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Ambergris Caye, Belize                      Thursday January 24, 2008
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Police panel finds three
forgetful cops guilty
Three months after they changed their stories on the stand, the police officers involved in the collapse of the manslaughter case against Belize City businessman Ben Bou-Nahra have been convicted by the department’s disciplinary panel. According to a police press release, today a police tribunal found Clement Cacho, Darius Ramos and Anthony Polonio guilty of an Act to the Prejudice of Good Order and Discipline against the Department. The panel has also informed the case prosecutor Keith Lino, that they are recommending the dismissal of all three officers to the Public Services Commission. While Ramos and Polonio have already been charged with Perjury, the Director of Public Prosecutions has yet to instruct the police to charge Cacho with the same offence. Last October, the officers in question assured prosecutors handling the shooting death of Shawn Copius that yes, they had all dealt with Bou-Nahra on the morning of September seventeenth, 2005, and could identify him. But when they took their respective oaths at the trial less than twenty-four hours later Cacho, Ramos and Polonio, had all developed amnesia. Their sudden infirmity was one of several unusual turns in the case against Bou-Nahra. Immediately following the shooting, the case file mysteriously disappeared and later, outgoing D.P.P. Kirk Anderson accused the Police Department of deliberately refusing to charge Bou-Nahra with Murder. When the present D.P.P., Lutchman Sooknandan, took office, he felt the evidence warranted a Manslaughter charge. That case evaporated when the officers failed to identify the defendant. Read More

New SPEAR Poll Predicts Outcome
of General Election
SPEAR will release an opinion poll tomorrow and it’s hot news from tonight because it seeks to predict the outcome of the general elections. Between Friday of last week and Monday of this week, SPEAR’s pollsters asked 417 respondents by phone which party they would be voting for along with 5 other questions. And what’s interesting is that the names of all the respondents were taken from the voter’s lists – so they’re all registered voters. So what are the findings? Well SPEAR’s executive director Gus Perrera says he cannot discuss it until after he meets with his board tonight. The poll was co-sponsored by the Association of Concerned Belizeans and friends of SPEAR. Read More

Joint CARICOM and OAS seminar
on Spanish curriculum
to be held in Belize
Under the auspices of the CARICOM Secretariat and the Organization of American States (OAS), a two-day seminar will be held on Thursday and Friday to examine and to discuss the CARICOM Spanish Curriculum.
Day I of the seminar will be held at the Quality and Assurance Development Services (QADS) of the Ministry of Education and will have the participation of officers from the Ministry of Education and representatives of those institutions currently delivering teacher training, i.e. the University of Belize (UB) and St. John’s College Junior College (SJCJC).
Day II of the seminar will be held at the Special Education Unit Conference Room and will have the participation of the Ministry of Education’s six (6) Curriculum Officers along with two Spanish Teachers from each district.
Facilitators for the two-day seminar will be Patricia McPherson of the Human and Social Development Division, CARICOM Secretariat and Annette Insanally of the Latin American and Caribbean Centre based at the UWI, Mona Campus in Jamaica.
According to Alejandro Perez, Spanish Coordinator for QADS, the CARICOM Spanish Curriculum must not be viewed in any way as a “replacement” of Belize’s National Curriculum. It should be viewed, however, as a tool for aiding in the improvement and enhancement of Belize’s National Curriculum. Read More

Protecting Groupers in Belize

Dr. Jacque Carter is no stranger to San Pedro and has definitely played a major role in creating awareness to protect the reef and assisted in making Hol Chan the first marine reserve in the Caribbean back in the early 1980’s.
Dr. Jacque Carter is currently the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of New England. In addition to his responsibilities at the University of New England, Dr. Carter is a research conservation fellow with the Wildlife Conservation Society (formerly the New York Zoological Society.) He has published numerous articles in national and international journals, serves on editorial review boards, has delivered several invited lectures on the topic of reef ecology and conservation, and is currently at work on a book entitled, “The Coral Reef And Coastal Fishes of Belize”, a companion to the book “Fresh Water Fish of Belize”.
His newest project on Ambergris Caye is Aqua Ponics which involves raising fish that were traditionally common in these waters including the gray snapper, prized hog fish and especially the Nassau grouper because of the history of the fish in Belize.
The Nassau grouper, a large, colorful fish known for its spectacular spawning ritual, has all but disappeared in much of the Caribbean, although there is a lot of pressure from environmental organizations to protect the species. Belize has agreed to protect 11 spawning sites from commercial fishing in a move to save the fish from extinction.
The grouper, which can grow up to three feet and weigh up to 55 pounds, is a highly prized food source and a commercially valuable export whose spawning ritual makes it an easy target for fishermen. Each year, at the winter full moons in December and January, thousands of groupers congregate at sites off the coast of Belize to mate.
Local commercial fishermen are well aware of their tendency to “group” at the same time each year. So like the Nassau grouper, the fishermen gather at the spawning sites ready to reel in their big catch. The problem was that they where dinner before the groupers had time to reproduce. Scientist have documented an 80 % decrease in grouper populations since the 1970’s. There used to be about 15,000 groupers that aggregated at Glover reef during the winter full moon. Today, there are about 3,000, at most.
Surveys conducted by scientist at Glover’s Reef show that if fishing Nassau groupers continues at the current rate, groupers there will disappear, too, completely vanishing by 2013. With this in Mind Dr. Jacque plans to raise the fish in a contained environment, repopulate the Nassau grouper in protected marine reserves and even breed enough to supply local restaurants with fresh fish. He hopes to develop a system that can be franchised and used on other islands like Ambergris Caye.
Unlike other systems which disturb the eco-system this sustainable aqua culture system will not affect the environment and they will even be able to raise seaweed and oysters. While on the island Dr. Carter conducted a survey at the restaurants to see how many fish are in demand. The project will include a visitor center that will be located behind the Belize Legacy Resort which is working in collaboration with Dr. Jacque Carter.
The project seems very promising thanks to The University of New England, Green Reef, Belize Legacy Resort, The Charles and Ann Lindbergh foundation and Dr. Jacque Carter who is making it possible for the Nassau grouper be around for generations to come. Read More
NOTICES-
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


We are getting a group together to bring out an inspector Wednesday Jan 30 to license boats and give the practical for captain's licenses.   Contact Wil at 226-2716 for more info.


The next North AC Neighborhood Watch meeting will be at 12 Noon, Saturday January 26th, at the Palapa Bar. The NACHOS will meet immediately following.

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There is no revenge so complete
as forgiveness



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