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/