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#517051 - 08/23/16 11:36 AM Today's Belize News: August 23, 2016
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials


The San Pedro Sun

SPTC Delivers Building Supplies to San Mateo
Through the generous donations of various organizations and businesses, Vice-President of the San Pedro Lions Club, Brittney O’Daniel, along with her business partner, Dave Jenkins, were able to purchase their first batch of plywood, plycem, lumber, and zinc on Thursday, August 18th. The building supplies were distributed among the community members of San Mateo, and will help rebuild homes that were completely destroyed by Hurricane Earl. According to Jorge Aldana of the San Pedro Town Council, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) performed a damage assessment immediately after the storm. “When we first did our assessment, 49 familes had some level of damages, and since then, that number has grown. All those who indicated that they needed supplies will receive supplies. NEMO also dispensed mattresses to affected families,” said Aldana.

Atlantic Bank LTD plans to install a second ATM Machine
Recent concerns from residents in San Pedro Town, has revived the question regarding the possibility of another Automated Teller Machine (ATM) for the local branch of Atlantic Bank. Over the years, while the population has increased by the thousands, the bank continues operating with just one external ATM. This has caused several inconveniences, as customers have to wait in long lines only to find out there is no cash left by the time they reach. In an effort to address the issue, Atlantic Bank has some good news to share. The bank’s management admits that operating with just one ATM is uncomfortable for their customers, thus, the installation of a second external ATM machine is imperative. Branch Manager Karen Lopez commented that a second ATM will be installed, but they do not have a specific date when it will happen. “There is no clear decision as yet where the second ATM will be installed, but what we can say for now is that another ATM will be installed to alleviate the situation,” said Lopez. Even though there are additional machines inside the banks, the introduction of another external ATM will target the customers who do not have access to the bank until late evening, and visitors alike.

66 Foot Reserve and Use of Seabed: Ministry of Natural Resources explains
In light of the damage caused by Hurricane Earl, the Commissioner of Lands and Surveys issued a press release on Wednesday, August 10th explaining the utilization of the seabed and of the 66 feet reserve; which may include riparian forests, beaches, littoral forests and shoals. Through the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), and the Lands and Surveys Department, the general public was advised that in order to rebuild or construct a new dock/pier, a permit from the MNR is needed. This once again brought the issue of Queen’s Land/66-foot reserve to the forefront. In Belize, all land up to 66 feet from the high water level is considered national land or “Queen’s Land”. It also means that it is to be kept accessible to the public and free from development. Therefore, occupation of the land without permission constitutes as an offense of unlawful use of National Land.

Mahogany Bay Village donates vehicle to San Pedro Police Department
The official handing over of a 2003 Ford Ranger extra cab pickup truck to the San Pedro Police Department (SPPD) came after a generous donation from Mahogany Bay Village. The company has been very involved in the community by assisting different organizations in various ways. On Thursday, August 18th, Pete Davis represented the donor organization and had the honour of handing over the vehicle to Deputy Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit, Superintendent Henry Jemmott. The addition of the new vehicle to the present fleet was welcomed by Jemmott, who indicated that the characteristics of the vehicle will make it very efficient in their patrols. “The durability of this vehicle will enable us to continue improving our patrols, south and north of the island,” said Jemmott. According to him, vehicles are always a huge necessity for the force, and since the island continues to grow at a rapid pace, the need to increase their patrol coverage is another challenge the police face. “It is important to notice the support of the community and as well, this shows the good relationship between the business community and the police,” said Jemmott. He further stated that any donations given to the police, in this case a vehicle is utilized to ensure the safety of all residents of the island and the well-being of San Pedro Town.

Ambergris Today

Belize Performs Exceptional at Canada’s Intl. Championship Regatta
Kevin Velasquez, 14, who trains at San Pedro's Belize Sailing School, tacked and trimmed his boat to finish 7th over all, out of 127 other international competitors in Canada's Olympic Regattas, Kingston (CORK) 2016 International Optimist Regatta. Sailors from the USA and Bermuda were the only ones who topped him. Kevin's Belize Sailing School team-mate, Caroline Sersland, who just turned 12, made her last race-day here her best and finished 10th in her fleet. Both Velasquez and Sersland were top finishers at the National Optimistic Championship Regatta that was held last year in Corozal Town. Due to their top performances they were ideal candidates for the 2016 Canadian Regatta which the San Pedro Belize Sailing Club facilitated their participation.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Splashers
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Emmeth Young Playing Soul Project
Emmeth Young, one of the best drummers in the hemisphere, will be performing Friday night at the Soul Project. Emmeth has been in Cayo a lot lately, helping with the drumming wokshop at the SISE House of Culture, and playing some at the September Celebrations launch. "THIS FRIDAY, Emmeth Young AND HIS CREW WILL BE DRUMMING ON SOUL PROJECT STAGE. GIG STARTS LIKE AROUND 7PM"

St. George's Caye September Celebrations Launch cancelled
Due to damages from Hurricane Earl, there will not be the usual Official Launch of the September Celebrations at St. George's Caye this year. Instead, Hon. Elodio Aragon, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, will launch the celebrations with an address that will be broadcast across the nation. Otherwise, the National Celebrations Commission and its partners are planning a full slate of activities for September.

3rd ANNUAL YELLOW GINGER FESTIVAL
YOU ARE ALL INVITED TO COME OUT TO THE 3rd ANNUAL YELLOW GINGER FESTIVAL ON AUGUST 28, 2016 IN FOREST HOME VILLAGE ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD BRING THE ENTIRE FAMILY TO HAVE FUN AND ENJOY OUR CULTURAL DISHES

Calendar of Events for September Celebrations 2016
Scheduling your September festivities? Here's this year's Calendar of Events for September Celebrations 2016!

Belize Screen on the Green in Dangriga Aug. 25
Please join us for the Belize Screen on the Green in Dangriga for the screening of the movie "42" at the Slaughter House in Dangriga. We are brining the BIG SCREEN, and as always popcorn will be served while supplies last! Movie starts at dark (no exceptions ;)). Hope to see you there!!!

Southern Belize Flood Advisory
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) hereby informs that Southern Belize in particular the Toledo District is experiencing flooding. Jacintoville is currently under flood conditions. Aguactae village is inaccessible and water is 15ft above the bridge. Other villages along the Moho River must closely monitor the flood situation and take the necessary precautions. Other villages in the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts must be on alert for flooding. People who live along rivers, creeks, water ways and low-lying areas and whose home is likely to flood are cautioned to move to a high and safe building with friends, family or in the community shelter before nightfall. Drivers are asked to slow down and put on their hazard lights when driving through the rain and flooded areas NEMO Emergency Coordinators in the south can be reached as follows; Stann Creek, Mr. Victor Castillo at 630 9780; and Toledo, Mr. Kenton Parham at 630 9787. The NEMO Emergency Hotline is 936.

UPDATE ON THE FORMAL ORGANIZATION OF THE AMERICAN STATES’ (OAS) INVESTIGATION INTO THE 20TH APRIL 2016 SHOOTING INCIDENT IN THE ADJACENCY ZONE
he Government of Belize (GOB) has received confirmation from Secretary-General of the OAS, H.E. Luis Almagro, that the formal investigation into the incident in which the Guatemalan minor, Julio Rene Alvarado Ruano, lost his life in the Adjacency Zone as a result of gunshot wounds, has been concluded. In this regard, the OAS Secretary-General Almagro in a letter addressed to the Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize, informed the Belizean Government, “that the forensic experts that the Governments of the United States of America and Mexico put at their disposal to carry out this investigation have completed their duties and prepared a joint exhaustive report on the matter…” It is expected that the OAS Secretary-General will release a formal statement on the report and its findings tomorrow, Tuesday, 23rd August 2016.

Jazzfest 2016 Opening Ceremonies
The CAYO Welcome Center was the perfect place for the opening of the Belize International Jazz Festival. 3 stages, all with wonderful music, and every different kind.  Ascenthium rocked, as did Project Orchestra. Karen Vernon got some great shots too.

Channel 7

Pastors To Protest In 'Pan
There's a House Meeting in Belmopan on Friday - but the National Evangelical Association isn't waiting around - they're planning a protest for tomorrow! The group sent out a release today saying they'll be protesting on the steps of the National Assembly Building. They say that Pastors, Leaders and Evangelical Churches from all over the country will be making the trip to show how strongly they disapprove of the section 53 judgment, and government's refusal to appeal it. This evening, the Pastor Scott Stirm, Vice President of NEAB, released a statement saying quote, "The ramifications of this controversial decision will bring horrendous results upon our nation and MUST be appealed for [the] full... legal judicial process." End quote. Now, you might ask, why protest on a Tuesday? Well, we are told it was planned to coincide with the regular Cabinet meeting, but it turns out that the Prime Minister isn't even in country - so there won't be any cabinet meeting.

Government Goes On PR Offensive For Section 53 Judgment
So, NEAB continues to be the most vocal church group to oppose the gay sex judgement, but the Government is trying to make sure that they aren't moving crowds based on misinformation and misunderstanding. So government has gone on a media offensive - to get its message out. The Barrow Administration wants to make it clear why government isn't appealing and why it does not believe that the judgment paves the way for same sex marriages. So, the Attorney General Vanessa Retreage and Human Development CEO Judith Alpuche were deployed today to the Love FM Morning Show. They were there to again outline what the Government's position is on the Section 53 judgement, and when they came off the air, the Attorney General granted us a brief interview:

Mental Health Assoc. Says No Referendum, on A Minority's Rights
And so while the Evangelists will protest against the judgement and government's reaction to it, while at the same time government is making its case in the media - as to why it has no choice but to accept the judgment. And now - to add one more voice to the fray, the Mental Health Association is applauding the judgement. The Association sent out a press release saying that any move to reduce decriminalization and stigma against LGBT people will have positive mental health consequences. The Association agrees with the Chief Justice that the fact of the law's existence was enough to give implied permission for continued stigma and discrimination against the LGBT persons in Belize. And the Association also addressed the idea of a referendum which the Evangelical community and the Belize Progressive Party has been pushing.

OAS Report On Shooting of 13 Year Old Done, Only Awaiting Delivery Now
On last week Friday's newscast, we showed you our interview with US Ambassador Carlos Moreno, who revealed that the OAS investigation into the fatal Chiquibul shooting has been completed by the Independent investigating team. Well the Government sent out a statement less than 10 minutes ago confirming it. That late evening statement says, quote, "(GOB) has received confirmation from Secretary-General of the OAS. Luis Almagro, that the formal investigation into the incident in which the Guatemalan minor, Julio Rene Alvarado Ruano, has been concluded." End quote. The Government press release continues to explain that Secretary General Almagro wrote to Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington saying, quote, "the forensic experts that the Governments of the United States of America and Mexico put at their disposal to carry out this investigation have completed their duties and prepared a joint exhaustive report on the matter…" End quote.

Fatal Accident When Vehicle Shut Down
Over the weekend, there were 2 accidents in Belize City; one of them resulted in a fatality, and the other put a woman in the hospital with serious injuries. We start tonight with the accident which killed Belize City resident Lionel Robert Hamilton, who also went by the name Lionel Villanueva. That accident happened between Miles 4 and 5 on the Phillip Goldson Highway. It appears that Hamilton was struck by a driver who did not see that his vehicle was in the road. Today our news team went looking for answers, and we found out that Hamilton couldn't get out of the way because the vehicle was having mechanical problems. Daniel Ortiz has that story:

Slippery Road Causes Car To Crash Into Bus
And there was another accident, but this time near St. Mattews Village on the Western Highway. It happened this morning around 7:10. 32 year old Latoyah Meighan was driving her black Chevy car to Belize City when she lost control of the vehicle and rammed into an oncoming Baiza Bus that was heading to Belmopan. Meighan reported that the road was slippery and that is why she slid into the bus's lane. Luckily nobody was killed. Meighan complained of pain to the left side of her head, while the bus conductor along with one other passenger received minor injuries.

Waters Rising In South
While Central Belize is just recovering from Hurricane Earl, now there's flooding in the south. NEMO reports that a few flood prone areas in the western Toledo District are underwater. Aguacate village is inaccessible and water is 15ft above the bridge. Jacintoville is also experiencing flood conditions. This is due to the Moho River and other villages along the River are advised to closely monitor river levels. NEMO also advises, quote, "People who live along rivers, creeks, water ways and low-lying areas and whose home is likely to flood are cautioned to move to a high and safe building with friends, family or in the community shelter before nightfall."

Clive Arnold Shot Again
There was a shooting in Belize City over the weekend which put a man in the hospital. He's 35 year-old Clive Arnold who has been shot before. According to police, Arnold, who is a waterfront worker from Rivero Street, was walking home on Saturday evening before 7 o'clock. That's when a man he reportedly did not see fired a number of shots at him, injuring him in the upper abdomen and the hand. Today, the one of the lead investigators briefed the press on the details they have so far: Sgt. Isai Sanchez, OC - CIB Precinct 1: "36 year old Clive Arnold, a Belizean stevedore of 19 Rivero Street is recovering now at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was shot to the abdomen and right hand. The incident happened on Saturday 20th August, 2016 about 6:45pm. Clive Arnold was walking on Rivero Street heading home from the direction of Kraal Road when he heard several gunshots.

AG: Mason Matter With Police
Earlier in the news we showed you our interview with Attorney General Vanessa Retreage. We also asked her for an update into the investigation into the issuance of a fraudulent birth certificate to accused murderer William Danny Mason. You'll remember it as that fake document which claims that Mason was born in Crooked Tree Village to parents James Mason, a farmer from Cooked Tree, and his common-law wife, Sharon Tillett. The last time we asked the Prime Minister about it, 21 days ago, he told confirmed that the Investigation from the Attorney General's Ministry reveals that 4 public officers from the Vital Statistics Unit was implicated in the document's origin. Today, when we asked the Attorney General, she told us that the report has been passed on to the police, and it is up to them to take criminal action against 4 named persons:

Gun Misfired at Point Blank Range
A fisherman is in prison tonight after he barged into another man's house and assaulted him. The incident happened last night at around 11:00. 50 year old Adolfo Mckoy was at his Antelope Street home when he got up to open the door for someone he knew. McKoy reported that when he went back to bed 28 year old Linsford Acosta came in, grabbed him by his neck, put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. But luckily for Mckoy, the gun misfired. McKoy then kicked Acosta and there was a struggle. Acosta then ran out of the house and jumped on a motorcycle . Acosta was later arrested and charged. He is remanded to prison until October 21st.

Portillo Packed A Pistol In His Pocket
Peter Portillo is in jail tonight, because the 28 year old had a gun in his pocket when he jumped into a police pickup. On Sunday at midday, 72 year old Lincoln Sunders reported that his friend Portillo had become a drunken nuisance and he wanted the cops to get him out of his house. The police went to Saunders' home on Morter's Alley and offered to take Portillo home. But before he got into the vehicle the cops wanted to search him. Instead, Portillo jumped into the passenger side of the pickup and the police heard something fall to the ground. When they checked, the cops found a silver .38 pistol with 5 rounds of ammunition in its chambers. Portillo was unable to produce a license for the firearm and as a result, he was arrested and charged.

PM In Houston
Prime Minister Dean Barrow is in Houston tonight. A government press release reports that he left on Saturday to accompany his wife, Kim for a medical checkup in Houston. He returns on Thursday, August 25th, and until he does Deputy Patrick Faber is holding over as PM.

Loose Rice Illegal
We haven't heard about rice for a while now - but when importer Jack Charles shook up the industry months ago with the threat of imported rice, it forced meaningful change. The effect is that all local rice producers have been forced to bag their rice in one pound bags to protect consumers and avoid price gouging. The one pound bags have clear markings, and that means no grocery store or vendor should still be selling loose rice in bags. But yet today when we went shopping at our neighborhood store "Lucky Long," on West Canal we found the same old tactics. WE checked with the Belize Bureau of Standards, which confirms that this is illegal and has promised that it will be visiting Lucky Long. Now, of this is still happening in your neighborhood, the Bureau wants you to call them at 822-0446 or email them at BBS@btl.net.

Converting Public Service From Paper To Digital Records Mgm't
The Belize Archives and Records Service is trying to get government to move from Paper based records to an Electronic Records Management System. Now that's no small feat considering the amount of paperwork that is built into the culture of the public service - they just love paper! But, the longest journey begins with one step and today that first step was taken with a workshop at the CITO office in Belmopan. We found out what the participants learned about: At the end of the workshop, participants should be able to adopt a standardized approach to the management of electronic records.

Tropigas With Back To School Money
Last week we told you about the 25 kids who got a full high school scholarship from BTL. Well, in that same vein - even if not on quite the same scale - Tropigas today gave away grants of $150 to 35 students. It's not quite a King's Ransom, but it will help needy families with foot the bills for a key back to school supplies. We spoke to the General Manager Maleek Singh about the donation. A parent and a couple other recipients also detailed how this gift will be put to good use. Each of the 35 kids got $150 grant.

Yu' Numba Play!
Ought-three" that was the winning single number for Sunday. Now you might ask, why did this Sunday lottery make it in the news? Well, those of you who follow and study the science of numbers will know that it has been a while since 03 has played, almost two years to be precise. The last time 03 played in the lottery is on October 5th, 2014 and the last time it played in boledo is on February 25th, 2014. Many boledo specialists were chattering about 03 this weekend and those who know how to play the averages or just have the luck, won big yesterday when it finally came through.

Channel 5

Auditor General’s Special Audit Report on Passport and Immigration
As many as five years ago, a major immigration scandal rocked the government. It was revealed that ministers as well as senior officials were involved in facilitating visa approvals to [...]

Lionel Hamilton-Villanueva Perishes in Early Morning RTA in Belize City
An unfortunate traffic accident claimed the life of a popular mechanic of Belize City. The predawn accident occurred at mile four and half on the Phillip Goldson highway. A taxi [...]

A Stevedore is Shot Near Kraal Road
Also in the city, a near fatal shooting incident occurred on Saturday evening.  Clive Arnold, a known associate of the George Street Gang, came under fire while he was walking [...]

Was Shooting of Clive Arnold Gang-related?
According to police, they were unable to recover any expended shells from the scene of the shooting since the area covered by the gunman and his intended victim was expansive. [...]

N.T.U.C.B. Demands External Investigation into Murder of Pastor Lu
Evangelical Pastor Llewellyn Lucas was abducted from the residence of businessman William ‘Danny’ Mason on Intelco Hill in Belmopan on July eighth.  Along with two other men, Lucas was blindfolded [...]

Why Was Union Position So Long in the Making?
The release from the N.T.U.C.B. is rather tardy, almost a month and a half after the incident made international headlines.  According to N.T.U.C.B. President Marvin Mora, the cumbersome structure of [...]

N.T.U.C.B. Has Section 53 Decision as Agenda Item for Upcoming Union Meeting
Religious leaders from across the country, particularly those who are members of the National Evangelical Association of Belize, are planning to descend on Belmopan on Tuesday to protest the controversial [...]

Mental Health Association Welcomes Section 53 Decision
The recent ruling on Section Fifty-Three of the Criminal Code is getting support from the Mental Health Association. The MHA says it applauds the Chief Justice’s recent ruling which is [...]

Mikel Longsworth Gets Two Years for Burglarizing Atlantic Bank Storage Room
A nineteen-year-old Belize City resident who picked up his first conviction for burglary of a storage room belonging to the Atlantic Bank is behind bars tonight having been sentenced to [...]

Gun-toting Fisherman Forces His Way into Home of Adolfo McKoy
Another Belize City man is on remand at the Belize Central Prison, accused of forcing himself into the home of a fifty-year old man while armed with a firearm.  Linsford [...]

U.S. Ambassador Carlos Moreno Says OAS Report on Chiquibul Shooting is Done
What is the status of the O.A.S. Investigation on the shooting death of thirteen-year old Julio Rene Alvarado Ruano that occurred back on April twentieth inside the Chiquibul?  In mid-May, [...]

Mesoamerican Congress – What is it Saying about Illegal Trade of Exotic Wildlife?
A science conference called the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Consultation Congress is being held in Belize. Today and for the rest of the week, regional experts in biodiversity and [...]

Flooding in the South
There is major flooding taking place in southern Belize due to heavy rains on Sunday night.  The National Emergency Management Organization confirms that Jacintoville in the Toledo District is experiencing [...]

Tropigas Awards Grants for Back-to-School Initiative
There are four Tropigas Branches across the country—in Belize City, Belmopan, Orange Walk and San Ignacio. Today, about seventy-five students from those municipalities were chosen as the recipients of a [...]

United States to Assist Belize with Hurricane Relief
Relief efforts continue across the country in the aftermath of Hurricane Earl. G.O.B. through its partner agencies as well other humanitarian organizations have been providing support to the many families [...]

Sports Monday: Basketball, Football and Cricket
Good evening, welcome to Sports Monday.   The Premier Football League Opening Season got off over the weekend with 4 matches countrywide. Saturday night at Capital City, Belmopan hosted FC [...]


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CTV3

BNTU O/W Branch Rejects Government Proposal
Last week we aired interviews with Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Minister of Education Patrick Faber in which they both outlined their reasons for proposing that a salary increase for public officers and teachers, which was due since July of this year, be delayed for a year. The Government is claiming that it has had to use its revenues for Hurricane Relief, following the damages sustained from Hurricane Earl two weeks ago. As a result, they have asked teachers and public officers to wait for the agreed on salary increase until next year. Well, the idea isn’t really sitting well with teachers and their Belize National Teachers Union. Today, the Orange Walk branch met at the La Inmaculada School auditorium here in Orange Walk Town to discuss the Government’s request and arrive at a position. According to the Union President, Otilio Munoz, the Government’s proposal is just not acceptable.

Chopping Victim Gives Statement To Police
Almost two months ago the peaceful village of Yo Creek in the Orange Walk District was shuddered when news spread like wild fire that several villagers including two children were attacked with a machete by a villager known to suffer from a mental disability. For one of the victims, Luisana Chuc, the harrowing ordeal, which claimed the life of her fourteen year old son, is still fresh in her memory and as she relived that ordeal today while making her official statement at the Orange Walk Police station, she hopes that this painful chapter of her life comes to a close. Luisana Chuc – Victim: “Me siento ya más tranquilla que di mi reporte y se va hacer justicia a este accidente que paso a lo de mi hijo, sé que él está muerto y nada lo revive otra vez pero que paguen todo lo que ellos han hecho.”

Unicomer Paves The Way For Students To Get Higher Education
We all know that famous phrase “Education is the key to success” and today UNICOMER, upheld that phrase by assisting 75 students from across the country to be one step closer at achieving higher education. Here in the North Seven deserving youths from Orange Walk and Seven from Corozal received monetary grants from Tropigas as part of their annual grant and scholarship program geared at providing better opportunities for students in need. Zenaida Melendez- Tropigas- OW –trop 1: “Every year Tropigas selects a good amount of students that are in need of a scholarship or a grant, this year we are so privilege to be able to help 75 students and these students are from Standard III to Standard VI but we made a slight exception with some high school this year but they needed to apply through an application form and also be able to submit an essay stating why we should help them and these students were selected after a thorough analysis of all letter.”

NTUCB Demands International Investigation Into Case Of Pastor Lucas
It has been more than one month since the gruesome discovery of Pastor Llewelyn Lucas’s decapitated head inside the notoriously known alleged con-man, Danny Mason’s pickup pan in the capital city of Belmopan. Since then, we have heard from the Opposition, the Evangelical Churches and the third parties. They have all demanded that an international investigative team probes the murder. The Government has refused, however, and Prime Minister Dean Barrow has claimed that the Belize Police Department is most fit to carry out the work. Today, the demand got major support when a key social partner group woke up from deep slumber and added their voice to the call for an international investigation. The National Trade Union Congress of Belize, the umbrella organization for all unions, issued a press release calling on the Government to [quote] “ensure that justice is not only seen to be done, but is done”.

BSI Launches Internal Inquiry Into Death Of Former Employee
Forty-one-year-old Ismael Jimenez Junior, a mechanic employed at BELCOGEN, lost his life on Friday afternoon after being pinned between two vehicles at the power plant in Tower Hill. The tragic incident has left employees at B.S.I/ASR mourning the loss of a dear friend and today the company issued a release on the tragic accident. Although it is still unclear what exactly transpired that resulted in Jimenez being fatally crushed, BSI has launched an internal enquiry into the accident and at the same time, the company is cooperating with all relevant authorities investigating the incident. In their release BSI also extended condolences to the family and friends of Jimenez and has offered support and assistance to the family. As part of the support, the company has also engaged the services of a certified counsellor to support staff and also family members deal with the trauma of the loss.

LOVE FM

Lionel Villanueva Dies in RTA
A road traffic accident early on Saturday morning left a young man dead. Senior Superintendent Linden Flowers, Officer Commanding Precinct four Police Station, stated that on Saturday morning around three o’clock, police reported to mile four and a half on the Phillip Goldson Highway where they discovered the lifeless body of twenty eight year old […]

FIFA Tells Women: Live Your Goals
Live Your Goals Campaign is a FIFA-sponsored event that took place in Belmopan for the first time. The campaign was launched by FIFA in several countries where females are being encouraged to play football. Saturday’s event was geared at the females in the northern districts of Orange Walk and Corozal. Idania Ramirez is the Project […]

PlusTV

BSI Employee succumbs to work site injuries
An employee of BSI/ASR was seriously injured Friday afternoon by heavy machinery and has since succumbed to those injuries. Ismael Jimenez has been a mechanic with BELCOGEN since 2012 but reports are that sometime between 1 p.m and 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon, he was pinned between two vehicles. We u...

VIP stands in support of section 53
Vision Inspired by the people has weighed in on the discussion in the aftermath of the Chief Justice’s historic decision to strike down section 53 of the criminal code as unconstitutional, thereby making homosexual acts between consenting adults no longer criminal. VIP says it, “..stands in full sup...

Ryan Rhaburn makes bail on kidnapping charge
After previous issues stymied attempts to charge manager Ryan Rhaburn with kidnapping of Canadian-Belizeans Lloyd Friesen and his wife, police were able to lay charges earlier this week. Today the Crown did not object to Supreme Court Justice Troadio Gonzalez granting Rhaburn, represented by ...

Brother Charged for Unnatural Crime
The 16-year-old brother of an 11-year-old boy from the Cayo District has been remanded for the crime of committing an unnatural act. He was accused of sodomizing his 11-year-old brother at around 3 on the morning of Friday August 12th while the minor was sleeping. The teenager was arraigned on Frida...

Gay partners in domestic dispute
23 year old Justin Arnold of Sandhill village has been accused of domestic assault on his gay partner; a male 16 years older than Arnold with whom he has been in a homosexual relationship for 6 months. This case was brought to court just one week after last week Wednesday’s landmark decision by Chie...

US considering proposals for hurricane assistance to Belize
The country of Belize is trying to recover from the onslaught of Hurricane Earl which made landfall in the country on August 3rd. According to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, at a press conference on Wednesday, hurricane relief funds have been slow in coming in; only 1.2 million dollars received so far,...

FFB holds first day of its U-17 Championship
The Football Federation of Belize held its opening ceremony for its U-17 Championship, a youth cup where teenagers from all parts of the country come with the hopes of one day forming part of the Under 17 National Team. This Championship is currently taking place at the newly renovated Isidoro Beato...

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Rotary Club of Placencia benefits from Tropic Air’s community program
Tropic Air, Belize’s premier airline, today announced that a check for $450 was presented to the Rotary Club of Placencia to be used to benefit its hallmark community program referred to as “Seniors Sitting Together”. President of Tropic Air, John Grief III, presented the […]

Orange Walk teachers want their salary increase now!
La Inmaculada Auditorium in Orange Walk Town was filled to capacity by members of the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) from that municipality. According to President of the Orange Walk BNTU branch, Otilio Muñoz a resounding “No” was heard from teachers to the deferral […]

One charged for illegal firearm
Peter Portillo Jr., 28, has been formally arrested and charged for the crime of ‘keeping a firearm without a gun license’. Police reports are that on August 21 sometime between noon, officers were conducting patrol when their attention was drawn to Portillo where a search […]

Man escapes shooting
A 35-year-old man is lucky to be alive today after he was targeted00 on Saturday night Belize City police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) emergency room where they observed Clive Arnold suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper right […]

Man escapes death after guns jams
Adolfo Mckoy, 50, is alive today after the gun of his shooter snapped. According to Mckoy, on Saturday August 20th around 11:00 p.m. he opened the door for one Adajjha Gonguez. Upon returning to his bedroom he was confronted by Linsford Acosta who was armed […]

NEMO Issues Flood Advisory for Southern Belize
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has issued a flood advisory for Southern Belize, particularly villages along the rivers in the Toledo district. NEMO reports that Jacintoville is currently experiencing flooding and Aquacate village is inaccessible as water is 15 ft. above the bridge. Other […]

Bus conductor hospitalized after highway collision
An early morning road accident between a passenger bus and a four door car caused a female conductor to be hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) for medical attention. Breaking Belize News was made to understand that the incident occurred near St. […]

Unstable conditions to continue
The general situation for today’s weather is for relatively moist and unstable conditions to prevail. The 24-hour forecast is for cloudy skies with a few showers and thunderstorms mainly over the south and along the coast this morning, spreading inland this afternoon and then […]

Fiona weakens into a Tropical Depression; meteorologists watch two other tropical waves
Now a Tropical Depression, Fiona has become less organized and continues to weaken at this hour due to 35 mph wind shear from the west and mid-level dry air impacting the system. But while Fiona may weaken more in the next day or two, […]

Family desperately seeks to find missing relative
Deron Lizama has been missing for three days and his family is desperate to find him. Kim Lizama, Deron’s sister, told Breaking Belize News in a phone conversation that her brother went out to deliver cargo to the different Cayes on Friday and has not returned […]

Blogs

The Scoop: Are Our Beaches Made of Poop?
A few months ago, I headed to the Truck Stop for a movie presentation by Rachel Graham, shark champion, sea warrior, educator and biologist with the Mar Alliance. She was presenting an episode of The Great Barrier reef narrated by David Attenborough – SIR David Attenborough – and amidst all the talk of polyps and coral reproduction one statement screamed out to me as totally absurd: our white sandy beaches are made of parrot fish excrement. Wait…what? Parrot fish? The beautiful multi-colored clown fish that are constantly gnawing at the reef? They make our beaches? I don’t remember seeing thousands of them on my last snorkel. This seemed incredibly hard to believe. But then…as I often do…I forgot all about it. Yesterday I went for a walk north and sat for a bit…admiring the sand and the tiny shells that are all over. No really…that’s what I was doing. Lots of things washed up on the shores during and after Hurricane Earl, big chunks of coral, lots of sponges, lots of seagrass and seaweed, logs, trees and plenty of pretty little shells. So I got thinking about this bold statement made by the BBC… And I decided to do some research (no…no parrot fish dissections) – some internet research. And I found out that the common parrotfish is one interesting creature. And some think, may be one of the answers for climate change affecting our coral reefs.

Buses, bikes, boats and burros: getting there is half the fun!
They say half the adventure is how you get there, and that couldn’t be more true than when you are exploring the beautiful country of Belize. Chances are you arrived to our country via airplane, and you may even have traveled by air to your final destination within Belize, but now this is where the real fun begins! If you are traveling on a budget, or want to experience seeing the country through the window of a bus, this is the number one mode of distance transportation for the majority of Belizeans. Some routes offer express runs as well as standard runs that make frequent stops along the way. There’s no better way to fully immerse yourself into the local culture than on a bus. Not only will you enjoy the views as you pass through villages, mountains, savannahs and countryside, but the people watching and interacting with fellow passengers is half the fun. No matter what means of transportation you use while discovering Belize, chances are they will be great fun and a big part of your fond vacation memories.

Belize Culture: Ethnic Groups Explained
Belize is often called a “melting pot” of cultures, but this may be a bit of a misnomer. The Belize cultures are far better described as an elegant latticework of different peoples weaving around and between each other. The term melting pot is inaccurate because Belizeans don’t meld into one homogenous people, but stand out proudly, displaying their ethnicity and sharing their culture. Of course, not melting into one does not ensure segregation, the dynamic of Belize culture effortlessly reflects facets from each group’s influences and food.

Exploring Southern Belize
Whether you’re seeking a relaxing tropical getaway or an exotic jungle adventure, Belize is the ideal destination for travelers seeking a break from the ordinary. One particular portion of the country that’s sure to offer memorable experiences is Southern Belize. The Stann Creek and Toledo districts offer a wide variety of breathtaking sights and scenery to intrigue visitors simply spending a weekend, or calling the country their new home. Here’s what you can expect with a trip down south: Belize features a wide variety of ethnic groups, with the Maya and Garinagu being the two most prominent in Southern Belize. These groups have long preserved their rich culture through delicious food, intricate clothing, vibrant music and unique language. With a visit to the Stann Creek and Toledo districts, visitors can immerse themselves in the rich cultures of these ethnicities and more.

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The peak of the hurricane season – why now?
Although the Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1st, we’re now entering the “season within the season” - a roughly eight-week period that is often the most active and dangerous time for tropical cyclone activity. From mid-August through mid-October, the activity spikes, accounting for 78 percent of the tropical storm days, 87 percent of the category 1 and 2 hurricane days (Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale), and a whopping 96 percent of the major (category 3, 4 and 5) hurricane days. Why does this peak period of activity begin so deep into summer? There certainly is no lack of disturbances throughout the entire six-month hurricane season. Tropical waves are coming off of the coast of Africa roughly every three days, and the very early and late parts of the year provide additional types of potential seedlings. What’s different, though, is the environment that these potential tropical cyclones tend to encounter. Both dynamics (wind factors) and thermodynamics (temperature and moisture) play a role.

Advocates urged to use Belize judgement to challenge laws criminalising buggery
One of the attorneys who played a role in the succesful challenge mounted by a gay rights activist against Belize’s homosexuality laws, said local HIV/AIDS advocates could also test similar legislation. Earlier this month, the Belize Supreme Court ruled that the law criminalising same-sex intimacy was unconstitutional after Caleb Orozco, who heads an LGBTQ rights group, challenged Section 53 of the Belize Criminal Code, which banned “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” and disproportionately affected gay men. Attorney and member of the University of the West Indies (UWI) rights advocacy project Westmin James said that it is widely recognised that the buggery laws on the books in regional jurisdictions, save for the Bahamas, constitute a breach of an individual’s fundamental rights. He said the recent judgment in Belize could “definitely” be applied within member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

Belize gets parametric insurance payout for hurricane Earl rainfall from CCRIF
The Government of Belize has received a payout of $261,073 from parametric insurance coverage provided by the CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility), after torrential rainfall caused by hurricane Earl. Demonstrating the value of a parametric insurance policy and sticking to its stated commitment, the CCRIF SPC paid out to Belize within two weeks of the event occurring. The CCRIF is a parametric risk pool, providing tropical cyclone, earthquake and excess rainfall coverage to countries in the Caribbean and Central American region. Backed by reinsurance capital and a cat bond, the parametric insurance facility has been called on a number of times to make payouts since its launch. Belize is one of the Caribbean and Central American nations covered for torrential rains by the CCRIF, after the country purchased an excess rainfall policy for the first time for the 2016/17 policy year.

A vacation interrupted by a hurricane
At the end of each July, most of the travelers from western Virginia heading down to Placencia, Belize, are looking for an inexpensive beach vacation and some diving, snorkeling or rain-forest adventures. They’re also there to distribute school supplies for Bookbag Santa, a tiny Roanoke charity that organizes the annual trip. My wife and I went on that trip last year. This summer, 25 Bookbag Santa travelers got a bit more adventure than they had bargained for. That was courtesy of Hurricane Earl, a deadly category 1 storm that struck Belize while they were there. The first hurricane of the 2016 season, Earl made landfall in Belize City shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. That was about 70 miles north of Placencia, a fishing village of about 1,000 people at the southern tip of a 16-mile-long peninsula.

Videos

  • WATCH! "Flags in the Air" by Jeanie Brooks, 4.5min. Runner up for Belize Song and winner of "Breakout Artist"

  • WINNER, Carnival Song: Wilson Grinage, 3.5min. The song "Soca Session" took top honors in the National Song Competition 2016 category for Carnival Song.

  • Mayan Cosmology - Day 2, 2min.

  • Mayan Cosmology - Day 3, 5min.

  • Scuba diving in the Great Blue Hole, Belize, 14min. Diving at 40m (131 feet) deep with 20m (65 feet) visibility in The Great Blue Hole, Belize.

  • ALKALINE - PERFORM LIVE IN ( BELIZE ) DISSING POPCAAN | GULLY" VENDETTA HE SAID - AUG 2016, 30min.

  • Half Moon Caye Aug 9, 2016, 27min. Half Moon Caye is an island and natural monument of Belize located at the southeast corner of Lighthouse Reef Atoll. This natural monument was the first nature reserve to have been established in Belize under the National Park Systems Act in 1981 and the first marine protected area in Central America. This is also Belize's oldest site of wildlife protection since it was first designated as a bird sanctuary in 1924 to protect the habitat of the red-footed booby birds (Sula sula)

  • Alkaline Tells Fan To Let Go Of His Foot Full Live Performance In Belize|August|2016, 41min.

  • MAN SHIT w/ Sean Murphy - ep 22 - TARPON IN BELIZE (w/ Andrew Zimmern ), 1.5min. Welcome to BELIZE!! A fly-fisherman's paradise. Today Sean meets up with special guest Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre foods to venture out onto the crystal clear flats of Ambergris Caye to find the elusive "Silver King" - otherwise known as the TARPON! He will NOT fail!

  • Interview with Stephen Okeke at Onyx Artifacts Bookstore July 2, 2016 part 3, 18min. The Psychology of The Belize Market Place addresses directly the problems most Belizeans encounter in their efforts at succeeding in small business ventures. It is evident that most Belizeans that go into small business put in more effort than is necessary to succeed; yet many still fail. The author believes that there are underlying factors that when understood and resolved will enable people who start small businesses to channel their efforts in a direction that will ensure success.

  • Freddy Sanchez on practical test in Belize Mixology's Advanced bartender training in Belize., 2min.

  • Mennonite of Belize, 10min. Ethnic Groups of Belize, Shipyard Mennonites.

  • A Belize Destination Wedding - Megan & Marcus Wedding Story, 3min. Megan and Marcus shared vows at their dream beach wedding at Xanadu Island Resort, San Pedro, Belize.

  • Swimming with Sharks in BELIZE, 8min.

  • Belize diving at Southwater Caye August 2016, 15min. Fantasic diving experience with the family during august 2016. Diving together with Belize Underwater Diving Hopkins.

  • WINNER, Belize Song: Cecil "Cocono Bwai" Jenkins, 5min. The song "Border to Border" took top honors in the National Song Competition 2016 category for Belize Song.

  • Aerial Views~ The Great Blue Hole Lighthouse Reef Atoll, 1/2min.

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