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The San Pedro Sun

Eva Longsworth is the 2016 BTB Taste of Belize Master Chef
After four long years of hiatus, the Belize Tourism Board’s (BTB) Taste of Belize competition was revived, and on Saturday, July 9th, Orange Walk Town hosted a heated series of cook-offs to find Belize’s top chef! Focusing on fresh, homegrown ingredients from all corners of the county, including liquors and spices, meats and seafood, fruits and vegetables, the BTB welcomed competitors with ample spirit and creativity to showcase. At the end of the night, Eva Longsworth of Corozal took the highly coveted title of Master Chef, while Mark Jacobs of Punta Gorda walked away as Bartender of the Year. Cayo’s Kevin Chi is the 2016 Amateur Chef, while Orange Walk boasts both Maria Del Carmen Urbina as Top Cake Decorator and Adrienne Young as their top Cupcake Decorator. Held at the Muffles College auditorium, the event saw cupcake and cake decorating, plus the amateur chef face-off from 9AM till 3PM. After a short break to prepare for the evening’s events, the bartending and master chef competition began at 6PM. Big cash prizes, scholarships and gifts were on the line, and each category’s competitors worked hard to impress judges.

Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye officially chartered
The Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye, officially became the 10th Rotary club of Belize on May 25, 2016. The unveiling came through Rotary International, making the local Club one of over 70 clubs in District 4250, which consists of Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. During the official charter ceremony held on Wednesday, June 29th at Banyan Bay Resort new Rotarians were sworn in before nearly 60 Rotarians, friends, and family. They also received a charter certificate and a charter member pin, then pledged their dedication to the 4 -Way Test. The 4 -Way Test is one of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics, created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor. The statement says ‘Of the things we think, say or do.’

Ambergris Today

Young Performers, Athletes Make a Splash at CODICADER Opening Ceremony
Rain could not dampen on the enthusiasm and pride of young athletes from Belize and five other countries at the CODICADER 2016 Opening Ceremony on Thursday, July 7. The event was marked by exuberant performances from dancers, marching bands, steel band orchestras and singers. The highlight of the show came amid a downpour, with an intricately choreographed dance that embraced the diversity of Belizean culture. The rain knocked out electrical power at Marion Jones Stadium, which meant attendees experienced a modified version of the planned program. “Nevertheless, the show went on,” said Gregory Vernon, director of the Institute of Creative Arts. “Despite the rain, we believe the athletes and coaches from the other countries got a rich sampling of Belizean culture and hospitality.”

Community Takes Care of Fire Victims in Aftermath of Destruction
The San Pedro Branch of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) through the Emergency Operation’s Committee (EOC) takes the opportunity to express its heartfelt gratitude to the residents of Ambergris Caye and the people of Belize who assisted the fire victims of San Pedro Town. NEMO worked along with the San Pedro Lions Club, The San Pedro Branch of the Belize Red Cross, the San Pedro Food Bank, the San Pedro Town Council and hundreds of tourism stakeholders and donors on the island and mainland Belize to assist in the relief efforts. Within hours of the fire, all families were placed in hotels who had offered to shelter the affected fire victims. A few victims opted to remain with family members and friends.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment & Sustainable Development and Sheep Farmers in Northern Belize
On Friday Morning, July 8th 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture hosted its opening ceremony in Northern Belize for the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between sheep farmers who will be involved in the Sheep Value Chain Project. The signing of the MOU agreement was to formalize and establish a good working relationship between the farmers and the Ministry of Agriculture. Present at the event were Hon. Gaspar Vega, Minister of Agriculture Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment & Sustainable Development, Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Jose Alpuche, Dr. Jerome Thomas, FAO representative for Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas, Venezuelan Charg’e D’ Affairs His Excellency Mikel Castillo, Northern Belize farmers and other invited guests.

2016 International Costa Maya Festival
Yerbaklan's Hula Hoop! They will be playing burring Caribbean Night, August 5! Yo Quiero Chupar! Super Lamas will be playing during International Night, August 6!

NICH BELIZE MOURNS LOSS OF VALUED EMPLOYEE, KARIM HAFIYA
The NICH Belize management and staff extend their condolences to the family and friends of Karim Hafiya, who died early on the morning of Saturday, July 10. Mr. Hafiya joined NICH Belize in April 2016, working as a security guard at the Belize City House of Culture (Government House). Although only with the organization for a short time, Mr. Hafiya’s colleagues describe him as a genuine, humble person with an uplifting personality, who was always willing to serve.

A Belizean's poem about the recent loss of life to violence
By: Felene M. Cayetano. I can't help it That this week I hugged them a little tighter Let them dictate their own bedtime stories Of being super heroes With more powers than I could remember As I narrated animated tales of killing bad guys in order to save the world By being strong in the heart mind and body. I can't help it If I warded off the tears by choosing not to watch the videos Read the articles or social media posts

BIFF Call for Entries
The deadline has been extended for submissions to the 11th annual Belize International Film Festival. The new deadline is this Friday. Submission PDF: http://belizefilmfestival.com/images/2016/docs/BIFF-2016-Entry-Form-FILM.pdf

Republic of China provideds a second year assistance for the conservation of scarlet macaws in Belize
The Forestry Bureau of the Council of Agriculture of the Republic of China (Taiwan) through its Embassy in Belize has provided a second year financial assistance for the conservation of scarlet macaws in Belize. FCD is thankful for the ongoing support.

FREE SAT prep course for local students
Interested in studying in the U.S. But don't know where to start? The EducationUSA Reference Center in Belize City is facilitating a FREE SAT prep course for local students. Today students are taking their first full length SAT practice test; an important first step in preparing for this important test and applying to schools in the U.S.

2016 Belize Tourism Awards
Call for Nominations: Belize Tourism Board calls on Tourism stakeholders to submit nominations for the 14th National Tourism Awards 2016. Rules and Regulations: All nominations must be in ENGLISH. Nominations must be submitted to the Belize Tourism Board by Friday, July 22nd, 2016. All companies or personnel must have been in operation for at least 3 full years. Only complete entries will be considered. Entries must be for ONE category only. Entries may be submitted via email to tourismawards@travelbelize.org. Applicants and/or finalists can contact the Belize Tourism Board regarding any queries they may have about the judging process. The applicants and/or finalists are not to contact any of the members from the judging panel prior to the Tourism Awards ceremony. National Tourism Awards 2016 Email: tourismawards@travelbelize.org Website: www.travelbelize.org Tel: 501-227-2420 Fax: 501-227-2423

Belize Fisheries Department Welcomes Haitian Delegation for Knowledge Exchange Visit
The Belize Fisheries Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will welcome an eight-member Haitian delegation from July 11 to July 15, 2016 as part of a Knowledge Exchange Visit focusing on artisanal fisheries. The delegation comprises officials from the Fisheries and Aquaculture Directorate of the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture, the National Agency for Protected Areas, and the fisheries private sector. Since February 2016, the Fisheries and Aquaculture Directorate of the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture has been implementing the Artisanal Fisheries Development Program, financed by the IDB. This program aims to improve the income of small fishermen and to strengthen the management of the fisheries sector.

Universal Postal Union and Belize Postal Service Hold Training Sessions in Belize
The Universal Postal Union (UPU), in cooperation with the Belize Postal Service, will be holding two separate training sessions in Belize, at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel. The initial training, which will run from Monday, July 11th to Tuesday, July 12, 2016, will cover the “Quality of Service Fund” (QSF). This is a special fund which is administered by the Universal Postal Union to finance projects aim at improving the quality of letter mail to enable speedier, reliable, and secure national postal services and international mail flow. The second training will be on the topic of “Postal Reform” and will run from Wednesday, July 13th to Friday, July 15th, 2016. The objectives of the trainings are: - To inform participants of the new rules and regulations governing the Quality of Service Fund, and the procedures in accessing the said fund. - To assist participants in the development of a framework that can be used as a tool to implement reforms to their various postal sectors.

San Ignacio Public Library Summer Program
The San Ignacio Public Library has had a lot going on this Summer. They've been doing Summer Art classes, and the Belize Raptor Center has been doing their 'Storytime' there. Thanks, SIPL!

Banquitas Drama workshop
On July 8th 2016, Banquitas closed the drama workshop whereby vibrant and energetic individuals actively participated for 3 days. The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Angel Gutierrez from Panama. Thanks to BADA members such as Ms. Florencia Castillo, Beverly Swasey and Myrna Mansanarez for being the force of theatre in Belize. Four participants were given the opportunity to act at the show and to travel along with the actors of Canillita to San Pedro for the second show. We give thanks to everyone that assisted us in every way possible for the show to be successful. We thank all the volunteers, community service students,Youth Popular Front, Yahaira Vega, Yvette Torres, BTIA, Sandy Hunter Library, Ms. Aleida, Ms. Mayola Cowo, Sugah City Artisan Group and the general public for your unconditional support. Special thanks to ICA for giving us the opportunity to share this experience with our community.

Full Moon Concert: Breaking Down Cultural Barriers, July 14
Make a date in Dangriga Town! We are proud to welcome the Stann Creek House of Culture- NICH to our family!

Channel 7

Security Guard Viciously Executed Because He Made Complaint Against Robber
It was another deadly weekend - one that saw three murders, two in the city and one in Roaring Creek. We begin in the city where residents were still shell shocked from a mid week murder spree that saw three successive killings on Wednesday evening. We went into the weekend with the news that all the gangs had taken into mediation sessions, so there was the hope for peace…but it was shattered early on Saturday morning when 15 shots were used to kill 40 year old Karim Hafiya - a security guard who was getting home after a long night shift. Police say that it was an act of retaliation for making a complaint that sent one young man to jail - two from his crew decided that was worth killing him for. 7News was on the scene on Saturday and here's the story:... 40 year old Karim Hafiya, or "Buzzard" as he was more commonly known, was gunned down in front of the gate to his apartment on Plues street. The murder happened around 4 on Saturday morning a little past the break of dawn. Police responded quickly to reports of shots being fired in the area.

"Bad Man Business" Caught Banner In Belize City
That was Saturday morning before the city awoke, and by the time it was going to sleep there would be another murder in the very same area. Around 9:10, 29 year-old Roger Banner was sitting on the railing of a bridge over East Canal, talking to his girlfriend when a gunman suddenly appeared and shot him in the head. Police say he was not killed due to gang violence but due to his alleged connections to drug trafficking. Shortly after the shooting on Saturday, 7News was on the scene and Daniel Ortiz reports: 29 year-old Roger Banner, a resident of Roaring Creek Village, was found murdered here on the corner of West Canal Street and Bishop Street one block from Public's Super Market in Belize City. He had suffered multiple gunshots shot to the head, injuries which killed him on the spot, right where the gunman executed him.

18 Year old Killed with Homemade Gun in Roaring Creek
And in the weekend's final murder, an 18 year old was gunned down yesterday in an area known as Another World in Roaring Creek. Now, despite the unrelenting city gang violence that threatens to spill over into rural areas or villages like Roaring Creek, this case does not appear to be as a result of gang warfare. Maleek Norris left his home around 2:30 yesterday afternoon to visit a friend but he bumped into a foe on the way - and shortly after he was dead. We traveled to Roaring Creek to find out why. Maleek Norris spent most of yesterday morning cleaning his house. He took down the curtains, cleaned the windows and even hired a man to clear the yard. All this fixing up was for his mom. She is returning tomorrow from her 2 week vacation in the U.S. But Maleek didn't get to finish the house as he wanted to and his mom won't get to enjoy her spotless home with her son. That's because he was shot a street away from his home yesterday afternoon. He took a break from all the housework to visit a friend and not too long after he left, his family got the shocking call.

Teenager Succumbs 11 Days After Shooting
18 year old Kent Brooks Jr. drew his last breath on Sunday morning after being in a critical condition at the KHMH for 11 days. He was injured when gunmen attacked he and his friend, 20 year old Kieron Morrison on La Croix Boulevard. Morrison died on the spot - and Brooks's prognosis was grim because he had multiple injuries to his internal organs, and passed away yesterday when his Kidney failed. We spoke to Brooks' father today in the wake of his passing. Kent Brooks Sr. - Father of Shooting Victim: "Sunday morning about 8:40am, the doctor at the ICU called us and told me emergency. My sister and I went to the hospital at 8:46am and the doctor told me that my son had just passed away. We went in the room and we saw him. He had just drawn his last breathe." Emanuel Pech: "How is the extended family dealing with it?" Kent Brooks Sr. - Father of Shooting Victim: "Basically everybody was praying that he recovered, because we knew the gravity of the injury. The injury was very serious. We had left everything in God hands. We accept what happened and that God had gotten him - he is resting. He will be at a resting place, than to see how he was suffering for the last 10 days. We were praying that we see him survive, but God knows best. It took an emotional toll on me, the whole family; sisters and brother. Whenever they would go see him, they would cry. We know that God knows best. We can't question God's work."

5 Years Later, Sanjay Got Free From Village Murder Charge
After almost 5 years on remand, 22 year-old accused murderer Sanjay Lino, is accused no more tonight. He was acquitted today in trial without jury in the court room of Justice Troadio Gonzalez. Sandhill businessman Ernesto Myvette was killed on October 4, 2011 after 3 thieves pulled off a well-planned, and well-calculated armed robbery of his shop, Myvette's store. They barged into place, stole the day's sales and his licensed gun. On the way out, one of the men shot him 4 times; twice to the midsection, once to the chest, and once to the back. They then jumped into a nearby get-away vehicle, and sped off down the Philip Goldson Highway and escaped. Myvette's injuries were fatal, and he succumbed behind the counter of his store. So, that brings us to this month's trial of Sanjay Lino who had been in jail awaiting his day in court. Initially, he was jointly charged with others for abetment to murder, but as time went by, he ended being the only one charged with Myvette's murder.

Samantha Spurned By Chetumal Cops After Vehicle Break-In
Chetumal, it's the favourite getaway for many Belizeans - but increasingly, we've been reporting on a rising trend of criminality targeting Belizeans in that Mexican City. And one Orange Walk resident learned about it first hand this weekend. Samantha Carlos went over to watch a move and parked her truck in front of Liverpool - only to find the window smashed when she got back to it. And while that was one surprise the indifference of the Mexican police is what really shocked her:... Samantha Carlos - Scared of Chetumal: "We parked in front of Liverpool in the mall area and went inside. It was after the movie about 6:30 pm, we got out and realized that some people were standing by the truck and mall security was taking care of the vehicle for some guy he said, it was the owner. So, we had to produce papers to show the mall security that it is our vehicle. He realized that maybe they made a mistake because apparently there was a police already on the scene half an hour before we came out of the movie and the police saw the guy inside the vehicle. The person told the police that he had to go home to get his keys, but that is ridiculous.

Village Councils: UDP Claims Victory, PUP Claims Progress
The village council elections - they're supposed to be nonpolitical - but that's like saying church is supposed to be non-religious. Truth is, the UDP and PUP want to win anything named elections. And tonight, after 6 weeks of elections in 190 villages, the elections are finished and the UDP is claiming victory, while the PUP is claiming progress. The UDP says that of the 1,330 seats open for elections, the UDP won 60% of them. That's 190 chairpersons, and 689 village council members. The UDP says that a third of the chairpersons are independent and the other third are PUP. For the council members the UDP says that the PUP got 390, or 34%, while 61 or 5% are independent. So, the UDP claims to have won 60% of all seats, with 34% going to the PUP and 5.56% to independent candidates.

Fatback In Coma; Family Calls For Arrest of Stepson Suspect
5 days ago, we told you about the stabbing of 50 year-old Eugene Webster, better known as "Fatback", who was hospitalized after he was nearly stabbed to death, allegedly by a young man whom he practically raised as a son. Tonight we can confirm that the young man who police is looking for is 18 year-old Michael "Wani" Baptist. The Webster family is hoping that if you have seen him, or know his whereabouts, that you will turn that information over to police so that he can be brought in for questioning. Meanwhile, Fatback continues to be hospitalized in a coma after police performed life-saving surgery on him. Today, we met his wife at the KHMH who told us off-camera that there are a few details that she would like to clear about the story that the police gave out. She told us that firstly, this young man did not stab her husband because they of any quarrel, and it wasn't because Fatback had refused his stepson a ride. She says that according to Webster, the young man attacked him while he was asleep, and in the midst of attempting to steal from him. Here's how she explained it to us:

Soldier of Misfortune: Tarry Rhodes Tarried In Belize Too Long
46 year-old Retired American Soldier Tarry Eugene Rhodes is detained by the Immigration Department tonight after he was busted for overstaying his visitors permit. And, there is information to suggest that he may be wanted in his country. So, how did he turn up on the Immigration Department's radar? Well, it turns out that it happened quite by accident. He was busted yesterday at the Philip Goldson International Airport when he went to pick up another passenger at the airport. A vigilant immigration officer started to question him, and when they checked his travel history and his passport, they found out that he had overstayed his visitor's permit by 10 months. He was to have returned to the US in September 29 of last year, but he didn't do that. So, they charged him with that offence of failing to comply with a visitor's permit, and when they checked into his background they found out that he had been living off his pension from the State of Ohio. He had taken up residence in Calla Creek, Cayo.

Haitian Fisherfolk Visit
For the rest of the week, the Fisheries Department and the IDB's office in Belize are hosting an 8-member delegation of Haitian Fisheries Officials. They're here to exchange knowledge with the Belizean authorities on fisheries management, and how the local experts work to overcome the challenges of enforcement and conservation, an area that all small countries struggle with due to a lack of resources. Today, 7News attended the opening of their first workshop session, and we got a chance to meet the delegation. Here's what the IDB Country Representative and the Head of the Haitian Delegation had to say:

Police Say Gangs Agree To Hold It Down
On Friday night's news we told you about the gang mediation operation pulled off by Eastern Division southside police. The attendance of gang principals was mandatory - which means, police descended on their homes early in the morning and took them to the station where they were forced to discuss their grievances. On Saturday, Commander Chester Williams told us how it went:... ACP Chester Williams - O.C. Eastern South Division: "I can tell you that in the session, the parties agreed that they will hold it down and they will try to see how they could promote peace among themselves and those person who were not at the intervention yesterday, those who were there said that they'll ensure that the message is passed on to them and they all agree that the shooting needs to come to an end, because they all feel at risk because of it. None of them feel safe and so they think that the best thing for them to do is to stop the madness. Importantly, we are currently trying to see how quick we could develop the syllabus for the conflict resolution anger management workshops within the different area. It is critical and so as to be able to show them that solving your personal issues could be done in many different ways and use of a gun should be the ultimate resort that they should go to."

No Justice For Grey, Police Low on Leads
In our first segment, we told you about the murder in Roaring Creek where 18 year old Maleek Norris was shot near his home. While Belmopan police are very close to solving that case, they are having a lot of difficulty with the June killing of Lionel Gillett. Gillett also known as "Grey" was found dead on the steps of his Rivera area home in Belmopan. Although police have ruled this case a robbery turned murder, they still haven't gotten any substantial evidence or statements to press charges. Today Capital Cops told us what they have so far. Supt. Howell Gillet, OC, Belmopan: "There is no tangible update at this time. It's an open case. We will never close it until we are able to find out or bring one person or others to justice. It happened in an isolated area and we are finding some problem with that, because the neighborhood is so sparsely divided in terms of the number of houses in that area and possible witnesses and so on. But we have it as a theory that it might have been a robbery and we are investigating it from that point.

Police need more time with CAMALOTE Double murder
We also asked Belmopan police for an update on the Camalote double murder in which Akeem Thimbrel and Shawn Lopez were gunned down not too far from their homes. Thimbrel's father had come to our studio last week pleading for answers but more than that, justice for their slain loved ones. Police told us that they have to follow specific procedures in what they are calling a complex case, and they are asking the family and the Camalote community to have just a little more patience. Supt. Howell Gillet, OC, Belmopan: "The update to that investigation with the double murder in Camalote which occurred I think around the 1st May of this year - is that we've prepared a file, it has been sent for legal advice. It came back with some instructions that we must follow through with and from the three instructions that were given to us, I believe two have been done, complied with and we are trying to do the other one and from there we will send it back and see if there is sufficient evidence to charge. We have a great idea who did it. We are just waiting for other instructions to be complied with by our counterparts in Belize City. When that is done, we will resend it to the DPP's office and then we will await her direction from there."

2016 Murders On Pace With 2015, Arrests Down
And as you see on the news every night, murder continues at a torrid pace in the month of July. It is a social and statistical nightmare, and for the first six months of 2016, the number of murders was just about the same as it was in 2015. That's 74 murders nationally, when compared to 73 in the same period last year. Reports of Rape, robbery and theft were down in the first six months of 2016, but reports of burglary went up by 64. And while murders were up, arrests were down from 36 to 24.

CODICADER, Gold For Everyone
The Codicader games successfully concluded over the weekend and with good reviews from the visiting delegations. The activities officially closed off with a ceremony in Orange Walk and Cayo, which saw all 600 participating athletes awarded with gold medals - another initiative that highlights the importance of Codicader's under-12-tournament, which is to promote participation rather than competition. Nevertheless we do take pride in acknowledging our very own Belizean Codicader champions. In the table tennis discipline our team from Belize came out with the highest overall points, both in the male and female categories. Our kids did pretty well in the other three disciplines as well. In volleyball our male team finished second while our female team finished 3rd. In basketball, both our female and male teams finished 2nd. Football was the only discipline in which we fell a little behind, finishing 4th overall. Still the Minister of State in the Ministry of Youth and Sports says this is proof that Belize does have the capacity to host and compete in these international tournaments.

The Science Of The Lambs
Sheep Farmers in the North are getting a major boost through the signing of a Value Chain Project. Farmers will be trained in effective farming methods and given materials and other resources to keep their sheep healthy and ready for sale. The FAO representative for Belize as well as a couple farmers told us how this project will improve their livelihood: The project is being funded by the European Union.

Hope through Hoops
Earlier we told you about the southside police formation's gang mediation efforts, but they're also doing a basketball tournament between rival neighborhoods to break down some of the turf issues. It's clearly a work in progress, but the police are determined to push on with it, even as gang violence reaches its highest point in a year. On Saturday, we visited to see the hoops for hope:…

Capital Cops Call Kids To Farm for Fun
And while basketball is the thing in the city, Belmopan police are trying to get youths into farming. They are hosting an Agriculture seminar for youth between the ages of 9 and 15. It begins on July 25th and the kids will learn about vegetable, cheese and milk production, livestock management, among many other cultivation practices. Senior Superintendent for Belmopan Howell Gillett told us more about this positive initiative. The seminar begins on July 25th at the Agriculture Show Grounds. It ends on August 5th with a mini rodeo. 75 kids from Belmopan and surrounding villages will be participating.

Channel 5

‘Buzzard’ Executed in Predawn Attack
Another bloody weekend in Belize City has resulted in the murders of two men and a third person in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.  We begin with [...]

Roger Banner ‘Hit’ for Drug Debt
The second murder in what has now become a series of bloody weekends happened on West Collet Canal near the Public’s Supermarket. The victim, killed in brazen fashion with a [...]

Misunderstanding Leads to Murder in Roaring Creek
The community of Roaring Creek is grieving in the wake of an apparently senseless murder on Sunday. One teenager, Maleek Norris, is dead while another, Ashton Puerto, awaits arraignment at [...]

Teenager Killed With Homemade Shotgun
The weapon used to kill Maleek Norris was crude but obviously deadly – just two pieces of metal pipe and a shotgun shell. It was found dumped on the Young [...]

Kent Brooks Jr. Succumbs to Gunshot Injury
No one has been detained for the murder of Kieran Morrison which took place on June twenty-ninth on La Croix Boulevard, in front of his home. Morrison was shot multiple [...]

City Resident Critical After Weekend Shooting
Meanwhile, another Belize City youth is tonight clinging to life at the K.H.M.H. after he was shot by a lone gunman on Friday night. Police say that around ten p.m., [...]

Violent Crimes Up Countrywide
Statistically, violent crimes in Belize City are down, despite an increase in murders across the country.  While the Old Capital remains the center of gang activity, homicides in the districts [...]

Another Accused Murderer Walks Free
Twenty-two-year-old Sanjay Lino has been acquitted of the murder of Ernesto Myvette after being on pretrial detention for almost five years.  The deadly shooting took place in Sand Hill Village [...]

CODICADER Games Conclude
The annual CODICADER games concluded in Belize over the weekend, after several days of competition in various sporting disciplines.  With several venues across the country hosting games simultaneously, local organizers [...]

Head of Mission Says All Expectations Were Met
Going into the CODICADER games, there were serious concerns about Belize’s ability to successfully the host the respective Central American countries.  Those expectations, says Sutherland, were all met.   Deon [...]

The Jewel’s Best Sparkle at Taste of Belize in OW
After a brief hiatus, Belize’s signature culinary event was held at the Muffles Auditorium in Orange Walk on Saturday. Taste of Belize 2016 saw great competition between culinary talents in [...]

Eastern Division South Hosts Basketball Tournament
Over the weekend, Eastern Division South hosted a basketball tournament on the court at the Yarborough Green on south side Belize City. The community policing initiative is aimed at bringing [...]

Sportscaster James Adderley and the Weekend Blotter
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   Friday night’s ticket of BDBA Firms basketball play surely was something to see as Atlantic Bank currently in second [...]

CTV3

Orange Walk Central Committee Launches Summer Camp
For the past seventeen years, the Orange Walk Central Executive Sporting Committee has been organizing their annual Summer Sports Camp sponsored by Orange Walk Central Area Representative and Leader of the Opposition the Honorable John Briceno. The camp caters for children of all ages who for one week get an opportunity to learn more about volleyball, basketball and football. This morning, with a total of seventeen certified facilitators ready to offer training to the younger generation, the camp kicked off at the People’s Stadium.

UDP Supporter Accused Of Discharging Firearm In Public
This weekend marked the final round of village council elections and here in Orange Walk four villages took part in the final round….Indian Church, San Carlos, San Estevan and San Felipe where the people elected a spilt council formed by a P.U.P chairman, three P.U.P and three UDP councilors. Although things appeared to have ran smoothly in most villages, reports indicate that in San Felipe tensions ran high as an altercation allegedly broke out between supporters of both major parties after the official results were announced. According to reports, a crowd of PUP supports were taking part in a parade through the village…celebrating the victory…when they were stopped by UDP supporters from entering the park located in the center of the village.

Village Council Elections Come To An End
As we told you earlier in our newscast, the final round of the Village Council Elections was held yesterday throughout the country of Belize and here in Orange Walk four villages including Indian Church, San Carlos, San Estevan and San Felipe participated in the finishing round. According to official results, a total of seven chairpersons were newly elected along with twenty four councilors. The People’s united Party was victorious in the villages of Indian Church and San Carlos where they managed to occupy all seven seats in their favor. In the village of San Felipe, the PUP won four seats including that of the chairman while the United Democratic Party managed to obtain a total of three seats and finally in the village of San Estevan, the UDP took all seven seats as the PUP did not put up a slate.

Murder Rates Is Down For 2016
The Belize Police Department today released its comparative statistics for January to June 2015/2016 and the report indicates that the overall crime rate through the first half of 2016 has seen an increase from the previous year. Murders are up by one, with a total of 74 people losing their lives as a result of violence. April and June are the months with the most murders recorded this year, April witnessing 16 homicides. Last year April recorded 18 murders. In relation to other major crimes, rapes saw a decrease this year reducing from 19 logged last year to 10 this year. As it relates to unlawful sexual intercourse, the incidents have gone up this half year by 10 from 41 to 51.

Another Belizean Robbed In Chetumal Mexico
Some weeks ago there were a number of reports about Belizeans that were victims of robbery at the shopping malls and hotels located in Chetumal Quintana Roo, Mexico. The series of robberies included the cloning of credit cards in the different stores as well as the stealing of cash and personal belongings in the mall’s parking lot. Since those incidents were reported an advisory was sent out to Belizeans by the Belizean consulate in Quintana Roo to be cautious when traveling to neighboring Chetumal and the number of incidents seemed to reduce to a minimum. But apparently the criminals are on the loose once more and their prey are Belizeans. Orange Walk resident Samantha Carlos visited Chetumal over the weekend but returned home with a sour taste in her mouth as her vehicle was burglarized while parked at Plaza de Las Americas. Today when we spoke to Carlos she told us more about her ordeal.

LOVE FM

Sunday Afternoon Murder in Roaring Creek
The murder count increased by three this past weekend as two more murders were recorded in the Belize District and a third in the Cayo District. A community is reeling after a teenager was shot and killed on Sunday afternoon in Roaring Creek Village. Correspondent Fem Cruz spoke with an eyewitness as well as the […]

Buzzad’s Murder Leaves Police Stunned
Forty-year-old, Kariem “Buzzard” Hafiya who was a security guard at the Belize City House of Culture was gunned down while entering a gated yard on Plues Street on Saturday morning sometime around four o’clock. Hafiya received multiple gunshot injuries and died on the scene. Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, told the media yesterday the […]

Banner’s Murder Suspected to Be Drug Related
The second shooting in Belize City occurred late Saturday night not too far from where Hafiya was shot. The victim was twenty nine year old Roger Banner. Banner is a resident of Roaring Creek. Banner who is no stranger to the police was shot and killed on West Canal near the Publics Supermarket while sitting […]

Friday Night Shooting Has Man Critical
There was a shooting incident on Neal Pen Road extension on Friday night where by twenty six year old Clifford Anderson was shot. Anderson received injuries to his abdomen while he was near an alley that is located by the Basketball court in the area. Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams spoke of his condition […]

Kent Brooks Dies 10 Days After Being Shot
Eighteen year old Kent Brooks has passed away due to injuries he received in a shooting on Lacroix Boulevard in Belize City on the night of June 29. Brooks was standing in front of a yard when he and his friend came under fire by a gun man. Brooks died yesterday at the Karl Heusner […]

January – June 2016: 74 Murders + 449 Cases of Theft = 90 Arrests
The Belize Police Department has issued a crime statistics comparative report for the first half of 2015 and 2016. The report has noted that for the first half of 2016, there have seventy four murders with a comparison of seventy three during the same period last year. While in 2015 thirty six arrests were made […]

Tourism Board Joins the Fight Against Crime
Belizeans have been expressing their concerns over the gun violence, especially on Belize City Streets. Belize has made the list as one of the countries with the highest murder rate in the world. We asked Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia how his ministry has been dealing with the rising crime rate. MANUEL HEREDIA “Definitely crime […]

Belize’s Appeal for Delay in Paying Awards Denied by US Courts
Belize is bound by law to pay one hundred and ninety eight million dollars as the first half of the arbitration awards in the BTL nationalization. This is not the only award that Belize is bound to pay but it is the largest so far. In May we told you of the confirmation of the […]

Online Article Reports on Belize/Guyana Agreement as Having No Limitations on Trade
Last week we told you of the agreement signed between Belize and Guyana that the Government’s Press Office stated was aimed at deepening commercial, economic, technical and cultural cooperation. The areas being looked at for cooperation are trade, investments, tourism, energy, marine affairs, education, agriculture, sports and culture among others. There wasn’t much else divulged […]

Haiti Delegation Exchanges Ideas with Belize on Protecting Marine Resources
Belize is hosting a delegation from Haiti to exchange ideas on processes, ideas and legislation to protect marine resources. Acting Fisheries Administrator, Mauro Gongora speaks about what the Haitian participants will be learning from the Fisheries Department in Belize. MAURO GONGORA ” The exchange is facilitated through the Inter-American Bank whose mandate is to encourage […]

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Southside police handed awards
In the midst of all the violence, the South Region of the Eastern Division of the Belize Police Department took time out Wednesay to acknowledge officers and civilians as well as businesses who contribute to the efforts of the Police. Commander ACP Chester Williams spoke to how the off...

Original Caye Caulker Lobsterfest successful
The Caye Caulker Lobsterfest is “the original” – and, its organizers may boast, the best. As with their counterparts in San Pedro and Placencia, last weekend La Isla Cariñosa became “La Isla de Langosta” – the island of the lobster. As Romeo the cook tells us, there are many ways to sample th...

Belize Government rated fair in protecting Barrier Reef
Belize’s Barrier Reef has been listed on the World Heritage Sites in Danger since 2009, and is tipped to remain there when the UNESCO World Heritage Committee considering the issue meets next week. So how is Belize’s Government performing in enacting and maintaining policies that help safeguard the ...

Valentine Baptist charged in murder of Devin Parham
Three persons were murdered in the City during separate shooting incidents spanning about six hours and so far police have made two arrests. Today police brought to court 27 year old Valentine Baptist , a construction worker of Castle Street on a charge of murder of Devin Parham on Cemetery R...

Lionel Kelly charged with murder of Tevin Palmer
About an hour prior to the murder of Devin Parham, Tevin Palmer, aka “Chi-Cha” met his untimely death whilst in a yard on Castle Street. Neighbors told police they heard one shot in the area but police say as many as five may have been fired, though the fatal shot was to the head. This aftern...

BEST cheques go missing
Missing cheques from the Belize Enterprise for Sustainable Technology (BEST), were cashed for some thirty thousand dollars. Reports are that six cheque leaves went missing from a cheque book for BEST and three of them were reportedly cashed at Heritage Bank branches in Belize City and Orange Walk. ...

SMART closes summer football camp
Brazilian footballing legend Pelé popularized the phrase “the beautiful game” to describe football many years ago. It is also possibly the most popular sport in the world with top stars placed on equal footing with others of the world’s elite. Belizean football is on the rise, but who knows w...

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Taste of Belize 2016 winners announced
Orange Walk Town played host to the annual Taste of Belize competition at Muffles College Auditorium over the weekend. In the Amateur Cook Competition, which featured a 90-minute competition to prepare a main dish, Kevin Chi of the San Ignacio Resort Hotel beat Belize Biltmore […]

Santa Cruz man busted with weed
Thirty-six-year-old Melvin Salazar from the Santa Cruz Area in Santa Elena Town in the Cayo District is currently in police custody pending charges for drug trafficking. According to police, on Saturday officers were on mobile patrol on the George Price Boulevard where their attention was drawn by […]

Belmopan police investigate Roaring Creek murder
While it was a bloody weekend in Belize City with two murders and several other violent incidents, Belmopan police also have a murder case on their hands. Just before 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, police responded to a shooting incident in the Another World area in Roaring Creek […]

Police basketball tournament contributing to crime fight
Due to inclement weather over the City on Saturday, The Belize Telemedia Limited/Eastern Police Division (South Region) basketball tournament, now in its fifth week of games, was moved from St. John’s Primary School court on Euphrates Avenue across from Precinct One to the Wesley College/Yarborough Green […]

After mayhem, a “mini-truce” established on Southside
On Friday, an intervention was held with most of the major players in the current gang warfare plaguing the City. Police swept up a number of persons in an anti-gang operation on Friday morning and they were held up to late Friday night. The operation included searches at […]

ACP Williams reviews first year in Eastern Division (South)
One year ago this week, a freshly-returned then-Senior Superintendent Chester Williams took command of the southern portion of the largest and most active police division in the country from now-officer commanding Eastern Division (North) Dezerie Phillips, with Edward Broaster forming the remaining third of the […]

Belize City police have hands full with third weekend shooting
While Belize City police are investigating two separate murders and a stabbing incident there was also a third shooting, but the victim is alive and in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). Twenty-six-year-old Clifford Anderson from a Neals Pen Road address was seen […]

Man stabbed with broken bottle
A 22-year-old man is listed in a stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was stabbed with a broken bottle Saturday night on Racecourse Street just before 7:00. Initial police investigations have revealed that Byron Jeffords was at a local supermarket when he was approached by an […]

Belize City police investigate first of three weekend murders
Belize City police are currently investigating the fatal shooting that claimed the life of 40-year-old Karim “Buzzard” Hafiya. Investigations have revealed that Hafiya was about to open the back gate of his residence on #83 West Canal when he was approached from behind by an unknown […]

Crime still on the rise in 2016, police have much work ahead
Crime through the first half of 2016 has not seen a reduction from the previous year, according to new statistics released by the Belize police department. For this year from January to June, there has been one more murder than during the same time in 2015. The total murder count through to June is 74. There have already been several murders since the start of July, however, indicating that the murder count may be even higher in comparison to last year’s up to this point. Through to June though, the Belize district had 13 fewer murders than during the same period last year. Cayo, Corozal, Stann Creek and Toledo each had more murders than the previous year.

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BTB announces Taste of Belize 2016 winners
On Saturday, July 9, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) held its signature culinary event, ‘The Taste of Belize.” For the first time, the event took place in “Shuga City,” >Orange Walk Town. The all-day event was filled with competitions, as well as lots to eat and drink. Below is a breakdown of the competitions and the winners for each. Amateur Cook Competition: Competitors were given one hour and a half (1.5) to prepare a main dish, after which the top three winners were chosen. 3rd Place: Ms. Lucelli Sam from Crave House of Flavors, San Ignacio 2nd Place: Mr. Gurick Orosco from the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza, Belize City Winner/Amateur Cook of the Year: Mr. Kevin Chi from the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, San Ignacio Cake Decorating Competition: Competitors were given ninety (90) minutes to decorate their pre-baked cakes.

The Butterfly Migration on a Beautiful Morning Up North
The butterfly migration has started. Flying north to south – the Cloudless Sulphur start slowly…one or two a minute passing along the beach and the sea to up to 100s at a time. With an odd black or orange butterfly joining them, it’s a wave of yellow wings. It lasts for about a week and then they are gone. They are SO hard to capture in a photo while on the move…your only chance is the red flowers that seem to attract them. Butterflies are cold-blooded creatures and move south to stay warm. In the tropics, they often move to a place for a new food supply. I have been unable to find out where these guys are coming from or where they are going to. All I know is that it is magical to sit on the balcony and watch them fluttering by. I went for a walk today – north from Xtan Ha Resort (at about 7ish miles north) to La Belize Resort (8 miles north). I took a bunch of pictures…almost each one had a butterfly going by in it. You are going to have to take my word for it. Honestly.

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Ease Cuba, CARICOM pleads
CARICOM leaders say they’re happy to see the United States trying to normalize relations with Cuba. What they aren’t pleased about is that the trade and economic embargo imposed on the Caribbean nation five decades ago is still largely in place. And when they got together in Guyana for their 37th Regular Meeting this week, they called for the embargo to be lifted. Addressing the media after the meeting, Guyana’s President David Granger also said that in the new environment in Cuba, there is a need for the region to seize trade, business and investment opportunities, including those in tourism. In that regard, they agreed that every effort will be made to conclude negotiations for a Second Protocol to the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement with Cuba, to allow for it to be signed before the end of 2016.

Plus de 140'000 mails envoyés pour sauver le Blue Hole du Belize
A l'appel du WWF, un total de 143'951 personnes ont écrit un e-mail au Premier ministre du Belize pour lui demander de protéger le récif coralien du pays, dont fait partie le célèbre Great Blue Hole. Le WWF indique dans un communiqué publié mardi que les signataires des mails demandent aux autorités du Belize d'interdire les forages pétroliers offshore sur ce site. La section suisse de l'organisation écologique précise que 20'000 paraphes proviennent de Suisse. Inscrite au Patrimoine mondial de l'Unesco, la barrière de corail du Belize est menacée de destruction par l'activité industrielle, que ce soient les forages, les constructions côtières, la pollution de l'eau d'origine agricole ou la destruction de la mangrove.

What Will Happen to Fortis Inc Next? The Stock Just Increased A Lot
The stock of Fortis Inc (TSE:FTS) is a huge mover today! The stock is up 1.80% or $0.79 after the news, hitting $44.6 per share. About 194,367 shares traded hands. Fortis Inc (TSE:FTS) has risen 15.35% since December 2, 2015 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 12.93% the S&P500. The move comes after 8 months positive chart setup for the $12.63 billion company. It was reported on Jul, 11 by Barchart.com. We have $71.81 PT which if reached, will make TSE:FTS worth $7.70 billion more. Out of 8 analysts covering Fortis Incorporated (TSE:FTS), 7 rate it a “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 2 “Hold”. This means 78% are positive. Fortis Incorporated has been the topic of 13 analyst reports since August 4, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc.

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