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Company offers $10,000 reward for missing employee
Company offers $10,000 reward for missing employee

The employee, who is the chairman of Hattieville, has been missing for   8 days

Discoverseis Geophysical Services, the employer of Kevin Carcamo, 43, who disappeared in the jungle behind Freetown Sibun in the Belize District last Sunday, July 21, has announced that they are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of the missing Hattieville village council chairman.

Carcamo had gone on an expedition with a group of 6 other men to work on a survey line within a densely forested area between Hattieville and Freetown Sibun, but mysteriously vanished during their return trip.

Since then, intensive searches have been conducted by civilians, along with military and law enforcement personnel, and yesterday, Discoverseis engaged in another aerial canvass, while a team of divers attached to the Belize Coast Guard scoured the depths of the Sibun River in search of the father of four.

Nonetheless, all efforts to locate the missing chairperson have so far been fruitless, and as somewhat of a last resort, the company has decided to offer the reward to anyone who can assist them in finding Carcamo and returning him to his family safely, since there is still optimism that he is alive.

A candlelight vigil is scheduled to be held tonight in Hattieville, in which friends and family will gather and pray in hopes of Carcamo’s safe return.

Anyone with information that could assist in locating Carcamo is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 922, the nearest police station, or telephone number 610-1497.

Belize’s nightmare continues at UNCAF U-20 qualifiers
Belize’s nightmare continues at UNCAF U-20 qualifiers

In tomorrow’s final day of the UNCAF U-20 qualifiers, Guatemala is still in contention, along with Costa Rica and Honduras, for a spot in the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Panama and El Salvador are already secure.

Belize is expected to lose tomorrow’s opener against Guatemala, and exit the tournament without a point, but it would be a consolation of sorts if Belize could at least get a goal. For their part, Guatemala will not be giving an inch, as the race for the 4th spot may come down to goal difference between Guatemala and Costa Rica, as Honduras is expected to easily triumph against Nicaragua. (See remaining schedule below.) If Costa Rica gains a victory over El Salvador, who are undefeated so far, they will improve their present goal difference of +6; and Guatemala, with only a +1, would need a big margin against Belize to eclipse Costa Rica, with whom they are presently tied in points. (See latest standings below.)stats

Tomorrow, Belize, already eliminated, may be trying for a consolation goal, which could be a heartbreak for Guatemala; but such an effort by Belize could also make us vulnerable to a Guatemalan onslaught that would make our nightmare complete.

Who is to blame for this debacle? Coach Edmund Pandy? Who will be the coach to take the blame in September?

Below are the games results so far and standings to date:

July 17 – Guatemala 1:0 Costa Rica; Panama 4:3 Honduras; El Salvador 6:0 Belize.
July 19 – Panama 5:0 Nicaragua; Honduras 1:1 Costa Rica; El Salvador 2:2 Guatemala.
July 21 – Nicaragua 4:0 Belize; Panama 3:2 Costa Rica; El Salvador 0:0 Honduras.
July 23 – Panama 2:0 Belize; Costa Rica 2:0 Nicaragua; Honduras 1:0 Guatemala.
July 25 – Honduras 5:0 Belize; Panama 3:0 Guatemala; El Salvador 7:1 Nicaragua.
July 27 – Costa Rica 6:0 Belize; Guatemala 4:0 Nicaragua; El Salvador 2:1 Panama. Remaining schedule:
Tuesday, July 29, (at San Salvador – Estadio Cuscatlan)
2:00 p.m. – Guatemala vs Belize
4:30 p.m. – Honduras vs Nicaragua
7:00 p.m. – El Salvador vs Costa Rica
Deadly Mopan Street home invasion
Deadly Mopan Street home invasion

At about 4:50 Saturday morning, two vicious killers entered the home of Carlos Mayorga, 52, a tacos vendor, stole $2,000, shot a kneeling Mayorga to death, and callously shot three females, who were Mayorga’s assistants.

The women told police that they all were at their home at 47 Mopan Street when two dark-complexioned men entered the house through the back door. One of the men was armed with a black 9mm pistol and the other had a knife in his hand.

The man with the gun pointed it at them and forced them into Mayorga’s bedroom. The gunman then demanded money, and Mayorga was forced to open a locker which was secured with a padlock.

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Mayorga’s home on Mopan Street, Belize City

Mayorga was so terrified that he could not find the key to the locker, so he got a machete to pry open the locker, and was beaten with the gun butt by the gunman.

He handed over to the thieves $2,000 in cash, but that was not enough. The thieves demanded more money, but Mayorga told them he had no more to give.

The gunman, who already had the $2,000 that was taken from the locker, stood by the door of the room and shot Mayorga, who was still in a kneeling position before the locker, multiple times.

The gunman then turned his gun on the women – Mayorga’s daughter, Sijihan Avila, 21; and his workers Alida Asencio, 42, and Karina Avilez, 19, a waitress, and mercilessly shot them.

Both men then ran back through the back door.

Police say that they found Mayorga still kneeling by his bedside, by the locker, and he had been shot in the back of the neck and the left shoulder, while Avila had been shot in the left side of the chest and the left side of her abdomen, and Avilez was shot in the left arm.

Asencio, a Honduran, was shot in the left breast and left side of the abdomen, and tonight, Monday, she is reported to be in a coma, suffering from pancreatic bleeding, and is said to have a 50-50 chance of surviving.

Other reports are that Carlos Mayorga was shot four times in the head and chest, and died almost immediately.

Police have detained three Belize City men in connection with the shootings and murder.

One of Mayorga’s relatives told Amandala that Mayorga’s death and the shooting of his daughter and the other two women were uncalled for, because on several occasions, hungry persons went to Mayorga and he gave them food without collecting any money. He would give them $2 worth of tacos and a cup of juice.

Mayorga was kind and helpful, the relative said, and the death was senseless. She said that Carlos Mayorga’s wife and his son are in Honduras, and are expected to arrive in Belize City on Monday to face the tragic circumstances, and to conduct his funeral arrangements.

Mayorga’s body awaits a post-mortem at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital .

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2 die in motorcycle collision with truck
2 die in motorcycle collision with truck

Two men, Duane Pelayo, 30, of Ladyville, who is self-employed, and Gerald Gillett, a security guard of Belize City, were declared dead at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after they suffered massive head and body injuries – the result of a collision between a motorcycle on which they were traveling, and a truck owned by the Belize Tourist Board.

The tragedy occurred around 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 25, at about Mile 7 on the Northern Highway.

Police said that the two men were traveling from Belize City towards Ladyville, when at Mile 7, they overtook a car, and were about to overtake another vehicle when the handle of the motorcycle hit the mirror of the second vehicle they were trying to overtake, causing the motorcycle driver to lose control.

The motorcycle slid across the left side of the road, into the lane of an oncoming BTB truck, and the impact of the collision flung the motorcyclists onto the highway.

The driver of the truck told police that when the collision occurred, he quickly stopped and tried to help the victims, but one man, in the middle of the road, appeared to be dead, and his companion, who was near a fence on the side of the road, was breathing, but shortly after, he took his last breath and died.

He said that the man who was in the middle of the road was lying face-down, and that the impact of the collision had crushed and torn his face, and that the other man who landed near the fence apparently suffered massive internal injuries, which were not visible, but his two feet were broken.

Police are investigating.

Diaspora answer for Major Lloyd

Dear Editor,

My beloved sister who resides in Belize sent me a link to a letter to the editor in which Major Lloyd Jones demands to know, “Diaspora, What have you done for me lately?” I will share with you what I shared with her.

Feel free to publish if you see fit. It seems to me that the Major is poorly informed and in order to sow the seeds of division among Belizean brothers and sisters, he was all too willing to misuse the quote of a famous historical figure who was rallying his people to stand their ground in unity, even in the face of great adversity.

The Major appears to be ignorant of certain facts regarding Winston Churchill – who at one time proposed a common citizenship between America and Great Britain and upon whom was bestowed American citizenship.

The Major apparently didn’t know that Winston Churchill’s mother was American-born. My sister was almost convinced by this silver-tongued military officer that I somehow do not love Belize as much as she does and would not want what’s best for Belize simply because I live abroad.

What utter nonsense and narrow-mindedness! It is more likely that a charlatan BDF officer will rise to power and do great harm to Belize than it is likely for a Belizean living abroad to return home (leaving his supposed life of comfort abroad) to wreak havoc upon Belize.

The Major puts forward a paper-thin argument as to why Belizeans with dual citizenship should not be allowed to hold political office. To him it seems self-defeating because he claims that the dual citizen Belizeans would not “have to remain in Belize to live with the consequences of their political decisions.”

What is self-defeating is the Major’s expectation that politicians only make decisions that have dire consequences for the nation, and therefore, he only wants politicians who are trapped to live with their ill-conceived decisions. But he ignores history. How many corrupt politicians and despotic military dictators haven’t wreaked havoc on their homelands and then fled to find refuge abroad – even without dual citizenship. Indeed, someone who has returned home to be of service to their country (which really is what he should be expecting from our politicians) has demonstrated a strong love and commitment by returning to her roots.

But, the Major doesn’t see this. He thinks they are returning home to rape the country because that is what he has become accustomed to expecting from politicians. Sad!
The Major slips a little in his reasoning. Although he acknowledges the important contribution of those in the Diaspora through remittances, he dismisses this because he observes, “this is a personal undertaking.”

Well, I can’t think of a better reason for anyone to become involved in political life and service to one’s country of birth. It should be a personal undertaking. Because I love my sisters, brothers, mother, aunt, uncles, nieces, nephews, etc., I care deeply about the future of Belize. If my life abroad has broadened my knowledge and given me useful experience that I can take back and contribute to the betterment of Belize, then why not?

The Major suggests that there are other ways to do so, and he cites a few examples. So, it’s not that the Major is really opposed to Belizeans in the Diaspora returning and contributing to the national development of Belize – he welcomes them to do so in some ways, but the role of politician is somehow special.

You see, the Major has the mindset that Belizeans in the Diaspora should come with handouts, not take from the country. He doesn’t see the politician as a potential servant: he sees the politician as a corrupt taker and potential abuser – a role he reserves for people like himself who do not have dual citizenship.

It is intriguing to me that the Major believes that the Diaspora has been silent in the face of the many challenges that confront the nation. Perhaps he is not listening, and has closed his ears off, or is oblivious to social media.

The battle against partisan politics in Belize is led by and strongly influenced by Belizeans in the Diaspora. The Major only sees the negative influences of American lifestyle and blames it all on Belizeans abroad, as if they are somehow forcing negative American values on Belizeans back home – he conveniently forgets about TV and the freedom of choice that Belizeans, fortunately, still enjoy.

The Major, despite his lament about the negative influence of American culture, steals a line from Janet Jackson, an icon of American pop culture and demands, “Diaspora, what have you done for me lately?”

What have you done for Belize, lately, Major? Quit looking for handouts and sowing the seeds of division. Let’s all work together for the betterment of Belize.

Respectfully,

Mario Lara, a Belizean living abroad who loves his friends and family back home and only wants what’s best for Belize. And, no, I have no interest in politics, just have a strong dislike for ignorance and people who preach division and disunity.

We are not Diaspora, but citizens of Belize, and we are doing something for Belize daily

Dear Editor,

Could you please publish this letter to Major Lloyd Jones in reply to a letter he has written in the media.

Dear Major Lloyd Jones,

I have always held you in high regard for the service you have provided in the Belize Defence Force to defend our country. Like you and me, there are thousands of natural born Belizean citizens who have served in the uniformed services in Belize and now reside in the United States and possess dual citizenship.
Also, there are Belizeans living in Belize who were born in the United States and Belizeans who were born in Belize and became citizens of the United States, who returned home to live permanently.

Yet, their rights are being denied due to the ambiguity which exists in our Constitution today. All Belizean citizens are entitled to the same rights and privileges under the constitution of Belize despite their citizenship status.

For you and others who think the same, to deny them of their constitutional rights, it is a gross violation of our constitution and a big blow to the principles of democracy.

Our Belizean brothers and sisters who possess dual nationalities can contribute a lot more to the development of our country if we were to amend our Constitution and set up the framework for them to participate in the process more meaningfully. There are several countries in the world like the United States of America that grant their citizens the right to vote by proxy and to run for political office with their dual nationalities intact once they meet the residency requirements under their election laws.

You are misinforming the public by saying that there has never been a framework laid out on how this could be done. I have written several articles in the Caribbean News Now on how Proxy Voting could be implemented by our Belize Government if they choose to do so. The current Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Dean Barrow, has also recommended the Article-7 Amendment to resolve the problem with our citizens who possess dual nationalities.

Belizeans like yourself who cannot see the benefits of this amendment are still adamant against it for petty reasons. I have been encouraged over the years by many Belizeans who have now become supportive of the Belizeans who possess dual nationalities, and with time, more will join this group.

Many Belizeans who live in the United States have served in some capacity in the United States Armed Services. These Belizeans possess military experience that our country can use in the event that our country is attacked by Guatemala or another foreign nation. They have indicated to me that they would not hesitate to fight for their beloved country if attacked today by any foreign power.

I do not think that you would like to let this opportunity pass by knowing the insecure military situation that our country is facing today. The Guatemalans cross our borders at will every day, and nothing much is done to them. They even shoot at our soldiers and we are being told not to shoot back at them. The Belize-Guatemala dispute has been unresolved for centuries, with no end in sight, and our future is in question as a sovereign nation.

The Belize Defence Force which you served, is not capable of defending our country by itself against Guatemala. We will definitely need the entire population of Belize and assistance from abroad to defend our country from any invasion. We should embrace all these natural-born Belizeans, and all the Belizeans who acquired their citizenship through Belizean descent to come into our country.

Belize needs a collective defense strategy to defend itself against Guatemala and all foreign enemies. We should pass a law that all Belizean citizens must serve in the active or reserve element of the Belize Defence Force for three years, between the ages of 18 and 35.

Failure to serve within those years will result in a fine or imprisonment, or both. Our population is small compared to Guatemala, with its estimated 12 million people and 1 million troops.

We do not want to fight Guatemala or any other country, but yet we must be prepared to fight them if they decide to fight us. Guatemala has a plan for Belize, and that is to send all their citizens across the border to live in Belize and the invasion will come from within the borders of our country.

Many of the Guatemalans and Salvadorans who we are giving citizenship to have served in their countries’ armed services and know how to fight, unlike most Belizean citizens. They still are citizens of Guatemala and El Salvador because they have not and cannot renounce their citizenship under their constitution.

Recently, the presidential candidate from El Salvador came to Belize to get his citizens to come and vote in the last presidential election. It has been said that some Belizean politicians have come here to the United States to get Belizeans to vote for them in the Belize general elections as well. Why? Because they are still citizens of their countries.

This issue is about one thing, and that is, “the fundamental rights of citizens.” I ask that you and all those who are opposed to the rights of Belizeans who possess dual citizenship, to take the time out to read more on this subject matter. When you all are finished, you will have a better understanding of what this whole debate is about.
I am a citizen of Belize, my natural-born country, and nobody will take away that right from me. I am also a citizen of the United States, a country that I chose to become a citizen of and served in their army.

I am proud to be a citizen of these two countries, and have earned my citizenship rights. I have served Belize and I have served the United States, and like all those citizens, whether they served or not, we are entitled to all the privileges and benefits allotted to all citizens under the constitution of Belize and the United States of America.

I pray and hope that you change your mind on this issue, because I did not even expect a man of your caliber to think so shallow like this. I hope that you are not being influenced by some of the selfish-minded people in our country who cannot see the bigger picture on this important issue.

As an African Belizean, our population has declined significantly. We cannot compete economically or politically unless we increase our numbers in Belize. If we empower the Belizeans with dual citizenships abroad, we are also empowering ourselves in Belize, because most of them are of African descent, like us.

Denying them of their fundamental rights as citizens of Belize will affect us in Belize gravely. I am not in favor of having one ethnic group having more power over the other in Belize, but the reality of human relations is that people who look alike tend to favor the people who look like them, over others.

Belize and most countries in the world continue to survive daily on the benefits it gains from their citizens who possess dual nationalities living in the United States and abroad. This has been documented for years now in all the economic statistics issued by the United Nations and other reputable institutions of the world.

If you think that the Belizeans who possess dual citizenship have not contributed significantly to the human and economic development of our people and nation, you are in the minority. This issue that you have raised is good for us because we want to know who are the Belizeans that are not with us.

Remember that for every day we grant Guatemalans and Salvadorans their citizenship rights, while we deny our natural-born citizens their fundamental rights, we are handing over our country to our enemies day by day.

Wellington C. Ramos,

X-member of The Belize Police Force
US Army Veteran Germany, 8TH Infantry Division Mechanized

San Pedro cop charged with extortion
San Pedro cop charged with extortion

Constable Elvin Nah, of San Pedro Police, whom police accused of extorting $400 from a man he busted with 4 grams of weed, was charged with extortion in the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court today, before Magistrate Sherigne Rodriguez, who released him on bail of $2,000 and ordered him to return to court on Tuesday, September 17.

Inspector Henry Jemmott, Deputy Commander of San Pedro police, said that Nah will be dealt with criminally in the Magistrate Court, and internally, by a police tribunal.
The incident occurred on July 17 on Pescador Drive in San Pedro. Inspector Jemmott said that Nah was on patrol with other officers when he stopped a man and conducted a routine search. In the course of the search he found a bag containing marijuana, and the man was taken to the station, where the drug was weighed and found to be 4 grams.

Nah then allegedly made an offer to the man, to pay him $400, and the charge would disappear. The man reported that he paid Nah eight $50 bills, which Nah put in his pocket, and the man was set free without charges.

Jemmott said that they conducted an investigation, recorded a statement and held an identification parade in which the man identified Nah. Camera footage was also viewed and the file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for further directives, and at about 10:20 this morning, directives were given to arrest and charge PC Nah for extortion.

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FFB calls players for UNCAF qualifiers in September
FFB calls players for UNCAF qualifiers in September

In preparation for the UNCAF qualifier for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) Technical Development Department is calling the first (25) players for tryouts on Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., at the FFB Headquarters in Belmopan. An invitation will also be extended to other players during this week of camp.

Players called: Shane Orio, Woodrow West, Frank Lopez, Dalton Eiley, Ian Gaynair, Tyrone Pandy, Everal Trapp, Mario Villanueva, Germaine Jones, Clifton West, Denmark Casey, Danny Jimenez, Highking Roberts, Luis Torres, Kishane Pech, Kyle Flowers, Harrison Roches, Ashley Torres, Jarret Davis, Shane Armstrong, Elroy Smith, Randy Padilla, Evan Mariano, Deon McCaulay, Michael Salazar, Dellon Torres.

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(Ed. Note: Prayers needed for our National “A” Team. “UNCAF’s seven member associations – Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama – will dispute the 13th edition of the Central American Cup in cities across the United States from September 3-13, 2014.” – from concacaf.com, June 7, 2014)