Monday, December 31, 2012

Kim Simplis Barrow: Reflections, Inspiration And Outlook For The New Year

Kim Simplis Barrow, First Lady Of Belize And Daughter Salima Barrow

A YEAR I WILL NEVER FORGETby: Kim Simplis Barrow
2012 is coming to an end and for many reasons it is a year I truly don’t mind putting behind me. As I sit here reflecting on the year that was, there is no denying that 2012 was a challenging one for me as I spent a great deal of it fighting for my life. I battled cancer the best way I could and just when it seemed that the victory could well be in sight, there was another major struggle to overcome. When I suffered heart failure at the end of May, I couldn't help but ask, “what the hell is going on?” I really needed answers. Answers I really didn't get, but I continued to fight and I also continued to hope and pray and believe. It was a tough year as I completed chemotherapy treatments, radiation, and restored my heart to an acceptable beating pulse after a very grim prognosis.


Despite the many adversities I had to face, many days I smiled! I smiled at the everyday miracles I experienced. My faith in the human spirit, the goodness and beauty in everything was ever so present. I am forever grateful for all the support and constant prayers that came and continue to come my way.

Yes, during 2012 I struggled with my health but nonetheless, I can gratefully say – it was a successful year. Oh yes it was! My daily inspiration: our beautiful Belizean children! They are the ones who gave me the strength and courage to keep working on my Special Envoy projects. This year I saw the budding fruits of my labours as after many years of planning and advocacy a number of things came together. The Inspiration Telethon was a complete success and construction of the Centre has started. The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Prohibition Bill and the Trafficking in Persons Prohibition Bill were approved by the Cabinet and passed through both the House of Representatives and the Senate with unanimous support. They are now just a signature away from becoming law. The drafting of amendments to the Criminal Code to increase penalties for perpetrators of sexual assault has started and we’re expecting that it will be passed into law in 2013. A few weeks ago we received the good news that the Challenge Gobie Foundation reached its million dollar mark for us to start construction on the first phase of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

And those are just the big highlights. There were many other victories: the annual launch of our Inspiration calendar and agendas, a very successful Annual Spirit of Christmas Concert that entertained over 300 children, the launch of several PSAs on sexual exploitation and child safety, increased public awareness on disabilities and cancer… just to name a few.

Overall, what I have learnt this year–indeed what I have lived this year–is that you don’t have to quit in the face of adversity, no matter how great a challenge! You should never give up no matter how horrible you feel, even if you are lying in the ICU! Life is many times ‘unfair’ and rough, we face unexpected events (cancer, job loss, death) but life doesn’t have to break us. WE MAKE LIFE!!!

That is my mantra: MY LIFE IS WHAT I MAKE IT! And in 2013 I intend to make it as rich and fulfilling as it can be; no matter the adversities, no matter the naysayers. I will continue to count my blessings, continue to cherish and support my loved ones, continue to appreciate my friends, continue my work on behalf of the children of this nation. And I will continue to look for the lessons as I face, head on, whatever challenge the new year may bring. I hope you will do the same!

Happy New Year to all! In the words of Afrobella I urge you to:
Slow down. Calm down. Look back at your year. Appreciate the journey you’ve made – the peaks and the valleys, the growth and the realizations. Be thankful for who you are, what you have, and the people who love you. Look forward to the upcoming year. Make plans that make sense for you, considering what you know you are capable of. Don’t limit yourself. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else.

I wish you peace, happiness, prosperity and love in 2013 no matter, or perhaps, despite what challenges may come your way!

Via twocanview.com

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012!


Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year filled with love and hope.

Top Photo by Tom Anderson of Galleries Lafayette in Paris, France. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Massacre In America: Sandy Hook Elementary School


Hearts around the world were broke on Friday, December 14, 2012 as we learned of the senseless act of evil perpetuated against 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Many people urged U.S. politicians to honor the 28 victims, especially the children, by pushing for stronger gun control laws.

Below are some of their messages of condolences…

British Prime Minister David Cameron, said he was "deeply saddened" to learn of the "horrific shooting."

Queen Elizabeth II sent a message to President Barack Obama, saying she was shocked to learn of the "dreadful loss of life" and that the thoughts and prayers of all in the U.K. are with those affected by the events.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her "deepest sympathy" is reserved for relatives of the victims.

French President Francois Hollande said he was "horrified" by the shooting.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard called Friday's attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a "senseless and incomprehensible act of evil."

Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Union's executive Commission, said: "Young lives full of hope have been destroyed. On behalf of the European Commission and on my own behalf, I want to express my sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu echoed those sentiments in a letter to Obama expressing his horror at the "savage massacre," saying that his country knows the "shock and agony" such cruel acts can bring.

The Vatican said Pope Benedict XVI conveyed "his heartfelt grief and the assurance of his closeness in prayer to the victims and their families, and to all those affected by the shocking event" in a condolence message to the monsignor of the diocese in Connecticut that includes Newtown.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin called the events "particularly tragic" given that the majority of the victims were children. "Vladimir Putin asked Barack Obama to convey words of support and sympathy to the families and friends of the victims and expressed his empathy with the American people," the Kremlin said in a statement.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed his condolences to the American nation at the start of his remarks in Kabul on Saturday about Afghanistan's foreign policy.
"Such incidents should not happen anywhere in the world," Karzai said, adding that Afghanistan frequently witnesses such tragedies and can sympathize with those affected.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda sent a condolence message to President Obama for the families of the victims. "The sympathy of the Japanese people is with the American people," he said. In Japan, guns are severely restricted and there are extremely few gun-related crimes.

In the Philippines, President Benigno Aquino III said he and the Filipino people stand beside the United States "with bowed heads, yet in deep admiration over the manner in which the American people have reached out to comfort the afflicted, and to search for answers that will give meaning and hope to this grim event."

And many more messages from all around the world…

Last night, December 16th, President Obama addressed the families of Newtown, offering the love and prayers of a nation, and vowing to use whatever power his office holds to protect our children from such unthinkable acts of violence.


Daniel Inouye: Hawaii Senator Dies

Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii has died of respiratory failure at age 88. He was a decorated war veteran, was the President pro tempore of the United States Senate and the highest ranking Asian American politician in American history.

RIP

New Police Station For Southern Belize

This past weekend, Saturday, December 15, 2012, a new Police Station was inaugurated in the Maya Beach area, now designated as a precinct of the Placencia Formation in the Stann Creek District, Belize. 

The fully furnished and outfitted Police Station is the product of effective collaboration between the Ministry of National Security, the Placencia Police Formation and the business community and residents of the Peninsula, over 70 of whom have donated material, cash and labor. 

Present for the inauguration was Commissioner of Police, David Henderson and the officer commanding the Placencia formation, Inspector Mark Flowers. Speaking on behalf of the local business community and residents were Mr. Doran Yount, Coordinator for the Peninsula Community Crime Watch; Mr. Dan Edwards, co-organizer of the group; and Miss Deb Coston, Justice of the Peace and Warden of the US Embassy. The Building was blessed by Reverend Jeanne Marechal. 

Following the inauguration, the Commissioner of Police and the officer commanding the Placencia formation presided over the swear-in of 16 new Special Constables for the area. Another 12 additional special constables will soon be sworn in, for a total of 28 new special constables for the peninsula. 

The names of the 28 special constables are Shaleni Cawich, Kenneth Ferris, Joel Bo, Herman Choc, Aaron Krohn, Benifacio Cal, Jamie Leslie, Herman Ack, Adolphus Molina Jr., Jamal Martinez, Marion Muschamp, Norman Leslie Jr., Charlene Guzman, Juan Choc, Marcelo Pou, Michael Sheppard, Pedro Mas, William Parada, Patrick Patnett, Dennis Weiss, Jamal Martinez, Wilkie Garbutt, Egbert Feiger, Leonides Ramirez, John Rash, Neville Lopez, Eugene Paul Leslie, and Sinclair Diego. 

Hon. John Saldivar and the Ministry of National Security commend and congratulate the business community, special constables and residents of the peninsula for their invaluable contribution, participation and partnership as we work together to restore safety and security throughout our community.

Via CapitalNewsPost


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Welcome To The US John McAfee: See You In Belize Soon!


John McAfee, founder of the anti-virus software maker McAfee, Inc,  has posted on his blog whoismcafee that he has been expelled from Guatemala.  He also spoke with Cory Johnson from Bloomberg.com  just as he was leaving the detention center.
McAfee has also posted to his blog that he is on the plane to Miami, Florida.

Serious Injury Threatens The Career Of Brilliant Cricket Club Captain


News has been received from Crooked Tree Village that the captain of Brilliant Cricket Club, Mr. Eldon Wade, is suffering from a chronic knee injury, which may end his cricket career, unless he undergoes major surgery abroad. Eldon has been suffering from an injury to his knee for several months until he was diagnosed with articular cartilage destruction from degenerative arthritis of the knee fused from sport injury. He was advised by his doctor to seek immediate surgery in Merida. The cost of the surgery is BZ $12,000.00.

Eldon is a senior cricketer and a member of the Belize National Cricket Association. He represented Belize on numerous occasions both at home and abroad. He was the Man of the Tournament when Belize won the Central American Cricket Championship in 2006. He is presently the captain of Brilliant Cricket Club and has coached youth cricketers in Crooked Tree Village for several years.

Eldon is in need of your help to raise the funds needed to pay for the arthroscopic surgery. His families and friends have established a fundraising drive to raise the needed BZ $12,000.00. If you are able to help, please contact Mrs. Josephine McGee at telephone 708-466-6141 or e-mail jo_jo_mcgee@yahoo.com for further instructions as to where to mail your contribution to this cause.

Eldon is looking forward to undergoing the surgery to correct the serious injury to his knee so he can return to the captaincy of Brilliant Cricket Club. He also looks forward to continuing to coach the youths of Crooked Tree Village.

Friday, December 7, 2012

PM Barrow Travels To Miami-Florida On Official Trip

The Office of the Prime Minister informs that the Hon. Dean Barrow departs the country today, Friday, 7th December 2012, for Miami, Florida where he will participate in scheduled official meetings over the weekend.

Prime Minister Barrow is expected to return to the country on Sunday, 9th December, 2012.


During Prime Minister Barrow’s absence, the Hon. Gaspar Vega, Deputy Prime Minister of Belize will act as Prime Minister.

[Photo: Prime Minister Barrow sits at his desk awaiting arrival of visiting ambassadors]

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Guatemala Denies McAfee Asylum

Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee was denied political asylum in Guatemala today and will be Belize bound for questioning. Police in Belize expect him to be flown back soon for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate.

President Otto Perez Molina announced it will not provide asylum to John McAfee, and said that there is nothing to compel Guatemala to make the decision.

McAfee, 67, arrived in Guatemala on Tuesday last, accompanied by his Belizean girlfriend, Sam Vanegas, 20.

Upon his arrival, McAfee said he fears for his life, he states that he is pursued by the Belize government, which donated $ 80 million since 2005 to help develop the country, but realizing that the money was stolen by the authorities decided to stop supporting. He says he has sensitive information about corruption in the Belize government.

The businessman is suspected of murdering his neighbor, Gregory Viant Faull, 52, who was found dead from a gunshot wound to his head.

McAfee, the creator of the anti-virus program that still bears his name, was arrested on Wednesday, Dec 5th, for illegal entry into Guatemala. 

UN Climate Change Conference In Doha, Qatar


Press Release – Belmopan, 6th December, 2012 - The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Senator Honourable Lisel Alamilla is presently leading a delegation comprised of senior technical government officials and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre representatives to the Climate Change Conference of the Parties — 18 (COP 18) being held in Doha, Qatar.

It is focusing on four main themes: a second commitment period to the Kyoto Protocol; successful closure of the ad-hoc working group on Long-term Cooperative Action (LCA); a work programme for the development of a new legally binding climate change regime post-2020 under the Ad-hoc working group on the Durban Platform for enhanced action (ADP); and securing the necessary financing for developing countries to ensure we reach the target of a $100 billion USD annually by 2020.
Yesterday, Thursday December 5th, 2012, Minister Alamilla presented Belize’s position on Climate Change and the intended outcomes of the COP-18 to the High-Level plenary.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

McAFEE ARRESTED IN GUATEMALA

John McAfee, anti-virus pioneer, has been detained in Guatemala City by Interpol and Immigration Officials of Guatemala. McAfee was arrested on suspicion of illegal entry into that country. The San Pedro Sun has also received reports from the Foreign Affairs Office of Guatemala that McAfee is in the process of being returned to Belize tomorrow morning and it is believed that he will then be flown to San Pedro Town for police questioning in regards to the murder investigation of US National, Gregory Faull.

Via the San Pedro Sun

Saturday, December 1, 2012

JOHN MCAFEE'S LIFE AS A FUGITIVE MAY BE OVER


The whereabouts of John McAfee, the anti-virus software millionaire, turned blogger, on the run from Belize authorities may be coming to an end. The Belize police has been looking to question him since Nov 11, 2012 for the murder of his neighbor, American native, Gregory Faull in the town of San Pedro, Belize. Faull has been found shot to death in a pool of blood in his home. A 9-millimeter shell was found nearby. What happened after turned into a worldwide media frenzy.
McAfee started a blog while on the run and a post went up on it earlier today citing  "unconfirmed report," of his capture somewhere near the Belize-Mexico border. McAfee has used his blog in a jarring manner to tantalize the government and Belizean authorities while running (he claims) from pillar to post in Belize. Last week he claimed if he is captured that he has written enough material to keep the blog going for a year. Someone named Chad will be in charge of his blog in case of capture. 
If this mess is true, I am sure almost everyone in Belize is happy!!
The police in Belize has not yet confirm the capture. If there is anything new from Belize Police I will keep you updated. 
Here is the link to his personal blog:http://www.whoismcafee.com/
Below is his first interview on the run, in person, by CNN today. John McAfee maintains his innocence.
 http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2012/12/01/ac-savidge-mcafee-interview.cnn
And here is a very good NY Times story of John playing "Hide-and-seek in Belize:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

BELIZE AUDUBON SOCIETY VS CROOKED TREE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY


Photo: Hon. Lisel Alamilla stands with Representatives of the Crooked Tree Action Group


At the request of community members, Hon. Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, met with representatives from Crooked Tree Action Group. The objective of the meeting was for the community to formally inform the Minister of their concerns over the situation with the Belize Audubon Society and the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.

Minister Alamilla advised the representatives that the legal status of the protected area restricts access. She also informed that there is a current exercise underway which is looking at the viability of the present status of the protected areas, and this includes the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.

Among key decisions made, the Minister in good faith directed that the log-wood that was cut would be returned to the individual. The Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development will organize a meeting the week of December 10th with the Forest Department, Fisheries Department, Belize Audubon Society and the representatives from Crooked Tree Village to improve the dialogue and chart a new way forward. In the interim, the representatives agreed to work within the confines of the regulations of Wildlife Sanctuary.

All parties agreed that it was a successful meeting and committed to work together to address the pressing issues.

Photo Courtesy: Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries & Sustainable Development

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

BELIZEAN TEEN EARNS PRIVATE PILOT LICENSE IN FLORIDA

Jim Howard strapped himself into the Cessna 172P and beside him in the cockpit sat the pilot painstakingly and carefully performing the pre-flight checks.   


As the plane took off, the pilot at the controls was 18 year old Hugh Alvin Wade, a junior at Hobe Sound College, where he is now 6 months away from obtaining his BA in Inter-Cultural Communications and Aviation.

Hugh took his first solo flight at the age of 16 in Corozal, Belize after taking lessons with retired USA Air Force Colonel, Gordon Scott.

While many of his friends and classmates spent the summer relaxing, Hugh was in the Amazon Jungle for half of the summer drilling water wells for the indigenous people of Peru and Brazil and the other half at Clearflight’s facility in Fort Pierce, Fl. with his heart set on earning his private license.

For seven and a half weeks, he attended ground school, learning the theory on how to make a flight plan; how to calculate weight and balance; how to navigate; the rules of airspace; and understanding the mechanics of planes. He also took air traffic control classes and took many solo flights across Florida.

After an evaluation flight and an oral test by an FAA examiner, he took one last two-hour flight with the FAA examiner that would determine whether he would receive his license.

When he landed the plane, Hugh said “I was so happy; all I heard was 'Congratulations.'"

Friends and classmates ask him if he is worried about accidents and he said absolutely not. "You have more of a chance crashing on the road with people driving erratically," he said. “In a plane, you have the control tower looking out for you.

Young Hugh Wade takes his role in the cockpit seriously, and he approaches his future in the same way.

After graduation next year, he plans on continuing to earn his instrument ratings required to fly commercial passenger planes, and his certified flight instructor rating. As an instructor, he can teach and earn money, all while accumulating the necessary flight hours required to reach his ultimate goal: becoming a pilot for a major commercial airline by the time he is 23, the minimum age set by the FAA.

When asked for his advice to young people, he said "If you set a goal, accomplish it.” “Always set goals and shoot for them."

"I am glad my parents supported me when I decided on this path to leave Belize. It’s a career with so much potential that you can build on later on in life.  My parents allowed me to feel out my career paths, and supported me along the way. 'As long as it’s what you want to do, just do it', said my dad."

"And for those who think flying is risky, I think risks come in all forms, all you have to do is work hard and have a positive mind set. As long as it’s what you want to do, just do it!”

Hugh would to thank his sister Pamela and her husband Gordon Butcher of Hobe Sound, Florida who supported him during his time in the USA. He would also like to thank his sister Clara of Tyler, Texas for her encouragements and moral support.

Join us in congratulating 18 year old Hugh Alvin Wade for his accomplishments! He is one of the newest pilot in South Florida! We are proud of him and looking forward to seeing where the future leads for this bright young man.

And congratulations to his parents, Hugh and Kendra Crawford Wade of Ranchito Village, Corozal, Belize.

Well done, Hugh! Be safe, have fun and keep learning!

Friday, November 23, 2012

TURNEFFE ATOLL RESERVE: SIGNED AND SEALED!

The Honorable Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development will be hosting a commemoration and signing ceremony for the declaration of the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve, the Co-Management Framework for Protected Areas and the Introduction of the Living Aquatic Resources Bill. 

It's important because it manages the three hundred and twenty five thousand acre Marine Reserve - which is the largest in Belize and is considered the largest and most biologically diverse atoll in the Caribbean.


Today's commemoration will take place at the Old Belize Adventure and Marina’s Jungle Pavilion on Thursday,November 22, 2012 from 10:00 a.. to 12:30 P.M.

The event will be complimented by a poster and information exhibit for Primary School students from Belize City and fishing communities in the North.

The theme adopted for this occasion by the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development is: “SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN ACTION”.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

THE WORLD WATCHES AS CEASEFIRE LOOMS

Israeli soldiers lie on the ground as an Iron Dome missile is launched near the city of Ashdod, Israel, Monday Nov 19. 2012. 

This week we are watching with anguish the ongoing escalation between Israel, Hamas and militants taking place in Gaza and Israel.

My heart goes out to all those who are impacted by rockets, missiles and bombs flying and falling in this latest, familiar round of violence. I am urging President Obama and those in the international community to work diligently to achieve a ceasefire in this latest conflict.

Israel, like every other country in the world, has the right and obligation to defend itself against rocket fire and against those who refuse to recognize its right to exist in the Middle East.

Israeli forces are poised for a possible ground invasion of Gaza and rockets keep flying from Gaza to Tel Aviv and even Jerusalem. Israel needs long-term security but a ground invasion will not lead us any closer to two states for two peoples living side by side in peace and harmony. I believe that ground invasion will lead us farther away from peace.

In 2005 Israel uprooted all its citizens and handed Gaza over to the Palestinian people. Four years ago in Operation Cast Lead, Israel invaded Gaza because of rocket attacks on Israel's southern region. Operation Cast Lead did not make Israel more secure; in fact, I have seen many more powerful rockets falling deeper behind the green-line. Military actions may stop the rockets for a while, but it will make Israel more isolated and ostracized from the world.

Israel is facing a very grave threat to its survival as a Jewish state, and only a political resolution to the century-old conflict with the Palestinians that would result in two states living side by side in peace can end the conflict. Without that, in another couple of years we will be right back here again with more powerful rockets and more extreme forces from Gaza.

I would like to send a message to my friends and family in Israel: I love and care about you and can feel your pain from the terror that is erupting on your border. I support your right to respond to the unprecedented rocket fire, but a ceasefire for a few months is not enough. I would like to see a ceasefire that is permanent and will put an end to this deadly conflict.

I hope that President Obama will work on a new and aggressive effort to end this conflict in his second term. Without a serious and bold effort promoted by the President of the United States to achieve two states now, we may well witness the end of our dream for Israel to exist as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people.

Yitzhak Rabin, a great Prime Minister of Israel once said: Enough of bloodshed!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

BELIZE PM TO McAFEE: 'COME FORWARD MAN'


The Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Dean Barrow has publicly urged anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee, who is wanted for questioning in the murder of a neighbor, to turn himself in to the police.

Mr. McAfee, 67, told CNBC television Tuesday that he was moving every four hours to avoid police who want to question him about the murder of fellow American Gregory Faull, a Florida native who was found dead at his home on Sunday morning in a pool of blood.

In an interview broadcasted on national radio and television, Prime Minister Barrow said that "Mr. McAfee is a person of interest".

"His reaction to being a person of interest is, to put it very mildly, hugely exaggerated. He is now, I think, visiting all sorts of calumnies on our country and on our security forces and his behavior is to be deprecated".

John McAfee, eponymous founder of the anti-virus company, told various American media houses that he was on the run out of concern for his safety. He said he has been accused of something he didn’t do. He also told CNBC cable television in the US that he was worried that Belize police wanted to extort money from him.

Barrow said McAfee's fears were unfounded and has urged him to “come forward man”.

"It is now hugely public and you surely do not expect anyone to believe that the police want to kill you, so that if you come in for questioning you are going to be murdered.
“That is utter and complete nonsense. The spotlight is very much on this issue. Come in and have the police do their job and if it is that you are truly innocent, you are free to go”.

A police report on Monday, November 12th, said that Faull, 52, was shot in the back of the head, and that there were no signs of a break-in, but a laptop and cell phone were missing.

McAfee sold his anti-virus software company in the early 1990’s and has been living in Belize for the past four years.

On Sunday evening Police raided McAfee's mansion on Ambergris Caye, an island off the northeastern coast of Belize.

Earlier in the year, McAfee's had a run-in with Belize police when his mansion was raided while looking for weapons and drugs, and he was detained for several hours, but was never charged. The eccentric software millionaire later claimed he was arrested because he refused to make a donation to a politician's campaign in northern Belize.

Monday, November 12, 2012

ANTI-VIRUS KING WANTED FOR MURDER IN BELIZE

Police Report: On Sunday the 11th November, 2012 at 8:00am acting upon information received, San Pedro Police visited 5 ¾ miles North of San Pedro Town where they saw 52 year old U.S National Mr. GREGORY VIANT FAULL, of the said address, lying face up in a pool of blood with an apparent gunshot wound on the upper rear part of his head apparently dead. Initial investigation revealed that on the said date at 7:20am LUARA TUN, 39years, Belizean Housekeeper of Boca Del Rio Area, San Pedro Town went to the house of Mr. Faull to do her daily chores when she saw him laying inside of the hall motionless, Faull was last seen alive around 10:00pm on 10.11.12 and he lived alone. No signs of forced entry was seen, A (1) laptop computer brand and serial number unknown and (1) I-Phone was discovered missing. The body was found in the hall of the upper flat of the house. A single luger brand 9 mm expended shells was found at the first stairs leading up to the upper flat of the building. The body of Faull was taken to KHMH Morgue where it awaits a Post Mortem Examination. Police have not established a motive so far but are following several leads.

 Gizmodo has posted the official above police statement for the murder of Gregory Paul a.k.a. Gregory Viant Faull. Nowhere in it does it mention McAfee or any of the names of the suspects. However The San Pedro Sun, a local paper, says the police confirmed that they want  to bring McAfee in for questioning. When the police went to his home, however, he was not there. 


John McAfee of McAfee anti-virus software fame is reportedly wanted for the murder of American expatriate Gregory Paul, who was killed on Saturday night, according to Gizmodo's Jeff WiSE, who cites Belize police for his report. According to Wise, police say McAfee is on the run and a prime suspect in the murder. Also, "the two men have been at odds for some time," the most recent argument having to do with dogs. Paul had filed a complain with the Mayor's office about McAfee for his "roguish behavior," notes Wise. 

This news comes just a few days after Gizmodo ran a long story about McAfee's increasingly erratic and borderline criminal behavior. In it, he sounds paranoid as he talks about people wanting to take his money and kill him—and he admits to having associated with gangsters in Belize. Note McAfee's marketing slogan: "Safe is not a privilege. It is a right." We'll update as we learn more. 

Since this report earlier today, McAfee has given an interview from his hideout with US publication wired.com. Here is the link to the interview.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/11/threatlevel_1112_mcafee/

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

THE LAST WALTZ FOR ENDEAVOUR

I'm posting this for all of you that didn't get to see it and just because I think this is an incredible video. This is space shuttle Endeavour's final flight to retirement over Southern California last month. The camera man in one of the accompanying fighter jet did a marvelous job and I must say he had a steady hand.

It is very intriguing to hear the conversation between the two pilots (male and female) in the filming jet and the pilot of the jet carrying the shuttle and the traffic controllers. Too bad NASA is cutting the shuttle flight without a replacement program.

It's 15 minutes long; hope you enjoy it! 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

FOREIGN MINISTERS OF BELIZE AND GUATEMALA MEET TO DISCUSS REFERENDUM

The OAS Secretary General, Chilean, Jose Miguel Insulza and the Foreign Ministers from Guatemala and Belize, Harold Caballeros and Wilfred Elrington, respectively, initiated a working reunion to refine the details on the Referendum that will be carried out by both countries on October of next year.

The objective of the one day meeting which was carried out behind closed doors at the headquarters of the ministry of Foreign Affairs in Guatemala, was to “refine the details on the referendum” in which the decision of both countries regarding the territorial litigation that they maintain for over a century will be submitted before the International Court of Justice, said a source from the Guatemalan Ministry.

Although from 1991 Guatemala recognized Belize’s independence, they still claim close to fifty percent of territory from the former Britannic Colony, which with the mediation of the OAS, both States agreed to clarify before the International Criminal Court based in La Haya.

Also, the source said, it is also expected that a report from the OAS on the violent incidents that have been registered this year in the designated adjacency zone between both countries, which marks the undefined border between both nations and has claimed the life of at least four Guatemalan farmers will be made known.

“The result of the discussions will be released by Secretary Insulza and the Foreign Ministers during a press conference” the source specified.

After the meeting with the ministers, the OAS Secretary General will reunite in private with the Guatemalan president, Otto Perez Molina, in which it is expected that they will dialogue on the preparations for the General Assembly of that hemispheric body which will be celebrated in the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala in 2013.

Via the San Pedro Sun.com



Monday, October 22, 2012

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE 2012: FINAL FIGHT

Two more weeks before the presidential elections and this is the last debate. Tonight’s debate will be coming to us from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. The subject of tonight’s debate is foreign policy.

The format will be split into six 15 minutes segments moderated by CBS’s Bob Schieffer.

The topics will be: America’s role in the world…..The conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan….R

edlines; vis-à-vis Iran and Israel…..The Arab spring and the Middle East…..The changing face of terrorism....And The rise of China.

The candidates will be seated at a table and Libya and Syria is expected to be a big point of contention where Governor Romney can get a do over from his last debate when he didn’t get his point across that the president has mishandled the situation in Benghazi, Libya.

President Obama will get to explain the confusion on Benghazi and will try to paint the governor as a war monger, which he believes is a very credible argument.

One last chance for Mr. Romney to show his fighting spirit!

The race is a dead heat; see you soon! I will be tweeting live at https://twitter.com/IBelizeit

Photo via the BBC.com

COMMENTARY: POLITICAL PATRIOTISM


 I read lately that Belize is on a list of countries considered or being thought to be a pariah state. Pariah in this instance means a country whose behavior is out of line with international norms. Now even if this were not true, the mere fact that Belize is included in these failed states is both alarming and disappointing. Imagine a country, with a population of a little over 300,000, with boundless natural resources including a thriving tourism industry, placed in this position. It breaks my heart to see how low we have fallen, how utterly inevitable it is that this free fall will continue, until we come to our senses and elect men and women who have Belizes' interest first and foremost on their agenda.

When Mr. Goldson and Mr. Price were in politics, no one had any doubt but that their allegiance and devotion was to Belize and the Belizean people. They made us proud to be Belizean and we were respected, people and nations were rooting for us to succeed, and we could see a future that was full of promise. These two men and others were true Belizean patriots and political patriots. Now what we have are political vultures, elected officials, who over the last 25 years in both political parties have been raping, abusing and selling out their constituents.

We don't control our borders, we don't control our economy, we don't control our streets. We differ to religious and foreign predators to determine how we live. Corruption rampant everywhere, the police, the judiciary, religion, education, civil service, mainly immigration and customs, every aspect of our lives is tinged with some aspect of corruption.

The last party that was in power, the PUP, destroyed our economy to such a level that they were overwhelmingly rejected in 2008. The current administration is catching up to them very quickly, and if things don't change drastically and very soon, well, the consequences are unimaginable.

We the Belizean people are to be blamed for all this. We know who these creeps are and we keep reelecting them and when things go awry, we start to bawl. We have to start finding politically incorruptible candidates that will have the people and the country first and foremost in their governance and decisions. It just gets boring seeing all these ne'er do wells that didn't have a pot to piss in, suddenly become rich and fat on the backs of, and at the expense of the people.

Think of it people, we are a pariah. Land of the gods by the Carib sea! So sad.

Commentary by pele


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Sunday, October 14, 2012

BELIZEAN FOLKLORE: WHY ANANSI HAS EIGHT LEGS

Hear no Evil; Speak no Evil and See no Evil.
Once upon a time, a long time ago, there lived a spider named Anansi. Anansi's wife was a very good cook. But always, Anansi loved to taste the food that others in the village made for themselves and for their families.

One day, he stopped by Rabbit's house. Rabbit was his good friend.

"There are greens in your pot," cried Anansi excitedly. Anansi loved greens.

"They are not quite done," said Rabbit. "But they will be soon. Stay and eat with me."

"I would love to, Rabbit, but I have some things to do," Anansi said hurriedly. If he waited at Rabbit's house, Rabbit would certainly give him jobs to do. "I know," said Anansi. "I'll spin a web. I'll tie one end around my leg and one end to your pot. When the greens are done, tug on the web, and I'll come running!"

Rabbit thought that was a great idea. And so it was done.

"I smell beans," Anansi sniffed excitedly as he ambled along. "Delicious beans, cooking in a pot."

"Come eat our beans with us," cried the monkeys. "They are almost done."

"I would love to Father Monkey," said Anansi. And again, Anansi suggested he spin a web, with one end tied around his leg, and one end tied to the big bean pot.

Father Monkey thought that was a great idea. All his children thought so, too. And so it was done.

"I smell sweet potatoes," Anansi sniffed happily as he ambled along. "Sweet potatoes and honey, I do believe!"

"Anansi," called his friend Hog. "My pot is full of sweet potatoes and honey! Come share my food with me."

"I would love to," said Anansi. And again, Anansi suggested he spin a web, with one end tied around his leg, and one end tied to the sweet potato pot.

His friend Hog thought that was a great idea. And so it was done.

By the time Anansi arrived at the river, he had one web tied to each of his eight legs.

"This was a wonderful idea," Anansi told himself proudly. "I wonder whose pot will be ready first?"

Just then, Anansi felt a tug at his leg. "Ah," said Anansi. "That is the web string tied to Rabbit's greens." He felt another. And another. Anansi was pulled three ways at once.

"Oh dear," said Anansi as he felt the fourth web string pull.

Just then, he felt the fifth web string tug. And the sixth. And the seventh. And the eighth. Anansi was pulled this way and that way, as everyone pulled on the web strings at once. His legs were pulled thinner and thinner. Anansi rolled quickly into the river. When all the webs had washed away, Anansi pulled himself painfully up on shore.

"Oh my, oh my," sighed Anansi. "Perhaps that was not such a good idea after all."

To this day, Anansi the Spider has eight very thin legs. And he never got any food that day at all.

via the Capital Newspaper https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=312191862222407&set=a.235837823191145.52676.100002947863123&type=3&theater


PROTEST IN BELIZE AGAINST HIGH CRIME RATE

The suspect that murdered this young woman, Suzenne Martinez, was released from jail two weeks ago for sexual assault (RAPE), and robbery, multiple times in the Cayo District area of Belize.
Thousands of Belizeans marched in a peaceful protest on Thursday, October 11th against high crime in Belize and shut down businesses and schools prompting a quick response of promises from the Belize government to implement new anti-crime measures. The protest was concentrated in the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena in western Belize and had the participation of some three thousand people from the area and also from the City of Belmopan. The protest was sparked by the murder of two young university students within the space of a week – one in Belmopan and one in San Ignacio and Santa Elena. To date 33 murders have been recorded in western Belize this year.

Read More Here: 
http://belizean.com/protests-in-belize-against-high-crime-rate-prompts-rapid-response-from-govt-1274/

Thursday, October 11, 2012

FIRST CHINESE WINNER OF NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE

Congratulations to Mr. Mo Yan!

He was given the most prestigious prize in the world of literature by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The Nobel Prize Committees, instituted by and named after Alfred Nobel, make awards to individuals for outstanding contributions to humanity by individuals, not by countries.

Literature is one of five Nobel Prizes established by the will of Alfred Nobel in 1895; the others are the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Nobel Prize in Physics, Nobel Peace Prize, and Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. In 1968, economic sciences was added to the list of fields.

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2012/bio-bibl.html

Monday, October 8, 2012

SIMCHAT TORAH 2012: THE DANCE OF THE WHITE FIRE


After the yearly Torah reading cycle is completed on the morning of Simchat Torah, we immediately begin the cycle again by reading the beginning of Bereishit, recounting the creation of the world. This practice connects the end of the Torah with its beginning.
This ceremonial completion and immediate new beginning takes place following 14 circuits of joyous dancing and singing with the Torah, seven of which occur Simchat Torah night and seven which occur on Simchat Torah morning. While the Torah scroll is rolled from its end to its beginning (or a second Torah scroll is readied for use), we find ourselves in a very unique situation, a sort of spiritual no man's land, suspended somewhere between the end and the beginning. Although it only takes a few minutes to roll or ready the Torah scroll for use, symbolically speaking, these moments reflect an emotion that Simchat Torah is imbued with: a sense of anticipation. For during the entire three-week period since Rosh Hashanah we have been living in suspended animation, waiting for the new year to finally show its true face. Since this will finally happen on the day after Simchat Torah -- at the end of the holiday season -- we are now ready to conclude the Torah and begin reading it again. 

The Midrash teaches that the letters of the Torah are like black fire engraved on parchment that is analogous to white fire (Yalkut ShimoniYitro 280). To understand even a small part of the wisdom encoded in the black fire takes a life time; the wisdom engraved in the white fire is at present beyond human comprehension. On Simchat Torah we do not emphasize studying Torah. Instead we dance on the white fire as if all is an open book waiting to be revealed. This dancing connects us in a most profound way to the Torah as an Orchard of Delights.

The sense of suspended animation we are in is symbolized by our dancing for hours in circles with the Torah scrolls; this, in turn, recalls the verse from Job (26:6): "He hangs the world on nothingness." The numerical value of the Hebrew letters in this phrase is 913, the same as the numerical value of the Torah's first word, bereishit ("in the beginning"). Dancing at the beginning of a year full of promise, we are imbued with joy, trust and faith in what the new year will bring to us as individuals and as Jews. Although the script of the Torah is written and God has rendered and sealed our judgments for the upcoming year, Judaism firmly believes that in some sense the script is still blank as we all continue to write our own script every day of the year. Paradoxically, far from being closed books, our lives are open to change; we still have the ability to determine much of what we will experience in the upcoming year. This realization brings with it great joy and power, as we symbolically roll the Torah back to Bereishit and acknowledge our ability to choose to begin again.

The Talmud states that everything goes after the sealing (Berachot 12a). The manner in which we conclude any journey in life affects how we will remember it and how it will impact on our lives. Therefore, the Sages decided that we should conclude the yearly reading of the Torah and the High Holiday season with great joy and celebration, so that this energy would remain with us and carry over into the new year.

At one of the most climatic moments during the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayers, we declare that repentance, prayer and charity have the power to nullify negative decrees. Immediately following the Ten Days of Repentance, the joyous holidays of Sukkot and Simchat Torah teach us that joy also has the power to nullify negative decrees, wiping the slate clean and allowing a truly new year to begin.
Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman....Director Ohr Hadash