H.E. Francisco Daniel Gutierez presented his Letters of Credence to the President of the United States of America at the White House, thus making him the tenth Ambassador of Belize to the United States of America.
Belizeans who protested outside the Supreme Court (mostly from Ambergris Caye) on Friday, July 21, 2017, were extremely disappointed after David and Anke Doehm were granted bail despite arguments from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
David and Anke Doehm were granted Supreme Court Bail of $10,000 each for the charges of Cruelty to a Child in the death case of Faye Lin Cannon. Angry protesters from San Pedro chanted "Justice for Faye" while the court was in session in Belize City. Needless to say, everyone was disappointed at the outcome of the court hearings as the Doehms walk free for the time being.
After a successful first event in 2015, the TEDxBelmopan team is delighted to announce that it will be hosting its second TEDxBelmopan conference on Saturday, September 30th, 2017 in Belmopan. For this year's conference, the platform is "CELEBRATE!", aimed at highlighting positive developments, stories, and ideas worth spreading in Belize.
The 2016 cohort of the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program is currently meeting in Belize City for their 4th workshop. 12 Fellows from Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico are learning about project design, how to speak with media, sustainable business plan, economic impact analysis, small scale fisheries and resource mobilization.
The Belize Diabetes Association of New York (BDANY) made its annual Foot Care Mission to Belize from July 3rd to 9th, 2017. This year’s mission brought 14 volunteers of which seven were members of the BDANY and seven were medical personnel comprising of a surgeon and registered nurses, with emphasis in foot care, and a diabetic educator.
The Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation advises the traveling public of the following notice: Air Travelers departing the Phillip S.W. International Airport en route to destinations in the United States of America are advised that effective Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in compliance with US security requirements, additional security measures will be implemented on outbound passengers flying from Belize to the U.S.
After the tragic death of Faye Lin Cannon in the community of San Pedro, residents became more aware of the importance of the children’s home that is currently being constructed on Ambergris Caye. Over the weekend Raise Me Up held a couple fundraising efforts in order to successfully complete the Hope Haven Children’s Home. On Friday, July 14, a radiothon, dollar dive and food sale managed to raise a total of $19,000 with the assistance of the businesses and community support.
On July 12, 2017, Minister of Transport Hon Edmond Castro met with Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) General Manager Ms. Christy Mastry, and Mr. Marcel Ham of IMG Rebel, the Public Private Partnership consultant to the GOB, to discuss plans for a new National Bus Terminal in Belize City.
On Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in Belmopan City, Minister of Transport Hon Edmond Castro headed a team which met with consultants from Taiwan and Belize’s Central Information Technology Office (CITO) for discussions on the establishment of a new nationwide vehicle registration and driver’s licensing system utilizing one national database, with one standard license format and protocol.
David and Anke Doehm were arraigned for the crime “Cruelty to a Child” as they appeared before Chief Magistrate Court Judge Ann Marie Smith in Belize City, on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The charges stem from the death of Anke’s adoptive 13-year-old daughter Faye Lin Cannon. Bruises were observed on Faye’s arms and legs when she was discovered inside the Doehm’s condo on Ambergris Caye, Belize. A post mortem examination revealed that she had been physically and sexually abused.
Belize Tourism Board , Belize City, Wednesday, 12, July 2017 - Maintaining a steady and brisk growth path, overnight tourism arrivals have again registered a positive trend for the first half of this year. The latest statistics show that the month of April registered the highest overnight arrivals (24.2%) compared to the same month last year followed closely by June with a 10% growth. There was also an overall growth of 7.8% in tourism overnight arrivals for the second quarter of 2017.
Lieutenant Almita Pinelo of the Belize Coast Guard is the first female ever to attend and graduate from the Universidad Naval, Centro de Studios Superiors Navales (Naval University) in Mexico City in the course of Especialidad de Mando Naval’ (Naval Command Specialty). Almita graduated from a 6-month course along with 81 other male naval officers.
Official police reports confirm this today, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, that Anke Doehm has been arrested and charged for the crime of “Cruelty to a Child” while David Doehm will be formally arrested and charged tomorrow, Thursday, when he is taken out from Kolbe Foundation, Belize Central Prison on a removal order. The arrests come in compliance with directive from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). This crime is tried only on indictment and carries a sentence of a 10-year prison term. The investigation regarding the death of Faye Lin Cannon continues.
Sixteen young soccer players from Belize are in Colorado Springs, Colorado to take part in Rush Fest, an international youth soccer camp. For most of the Warriors FC players, the trip marks their first trip by air and first time in the United States
The Ministry of Defence wishes to inform the public that the Belize Defence Force Air Wing (BDF AW) carried out its first Rescue Mission using the UH1H, on July 8, 2017. The mission was carried out in the village of San Benito Poite in the Toledo District, where three children, ages 10, 14 and 16 years old, were rescued.
Today, David Doehm was charged with the possession of a small amount of class C controlled drugs, namely diazapam (Valium). He and wife Anke appeared in San Pedro Magistrate’s Court, on July 10, 2017, where he pleaded guilty to his charge. Anke on the other hand pleaded not guilty, stating that the drugs were not hers.
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation joins the nation of Belize in grieving the death of 13-year-old, Faye Lin Cannon of San Pedro Town. The Department of Human Services (DHS) is collaborating with the San Pedro Police Department in its criminal investigation. Following the detention of the mother and stepfather by the Police Department, on July 6th, 2017, the three surviving siblings were taken into protective care.
With top cash prizes and the allure of major bragging rights, anglers (and residents) were excited as Grand Caribe hosted its first annual Deep Sea Fishing Tournament this past weekend from Thursday, July 6 to Sunday, July 9, 2017 in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize.