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#518321 - 10/15/16 07:14 AM Today's Belize News: October 15, 2016
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The San Pedro Sun

Fishermen seek help after Hurricane Earl
The long recovery following Hurricane Earl is just beginning for fishermen across Belize. Earl’s impact resulted in soaring losses for fishermen, especially those of Caye Caulker Village. As one of the largest sources of income for the country, fishermen feel that the Government of Belize (GOB) should offer them financial assistance, which up to date, they have not received. According to local fishermen from both Caye Caulker and San Pedro, fishing grounds for lobster, fish and conch were severely damaged by the forces of the storm. In addition, Caye Caulker fishermen in particularly suffered excessive losses in fishing equipment. “Fishermen in Caye Caulker are feeling the strain from the hurricane’s impact. We are talking about maybe half a million dollars in damages to lobster traps. Some fishermen had 500 traps, some had 400 traps and the smallest fishermen had about 100 traps, valued at about $75 each trap, but they lost it all in the storm,” explained Portilio Guzman on the extent of the loss of equipment in Caye Caulker.

San Pedro United wins 3rd place in under-17 football playoffs
San Pedro United won the consolation game for 3rd place: 2-1 over the Brown Bombers when the Belize District Football Association (BDFA) hosted the McLean Insurance Brokers Under-17 football playoffs at the M.C.C. garden in Belize City on Monday, October 10. Ian Pou and Dixon Paguada led the Sanpedranos’ attacks supported by Arnold Flowers and Kyle Jacobs on the wings, and Hugo “Juice” Pineda and Christian Medina at midfield. Paguada’s first shot was deflected by the Bombers’ goalkeeper, but Christian Medina pounced on the rebound and the keeper hadn’t a prayer of stopping Medina’s instant volley into the net: 1-0. San Pedro United was eliminated from the finals by a 7-8 loss to Hattieville Riverside Boys in sudden death penalties in Game 3 in the semi-finals. Regulation time had ended in a 1-1 draw after Hattiville’s Jadon “Cheetes” Macgregor converted a penalty early in the first half, and Arnold Flowers equalized -1 for San Pedro.

BNTU meets with Prime Minister
The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) industrial action is nearing two weeks since it began early this month. The nationwide strike by teachers demanding good governance, transparency and an adjustment in their salaries from the Government of Belize (GOB), has left thousands of students without classes in their first term. It seemed that a solution to the issues seemed far from happening, but GOB and the BNTU finally agreed to sit again and discuss how this matter will be put to rest. After a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, October 11th, Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow sent out a letter to BNTU’s President Luke Palacio scheduling a meeting with the Union for Thursday, October 13th at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City. In the official note from the Office of the Prime Minister he stated that another body which he links to the teachers Union, the NTUCB, was in the process of scheduling their meeting with the Prime Minister. Barrow urged the BNTU to be part of that meeting. “Whatever understanding the Government and BNTU might reach in an earlier meeting would thus have to be canvassed again at the later meeting with the (National Trade Union Congress of Belize) NTUCB to further address the issues raised,” emphasized the letter.

Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run 2016
October is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness, and the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has organized a “Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run” on Sunday, October 30th. For a registration fee of $10, you can join and help spread awareness, while also raising funds for the San Pedro Cancer Society (SPCS). Participants will gather at the Boca del Rio Park, then follow the route from the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge, proceeding to Belizean Shores, and returning to the bridge. This year, the SPTC is offering a ‘Pink Package’, which includes a breast cancer awareness water bottle, t-shirt, a cap, and registration, for $50. Since there is a limited amount available, the deadline to sign-up for a package is Friday, October 21st. Participants are encouraged to wear pink if a package is not purchased.

Problematic crocodiles continue to keep ACES busy
Crocodilians are one of the longest surviving creatures on the planet, and encountering an American Crocodile on Ambergris Caye is definitely not an unusual occurrence. Residents living near mangrove waterways in areas such as San Pablo, San Mateo, and DFC frequently report sightings of these reptiles. In October alone, Ambergris Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) has rescued and relocated three adults and one sub-adult from populated areas. For Chris Summers of ACES, wrangling crocodiles, especially when it’s been raining, is just part of his regular routine. “Since the rainy season is currently in effect, there are generally more sightings of crocodiles due to the rising waters. Even young crocodiles tend to travel to populated areas by moving through flooded areas. Once I rescue a croc, my job is to examine the wild animal, take measurements, data and then relocate it to a less populated area of the island,” said Summers. According to Summers, crocodiles should not be judged as vicious predators, as they play an important role in the ecosystem. “As an apex predator, they control the environment around them because of what they eat. Just like the wolves in Yellowstone Park, and bears in Colorado. Here, crocs help to control the fish population by eating fish and rodents. They stop the population from over-breeding, which is a good thing. Another of their favorite foods is raccoons. A healthy croc population, means a healthy and balanced raccoon population by stopping them from becoming too many,” said Summers.

Ambergris Today

Teachers Hold Prayer Vigil as Strike Goes on 9th Day
On Thursday evening, October 13, 2016, at the R. Angel Nunez Auditorium, teachers of San Pedro held a prayer vigil to invoke God's blessings on the nation of Belize. They also prayed for guidance for the Government and the National Teachers' Union (BNTU) to reach terms of agreement that would be amicable to both parties. Once again teachers expressed their solidarity with their union and repeated their willingness and eagerness to go back to the classroom once Prime Minister Dean Barrow agrees to honor the main points on good governance that the teachers are asking for. It was also yesterday that PM Barrow agreed to meet with the Belize National Teachers Union with hopes to come our with an agreement and an end to the strike. In the end, The BNTU was not satisfied with the outcome of the meeting and decided to finish off the week with strike action; making it the 9th day that public schools remain closed.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Two 10 minute power interruptions 6:00am to 6:10am & 5:50pm to 6:00pm, Sunday, October 16: entire Orange Walk & Corozal Districts
BEL to replace poles on the transmission system between the Maskall & Buena Vista Substations.

Emergency power interruption 7:00am to 10:00am, Saturday, October 15: entire Orange Walk District
BEL to urgently replace transmission poles in the area.

Institute of Archaeology (NICH) Belize at International Archaeology Day!
Come learn about our Cultural Celebrations!

Despite GoB’s declared moratorium, Cabinet Approves Seismic Airgun Testing without an EIA. On Wednesday October 12, 2016, Oceana was advised by the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, and the Minister of Petroleum, Hon. Erwin Contreras, that at Tuesday’s meeting, the Cabinet approved the seismic survey of Belize’s offshore area based on the Department of the Environment’s advice that seismic activity does not require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Oceana has formally requested an official copy of the Department of Environment’s written position provided to Cabinet, in addition to any materials related thereto, on the basis that the Department’s premise is not supported by the best available science. On the contrary, the magnitude of the proposed seismic activity is likely to have significant, long-lasting, and widespread environmental and economic impacts for Belize. Seismic testing, the first step in oil and gas development, is an extremely loud and dangerous process used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean floor. The impact on marine mammals from such testing is significant. It disrupts mating and feeding habits, causes abandonment of habitat and temporary and permanent hearing loss, among other issues. It also adversely impacts the fishing and tourist industries.

Cocktails For The Manatees FUndraiser
Today's fundraiser to protect our manatees. With Manatee Man Jamal Galves. On Open Your Eyes, 20 minute video. Our efforts include outreach and education on the importance of these gentle giants to the ecosystem and our economy of Belize, workshops with tour guides to minimize the impact of curious visitors, increased no-wake signage and our ongoing efforts to rescue and rehabilitate injured manatees. Of course this work relies on the generosity of sponsors. So for the second year in a row we’ll be hosting “Cocktails with the Manatees,” an evening of pleasant socialization around this important cause. It will be held on Saturday October 15th, 2016, from 7:00pm to midnight at the Hour Bar Field on Princess Margaret Drive. Admission fee is $30, entertained by the GillHarry Band, drinks and light food will be on sale along with raffles and live action to raise funds to protect our manatees.Come and join us. Saturday, October 15 at 8 PM - 11 PM, Hour Bar Belize 1 Princess Margaret Drive, Belize City

Health and Wellness Seminar by CG Esthetic
Sign up for Health and Wellness Seminar by CG Esthetic in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye - Carole Goudreau

CC Tourism Destination Plan 2016-2020
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EXPOFER Chetumal
Our Gilharry 7 Band from Corozal is scheduled to perform at this year's Expofer. Mexico's southern regional fair, the EXPOFER Chetumal, opened its doors to the public today October 14th. This Mexican southern regional fair attracts hundreds of Belizeans every year, as they flock inside the fair grounds to enjoy the various live bands, entertainers, dances, performances and also to indulge in a lot of Mexican cuisine, treats and other goodies. Children are attracted to the different mechanical rides and games. Various wrestling matches will be held on Sunday, October 16th at 8:00 p.m. at the fair grounds. Adults $50 pesos and Children $10 pesos. Aleks Syntek will perform on Saturday, October 22nd. FREE ADMISSION! Gilharry 7 Band from Corozal will perform Saturday, October 29th. FREE ADMISSION! Caňaveral will be performing on Wednesday, November 2nd. We noted this year, that the entire fair grounds was paved inside. The concert stage is also covered with a tent in case it rains. Be safe. Do enjoy and have lots of fun.

Noche de Cuenta Cuentos 2016
The Benque House of Culture is having their 5th annual Noche de Cuenta Cuentos on Friday, October 28th. "Save the DATE: October 28th, 2016. Noche de Cuenta Cuentos: Folklore supernatural stories by our community members and guests."

Expo Feria 2016
Jorge Nazim Requena (Hospitality Officer, Belize Tourism Board) and other Tourism partners promoting Belize at this years' Expo Feria 2016 in Merida, Mexico.

Belize City Primary School History and Social Studies Calypso Belize City Tour
Today, the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project conducted its Belize City Primary School History and Social Studies Calypso Belize City Tour. The tour was organized mainly for the contestants of the upcoming competition to be held on November 3rd and 10th. The tour was one of the activities to create excitement among the contestants and to immerse them in our History and Culture. The tour started from the House of Culture and included a visit to the Museum of Belize and ended with lunch at the House of Culture. Everyone had a great time. Here are a few pictures from today’s event.

Channel 7

Teachers' Strike continues Until (At Least) Wednesday
Last night, we told you about meeting between the Prime Minister and the leadership of the Belize National Teachers Union that went late into the evening. It was their first dialog after 8 days of strike. Even though the Prime Minister made public commitments to concede to a number of their good governance demands, the teachers continued their strike today because many of the Prime Minister's fixes involved lengthy timelines, instead of immediate changes. The teachers first intended to strike until on next Monday when they would have held a national demonstration. That would have made it 10 consecutive school days of no classes, but the news is tonight that it has been extended to Wednesday, day 12. The teachers are blaming the Prime Minister for the additional 2 days of strike because, according to them, at the very last minute, he postponed a follow up meeting. That conversation would have been between the BNTU, and the other 2 unions which make up the Joint Union's Negotiating Team. They would have been discussing the deferral of the 3% salary adjustment. This afternoon, the leadership of the BNTU called an impromptu press briefing to explain to parents why the extension of the strike is not their fault. Here's what they had to say:

What Are Parents Doing About Strike?
And so now parents across Belize are in for at least three more days of the teachers' strike. But Are they really in support of the BNTU movement ? Or are they just getting frustrated with this prolonged strike? We spoke to a few parents today and all they want is for some resolution to be finalized so their kids can go back to school: Agnes Mariano - Mother: "My thoughts on the strike is that, um, I know to fight for something- to get something we have to fight for it. But, for the children cut out of school is kinda way you know, I'm going to work, I have to work nightshift, I got to work day shift. Everywhere I go now I have to take her with me because- but, that's what we have to do cause it's a strike and we have to be behind the teachers. For me, I did something different. I take her to tutor three times for this week so she could, like, keep up with some work and I try to help her with some school work while I am at home. I want her back in school but I would really like the Prime Minister to work along with the teachers and just let us end the strike."

UDP Reps. Implore Teachers to Return To School
And today, two UDP representatives are pleading with teachers to go back to the classroom, and with parents to send their children back to school. Michael Finnegan and Tracy Taegar-Panton – who we met two weeks ago trying to tell teachers in their constituency not to strike – held a press conference today, encouraging teachers individually to abandon the strike and return to their classrooms. They said the government has done its part, and now it's time for the teachers to do theirs:… Hon. Tracy Taegar-Panton - Albert Representative: "There is no reason for this to continue. They have received, they have gotten the assurance and commitment at specific time frame, specific date that the government has provided in which this governance agenda will be advanced." "The government of Belize has listened, the government of Belize compromised; the government of Belize has acceded to several of the concerns that were raised by the BNTU in terms of the 8 point agenda, almost all of them. And so I was hopeful that would signal an end to the strike. There is a measure disappointment that I feel that today the children of the Albert constituency continue to be out of school. It has been a long time, it has been 10 days; the children also have a right to an education. I think there are several ways in which we can advance any negotiation but my appeal to the teachers and my appeal to the parents is that it's time for our children to be back in school."

PUP Calls For PM's Resignation Over BTL Compensation
And with all this agitation already ongoing, the PUP threw one more log on the fire this afternoon. The party held its own hastily called press conference to demand Prime Minister Barrow's resignation. Now, the opposition calls for this at least once every quarter, so that's not really news, but this time they did give us some news. According to the PUP, today the Government of Belize paid the Ashcroft Alliance 67.5 million US dollars – part settlement for the BRTL acquisition. PUP Deputy Leader Kareem Musa told the press two hours ago that this had substantially weakened Belize's foreign reserves:… Hon. Kareem Musa - Caribbean Shores Representative: "Today is the day that the Government of Belize has paid to the Ashcroft group USD 67.5 Million. This sum of money has been drawn down from our foreign reserves which now stand at very dangerously low levels. I think you could recall some months ago that the Governor of the Central Bank, Mr. Ysaguirre, had issued a letter warning about the dangerously low levels."

Busitos "Bex" With Castro
Minibuses, or as they are more commonly called, "busitos," have become an institution among Belizeans living in the villages and towns along the George Price Highway. The service, which originally began to pick up the passengers that the larger buses could not during peak periods, has become a popular mode of transportation. So popular, that the service is now beginning to compete with the larger bus companies. For the last couple of years, the "busitos" were able to operate from six in the morning to six at night, but recently the Ministry of Transport has made a change that has left the operators concerned. We spoke to members of the Western Minibus Owners Cooperative Society Limited about what has them so worried… Giovanni Mejia – Vice President, Western Minibus Owners Cooperative Society Limited: "My concern is that we had a letter issued from the Department of Transport yesterday, stating to us that they going to cut our runs from 6 in the morning to 9 am in the morning, and from 3 to 6pm in the evening. Probably, they cutting us six hours for the day. And the Belmopan cooperative is very concerned about this situation that is happening to us, right? And the reason we are here, we are very concerned and the whole group is very concerned about it and even the commuters out there in the surrounding village..."

No Charges For Alleged Fire Starter
Ladyville police have not charged the man detained for setting Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber’s vehicle on fire. Though the Belize City resident has been positively identified based on the images form the security camera – police say they are still gathering elements form the investigation. They now expect to charge him on Monday. He has told police that someone set him on to do it. On Tuesday at midnight, a lone figure was seen dousing an SUV in Faber’s driveway at his Lord’s Bank home. The man put one bottle of gas, and then came back minute slater with a 5 gallon container and continued dousing. He then set the vehicle on fire right next to Faber’s home. The blaze was quickly contained by the Ladyville fire department.

Constables Have Murder Charge Reduced
Police constables Reydel Teck, Romelio Logan and Jahsimir Cob, were accused of the murder of San Pedro bartender, Edwin Ixpatac – but that charge has been downgraded. In March of this year, Ixpatac was allegedly acting disorderly on the Banyan Bay Pier. It was there that the three officers confronted Ixpatac and beat him. Ixpatac was found injured near the sea wall the next day, and was then taken to prison. Ixpatac’s injuries were not treated until a day later, when he was found unconscious in his prison cell. He was taken to the polyclinic and later transported to the KHMH where he succumbed to his injuries. Teck, Logan and Cob appeared in the Magistrate’s Court today. They were originally charged with the murder of Ixpatac, but on a directive from the DPP, their charge was change to manslaughter. All three were released on $3,000 bail and were ordered to return to court on December 5th for case management.

The Bottom Line on the Long Meeting
In last night's newscast, we gave you extended coverage of the Prime Minister's press conference on his second set of counter proposals to the BNTU on their 8 good governance demands. Due to time, we were not able to properly put those comments in context for you, so today, with more time to digest the positions from both sides, we prepared a bullet-point look at the different perspectives on the same 3 and a half hour meeting. Here's what the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Teachers Union had to say: Daniel Ortiz: "Majority of the demands have been a seeded or the government has agreed to move on them. Would you accept that as your position?" Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "Yes I would." Luke Palacio - National President - BNTU: "We believe that the prime minister could have done better." Daniel Ortiz: "So will the strike end tomorrow based on your perception of how the meeting went?" Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "I can't tell you that answer you would have to ask the BNTU. I believe it should end but I can't tell you whether or not it will end."

Not Just Governance, But Also, Labour Issues
So, while that's a summary of the perspectives of the two sides of this good governance dispute, what are their positions on the labour dispute? As you will remember, there were a number of labour-related concerns in the BNTU's list of 8 demands to the Prime Minister. We have outlined the good governance fixes, so now tonight, we have the Prime Minister's plan of action responding to the demands that the BNTU had for better working relations. Here are the comments from the Prime Minister, followed by the counterarguments made by the Union's President: Luke Palacio - National President - BNTU: "We had ask for the removal of the minister of police Senator Hulse. At that meeting the prime minister had indicated to us that if indeed as an outcome of the investigation into the auditor general's special report that if a police investigation needed to be done, he would be prepared to revisit that particular demand. Today he had adamantly said that he's not going to remove Senator Hulse as minister of police despite what has happened."

PM Gives timeline For 13th Senator
Also, there are few key points, which you may have missed in the Prime Minister's press conference on two of the good governance demands that the BNTU has called for. Our clip form the press conference last night was 12 minutes long, and due to the information overload, you may have missed the Prime Minister's commitment to finally allow the appointment of the 13 Senator. As you will remember, very early into the UDP's first term after 2008, the Barrow Government passed the legislation to appoint a 13 Senator, which was to come from the NGO community. That legislation has been waiting for a commencement order for at least 7 years now because the Prime Minister refused to sign it. He famously quipped, quote, "It ain't gonna happen." Well, under the pressure from the teachers, it will now; the Prime Minister has decided that he will sign the order for that legislation next week Thursday. Thereafter, it will take 3 months for the order to take effect, and in that time, the Prime Minister intends to try to convince the NGO community to appoint someone who will be impartial on all legislation that the Government will seek to pass in the parliament. Here's his first sales pitch to the person who will take up that pivotal office:

PM Ready For Integrity Commission
And the Prime Minister will also move with haste to appoint the Integrity Commission. As viewers are aware, the difficulty, according to the Prime Minister, has been that none of the chartered accountants wanted to serve as the Chairman because they become politically exposed persons. Once that happens, the chairman and their entire family will be subjected to invasive background checks. Without that chairman, the commission cannot be properly constituted. Estrella Chan, who works at the Commission told us earlier this week that this very important office, which acts a check and balance to corruption in public life, has been inactive for 6 years now, since the late Bernard Q Pitts, left the chairmanship in 2010. Well, last night after negotiating with the teachers, the Prime Minister has committed to reactivating it as early as next month. He explained in detail why his Government requires that much time to do so:

Is PM Placating Chamber?
And viewers will remember, the Integrity Commission and the 13th Senator are two of three demands that the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry share with the Teachers. They say that if the Government does not institute them by a certain deadline, they will commence with a 1-day business shutdown, and other actions will follow as needed. Up until early this week, the Prime Minister wasn't prepared to budge on these issues until last night, less than 12 hours after the business community passed those resolutions to pressure the Government. So did the Prime Minister reverse to appease the business community? That's what the press asked him yesterday, and here's how he responded: Reporter: "Is this your way of appeasing the business sector and preventing a national shut down?" Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "Not at all sir, not at all sir; the BCCI have given some deadlines which we are not going to meet. I gave you my own timeline so the BCCI I'm afraid if they want to be so responsible as to call for a shut down because deadlines that they imposed that are utterly impractical then be my guest. No what we've done is to come up with time frames that are doable and practical and that's where we stand."

Hulse Calls Chamber Resolution, "Ludicrous"
And while the PM is trying to make peace with the Chamber, today his leader of government business in the senate called their resolution ludicrous. That's because the resolution that the Chamber passed says that Senator Lizarraga will only participate in the Senate Inquiry if it is reconstituted as directed. Today Hulse said that to reconstitute it would be to break the rules, as in violating the standing orders: Hon. Godwin Hulse- Leader of Gov't Business - Senate: "It is very unfortunate because what the chamber is asking and the union and the PUP is for the senate to violate its standing orders, to overlook its rules. You cannot cherry pick the rules. The standing orders are the laws governing the procedures and operations in the senate. How can you talk about good governance an then you want to circumvent or overlook one of the rules which is the hallmark of good governance? Standing order 70 provides that every senate committee shall be so constituted, not may be, shall be as to ensure that the balance of the parties in the senate is reflected in the committee you cannot ignore that standing order and now want to call for a different composition."

Finnegan Calls For OHS Bill, Now!
And today, the UDP’s Michael Finnegan also loaded up on the Chamber of Commerce. He’s pushing for government to pass the Occupational Health And Safety Bill as is. Now, that’s one issue that the labour unions and the Chamber of Commerce definitely don’t agree on. Labour wants it in place badly to protect workers, but Capital says it will cost too much and affect their bottom lines. So, is Finnegan trying to drive a wedge between those two who are finding common cause against his government? Well, we’ll let you be the judge:… And Finnegan also sounded off on why he thinks the opposition and social partners have backed off in their zeal for an senate inquiry into immigration irregularities:

Sharon Got Compensated Too
Last night, we walked you through the land deal, which allowed Andre Vega, the son of former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega to make a major come-up at the cost of the government purse. For $15,000 dollars, Vega flipped ownership of a piece of land near Haulover Bridge, and he was compensated $400 thousand dollars from the Ministry Natural Resources, a Ministry which his father, Gaspar Vega, was running at the time. Well, that's only half the story, what if we told you that the Government lost an additional $400,000 which it had to pay to Sharon Pitts for an adjoining property? She entered the picture before Andre Vega back 2011, when the land was actually owned by Russell Carlton. That land is a total of 2.75 acres, and it is located near the Haulover Bridge.

Hulse Says GOB Should Not Pay
So did Minister of Natural Resources Godwin Hulse know about these particular deal? He ran the Ministry of Natural Resources between November 2015 and August, 2016. Today he told us he didn't know about this one, but he did know of others:… Jules Vasquez: "Is this something you were aware of during your tenure in the ministry of natural resources?" Hon. Godwin Hulse: "No No Jules, I wasn't aware at all it hadn't come to my attention. I heard it just like you but lots of similar cases, had come to my attention from other circles which we have been pursuing; and I had said that one of the things we would do and we would not continue to just simply compensate on these cases, we would have to then, review them and see who the guilty party was in terms of allowing it in the first place. I mean government's compensation is huge in these matters and we cannot continue to pay that kinda thing, it is, it is, it amounts to a serious situation when private land is stepped on - that should never have happened - and then flipped, and then flipped again, and then the court had ruled as I understand it, that innocent third party - not so innocent - must be compensated. Noh man, you can't countenance that."

PUP Cites Vega Misfeasance
And the Deputy Leader of the PUP agrees that government money should not have been used to pay for that kind of compensation. But today, Kareem Musa took it a step further; he said former lands minister Gaspar Vega must also be investigated for misfeasance. Hon. Kareem Musa - Caribbean Shores Representative: "Then minister of lands Gappy Vega knowingly issued a second title over a land that he knew was private that ultimately led to his son benefiting 385,000 dollars from the tax payers; let's not get confused not government, tax payers will now pay 385,000 dollars in profit when the minister or lands knowingly because the public officers, the professionals, the technicians on the ground told him Mr. Vega this is private land you cannot issue a second title over this. And if you knowingly issue a second title when that is private land to me that is again misfeasance in public office."

Elsworth Missing For a Month
Tonight the Lanza family is asking your help to find one of their own. 34 year old Elsworth Lanza, a resident of 143 George Street, Belize City has been missing for over a month. According to family members, Lanza was last seen on the 12th of September 2016 wearing a black T- Shirt and blue jeans with a pair of black and white tennis. He is over 6 feet tall and dark skinned. Anyone with information leading to the whereabouts of Lanza is asked to kindly contact the nearest police station or contact Rita Lanza at 625- 0943 or 661 1857.

A-Rod Gets Five A Side Turf Field
This weekend, a new indoor five-a-side football field will be opening in Benque Viejo del Carmen. We spoke to Alex Rodriquez, the owner of the field, about how he plans to use it… The field is open to use by anyone and Rodriquez promises that the reservation costs will be affordable.

Channel 5

A Third Week for B.N.T.U.’s Industrial Action
The Belize National Teachers’ Union will continue its industrial action into a third week, possibly matching the length of the 2005 strike called after then-Prime Minister Said Musa introduced tough [...]

Demonstration Planned for Wednesday as Meeting with P.M. Postponed
During the meeting between the B.N.T.U. and the PM on Thursday, President Luke Palacio says that there was agreement that the presidents of the B.N.T.U., the Association of the Public [...]

Prime Minister Outlines Social Security and Pensions
The Prime Minister met until into the evening with the B.N.T.U. on Thursday. When he emerged from that meeting he told the media that there was agreement on many of [...]

B.N.T.U. Gives Their Side on Labour Issues
For the first time since the strike began, there appears to be a division established in the solid eight-point agenda of the B.N.T.U. – nine, if the salary adjustment on [...]

OSH Bill Will Be Addressed Through N.T.U.C.B.
The Occupational Safety and Health Bill is among a few demands that the trade unions, including the B.N.T.U., have with the business community.  It is the final point on a [...]

B.N.T.U. Addresses Give-and-Take of Negotiation
Speaking after the PM’s press conference much later in the evening on Thursday, B.N.T.U. president described the meeting as even more difficult than the previous. The eight points presented to [...]

Will Chamber of Commerce Support B.N.T.U. with Shutdown of Businesses?
Earlier today, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry advised its members that it is yet to receive a formal response to a letter written to the Prime Minister on [...]

P.U.P. Says Minister Vega Could Face Court Action for Double Dealing
It has been a bad week for the Prime Minister, aside from the pressures of the strike by teachers and the decision for a shutdown by the business community as [...]

Prime Minister Not Aware of Andre Vega Haulover Land Deal
On Thursday night, the Prime Minister was asked about the scandalous hustle. His reaction was captured in less than thirty seconds.   Prime Minister Dean Barrow “No, no, no, yuh [...]

Opposition Says Prime Minister Must Resign Over B.T.L. Settlement
The Opposition People’s United Party is going after Prime Minister Dean Barrow once more on the Belize Telemedia Limited Settlement Agreement and is calling for his resignation.  It has been [...]

Albert and Mesop Reps Want All Teachers Back in School
U.D.P. Minister and party whip Michael Finnegan, together with Albert Area Representative Tracy Panton, held a press conference this afternoon at the party’s headquarters, shortly after the B.N.T.U. concluded a [...]

U.D.P. Politicians Ask: What More Do You Want?
Panton and Finnegan maintain that good governance is an inclusive process which should see equal responsibility from each of the social partners.  They have since turned to the teachers to [...]

Belizeans on the Street Ask Government to be More Giving
It’s been officially two weeks since students have not been in the classrooms. Today, a News Five crew took to the streets to poll residents on whether government should give [...]

4 Accused in Dangriga Home Invasion Beating See Charges Dropped
Back in early August, an amateur video went viral on social media of a Dangriga woman under attacked inside her home and in front of her children. The attackers were [...]

Bail Granted as Trio’s Charges Dropped to Manslaughter
In April of 2015, San Ignacio police charged Saul Ortiz, Windell Obando and a fifteen year old minor, now seventeen, for the murder of Orelio Montero. They were arraigned and [...]

NICH Contemplates Changes to Senior Leadership
Former President of NICH, Diane Haylock is currently doing the cocktail circuit in Taipei as Belize’s new ambassador to Taiwan. Since Haylock vacated the post she held since the first [...]

Belmopan Area Mini-Bus Owners Complain Over Cut in Hours
Mini bus owners in the Belmopan area say they are not happy with the Department of Transport. The operators who are members of the Western Mini Bus Owners Cooperative Society [...]

Owners Say Transport in Villages Will be Affected
So, what will these changes do? According to the Co-op, it will take more than half of their earnings and compound the transportation problems for villagers like those in Armenia [...]

A Burn Victim’s Road to Recovery
He was severely burned to both legs and a hand in an unfortunate mishap at his home in Concepcion, Corozal District, in June. But after spending a month and a [...]

Police Graduate New Recruits at Passing Out Parade
Earlier this week, the Police Department got a new set of officers fresh out of the Police Training Academy. With some sixteen weeks of intense training, one of the biggest [...]

Taiwanese Embassy Hosts Annual Food Fair
If you are looking for something to do this weekend, you might want to check out the Taiwanese Embassy’s food fair. The annual event is used to share Taiwanese culture [...]

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Luke Says He Will Play Prime Minister’s Game Indefinitely
The ongoing strike by the Belize National teachers Union will extend into next week. Prime Minister Dean Barrow was unable to satisfy the Belize National Teachers Union yesterday and so today the teachers remained out of the classrooms for the ninth day. A massive demonstration was expected to take place in Belmopan on Monday where […]

BNTU Asks Churches for Help
While the teachers remain out of the classrooms, the Council of Management of the BNTU is seeking support from several other bodies including the churches. This morning BNTU representatives met with church leaders at the Roman Catholic Diocesan Office in Belize City. BNTU National President, Luke Palacio, told Love News that the purpose of the […]

Mesop and Albert Reps Commend Teachers in the Classrooms Despite Ongoing Strike
Area Representatives for the Mesopotamia division, Michael Finnegan and for the Albert division, Tracy Panton summoned the media this afternoon to a press conference where they spoke of the current strike action by the teachers from around the country. As the situation currently stands, the strike action will continue up to the middle of next […]

Government Lays Out Its Position on the BNTU’s Demands
As we mentioned, yesterday the Union representatives met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow. Following the almost four hour meeting, Prime Minister Barrow addressed some of what transpired. One of the Unions demands had to do with getting an international investigator to delve into the murder of Pastor Llewlyn Lucas. Another demand has to do with […]

Luke’s Not So Subtle Threat to PSU
Yesterday the Public Service Union which forms part of the Joint Negotiating Team, solidified its position via a press release. The PSU, while it supports the BNTU, has decided that it will not take any industrial action. We ask BNTU’s President, Luke Palacio to comment on the PSU’s stance.

PUP Wants Prime Minister to Resign
The People’s United Party is calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow on the grounds that they deem every industry in the country as being in a crisis situation. Area Representative for Caribbean Shores, Kareem Musa addressed the media today on the grounds for their demand as they focused mostly […]

PUP Says Foreign Reserves are Dangerously Low
We have heard the term Foreign Reserves time and time again – it is a necessity in every country whose economy depends on trade outside its borders. The BTL Arbitration payment has lowered Belize’s Foreign Reserves which is one of the issues that Kareem Musa of the PUP highlighted in today’s press conference. Musa reminded […]

BREXIT and Belize’s Sugar Industry
“The uncertainty in the UK’s sugar business has ramifications for its importers; perhaps none more so than Belize” – that is a quote coming out of an online publication dated October 13, 2016. The BREXIT movement in June 2016 has been seeing some changes in the United Kingdom that will undoubtedly trickle down to other […]


Mother says daughter stabbed her with broken pint
A 23-year-old Belize City woman was remanded to prison on a charge of wounding for allegedly stabbing her mother with a broken pint bottle during a domestic dispute at their family home on Police Street. Anifah Marin appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser, who read a single charge of wounding to her. Marin, a resident of 193 Police Street, pleaded not guilty to the charge. That, however, was not Marin’s only problem in court. Court records confirm that she owed the court for a previous conviction. Marin’s court fine amounted to $410 for two offences. She was fined $305 for possession of a controlled drug and $105 for causing a bicycle to proceed up a one-way street.

BNTU “nuh di play wid Barrow;” strike continues!
–It has already been 8 days since the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) made the call for national industrial action and the boycott of classes countrywide because the union felt that Prime Minister Dean Barrow wasn’t sufficiently responsive to their demands for better and more transparent governance. However, the call for industrial action could have been halted given the results of a meeting at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City today between PM Barrow and the BNTU executive. After four hours of meeting with the teachers, the Prime Minister was the first to address the media, and he gave the impression that the teachers would return to classes no later than tomorrow, Friday. When BNTU president Luke Palacio emerged to talk to the media, however, it was to drop a bombshell — the protest continues for the 9th straight day, tomorrow, Friday. Palacio conceded that Barrow only addressed the good governance aspect of the union’s agenda but failed to adequately address the other labor-related matters included in its 8-point set of demands. In regards to one item on the BNTU’s good governance agenda, which calls for the appointment o

Chamber threatens 1-day shutdown of businesses nationwide
Eight months after securing its third consecutive victory at the polls, the administration of Prime Minister Dean Barrow is facing its worst political crisis. It all began with the gruesome beheading of Pastor Llewellyn “Lue” Lucas in July and the release of the explosive Auditor General’s Special Report into the Passport, Visa and Nationality Departments in August, and most recently the government has been faced with industrial action by the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) in its efforts to advance a good governance agenda. In three months, the Barrow administration has survived several protest marches led through its streets, and it has withstood the shutdown of schools countrywide, but now looming overhead is a national shutdown of businesses and the possible collapse of a senate inquiry that many Belizeans had clamored for. At its special membership meeting held on Wednesday night, the Belize Chamber of Commerce voted that its Senator, Markhelm “Mark” Jude Lizarraga, would only participate in the Senate Special Select Committee if its composition is modified, allowing for the Government to have only one representative, instead of the two that Government now has.

US cops seek Raymond Edwards for vehicle title scam
A Belizean national living in the United States remains wanted in connection with a car title scam that has been ongoing for almost two years. News reports reveal that Raymond Edwards, age not provided, based his operations in Lancaster, California, where he lived. He allegedly stole the identities of almost two dozen persons, received high-end vehicles on their credits and used those vehicles as collateral for loans in the range of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Twenty of his victims have already been identified in Ohio, and there are other victims that detectives believe are yet to be identified. “Mr. Raymond Edwards has stolen the identity of several people not only within the Antelope Valley, but as far as Ohio. He would use their identity to purchase high-end exotic vehicles in the range of $100,000.” said Deputy Miguel Ruiz of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in an interview with Abc7.com dated September 30, 2016.

BNTU’s OW branch president’s vehicle windshield smashed
Hon. Patrick Faber, the Minister of Education and Deputy Prime Minister of Belize, reported to Ladyville police that his Mazda CX7 SUV was torched by an arsonist sometime after midnight on Wednesday morning. The incident was caught on camera and the perpetrator’s face was revealed. However, hours later, the windshield of the vehicle of Orange Walk BNTU (Belize National Teachers’ Union) branch president Otilio Muñoz was smashed. Unfortunately, it occurred sometime around 3 a.m. on Thursday while Muñoz slept in his home. He has since filed a police report, but investigations are challenging, as the matter was not caught on camera.

Pirates threaten Coast Guard
A group of coastal pirates who prowl the high seas in southern Belize in the Stann Creek District area, and who target fishermen to rob or kill them, have reportedly sent threatening messages to the Belize Coast Guard that when they (the Coast Guard) confront them, they will kill them in a shootout. The Coast Guard has thus made the apprehending of these pirates a high priority. According to the Coast Guard, the agency will do whatever needs to be done to protect the lives of fishermen working at sea from pirates and sea bandits, and they are conducting frequent aggressive patrols in likely areas to confront the criminals. The announcement was made today by Admiral Johnny Borland, Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard, at the Coast Guard Headquarters at Belizean Beach, Mile 4 on the George Price Highway, during the opening of their new facility. Commandant Borland said that the Coast Guard have formed a task force along with the Fisheries Department to hunt down the pirates to bring them to justice. He said that the public should be reassured that the Coast Guard will be out on the seas conducting anti-crime patrols to ensure the long-term safety of those who travel or fish in those waters.

Sugar City Hoops weekend scores
The Sugar City Hoops Basketball Tournament/Season continued over the weekend with Week 6 games on Friday and Saturday nights at the East Sports Center. In the opener on Friday, October 7, (17 & Under) Technical HS won, 54-40, over Muffles Bobcats. Top scorers for Technical HS were Clinton Shaw 25 pts (game high) 3 rebs 5 stls 3 assts, Vijay Young 14 pts 7 rebs 2 stls, and David Smith 5 pts 2 stls; while for Muffles Bobcats, Kristian Cabrera had 15 pts 13 rebs 2 stls, C.J. Vasquez 10 pts 7 rebs 4 assts 2 stls, and Dickerson Li 6 pts 12 rebs. And in the nightcap, (25 & Under) Jumanji dropped One Love, 84-63. Leading Jumanji were Roger Reneau 21 pts 9 rebs 4 stls 3 assts, Craig Cooper 21 pts 8 rebs, and Shemar White 19 pts 11 rebs 4 stls 3 assts; while One Love was led by Tyrone Baptist 21 pts 7 rebs 4 stls, Dedron Baptist 15 pts 2 rebs 5 stls 3 assts, and Kevin Rampassard 12 pts 7 rebs 2 stls.

Scores from SSBA Basketball Tournament in San Ignacio
The San Ignacio & Santa Elena Basketball Association (SSBA) hosted 9 games this past weekend at the Victor Galvez Stadium in San Ignacio Town. On Friday night, defending U19 champs, Pepsi Christian Ambassadors defeated Belmopan, 65-46. Pepsi Christian Ambassadors was led by Tevaughn Usher, who scored 25 points, while Arik Nicholas and Paul Flowers, Jr. netted 10 pts each. The top scorers for Belmopan were Denzel Brown and Gabriel Hyde, who tallied 11 and 9 pts, respectively. In game 2, Maria Chang/4G Lyte avenged their opening loss by defeating Invaders, 69-23, in the Over 35 division. The top scorers for Maria Chang/4G Lyte were Kevin Domingo and Vince “Post” Estrada, who sank 18 pts apiece, while Cassian “Russian” Flowers chipped in with 11 pts. Invaders was led by Dwayne Gongora with 8 pts. In the nightcap, Maraton Mambas defeated Sacred Heart Junior College, 52-44, in the Senior division. Akeem Watters was the top scorer for Maraton Mambas with 17 pts, while Anfernee Young and Michael Lyons scored 8 pts each. Elvert Ariola sank 14 pts for Sacred Heart Junior College, while Antwan McFadzean scored 13 pts.

BDFA U-17 playoffs completed; championship game set for October 30
According to a release yesterday from the Belize District Football Association (BDFA), under Chairman William Moguel, playoffs were held on Monday, October 10, at the MCC Grounds for the previously suspended McLean Insurance Brokers Under-17 Football Championship. Games in this tournament were suspended following the weekend National U-17 Championship finals on August 21 in Belmopan, which was won by the Belize District selection. In trying to complete its playoffs in one day, the games on Monday were 25-25 (25 minute halves). Scoring details were not provided in some games due to incomplete referee reports, according to Chairman Moguel. In game 1, Hattieville Riverside Boys eliminated Carlston FC, 2-1.

1960s Landivar center forward Charles “Bawbu” Humes passes
We’re still trying to get some details on the recent passing of one of Belize’s top footballers in the latter 1960s and early 1970s. Landivar dominated Belize City 1st Division football during the late 1960s and early 1970s, when their reign was ended by Berger 404 in 1974/75. Angus “Mr. Ball” Vernon and Keith Gardiner were key components in the Landivar attack in the early to mid-1960s, but at some point in the latter 1960s or early 1970s, the center forward position on Landivar was held, and with consistent success, by a slim, soft-spoken and perfect gentleman, Charles “Bawbu” Humes, who delivered the game winning goal in many a 1-nil Landivar victory. Fixtures in the solid Landivar defence around that time were sweeper Clarence “Willie” Williams and stopper Wallace “Rungu” Glynn, along with flank defenders Randolph “Coco” Young and Ernest Jones. Bawbu was not ranked among the best strikers ever in Belize; but he was good, good enough to deliver at the striking position for a championship team. After retiring from football, Bawbu re-surfaced as a coach for many years in ladies softball at Rogers Stadium.

BNTU determination vs GOB desperation
When sitting, elected governments in poor, post-colonial societies like Belize are being challenged from below, so to speak, they feel the need to reassure the invisible power structure that they are fully in charge of things. The two-week old industrial action of the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) represents such a challenge to the United Democratic Party (UDP) government of Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean O. Barrow. The invisible, or low-profile, power structure which he must reassure includes, for argument’s sake, the banks, the Mennonites, Bowen & Bowen, the major foreign investors, the foreign churches, the British and the Americans, the big merchant houses, and some leading, wealthy native families. As we write this editorial in the pre-dawn on Thursday, October 13, 2016, we do not know the outcome of a special general meeting held by the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) on Wednesday evening, October 12. That general meeting had the potential to become a game changer in the ongoing face-off between the Government of Belize (GOB) and the BNTU, because the one-day shutdown of businesses which was an agenda proposition of the BCCI meeting, if approved, would strengthen the BNTU’s hand when the leadership of the teachers meet with the Prime Minister on Thursday afternoon, October 13.

From the Publisher
Amongst the Europeans, the French are usually considered amongst the most enlightened of the lot. When you consider France’s imperial and colonial history in places like Haiti, Vietnam, and Algeria, however, the behavior of the French was the furthest thing from enlightened. From the time this newspaper began 47 years ago, we have spoken to you of white supremacy, but perhaps, as a teaching tool, we should have been speaking to you of black distress instead. White supremacy, you see, has been dedicated to disguising itself, following the initial phases of violent conquest, imperialism, and enslavement. Overall, colonialism was supposed to be a more enlightened form of rule, a softer form of imperialism, wherein the Europeans began to integrate into their colonial administrations some specially selected and trained natives. Eventually, in a colony like British Honduras, you actually had native heads of departments in the public service sector. The thing the Europeans could not cover up was the black distress at the base of the socio-economic pyramid which their white supremacist systems occasioned.

International freelance journalist writes
Dear Editor, Let’s say I am a Belizean student. Let’s say I am six years old. In the future, I will be a part of the progress (or regression) of this country I love. I’ll be: a teacher, politician, construction worker, policeman/woman, nurse, electrician, drug-dealer, hustler, prostitute, or a host of other things. Depending on my education. Meanwhile, I depend on the impetus, knowledge, wisdom, passion and commitment of my teachers. From the time I begin learning things at home (birth), until the time I graduate, I will be dependent on the things I am taught, and those things I am taught will be dependent on the things my educators are taught. And, those things will depend on what my educators can afford to teach me. Not just with their money that they take from their own pockets and purses to compensate for the things not available to them due to lack of proper funding, but also with their own education. We, as a country, are limited only by ourselves. The single most important thing we could invest in, is education. Or else, what will we have?

Political suicide vs moral suicide
Dear Editor, Please allow me space in your widely circulated newspaper to address a major root-cause of rampant crime – CORRUPTION! “Corruption is an insidious plague that has a wide range of corrosive effects on societies. It undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to violations of human rights, distorts markets, erodes the quality of life and allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish. This evil phenomenon is found in all countries – big and small, rich and poor – but it is in the developing world that its effects are most destructive. Corruption hurts the poor disproportionately by diverting funds intended for development, undermining a Government’s ability to provide basic services, feeding inequality and injustice and discouraging foreign aid and investment. Corruption is a key element in economic underperformance and a major obstacle to poverty alleviation and development…” (excerpt taken from the foreword of Kofi A. Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General on the presentation of the instrument on the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) on 31st October 2003.) With the above excerpt from the former UN Secretary-General, I will make an attempt at addressing the perceived reasons for the Prime Minister of Belize being so resolute on not signing the UNCAC.

Blessed Oscar, pray for us!
Dear Editor, So the prophets of the Catholic Church in Belize, Bishop Dorick Wright and Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Glancy, have been reined in, sadly by no other than Papal Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Léon Kalenga Badikebele. I wonder what Pope Francis has to say! Prophets call out wrongdoers and speak out against social injustice, agitating for the care of the poor, the orphaned and the widows, to borrow words from the Christian Bible. The Catholic leadership of Belize saw and responded; they saw the injustices against the masses in the corruption in high places in Belize. They STOOD UP for the people — like true prophets. No one would disagree with Archbishop Kalenga that the children of Belize should be back in school. His stance, however, comes across as at least myopic when he basically chastised the striking teachers (there are ‘other means’), who represent the voice of the masses, and weakened their position, at least in the eyes of the Prime Minister who will now not talk to them directly. Glaringly absent from the Archbishop’s pronouncements, certainly falling short of Church teaching and mission, was a public and pointed calling out of those in power to not play the people and, most importantly, for them to repent and correct their erring ways.

Government corruption versus national survival
For the past few weeks the issue that has gripped national attention is the confrontation of the Government with the teachers and schools. But first and foremost it is important to know and understand that the nation of Belize maintains schools, Government and all the other social institutions and organizations so that each, within its own portfolio and responsibilities, pursues: (1)The welfare and good governance of the nation (2)That schools and Government are equally basic national educational institutions, each instructing and training in its own field of responsibilities by its performance of its obligations and duties. Government educates informally and demonstrates good from negative and bad governance through the legislative, judiciary, executive, Cabinet, and all other government committees. Schools train and educate through civic training, progressive values and positive attitudes. They train and prepare the citizenry to enable the achievement of societal highest potential.

PUP calls Senate Special Select Committee “bogus;” will not participate
On Tuesday, the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) issued a press release making it absolutely clear that it would not participate in a Senate Special Select Committee which it had dubbed, “bogus.” “The People’s United Party continues to demand that an independent and impartial Senate Special Select Committee be appointed to conduct the senate inquiry into the Immigration and Nationality scandal,” read the release. For reference, the Opposition had made the call for a Senate Special Select Committee to investigate the findings of the Auditor General’s special report into the Passport, Visa and Nationality Department which documented thousands of irregularities. At the Senate meeting held on September 30, Church Senator, Ashley Rocke, tabled a motion on the terms of reference and the composition of the motion, which received majority support after a vote was taken.

The Reporter

Mexico expresses satisfaction that GOB has signed contracts for lighting and outdoor courts
The Mexican Embassy has expressed satisfaction that the government has signed the contract for the lighting of the Marion Jones Sporting Complex and for the design of the indoor basketball and volleyball facility. “The People and Government of Mexico, which secured a donation of 5 million US […]

UB student Gian Bethran drowns
A 19-year-old student of the University of Belize, Gian Jaheed Bethran drowned on Sunday afternoon while on an outing in the Rivera area in Belmopan where he was swimming with friends. Bethran, who reportedly couldn’t swim, was sitting on a log in the creek in the […]

Three murders over holiday weekend
Three people’s lives were cut short by violence over the Pan American holiday weekend in different locations. The first incident occurred on Saturday in San Ignacio town when shortly after dawn on Saturday when a passersby near the bus stop at the corner of Joseph […]

Accident in OW claims two lives
Written By M. Sutherland A road traffic accident on the August Pine Ridge and San Felipe main road in Orange Walk district on Friday night claimed the life of two motorists. According to police reports, at around midnight on Friday officers were called to the scene of a road traffic […]

Traffic accident claims Jairo Sosa
Written by M. Sutherland A road traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway between miles 13 and 14 Friday night claimed the life of 20-year-old Jairo Sosa. Around 10:30 that night Jamie Young, 28, a laborer from Sandhill was driving a Nissan Navarro pickup truck in the direction of Belize […]

Business will shut down if PM doesn’t comply
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) decided this week, by majority vote, that it will go as far as a one-day shut down of businesses if the government does not comply with its good governance demands. The BCCI members met at a Special […]

US government donates building and equipment to Belize Coast Guard
A spanking new building – an addition to the existing headquarters for the Belize National Coastguard Service, along with equipment, all worth almost US $3 million, was handed over to coast guard personnel on Tuesday. The new building will be used to treat Coast Guard […]

Tourism numbers still up after Hurricane Earl
According to the latest statistics from the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), the tourism sector managed to show growth in the third quarter and for this year overall, despite the damage caused by Hurricane Earl. On Monday, the BTB issued statistics for the first nine months of 2016, […]

Hulse to BCCI “Stop wasting the nation’s time”
Senator Godwin Hulse condemned the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) this week for its position on the Senate Special Select Committee formed to launch an inquiry into the Auditor General’s Special Audit Report of the Immigration and Nationality Department. Responding to a report that the […]

Caribbean Union of Teachers supports BNTU
The Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT), this week, wrote to Prime Minister Dean Barrow in support of the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU). The CUT, the umbrella organization for all teachers’ unions in the Caribbean, wrote to Barrow on Monday, saying that it has been monitoring the […]

Taiwanese Belizeans fete105th ROC 10/10 National Day
Taiwanese Belizeans celebrated the 105th anniversary of the Republic of China and Taiwan’s National Day, October 10, at a reception hosted by Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize, H. E. Benjamin Ho at the Princess Hotel on Friday evening, October 7. Honored guests Governor GeneralSir Colville Young Sr, Prime Minister Dean Barrow […]

Tilapia bonanza for farmer Olivia Vasquez
Growing Tilapia with the help of the Taiwan Technical Mission at Central Farm has yielded a bonanza for woman farmer Olivia Vasquez of Sirena Village, Cayo district. With a guaranteedprice of $5.50 to $6.50per pound, her annual harvest of 6,000 – 8,000 pounds of beautiful red tilapia from eight ponds […]

Young Belizeans benefit from bartending and wait staff training
October 4th saw 37 young Belizeans graduate from Beltraide’s Bartending and Wait Staff training. Beltraide partnered with the Belize Institute of Mixology, a privately owned hospitality training company, to offer the program. Luis Alamilla, the owner and primary instructor, explained that this year’s group excelled in all areas and was […]

Strike rages on! BNTU not moved by PM
Schools will remain closed as the impasse between the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) and the Government of Belize continues. The BNTU and Prime Minister Dean Barrow held a four-hour meeting on Thursday, after which the Union said the strike was still on because GOB […]

BWU broke! Member blames executive! Executive says “no comment”
The executive of the Belize Workers Union (BWU) is planning a membership meeting to discuss its financial situation after leaked documents showed that tens of thousands of dollars are missing from its accounts. The documents were provided by a reliable source who accessed the Union’s […]

Gaspar Vega Named in Multi-Million dollar Land Hustle
On the heels of what seemed to be a less than productive meeting with the executive of the BNTU, Prime Minister Dean Barrow refused to entertain any questions about his former Deputy and senior UDP Minister Gaspar Vega. Vega has been named in what has all the appearances of institutionalized […]

Faber loses another SUV, this time to arson
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Patrick Faber has lost a second government-issued SUV in as many months, this time to arson. The government has linked this act of sabotage to the current strike by public school teachers. The incident happened at Faber’s Lord’s […]

Oceana concerned over seismic surveys
Cabinet, this week, approved plans for a Seismic Survey of Belize’s offshore areas. But Oceana, the environmental watchman, says the survey poses a grave threat to the country’s marine eco-system and has ominous implications dor the future of offshore drilling . The approval came after […]

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PUP demands that PM Barrow resigns
The People’s United Party (PUP) has issued a press release demanding that PM Barrow resigns. “Today the Government of Belize paid the Ashcroft Group US$67.5 million. This has drained the foreign reserves of Belize. Belize’s foreign reserves now stand at a dangerously low level,” […]

Courts Belize launches their ‘Island Home Collection’ brand
The Belize City branch of Courts Belize is launching, in style, the ‘Island Home Gallery ‘ brand of furniture. The event commenced this evening and will continue tomorrow, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Courts branch located on the Phillip Goldson […]

BNTU strike continues Monday; National demonstration planned for Wednesday
The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) met with PM Barrow yesterday afternoon in Belize City to discuss issues of the good governance agenda; however the meeting proved to be futile as the BNTU announced this afternoon that the strike will continue on Monday. At […]

A Government for all- more infrastructure in the south
Although the UDP won no seats in the South in 2012 and only one seat there in 2015, that part of the Country continues to enjoy its fair share of investment in National Development under the good stewardship of Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean […]

Arlington drive Residents plea for help to alleviate flooding
Residents of Arlington drive are pleading to the relevant authorities for help with the water situation in their area. The water appears to have settled in their residences previously forcing them and their children to walk through it daily. One would believe that this […]

Big time hustling at Land’s Department; GOB pays Gapi’s son $400,000 for land bought for $15,000
The Government of Belize is currently under a lot of pressure from the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) and Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) regarding corruption in the country. A new unveiling of a very controversial land deal has appeared at an […]

One man detained for burning DPM’s vehicle
Police have detained one man in connection with the burning of Deputy Prime Minister (DPM), Patrick Faber’s vehicle. The incident occurred around midnight on Wednesday and the video surveillance on the DPM’s property caught the culprit when he climbed the gate with a gallon […]


Self Defense and Can You Go 9 Days Phone-less?
As many of you know low season is upon us and my $700 128 GB Nexus 6p smart phone recently got stolen by an “Evil Houdini.” As one friend said after hearing my story, that guy is too good at his job. Thankfully I had 5 great people come to the rescue. 4 of them were willing to mule phones and the 5th was my wonderful Mom who wanted to make me feel better after being stung and put $300 in my Canadian bank account towards a new phone. While the following Act Fast on a Stolen Cell Phone was written more so for loosing a Smart phone in Belize, there are some great tips that apply anywhere. There are also some really good links to beef up your phone security and how to track it down from your laptop.

A Day of Shopping: The Macy’s, Staples and Philippine Embassy of Belize City
I like a day in Belize City. There. I said it. No, it is not Paris or New York. No, I would not recommend it to first time visitors to Belize. No, I don’t recommend taking a solo midnight stroll. (I REALLY don’t recommend that one.) But it has it charms. You don’t have to look too closely to feel like it’s 50 or 100 years ago. Yesterday I took the water taxi over (1.5 hour ride) for a day of shopping. Rain clouds were hovering over but I didn’t see rain all day like San Pedro did. My first stop? The Macy’s of Belize – Mirab’s. It is just steps away from the water taxi, just outside the Tourist Village Cruise Ship Dock. Inside, I found much of what I needed – light blankets, baking pans, towels and more. Things that I couldn’t find in San Pedro or ones that were much cheaper in Belize City.

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River of Life team to travel to Belize
The Destination Belize Mission Team from River of Life Community Church in Elkhart is traveling to Belize Nov. 5-12 to restore and renovate the childhood home of a famous Belizean pianist and composer, Frankie Reneau. Pastors Jim and Jenny Duncan purchased Frankie’s childhood home several years ago and had it moved to their mission property in Boston Village. When completed, the home will serve as their personal residence, a guest house, and a music studio for their School of Music. The public is invited to help fund this project by going to Duncan’s GoFundMe account and making a donation. River of Life Community Church has supported pastors Jim and Jenny Duncan for many years and has previously sent teams to work on projects to support their ministry in Belize. The church also supports other mission projects around the world.

What to Eat in the Jungle for Two Weeks
The great thing about access to grocery stores is the ability to have a hankering for something and then immediately be able to act on it by buying the necessary ingredients. Unfortunately the Central American jungle is lacking in major markets, so for multi-week stints camping beneath the tropical canopy, meal planning is an absolute necessity. This summer I spent 14 days sleeping in a jungle hammock in Belize’s Chiquibul Reserve, a tropical rainforest that is home to a huge range of animals, from crocodiles to jaguars to mosquitoes, all of which stole my blood. Most notably it’s the home of the country’s surviving scarlet macaws, a species whose numbers dwindled to barely more than 200 in recent years. The conservationist group Scarlet 6 Biomonitoring responded to this situation by planting volunteers (like me) beneath the nests of fledgling macaws in order to keep poachers from climbing up the trees and snatching the babies to sell in Guatemala. Five years of this have bumped the macaw population up to 300, which is great news.


  • Belize Day 2016, 10min. Belize Day 2016 at Hawthorn Park in Cicero, IL.

  • Excavation units are ready to go at Cahal Pech and International Archaeology Day, 1/2min.

  • This Video Shows What Not To Do When Facing A Hurricane, 1.5min. Going outside to experience the sheer force of a hurricane is never a good idea, however tempting it might seem. Case in point, the video shows a man in Bermuda as he “leans into the throes” of hurricane Nicole this week.

  • Intimately Yours, 24min. on Open Your Eyes...

  • Shake Your Shimmy - Belly Dance Performance, 27min. on Open Your Eyes...

  • Cocktails For The Manatees, 21min. “Cocktails with the Manatees,” an evening of pleasant socialization around this important cause. It will be held on Saturday October 15th, 2016, from 7:00pm to midnight at the Hour Bar Field on Princess Margaret Drive. Admission fee is $30, entertained by the GillHarry Band, drinks and light food will be on sale along with raffles and live action to raise funds to protect our manatees.Come and join us.

  • Congratulations Guillermo "Mito" Paz for having the oldest copy of The San Pedro Sun!, 1min.

  • History of The San Pedro Sun Exhibit. Thank you all for joining us!, 13min.

  • Tarpon Video, 1/2min. Slow motion video of Tarpon taking a sardine from a hand.

  • Belize - Caye Caulker - Inselabenteuer, 7min.

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