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Postponed until further notice, power outage previously scheduled to affect a portion of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.
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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro’s male U-15 advance to playoffs in Inter-District Football Tournament
The playoffs in the U-15 and U-17 Inter-District Football Tournament continues, with the remaining top teams fighting for a spot in the finals. San Pedro’s U-15 teams continue in the nationwide tournament, while its U-17 team was eliminated. The island’s U-15 will now head to northern Belize to face a crucial game against Orange Walk at the People’s Stadium on Saturday, August 24th. In the U-15, San Pedro and Orange Walk will face each other at the People’s Stadium. While Belize and Stann Creek will play at the Marion Jones Sports Complex in Belize City. Meanwhile in the U-17, Belize will host Corozal at the MCC Grounds, and Toledo will travel to Independence Village to take on Mid-South at the Michael Aschroft Stadium. Games in the U-15 begin at 1PM and in the U-17 at 3PM.

2019 National September Celebrations Calendar Now Available
The 2019 National Celebrations Calendar has been released today! While the calendar is sought after for the listing of events such as the Queen of the Bay Pageant, Carnival King and Queen Competition and the various municipalities' Carnival Road Marches. It is also a guide to the many national events that show our patriotism, our appreciation of our historical achievements and our love for Belize. The annual listing of national, traditional, patriotic and festive events will be delivered and available in your municipalities by the end of the week.

Ambergris Today

The 2019 National Celebrations Calendar Released
The 2019 National Celebrations Calendar has been released! While the calendar is sought after for the listing of events such as the Queen of the Bay Pageant, Carnival King and Queen Competition and the various municipalities' Carnival Road Marches. It is also a guide to the many national events that show our patriotism, our appreciation of our historical achievements and our love for Belize. The annual listing of national, traditional, patriotic and festive events will be delivered and available in your municipalities by the end of the week.

Official Sashing Ceremony For Miss San Pedro Delegates
It was a cozy social evening that the five beautiful delegates of the Miss San Pedro Pageant shared with their family members, their official sponsors and special invited guests. It was a time for the ladies to get to know each other and spend time with their sponsors. Each of the delegates was presented with their official sash bearing their sponsor’s name and were addressed by Mayor Daniel Guerrero and outgoing Miss San Pedro 2018 Miss Chelsea Munoz.

Team Belize Participates At XIX Central American Beach Volleyball Championship
Belize Volleyball Association Congratulates Team Belize on its Performance at the XIX Central American Beach Volleyball Championship The Belize Volleyball Association congratulates the athletes from all three Belize teams (Bryton Codd/Francis Hauze, Michael Jenkins/Edgar Martinez, and Emma Hoare/Clara Sabal) on their performance at the XIX Central American Men’s & Women’s Beach Volleyball Championship, held at Kukumba Beach, Old Belize from August 16-18, 2019. Our female team ended the tournament in 8th place out of 9 teams, and our two male teams finished 5th and 9th out of 10 teams.

The 2019 National Celebrations Calendar Released
All Belizeans, and the many visitors in Belize at this time, look forward to the more renowned 10th of September’s Official St. George’s Caye Day Ceremony and Parade, the 20th Night’s Official Flag Raising Ceremonies and Fireworks Displays, and the 21st of September’s Official Independence Day Ceremony and Citizen’s Parades. We take this opportunity to encourage your attendance to other key National events such as the Launch of the September Celebrations to be held in Punta Gorda on August 31st as this is the symbolic start of the month of celebration and patriotic pride.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Village Council update
It has been another busy week for the C.C.V.C. Firstly, we would like to sincerely express gratitude to Friends of Caye Caulker for sending out their equipment to work on our streets. We take the opportunity to sincerely thank Mr. Joshua and Mrs. Cassia Marin owners of Sassy Barge for ferrying the equipment free of charge to Caye Caulker. Without your contribution, this project would not be possible. We would also like to make special mention of Councilor Delcid for lending the Council his tank and use of his golf cart to wet the streets.

Power outage 6:00 am to 10:00 am on Sunday, August 25 to affect entire Orange Walk and Corozal Districts
BEL to replace protection device on the power distribution system at Copper Bank, transfer power load at Buena Vista Substation to mobile substation and conduct maintenance of Orange Walk Substation.

Showing of the Mexican film: They Called Me King Tiger
The Embassy of Mexico in Belize has the honor to invite the general public of Belize to the special presentation of the Mexican documentary film: They Called me King Tiger, directed by Angel Estrada Soto. Special screening on the occasion of National Day of Mexican Cinema 2019, cultural event to be held this upcoming, Friday August 23rd, 2019, 6:30 PM at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Belize City. Trailer.

Executive members of the Bi-National Watershed Alliance Meet
At a time when the dry weather seems to prevail and the streams and rivers are running an all time low, the work of the Bi-National Watershed Alliance has become more relevant. Executive members of the Alliance from both Belize and Guatemala, representing 20 communities, met to devise steps forward to strengthen their effort. This initiative was began by FCD since 2007.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Attends FOPREL Meeting in Mexico City
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Laura Tucker Longsworth, recently attended the 22nd Extraordinary Meeting of Presiding Officers of National Parliaments of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL) that was held in the Chamber of the Mexican Senate in Mexico City. The extraordinary meeting of FOPREL was held on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the regional institution that comprises of Legislative Assemblies/Congresses of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Belize.

Summerfest Ready!!!!
OYE's Summerfest 2019 kicks off at 6:30 a.m. today at our Coney Drive Studios.There'll be great performances from our talented kids! The Corozal Communitty College Dance Company is this year's special guest. The first 100 children get a backpack courtesy Caribbean Tires and the second 100 children get a gift package courtesy Wellworth. We've got raffles and lots of prizes. San Cas Ltd., Grace Kennedy Belize and Caribbean Tires will have booths with fun games and prizes. Bring out the family and come have fun with us. Summerfest 2019 begins at 6:30 a.m. Admission is free!

Public Meeting on Issues Affecting the New River (Corozal residents are urged to attend)
The Department of the Environment (DOE) will be holding a public meeting to present information on issues affecting the New River and to give the public the opportunity to voice their concerns on the matter. The DOE encourages the public to come out to be informed of the state of the river, corrective actions that have been taken, and future actions that will be put in place to protect the New River. The meeting will be held on Friday, August 23, 2019, at the Gala Lounge, located on the Belize/Corozal Road, Orange Walk Town, starting at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to participate in this very important meeting.

Back to the Grotto Vol. 2
The 1st Back to the Grotto dance was such an amazing success, the SIRH has set the date for the next one, and it's going to be on September 21st, which falls on a Saturday this year.

BTB Job Vacancy
The BTB is looking for a skilled lawyer to take on the role of Legal Counsel! If you are interested in applying, read below for more information.

CTO Caribbean Week
The Caribbean Tourism Organization is hosting its Caribbean Week which focuses primarily on Canadian Travel Trade and targeting higher end travel agencies in Canada.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Men in Black International, John Wick Chapter 3, Pets 2, Get Home Safe. *Note: the 'Frenemy'* Live comedy will be taking up both rooms until 9ish .. so there will be no movies at 7 but we will play John Wick and MA at 9:30, After the show.

KAKASBAL
Kakasbal or k'aak'as ba'al ( ka = twice, káas= bad, damn, baal = hidden) is a being of a evil nature belonging to Maya culture . It was said that Kakasbal confused people by speaking to them, because those who listened to him thought that his internal voice was the one who addressed them, and Kakasbal was actually the one who sought ruin, suffering, and separation from unity. This voice made men turn bad, violent, greedy, ambitious and ultimately impossible to satisfy. His only purpose on earth was to overshadow the hearts of mortals. It is said that few were those who realized the danger and emerged victorious, because when someone realized that a strange shadow was what caused the evil to pass away died for no apparent reason.

Hoarder’s Haven: Yard Sale
One person’s trash is another’s treasure... Hope Haven is having its monthly yard sale, and we need your help! While we have some great stuff available, we’re always on the lookout for more! If you’ve got any household goods or gadgets or lightly used clothing lying around, won’t you consider donating it for our yard sale? Large items/appliances? No problem! We’ll pick it up! Otherwise, your donations can be dropped off at Hope Haven Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, or Sunday from 3-7pm. Message us or call Kristina at 226-2333 to schedule a pick up for large items!

Channel 7

He Attacked, Stabbed and Robbed Grandma!
64 year old Fernanda Garcia is scarred and badly bruised tonight, but she is alive, having bravely fought off the assailant who attacked, stabbed and robbed her in her own home.  And the prime suspect is her own grandson! Allegedly because he wanted to rob grandma. It happened yesterday evening around 5:30 - shortly after he asked her for some money.  She told him that she didn't have any - but didn't take into account that, earlier on, he had seen her give her husband 10 dollars out of a purse that she keeps in her clothing.  Today, she told Cherisse Halsall about the attack:

Still No Arrests in Hattieville Bus Stop Slaying
Earlier this week, we told you about the murder of 47-year-old Clive Kevin Hyde in his home village of Hattieville.  On Monday evening at 4:00, this working man was in his security guard's uniform, and he was on the way to his job site at the Belize City Council. He was at the village bus stop, when two gunmen pulled up, shot him multiple time and ran off.  His family believes that his killers mistook him for someone else, and they also criticized the reaction time of the Hattieville Police, since the station is only a stone's throw away from the crime scene. Police told us what they know so far:

Grocery Store Held Up In King's Park
A mini supermarket was held up in the King's Park area of Northside Belize City today.  This after around 1:30, 4 robbers stormed into UN store near Lopez Mateos Park on D Street.  Reports say the men - three with guns and one with a knife - were in the store for quite a while as they locked the doors, terrorized the owners, and stole cash, as well as the two security recording systems.   They left in a white car that was waiting.  Police are still gathering information and we'll have more tomorrow.

Cops Say He Burnt Down Ex's House
On Monday's news, we took you to Lords Bank Village, where Kimberly Betancourt's home was destroyed by fire on Sunday night. Betancourt suspected arson, and the authorities have now agreed with her. They've since arrested and charged her ex-common-law husband, 32-year-old Jose Manuel Portillo, with arson. He was arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford, who explained to him that she will not take any plea because the charge is indictable. The police prosecutor made strong objections to bail, and though his attorney, Richard "Dickie" Bradley made counter submissions, the Senior Magistrate agreed with the prosecution. She remanded him to the Belize Central Prison until October 30th, his next court date. 

Public Officer Among those Charged For Drug Trafficking
A public officer was hauled to court in his uniform today after he was caught up in a weed arrest.  Employee of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Errol Sebastian, was allegedly along with 7 others who were found at a San Pedro residence where the cops collected 89 grams - about 3 ounces - of weed. They are 41 year old Victor Lara, 40 year old American national Breea Stanke, 34 year old Alex Salazar, 42 year old Sebastian Young, 25 year old Marcus Nunez, 30 year old Joslyn Daniels, 28 year old Hilberto Hoare, and 30 year old Camille Bodden. They were brought to Belize City where they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where they were charged for drug trafficking.

SICA Meets With Indigenous People
Today, representatives from SICA and members of Belize's indigenous groups met at the Biltmore. They discussed ways to improve the overall quality of life for the disadvantaged groups in Belize. We spoke to a SICA representative and two participants about the importance of inclusion.  Edly Hall - Central American Black Organization Rep.: "This meeting is part of a project of the general secretariat of SICA and it is accompanied by the civil society which is the CC SICA which is a part of SICA. This project has been sponsored mainly by the Duke of Luxembourg that is an observer of SICA and it's aimed to have full participation of indigenous groups and afro descendants. They are considered the most vulnerable groups in the area. The process is to have a diagnosis of what is the main situation and what possible projects can happen to attend those situations."

One Woman Takes A Stand Against SICA
Now while that meeting was going on inside the Biltmore, activist YaYa Marin Coleman staged a one-woman protest outside. She told us that the the representatives in the meeting should not be making decisions for the indigenous collective without consulting everyone. We also spoke to the acting president of the National Garifuna Council about Marin's protest and he said she should bring her views to the meeting. Here are YaYa's comments first, then National Garifuna Council's Acting President Andrew Castillo's response. YaYa Marin Coleman - Activist: "If this is the 4th meeting we are saying who will come back and tell we the decision they are making on African people behalf, they the move full steam ahead with no accountability so I am out here to alert Belizeans..." Courtney Weatherburne
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City Shooting Victim Clings To Life
On Monday's news, we told you about the shooting of 44-year-old Belize City resident, Brindel Munnings. On Sunday night at around 11:00, he had just left his home, located near the Inspiration Center. He was riding his bicycle on the way to Police Street, but before he arrived there, a gunman ambushed him in the alley and shot him multiple times. He was rushed to the KHMH in a critical condition. Police say his condition has worsened: 

Sinsonte Suspect Still At Large
We turn now to Monday night's shooting of 44-year-old Brian Chavarria. He's the mechanic from Sinsonte Street in Belmopan who was gunned down, allegedly by one of his friends. As we reported, Chavarria was socializing with several friends at his home, which is also his mechanic shop. He allegedly got into an argument with one of those friends, and he asked everyone to leave. For some unknown reason, one of those men returned to continue the confrontation, and, during the quarrel, that man allegedly pulled out a weapon and shot him in the chest. 

Man To Be Charged For Home Invasion/Rape
And police are getting ready to charge 1 man for a terrifying home invasion in Belize City, where the female victim was raped. Sometime during the hours of Friday night, August 16th, and the following Saturday morning, 2 men broke into the woman's home in Belize City, which is located along the George Price Highway. Once they gained entry, they sexually assaulted her.  When they escaping the following morning, the surveillance camera of a nearby business place captured them. Police were able to use that footage to build against one man, who has pending charges against him.  Here's more:

Faber's Shooting Still Unsolved
The cops were a bit more forthcoming when they discussed the Tuesday afternoon shooting of Lloyd Faber.  According to the cops, he was socializing with a friend on Amara Avenue when a vehicle drove up, and gunman jumped out and started firing shots at them: Supt. Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "Sometime about 3 p.m., police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where they observed Mr. Lloyd Faber suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. What police established is that he was along with another friend, sitting on Amara Avenue, when a vehicle stopped. Someone exited the vehicle and fired shots at him, causing the injury to him. Fortunately, it was a minor graze that he received. He was treated and discharged that same night."

Cops Following Up On Bus Accident
Today's press briefing also gave us an opportunity to ask about a traffic accident has left 30-year-old Carlos Pena hospitalized with multiple broken ribs. You'll remember him as the resident of Cristo Rey Village in Corozal. On Saturday, he was at the village bus stop waiting for a bus to get to work. One did stop, and he reportedly tried to board it, but someone from inside pushed him out, and he ended up under it. The bus then ran him over, severely injuring his abdomen, and left him with 9 broken ribs. You'll remember his father's outrage that his ordeal wasn't being given any priority, and so, we asked police about that complaint today:

Mitigating Farming Risks
Last night, we showed you the plight of the grain farmers from Blue Creek Village in Orange Walk.  The months-long drought that has been most intense the northern districts has decimated their corn crops. They are at risk of over 2 million dollars in revenue lost because the drought has stunted the growth of their corn.  They can't get any commercial value out of the crop, and so, most of it was salvaged to provide feed for cattle ranchers.  Yesterday, they showed us 2 separate fields of corn. One was kept healthy by mechanical irrigation, which they say is expensive and unsustainable. The other waited for the rain which never came, and the crop had to be scrapped.

The Sickle Cell Struggle Is Real
People living with, and parents having to care for kids with sickle cell disease know that it is a daily struggle.  Viewers will remember our April 2018 feature on 9 year old Orlando Romero from Punta Gorda and 18 year old Jasmine Ramclam – both suffering from sickle cell disease. Everyday continues to be a challenge for both of them. But the aren't the only ones battling this disease. We spoke to a city mother today who has two children with sickle cell disease: her 15 year old daughter Samica and her 1 year 7 month old baby boy Shaquan. This morning she told us of her struggles and why she needs your help and support to keep her kids alive.

Getting Safer Meds To Belizean
The Health Ministry, along with PAHO and an official from the UK's Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency just finished a 2 and half day meeting to talk about pharmaceuticals.  The ultimate objective is to ensure that medicines are safe for consumers. Here is more from the mission visit:

City Hall Closing Busy Street For Repairs
The City Council is planning some major repairs on one of the busiest stretches of street in the country.  Regent Street, from in front of the Supreme Court right up to the swing bridge will be closed form Sunday august 25th to Friday September 6th. The City Council's communication manager says it is much in need of repair:.. Tamara Minto - Communications Manager, The Belize City Council : "We're going to close from the end of the Battlefield Park to the swing bridge on Sunday August 25th and it will be closed until approximately before or on September 6th. At this time if you can notice on Regent Street It's the only section of Regent Street that the street desperately needs repair..."

Coope's Big Break
One of Belize's moist beloved national basketball team players Clency "Coope" Lopez has gotten a full basketball scholarship from Midland College located in Midland, Texas, USA. It's a huge break and the man who set it up for him is Milton Palacio - who also went to Midland Junior College before his career in the NBA.   Palacio told us that his former coach was looking for tough players, and Coope fit the bill: Milton Palacio - National Team Coach: "You know all year long he's telling me that he needed some players, he needed some guys that could play or had some heart and that could kind of send the school in a good direction, the program in a good direction, you know being tough and the way he coaches, I know he's a touch coach, so Coope came to mind. To be honest with you if I said that Coope came in mind the first year that I coached him, no - but after this tournament against the Bahamas and Cuba and Antigua, I felt Coope was ready.

Channel 5

65 Year-Old Woman is Stabbed by Grandson; He Steals her Money
A sixty-five-year-old woman is attacked by her own grandson while she is resting inside her house in the village of Trinidad, Orange Walk. Fernanda Garcia has lived alongside her husband [...]

2 Hispanic Men Sought for Murder of Kevin Hyde
The police today provided updates on a number of recent crimes.  Police say that they are looking for two Hispanic men who were in the area of the bus shed [...]

Who Shot Brindel Munnings?
While police could not confirm whether the killing of Kevin Hyde is a case of mistaken identity, investigators say that Belize City resident, Brindel Munnings was the intended target in [...]

The Search Continues for Main Suspect in the Shooting of Belmopan Mechanic
Police are also searching for Anthony Williams; he is the main suspect in the attempted murder of Brian Chavarria in Belmopan. On Monday night around eight o’clock, Chavarria was conversing [...]

Ministry of Agriculture Assessing Impacts of Deadly Drought in the North
The deadly drought in northern Belize is crippling farmers and by extension certain sectors of the agriculture industry. Corn farmers and soybeans producers in Blue Creek Village in the Orange [...]

Ministry of Agriculture and Famers to Discuss Way Forward
According to C.E.O. Jose Alpuche, not much can be done to assist farmers who have lost their investment in their corn plantations. He says that after the assessment, farmers will [...]

Water Taxi Fee Suspended for Now
There is good news for commuters tonight as a fee of one-dollar to have been imposed on passengers travelling on water taxis has been withdrawn.  The fee should have kicked [...]

City Hall Moves to Commercial Center
The Belize City Council is moving City Hall and its operations to the Commercial Center at Market Square, a year and a half into the term of Mayor Bernard Wagner [...]

Regent Street Closes to Vehicular Traffic
Relocating to Market Square will also inconvenience motorists in the downtown area for the next two weeks, beginning on August twenty-fifth.  The Belize City Council has announced that as of [...]

Is It the Right Time to Close Down Regent Street?
With the historic Swing Bridge under repair and Regent Street soon to be resurfaced, is it the opportune time for these works to be carried out, and is the schedule [...]

Suspect Detained for Oliver Peter’s Stabbing
There has been a breakthrough in the stabbing case of Oliver Peters, which occurred over the weekend. While the weapon used to inflict the wounds has not been recovered, Superintendent [...]

Who Targeted Lloyd Faber and Why?
He is well-known to the law, and on Tuesday afternoon around three o’clock, Lloyd Faber was targeted by a gunman on Amara Avenue, Belize City.  Faber was socializing with a [...]

9 Persons are Arraigned for 89 Grams of Weed
Even as the law allows for a person to be in possession of up to ten grams of weed, a group of nine persons, including a theologist, were before the [...]

International Decade for People of African Descent
The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent citing the need to the full enjoyment of rights such as economic, social and political [...]

Yaya Marin Coleman Rings the Bell for African Descendants in Belize
Chairperson of the United Black Association for Development, Yaya Marin Coleman today protested the two-day conference saying that the discussions held do not truly represent the interest of the black [...]

Alleged Arsonist Arraigned for Lord’s Bank Fire
An alleged arsonist was before the court to answer charges in respect of a fire at a woman’s house in Lord’s Bank Village.   Jose Manuel Portillo was arraigned for an [...]

Eugene Ramirez Violates Parole and is Back in Jail
After serving five of thirteen years for burglary, criminal figure Eugene Lloyd Ramirez of Taylor’s Alley is back in jail where he will serve an additional six months for violating [...]

Farmers Were Informed of Continuous Drought
Data collected from the National Meteorological Service of Belize confirms a short-term drought developing over the Corozal, Orange Walk and northern Belize Districts. This drought is gravely affecting the farmers [...]

Drought to Spread Across Belize
Meanwhile, areas under a short-term drought watch where short-term drought is also possible include southern Belize such as Stann Creek and the extreme northeastern portion of the Toledo district near [...]

Is Louis Zabaneh and Yellowman’s Row a Civil Matter?
On Friday, P.U.P. Dangriga Standard Bearer, Doctor Louis Zabaneh filed a complaint against macebearer Brian ‘Yellow Man’ Audinette, whom he claims repeatedly called him a thief during the sitting of [...]

Chester Williams Weighs in on Recent Drug Seizures
The police department has been successful in intercepting a number of drug shipments over the past few weeks and that achievement has been the result of intelligence led operations, as [...]

The 2019 National September Celebrations Calendar
The 2019 National September Celebrations Calendar has been released and is now available online and at municipalities across the country.  The calendar has all the details on highly anticipated events [...]

Belize Tax Service Department Refuses Visit of P.S.U. President & his Team
The recently elected President of the Public Service Union, Gerald Henry, has concluded three weeks of his countrywide familiarization tour. Henry traveled the country visiting government offices and while he [...]

Healthy Living: Advice for Parents
The summer is over, and schools across the country have begun re-opening their doors. Tonight’s Healthy Living offers some helpful advice for parents to aid their children through the upcoming [...]

The Reporter

A Closer Look At The Plan To Create A New LPG Gas Consortium
Much of Friday’s house meeting was spent chatting about China. Apart from the 50 million US dollar loan granted by the Taiwanese, there were some important pieces of legislation passed.

Robbery At Popular Chinese Grocer In Kings Park
The Reporter has confirmed that the UN Chinese store located in front of Lopez Mateos Park in the King’s Park Area was robbed this afternoon shortly after 1pm.

LOVE FM

YATA’s latest production: Wake
YATA is famous for hosting theatre production which seeks to explore the challenges faced by our society. This year’s production is entitled “Wake” and it will be held at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts. Joseph Stamp-Romero, the Director of YATA, said that the production looks at ethical differences that exist in our society. …

Nine charge for drug trafficking
A group of nine persons including a theologist appeared in Belize City Magistrate’s Court on a charge of drug trafficking. 41-year-old Victor Lara, a tour guide along with his common-law wife, 40-year-old, Breea Sanker; an American national of SpringField Missouri, 34-year-old, Alex Salazar; a resident of San Pedro, 42-year-old Sebastian Young, tour-guide and boat captain …

San Pedro man went missing in Benque
18-year-old, David Marcos Hob, a resident of San Pedro, went missing while he was visiting family and friends in Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Cayo District. Love News spoke to his mother, Sharon Torres, who said that the last time she saw her son was a month ago when he left the island. Sharon Torres, Mother …

Bees attack in Lord’s Bank Village
This morning members of a family came under attack by Africanized bees also known as killer bees. The attack sent them retreating into their home for refuge. Love News spoke with Shandae Moody about the incident. Shandae Moody, Bee Attack Victim: “This morning my mom and my dad were outside, we were bathing the dog …

Jose Portillo charge for arson
32-year-old, Jose Manuel Portillo was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford on a single charge of arson; however, no plea was taken since the matter is indictable. The prosecutor, Corporal Kennard Clark had objected to bail since the accused threatened the victim and actually followed through with his threats by burning down the victim’s home. …


The month of September is upon us and, as such, the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) has issued the 2019 September Celebrations calendar. As every Belizean knows, September is a month full of activities for adults and children throughout the country. To highlight some of the activities, we start at the end of …

A mother struggles to take care of her children with Sickle Cell
Sickle Cell disease is a life-threatening blood disorder which results from the lack of sufficient red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout your body. Stephanie Garnett has not one but two children with the disease. Love News spoke to Garnett and her daughter, Samica Nicholas about the trials they face as a result of the …

Pathlight 2019 Scholarship Awards
School days are described as the best days of your life and for those students who receive scholarships, it should be even sweeter. Over the summer we have been reporting on different organizations which have been lightening parents’ financial burden that accompanies higher education. Pathlight International is the latest organization which has issued scholarships to …

Teachers must undergo training to maintain their full license
As we told you teachers have been given until December 1, to apply for their full teachers’ license. Ministry of Education, Chief Education Officer Dr Carol Babb, spoke to the media on the deadline, adding that teachers are required to do one hundred and twenty clock hours over a five-year period in order to keep …

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize City Council hosts back to school drive for children of fallen employees
Today, the Belize City Council held its second annual back to school drive. This initiative […]

Elderly woman stabbed by relative who demanded money from her
An elderly woman has been treated and released after she was attacked by a relative. […]

Shyne Barrow to hold 5th annual school bag distribution in Mesopotamia
Shyne Barrow will distribute 1,000 school bags to the children in the Mesopotamia constituency this […]

Police: Brian Chavarria shot by a friend in Belmopan
Last Monday night, Brian Chavarria was shot at his home in Belmopan. Police say that […]

Two Hispanic men sought for murder
Hattieville police have confirmed that two Hispanic men are being sought for the murder of […]

Brother punches sister in Belize City; gets fine $800
An argument between siblings this week escalated to a full-blown public confrontation, leaving a father […]

National Security Minister engages in senior officers conference
The Minister of National Security, John Saldivar is engaged in a 2-day Senior Officers Conference. […]

“Coope” Lopez to Midland College on basketball scholarship
Smart Belize Hurricanes and Belize National Team point guard Glency “Coope” Lopez is off to […]

Robbery in Belize City
Authorities are investigating a robbery that occurred shortly after 1 pm today. The culprit/s targeted […]

Cayo Animal Welfare Society to host fundraiser event this month
If you are an animal lover, a fan of sweet treats or both, the Cayo […]

BELTRAIDE Launches 2nd Edition of Made in Belize Catalogue
EXPORTBelize, a unit of BELTRAIDE, will be launching the 2nd Edition of the Made in […]

Belize~ The $90 Million Land Tax heist
The stroke of a politicians pen in Belize can make you or break you! All investors in Belize are at the mercy of the broad […]

Blogs

Is Belize Safe?
Since I write about Belize, I do get questions: IS BELIZE SAFE? Is Belize safe for single travelers? Is Belize safe for women? For older travelers? Is it safe to ride the bus in Belize? My immediate answer is YES. Belize is safe to visit. I have been safe and felt safe here for 12 years living full time on Ambergris Caye. But like almost everywhere else on earth, there is crime in Belize. And like the Caribbean and Central America (and most of the world), a lot of it is related to the drug trade. If you use your common sense, follow a few basic guidelines and tips, your trip should be fun and safe.

Bar Hopping on Ambergris Caye!
IF YOU LIKE TO GO OUT AND ENJOY A COCKTAIL, HERE ARE OUR TOP 15 BARS FOR YOU TO CHOOSE FROM WHEN VISITING SAN PEDRO TOWN! here is ONLY one Palapa bar and it is owned by Scott and Jodie! This is an institution here on Ambergris Caye. If you are looking for a romantic place to grab a glass of champagne, or try a French 75 cocktail, the Victoria House, located south of town, is your stop. The grounds are magnificent, the view of the Caribbean Sea is breathtaking. We are placing Boca Del Rio Drive as a one stop shop. Sandy Toes is our first stop when Belize Happy Adventure guests arrive. Ishmael (“Ish”), your happy owner, awaits you. He’ll regale you with fun local stories

Babymoon Bliss in Belize
our little bundle of joy is on the way and you’ve decided to go on a babymoon as final hurrah before the big arrival! You know exactly what you’re looking for in a vacation-quality time with your partner, relaxation, comfort and a great place to spend your days reading books and catching up on the little pleasures you soon might not have time for. Firstly, you don’t want to travel too far and, where possible, you should keep flying time at a minimum when pregnant. Belize is an easy flight from many major North American destinations, with flight times of approximately 2-3 hours on average. This gives you more time to enjoy your pre-baby escape with less travel stress.

International Sourcesizz

Forecasters keeping a watchful eye on Atlantic basin as season heads into 'tropical red zone'
AccuWeather forecasters are keeping a watchful eye on the skies over the Atlantic hundreds of miles off the southeastern coast of the United States as peak hurricane season, or the "tropical red zone" as AccuWeather Chief Broadcast Meteorologist Bernie Rayno likes to call it, gets underway in earnest. The Atlantic hurricane season peaks around Sept. 11, on average, and just this week a brief tropical storm flirted with hurricane forecasters. During the next couple of weeks, the risk of additional tropical storm and hurricane formation will increase substantially from its midsummer lull. But things can change rapidly, particularly given the developing conditions in the Atlantic Ocean and in the atmosphere above it. As Rayno puts it, "The entire Atlantic basin is open for business."

CARIBBEAN TRAVEL NEWS ROUNDUP- AUGUST 23, 2019
Here are the top stories making news on the Caribbean travel scene for the week-ending Aug. 23, 2019: A Connecticut man made an appearance in an Anguilla court Thursday to answer charges in the death of a hotel worker. The next preliminary hearing is set for September 9th and expected to last five days. Two men working on the Carnival Fascination cruise are being dubbed heroes are rescuing a girl in a wheelchair who fell into the water in St. Thomas.

Barbados draw with Belikze in CONCACAF opener
A spirited performance by the ladies of the Barbados U17 national football team saw them earn a draw last night at the Barbados Football Association (BFA) Wildey Turf as Group C of the Concacaf Women’s U17 Championship kicked off. Barbados came from behind to tie with Belize 1-1 in front of a small but appreciative home crowd. The opening minutes for the lady Tridents displayed some nerves and the visitors took advantage of this with a number of early attacks on the Barbados goal.

Videos

  • Student volunteers of the National Tsing Hua University, 32min. Student volunteers of the National Tsing Hua University have been routinely making visits to the country to support schools and educational programs locally. Today we caught up with the student volunteers to talk about their experience in Belize and how it has impacted them.

  • Bruk it Down Jenny - Getting Children ready to go back to school, 42min. Bruk It Down with Jenny focused on getting children ready to go back to school. Jenny Lovell, Mental Health Therapists, gave us guideline of how to prepare children both physically and mentally to get back into a school routine. She also talked about the important conversations parents need to have with children who are transitioning from one level of schooling to the other.

  • The Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) - Health at Work, 22min. The Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) is holding an introductory workshop about Safety and Health at Work. The main objective is to provide participants with an overview of the concepts of Occupational and Health Safety at work both for employers and employees. We talked with Yorshabell Cattouse, Manager Member Relations, about the content of the training and the benefits to participants. She also provided an update on the work of BCCI and NTUCB and the OSH Bill.

  • Jenny-Lee Cruz is the winner of KTV-The Remix Season 3, 6min. This season of KTV-The Remix came to a close on Tuesday night with a spectacular show. The Bliss was overflowing with fans from all over in anticipation of the announcement of the 2019 KTV champ. A total of four bands performed as the three finalists belted away their closing number before enthusiast supporters. The audience was on their feet as Jenny Lee Cruz from Roaring Creek proved to have the talent to take home the ten thousand dollars in cash plus a long list of prizes. In second place was Maureen Budram and in third was Orelle Castillo, both from Dangriga. Here is a report with Dalila Ical.

  • Keeping Garifuna Cultural Experience alive, 1min.

  • Miss Queen of the Bay 2019-20, 3min. August 31, 2019 and work their way to the prestigious crown of Miss Queen of the Bay 2019-20.



  • Official Presentation Belize National Team Coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese, 35min.

  • Places to Grab a Bite in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 6.5min. We rented a golf cart from Rock's so we could hit some of our favorite spots like the Truck Stop, Palapa Bar, Carlo and Ernie's Runway Bar and Wayo's and find some new favorite spots like Latitudes, Elvi's Kitchen, PUR, Sandy Toes and Croc's Sunset and Sports Bar...

  • Honduras and Belize Fly Fishing, 6.5min. 2018 Trip to Roatan, Honduras, as well as Belize, was full of learning opportunities, connecting with people, and fly fishing.

  • The Prophecies of Chilam Balam from 1980-2060, 15min. The Books of Chilam Balam are sacred books of the Yucatec Maya.

  • Talk Ah Di Town August 22, 2019, 21min.

  • Consultation on Hol Chan Marine Reserve protection strategies held on San Pedro, 5min. A consultation on the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and protection strategies was held on the island with over two dozen residents attending.

  • San Pedro, Belize, 6min.

  • Belize City Cruise Port Tour Sightseeing the City on Carnival Freedom, 28min.

  • SIMS Learning Session: Belize Advanced Mapping Training, 27min. Ashley Schmeltzer and Dan Joseph, both GIS Officers with the American Red Cross, discuss their learnings and experience with conducting an advanced training on mapping tools and techniques to connect to Red Cross projects. Tools include are focused on OpenStreetMap and open source including: Field papers, OpenMapKit (OMK), Street-level imagery with Mapillary, drone imagery collection with OpenDroneMap and OpenAerialMap, and Portable OpenStreetMap (POSM).

  • Mahi mahi fishing aboard the Shelbydee in Belize, 3min. A day well spent with good friends on the intrepid

  • 3rd annual Grand Caribe Deep Sea Classic 2019(Belize), 2min. First place winning fish. Tournament at Ambergris Caye Belize

  • Belize Day 2, 3min. This time we dived down the Blue Hole. Afterwards, we visited a trench not too far from the Hole and met some friendly friends.

  • Introduction to Belize, 3min. A revamp of Belize Tourism Board's(BTB) "Be One With Belize" video. Special Thanks to Minister of Tourism, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. for allowing us to borrow some clips in an effort to market Belize and all its natural, wonder to the world.

  • Macaws at Sleeping Giant!, 1/2min. Gosh look at how many macaws are at Sleeping Giant! Right now! It would be wonderful if this becomes their chosen spot.

  • It’s coral spawning season in the Caribbean. , Pretty cool images and videos shared on this platform. Anyone noticing signs on night dives? Dendrogyra spawning last night (August 18, 2019 +3 AFM) in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, observed by The Nature Conservancy and amazing volunteer divers from STX East End Marine Park, Coral World, and University of the Virgin Islands.
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    10 hours ago
    One person’s trash is another’s treasure... Hope Haven is having its monthly yard sale, and we need your help!

    While we have some great stuff available, we’re always on the lookout for more! If you’ve got any household goods or gadgets or lightly used clothing lying around, won’t you consider donating it for our yard sale?

    Large items/appliances? No problem! We’ll pick it up! Otherwise, your donations can be dropped off at Hope Haven Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, or Sunday from 3-7pm. Message us or call Kristina at 226-2333 to schedule a pick up for large items!

    Otherwise, please join us on Thursday and Friday, August 29-30, to come check out some great stuff at great prices!

    100% of proceeds go towards Hope Haven operations, which include our children’s shelter and food bank meal services.
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    Paradise Theater playing this weekend:

    Men in Black International
    John Wick Chapter 3
    Pets 2
    Get Home Safe

    *Note: the 'Frenemy'* Live comedy will be taking up both rooms until 9ish .. so there will be no movies at 7 but we will play John Wick and MA at 9:30, After the show.

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    Weather
    10 hours ago
    Areas under a short-term drought watch where short-term drought is also possible include southern Belize such as Stann Creek and the extreme northeastern portion of the Toledo district near Savannah. Areas under a long-term drought watch where long-term drought is possible to include the Belize and Cayo districts as well as most of the Stann Creek district. Gordon says that the weather is expected to return to its neutral state by early November.

    Ronald Gordon, Climatologist

    “We are looking at some parts of the country indeed in the west and so on that may be experiencing long term drought in the future. When we bring up those terms there are looking at two factors. We are looking at past rainfall and projected rainfall. In an area might be receiving below normal rainfall at the moment but we don’t have them under drought, it might be because out forecast for the future is projecting that they will be getting some rainfall in the future. The models are suggesting that the current weak and moderate that we had is gradually dissipating and we are looking to a return that is called a neutral condition that is average temperature in the Pacific.”

    There is no short-term drought concern elsewhere over the country.

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    Hol Chan Marine Reserve takes 2019-2024 Management Plan to Public Consultation.

    A consultation on the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and protection strategies was held on the island with over two dozen residents attending.

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    News
    11 hours ago

    Mitigating Farming Risks

    Last night, we showed you the plight of the grain farmers from Blue Creek Village in Orange Walk. 

    The months-long drought that has been most intense the northern districts has decimated their corn crops. They are at risk of over 2 million dollars in revenue lost because the drought has stunted the growth of their corn. 

    They can't get any commercial value out of the crop, and so, most of it was salvaged to provide feed for cattle ranchers. 

    Yesterday, they showed us 2 separate fields of corn. One was kept healthy by mechanical irrigation, which they say is expensive and unsustainable. The other waited for the rain which never came, and the crop had to be scrapped.  

    So, we wondered will the local farmers be able to adapt to survive weather and climate change? Here's what they told us about that:

    Albert Rempel - Grain Farmer, Blue Creek Village
    "We don't have any irrigation. We have tried to get into it, but it's very costly to get into. So, on a farm that's struggling to try and stay above water, it's almost impossible to get into because you have to invest so much more money, it's almost impossible for that same farm to pay for that kind of investment. If we at a better place where we didn't have all the debts to pay already, then it could still pay for itself."

    Rodney Dyck - Grain Farmer, Blue Creek
    "There's that one year out of every 4 or 5 years where things go well, and you enjoy it so much that you try. It sounds like I'm a gambler right? [laughs] We try to reduce the risk as much as possible. And so, we try to invest in as much reduction in risk as possible. So, this past year, I sloped my fields. And I figured, we get too much rain back here sometimes, where the road that you see here floods, and that floods the whole field. So, I put the levees around my field, and I sloped the field. So, I figure that's my insurance. We can't buy crop insurance like they can in the US, so we do what we can to insure. And then, irrigating, and pivot irrigation, making reservoirs, making wells, that's all stuff that we can do, but that costs a lot of money. And so, those are things that we'll have to try for the future, see if we can get the financing to make our own insurance for our crops."

    Hon. Jose Mai - Area Rep., Orange Walk South
    "Other countries implement crop insurance. Mexico, right over the river from where we were today, they have crop insurance, not for everything. But, they do have crop insurance. I have heard the CEO said it's too expensive for us, but I don't know."

    This evening, we spoke with Jose Alpuche, the Agricultural Ministry CEO, and he told us that the corn farmers are not the only ones that have been hit hard by the drought. Currently, the Ministry is conducting an exercise to assess the losses within the agricultural sub-sectors.

    Alpuche told us that the Agricultural Ministry does not have resources to aid farmers in times like these where disaster recovery is needed. So, they will have to intercede on their behalf to the Ministry of Finance, to what recovery efforts may be available to them. The Ministry will also try to assist farmers to convince their creditors to re-schedule their loans, that they can better manage repayment and recovery during this time of need.

    Additionally, there are talks between the Government and the World Bank and other international institutions for the creation of a disaster recovery fund to aid farmers during emergencies such as this one. Unfortunately, these farmers who were affected by this drought will not enjoy the benefit of this initiative, since it is still not finalized.

    Also, last year, the Agricultural Ministry started an initiative with the International Fund for Agriculture and Development to 23 communities in the country that is made up of small farmers. The program is called Resilient Rural Belize, and the premise is to implement climate-smart agricultural practices to become more resilient to climate change and to mitigate the damage of natural disasters.

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    The City Council is planning some major repairs on one of the busiest stretches of street in the country. Regent Street, from in front of the Supreme Court right up to the swing bridge will be closed form Sunday august 25th to Friday September 6th.

    The City Council's communication manager says it is much in need of repair:..

    Tamara Minto - Communications Manager, The Belize City Council
    "We're going to close from the end of the Battlefield Park to the swing bridge on Sunday August 25th and it will be closed until approximately before or on September 6th. At this time if you can notice on Regent Street It's the only section of Regent Street that the street desperately needs repair. There is no ideal time for closures such as this. It's a busy street regardless of any time of the year. It is not the most ideal time we know that it will have a lot of inconvenience for our residents but we do thank you for your support and cooperation but at this time we really find it necessary that we need to close and repair the street leading up to the swing bridge prior to the September celebrations especially because that is almost upon us. This will actually make for a much better drive downtown, no more potholes just before you come on the bridge. We will have a continuity of a better road all the way down Regent Street."

    In other news from City Hall, the Council is moving into its new digs at the renovated Commercial Center.

    The City council will be fully operational for service to the public at their New location on Monday August 26th.

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