet
We are a little over thirty days away from the end of the Hurricane Season for 2014, but this time of the year is when the Caribbean is most active [...]

Musa Says P.U.P. Supports Call for 13th Senator
The appointment of a thirteenth senator to represent the N.G.O. community remains an unfulfilled promise. Former Executive Director of SATIIM, Greg Ch’oc, was selected by the N.G.O.s, but his appointment [...]

MoH Celebrates Dental Health Week
Aside from preparing to deal with the Ebola virus and Chikungunya, the Ministry of Health this week has been building awareness on the importance of healthy teeth. Dental Health Week [...]

Mexican Embassy Hosts Clown Show at the Bliss
A cold front is forecasted for the weekend, but it doesn’t mean you need to stay at home. The Embassy of Mexico is putting off a show at the Bliss [...]

Steadfast Masonic Lodge Turns 51
On Thursday, the Steadfast Masonic Lodge in Belize turned fifty-one years old.  While many describe the lodge as a secret and mysterious society, numerous high profile personalities are members. The [...]

Three Kings, a film capturing the essence and spirit of 3 extraordinary, cultural icons
Katia Paradis produced and directed the film, Three Kings, capturing the essence and spirit of three extraordinary men and cultural icons: Paul Nabor, Wilfred Peters and Florencio Mes.  Mes is [...]

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Can Shelters In O/W Sustain Major Threat?
With only 5 weeks away from the closing of the 2014 Hurricane Season, Belize has been mercifully spared from any major threats to the country. And while some flooding was recorded in the South for this season, over the years we have been fortunate to not experience a major catastrophe. Despite being spared, officials at the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) remain on high alert. When it comes to hurricane preparedness; from emergency plans, to evacuation routes to hurricane shelters, much was done to prepare in the event a storm would threaten the country. Yesterday when we met with Northern Regional Director for NEMO, Elodio Aragon Senior, we delved into one of the toughest questions; can our shelters withstand a major threat? Maria Novelo reports. Maria Novelo – Reporting Elodio Aragon Sr. – Northern Regional Director, NEMO “I think we have been doing well and the committees have been set, they are ready and whenever they are called they will respond and the period of the hurricane season is about to be finish for this year and I think that the month and the few weeks left go without any real treat or hit by any hurricane or flooding.”

Orange Walk Police Make Another Drug Bust
Orange Walk Police conducted a house search at the residence of Miguel Soliz, 53 year old Belizean resident of August Pine Ridge Village in the Orange Walk District and managed to lay their hands 276 grams of suspected cannabis. Present at the time of the search were 26 year old Alina Magana, 55 year old Serafina Medina and 22 year old Karina Teck. When police searched the house they discovered a black plastic bag containing green vegetable substance suspected to be cannabis. As a result, all four persons were escorted to the Orange Walk Police Station along with the drugs. And were jointly arrested and charged for the offence of Drug Trafficking.

Medical Team Arrives In Belize
A medical team arrived today in Belize from Ohio to conduct a series of surgeries. The team of sixteen members begins screening as of tomorrow at the Northern Regional Hospital. According to Jennifer Longo, the team normally comes in February each year with a little over thirty persons. In this trip, Longo says they are hoping to be able to reach out to as many persons as possible. Jennifer Longo “We are here for a surgical mission from Cincinnati Ohio and we have plastic and ENT. We get follow ups, we see patients many years, about eight years we still have patients that we see and new patients. We hope to accomplish three days of surgery and my goal is seventy five patients so we will see how it goes.” The team is expecting a great turnout for this trip and already they have one hundred eleven patients registered. According to Longo, the demand for corrective surgery has been constant especially for cleft lips and pallets. All surgeries are free of cost. This afternoon when the team arrived in Orange Walk, they made a stop at the La Inmaculada Credit Union where the financial institution representatives handed over a tent to the Visiting Team Coordinator of the Northern Regional Hospital, Lupe Ack.

BCC Signs Agreement With Businesses In Yucatan
The Belize Chamber of Commerce began establishing business ties with businesses in Yucatan that are dedicated to food and services. The ties were established with businesses who participated in the 16th Trade Expo. The Belize Chamber of Commerce representatives noted that the Trade Expo organized by CANACO in Merida, is a major vent that gave the Belize delegation the opportunity to make contact with companies that market different lines of products and services and to familiarize themselves with the wide variety of goods and services provided in Yucatan. Among the services being sought for by the Belizean Delegation was printer of commercial labels for packaging of beverages.

Smart Provides Much Needed Assistance To Primary School In Corozal
Much needed financial assistance was given to the Santa Rita Assemblies of God Primary School located in the Corozal District. The donation was made by the SMART Telecommunications Company with the intent to fix a leaky roof at the school. It’s an issue the students and faculty of that school have been facing for some time and finally they received assistance. Reporter Victor Castillo was on hand to capture the exchange, here’s that story. With a student population of 77 students and 5 teachers enrolled at the school, this makes Santa Rita Assemblies of God Primary School the smallest educational institution in Corozal Town. During the years the school has found ways to meet their basic needs so as to carry on with their main objective which is to offer quality education to students. But there is one main issue that is beyond the hands of the faculty, students and PTA that has prompted Principal Jesus Catzim to seek assistance from the business community.

BTB Expresses Condolences To Paul Nabor
The Belize Tourism Board also expressed its sincerest condolences to the family, friends and fans of Parandero, Paul Nabor. A release from the BTB states and we quote “While we are saddened by the news of his passing, we join the rest of the country to recognize and celebrate Nabor’s achievements and contributions to Belize’s music industry.” End quote. In 2011 and 2004, Paul Nabor was honored for his contribution to culture and music at the Tribute to Belizean Patriots with the Order of Distinction and Meritorious Service Award, respectively. In 2004, the international icon, who was fluent in English, Spanish and Garifuna, was bestowed with the honorable title of Distinguished Guest, during a visit to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. While there for the release of fellow Paranda musician, Aurelio Martinez’s Garifuna Soul album, Nabor received a signed proclamation from the officials in Honduras; an honor which further cemented his popularity, not only in Belize, but in the region.

NEMO Monitors Bad Weather
At 3:00pm today, the National Emergency Management Organization issued advisory number one on Tropical Depression No. 9 which was situated at the Bay of Campeche, West of Belize. NEMO reported that the depression had maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. Movement was towards the east-southeast at 5 miles per hour. As the system crosses the landmass of the Yucatan Peninsula, coming from the West towards Belize, it is expected to weaken. The intensity forecasts are pointing to a much weakened circulation over Belize Friday morning. The release states that showers, heavy at times, along with some outbreaks of thundershowers, will greatly increase the risk of flooding over the next 4 to 5 days. NEMO advises the general public to make plans for blustery and squally weather conditions and flooding possibilities. The Belize Weather Bureau in its 6 pm forecast says that cloudy to overcast skies with some outbreaks of showers and thunderstorms will affect the central and northern parts of the country tonight and on Friday. Westerly to south-westerly winds at between 5 and 15 knots will produce light choppy sea conditions. But gusty conditions near showers and thunderstorms will make the sea locally rough. Therefore operators of small craft on the coastal areas of Belize are being advised to exercise caution in rough seas. The wet and showery conditions will continue into Saturday; but hey conditions will start improving on Saturday.

Family Of Missing Teen Fears The Worst
Today marks three days that thirteen year old Jeannie Alvarez, a student from Corozal Town, went missing. The last time Alvarez was seen by her mother, Poseda Hill, was on Monday when she left home en-route to her father’s house. Today reporter Victor Castillo spoke to a preoccupied Hill who told him about the last time she spoke with her daughter. Ponseda Hill – Mother “I spoke with her like 2:40 Monday.” Victor Castillo – Reporter “Did you all had a discussion or did you have an argument?” Ponseda Hill – Mother “Well, she was at that lady house that I did not agreed that she was there and I talked to her about it before that I don’t like her to go into that house so when I pass I saw her there and I told her to please come out of that lady house and just wait for school for Alisson and then she came out through the lady house by the side of the gate and I told her lets go and she said no I am going home so thinking that she was coming home I went to the park to wait until my other daughter came out of school then I come home and I don’t see her and I say something happened because she is not here, I called over my landlady house and I ask my neighbor at the back to see if anybody saw her and nobody had seen her and I have been her up and down to her father house back to my house looking for her and asking people if anybody have seen her and just trying to see where she was and what had happened to her and where she is.”

Country Mourns The Death Of Parandero, Paul Santino Nabor
Today, the country of Belize is mourning the death of another musical icon, parandero Paul Santino Nabor. Nabor passed away on Wednesday evening and is reported to have died of natural causes. It’s a huge blow to the music world in Belize since he was a widely respected musical talent who brought the soulful music of the Garifuna people to the rest of the world. Tonight, we pay tribute to the king of paranda music, Paul Nabor – Maria Novelo reports. Maria Novelo – Reporting Belizean icon, legendary Parandero, songwriter, Poet, Guitarist and music extraordinaire Paul Nabor passed away Wednesday evening at the Punta Gorda Hospital. Paul Santino Nabor who hailed from Punta Gorda, southern Belize was a widely respected musical talent who brought the soulful music of the Garifuna people to the rest of the world.

LOVE FM

Orange Walk Police Nabs Trio for Drug Trafficking
Three persons have been charged for drug trafficking in Orange Walk. According to Police reports, Orange Walk Police conducted a search at the residence of 57 year old Miguel Soliz in August Pine Ridge. Police say they saw Soliz running behind the house throwing a black plastic bag. The bag was retrieved and in it was 276 grams of marijuana. Soliz along with 26 year old Alina Magana and 55 year old Serafina Medina were all arrested and charged for drug trafficking.

On-Remand For Allegedly Burglarizing Primary School
Twenty-one year old Gary Clark Jr., a resident of La Democracia, who was charged with the burglary of St. Agnes Anglican Primary School in La Democracia, was denied bail when he appeared today before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart. He was remanded into custody until November 7. The prosecution objected to bail on the grounds that the offence has become prevalent in the area and the defendant might interfere with the investigation which is still ongoing. Magistrate Stuart upheld the objection and remanded Clark. The incident occurred between October 17 and October 20. The school’s principal, Pamela Neal, reported to the police that the school was burglarized and the items that were stolen were one Dell laptop computer, seven hundred and thirty dollars and 36 Energizer batteries. Police investigation revealed that the culprit gained entry to the principal’s office where the stolen items were by prying open the door of the Standard six classroom and going into the principal’s office.

Car Washer Remanded For Touching Minor’s Derriere
Fifty-five year old car washer Austin Gotoy, who allegedly committed an indecent assault on a 13 year old girl, was denied bail when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith and was arraigned on a charge of aggravated assault. Gotoy pled not guilty to the charge. His next court date is December 12. The incident occurred yesterday. The girl reported to the police that she was walking on Barrack Road when Gotoy approached her and touched her on her buttocks.

Fishermen Granted 50K Bail for Cocaine
Thirty-six year old Axel Fuentes, a fish vendor of Ranchito Village who was remanded into custody for drug trafficking of 18 kilograms of cocaine, was released on a bail of fifty thousand dollars today. The bail was offered by Justice Herbert Lord on the condition that Fuentes reports to Corozal Police station every Monday and Friday and that he attends court on each and every adjourned date until the matter is completed. Fuentes was busted with the cocaine on September 15. According to reports, he was returning to Corozal from doing some fish vending and when he reached a police road block in Orange Walk, a search of his vehicle resulted in the discovery of the cocaine in an ice box. Fuentes was represented at the bail hearing by attorney Dickie Bradley. Crown Counsel Linsbert Willis represented the Crown.

Trio Assaults and Robs Villager
Corozal police have charged two men for robbery and is seeking another. Police say that 21 year old Celedonio Pinelo and 34 year old Herminio Rodriguez, and one Manuel Flores, attacked and robbed 30 year old Daniel Mendez. Mendez told police that it happened last Friday while he walking back home from a Chinese grocery store in Concepcion Village. He told police that the trio hit him several times causing a fractured nose, bodily pain and minor scrapes. He said he was robbed of one hundred and eighty dollars in cash and his bag of groceries valued at seventy dollars. Celedonio Pinelo and Herminio Rodriguez were arrested and charged for the crimes of robbery and wounding committed upon Daniel Mendez. Manuel Flores is being sought by police.

Family of Accident Victim Appeals to Deputy Commissioner for Financial Aid
It has been more than a month since the death of Yolanda Valencia. Valencia was in a taxi being driven at the time by Yanie Cu when it was involved in a terrible accident in western Belize. Also involved in the accident was Deputy Commissioner of Police, Miguel Segura, who was placed on interdiction following the accident. Segura was slapped with a slew of charges including manslaughter. Segura has since been out on bail while the Valencia family remains in mourning as they try to overcome the loss of their loved one. As for the family of Yanie Cu, they are struggling to keep up with medical expenses. Cu was taken to Guatemala to receive treatment; he came back on Wednesday but not before his medical expenses were racked up to 11 thousand quetzals which is just under three thousand Belize dollars. Cu’s aunt, Minelia Chan spoke to Love News about his condition. MINELIA CHAN “His hip and leg are broken and his hand and he has a lot of pain and he is saying that he can’t sit down so good; if he sits down he can only do that for about 15 minutes then he would have to go back to bed.”

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Western Regional Hospital holds Dental Health Week Poem Competition for Primary Schools
In line with Dental Health Week, the Western Regional Hospital had accosted schools to have their Standard 4, 5, and 6 students participate in a dental health poem competition to go with this year’s Dental Health Week theme. Dr...

Dental Health Fair held in Belize City
Dental Health Week was held this week under the theme, “Belize, Big Up Your Smile, It Reflects Your Style.” Activities were held countrywide to emphasize the importance of dental health, including free teeth cleaning for teachers. On Friday in Belize City, the community were invited to a Dental Heal...

Caracol reopens for tours, with BDF escorts
Caracol reopens for tours, but only with BDF escorts. The Caracol Archaeological reserve will be reopened on Monday October 27. The site was closed after Tourism Police officer Danny Conorquie was shot and killed by Guatemalans, while at the Mayan site. Tour operators and tour guides are advised tha...

Two arrested for robbery, Police seek third man
Three men from the Corozal District got in trouble with the law last week Friday, when they accosted one man and stole his groceries. Corozal Police have since arrested two persons, and are looking for the third. Reports are that at around 9:00 pm on that day, 30 year old Daniel Mendez, a Belizean C...

Yanie Cu arrives home after treatment in Guatemala, following traffic accident
In mid-August, 54 year old Yolanda Valencia lost her life in a fatal traffic accident involving Deputy Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura, whose fate will have to be decided at court. Taxi Driver Yanie Cu of Succotz Village, and a relative to Yolanda, was also involved in the accident, but while h...

Stolen Government vehicle leads to highway chase
A brazen robbery on Thursday morning led to a high speed chase on the George Price Highway, to recover a stolen Toyota Hilux with government issued license plates. This would have made the 5th government vehicle stolen in the past four to five months if police had not intercepted it at Georgeville, ...

One woman protest continues in Belmopan
The one woman protest continued on Thursday. As was mentioned two Thursdays ago, when Yaya Marin protested in front of the US Embassy, she made a commitment be in front of the Curl Thompson building every Thursday, until her demands are met. The venue has since been moved to the Sir Edney Cain Build...

Paul Nabor dies at 86
Paul Nabor died on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at the age of 86...

Dangriga Market opens with political fireworks
On Thursday the last project under the phase one of the Municipal development project was finally handed over by the Social Investment Fund to the Dangriga Town Council ...

PG Mayor complains about PG SIF project
Punta Gorda Mayor, Anthony Fuentes, also had some complaints about a SIF project that was completed about a year ago. According to the Mayor, the Punta Gorda Town Council received a refurbished Municipal Office at their administration building, but just about a year later they have issues with the s...

Inmates clean Belmopan area
15 inmates of the Kolbe Foundation came out of their cells on Friday to assist the Belmopan Police Formation in cleaning the Rivera Area, which is notorious for the high level of theft. It is a preventative initiative that came into full effect, when the Officer Commanding Belmopan Police came in to...

Amandala

Legendary Garifuna parandero, Paul Nabor, passes at 86
Paul Nabor, the iconic Garifuna parandero who passed away in Punta Gorda early last night at the age of 86, from complications due to his third stroke, will receive a formal send-off, according to a statement issued this evening by the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), in the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation. “We see his death as a great loss to the arts in Belize. To his family, his extended family and friends, we extend our deepest sympathy,” the official statement said. The family of David Lino, a grandson with whom Nabor resided in Punta Gorda, Toledo, until the time of his passing, told Amandala today that Nabor had suffered a stroke earlier this month, and since then his health had deteriorated, leading to labored breathing last night, shortly after 6:00. That was when he was taken to the Punta Gorda Hospital for treatment. At 6:50 p.m., Nabor passed away peacefully, his relatives told us.

5th stolen GOB Hilux intercepted, but driver escaped
If not for the efforts of employees and security personnel from the National Institute for Culture and History (NICH)’s Belmopan office today, the Government of Belize, through one of its statutory bodies, would have been out of another white Toyota Hilux pickup truck, which became the subject of an attempted theft orchestrated by a cunning robber who appears to be swift as well. Dave Griffith, an employee of NICH, told Belmopan police that they were preparing to go on a trip to Lamanai in Orange Walk Town this morning, but when the vehicle’s driver went downstairs and outside to get the vehicle, he was baffled by the fact that there was an empty space where the truck had previously been parked.

4 suspected Chik-V cases in Las Flores, Belmopan
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that they are investigating four possible cases of Chikungunya (Chik-V), a debilitating mosquito-borne disease which may appear to be dengue but which causes far more distressing pain. Those suspected Chik-V cases, all affecting women, have shown up in Las Flores, Belmopan, the migrant community which is home to many nationals from El Salvador, where thousands of cases of the emerging disease have shown up in the recent months. Two of the patients being monitored have told the Ministry of Health they were diagnosed with the disease in El Salvador before coming to Belize. The first suspected Chik-V case is said to have arrived in the country on Independence Day, September 21, when a 65-year-old woman, who said she had been diagnosed in her home country, El Salvador, came to Belize to visit relatives here. Since her arrival, three other women, in their 20s and 30s, have reported symptoms suspected to be Chik-V.

Guat passport offensive
In April of last year there was much public outcry over revelations that Guatemala’s passport, which highlights the country on a Central America map, had a mere dotted line dividing that country and Belize at our western border. Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington had told Amandala back in April 2013 that it was only recently that the Government of Belize had recognized that the Guatemala passports, which had been in use since the last administration, use the dotted line to represent the western border. We have looked at the models of other Central American passports, and the samples for El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras, which are based on the same design template, all have their borders represented as solid lines, as is the case with the represented boundaries between Guatemala and the other countries which border it, on its passport. Guatemala’s passport representation of its border with western Belize is unique, despite the fact that other countries in the region have territorial conflicts.

Cruise lines threaten to pull plug on Belize over new Ebola screening measures
North Korea has announced a travel ban on foreign tourists, and while Belize is not considering such a blanket ban on tourists, it has introduced more stringent screening measures, just in advance of the peak for the cruise ship season, which begins next month, November. Those new measures almost triggered an economic backlash from the major cruise lines, one of which had initially responded by suspending visits to Belize and the other threatening to pull calls to Belize’s port in the old capital, Belize City. Karen Bevans, Director of the Belize Tourism Board, told our newspaper that an agreement was reached with the cruise lines yesterday, and today, business was restored to normal with Carnival bringing 3,916 visitors and Royal Caribbean bringing 3,339 visitors today.

“Criminal” lifts Police over Bandits 1-0 in mid-week match
The condensed Premier League of Belize Belikin Cup Opening Season Tournament kicked off over the past weekend, and since a scheduled match between Police United FC and the Belmopan Bandits – both of who play out of Belmopan – was postponed on Saturday due to inclement weather conditions, the back match was played last night at 7:30 at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan. Football fans who were in attendance, and we understand that there were quite a few despite the fact that it was a week night, described the game as energetic, especially when considering that those are the top two teams who faced off for the championship in the last PLB season. Both teams have played to several even stalemates during the last season, and it seemed like that was going to be the outcome last night, but the Police United FC team, through the efforts of their striker Lennox “Criminal” Castillo, shook the back of the Bandits’ net in the 71st minute of the game and propelled themselves to a vital victory over their arch nemesis.

Talking football – Part 6
Before venturing further into any discussion of the sixties and beyond, perhaps we should take the opportunity to briefly recount a noble effort made by some of our sporting elders a couple decades ago, resulting in the first ever Belize National Sports Hall of Fame induction in 1993. In that first effort, which covered the period from 1923-1960, top athletes were nominated from 8 different sporting disciplines, and through a weighted voting mechanism by members of the Hall of Fame Committee, the top vote getters were selected to be the first inductees into the Belize National Sports Hall of Fame. C.B. Hyde was the chairman of that committee, and, while the National Sports Council has informed us that the records were all lost or damaged through the leaking roof at the building inside the MCC Grounds, we have recently stumbled across the personal file of the chairman while clearing away stuff from his old residence, and it is perhaps the only remaining copies of that outstanding process that should be documented for posterity, and as a blueprint for future Hall of Fame efforts.

Softball and football games in Orange Walk
In softball games scheduled to be played at the People’s Stadium today, Sunday, October 19, San Narciso Red Orchids won by default over San Narciso Golden Strikers; and Carmelita Caribbean Queen defeated Jadas, 9-5, behind winning pitcher Yvette Flowers. The Grand Finale will be October 26. Sunday, October 26 10:30 a.m. – San Narciso Red Orchids vs San Narciso Golden Strikers 12:30 p.m. – Carmelita Caribbean Queen vs Jadas of Orange Walk N.B. – The female games are best-of-3 series. Carmelita Caribbean Queen and San Narciso Red Orchids have one game to their advantage. 2:00 p.m. – (Male Game, Grand Finale) Jadas of Orange Walk vs Mad Bull Productions Female 9-A-Side football

Editorial: Power to the Belizean people
To a certain extent, the rivalry between the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) and the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) is a contest between different elements of the Belizean upper classes. This has not always been the case. In the beginning of the PUP in 1950, there was not much of a Belizean upper class except for that which was allied with the British – the colonial masters of British Honduras. The native upper class here was unreservedly anti-PUP. The PUP was roots. Three decades of ascendant PUP power had led, by the time of political independence in 1981, to the growth of a wealthy native class which was involved in the drug trade and was being protected at high levels of the ruling PUP. Not all of the new upper class was in drugs, but drugs was where the fast money was being made – first marijuana, later cocaine. Because of what was going on with the tacit consent of the PUP government, the publication of a Mexican magazine article in 1981 caused a panicky reaction when it was reproduced in three Belizean newspapers, including Amandala. Despite the traditionally virulent nature of the rostrum rhetoric and newspaper writing in Belizean party politics, local politicians almost never sued for libel before that, because such trials would have inevitably led to questions about other matters which the offended politician(s) preferred to remain private.

From the Publisher
The PUP Cabinet decision in February of 1970 to charge Ismail Omar Shabazz and myself with seditious conspiracy set in motion a train of events which culminated with the UBAD (United Black Association for Development), a cultural group constituted a year earlier, reconfiguring itself as a political party, the UBAD Party, in August of 1970. This decision to become a political party was my decision, as UBAD president, and I made that decision because I believed that the ruling party would come after our leadership despite our July acquittal in the sedition case, that they would come after us again and again, and that the best way to defend ourselves was within a political organization. I did not make the decision because I had personal political ambitions. I never did. After I had graduated from Dartmouth College in June of 1968, I quickly headed back home to Belize. My best friend, an economist from Malawi by the name of Guy Mhone, could not go home, because his country’s Hastings Kamuzu Banda government, which was collaborating with the apartheid government of South Africa, would have jailed or killed him.

Letters: Major Lloyd Jones, not so fast!
When we last left the saga of the misinformed Major Lloyd Jones, in a response to my reference to him as a second class citizen in his own country he simply stated, “I’m no second class citizen;” he did not qualify that with any legal proof, but merely by his statement he declared so. Major Jones, you are not very informed of your rights I see. Let us first define second class citizens. Wikipedia says this: “A second-class citizen is a person who is systematically discriminated against within a state or other political jurisdiction, despite their nominal status as a citizen or legal resident there. While not necessarily slaves, outlaws or criminals, they are often subject to mistreatment or neglect at the hands of their putative superiors. Instead of being protected by the law, the law disregards a second-class citizen, or it may actually be used to harass them.”

Letters: Bring back the beauty of Hopkins
I want to thank all who allowed me to make the TV, radio, and the Amandala newspaper. Not bad for a village gal talking about the need for assistance with the death of the Hopkins coastline. I will not give up to rebuild the beach in Hopkins back. Hopefully, it is reaching the right people, in government, the right organizations, the environmentalists, people of positive strengths that we need for the rebirth of rebuilding the coastline in Hopkins. Mountains have been moved, our beaches have been destroyed, let’s change history!! We want Hopkins beach back.

Dr. Ronald Hyde, nephrologist, addresses the Belize Kidney Association Education Awareness Symposium
Despite inclement weather, a number of Belizeans attended the Kidney Association of Belize Education Awareness Symposium at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall on Monday night, where internationally acclaimed nephrologist, Dr. Ronald Hyde, was the featured guest speaker. The president of the Kidney Association of Belize, Ruby Nicholas, delivered the welcome address. Before Dr. Hyde delivered his incisive message, which focused on the early detection and treatment of kidney disease, local healthcare professionals spoke about the rising incidents of kidney disease in Belize. Among those making presentations was Dr. Adrian Coye, the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

EU ministers to formally lift Belize high seas fishing sanctions
Back in March, the European Union imposed trade sanctions against vessels flying the Belize flag on the high seas, allegedly because Belize was deemed to be a non-cooperating country in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. However, the European Commission has proposals to formally lift the sanction against Belize’s fleet, which nets the Government $12 million a year, according to official Government of Belize sources. While the ban stopped Belize-flagged vessels from landing their products obtained from high seas fishing at EU ports, those vessels, made up mostly of Spanish-owned vessels, found other ports in Asia to land their products. Gian Ghandi, Director-General of the International Financial Services Commission, and legal counsel in the Ministry of Finance, told Amandala that the decision will be up for final consideration by the EU’s Council of Ministers next Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

Man, 19, remanded for carnal knowledge of girl, 12
On Friday, in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court, Adrian Tun, 19, a laborer of Santa Familia, Cayo District, was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until Thursday, December 4, when he will be returned to court, to face a charge of unlawful carnal knowledge of a 12-year-old girl. The girl and her mother went to police and reported that on Monday, the girl was home alone in Santa Familia when Tun went to the house and had sex with her. The girl was taken to the San Ignacio Hospital, where a doctor examined her and certified that she was carnally known.

3 remanded for 2 separate cases of drug trafficking out west
Three men, two Belizeans and a Guatemalan, were remanded to the Belize Central Prison after they were arraigned in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court today for drug-related offences relating to two separate marijuana busts that occurred in Benque Viejo Town over the past three days. In the first instance, Benque Viejo police reported that while conducting a mobile patrol between Miles 71 and 72 on the George Price Highway on Sunday, October 19, they intercepted a white Mitsubishi cargo truck that was travelling in the direction of San Ignacio Town from Benque Viejo, and that during a search of the vehicle, officers discovered a black plastic bag between the legs of the passenger in the truck.

Alleged child predator, 25, preys on 5-year-old child
A grandmother from Independence, Stann Creek District, has reported to police that on Sunday, October 19, a 25-year-old neighbor of hers sexually molested her 5-year-old grandson, and bit the child’s penis while performing oral sex on the boy. A medical examination was conducted on the child, and his injury was classified as harm.

Mother, 32, charged with grievous harm to son, 6
A woman who resides on Fern Lane in the St. Martin De Porres area of Belize City and is the mother of a 6-year-old boy was charged with grievous harm against her son when she appeared this morning before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith. Odette Lambey, 32, a sales clerk, was represented at her arraignment by attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd. Before the arraignment began, Matura-Shepherd told the court, “It is a terrible situation that has happened and social services has already removed the child and gave him to his maternal grandparents.”

Right to the Point
There is an awful revelation that has me concerned for some time and which I hope the average Belizean is not sweeping under the rug. This is the internal posture our country through our leaders has displayed and the corresponding disrespect we have attracted as a result. This became especially obvious in a series of major developments these past weeks starting from the execution of Danny Conorquie to the Ebola/cruise ship drama. I believe that the external response to us on this issue is as a result of what we have bent over to project of Belize as a weak, anything-goes country. Then our own local leadership response has been nothing but dismal and a%&-kissing. If we take time to sit back and reflect on the manner, time and place of the execution of Danny Conorquie, some of us would have to admit that the Guatemalan bandits who carried out this execution have no fear of reprisal from the Belizean authorities.

The Belize Times

Barrow breaks the law – PUP challenges illegal borrowing and spending
Prime Minister Dean Barrow wants to get away with breaking the law. On October 2nd 2014, Barrow presented a loan motion before the National Assembly seeking approval for his administration’s borrowing of BZE$228,614,712 that occurred between September 2012 and August 2014. The funds came through the ALBA/Petrocaribe program made available by the generous Venezuelan Government in support of poverty alleviation initiatives throughout the region. But the borrowing was carried out in flagrant contravention of the Finance and Audit (Reform) Act which requires that any borrowing of more than $10 million must first seek the deliberation and approval of the National Assembly. The Act was introduced in 2005 for the purpose of regulating Government borrowing. According to the Barrow Administration, between 2012 and 2013, US$18,031,336 was borrowed through the Petrocaribe funds. Between 2013 and 2014 an additional US$76,331,016 was loaned. And between 2014 and 2015, GOB loaned US$19,944,954.

We noh ready fu Ebola!!
The drama that played out last week when the Prime Minister appeared to have stood-up to the attempted brinkmanship of the United States State Department that wanted to airlift two persons that were suspected of being exposed to the Ebola virus and who were on a cruise ship anchored off Belize City, though commendable, may have been orchestrated for political grandstanding. This was plain and simple, in the final analysis, just theatrics, a sidebar that for a while distracted from the real issue of incompetence that has placed many Belizeans, working at the frontline of the cruise ship industry at serious risk of exposure to this deadly disease. The Prime Minister, by his own admission, was ambivalent and therefore indecisive, in dealing with the State Department. This could be interpreted to mean that he is not up-to-speed with the national state of affairs and that he pretended not to be aware of the maladministration of the Ministry of Health.

Mark Flowers and Human Smuggling
Leaked documents from the Police Department have revealed that current Gang Suppression Unit boss, Mark Flowers, was under investigation for suspected human smuggling in 2009. The documents indicate that Immigration Officials intercepted four Salvadoran nationals including two females, acting suspiciously and getting out of a vehicle at the Western Border. When interviewed by Immigration officials, the females told the Immigration Officials that they were brought to Melchor de Mencos in Guatemala by their relative. While there, they were taken to a small bar where they met and had a few drinks with three Belizean men. The women said that a short while after they were told to enter a vehicle that moved towards the border. There, their passports were gathered and taken into the Immigration office. As they exited the vehicle, they were taken into custody and warned that they needed proper travel documents to enter Belize.

Patrick JonesPJ

Tributes for Paul Nabor
Tributes continue to come in for Belizean cultural icon Paul Nabor who died on Wednesday evening in Punta Gorda town. The National Garifuna Council, in a statement, said it joined the rest of Belize in noting “the transition of Mr. Paul Nabor.” The NGC statement credits Nabor […]

PG Mayor says Town Hall Roof renovation was shoddy
The Mayor of Punta Gorda town, Anthony Fuentes, says that part of the recently renovated roof at the Town Council office is already falling apart. The renovation work, according to Mayor Fuentes, was carried out with funding from the Social Investment Fund to the tune of just under […]

Toledo villages get equipment to clean up the community
Villages in the Toledo district have been presented with equipment which will help in keeping the community clean. The equipment included weed eaters and lawn mowers and were acquired by the Ministry of Local Government at a cost of about $18,000. Rural Development coordinator Ernest Banner says that […]

Corozal Junior College student stabbed
A student from the Corozal Junior College (CJC) is reported to be hospitalized at the Northern Rrgional, following a stabbing incident on Thursday afternoon. Details are still being confirmed, but preliminary information received says that the two male students got into a fight over a seat on […]

Burial plans being finalized for Paul Nabor
Burial arrangements are being finalized for legendary Paranda king Paul Nabor. His daughter is expected to arrive in Belize today to complete those arrangements. The government of Belize has offered an official funeral for Nabor. Correspondent Juan Caal spoke with community activist Darius Avila about Nabor’s death and […]

Blogs

San Pedro Belize Guide to Halloween Parties 2014: 9 Freakishly Fun Parties in San Pedro
Saturday, October 25: Holiday Hotel Halloween Bash – 9:00 pm. Year after year this party has 5 star freak factor that spills out onto the street, with people lined up watching the grand entries. Sunday, October 26: Saga Humane Society Spooktacular Halloween fundraiser at Carlo and Ernie’s Runway Bar – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. This frightfully fantastic annual fundraiser is well worth attending. Wednesday, October 29: Roadkill Bar’s Halloween Party (Scaryoke) – 7:30 pm – 12:00 am. Many would say nothing is scarier than Karaoke :) Roadkill Bar’s Scaryoke party will be a spooky good time. Wednesday, October 29: Pedro’s Party Like It’s 1994 Beer Pong Halloween Party – 6:30 pm onward. This is a special event, open to all and will be a lot of retro fun. Friday, October 31: Wayo’s Beach Bar - 4:00 pm. There is no better place to enjoy a Creepy Carnival with proceeds benefitting San Pedro Aids Commission Friday, October 31: Lola’s Pub Halloween Party – 6:30 pm onward. Celebrate the holiday with Lola’s special “spooky” drinks while wearing your freakiest attire. Friday, October 31: Pedro’s Annual Pimp n’ Ho Party - 6:30 pm onward. A fun place to see some creative (and yes, sometimes freaky) costumes and compete for great prizes. Friday, October 31: Rain Restaurant – Mystery Dinner Theater – Murder in Margaritaland – 6:00 pm. Who doesn’t love a good tropical thriller game. Friday, October 31: Sandy Toes Bar and Grill – Halloween Party – 6:30 pm onward. This is Sandy Toes first annual Halloween Party. Come and celebrate with free jello shots for all those in costume – now there’s an incentive to come up with a costume!

San Pedro’s New Hot Spot: “Boogie’s Belly” And the Remnants of Post-Tropical Cyclone TD9
GOOD COFFEE! Flavored creamer or regular…and free refills. Love this place! And I got chatting with Jessica, the preparer of these pockets of bliss, about meat pies. She has done them with LOBSTER filling…vegetarian. Yum. Would it be weird to just order 50 for my home use? Jason, Jennifer and Jessica. (It’s hard to figure out who is the mom and who is the daughter but either way…both are lovely.) These guys are Belizean…and American. Jason was born in Belize City and Jennifer in the Toledo District, Big Falls to be exact. He moved to LA for 33 years. His grandfather started one of the most famous classic Belizean food restaurants in the country – Dit’s in Belize City. (I visited for stew chicken OF COURSE a few years ago.)

Farewell Paul Nabor: A Belize Music Legend
Belize lost a national treasure and we farewelled a wonderful friend this week with the passing of Paul Nabor, Garifuna parandero extraordinaire and one of the best cultural ambassadors Belize ever had. Born in January 1928, Paul, known as Nabi to his many friends, packed more into his 86 years than most people get to experience in ten lifetimes, from growing up in a simple Garifuna village to captivating audiences the world over with his deeply soulful Paranda songs and a humanism that cut across all societal and cultural boundaries. Whether in Belize City, New York, Europe or Malaysia, Mr Nabor, often wearing a large cowboy hat, would appear on stage and within seconds have any audience, anywhere, in the palm of his hand. There was something about him…

A tropical paradise in Belize: Matachica Resort & Spa
We're off to the a tropical paradise today, and a beautiful resort on Ambergris Caye Island. You may never have heard of the island (I hadn't!), but it's just a 15 minute flight from the mainland of Belize....and it's stunning! The Matachica Resort & Spa is set on a secluded stretch of natural white-sand facing the world's second-largest barrier reef. Accommodation is set in 26 vibrantly coloured thatched roof villas. They're all uniquely decorated with original art collected from around the world, and are very cleverly situated so they're not too close to each other. They have air-con, ceiling fans, and private patios.

International Sourcesizz

2015 MAP Children’s Art Calendar
The 2015 International Children's Art Calendar is now ready to pre-order. Order your calendars now, so we can better judge how many to print. We are also offering you great discounts on bulk orders

Road safety project in Belize to get additional CDB funding
The government of Belize will receive an additional loan of US$4.584 million from the Caribbean Development Bank for an ongoing road safety project. The original loan of US$7.248 million was approved in 2012, but stakeholder reviews of the project have led to a revision in scope that required further financing. The road safety project was designed to assist in the reduction of deaths and serious injuries associated with road traffic accidents. Initially it involved such areas as road safety infrastructure; accident emergency services; road safety enforcement; public education and awareness including curriculum development and teacher training; and capacity building. Because this is a pilot project, annual review meetings were incorporated into the process. These meetings afforded the opportunity for feedback from a wide cross-section of public and private sector stakeholders.

Videos

Video: Chikungunya Song from Jamaica - Wayne J, 3.5min.
Gobhealth Belize shared a catchy tune on ChikV done by a Jamaican artist. Check it out! - Using a song out of Jamaica by Wayne J, Magnetic Media has put together the web's most popular images, video and warnings regarding the now, killer Chikungunya Virus.

Video: Naguya Nei - Paul Nabor, 4min.
Nati nuguya merumayatina Wanwa nuguya merumayatina Balabada naru tura nigabana nay

Video: Belize Shark Adventure and Attack, 10min.

Video: Belize Vacation - 2014, 5.5min.
Highlights from our trip to Belize, CA in October of 2014.

Video: Nick Baker in Belize, 3min.

Video: Horse powered saw mill, Belize, 6min.

Video: Scuba Diving in Belize, Turneffe Atoll - 9/24/14

Video: Belize - Bacab Jungle Park, 1.5min.
Spend a relaxing day at Bacab Eco Park surrounded by nature at its best. Start and end your Belize adventure traveling between Bacab Eco Park and your ship in an air-conditioned motorcoach and learn about the country, its natural wonders, diverse culture and history from your guide. Upon entering the park and throughout the recreation area you’ll see tropical wildflowers, flowering trees and shrubs where hummingbirds drink sweet nectar. An elevated palmetto boardwalk leads you under the shade of orchid laden bullet trees and Palmetto Palms to the main recreation area featuring the restaurant, bar and an exotic swimming pool area. Kick off your shoes and relax in a hammock in the shade of a buttonwood tree. At your leisure, enjoy a delicious truly Belizean lunch prepared just for you served buffet style. If relaxing is not for you, then learn about the many uses of native plants on Ixchel’s Walk, a self-guided medicinal, botanical trail. Note: Wear a swimsuit and closed-toe shoes and bring sunglasses, a hat, towel, insect repellant and sunscreen. Must be able to walk 300 yards. Free WiFi service is offered.

October 24, 2014


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The San Pedro Sun

TD#9 in town
It's the calm before the storm and the clouds are rolling in over Ambergris Caye! (4 photos)

Five-a-side Football Tournament to begin
The San Pedro Town Council five-a-side Football Tournament is scheduled to kick off on Friday, October 24th. Taking place at the Honorable Louis Sylvester Sporting Arena (Saca Chispas Field), the tournament will see ten teams facing off in a series of matches with the goal of winning the coveted first place prize of $1,000 cash plus trophy. According to event organizer, Hector “Tito” Alamilla Jr., the tournament is aimed to promote healthy recreational activity for the youth of San Pedro. Five-a-side football consists of teams of five playing in a smaller field that the regulation size of normal football. Game time is also shorter than that of a regular football match. The ten teams registered to participate in the tournament are Warriors FC, FC’s Aluminum Fabricators, Valencia del Caribe FC, Swampedrito Lazy Boys, Island Pure FC, Eagles FC, Green House FC, Airstrip Taxi Strikers FC, Pro Divers FC and Dorados FC. All teams must have ten registered players and a proper football uniform to represent the team.

Tropical Depression Nine loses strength as it gets closer to Belize
The Belize National Meteorological Service is currently monitoring a tropical depression that formed on Tuesday, October 21st in the Bay of Campeche in the extreme southwestern Gulf of Mexico. While the 2014 Hurricane Season is scheduled to close on Sunday, November 1st, Belize is still not in the clear of any storm, as this tropical depression seems to be paying a visit to Belize. Known as Tropical Depression 9, the storm currently has sustained winds of over 35 miles per hour (mph) with stronger gusts. The storm carries heavy rains of up to 15 inches. Flash floods are possible. Tropical Depression 9 is moving eastwards at six mph. Tropical storm watch warnings have been issued for Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula from Celestun City to Frontera City. After crossing the Yucatan Penisula, Tropical Depression 9 is expected to merge with a cold front that is moving southerly in the area. If this is to occur, the intensification of the storm would diminish.

PM Barrow refuses to facilitate evacuation of possible Ebola patient
The threat of an Ebola outbreak continues to loom over the Caribbean, North and Central America. As such, governments including the Government of Belize (GOB), are taking action to prevent the spread of the deadly disease in their respective countries. On Thursday, October 16th, news broke out of two passengers considered a very low risk for Ebola by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) who self-quarantined themselves aboard the Carnival Magic cruise ship which was at the time stationed in Belizean waters. Practicing extreme caution, GOB refused to facilitate a United States of America (USA) request for assisting in the evacuation of the two passengers through Philip Goldson International Airport.

Ambergris Today

Belize Conducts Activities for the Possible Entry of Ebola
The Ministry of Health continues to conduct multiple activities associated with the global threat of Ebola - The Ministry of Health is pleased to share an update on several activities carried out within the past week. Two isolation facilities have been stationed at the Phillip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) compound and the precise specifications of these facilities are currently being reviewed. Revisions have also been conducted on surveillance activities at the airport for further strengthening. Additionally, several activities are being conducted including the activation of Point of Entry Screening with Public Health Inspectors at the International Airport, meetings between the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Public Health Inspectorate on the adoption of updated screening protocols for cruise ship passengers, and meetings with relevant stakeholders on a draft plan of action for Ebola called by the Ministry of Health through the office of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).

Belize Icon Paul Nabor Passes Away
News was received late yesterday evening, Wednesday, October 22, 2014, on the death of Belizean Paranda artist, 86-year-old Paul Nabor, who had been ailing for an extended period. He had been hospitalized in January of this year with pneumonia. The Government of Belize stated that it joins the family and friends of Paul Nabor and Belizeans in mourning the loss of this Belizean icon and musical legend. A legendary Garifuna composer, Paul Nabor is well known for his contributions to Paranda music, most notably, his moving song, "Naguya Nei" written for his dying sister.

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San Pedro Liquor Licensing Board
Liquor license holders are urged to submit completed renewal applications at the office of the San Pedro Town Council by December 12, 2014

Media & Video Symposium 2014 - Belize
Tuesday, November 4 at 8:00am Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina, in Belize City, Belize

Paul Nabor
The Press Office joins the family and friends of Paul Nabor and Belizeans in mourning the loss of this Belizean icon and musical legend. A legendary Garifuna composer, Paul Nabor is well known for his contributions to Paranda music, most notably, his moving song, "Naguya Nei" written for his dying sister. To pay homage, we share with you a photo taken by a member of our team back in November 2012 when Paul Nabor performed at Builder's Hardware in Belmopan.

"Unique Belize" Exhibition
Local Belizean Arts and Crafts Artisan Brand, "Unique Belize" Exhibition, launched under the BRDPII Project of the Ministry of Tourism. The jewelry is crafted using only quality materials made in Belize. The level of creativity and quality of work surpassed critique's expectations.

BEL Assists CARILEC Member Utility with Hurricane Restoration Works
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) is honoured to assist Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited (BELCO) and Anguilla Electricity Company Limited (ANGLEC), as both fellow members of the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC), undertake restoration works following damages caused by the passage of Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricane Gonzalo in those islands on October 11 and 17 respectively. In Bermuda, these incidents resulted in 12 persons injured, damaged buildings and extensive damages to BELCO’s power distribution system, which left over 80% of customers without power. Anguilla, which received a direct hit from Hurricane Gonzalo, also experienced extensive damage to their electricity infrastructure. Subsequently, ANGLEC sought immediate assistance from CARILEC.

Rugby Training Starts
Though it may only be a sandy patch of ground, the Saca Chispas field in San Pedro made history recently as it became the venue for the first official training session for children participating in Belize’s newest sports activity, rugby, as members of the San Pedro Turtles rugby club. “We’re starting small,” says Martin Dawson, organisor of the San Pedro Turtles, “and we are aiming to get a rugby sevens team organized very soon. We know there are more children and youth in San Pedro that would like to play rugby with us, and they are welcome to come along”. The game, already popular throughout Central America, is played by both girls and boys, young and old, and in a variety of variations. The hugely popular version, Rugby Sevens – the variant that will feature in the 2016 Rio Olympics, is where the Belize Rugby Board will be focusing its efforts to grow and develop the sport in Belize.

Paul Nabor: Belizean Legend & Father of the Garifuna Nation
Music legend Paul Nabor passed away last night in Belize. Nabor was a hero like Andy Palacio who dedicated his life to the survial of the Garifuna culture. He was a widely respected musical talent who brought the soulful music of the Garifuna to the rest of the world that on a 2004 visit to Tegucigalpa in Honduras, he was declared a distinguished guest of the city. Nabor performed on Andy Palacio’s final album, Watina released in 2007. Belize and the rest of the world will miss him!

Channel 7

The Second Paranda King Passes
Paul Nabor - the 86 year old parandero and musical icon died last night at 6:50 at the Punta Gorda Hospital. Nabor had gotten a stroke ten days earlier and had returned to his PG home to be cared for by his grandson. Last night around 6:00 he took a turn for the worse and was rushed to the PG hospital where he was pronounced dead. And so tonight, Belizeans and Garinagu all over the world are mourning the passing of this great on. Like his most famous song "Naguya Nei" says, "I am moving on…" - and so he has. Today we spoke to family, friends and band members about his contribution. First, you'll hear from Barbara Norales who was a close friend of Nabor's. Today in Dangriga, she said Belize and the world have lost a great talent:.. Babara Norales, Friend of Nabor "I got to enjoy the spiritual and personal side of him and then I'll use this to send condolences to the PG people and Belize, they have lost one of its greatest asset. The Garifuna people has lost something great and condolences to his daughter Marie who is also an artist and I hope that Darius and the people from PG continue with the Paul Nabor birthday every year in January."

Mayor Swazo Blazes SIF At Griga Market's Ceremonial Opening
Our next story shouldn't be about politics, but, it kinda is. The story should be about how Dangriga Town finally got its market back - completely refurbished with 44 new stalls, and all the bells and whistles. But, as it turns out, the story is about how the Dangriga Mayor just dropped bombs on the Social Investment Fund and its minister at the handing over today. 7News was at the ceremony, and here's how it went.. William Lamb, Executive Director - SIF "So with pride and thanks to God I can say to the Dangriga residents; enjoy the new market." Jules Vasquez reporting But there wasn't much for SIF or their minister to enjoy today when the Dangriga Mayor - backed up by the PUP political bosses of the south - blazed them: Gilbert Swazo, Mayor - Dangriga "Today is a special, a momentous, but a bitter sweet day." Bitterness because SIF delivered a market 400 thousand dollars over budget and 15 months late:

Another Hilux Stolen, Police Quickly Recover It
Another Government owned Toyota Hilux was stolen today in Belmopan. That would be the fifth since July - all government Hilux's stolen from various government departments. It's a staggering number and it would be a double embarrassment for police and the government tonight - but this time, the cops got back the truck and they did it in less than half an hour! It's a quite remarkable turn of events which was aided first by the fact that the vehicle was stolen from the Institute of Archaeology - and workers saw it when the car thief - a Hispanic man in dark sunglasses was driving off. They followed behind him and called police - who had mapped out a response plan and were ready to roll. The officer commanding Belmopan explained how they intercepted the pickup heading west:.. Supt. Howell Gillett - OC, Belmopan Police "We had a plan in place and that plan was immediately effectuated. I can't go through in depth with the plan, but what I can tell you we had the services of Roaring Creek police which is a part of the Belmopan police; we had our CIB and other unites from Belmopan activated; we had Benque, San Ignacio and also we had the Spanish Lookout alert system in place.

Hon. Mahmud Is Out For Real
On Tuesday we reported that PUP Cayo North Representative Joseph Mahmud would not contest the next general election: he will be stepping down as standard bearer. Now, conventional wisdom and our observation of the long history of politics told us that the matter would be dealt with: someone inside the PUP would reach out to Mahmud, and grease the squeaky wheel. But, it seems, no one will - and it seems the PUP thinks that Mahmud's problems are his and not theirs. Now, that's pretty broad thinking when you consider that he controls one of 16 seats needed to form a government, but today deputy Leader for the South Mike Espat told us that Mahmud;s mind is made and there's nothing he can do about it:.. Jules Vasquez "How do you feel about the developments with your colleague Joseph Mahmud?" Hon. Mike Espat, PUP Toledo East "You can't tell a man what to do. A man must decide for himself what he wants to do. I don't know what is his problem, he has not shared his problem with me or anybody else in the Southern Caucus."

Paul Nabor's Final Days Battling Illness
As we told you at the top of the news, the legend, Paul Nabor, died last night after months of illness. The 86 year-old was very ill, after suffering 2 strokes. Earlier this week, he suffered a third, and that illness sapped the rest of his vitality until he passed away at around 6:50. Nabor was a spiritual elder of the Garifuna, or as they are called, "buyei", but he was best known as a musician and songwriter for over 60 years. Those who knew him say that his talent was only surpassed by his humility, and willingness to work with and impart his knowledge to anyone who approached him for instruction. Today, 7News went to PG to speak with his family about Nabor's last few days, and about his legacy. Here's what they told us: Linda Barrow - Grandaughter-in-law "On the 12th October, he suffered his 3rd stroke and he was hospitalized at the Punta Gorda Hospital until the 20th October. He was released then and he was brought home. From there on he continue to grew more ill and then yesterday at 5:45 he fell much more ill and we rushed him to the Punta Gorda Hospital where the nurses and the doctors tried their best to save him and he was gone at 6:50.

A Look Back At Nabor's Legacy
Indeed, the 2007 Three Kings documentary by Katia Paradis - set Peters, Nabor and Mes on a pedestal - and now two of them, Peters and Nabor are gone. If Naguya Nei thought us how to sing with Nabor, The Three Kings taught us how to love him. The documentary captured his remarkable musical career and the sacred moments in his life as well as the joy that he spread through his music and simply: his presence. With the permission of the film-maker, Here are a few classic clips from that documentary. Not all the clips you saw in that clip were form the three kings documentary. No funeral arrangements have been set as yet - because Nabor's family is waiting for his daughter Marie to arrive in country. We'll keep you posted - nad we'll have more Nabor coming unto the end of tonight's newscast…

A Family Fast Food Shop Weathering The Test of Time
It is not so common to get a brochure outlining the history and food selections when you visit a fast food restaurant. I mean, the concept of a fast food restaurant is to get your food and get out but, Trejo's panades shop is a different kind of fast food restaurant, they provide more than just the food - they says it's the history: Trejo's is on Bishop street.

Griga Market Project Supervisor Responds; Says Mayor Swazo Is Factually Wrong
In our last segment, you saw how the mayor of Dangriga dropped bombs on the Social Investment Fund accusing them of impoverishing his town residents. But, you didn't hear SIF's side of the story. They say that the mayor has it all wrong - and project supervisor Ernest Raymond discussed it with Jules Vasquez:.. Jules Vasquez "You took some blows today; SIF the organization took some blows. The mayor accused you all of keeping the people of Dangriga poor, when you all should be a poverty alleviation fund. He says that in fact you all are impoverishing people. How do you respond to that?" Ernest Raymond, Project Supervisor - SIF "That's not the case. For one, when we started the renovation of the market we had allowed for the relocation of the vendors to a site that they can continue business. As you can see they were all relocated over there in a facility that was provided by the council. It's part of what we called a re-settlement re-allocation agreement. It's one of the major points of the safeguards that we ensure that persons affected by the project in any way do not suffer economically as well as inconvenience physically. Yes there were some discomfort over the last 2 years operating in a facility - a mere shed, a couple of boards to stand on, but business continued as usual and of course there were some..."

The 51st Anniversary of Masonic Lodge 683
There are many perceptions about masonic lodges and based on public sentiment, they are often negative or suspicious. There are countless stories that speak of these secretive outlandish and taboo activities that are carried out within a lodge. Well, today two members from the Steadfast Masonic Lodge 683 came to our studios to debunk these false perceptions and to tell us about their 51st anniversary. Ashton Longsworth, Grand Instructor - Masonic Lodge "We are not a secret society. We might be like many would say a society with secrets, but we are not a secret society and why I say that is what is secret about a lodge? It is in the minds of many people that its secret. You can go on your computer and you can google anything you want to know about the lodge. You look at vehicles, you see bumper stickers, you look at men you see them with rings, you see them wearing emblems with caps and t-shirts. In the states there are billboards that publicize lodge. So if we are allowing people to say that it's a secret society, then we are doing a sloppy job at camouflaging it." "It's very commemorative because of the fact that today, this date is when the steadfast Masonic Lodge 683 was actually establish. So it's a very important day for us and we are here to actually celebrate on our birthday like everybody else."

Channel 5

Minister of National Security Breaks His Silence on Caracol Murder
We go now inside the House of Representatives that concluded its special sitting before two p.m. today.  Tourism Police Special Constable Danny Conorquie was killed exactly one week ago. His [...]

What’s the Deal with the FOB at Hunting Caye?
The Minister of National Security John Saldivar also addressed the House on a number of new initiatives which have been put in place to enhance security on our border and [...]

Security Measures to be Put in Place at Caracol Following Danny Conorquie’s Death
Back to the House of Representative. Tour guides assembled outside the house looking for quick solutions for a problem which could cost them their lives, just as it did the [...]

Cayo Tour Guides Protest Outside Assembly Building
Even as the discussion surrounding murdered special constable Danny Conorquie took center stage inside the House, outside the members of the Cayo Tour Guide Association stood in protest. They want [...]

Francis Fonseca Criticizes Legal Profession Act
As far as House meetings go, today’s session was decidedly tame, with little of the acerbic repartee we’ve become accustomed to. Some significant bills were pushed through to final reading, [...]

P.M. Barrow Says Bar Association is all P.U.P.
Those hits from across the floor got the PM’s hackles raised, and he fired back, taking direct aim at the Bar Association which he says has been totally and completely [...]

3 Police Officers Charged for Criminal Wrongdoings
On Wednesday, the Professional Standards Branch of the Belize Police Department told the media that there are at least seven officers currently under investigation, following allegations of criminal wrongdoings.  Among [...]

Sudden Death at K.H.M.H., Teenager Dies Mysteriously
A mother and aunt are tonight grieving the sudden death of a thirteen year old girl at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Maria Larios was admitted to the K.H.M.H. on [...]

Was Maria Larios’ Throat Punctured, did it result in her Death?
According to the women, a doctor was called in and somehow Maria’s lung was allegedly punctured when a tube was introduced into her throat. Within minutes and before their eyes, [...]

Charges Brought Against John Popper for Breaching Protection Order
Police say fifty year-old John Aaron Popper committed a number of criminal offenses when he breached a protection order to stay away from his ex-common-law wife, forty-one year old Cecilia [...]

P.M. Barrow Comments on Beleaguered GSU…
The GSU, or more specifically GSU commander Mark Flowers, have been in the news almost nightly. The elite, aggressive unit has been under fire after allegations of excessive force and [...]

…and His Statement of Patrick Faber
Special Sitting of the House: It was only a couple weeks ago that Minister of Education Patrick Faber was accused of assaulting a young woman who works in his Ministry. [...]

Healthy Living looks at the Quality of Life for Older Persons
This week is being celebrated as Senior Week which includes the celebration of International Day of Older Persons on October first. In Belize, there are several groups advocating for a [...]

CTV3

NEMO Corozal Monitors TD#9
With only 39 more days more for the 2014 Hurricane Season to end, tonight Belizeans have their eyes set on Tropical Depression number 9. As it moves into the Yucatan Peninsula the northern part of the country is expected to witness a wet weekend. According to District NEMO Coordinator for Corozal, Willard Levy, his committees are keeping a close watch on the bad weather. Willard Levy – NEMO Corozal “We are monitoring very closely this TD9, my committee is alerted of it and they are prepared if there is a need to activate and basically that is for getting the shelters ready if there is a need to move people into shelters.” Victor Castillo – Reporter “What is the forecast?” Willard Levy – NEMO Corozal “Well, it depends on the move of the system and the quantity of rain that may occur and cause extensive flooding at this point we cannot really foresee as to say when exactly we are going to need to open shelters, we have to wait and watch what is going to happen between now and tomorrow.” In Corozal Town, Levy claims flooding is one of their major issues. Willard Levy – NEMO Corozal “Basically our problem is flood prone areas, our advice to the people is to take head to higher grounds if in the event there is a need to move, it is forecasted that we are going to have very well rain over the weekend, as a matter of fact they even mentioned that it could become a Tropical Storm sometime after Friday night into Saturday which will move into the Caribbean sea.”

Belize Territorial Volunteers Seek To Build Outpost Near Belize/Guatemala Border
On Monday we told you about a successful telethon held by Friends for Conservation and Development to fund a park ranger program in the Chiquibul National Park and Forest Reserve. The monies seek to support five rangers currently working in the reserve for a year and after the final tally of the day, over 300 thousand dollars was raised. And while that is a step closer to making that dream a reality for heightened security of our precious reserves, another organization called Belize Territorial Volunteers has intent of constructing an outpost but this structure is only a few feet away from the Guatemalan Border. Today we spoke to activist, Wil Mehia via telephone, who shed some light on their proposed construction. Wil Maheia – Activist“We Belize Territorial Volunteers has been around for several years now and we continue to keep an eye on the border and we find it insulting that they are going to construct a conservation post instead of a military post at one mile in from the border line, we continue to report at the border line and the incursions that is taking place so we are making a stand and we are going to construct a BTV outpost and it will be few feet from the Belize/Guatemala borderline because we have been taken for granted for too long and the Guatemalan government and the OAS has continue to demand things from Belize and Belize government show signs of weakness so we are going to make a statement and we are going to make a stand and we are going to construct an outpost near the Jalacte area at the Guatemala border line but the first phase will begin with the construction of a where the outpost is going and we intend to start early December.”

NEMO Corozal Raises Awareness On Hurricane Preparedness
We are still not out of the woods when it comes to the 2014 Hurricane Season and in light of this bringing awareness signifies preventing losses and that’s one of the main objectives of NEMO Corozal. As students of Christilen Gill SDA primary school in Corozal learnt today, saving lives is NEMO’s priority.Willard Levy – NEMO Corozal “I did a tour from since the 24th of September, we made a tour in all the town schools with intention to visiting the village schools in 2015, this is basically to share disaster awareness amongst the schools and families, we find that in schools the children are the best form of information so we shared the information that they could take it to their parents so that they could be more prepared and that is basically the objective of this tour.” Today’s session was geared towards safety tips.

NEMO O/W Prepared For Flooding But What About For Hurricane?
This Hurricane Season Belize has experienced its fair share of rains throughout the Country but has been spared from major threats or developed storms. Nevertheless, NEMO officials and volunteers from across the country have been on alert and prepared in the event a storm would threaten the nation. Today, we spoke with NEMO’s Regional Director of the Northern Districts, Elodio Aragon Sr. who told us that while we have been fortunate to not experience any major storms, they are ready to some degree if need arises. Elodio Aragon Sr. – Regional Director for the North, NEMO“This year though it rained a lot it did not rained consistently so there were breaks so the water would run off and then the rain would come back again so I can say that this year has been a very good one fortunate enough up to now we have a month a few days to go and I hope that everything remains more or less the same and then we can say fortunate we are lucky nothing has happened.”Maria Novelo – Reporter“So far you are saying that no flooding was reported in the north?”Elodio Aragon Sr. – Regional Director for the North, NEMO“For this year no flooding but it came close but starting in May just after the work and everything it started to rain a lot by the end of May I thought we would have flooding and I even alerted Belmopan that we would need some support with boat and things like that and we were getting ready for that because waters were rising but fortunately enough it stop raining for a long period after that and so I have to say that for the whole of this year I say we have been lucky thanks for the good lord.”

Three Youth's Go Missing
It seems that every day there is a missing person case to report on and today there is no ease in sight. Authorities in both Belize City and Corozal Districts are asking the public’s assistance in locating three females from the municipalities. The first case was reported on Friday October 17th, when 16 year old Kenisha Oshon, Belizean student of #123 Mahogany Street, Belize City, is believed to have runaway. Kenisha was last seen by her mother on Thursday October 26th by the Complex Building in Belize City. Oshon is about 4 feet 8 inches in height, slim built, of dark complexion, has black short hair, dark brown eyes, snub nose and has some scars on her leg. She was last seen wearing a short yellow dress, pair of pink slippers and carrying with her a grey schoolbag. The second missing person case was reported by Ponseda Hill of 3rd Street South Corozal Town. Hill visited the Corozal Police Station and reported that on Monday at 2:00p.m., her 13 year old daughter, Jeannie Alvarez, Belizean student, left her house en route to her father’s house located on 5th Avenue, Corozal Town. Hill reports that up to the time of making her report her daughter has not returned home. Jeannie Alvarez is of brown complexion, has black long hair, black eyes, and was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, blue 3/4 jeans pants with black slippers.

MOH Sets Measures For Prevention Of Ebola At The PGIA
Following the global threat of Ebola to our region, the Ministry of Health is taking all precautions and have put in place several procedures to prepare for the possible entry of Ebola. A release from the Ministry of Health announced today that two isolation facilities have been stationed at the Philip Goldson International Airport compound and the precise specifications of these facilities are currently being reviewed. Revisions have also been conducted on surveillance activities at the airport for further strengthening. The Ministry also announced the activation of Point of Entry screening with Public Health Inspectors at the PGIA. The ministry has also completed the development of a “Health Alert” notice card, a passenger location card, a fact sheet on Ebola and flyer for passengers on international flights.

O/W Police Refuse To Speak On Allegations Of Cover Up Ito Leslie Logan Junior's Case
Yesterday we told you about the family of Leslie Logan Junior who held a press conference in Belize City to express their dissatisfaction at authorities for not handling the investigations properly into the death of their loved one. The father of Logan Junior, Leslie Logan Senior who was a police officer for more than 37 years claimed that there has been a cover up of the case. Retired Inspector of Police Leslie Logan told the media yesterday he is well aware of what due process needs to be taken in any investigation. Logan Senior and his wife arrived in Belize from the US on the 23rd of September, the same day a post mortem examination was conducted on the body of their son after he was shot multiple times by the owner of the store he went to rob. To date all that is know is that the owner of Hung Ya Store located on Otro Benque Road in front of the Northern Regional Hospital gave a police a caution statement and was released from custody. No one knows if he is still in Orange Walk and to date Logan Senior is questioning whether the use of excessive force by the owner of the store is justifiable. Logan claims to have a written statement of a witness who claims that Logan Junior pleaded for his life to be spared and for the police to be called, but instead, the owner of the store, who is of Chinese Nationality, just kept shooting. To make matters worse, for the police department in this case, the witness claims that Logan’s shooting happened in the presence of a police officer who instead of stopping the shooter, condoned the act.

Case Of Carlos Keme Goes To Retrial
Carlos Keme, he is better known as (Zorro) and was accused for the murder of his girlfriend back in 2009. After five years behind bars, his case was finally on trial but it turns out that the case will be retried. Right about now you might be asking why since Keme confessed to killing Karina Daniels even during an exchange of words we had with him while coming out of court on the day he was charged for murder. Details into the case are still sketchy but we understand that Keme entered a plea of guilty for the lesser charge of manslaughter in the Supreme Court on Monday in Orange Walk.

More Adequate Test Needed To Detect Chikungunya Virus
Health authorities in Belize have confirmed that at least two people took a rapid test to detect the Chikungunya virus, but in an article published on October fifteenth, reports indicate that recent findings show that commercially available rapid diagnostic test for diagnosing the disease appears to perform poorly in terms of spe-ci-ficity and sensitivity. The reports states that researchers say the increasing threat of the virus’ emergence in temperate regions and the need to anticipate possible outbreaks of infection, are presenting a challenge to the current level of diagnostic preparedness. The researchers assessed the utility of four commercially available blood tests approved by the European Commission for detecting the virus. According to the researchers, these findings indicate that the RDTs evaluated should not be used in a clinical setting. They added that two tests that were enzyme-linked im–mu-nos-orbent tests, which are screening for chikungunya IgM and IgG, performed better. However, their rates of false-positive and false-negative results are “non-negligible.” Kim Bautista says health authorities in Belize are aware of the situation. Kim Bautista - Chief of Operation of Vector Control “The particular kit that goes by the name onsite used by a company CTK was found that on a study made it only had a 20% sensitivity rate which is basically your sensitivity is your true positive so there was a quite a bit of false negativity and false positive in the studies and done, there are no rapid test kits currently approved by either the CDC or by the WHO, ...

Ministry Of Health Investigates Suspected Cases Of Chikungunya
Health officials had said no cases of Chikungunya had been detected in Belize but that it was inevitable and it seems infections have begun to appear. At least three suspected cases are being monitored by health officials since Sunday. The news was first broke by Plus TV in Belmopan, where it appears the cases are being detected. Chief of Operation of Vector Control in the Ministry of Health, Kim Bautista, confirmed the information in an interview with our colleagues at Channel Seven. Kim Bautista - Chief of Operation of Vector Control “Right now we have four person under suspicion I would say, initially we had a 65 year old individual who is from Salvadorian national with family in Las Flores she was diagnose back in August with Chickengunya in El Salvador and she came late September back home but as you with Chikengunya you get that persistent joint pain even after you have gotten over the fever isle phase of the disease...

LOVE FM

Daylight Savings Time Ends on Sunday
On Sunday, October 26 daylight savings time will end which means that Mexico will then be on the same time as Belize. A release was issued by the Embassy of Mexico adding that the Daylight Savings Time will end in order to begin its winter time. The release suggested to those traveling within Mexico that they adjust their watches and clocks before going to sleep on the evening of Saturday, October 25 and that if you have plans of traveling in transit through Mexico, that you verify your flight and bus schedules.

Convicted Man Seeks Redress via Court of Appeals
23-year-old, Akeem Thurton was convicted of attempted murder in 2010 in the Belize Supreme Court and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. He has since served three years and is now seeking redress before the Court of Appeals, which was set to hear his case this past Tuesday but Thurton’s attorney made a petition before the appeal judges, asking that the case be traversed to the next Court of Appeals session scheduled for 2015. Bryan Neal is Thurton’s attorney and he has been joined by a Jamaican attorney, Nancy Anderson, who is a member of the Human Rights Commission in Jamaica. Anderson had become aware of the case during a business visit to Belize which coincided with the time the trial was ongoing and Thurton was unrepresented in court as there was reportedly, no attorney willing to defend him since he was being accused of attempting to take the life of Senior Counsel and Law Partner of Belize’s Prime Minister, Rodwell Williams.

Vehicle Theft in Belmopan Foiled by Quick Action and Response
Sometime this morning, a white Hilux pickup truck was stolen from in front of the Belmopan office for the National Institute for Culture and History. However, employees and security personnel were quickly notified and as a result of quick response by the authorities, the vehicle was traced to Georgeville Village, Cayo District where the culprit escaped. Love news spoke to Dave Griffith about what transpired today. DAVE GRIFFITH “We informed the Belmopan Police and one of our vehicles was coming up west and he was informed and he told us that he said that he saw the vehicle going up toward San Ignacio. So what he did was trail the vehicle all the way to Georgeville where there was a checkpoint where the driver of the stolen white Hilux then made a turn and ran into some bushes in the nearby Georgeville.

Belize’s Electric Company Reaches Out In Aid To Bermuda and Anguilla
Over the past few weeks, Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricane Gonzalo swept through the Caribbean with force. Two nations, Bermuda and Anguilla were greatly affected. Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricane Gonzalo damaged both countries’ power distribution system. The Belize Electricity Limited, has stepped up and assisted the Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited (BELCO) and Anguilla Electricity Company Limited (ANGLEC) as both countries are part of the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation CARILEC. In Bermuda, 80% of customers were left without power following Hurricane Gonzalo which also caused extensive damages to Anguilla’s electricity infrastructure. One of the missions was to deploy engineers undertake damage assessments and line crews to carry out transmission and distribution line restoration. Anguilla received immediate assistance with the restoration of power lines by 10 linemen from U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority of St. Thomas. In response to BELCO’s request, twelve utilities positively responded and based on the timing of their responses, the state of readiness and the number of crew members available, BEL was accepted along with other Caribbean Electrical Companies.

Guatemalan Found Dead in Mopan River
A Guatemalan man was found dead in the Mopan River in Western Belize. Correspondent Elaine Berry has the details. ELAINE BERRY “The body of a male person was found in the Mopan river 600 meters from the Calla Creek bridge at about 1pm this afternoon. The body was fully clothed and has been identified as 22 year old Rudy Salazar a resident of Melchor Guatemala by his brother. Salazar is the person that was shot on Sunday night of October 19 at around 9PM behind a resort. Love News understands that the men went fishing in that area and shots were fired at them. One of the persons who is a minor of Melchor received a gunshot wound below the right knee and was taken to the San Ignacio community hospital treated and released. The minor stated that one of the other persons that was with him received a shot and jumped into the river and could not be located. The other person returned back to Melchor and informed the family as to what transpired. The cause of death is yet to be determined.”

Belize City Has New Deputy Mayor
Kevin Singh has been elected to be Belize City Deputy Mayor. Every year the Belize City Council elects a Deputy Mayor, whose responsibility is to work directly with the Mayor and Councilors to govern the City. During a meeting on October 9, Signh was unanimously voted as Deputy Mayor for the period October 2014 to March 2015. Deputy Mayor Singh will retain his portfolio, which includes responsibility for Market, Public Spaces and Beautification.

The Life of Paul Nabor
Paul Nabor was more than just a music legend in Belize. He was respected by many and also served as religious leader in his community. With a further look into the life of Paul Nabor, we join Renee Trujillo. “At 6:50pm on Wednesday, October 23, 2014, the Paranda musician and Belizean legend, Paul Santino Nabor passed away at the age of 86. Nabor’s death is one that not only saddened the southern communities, musicians and many other Belizeans but one that also reminds us of the passing of his friend and protégé, Andy Palacio, who passed away over six years ago. Nabor was born on January 26, 1928 and grew up in Barranco Village, Toledo District where he matured into the Garifuna culture – a culture that he never abandoned or denied. Up to the time of his passing, Nabor remained a well respected and admired musician, who, on more than one occasion, was commended for the soul he brought to the Garifuna music through his paranda rhythms.

Parandero King, Paul Nabor Dies
Reports began coming out of Punta Gorda Town just after seven o’clock last night on the death of Parandero, Paul Nabor. Paul Mahung was with the family and close friends at the hospital when the announcement came and was broadcast LIVE on the Belize Watch program on Love FM and Love Television. Here is a report from Paul Mahung on the death of Nabor. PAUL MAHUNG “On behalf of family members and those who were at the Punta Gorda hospital at the time of his death, President of the Battle of the Drums Secretariat Darius Avila made the announcement of the passing of Paul Nabor during the Belize Watch Show on Love FM and Love TV.” DARIUS AVILA “The very sad news about the death of Paul Nabor…… He has been suffering from an illness for a little while now. This evening he turned for the worse, his grandson, David Lino and his wife, Linda quickly brought him to the Punta Gorda Hospital where the doctors tried their utmost best to keep him at a level of stability but sadly he was pronounced dead at 6:50pm. So, we will, along with the family plan the funeral arrangements and we will continue to keep the nation and his fans and everyone informed as our plans unfold.”

PlusTV

Armed Guatemalan incursions in Calla Creek?
According to reports from Belize Media Group, on Thursday afternoon armed Guatemalan nationals confronted Belize police officers and scenes of crime technicians, as they retrieved the body of a man from the Mopan River in Calla Creek village. Belizean authorities were reportedly processing the scene to assist in their investigation into the circumstances of the death, when the Guatemalan nationals started to make threats. According to the online report, a team of Belize Defence Force soldiers had to be deployed to Calla Creek village Thursday afternoon to deal with the situation. We have not been able to confirm the report but will follow this developing story.

Dengue numbers increase
We are in what some would dub the mosquito season or Dengue Season. There are 4 kinds of dengue, which change from year to year. This year, Belize is seeing a lot of hemorrhagic dengue which includes bleeding. This is week 42 in the dengue season. In week 38, the last figures we could get our hands on showed that there were 209 lab confirmed cases countrywide for all 38 weeks, but the latest figures out, just one month later, has seen a doubling of those figures. At week 42 there have been 460 lab confirmed cases of dengue in the country, the bulk being in Belize City, Corozal and Cayo, while clinically confirmed cases for week 42 is at 354. According to health officials, hotspots of Dengue outbreak in the Corozal district include villages such as Concepcion, Libertad, and San Antonio. Specific parts of Corozal town are Halls Layout, Joseita, and Hermelinda Layout.

Government wants to strike out BISL claim
$120 million. That is how much Belize International Services Limited (BISL), the former managers of the Corporate and Ships Registries, are demanding from the Government of Belize over the 2013 acquisition of both registries which they say is arbitrary...

Ministry of Health Ebola measures at PGIA
The Ministry of Health issued an update on measures being taken against the Ebola virus. So far, two isolation facilities have been stationed at the Phillip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) compound, and the precise specifications of these facilities are currently being reviewed.According to ...

Harvest Caye and Stake Bank projects moving along
The Norwegian Cruise Lines project at Harvest Caye and the Michael Feinstein project at Stake Bank have been subject to controversy, but they continue on. On Wednesday Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia Jr gave us an update on each. Manuel Heredia Jr. – Minister of Tourism On the Harvest Caye p...

Labor issues at Placencia Hotel and Residence?
There are reports of an industrial dispute between workers and employers at the Placencia Hotel and Residence. Reports reaching our desk are that there is a case of disgruntled workers who were recently fired, allegedly without proper benefit payments. There is a barrage of allegations including ove...

Three females missing
Police are asking the public’s assistance in locating three missing females. The first is 20-year-old Ashanti Diamond,  a Belizean babysitter of Taylor’s Alley, Belize City. Ashanti Diamond was reported missing on Tuesday October 21. According to reports, she was last seen around 3:00 p.m...

Guatemalan caught smuggling weed at Belizean border
On Tuesday October 21st at 6:30a.m. while on duty at the Belize/Guatemala Border, Benque Viejo Town, Police saw an Hispanic man, who at the time was coming from Guatemala into Belize.  Police observed that both of his pants foot area were bulky. A search conducted on the person resulted in the disc...

BTL Directory has Belmopan Fire Station phone number wrong
On Tuesday in our newscast, we reported on a fire that gutted a home in the village of Blackman Eddy. No one was hurt in the incident but the cause of the fire was still undetermined. As we also reported Tuesday night, we tried contacting the Fire Department in Belmopan to get an update on the inves...

The Guardian

Mahmud Gone... PUP will not miss him!
We are not certain if it was the PUP who got rid of Mahmud or if it was Mahmud who got rid of the PUP. What we are certain of is that he is no longer going to contest the Cayo North Constituency. Credible reports state that Mahmud is completely and totally dissatisfied with the People’s United Party , in particular with its leadership. On one hand there is a leader who simply cannot lead a horse to drink water and on the other hand they have a leader who will be leader despite anything. And that is where Mahmud finds himself, the reports this newspaper has received is that the ‘would be king’ of the Western Caucus of the PUP, called a meeting of the caucus in that division and did not invite the chairman. The Chairman of course, is Mahmud. We understand that this is just the tip of the disrespectful iceberg that the Cayo North area representative is facing. Outside of being a simple minion in his party, the current leader views him as a Bricenista, meaning that he has loyalties only to Johnny Briceno and to no other leader.

PM Barrow denies entry to potential Ebola threat
There has been some negative criticism coming from persons in the United States following the executive decision by Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Barrow, to refuse the facilitation of a cruise ship passenger to be flown back to America, via Belizean soil. That passenger was believed to have a very small chance of being infected with Ebola. So, rather than take any kind of risk which could possibly expose Belize to the disease, the Prime Minister had to respectfully - but forcefully - refuse high level American diplomats. The Carnival Magic cruise ship docked in Belize on Thursday morning, October 16, by which time, 2 of its passengers, a lab technician from the Texas Presbyterian Hospital, and her husband, had already entered a voluntary quarantine on the ship. This hospital employee may have handled specimen from the Ebola patient who was treated there, but unfortunately died.

A King has Passed - Paul Nabor: January 26, 1928 - October 2
Belize has lost an important son of the soil. The 86-year-old, dubbed one of "The Three Kings" had been unfortunately ill for some time after being diagnosed with broncho-pneumonia in January 2014, just days before his birthday. The United Democratic Party Secretariat, Management and Staff of WAVE RADIO, WAVE TV and the Guardian Newspaper join his friends and his legions of fans -- at home and abroad -- in sending condolences to his family during their time of bereavement. His stellar contributions to the paranda genre and Belizean music in general are unmatched and will be revered and celebrated for all time.

Drunk Bus Driver out on Bail
William Ayala, bus driver of Hill Promised Road Benque Viejo Town, is out on bail after he was pulled over by officers of the Belize City Traffic Department on Friday, October 17. According to reports, Ayala was driving a red and blue bus belonging to Guerra’s bus line when he was pulled over by traffic officers between mile one and two on the George Price Highway. The officers called police for support and Ayala was arrested for driving under the influence. A urine sample was collected which proved that his alcoholic concentration was above the prescribed limit.

Jaime Andrews Remanded on Rape Charge
Jaime Andrews is at the Belize Central Prison on court ordered remand after he was arraigned for the offense of rape on Monday, October 20. A teenage girl, 18, reported to police that she was invited to a party at Andrews’ home in Ladyville Village on Monday, October 12. She was there with Andrews and another male when they started to drink alcoholic beverages. The girl told police that she got intoxicated and Andrews took her into his room where she passed out. A few minutes later she regained consciousness and realized that one of the men was having sex with her. According to police report, the other man had sex with her against her will as well. The girl says she woke up in Andrews’ bed the next day and the events from the previous night were blurry. She believes she was drugged.

Main Witness a No Show in Karim Barona Murder Trial
Crown Council Kileru Awich was forced to enter a nolle prosequi in the murder trial against Karim Barona, 32, after the main witness failed to show up to court on Friday, October 17. On April 21, 2011 Elvis Rhamdas, 42, fisherman of a Central American Boulevard address, was stabbed multiple times to the body. He was standing in front of Kick Down Fence 2 fast food shop at the corner of New Road and Victoria Street when he got into an altercation with another man. Rhamdas was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries ten days later, May 1, 2011. Police investigations later led to the arrest and charge of Karim Barona for the murder of Rhamdas.

Another Murder in the Isla Bonita
Samuel Dawson, a Hattieville Resident who went on the island of San Pedro to find work, was found dead early Saturday, October 18. Someone attacked him at the house he was staying, and stabbed him to death. This 44 year-old father of 5 had been working on San Pedro for 2 weeks as a construction laborer hired to concrete the North Ambergris Road, a 3 mile stretch of the main street to connect the northern parts of the town to the central town area. On the night before his body was found, Dawson was in the company of his contracting supervisor in the San Pedrito area. They decided to go have dinner at a restaurant nearby, and the supervisor left. The next morning at around 7:30 a.m., the supervisor went looking for him at the upstairs flat he was staying. The man found Dawson’s door slightly ajar, and when he went in to find him, he discovered Dawson on the ground. He had suffered 2 stab wounds to the neck and cut to the lower lip.

Change of Life for Goodfellow did not spare his life
Gregory Richard Goodfellow, a well-known youth from ladyville, became the victim of an execution-style murder on Wednesday, October 15, sometime before 8:30 p.m. The 22 year-old father of 2 had recently gotten married to his wife and moved from Ladyville, where he lived his entire life, to Belize City. Over the past 2 or 3 years, however, his name was called in a number of high-profile crimes as a suspect who was questioned and then released. His apparent life-style change had no effect on his killers, who from all circumstantial evidence discovered so far, lured him to his death. Sometime around 8, he was picked up in a vehicle from his hang-out spot in front of the Vin Li Shopping Center. The driver of the vehicle took him to a secluded area of the Hattieville Boom Road, some 7 miles away, and once there, they shot him multiple times in the head and chest.

Guatemalan shot near Clarissa Falls in Cayo
At about 8:30 pm on Sunday of this past week caretakers working in the Clarissa Falls Area of Benque Viejo reported hearing three to four gunshots being fired. Finding himself as a victim from one of these shots was 19 year old Cesar Umberto Chinchilla Rodriquez from neighboring Melchor de Mencos in Guatemala. He claims he was fishing with two other Guatemalans at the time when he was shot. Cesar Rodriquez told police that he was along two other men including 22 year old Rudy Salazar, whose whereabouts are still unknown. The three men were fishing on an unoccupied farm across the flooded Mopan River. Benque Viejo Police cannot confirm if anybody else got shot, but were able to find traces of blood as well as cannabis in the area where the three Guatemalans were fishing. The third Guatemalan has since gone back to his Country but Benque Police would like to speak to him to discover what else transpired that night.

Ellis Meighan and Malik Dixon Save Men Accused of Shooting them
Ellis Meighan Jr. and Malik Dixon were driving in Meighan’s vehicle on Wednesday, October 16, 2012 when two men ambushed them on Mopan Street and fired numerous shots at the vehicle. Dixon was shot in the right lower back and was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he received treatment. Meighan escaped unharmed. Police later arrested and charged Jean Peebles and Akeem Smith with 2 counts each of attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm, dangerous harm, and grievous harm. On Tuesday, October 21, Peebles and Smith appeared in the court room of Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser to face the charges. However, Meighan and Smith appeared before the court and requested that no further action be taken in the matter. Since there was no longer any virtual complainant, the charges were withdrawn and the men were free to go.

Ruperto Reyes Busted with Crystal Meth Gets $50,000 Bail
Orange Walk resident Ruperto Reyes, 49, is out on bail after he was busted with 54.7 kilograms of crystal meth on August 20 of this year. At around 7 p.m. on August 20 police noticed a black Toyota Camry on Liberty Avenue in Orange Walk Town that sped off when the police mobile approached the area. Police chased after the vehicle and caught up with it shortly after. Two men were seen running from out of the Camry but were caught and escorted back to the vehicle. Police searched the vehicle in their presence and found a red and white ice box and a cardboad box in the trunk of the vehicle. Inside the ice box were 18 parcels and inside the cardboard box were 12 parcels of suspected cyrstal meth. The substance was weighed and amounted to 54.7 kilograms. Ruperto Reyes was arrested along with Cuban national Pasqual Pineda for the crime of drug trafficking. They were taken to the Orange Walk Magistrates Court where bail was denied and both men were remanded to the Belize Central Prison.

Attempted Murder Charge against Sherman Rodney Upgraded to Murder
Lloyd Augustus, 35, was beaten viciously on April 6, 2014 when he was socializing at his home on Doris Brooks Street. His injuries were critical and he had to be hospitalized. Police later arrested and charged Sherman Rodney for attempted murder. Rodney has been on remand at the Belize Central Prison since. Augustus succumbed to the injuries sustained from that beating in July of this year, meaning the charge is now murder. Sherman Rodney was escorted from the Belize Central Prison to the Belize City Magistrates Court on Monday, October 20, to be arraigned for murder. However, police took him too late before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith and the procedure was adjourned until November 5. Rodney has been served with his charge sheet for murder but his arraignment will have to wait.

Calbert Young Gets Five Years and $10K Fine for over 24 Kilos of Weed
Calbert Hubert Young will spend the next five years in prison, possibly eight, for being convicted of drug trafficking on Friday, October 17. Officers of the Gang Suppression Unit executed a search warrant at Young’s residence on Gibson Street in Belize City on September 15, 2013. Only Young was home at the time of the search. When he was asked if he had anything to declare, Young allegedly told the officers, “I have a sack of weed inside my room.” It turned out he had two sacks. One sack had 17.5 kilograms of weed and the second contained 7 kilograms. Police also found two black plastic bags on Young’s bed with 899 grams of weed. Young was arrested and charged for possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply another person(s).

Dangriga Central Market complete
The refurbished and expanded Dangriga Central Market for vendors and residents of Dangriga will be officially inaugurated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2014. The market facility implemented by the Belize Social Investment Fund is the largest infrastructure development under the Government’s $30 million US dollars Belize Municipal Development Project (BMDP) financed through a loan from the World Bank. The total cost for the Dangriga project was $1,843,419.67. Counterpart funding by the Dangriga Town Council totaled $55,302.59. The modern facility is equipped with 44 stalls of which 10 will be for food vendors, 12 for vegetables and fruits, and 22 new ones for clothing. It will offer both vendors and residents an area to converge in a more pleasant and safe environment as well as create opportunities for vendors to foster and enhance their livelihoods.

Emergencies
Emergencies come in all manner of types and must be dealt with accordingly. Currently the Ebola epidemic is a MEDICAL emergency only in 3 or 4 countries in West Africa but it is a POLITICAL emergency far beyond these borders, especially in the United States of America as it prepares for important mid-term elections that will determine the balance of power in the US Senate. Some actions such as disseminating accurate information both to the general public and specifically to health care workers; maintaining or gaining the trust of the population; and determining what and when precautions should be instituted are common to all kinds of emergency. Many other actions, however, should be determined by the type of emergency.Ebola as a medical emergency requires a functional health system, trained medical personnel, personal protection kits, and basic medications and laboratory services. All of these are missing in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea which have recently been devastated by civil wars and natural disasters and all of which face serious development issues. Nigeria, which has experienced a number of travel related cases, is in a better situation and has apparently brought its epidemic under control with no new cases reported in the ...

UDP Government rescues Orange Walk
Orange Walkeños are now witnessing a level of transformation never seen before in the beautiful northern town. Just a mere four months ago people were complaining about the sorry state the streets, and the portion of the Phillip Goldson Highway that traverses Orange Walk Town, were in. Their cry was heard and action was taken. The Government of Belize, under whose responsibility the Highways fall, took note of the dilapidated state the highway was in and immediately took steps to correct the situation. Funding was secured, contract bids were sent out, contractors identified based on qualifications and work commenced. That was in July, when actual preparation started in front of the Come and Go gas station. Today the hotmix paving of the highway is currently at its junction with Guadalupe Street, it’s a little over a mile. Apart from aesthetically improving the area it is also enhanced practically. Utilities did serious upgrading prior to commencement of paving and then much needed drainage and sidewalks were installed along the entire length of the highway where work is being done.

Signs with anti-crime messages go up in Benque Viejo del Carmen
Physical signs to deliver the anti-crime message have recently been installed in strategic areas within the Town of Benque Viejo del Carmen. These signs were placed by community policing officer in Benque Corporal Joshua McKoy, in a proactive measure towards crime, with the assistance of Zone Four. These signs come with hot line and Crime Stopper numbers for members of the community to report criminal activity in their various areas. Signs have been placed at the entrance of Arenal Road, which is notable for many activities. Another sign has been placed in the Santa Cruz area by the Amin Hegar Football field, where there have been crime incidents in the past and also by Sam’s Community Park on Phillip Goldson Street. Two signs of Crime Stoppers have been placed at the Eastern and Western Entrance to Benque Viejo. Some of the signs with logos were contributed by the United States Embassy in Belmopan as part of a Central American Regional Security Initiative CARSI.

BDF is still protecting our Border
The Belize Defence Force, which is tasked with protecting the country’s territorial integrity, says that of the 133 miles of border that the country shares with Guatemala, 51 miles remains under constant pressure from illegal activities. That illegal activity comes from Guatemalan civilians living in border towns and villages, which consists of illegal harvesting of xate leaves; illegal logging of logwood, mahogany and other hardwoods; illegal hunting, illegal farming, and recently, illegal gold panning. Most of this activity happens inside the country’s forest reserves, but mostly in the Cayo District’s border with Guatemala. At this location, there is the Chiquibul and Caracol Archaeological Reserves which has seen millions of dollars in resources that have been illegally harvested. To combat this type of behaviors, 7 conservation posts have been built along the border at different locations, all strategically chosen to deal with the incursions. Those posts are Cadenas, Treetops, Santa Rosa, Machaquila, Rio Blanco, Ceibo Chico, and the recently completed Valentin Camp. Prime Minister Dean Barrow has committed to add 2new conservation posts being which are being built, namely, Cebada and Caballo, which will help with activity in the northern areas of the Chiquibul National Park.

Belize Says No - United States Disappointed
The United States is disappointed in Belize for not facilitating a request from the State Department to evacuate two passengers listed as low risk for Ebola from a Carnival Cruise ship that docked in Belize on Thursday morning, October 16. Marie Harf, the Deputy Spokesperson for the State Department, said in an interview on CNN, “We were disappointed by this [decision]. We think it could have been handled differently. Decisions like these needs to be made based on information and science and not fear.” Harf expressed no disappointment in the Government of Mexico; however, who also refused to facilitate the evacuation of the passengers when the ship was docked near Cozumel on Friday. She also expressed no disappointment in the State of Texas which demanded that a blood sample from the suspected passengers be airlifted for testing before docking at Galveston, Texas.

Ministry of Health Conducts Activities for the Possible Entry of Ebola
The Ministry of Health continues to conduct multiple activities associated with the global threat of Ebola. The Ministry of Health is pleased to share an update on several activities carried out within the past week. Two isolation facilities have been stationed at the Phillip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) compound and the precise specifications of these facilities are currently being reviewed. Revisions have also been conducted on surveillance activities at the airport for further strengthening. Additionally, several activities are being conducted including the activation of Point of Entry Screening with Public Health Inspectors at the International Airport, meetings between the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Public Health Inspectorate on the adoption

Nine Companies Still Hopeful for Power Sharing Agreement with BEL
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has completed its first phase of evaluating the proposals submitted for energy generation in Belize. John Avery, PUC Chairman, says the Commission has approved nine bidders, with 14 proposals, for simulation exercises. Those bid were submitted by Southern Renewable Energy Limited (SREL), GSR Energy Limited, SS Energy Limited, Renewable Energy Investments Costa Rica Limited, Cohune Energy Limited, EMAC, Saturn Power Inc., Gross LLC and Blair Atoll Power Company Limited (BAPCOL). Belize is a growing country with new communities developing every year and because of that there is a constant need for electricity expansion. Electricity expansion is more than extending power lines and erecting lamposts. Everytime there is an electricty expansion project an entire community is connected to the national grid and the maximum demand for power increases. The maximum demand for power is already greater than the maximum supply from domestic sources. Therefore, Belize relies heavily on Mexico to meet our power demand. This national demand for power will increase significantly over the next ten years but the Government of Belize wants to ensure that our reliance on foreign energy does not.

Refurbished Police Station in San Estevan
A few years ago, a request came from the villagers of San Estevan, through the village council to Mr. Denny Grijalva to have a badly deteriorated Police Station to be refurbished and to have a permanent Police Officer in place. The concern was so great that Mr. Grijalva immediately started to solicit help for this purpose. After time had lapsed with no positive returns from other entities, both public and private, it was decided to apply to the BNE Trust Fund for the help. Today, the village of San Estevan is proud to have a well refurbished Police Station which is now permanently accommodating a Police Officer with his family of six. This will bring security, peace and stability to the villagers of San Estevan.

What a shame!
Everybody enjoys going out for a bite to eat but we don’t want to end up getting sick in the process. Something very serious and wrong has been happening in Belize for a long time and people just seem to accept and demand no better. If most Belizeans saw inside the kitchens of many popular restaurants they would probably never eat there again. A check of several restaurant kitchens in Belize City back in 2013, shortly after they had passed inspections by health inspectors, revealed that all of them were grossly unsanitary and should have been shut down. Rat droppings were all over the counters and floors; holes were in some walls and roofs; roaches flitted around freely; some old, rusty refrigerators and freezers were taped up with duct tapes and completely unable to keep a cold temperature necessary to keep meat and vegetables from spoiling; most of the stoves and refrigerator looked as though they had never been cleaned; ready to prepare uncooked food was stored in dirty looking pans on the floor; and dogs even lived in some kitchens. It is bad enough that the healthcare bill for Belize is going up because of all the fried and sugar-filled foods that is being consumed which leads to diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure, but these unsanitary conditions by food vendors must not be tolerated.

Successful Telethon to Support Friends for Conservation and DevelopmentGovernment Has Donated over $700,000 since Caracol Incident
A telethon was held to raise funds for the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) on Saturday, October 18. Belizeans at home and abroad, private and corporate, called in to make pledges and at the end of the day over $327,870 was pledged. The Friends for Conservation and Development need to increase the number of Rangers in the Chiquibul National Park in order to protect the forest’s wealth of resources from Guatemalan encroachers and local exploiters. Raphael Manzanero, Executive Director of FCD, says he has seven rangers to look after the Chiquibul National Park which covers an area of almost five hundred thousand acres of land, or about 7.7 percent of Belize’s total territory. Manzanero is hoping to increase the Ranger force from 7 to 24. To cover the expenses of one Ranger annually FCD needs $24,000. Media representatives and personalities from various radio and television stations participated in the telethon at the Memorial Park in Belize City. Numerous Belizean artists performed patriotic songs and Jamaican superstar Anthony Moses Davis, better known as Beenie Man, stopped by to drop some tunes and some money. He pledged to donate $1,000 to FCD before freestyling “Belize has it under control”. Belize’s biggest entertainer, T.R. Shyne, sang “Don’t touch wih x’ate, don’t touch wih hardwood, lef lone fu wih parrot and don’t pan fu wih gold.”

Jaguars United and United Ballers are co-leaders of Vega Cup Tournament
The Vega Cup tournament continued on Sunday 19 October, 2014, with three games on the schedule and all three games played out at the San Roman Football Field. In the first game of the day, Jaguars United and San Jose Pumas played to a 2-2 draw. The goals for Jaguars United were scored by Jaime Maldonado in the 18th minute of play and Luis Herrador in the 62nd minute of play. Meanwhile, the goals for San Jose Pumas were scored by Jeffrey Yama in the 2nd minute of play and Eved Corado in the 25th minute of play. In the second game of the day, San Antonio won via the dafult route over Untouchables. And in the final game of the day, Barrio Boys blanked Rising Stars by the score of 2-0. The goals for Barrio Boys were scored by Rodney Delcid in the 19th minute of play and Cesar Roberts in the 23rd minute of play.

Belize Softball Federation to host VII Annual Charles Solis Memorial Tourney
The Belize Softball Federation is pleased to announce that the VII Annual Charles Solis Memorial Softball Tourney is scheduled for Sunday 26 October, 2014, at Rogers Stadium the home of softball in Belize. The tourney will include the Belize Bank Bulldogs the newly crowned National Softball Champions of Belize, Beacon from Belize City along with Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy and Camalote from the Cayo Softball Association, and Sunrise of Lord’s Bank, the Belize Rural champions The Charles Solis Memorial Tournament will utilise the Double Elimination Format and will commence at 9:00 am. At the end of the tourney, one of Mr. Charles Solis’ sons will present the championship cup and the individual medals to the teams that finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Justice Christopher Blackman Sworn in as New Justice of Appeal
Justice Christopher Blackman was today sworn in as a new Justice of the Belize Court of Appeal by the Governor General, Sir Colville Young, at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. Witnessing the swearing-in ceremony was the Registrar General, Ms. Velda Flowers. Justice Blackman has a long and distinguished legal career. He was a Judge of the High Court of Barbados from 1996 to 2000 and again from 2003 to 2008. He also served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Belize from April 2001 to May 2003. In March 2008, he became a Justice of Appeal in the Bahamas. He is due to retire from the Court of Appeal of the Bahamas in December this year. Justice Blackman was first admitted as a Solicitor, Supreme Court of Barbados, in January 1970 and remained in private practice until 1996. Justice Blackman is 69 years of age and is of Barbadian nationality.

10 facts about Chic-V
1 Chick-V is a virus that is known to cause fever and severe joint pain and/or joint swelling, among other symptoms. It was first described in Tanzania, East Africa, in 1952. Its name means 'that which bends up' or 'stooped walk' because of the incapacitating joint pain caused by the disease. 2 It is transmitted from human to human by bites of infected mosquitoes; therefore, measures to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds, to kill mosquitoes and to prevent mosquito bites are important in disease prevention. 3 Most infected persons present with symptoms of the disease after an incubation period of three to seven days, though this period can range from one to 12 days. Some individuals infected with chik-V (3 to 28 per cent) show no symptoms of the virus. 4 In acute (short term) chik-V infection, there may be an abrupt onset of high fever (usually >102F / 39C) and severe joint pain and/or swelling. The fever usually lasts three to seven days. The hands, wrists and ankles are most commonly affected.

Government of Belize Explains Decision on Cruise Ship Passenger and Imposes Travel Restrictions for West Africa
The Government of Belize took a decision on Thursday, October 16, 2014 not to facilitate a request from the US State Department to evacuate two passengers from a Carnival Cruise ship that docked in Belize that same morning. The main passenger of concern is an employee of the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who was listed as low risk for Ebola by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States. It was explained to the Belize Government that the CDC had updated its requirements from self-monitoring for these low risk persons to active monitoring and; out of an overabundance of caution, the United States wanted to transport that passenger along with her travelling companion in a private plane back to the United States. The US State Department reported that the passenger had been checking her temperature and checking for any other symptoms of the disease. There were no signs or symptoms reported. The doctors on the cruise ship confirmed this to be the case after conducting their own examination .Both the passenger and her travelling companion volunteered to self-quarantine on the ship.

European Commission Proposes Lifting Ban on Importation of Belize Fisheries Products into the European Union
The European Commission has announced that it has proposed to the EU Council of Ministers that Belize be removed from the list of ‘non-cooperating third countries’ in the international fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. This decision was taken after Belize demonstrated that it had addressed its structural problems and showed its real commitment to tackling illegal fishing. The Commission notes that since Belize was identified as a ‘non-cooperating third country’ in March 2014, it has reformed its legal framework and has adopted a new set of rules for inspection, control and monitoring of vessels. In particular, the Commission took into account the following measures adopted by Belize to strengthen the management regime for its high seas fishing fleet:

Mahmud Gone! Louis Wade for PUP Cayo North?
Joseph Mahmud, Area Representative for Cayo North, is sick and tired of the People’s United Party. More specificly, Joseph Mahmud is sick and tired of being disrespected and treated as inferior by Julius Espat. He tried to march on as a PUP soldier for months until he finally couldn’t take it anymore. The Guardian has confirmed that Joseph Mahmud submitted a letter signaling his intent to resign as PUP Standard Bearer for the Cayo North Constituency late last week. Mahmud remains a member and supporter of the PUP but asking him to hold the lines shoulder to shoulder with the disrespectful mouth from Cayo South is too much for the frustrated politician. Since he was elected by the people of Cayo North, not Julius Espat, Mahmud will continue to serve as the Area Representative with the PUP Caucus. However, he will not contest the General Elections.

Memorable Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition
Scores of athletes make plans to compete in the Belize Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship each year but at the time of the competition there are usually only a couple dozen who feel confident enough to do so. This year was no different but what the competition lacks in quantity it makes up in quality. The 2014 Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship was held at the Bliss Center on Friday, October 17, with athletes competing in nine categories. At the end of the night Rigo Vellos was named Mr. Belize for the third consecutive year but those who attended the event will remember two names, “the African” and “the Buffest Barber”. These two athletes, newcomer Oyinkro Akpobodor and Deon Banner, generated the most buzz from the lively crowd which fully exercised the right to free speech. The competition started with the Men’s Physique category. This category is more about definition and muscle to fat ratio than it is about bulk. Five athletes participated in this category and after the judges’ scores were tallied Clinton Tucker was named Mr. Physique 2014. Dean Hemmans finished second and Carlton Richards finished third.

Belize Defence Force, Wagiya and Verdes open on right footing
The long awaited Premier League of Belize Belikin Cup Opening Season Tournament for 2014-2015 started on Sunday 19 October 2014, with three games on the schedule. In the game played out at the Toledo Union Field in Punta Gorda Town between the visiting Wagiya FC from Dangriga Town and Paradise/Freedom Fighters from Punta Gorda, it was the visiting Wagiya FC that picked up the win when it blanked the host team Paradise/Freedom Fighters by the score of 2-0. The 1st goal of the game was scored by Abraham Chavez in the 31st minute of play while the 2nd and final goal was scored by Hector Gomez in the 40th minute of play. At the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town, the visiting Verdes FC from Benque edged out the host team San Ignacio United FC by the score of 4-2. The visiting Verdes FC was the first to get onto the scoreboard when Ricardo Jimenez scored the 1st goal of the game in the 19th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The San Ignacio United FC made it an interesting game when Joel Guzman scored the equalizing goal in the 29th minute of play.

Belize Elementary School girls’ and boys’ are top teams in primary schools volleyball.
The regular season for the 2014-2015 Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball competition came to an end on Monday October 20, 2014, at Bird’s Isle in Belize City with four games on the schedule. In the only game played in the girls’ competition, St. John’s Primary School defeated Ephesus SDA in two sets by the score of 31-29 and 26-24. In the first of three games played in the boys’ competition, Ephesus SDA defeated St. Ignatius School in three sets by the score of 6-25, 25-20 and 17-15. In game two, it was St. John’s Primary School winning over Wesley Upper School in two sets by the score of 25-23 and 25-9. And in the final game of the day, Queen Street Baptist School defeated Bethel Assembly School in three sets by the score of 25-20, 23-25 and 15-4.

Central Region Volleyball competition rolls on
The Central Region Secondary Schools Volleyball Competition continues here in Belize City. On Tuesday 21 October, in the female game played, St. Catherine Academy defeated Pallotti High School in two sets by the score of 25-2 and 25-2. Meanwhile, in the male game it was St. John’s College winning over Sadie Vernon Technical High School in two sets by the score of 25-20 and 25-17. On Monday 20 October, in the female game played, Ladyville Technical High School defeated Wesley College in two sets by the score of 25-18 and 25-13. In the first male game, St. John’s College defeated Ladyville Technical in two sets by the score of 25-16 and 25-17.

Health Hookup
In recent years there has been a huge campaign to promote the awareness of testing and early detection for breast cancer. Breast cancer is a condition that is estimated to affect one in seven women. In the US alone approximately 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, of which approximately 40,000 will die from it. When a certain cell line starts to grow and replicate in an uncontrolled manner it is labeled as cancer. Breast cancer can result from either the uncontrolled cell growth originating within the breast, or cancer from another site i.e. bones, liver, brain, spreading to the breast. One of two important tools in the early detection of breast cancer is Breast Self Examination (BSE). After the age of twenty, it is recommended that women perform a BSE to look for any changes. The examination wants you to become familiar with what your breast normally feels and looks like.

Youth Talks - Hope
"Pandora just couldn't stand it any longer. She had to find out what was in that box. She hurried to the table where the box stood, unlatched it and opened the lid. Out flew all the evils of the world, except one. Pandora quickly slammed the lid and latched the box, trapping the last evil inside - foreboding. Thus, she stopped the destruction of mankind, for it would have been impossible to live without hope." This short story from ancient Greece shows how much they valued hope, which is also priceless to me. I find hope priceless because it leads to other feelings. If someone enters a contest, the hope of winning will turn into a rush of excitement. Competitiveness is another emotion brought on by hope. If someone enters a race and hopes to win, they will feel competitiveness mixing with hope. We hope for good endings, we hope for freedom, we hope for love. We all carry a sense of hope. Hope can bring surprise, too.

Patrick JonesPJ

TD 9 is no more; but its remnants will still drench northern Belize
Tropical Depression 9 did not survive its encounter with land on Wednesday night when it came ashore in Campeche, Mexico. TD-9 quickly fell apart and is tonight listed as Invest 94L. The remnant low continues to move across the Yucatan Peninsula and Belize in a south-easterly direction. Movement is estimated at 5 miles per hour, which, at this forward speed, will see the system emerge over the waters of the northwest Caribbean Sea on Friday. Conditions are not favourable for any significant development once the system reaches the Caribbean Sea in the days ahead.

Guatemalans reportedly confront Belize police in Calla Creek village
There are disturbing reports that armed Guatemalan nationals this afternoon confronted Belize police officers and scenes of crime technicians as they retrieved the body of a man from the Mopan River in Calla Creek village. Reports are that the Guatemalans are not happy with the death of one of their own. The circumstance of that death is the focus of an ongoing investigation. Reports we have received say that a team of Belize Defence Force soldiers had to be deployed to Calla Creek village this afternoon to deal with the volatile situation as Belize police processed the scene where the body was found.

Paul Nabor to get an official funeral
The government of Belize will honour the legacy and contribution of Paranda artist Paul Nabor with an official funeral. The announcement was made via a statement issued this afternoon by the National Institute of Culture and History. Nabor, a native of Barranco village, Toledo, died just before 7 o’clock on Wednesday night at the Punta Gorda town hospital. He had been ailing for a long time and had recently suffered a stroke which left him partially paralyzed. The 86 year old Parandero is being remembered as “one of the greatest Paranda artists of our time” who was instrumental in putting “the folk form of Paranda music to the forefront of Belizean and World Music.” A date for the funeral for Nabor has not yet been determined.

Hilá Paul Nabor
Abihadiwa fe rambaweyule luagu louwen Paranderu, Paul Nabor, Gaduru wein Sisi irumu lau. Sandi hayein Nabor. Beluti hospitalirugu Enerugu ladüga Pneumonia. rúti seremein houn sun ha afurieidubayan luagu lun areidaguageila dan ligia. Ounahati óundaruni Balisi ichiguti fe ederebugu houn lufamilia hama lumadagu Paul Nabor lidan gagébüriha. PAUL NABOR Eneru 26, 1928 – Desi Hati 22, 2014 Bameragua lidan Darangilaü; abame basaru lidan Gloria!

Government applies to strike out BISL claim
Belize International Services Limited (BISL), the former manager of the Corporate and Ships Registries, is demanding $120 million from the Government of Belize over the 2013 acquisition of both registries which they say is arbitrary. Their claim seeks constitutional relief for alleged deprivation of property but before it can be substantively heard before Supreme Court Justice Michelle Arana, the Government’s attorneys, Senior Counsel Denys Barrow and Naima Barrow, applied to have it struck out. Denys Barrow told reporters on Wednesday that the claim was improperly brought for constitutional redress and would work better as a standard claim for damages.

Court of Appeal traverses criminal appeals
The Court of Appeal began its final session for 2014 this week in Belize City. Five appeals from convicted criminals were scheduled to be heard, but ultimately none of them were because the appellants had failed to provide their grounds of appeal and in some cases, did not even have attorneys. Such was the case for 57 year old Winston Dennison, whose appeal was scheduled for Wednesday morning before Court of Appeal President Manuel Sosa and Justices Samuel Awich and Christopher Blackman. Dennison wants to appeal his conviction and sentence of 18 years’ imprisonment on three separate charges of carnal knowledge.

Blogs

Belize Cacao: a revolution going on in Southern Belize!
One of the many gifts the ancient Maya gave to the world was the invention of chocolate, which they first produced as a beverage derived from cacao trees. Since well before the time of Christ, the Maya were developing and perfecting strains of cacao that today continue to produce some of the richest and purest chocolate in the world. We’ve written quite a bit about Belizean cacao and chocolate here ,Love May Not Have Been Invented in Belize, But Chocolate? and there isn’t much argument that in all its many forms, the nectar of the cacao tree is one of life’s treats. Try one of the Chocolatissimo treatments or a delicious chocolate wrap at Chaa Creek’s Hilltop Spa, and you’ll really understand what we’re talking about. But we digress… People have been growing, harvesting and using cacao for literally thousands of years in Belize, and the agricultural methods haven’t changed very much over that time. Cacao is still grown in small amounts by subsistence farmers who until recently received only a pittance of the price the final product fetches on the world market. But that’s all changing thanks to Maya Mountain Cacao (MMC), an organisation founded in 2010 by local Belizean cacao farmers, chocolate makers, and American entrepreneurs to support Belizean cacao farmers in creating a more farmer-friendly industry in Belize.

“Somethin’ Stupid” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Do you ever have the thought that you might just not be the brightest bulb in the chandelier? Not the sharpest pencil in the box? A few chips (fries for non UK readers) short of a happy meal? A few pence (cents to a dollar for non UK readers) shy of a £ (dollar)? No. Well I wish I could say the same. I’d always considered myself reasonably bright. Not brilliant, but reasonably bright. Someone who may not have scaled the academic heights but someone who – or so I had thought- had been ‘given’ fair sized dollops of common sense and street savvy. I use the past tense because it appears that these attributes are on the wane. Or at least prone to go AWOL when I most need them. Why are you being so hard on yourself you are probably (and quite rightly too if I may say so) thinking. Well I showed the dumber side of myself (now the less kind of you are thinking ” and not for the first time”) in the previous edition when I mentioned that I was too enraptured with the red sky to get up and get my camera.

International Sourcesizz

Carnival and Royal Caribbean Threaten to Pull Out of Belize Due to Ebola Screening
There is mention in the article of Belize customs representatives taking and inspecting the passengers' passports during the screening. Belize’s government has already stopped issuing visas for nationals from Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. Travelers who have visited any of these four countries in the past 30 days will be prohibited from entering Belize. This will require an inspection of passports, not just birth certificates many people use to cruise. The cruise industry protocol so far relies upon passengers to voluntarily disclose this information on questionnaires, rather than the cruise lines inspecting the passengers' passports before the cruise to verify that they have not traveled to these countries in West Africa. Unlike Belize, the U.S. has not banned travelers from the infected African countries.

Ebola in the Caribbean
An ocean away from Africa’s Ebola outbreak, a deep fear of the disease now runs through the Caribbean. The atmosphere recalls the early days of the AIDS epidemic, some 30 years ago. Trinidad and Tobago’s prime minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar (pictured), talks dramatically of “a new darkness, Ebola.” Her government this month recalled delegates en route to a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference in Cameroon, a country unaffected by the current Ebola outbreak. Her doctors and health workers are demanding quadruple pay and $1.6m insurance polices for joining an Ebola response team. There’s talk of cancelling the islands’ annual carnival. Trinidad and Tobago, along with Jamaica, St Kitts-Nevis, St Vincent, St Lucia, Suriname, Guyana and Belize this month banned all travel from African countries with an Ebola outbreak.

Two jaguar cubs debut at the Milwaukee County Zoo
Cat cubs have been drawing visitors to the Milwaukee County Zoo all season: Sossy the snow leopard made his debut a few weeks ago, and two jaguar cubs will be making their debut at the zoo today. The two jaguar cubs, born on August 14th, are the second litter for their parents Stella and Pat. Pat is a rescued jaguar from Belize, he was caught in the wild, and is considered to be a founder to the population. These cubs are bringing valuable new genes to the population in North American Zoos. In the wild, jaguars are considered "near threatened"; they're typically only found in rural areas of South and Central America. Sossy is the first snow leopard cub to be born at the zoo in more than a decade. He's only been on display for a few weeks since he went through special therapy after being born with splayed legs in June. "He has done awesome," Craig Pavlik, a keeper at the zoo, said, "I think better than any of who were working with him even really expected. When you see him now, since he's got a chance to come out here, really climb and build those muscles, you really looking at him can't tell he ever had a problem."

In Search of the Yucatán’s Best Cochinita Pibil
IT’S ONLY 8 A.M. but already there’s a line snaking around Taqueria Honorio as the air fills with the sweet, hunger-inducing scent of cinnamon, cloves and unctuous slow-roasted pork. Dogs doze lazily under the squat palm trees that line this quiet avenue on the edge of Tulum. Bubbling away on the stovetop of the jauntily painted food stand are four caldrons of rich concoctions, each different, their perfumed clouds colliding. But there’s only one I’ve come here for: the cochinita pibil. Everywhere you go these days pulled pork seems to be on the menu. From street carts to trendy South American joints, the world just can’t get enough of this meltingly rich dish du jour. However, in Mexico they have been serving their own version for hundreds—if not thousands—of years. “Although we don’t really have exact recipes, a variation of [cochinita pibil] dates back to prehistory,” says David Sterling, author of “Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition.” Cochinita pibil is the most famous dish of the Yucatán, the southeast region that includes Tulum, Cancún and Mérida, as well as the Mayan Chichén-Itzá ruins and the long coastal region down to Belize. It consists of pork that’s been marinated in a special blend of spices and the bitter juices of Seville oranges, wrapped in banana leaves (to keep it moist) and then buried in the earth in a fire pit to slow cook overnight—ready to serve to hungry workers and postparty revelers from the crack of dawn until around lunchtime.

Remnants of T.D.9 still worth watching
According to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski, “After losing strength over the Yucatan Peninsula, the system will move back over warm waters in the northwestern Caribbean where a new round of strengthening is possible later Friday into the weekend.” If this does occur, it could possibly impact Cuba, Belize and the Cayman Islands. Those with interests in this area should pay close attention to this system as it moves off the Yucatan Peninsula and back over open water. “The concern is if a feature lingers over the northwestern Caribbean next week, steering winds may change enough to allow a tropical system to swing northward toward Florida,” Kottlowski said.

Dispatch: Chilling on Isla Holbox
As Mexico editor, I happily spend significant time in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, two destinations that are veritable candy stores for travelers, offering virtually any type of accommodation and resort activity under the sun. So when I was offered the chance to visit Isla Holbox – population 2,000, number of hotel rooms 300, number of ATMS, one – I jumped at the opportunity, figuring that the island would provide an interesting juxtaposition to these formidably larger tourist destinations. Suffice it to say Holbox did just that, and, for me, it was love at first sight. But I digress. As with many exclusive destinations, getting there took some time. The nearest airport is Cancun International, a two-plus hour drive from the tiny town of Chiquila, the site where we boarded the 20-minute ferry ride to Holbox.

Top marine scientists call for action on 'invisible' fisheries
To protect our oceans from irreversible harm, governments, conservationists, and researchers around the world must address the enormous threat posed by unregulated and destructive fisheries, say top marine scientists. In an article published today in Science, Prof. Amanda Vincent of Project Seahorse at the University of British Columbia and Dr. Jean M. Harris of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife in South Africa call for bold new approaches to the pressing global issue of overfishing and habitat destruction, including networks of marine protected areas, co-ordinated governance, and the co-management of fisheries with local communities.

Videos

Video: Belize October 4 8, 2014 Movie, 7min.
ROW Mission team in Belize. Mathes Pastor Training School, Sewing School, Composting latrine, chairs for churches.

Video: A Brit and a Broad | Caye Caulker, Belize, 4min.
Brianna and Macca head to Caye Caulker, Belize for a little island time. The pair go on a Raggamuffin Tour, sailing and snorkelling along the Caribbean coast, eating and drinking the local fare and soak in the laid back island vibes.

Video: Starfish Island, Belize - Walk around, 8min.
A walk around Starfish Island off the cost of Belize. Carnival Sunshine Cruise excursion.

Video: Snorkeling In Belize, 3min.
a snorkelling trip in Belize as part of a wedding we shot.

Video: Hasta Tarde Belize, .5min.
Time lapse flying north from Belize City

Video: Belize 2014, 8min.
Newman 2014 Belize mission trip.

Video: Belize It Guateva, 3min.

October 23, 2014


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The San Pedro Sun

Anti-drugs operation in San Pedro
On Friday, October 17th a team consisting of San Pedro Police, San Pedro Quick Response Team, Criminal Investigation Branch, Special Branch and Belize City Gang Suppression Unit personnel conducted an anti-drugs operation in San Pedro Town. The operation was headed by Inspector Mark Flowers with assistance of Special Branch Intelligence. A total of 2.8 grams of suspected cannabis, 8.6 grams of suspected cocaine and metal pipe suspected to be used for drugs was confiscated. Following is a breakdown of the operation: • A search was conducted at the apartment of 32-year-old Sharlette Willams, 18-yearold Marlon Casey, 19-year-old Alexander Williams and a minor in the San Pedrito Area. The search led to the discovery of a transparent plastic bag containing 0.8 grams if suspected cannabis. All persons were formally arrested and charged for the crime of “Possession of Controlled Drugs”.

BTB Gives $10,000 to FCD Park Ranger Program
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce that on Saturday, October 18th, the organization donated ten thousand dollars ($10,000) to the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) Park Ranger Program, through its telethon. Over the weekend, the FCD held the telethon to raise much needed monies to fund twenty rangers at a cost of twenty four thousand dollars per ranger. The BTB congratulates the Friends for Conservation and Development and the telethon organizers for a successful event that raised over three hundred and twenty thousand dollars ($320,000). The BTB wishes Executive Director Rafael Manzanero and the FCD all the best in their endeavours and stand ready to dialogue and engage with partners to ensure that the Chiquibul Forest is protected.

Ramon’s Village donates Speed bumps
On Monday, October 20th, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) was recipients of a donation of 12 pairs of rubber speed bumps from Ramon’s Village Resort. On hand to make the donation was resort manager, Einer Gomez, who officially presented the speed bumps to Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Councilor in charge of traffic, Kenrick Brackett. According to Brackett the speed bumps will serve to alleviate speeding in San Pedro Town. With the increase in vehicles on the island, speeding has become a major issue, and at times result in traffic accidents. “This donation is very much appreciated. We cannot take care of the traffic problem alone and these types of donation assist us greatly. We have noticed that placing speed bumps are effective at controlling speeding in San Pedro Town,” said Brackett.

Karaoke Sundays at AJ’s Belize
If there’s one thing certain about Ambergris Caye, it’s that this little island sure knows how to have fun. Whether you’re here to just soak up the sun, enjoy the beach and sea time leisure, there’s certainly something for everyone. But before you pack your bags and jet set off to our little island, there’s something we have to admit, and we certainly hope you’re not shy. You see, La Isla Bonita has its fair share of KARAOKE enthusiasts. Whether you’re singing for fun or to flaunt those finely-tuned vocals, islanders know that one of the best karaoke nights is certainly at AJ’s Belize. And you know the old saying, when in Rome San Pedro, do as the San Pedranos do! Average Joe’s is generally known for their amazing wings and deliciously prepared pub grub such as burgers, tacos, and poutine. However the friendly folks over at AJs are also satisfaction specialists. Yep, trained to satisfy your hunger, thirst (did someone order an ice cold Belikin?) and Sunday night Karaoke fever with island musician Valentino. Every Sunday the place is packed with locals and visitors alike simply waiting to give it a go! Shy?

Ambergris Today

Saga Goes High-Tech For Halloween Auction
Top-rated excursions, luxury resort accommodations, dining and boutique shopping certificates headline the 11th annual Saga Spooktacular Halloween on-line auction - The San Pedro community businesses and resort managers and owners, have generously donated award winning dining certificates, exclusive resort and condo accommodations, adventure excursions and activities, boutique shopping certificates and more, in support of the 11th Annual Saga Humane Society Halloween Fundraiser. This year, many of those items can be won on-line at Biddingowl.com On Sunday October 26th from 11 AM to 5 PM, Saga friends and supporters will gather at Carlo and Ernie’s Runway Bar & Grill on Coconut Drive in San Pedro to celebrate Halloween “Saga Style” with games, activities, food and drink and the ever popular Saga Halloween Costume Contest, awarding great prizes. “Everyone in San Pedro looks forward to the Saga Halloween party each year,” says Saga board member and Animal Well Being Director Kathy Marin. But not to worry, she says. “If you can’t come to the party, you can still grab some great prizes on-line at Biddingowl.com auction site with all the proceeds going directly to SAGA.

Flashbacks: San Pedro High Volunteer Teacher Visits Island After 35 Years
There is one thing Former principal of San Pedro High has done very well and it is to knock at doors of opportunity. This “seeking for assistance” has connected San Pedro High to: British Embassy, Embassy of Germany, Peace Corps International, Lions Clubs International, Optimist International, Al Felly of Madison, Wisconsin, Goshen University, Nelson County, Virginia, and Lord Michael Ashcraft. One such outstanding volunteer is Debbie Fedderke, a student of Goshen University in the 1970’s who spent time teaching in San Pedro High. Goshen University students were required to spend time in a foreign county and participate in a cultural exchange experience. Debbie enriched the lives of our students and left footprints never to be forgotten. A few days ago Debbie was in San Pedro visiting with friends and visited our office to reminisce her formidable experiences; she could not get over the idea that her best female athlete, Elsa Paz, turned out to become Mayor of San Pedro. It was nice meeting you, Debbie, and you certainly do have good reasons to call SanPedranos your friends.

Caye Caulker Ocean Academy Up for UNICEF Sponsored Award
Caye Caulker Ocean Academy's Aquatic Tourism Program has been shortlisted for the prestigious Beyond Sports 2014 Awards in the category Sport for Education (sponsored by UNICEF). Beyond Sport is an international organization whose mandate is to “promote, develop and support the use of sport to drive positive social change across the world,” and these awards highlight the most innovative, standout case studies in sport and development each year. Ocean Academy's Aquatic Tourism Program was selected from 350 entries spanning 70 countries, and is one of only three projects shortlisted in the Sport for Education category. Ocean Academy was founded in 2008 as Caye Caulker’s only high school. In addition to traditional high-school subjects, the school’s innovative Aquatic Tourism Program matches students with mentors and entrepreneurial opportunities in the tourism industry on the island, allowing them to receive financial credits as well as learn the necessary skills for working in this field after graduation. It highlights the positive impact that location-based learning can have on a student’s future employment possibilities and his or her likelihood to remain in school.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

NORTH ROAD UPDATE Ambergris Caye:
Here are some pictures on the progress of the paving of the road on North, Ambergris Caye. The paving is already approaching Grand Caribe Belize. Some sections are being paved already like in front of Reef Village and the right off the north side of the bridge.

It’s not Summer but 3 Females are Missing
20-year-old Ashanti Diamond of 73 Taylor’s Alley in Belize City was reported missing on October 21st. She was last seen at 3:00 p.m. on Albert Street. She is 5 feet 3 inches tall, has a scar on her back, and has a tattoo on her left shoulder of a vine. She was lastly seen wearing a sleeveless yellow blouse, a blue short pants and a pair of pink Old Navy brand slippers.If seen, please contact 0800-2929-688 or contact the nearest Police Station. 16-year-old Kenisha Oshon of 123 Mahogany Street in Belize City was reported as runaway on Friday, October 17th by her mother. She was last seen on the 16th at 2:00 a.m. while she was still at home. Oshon is 4 feet, 8 inches tall. She was last seen wearing a short yellow dress and a pair of pink slippers. If seen, please contact 0800-2929-688 or contact the nearest Police Station. 13 year old Corozal resident Jeannie Alvarez is also missing. According to her mother, Ponseda Hill, on Monday October 20th Jeannie left home to visit her father’s house on 5th Avenue in Corozal Town. She has not returned home. No photo of the missing teen has been provided.

Destruction of Harvest Caye by NCL
Aerial photos from 21st October 2014. An update on what's happening at Harvest Caye, just 3 miles offshore from Placencia. The dredging photos were taken 11th October 2014. A huge suction tube is removing the sediment and dumping it on the mainland.

Sunday morning canoeing
SUCH a Blessed Sunday. God is good God is great. I give thanks to the Almighty for his creation. I started my Sunday morning canoeing on the River From Belama Phase I to Halouver Bridge, Belize City. The mangroves were magnificent... boy we need to protect them. Imagine a Belama Mangrove Canopy Reserve.... Mangroves are so essential to our cycle of life and we keep cutting them down without consideration of their contribution to our fishlike, coastlines protection and home to many birds. Of course they are filters for our water and prevent erosion. What you say my people... do we preserve the natural beauty of our country? God bless you all this Sunday.

Field Inspection Sweep and issue land leases to residents of Corozal.
Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega and Minister Hugo Patt and other Ministry of Natural Resources & Agriculture officials hold Field Inspection Sweep and issue land leases to residents of Corozal.

Power interruption, 8:00am to 2:00pm, Sunday, October 26
Entire Orange Walk District. BEL to repair and replace equipment at Orange Walk Substation, replace poles and complete upgrades on Orange Walk distribution system.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Week of October 12th – October 18th, 2014
Although the week was fairly cloudy the site fishermen did surprisingly well searching for nervous water, tails or rolling fish.

Ebola Update 1 - Ministry of Health Conducts Activities for the Possible Entry of Ebola
The Ministry of Health continues to conduct multiple activities associated with the global threat of Ebola.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
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 General Manager, Trade & Investment Development Division. ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: I. Strategic Management A. Strategic Planning 1. Liaise and collaborate with the other division of the organization and with other government agencies and departments to ensure organizational synergies, maximize resource management, and keep in line with the overall organization direction, vision and mission.

Fraudulent SMS
BTL shares with you our customer alert on the recent fraudulent SMS being sent to our DigiCell customers. Call us at 119 to report any suspicious number sending a text message to you.

Power interruptions scheduled for portion of the Stann Creek District and entire Toledo District as follows
•Thursday, October 23: 7:00am to 7:45am and 5:00pm to 5:45pm •Friday, October 24: 7:00am to 7:45am and 5:00pm to 5:45pm Affected areas include the entire Placencia Peninsula, Independence Village and surrounding areas and entire Toledo District. BEL to perform maintenance on portion of transmission line which supplies power to Stann Creek and Toledo Districts.

Channel 7

Cruise Ships Balk At New Ebola Screening, Threaten Mass Cancellations
Last week Friday, Belize’s Ministry of Immigration announced new stringent measures for Ebola screening at two major entry points: the Phillip Goldson International Airport and the Belize Harbor where cruise ships come in. The Cruise Ship health screening protocol seemed problematic from the jump – if only because of the sheer volume of cruise visitors who come to shore on cruise ship day and the tight schedule they are on. Imagine having to screen thousands of cruise ship passengers in a very short period of time. On Monday, it was – to put it mildly – problematic, and that caused alarm with the major cruise lines – who threatened to pull scheduled cruises fast and furious. The press asked the Tourism Minister about it today:…. Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism "When these type of activity happen, as a government we have to be extremely cautious. The tourism industry is a very sensitive industry and it's the bread and butter of many destinations. There was some measures that was taken, but the cruise lines are a business entity and they want to make sure the passengers are safe onboard. There was majors, one particularly with the passports that was taken, we are revisiting that particular one. And I believe that indeed, we're suppose to do so because for these people, this is not the first point of entrance, Belize is not the first destination. The go to Honduras, then Mexico, then finally Belize, so we're looking at that and I hope by this evening we will have a concrete idea as to how we will move forward in that direction."

Four Possible Cases of Chikungunya In Belmopan
And while every effort is being made to keep Ebola out of Belize – the experts say that with Chikungunya – it’s just a matter of time before it reaches in Belize. And that time may be up. Tonight, the Ministry of Health is awaiting the result of a blood test which should come back tomorrow. That will tell them whether a resident of Las Flores has the virus that is called “Chik-V” for short. Today, the Vector Control Chief told us that she tested positive in Belmopan at a private clinic with a rapid test – but one that is inconclusive: Kim Bautista, Chief of Operation, Vector Control “She tested positive with a rapid test. When that was reported to us, what we did was take a blood sample and we have it at the central lab in Belize and we're going to running a test on that. The sample sits over night and it goes through a process that takes 24 hours before you before you get back confirmations. We’re also going to be sending her sample and a relative's sample, who tested negative at the same private lab, but she had dengue like symptoms. So we decided to take blood from both of them and we will get confirmation on that for you.”

Minister of Health Firming Up Plans For Ebola Screening At PGIA
So far tonight we’ve discussed the two emerging health threats that are out there Chikungunya and Ebola and told you what authorities are doing about them. But, there’s more – especially for Ebola. Two isolation facilities have been set up at the Philip Goldson International Airport. Apart from this, Public health screeners are activating Point of Entry Screening for passenger. The Ministry has also developed a Health Alert notice card, a passenger location card, and a fact sheet on Ebola to keep track of passenger information and movement patterns.

Man Drops Robbery Charge; Admits He Got Paid
22 year-old Lloyd Leslie Jr., who was charged with 2 counts of robbery, and 1 count of grievous harm, is a free man after his accuser went to court withdrawing the complaint. That kind of thing happens all the time, but this one took a turn: under questioning from the magistrate, the accuser admitted that he was paid to drop the charges. The incident occurred on the evening of April 16, 2012, where 21 year-old Anthony Pollard told police that he and a female friend were walking home from school when they were approached by 2 men, one of them armed. He pointed it at them and demanded that they hand over all their belongings. Pollard said that while they were gathering their valuables to hand over, a police mobile was approaching. That distracted the thieved and Pollard took it as an opportunity to kick the gunman in his backside. The gunman then pistol whipped him, and shot him in the back when he attempted to run away. Before the police mobile got close enough, both men ran off and escaped.

Peeping Tom's Jail Time Increased
38 year-old Angel Dorado, who was sentenced to 6 months in prison about 3 weeks ago, got more bad news today when he was informed that his jail time will increase to 2 years. That was the sentence that the Chief Magistrate handed down today after she found him guilty of punching out a man, breaking his jawbone. The incident happened on September 18, 2013 at Sunset Park at mile 8 on the Western Highway. Paul McCord testified that he was on his way home when he saw Dorado throw something in the bushes near his house. He said that when he retrieved it, he realised that it was a bag containing weed. McCord intended to hand it over to a police officer who was on the other side of the highway, but Dorado realised what he was doing, and snatched the weed from his back pocket. McCord says that he tried to get it back and that's when Dorado punched him in the face, fracturing his cheekbone. McCord was examined by a doctor who classified the injury as harm, and that's what police charged Dorado with.

Hundreds of Guatemalan Students Attend Cayo Schools
When it comes to border towns you can get to without too much hassle: there’s the high living of Chetumal to the north and then there’s the cheap products of Melchor De Mencos to the west. But, say what you want about Melchor – crossing that border is a breeze compared to the strict, militarized crossing you now find in Chetumal. And that’s because, despite the unfounded Guatemalan claim and the whole “Belice es nuestro” delusion – the residents of Belize’s western towns have learned over the years how to get along very well with their Guatemalan neighbors. So much so that hundreds of Guatemalan students choose to go to school in Belize – from pre-school right up to sixth form. Yesterday Courtney Weatherburne travelled west to find out why they do it:… Courtney Weatherburne Reporting… Belize and Guatemala may be going through a difficult patch as neighbours. But while there is unease between Guatemala City and Belmopan, on the ground, the true state of relations between these neighbouring countries is being proven daily by the hundreds of Guatemalan School Children who cross the border from Melchor to Benque Viejo to attend school in Belize.

The Endless Saga: Ashcroft Alliance Vs. GOB In Court
4 weeks ago, we told you how the Ashcroft Allied Belize International Services Limited won the first court battle against the Government of Belize. They were able to convince Justice Shona Griffith that the Commissioner of Income Tax arbitrarily assessed BISL for 30 million dollars in back taxes that they didn’t owe. Justice Shona Griffith agreed and struck down that assessment. Well, today, the Government of Belize went on a pre-emptive strike to get BSIL’s full claim thrown out. The real fight, which is pending, is whether or not Government acted lawfully when they assumed control of the registries. That case is before Justice Michelle Arana, and a preliminary hearing came up because Government attorney Denys Barrow wants it struck out. As we've told you, BISL is claiming 60 million US dollars as an award of damages because according to them if the court rules that the government acquisition is unlawful – that’s what they are entitled to. The company's position is that they had a registry management services agreement which gave them control over the registries up until 2020, but the Government broke that contract and violated their constitutional rights.

Hon. J. Espat Writes Auditor General
Yesterday PUP Deputy Leader and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Julius Espat told us that the Auditor General had let him down when she wrote to him saying that she would not investigate the Petrocaribe loan motion while it was before the House of Representatives. She said it would be premature. Well, now Espat has formally written back to her saying that even if the motion – once adopted - will have the force of law and can authorize the borrowing, he says it can’t give the authority to spend the loan proceeds which have already been spent. So Espat advises, her investigation would not be premature, instead, he says it would be late. He closes by saying, quote, “This matter simply cannot…be side-stepped but must be confronted squarely. It would be a complete abdication of responsibility, by both your office and mine, to sit and watch over two hundred million dollars in public funds expended in an unlawful manner and without the requisite level of transparency or accountability.”

Drug Crackdown In San Pedro
There were several drug busts yesterday between dawn and mid afternoon in San Pedro. The raids were carried out by island police and the GSU. Near the residence of a known drug dealer in San Pedrito police found a black plastic bag of 179 grams or 6.3 ounces of suspected cannabis, a small white and orange container with 127 grams of suspected cannabis or 4.4. ounces and another plastic bag with 14 grams – or half an ounce. All were labeled as found property. Again in San Pedrito, Police found another half an ounce in a plastic bag in a open lot. That was also labeled as found property. The police searched the home of 35 year old Pablo and 39 year old Claudio Barbosa in San Pedrito and found a plastic bag with less than an ounce of Crack cocaine.

A New Brand For Belizean Products
Tourists visiting Belize are always looking to pick up trinkets, curious – or what we locally would call arts and crafts. But, too often, those products which are emblazoned with the word Belize on it can be made in China, or worse, Guatemala. The project called “Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archeological Sites” is trying to change that by creating a Belizean umbrella brand for genuine, locally produced crafts that have high standard and legit indigenous credentials. It’s called the Unique Belize brand and it was launched this morning at the Princess Hotel. The organizer of the initiative explains that the artwork has to meet three criteria which he outlined: Geraldo Flowers - Project Coordinator "You see here today is a culmination of, I would say 6 to 8 months of work, training and mentorship for artisans, particularly artisans who come from communities around archeological sites. These are primarily rural artisans, they represent regions from all over the country and they are here today to present their products, their prototypes; And to display the type of wonderful products Belizeans, truly authentic Belizeans can create as artists and can sell in Belize, the region and around the world.

Neighborhood Pleads With City Hall
Lately, city residents have had to deal with a lot of irregular flooding and many blame the new cement streets - most of which were built without drainage. But those living on JC Street in the Port Loyola area say their flooding predates those new streets – and exceeds all tolerable limits for civil living. Today 7news visited the area. Kirk Yard, Resident of JC Street "As you could see behind me, that you have a water situation and it's been over 5 years that we've had this situation. I went to see the mayor about it, I talked to the city engineer; I brought it to all their attention and so far nothing done. You can see that we don't even have walking space, we have to use the edge of people's yard and fence to reach. Even the children have to walk in the water, so I make it an appeal to those who are hearing to please try to assist us, put some kind of material in the street, please; Not just for me, but for everyone and the traffic on the street. Sometimes the water last 2 months. As you can see we don't even have drains, no drains on the side of the street and that's kind of hard. The water can't run off and right behind is is Jane Usher and that street is paved, so what about this? We are one set of people living in an environment, one area so it's suppose to one straight across the table. Fix the streets, we are tax payers. We call it our personal swimming pools, there are 4 that way and there is one that way, so there is no real entrance for people to go in or come out, it's all water.”

Channel 5

No Confirmed Cases of Chik-V in Belize…Not Yet!
Facing the threat of the dread Ebola, the nation went on high alert, which is a polite way of saying we panicked. There’s no threat from that particular source any [...]

Vector Control Unit Resources in Action
Dengue has been identified in certain communities across the country, and that is where the Vector Control Unit pumps its resources. Like in Las Flores, for example, the team collects [...]

P.U.P. Leader Says Mahmud’s Resignation Has Been Accepted
We reported on Tuesday night that People’s United Party Cayo North Area Representative Joseph Mahmud will not be contesting his seat in the 2017 general elections.  The announcement was made [...]

Fonseca Supports Stance of PM Barrow on Ebola Scare
Last Friday, U.S. Department of State’s Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that they are disappointed in Belize’s decision to turn down a request to have a lab [...]

B.D.F. Reports Frequent Confrontations with Guatemalans
Along the western and southern borders for some time now, B.D.F. soldiers are deployed to deter encroachments, illegal logging and xaté harvesting, as well as gold panning and the cultivation [...]

Tourism Minister Says Cruise Protocols Being Reviewed
Following the Ebola scare last week, several measures were put in place before passengers of cruise ships are disembarked to come on land. The new protocols such as screening of [...]

BISL and G.O.B. Back in Court
Belize International Services Limited, the parent company of the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize and the International Business Companies Registry, won the first round of a protracted legal battle [...]

BISL Seeks US$60 Million in Lost Profits
Among damages being sought is sixty million U.S. dollars, profits BISL claims it would have earned over the remainder of the seven-year contract.  Senior Counsel Denys Barrow says that there [...]

P.U.P. Says G.O.B. Acted Illegally
Under the Petrocaribe initiative, the government has gotten access to hundreds of millions of dollars from Venezuela – two hundred and twenty-eight million to be exact. That very concessionary loan [...]

P.U.P. Seeks Legal Advice on Taking G.O.B. to Court
But with all that said…is there anything that can be done? According to Espat there are two options, and the National Executive of the P.U.P. has given the go ahead [...]

Belize Prepares for Ebola
With the news that the health worker aboard the Carnival Magic had tested negative for Ebola, the threat to Belize was gone. But it was a wake-up call, sent home [...]

Manuel Heredia Says G.O.B.’s Decision Will Not Affect Tourism
As you heard earlier in the newscast, the Leader of the Opposition, Francis Fonseca he supports the decision taken by the prime minister not to allow a cruise ship passenger [...]

Lloyd Leslie Jr. Apologizes and Walks Free
  In April 2012, a Wesley College Junior College student was the victim of an attempted robbery as he and a female friend were heading home from school.  Anthony Mark [...]

Mega-Million Cruise Port Construction Underway
Remember Norwegian Cruise Line and their mega-tourism project on Harvest Caye. Well, the last time we heard, the government sub-committee that was set up to deal with the project had [...]

Local Artwork Exhibition At the Ramada Princess
Distinctive Belizean art pieces are often lost among the wide array of products from the region. Ongoing at the Ramada Belize City Princes, is an exhibition of locally made artwork [...]

Belize Training & Employment Centre Prepares Belizeans for Work
  The number of call centers is growing in Belize creating employment to just under three thousand Belizeans. This week, the Belize Training and Employment Center is preparing individuals to [...]

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Proper Practices On Brushing Your Teeth
Yesterday we reported on the opening of Dental Week in health regions across Belize and while we sat down with Dental Surgeon at the Northern Regional Hospital, Dr. Francisco Casteneda, we were informed on proper practices of brushing your teeth. It’s something we all learned as kids, and we do it twice (or more) a day. So when that time comes to brush our teeth, surely we’re not making any mistakes…..or are we? Actually, dental health experts like Dr. Casteneda say that improper brushing technique is more common than most people realize. And the result is that healthy teeth are not as common as they should be. DR. Francisco Casteneda – Dental Surgeon, NRH “Always have soft bristle, tooth brush and small amount of tooth paste and we start from the right side of the mouth and then on the outside of the mouth and we go from top to bottom, all around the mouth and then go to the bottom part up to the top of the gum if you noticed we go from the gum to the top part of the molar so that we do not get the food get stuck inside the gum...

Logging Season Officially Opened
The Logging season was officially declared opened today by the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development. Loggers are advised that a valid logging license is required for the harvesting of trees from October 15th to June 15th, 2015. A release from the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development states that quote, “All forest department district offices will be engaged in assessing legally harvested forest produce during this period. All persons involved in the timber and related industries are hereby reminded that all conditions regimenting the harvesting and transporting of forest produce apply and our staff will be monitoring the public roads for compliance,” end quote. For more information on this regulations and restrictions contact the Orange Walk Forest Office at 302-2208.

What Corozalenos Know About Ebola
As news spread on Thursday October 16th that a Dallas Health Care Worker possibly infected with the Ebola virus was on board the Carnival Magic Cruise Ship anchored in Belizean waters, the social media went into overdrive and Belizeans fared the worst. The news made headlines the following day and prompted government to call a press conference where the nation was informed that the woman exhibiting the symptoms did not come ashore. That calmed the waters but the subject of Ebola is still subject of much discussion as other parts of the world do all in their power to combat the deadly virus which has claimed one life in the United States and many in several parts of Africa.

Another Drug Bust Made In Corozal
Yesterday we told you about the several drug bust made by Corozal Police over the weekend and there is one more to add to the list. On Sunday October 19th between 4:00am and 5:40am, Corozal Police Quick Response Team and Special Branch conducted an antidrug operation one mile north-east of San Antonio Village, Corozal District which led to the discovery of a small hut which contained about 15 pounds of processed cannabis. Approximately five hundred yards from the hut, a partially harvested marijuana field was found measuring approximately 25feet in width and about 150 feet in length. The marijuana field contained five hundred and sixty mature marijuana plants which ranged from two feet to four feet in height. No one was found in the area and all plants were uprooted and destroyed by fire.

Guatemala Identifies Drug Routes Belize Included
The electronic edition of the Prensa Libre in Guatemala published an article today stating that at least ten land routes of drug trafficking in Guatemala have been detected by the authorities, nine of them coming from Belize to Mexico, the Caribbean, Honduras and El Salvador. The map of the National Crime and Violence Index 2013, color codes the level of criminal acts in municipalities within Guatemala and shows the route for narcotics that are northbound with black lines. According to the report, half of the routes used by drug traffickers reach Izabel, while three pass through Peten, Alta Verapaz, Zacapa, Escuintla, Su-chi-te-pequez, Reta-guleu, Quet-zal-tenango and San Marcos.

Mark Flowers Denies Allegations Of Human Trafficking
Last week the US Embassy sponsored a workshop to tackle the booming Trafficking in Persons issue in Belize. The workshop was facilitated by a group from North Carolina called Eagles Wings Ministries who delved on topics from prostitution, human trafficking and exploitation of woman and children. And while authorities seem to place a ‘blind eye’ on the issue of ‘happy bars’ in municipalities around Belize, one such authority figure finds himself in the spotlight again. The highly criticized Commander of the GSU Mark Flowers remains in the hot seat as a letter being circulated on social media pins Flowers on allegations of “attempted smuggling of illegal immigrants.” The letter, written by Immigration Officer Ruby Hoare and directed to Officer In Charge Sharon Frazer, outlines an incident that occurred on May 31st in 2009. The letter states that around 11:00am on the 31st of May 2009, Officer Hoare was informed by Officers Elick Chan and Teresita Kotch who were working on the arrival section of four persons acting suspiciously. According to the report, two of the individuals, who appeared to be Mennonites, proceeded to the Belize Border and passed the check point while the others walked towards a brown wagon type car in which they placed their luggage, got in the vehicle and drove off towards the border.

American National Robbed In San Pedro
Tonight, an American National is crying foul to authorities in San Pedro Town as he was a victim of burglary. The 26 year old American National, who resides in the San Pablo area of San Pedro Town, told authorities that on October 14th someone burglarized her home and stole her grey LENLX brand camera bag which contained: one black Nikon brand camera valued at $4,000.00USD, one vintage PENTAX K1000 brand camera valued at $350.00USD and extra attachable camera lens valued at $400.00USD and an assortment of memory cards valued at $300.00USD. Total value of items stolen amounted to $5,050.00USD. The investigation continues.

Family Of Leslie Logan Says Cops Covering Up His Murder
The family of Leslie Logan Junior, the man who was killed during a robbery at "Hung Ya" store in Orange Walk spoke to the media and said that authorities are not handling the investigations properly claiming there has been a cover up of the case. Logan’s father asked his attorney Audrey Matura to call the press conference because he is unsatisfied with the investigation or lack thereof by the police into the case who have breached his constitutional rights. He started saying that he condemns his son’s action but that he should have been dealt with accordingly. To start with, the pathologist did not perform the autopsy. Logan “I must to you right now that and then after serving for 37 years I condemn this act, I am sad of the act how crime and criminals, I don’t condone it at all and he should have been punished for that crime according to law. I think that it doesn’t make one wrong and another wrong and make it a right, the legal justice system should have allowed to take its course and that is what they have taken away from us, the legal justice system was not given a chance to take its course.”

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BSI And BSCFA Plans For The Starting of The Sugar Cane Crop Season
BSI and BSCFA representatives are meeting with Sugar Cane Production Committee in Orange Walk to plan for the start of the sugar cane crop season at the end of November. Arturo Cantún reports. “Sugar Correspondent” “The beginning of the sugar cane crop delivery season is roughly five weeks away. Besides the uncertain future in the industry when it comes to signing a new commercial agreement, cane farmers and the sugar mill are looking at the produce in the fields to trace a plan for a successful harvest. For the last crop season, farmers delivered approximately 1.2 million tons of cane and this year the industry wants to match that amount. The problem with achieving this projection is the fact that not all cane might be ready for harvesting due to a late start of the last crop season. Alfredo Ortega of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association explains.” “Alfredo Ortega” “We have varieties like the BBC and the B79 that are early varieties that mature in the vicinity of eleven months so we believe that yes there would be a little downfall in regards to quality depending on the weather. If we enjoy a weather that we will be having sunshine then the downfall of it will be very minimal so farmers would need to really take into account this situation and to do what is needed to be done at the farm level in regards to harvesting so that they can reduce the incident of any problems with quality cane delivered to the mill.”

Ministry of Health Active Measure to Prevent Chikungunya
Last night, reports coming out of Cayo was that one person tested positive for Chikungunya- viral disease transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes such as Aedes aegypti. The disease causes similar symptoms to that of dengue but accompanied by affecting multiple joints. Chikungunya does not often result in death, but the joint pain may last for months or years and may become a cause of chronic pain and disability. CHik-V has been reported in several Caribbean and Central American Countries. So today we contacted the Chief of Operations for Vector Control in the Ministry of Health, Kim Bautista, for confirmation on the reports. Bautista told Love News, that they have no official confirmation of Chik V in Belize. However, in Las Flores, Belmopan, blood samples from four individual suspected to have the virus have been sent for testing. “Voice 1″ “Jamaica has been having a significant problem with Chikungunya and so has Suriname and actually had to declare emergencies in both of those sovereign nations. I am happy to confirm that in Belize we do not have any confirmed cases yet and there are none confirmed in Benque. We are aware that there are some reports of cases and we do have a concern about a test that some in the private sector are using, a rapid test for Chikungunya because it is not very sensitive and it is not very specific for the Chikungunya pathogen.

Dental Health Week
This week is being observed as Dental Health week and yesterday we told you about the treat teachers are being given via the public health sector under the Ministry of Health as part of the celebration. Once the time being devoted to teachers passes on Wednesday, the dental services offered to the general public will resume at a minimal cost at various public health clinics countrywide. Love News spoke to Dr. Rafael Samos, the senior dental officer at the Ministry of Health, who told us about the services provided via the dental clinic to the general public. “Voice 1″ “The public sector was in the past offering only extractions, but we have moved from that. It has come now where we do fillings, cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments, in fact we have a fluoride campaign going on for kids. Of course, it is based on the availability of materials. “ “Rene” “If I come to the public health department for some sort of dental service, what money am I looking at to pay?”

Aedes aegypti mosquito, Vector for Dengue
Like Chikungunya, Dengue is also spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Chief Operations for Vector Control in the Minister of Health, Kim Bautista says that this time around, the number of clinically diagnosed persons with dengue is similar compared to last year with more than three hundred cases. These cases are concentrated in Belize City, specifically on the Southside. Kim Bautista “Chief Operations for Vector Control” “We are also seeing cases in the Corozal district specifically in the Corozal town. Areas in Corozal town such as Hall’s Layout, Joseito, San Antonio. We have cases coming out of Concepsion and Calcutta as well. Out west it is again Los Flores and specific areas in Benque Viejo. So the cases aren’t too much in terms of the figures, it doesn’t differ too much from last year but the cases are very focal in certain areas. The last report we had, we had 460 persons country wide being confirmed by the lab at the various labs that report to us both public and private. We have also clinically diagnosed some 354 persons as well with dengue so I believe that as the year is winding down and the weather is starting to change we should see a significant decline in terms of dengue cases. The cases tend to reduce drastically when we enter into November and there is a whole change in the weather.”

Cayo District Supports Cancer Walk
A cancer walk is being planned to take place this weekend in San Ignacio. Correspondent, Elaine Berry, tells us more. “Elaine” “San Ignacio branch annual cancer walk will be taking place on Saturday October 26th commencing at 5AM. Claire Usher, President of the San Ignacio branch, spoke to Love News about the walk and other activities.” “Claire” “Our biggest activity of the year is our cancer walk, so we are holding that walk this Saturday the 26th of October. Its going to be starting at 5AM from Running W fine meats and ending at the ending of the Macal River park. Guerra’s bus services, form Benque Viejo, has graciously offered their help for us on Saturday. They will begin picking up people at 4AM in Benque Viejo at the Becol Park in Succotz at the bridge bus stop. In San Ignacio, at Cayo bus stop in front of Sacred Heart College in front of the Police Station. In Santa Elena, in front of Public Work.

PlusTV

Shooting near Guatemalan Border
Police in Benque Viejo are investigating a shooting incident near the Guatemalan border, that left one Guatemalan National, Cesar Rodriguez, receiving treatment at the San Ignacio Hospital and another likely dead. According to Police, at around 9 o clock on Sunday evening they received reports of sh...

Does Belize have its first case of Chinkungunya?
Does Belize have its first case of Chikungunya?  Information coming to PlusNews from several reliable sources strongly indicate that the first case in Belize may be in the capital City of Belmopan. The Ministry of Health has issued no official release on the matter, but credible sources say that a ...

5 year boy old sexually assaulted by uncle
There is a very disturbing report coming from the Southern District of Toledo, where it is alleged that a 5 year old boy was sexually assaulted by the next door neighbour. According to police reports, a grandmother of Independence Village took her 5 year old grandson to the Independence Police Stati...

FIU goes after companies in U.S. scam
The saga of Titan International Securities and its related partners has been ongoing in the courts of Belize for a few months now, but before Tuesday it had centered on the fate of Bahamian executives for Titan, Kelvin Leach and Rohn Knowles, who made bail after being picked up on unrelated charges.

Dangriga Market finally completed
After many delays, the much anticipated Dangriga Town Market is finally completed. The Dangriga Market Project was launched in May 2012, under the Belize Municipal Development Project that is being implemented by the Social Investment Fund (SIF). If you can remember in 2013, when the project was ori...

New City Administrator for Capital City
The Belmopan City Council has a new City Administrator and he is not an unfamiliar face. In August, Angela Wade, the former City Administrator, tendered her resignation due to health complications. Plus News has since been informed that Dr...

Man charged with murder of Lloyd Augustus
24-year-old Sherman Rodney has officially been charged with the murder of Lloyd Augustus, who was badly beaten in April and died as a result of those injuries some two months later. In April, 35 year-old Lloyd Augustus was allegedly badly beaten by Sherman Rodney, while he was at his house on Doris...

Attempted murder charges dismissed after alleged victims back out
Ellis Meighan Jr and Malik Dixon, who accused two young men of attempting to kill them last year, now say they are not willing to continue with the case against Jeon Peebles and Akeem Smith for attempted murder. Upon communicating this to Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer in Magistrate’s Court Tuesday...

Jack Charles runs afoul of Social Security
The Social Security Board oversees the paying out of benefits from a general pool to persons affected by various conditions which make them unable to work. Typically, employers must register themselves with the Board for each employee they hire. But the owner of Xtra House enterprises, Jitendra Chaw...

Fire in Blackman Eddy destroys house
A wooden structure in the Village of Blackman Eddy, Cayo District, was gutted by an afternoon fire on Tuesday. Reports are that 54 year old Rudolph Chavez left his house sometime before 12 noon, and went to a nearby residence in the same village...

Mother charged for burning son’s hand on stove
Thirty-two year old Odette Lambey, a sales clerk who allegedly lit her stove and put the hand of her 6 year old son in the fire, was charged with grievous harm when she appeared on Tuesday before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Odette Lambey was released on a bail of $500...

FCD Telethon Successful
Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) held a telethon on Saturday at the Memorial Park in Belize City. Their objective was to raise half a million dollars to fund the expansion of its Park Ranger Program. The Friends for Conservation and Development is a non-profit, non-governmental organiz...

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Paul Nabor passes away
News has been received of the death of Paranda artist, 86 year old Paul Nabor. Reports received say that the legendary performer passed away this evening. Nabor had been ailing for an extended period. In January of this year, he was hospitalized with pneumonia and at that […]

Tropical Depression 9 approaches from the west
Proving the unpredictability of tropical cyclones, Tropical Depression 9 has failed to develop into a named storm as forecasters expected as it continues to move slowly towards the Mexican state of Campeche. What’s certain however, is that whether or not the system develops into a named storm, […]

Complainant asks for apology from robber/shooter
Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer dismissed charges of 2 counts of robbery and one count of grievous harm against 22 year old Lloyd Leslie Jr. today after his accusers declined to move forward with the case. The second complainant was not in court to testify, but the first did. […]

Tourism Ministry launches brand for Belizean artisans
As part of the Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archaeological Sites project, the Government, Ministry of Tourism, Belize Tourism Board and NICH collaborated to develop a standardized, certified brand for products from artisans working at or near to nine archaeological sites ranging from Blue Creek and Altun […]

Repeat offender given 2 years for wounding
34 year old Angel Dorado is serving a six month sentence for committing a mischievous act and also faces charges of belonging to a criminal gang. Now a sentence of 2 years’ imprisonment was given him on a wounding charge. Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith handed down the sentence […]

Road improvement project continues in Corozal town
After weeks of inconveniences, the motoring public in Corozal is now getting some relief. Road construction at the entrance to Corozal town is progressing on schedule and has seen major improvements to the area already. The portion of the road that is being repaired is now […]

Maya Expo to take place in Belmopan
The Maya Leaders Alliance is finalizing preparations for the first Maya Expo scheduled for this weekend in Belmopan. The event is being sponsored by the Venezuelan embassy and will take place on Saturday, October 25. Participants from all over Belize are expected to travel to Belmopan to showcase […]

GOB and Carnival to meet over cruise tourism precautions
Last week the Ministries of Immigration and Health put together several safety precautions for visiting cruise ships in the wake of the near-scare over a lab technician thought to be carrying the Ebola virus aboard the Carnival Magic cruise ship. Local authorities refused the U.S. permission to evacuate […]

FIU goes after companies in U.S. scam
The saga of Titan International Securities and its related partners has been ongoing in the courts of Belize for a few months now. Prior to yesterday much of it had centered on the fate of Bahamian executives for Titan Kelvin Leach and Rohn Knowles who made bail after being picked up on unrelated charges. At the heart of the case is an allegation of fraud against the U.S. Government in the State of New York to the tune of $1 billion, and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), which deals with financial and cyber crimes, has been tasked to go after the assets of those involved. On Tuesday there was an inter-parties hearing before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin in chambers at the Supreme Court.

Blogs

Belize’s Kardashian Does Central America Episode 5! The Surf Towns Of Central America’s Pacific Coast
We left young Kardashian (he is almost exactly one year younger than his big sis, Khloe) in what I am deeming the MOST fabulous part of his trip (we will see what he has to say about that) – Nicaragua! Good-bye volcanoes… …and hello San Juan Del Sur. A place that is become a popular tourist spot for surfing. Here’s Finn. So I’m in San Juan del SUR…A mini version of RIO DE JANEIRO. Just a little bit smaller and no one in Thongs and plastic surgery bums. A little different from all the other nicaraguan towns we’ve been to. Now backpacking alone since my German brothers decided to stay and tour a volcano a extra day is not so cool. I really don’t need to see a VOLCANO for a next decade.

The Heroes of the Belize Chiquibul Forest Fight On
Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), an NGO with a special focus on protecting the Chiquibul, has been a major player in this area and maintains the all-important Park Rangers Program – Belize’s first line of defence against poachers. And last week, Saturday October 18 2014, the FCD held a “Chiquibul Protection Telethon” that raised some $202,347 in pledges to keep rangers’ boots on the ground. With the generous support of sponsors, media houses, contributors and artists such as Jamaica’s Beanie Man, who pledged $1,000 of his own money, the telethon showed how concerned Belizeans are about protecting their environment. With the Government of Belize also kicking in an additional $120,000 to support five rangers, the efforts went a long way towards raising the $24,000 a year it takes recruiting, equipping and supporting each ranger. When you consider the hardships and danger of working in the rugged and remote terrain of the Chiquibul, $24,000 isn’t exactly what you’d call a king’s ransom. These dedicated heroes obviously aren’t in it for the money.

Simply Delicious Wild Mangos Restaurant
After spending a good part of Monday morning together, I was not surprised I ended up going out for dinner with Matt and Sara. I got a text from Matt not long after my my first my dinner date with tacoboy fell through due to him needing a rest between work and time with Pedro and Rob Kinnon :) We hashed out a few options and Wild Mangos Restaurant jumped to the top fast. It was pretty busy when we arrived, but we scored a great corner table. I knew instantly I was having Amy’s Chef Salad, Matt switched his order at the last minute after he saw the taco salad (something he had been craving) and Sara went with the arracherra. We all enjoyed our meals and Matt and Sara opted for dessert – banana chimichanga and coconut cream cake. I declined as I was still over sugared from $60 worth of chocolate and delicious homemade cake at Christian’s birthday party, but I did allow them to twist my arm for a little taste.

Top Ten Things to Do in Caye Caulker, Belize
A tranquil island paradise that is quickly making a name for itself as THE island for budget travel in the Caribbean. Everyone's do-to list will be a little different of course. Randi and I don't dive so we excluded visiting the Blue Hole for what we hear is an amazing diving experience. However, no matter what you like or dislike you should DEFINITELY try doing everything on this list at least once. Also, be sure to check out our guide on how to travel on a budget in Caye Caulker, Belize! In no particular order: Spend the day relaxing, swimming, and soaking up the sun at The Split with a 20 Belize ($10.00 USD) bucket of ice cold Belikin Beer. Do so on a weekday for smaller crowds. Or do it everyday! Snorkel the Hol Chan Marine Reserve with Raggamuffin Tours, and experience some of Belize's diverse marine life.

International Sourcesizz

Re: Which Foods are the Worst for the Environment?
“We see lakes disappearing, groundwater levels decline. Rivers are empty before they reach the sea, and many rivers are heavily polluted. Those problems relate to the fact that so much water is consumed and polluted for our daily consumer goods, particularly food.” That’s how Arjen Y. Hoekstra, a water management professor at University of Twente in the Netherlands, answered the question: Why do we care about how much water is needed to create the foods we eat? Hoekstra studies the human water footprint a great deal. He recently wrote the book The Water Footprint of Modern Consumer Society. He’s published a number of papers on the subject, including a recent one in the journal Science. And for the UNESCO Institute for Water Education, he and a colleague calculated the water footprint of many of the foods we eat. They looked at a food’s total water footprint in all parts of the supply chain. “The water footprint is measured by quantifying the volumes of water consumed or polluted, and that are therefore not available for other purposes,” he explained.

Weather Service stops receiving satellite data, issues notice about forecast quality
Since at least Tuesday, some satellite data – an important input to weather prediction models – has stopped flowing into the National Weather Service due to an apparent network outage. At 1 p.m. today, the National Weather Service’s National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) issued the following statement cautioning the outage could impact forecast quality: NCEP HAS NOT RECEIVED A FULL FEED OF SATELLITE DATA FOR INPUT INTO THE NUMERICAL MODELS SINCE 22/0000Z…POTENTIALLY IMPACTING THE MODEL FORECASTS.NESDIS AND NCEP ARE INVESTIGATING THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE ISSUE. ONCE THE SITUATION IS RESOLVED ANOTHER MESSAGE WILL FOLLOW. It is unclear if the data outage is only impacting the National Weather Service or whether it extends to other international modeling centers such as the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasting, home of the top-performing European model, and Environment Canada. Within the National Weather Service, the outage could affect the performance of National Weather Service’s Global Forecast System (GFS), North American (NAM), and HRRR (High-Resolution Rapid Refresh) models.

Kickstarting help for Belizean cocoa farmers
Just outside San Pedro Columbia, a traditional Q’eqchi Maya village in southern Belize, lie 120 acres of pristine jungle where lush rainforest vegetation has grown wildly, taking advantage of the fertile soil. In 1991, the Belize government leased this land to local subsistence farmers with the intention of developing industry through agriculture. However, with limited resources available to develop the land, the parcel holders have left it untouched. In the meantime, wild bananas, jungle plums, and cohune palms grew freely between mahogany, salmwood, and cedar trees. Earlier this year, Maya Mountain Cacao (MMC) began working in collaboration with the parcel holders’ families, the local village government and other key stakeholders to improve farmer livelihoods, grow the local blossoming cacao industry, and do it all in an environmentally and socially conscious way. MMC, in collaboration with these local leaders, is developing this land as an environmentally sustainable, certified organic, world-class cacao Demonstration Farm.

The Ultimate Honeymoon Destinations
For most people it's the most significant holiday of their life, a much-needed chance to relax and unwind after the stress of a wedding - but deciding on a honeymoon destination can be a challenging business. A quick Google search throws up the usual recommendations - the Maldives, the Seychelles, Hawaii, and a variety of Caribbean islands - but what if you are looking for an extra element to your honeymoon beyond staggering beachside beauty? For couples who love exploring the deep, Belize offers all the marine enchantments of the Caribbean islands but in a less expensive and touristy manner. Dense tropical forests cover much of the land, while offshore, clear azure shallows and cobalt depths blanket the immense Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which meanders nearly 200 miles along the coast. With countless inhabited mangrove-swathed islands for couples to utilize along the way, the swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities that Belize presents are unsurpassed. The chance to dive within the Great Blue Hole, the largest blue hole in the world, will be a huge draw for couples serious about diving. Sinking down into this haunting submerged abyss, gazing at bizarre, mesmerizing limestone formations and encountering all manner of marine life is something that you won't forget. There's plenty for couples to do on dry land too: adrenaline junkies can tube through ancient caves and zip line along the rainforest canopy, while those after a bit more culture can immerse themselves in the mystical Maya temples and multiple monuments at Xunanatunich.

The top 10 cities you just have to visit
Two North American metropolises are on the well-beaten path bracket Lonely Planet's Top 10 Cities list for 2015, one of an annual variety of best-of and trend-spotting rankings announced this week by the travel publisher, which also compiled them into the Best in 2015 book and travel planner ($14.99). Top 10 Regions 1. Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey 2. Rocky Mountain National Park, USA 3. The Toledo District, Belize

Tropic Air joins Sabre to expand commerce strategy with agencies
Sabre Corporation has signed a long-term technology and commerce agreement with Tropic Air, a regional airline that operates over 200 daily flights to 16 destinations in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. Tropic Air will also adopt Sabre’s connectivity standards and e-ticketing capabilities to deliver real-time pricing, seat availability, data and ticket changes for flights booked by Sabre-connected travel buyers. With this announcement the regional carrier joins the Sabre global travel marketplace for the first time, and will use its software and e-commerce capabilities to market and sell their airfares relying on unprecedented reach to world travellers. Sabre’s distribution technology will also contribute to improve Tropic Air’s commercial operations through instant booking confirmation and access to last-seat available inventory to business partners across channels, including agents, online agencies and corporate buyers. Steven Schulte, CEO for Tropic Air, said: “The agency channel will be thriving enhancement to our marketing efforts, while increasing our brand visibility within one of the most competitive marketplaces for air travel. We’ve chosen Sabre’s technology to accelerate our plans to put our products and services in front of the broadest global travel community, and build strategic partnerships that will create better service and revenue opportunities from our regional flights network.”

Videos

Video: Belize Video, 7min.
SFC Belize Trip 2014. Filmed on a Canon 60D with an 18-105mm lens and Rode VideoMic.

Video: SKIPPING TIME: SCUBA-CRUISE EDITION, 2min.
Who wants to watch a long, drawn-out video of someone else's vacation? Nobody. Instead, how about a seven day Caribbean cruise in 120 seconds? Yes please. Roatan, Honduras Belize City, Belize Cozumel, Quintanaroo MX

Video: A Short Guide to the Clubs, Bars and Pubs in Ambergris Caye Belize, 1.5min.
If you want to grab a cold drink, visit any of the clubs in Ambergris Caye Belize. You can find many of these blubs in Ambergris Caye Belize restaurants, resorts and shorelines. There is no shortage of places to grab a cold drink and hear a tall tale in Ambergris Caye. Most of the island’s pubs and bars are located along the shoreline and offer stunning views of the Caribbean Reef, while others are tucked into convenient locations throughout the island. There are those located on the lagoon side with unique views of the back cayes or San Pedro Town.

Video: Belize - Ambergris Caye - Portofino - 360 spherical video - Globe View, 1.3min.

Video: Belize 2014 Youth Missions, 2min.

Video: Belize,The Mayan Ruins of Lamanai and How to Make the Trip, 60min.
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Video: Harlem Shake - University of Belize, 3min.
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Video: Belize,The Mayan Ruins of Lamanai and How to Make the Trip, min.
Join me to river boat trip to see the Maya ruins in the Lamanai and then to go to the Chan Chich Resort in the middle of the jungle of Belize, awesome location. This movie describes how to see the Lamanai Ruins of the Mayans in the country of Belize when leaving from the city of San Padro which is on the island of Ambergris Caye. Lamanai means submerged crocodile in the Maya language and it's also the name of the third largest, and possibly most interesting, archeological site in Belize.

October 22, 2014


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The San Pedro Sun

Justice Christopher Blackman Sworn in as New Justice of Appeal
Justice Christopher Blackman was today sworn in as a new Justice of the Belize Court of Appeal by the Governor General, Sir Colville Young, at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. Witnessing the swearing-in ceremony was the Registrar General, Ms. Velda Flowers. Justice Blackman has a long and distinguished legal career. He was a Judge of the High Court of Barbados from 1996 to 2000 and again from 2003 to 2008. He also served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Belize from April 2001 to May 2003. In March 2008, he became a Justice of Appeal in the Bahamas. He is due to retire from the Court of Appeal of the Bahamas in December this year. Justice Blackman was first admitted as a Solicitor, Supreme Court of Barbados, in January 1970 and remained in private practice until 1996. Justice Blackman is 69 years of age and is of Barbadian nationality.

Telethon fundraiser for Chiquibul raises over $320K
“At any day, we at FCD have to decide if the rangers will have to go and conduct an activity to control the illegal gold panning, or the extraction of scarlet macaws, or the milpa incursions along the Western border… that is a decision that we have to do on a daily basis, because we don’t have the manpower in terms of providing them all across the landscape. So this is what has brought us now together…I want to welcome Belizeans all across the length and width of Belize to help and assist us in making this telethon a success.” Ricardo Manzanero’s opening remarks at the Telethon for Chiquibul spoke of the realities facing the seven rangers that are in charge of managing 285,937 acres of tropical jungle. To be able to patrol the rugged terrain and forest with a manpower of seven is impossible, and Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) joined forces with the media, SMART and Belize Telemedia Limited in hosting a day-long telethon with the intent to raise $500,000. The much-needed funding would ensure that more rangers and equipment can be put in place to care for Chiquibul forest, one of Belize’s most valuable regions.

Ambergris Today

25 Years Ago: Al Felly Commences the Yearbook For San Pedro High
Al Felly was no ordinary visitor to San Pedro. He was a professional florist of Madison Wisconsin, and like a regular tourist he loved fishing. However, he fell in love with the children of San Pedro, and when he became connected with them, he really got “hooked.” He visited with me back in 1972 when the school was just commencing. Since then both of us have retired, but the influence is still being felt and enjoyed in San Pedro. In this series we will get to see in how many fashions Al Felly touched the lives of hundreds of Sanpedranos. Today this is his favorite phrase: “I think back when it all started - love it.” One day Al said to me, “Angel, in the United States, all schools, especially colleges have what you call a Yearbook. It is an annual book with photos of students and life at school. Are you familiar with this and would you like to start one for San Pedro High?” “Of course I am familiar with a yearbook. I have a copy of The Mangrove, which is the yearbook for Saint John’s College where I attended. Of course I would love to have one for San Pedro High, but that is very costly,” I remarked to Felly as we sat at the beach of Holiday Hotel planning for his Farewell Hot Dog Party. We both were on the same channel.

Was Belize in the Right to Deny Ebola Health Worker Entry into Country?
Government of Belize Explains Decision on Cruise Ship Passenger and Imposes Travel Restrictions for West Africa – The Government of Belize took a decision on Thursday, October 16, 2014, not to facilitate a request from the US State Department to evacuate two passengers from a Carnival Cruise ship that docked in Belize that same morning. The main passenger of concern is an employee of the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who was listed as low risk for Ebola by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States. It was explained to the Belize Government that the CDC had updated its requirements from self-monitoring for these low risk persons to active monitoring and; out of an overabundance of caution, the United States wanted to transport that passenger along with her travelling companion in a private plane back to the United States. The US State Department reported that the passenger had been checking her temperature and checking for any other symptoms of the disease. There were no signs or symptoms reported. The doctors on the cruise ship confirmed this to be the case after conducting their own examination. Both the passenger and her travelling companion volunteered to self-quarantine on the ship.

BTB Gives $10,000 to FCD Park Ranger Program - $320,00 Raised
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce that on Saturday, October 18th, the organization donated ten thousand dollars ($10,000) to the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) Park Ranger Program, through its telethon. Over the weekend, the FCD held the telethon to raise much needed monies to fund twenty rangers at a cost of twenty four thousand dollars per ranger. BTB’s Director of Cruise and Regional Initiatives, Valdemar Andrade, said that, “the BTB is privileged to be a part of this step in the right direction. Every year, about ninety percent of the visitors to Belize visit at least one archaeological site or protected area, and it is important for us that action be taken in order to preserve our natural assets for future generations of Belizeans, as well as for visitors who come to experience Belize. FCD has invested a lot of time and effort to protect this part of our national heritage. We know that the challenges they face are numerous, and the sustained threats in the Chiquibul warrant the implementation of increased security measures. Working with the FCD, we will be closer to achieving this.”

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

2003-2013 State of Belize Coastal Zone Report
This is the 2003-2013 State of Belize Coastal Zone Report provided to us by the The Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI), Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development; please read to learn more of the report. The Report presents the research outcomes and expert views from Belizeans researchers and their international counterparts, and chronicles the dynamic state of Belize’s coastal zone for the period 2003-2013. It also identifies policy and management options for maintaining the integrity of our very complex coastal zone.

Logging Season Opens
The Forest Department in the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development hereby informs the General Public that the logging season is now open. Loggers are advised that a valid logging license is required for the harvesting of trees from October 15th, 2014 to June 15th, 2015.

Entrepreneurship Symposium 2014
Motivate, Encourage, Nurture, Unlock

Deputy Prime Minister Vega, Minister Patt and other Ministry of Natural Resources & Agriculture officials working in Corozal
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources & Agriculture, Honourable Gaspar Vega in collaboration with Minister of State in the Ministry of Natural Resources & Agriculture and UDP Corozal North Representative Honourable Hugo Patt, distributed 113 Leases in the Consejo Road South East Registration Section, Corozal District in a ceremony held yesterday, Monday 20th October, 2014 at the Corozal Civic Centre.

Ministry of Health Celebrates Dental Health Week
The Ministry of Health is this week celebrating Dental Health Week under the theme, “BELIZEANS BIG-UP YOUR SMILE, IT REFLECTS YOUR STYLE”. Activities are being carried out by dental departments across the regions. The Public is especially invited to a Dental Health Fair which will take place on Friday, October 24th, at Central Health Region Compound in Belize City.

Workshop series on cultural heritage protection in Belize
The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Institute of Archeology, is excited to announce a workshop series on cultural heritage protection in Belize starting October 20th. Please join us in San Pedro, San Ignacio, or Orange Walk for a half day workshop focused on issues surrounding the importance of cultural heritage to the people and economy of Belize. Everyone in Belize has a stake in the preservation of Belize's cultural heritage - Please join us and take an active role in your community. For more information on dates, times, and locations please see the flyer below. Please R.S.V.P. at BelmopanPA@state.gov with your name and workshop location.

Channel 7

Career Cop Says His Son Was Executed By A Chinese Grocer; Pol. Say Self Defence
Leslie Logan Jr was killed on September 19th in Orange Walk Town. It happened right in front of the hospital, after he had participated in the armed robbery of a Chinese store and was riding off. The owner of the store - whose name has never been released by police - shot Logan Jr multiple times - killing him in the street. The report that we got from eyewitnesses on the day of the killing said that the owner, or his son, shot Logan off his bike, and then shot him again after he fell unto the street. After that he kicked and cursed him as he lay dying. That was the report we got from an eyewitness. And while that account does raise some questions about where the use of lethal force was justifiable or proportional, police never did charge the shooter - they say they served him with a notice of intended prosecution, which, as far as we know, is only issued in traffic accidents.

Guatemalan Men Shot In Belize Territory; Shooter Suspected To Be Guate.
Three Guatemalan men were shot at about 8:30 last night along the Mopan River on the Belize side in the Clarissa Falls area BUT the shooter is suspected to be another Guatemalan. One of the identified victims is 17 year old resident of Suchitan, Guatemala, Cesar Umberto Chinchilla. He was shot to the thigh and admitted to San Ignacio Hospital. OC of Benque Police Formation Daniel Arzu provided more details on the incident. ASP Daniel Arzu, OC Benque Police Formation "We received information of a shooting at Clarissa Falls. Our police officers were deployed, there they observed certain things across the river that is the Mopan River. What appears to be blood was observed in the area and no one was there. Investigations reveal that 3 male Hispanic persons from neighboring Guatemala/Melchor de Mencos were in the area at a fishing expedition and while there they heard 3-4 gunshots.

Boy Bitten By Molesting Neighbor
There is very disturbing report coming out of Independence Village in Stann Creek in which an adult man is accused of sexual assault against a 5 year-old boy. We cannot release the identity of the 25 year-old man because he is a neighbor of the child - and that might lead to the child's identity. The child, however, has told his grandmother and investigators that on Sunday, the man performed oral sex on him and then bit his penis. A doctor has examined the child and classified his injury as harm. The accused has since been charged with aggravated assault and harm.

Mother Accused of Burning Son
Meanwhile, a mother in Belize City is being accused of burning her young son's hand. It happened last week Thursday, October 16, when Lambey's 6 year old son was taken to the KHMH for burns. A medical form was issued, and a doctor examined the child, after which, he classified the injuries as grievous harm. The allegation is that Lambey lit her stove and forced the child's hand over the flame until he was burned. 32 year-old Lambey was charged with grievous harm. She was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith, where she pleaded not guilty. She met bail of $500 dollars and must return to court on December 5.

Hon. Mahmud Walking Away From PUP?
Joseph Mahmud, he's the elected PUP Representative for Cayo North - but 7News has confirmed that he has told the party he is stepping down as standard-bearer and will not contest that seat for the PUP in the next general election. We have confirmed that Mahmud sent a letter last week to the party headquarters announcing his decision. What's behind it? Well, reports tell us that Mahmud had differences with the other PUP General's in the West, principally Julius Espat, who is the PUP Deputy Leader for the West. Today Deputy Espat wouldn't discuss it only saying, quote, "It's a sensitive issue…I wish him all the best. And I''ll be there to support him in whatever decision he makes…" End quote. And, according to Party Leader Francis Fonseca the decision has been made. He responded to our request for a comment via text message this evening saying that a letter was sent by Mahmud which the National Executive will discuss. Fonseca says Mahmud quote, "remains as Area Representative and will support the party fully moving forward." End quote. He adds that Mahmud cited "personal reasons" for his decision.

Auditor General Tells Hon. Espat She's Busy
And speaking of the PUP Deputy in the West, Auditor General Dorothy Ann Bradley responded to Julius Espat after he asked her to investigate government spending of Petrocaribe funds. As we told you ten days ago, Espat - who is the chair of the Public Accounts Committee - wrote to Bradley asking her to investigate the 114 million US dollar loan motion which has been put before the House. He says the government is seeking "retroactive validation" from parliament for money that has already been borrowed. Well, the Auditor General responded four days ago - and it seems she was not moved. She said the loan motion is before the House - and it would be, quote, "premature for me…to raise concerns about the correctness and the procedure for borrowing." End quote. That basically means that until and unless the loan motion is approved in the house, she cannot investigate.

Ellis Drops Charges
Ellis Meighan Jr. has been featured in our newscast quite a number of times because of being accused by police of different crimes, but tonight he's back in the news because he no longer wants police to press charges against 2 men who were accused of shooting up his vehicle exactly 2 years ago. As we reported, the incident happened on October 10, 2012, when Meighan and Malik Dixon were in Meighan's vehicle. When they arrived at the Mopan Street intersection, 2 men who were standing on the street corner opened fire on the vehicle. Dixon was injured in the lower back in that shooting, but he was rushed to the KHMH, where doctors managed to successfully treat his wound.

FIU Wants To Freeze Titan's Cash
For about 6 weeks now, we've been telling you about the 1 billion Belize dollar securities and penny stock fraud case. In this case, the Federal Court in Brooklyn New York has indicted 6 men and 6 companies tied to Belize for allegedly participating in a scam which hid that money from the US through tax evasion. Those 6 individuals include Belizean Andrew Godfrey, Bahamians, Kelvin Leach and Rohn Knowles, Canadians Brian De Wit and Cem "Jim" Can, and American Robert Bandfield. Among the accused corporate defendants are IPC Management Services, LLC; IPC Corporate Services Inc.; IPC Corporate Services LLC; Titan International Securities, Inc; Legacy Global Markets S.A; and Unicorn International Securities LLC (Unicorn). Robert Bandfield is already in the US on bail while he awaits trial, and the US is seeking to extradite 5 other defendants, including Kelvin Leach and Rohn Knowles. Viewers may remember that both Bahamians are out on bail after being charged and arraigned on financial offences when they tried to leave the country through the PGIA. The other 3 defendants are still at large.

Cabinet Maker To Jail
54 year-old Delroy Chambers, a cabinet maker from Police Street is spending the first night of a 5 year sentence after he was convicted in Magistrate's Court of possession of drugs and guns. Officers from Special Branch searched his house on October 12, 2013 and they ended up finding 1.5 kilos - or 3.3 pounds of weed, a 9 millimeter pistol, and 9 live rounds of ammunition. As a result, police arrested and charged him with drug trafficking, keeping an unlicensed firearm, keeping unlicensed ammunition, and drug trafficking.

Controversial Dangriga Market Soon Done; Town Mayor Says He Won't Accept
13 months ago, Dangriga Town was up in arms when the biggest scandal at the Social Investment Fund emerged. The Dangriga Market place fell 9 months behind schedule, allegedly because of corruption and poor public spending. The former contractor alleged that he was "hustled" by senior staffers at SIF. That scandal led to 4 staffers being dismissed, the executive director being forced to resign, and a change in contractor. The market construction started all over in April, and at the beginning of this week, SIF reported that they had finally completed the construction of the market. Well, the Mayor of Dangriga Town is not satisfied with the product, complaining that it cost 1.8 million dollars to renovate and extend, but there are no signs of value for money. He spoke to us via phone this evening in which he explained that the project had to be pushed 3 weeks beyond the agreed completion time. Here's how he puts it:

Where Melchor And Belize Meet
While there is growing concern for the protection of the Chiquibul National Park and our archaeological sites from Guatemalan cross border bandits, on the social level, there is a site where Guatemalans pose no apparent threat, they simply walk, or in some cases ride over to our Belizean territory. That site is right at the Western Border, a border we as Belizeans frequently cross to get to Melchor. But it is not only a one way crossing. Hundreds of Guatemalan school children also cross over to Benque Viejo to get to school every day. That's the story Courtney Weatherburne explored today at the border. Amy Hernandez, Mount Carmel High School "The bus passes my house at 7 and at school it reaches there like 7:30 - 7:45." Courtney Weatherburne "There is no verification, no ID check, nothing" So you simply can walk pass the border with no trouble at all." Ramona Guerra, Mount Carmel High School "No, just with your uniform."

Emma Was Lost, But Now Found
Last night we told you about Emma Gillett, the mother of 6 who has been missing for two weeks. Well, the family can breathe a sigh of relief because she was located last night at about 9:00 in PG by police and brought to Belize City this afternoon. When we spoke with her cousin Kendra Henkis today, she was at the Queen Street police station with Gillett. Henkis stated that Gillett confessed that she simply wanted to relax and clear her mind.

School Buildings Upgrade for Remote Schools
Students in the villages of Corazon and Aguacate in the southwestern reaches of the Toledo District used to have to wake up at 3:00 am to go to school, taking multiple busses and crossing rivers to get there. But that has changed: Aguacate has a primary school and Corazon has a high school. Both of the recently opened schools got an upgrade with new buildings from SIF. The high school in Corazon - which has 242 students got a 595 thousand dollar building through the Social Investment fund. Education Minister Patrick Faber was on hand:.. Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education "We have seen an increase in the number of students who are going on to secondary school and this is because of course of the efforts of the government through the $300 subsidy and new initiatives here in the Toledo District to open a new high school and give you additional access. Corazon Creek Technical High School is one of those initiatives. You know that we've opened Providence in San Antonio as well and we are looking at opening another school in Pueblo Viejo."

Channel 5

Benque Police Investigate Shooting of Illegal Guatemalans
On Sunday, three men from the Guatemalan barrio of Castrillo de Suchitan headed into Belize to fish in the flooded Mopan River near Clarissa Falls. What happened there on Sunday [...]

Man Charged for Sexually Abusing a Five Year Old
In the south, there is a disturbing allegation tonight against a twenty-five year old man from Independence. The details are few, but we can report that the grown man was [...]

Family of Slain Robber Demand Justice
But in the north, thirty-year-old Leslie Logan Junior was shot and killed during a foiled robbery attempt in Orange Walk Town on September nineteenth.  He was one of two men, [...]

…Says OW Police Are Covering Up Murder
The family has since retained the services of attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd who told the media today that the Logans are being given the runaround by the police department and that [...]

P.U.P. Cayo North Area Representative Steps Down
  Tonight, there are confirmed reports that P.U.P. Cayo North Area Representative Joseph Mahmud has thrown in the political towel. Those reports indicate that Mahmud handed in his resignation to [...]

Is the U.S. justified in being disappointed with Belize in recent Ebola scare?
And tonight’s question is: Do you think the US is justified in saying it is disappointed in Belize for not allowing a US lab technician to disembark in Belize in [...]

Belize Ports Authority on Board With Ebola Protocols
The Ebola scare last Thursday fizzled after a Texan lab technician traveling on a Carnival cruise ship that called to port in Belize was declared free of the deadly virus. [...]

CARICOM Countries Meet to Discuss Shipping Safety Measures
A weeklong conference is underway at the Best Western Plaza where representatives from thirteen CARICOM countries have converged to discuss the safety of fishing vessels.  It’s one of the worst [...]

Attorneys for Alleged Fraudsters Seek to Unfreeze Assets
This morning, a huddle of lawyers representing individual companies associated with the legally besieged Titan International Securities appeared in the courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. The attorneys were present [...]

Robbers Target Government Departments
Two government agencies were robbed over the course of the weekend. The fisheries department is reporting that sometime between five-thirty p.m. on Friday and seven-fifty Monday night, its offices located [...]

Mother Accused of Burning Child’s Hand
  There is an allegation tonight against a thirty-two year-old mother who is accused of disciplining her six year old child by placing his hand on fire after she found [...]

Duo Walk on Attempted Murder Charge
  On October sixteenth, 2012, two south side youths were the target of street violence when they were shot at on Mopan Street in Belize City.  The duo, Ellis Meighan [...]

Boy with Leukemia in Critical Condition
Late September, we showed you ten-year old Cleyon Marage Junior; who is afflicted with Acute Myloid Leukemia. The young student cannot get medical treatment in Belize and his mother made [...]

Friends Seek Medical Assistance Abroad
Marage Junior is in critical condition and pediatrician, Doctor Cecilio Eck, has taken on his case. His mother says that Doctor Eck does not agree with him traveling because he [...]

Agencies Collaborate in Cultural Preservation
The constant pillaging of Belize’s cultural and historic patrimony remains a national issue which cannot be swept under the rug.  The looting of archaeological sites, including El Pilar near the [...]

Customs Department Participates in W.T.O. Workshop
There is another workshop ongoing. It involves the Directorate for Foreign Trade, the Customs and Excise Department and the World Trade Organization. The five-day workshop will determine where the country [...]

Bodybuilding in Belize…Check Out the Winners
After spending months of training to perfect and tone their bodies, male and female bodybuilders competed on Friday night in different categories in the Belize Body Building and Fitness Competition. [...]

CTV3

More Corozalenos Join COPS
In Corozal Town a group of approximately 22 young and vibrant male and females were engaged in a three days training for COPS, “Citizen On patrol” program. Citizen on Patrol is a voluntary program that the Commissioner of Police created to gain assistance from selected citizens in the community to fight crime. In Corozal more than two dozen individuals have joined the force in battling crime. Andrew Ramirez – OC Corozal “We had two sessions of the citizen on patrol; one in the Free Zone and one here in town that encompass volunteer persons both from Orange Walk and Corozal we had a total of 38 thereabout, we had 22 from Corozal and 16 thereabout from Orange Walk that did the three days training here in Corozal, the training entailed basically a quick brush through of our laws of Belize governing justice force, firearm, report writing, how to give evidence in court, small little issues like traffic that they can get an understanding, these officers, these citizens of patrol will undergo twelve months, one year being on the COPS program and they are obligated to give at least four hours per week volunteer.”

Copa De Reyes Comes To And End
Football fanatics from the village of Guinea Grass came out in numbers yesterday afternoon, with matrakas, horns and fire crackers in hand, for the grand finale of the “Copa De Reyes” football tournament organized by the village council. For the past three months, seven teams battled it out on the field hoping to gain first place in the tournament. But as is reality, there can only be one winner and that team was selected yesterday. Organizer of the tournament Roosevelt Rodney and Village Council member Sylverio Hernandez hoped for a great final game. Roosevelt Rodney– Organizer “Hace como tres meses que comenzó siete equipos teníamos y ahorita se está jugando la final y tenemos el equipo de Sugar Boys y Hustlers para la final hoy peleando par el primer lugar y el segundo lugar.” Sylverio Hernandez– Council Member “Esperamos que el mejor gane para el premio del primer lugar que son ocho cientos dólares.” The Guninea Grass Village Council is an independent council but council members say they have always been able to count with the full support of Orange Walk South Area Representative Jose Abelardo Mai. At the same time, the council is grateful to the community for their unwavering support in their annual tournaments.

Rigo Vellos Reigns Again
Rigo Vellos has once again been declared Mr. Belize this past Friday at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts where over 15 participants took center and showed off their sculpting physiques. This makes it three years in a row that Vellos takes the crown and he couldn’t be prouder. “The feelings are goods feeling after putting the hard work, the strict dieting, it pays off at the end of the day and also it show that every year the competition gets harder and harder in the country and the other guys are stepping up their game also but it simply means Rigo Vellos also needs to improve so the feeling is good and I am happy that I won for the third time and like everything hard work pays off.” Despite that this year’s bodybuilding competition was a bit more challenging, Vellos managed to excel in his category.

Another Chinese Establishment Robbed In Corozal
Another Chinese business in Corozal was hit by robbers over the weekend. Fifty nine year old Kunfu Mark, Chinese naturalized Belizean of Corozal Town, told authorities that on Friday October 17th at about 12:20pm, he and his wife, Xiao Qing Mark, were at their place of business namely East Store located on 4th Avenue when three male persons of East Indian decent entered their place of business. One of the men, who had in his possession what appeared to be a small hand gun, then closed the shutters of the main door and ran up to Kunfu and hit him over the left side of his face. The culprit then placed the gun to Kunfu’s head and demanded that he hand over the money. Fearing for his life and that of his wife the victim showed the robber where the money was and handed over to him some $500.00 in cash.

Belize Has New Justice Of Appeal
Belize has a new Justice of Appeal. He is no other than 69 year old Barbadian National, Justice Christopher Blackman who was sworn in by Governor General Sir Colville Young during a small ceremony at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan today. A release states that Justice Blackman has a quote, “long standing and distinguished legal career”. He was a judge of High Court of Barbados from 1996 to 2000 and again from 2003 to 2008. Blackman has served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Belize from April 2001 to May 2003. In March 2008, he became a Justice of Appeal in the Bahamas. The October Season of the Court of Appeal started today and will continue until November 7th, 2014. There are 14 cases on the Calendar – 6 criminal and 8 Civil matters. Justice Blackman joins Justices Manuel Sosa, Dennis Morrison, Samuel Awich and Madam Justice Minette Hafiz Bertram in the Belize Court of Appeals bench.

Man Shot In San Pedro Fights For His Life
On Sunday, island authorities were again called out to the polyclinic where they were informed of an almost fatal shooting. According to police, at about 7:40a.m., they saw a male person identified as 24-year-old Ivan Aldana, Belizean carpenter of San Pedrito Area, suffering from a single gunshot wound to his right upper back. Initial investigations revealed that about 10:00p.m., while Aldana was standing by a bar located in San Pedrito Area, he was approached by a male person he knows. The individual reportedly fired five shots in Aldana’s direction of which one caught him in his right upper back. He was then rushed to the San Pedro Polyclinic where an Ex-ray revealed that the bullet was lodged in the victim’s spine. Aldana was then transported to K.H.M.H in a serious condition. Police are seeking one man as investigations continue.

CAATS Controls Dog And Cat Population Through Sterilization Program
Controlling the dog and cat population around the country has not always proved to be very easy for municipalities but there are organizations that put their share of work into this. There is the Caulker Assisting Animals through Sterilization which has been operational since 2003. The nonprofit organization was first launched in Caye Caulker, hence its name. Through the organization, veterinarians come to Belize to offer their services to various communities across the country. In the past week they were in Corozal and Orange Walk Towns. Dalila Ical reports. Madie Collins – Founder/President – CAATS “CAATS is all about controlling the population of animals because you know the more animals you have the more diseases, it is our culture that a lot of animals do not stay at home they get away and so you spread disease but when an animal is sterilized just like what we are doing here today males and females, cats and dogs, you sterilized them meaning you have the surgery and so they don’t have that feeling like they want to mate anymore and so the les animals that mate and the less animals get pregnant and less animals are on the streets and less suffering because the more animals come you can’t find homes for all of them and they end up on the streets so we bring these vets from all over from Canada and all parts of the United States.”

How To Keep A Healthy Smile
Some say that the smile is a window to the soul…..it tells us something about a person’s mood, personality, state of mind, maybe even status in life. Smiles know no language barriers, no differences in race, gender, social status or class. In light of this, this week is being observed as Dental health Week which seeks to promote proper dental hygiene and practices to best care for our teeth. Our news team sat down with Dental Surgeon at the Northern Regional Hospital, Dr. Francisco Casteneda who explains how a healthy smile can make you feel good inside and out. Maria Novelo reports. A smile is truly a universal peaceful magnetic force among humans and so having a healthy one is symbolic of good oral health and dental hygiene. This week’s activities, according to Dental Surgeon Dr. Francisco Casteneda, are centered on education in classrooms. Dr. Francisco Casteneda – Dental Surgeon, NRH “We have to get to the schools to give them talks and basically dental education then, and teach them some brushing drills and what are the various diseases that can affect them and how to treat them and what to do.”

After One Week Still No Signs Of Eric Bird Garcia
Today marks exactly one week since 21 year old Eric ‘Bird’ Garcia has been missing at sea after a fishing trip to Tres Cocos Area in San Pedro with two friends went horribly wrong. While the chances of his survival are slim, the authorities however, have not lost hope and continue their searches along the coast and around the area he was last reportedly seen. Today, we contacted Patrol Commander at the Northern Operation base, David Ayala, who gave us an update on the search and rescue mission. David Ayala – Patrol Commander, Northern Operation Base “The search all of last week was surface searching and that is why we had divers mostly volunteers and we were unable to come across the missing person but at this time we have not been able to receive any calls from our headquarters so we have not called it off as yet so we still conduct now and again some patrols during the day on the area to see if we can find anything but at the same time we have spoken to local divers that if they see anything around that they can call us.”

Two Charged For Drug Trafficking In San Pedro
Authorities on Ambergris Caye have been busy throughout the weekend as most crime reports including a homicide were recorded from that end. The first incident was recorded on Thursday October 17th around 3:45pm where police conducted a search at a residence in the Boca del Rio Area which led them to an amount of green leafy substance which was hidden under some clothes. Present at the time of the search was 30 year old Vilma Castro who was informed of the offence committed, cautioned and then escorted to the San Pedro Police Station where the drugs were weighed and amounted to 77.89grams of cannabis. As a result, Castro who is of Honduran Nationality and 29 year old Hector Lopez, both of a Boca del Rio address were jointly arrested and charged for Drug Trafficking.

Construction Worker Murdered In San Pedro
Early Saturday morning, San Pedro Police was notified of a possible murder. Around 7:40am, authorities visited a wooden 2-storey building on Mantarey Street, San Pedro Town, where they saw the lifeless body of 44 year old Samuel Dawson, Belizean truck driver of Hattieville Village. Initial investigations revealed that Dawson, who was working in San Pedro for the past 2 weeks, was taken home on Friday night at around 7:00p.m by the supervisor of the construction site where he works. However, reports are that Dawson asked the supervisor to wait for him as he wanted to come back out to buy something to eat. The supervisor then took him to a restaurant at the entrance of San Pedrito where he left him. On Saturday morning, the supervisor went to pick up Dawson at his residence and upon his arrival he observed that the door was ajar. As he further opened the door, he discovered Dawson’s body.

Passenger On Board Carnival Magic Tested Negative For Ebola
Last week’s Ebola threat to Belize left the country in a state of anxiety although government has made public its intent on preparing our health care providers for any emergency. The immigration department has also taken measures to ensure travelers are properly screened before entering the country. By now, the Carnival Magic has docked at its base in the US. The health care provider who was along with her companion was allowed to go home, according to reports. A blood sample from the woman was taken for testing for the Ebola virus. That test result came back as negative, according to the US Center for Disease Control.

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Inspector Mark Flowers Accused of Human Trafficking
Inspector Mark Flowers, Commander of the Gang Suppression Unit, is being accused of human trafficking. That’s according to some documents that have surfaced over the internet. The accusation is that back in 2009, Inspector Flowers, helped three Salvadoran nationals get into Belize without going through the necessary procedures. Statements from Immigrations Officers implicating Inspector Flowers says he met one Elba Castaneda, Norman Corado, and Antonio Castaneda, at Champon restaurant and then drove them to the border point. However, some Immigration Officers who smelled something fishy cautioned the trio and Flowers. An investigation was launched into the matter. Inspector Mark Flowers responded to those allegations last week during a press briefing.

Man Loses His Home in Mid-Morning Fire
A mid-morning fire has left a family from Black Man Eddy Village homeless. Correspondent Angelica Cruz reports. “Belmopan police are investigating a fire that has left a family of three homeless. According to the owner of the house, 54 year old Rudolph Chavez a self-employed man of Black man Eddy village, on Tuesday morning October 21 he left home sometime around 11:30AM to do an errand in the village when sometime around 11:50 he was shocked when he received a call from one of his neighbors that his house measuring 15X20 feet upstairs and downstairs was engulfed in flames. Police and fire department were immediately informed. Shortly after, San Ignacio and Belmopan fire engines arrived. All efforts were made to save the house and its content but it turned out futile. The value of the house along with its items amounted to a total loss of $40,000.”

Drug Related Offences in Western Belize
Three men appeared in court in Western Belize for drug related offences. Correspondent Elaine Berry has the details. “Benque police were on vehicle patrol on Sunday October 19th and was patrolling on the George Price Highway between miles 71&72. Police then intercepted a white Cargo Mitsubishi truck that was travelling towards San Ignacio from Benque. During the search, police discovered a black plastic bag between the legs of a passenger. The bag and both occupants were taken out of the truck. The bag was then opened and police discovered some green leafy plant substance suspected to be cannabis.

Gunmen’s Targets Withdraw Charges in Court
Jeon Peebles and Akeem Smith, who were charged with two counts of attempted murder for Ellis Meighan Jr and Malik Dixon, were freed of the charges today when Meighan and Dixon appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser and testified that they do not want any further court action. As a result, Senior Magistrate Fraser dismissed the charges and told Peebles and Smith that they were free to go. The incident occurred in 2013. Meighan and Dixon were in Meighan’s vehicle and when they arrived at the intersection of Mopan Street, two men who were standing at the corner fired shots at them. Dixon was shot in his right lower back while Meighan was unhurt.

Titan Owners Back in Court
Back in early September, six corporate executives and corporate entities were indicted for orchestrating a 500 million dollar offshore fraud, and money laundering scheme in Belize. Companies accused included Titan International Securities, Inc., Legacy Global Markets S.A.; and Unicorn International Securities. 34-year-old, Kelvin Leach and 29-year-old, Rohn Knowles owned and operated Titan International Securities and were initially arraigned on the charge of failure to declare when leaving Belize with more than ten thousand dollars, for which they were granted bail. Attorneys for all parties involved appeared in court today for an inter-parties hearing. Attorney for Unicorn Securities International LLC, Michael Young explained what took place inside the court room of Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin today.

Parents of Deceased Accused Robber Demand Investigation
Leslie Logan Jr., a former police constable, was shot and killed on September 19th by a Chinese businessman in Orange Walk Town. Logan Jr. is accused of orchestrating an armed robbery with 27 year old Alex Tillett. The robbery took place at Hung Yun Store on Otro Benque Road and the owner of the store, 35 year old Kee Wen Li shot down Logan Jr., as he attempted to escape the scene. Police have ruled that Logan’s homicide was self-defense but Logan’s Jr., parents believe that their son was murdered. In fact, Leslie Logan Sr., and Karen Logan say that police is covering up the murder of their son. The Logans accompanied by attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd addressed the media this afternoon.

Duo Charged with Drug Trafficking
Two persons from Hopkins Village have been charged with drug trafficking. Police say on Monday afternoon, they conducted a search at the home of 27-year-old Moses Rodriguez and 33-year-old Jamari Rodriguez. They found two transparent bags containing some leafy vegetable substance suspected to be cannabis. Further searches led to the discovery of eight parcels of green leafy substances suspected to be cannabis in a metal safe, also found was money believed to be proceeds of the sale of drugs. Further searches under the house led to the discovery of two black plastic bags containing twenty parcels of ideal bags with some green leafy substances suspected to be cannabis. The drugs were weighed separately in their presence. The two transparent ideal bags amounted to 5.25 grams, the eight parcels amounted to 6.20 grams cannabis and the black bag along with its content amounted to 154 grams suspected cannabis.

Supermarket Owner Arraigned for Social Security Offences
Jitendra Chawla, also known as “Jack Charles”, the owner of Extra House Supermarket who resides at mile 2 on the George Price Highway, was charged with failure to render to Social Security Board an application for registration as an employer within seven days of employing their first employed person in the month of April 2013. Chawla pled not guilty to the charge. His case was adjourned until December 1.

Rotary Governor for District 4250 In Belize
The Governor of Rotary District 4250 is on a working visit to Belize. Yesterday, the tour was in Punta Gorda. Correspondent Paul Mahung has the story. PAUL MAHUNG “Visiting Rotary District 4250 Governor, Jose Maurico Chepe Rodriguez,who is from Guatemala, spoke on his visit to Belize and now in Punta Gorda. “ GOVERNOR RODRIGUEZ “I am really glad to be here in Belize. I just started last week through Belmopan, Belize and Placencia now this week I have to go to the rest of the different Rotary Clubs. We started today with Punta Gorda then Dangriga, Orange Walk, Corozal and then the last one is going to be San Ignacio. So I will be visiting all the nine Rotary clubs in Belize.” PAUL MAHUNG “So far, what is the impression?” GOVERNOR RODRIGUEZ “Well I can tell you, at my monthly letter I found in Rotary something that is called heroism. Rotarians are volunteer people 100% volunteers. They give their jobs, their expertise, time, family time, job time and they even pay to serve, that is very special. Rotarians are so special that I would say I am honored to visit with them and try to help to strengthen and do more projects with the community. “

From Attempted Murder to Murder
On April 6, 35-year-old Lloyd Augustus was badly beaten while at his house on Doris Brooks Street in Belize City. He was hospitalized and died two months later. Today police announced that they have upgraded the charges brought against 24-year-old Sherman Rodney to murder. Rodney was initially charged with attempted murder , dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm back in July.

American National Loses Expensive Camera in Home Burglary
An American national has reported that her home was burglarized on October 14 where items valued at over five thousand US dollars were stolen. According to the complainant, in the burglary her grey LENLX brand camera bag which contained a black Nikon brand camera, a vintage PENTAX K1000 brand camera, an extra attachable camera lens and an assortment of memory cards went missing. The incident occurred in the San Pablo Area in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. Police are investigating.

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Samuel Dawson Stabbed and killed in San Pedro
A man was found stabbed to death in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. According to Police reports, the body of 44 year old Samuel Dawson was discovered in his home on Saturday evening. Initial investigation revealed that Samuel Dawson, who was working in San Pedro for the past 2 weeks, was taken home on Friday night at around 7:00p.m. by the supervisor of the construction site. However, he asked the supervisor to wait for him as he wanted to come back out to buy something to eat. The supervisor then took him to a restaurant at the entrance of San Pedrito where he left him.

Man shot on San Pedro, bullet lodged in Spine
At 10 pm on Saturday evening, 24-year-old Ivan Aldana, a Belizean carpenter of San Pedrito Area, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, was shot in his back. Police say that Mr Aldana was standing by a bar located in San Pedrito Area, San Pedro, when he was approached by a man he knows. That person fired five shots in Ivan Aldana’s direction, and one of those bullets caught him in his right upper back. He was then rushed to the San Pedro Polyclinic. An x-ray was taken at the Polyclinic where it showed that the bullet was lodged in his spine.

Drunk Bus Driver arrested and charged
A commercial bus driver has been arrested for drunk driving. On Friday October 17th., at about 3:15pm, Police visited Mile 1 1/2 on the George Price High Way, by the Belize Foam Factory, where a red and blue Guerra’s Blue Bird Bus was seen parked on the right hand side of the Road in the direction of Hattieville Village. When police approached the driver, there was a strong scent of alcohol emanating from him. He was informed that he was suspected to have been driving the bus while under the influence of alcohol and escorted to the Racoon Street Police Station, where he provided a urine sample.

East Store robbery in Corozal
Chinese proprietors in the Corozal District were the victims of an armed robbery on Friday night. Kunfu Mark, a 59 year old Chinese naturalized Belizean of Corozal Town, reported that on Friday 17th October about 12:20pm, he along with his wife were at their place of business, East Store located on 4th Avenue. Three men of East Indian descent entered their place of business. One of them then closed the shutters of the main door, and had in his hand what appeared to be a small hand gun. He ran up to Mr Kunfu and hit him twice in the head with the handgun, and demanded money. The armed men grabbed $500.00 and escaped through a back door in the kitchen.

Ex-Athlete charged for burglary
A former basketball player has been charged with burglary and handling stolen goods. 58 year old Daniel Meighan of Belize City pleaded not guilty to the charges before Magistrate Herbert Panton, and was offered bail of $300. Daniel Meighan is accused of breaking into the home of Shapara Myles, between October 16 and 17, and stealing items to a value of $1,639, including two cellular phones, a 19-inch television set, a cake mixer, blender, DVD player, a standing fan and handbag. Police say they went to Mr Meighan’s house on October 17, and recovered items said to be those that were stolen from Myles’ home.

Men running from police invade Corozal home
On the morning of Saturday October 18th, Corozal Police on special operations in San Antonio Village, Corozal District, spotted two men with a knapsack. On seeing the cops, the two men quickly entered a nearby house without the permission of the home owner; but police also entered the house and conducted a search in the presence of the frightened house owner. The two intruders were identified as Carlos Pena and a 15 year old male minor. When police checked the knap sack, they found marijuana. The suspected drugs were weighed in the presence of both suspects and a guardian of the minor, which amounted to 2724 gram.

BDF Budget not enough
On Friday the Belize Defence Force hosted the media to a press conference at the BDF headquarters in Belize City. This was the first briefing of its kind since the murder of Special Constable Danny Conorquie. At the press conference, BDF Commander Brigadier General David Jones told the media about the efforts being made to curb the illicit activity at the Western Border with Guatemala. Efforts include border patrols, and intensive quarterly gallops, which have seen a reduction in border activity, according to Brigadier General David Jones. But according to Mr Jones, the 33 million dollars that they get at the beginning of every fiscal year is not enough. Brigadier General David Jones “It’s usually around a little over $33 million. That is what we are given. We normally request more than that. I don’t have the figures, but it’s definitely much more than that.

Cruise ship passenger declared Ebola free
The cruise ship Carnival Magic which caused quite a stir in Belize last Thursday docked in Galvezton, Texas, early Sunday morning, where the health worker tested negative for the Ebola virus to the relief of all Belizeans. Monday markede 22 days since the woman, only identified as an employee at Texas Health Presbyterian, could have possibly contracted the virus. The Center for Disease and Control (CDC) reported that while the woman did not have direct contact with Thomas Duncan, who died of Ebloa on October 8th at the Hospital, it was believed that she might have had contact with his fluids, and so was asked to self-monitor herself for the next three weeks. She had taken a Caribbean cruise and was in Belizean waters when CDC upgraded its status and “out of an abundance of caution” pressured the Government of Belize on Thursday to have the woman disembark and be transported through the Philip Goldson International Airport. The Belizean Government refused and is now getting lashed at by some of the international media houses.

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Carpenter shot – slug lodged in the spine
Ivan Aldana, 24, a carpenter of San Pedrito, San Pedro, is presently fighting for his life in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit, with a slug lodged in his spine after he was shot in the upper back. Aldana was shot at about 10:30 last night by a man he knew while he was standing near a bar in San Pedrito. Police said that the man approached Aldana, took out a gun and fired about five times at him. Aldana tried to run, but he was struck in the right upper back. His assailant then escaped out of the area. Aldana was rushed to the San Pedro Polyclinic, where an X-ray revealed that the slug was lodged in his spine.

Truck driver stabbed to death in San Pedro
Samuel Dawson, 44, a truck driver of Hattieville, was found with stab wounds to the chest and throat by his supervisor at about 7:30 Saturday morning, in a 2-flat building located on Manta Ray Street in San Pedro, where he lived. Police took Dawson to the San Pedro Polyclinic, where he was declared dead on arrival, at about 10:15 a.m. Police said that Dawson, who was working in San Pedro for the past two weeks, went home around 7:00 p.m. Friday night with the supervisor of the construction site where he worked, who was giving him a ride home. Dawson reportedly came back out of his home because he wanted to buy food, said the supervisor, who reported that he took him to a restaurant at the entrance of San Pedrito, where he dropped him off.

Belize bans travelers from West African nations affected by Ebola outbreak
island nations, Jamaica and St. Lucia, which have issued travel restrictions for travelers from countries in West Africa that are affected by the worst Ebola outbreak since the deadly disease was discovered in 1976. The government of Belize made the announcement this morning at a press conference, where the subject was the government’s refusal to allow a U.S. lab technician, who attended to specimens from Thomas Duncan, the Liberian man who became the first person to die from Ebola in the United States, to be airlifted from the Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize. Minister of Immigration, Hon. Godwin Hulse said, “We have immediately issued a stop on the issuance of visas to persons coming from the West Africa area who we consider high risk. And those countries will be Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and any other country that the ministry thinks has now been affected.”

Belize-Guat soldiers to patrol volatile western border
On Friday, October 10, diplomats and senior military personnel from Belize and Guatemala convened at a high level meeting of the Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission in Guatemala City to discuss national security matters with their counterparts and committed themselves to several initiatives geared at preventing future conflicts near the border and decreasing illegal cross-border activities. Included among these is an agreement to engage in an unprecedented effort to conduct joint patrols at the sometimes deadly Belize-Guatemala border, an area where Guatemalans illegally enter Belize’s pristine forests and plunder its irreplaceable assets – its exotic flora and fauna, and its millennia-old trees in our archaeological and national preserves. The operations of the Belize Special Assignment Group of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) would be separate from the link-up operations they currently execute.

Belize seriously considers Chalillo II and new hydro plants on Swasey River
Belize’s energy demand will grow substantially over the next few years, and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has been reviewing bids for 37 new projects from 22 companies which hope to make the final cut of designated enterprises that will be chosen to supply 75 megawatts of power over the next 10 years, including 15 megawatts from wind and solar sources. The process opened last October, just over a year ago, and formal proposals were unsealed in June 2014. Initially, there were 42 expressions of interest, including expressions from companies such as Belize Natural Energy and UNO Belize, but these did not submit formal bids. This afternoon, Monday, October 20, 2014, the PUC unveiled the top contenders at a press conference held at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City.

Ghost Town boss, Roger Anthony, steps away from gang life
Roger Anthony, who reputedly is the leader of the Ghost Town Crips gang on Mayflower Street, appeared beside the Commander of the police’s Gang Suppression Unit, Inspector Mark Flowers, on the compound of the Racoon Street Police Precinct, to make an unusual announcement. Anthony, looking composed, standing beside Flowers, declared: “I am here today to say that the gang life that I’ve been in for the past 26 years, that isn’t a life. And I think it’s time for us, we as leaders, to make a change and to stand up and help the police, especially the Gang Suppression Unit, to stand strong and work with each other as leaders of the community so that we can make a change.” “It’s only us that can make a change, and we, along with them, can make a change. That’s what I am trying to do and that’s what I am going to do, and I am going to renounce that I ain’t no leader in no gang. I am just leader of a work group with Mr. Cisco and that’s what I am going to carry on after this. I just hope that the other gang leaders pick up that what I am doing and continue, and we go live in a peaceful country without violence,” Anthony stated.

Alleged drug trafficker offered bail of 50 grand
–An Orange Walk resident who was imprisoned after being accused of trafficking approximately 54.7 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine or “crystal meth”, a highly addictive, contemporary drug, was offered bail of $50,000 in the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court today by Justice Herbert Lord. The bail was offered on the condition that Ruperto Reyes, 49, surrender all of his travel documents, and that he report to the Orange Walk Police Station three times each week until the case is concluded. Reyes was represented by attorney Philip Palacio, while Crown Counsel Portia Staine represented the Government of Belize. On August 20, 2014, at around 7:20 p.m., members of the Police’s Anti-Drug Unit (ADU) reportedly discovered over 54 kilograms, or 120 pounds, of suspected “crystal meth” in the back seat of a black vehicle that spun out of control and ran off the road during a high speed pursuit on Liberty Avenue in Orange Walk.

WW race results
Here are the results from the Weekend Warrior (WW) Race #4 of the current series. The “A” & “B” went from Leslie’s Imports to Mile 22 on the Philip Goldson (Western) Highway and return, for 40 miles. The “C” went from Leslie’s Imports to Mile 18 on the Philip Goldson (Western) Highway and return, for 30 miles. Top “A” finishers were: 1st place Wilbert Jones (Megabytes, 1:58:34); 2nd Barney Brown (Scotiabank); 3rd Jack Sutherland (Digicell-4G); 4th Warren Coye (Santino’s); 5th James Frampton (Santino’s); and 6th Mark Gentle (FT Williams).

Phillip Willoughby 5-A-Side Week 3 results
The Phillip Willoughby Open 5-A-Side football tournament continued with five Week 3 games at the Yabra Football Field yesterday, Sunday. In game 1, Tulish FC dropped Livity Lane Rivero’s, 5-2, with goals from Marvin Valladares (2), Aldair Munoz (2) and Albor Cecer (1); while Livity got a goal each from Kadeem Myers and Dalton Cayetano. Game 2 saw Heights FC edging Honduras FC, 5-4. Tyrique Ciego netted 4 and Clinton Gill 1 for Heights; while Joshua Martinez and Carlos Ardon each scored twice for Honduras.

FFB Women President’s Cup reg. season ends, playoffs begin
Mon. Oct. 20, 2014 Week 6, the final regular season week in the FFB Women President’s Cup 2014 tournament came to an end yesterday with only one game played. DFC Gentle Touch of Cayo travelled north to Trial Farm Football Field where they were anything but gentle with home standing Sugar City Girls, shutting them out, 6-0, with goals from Abbe Halliday (1’ & 53’), Cynthia Salazar (16’), Sheriann Tracy (24’), Shanell Gentle (30’) and Kimberly Perez (80’). According to the FFB Secretariat, Triple B’s won their game against Dangriga Pumas by default. The stage is now set for the 4-team semifinal home-and-away playoffs which begin this weekend.

PLB Opening Season 2014-2015 under way, Week 1 results, Bandits vs Police on Wednesday
The long awaited start of the Premier League of Belize Opening Season 2014-2015 finally took place without much fanfare over the weekend, with 3 of the 4 scheduled matches being played. The big opener, featuring defending champions Belmopan Bandits and sub-champions Police United on Saturday night at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, was postponed due to weather, and will now be played this coming Wednesday night instead. Because of the late start of the season, and a CONCACAF requirement for two tournaments to be completed before a candidate for next year’s Champions League can be selected, the present Opening Season will have to be an abbreviated one. The addition of Wagiya and Placencia Assassins makes a total of 9 teams in this tournament, and for the first time in many years, the regular season will be a single round-robin, so each team will play only 8 regular season games, before the top 4 enter the home-and-away semifinals. The championship will also be a best-of-2 games series.

Talking football – Part 5
We continue where we left off introducing some excerpts from page 65 of a 1962 Souvenir Programme that “lists the results of some international matches, both at home and abroad, played between Belize football clubs (most likely the champions, as a tradition continued well into the sixties and seventies for the champion club to have the privilege of hosting a visiting team at the end of the regular season) and clubs from Honduras and Guatemala.” In the period between 1925 and 1947 are listed sixteen international encounters, and Belize teams won eight times, winning the last listed match in 1947. No scores were given for the games, but obviously our teams were competitive. Below is the data as given on page 65 of the souvenir booklet:

Editorial: Farrakhan in the footsteps of Chavez
Even as his Venezuelan predecessor, Simón Bolívar, had done two centuries ago, the late Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, dreamed of uniting the Latin American and Caribbean nations south of the Rio Grande in a grouping which would be able to challenge the hegemonic power of the colossus to the north – the United States of America. In his radio and television presentation broadcast regionally yesterday afternoon from Kingston, Jamaica, Minister Louis Farrakhan (whose father was born in Jamaica and his mother in St. Kitts) explained his dream of seeing the Caribbean, Central American, and upper South American nations work more closely together. Farrakhan believes that the big problem is one of communication, because of language differences. The abovementioned nations are post-colonial constructs, which use the languages of their former colonial masters – Spain, England, France, and the Netherlands. Since his visit last year to Belize, we have noted that Minister Farrakhan is quite careful in handling the problem which exists between Spanish-speaking Guatemala and English-speaking Belize. The 2014 problem exists because of a Guatemalan claim to Belizean territory which dates back to the nineteenth century colonial era, when Great Britain controlled Belize, which became an independent, sovereign nation-state in September of 1981.

From the Publisher
One of the things the ebola panic does is confirm the fact that tourism is a fragile industry. It is not desirable to build your economy on tourism if you have solid options. Belize has solid options. It is silly for us to design our economy so as to suggest we wish to go the way of the small islands in the Caribbean. The political leaders in Belize have always been acting under various constraints, constraints they have seldom wished to reveal or publicize. The decisions our political leaders make are often not free or footloose. A couple years ago this UDP government announced they were getting a loan for 25 or 30 million for tourism infrastructure or some such. At this newspaper, we said this money would be better spent on training and equipping our fishermen for deep sea fishing. But, the chances are the regional bank which was loaning Belize the tourism money would not have loaned us that same money to go into deep sea fishing. The pressure for Belize to keep going the tourism route comes from outside our borders, to an extent. The multilateral financial institutions have been eager to lend Belize money for tourism. If we wanted to build a cement factory or a canning factory, it would not be so easy to get the financing.

Letters: Cruise tour operators: New Ebola restrictions economically damaging
Belizean cruise tour operators, shipping agents and some ancillary cruise tourism industry operators are unsure as to what the new protocols for dealing with cruise ship visitors to the country will mean for their business, but most are uneasy that the impact will be negative. At a press conference last Friday, Immigration Minister Hon. Godwin Hulse announced what he termed a new protocol for cruise tourists to Belize City. Hon. Hulse told the nation: “Persons who would travel beyond the tourism village would be the ones who would present themselves to immigration for the necessary permission to land. Persons who would remain within the vicinity of the tourism village were ticked-off on the manifest. Effective immediately, that protocol has changed: every single person who disembarks from the cruise ship, the passport of such persons will be reviewed by immigration to ensure that no person has been in the high risk area of West Africa within the last 30 days.”

Letters: Act as one race – the human race
I would like to argue that the spread of Ebola and other diseases is a predictable and logical consequence of globalization and an increasing world population, which is about 7.3 billion. Never before in human history have there been so many people on the planet, and never before has there been so much traveling from country to country, sometimes faster than the speed of sound. Usually, no organism can have a large growth in population and not experience an increase in diseases and other social challenges.

Caribbean Statistics Day 2014: a pause for reflecting on the usefulness of statistics for sustainable development
Caribbean Statistics Day 2014 is being observed today, Wednesday, October 15, in CARICOM countries such as Belize. The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) is the agency responsible for producing statistical information, including estimates of inflation, external trade and the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Caribbean Statistics Day is being observed under the theme “Data Revolution for Sustainable Development of CARICOM — Designing and Operationalizing a Framework for Statistics in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.” Diana Castillo-Trejo, Manager of the SIB’s Data Dissemination Department, said that the SIB is using the occasion as an opportunity to highlight the importance of its work. Acting Director General, Dr. Leopold Perriott, said that the key is to foster sustainable development for the betterment of the region.

Barrow “stands firm:” tells Uncle Sam “no”
The cruise ship Carnival Magic sailed into the Belize City Harbour yesterday morning, Thursday, carrying among its 3,762 passengers a U.S. lab supervisor who was in self-quarantine because she had handled specimens from the first U.S. Ebola fatality. By the time authorities directed the ship to leave last night, Belize had entered the international media narrative on the Ebola virus. Prime Minister Dean Barrow held a press conference this morning, Friday, to explain why Belize had turned down a request from as high up in the U.S. government as Secretary of State John Kerry, who had called Barrow, asking that the cruise ship passenger use the Philip Goldson International Airport, so that she could have been airlifted back to the U.S. At the press briefing, which was held at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel, Prime Minister Barrow was flanked by Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse; CEO in the Office of the Prime Minister, Audrey Wallace; and CEO in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Allen.

Eric Garcia still missing at sea – one week after fishing trip
One week after Eric Garcia, 22, of San Pedro, went missing during a fishing trip with two of his friends in the open seas of the Tres Cocos area of San Pedro, his body has still not been found. According to the survivors, their boat overturned and Garcia went under the water and did not resurface. A search effort to recover his body is still being conducted by volunteers and the Coast Guard, along with divers from San Pedro. Garcia’s father went to the San Pedro police and reported that his son, Eric Garcia, had failed to return from a fishing trip.

CCJ sets March 2015 for Maya land rights hearing
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has set Wednesday, March 25, and Thursday, March 26, 2015 for the hearing of the final appeal of the case of the Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA) and the Toledo Alcaldes Association (TAA), as well as 23 Maya villages, against the Government of Belize. Monica Coc Magusson, the first Maya attorney of Toledo to ascend to the Bar of Belize, represented the Maya in a case management session held by the CCJ on Friday. In July 2013, the Court of Appeal dismissed the Government’s appeal against the decision of former Chief Justice Abdulai Conteh, that the Maya are entitled to the enjoyment of customary land tenure in all Maya villages in the Toledo district, but the court allowed the Government’s appeal against Conteh’s order that the Maya are, consequently, entitled to remedies from the Government of Belize. The court dismissed the cross-appeal of the Maya, claiming an award of damages for violation of their constitutional rights.

Work won’t restart at Hunting Caye base just yet
Efforts are reportedly underway to ensure that the remaining work to be done to complete the Forward Operation Base (FOB) for the Coast Guard being built on Hunting Caye, which is 75% complete, is carried out by a Belizean subcontractor and Belizean workers, but the project is presently on hold. Admiral John Borland, Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard, in a press conference held on Tuesday at the Coast Guard Headquarters, announced that they met with the Ministry and the recommendation for a Belizean subcontractor to complete the construction of the base has been made by the Coast Guard to the Ministry. A Guatemala company, Bonatti Ingenieros y Arquitectos Sociedad, had been awarded the contract to build the base by officials of the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), the organization that is funding the project, and that body must now approve the hiring of a Belizean subcontractor.

PAC Chairman wants AG to investigate Petrocaribe loan
Last Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the last meeting of the House of Representatives, the Government of Belize (GOB) introduced a motion called the Alba Petrocaribe Energy Loan Motion 2014 for the legislature to accept a loan in excess of over US$114 million dollars, which was borrowed over a two-year period, from 2012 to 2014. It might have gone through without much fanfare; however, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee and PUP Cayo South area representative, Hon. Julius Espat, has written to Auditor General Dorothy Bradley asking her to re-evaluate the authenticity of the loan, since Government took out the loan in 2012, but the loan motion never reached the House for approval until last week, yet the monies have already been disbursed. Espat, in his letter, inferred that GOB subverted the Finance and Audit Act, since, he said, “you cannot approve something of that nature after the fact.”

Patrick JonesPJ

Family of Leslie Logan Jr. demand justice
Former police officer 30 year old Leslie Logan met his end while part of a robbery of Hung Yun Store in Orange Walk Town in September. Police initially detained one of the persons working in the store, identified as the son of the owner, but later released him. From the very beginning authorities have believed that the force used to subdue Logan was justifiable as he was in the act of a crime. But his family believes otherwise and today they came forward with a laundry list of accusations against the Police Department in Orange Walk whom they say have failed to investigate the case.

Gun and drugs convictions for Police Street resident
Fifty-four year old Delroy Chambers, a resident of Police Street, was given two 5 year sentences today by Magistrate Dale Cayetano after he was found guilty of kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. Chambers was also fined $10,000 after he was found guilty of drug trafficking for 1,525 grams of cannabis. If he defaults on payment he will serve 3 years. The incident occurred on December 12, 2012. The police, acting on information they received, went o chamber residence and when they searched a coconut tree in the yard they found a bag that contained one 9 millimeter pistol with 9 rounds of ammunition in its magazine.

Tropical Depression could bring lots of rain over Belize
A large portion of Belize could be affected by rain from a tropical system that is tracking eastward towards the Yucatan Peninsula. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center tonight announced the formation of Tropical Depression number 9 over the Bay of Campeche. At 9 o’clock Belize time tonight, TD-9 was about 160 miles west-southwest of Campeche carrying maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. TD-9 is moving towards the east at 6 miles per hour. On the forecast track, TD-9 is expected to approach the coast of Campeche on Wednesday or Wednesday night.

Mother in trouble for allegedly burning her son’s hand
Thirty-two year old Odette Lambey, a sales clerk who allegedly lit her stove and put the hand of her 6 year old son in the fire, was charged with grievous harm when she appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Lambey was released on a bail of $500. Her next court date is December 5. The incident occurred on Thursday, October 16 at Lambey’s house in the St. Martin de Porres area of Belize City. The child was given a medico- legal form and he was taken to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The doctor who examined him classified they boy’s injury as grievous harm.

Ministry of Health monitors suspected Chik-V cases
Ministry of Health officials are closely monitoring two suspected cases of the Chikungunya viral disease in the Belmopan area of the Cayo district. One of the cases is believed to have been imported from El Salvador. Best information we have received suggests that two “rapid tests” of samples taken from patients being closely monitored by the Ministry of Health have reportedly indicated the presence of the Chik-V virus; but these “rapid tests” are highly unreliable with only a 30% sensitivity and specificity. The “rapid tests” have not been validated and until external test results from a trusted laboratory are received the status remains that there are no confirmed cases of Chik-V in Belize.

Orange Walk Central Park undergoes renovation
The Central Park in Orange Walk town is undergoing major renovations and upgrading. Work on the park rehabilitation started on Wednesday of last week as part of an initiative under the Belize Municipal Development Plan. The Orange Walk Central Park renovation project is being funded through a World Bank loan, with the implementing agency being the Social Investment Fund, at a cost of $350,000. The objective of the project is to improve the aesthetics of the Orange Walk Central Park, making it a more community friendly space.

Burglary reported at Fisheries Department office in Belize City
Close to ten thousand dollars worth of electronic items have been reported stolen from the Fisheries Department building on Princess Margaret Drive in Belize City. Police say that a Fisheries Officer reporter that sometime between the end of the work day on Friday and Monday morning when the office was opened, someone gained illegal entry to the office located on the second floor of the Fisheries Department building. The list of items stolen includes three laptop computers, one tablet, a couple of external hard drives and a GPS system all with a total value of $9,600. Police investigation of the burglary continues.

Fighting the looting of Belize’s cultural treasures
The U.S. Embassy and National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) today co-hosted a workshop on preserving and protecting Belize’s cultural heritage. Belize has many treasures, both on land and on sea, but we are subject to unscrupulous individuals raiding our resources for private gain, selling priceless artifacts to the highest bidder internationally. Sylvia Batty of the Institute of Archaeology says a memorandum of understanding signed with the U.S. aims to prosecute and reduce those thefts by making it a criminal offence at the federal level to bring in such artefacts to the United States.

Public Utilities Commission releases Request for Proposals report
One year ago the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) started a process of requesting proposals from interested companies for the purpose of securing adequate electricity generation or supply capacity to satisfy all reasonable demands for the supply of electricity in the country of Belize for the next fifteen years at least cost, through a competitive bidding process. Belize is expecting better prices from Mexican power provider CFE over the next four years and anticipates possibly joining a Central American electric network powered by natural gas, but the PUC says it wants to be safe and have a ready source of electricity to meet demands across the country. Belize Electricity Limited (BEL), Belize’s chief power provider, is asking for sixty megawatts of firm capacity – that is, energy throughout the year – and 15 megawatts of energy from renewable sources.

Blogs

A Day About Town Collecting Donations For SAGA’s Big Halloween Fundraiser
Yesterday, Eileen (the owner of D&E’s Frozen Custard, the former editor of the San Pedro Sun newspaper, one of the founders of the SAGA Humane Society AND one of my favorite people) and I hit the town to gather donations for Sunday’s Spooktacular. We’ve done it before. This is the BIG party and fundraiser for San Pedro’s animal clinic and we want to raise as much as we possibly can. They volunteers have organized raffles and auctions (information coming on that!), games and contests and lots of food to sell. To spread the word and the flyers around town, to invite EVERYONE to the party and to make them feel like they have a bit of ownership in our town’s non-profit veterninary clinic – Eileen and I spent over 5 hours yesterday talking to everyone! Hitting every grocery store – large and small – soliciting food donations. So that the food prepared (stew chicken, rice & beans, chili and cheese dip) is prepared free and all the money made goes right to SAGA.

Saga Humane Society Spooktacular Auction
The San Pedro community businesses and resort managers and owners, has generously donated award winning dining certificates, exclusive resort and condo accommodations, adventure excursions and activities, boutique shopping certificates and more, in support of the 11th Annual Saga Humane Society Halloween Fundraiser. This year, many of those items can be won on-line at Biddingowl.com. On Sunday October 26th from 11 AM to 5 PM, Saga friends and supporters will gather at Carlo and Ernie’s Runway Bar & Grill on Coconut Drive in San Pedro to celebrate Halloween “Saga Style” with games, activities, food and drink and the ever popular Saga Halloween Costume Contest, awarding great prizes. “Everyone in San Pedro looks forward to the Saga Halloween party each year,” says Saga board member and Animal Well Being Director Kathy Marin. But not to worry, she says. “If you can’t come to the party, you can still grab some great prizes on-line at Biddingowl.com auction site with all the proceeds going directly to SAGA. “This fun-filled party is only one part of the annual Saga fundraiser,” according to Eileen Jamison, one of the original founders of Saga and owner of island favorite DandE’s Frozen Custard. “The games and contests and food are great. The raffle prizes are fantastic, and this year’s Smooch-A-Pooch booth is sure to be a favorite. For those Saga friends and supporters who can not be at the party this year, we have taken the best of the best items like free airfare on Tropic Air, luxury accommodations at award-winning properties like X’tan Ha Resort, and adventure activities and put them onto an interactive on-line auction system. Now Saga friends near and far can join the fun.”

Investing in Belize Real Estate
Many Europeans and North Americans have a dream of living in a place where the air is warm, the water is blue, living is easy, and the rum is cheap. The small country of Belize may or may not live up to your expectations in these regards. Any many of those who take the leap to Belize end up broke, frustrated and unhappy, so thoroughly investigate before you ultimately decide to move to Belize. Expats in Belize are now most clustered in Placencia, San Pedro, near Corozal Town and the Belize City suburbs. Belize also has one of the most liberal retirement programs in the area, with the Retired Persons Incentive Program enacted in 1999. Under the terms of this program, foreign citizens older than 45 can import their possessions duty free and gain special residence status for as long as they meet a few basic requirements. Here are five questions to answer before you make the move to Belize.

International Sourcesizz

Late Afternoon Update On Invest 93-L
A reconnaissance aircraft is investigating Invest 93L which is located in the southern Bay of Campeche. They did find that there is a small well-defined low pressure system associated with Invest 93L. In addition, reconnaissance aircraft also found winds near tropical storm force associated with the low pressure system. The National Hurricane Center opted not to upgrade it to a tropical cyclone as the thunderstorm activity associated with Invest 93L is not organized enough to be considered a tropical cyclone at this time. Once Invest 93L gets into the northwestern Caribbean by Friday, I think that it will probably meander around in the northwestern Caribbean for several days from this weekend into at least early next week. At this point, there is a high degree of uncertainty on where Invest 93L may go and how strong it could get. There is the possibility that it will be ultimately picked up by a trough of low pressure and yanked northward out of the Caribbean and towards the Florida Peninsula by the middle part of next week. Now, there is just as equal of a chance that it will meander westward and be missed by the trough with a ultimate track back towards the Yucatan Peninsula by the middle to later parts of next week. As for potential strength in the northwestern Caribbean, I’m currently leaning towards the side of some strengthening to probably a tropical storm. At this point, I don’t see enough evidence to think that it will be a hurricane like what the NAVGEM model is suggesting. Cool, dry air will be just to the north of this system across much of the Gulf of Mexico and this should put a damper on robust strengthening.

Caribbean travel bans unfair, says Sierra Leone national
A national of Sierra Leone residing in Britain has criticized the travel ban imposed by St Kitts and Nevis and a number of other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states. Communications consultant Desmond Gordon told WINN FM that the ban is unfair because there are steps being put in place in his country, as well as in Liberia and Guinea, and at a global level, to prevent the spread of the disease. Gordon returned to the UK six weeks ago from a visit to Sierra Leone. "Well frankly I think it's (the ban) a bit unfair, because I think there are steps being put in place to curb the possibility of viruses and diseases across different countries and continents," he said, while explaining that he had to undergo stringent processing during his recent trip. "I had to do temperature checks; I had to fill out a health form and all those things to prevent me from spreading the disease, if I did have it, across borders. So I think it is unfair for other countries to jump on a bandwagon or to take extreme perspectives without actually looking at what the real issues are," he told WINN FM.

Belize Zoo Visitors Offer Oct. 28 Talk
Visitors from SUNY Cortland’s zoo partner in Central America will explain the importance of their work and discuss student internship opportunities at the Belize Zoo during a campus presentation Tuesday, Oct. 28. Jamal Andrewin, environmental educator at the Belize Zoo, and Tony Garel, the facility’s head zookeeper, will speak at 7 p.m. in Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge. Their talk is free and open to the public. The College shares a unique partnership with the zoo and maintains a positive presence throughout Belize by bringing students and faculty members from several different academic disciplines to the popular tourist destination, an English-speaking country located on the northeast coast of Central America and bordered by Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the south and west.

Belize, l’incredibile voragine dell’oceano
Il Great Blue Hole è una delle più incredibili meraviglie naturali al mondo: 300 metri di diametro, 125 metri di profondità e una forma quasi perfettamente circolare… Natura e incanto nel Belize, in questo sito di immersione tra i più sorprendenti al mondo, ricco di natura e incredibile scrigno di biodiversità. La voragine della grotta verticale sottomarina del Great Blue Hole è una gigantesca formazione naturale di forma quasi perfettamente circolare, con misure da capogiro: 300 metri di diametro, 125 metri di profondità. Questo immenso buco si trova nel Mar dei Caraibi, e rientra nel Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, Patrimonio dell’Umanità dell’UNESCO.

Cruise ship cleared by CDC back at sea
The Carnival Magic cruise ship has been cleared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States and is expected back in Cayman later this week. The ship, which regularly calls on Grand Cayman as part of its cruising itinerary hit the international news headlines last week when it was revealed that a Texas lab technician who had handled Ebola medical samples was aboard. The woman has since tested negative for the virus and was isolated in her cruise ship Cabin for most of her trip. The Carnival cruise ship had left Galveston before the technician was aware she needed to be tested and quarantined. The CDC released a statement Sunday after reviewing all of the evidence relating to the passenger and said that, “No passengers or crew were exposed to Ebola on the ship.” The CDC added that “the ship was safe to use” with no need to screen passengers. The ship was also sanitized before leaving Texas at the weekend and it is now expected to arrive in the Cayman Islands on Thursday, as scheduled. CDC also confirmed that the lab technician’s Ebola test was negative

Las Sartenejeñas Cooperative celebrate their Pollination Project "TPP" grant
In the Sarteneja Village in Corozal District, Belize, 80% of the village's income comes from the fishing industry. As a result, the reefs have been over-fished, and this source of income has declined. Traditionally men provide for the households, but with the recent turn of events, women have had to step in to support their families. Las Sartenejeñas Cooperative is a women-owned, operated and led cooperative that provides a community resource to help develop new and sustainable means of income for this village. Peace Corps Volunteer,Jennifer Krottinger, has helped this group grow into an effective women's group, bringing women together to engage and actively participate in learning traditional sewing and handicrafts techniques for preservation of tradition, and to create positive and sustainable economic development for women.

Videos

Video: Belize Diving 2014, 5min.
Carnival Conquest cruise to Cozumel, Belize, Honduras and Costa Maya. This is from two of the dives in Belize.

Video: My currency of Belize paper money, 3.5min.
Belize's first paper money

Video: Landing in San Pedro, Belize, .5min.

Video: Belize Vacation 2014, 15min.
Footage from Caye Caulker, Turneffe, cave tubing, Glovers Atoll Resort and the whale sharks at Gladden Spit.

October 21, 2014


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Specials and Events

Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5 and CTV 3
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The San Pedro Sun

Shooting victim Ivan Aldana remains in a critical condition
A San Pedro Town resident is in critical condition and fighting for his life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after he was shot over the weekend. 24-year-old Ivan Aldana, a Belizean carpenter, was shot sometime around 10PM on Sunday October 19th in the San Pedrito Area. Police said that they are looking for one man known to them for the attempted murder against Aldana. Station Sergeant at the San Pedro Police Station, Lenansio Bol, said that when they visited the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro PolyClinic II, Aldana was found with an apparent gunshot wound. “He was observed with a single gunshot wound to the upper back. Police investigation revealed that Aldana was standing at a bar, in the San Pedrito Area, when a person who he recognized fired about five shots in his direction, one of which caught him and caused the injuries,” said Bol during a press conference on Monday, October 20th.

No arrests made in the murder of Samuel Dawson
One man was found stabbed to death inside his apartment in San Pedro Town, and police are trying to find who committed the crime. The victim has been identified as 44-year-old Samuel Dawson, a Belizean truck driver originally of Hattieville Village, but who lived and worked on Ambergris Caye for a number of years. Dawson’s body was discovered by a co-worker sometime around 7:40 AM on Saturday October 18th. According to the station Sergeant at the San Pedro Police Station, Lenansio Bol, they visited a two storey wooden building on Manta Ray Street in the San Pedrito Area where they observed Dawson apparently dead. “When we arrived, we saw the lifeless body of Dawson in the living room area inside the top apartment building. He was observed facedown with what appeared to be stab wounds to the neck and a cut to his lip,” said Bol. According to Police, Dawson was discovered around 7:30AM by a co-worker who had gone to pick him up to go to work. After shouting for him, the coworker went upstairs where he observed that the door was ajar and decided to open the entrance to the apartment a little more.

Dr. Javier Zuniga leaves SP Polyclinic
Since he was assigned to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro PolyClinic II, Doctor Javier Zuniga has become well-known and loved by many in San Pedro Town. But the good doctor has formally left his San Pedro post, and is transitioning into a new position at the Ministry of Health’s Central Health Region. “While I will depart from the PolyClinic in San Pedro, I will still be involved in ensuring that the quality of health care remains on par at the polyclinic and with the Ministry of Health. I would like to thank the San Pedro community for working along with me while on the island,” said Zuniga. Dr. Zuniga was attached to the San Pedro PolyClinic for eight years. He assumes his new post on Monday, October 20th.

Why should we care if our crocodiles are sick?
According to NOVA The Extraordinary Lives of Crocs, “Crocodiles are the ultimate survivors. Having arisen some 200 million years ago, they have outlived the dinosaurs by some 65 million years.” So I have to ask, “How is it that these ultimate survivors are struggling on our island to exist?” As residents on Ambergris Caye we need to consider crocodiles as the thermometers of our environmental health. When a child is not feeling well one of the first things we do is take his temperature. If he is running a fever we know his body is fighting an infection. We wonder, what made him sick? Was it something he ate or drank? These are the same kind of questions we need to be asking when our crocodiles ‘run a fever’. If something in our environment is making them sick, these creatures, who are regarded to have one of the most resilient immune systems in the world, we’d best regard this as a wakeup call.

Hyperbaric Chamber Clinic in San Pedro, serving the community for over 25 years
Belize’s Ministry of Tourism has reported a constant increase in tourism arrivals to Belize. Many of those tourists that visit the country are engaged in recreational diving and snorkeling activities in Belize’s pristine waters. For that reason, having a hyperbaric medical treatment facility is essential to the country’s visiting and diving community. This allows for timely and adequate treatment should a diver suffer from decompression sickness. In Belize, the Sub-aquatics of Belize Limited has been offering this service via San Pedro Town’s Hyperbaric Chamber Clinic for over 25 years. One of the founding members of the Hyperbaric Chamber Clinic on Ambergris Caye is Mauricio Moreno who officially opened the chamber in 1989. The Chamber is a member of the 12 Sub-Aquatic Safety Service (SSS) Network which has similar facilities in every continent. Some of those places include Mexico, Africa, the Galapagos in Ecuador and even Australia. This attests to the facility’s high standards and experience in hyperbaric medicine. One of the founders of the SSS Network, the mother company of the Hyperbaric Chamber Clinic on Ambergris Caye, saw the need for such a facility over 25 years ago after realizing the diving potential in Belize.

Ambergris Today

Free Christian Concert in San Pedro
The Belize Mission Project - Lighthouse Christian Radio Evangelical Allianece of San Pedro Presents: Evidence of Journey. A Free Christian Concert on November 1st at 8pm at the Hon. Louise Sylvestre Sports Complex. Nashville Recording Christian Artist Two Musicians, Two Roads, Join together for ONE purpose! Sharing their music and testimony for the Glory of God. Eddie Kilgallon and Dusty Workman have had their share of radio hits, won awards and have played with Country Music’s Best Stars, NOW their purpose is to use that musical experience to proclaim the truth of Jesus Christ through their music. Don’t miss this FREE EVENT! FREE ADMISSION!

Dianita Cal Celebrates Her Quinceaños
On Saturday, October 11, 2014, Dianita Cal celebrated her Quinceaños (15th Birthday) along with her friends and family in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. She received her blessing at the Roman Catholic Church and a reception followed. Dianita Cal, daughter of Ana and Marc Cal, was officially presented to society by her Godparents Maria and Ismael Umaña. Other Godparents were: Giorgy Castillo, Dihno Norales, Edgar Najarro, Evelia Flores, Wendy Alvarenga, Letty Castro, Alba Najarro, Rebeca Cucul, Mauricio & Oneida Lara, Adan Najarro, Emily Cerpa, Maria Herrera, Amalia Cal and Calma Coc.

Ramon's Village Donates Speed Bumps to San Pedro Town
This afternoon, Monday, October 20, 2014, Ramon's Village presented the San Pedro Town Council with a gift for the town of 24 speed bumps. On hand to accept the generous donation was Mayor Daniel Graniel and Councilor Kenrick Brackett who said that these types of donates are very much appreciated by the San Pedro Town Council. "We cannot do this alone," commented Councilor Brackett. "The support of the business community is very much appreciated and we thank Ramon's Village for setting an initiative to assist the island in addressing traffic issues of the town." Kenrick commented that the new speed bumps will be primarily placed in school zones and any ones left over will be installed in areas identified with high priority to traffic alleviation. He indicated that there is the need for 17 more of these speed bumps that the Town Council wants to install in the newly paved road in North Ambergris Caye.

San Pedro Hellfighters Donate to Red Cross Chapter
“The San Pedro Branch of the Belize Red Cross is very appreciative of this generous donation and the thought behind it,” commented Laurie Norton, member of the Red Cross. “They believe it is important to build Ambergris Caye capacity by being prepared for emergencies in advance and this donation of $1,500 will help do just that. We would like to thank the Mayor for his recommendation and the Hellfighters for their time and hard work to raise funds.”

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Stakeholders Meeting in Improving Airlift Development
(4 photos)

Corozal Bay Sailing Club
Getting ready for Oktoberfest. Cakes, and salads will be made by members and friends of CBSC, Bratwurst being mixed and stuffed, ready for the grill. Beer ordered, beach being raked and the sun will be out! Bring your appetite, sunscreen, coins for chicken drop and camera.

Justice Christopher Blackman Sworn in as New Justice of Appeal
Government of Belize Press Office

Belize refuses entry to Ebola-exposed worker on cruise ship
On Thursday, the prime minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, rejected a request from the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, to use Belizean territory to transport a self-quarantined Ebola-exposed lab worker on a cruise ship off the shore of Belize City. Barrow had already been in negotiations all day with US officials who wanted to remove the passenger and transport her via Medevac from Belize back to Texas. The passenger was still within the incubation period for exposure to Ebola after she reportedly handled a sealed vial of blood from the only patient from the US who had died from the Ebola virus.

Puppies
Please contact Linda Searle if you are interested in any of these pups...BHSAS will help vaccinate and sterilize them.

Boo at the Zoo is Belize’s Newest Halloween Event
Mummies and Daddies are encouraged to bring their little critters out to The Belize Zoo on Saturday November 1, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to have a Howlin’ good time. Come have your little rascals wag their wild tails, gaze with their glowing eyes and perk up their listening ears as they hear captivating animal stories. Hooo's asleep when the sun goes down? Come meet the real rulers of the night including some of the real sleepy and not-so-sleepy residents of the Belize Zoo, and learn not-so-spooky facts about them. Our not-so-scary and fun-filled event will have something for the entire family to enjoy; Halloween treat stations, Zookeeper chats, and decorated trails will definitely make this event frightfully fun for the whole family. It’ll be all treats and no tricks as each child receives a complimentary zoo bag. Kids and adults are encouraged to wear fun (not scary) costumes as we have a spooktacular evening. Jack-o’-lantern styled pizza, spooky cookies and creepy drinks will be available. Call the Belize Zoo at 822 8000 for more information.

Ramon's donates 12 speed bumps
On Monday, October 20, Ramon's Village Resort made a donation of 12 pairs of Speed bumps (24 total) to the San Pedro Town Council. These bumps will be placed around town to help manage the traffic flow in San Pedro and for the safety of all. Mr. Einer Gomez, Manager of Ramon's Village Resort, was present to hand over the donation to Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Council Kenrick Brackett. The San Pedro Town Council is very thankful for this donation as it is much needed. We also applaud Ramon's Village Resort for their initiative in keeping San Pedro safe and we would like to invite the other resorts, especially in North, Ambergris Caye to follow in their footsteps as the new road will be in need of these bumps as it comes to its completion.

Bridge traffic limited for a few day
Due to the paving on North Ambergris Caye, the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge is open ONLY to Pedestrians, Bicycles, Motorcycles and Golf Carts for a few days. The section right off the north-end of the bridge is being paved and requires the necessary measures to be taken. We apologize for any inconveniences caused and appreciate your cooperation and understanding. The San Pedro Town Council always working for YOU!

Baby Armadillo is doing great
This baby armadillo was transported from Corozal to the Caves Branch Botanical Garden in September. Baby armadillo, orphaned, from Corozal district was successfully delivered to us with the help of numerous people in the Wildlife Conservation Network. Due to its' very small size, we settled it in the "nursery" enclosure. That allows us better access to the observation of the animal. Thank you, everybody!

Ongoing meetings conducted by the Ministry of Health
This morning with relevant stakeholders to discuss a coordinated plan on Ebola.

Dutch Navy Ship visits Belize
The HNLMS Pelikaan is a logistics support vessel of the Royal Netherlands Navy. Information on its website states the ship was built and designed especially for the Caribbean Sea, and is permanently based at Curaçao. She entered service on June 12th, 2006. The vessel has the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Classification 1A1 E0 NAUT-OC ICS CRANE. The ship's primary purpose is to provide humanitarian assistance during natural disasters. It can also serve as a command centre for amphibious operations, and transport amphibious troops. For these tasks it is equipped with two deck cranes, one 25t/11m and one 7t/14m, two cargo spaces with hatch covers suitable for dangerous goods, a 6m fast RHIB with outboard engine, an ammunition store, a small arms store, a deck store and a boatswain store, as well as an engine room workshop and an electronics workshop.

JOB VACANCY!!!!!!!!! NOTE!!!!!! Office Administrator Post
Must be familiar with Quick Books, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. Fluent in typing, Filing and Familiar with Accounting Procedures. Must have some previous experience in this area or really willing and quick to learn. LOCATION: CONSEJO, COROZAL DISTRICT PLEASE CONTACT NEIDI L. ROSADO at 402-0440 or visit our Department of Youth Services Office in Corozal Town.

Parrots returned to the wild
We have finally transferred our hand-raised yellow head babies back to the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE)-managed Payne's Creek National Park. Sad and happy and nervous and excited... We hope you enjoy this picture diary!

Belizean women motivating other women to join their team in domino tournament
Normally when most people hear about a domino tournament they mostly think of teams of men competing against each other. The launching of a new female domino team -- the “Iron Ladies” -- within the Belizean/Brooklyn community came about when Claudette Ramos-McKoy suggested to her younger sister, Jarreen Ramos-Arzu, that there should be a female team. At the time the sisters were current members of their late sponsor Wallace “Wally Dee” Mitchell’s team named “Wally Dee Domino Superstars.” The women were active members of the team and wanted to carry on his legacy after his passing in August of this year. Collaborating with ideas from Mitchell and Michael Pandy, who held a domino tournament in 2013, the women decided that a tournament should be held for five consecutive weekends consisting of four teams, with the winning team earning trophies and cash prizes.

Channel 7

Hattieville Man Who Went To Work In San Pedro Was Killed There
Tonight, San Pedro Police continue to investigate the murder of a hardworking father of 5 who was on the island to do construction work. 44 year-old Hattieville resident Samuel Dawson travelled to the island 2 weeks ago to work with other construction labourers on the North Ambergris Road. Viewers may remember that very much like the works in Belize City, this road in San Pedro is being cemented. Dawson was in the company of his supervisor on Friday night after work, where they went to a restaurant in the San Pedrito area. The supervisor left him at the restaurant, and when he went back to check on Dawson at his island apartment, he found his body on the ground. The front door was ajar, and when the supervisor went into the house, he saw that Dawson had been stabbed twice in the neck.

Drunken Bus Driver Busted
A drunken bus driver is an experience too many commuters are sadly familiar with. But on Friday afternoon police caught one on the western highway. At about 3:15 pm, police went into a Guerra's bus that the traffic police had already stopped. They found driver William Ayala with a strong smell of alcohol. He was taken to the police station where a sample was collected. They took him to Belize City court today where he was charged for driving Motor Vehicle with Alcohol concentration Above the prescribed limit. Ayala was unrepresented when he appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano in Court #4 where he pleaded not guilty. Since there was no objection to bail, he was offered bail of $1,000 plus one surety. His next court date is set for November 24.

Carnival Magic Passenger Negative For Ebola
On Sunday morning before dawn, the Carnival Magic cruise ship arrived back in port at Galveston, Texas. The good news is that the 59 year old lab supervisor has tested negative for Ebola - 21 days after she handled a specimen from a Liberian man who died from Ebola at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. So, her negative test then should conclusively put everyone in the clear: all those four thousand plus passengers who were on the ship - and the handful of Belizeans who also went on the ship as the boarding party. But, the scare was legitimate and yesterday Channel 2 in Houston captured the unusual homecoming for the cruise -we rebroadcast that story:… And while all's well that ends well - some choice remarks by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer raised eyebrows in Belize. On Saturday Blitzer featured Marie Harf, the Deputy Spokesperson for the State Department - who underscored their disappointment with the Government of Belize for refusing to allow the disembarkation of the 59 year old Lab Supervisor unto Belizean soil. Here's that exchange:

Mayor Bradley Says He'll Pay Waste Control
On Friday, we told you about the default judgment from the Supreme Court that was handed down committing the Belize City Council to pay 525 thousand dollars to Belize Waste Control. It's a quite well-known dispute between the sanitation company and Mayor Darrell Bradley's council. City Hall has historically accumulated arrears for garbage collection, which they claim to catch up when trade license fees start to come in late in the year. But after years of slippage - and an inability to dialogue earnestly with the mayor, Waste Control decided that they could no longer wait for the council to pay on its own schedule, and the company filed a claim before the Supreme Court. Because City Hall offered no defence, they were awarded a default judgment of over half a million dollars.

PUC Gets Through First Phase of Evaluating Power Bids
In October of last year, the Public Utilities Commission put out what's called a request for power for 60 megawatts of firm energy, and 15 megawatts of intermittent energy. Today 54 weeks later, they released the findings of the first phase of evaluation of 22 bids for 37 projects - including solar, wind and hydro power. Today at a press conference, PUC Chairman John Avery explained that the process to arrive at a power purchase agreement still has a ways to go:... John Avery, Chairman - PUC "One of the reasons for this RFP, this process is to have an open transparent and fair process and so releasing this report today its one; to assure people that the RFP is still ongoing and particularly the bidders because since we are a few weeks late with the expected final report. We are looking not only to have enough capacity in country, but we are also looking to minimize our costs to consumers. So there are no guarantees coming out of this thing. This is a request for proposals, we've received proposals. In our estimation it has been a successful RFP. We received enough bids to satisfy what we are looking for. A lot of the bids are credible bids from credible people and the others that weren't we've disqualified. So now basically the rest will rely on our long term strategy in satisfying our needs. Basically after we've done with this BEL will then initiate the negotiation phase with each one of them, to start negotiations with them. We are looking for the projects that best fit our system and that overall will result in the lowest cost to consumers."

Mother of Six Missing For Two Weeks; Family's Worries Mount
39 year old Emma Gillett, a mother of 6 children, a guardian to two others, and a school warden from Maud Williams High School, has been missing for 12 days now and her family is very worried. She has gone missing before but never for this long, and now, her family has no idea where she might be. Her cousin came to our studios to ask for the public's help in locating her. Kendra Henkis, cousin "The only thing we heard is that she was in PG. We made efforts in PG to locate her and we didn't find her, everyone said that they didn't see her. She call us on a phone number last week. We tried calling back the number, but it just rang or it goes to voicemail. From then to now we don't have any idea where she is or if she is dead or alive. Recently she began to go, like she would leave one day and go and come back like in 2-3 days, so when she left we never really took it as a red flag and say well that it was something major. But now the time is too long and she have her kids, so we need to know where she is. If anyone out there know or see Emma, the location where she is, they can contact the nearest police station or they can call the family at 661-5312 or 626-6981."

Double Amputee Gets Mercy From Court
28 year-old Stephan Domingo was spared jail time today after being caught with weed, accepting guilt, but being unable to pay the fine. Police say that at around 2:30 on last week Friday evening, they went to his house in Hattieville to search for drugs. At the time, he was in the company of 2 other men, when they found a bag beside him which contained 3 grams - or 0.1 ounces - of cannabis. All 3 men were charged with drug possession. They were all arraigned before Magistrate Herbert Panton today, and Domingo accepted guilt for the drugs. The problem is that he is a double amputee, and his only source of income is a monthly stipend of $40. This meant that he would have a very difficult time to pay the $200 fine. Also, he had a fine from 2006 when he was convicted of harm. He was supposed to pay $200 for that case also, but to date, he hasn't paid any money toward it. This meant that he would have to serve several months in jail because he defaulted on payment.

Man Robbed Bus Driver For Child Support
27 year-old Candelario Lemus also got spared a custodial sentence after Chief Magistrate, Ann Marie Smith, found him guilty robbing a bus driver. Eldon Chiac told police that in April, Lemus entered his bus, robbed him of $275 dollars, and also stabbed 2 of the tires for the bus, puncturing them. Lemus was convicted in a trial, and after consideration of the circumstances, Chief Magistrate Smith sentenced him to pay a fine of $500 forthwith. He must also pay $700 in compensation for the damage to property. Lemus explained to the court that the incident happened when he went to collect child support from Chiac, who shares a child with his girlfriend.

Justice Blackman is Back
The newest Justice of the Court of Appeal is a familiar face in Belize. Justice Christopher Blackman - who served as a Supreme Court Judge in Belize from 2001 to 2003 - was today sworn in as an Appeals Court Judge by Governor General Sir Colville Young in Belmopan. 69 year old Justice Blackman most recently served as a Justice of appeal in the Bahamas, and prior to that had his second stint as a judge of the High Court of Barbados from 2003 to 2008.

NICH and USA Talk Culture
Today, a follow up workshop was held in Belize with cultural experts from both countries. The US facilitators want to share lessons with their Belizean counterparts on the very shady world of trafficking in antiquities. We found out more:.. Greg Borgstede, Cultural Analyst - US Department of State "Belize has a very rich cultural heritage which includes obviously the archaeological heritage, the colonial heritage and we are talking particularly about the tangible or the objects. Those objects are being stolen from Belize, looted out of archeological sites, stolen from under water cultural sites and then trafficked, sent across international borders to markets in other countries. The United States recognizes that we have a market. There is demand in the United States for these kinds of objects and we recognize that this is a problem in that it's robbing Belize of its cultural patrimony and cultural heritage. UNESCO (United Nations Education and Scientific and Cultural Organization) has estimated that for Maya objects in particular throughout obviously Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala - there is about a thousand illicit objects a week are entering the market."

Making Sense of Mad Money For High Schoolers
Two weeks ago we told you about the local Credit Unions plan to redefine their services to cater to the saving and spending patterns of youths. Today St. John's Credit Union engaged the students at Maud Williams High School in this process by teaching them all about saving through the Union's "Mad City Money" interactive game. Lucien Dawson, Marketing Officer - St. John's Credit Union "We came here today to teach the students about financial literacy, but putting a twist on it call "mad city money" and the way how it is, is that we give them an about me page which tells them their position, so either they are a carpenter or an analysis, a forensic pathologist, whatever and it gives them a salary as well as their spouse's salary and then what they are supposed to do is go around to the vendors and actually purchase goods and services. What it does is that it teaches them about budgeting, about planning for long term as well it teaches them the importance about being responsible with money and that is the main thing - is that we want to change the culture of how we deal with money here."

Chiquibul Telethon Scores Major Success
The Chiquibul Protection Telethon was held on Saturday at the Memorial Park in Belize City. It was aired live on all radio and tv stations from 10: am to 5:00 pm - and it featured more than a few memorable moments. Here's just a small sample:.. Pledges kept coming in after the Telethon finished and when we checked with the organizers today, it stood at 327 thousand, 870 dollars. As we've reported, this will go to fund Chiquibul Forest rangers for the Friends for Conservation and Development. The rangers cost 24 thousand dollars annually, so those funds should sponsor about 13 rangers. This is in addition to the 7 they presently have.

Rigo's Reign Still Supreme
Rigo Vellos is probably one of Belize's well-known bodybuilders, and on Friday, for the 3rd time in a row he was chosen as Mr. Belize in the 2014 Bodybuilding and Body Building Fitness Championships. The Mr. Belize category is where the elite bodybuilder is chosen, who is in the best shape of all the competitors, across all weight classes. Vellos, who also won the Light Heavyweight category, edged out Clayton Greenidge who won his category as a Master Bodybuilder. Notable mention in the Mr. Belize Category is Oyinkro Okpobodor, who competed on Friday night as a novice, but managed to place amongst experienced bodybuilders. In the miss Fitness competition, Gina Lovell won first place, while Ann Lyn Apolonio (who was chosen as Miss Bikini Fitness) came in second in the body fitness category. Rounding out the top 3 was Josephine Gault.

Channel 5

Guatemalan Minors Shot in Belize
Benque Police are investigating a very curious shooting which has left one Guatemalan minor injured and another likely dead. It happened at around four Sunday afternoon, when three minors from [...]

Truck Driver Murdered in San Pedro
While police continue to search for the Guatemalan minor, who is presumed dead, the body of forty-four-year-old Samuel Dawson, a truck driver of Hattieville, was found in his San Pedro [...]

Another Man Shot in San Pedro Clings To Life at the K.H.M.H.
Twenty-four-year-old Ivan Aldana is hospitalized at the K.H.M.H. after being shot in San Pedro on Sunday during an incident in which someone he is familiar with attacked him and fired [...]

Belize Prepares for Ebola
It has now been confirmed that a lab technician who was a passenger on the Carnival Magic cruise ship, has been cleared of the Ebola virus. Tests were done on [...]

MoH Prepares Infection Control Training Schedule
Important training sessions will continue throughout the week to further sensitize frontline workers on the dangers of Ebola.   Via Phone: Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Interim Head, Epidemiology Unit, Ministry of [...]

G.O.B. Mum on U.S. State Department Diss
As we reported on Friday, the U.S. State Department dissed Belize for not allowing the lab technician and her partner to be transported from the Carnival Magic to the P.G.I.A.  [...]

Minister Hulse Confirms that Guatemalan Workers Illegal
The construction of a forward operating base on Hunting Caye has been halted on the strength of a stop order from U.S. Southcom. The workers left the island on October [...]

8 Energy Provision Proposals Shortlisted by PUC
The Public Utilities Commission has selected eight project proposals for phase one of the Request for Proposals for Energy Generation.  This comes after the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities [...]

P.U.C. wants to complement Mexican power supply
According to P.U.C. Chairman John Avery, the objective is to secure additional energy to the national grid in times of power shortage.   John Avery, Chairman, Public Utilities Commission “The [...]

B.D.F. Speaks on Border Incident at Camp Valentin
On October third, the nation was shocked and outraged by news that Guatemalan villagers had confronted B.D.F. soldiers at Camp Valentin, a newly constructed conservation post. Those villagers had threatened [...]

G.O.B. Approves New Subdivision in San Pedro
In September, News Five brought you the story of a proposed subdivision on Ambergris Caye, about four miles north of San Pedro Town. More than three hundred lots had been [...]

New Appeals Justice Sworn In
The court of appeal opened this morning in Belize City; fourteen cases will be disposed of: six are criminal and the remaining eight are civil. The president of the court [...]

Charge Against Belize City Man Upgraded to Murder
A man who was badly beaten back in April succumbed to his injuries in early July. Today, charges have been upgraded to murder on the suspect believed to be twenty-two [...]

Bus Driver Charged for Drunk Driving
Forty-four year old William Ayala was pulled over Friday evening by Traffic Personnel after he was suspected of drunken driving. Today, he was before the court to answer to a [...]

CitCo Ordered to Pay BWC $500,000
A Supreme Court ruling against the Belize City Council flew under the radar last Friday amid extended coverage of the Ebola scare.  Belize Waste Control Limited which has remained in [...]

25 persons Arrested in GSU Weekend Crackdown
On Friday, the Gang Suppression Unit conducted a series of searches on San Pedro. The all-day anti-drug operation led to the arrest of as many as twenty-five persons who have [...]

U.S. Embassy Sponsors Human Trafficking Workshop
We’re not sure exactly when it started locally, but prostitution has become a booming industry in Belize. So-called ‘happy bars’ are popping up all over the place in every district, [...]

F.C.D. Telethon Raises More than $300,000
A telethon was held by Friends of Conservation and Development on Saturday at the Memorial Park. The target was to raise half a million dollars to expand its Park Ranger [...]

Premier League of Belize kick-off on Sports Monday
Good evening I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   The 2014 PLB Belikin Cup kicked off over the weekend, but was only able to stage 3 of the [...]

LOVE FM

Samuel Dawson murdered on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
A man was murdered on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye this weekend. San Pedro Police, visited a wooden building on Mantarey Street on the island where they saw the body of 44-year-old Samuel Dawson with two stab wounds. According to the reports Dawson, who is a truck driver of Hattieville Village, had been working in San Pedro for the past two weeks. On Friday night, Dawson asked his supervisor to take him to get something to eat which he did. The supervisor left him at a restaurant at the entrance of San Pedrito. The following morning when the supervisor went to pick up Dawson he found the door to the building he was staying ajar. When he opened the door, he saw Dawson’s body with two apparent stab wounds to the neck and a cut wound to his lower lip. Dawson’s wife, whom he has separated from, Stephanie is asking the public’s assistance in finding out who killed Samuel Dawson. “Voice 1″ “All I know is, I got the news on Saturday morning that he was murdered in San Pedro. Me and the children took it hard because right now life is real and it is really rough and it is on his work side. I am just asking if someone saw or knows about the murder to please come out and also the boss I need him by my side because since it has happened I have not seen anybody, I’ve heard no one. I have to get down myself and get into things and know what the next procedure will be. “

FCD telethon for its Park Ranger’s Program
Friends for Conservation and Development held a telethon on Saturday with the aim to raise monies for its Park Ranger’s Program. Currently FCD has employed seven rangers who are working inside the Chiquibul protecting Belize’s Natural resources from Guatemalans Invaders. The task has proven difficult for the FCD especially since its man power is stretched thin. With that in mind, the FCD set to raise monies to increase the amount of Park Rangers. The telethon which was held at Memorial Park raised three hundred and twenty thousand eight hundred and seventy dollars in pledges and cash. Executive Director for the FCD, Raphael Manzanero expressed his gratitude. “Voice 1″ “Certainly at the end of the day in terms of this telethon, we are extremely excited and grateful and we have welcomed all the donations from the child who came to give their $2 or $5 to the cooperation’s we are extremely thankful for that. As how many have noted the idea of the park ranger in the Chiquibull is an arduous task, and is a big responsibility for us. We understand that under our co-management agreement in the park in the Chiquibull national park, it is not really a simple task to undertake.

Unions Applaud PM for Decision on Possible Ebola Threat And Urge for Tighter Policies
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize sent out a release this weekend lauding the actions of Prime Minister Dean Barrow. Last week the Prime Minister refused a request from the US Government to have one of its nationals who reportedly had come in contact with fluids belonging to Thomas Duncan, the first person to die from Ebola in the US, be transported via the PGIA. The woman was a passenger on a cruise ship. The NTUCB says while the Prime Minister’s decision is laudable, the scenario that precipitated it has exposed our nation’s vulnerability when it comes to preparedness to deal with a health crisis of this magnitude.

SIF Goes Deep South With A New High School and Improved Primary School
Earlier we told you of the Dangriga Market that is near completion; other works under the SIF portfolio includes the Buttonwood Bay drainage project, the expansion of All Saints School in Belize, a Development Centre for Women in Guinea Grass, a distilled-water system in the village of Sarteneja, Corozal as well as rudimentary water systems in other rural areas…..but these are works that are yet to be inaugurated; as for works that have been completed under SIF, we can tell you of two educational facilities in the deep south that were recently installed. Minister Castillo gave us the run-down. MINISTER SANTINO CASTILLO “Under SIF, we just did, with the CDB, we opened up two schools this past week, last Thursday in southern Toledo. We opened a primary school in Aguacate and we opened up a high school that has 242 registered students in Corazon Technical High. Aguacate cost $555,000 and Corazon was $ 595,000 just $5,000 short of $600,000.

Still No Justice for Joshua Abraham; Parents Find Peace from The Tragedy
Three years and twenty nine days ago, the life of a nine-year-old boy was cut short when bullets that were not intended for him, caught him in the left rib on Victoria Street in Belize City. It was a day of celebration that turned tragic as the Independence Day parade 2011 had only just concluded when Joshua Abraham was killed. It is a loss that has left a mark on many as Joshua was a gentle and loving child and fondly remembered by those in the neighbourhood. In a mother’s effort to keep his memory alive, Joshua’s mom, Marcia Argalles coordinated what was dubbed, A Day of Healing on Victoria Street this past Saturday. She spoke to Love News and explained.

Magistrate Goes Lenient with Disabled Man
28-year-old, Stephan Domingo, a man without legs who is in a wheel chair, was spared a custodial sentence when he appeared today before Magistrate Herbert Panton and pled guilty to possession of three grams of cannabis. Domingo owed the court two hundred dollars for a conviction of harm which he got in 2006 and Magistrate Panton was of the view to send him to prison because he said he cannot work and he only gets a stipend of forty dollars every month. But because of the fact that he pled guilty and did not waste the court’s time and due to his condition, Magistrate Panton elected to give him an extension for the outstanding fine.

Patrick JonesPJ

OpEd: Gossiping on Facebook Can Be Costly
Real Talk [The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Patrick E. Jones or the Belize Media Group] “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” MLK We have all been witnesses to, or have even been subject to slanderous […]

Alleged child molestation reported in the south
Reports of sexual deviance and sex crimes committed on children are often featured on the daily news. And each incident seems to bring with it a new level of depravity. Tonight there is another disturbing case emerging from the southern part of the country. It involves a […]

Ex-athlete charged with burglary
A former basketball player has been charged with burglary and handling stolen goods. 58 year old Daniel Meighan of Cemetery Road pleaded not guilty to the charges before Magistrate Herbert Panton and was offered bail of $300. Meighan is accused of breaking into the home of Shapara Myles between October 16 […]

Disabled man fined for marijuana possession
Hattieville resident Stephan Domingo will not have to go to jail over separate offences. He pleaded guilty to possession of 3 grams of cannabis and was fined $200 which he must pay by August of 2015. But he was also facing jail time for an unpaid fine on a […]

Magistrate fines Belize City man over domestic incident
Security guard 27 year old Candelario Lemus of Buttonwood Bay in Belize City was spared serious penalty over a domestic incident in April of this year. Lemus appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith today and was found guilty of the robbery of $275 from bus driver Eldon Chiac, as […]

New judge appointed to the Belize Court of Appeals
The government of Belize today announced the appointment of Justice Christopher Blackman to the Belize Court of Appeal. A government statement said that Justice Blackman was sworn in today at Belize House in Belmopan by Governor General Sir Colville Young. The swearing in of the new Court […]

Unstable weather conditions expected most of this week
Relatively moist and unstable conditions are currently dominating factors in our weather at this time. The general forecast is for cloudy skies at times with a few showers and thunderstorms mainly inland and in northern parts of the country this afternoon but spreading to most areas tonight […]

New bathroom facility for primary school in Benque Viejo del Carmen
A new bathroom facility was inaugurated on Friday of last week at the Hills of Promise Seventh Day Adventist primary school in Benque Viejo del Carmen town. The project was facilitated by the San Ignacio Rotary Club with funding provided through the Rotary Club of Reno, Nevada, USA. The new bathroom facility replaced an old outdoor latrine that was in use for a number of years. It includes urinals for boys and bathrooms for girls as well as the male and female staff.

PG primary schools get tablets for use in the classroom
Four primary schools in Punta Gorda town were today issued with tablets to be used as a classroom tool for students. The tablets were handed out to the St. Benedict R.C., St. Peter Claver, Punta Gorda Methodist and Punta Gorda Seventh Day Adventist Schools by Mayor Anthony Fuentes. According to Mayor Fuentes, the tablets, donated by Data Wind Company of the United States, are intended to give access to cutting edge educational technology to middle school students in Punta Gorda town. Each of the four primary schools received 9 tablets as part of the initial roll out of the new education initiative by the Punta Gorda town council.

Blogs

Brunch Is For Jerks? Pffft. Sunday Morning At Estel’s Dine By The Sea
The New York Times recently published an infuriating though I think tongue-in-cheek opinion piece titled “Brunch is For Jerks.” An article arguing that this favorite weekend meal is for those who are looking to avoid adulthood and responsibility – for those that want to fritter away their entire Sunday with boozy “breakfast cocktails” and fancy food. HOW DARE THEY! There is absolutely nothing wrong with squandering most of your Sunday at Estels’ with your feet in the sand, great food, beautiful scenery, comforting food favorites (like the best fry jacks in Belize) and Charles on the BBQ, super friendly folks, maybe some town gossip and some perfectly cooked sunny-side up eggs. About three hours squandered. Happily. So what I have to say is…this jerk loves her brunch. Especially at Estels.

Jokers, Calm Caribbean Seas and Thanks
Sometimes the simplest jokes are the funniest as was the case yesterday at Christian’s Birthday party. While he and Barb were enjoying King Edwards by the pool, Joe and Arne decided to fake him out and blow out the candles on his cake first. This ended up happening three times and each one was funnier than the last. It was a very fun day celebrated with great friends and plenty of yummy food! This next set of pictures show our weather over the weekend. It has been beautiful and slightly wet weather, calm Caribbean Seas, cool breezes and occasional short heavy rainstorms. For those of you who might not have caught my tacogirl.com facebook page sunrise picture it was a great one this morning. I was really glad I decided to reboot the webcam hosted by Grand Caribe (2014 Travelers Choice Winner at TripAdvisor) and caught it on our live streaming Belize Cam.

Exploring the Blue Hole in Ambergris Caye Belize
The Blue Hole, located about 40 miles off Ambergris Caye Belize, is a welcome addition to the greatest dive sites in the world. Jacques Cousteau explored the area during the late 1960s, and pioneered a diving route in 1972 still in use by divers today. It has since become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and attracts up to 20,000 divers every year. Belize Blue Hole The Blue Hole was once a big limestone cave among several underwater tunnels; an earthquake caused the ceiling to relax, creating one of the biggest and most impressive sinkholes in the world. The earthquake also tilted the whole Lighthouse Reef to a 12-degree Ambergris caye Belizeangle, making it responsible for the stalagmites and stalactites protruding from its shelves. Marine life is abundant outside it – nurse sharks, sea fans, shellfish, gorgonians, moray eels, tunicates, hard corals and giant green anemones are just a few of the many fish species around Ambergris Caye.

Salty Pretzels
Pretzels are a soft yet crunchy bread that is a wonderful treat usually when on an outing at an amusement park or fair. This recipe is so easy to make and the pretzels are absolutely delicious. You can stuff with cheese or leave them plain like I've done.

Cahal Pech Village Resort is Now Offering the Pontoon Nature Tour
Cahal Pech Village Resort, one of the largest resorts in western Belize has just launched a spectacular adventure tour called “The Pontoon Nature Tour”. According to CEO Peter Tonti, the new tour is an addition to the list of tours and activities that the resort offers and is for guests who want to enjoy the undiscovered side of the Belizean jungle. The Pontoon Tour will take guests to the unspoiled Vaca Lake in the upper Macal River Valley in the Cayo District and is an hour drive from Cahal Pech Village Resort. The tour will be run by Lazaro Martinez, a native Belizean who grew up in the area all his life. “Howler Monkeys, toucans, white hawks, crocodiles, turtles, and an abundant of medicinal plants are only a few things that make this nature tour spectacular,” says Tonti who took his entire team including the general manager, concierge, and front desk staff on the tour early this week.

Best souvenirs to bring home from Placencia, Belize, for yourself or others :)
Best souvenirs...meaning they they are the most economical/portable/most Belizean character/looks like you were really thoughtful....in no particular order..... 1.) Tiny bottles of Marie Sharps....less than $1us! Portable, fun, authentic! Probably an overall winner in all categories :) 2.) Bottles of jam-I wondered what to do with these...still not sure I did it right....but I sauteed chicken in the jalapeno jam and it was AWESOME. You can use the banana and other fruit jams like regular jams...but a very unique gift. Or, don't try to be creative, just eat it with a spoon, out of the jar. Only a couple bucks at the grocery stores. 3.) Lion fish earrings from Treasure Box-Khadija is the owner of the shop (she is the daughter of Saeed, the awesome Bamboo guy!) She has a lovely shop where they sell very sweet lionfish earrings...lionfish are invasive species on the reef and she makes use of the lionfish in a useful and truly unique way...visit her store off the main street! Lionfish are reportedly evil....imagine wearing dangerous fish spikes dangling from your ears! What a story. 4.) Adorable silver jewelry from Denyse's....her shop in on the sidewalk. Very affordable and unique sterling silver. My friend Shannon cleaned the place out on her trip.

The October 19, 2014 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • Seeing Prison Walls This Christmas:
    Two men, remanded to prison on a joint murder charge, will be returning to court on Tuesday, December 30. Charged with the murder of Kevin Andrew Taylor, two Belizean laborers, Tyron Rushford (also known as Tyron Gongora) 32, from Blackman Eddy Village and Brian Bell, 25, from Unitedville Village, appeared in the San Ignacio courtroom of magistrate Narda Morgan on Tuesday, October 14. The charge against Rushford and Bell stems from an incident which occurred at around 10:30 on the night of Friday, October 10, in a vacant lot near a shop in the village of Unitedville. The injured victim was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan by a female villager who lives near the crime scene.
  • Gone To Jail On A Sex Charge:
    A 19 year old man from Santa Familia village was sent to jail on an unlawful carnal knowledge charge. Accompanied by her mother, a 12 year old girl reported to police that on September 29, the accused Adrian Tun, 19, a Belizean laborer from Santa Familia Village had sexual intercourse with her. The legally required medical examination confirmed that the child had been carnally known. The investigation revealed that on September 28, the child was left in the care of a neighbor as the mother departed on a five day emergency trip to El Salvador. The mother had only gone for a day when it is alleged that the neighbors’ 19 year old son had sexual relations with the girl.
  • Editorial: Allowing The Minority To Have Its Way:
    Success in politics is all about the mass participation of voters in the electoral process. Conventions are conducted to allow as many supporters as possible a first opportunity to elect the candidates they want to represent them in the ensuing round of elections. Restricting the number of persons voting in a convention to a select very few is grossly unfair and disrespectful to voters and candidates alike as it presents obvious questions such as: Who selects the few voters that will make the decision for the masses? Are these special voters selected to favor one candidate over another? Were all candidates, or just the chosen ones, made aware of these special voters so as to afford them the opportunity to seek their support weeks before the convention?
  • Five Belizeans Honoured:
    Five distinguished Belizeans were honoured for their dedicated and outstanding services to their community. The presentations took place today at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. The insignias were presented by the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.
  • Mennonite Family Morns Loss Of Child:
    A freak accident in the Mennonite community of Spanish Lookout resulted in the death of a six year old boy. In a statement to the police, the child’s father, Walter Penner, 35, naturalized Belizean laborer from Spanish Lookout, informed that at around 4:00 pm on Monday, October 13, accompanied by his four sons, ages 10, 9, 7 and 6, he was delivering a load of corn to Central Grain Dryers in Spanish Lookout. Penner told the police that he parked the tow head truck and trailer, as instructed, over the storage pit. Leaving his four sons inside the truck, Penner exited the truck was in the process of opening the discharge outlets located under the trailer. He said that just as he was about to open the eighth outlet, he heard his son’s cry and saw, among the corn, the exposed leg of a child.
  • CSKC Invitational Anniversary Karate Championships:
    The Cayo Shotokan Karate Club (CSKC) celebrated its 24th Anniversary in a grand fashion on Saturday, 27th September, by hosting an International karate championship, where 60 athletes competed to represent their clubs and countries. For the entire event the auditorium at Sacred Heart College was filled with constant roars from karate enthusiast and spectators. Still in the September patriotic mode our young athletes fought their hearts out to protect their home turf Belize, literally with blood, sweat and tears. The clubs who participated were Kazoku Shotokan Karate Dojo of San Ignacio, Cayo Shotokan Karate Club-Belmopan, Poptun Shotokan Karate Club-Guatemala, El Salvador, and host, Cayo Shotokan Karate Club-San Ignacio. At the end CSKCBelmopan overwhelmingly won the championship by winning 11 golds, 12 silver and 16 bronze medals. Second Place was CSKC-San Ignacio with 6 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze medals. Third place was Guatemala with 3 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal.
  • People’s Coalition Of Cayo:
    On 8th October, 2014, the Peoples’ Coalition of Cayo (PCC) held its Annual General Meeting at the San Ignacio police station. The out-going president, Julian Sherrard thanked the members for all of their work and he reminded them of some of their accomplishments of the past 12 months - POLICE STATION IMPROVEMENTS –Upgraded the video/audio camera (Advanced Security & Equipment Ltd (ASE)) - installed 2 a/c’s (BECOL) – installed two doors (Cayo Neighbourhood Watch Association (CNWA)) – new standby generator (US Embassy) - electric hand-dryer (Benny’s / Orange Gallery)
  • Rotary’s Toilet Block Projects:
    Our motto for the Rotary Club of San Ignacio is ‘Educating our Youth’, and to that end we have concentrated on improving the sanitation and health of our schools in Cayo District as one of our major project. Rotary Club of San Ignacio and our friends in Rotary Club of Reno Centennial Sunset wrote a Rotary Grant to help build a free standing Toilet Block for the Hills of Promise SDA school in Benque Viejo del Carmen. This was made possible with the contribution from both Rotary Clubs, Rotary District 5190, Rotary District 4250 and the matching funds from Rotary International This is 7th Toilet Block that Rotary Club of San Ignacio has built in Cayo, using the plans approved by the Ministry of Education and UNICEF. We use a local contractor who has become an expert in building these toilet blocks, always within the budget.
  • What It Means To Be A Christian:
    Contributed By: Janice Swift Luke 14:33 - “Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.” Three times over in this chapter, our Lord says these solemn words: “he cannot be My disciple.” There are three conditions of discipleship. First, we must be prepared to put first things first; second, we must be willing to suffer daily crucifixion; third, we must be detached from all things, because attached to Christ. The conditions seem severe, but they must be fulfilled, if we would enter Christ’s School. Disciple stands for learner.
  • Leading Your Kids Through Their Fears:
    By: Lysa Terkeurst Contributed by: Janice Swift "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32 (NIV) Tears. Wailing. Screaming. A full-blown meltdown. When my youngest daughter, Brooke, was a baby this was often my reality when I tried to run errands with her. I can remember just trying to get to one more place, knowing we should have been home an hour earlier for her nap. But also knowing there were things that had to get done, I pressed on, hoping for the best. Brooke, on the other hand, wanted to get out of that car, and she made sure everybody knew it. Whines quickly turned to screams. My touch has always comforted Brooke. And while I couldn't do much to comfort her while driving, I would often reach my arm into the backseat and gently pat her leg. It took a few minutes, but eventually she'd settle down and reach her tiny hand out to hold mine.
  • Belize and Guatemala Hold Successful Meeting of the Joint Commission in Guatemala:
    The Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission met on 10 October 2014 in Guatemala City to discuss security concerns, including the recent incidents in the Caracol Archeological Reserve and reached 12 conclusions aimed at improving their effectiveness at combating illegal activities and transnational crime. Both sides held frank and open discussions on all security concerns and agreed to expand and strengthen cooperation. The Belize delegation was headed by CEO in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs H.E. Alexis Rosado, and included Sen. Lisa Shoman, Representative for the Leader of the Opposition; Gen. David Jones, Commander of the Belize Defense Force; ACP Russell Blackett as Acting Commissioner of Police and Superintendant Marco Vidal, Head of Special Branch.
  • Prime Minister Dean Barrow Signs $67.5 Million Agreement with European Union:
    Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon. Dean Barrow has signed a 27 million Euro/ BZ$67.5 million National Indicative Programme (NIP) for the period 2014 to 2020 with the European Commission designed to advance the activities of the Government of Belize in alleviating rural poverty in Belize. Signing on behalf of the European Commission was the Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs.
  • European Commission Proposes the Lifting of Ban on Importation of Belize Fisheries Products into the European Union:
    The European Commission has announced that it has proposed to the EU Council of Ministers that Belize be removed from the list of ‘non-cooperating third countries’in the international fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. This decision was taken after Belize demonstrated that it had addressed its structural problems and showed its real commitment to tackling illegal fishing. The Commission notes that since Belize was identified as a ‘non-cooperating third country’ in March 2014, it has reformed its legal framework and has adopted a new set of rules for inspection, control and monitoring of vessels.
  • Shingles:
    Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles. While it isn't a life-threatening condition, shingles can be very painful. Vaccines can help reduce the risk of shingles, while early treatment can help shorten a shingles infection and lessen the chance of complications.
  • Social Investment Fund provides easier access for 200 students from 11 remote Rural Communities to enhanced Secondary Vocational Education:
    Over 200 students from 11 remote villages in the Toledo District will now have easier access, and enhanced quality Secondary Vocational Education thanks to the construction of Corazon Creek Technical High School Extension built by the Government of Belize at a cost of $595,895.00 with funds financed through a grant from the Caribbean Development Bank under the Basic Needs Trust Fund Sixth Programme (BNTF 6). Students from the 11 remote villages - Corazon Creek, Graham Creek, Mabilha, Dolores, Crique Sarco, San Benito Poite, San Lucas, Santa Teresa, Conejo Creek, Otoxha, and Sunday Wood will now have the opportunity to obtain a quality secondary education in Business, Academics/ Sciences of Vocational Training in their new three-classroom single storey ferro-concrete school extension which provides a unique teaching and learning environment.
  • Ebola Crisis: US Says Cuban Medical Support 'Welcome':
    Cuba is a "welcome" addition to the fight against Ebola, a senior US official has said. A state department spokesman said the Cuban government was doing more than many others to contain the disease. "We welcome their support," she said. The US has maintained an embargo on Cuba for more than five decades. Last month, Havana announced it would send about 450 medical and support staff to the region. The BBC's Will Grant in Havana said that Cuba already had a tradition of sending its doctors and nurses to Africa before the recent Ebola outbreak.
  • Colombia Gang 'Behind Venezuela Lawmaker Serra's Murder':
    President Maduro promised to track down those behind Mr Serra's murder. Robert Serra and Maria Herrera were stabbed to death in Caracas. Mr Maduro said Mr Serra's bodyguard had confessed to conspiring with a Colombian gang to kill the member of the National Assembly. The president also said that there had been a series of attempts to kill other top socialist party officials. Mr Maduro had previously blamed "ultra-right" opposition groups in Venezuela and in neighbouring Colombia for the murder.
  • Cruise Ship Passenger Quarantined:
    The Government of Belize was contacted today by officers of the US Government and made aware of a cruise ship passenger considered of very low risk for Ebola. The passenger had voluntarily entered quarantine on board the ship and remains free of any fever or other symptoms of illness. The Ebola virus may only be spread by patients who are experiencing fever and symptoms of illness and so the US Government had emphasized the very low risk category in this case. Nonetheless, out of an abundance of caution, the Government of Belize decided not to facilitate a US request for assistance in evacuating the passenger through the Phillip Goldson International Airport.
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Affordable Retirement in the Caribbean
Waterfront property is selling at bargain prices in Northern Belize. Northern Belize is a remote region of tropical rivers, hardwood forests, traditional farms, sleepy rural villages and breezy Caribbean seashores. This is a refreshingly off-the-radar place where residents embrace a simple, friendly, by-the-sea lifestyle. It is also the best value destination in Belize and one of the most affordable options for retirement in the Caribbean. Northern Belize is an area of about 2,500 square miles and the point where the Caribbean and Central America meet. As that geographic juxtaposition suggests, the population is diverse, and it is becoming more so as North American retirees are beginning to recognize what this overlooked part of Belize has to offer and settling here in growing numbers. Northern Belize’s remoteness is part of its appeal, but remote living has its disadvantages, especially in retirement. This is why the proximity of this part of Belize to Chetumal, Mexico, just across the border, is so important. The town of Corozal in Northern Belize is a gateway town to Chetumal and from there to Merida and Cancun beyond. In Northern Belize, you could enjoy a bargain Caribbean lifestyle with easy access to shopping, city distractions and medical care in Chetumal.

Belize Fights to Save a Crucial Barrier Reef
Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which provides jobs in fishing, tourism and other industries which feed the lifeblood of the economy, Belize has long been acutely aware of the need to protect its marine resources from both human and natural activities. However, there has been a recent decline in the production and export of marine products including conch, lobster, and fish, even as tourism figures continue to increase.[pullquote]3[/pullquote] The decline is not helped by overfishing and the harvest of immature conch and lobster outside of the standard fishing season. But the primary reason for less conch and lobster in Belize’s waters, according to local experts, is excess ocean acidity which is making it difficult for popular crustacean species such as conch and lobster, which depend on their hard, spiny shells to survive, to grow and mature. According to the executive director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC), Dr. Kenrick Leslie, acidification is as important and as detrimental to the sustainability of the Barrier Reef and the ocean generally as warming of the atmosphere and other factors generally associated with climate change.

UCF archeology team runner-up in international competition
Caracol, an archeological site of Mayan ruins has been heavily studied by a team of UCF professors, and on Oct. 18, in celebration of National Archeology Day, won second place in an international competition hosted by the Archeology Institute of America. The leaders of the Caracol site are Arlen and Diane Chase, the associate dean and executive vice provost of UCF's Department of Anthropology, but more important, they are a husband and wife archeologist team who have been working on the site at Caracol for 30 years. Their extensive work has reshaped the way archeologists and historians study Mayan culture and their hard work has not gone unnoticed. They are somewhat of archeological celebrities having been featured in Newsday, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, USA Today and TIME. University spokesman Grant Heston was an avid supporter in getting the word out about the competition and trying to help the Chase team because he believes they are some of the best professors that UCF has to offer and have played a huge role in shaping the UCF community.

Women's Cooperative in Belize
In the Sarteneja Village in Corozal District, Belize, 80% of the village's income comes from the fishing industry. As a result, the reefs have been over-fished, and this source of income has declined. Traditionally men provide for the households, but with the recent turn of events, women have had to step in to support their families. Las Sartenejeñas Cooperative is a women-owned, operated and led cooperative that provides a community resource to help develop new and sustainable means of income for this village. Peace Corps Volunteer,Jennifer Krottinger, has helped this group grow into an effective women's group, bringing women together to engage and actively participate in learning traditional sewing and handicrafts techniques for preservation of tradition, and to create positive and sustainable economic development for women.

The State of Luxury Travel in the U.S.
The biggest change in in the Virtuoso survey was the countries described as “emerging” destinations. Cuba remains the tourism destination most on the rise, but the popularity of travel to the Galapagos Islands rose once again, while Iceland and Belize cracked the “top 10" emerging destinations. In order, top emerging destinations were Cuba, Myanmar, Vietnam, Galapagos, Bhutan, Cambodia, Chile, Iceland, Turkey and Belize. Italy continues to be the top destination for international travel, according to Virtuoso agents, followed by South Africa, France, Australia and New Zealand. Italy also remained the top destination for families traveling, with England, Hawaii, Costa Rica and Mexico making up the rest of the list.

Wonderful Things: The Starry Night Beneath the Caribbean Sea
Evolutionary biologist Todd Oakley, who studies the visual system of arthropods, visited Belize in January to observe a different species of displaying ostracod for only the second time. “I was literally cursing into my snorkel in amazement — “Holy @#$!!$ I cannot !@#!@ believe this is real”,” Oakley told me via email. “And I almost never curse.” I could relate. In 2008, Trevor Rivers and James Morin wrote, “The luminescent displays of Caribbean ostracods are the most complex found in the marine environment to date, and, based on hundreds of in situ observations of over 65 species (Morin and Cohen, 1991), suggests that they rival or even exceed those of terrestrial fireflies.”

Imbalanced media reports: Ebola vs ChikV
It might be irresponsible to describe the incessant media coverage about the Ebola virus in Shakespearean terms -- much ado about nothing. However, every day Americans die from cancer, influenza, heat-stroke, freezing temperatures, pneumonia and complications from it, heart attack, stroke and a myriad of diseases. If a week goes by and only a single American die from any one of those maladies, the news media would not report with such urgency as they seem to have invested in covering Ebola, the foreign terror that has not killed a single American. Relentless reports have left many Americans terrified and hankering for more and more news about the disease that took the life of a Liberian national who arrived in Texas and unfortunately became the face of the dreaded disease.

Retire in Corozal, Belize for $1,500 a Month
A relatively small town (about 10,000 people) set on a grid, Corozal is mostly a collection of small shops, restaurants, and simple homes. But this is a bustling burg, with walkways and parks lining the vast, turquoise Corozal Bay. The bay gives it that Caribbean feel. Locals lounge in the shade of the town square, and in the small farmers’ market you’ll find oranges, potatoes, carrots, and succulent mangoes. You can walk away with a week’s worth of fruit and vegetables, plus dry goods and any imported must-haves available at local grocery stores, for under $50.

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Wolfe’s Woofer: Going Deaf
“Let’s go to Miglio’s for lunch,” Sherry said. “Amelia? Who is Amelia.” “Miglio. M-I-G-L-I-O,” she spelled. “Up at his resort at Ak’Bol. You know, we really need to get your hearing checked.” “I never write checks,” I told her. “What check are you talking about?” “Forget it.” When we left home Sherry was saying something […]

Police Report
Stabbing Incident: Acting on information received of a stabbing incident, the San Pedro Police visited the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II on Monday, October 13th at around 8:50AM where they observed 25-year-old Miguel “Motita” Fuentes suffering from a stab wound. Robbery 37-year-old Mirna Verganza reported to the San Pedro Police that on Saturday, October 11th at around 11PM her establishment, namely Blue Angels Bar, located in the San Pablo Area was robbed. According to Verganza, one of her employees that was left in charge of the bar, informed her that two male person had robbed the establishment of $500BZ. Found Property: Acting on Special Branch information, a team of San Pedro Police and Special Branch Personnel headed by Inspector Henry Jemmott, visited the San Pablo Area on Tuesday, October 14th at around 2:30PM where an unlicensed black 9mm Luger (Model C9) pistol containing an empty magazine was handed over by an anonymous resident. The firearm had been found stashed in the vicinity. No serial number was visible on the pistol. The fire arm was labelled as found property. Possession of Controlled Drugs: On Wednesday, October 15th at around 4:30PM, San Pedro Police and Special Branch personnel conducted a search at the residence of 18-year-old Nairo Perez on Sandpiper Street, San Juan Area. Also present was a 15-year-old minor. A thorough searched was conducted inside the room, which led to the discovery of a brown Philly wrapped in a cigarette form which contained 0.4 grams of suspected cannabis. Subjects were formally arrested and charged for “Possession of Controlled Drug”.

Doctor Love
My boyfriend’s angry ex-wife is ruining our relationship. It is not anything aimed at me and him. It is mostly aimed at him. If I was not even in the picture she would still be doing her best to screw up his life because she did it for many years. She has so many things wrong about her that they can not even be listed here. Among these are her physical abusiveness, promiscuous behavior, her alcohol and prescription drug problems and a complete unwillingness to attend counseling or to look at the marriage situation. He sued her for divorce because he could not live anymore with someone like her. He was starting to fear for his own sanity. She tells everyone that he left her for me even though she has been divorced for two years and I only met him a year ago.

CTV3

Man Caught Red Handed Trying To Break In To Coba's Residence
While Corozal Police are looking for Erick Locke for the crime of aggravated assault, as mentioned at the top of the newscast, another Corozaleño is facing charges of attempt burglary after he tried to enter the residence of Abdel Coba. Coba reported to police that on October 14th, around 5:45pm, his 10 year old daughter alerted him of an impostor in the back yard.

Women Graduate From Cake Decorating Class
There are a number of initiatives being carried out across the north to empower women in society. These include courses in sewing, manicure and pedicure and even cake decorating. Four months ago a group of 17 women from San Jose Village and from as far as San Roman Corozal, engaged in a four month course in baking and cake decorating. Today those women presented their work to a number of guests during a short ceremony. Coordinator of the program, Karen Escarraga, spoke with us about how the initiative came to life.

Cuba Announces Progress In Vaccine To Fight Dengue
While the entire globe is keeping a close watch on the Ebola virus experts with the Havana-based Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center claim to be experiencing progress in the developing a vaccine to fight the four existing types of dengue fever. The announcement was made by Researcher Luis Javier Gonzalez during a Forum on Microbiology Techniques in Havana. Reports are that the project is currently in its first validation stage. If true this will prove to be good news for the world since to date a cure has not been found for the deadly dengue disease.

Saint Francis Xavier Celebrates Credit Union Day
Yesterday was observed as International Credit Union Day under the theme “Local Service. Global Good.” The day is observed with the aim of highlighting the movement of credit unions, their history and achievements.Here in the north, Saint Francis Credit Union in Corozal Town also observed International Credit Union day the only difference is that they had a double celebration as they also commemorated 33 years of offering quality service to their customers. At the credit union’s parking lot, students and shareholders witnessed the crowning of the newly elected Miss St. Francis Xavier Credit Union Queen, Risela Magaña.

Corozaleno Wanted For Aggravated Assault
A man is tonight being sought by Corozal Police for the crime of Aggravated Assault, after he threatened his ex-common law wife at knife point. Reports made to the Corozal Police are that around 5:30 yesterday morning, 41 year old Pauline Gibson was exciting her outdoor bathroom when she saw Erick Locke, her ex common law husband, coming out from some nearby bushes. According to Gibson, she tried to run into her house but Locke blocked her way by standing in front of her.

Passengers On Board Carnival Magic Disembark In Belize
The officials at today’s Press Conference stressed that the persons at the center of yesterday’s series of events were low risk and that none were showing symptoms of the Ebola virus, which is believed to be when it becomes contagious. Despite them repeating that point, it is hard to ignore the urgency in which the US handled the matter. Another factor here is that by the time the Office of the Prime Minister was informed of the situation, other passengers had disembarked the ship. Audrey Wallace – CEO, Office of Prime Minister“The government of Belize did not find out about this until after the disembarkation of those passengers so we were not able to respond to that aspect.”

Speculations Surface On Possible Ebola Case
Given the urgency the US gave the situation, despite assurances that the persons in the center of the ordeal were deemed low risk, it begs the question of whether anything is being withheld from government officials in Belize. The Prime Minister was posed the questioned this morning and this is how he responded. Honorable Dean Barrow – Prime Minister of Belize“I’m not prepared to speculate in that regard, I am prepared to accept that face value, the explanation given to Audrey which is that the CDC (the Center for Disease Control) had in fact changed the protocol and moved people who had the status of that passenger from a situation where they were been told merely that they needed to self-monitor to a situation which they needed to be monitored by the authorities, so I think that’s what it is and I believe that the sense of urgency was triggered by that but by that original decision which set off the chain reaction for the CDC does show as I said earlier even the United States is not entirely clear as to all what is happening and as to all the triggers and as to all the modes of transmission so I suspect that this is behind the urgency that this request from the US took on.”

Ministry Of Health Takes Measures To Contain Ebola Virus
When it comes to the Ebola Virus, the Ministry of Health is also a key player in its handling and containment and according to CEO in the Ministry, Peter Allen; they are taking a number of measures to ensure that the country is able and ready to handle any possible detection of the virus in the country. Now, the Prime Minister himself admitted to the media that there are constraints in achieving this a hundred percent, but insisted that government officials are focused and aware of the stakes in the situation but are detrained to protect the citizens. CEO Allen says that long before yesterday’s series of events, they had scheduled training with officers of the Phillip Goldson International Airport to provide sensitization and information on the matter and established clear definition of their roles and responsibilities. However, additional measures are being taken, he added. Screen_Shot_2014-10-17_at_8.21.05_PMPeter Allen- CEO, Ministry of Health“A screening form for all passengers has been developed and is being implemented and an isolation facility is being provided at the Phillip Goldson International Airport for further screening for passengers who may be considered at some risk due to the surveillance forms. The Ministry of Health has provided a Hotline and the hotline is 629-5604 and we are working with B.T.L. to provide a toll free number as soon as possible to assist in this capacity.

Travel Ban Implement For Visitors From West African Countries
The Ebola scare experienced yesterday has set the government on a series of responses in capacitating frontline personnel in the Immigration and Health departments. Measures have been set in place and from what we learned in today’s press conference, the response now is more momentous. Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse announced a new stop placed on the issuance of visas for persons who have been to the West African countries where the virus has been detected. The Ministry is also issuing travel bans. Godwin Hulse – Minister of Immigration“Those countries will be Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and any other country that the ministry thinks has now been affected. Nigeria is a special case because although it’s a Commonwealth country it requires visas and even though they have declared that they are free we consider the persons traveling from Nigeria a risk. Sierra Leone, on the other hand, does not require any visa to come to, Sierra Leonean citizens do not visas to enter Belize so we will issue a travel ban on persons coming from Sierra Leone.

Ebola Scare In Belize
The information made the national news late last night but after it aired, the social media was abuzz with speculations and not to say the least, fear that the deadly Ebola virus had reached, close to home. The media got wind of the situation in the evening, but we learned in a press conference today that government had been dealing with the matter since morning. The Ebola scare in the last twenty-four hours, we hope, turns out to be just that, as officials are saying - that the person onboard the Carnival cruise ship was “low risk” and showed no symptoms of the disease. So now, we follow the story from the start as information has been forthcoming. In a release from the Carnival Cruise Lines, it states that the Center for Disease Control informed them that a guest on board the Carnival Magic, which was headed to Belize, was listed by the center as “very low risk”. The person here is a female health care provider who works at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. She had apparently come in contact with an Ebola patient back in the US. According to the cruise line release, the woman exhibited no symptoms and that it had been nineteen days since she was in the lab with the testing samples. The guest and her companion were placed in isolation on the ship and were not deemed a risk to the other guests on board. Still the ship’s medical team treated the situation with an extreme abundance of caution.

The Guardian

Territorial Integrity – A Priority!!
Opposition Leader Hon. Francis Fonseca is leading by example. In an effort to learn and get first-hand knowledge and experience of the challenges and problems facing our country’s border security and national sovereignty, Hon. Francis trekked through Belize’s wild forest and listened to the experts as he led a special visit to Chiquibul Forest Reserve on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The Chiquibul Forest Reserve has come under severe attack from incursions by illegal Guatemalans. In recent years the incursions have increased, resulting in accelerated devastation of the environment as trespassers enter to carry out hunting, logging, farming, poaching, gold-panning, and looting of important and historic Maya sites. It was inside the Chiquibul reserve, at the Caracol Mayan site, that 20 year old special constable Danny Conorquie was gunned down by a Guatemalan trespasser on September 25th.

Dangriga Market SUFFERS Another Delay
The Dangriga Municipal Market is dealt yet another blow. In a meeting with the new contractor, CB Contractor, of Cayo, the Belize Social Investment Fund and the Dangriga Town Council held in April 2014, the Dangriga Town Council was assured that the market would have been completed and handed over by Tuesday, 30 September, 2014. The month of October has started and the market has not been completed or handed over to SIF who would then hand it over to the Dangriga Town Council. The Dangriga Town Council is indeed mindful of the contractor’s commitment to complete the project and to hand it over to SIF to, according the council, ‘stop the bleeding and punishment of the people of Dangriga’. The council is also mindful of the substantial work the contractor has done in the quest to completing the market. The underlying factor however, is the prolonged agony that continues to be inflicted upon the residents of Dangriga. The Dangriga municipal market is the life blood of Dangriga. In addition, it is an important economic hub for Dangriga. It is a cultural institution where there is much oral history and information that impacts positively on the market “goers”. The continued non-completion of the market reflects negatively on the landscape of Dangriga, where in almost every corner of the streets there are stalls, some of which are unsightly and risky for good health.

Salvadoran shot dead one lane from Police Station
Salvadoran national, 33 year old Jose Luis Umana, was the target of a cold-blooded murder in Belize City on Saturday night. Around 9:00pm, Umana was at the corner of New Road and Hyde’s Lane, just about 600 feet from the Queen Street Police Station, when he was ambushed and shot dead by an unknown gunman. According to Umana’s family, he was at home located in Card’s Alley earlier in the day. He left home in the evening to take a walk, and the sound of gunshots startled his family. When his family members came to the scene, they only got to see Umana being lifted unto an ambulance. He battled to stay alive for about an hour but succumbed.

PUP’s record of asserting Belize’s Independence – ….the UDP’s record of betrayal
The Barrow Administration demonstrated very poor judgment in the monitoring of our national security protocols which resulted in the United States granting of a million dollar contract to a Guatemalan company to construct a military base for the Belize Coast Guard. Guatemala, every Belizean knows, has been pushing an unfounded claim for over 12,700 kilometres of Belizean territory for the past 160 years. Guatemala continues to allow the illegal incursions of its nationals into Belizean territory. They carry out illegal hunting and logging, and have devastated a large area of our protected areas. The most recent incursions led to the killing of Belizean security officer Danny Conorquie at the tourist site, Caracol, and the threat to destroy an outpost manned by the Belize Defense Force at San Valentin camp. Understandably, Belizeans are highly suspicious of Guatemala.

Think About It
In 2010 there were 123 murders. In 2011 there were 124 murders. In 2012 there were 145 murders. In 2013 there were 88 murders. From January to 15 October 2014 there were 97 murders. There are two months and two weeks left in the year. It is going to be another bloody year for Belize. These statistics are the most shameful, most disgraceful thing to befall our otherwise wonderful country. It is an indictment, to put it mildly, on the utter inability of the government to produce any kind of solutions to the biggest tragedy to fall on our heads. It must be repeated that the vast majority of these cold bloodied murders are in Belize City. The six UDP area representatives on the Southside of Belize City have been playing “simple” with the people of this country. They have had nothing to say or nothing to do in relation to this unfolding curse which has been destroying the country.

Divine Intervention
Before the whole journalism bit, and while I was still agile and in fairly good health, I did some construction work. I rebuilt the home in which I was raised and constructed the house in which I now live. I did much of the work by myself but from time to time, I would need to hire help. Now I’m a patriot and would have much preferred to hire strictly Belizeans to work with me, but, as most anyone who has needed to hire Belizeans will tell you, good help from among our own people is damn hard to find. There was this one guy who saw me working and struggling by myself, stopped by and asked if he could help. In fact, if I remember well, he didn’t even wait for me to answer, he just started working. How do you not hire a guy like that? He told me that he had worked in the construction business for a while and it turned out that he was better than I could have hoped for. He came early, worked hard and took much pride in his work. I do not remember Flaco’s real name but in spite of his small and wiry frame, the man punched pounds above his weight. In retrospect, I am sure that I could not have accomplished all that I did without him. Flaco was a Guatemalan by birth but had been living in Belize for a few years. He worked with me for quite some time and we became very good friends. I allowed him to build a small shack in the back of the yard where he lived while we worked. That worked out well for me since he could then also double as watchman.

Guatemalan Incursion
The incompetence of Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his Ministerial cronies has reached such a level that the very security of the nation has been put in jeopardy. Events of the past week, coming as they did in the wake of the murder of Special Constable Danny Conorquie, all told, are just too much for Belizeans to bear. The response of the Prime Minister and his Minister of Security has not only added insult to the injuries but has brought Belizeans to a new state of anger against the government. It was gross incompetence and negligence that caused a serious security failure when the BDF did not provide escort protection to Special Constable Conorquie and a group of foreign tourists visiting Caracol. That negligence is costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cancelled tourist visits but more so, has cost Danny Conorquie his promising and precious life. To make matters worse the government refused to undertake a sweep of the Chiquibul Forest Reserve through which bandits and illegal loggers are unlawfully operating, primarily from across the Guatemalan border.

Rigo Vellos defends Mr. Belize title
The Mr. Belize and Ms. Belize fitness titles are up for grabs this Friday, October 17, 2014 when the Mr. Belize bodybuilding championship is held at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. While 2013 Ms. Belize fitness champ Cricel Castillo will not be competing due to a suspension from the Federation, the highlight will be the return of two-time Mr. Belize champ Rigo Vellos who will be competing to hold on to the title for a third year. Rigo’s closest competition in 2013, Clayton Greenidge (2013 Master’s Category winner), will be back in the bid for the title. So are Ernest Broaster and Deon Banner who settled for 2nd and 3rd place in the Light Heavyweight respectively in 2013.

DFC Gentle Touch roughs up SMART Millennium 6-0
DFC Gentle Touch of Esperanza were anything but gentle when they faced the SMART Millennium girls of Belize City 6-0 in the FFB President’s Cup national women’s football tournament held at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio on Saturday evening. Gentle Touch’s Shanell Gentle, recruited from Millennium after last season, embarrassed her former teammates with the 1st winning goal in the 18th minute. Millennium’s goalie Ermine Ferguson could do nothing to stop the 2nd goal when Ethlene Gentle blasted the ball from point blank range in the 24th minute.

SCA & BHS & ACC win in high school volleyball
The St. Catherine’s Academy (SCA), Belize High School (BHS) girls and Anglican Cathedral College (ACC) enjoyed wins in the Belize District high school volleyball tournament held at the Lupita Quan gymnasium. The undefeated SCA girls picked up their 3rd win over a Maud Williams girls’ default on Saturday morning. They had also won their opening game against the BHS girls: 25-22, 25-13 on Monday, September 29 and picked up a 3rd win 25-3, 25-11 against the Ladyville Technical High School girls on Monday, October 6. The BHS girls picked up their 4th win by hammering the Sadie Vernon girls: 25-9, 25-1 on Saturday. They also won against Pallotti High School 25-10, 25-7; and over the Wesley College girls: 25-7 25-3 on Monday, October 6, after crushing the Maud Williams girls: 25-10, 25-19 on Thursday, October 2.

PUP Youth Arm forms in Belmopan!!!
Yesterday, at the People’s United Party office, the Belmopan version of the Belize Youth Movement (BYM) was born. The PUP Belmopan youth were informed by the BYM national president, Alberto Vellos of the mission and objectives of the group. He emphasized that young people need to organise to be recognised and respected as critical partners in the development of our country. During the meeting, the PUP Mayoral Candidate, Mr. Jose “Chamika” Chacon voiced his support and encouraged the youth to be vibrant and participatory in our city.

We Should Learn from the Ebola Crisis!
By Raford Young One of the saddest images I have ever seen online was a guy pushing a wheelbarrow with a very sick relative in it to the hospital in Liberia with the killer disease Ebola. This terrible disease has taken the life of over three thousand people in four West African Countries. This outbreak is the worst the world has ever seen. It does not discriminate and even if caught early, can kill in a very short period of time. The health institutions in those countries are ill equipped to handle such an outbreak. The hospitals don’t have enough beds or trained staff to deal with this Ebola crisis. Liberia’s economy has collapsed as a result and many experts say by the time this is all over 400,000 people would have died. Others say it could reach up to 1.2 million.

National holidays that need re-thinking
By Richard Harrison Belize celebrates Pan American Day on October 12 and Labor Day on May 1 each year….as national public and bank holidays. These holidays seem to have lost their purpose in the psyche of the Belizean people….with the holiday having become just another day off from work….serving no social, cultural or economic purpose of value to the nation. Holidays should bring our people closer together for a national constructive purpose….to promote unity. In keeping with the Pan American theme….we should construct a day that celebrates our diversity…in a healthy, competitive context….open opportunity for getting to know new people and different places….invite participation from bordering communities in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

WOMAN IN THE HOUSE – J’OUVERT
By Dolores Balderamos Garcia “J’Ouvert,” the word captures my imagination. I don’t speak French at all, but the first thing I think of is being in Port of Spain, Trinidad sometime around 1984, and going out with friends to play “Old Mas,” on J’Ouvert Morning, dressed in old crocus bag costumes and leaving home well before sunrise, so as not to miss out on any of the action. What fun it was! A quick look at definitions will tell us that J’ouvert means daybreak or dawn, literally ‘day’ and ‘open’ in French. It takes place on the Monday morning before Carnival Tuesday in Trinidad and Tobago, and Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday in New Orleans. J’ouvert, it is said, started in Trinidad and the Eastern Caribbean as part of Carnival celebrations before Ash Wednesday, with the slaves having their own bacchanal, instead of following the more formal parties of the masters. Paint or mud was smeared on bodies, they say, so that slaves could avoid identification.

BELIZE – GUATEMALA RELATIONS
This statement was produced by the People’s United Party in 2010 in defence of Belize’s territorial sovereignty. The Barrow administration completely ignored it. The single most important issue facing Belize, as a nation, is the defence of our territorial integrity and our sovereignty over all our territory. Despite all our effort at negotiations, facilitation and other means of peaceful settlement of the unfounded claim by Guatemala to Belizean territory, no settlement has been achieved. Both countries have agreed to seek the approval of their respective peoples to submit the dispute to the International Court of Justice for determination. The People’s United Party wishes to express its serious concern at the lack of progress of the referendum process to date. More than one year has passed since the December 8th 2008 signing of the Special Agreement and we appear no closer to the referenda. In light of the electoral cycle in Belize and Guatemala, the prospect of holding a referendum is at least four years away. It now seems impractical and unlikely for a referendum to be held until after the 2013 general elections in Belize. This means that the earliest possible time that a court hearing can be begin, if approved by our respective peoples, is in 2017. We believe that this delay calls for a reassessment of the Belize Guatemala relations.

REFLECTIONS ON THE PUBLIC SQUARE – BORDER SECURITY AND THE CRISIS AT CHIQUIBUL
By Francis W. Fonseca On Sunday, October 12th, 2014 I along with Deputy Party Leader Hon. Julius Espat visited the Chiquibul National Park and the Caracol Archaeological Reserve, the site of the slaying of Special Constable Danny Conorquie. There has been much talk over the past few weeks about Caracol, Chiquibul and Danny Conorquie and the purpose of our visit was to see first-hand these sites and in particular the scene of the crime against our Country. We were also there to learn as much as we could from the frontline workers in the fight to protect and secure our environment and borders. We left Belize City at 5am and were joined by Lt. Albert Vaughan (Ret. BDF), Major Oscar Mira (Ret. BDF), and Vaughan Gill who travelled with us to San Ignacio where we were met by Rafael Manzanero and Derick Chan of FRIENDS FOR CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT (FCD) at 6:30.

Major Oscar Mira challenges Coast Guard Commander Johnny Borland
Dear Editor, It was with utter amazement and surprise and later disbelief that I watched the news last night and heard Rear Admiral Johnny Borland try to explain why the Ministry of National Security fell asleep behind the wheel and permitted a Guatemalan Construction Company, BINARQ, to build both the Belize Coast Guard Northern Forward Operation Base in San Pedro and the Forward Operating Base on Hunting Caye. His presentation, perhaps written by someone else and well-rehearsed can only be described as the Ministry of National Security’s attempt at using a credible, well-trained and professional individual to explain the reason why the contract could have been offered to BINARQ without raising any eyebrows. His statement is misleading in many ways. While the Status of Force Agreement states that the US government can award a contract to any company that qualifies, being the lowest bidder is not sufficient qualification. The Ministry of National Security must be more involved and agree to the company that is awarded the contract.

Street Works & Value for Money
Dear Editor: I am writing this letter to provide an overview and insight on the current atrocious conditions of the streets and major highways of our beloved jewel Belize. As has been observed, the quality of the highways and streets have deteriorated overtime. Several issues ranging from the increase in pot holes, minimal or no pavement on majority of the streets, and improper drainage contribute to the social, economic and environmental apprehensions that Belizeans bear on a daily basis. Fortunately, the Government of Belize has become conscious of the dilapidated state of the highways and roads. The Government of Belize has also created several projects with contractors to improve highways and most importantly local streets in the country. These works were fortunately made possible with aid from several nations and institutions in the form of financial grants to improve road infrastructure. Included in these major financial aids is the $30 million dollars that was granted to Belize by the World Bank.

Is it a bar or not?
Dear Editor, I am in total disgust after reading the article entitled “DARREL’S LIE … Gets A Contraband Black Eye” published on the Sunday, August 31, 2014, in which a bust of large sums of money and contraband liquor was conducted on the co-owner of a bar situated in the BTL Park. This article speaks about multiple issues all pointing to the bar which has raised a lot of eye brows since it was opened for business. I am totally against a bar being located in a well-known park. One reason is that this is a place where a lot of families go to enjoy themselves and where children and teens come to interact. By placing a bar there it makes it prone for bar fights to happen. This can make visitors to the park feel unsafe and unprotected because at any time a beer bottle can come out flying from inside the bar and hit an innocent bystander.

COROZAL IN CRISIS
In the Corozal Bay Constituency, the PUP’s Gregorio “Papas” Garcia has been flooded with complaints from residents of Corozal about the on-going road works to the Pan American Highway, which passes through the heart of beautiful Corozal Town. It is no surprise that the politically incompetent Pablo Marin and the UDP have taken what was to be a simple project to remedy their neglect of Corozal Bay and corrupted it into another scandal. The first wave of complaints from irate residents includes none other than the controversial political crony, Imer Hernandez who was fingered in the UDP road scandals of Orange Walk. The UDP bypassed every single contractor in the Corozal District. This is no laughing matter and the photographs above show the state of 10th Avenue Extension which was just recently asphalted by the Imer Hernandez company. Within literally three bouts of rain this thoroughfare has been mashed up and our information is that the UDP are trying to decide whether to leave it as is or whether to pour another hundred thousand dollars into the pocket of a UDP contractor.

The Reporter

Liberia seeks help in fighting Ebola crisis
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the whole world has a stake in the fight against Ebola. In a “letter to the world” she said the disease “respects no borders”, and that every country had to do all it could to help fight it. President Johnson Sirleaf added that a generation of Africans were at risk of “being lost to economic catastrophe”. The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people across West Africa, including 2,200 in Liberia. International donations have so far fallen well short of the amounts requested by UN agencies and aid organisations. In the worst-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – about 9,000 people have been found to have the Ebola virus, which kills an estimated 70 percent of those infected.

FCD Telethon raises over $320,000
The Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) telethon held Saturday to raise funds to increase the number of FCD rangers in the Chiquibul reserve raised over $320,000. According to Valerie Woods, FCD volunteer and telethon organizer, the government pledged $120,000, which will cover the cost of five rangers. FCD also received another $200,000 in pledges but Woods said they also received donations via phone and internet pledges so the final figures wouldn’t be in until later in the week when they collect these donations. Woods said that their goal was to raise $500,000, which would allow the FCD to have 24 park rangers in the Chquibul Forest Reserve. Currently the FCD only has seven rangers.

The Belize Times

Patrick JonesPJ

Bus driver charged for driving while under the influence of alcohol
Police in Belize City have arrested and charged a man suspected of driving a passenger bus while under the influence of alcohol. 44 year old William Ayala, a resident of Benque Viejo del Carmen was charged for the crime of “drove motor vehicle with alcohol concentration above the prescribed limit.” Police say that on Friday afternoon, they came across a Guerra’s Bus parked on the right side of the George Price Highway at mile one and a half in Belize City. Police say that as they approached the driver, Ayala, he reeked of alcohol.

The Current Status and Future of Tourism in Belize
The World Bank estimated that tourism arrivals in Belize in 2000 was 196,000 visitors, with total spend of US$111 million. The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) estimated that in 2013, a total of 294,177 tourists visited the country. This reflects annual growth of between 4-8%. The Center on Eco-Tourism and Sustainable Development (CETSD) informs that, after starting in 2002, cruise tourism peaked in 2005 at 800,331 visitors, and BTB estimated that in 2013 a total of 677,350 cruise tourists visited the country. The CETSD estimated that at its peak in 2005, cruise tourists spent a total of US$30.6 million (90% from USA origin), and that overnight visitors (60% from USA origin) spent US$144.1 million…..and that cruise tourism provided 1 out of every 10 jobs in the tourism industry, while overnight tourism provided 9 out of every 10 tourism jobs. The tourism industry has been estimated to account for 20-30% of GDP….depending on motives and methodology used by the proponents.

Carnival Magic returns to Galveston, Texas
The Carnival Magic, the cruise ship from which the government of Belize refuse permission to evacuate a woman who was being monitored for possible Ebola infection, has docked in its home port of Galveston, Texas. NBC News reported this morning that the Carnival Magic docked under cover of darkness just after 4 am (Belize Time) and all of the passengers, including the woman who was in voluntary isolation in her cabin, were allowed to disembark and go home. Health officials in Texas say that “there is no evidence of a public health threat to cruise passengers of to Galveston County,” following the disembarkation of the Dallas hospital worker and her companion.

Blogs

Saturday Night In San Pedro: 2 Birthday Parties – Ice Princesses and Togas
Yesterday afternoon, I was invited to two parties in San Pedro. One for my lovely Crossfit buddies (Dennis & Monica’s) daughter Chelsea – she was turning 4 years old. And the other to celebrate the opening of a new hostel in town and for the birthday of the owner, Maria. Fun. The first party was scheduled for 3pm. It was clearly printed on the very cool invitation. Clearly 3pm. But this is Belize and we must abide by Belizean time. So we waited…did some errands and arrived at 3:50pm. Not the first to arrive but…the second. And they were setting up the party. I’ll never get island time right!

International Sourcesizz

How Did Nigeria Quash Its Ebola Outbreak So Quickly?
What we can learn from the boot leather, organization and quick response times that stopped Ebola from spreading in this African natio. On July 20 a man who was ill flew on commercial planes from the heart of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia to Lagos, Nigeria's largest city. That man became Nigeria's first Ebola case—the index patient. In a matter of weeks some 19 people across two states were diagnosed with the disease (with one additional person presumed to have contracted it before dying). But rather than descending into epidemic, there has not been a new case of the virus since September 5. And since September 24 the country's Ebola isolation and treatment wards have sat empty. If by Monday, October 20 there are still no new cases, Nigeria, unlike the U.S., will be declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization (WHO). What can we learn from this African country's success quashing an Ebola outbreak?

The World's Most Beautiful Boat—Yours for Half a Billion Dollars
There has never been a luxury boat like it—and Igor Lobanov is confident an extremely rich person will come forward and sail it away. It looks, at first sight, like the most streamlined, and sleek, and simple of sailboats, the top half of a bright-white star, or just a classic paper boat. It has the swooping, symmetrical grace of a bird's wingspan. But The STAR, the brainchild of Russian-born boat designer Igor Lobanov, has not been built yet. He expects it to be; the only unanswered mystery in his mind is it will be a private vessel, the property of a billionaire, or a floating hotel. Whoever gets it, there is a helicopter pad; 36 guests can sleep on it overnight, 200-plus day guests can sail on it during the day. The STAR will not come cheap. If it is constructed in Northern Europe, Lobanov says, it will cost around half a billion dollars.

Ebola cruise ship ‘in utter panic’ as Mexico and Belize refuse to let it dock
Passengers aboard the cruise ship at the centre of an Ebola scare were in a panic after being refused to dock at either Mexico or Belize, with one claiming “it’s like a floating petri dish.” A Texas healthcare worker who had handled a blood sample of Thomas Duncan, the Liberian man who died from Ebola in the US earlier this month, has been quarantined in her room aboard the Carnival Magic cruise ship. The unnamed woman, who is a lab supervisor at Texas Health Presbyterian, is deemed by the CDC to be “low risk” and has yet to exhibit symptoms. She is also approaching the end of her 21-day maximum incubation window after which it can be confirmed that she did not contract Ebola. Update: Upon examination at Galveston County Health Authority, the quarantined passenger is confirmed not to have Ebola.

Divers try spoon feeding lionfish to sharks, a method that could come back to bite them
In the war against invasive lionfish, Andrés Jiménez has taken up one of the oldest weapons used by humans: the spear. Jiménez thinks this is a novel approach to help rid the Caribbean Ocean of a growing menace. He skewers the colorful fish into a kabob, swims to coral in a marine sanctuary off the coast of Cuba and holds it bleeding and squirming under the jaws of reef sharks. The idea is to get sharks to develop a taste for a fish they are not accustomed to eating. That’s right, Jiménez, who co-manages a dive operation in the Gardens of the Queen National Marine Park, is trying to teach one of the Caribbean’s biggest predators to eat a new type of fish.

Texas Lab Worker Aboard Caribbean Cruise Tests Negative for Ebola
Carnival Cruise Lines confirmed on Sunday that the Dallas hospital lab worker who worked with the specimens of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to contract Ebola in the United States, has tested negative for the disease. The woman, a lab supervisor at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, embarked on a cruise headed for the Caribbean after being told to isolate herself. Before the ship docked at the port of Galveston, Texas, early on Sunday morning, the U.S. Coast Guard sent a helicopter to collect a blood sample from the woman to determine if she had contracted Ebola. It came back negative, according to Reuters. The State Department had originally planned to fly the woman back to the United States from Belize. But the cruise was not allowed to dock upon reaching both Mexico and Belize, for fears that the woman onboard may have contracted Ebola.

Travel to the ancient world of the Maya at the Museum of Science
Before his death more than 1,100 years ago in present-day Belize, the Maya ruler called Great Scrolled Skull expected to journey through the underworld and climb the "world tree’’ to be reborn into the sky as a god. His body was placed in a grand tomb at Santa Rita Corozal filled with decorated pottery, shell jewelry and precious ornaments including a jade mask likely worn as a necklace or belt ornament to symbolize his power. Instead of accompanying Great Scrolled Skull to his divine rebirth, his striking green mask, ceramic bowls, knives and other prestigious objects have journeyed to the Museum of Science as part of "Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed.’’ The largest exhibition on the ancient Maya ever shown in the U.S., it brings to Boston 250 artifacts, imposing replicas of carved monuments known as stelae and murals, and more than a dozen interactive devices to bring alive a Mesoamerican civilization of remarkable achievements still obscured by misconceptions.

Videos

Video: CALSA 2014 Educational Summit to Belize, 8min.
Trip video for the 2014 CALSA Educational Summit to Belize. Places visited: Carmelita Government School Lamanai Mayan Ruins Peccary Hills National Park Zip Lining & Cave Tubing Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Chaa Creek Center Santa Elena Primary School U.S. Ambassador Visit Belize Zoo Ambergris Caye

Video: Webinar The Lodge at Big Falls, Southern Belize, 54min.

Video: Cave Tubing in Belize - October 2014, 2.5min.

Video: Black Jaguar (Lucky Boy) @ Belize Zoo, 1.5min.
This black Jaguar was named LUCKY BOY let Amigos Jungle Tours take you on a Tour to the Belize Zoo and tell why!

Video: You Betta Belize it!, .5min.
Caye Caulker man peels coconut with his teeth!!!

Video: Belize Diving Summer 2014 - Turneffe Atoll, 9min.


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