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#517602 - 09/17/16 07:01 AM Today's Belize News: September 17, 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

Island authorities put a halt to unauthorized boat yard
A stop order was issued to an unauthorized boat yard operated by Geovanni Marin with immediate effect on Thursday, September 1st. The clandestine establishment was operating at the end of Tarpon Street on the lagoon side of the island. Authorities at the Ambergris Caye Local Building Authority (ACLBA) were unaware of such activity until they received reports from concerned residents. After consulting with Area Representative Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr, they proceeded to address the issue right away. The said establishment was in the process of expanding when it was stopped. Marin allegedly approached Heredia regarding the operations at the boat yard, but Heredia specifically told him not to proceed. According to Fidel Ancona from the ACLBA, Marin has been instructed to go through the proper procedures and apply for a permit in order to continue operating his boat yard. Ancona also mentioned that as far as he is concerned Marin did not commit any felony by his actions. “He was reclaiming Government land without a permit,” said Ancona. “But he has agreed to apply and go through the process.”

Guatemala demands second investigation into shooting death: Belize supports initial report
After a shooting death of 14-year-old Guatemalan minor in the Chiquibul National Park, the Governments of Belize and Guatemala asked the Organization of American States (OAS) to launch an independent investigation to determine if indeed the minor was shot by the Belize Defence Force (BDF). The OAS completed their investigation on August 18th and within the 22-page report indicated that the minor, as well as his brother and father who suffered minor injuries, were not shot by the BDF, but by weapons that were used by the Friends for Conservation Development (FCD) Park rangers. Since the release of the findings, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has criticized the report as ‘inconclusive’, demanding a second investigation into the incident. Belize’s Prime Minister Right Honorable Dean Barrow, however, states that the OAS report is a clear exoneration for the country. “It is clearly a vindication, we are very pleased; we always knew, that that was in fact the position,” said Barrow. He states that the OAS report exposed the falsity of the position taken by President Morales and Guatemalan Foreign Minister, adding that Belize deserves an apology. “I am hoping that they will be mature enough to accept that they were wrong; that the allegations that they made against the BDF were utterly unjustified, and that they owe Belize an apology. Well, we can’t compel them to give us an apology, and it doesn’t surprise me that they refuse to,” said Barrow.

BWG donates to the San Pedro Kids Club
The San Pedro Kids Club is a new after-school program being introduced to La Isla Bonita on Monday, October 3rd. Spearheaded by Founder Brittney O’Daniel, the club will take place after school hours at the Honorable Louis Sylvestre Complex. To help with the initiative, Blue Water Grill made the club the August recipient of their monthly donation program. O’Daniel received $1,612 to purchase sporting equipment that will be used to keep the kids active. She thanks BWG for their generous donation! O’Daniel has stated that the kids club is seeking volunteers to help coach, tutor, or assist in arts and crafts from Monday to Thursday, 2:30PM to 5:30PM. A general volunteer meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 27th. To sign up or for more details on how you can volunteer, you may contact O’Daniel at 630-1241.

Belize to sign UN anti-corruption Convention
Belize is one of three countries in the region that has yet to sign the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). After the latest news of corruption found within the Immigration and Nationality Department through a Special Audit, Prime Minister Right Honorable Dean Barrow has announced the Government of Belize’s (GOB) commitment to finally sign the convention. The announcement came following the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) meeting with Barrow on August 31st to discuss the importance of the UNCAC. The BCCI has been working diligently to implement systems and policies that would assist in the prevention and criminalization of corruption in Belize, even after countless rejections from the Prime Minister to sign the convention in the past. Now that Barrow has finally agreed to come onboard, the organization will form a committee consisting of BCCI representatives and Government officials that will work closely with the Attorney General’s ministry.

Ambergris Today

Chantal Chanice Guy Prepares for Miss Earth Pageant in Philippines
Miss Earth Belize Organization and Mr. Michael Arnold, National Director for Miss Earth Belize is hereby pleased to announce that Miss Chantae Chanice Guy of Belmopan City will be representing Belize at Miss Earth 2016 contest to be held in the country of Philippines between the 6th – 31st October, 2016. Miss Guy is a beautiful model with a height of 5 feet 10 inches. She has earned an Associate’s Degree in Mathematics and is perusing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Science. Miss Guy also holds the best record at Miss World Contest for Belize in its history. In 2012, Miss Guy placed in the top ten finalists in the Top Modeling segment competing with more than 100 other countries at the time. Miss Chantae Guy hobbies are exercise, community service, swimming, traveling, and fashion modeling. She will also be highlighting the protection of the Belize Environment and climate change at Miss Earth 2016 contest by creating a video clip and doing voluntary work.

Director of Tourism Elected Vice Chairman in Caribbean Tourism Organization Board
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is proud to announce that the Director of Tourism, Karen Bevans, has been elected a Vice Chairman for the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). This took place during the events of the State of the Industry Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC), which is currently on-going in Barbados.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Chantae to rep Belize at Miss Earth 2016
Today the Miss Earth Belize Organization, through director Michael Arnold, announced that Chantae Chanice Guy of Belmopan, Cayo was selected to represent Belize at Miss Earth 2016. Chantae is a 24 year-old model and student and is no stranger to the pageant world. She previously represented Belize at Miss World 2012 in Ordos, China PR where she placed Top 10 in the Top Model challenge event (Belize's first and so far only such achievement). A month later, Chantae represented Belize at Miss Continente Americano 2012 (now known as Miss United Continents) in Ecuador.

Power interruptions in Corozal on Sunday, September 18
6:00am to 9:00am - entire Corozal District. 6:00am to 2:00pm - entire Corozal Town, Altamira, San Antonio, Santa Rita Heights, Vivas Layout, Paraiso, Chula Vista, Consejo, Ranchito, San Andres, Xaibe, Canlum, Patchakan, Carolina, Calcutta, San Joaquin, Pueblo Viejo, Saltillos, Copper Bank, Chunox, Orchid Bay and Sarteneja. BEL to replace transmission structure, conduct critical maintenance and testing of equipment at Corozal Substation, replace arrestors and power transformer at Free Zone Substation and conduct line clearing.

BEL Safety & Health Open Day
BEL thanks our partners, participating schools and visitors to our 2nd Annual Safety & Health Open Day held on September 15 at our Corporate Headquarters.

Diversifying environmental partnerships between Belize and Guatemala
FCD signed today a grant contract with the British Embassy in Belize for implementation of a project titled, ”Diversifying environmental partnerships between Belize and Guatemala”. Despite the adversities, FCD will continue promoting collaborations. We are thankful for the ongoing British Embassy support.

Angel Coral street in San Pedro will be closed Sat. @1pm
The public is advised that Saturday the 17th of September Angel Coral street will be closed to all vehicles by Hon Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex from 1pm. Drivers should take an alternative route.

School parade. Caye Caulker, Belize.

First Laparoscopic Hysterectomy in Belize
Medical History was once again achieved at Belize Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Center! Congratulations to Dr. Alba Mendez Sosa, Dr. Mauricio Navarrete, Dr. Lucio Ellington and Dr. Manuel Gutierrez for performing the first Laparoscopic Hysterectomy in Belize! To Dr. Irvin Gabourel and the Belize GI team thank you for continuously improving and providing new medical advances for Belize.

Once again, the Ministry of Education, under the directive of Ms. Nelma Jones, organized the Children's Rally which inlcuded presentations by each school to show their patriotism. On the official part of the program, students of the New Horizon S.D.A. School opened the event with the Belize National Prayer, followed by a flute rendition by the San Pedro High School students. Mistress of ceremonies, Faith Edgar, invited a student from ACES to offer the welcome address which was followed by guest speaker, also former valedictorian alumni of SPHS, Miss Virginia Vasquez, where she gave a few words of inspiration to the students present. Following Miss Vasquez, was the keynote speaker, Councilor Ruben Gonzalez, who challenged the students to be a better Belizean and to further promote their patriotism and love for their country with their friends, family and visitors.

Poets Corner: We are one!
By Abdulmajeed K Nunez. Sovereign and strong Together as one Is a rhetoric question We are one in stamping out corruption We are one in demanding a senate investigation We are one in demanding the killer of Pastor Lue found We are one in demanding better education We are one is not accepting the 311 Senate inquiry composition We are one in our claim to the Sarstoon Island We are one in believing Belize is a Christian nation We are one in demanding Godwin Hulse not be a part of the senate investigation We are one in holding this administration accountable We are one in taking this Guatemala matter to the UN Security Council We are one in appealing section 53

Corozal Art in the Park
7th Anniversary - Block Party Follows!

Miss Jane Usher receiving the Order of Distinction at Thursday's Tribute to Belizean Patriots
She was born in 1917. Today Mrs. Jane Usher, fondly known as "Miss Jane," remains at the helm of Holy Redeemer Credit Union after a lifetime of service, beginning as a clerk! Did you know she was a driving force behind the credit union movement in Belize? She also spearheaded a strong wave of women's political involvement and served as a member of the House of Representatives for the Pickstock Division. Here is Miss Jane receiving the Order of Distinction at Thursday's Tribute to Belizean Patriots. In one of the pictures, you can can see fellow honouree H.E. Benjamin Ho, Ambassador of Taiwan, looking on.

Miss Belize 2016
Miss Belize was on the Battle of St. George's Caye night, and it was well attended. Congratulations to all the lovely ladies, and especially Rebecca K. Rath, who won the pageant, and Marcia Moody, who placed 1st runner up. Got some pictures of some great photographers in there, which was one of the goals. Will Moreno, Dorian Nunez, Tony Rath Photography.

Business Hackathon 2016
Beltraide is having their 2nd annual Hackathon over the next 2 months. They are inviting teams of 4, with 2 of the 4 having to be students, to enter the competition. The deadline to enter is Monday. Your team could win $3500. The winners will get to attend EntreCon.. Check out their website for more details on the competition. Good luck!

Jouvert 2016!!!!!! Happy Carnival day Belize!!!

Tourism Enterprise Development Plan for the Chiquibul Forest
Thanks to PACT, FCD has received from Neil Rogers and Company the much awaited Tourism Enterprise Development Plan for the Chiquibul Forest. We are excited to embark on this new enterprise, which promises to bring together a new set of partners and help generate funds for management of this amazing forest.

Brazil TMLA Show 2016
Romy Rancharan and Althea Sebastian representing Belize in Brazil for TMLA 2016.

Meet one of Belize's YLAI Fellows!
Congratulations to Stephen Daniel Diaz, one of 250 individuals who have been selected to participate in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative - YLAI Professional Fellowship this year! Mr. Diaz is the Executive Director of Belize Youth Empowerment for Change, a youth-led organization that strives to represent the voices and dreams of young Belizeans with a focus of LGBT youth and empowerment. Stephen participates in five active NGOs as a volunteer to support capacity building and empowerment. He supports sexual and reproductive rights and gender equality.

Battle of St. George's Caye Exhibition
at Pedro House of Culture, Launch is today, Sept. 17th at 6pm

Channel 7

Carnival Collapse, House Falls on Soca Moca Band
Tragedy struck the carnival community this evening when a house fell on as many as 15 persons preparing costumes for tomorrow's road march. They were at the Dolphin Street Headquarters for the Soca Mocha Senior band when the house came crashing down off its stilts unto everyone who was working in the open area directly beneath the house. We do know that 39 year old Deborah Humes was very seriously injured. 7News arrived there shortly after the fall - and here's what we saw:... Jules Vasquez, 7News: "How many people in all were injured?" Victim #1: "A lot of people, about 15 people were underneath there doing costumes for the carnival march tomorrow." Victim #2: "I'm not worrying about carnival though, people lives come first. I had a member that was trapped under the house, he ended up breaking his back but we got him out."

PM Meets Labor Unions
Today, at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel, Prime Minister Dean Barrow spent almost the entire day in meetings with 6 different trade unions. This comes after the announcement from the Belize National Teachers Union that they will demonstrate on Monday. Today the PM conceded that he is seeking to put out fires before they merge into one concentrated effort to pressure his Government. He met first with the light, water and telecommunications unions, which we'll tell you about shortly, but first we report on his afternoon meeting. That conversation was with representatives from the Joint Unions Negotiating Team. The Public Service Union and the Association of Public Service Senior Managers are willing to accede to the Prime Minister's request to defer the third tranche of their salary adjustment until next year. The BNTU isn't, and so, the Prime Minister, the Financial Secretary, and the Labour Commissioner all met with the unions to find out if a compromise can be reached. We spoke with the Prime Minister before and after the one and a half hour session, and here's what he had to say:

PM Meets Utility Unions
As we told you, the Prime Minister met with the Utility Unions earlier in the morning. It's about the Section 53 judgment which the Barrow Government initially did not want to appeal, but has now agreed to appeal - an appeal which was reportedly filed today. Making sure that these unions don't have other urgent grievances, the Prime Minister had a lengthy discussion with them on topics of urgent national interest, and when he came out, he talked to us about how that went: Rt., Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize: "This was a meeting that was arranged before the resolution of the section 53 issue. Remember that the utilities unions had in fact come out with a public position, with a press release supporting the churches and after the first meeting with the churches, the Monday meeting, had come out with another press release commending the dialogue and encouraging a resolution. I had promise that after we had the second meeting with the churches, I would make myself available to them so that any unresolved questions they had in their minds could be answered and so that is the genesis of and reason for the meeting. Of course while we had a long discussion on section 53 and all its implications, the meeting was not confined to that."

They Shall Not Be Moved, Teachers Hold Hardline With PM
So, what's his fix for the Teachers Union? As we showed you last night, they are not relenting on their stance against corruption in public life, and on Monday, the union will stage be a mass demonstration in Belmopan - which means many teachers will be out of their classrooms. Today, the Prime Minister was careful not to put down the BNTU, but he said that he does not agree with their drastic action: Rt., Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize: "While as I said I respect their right to strike, certainly it occurs to me that the issues agitated by that campaign do not constitute a labor dispute. I would therefore feel and go on record as saying that they should address those issues by way of demonstrations, by way of protests meetings, public ways of showing their discontent or concern. But they should not shutdown classes, they should not discontinue teaching our children. Precisely because, in any case, whatever the rationale for the teachers deciding to become militant, always we have to ask that the view as paramount the interest of the children. But especially because it appears that the concentration of their focus and effort is on these social issues, these political issues. I would ask that their response, that their mobilization, that their actions stop short of not teaching the children."

PM In Damage Control Mode
So, is the Prime Minister doing all this shuttle diplomacy between the social partners….the churches one week, the unions the next…to put out fires of discontent before they blaze into an inferno of unrest? He today conceded that this is exactly what he is doing, to ensure that that the grievances of the different unions don't merge into a collective frustration with the Government to force the mass protests. Here's that conversation: Rt., Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize" "We also need to separate the purely political from what is legitimately a concern of social partners. And that's precisely what we are trying to do. We are seeking to address each of the areas of concern and trying to reach some sort of resolution."

PM Wont Cave On Composition Of SMTE
So, as we've showed you, the Government has backpedaled on its stance not to appeal the Section 53 judgment. The Barrow Administration has also backed off on its push to get a Joint Special Select Committee to investigate the Auditor General's reports. They've even agreed that Senator Godwin Hulse will not serve as a member of the Senate Select Committee to investigate the reports to eliminate any appearance of a conflict of interests. So, is the Government prepared to go that final step and reduce its membership on that committee from 3 to 1? That's what the PUP and the BNTU want because it's the same formula that was used when the UDP was the opposition back in 2005. At the time the UDP's position was that any inquiry should be firewalled against influence from the then Musa Administration. Today, we asked the Prime Minister about that reversal now that a UDP government is being investigated. He told us that he has conceded quite a lot, but he cannot agree to fewer than 3 UDP Senators on this committee :

Evangelical Churches Appeal Section 53 Judgment
Today was the 21st day after the section 53 judgement was perfected. That means all appellants had to file their appeals today. We're told that included the Government of Belize, the Catholic church and the National Evangelical Association of Belize. The Association is asking to be joined as an interested party and we met the heads of that organization and their attorney at the Supreme Court Registry today when the filing was made: Pastor Lance Lewis, President - NEAB: "We are here to sign the document that says we are appealing the decision by the chief justice to remove the sodomy law in Belize." Dickie Bradley, Attorney: "That filing of that document is an application by Pastor Lance Lewis and Pastor Scott Stirm on behalf of the churches that are part of the evangelical association, that they are seeking permission to join in the appeal in relation to the now famous or infamous section 53 ruling today. This is because the national association of evangelical churches was not an interested party, not listed, they have to seek permission from the courts to be allowed to go and argue their position in relation to the matter. The Roman Catholics have also filed their appeal today challenging just about all the decisions that came out of the chief justice's decision handed down on the 10th of August. So this means the battle is joined, you yourself have commented and Pastor Lewis Wade have commented that whomever wins at the first round, there will be a rematch and that this will end up in the Caribbean court of justice eventually."

PM Niece Recovering After Gunshot
You've seen a lot of the Prime Minister on the news so far after he spent the day meeting with the Unions. That encounter with him also gave us the opportunity to ask about his niece, Candice Anderson, who was shot yesterday. She was at a yard on 7th Street with other persons. That's when a man opened fire on the crowd and injured her twice. Today, we asked the Prime Minister about her condition: Rt., Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize: "As far as I know, she had surgery and the prognosis is that she would make a full recovery so we are very thankful for that." Daniel Ortiz, 7News: "Sir, do you know the extent of her injuries?" Rt., Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize: "My understanding is that…when I went yesterday evening, she was still sedated, but my understanding is that she sustained two gunshot wounds; one in her leg and one in what was described to me as her flank. I'm not quite sure what flank means in that context, but that's what I was told."

Vendors Vex Over CITCO Shakedown
This morning we were urgently called out to East Collet Canal in front of the Bus Terminal where a pair of sidewalk vendors said they were being pushed around, shaken down and taken advantage of. They said they pay the city council 25 dollars monthly for a vendor's license but still get harassed by city enforcement staff:... Mario Chan, Vendor: "I come to sell in Belize but they told me to take out a trade license to sell. I took it out, I paid $25 and now I'm paying $25 every month to sell. They moved me from the next side. I went to the city council to ask them if I can sell on this side and they told me yes whole day you can sell your fruits there. Now they're trying to move me, but they haven't told me anything, from yesterday they should have told me. When we already packed up our things to sell, they're trying to move us. They were trying to tell us from yesterday that we need to move to the next side, when we have our things packed up their trying to move us. That is not fair because we're paying every month to sell here when we're selling in the front of the market, they told me 10:30. When I went to the city council and showed them my card they told me I can go to the next side by Malik and sell whole day. The city council working here by the marker, their trying to move me, harassing me and roughing me up."

Kids Rally At Holy Redeemer
Every September for the School Children's Rally, we are used to hearing all the cheering and singing from the kids at Birds Isle. Well as you know Hurricane Earl wrecked the court and so this year the celebration was held at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall. Sure it's not the same but the city kids still made the best out of it. Courtesy TNC 10, here is an excerpt of a couple of the performances and Minister of State Elodio Aragon's speech.

Soca Or Surrender
Wet Fete to J'Overt to Carnival right? …or, hold on… S.O.S then Wet Fete to J'Overt then Carnival?? No matter what order you put them in, they are all happening tonight in the city and you will have to choose which event you're going to and which you're willing to miss out on. And the organizers of the "Soca or Surrender" (SOS) Concert say, you surely don't want to miss theirs. They came to our studios to give us a little taste of what is to come later tonight. It starts at 8 pm tonight and goes until 4 at the Marion Jones Stadium.

Tonight, on the eve of Carnival 2016, a dark shadow hangs over the Carnival Community after over a dozen Soca Mocha Camp workers were under a house that fell at their camp headquarters. At least three persons were hurt, one of them seriously. But tomorrow, the show will somehow still go on - just as it did last night - on the last night of the Carnival Mas Camps. Codie Norales and Wilson Grinage visited Sunshine, Mystical Version and Mother Nature...

And you heard Wilson Grinage doing interviews for us in that story. Indeed, you could call him Mr. September - because in this celebration season, he's everywhere from taking first place in the national song competition, to serenading the beauties at the Ms Belize Universe Pageant, and tomorrow you can see him hasting our Carnival coverage right here on Channel 7. And if you miss all that, he'll still be performing in the Carnival;. Yes, he's everywhere - and he's capitalizing on that success by releasing a new song and video, just in time for carnival. It's called "Soca Session" and Grinage told me today that it took about 2 weeks to complete.

Justin Hyde Couldn't Hide
Three weeks ago, we told you about Justin Hyde, the alleged home invader and gunman who got off all 6 charges because police could not produce the file. Well, he's been re-arrested and charged for those same offences. Hyde was charged yesterday when he appeared before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith, the same person who had struck out the charges after the prosecutor told her that the case file was unavailable. Hyde was remanded but his imprisonment was only for one day because today his attorney, Tricia Anderson, got bail for him at the Supreme Court. Justice Antonette Moore offered him a bail of $10,000. In April, 2015, Hyde was accused of storming into the home of Wendy Lambey and firing about 10 shots, hitting two persons. Hyde also faces a charge of use of deadly means of harm for an incident which occurred in May.

Channel 5

Woman Perishes as House Collapses with Carnival Revellers
Going into the carnival weekend, a tragic incident took place this afternoon at the site of the Soca Moca Mas Camp, last year’s Carnival Champs. The members were tying up [...]

N.E.M.O. Accused of Delay to Fix Leaning House
Marsha Smith and her family have been living on the Dolphin Street property since 2003 and it is where the mud used for the J’ouvert is cooked…all that has been [...]

Impasse Remains on Proposal to Defer Salary Adjustment
Ahead of Monday’s demonstration, a marathon session of meetings was held today at the Biltmore where Prime Minister Dean Barrow met with leaders of the various unions that comprise the [...]

Union Representatives Will Go Back to Their Membership to Discuss Proposal
The B.N.T.U., the Association of Public Service Senior Managers and the Public Service Union remained in session well after the PM’s departure.  When they emerged from that extended discussion, B.N.T.U. [...]

P.M. Wants Clarification From Teachers on Issues with Government
Ahead of this afternoon’s meeting with the Joint Union Negotiating Team and Monday’s planned demonstration in Belmopan by the Belize National Teachers’ Union, the Prime Minister had a warning: the [...]

Fifth Demonstration in Belmopan Coming Up; Government Tries to Resolve Disputes
Monday’s demonstration by the Belize National Teachers’ Union will be the fifth in less than a month in the nation’s capital and sixth overall in that time span including the [...]

Is Union’s Action Political Motivated?
Expanding on his separation of the politically motivated activities of the past month from the purely civic-minded concerns, Prime Minister Barrow placed Monday’s demonstration in the latter category, though he [...]

Despite Misgivings, Prime Minister Still Wants to Meet with Teachers’ Union
The Prime Minister continued to extend the olive branch to the Teachers’ Union, promising a further meeting at some time. But he said he wants to know that the Union [...]

NEAB & the Roman Catholic Church Appeal Section 53 Decision
The government has agreed to appeal a section of the ruling on Section Fifty-three of the Criminal Code on the issue of sexual orientation. That has opened a window for [...]

PM Reacts to Shooting of His Niece as 3 are Detained by Police
On Thursday, we brought you the early developments in the shooting of Candice Anderson, the thirty-one year old daughter of Denise “Sista B” Barrow, who is the sister of Prime [...]

Barrow Says Shooting Will Not Deter Government’s Crime Fight
The Prime Minister said that he could not speak to why Candice Anderson was at the house where she was shot on Thursday. As it relates to the fight against [...]

4 Missing Children From Child Care Center Back Home Safe
News Five has confirmed tonight that four children reported missing from the Buttonwood Bay Primary School on Wednesday have been found and returned safe and sound to their residence, the [...]

Teachers’ Union Does Not Agree with Other Unions on Salary Adjustment
During Thursday’s press briefing in Louisville, Corozal, addressing the matter of the three percent salary adjustment now in its third and final tranche itself, B.N.T.U. president Luke Palacio said the [...]

B.N.T.U. Pres. Says Government Should Not Interfere in Senate Select Committee
Like the Opposition People’s United Party and others, the Belize National Teachers’ Union believes Government is trying to save its own skin by attempting to control the composition and chairmanship [...]

B.N.T.U.’s Executive Secretary Clarifies Decision-Making Process
There are some, especially Minister of Education and Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, who wonder whether the Belize National Teachers’ Union’s president, Luke Palacio, is calling the shots himself.  Palacio [...]

Corozal Teachers Address Problems at Start of School Year
During Thursday’s press briefing in Louisville, Corozal District at the end of the Belize National Teachers’ Union’s Annual General Meeting of the Corozal Rural Branch, national president of the B.N.T.U. [...]

Utilities Unions Meet with P.M. on Wide Range of Issues
Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow was kept busy with a back to back schedule of meetings with the three unions representing workers from the utility companies this morning and [...]

Barrow Says Meeting was Extensive & Productive
The Prime Minister was a bit more expansive than Mora, explaining that this meetings arose primarily out of the social issues raised at the time of the Supreme Court’s Section [...]

Public Hearing on Immigration Could Still Work with Bicameral Committee
On Tuesday, Cabinet revisited the Auditor General’s Special Audit Report on the Immigration Department.  While Prime Minister Barrow was in favor of a bicameral committee, due to mounting pressure from [...]

P.M. Says a Bi-Cameral Committee Would Have Enlarged Scope of Investigation
So, was it difficult for PM Barrow to backpedal on his original position?  He says no, but holds firm that a Joint Select Committee would have provided a broader scope [...]

P.M. Barrow Says It Is Not Unreasonable for G.O.B. to Insist on More Members of Committee
The long and short, according to PM Barrow, is that the National Assembly would be taking action on a report that was initially tabled at the House of Representatives.  As [...]

Eastern Division North Police Prepares for Busy Weekend
With all the activities planned for this weekend, Police are preparing for any eventuality. There are two different concerts that will be happening across the city; the wet fete, the [...]

Get Ready to Soca Or Surrender!
One of the big ticket items for tonight is the Soca or Surrender Concert being held at the Marion Jones Stadium in Belize City. It will feature big names in [...]

Final Night of Mas Camps as Carnival 2016 Draws Near
The spectacular carnival road march takes place this Saturday in Belize City. City residents, visitors and others will be lining up the route to view the display of color and [...]

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Custom Officer Shoots His Attacker
A suspected robber is currently recuperating at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital tonight after a custom officer shot him inside his yard here in Orange Walk sometime after 8:00 last night. According to reports, the custom officer parked his vehicle inside his yard and while walking towards the main gate of his property, he encountered two male persons standing inside his yard, one who was in possession of a firearm and pointing it towards him. Inspector Jose Mendez – Orange Walk Branch Commanding Officer: “Yesterday evening, police responded to a call on a shooting incident in the Belize/Corozal road where 43 year old Custom Officer, Jose Luis Acevedo reported to the police that a male individual while he was at his residence in his yard a male individual approached his gate and noticed that the male person had a firearm and aiming to attempt upon seeing his actions ran into his yard tumbled down and manage to grab his 9mm licensed firearm and fired one single shot after the individual which caught him in his leg.”

Godwin Hulse Says Unnecessary Action For BNTU To Demonstrate
The Barrow Administration has been facing yet another tough political week. Last week it was the Opposition who took to the streets in the old capital in the thousands to demand immediate reform or that the Barrow Government resigns. It was undoubtedly a factor in the Government’s sudden decision to switch support from the Bi-Cameral Joint Committee to the Senate Select Committee. Today, it is the Belize National Teacher’s Union who is making demands on the Government. The Union has announced plans to march on the streets of the city of Belmopan to show that they are serious. In response, the Prime Minister has called the BNTU to the discussion and negotiating table. Meanwhile, senior Ministers in the Barrow Administration have gone on a public campaign against the BNTU. Yesterday it was Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber and Minister of Housing Hon. Michael Finnegan, and today it was Senator/Minister Godwin Hulse who took on the BNTU, for what he said was an unnecessary action.

BNTU President Defends Teachers
While senior UDP Ministers have been clearly attempting to convince the teachers not to follow their Union leadership, all indications are that the Union decision to march on Monday is final. Memos have been sent to all branches and schools, calling on the teachers to stand up. Yesterday when BNTU National President Luke Palacio met with Orange Walk teachers, he defended their actions saying it isn’t political and that the teachers are being called to be true patriots. Luke Palacio, BNTU National President: “Our teachers go beyond the call of duty, our teachers are at school early in the morning because their parents would go to work and they need to drop off their children at school and our teachers are there, our teachers stay back at school after parents who are employed and knock off at five o’clock and six o’clock because their children are still at school...”

Godwin Hulse Says Senate Regulations Calls For A Government Majority
The debate whether there should be an investigation into the findings of the Auditor General’s special audit on immigration led by a Bi-Cameral Joint Select Committee or a Senate Select Committee is over. The Church, Chamber of Commerce, Unions and even the Government are supportive of the Opposition’s proposal. But, it’s not all game. There is now controversy over the make-up of the investigative body. The Prime Minister and his Cabinet prefer 3 Government Ministers along with 3 Social Partners reps and 1 Opposition. The Opposition does not agree and has called for there to be one representative from the Government and Opposition, and three from the social partners. Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse commented on the matter, saying all Senate regulations call for a Government majority.

Master's Of The Road, A Huge Success
The annual Masters of the Road competition hosted by Muffles Junior College kicked off earlier this evening in the centre of town and saw the participation of almost half of the student body. The race officially commenced at 3:45 p.m. where approximately one hundred eighty five students, each representing their respective sporting teams took off from the starting line with one aim…to become the 2016 Masters of the Road Champs. Arturo Acosta – Organizer, MJC: “This year the competition was intense we have some very fit students as you can see they did the race like in half an hour so the competition was very fair this year. Muffles is known to develop the full person and the physical aspect of the person is important so we give them a chance to express their talent as you see we have some very good talented students here when it comes to physical activity and during the September celebration everybody is in a festive mood so this is how we celebrate we do something healthy and so we give them the chance to do that. This year we had the biggest turn out that we’ve ever had, we had about 185 athletes competing and that is about half of our school and that was excellent and we like the participation and that is how we celebrate.”

Bus Owners Discusses Affecting Issues With Authorities
The Minister of state in the Ministry of Transport met today with Northern Bus Owners to discuss and address issues affecting the Public Transportation industry in this area. The meeting was held in Belmopan and was attended by Minster Edmund Castro and Chief Transport Officer Tirsio Galvez along with several Northern Bus owner. The meeting held this morning is part of a nationwide review and restructuring of the transport industry, including the rationalization and regularization of rates, as well as the improvement of the quality of service provided to the public. Several changes and adjustments were proposed in today’s meeting which will be taken to Cabinet and the transport Board for finalization and implementation.

OWTC To Recognize Members Of The Community
In keeping with the September celebration spirit, the Orange Walk Town Council will be hosting its fourth award ceremony under the management and office of Mayor Kevin Bernard in which prominent and hard-working individuals from the community will be recognized. This year the awards were divided into two categories including the Patriotic Servants Award and the Mayor’s Award. The ceremony is scheduled to take place tomorrow at the town hall commencing at 2:00 in the afternoon where all recipients will be formally acknowledged in the presence of the organizers as well as invited guests. Kevin Bernard – Mayor, Orange Walk Town: “Every year ever since I become Mayor of this town we have decided to award Citizens with the patriotic servants award and we also identified individuals that they believe have contributed to the community or assisted the council in one way or the other and I give them the Mayors’ Award....”

Its Official, BNTU Will Demonstrate On Monday
The Belize National Teacher’s Union made it official today – they WILL be holding a demonstration in the city of Belmopan on Monday September 19th – just two days before the 35th anniversary of Independence celebrations. The BNTU and the Barrow Administration have been at loggerheads over the payment of a 3% salary increase to their members. The third payment was due July, but Government missed that due date and in August, they sent signals that they won’t be able to pay it when the Prime Minister proposed to push it back until next year. But Monday’s demonstration has nothing to do with Government’s proposed delay for that salary adjustment and the Union’s demand for the payment to be made. Today the President of the Belize National Teacher’s Union Luke Palacio came to town to address the members and discuss their new campaign for an end to corruption and reform and why it may just take the efforts of the teachers to clean up things. Palacio then held a press briefing and told us more.


Application for Appeal of Section 53 Filed by Churches
Paperwork to appeal the controversial Section 53 ruling has been filed at the registry of the Supreme Court of Belize. The Office of the Attorney General of Belize has filed an application to partially appeal Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin’s ruling on Section 53. The Government’s application to appeal solely deals with the word “Sex” and […]

Freak Accident Leads to a Welder’s Demise
A number of Corozal residents were left in shock last night when a man lost his life is what has been described as a freak accident. Residents had gathered at the Corozal Town Central Park for what was called “College Night” but before the festivities got underway, a freak accident claimed the life of forty […]

Soca Moca HQ Collapses on Carnival Eve
This afternoon, a house on Dolphin Street, Belize City, fell due to heavy damages sustained during Hurricane Earl. The house was the base used for the Carnival Group, Soca Moca. Seven people lived in the house, five adults and two children. Five of them were inside and sustained injuries when the house fell. The house […]

A Fearless BNTU Will Abandon Classes to Demonstrate
The teachers will take to the streets of Belmopan on Monday and the Ministry of Education is doing all it can to keep classes open. The Ministry blasted off a release late yesterday evening in which it reminded teachers, especially those who will demonstrate on Monday, that they might not get paid for that day. […]

Teachers Want Int’l Experts to Investigate the Lucas Homicide
In its letter to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, the BNTU made eight requests one of which was to conduct an international investigation into the Danny Mason case including the beheading of Pastor Llewelyn Lucas. The BNTU believes that the Government Ministers and some public officers have apparent connection and involvement in this scandalous matter. But […]

Love Foundation and MIRAB Provide Reprieve to Victims of Earl
Today Mirab partnered with Love Foundation to donate much needed furniture to five families affected by Hurricane Earl. Spokesperson for Mirab, Carla Ayres Musa told us that the initiative is part of a larger campaign called “We are one”. Through this campaign, Mirab plans to donate furniture to more hurricane affected families. Ayres Musa tells […]

Children Rally at the Parish Hall
Several schools were represented this morning at the annual Children’s Rally that makes up a part of the September celebrations calendar. The rally had just under two hours of entertainment and speeches conducted for the primary school students who came out from Wesley, Grace Primary, All Saints, St Luke’s, Holy Redeemer, among others. Minister of […]

Belize Carnival Not Suitable for Children?
A thought provoking post was placed on social media yesterday as it pertains to Carnival and its consumption by children. The post reads, in part, quote, “Carnival is not for children. It glorifies alcohol consumption; it degrades women (with their own participation); it approves sexual harassment and even assault; it promotes inappropriate sexual behaviour. I […]

Song for The People with Frankie Reneau
This weekend will be the busiest one since the September festivities began. There will be celebrations in numerous locations as Belizeans get ready to celebrate in the name of independence. One event that will not require much energy but rather just an appreciative ear for music is the concert, Song for the People, taking place […]


PM Barrow’s niece shot in “weed peddler’s paradise”
Candace Anderson, age not given, the niece of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, was shot while socializing in a yard that the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU), in a report on Tuesday, September 14, alleged to be a “weed peddler’s paradise.” At around 2:30 p.m. today, Thursday, two men on a motorbike pulled up to the residence of Arthur Higgs, Sr., on 7th Street in Kings Park. One of the men got off the motorbike and proceeded to the back of the yard where a crowd had gathered. The unidentified man, of Creole descent, then drew a 9mm pistol and fired three shots, one of which hit Anderson in her right leg. Anderson, who works in the Financial Supervision Sector Department (FSSD) at the Central Bank of Belize, was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) for treatment by police who arrived on the scene, and has since been listed in a stable condition.

BNTU calls troops to battle in Belmopan
Teachers are not backing down from their plans to hold a massive march on the nation’s capital, Belmopan, on Monday, September 19, in what the militant Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU), which has over 3,000 members, says is a national demonstration “to send a message that we are serious about the changes that we are demanding” in a lobby which the union contends is intended to bring “good governance” to Belize. This evening, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports fired off a 3-page press release taking a firm stance against the closure of schools Monday for the demonstration, which it calls a “strike.” The Ministry contends that there is no labor dispute and as such teachers who do not show up to work without cause can have their salary docked, and principals who suspend classes without proper authorization can face disciplinary action. School buses will operate as normal on Monday and parents are urged to send their children to school as schools will be open for classes, the Ministry said.

Cayo South monies iced
Cayo South area representative and member of the Opposition People’s United Party, Hon. Julius Espat, has received notification of a decision to freeze his monthly salary of $3,600 which he receives for sitting in the House of Representatives, as well as his allowances of $2,300 for his constituency office and $4,000 as community vote, to support his constituents—a decision which he is threatening to challenge in court along with what he says was an unlawful suspension from Parliament on Friday, August 26. “I have instructed my attorneys to take the case to Supreme Court so that our case can be heard and so that we know where we stand,” said Espat. Amandala has confirmed that the Clerk of the National Assembly, Eddie Webster, has sent a letter today indicating that Espat, who was suspended at the last sitting of the House, should not expect his salary at the end of September or the constituency funds usually disbursed at the start of each month.

Teachers issue ultimatum to PM Barrow
Teachers met at an emergency meeting last Thursday to consider what actions should be taken to press the Barrow administration on key demands they have put on the table, including their insistence that the Government should not defer their 3% salary adjustment until next April and their push for a Senate inquiry into the recently unveiled Immigration audits. Although no official statement has been released by the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU), Amandala is reliably informed that a letter is being dispatched to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, and if the demands that the teachers have put on the table are not met by Friday, the teachers are likely to stage a demonstration early next week. Last Friday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow told the press, “I can’t for the life of me fathom how it is the BNTU could be talking about industrial action! There is no dispute!”

Shot in the waist after ambushing Customs officer
A Galen University student, allegedly attempting to shoot and rob a Customs officer, reportedly was shot in the waist after his gun jammed. According to police reports, today, Thursday, the Orange Walk Customs officer was attempting to make his way into his home at around 8 p.m., Wednesday, when Belmopan resident Nigel Galvez, 21, and another unidentified man ambushed him. Reports further reveal that Galvez purportedly pointed a firearm at the Customs officer but when he pulled the trigger, the gun jammed. Thereafter the Customs officer drew his licensed .9mm pistol and shot Galvez once near the waist. Galvez’s alleged accomplice fled the scene.

Outstanding Belizeans honored at Tribute to Belizean Patriots ceremonies
The Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts was full to capacity tonight as the pre-Independence anniversary celebrations continued with the annual Tribute to Belizean Patriots. His Excellency, Governor General, Sir Colville Young, the Head of State, presided over tonight’s ceremony, at which 21 outstanding, sterling individuals were honored, some posthumously, who have contributed to Belize’s national development in various fields. The Governor General was assisted by members of the Belize Defence Force and the Director of Immigration, Diana Locke. The emcee for the occasion was Police Press Officer, Raphael Martinez. Among the 19 persons who were awarded with Belize’s Meritorious Service Award was Daniel “Danny” Conorquie, who was honored posthumously. Jean Glennis Conorquie, Danny’s mother, received the award in his honor.

Belize Volleyball Association presents Team Belize
At a press conference yesterday afternoon at Radisson Fort George Hotel lobby, Belize Volleyball Association (BVA) President, Allan Sharp presented the National Male Volleyball Team that will represent the Jewel in the upcoming FIVB Men’s World Championship Qualification Tournament, being hosted in Belize at the newly completed St. Catherine Academy (SCA) Multipurpose Centre. Participating teams in the tournament are: Belize, Dominican Republic, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. They will compete in a round-robin tournament – 3 matches per day for 7 days, with the top 2 teams qualifying to the Continental Round, from which the top 5 teams go on to the World Championship in Italy and Bulgaria. Matches are at 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily. Belize plays the final match at 7:30 p.m. each day, except on Thursday, September 29.

Reality check or blunder in Belize; Pachuca 11-0 Police United
We’re still trying to come to terms with the 11-0 blowout of Police United on Tuesday night at the FFB Stadium, at the hands of Mexican champions Pachuca, who had only managed to win 3-0 at altitude in their home game on August 23 in Pachuca, Mexico. The goals came at the 23rd, 27th, 30th, 35th, 44th, 51st, 69th, 73rd, 79th, 85th and 89th minutes. What went wrong? Is the level of our football in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) so far below that in the rest of CONCACAF, or is there some other explanation? Normally in professional sports, and certainly in the Mexican league, a record setting debacle like what transpired on Tuesday would be seeing some immediate changes in team personnel at the top level. The statistics (from concacaf.com) show that Pachuca was almost as dominant in Tuesday’s 11-0 shellacking as they were in the 3-0 game a couple weeks ago; but the major difference was in the final score. In Mexico, they took 29 shots to Police United’s 3, and they had 74 per cent possession to Police’s 26 per cent. On Tuesday in Belize, they took 23 shots to Police United’s 5, while they maintained 67 per cent ball possession to Police’s 33 per cent.

National disgrace
As far as we know, the Belizean people showed little concern about the weak performance of those athletes Belize sent to the 2016 Olympic Games last month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A few weeks before the games, this newspaper had tried to motivate the public to investigate and condemn the injustice perpetrated upon our best athlete, the sprinter Kaina Martinez, by the local sports power structure. Disgrace in regional and international sports events weakens our morale and national dignity as a young nation-state. That is why sports matters have always concerned us at this newspaper. Many years ago, when Belize was still the colony of British Honduras, during the time when we began to think of self-rule and agitate for same, there was a Belizean who fought with great honor in Madison Square Garden in New York City. This was during the mid-1950s, even before we achieved self-government in 1964. But Ludwig Lightburn’s exploits in the United States, even as those of Hankin Barrow and Roy “Slim Terror” Cadle in Panama a few years earlier, gave roots Belizeans pride and confidence in our Belizean selves.

Especially for you, Miss Belize
Especially for you, Miss Belize With pretty bright eyes, beauty and style, wearing that lovely dress and beautiful crown, she graciously walks round and around, Lovely Miss Belize. As we sit here and see how enchanting she looks, makes us proud to be Belizeans. Miss Belize — she is the symbol of our heritage, Miss Belize — she is the symbol of our togetherness, peace and love. Miss Belize. she is the one that brings pride and joy to all of us as she represents us abroad. Miss Belize will reign for years to come, for she is here to stay. She is in our hearts and in our minds. Lovely Miss Belize. God has blessed us with this land of the free and Miss Belize. With pretty bright eyes, beauty and style, wearing that lovely dress and beautiful crown she graciously walks round and around, As we sit here and see how enchanting she looks, making us proud to be Belizeans. With our own heritage, togetherness, peace and love, God has blessed us with this land of the free and Miss Belize.

Teachers, unite!
Dear Editor, I must say, though, in reference to comments made about Price’s campaign for ‘Christian Democracy’, that back then it was soon figured out to be a farce. For that reason the Public Service Union joined forces with the British Honduras Unions of Teachers (BHUT) to form the TUC or Trade Union Congress which allied itself with the non-Catholic independent unions that supported Phillip Goldson. Pollard’s NFCTU was crumbling and it finally did after the Pauling strike in 1969. It is still historically difficult to understand how Price won the 1969 general elections. But before I stray away, the point I wish to make is that the BNTU was already a powerful force to reckon with in 1966. I personally feel that the Unions are very skeptical about religion; most of the followers are not pro-Catholic anymore, even though the majority may still be from the Roman Catholic schools. There are today many Government schools and those teachers are more militant than the Catholics….me think so.

According to a summary produced by the group, Transparency International, the United Nations Convention against Corruption’s (UNCAC) main focus is aimed at promoting the prevention, detection, sanctioning and criminalization of corruption. The convention, which was adopted in 2003 by 111 nations, has increased since then to now 177 of the 196 nation states in the world. Belize would be the number 178th nation if the convention is ratified. While the UNCAC contains eight chapters, generally speaking, it has four core pillars, with emphasis on prevention, criminalization, and more importantly international cooperation, and asset recovery. Stapled to the convention, is the fundamental principle of accountability and transparency; of citizens and civil society, holding governments, public officials and officers accountable by internationally agreed standards, as it pertains to anti-corruption performance at both the public and private sector level.

Tony Wright’s Belize Musicians past and present launched today
Tony Wright is the author of a book that will forever immortalize Belizean artists and musicians who emerged between the early 1950s and present day. The book, entitled, Belize Musicians Past and Present, was launched at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, at the Image Factory on North Front Street. The audience at the event, mostly consisting of celebrated Belizean icons such as Lord Rhaburn, Radiance Thompson and the Super Furia band, among others, today witnessed the launch of a book that is aimed at preserving and promoting Belizean arts and culture. Yasser Musa, whom Wright credited for providing instrumental support in this endeavor, described Tony Wright as a legendary culture warrior doing everything to preserve a culture that is bombarded by strong external influences.

The Reporter

Welder crushed to death by flagpole
The preparations for this year’s September celebrations will not go without fatality as a welder lost his life while working for one of the ceremonies Thursday night. Juan Carlos Meskita, 40, of Consejo Road, Corozal was installing a metal flag pole at the Corozal Town […]

Several carnival revelers injured when house collapses
Several people were rushed by a number of ambulances to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after a house collapsed where they were making final preparations for tomorrow’s Carnival road march. The incident happened on Dolphin Street in Belize City where the Soca Mocha Mas Band […]

Hulse refuses to be removed as Police Minister; has PM’s blessing
Minister of Police/Senator Godwin Hulse, on Thursday morning, said despite calls from the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) for his removal as police minister, he isn’t going anywhere. “Not because a minister is named in the report means he is guilty man. Give the process […]

Julius Espat loses funds for constituency . Stipend also!
Julius Espat, the People’s United Party (PUP) Area Representative for Cayo South who was unceremoniously removed from the last House Meeting by police, has now been stripped of the funds to run his constituency office and his stipend.. He has also lost his Assemblyman’s stipend. […]

Liberty Children’s home recieves $600 cheque from Tropic Air
Tropic Air, as part of its #TropicGivesBack charitable fundraising campaign, raised over $600 and donated it to the Liberty Children’s Home in Ladyville. At a handing over ceremony held on Wednesday, Agatha Valentine represented the Liberty Children’s Home and received the cheque, which was presented by Tropic’s […]

Oceana steps up anti-gillnet campaign
Oceana Belize, as part of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of gillnet fishing and promote more sustainable fishing gear, launched a social media component to its “ARE WE DROWNING OUR FUTURE?” campaign entitled “#stopthenets”. The social media component features photographs of Belizean social […]

CDEMA and IDEA International Awarded Silver Medals for Management program
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency ( CDEMA) and the Institute for Development in Economics and Administration (IDEA International), were recently awarded silver medals for their collaborative work in Management for Development Results (MfDR). The award was sponsored by the International Development Bank (IDB) and was presented […]

Russian hackers accuse star US Olympic athlete, Simone Biles of using banned drug
Russian hackers have leaked confidential medical files of star US Olympic athletes, including Simone Biles, the 2016 US Olympic star gymnast who has Belizean roots. A group calling itself “Fancy Bears” has claimed responsibility for the hack of a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) database. The […]

Cabinet caves- endorses Senate Inquiry
The Government of Belize, after weeks of mounting public pressure, has decided to endorse a Senate-led inquiry into the findings of the Auditor-General’s Special Audit Report of the Immigration and Nationality Department. In a brief statement issued on Monday, GOB said that it is prepared to support […]

Energy savings to pay for Climate Change adaptation
Savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars in reduced costs which can add up to more profits on the balance sheet, were identified when government and business representatives planned out the financing for measures to help Belize adapt to and to mitigate or buffer the […]

BBR appeals for financial assistance
The Belize Bird Rescue (BBR) Sanctuary is appealing to the public for help so it can continue carrying on the work it does to rescue, rehabilitate and release birds that can survive on their own in the wild. Aside from this, the sanctuary also needs […]

Father arrested for raping 15-year-old daughter
Belmopan police have arrested and charged a man for allegedly raping his 15-year-old daughter! The girl, accompanied by a social worker along with her mother, reported to police that she was raped by her father. The incident allegedly took place sometime in the month of […]

Police charge recruit with unlawful carnal knowledge
A 21-year-old police recruit Constable has been arrested and charged with ‘unlawful carnal knowledge’ upon a 15-year-old girl of Roaring Creek Village. The girl went to Belmopan police in the company of her mother and told investigators that the incident happened on June 3rd. She […]

Traffic accident claims life of family man
Guillermo Molineros Jr., a self-employed man of Pomona Village, Stann Creek district, became the latest victim of a traffic accident on Sunday night. Molineros, originally of Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala, spent most of his life in Belize, where he was educated and later became employed […]

Bus conductor shot dead near home
Raul Medina, 29, a bus conductor was shot to the head, neck, chest and and abdomen at around 9:30 Tuesday night as he was heading to his house on Jabiru Street in the Port Loyola area of Belize City. The incident happened at the corner […]

Now that it has been decided to have a Senate hearing into irregularities at the Ministry of Immigration and Nationality, the stage is set for the most explosive investigation of senior government officers in the history of Belizean politics. The Senate when it begins its hearings will have authority to […]

Strike! BNTU headed to Belmopan
Two weeks after the official opening of the school year, the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) is headed to Belmopan for industrial action against the Government of Belize, despite calls from GOB to not do so. The BNTU announced this week, that teachers are planning […]

PM’s niece shot in leg. Cops say others were intended target
By Marion Ali Assistant Editor Candice Anderson Barrow, the niece of Prime Minister Dean Barrow and daughter of Denise “Sister B” Barrow, is in a stable condition after she was shot in the right thigh shortly after 1:00 Thursday afternoon in Belize City. Anderson, an employee of the Central Bank […]

Bus fares going up in most areas! Down in others
Bus fares will be adjusted countrywide, if not by October first, then in the days to come after discussions involving Minister of Transport, Edmund Castro; officials of the Transport Board; and bus operators from the northern, western and southern routes. Castro told the Reporter on […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

One woman dead after house collapses
A woman who underwent surgery after sustaining severe injuries from being inside a house that collapsed this afternoon on Dolphin street has passed away. The house was hub to the Soca Moca carnival crew. The crew were preparing for their participation in this years […]

P.M. wants meeting with BNTU after demonstration but issues warning
Ahead of this afternoon’s meeting with the Joint Union Negotiating Team and Monday’s planned demonstration in Belmopan the continued education of our children cannot be compromised or halted beyond normal controls. He asked […]

Shooting of P.M.’s niece will not deter crime fight
On Thursday we brought you the early developments in the shooting of Candice Anderson, the 31 year old daughter of Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s sister, chief campaigner and surrogate in the Queen’s Square Division, Denise “Sista B” Barrow. Police today announced that Candice Anderson […]

PM Meets with Utilities and Public Sector Unions
Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow was a busy man today, scheduling back to back meetings with the three unions representing workers from the utility companies this morning and meeting with representatives of the Joint Negotiating Team of the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU), […]

The PUP needs cooking lessons
The current United Democratic Party (UDP) government is a ship trying to navigate its way through rough and murky waters at this point and unfortunately for them, it seems as if the seas are only going to become increasingly violent as waves of scandals […]

4 kids missing in Belize City; police need your help in finding them
Four children were reported missing00 p.m. that day when classes were over at the Buttonwood bay primary school, the four children did not come home. The children’s names are Keniesha […]

3 detained in connection to shooting of PM Barrow’s niece
Yesterday around 1:30 p.m., police visited the Belize Medical Associates where they saw Candace Anderson, 31, suffering from gunshot wounds to the left leg and abdomen. According to police reports, Candace was inside a yard on 7th Street, Belize City socializing with several persons […]

Cloudy skies on the horizon
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting cloudy skies with a few showers and isolated thunderstorms mostly over the South and coastal areas this morning moving inland this afternoon and over the South tonight. Winds will be blowing to the East from 5-15 […]

The teachers need the people and the people need the teachers
The Belize National Teachers Union is demanding action in areas of national interest….going over and beyond their narrow special interest….they have come to realize that pay raise in the context of an increasingly corrupt environment is for naught…the raise is rapidly taken back through […]

Vision Inspired by the People supports BNTU’s national demonstration
The Vision Insired by the People (VIP) issued a release expressing its full support for the Belize National teachers Union (BNTU) national demonstration to protest government’s proposal for the deferral of agreed upon salary increases and also to make demands on burning national issues. […]


The many faces of Belize!
As a traveler, you most probably have had the joy of ticking off a box wherein you try to define what ethnicity you are. I am not going to get into the deep, underlying issues within those definitions, but I can tell you that in Belize, we’d have at least 7 boxes to tick off. Belize has the Mestizo, Maya, Creole, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonites, and Chinese ethnic groups. Although, if our forays into the local schools’ cultural presentations are any indication, we may soon include the North American and Lebanese ethnicities as part of our cultural landscape! Throw in multiple races/ethnicities, and it’s one big party, or, as we grew up calling it, a MELTING POT! All these fabulous faces make up one incredible population of 350,000 across 8,867 square miles of Belize.

The Heartland of Belize: Blue Creek, Orange Walk and My Visit with Reinland Meats
Just on the border of Mexico and Belize, lies that village of Blue Creek. A town founded by Mennonite settlers over 50 years ago (who had left Chihuahua, Mexico to find land even more remote). The Mennonites have a long history of moving, looking for open land and governments that will leave them to their own way of life. Once through the gate, the road is beautiful, there is no litter at all…green pastures. Much of that has to do with Quirk #2: Blue Creek Village is all private land. The roads are all built by the community and maintained by the community. Speed limits and traffic regulations of Belize don’t apply here – they set their own. I headed over to Reinland Meats which is under new ownership for the past four years. Albert Reimer, the owner, is a man passionate about the beef and this land. I really enjoyed spending time with him…seeing his huge operation and asking about 1000 questions. I first went through the processing plant. I am from suburban NJ and NYC…my knowledge of animal husbandry and meat production was pretty close to zero.

International Sourcesizz

Belize Climate Resilience Gets a Boost
Belize will strengthen the climate resilience of its energy sector with the help of an $8 million grant from the Global Environment Facility . The World Bank Board of Directors approved the grant this week. “A major concern we often grapple with is extreme weather,” said Frank Mena, Belize’s Minister of State for Finance, Public Service, Energy & Public Utilities. “The impact of such events often leads to major setbacks to our development progress.” Belize is located in the direct path of many tropical storms and hurricanes, resulting in many human casualties and widespread infrastructural damage. The impact of Hurricane Dean in 2007 resulted in $80-100 million in damages, equivalent to 6-8 percent of GDP, and a nearly nationwide power blackout.

Fishermen: Our Best Hope for Abundant Oceans That Feed the World
What is the future for billions of people around the world who depend on seafood for nutrition? Many experts will tell you that wild fisheries collapse is on the rise, and that fishermen are trying to get more from the oceans today, leaving a lot less for the future. If nothing changes more than 80% of fisheries will be in need of recovery by 2030. But this dismal scenario doesn’t need to be our future, and in fact, fishermen and women are our best hope for healthy, abundant oceans that can feed a lot more people. Secure fishing rights are showing promise on other shores too. In two communities in Belize, illegal fishing dramatically declined, coral reef health improved, and communities saw a better future ahead. Word quickly spread and fishermen demanded more. The government began implementing fishing rights nationwide in June, showing the world that there can be a better tomorrow for fishermen and fish in small-scale, developing world fisheries too. Similar stories of hope are beginning to unfold around the world.


  • Monday, September 19th, Minister of Education Honorable Patrick Faber has announced that school will go on as normal, 1min. Here in San Pedro Town parents of school children from all institutions are being informed that Monday, September 19th will be a normal school day and the school will be opened as advised by management and the Ministry of Education. While the majority of teachers will not be at the schools due to the protest, there will be personnel present to ensure the students safety.

  • Miss Belize 2016 Swim Suit Competition, 1.5min.


  • Aaron Duncan In Belize At More FM Studios, 2.5min.

  • Go Fish Belize, 2min. Fishing mangroves, and bays on Ambergris Caye in Belize with Steve Lessard, and Capt. Abbie Marin.

  • Punta Gorda, Belize, 1min. If you like clear water and watching the moon set mingling with the oceans waves, you'll love PG!!

  • Video from National Geographic that opened the 2016 OurOcean Conference, 6min. This beautiful video from National Geographic opened the 2016 OurOcean conference this morning. Life on Earth depends on the ocean. A healthy ocean is central to human well being. The ocean feeds billions of people, employs millions of workers, and generates trillions of dollars in the world economy.

  • EnviroConnect Belize Competition (Season 1, Episode 3), 51min. Green Economy: Alternative Energy Production

  • Belize 2016, 3min.

  • Why Belize? Kanantik, 3.5min.

  • Belize, 3.5min.

  • PRIMARY AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PAY TRIBUTE TO BELIZE, 8min. Students from across the country got a jumpstart on Independence Day festivities, with displays of patriotism and pride in full effect with the annual school Parade. Here in Orange Walk the streets of town were invaded by a sea of red, white and blue as hundreds of students geared up to celebrate the jewel’s birthday.

  • Spotted Eagle Ray's "Six Pack"- Turneffe Atoll Belize, 2min. Sept 16, 2016 Diving Turneffe Atoll Belize. One minute into the dive to look over the wall and be greeted by the six pack of Spotted Eagle Rays. Great way to start the morning. Dive Site- Jack Barrow

  • Ambergris Caye, Belize 2016, 4min. Get away to San Pedro, Belize with some road trip friends from Tulsa, OK. The small town of San Pedro is on the island of Ambergris Caye, off the coast of Belize.

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