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Celebrating World Oceans Day
June 8th is observed intentionally as World Oceans Day. After all, our waterways are very important and should be celebrated in hopes of raising awareness for a better future. This year’s World Oceans Day is being observed under the theme “Healthy Oceans, Healthy planet” – which makes complete sense, since 70% of the earth is water. Even though we love our oceans, seas and rivers, sometime, we tend to mistreat them. Improper disposal of garbage and over fishing are only a couple of things we humans do to mistreat our beautiful waters. Hopefully with the help of organizations such as Oceana in Belize, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Mar Alliance and many more, we can join hands and stop the harming our oceans. We must all collaborate to make our waters pristine again!

No foul play suspected in ‘Sudden Death’
On Monday, June 6th, the San Pedro Police Department were called to the southern area of Ambergris Caye where they discovered the lifeless body of a 66 year old American male floating near the beach. The deceased was later identified as Robert Bruce Frith, originally from California, USA. The incident occurred about two and half miles south of San Pedro Town in the Mosquito Coast area.

Interoffice Football Tournament begins!
On Thursday, June 2nd the first games of the long anticipated 6-a-side-interoffice Football League 2016 took place at the Honourable Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex. 26 teams divided into six groups signed up for the competition, which is organized by the San Pedro Sports Council. The games spanned four consecutive days and saw the players demonstrating great skill. Despite not being regular athletes, players were in high performance, reviving some of those hidden football skills within them. The next match is scheduled from Thursday, June 9th through Sunday, June 12th at the Sporting Complex starting at 7PM. Fans are encouraged to come cheer for their favourite team, as they play this great sport.

Abracadabra rocks Ambergris Caye!
The island was rocked by the sweet sounds of Abracadabra band on Saturday, June 4th. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Kenny Lee Lewis, Bobby Vandell, Will Peterson and Billy Peterson performed a most-spectacular live concert at Mahogany Bay Village in Southern Ambergris Caye. It was the first of- its- kind event that is already promising an annual repeat. The band comprises of former and current members of the Steve Miller band who were on the island for the very first time and thrilled with the hospitality and beauty of La Isla Bonita. The concert was a fundraising event for the benefit and maintenance of the South Ambergris Caye Neighbourhood Watch (SACNW). Peter Nolan, head of the SACNW welcomed everyone to the concert and thanked the audience for its support. The over three-hour concert brought hits of the 70’s, 80s, and 90’s to life and the crowd did not hesitate to dance the evening away.

Blue Water Grill and The Phoenix donate to the San Pedro Lions Club
The Blue Water Grill (BWG) restaurant, along with The Phoenix Resort handed over a total of $1,572 to the San Pedro Lions Club. The donation will go a long way as the San Pedro Lions Club conducts free eye screenings for children in San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Corozal. For those who are in need of glasses, and cannot afford them, this donation helps with covering the cost as well. Blue Water Grill would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has helped make a difference in the community. Their June Monthly Donation Program will benefit a project that is being organized by Miss San Pedro High School 2016-2017, Faith Edgar. Edgar is seeking to purchase backpacks for disadvantaged students at San Pedro High School (SPHS), and planning to build palapas around the school so students can eat lunch in the shade. SPHS needs four palapas, and each palapa costs $900. Donations can be made at BWG’s cashier in any amount during their normal opening hours or online on their website at www.bluewatergrill.com/community

Ambergris Today

International Tattoo Expo Brings Ink to Life in Belize
They say once you get inked that there is an irresistible urge to get a second tattoo, a third or even a fourth one. I did not realize how big tattoo art was in our culture until the first ever San Pedro Belize International Tattoo Expo took place on Ambergris Caye this past weekend. The event was a tremendous success with the venue packed with tattoo enthusiasts and curious onlookers marveling at the artistry. The buzz of the tattoo guns filled the air as tattoo artists from as far as Costa Rica, USA and Mexico joined their artist brothers from Belize in participation of the first International Tattoo Expo. Well-respected tattoo artist Wimpas Sosa from San Pedro put together a most exciting event that brought together professional tattoo artists with up-coming apprentices who shared their knowledge and passion for the art that is no longer taboo in our culture. The expo was more than just about tattoos, I saw families with tattooed mothers and fathers alongside their children at the expo. Talking to them, they all reiterated how they want their children to embrace the tattoo culture and appreciate the lifestyle.

Edge & Crimmins Island Nuptials
Congratulations to Lyndsey Marie Crimmins and James Stephen Edge who traveled all the way from London, UK to celebrate their nuptials in the perfect island setting of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Lyndsay is a local Sanpedrana, daughter to Dana and Grant Crimmins who met James in the UK where they now live. Family and friends celebrated along with them on the beach at Island Time Beach Bar on June 4, 2016. Our Best Wishes go out to the Newly Weds Mr. & Mrs. Edge.

Central American Countries Launch Campaign “Central America is Yours, Enjoy It”
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, in collaboration with the Belize Tourism Board and the Belize Tourism Industry Association, launched the new interregional Tourism campaign “Central America is Yours, Enjoy It” , directed to Central Americans to motivate them to travel within the region. This constitutes a joint effort with public and private sectors to promote the integration of Central American tourism. All seven member countries had representatives from Ministries of Tourism and Tourism boards participating jointly in the designing stages of the campaign. These organizations have worked hand in hand with regional tour operators to design special packages, which will be made available to the Central American public. These efforts will show the true value of the tourist attractions in the region through Social Media and websites placements that will effectively position the regional tourism brand “Central America is Yours, Enjoy It” contributing to the promotion of tourism in Central America.

Hon. Patrick Faber Sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister of Belize
On June 7, 2016, the Hon. Patrick Faber was sworn in as the new Deputy Prime Minister of Belize by the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. Hon. Patrick Faber was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister after recently being elected as the new First Deputy Party Leader of the United Democratic Party. He is succeeding the outgoing Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Gaspar Vega.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

BHA is at Experience Latin America ( ELA) London
Sander Langeveld, our BHA Representative in Europe, is at the Experience Latin America taking place in London this week from June 6-8, 2016 at the CCT Venues in Canary Wharf, London. During this three day event, the BHA has pre-scheduled, over 40 one-on-one appointments with carefully selected tour operators from all over Europe. We will also be participating in a Media Event on June 7, where we will meet and network with the UK's top publications and other invited press. In 1996, the Latin American Travel Association was created to develop better working relationships and improve communications with Latin American travel businesses and to promote Latin America as a tourist destination. Over the years LATA has grown from strength to strength and the LATA community stretches to every corner of Latin America and throughout the UK and Europe. The association, now an authoritative voice for Latin American travel and tourism, continues to promote the region, help build valuable business relationships and support good business practice. With the aim to expand and diversify the European travel market to Latin America, LATA launched Experience Latin America in 2014. ELA is Europe's exclusive by-invitation only travel event showcasing the very best suppliers from across the region of the UK and Europe.

Postponed until further notice, power interruptions previously scheduled for entire Orange Walk & Corozal Districts
6:00am to 6:20am & 4:40pm to 5:00pm, Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9.

Interregional Tourism campaign “Central America is Yours, Enjoy It”
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, in collaboration with the Belize Tourism Board and the Belize Tourism Industry Association, launched the new interregional Tourism campaign “Central America is Yours, Enjoy It” , directed to Central Americans to motivate them to travel within the region. This constitutes a joint effort with public and private sectors to promote the integration of Central American tourism.

NOAA Outlook for Central America June 9 - 15, 2016
During the next week, rainfall forecasts indicate a significant increase in rainfall across Central America. This may announce the onset of the first growing season. Abundant rain is expected over Guatemala, El Salvador, western Honduras, and the Southern Caribbean. Moderate to heavy and average to below-average rain is expected, however, throughout the central parts and Atlantic Basin of Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. The forecast uptake in rain should help alleviate dryness over many areas, but it also may trigger localized flooding over some areas.

Belize - Sugar output crosses 117,835 t after 25 weeks
Belize Sugar Industries milled 47,274 tonnes of cane during week 25 of the 2015/16 crushing season, down from 49,979 a week earlier but hardly changed from 47,114 in the same period a year ago, the company announced.

International Day of Yoga, Belize City
June 19, Radisson Fort George Hotel

Belizean Invited to Participate in National Development Courses in Taiwan
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is pleased to announce that Mrs. Yuri Alpuche is invited by the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to participate in national development courses held from the end of June until beginning of July in Taiwan. Mrs. Yuri Alpuche is a project management and research professional with over seven years of experience in the private sector and recently joined the public sector as the Project Coordinator for the Department of Public Private Sector Dialogue (DPPD). Yuri holds a Master’s degree in Project Management and is a certified Green Project Manager, GPM-b. Her areas of interest include sustainable development, entrepreneurship (especially amongst youths) and creating child friendly communities. Mrs. Alpuche will attend courses related to climate changes, economic development, and educational system. She will also make visits to a science-based industrial park, among other places. With this opportunity to attend courses in Taiwan, Mrs. Alpuche hopes to contribute what she learns and what she sees to her section.

Over 930 Students Belize City/Belize District Will Soon Benefit From Gwen Lizarraga High School Renovation & Extension Projec
Commencement of work for the rehabilitation of computer labs and substitution of the woodwork and metalwork labs of Gwen Lizarraga High School, Belize City, will be held today at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday June 8, 2016. The scope of work includes substituting a ferro concrete annex for the existing carpentry and a metalwork workshop. The new workshops will be equipped with a covered veranda, Storm Guard windows protected by security grilles and two metal roller shutter doors for external access to the workshops. The sub-project also includes the rehabilitation of two existing computer labs and provision of equipment for the workshops.

Two 30 minute power interruptions 10:00am to 10:30am & 12:30pm to 1:00pm, Thursday, June 9, San Pedro
Pescador Drive, San Pedrito, Elliot Subdivision, San Pablo, San Marcos, DFC Area & Southern portion of island from Sunbreeze Hotel to Island Cottage Resort. BEL to repair hotspots at San Pedro Substation.

SHJC 2016 Graduation
Congratulations, SHJC graduates! 95 graduates are ready to change the world. "Sacred Heart Junior College, Belize had their 16th graduation commencement last night. 95 students graduated, and more than half walked the stage."

Educational campaign on the protection of the headwaters of the western Chiquibul-Maya Mountains
FCD is gearing up the launching of an educational campaign on the protection of the headwaters of the western Chiquibul-Maya Mountains with the financial support of PACT. Mr. Ramon Frutos remains a close mentor and ally of this effort. Thank you.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, El Clan, Quackerz, Midnight Special

Channel 7

Cloning an SUV Using Dead Men's Names
Five years after he was busted for having an SUV that never paid duty, Chinese businessman Jian Jiang, was hit with a steep fine for it today. The Mitsubishi Nativa was valued at 50 thousand dollars and he has to pay three times the value, so that's one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. And he has to pay by December 31st. The vehicle is a white Mitsubishi Nativa which had a bogus VIN number etched unto the chassis. Jiang was charged with acquiring possession of an un-customed vehicle and recklessly acquiring possession of a vehicle for which the VIN was tampered. The Customs department Prosecutor Tracey Sosa called 10 witnesses, based on an elaborate investigation built by Customs Officer Adrian Gibson.

Spoonaz' Thief Caught In A Facebook Flash
About 2 and a half years ago, well-known photographer Jeremy Spooner, opened his cafe, named Spoonaz Photo Cafe and Bar on North Front Street. He installed a security system, and, that came in very useful when his business was burglarized last week Tuesday. Not only did Spooner catch the thief on camera, but he also went a step further, did his own investigation, and with the help of his Facebook friends, he caught the man, and handed him over to police, bow tie and all. Today, he told us how and why he felt the need to get so involved in getting his own justice, but we start first tonight with the incident itself. He provided us with surveillance footage of the entire crime in progress, and Daniel Ortiz narrates the crime as it unfolds:

Houston Accident Victim Recovering
Accident Victim Lennox “DJ Tambran” Young is still recovering at a Houston hospital and won’t make it back to Belize tomorrow. As we told you, DJ Tambran was driving back to Belize from Houston with his 2 friends, Corozal resident Sostenes Tamai and Police Coach Amin August. But on the way home DJ Tambran stopped at an Auto Parts shop in Northwest Harris County where a truck rammed into them. DJ Tambran only got a broken arm but his passenger Tamai was killed. When we spoke to DJ Tambran’s brother today he told us that the Houston police are investigating. He told us he is not sure when DJ Tambran will return home. we will keep following this story.

More Southside Gunplay
Police have charged the man who shot at a 17 year old boy. The shooting happened yesterday evening around 5 on Mopan Street. The 17 year old was standing outside his Ebony Street house with his sister when a man pulled up and pulled out a gun. The teenager ran and the gunman chased him on Mopan Street, firing several shots at him. The boy got away unharmed and asked some officers who were at a checkpoint on Vernon Street for help. Police arrested and charged 24 year old Alston Smith with Aggravated Assault. Police say this shooting is as a result of a gang rivalry in that area.

Hulse Halts The Hustle
Last night on 7News you heard Minster of Natural Resources Godwin Hulse talk about some of the difficulties he's been having at the Ministry of Natural Resources. He told us he's had to turn into a kind of private investigator, to make sure that persons in whose names land is applied for are the actual persons who are receiving the land. It's diligence borne out of an old practice in the Lands Department where real names and identity details of persons are used in Land applications without their knowledge. Yesterday – after we gather he made a self-defence presentation in Cabinet – we probed him about the prevalence of this practice during the tenure of his predecessor Gaspar Vega:…. Jules Vasquez: "Referring again to this specific type of fraud where people are used without their knowledge or consent and also bogus companies are used. Would you give us a ball park figure on how much of that sort of thing you've encountered?" Hon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Natural Resources: "I can't yet because we're still doing that; we've found quite a few."

Cabinet's 7 Day Wonder
And while Hulse would not say it, inevitably, those political connections go back to the UDP hierarchy, which also leads back to the political directorate in Cabinet. So, since Hulse's tenure at the Ministry of Natural Resources appears to be a lightning rod for inter-Cabinet resentment of the Prime Minister, how does he see his relations with his colleagues? That's what we asked him today:… Jules Vasquez: "How would you characterise the mood in the cabinet; this is the second cabinet you've been in. The Prime Minister has two issues; he has a Deputy Prime Minister who 11 ministers opposed his election in the convention. Convention done, majority rules okay and he also has a minister of the war chess, the natural resources who is unelected and immune apparently to political persuasion and pressure. How does that affect Mr. Barrow's management of the cabinet?"

Foreign Minister Downplays Roger Plett Abduction By Guats
One Cabinet Minister who was not even in country for the convention or the Cabinet contention in the aftermath is Wilfred Elrington. He was travelling for two weeks, shuttling form meeting to meeting – and when he came back home, he had a breezy disposition, more or less laughing off the entire flap over Roger Plett's abduction. You may remember Plett, he's the Mennonite who was abducted in the Green Hills Area of Spanish Lookout two weeks ago allegedly by the Guatemalan military, in service of an NGO on that side of the border. Even though Plett says he was tied up and his tractor destroyed, Elrington says it was all just a neighbourly gesture:… Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs: "They were fighting fire, the fire got away and the fire was moving from Belize into Guatemalan territory and the Mennonites had equipment to help to stop the fire and was invited by a Guatemalan NGO to assist to lend them the equipment to assist and they resisted and the Guatemalan NGO decide to take self-help and take it from them and decided to use it to clear off the area to make sure the fire would not go any further into Guatemala. When they had finished that they gave it back. So I think we have to start to understand that we are our brother's keeper in this kind of thing and we can't get offended by every action that is taken."

Hon. Elrington And The Peace Pipe
And, while he shrugged that one off, it seems, that neighborly spirit extends also to the Guatemalan fishers who freely throw their nets and cast their lines on Belize's side of the Sarstoon. Sounding like he had just taken a deep pull from the peace pipe, Elrington said, let it be: Jules Vasquez: "Those who have been operating with impunity on the Sarstoon are Guatemalan fishers. Is there any plan to enforce fishing laws of our nation on our side of the river?" Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs: "I am not aware that our laws are not being enforced on our side of the river, I am not aware of that. You don't want people to get killed over controversy over fish or any such thing like that. The ideal situation is to work out the situation and it's something that fish no stay one place they come in the side and they go this side..."

Mr. Elrington Goes To Washington
But Elrington will have to put on his game face in two weeks' time. That's when he meets with his Guatemalan counterpart in Washington DC:… Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs: "I think we will be meeting again in Washington on the 21st of this month and I think that; I've just agreed to that to meet on the 21st and I think that in the interim we will start the preliminary negotiations on it I'm hoping. But the intention is to do the protocol, the mechanism so that we could live in peace. The intention really is to live in peace and to make sure that nobody dies. We want to make the Sarstoon safe for both our military and for our civilians while we are working out the mechanism our people will be able to go and come without death of hindrance; that is our understanding that was the context in which we were negotiating. I think the Foreign Minister of Guatemala suggested that he did not understand it in that light."

Guats Dragging Feet On Ruano Investigation
And while no one knows for sure what rule really pertains on the Sarstoon right now, the picture is just as unclear with the investigation into the death of 13 year old Guatemalan Carlos Alvarado Ruano. The Guatemalans have made a big show about demanding an investigation into the cause of his death, but Elrington says they haven't followed up by requesting a formal investigation: Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs: "We sent a letter asking them to do that, telling them we would wish for them to get it done. I'm told that they are waiting for a letter from the Guatemalans requesting the same and soon as they get that from the Guatemalans then I think they would be able to be more positive on that. But I do know they have made inquiries and they have gotten offers of assistance I think from the Americans; I know definitely from the Mexicans to send forensics people to help us in the process."

Two For Thirteen Turtles
Last night, we showed you the 2 men who were caught by the Fisheries Department with 17 large Hicatee turtles. Well today, those men, Golburn Seguro, and his nephew, Hilberto Seguro, were taken to court for it. They are charged with possession of Hicatee Turtles and possession of a Hicatee net. Golburn Seguro was charged with only 1 of the turtles, while Hilberto Seguro was charged for 13 of them. When they were arraigned before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza today, they pleaded not guilty to the charges, and they were granted bail. According to the Fisheries Department, after conducting surveillance for over a week, they stopped Golburn Seguro's vehicle at the Lords Bank junction yesterday afternoon. The officers searched the vehicle, and found 3 hicatee turtles, and shortly after that, they launched an investigation which took them to Hilbert Seguro's home in Biscayne. That's when they found 13 more inside his house, and those are the 13 for which he now stands charged.

Darrell Downplays Kerr Coming Home
Last week we told you about the post-convention rumbling within the United Democratic Party. And the biggest quake came from two women who were fired from the office of Area Representative Beverly Castillo. One of those women was Elena Kerr. Now as we told you in the latter part of last week, Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley hired Elena Kerr, after she was fired by Hon. Castillo. And as you know Mayor Bradley supported Faber in the convention. But today when we asked him about this arrangement he was completely dismissive: Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor: "It's not an issue which we are making any statement against any person. I am mindful of the importance of jobs to people within our community and the city council through transparent means tries to ensure if we're holding interview and so forth that we can accommodate people with jobs so that I don't really have any comment in relation to that. Again I have tremendous respect for the Hon. Bev Castillo, I think that she's doing a good job and I know that politics is very difficult for most person. I myself have experienced that and it's not something that we really have a statement or comment one."

Will Bradley Ride Faber's Coattails
But Bradley has his political loyalty tied firmly to Patrick Faber. So If Faber ascends to party leadership – will Bradley hang in there for another go at Caribbean shores. He lost in 2015, but might 2020 be better for him? Here's what he said:.. Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor: "Well I mean of course if somebody loses an election, I lost in Caribbean Shores we have to do an assessment in relation to the possibility if you can win again; there is going to be redistricting, there are going to be other issues and so forth, There's a lot of considerations. I like municipal government, there is municipal election which will be upcoming so that 4 years is afar year going forward in future. Of course in the next 2 weeks I'm going to have a daughter so that family considerations are paramount to me like wise; all of those issues are things that we have to consider and take into account aside from a decision in relation to politics and again 4 years is long into the future." Emanuel Pech: "But do you think it is a possibility? Considering that Mr. Faber is now the deputy; and he will more than likely might be the leader as well."

Busted With Two Sacks Of Lobsters
3 fishermen were taken to court today for fishing lobster during the closed season. Fifty-four year old Jose Augustine Garrido, a fisherman from Consejo, took the rap for 142 lobster tails caught during closed season, was fined a total of $3,045 dollars today by Magistrate Carlon Mendoza after he pleaded guilty. Garrido was given until November 7th to pay, or he could face a year in jail. Yesterday, Fisheries Officers went to the "Port o' Stuck" area and saw when the fishermen throw two white sacks into the mangrove. When the officers retrieved the sacks they found lobster tails.

Minimizing Accidents
The City Emergency Management Organization CEMO, held consultations on Traffic Accidents and Road Safety Strategies with stakeholders today. This was in an effort to look at road safety and how they can formulate a plan in each municipality in an attempt to reduce the number of road traffic fatalities. Emanuel Pech has the report. More than 1.2 million people die in road traffic crashes every year. And it does include persons in vehicles. In fact, studies from the World Health Organization show that about half of all crash victims are vulnerable road users like pedestrians, and motorcyclists. In the last decade alone Belize has recorded over 400 deaths related to traffic accidents and experts say that traffic mishaps are showing a potential increase. Now with all the road safety public messaging of the last few years, you would think the statistics would show a downturn. But the reality of the matter is that road upgrades only go so far in reducing the rate of traffic accidents within a community.

Road Safety Review
As we told you the Road Safety project was launched in 2013 and is being funded by the Caribbean Development bank. In the three years since, the George Price Highway has been resurfaced, and outfitted with reflectors and heavy signage, among other improvements. But have any of these highway upgrades measurably reduced the level of road traffic accidents? Well that is what the Belize Road Safety Project hopes to put to the test in the upcoming year. Project Manager Pamela Scott tells us more. Pamela Scott, Proj. Manager - Belize Road Safety Project: "You do have statistics, we look at those; we analyze them. We also have to look at our infrastructure component where the ministry of works is the technical arm for infrastructure. We do the IRAP assessment which was done at the beginning and what is IRAP? International Road Assessment Programme, that little boogie that came down, the little vehicle with sophisticated equipment is ran across the different roads in our country and it defined the level of where our roads are and the levels are defined based on star standards. So you have star 1, 2, 3, the minimum star a country should be at is a star 3. Our roads were within 0 to 2 so we're hoping though at the end of this demonstration corridor project which include both the highways and the urban area we would be able to do another assessment, a road assessment and bring in the International Road Assessment Programme to conduct that road safety assessment. I'm hoping we will be at a star 3 rating."

Gwen Liz Gets Upgrade
The construction of a much needed wood and metal work lab began today at the Gwen Lizarraga School. For many years over 900 students had to work in those rotting and dilapidated labs in which only the front portion was usable. Well, today, Principal Dr. Lorna McKay told us that after years of lobbying for this renovation and extension project, it has finally become a reality. McKay discussed what the project entails and what it means for the students. The project costs almost $700,000. Works should be completed in October.

See Central America
Today in Belize and the 6 other Central American Nations, the Government Tourism bodies and the private sectors from those countries launched a new tourism marketing campaign called, "Central America is Yours, Enjoy It." Its an initiative which the 7 nations are trying to attract fellow Central American travelers to vacation in the region, instead of spending their money elsewhere. As part of the simultaneous launch, Belize's representatives hosted a press conference to explain why they think Belize's tourism revenues could definitely benefit from this program: As you heard, the main thrust of the program is to harness the influence of the difference social media sites to funnel that traffic in the SICA countries to SITCA website.

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Channel 5

Is Post of New Regional Health Manager in the North a Political Appointment?
There is a new regional health manager for the two northern districts. Thirty-year old Audibaldo Monima Junior, an officer with the Belize National Coast Guard has been given a contract [...]

Foreign Minister Says Guatemala is Claiming All of Belize
Just how much of Belize is Guatemala claiming? It’s a valid question, but the answer may surprise you. We’ve always thought that the claim was for roughly half of Belize, [...]

O.A.S. Gets Ready to Investigate Border Incidents and Incursions into Belize
The O.A.S. is getting set to commence its investigation into the death of a Guatemalan minor in the Chiquibul. And according to Minister Wilfred Elrington, that organization will also be [...]

Minister of Education Comments on Guatemalan Students in Belize
For days we have received reports that dozens of Guatemalans students have been lining up for enrolment at Mount Carmel High School and other schools in Benque Viejo Del Carmen. [...]

National Garifuna Council Condemns Senseless Murder of John Jay
An autopsy was conducted on the body of thirty-five-year-old John Jay Rodriguez at the K.H.M.H. morgue this afternoon.  The well-known musician was callously slain during a robbery attempt in Dangriga [...]

Despite Gloomy IMF Report, Mayor Bradley Says It’s Still All Good
There is growing concern over the findings of the IMF team released in the recent Article Four consultations. That report points to a weakening fiscal position which has proportionately increased [...]

Rift? What Rift in the U.D.P.?
Patrick Faber was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister on Tuesday, and as expected, a majority of Cabinet did not show up to share in his proud moment. While not [...]

Trio of Fishermen Busted for Out-of-Season Lobster
The Fisheries Department was in heavy operations country wide and while in the city on Tuesday, they came across a camp where they found three men in possession of one [...]

Seguros Arraigned for Illegal Possession of Hicatees
On Tuesday, we reported on a major bust in rural Belize District by the Fisheries Department. Two Biscayne men, Goldburn Seguro and his nephew Hilberto Seguro were intercepted near the [...]

Chinese Businessman Arraigned for Purchasing Stolen Guatemalan Vehicle
A Chinese businessman, Jian Huan Jiang, who bought a stolen vehicle in 2011 faced the music in court today. Jiang was found guilty of one of two offenses brought by [...]

CEMO Hosts 4th Annual Symposium on Road Safety
This morning, representatives of various government, municipal and private organizations gathered for the City Emergency Management Organization’s fourth annual symposium. Timed to coincide with the start of the hurricane season, [...]

An Interregional Tourism Campaign is Launched in Central America
A new interregional tourism campaign was unveiled simultaneously across seven Central American countries this morning.  Under the banner “Central America is Yours, Enjoy it”, the Ministry of Tourism and Civil [...]

Half a Million Internet Users are Targeted for Social Media Campaign
The participating agencies have worked closely to design special packages that aim to show the true value of tourist attractions in Central America through social media and website placements.   [...]

4th Annual Climate Outlook Forum
On Tuesday the National Meteorological Service of Belize hosted its fourth Climate Outlook Forum. The twice yearly session included representation from different sectors, gathered together to discuss how the forecast [...]

Insurance Powerhouse Guardian Group Returns to Belize After Brief Hiatus
NemWil, Regent and Guardian Life Insurance….they are well-known insurance companies that have operated in Belize as agents for the Guardian Holdings Group out of the Caribbean. Now under the new [...]

A New Technical Department Building for Gwen Liz is Coming Soon
Ground was officially broken this afternoon for the expansion of Gwen Lizarraga High School.  The construction of an adjoining building which is being funded by the Social Investment Fund has [...]


Minister Hulse Speaks On The Alleged Move To Unseat Him
There seems to be tension within the ruling United Democratic Party, and it all seems to have brewed up after the convention to elect a new deputy party leader between those Ministers who support Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber and those who do not. Caught up somewhere in there is Natural Resources Minister Godwin Hulse. It seems the unelected minister has come under attack by his fellow Cabinet Ministers as unofficial reports last week were that the 11 Ministers who do not support Faber wanted Hulse gone. And although several cabinet members denied those allegations Hulse yesterday felt the need to defend his position, stating that he has reassured his stance in the party with PM Barrow and other cabinet members.

FIU Issues Advisory On Pyramid Scheme
There seems to be a new and easy way to make money that has caused a stir on social networks and many are calling it a big scam. The pyramid scheme is such that the people at the top earn money at the expense of the new members and investors and reports are that this pyramid type scheme may have already found its way into Belize and the Financial Intelligence Unit is now warning Belizeans to beware of this scam. In a release issued by the FIU they bring to the attention of Belizeans the potential treat that exists with this new scheme. According to the FIU this scheme includes a person who induces other persons to invest small sums of money by promising them a substantial return in a short period of time. The scheme crumbles when the promoters cannot persuade enough victims to pay into the scheme to cover all the promised returns.

PSE Results Not Delayed
The Primary School Examination, (PSE) was taken by thousands of standard six students back in March and May of this year. The results of the PSE are traditionally released early in the month of June by the Ministry of Education as students anxiously await to hear how they performed. Over the past week or so there has been a lot of talk indicating that the results of the PSE are somehow delayed, today CTV3 news spoke to District Education Officer for Orange Walk, Karla Alvarez, who clarified the situation, assuring that the results are not in any way late, they are simply not yet ready.

Tamay's Friends Raise Funds To Bring Him Back Home
Well known car dealer and mechanic, 42 year old Corozal Town resident Sostenes Tamay Jr., was the victim of a fatal traffic accident yesterday in Houston, Northwest Harris County. As mentioned last night, at around 8:30 yesterday morning Tamay was traveling in this black Nissan Xterra driven at the time by Lenox Young better known as DJ Tambran when upon coming out of a junk yard on highway 249 a Black pickup truck collided into the driver side of the Xterra killing Tamay on the spot. Also traveling in the Xterra at the time of the incident was 55 year old retired Superintendent Amin August from the Cayo District.

Students Sit BJAT Exam
The Belize Junior Achievement Test (BJAT) is an examination intended for all students in sixth grade, or as we know it…standard three. The BJAT bears minimal consequences for the students taking it as the purpose of the examination is to test the caliber of teaching at each primary institution at the end of the school year. This exam is not offered simultaneously like the PSE but it is administered to each school at its own individual pace and yesterday the process of administering this exam started throughout the country of Belize. Karla Alvarez – District Education Manager, Orange Walk “Yesterday we started with the administration of the BJAT in Orange Walk district and the same thing is happening throughout the country, the BJAT is a high stakes exam similar to the PSE there are some school or there are some people that don’t give it that much importance from many schools they use the results of the BJAT to determine where their children are at the end of Standard III it is called the Belize Junior Achievement Exam and it is to assess what they have been able to complete by the end of Standard III.”

Teachers Advised To Check On Applications For Special Permits
Back in February of this year it was announced at an education press conference that over one thousand three hundred teachers from primary and secondary institutions are likely to lose their jobs because they did not complete their education training. In 2000 the Ministry of Education implemented new education rules to regularize the education system which requires all teachers to possess a teaching license, a decade later in 2010, the Ministry of Education amended the Education and Training Act, making it mandatory for teachers to acquire pedagogical training to remain in the classrooms. At that time, the ministry issued a five-year provisional license to teachers who did not possess training, which now expires. Those teachers who did not proceed to obtain the requisite training now risk losing their jobs unless they obtain a special permit while they are in the process of getting the required pedagogy.


FIU Alerts Residents of Investment Scheme in Belize
The Financial Intelligence Unit has issued an alert to residents around the country surrounding a scheme that has been brought to their attention. In this scheme, the individuals who sign onto the program are asked to make an initial investment with the promise of making far more than what they have put in. According to […]

Sedi Explains Current Status of Belize’s Rights at the Sarstoon
In an interview with Foreign Minister on Tuesday afternoon in Belmopan, the issue of the Sarstoon River arose in which he explained why, some months ago, he was persistent in discouraging Belizeans from going to the area in southern Belize. WILFRED ELRINGTON “In the path months when I had been advising people against going it […]

Plett’s Equipment Was Commandeered for A Good Reason, Says FM
On Thursday, May 12, 21-year-old, Roger Plett was taken over to the Guatemalan side near the western border with Green Hills just pass the Spanish Lookout area in the Cayo District. Plett had called the media to share his plight after he had difficulties with law enforcement officials and the Government of Belize in getting […]

Dredging Nowhere in Sight to Tackle Silt Buildup
Listeners might recall the story on the silt and sand build up in front of the Bliss Center for the Performing arts. While there may not have been complaints to the media from those who use the river mouth on a daily basis, we can tell you about some customers at the Port of Belize, […]

City Officials Preparing for the Rainy Season
Rainfall in and around the country was welcomed after a period of intense heat. The rains were also a reminder of the flooding that several communities endured last year. We asked the City Emergency Management Organization, Liaison Officer for the Belize City Council Wayne Usher, how prepared I the city in the event of a […]

Central America Es Tuya …. Difrutarla
The Belize Tourism Board and the Belize Tourism Industry Association have joined Central American Tourism Integration Secretariat (SICA) on a Central American digital campaign entitled “Central America is yours, enjoy it!” The aim of the campaign is to get those living in Central America to travel to Central American countries more often. Belize and remaining […]

Garifuna Council Condemns Murder of John Jay Rodriguez
The National Garifuna Council has condemned the killing of John Jay Rodriguez. As has been reported, Rodriguez was shot and killed on Friday night inside a gaming establishment in Dangriga. In its release the NGC says it was a senseless killing of one of its sons, a musician, progressive youth, and father. It goes on […]

Caleb Challenges Chief Justice to do His Job
It has been six years now since Caleb Orozco had filed a petition in the courts challenging a part of the Belize Constitution as it concerns the LGBT community. In September 2010, Orozco had filed the application that challenges the constitutionality of Section 53 of Belize’s Criminal Code which says that quote, “every person who […]

Belize is Ready for CODICADER Games 2016
An assessment team associated with the upcoming CODICADER games slated to be held in Belize was in-country recently doing an assessment of the accommodations, sporting arenas and other logistics geared at accommodating over one thousand persons next month. We spoke with Minister of State in the Ministry of Sports, Elodio Aragon on whether Belize passed […]


Patrick Faber sworn in as Deputy Part Leader
The Hon. Patrick Faber was sworn in as the new Deputy Prime Minister of Belize by the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan today, Tuesday June 7, 2016. The Minister of Education was elected as the new first Deputy Party Leader of the United D...

64 year old charged for fire chief death
64 year old Jose Gregory Williams was arraigned on four charges in relation to the traffic accident that led to the death of Corozal Fire Chief 33 year old Meshach Henry. Williams was charged for driving without due care and attention, failing to give way to a motor vehicle on a major road, cau...

Corozal man dead, DJ Tambran hurt in accident in Houston
Lennox “DJ Tambran” Young, owner of the popular Music Depot on North Front Street and also a vehicle dealer, was injured in a traffic accident this morning while returning to Belize from Houston, Texas. Young avoided serious injury as did one of his companions, senior police officer Assistant Superi...

Foreign Affairs Minister says Vega’s address in Cuba is Ministry approved
In our Previous newscast, we told you about Former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega’s speech at the 7th Summit of the Association of Caribbean States held in Havana, Cuba, June 2nd – 4th. In his remarks to the 25 member countries and numerous observers from South America, Europe and Rus...

Huge Hicatee bust in Belize River Valley
The Fisheries Department made a huge bust today with a total of 16 Hickatee turtles. Two men were caught separately in the Belize River Valley Area with the turtles. Hickatee’s are ranked Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List and in Beliz...

Law student accused of contraband smuggling
Ronell Gonzalez is no stranger to the court system, not just because he has been there on various charges, but because he is also a law student. His latest run in with the law is over some contraband items found in the car he was driving. Customs intercepted the taxi vehicle at a customs checkpoin...

Ready Call “hard-pay” with Social Security
Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser has ordered the CEO of Ready Call Center on the Burrell Boom-Hattieville Road, 46 year old Nubia Ramirez Moreno, to pay a court fine and more than 140 thousand dollars owed in contributions to Social Security by June 20. Moreno pleaded guilty in court, admitting that ...

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Uncle and nephew charged over hicatee turtles
Two men, Goldburn Seguro and his nephew, Hilbert Seguro, were charged with possession of Hicattee when they appeared today before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza. Goldburn was charged with possession of 1 Hicattee while Hilbert was charged with possession of 3 Hicattee and a Hicattee net. […]

Fisherman couldn’t wait for lobster season
Fifty-four year old Jose Augustine Garrido, a fisherman from Consejo, one of three men charged with possession of 142 lobster tails during closed season, was fined a total of $3,045 today by Magistrate Carlon Mendoza after he pled guilty to the charge. Garrido was […]

Asian businessman fined over stolen Mitsubishi
Chinese businessman Jian Jiang, the owner of a shop in Ladyville, was fined $149,085 today by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser after he was found guilty acquiring possession of an uncustomed vehicle and recklessly possessing an uncustomed vehicle. Jiang was fined 3 times the market […]

Yuri Alpuche travels to Taiwan for national development courses
A press release issued today by the Embassy of the Republic of China, serves to inform that Belizean coordinator for the Department of Public Private Sector Dialogue (DPPD), Yuri Alpuche, will be participating in national development courses at the mentioned embassy. The courses, scheduled […]

MOE: PSE 2016 results on track
On Monday we reported checking in with the Ministry of Education’s Examination section about the results of the Primary School Examination (PSE) that students are anxiously awaiting. We had been getting reports that the results were to be issued on Friday, then on Monday. […]

Champagne Paris death “natural”
The death of transgender Porfilio Rodriguez – self-styled Vanessa Champagne Paris – was not due to suicide by poisoning, but was of natural causes. This was the conclusion of a post-mortem examination done at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital morgue earlier this week. Independence […]

New DPM: Rough times ahead, don’t panic
A bracing Patrick Faber admits “tight times” are ahead, following the conclusion of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) report released recently. But the new Deputy Prime Minister adds that Government “(is) absolutely not going to bow to the IMF pressures.” Faber blames “a large […]

World Bank says global outlook bleak, meager growth expected in Belize
The World Bank, in its latest economic prospects report, downgraded its 2016 global growth forecast to 2.4 percent from the 2.9 percent pace projected in January. And though the global outlook is not good, Belize and other countries in the Caribbean and Central American region are […]

National Garifuna Council condemns killing of John Jay
A press release issued by the National Garifuna Council (NGC) yesterday, condemns the “senseless killing” of its son who was a musician, progressive youth and father, John Jay Rodriguez. Rodriguez was killed in an attempted robbery at Havana gambling shop in Dangriga on Friday […]

Moist and unstable conditions continue over our area
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting partly cloudy skies this afternoon along with a few showers or thunderstorms mostly inland. Skies will be cloudy tonight and tomorrow morning with some showers, thunderstorms or light rain mainly over the South and coast. Winds […]

More than 5k lost in Hopkins burglary
Owner of Driftwood Beach Bar in Hopkins Village, Denise Mccreaery, 47, reported to police on Monday that on the 12th of May, she closed her establishment and went to Loggerhead Pub on the other side of the village. After closing at 11:30 p.m., she […]

17-year-old escapes shooting attempt on his life
A 24-year-old Belize City resident, Alston Smith, has been arrested and charged by police for the offense of ‘aggravated assault’ after he fired shots at a 17-year-old male minor. The minor, accompanied by his sister, reported to police yesterday evening that around 4:45 p.m., […]

Bright future for the Corozal Commercial Free Zone
The Corozal Commercial free Zone has a bright future, officials say, defusing the now popular criticism that the place is deteriorated and unsustainable. Comparing the Free Zone’s contribution to the local economy to previous years, it has done better says Chief Executive Officer at the […]

Police find large amount of weed and ammo
Police’s Special Branch Tactical Response Squad conducted three separate searches in San Ignacio and Santa Elena Towns, Cayo District yesterday, which resulted in the discovery of 16.1 pounds of cannabis and 15 live rounds of ammunition. The first search was done around 8:40 a.m. on the banks […]

Guardian Group insurance rebrands, partners with Simpson’s
The largest financial services company in the Caribbean is partnering with a new Belize insurance agency. Guardian General Insurance Limited, trading as Guardian Group, succeeds NEM (West Indies) Insurance Limited and was previously represented by Victor L. Bryant Company Limited and Balderamos Insurance Services among […]


“Back Home” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Amazingly (my powers of recovery are far better than I thought they would or could be) I was up, ready and at a breakfast table in the hotel by 08.30 hours on the morning following the party. Less than 4 hours alcohol aided sleep and I didn’t have a sore head. Or feel nauseous. The hard training had obviously paid off! I enjoyed a good breakfast with even better company and was able to chat with people that I just didn’t find time to chat with the previous night but all too soon it was time to say my farewells, check out of the hotel and head back to Covent Garden. I had a lunch date with my ‘little’ sister Christine who I hadn’t seen for 4 years. And we were being joined by her son Bradley, his partner Shorona and their two children, Cody and Lottie. I reached Covent Garden shortly after noon and stood outside the underground station looking left, right, straight ahead,left,right,straight ahead as throngs of people were milling around. Thirty minutes passed by. Where could she be? I checked my ‘phone. Dead. The battery had run out of charge. I looked around for a public ‘phone box (booth for non-UK readers). They’re not a common sight any more in the UK (the advent of mobiles has virtually eradicated the need). And I saw one. Not more than 60 yards away.

Hardworking, Lovely Maria and her Fabulous Fruit Market on Ambergris Caye
I have known Maria since I first moved to the island 9 years ago. And whether I was shopping there everyday, when I lived just across the street, or now, when I stop in once a week for coconut water or juice, she knows me by name, greets me with a smile and presents one of the best selections of fruit & veggies on Ambergris Caye. She has been on Ambergris Caye for 25 years. Maria has 6 children – 3 boys and 3 girls and hasn’t been back to El Salvador. She said times were tough there and she has no desire to visit. She loves Ambergris Caye. Her shop is south of town across the street from the Island Yacht Club – and the best spot to buy fresh juices – naranja, sandia, pina, coco and more. Here are some pictures of her spot where if you are friendly, you probably will get a free herb or piece of fruit thrown in your bag.

International Sourcesizz

Guatemalan drug lords are burning forests to land planes
Public Radio International has published an article which suggests that Guatemala drug lords may be responsible for the rash of fires along the Belize-Guatemalan border. Viewers will note that Belizean businessman Roger Plett was reportedly detained by what authorities insist on referring to as 'Men in military fatigues' while combating one of these border fires. Executive Director for Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) Raphael Manzanero has also suggested that there has been evidence that drug cartels have been involved in illegal activity in the Chiquibul forest.
Drug traffickers burning down Guatemalan forest to make clandestine landing strips for planes carrying US-bound cocaine have razed an area twice the size of Manhattan this year, officials say. The Central American country has declared a state of emergency over the fires ravaging its forests, which have hit hardest along its northern border with Mexico and Belize — prime territory for drug gangs. The region, known as Peten, is known for the riches lying in its forests, including the Maya Biosphere Reserve and archaeological treasures such as the ancient city of Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But those dense forests are also strategically placed hideouts for cartels trafficking cocaine from South America to the United States, officials say. "There is a strong presence of drug traffickers, who, in their daily drive to claim new territory, don't think twice of setting fire to the forest or paying poor people to do it," said Alma Polanco, director in Peten of the National Council for Protected Areas.

World Oceans Day Celebrated in Compelling Photos
From the vastness of the world’s oceans, the mystery of underwater ecosystems to humankind’s reliance on marine processes, the ocean is a wonderfully strange, altogether necessary part of our world. It is on World Oceans Day that we reflect on all of the benefits, mysteries, and wonders of the ocean. First, try to imagine the expanse of the ocean. It’s hard to conceptualize how to even think about how to imagine it! The average depth of the ocean is just over 12,000 feet. That means, that your run-of-the-mill, nothing special depth of the ocean would be just over 21 times deeper than the Washington Monument is tall.

Caribbean integration is possible, St Vincent PM tells ACS summit
Dr Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, reaffirmed on Saturday in Havana that integration in Latin America and the Caribbean is a possible, realistic path and that its consolidation will make it possible for countries in the area to face common challenges. Speaking at the seventh summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Gonsalves urged the region to work together and to use honest dialogue to resolve differences, thus promoting genuine friendship.


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