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The San Pedro Sun

September 10th comes alive in San Pedro
Activities continued on the morning of Wednesday September 10th with the official coronation of Michelle Nuñez, the newly crowned Miss San Pedro. The event took place before a large multitude of students and citizens that had come out in their colorful patriotic outfits. Nuñez was crowned by outgoing Miss San Pedro Solani Graniel. After the short ceremony, Nuñez, Graniel and contestants of the 2014 Miss San Pedro Pageant, joined in the citizen’s and uniform parade. The parade saw students march through the streets of San Pedro Town and come to a halt at Central Park. The students waved their Belizean flags proudly while others sang patriotic songs in the true spirit of patriotism. Following the parade, members of the San Pedro Town Council helped in distributing refreshments to the hundreds of students that paraded. The celebrations were held under the theme “Industrious Hands, Intelligent Minds, Together for Belize.” Belizeans anxiously look forward to the big celebration of our 33rd anniversary of Independence on September 21st. Long live Belize!

Jerdon Anderson wins the St. George’s Battle Regatta
San Pedro Junior Sailing Club’s (SPJSC) Jerdon Anderson took the top prize at the 5th Annual St. George’s Caye Battle Regatta held on Saturday, August 30th. The regatta was originally scheduled as a two day event, but was cut short due to inclement weather. Nevertheless, the regatta saw 47 sailors competing in the optimist class, with Anderson taking first place. The regatta saw the sailors from Belize City Sailing Club (BCSC), Belize Sea Scouts (BSS), Caye Caulker Sailing Club (CCSC), Corozal Bay Sailing Club (CBSC), Placencia Sailing Club (PSC), San Pedro Racers (SPR) and SPJSC. The regatta was divided into two fleets, the open fleet for advanced sailors and the green fleet for beginners. The open fleet competed in five races while the green fleet competed in four, the lowest score for each racer was dropped.

San Pedro Town observes International Literacy Day
International Literacy Day San Pedro-3International Literacy Day was celebrated on Monday September 8th across Belize under the theme “Literacy and Sustainable Development.” In San Pedro Town, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports organized a book and storytelling day at the San Pedro Lions Den to coincide with other events countrywide. A delegation of students from each school was present at the event, whereby each school received a stock of reading materials donated from a school in the United States of America. Guest speaker at the event was Senior Reporter of The San Pedro Sun Jorge Aldana. “Literacy is an essential human right tool that empowers a nation. It is a means for social and human development that opens the avenue of opportunities in today’s competitive world. Good literacy skills contribute to a person’s high self-esteem, better job opportunities, higher wages, and helps make a stronger and educated nation,” said Aldana as he stressed the importance of having a literate nation.

Daland Jones wins Gold for Belize
Belizean athlete Daland Jones nabbed Belize a gold medal at the North, Central American and Caribbean World Athletics (NCCWMA) Championship. Jones, Philip Andrewin and Lawrence Craig travelled to San Jose, Costa Rica to represent Belize in the tournament that took place from Thursday, August 21st to Sunday, August 24th. The Belizean athletes competed alongside 608 veteran athletes from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America and Venezuela. Jones, Andrewin and Craig, veteran track and fielders, participated in several events. Belize took part in 11 sport disciplines. Jones took gold in the Shot Put with a 10.44 meter throw. Second place went to Jerry Ropelato (USA, 10.36m), third place to James Bristol (Trinidad & Tobago, 10.34m), and fourth place went to Belizean Lawrence Craig (9.05m). Jones also managed to place 6th in Javelin Throw (50-59 age range) and 5th in Discus Throw (55-59 age range).

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Commemorates St. George’s Caye Day
The September 10th celebrations commemorating the 216th Battle of St. George’s Caye in San Pedro commenced on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 as the San Pedro Town Council and the San Pedro Cultural Committee held a Tribute to the Baymen celebration on the eve of St. George’s Caye Day. The evening’s activities on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, under the theme “Industrious hands, Intelligent minds, Together for Belize!” included a tribute to the Baymen by District Education Officer, Mrs. Miriam Codd, Guest Speaker Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. and Cultural Presentations and Creole Medley by the Heaven’s Youth Choir from the Roman Catholic Church Youth Ministry under the musical direction of Nathalie Arceo. they are awesome pics man thanks. is it ok if i use a few over time for pic of the day at AmbergrisCaye.com/photogallery? I will list you as the photographer

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Tenth of September Citizen Parade (photos)

September Celebrations 2014 (34 photos)

Santa Rita Archaeological Reserve Tourism Initiatives
History on the making - ALL STAKEHOLDERS in the Tourism business, the entire community of Corozal, residents and non-residents, friends and visitors are INVITED TO ATTEND. After many years of struggling and persistence by the Corozal Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) an agreement for Tourism Initiatives within the restored Santa Rita Archaeological Reserve between the Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) and the Corozal Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association come to an agreement. The formal Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) in developing Santa Rita Archaeological Reserve into a Maya Wedding Garden Project will be officially signed on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Santa Rita Archaeological site. Please attend and show your support to promote sustainable tourism, preserve our cultural heritage and encourage entrepreneurship in our beautiful Corozal.

Minister Alamilla Signs Memorandum of Understanding
On Tuesday, September 9, 2014, the Hon. Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development and the Pro Temp Chair for the Central American Fisheries and Aquaculture rganization (OSPESCA), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Environment of Spain and OSPESCA.

CARIBBEAN EXPORT LAUNCHES THE REGIONAL INVESTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD 2014
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) have announced the 2nd hosting of the Caribbean’s Regional Investor of the Year Awards 2014 (RIYA 2014). RIYA 2014 is a prestigious and unique annual award programme that seeks to recognize and salute the achievement of pan-Caribbean foreign and local investors. These investors have demonstrated exceptional business practices, economic achievements and investments across the Caribbean. The awards recognize the contribution of not only foreign but also local investors, to improving the region’s investment climate. The inaugural awards in 2013 focused on the creation of jobs by regional investors during harsh economic times, in particular the recession of 2008-2012. Last year’s overall RIYA2013 winner was ARS Humano, who was also the winner of the Local Investor of the Year category. The company is based in the Dominican Republic and is a leader in the health insurance business. Qualfon Guyana Inc., a provider of contact center, back-office, and business process outsourcing (BPO) services, copped the title for Foreign Investor of the Year and the Cayman Enterprise City, a company that offers jurisdictional and tax benefits in a Special Economic Zone in the Cayman Islands was awarded the Special Award for 2013.

Celebrating the battle of St George's Caye (19 photos)
San Pedro Roman Catholic School

10th of SEPTEMBER, 2014, CORONATION, UNIFORM PARADE (81 photos)

Implementation of Belize’s National Protected Areas System Plan
The National Protected Areas System (NPAS) Secretariat, a unit within the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development (MFFSD) is organizing a series of presentations to update stakeholders on the implementation of Belize’s National Protected Areas System Plan. Corozal has been selected as one of the key municipalities for this presentation as the residents of Corozal Town are important stakeholders of Honey Camp, Freshwater Creek and Corozal Bay reserves which form a part of the National Protected Areas System (NPAS). To this end, it is important that protected areas stakeholders in Corozal be kept abreast of the progress in the development of the NPAS. We take this opportunity to invite all stakeholders and residents to a presentation scheduled for Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 9:30 am at the Corozal House of Culture.

BTB Newsletter- Toucan Talk June- August 2014
Check out the latest edition of the Belize Tourism Board's E-Newsletter "Toucan Talk."

Healthy Nation Health Fair
The Healthy Nation Health Fair and Healthy Nation 5K Run happen this Saturday in Belmopan. Learn more about your health, and find out who and what is out there to help you become healthier. "13th of September... starting at 8:00am from behind Daker's Bookstore, North Ring Road. Belize Bank, passing in front of Builders Hardware, Courts, AnR then around the Hummingbird Highway roundabout and head back up. Taking a right at Shell Gas Station straight up to the finish line at Sir George Brown Field. Where there is gonna be a Health Fair."

Santa Elena's 1st Annual BSG Parade
Santa Elena had their 1st annual Battle of St. George's Caye Day Parade yesterday. "What an amazing Parade today in Santa Elena, Zone 10 did a wonderful job and it was so much fun! Here are some pics, many more to come! Happy 10th of September Belize!"

Channel 7

On the Tenth, Grenade, Not Parade
On the Tenth of September, the story should be all about the Citizens' Parade, but, instead, tonight, it's about a grenade that was found yesterday in the territory of the Ghost Town Crips on Mayflower Street. It was in the overgrowth under a mango tree just a short distance from the street side. It's the second live grenade found in that gang's territory in four days - a very disturbing discovery for police, and for the society generally, because it suggests that public terror is at hand. The first person police called was General David Jones, who was just leaving the official ceremonies for the Tenth September at the Memorial Park. He went directly to the scene and took possession of the grenade. We met him an hour later at Price Barracks where he told us what makes this grenade different and very frightening:... Jules Vasquez reporting This is the grenade that the police found on Saturday in an abandoned lot - five meters from the side of road. It's an old ugly thing, blotched with rust, but still very deadly:

Broaster Got The Call About Grenade
Like we said, a very troubling discovery, and no one is more aware of that than Senior Superintendent of Police Edward Broaster. He's the one who actually got the tip that there was a grenade on Mayflower Street. Today, Broaster brief the media about the circumstances surrounding the tip, and how it ended up in police hands. Here's what he told us: Sr. Superintendent Edward Broaster - Deputy OCED "The call came in at 10 o' clock and as soon as we got that call we went to the area. We cordon off the area, we search and we discovered one American type grenade. Fortunately for us the bomb expert was at the ceremonial service at the Memorial Park and he was called in and he came and secure that grenade and took it away for disposal. This is the second grenade that we have discovered within a week and we are working with the community, with other who are embracing the campaign "not in my city" to recover more grenades off the streets of Belize City."

Two Grenades In Four Days Are American Made
But whether skeptic or true believer, numbers don't lie - and the fact is, tonight, two grenades are in BDF custody awaiting destruction. On Monday's news, we told you that the one found on Banak Street was the British type, presumably part of the lot of 24 that went missing from BATSUB Headquarters in 2004. But, on closer analysis, Jones says the Banak grenade is not British; it is American. He explained:.. BRIG. GEN. David Jones, Commander BDF/Explosives Expert "The grenade that was retrieve last week is of similar grade as this grenade, it's not the British type, it's the American M26. In particular the other grenade, the one that was retrieve last week - that is really in a dangerous situation. It is pretty corroded at the top of it and it's in a situation where you don't really would need to pull the pin for it to function, it could have function without pulling the pin because of the corrosion on that particular grenade. This one is in a better condition. It is still corroded, but we plan to dispose of these grenade by destruction sometime this week or perhaps next week."

How the Full Search Of Titans Int'l. Looked
When we left you on Friday night, police were still at the Matalon Building on Coney Drive collecting all documents, computers and business records from the office of Titan International Securities - which is on the fourth floor. As we told you, police swept into their offices at around 1:00pm and barred anyone form coming or going, including Titan's local attorney Andrew Marshalleck. We saw three police vehicles there, which is a lot for white collar crime - especially when no crime has been committed under Belize laws. But those vehicles were far from sufficient for the monster job of collecting an office-full of documents.

Another Ministry of Health Hilux Stolen!
Less than a month ago, we told you about a Toyota Hilux that had been stolen from The Ministry of Health in Belmopan - the third truck theft from that Ministry in two years. And now, incredibly, another was stolen this weekend. Apparently the driver parked the white 2008 Hilux truck in the Ministry of Health compound on Tuesday night at 9 and when the driver arrived at work this morning at about 6:30 the vehicle was gone. The CEO of the Ministry, Dr. Peter Allen told us via text, quote "We are incredibly frustrated. We have requests at finance to improve security with cameras and GPS and other such things but funds would need to be authorized." As early as last month, one of 11 2014 Hilux vehicles assigned to the Vector Control Unit was stolen as well. Police are investigating.

Police Investigating JP Grace Brutality Allegation
On Tuesday, we told you about the allegation of outrageous police brutality which came from Grace Flowers, the well-known Justice of the Peace who lives on West Canal in Belize City. She told us that police took her nephew, 19 year-old Armani Bailey, to an area at Mile 4 on the Western Highway where they tried to drown him in a garbage bin, after they contemplated shooting him. The family says that they've made an official complaint, and today, we asked the Deputy Commander of Eastern Division about the investigation. He told us that an officer from the Professional Standards Branch is now investigating: Sr. Superintendent Edward Broaster - Deputy OCED "The report was made and we have our professional standard branch investigating that matter thoroughly. If the allegation is found to be true, these officers will be dealt with according to the police regulation." Jules Vasquez "Were you alarm of hearing her version of the report? Did you consider it excessive just on theory her version of it?"

KIM BARROW ON FABER
On Tuesday, opposition Senator Lisa Shoman called out the Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Barrow to make a statement on the domestic abuse allegations against Patrick Faber. And today, the special envoy's office issued a statement that didn't name Faber but saying, quote, "violence against women…is unacceptable and a gross violation of human rights." The statement quotes Mrs. Barrow as encouraging women and men to report acts of violence and follow through with legal proceedings…" which is what didn't happen in the case with Faber and his 25 year old girlfriend. The statement adds quote, "The Domestic Violence Act is there to provide protection and the Police Department has an obligation to respond to all reports of domestic violence regardless of the perpetrator."

2 Female Crocs In San Pedro
2 problem crocodiles were taken from San Pedro today. The two females are being relocated to the ACES facility in Ladyville. Croc expert Chris Summers told us more about the 9 footers:.. Chris Summers, Crocodile Conservationist - ACES "We found these. There were in a lagoon behind an ocean side resort where development is going on. There is a restaurant out at the back there for the construction workers and they have been discarding their scraps in the lagoon which is essentially feeding the crocodiles. It might not be directly feeding them like it used to be with the tourist attraction but it's still indirect feeding which as we all know that feeding crocodiles takes away their natural fear of man which causes them to associate man with food which is when they become dangerous, so that why we are taking them to the sanctuary so can't be danger to themselves or to people."

The Tenth Still Fighting That Battle
It seems the 10th of September is still fighting a battle: every year, it has to fight for recognition against other events of greater historical significance, like independence, and events which have more popular pull, like Carnival. But, the Tenth battles on, as faded as the glory of the Baymen, but still clinging to its importance as an existential national event. How did it fare this year? Courtney Weatherburne tells us: Courtney Weatherburne reporting As per protocol, the Head of State (GG) and the Head of Government (PM) and other government officials took front row at the 10th Day official opening ceremony. Mayor Darrel Bradley's address focused on the valor and loyalty of the Baymen and the importance of leading such a life. Darrel Bradley, Mayor, Belize City "Celebrating today and in honoring the Baymen, our greatest tribute to them is to live like them, that we can sing and dance and march together, but that we also strive to learn from the Baymen and to follow their example of facing struggle with dignity and determination, that 216 years from now, people will gather together to celebrate how we live and our example that we were men and women of principle and courage embracing sacrifice with humility and patient endurance boldly charting the way forward for this our Belizean nation with optimism and a spirit of service and sacrifice."

Elderly Man Deported For Immigration Offence
71 year-old American Mohammad Es Sudan, a resident of Atlanta Georgia, was deported today by the Immigration Department, after it was discovered that he had been living illegally in the country for 2 years and 4 months. On Tuesday, immigration officers went to the airport where Sudan had been detained. When they checked his records, it showed that he travelled to Belize on May 17, 2012, and he was given one month to leave. But, her overstayed up until the time he was detained. When they checked his story, he said he came here to marry a Belizean woman, presumably to get citizenship, but it never happened.

The Traffic Stop That Went Bad
As we've told you, over the past few days, Belize City police have been on high alert, conducting checkpoints at different parts of the city as part of the security for the September Celebrations. It seems as though one citizen was annoyed by it, and he allegedly ran a checkpoint, almost knocking down a police officer. Constable Michelle Brown stopped 52 year-old Patrick Guild yesterday on Mahogany Street, and the officer requested that he show his driver's licenses and other documents for his vehicle. The officer says that while she was reviewing them, Guild allegedly grabbed them out of her hand and angrily asked her if she didn't know who he is. He then sped off, and in the process he grazed Corporal Jane Usher with his vehicle. He was then detained, where he reportedly resisted arrest and insulted the officers.

Jaguars Return Home From Nations Cup; No Parades This Time
Yesterday, the Belize National Team, the Jaguars, played their third and final match of the UNCAF Copa Centroamericana - or Nations Cup in Houston, Texas. It was a matchup against El Salvador, and at the end of the 94 minutes of play time, the Jaguars lost that match with a score of two-nil - the third game in a row in which two goals had been scored on Belize. So, in the overall tournament, Belize placed last, a heartbreaking defeat, when just last year, the team placed fourth and in so doing, qualified for the Gold Cup. But there is no glory this year, just last place, 7th out of 7, so today, when the team returned home, we got a reaction from them about the dismal performance. Leroy Sherrier - Head Coach, National Team "We play better that the last tournament and we had the opportunity to put some young guys to play and that was satisfactory for me, so I feel good because it's very difficult to change players to bring in new players to put in the player line - it's very hard and this time I feel good because Casey and Delon and some other young players get their big opportunity."

Haulover Getting Maintenance Works
What's wrong with the Haulover Bridge? Reports that it had structural problems surfaced recently on social media, and tonight, the Ministry of Works is starting an urgent round of what it calls maintenance works. The ministry sent out a release informing the public that the bridge will be closed tonight from 10.00 PM to 3.00 AM. The Ministry appeals to the General Public to drive with care when approaching the Bridge and adhere to all safety measures near the work site. The bridge at mile 5 on the Northern Highway was recently targeted for renovation.

Channel 5

San Pedro Columbia residents make citizen’s arrest
An elderly woman from San Pedro, Columbia was killed on Saturday, resulting in a manhunt for the alleged killer, who villagers feel is a resident of the community. We’ll have [...]

Elderly Villager Raped and Brutally Murdered in San Pedro Columbia
The brutal murder and probable rape of the elderly woman from the village of San Pedro, Columbia has sparked tremendous grief, outrage and fear. The nude body of sixty-one year [...]

Michael Usher Shot and Killed In Pre-dawn Attack
The other murder victim is thirty-eight year old Michael Usher. The Fabers Road resident, who is well known to the law, was killed at about forty-twenty on Sunday morning. Usher, [...]

3 Minors Arrested For Western Dairies Robbery
There was a late evening attempted robbery on Friday in Belize City, but it didn’t go quite as planned. In fact, two of the robbers actually ended up at the [...]

2 Perish In Deadly Car Collision Near Belmopan
A minor and a woman perished on Friday night at about nine o’clock in a traffic accident on a dangerous stretch of the George Price Highway. The two victims are [...]

Media Blackout – Eastern Division to Introduce Public Relations Buffer
It’s official – media personnel will no longer have access to Senior Police Officers from the Eastern Division when trying to access information. That bit of bad news came via [...]

Belize City Man Loses Leg After Purposely Being Crushed With A Vehicle
A man who allegedly used his vehicle as a deadly weapon was today charged with maim and aggravated assault. Police believe that thirty-three year old electrician Devon Jones deliberately reversed [...]

Police Department Issues Media Advisory for September Celebrations
The press conference at Raccoon Street this morning was actually to issue an advisory to Belizeans. September is here, and along with the celebrating and carnival, there is also, always [...]

Cordel Returns to His Political Roots in Lake-I
Former Lake-I area representative and two-time Minister of Education Cordel Hyde is officially back in the P.U.P. fold.  Hyde, who is unbeaten in that constituency, stepped down from participating in [...]

P.M. Barrow on Friends of Conservation and Continued Chiquibul Incursions
Incursions along the western border continue unabated; Friends for Conservation and Development has in fact documented an increased number of incidents. Recently, nine dwellings constructed inside the Chiquibul National Park [...]

Prime Minister on Leadership of O.A.S.
Belize’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States is aspiring to succeed Surinamese national Albert Ramdin as Assistant Secretary General to the O.A.S.  The seat becomes vacant, as does the [...]

Motivating Youths of Belize Organize Street Play
A group of Belize City youths are joining efforts to put off a six-month project focusing on social issues affecting teenagers. The list is long and includes teenage pregnancy, police [...]

Team Belize Heads to Washington for UNCAF Football Tournament
The national football team left Belize from the Philip Goldson International Airport today with high hopes. The team has been training for a month hoping to qualify for the Gold [...]

Sports Monday with James Adderley
Good Evening I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   It was a heroic effort mounted by Belize Bank Airport Friday night to crush Complex 76-61 and force the [...]


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World Suicide Day Observed
Countries around the world commemorated World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. While in Belize the number of suicides per capita remains low in the region, the Ministry of Health continues to sensitize the public on this public health issue. Arturo Cantun reports. Arturo: Cantun “Between 2010 and 2013 85 persons have committed suicide in Belize. 76 of them are men and 9 women. These figures are small when compared globally as 800,000 persons end their lives every year. Dr. Olga Lydia Caballero is a psychiatrist and the Northern Regional Hospital and does counseling for persons who have tried to commit suicide. “ Dr. Olga Lydia Caballero “Suicide is within the three causes of death in the world. Every 40 second someone commits suicide. After there is the first intent to commit suicide other intents will follow and for this reason these persons should get help. The family needs to support them and understand them, why they took the decision to commit suicide. “

Queen of the Bay
One of the highlights of the tenth celebrations was (VO) the crowning of the Queen of the Bay. Moesha Stuart of Belize City was installed as the Queen of the Bay 2014 by Queen of the Bay 2013 Jahrine Avila. Stuart won the title late last month when she beat out eight other candidates to capture the prestigious title. Moesha Stuart is the sixty ninth Belizean woman to wear the crown. The Queen of the Bay is the longest running pageant in Belize.

The Battle of St. Georges’ Caye Ceremony
Yesterday marked the 216th Anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye and the official ceremonies took place at the Memorial Park. In his remarks Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley spoke of the significance of the day. Mayor Darrell Bradley ” As we gather here today 216 years later it is only fitting that we first recognize that true freedom comes not from the efforts of men but from the hand of God. So on this 216th anniversary of the battle of St. George’s Caye we thank God for his providence that we are able to live in a land that has endured so many years of peace and prosperity. It is also fitting that we recognize that freedom is never given; freedom is earned through sweat and sacrifice. Ours is a freedom that has been earned through a generation of men and women, slave and free who embraced the moment in history with courage and conviction and who stepped forward into an uncertain future driven only by their principles and by their abiding faith in the destiny of this our Belizean nation.”

Jam Rock Cruise Grand winner
Jam Rock Cruise is the name of one of Smart’s biggest promotions that started in October last year. Over the weekend there was a live draw of the raffle at the Expo show, and the lucky winner‘s name was announced. Smart Public Relations Officer, Linette Canto shared more about the raffle. PR, SMART LINETTE CANTO “It’s a reggae cruise raffle and basically the idea was to give back to our customers and we know that a large number of the Belizean populous is really into reggae music and so we knew that this would be an opportunity that many people would embrace. There were two ways that you would be able to enter into this promotion, the first was by sending a text to UWIN or by talking for more than 10mins per day. We had a large number of people participating so what we did on Sunday at the expo we did an official draw which was computerized and winner emerged as Mr. Cecilio Gregorio who hails from San Ignacio. So he is the luck winner of the Jam Rock reggae cruise and you will have the opportunity to talk to find out how he feels about being the winner. In speaking to him personally I know that he is really excited and enthusiastic about it. This is the first time we did this particular promotion and it started from October of last year so it ran a number of months and people as I said earlier really embraced it. Its something’s that I believe people were holding their breath when we were doing the live broadcast of the draw because so many people were excited and wanted to be the winner. Unfortunately only one person could win but Smart is a company that is always looking at exciting ways to give back to our customers and I know we will have many more exciting promotions on the horizon.”

Another Case of Police Brutality Claimed
Nineteen year old Armani Bailey says that he was a victim of police brutality. Bailey says that he was picked up by a group of police officers on Saturday afternoon and taken to an isolated area around Belizean Beach on Mile 4 on the George Price Highway. There, Bailey alleges that the officers stuck him in a garbage bin which had water in it and left him there. Bailey told Love News that he was also beaten up by the officers. Armani Baileys, victim of Brutaulity “They found nothing incriminating so my aunt came and told me let’s go home. Her and I were walking going home and the officer’s trailed us in the black Four runner. They passed and when I went in my yard the men reversed back and said they would take me for obstruction. They pushed around my 84 year old aunt, picked me up and took me into the back of the vehicle and said that they would take me for obstruction. We drove pass Raccoon Street and I saw them hit the highway, they took me up the road by the four miles checkpoint near the coast guard. They took me out of the vehicle, two of the officers came out and they punched me in by belly, the back of the head, the face and they picked me up and threw me in the garbage can. One of the officers tried to hold me down with his foot but he didn’t want his boot to get wet so he didn’t force my head down. They got me out and then sped off and left me there. “

Celebration Of The Battle of St. Gerorge’s Caye
Yesterday marked the 216th Anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye and the official ceremonies took place at the Memorial Park. In his remarks Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley spoke of the significance of the day. MAYOR DARRELL BRADLEY ” 216 years ago our forefathers stood up to defend our land. Fearful and outnumbered they stood together unified in one common cause, the defense of freedom. As we gather here today 216 years later it is only fitting that we first recognize that true freedom comes not from the efforts of men but from the hand of God. So on this 216th anniversary of the battle of St. George’s Caye we thank God for his providence that we are able to live in a land that has endured so many years of peace and prosperity.

Second Grenade found In the City
A second grenade was found in Belize City yesterday morning. Belize City residents have expressed concern that there may be a repeat of May 2008 when a grenade exploded on May Flower Street killing one person. This second grenade was also found on Mayflower Street and bomb experts managed to retrieve it without incident. Hipolito Novelo reports. Hipolito Novelo “The M26 US Army Type grenade, was found in an abandon lot underneath a mango street. Commander of the BDF, Brigadier General David Jones was the first to respond.” Brigadier General David Jones “I was notified sometime after ten in the morning that there was a grenade in Belize City somewhere and so I was called. I left the memorial park area and I went to Mayflower Street where it was an abandoned lot where I found the grenade after it was notified to the police that the grenade was in that area.

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Another grenade is found in the streets of Belize City
For the second time in less than four days, police and the Belize Defence Force were called out to retrieve a hand grenade from the streets of Belize City. This time, it was in a familiar neighborhood, a stone’s throw away from the scene of the very first grenade attack which took place in May of 2008. The American-type explosive device, if used, could have caused even greater damage if detonated than the British grenade which exploded in that area, killing 1 young man and wounding 12 others. But it was retrieved without incident and authorities are now seeking to find out who placed it there and what plans there were for it. Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster, Deputy Officer Commanding Eastern Division and also Commander of Operations, addressed the press. He recounts how the grenade was recovered.

Another Ministry of Health vehicle stolen from compound in Belmopan
Another Ministry of Health vehicle has gone missing from the Ministry of Health compound in Belmopan. This makes vehicle number four and still there appears to be no system in place to ensure the safety of the vehicles. The vehicle was stolen sometime between the 10th and 11th of September. It is believed that the stolen vehicles are taken over the Western border. This latest stolen vehicle is said to be valued at $60,000.

A man is arrested for busting through Police checkpoint
The Police Department has employed vehicle checkpoints at various points in Belize City, as an effort to keep citizens honest who are behind the wheel. Typically, you are waved through after showing your vehicle license and registration and other information, or ticketed if you cannot do so. But on St. George’s Caye Day afternoon a Belize City man reacted negatively to a stop by two female officers, and now finds himself charged with using insulting words, obstruction, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. 52 year old Patrick Guild, of the CET site in western Belize City, was read his charges by Magistrate Dale Cayetano on Thursday and pleaded not guilty.

Belize national football team winless in Copa Centroamericana
The Belize Jaguars were not able to replicate the success they enjoyed at the 2013 UNCAF Copa Centroamericana. On Wednesday night they exited the competition without a win after being beaten 2-0 by El Salvador. Belize played a largely more aggressive, ball-controlling style of play under coach Leroy Sherrier Lewis but their lack of defense and position resulted in three own-goals conceded in the first two games. Elroy Smith and Jeromy James scored against Belize for Honduras in a 2-0 loss, and an error by goalkeeper Shane Moody-Orio was the difference in a 2-1 defeat to Guatemala. Belize’s lone goal came from Deon McCaulay in the Guatemala loss. In Saturday’s finals at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Honduras plays Nicaragua for fifth place; Panama face El Salvador for third; and Guatemala challenges defending champions and World Cup quarter-finalists Costa Rica for the title. Belize’s only win in this tournament was the one that propelled them to the 2013 Gold Cup, a 2-1 victory over Nicaragua.

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GOB press officer allegedly involved in late night accident
Police are yet to confirm but reliable sources indicate that there was a late night traffic accident in Belize City around Mile 1 on the George Price Highway. A member of the Government Press Office, one Fortunato Noble, is alleged to have crashed an SUV into the metal […]

Belize national football team winless in Copa Centroamericana
The Belize Jaguars were not able to replicate the success they enjoyed at the 2013 UNCAF Copa Centroamericana. On Wednesday night they exited the competition without a win after being beaten 2-0 by El Salvador. Belize played a largely more aggressive, ball-controlling style of play under coach Leroy […]

American accountant overstayed welcome in Belize
Disappointed after a planned marriage to a Belizean woman fell through, 71 year old American Mohammad Ismail Es Sudan, an accountant, stayed on in Belize for two years, but failed to apply for an extension on his visitor’s visa. He pleaded guilty to a charge of failure to […]

Man charged for incident at vehicle checkpoint
The Police Department has employed vehicle checkpoints at various points in Belize City as an effort to keep citizens honest who are behind the wheel. Typically, you are waved through after showing your vehicle license and registration and other information, or ticketed if you cannot do so. But […]

Orange Walk recognizes its Outstanding Citizens
The Orange Walk Town Council has publicly acknowledged 23 men and women from the municipality for the 2014 Outstanding Citizens Award. The second annual awards were handed out this afternoon at the Town Hall by Mayor Kevin Bernard and area representative for Orange Walk Central John Briceno. […]

Kevin Bodden charged with A&R robbery
On Monday, Kevin Bodden, 21, was read a charge of robbery in relation to the attack on the A&R store in Belize City on August 20. He faces two counts for the theft of over $12,000 from the store and personal valuables from its employees. Bodden, who also […]

Authorities: retrieved grenade “could have caused major damage”
On Wednesday, for the second time in less than four days, police and the Belize Defence Force were called out to retrieve a hand grenade from the streets of Belize City. Not far from the site of the very first grenade attack which took place in May of […]

Police address alleged waterboarding incident
Belize City police face a truly outrageous allegation of brutality amid concerns of use of excessive force in several incidents in the past few days. West Canal resident Armani Bailey, the nephew of well-known Justice of the Peace Grace Flowers, reported that he was taken from his home […]

PUP exige disculpa para el Alcalde de Punta Gorda
El Lunes el Partido Unido del Pueblo (PUP) convoco una conferencia de prensa para responder a acusaciones de que el Alcalde del Municipio de Punta Gorda Anthony Fuentes utilizo fondos del Concilio para saldar un préstamo personal en la Unión de Crédito de Maestros del Toledo (TTCU). De […]

Special Envoy issues statement of violence against women
“Violence against women…is unacceptable and a gross violation of human rights.” That statement was issued today by the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow. The statement noted that violence against women, whether “in the family, workplace, community and society in general,” is wrong, going further […]

Public Transportation For A More Competitive Economy in Belize
One of the beliefs held by the leaders is that the citizens should be able to move with ease and comfort, at the least possible cost. Movement, after all, is one of the basic characteristics/need of living creatures. Their public transportation system is very efficient and reliable, and includes modern air-conditioned buses that charge the citizens US$0.10 to go anywhere in the city. The pump price of fuel is around US$3.40 per gallon. In Belize, the pump price of fuel is around US$6.00 per gallon for premium fuel…..with around 45% of this cost going to government in the form of taxes. Without these taxes, the price of premium fuel would be around US$3.75 per gallon and diesel around US$3.60. Belize bus transport cost is US$0.05 per mile on average, serviced mostly by obsolete Blue Bird used and rebuilt school buses imported from US scrap yards….and which are very inconsistent, dilapidated and routinely break down on the highways, leaving passengers stranded. This is about the same price per mile charged in Mexico for the A-class service on very reliable and modern Pullman buses with air-conditioning, toilets, tv and terminal services. Thus Belizeans are paying the same price, for less than half the service.

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Last Call for Alcohol Belize Bartending Course
It does not matter how long you have been doing something, there is always room for improvement which is why, Cindy (favorite island bartender to many) decided to take the upcoming Belize Bartending course tomorrow and the Advanced bartending course being offered by the Belize Institute of Mixology later this month. Both courses are packed with everything you need to know to be a great bartender including A Beginners Guide Into the Exciting World of Bartending with Instructor: Mr Fermin Cho’c & Guests Duration: September 23 – September 27th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm & 1 pm to 4:30 pm at Kama Lounge. Price: $300BZ – lunch is not included. The first 10 participants to apply and pay will enjoy BZ$50.00 off. Please note there may be a last minute venue change due to heavy rain we have been experiencing off and on, watch the Belize Institute of Mixology facebook page for updates.

Still trust GOB? IMF hints Don’t
On June 23, 2014, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV Consultation1 with Belize.Real GDP growth plummeted to 0.7 percent in 2013, from 4 percent in 2012, mainly due to continued declines in oil production and weak agricultural output, especially sugarcane and citrus. Unemployment stood at 14.2 percent in September 2013 and is on an upward trend since it hit its lowest level in 2008. Average inflation eased to 0.5 percent from 1.3 percent in 2012, as commodity price pressures abated. The external current account deficit widened to 4.5 percent of GDP in 2013 up from 1.2 percent in 2012, as exports of oil and agricultural products fell sharply while imports of fuel and electricity picked up. International reserves improved to 4.7 months of imports at end-March 2014 (up from 3.3 months at end-2012) mainly owing to PetroCaribe financing and private inflows. The primary surplus for FY2013/14 (fiscal year ends in March) is estimated to have fallen to 1 percent of GDP, from 1.4 percent of GDP in FY2012/13. Revenue is expected to be better-than-budgeted, as robust tax revenues more than offset the decline in non-tax revenues. However, substantial increases in wages and salaries, transfers and interest payments drove up current expenditure. Capital expenditures were higher than budgeted because of the need to rebuild the infrastructure that was badly damaged by rain. Credit growth and monetary policy continued to be hampered by weaknesses in the financial system. Private sector credit grew by 3.8 percent (y/y) in March 2014, while broad money grew by 5.2 percent. The banking system remained highly liquid. While declining, non-performing loans (NPLs) remained high at 16.7percent of total loans at end-March 2014. The banking system’s capital adequacy ratio (CAR) improved to 23.4 percent. The authorities stepped up their efforts to address other weaknesses of the financial system, including the adoption of new anti money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) legislation.

Senator Lisa Shoman – Statement on Crime and Violence in Belize
The matter of Crime and violence in Belize is all our business. Crime and violence in the Jewel are matters on which we have all, at one time or another, addressed this Honorable Chamber; and on which we all agree is urgent, and a matter of definite public importance. Our media (formal and social) is awash today and every day with horrific and heart-wrenching accounts of murder, mayhem, maim, and violence. We are living in an age in Belize that no matter where you live, who you are, or how privileged-or not you believe yourself to be, crime and violence impacts us all. We are all affected and touched by the matter. It is a matter of urgent public importance. Right now as legislators, Colleagues, we are constantly challenged to find legislative and policy fixes for the crime and violence sweeping our nation. We worry about it, we debate, discuss, rail- up, thunder, and emote about it. Not one of us would ever try to deny that it is a matter of national and PUBLIC importance.

Little Belize, Big Independence: Celebrations are Underway!
While Belize as an independent nation is relatively new, its colourful history goes back thousands of years. Early Maya settlements established centuries before the birth of Christ grew into some of the most advanced cities in the ancient world, with over 100,000 inhabitants living in carefully planned, thriving metropolises. To this day the tallest buildings in Belize are the ancient Maya temples at Xunantunich and Caracol, which at its peak boasted a larger population than present day Belize City. The Maya civilisation was in decline by the time the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in the early 1500s, but the first real European settlers were the “Baymen”, a mostly English, motley and adventurous group that eked out a living cutting timber from vast rainforests. The Belize of that time was also a port of call for pirates, whose knowledge of the Belize Great Barrier Reef was essential in helping them avoid capture and hide their loot. By the late 1700s the settlement had established its own identity, with the Baymen and African slaves creating a mixed race population known as Creoles. When they fought “shoulder to shoulder” to defeat a vastly superior Spanish invasion force on September 10th at St Georges’ Caye in 1798, that identity solidified into an enduring patriotism.

The New Treatery Opens Next to Fuego Restaurant in San Ignacio: Let’s Try Them Both
And right behind the Welcome Center is Fuego Restaurant. And now, right next door to Fuego, a new dream in pink candy-ness…The Treatery. I stopped in here first because…well…they have two of my favorite things. Sweets and coffee. Roasting and grinding their own beans… BUT, it was lunch time so I headed next door to Fuego Restaurant. Both spots have the same owners but Fuego has been open for…just over a year. Treatery is new in the last few months… Fuego was designed by the same guy who designed RumFish Y Vino, DragonFly Moon and Tiger Beach Club (check them all out below). He’s got excellent taste, I think, and each spot looks different and amazing. Fuego is more…hmmm…modern and simple. The menu has simplified a bit since I was last there over a year ago. They are still doing Belizean food with a innovative twist but not as daring & fun as some of the previous dishes. Like pig tail wontons with coca cola pepper jelly or a dukunu platter.

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Meat Market in Belize: Databook to 2017
New Food research report from Canadean is now available from Fast Market Research. "Meat Market in Belize: Databook to 2017" is the result of Canadean's extensive market research covering the Meat market in Belize. The report presents detailed historic and forecast data on the Meat consumption trends in Belize, offering consumption volume and value at market and category level. Bringing together Canadean's research, modeling, and analysis expertise to develop uniquely detailed market data, it allows both foreign and domestic companies to identify the market dynamics of overall Meat sales, and remain sensitive to those categories that will be in the ascendency in the coming years.

Feds put fleeting highflier in sights
Federal prosecutors are investigating the rise and fall of shares in tiny social-network operator Cynk Technology Corp. in a criminal probe that includes scrutiny of two Belize-based businessmen accused of money laundering and stock manipulation. The criminal investigation into Cynk is running parallel to a civil probe by the SEC.

Remember CYNK? A New Report Says It Might Be Tied To A $US500 Million Money-Laundering Scheme
CYNK Technology — the (sort of) social media company that earlier this summer saw its market cap rocket up to more than $US6 billion in just a few days despite having no revenue, no assets, and one employee — may be a tied to a $US500 million money-laundering and stock-manipulation scheme, according to a report on Thursday by Bloomberg’s Zeke Faux. Faux reports that this week, U.S. prosecutors brought charges against a group of men that worked on the same floor, of the same office building in Belize that Cynk listed as its address in regulatory filings.

Videos

Video: Tribute to The Baymen by Heaven's Youth Choir in San Pedro Town, Belize, 2min.
Heaven's Youth Choir from R.C. Youth Ministry pay tribute to the Baymen on eve of St. George's Caye Day in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Video: Belize Fire Engine Parade September 9th, 2014, 5min.

Video: Belize In 5 Fox News Video, 2min.
5 things to see and do in Belize

Video: Great Blue Hole - Sky Diving in Belize(グレートブルーホール スカイダイビング ベリーズ), 2min.
Skydiving and Scuba Diving the Great Blue Hole in Belize

Video: Police Corruption In Belize, 11min.
Patricia Lynn's Common Law Husband David Dorenzo speaks out on the corruption within the Police Department. SHOW MORE

Video: Travellers "Belizean Rum" Song by Lord Rhaburn, 6min.
This new rum is very patriotic, with its label portraying four different scenarios of our beautiful country Belize such as the great Blue Hole, Xunantunich Maya Ruin, Paslow Building and the Jaguar. The Belizean Rum even has a festive theme song that celebrates its patriotism; it was composed by Belizean Calypso King/bruk-down/soca artist Lord Rhaburn.

Video: Top 5 Scuba Diving Sites in Belize You Cannot Miss, 2min.
Belize is one of the top scuba diving and snorkeling destinations in the world, giving enthusiasts a view of its stunning marine life. Belize is considered as one of the top scuba diving and snorkeling destinations on the planet. Second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Belize Barrier Reef runs the length of its coastline, and the country has three open-ocean atolls. Diving and snorkeling are superb all along the barrier reef.

Video: Great Blue Hole Dive Trip, 4min.
Dive trip to The Great Blue Hole with Belize Diving Services 08. September 2014. Dives at The Blue Hole, Half Moon Wall and The Aquarium.

Video: Travel in Belize: Top 7 Must-Dos for Tourists, 2min.
A travel in Belize will not be complete without experiencing their top tourist destinations, including the Belize Barrier Reef, Belize Zoo, Barton Creek Caves, Blue Hole, El Caracol, Caye Chapel and Belize beaches. Visit these places if you happen to travel to Belize.

Video: Visiting Site for Sustainable Harvest Belize, 23min.

Video: A Fantastic Belize Sailing Vacation, 38min.
Imagine sailing Belize aboard your own private catamaran charter exploring the world’s second largest barrier reef, sailing to sandy palm studded beaches, and discovering the amazing under-water world of Belize. Your private Belize sail charter will take you to some of the world's best Belize snorkeling, Belize scuba, Belize diving, Belize fishing, and Belize kayaking sites. In addition, there is plenty of opportunity to explore inland rainforest adventures and Mayan ruins.

Video: San Pedro Belize 2013, 6min.

Video: Fly Fishing Tarpon Caye Belize, 6min.
Tarpon Fly Fishing in Mexico Pesca con mosca de Tarpon en Mexique Tarpon Fly Fishing no México.

Video: Fire in BELIZE 2014 - Calypso Rose, 4min.
74 year old Calypso Legend Calypso Rose represents for Belize at the BTL park on September 9, 2014. The voice the performance was excellent.


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