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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.

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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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    9 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
    9 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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    10 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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    Yesterday at 05:31 PM
    Present Condition: Partly cloudy, clearing to the north.

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    Caye Caulker
    Yesterday at 05:24 PM
    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.

    The C.C.V.C. street staff have nicely trim most streets where the grass was over grown. The private school, La Isla Carinosa Academy have acquired their playground set, the Caye Caulker Traffic Department have set up a school zone in this area to avoid any of the children being hurt. We ask drivers to please be cautious on approaching both schools as our children return to school. We continue to strive to work together for the progress of our community.

    Thank you!

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    Environment
    Yesterday at 02:38 PM
    For all of us suffering from Sargassum, consider this:

    There is a connection between the Sargasso Sea and eels. Eels spawn in the Sargasso Sea and then return to Europe.

    Young eels - smoked, fried, and otherwise prepared - are considered a delicacy in northern Europe and Japan.

    There is a shortage of eels

    Perhaps, their breeding ground has been disrupted?

    Perhaps there is an enterprising person/company/organization/country, which can corral the seaweed, and produce eels……….. make money and save the Caribbean?
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    Specials and Events

    Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.


    The San Pedro Sun

    Copa San Pedro Opening Season rolls into week 3
    The third week of the opening season of the 2019 Copa San Pedro saw six intense games between Thursday, August 15th and Sunday, August 18th. The teams competing over the weekend included G-Strikers, San Pedrito Scorpions, Terror Squad FC, Captain FC, Legends, Los Catrachos, Assassins, Boca Bombers FC, Alaia, Ambergris Hopes FC, San Pedro High School (SPHS) and Genesis FC.

    CrossFit Wolf excels in first edition of Cancun Games
    Over the weekend of August 17th and 18th, seven athletes from CrossFit Wolf competed at the first ever Cancun Games held in Cancun, Mexico. The CrossFit competition tested the skills and endurance levels of the competitors in beginners, intermediate, masters, RX-advanced and teen categories. At the end of the two-day event, Gabriel Nuńez Jr. managed to place second in the intermediate category making his CrossFit box and the island very proud. The other members of the delegation from Ambergris Caye included Lilian Matute, who competed in the beginners’ category, followed by Gian Rivero and Jonathan Reyes in the intermediate division. Rene Reyes Jr. and Marko Pech competed in the RX-advance division, and Karissa Vasquez participated in the teen category.

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    Fish Kill upriver from Tower Hill
    A resident from the Tower Hill area sent us these photos taken earlier today upriver from the Tower Hill bridge -- a massive fish kill. The foul smell is affecting quality of life and businesses along the river. This is heart wrenching to watch, but shows that while the river may have cleared up downstream from the bridge, the problem still persists -- our New River is suffering.

    Corozal, it's Soca Overload!
    September 7th @ SKY BAR

    BELIZE FISHING REPORT: AUGUST 11, 2019 THROUGH AUGUST 18, 2019
    Good weather and wind conditions for most of the week provided plenty of action on all of the areas that El Pescador guides fish. On the windy days; anglers still managed to land some nice fish in protected areas. Bonefish action was good even on windy days. Anglers have done well landing larger than average Bones.

    Missing Person in San Pedro
    18-year-old David Marcos Hob of San Pedro Town was reported missing today, Wednesday, August 21st. According to police, he was reportedly last seen sometime in July of this year by his mother. David is of a dark complexion with short afro hair, about 5 feet 2 inches tall. He is slim and has a round face. If seen kindly call 911, 922 or the nearest police station.

    September Celebrations Calendar Released Today!
    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.

    Official Sashing Ceremony for the Miss San Pedro Beauty Pageant at El Patio Restaurant
    Eileen Reyes - Miss Jaguars Temple Night Club, Litzy Castillo - Miss Ramon’s Village, Helen Barrera - Miss Toucan Gift Shops, Tanisha Rhaburn - Miss Castillo’s Hardware, Blanca Velásquez - Miss Captain Sharks.

    Vote for Destination of the Year
    Have a favorite Belize destination? Now you can vote for it to win Destination of the Year at this year’s National Tourism Awards! This new category will allow you to vote once a day for your favorite destination. BTB’s National Tourism Awards introduces a new award of Destination of the Year where you get to pick the winner! Vote below for your favorite destination* in Belize and it’ll receive an award at the ceremony on October 19th. You can vote once a day until September 26th, so share this link with friends and family!

    How the Mayas Abused their White Prisoners
    "On the 12th of Aril Lieutenants Plumridge and Twigge report to Seymore (the Governor) on their mission to demand an apology from the Santa Cruz Mayas. They say they and their entire party were taken prisoner and conducted to the Temple of the Speaking Cross. The Oracle spoke at midnight defying the British Government and Army. For the next three days they say they were subjected, 'to the most degrading familiarities' such as being pulled and hauled about, forced to swallow red pepper, drink vast quantities of aniseed. hug and kiss the Chief, and dance and sing"

    TEAM BELIZE WINS GOLD & SILVER!
    Glenford Williams and Kenrick Gordon of Team Belize (Athletics) who captured GOLD and SILVER in the 100 Metres Race at the 2019 U15 CODICADER Games in Tegucigalpa, Honduras!!! Good luck to the Belize delegation participating in Athletics, Volleyball, and football!

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    Cops Look to Mental State Of Mother of Strangled 9 Year Old
    Tonight, the mother of 9 year old Danielle Hall is under scrutiny as the likely suspect in the child's death by strangulation. The little girl was found dead on Friday morning at her Unitedville home. After relatives heard a commotion, the father, Daniel Hall rushed home from work to find his little girl dead and his common law wife, Emily, in an altered state. But, the Commissioner of police told the media that the DPP will have to decide on charges because of the mother, Emily Ico's mental state:...

    Cops Trying to Curb the Hostility At Girls' Hostel
    The Commissioner also commented on ongoing problems at the youth hostel at mile 21 on the Western Highway. For the past weeks, we've been receiving multiple reports of girls breaking out of the facility - and it happened again last night. Williams said it is a sore and difficult subject from a law enforcement perspective:... Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: "We need to do something where youth hostel is concerned and I had tasked Mr. Vidal and Mr. Dawson to go and meet with the administrators of the youth hostel to see what can be done to prevent this constant escape..."

    Senator Designate Zabs Complains About "Yellows"ť
    Switching now to a police matter that intersects with politics - the new PUP Senator Designate, Dr. Louis Zabaneh claims he had a harsh introduction to the Parliament building on Friday from no less than the mace bearer, Sergeant at Arms, Brian Audinett, known as Yellowman. Zabaneh - who is the PUP standard bearer for Dangriga and was in the gallery at Friday's House meeting. He made a police complaint that Audinett insulted him. We heard the commissioner got involved to tell police not to act on the complaint, so we asked him why today:

    Canuck Confesses To Cultivating Cannabis In Corozal
    Yesterday, police - acting on Special Branch intelligence - found a marijuana nursery behind a Canadian man's home on the Sarteneja road. At around midday, police searched the residence of 48 year old Mathew MEREDITH at 31 ½ Miles on the Sarteneja Road. Police told him they were looking for drugs and he admitted to having loose weed in the house, and weed trees at the back. Police found that he had no less than a marijuana nursery, including marijuana drying in the house, 52 cloned marijuana plants, 40 marijuana plants in plastic buckets up to 3 feet in height, and 25 plants in the ground up to 5 feet 8 inches tall.

    Do Marijuana Movements Cause Murders?
    And, while Meredith says his weed was for medical purposes; the fact is, trafficking marijuana is big business across Belize. In the past two months, police have found large amounts stowed in the Belize district - most recently Scotland Half Moon - where almost 40 pounds were found last Friday. And while possession of 10 grams or less is legal, trafficking is not legal in any quantity. And wherever drugs are trafficked, large sums of money are involved. When busts are made, those large sums of illicit monies are lost, and - often - persons involved in the trade, get killed.

    Manslaughter Cops Dismissed
    Two police constables, Leonard Nunez and Hallett King got off a manslaughter conviction with time served. It is a decision bitterly rejected by the family of the man they killed, Hilberto Sotz. And while they walked out of court free after serving less than two years, we learnt today that the two men have been dismissed from the police department because of that conviction.

    Man Gets 2 Years For Molesting 8 Year Old Girl
    Moises Flores, charged with sexual assault of a child, was sentenced to 2 years today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. The incident occurred some time in 2017. The child, who was 8 years old at the time, testified that Flores went to where she was lying on a bed, fondled the child with penetration, and then told her not to tell anyone otherwise he would kill her and her family.

    The In's And Out's Of Teacher Licensing
    As we told you on Monday, the deadline for the renewal of full teaching licenses has been extended until December 1st, 2019. One of the requirements to maintain the license is that the teacher undertake 120 hours of Continuous Professional development which must be completed within a five year period. This has caused concern among teachers who have completed masters degrees in educational leadership. There is concern that despite their efforts to obtain higher qualification there is a possibility of their licenses being revoked, should they choose not to participate in the Ministry of Education's mandated courses.

    Pathlight Pupils
    62 outstanding Belizean students received scholarships from Pathlight international this morning at their Belize City offices. Pathlight is a faith based program that provides teacher training and works with sponsors to offer what they claim to be the only comprehensive high school scholarship in the country. We stopped by their scholarship ceremony to find out more about the organization and all the ways in which they are supporting education in Belize.

    Cab Secss Son Gets Student Debt Write-off From Parliament
    Every so often, the Minister of Finance has to take write off motions to the house. That is where government has irrecoverably lost an asset or funds, and must write it off. But, it cannot do so without parliament's approval. The write off's don't usually attract much attention or controversy, but one of them from Friday's meeting did. That's because it was a write off for a student loan to Cabinet Secretary Carlos Perdomo's son. Here's the reading of this write off:

    Compol Goes Back To Gunglung
    So far on the news tonight, you've seen the Commissioner of Police in a couple of stories. We met him back in his old haunts, the Eastern Division on a police meet and greet. We haven't covered one of those in over a year - but Williams says the exercise continues. And today in the Gungulung area he said he got some valuable feedback:

    The Curfew Continues
    Residents also asked the commissioner about the ongoing children's curfew in Belize City. It was launched a month ago, and the COMPOL says it is working:,..,

    Compol's Gripes With Gualberto
    We also pressed the commissioner to report to the media on the situation with Superintendent Gualberto Garcia. He's the adjudicator for police tribunals who was removed from that post with immediate effect on Friday. That's two days after he ruled against a directive from the commissioner. That directive was the police officer under interdiction for the manslaughter of Allyson Major, Corporal Kent Martinez could still be a defence advocate in a tribunal. It is considered irregular for a cop under interdiction to act as an advocate in a tribunal.

    Cops Catch Aggravated Burglar, Seek One More
    And in other police news, there was a home invasion and sexual assault at a home on the George Price Highway on Saturday morning. It happened at mile one at around 8:00 am. Using surveillance video from a nearby business, police have been able to charge one person and are looking for one more:.. "There was a home invasion over the weekend, could you talk to us that investigation and if anybody has been arrested?"

    Drought Decimates Corn Crops In North
    Last night, we told you how the extended drought in the northern districts has devastated the corn farmers of Blue Creek Village in Orange Walk. Well today, we got to see the extent and cost of the damage to this year's corn crop first hand. Daniel Ortiz has that story: Rodney Dyck - Grain Farmer, Blue Creek Village: "It's supposed to be twice this size, 3 times this size for sure. At this stage, you'd call it the stage to make tamalitos. But, there's nothing left."

    Any Relief For Farmers?
    So, now that the Belizean public knows the extent of the pain that the drought has inflicted on these farmers from Blue Creek, is there any aid that they can access to mitigate the financial loss? That's what we asked their Orange Walk South Area Representative today:

    Fish Kill On New River
    The drought is also affecting the New River - which has now witnessed a massive fish kill. An organization called Friends of the New River, said, quote, "A resident from the Tower Hill area sent us these photosupriver from the Tower Hill bridge. The foul smell is affecting the quality of life and businesses along the river. This is heart-wrenching to watch, but shows that while the river may have cleared up downstream from the bridge, the problem still persists - our New River is suffering" End quote. The Department of Environment has scheduled a Public Consultation on Friday night in Orange Walk Town, and most-likely, these photographs will be brought up.

    Play Named Wake is "Woke"
    If you're a fan of the theater you won't want to miss the premiere of Wake, a play written and directed by Joseph Stamp Romero. This is the 6th production organized through Romero's Youth Advocacy through Arts program, an organization that seeks to create social change through the arts. Azizi Hoy who plays Nadia in this weekend's production stopped by our studio to tell us about the play and why it's extremely relevant to the modern Belizean experience.

    Scott Regional Boss Non Comital on Sale
    For weeks, there have been murmurs about a rumoured sellout of Scotiabank's Belize operation. Well, the Bank has denied it and, last week, the Central Bank put out a release saying, quote, "Scotiabank's management has not advised the Central Bank of any proposal to sell their Belize operations to another bank." And, today, the Jamaica Gleaner quotes David Noel, the head of Scotia Group Jamaica, who oversees specific countries in Scotiabank International's regional operations.

    September Playbill Released
    Better late than neverThe 2019 National Celebrations Calendar, or playbill was released today. Notably, the Carnival Road March will be held on Saturday September 7th, and the 21st official ceremony and parade will be held on Saturday the 21st even though the Monday is a holiday.

    Another Missing Male On San Pedro
    Another man has been reported missing one San Pedro. Her is 18 year old David Marcos Hob a Belizean of San Pedro Town. He was reported missing on August 21, 2019, and reportedly last seen sometime in the month of July 2019, by his mother.

    Channel 5

    Blue Creek Farmers Lose Millions in Corn Crop due to Drought
    As changes in weather patterns rise due to climate change, a drought is wrecking havoc in agricultural fields in northern Belize. Earlier today, the Meteorological office issued a drought warning [...]

    Drought May Force Importation of Soybeans
    Soybean plantations in Blue Creek and other parts of the country are also being affected by the continuous drought. In Blue Creek, farmers there were expected to plant two thousand [...]

    Jose Mai Says Fresh Injection of Capital Can Save Farmers
    Parliamentarian Jose Abelardo Mai says the Government must pay attention to the farmers’ plights. Ignoring such issues can have detrimental effects on not only the economy but also on households, [...]

    New River’s Health Continue to Deteriorate
    The Department of Environment will be holding a public meeting on Friday to disclose information regarding the health of the New River. The public is expected to be informed of [...]

    Supt. Gualberto Garcia Stripped of Adjudicator Post
    Corporal Kent Martinez remains on interdiction, having been arraigned on a charge of manslaughter by negligence for the shooting death of Allyson Major Junior which occurred on July sixteenth. Despite [...]

    ComPol Williams Says Police Department Must Enforce Discipline
    According to Commissioner Williams, the police department has been grappling with the issue of public perception where it concerns intra-departmental discipline of its officers. The fact that the former adjudicator [...]

    Jenny-Lee Cruz is the winner of KTV-The Remix Season 3
    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 [...]

    Still No Charges in Death of Danielle Hall
    Tonight, there is still no decision on what charges will be brought against Emily Ico, the mother of nine-year-old Danielle Hall who died in her care at the family residence [...]

    Chester on Sarkis Abou-Nehra’s Home Invasion Case Falling Apart
    In respect of the case involving a gang of thieves who reportedly broke into the home of businessman Sarkis Abou-Nehra in Burrell Boom in December 2015.That case continues to come [...]

    Unrest at Princess Royal Youth Hostel
    There was another disturbance at the Princess Royal Youth Hostel on Tuesday night where police officers were called in to assist with a group of unruly girls.  During their response, [...]

    Moises Flores gets Two Years for Sexual Assault
    A man is serving two years behind bars after he was found guilty of sexually molesting an eight-year-old girl. Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford convicted Moises Flores, a Belize City resident, [...]

    Dengue on the Rise in Northern Belize
    The number of cases of persons infected with dengue fever continues to rise in the northern districts.  According to Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero the spike in new [...]

    Only Two Deaths from Dengue Fever says MOH
    While the numbers in Belize and Toledo districts are fairly low, they may be the result of an under-reporting of cases.  Despite the number of hospitalizations across the country, the [...]

    Belize Youth Movement appalled at debt write-off of Joshua Perdomo
    The Belize Youth Movement, which is an arm of the People’s United Party, says it is appalled at the write-off of forty thousand dollars owed to the government by the [...]

    Pathlight awards 62 scholarships to Belmopan and Belize City students
    Classes are about to begin so this morning more than sixty students were recipients of scholarships that ensure they continue their studies at various colleges. The scholarships are part of [...]

    Thieves in Belmopan Attempted to Hit Several Locations in Spate of Burglaries
    A string of businesses in Belmopan was struck by thieves in the early hours of this morning. A construction site across from the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds, where [...]

    Belizean athletes competing in the CODICADER Games are snatching the medals
    A contingent of Belizean athletes left Belize without fanfare and are currently in Honduras where they are competing in the U-15 CODICADER games in Tegucigalpa. The local team is taking [...]

    Police Meet and Greet Goes to Gungulung
    A phalanx of police officers descended on LaCroix Boulevard this evening before making its way into Holy Emmanuel Street where they broke off into individual groups to introduce themselves to [...]

    Policing Gungulung is No Joke” – ComPol Chester Williams
    Gungulung is well-known for the feuding gangs within that neighborhood and policing the area has been a quite challenge.  According to the top cop, while the Special Patrol Unit focuses [...]

    The Reporter

    MOH Increases Warning About This Flying Monster
    New dengue figures released by the Ministry of Health have prompted health officials to embark on an aggressive vector control program in four districts where marked increases have occurred.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belizean athletes performing well in CODICADER games

    Today was a successful day for team Belize at the Central American Athletic Championship (CODICADER) Under […]

    Belize U-17 plays well, finishes 1:1 against Barbados in first game of Concacaf Women’s Qualifier
    The National Women’s U-17 side gave a good account of themselves in a battling display […]

    Moises Flores guilty of sexual assault of 8-year-old child; gets two years in jail
    A first time offender accused of fingering a female child’s private area, then threatening her […]

    National Assembly moves to expand, improve press coverage
    Soon – likely before the end of the year – you can see the goings-on […]

    Cane price stays low despite record production
    Farmers of sugar cane have gotten 91.5% of their second payment estimate for the just-ended […]

    Efforts underway in citrus industry to combat greening disease
    Citrus producers in Belize are implementing measures to combat the Citrus Greening Disease or Huanglongbing, […]

    FFB and Town Council partner for 5-a-Side Football Pitch at Falcon Field
    A partnership between the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) and the San Ignacio and Santa […]

    Family loses home in a fire
    Authorities are still investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Lords […]

    National Geographic pays homage to researcher responsible for the creation of Jaguar preserve in Belize
    Today, National Geographic Magazine published an article on the importance of protecting jaguars while paying […]

    BYM questions ‘write off’ to Joshua Perdomo
    The Belize Youth Movement (BYM) issued a statement today saying that it is appalled at […]

    Reknowned saxophonist in Belize
    Renowned saxophonist and founder of the Kilgore Music Foundation, Ryan Kilgore is in Belize. The […]

    Mexican Institute to show the film: “They called me King Tiger”
    The Embassy of Mexico in Belize is inviting the public to a special presentation of […]

    Meeting to “SAVE THE MACAL RIVER” to be held on Friday
    Residents of San Ignacio and Santa Elena are organizing a ‘Save the River’ meeting to […]

    The New River is suffering!
    Belizeans are gravely concerned about the contamination of the New River in Northern Belize. Several […]

    More cloudy spells and a few showers expected
    The National Meteorological Service of Belize says that today’s weather calls for cloudy spells with […]

    Central American firefighters share operational knowledge with US Counterparts
    The Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 612th Air Base Squadron is hosting a multinational firefighting exercise at […]

    Shooting reported in Belmopan
    Reports to our news desk are that there was a shootout between police and burglars […]

    Ambassador of Music donates Saxophone
    H.E. Shyne Barrow gave ACC 1st form student Eanne Daley a saxophone at yesterday’s PeaceWork […]

    Men accused in Abou-Nehra aggravated burglary walk free
    The last of nineteen persons charged in connection with the Burrell Boom home invasion of diplomat […]

    Blogs

    Amazing Mainland Adventures in Belize
    You will arrive in this amazing country by air, boat, car, or even a bus. Though a small country, only about the size of New Hampshire, Belize is amazingly diverse. The country is complete with mountain ranges, the jungle, and a coastline on the Caribbean Sea. It’s a favorite location of eco-tourists and adventure seekers who love to get down and dirty, burn tons of calories, soak up the sun, and forget about the stress and chaos of their everyday lives. Here is our list of Must Do excursions when visiting this amazing country.

    International Sourcesizz

    Aquarium Breakthrough Could Save FL’s Endangered Coral
    Florida Aquarium have successfully reproduced a group of endangered Atlantic coral in a lab setting. The breakthrough, which enables sexual reproduction to occur entirely outside of the ocean, could ultimately help save local marine invertebrates from extinction. “When history is made, there is hope, and [this] scientific breakthrough … gives us real hope that we can save the Florida Reef Tract from extinction,” Roger Germann, president and CEO of The Florida Aquarium, said in a statement.

    Belize's fishers net bounty of trailblazing approach – in pictures
    A strict conservation programme is helping protect the tiny country’s marine ecosystems, despite the growing threat of steadily warming waters Why Belize is a world leader in protecting the ocean All photographs by Tony Rath.

    Concacaf Women’s U17 qualifying kicks off this evening
    The Cayman Islands joins 15 other countries Wednesday (21 August) in their 2019 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship Qualifying campaign. One of the four qualifying groups will be held at Truman Bodden Sports Complex on 21, 23 and 25 August. Group B will feature Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Martinique, and hosts – Cayman Islands. The winner of each group will advance to the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship.

    Videos

  • The Police Link Up Show, 1hr.

  • Chilling in Caye Caulker, Belize, 10min. Come and chill as we explore the beautiful island of Caye Caulker in Belize. See the local area of Caye Caulker and explore the amazing scenery of the underwater barrier reef.

  • The Mexican Cultural Institute Belize, 20min. The Mexican Cultural Institute Belize continues its programs to introduce Belizeans to contemporary Mexican Art. Representatives of the Institute and visiting artists were our guests to talk about an event featuring Embroidery and Painting. On our couch: Elizabeth Calzado - Artist/Curator, Pilar Córdoba - Embroider/Painter, Manuel Mathar - Painter, Diego Sapien - Cultural Attache, Mexican Cultural Institute.

  • KTV The Remix Season 3 is in its final week of competitions, 43min. KTV The Remix Season 3 is in its final week of competitions. We invited the finalist to have a chat with us about the experience and to make their plea for your support. On our couch: Jenny-Lee Cruz - Finalists, KTV Season 3. Orelle Castillo - Finalists, KTV Season 3. Maureen Budram - Finalists, KTV Season 3.

  • Breadfruit tacos and fries in poutine gravy, min. It's breadfruit season! We brought in Tim August who is the owner of Stone Kraab Grill & Bar and Executive Chef at Dog House and Rum Dog in San Pedro. He prepared breadfruit tacos and fries in poutine gravy.

  • The XIX Central American Beach Volleyball Championship, 20min. The XIX Central American Beach Volleyball Championship is scheduled for this weekend. We spoke with the Belize Team about their final preparations. The games takes place at Kukumber Beach at Old Belize from 16th to 18th August. Belize's first game will be played on Friday. On our couch: Bryton Codd - Player, Belize Team. Edgar Martinez - Player, Belize Team. Juan Carlos Perdomo - Coach, Belize Team.

  • 6 Belizean female artist who are using music to share their stories, 37min. Chapters is a collaboration of six Belizean female artist who are using music to share their stories and spread positive messages of empowerment and upliftment. We invited the artists to talk with us about the project and to share their experiences that inspired the music. On our set: Shamira Humes - Coordinator/Managing Director, Diamond-Peace Productions. Sharon Martinez -Artist, Boss Lady - Artist, Brithney Starr - Artist, LB Fynest - Artist.

  • Belize Birding Festival, 25min.

  • Upgrading sporting facilities countrywide, 1/2min. By building new and upgrading existing sporting facilities countrywide, the Government of Belize is promoting health and wellness, social engagement, and community development throughout Belize.

  • Parrot Nest Artsy Video, 1min. Daniel Velazquez, who's made scores of documentaries around Cayo and Belize, has put together an artsy video highlighting Bullet Tree and the Parrot Nest Lodge. Well done.

  • Riding through the Jungle of Belize, 2min. The boat ride from the Lamanai Mayan Site back to the truck to go back to Belize City.

  • Sailfish fishing in Belize, 3min.

  • Sports Talk Show | Hosted by Raynord Garbutt, 60min.

  • Chilam Balam Prophecies(1860-1980), 15min.

  • Underwater light rays, 1/2min.
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    Specials & Events
    Yesterday at 12:25 PM
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    Official Sashing Ceremony for the Miss San Pedro Beauty Pageant at El Patio Restaurant.

    Eileen Reyes - Miss Jaguars Temple Night Club
    Litzy Castillo - Miss Ramon’s Village
    Helen Barrera - Miss Toucan Gift Shops
    Tanisha Rhaburn - Miss Castillo’s Hardware
    Blanca Velásquez - Miss Captain Sharks

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    Official sashing ceremony presents Miss San Pedro 2019-2020 contestants

    Five lovely young ladies vying for the title of Miss San Pedro 2019-2020 were presented to their sponsors during an official sashing ceremony at El Patio Restaurant and Lounge on Wednesday, August 21st. The contestants have now begun their journey to become the island’s next beauty ambassador. That decision will be made on Saturday, September 7th at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex.

    Current Miss San Pedro Chelsea Muńoz commended the contestants and offered some words of encouragement. The sponsors were once again acknowledged, along with everyone who has contributed to the yearly event. A special token was then presented to the proprietors of El Patio Restaurant and Lounge, for always hosting the sashing ceremony. Afterwards, a dinner followed and the girls had the opportunity to mingle with their sponsors and those in attendance.

    The pageant will be held under the theme ‘Jewels of the Sea’ and it will start at 8PM sharp on September 7th at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Complex. The San Pedro Town Council and the Miss San Pedro Pageant Committee extends an invitation to everyone to the pageant.

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    September Celebrations Calendar Released Today!

    [Linked Image] 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.

    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. September 1st will be celebrated as Flag Day when many homes and offices proudly display of our unique Belizean flag. National Colors Day will be held on September 13th, the National Day of Prayer on the 15th and National Service Day will be celebrated on the 19th. On September 20th the National School Children’s Rally happens throughout the day and is held to bolster the inclusion of the youth in our celebrations and to impress upon them and our communities of the beauty, serenity, and heritage that is Belize.

    The 2019 National Celebrations Calendar of Events allows for foreigners and Belizeans, both at home and abroad, to plan their physical or virtual attendance at the various events of interest. The calendar is a reminder that we can use to learn more about our Belizean heritage. It is also a guide to the events that allow us to be counted in the making of history as we move, “From Maya Grandeur to Modern Glory, Together let’s Shape the Belizean Story”.

    Click here for The Online Version of the 2019 National September Celebrations Calendar
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    Classifieds
    Yesterday at 11:42 AM
    Do you need all of the Soul Contracts to fight King Dice in Cuphead?

    The short answer is “yes” and it even says so in the lyrics of his song
    “Bring me those contracts, c’mon, bring ’em to the King!
    If you haven’t finished your task, haven’t worked assiduously,
    No, I cannot let you pass, don’t you mess with me!”
    So you quite literally can’t get to him unless you have all the contracts ready.
    Divine beast vah naboris
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    Weather
    08/21/19 06:08 PM
    Present Condition: Partly Cloudy

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    Food & Recipes
    08/21/19 05:43 PM


    It's breadfruit season! We brought in Tim August who is the owner of Stone Kraab Grill & Bar and Executive Chef at Dog House and Rum Dog in San Pedro. He prepared breadfruit tacos and fries in poutine gravy.
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    08/21/19 05:24 PM

    BELIZE FISHING REPORT

    AUGUST 11, 2019 THROUGH AUGUST 18, 2019

    Weather Conditions: Light winds most of the week, very windy at the end of the week.

    Winds: East, 5-30 mph.

    Air Temperature: High and low in the low 80's.

    Sunrise: 5:35 am Sunset: 6:14 pm

    Moonphase: Waning Gibbous.

    WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

    BONEFISH (Macabi): Bonefish action was good even on windy days. Anglers have done well landing larger than average Bones.

    PERMIT (Palometta): Permit were picky this week.

    TARPON (Sabalo): Several nice Tarpon were landed on the flats and around the Mangroves.

    OTHER SPECIES: Snook, Snapper, Jacks and Barracuda.

    FLIES THAT WORKED

    FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Specials in orange, pearl and pink sizes 6 & 8.

    FOR PERMIT - Spawning Shrimp, Tan Crabs in size 6 & 8.

    FOR TARPON - White or Chartreuse Tarpon Toads.

    This Week’s Summary:

    Good weather and wind conditions for most of the week provided plenty of action on all of the areas that El Pescador guides fish. On the windy days; anglers still managed to land some nice fish in protected areas.

    Fish On!
    Isa [email protected].


    Fishing photo of the week:


    Will and his Tarpon - both smiling for the camera!
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    Nature
    08/21/19 05:20 PM
    Fish Kill upriver from Tower Hill

    Friends of The New River Belize write "A resident from the Tower Hill area sent us these photos taken earlier today upriver from the Tower Hill bridge -- a massive fish kill. The foul smell is affecting quality of life and businesses along the river. This is heart wrenching to watch, but shows that while the river may have cleared up downstream from the bridge, the problem still persists -- our New River is suffering"

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    Classifieds
    08/21/19 03:01 PM
    Hello Roberto.... I am a neighbor of this barrier ..... It worked great.... We watched this barrier protect the property for many months. Our neighborhood has decided on a cooperative Seawall in order to benefit all the homes in the area. I'm guessing that is why they are selling it.... smile
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    News
    08/21/19 12:49 PM


    FOR TODAY'S BELIZE WEATHER, CLICK HERE

    Click for our Daily Tropical Weather Report.

    Specials and Events

    Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.


    The San Pedro Sun

    San Pedro Building Unit hosts informational session, talks new amendment to Building Act
    The San Pedro Building Unit hosted an informative session on the Unit’s functions and a new regulation that mandates all municipalities to establish a building unit. The meeting was held at the Sunbreeze Hotel on Friday, August 9th, and saw the presence of personnel from the Central Building Authority (CBA), the Department of Environment, the Ministry of Housing and Planning, Architects and Engineer Association of Belize, and The San Pedro Town Council. Mayor Daniel Guerrero addressed the attendees, thanking them for attending the informational meeting. He told them that building is another big industry on the island, and they should take advantage of such events to clear doubts or learn something new.

    San Pedro Pirates remain winless in PLB’s 2019 opening season
    The defending champions of the Premier League of Belize (PLB), the San Pedro Pirates, continue without a win in the current PLB opening season. On Sunday, August 18th, the island team travelled to San Ignacio Town in the Cayo District, where they faced Verdes FC at the Norman Broaster Stadium. Despite having dominated most of the game, the Pirates were not able to seal the victory, and the match ended in a 3-3 draw. The Belmopan Bandits and Verdes continue to lead the PLB chart with ten points each. On Saturday, August 31st, San Pedro Pirates will be facing BDF FC at the Ambergris Stadium. Game starts at 7:30PM.

    Various Belizean Sources

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    Dengue: Office of Director of Health Services
    Our current data in reference to dengue indicates that we have 950 laboratory confirmed cases and 814 clinical suspect cases for a total of 1,764 cases - this is up until this past weekend. Last week alone saw the number spike up to 215 cases in one week with 4 districts still reporting the greater number of cases. Note that not all suspect cases are being tested/will be tested for dengue given the current phase we are in and only those having dengue with warning signs or severe dengue will be hospitalized. For now. 3.2% of our cases have classified as being severe cases! Our call continues to be for the community to continue to engage in prevention and elimination of mosquito breeding sites.

    Corozal Queen Of The Bay Pageant
    Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 7 AM – 11:55 PM, Andres Campos Civic Center Corozal.

    Power outage 6:00 am to 9:00 am on Wednesday, August 28 to affect a portion of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
    Including Almond Street, Barracuda Street, Basil Jones Street, Beach Front, Bermuda Beach, Blue Dolphin, Buena Vista Area, Boca Del Rio, Bonefish Street, Bright Waters Street, Canary Cove area, Coco Beach Area, Deer Street, Habaneros Area, Iguana Street, Indigo Street, Jewfish Street, Lagoon Street, Laguna Street, Mangrove Drive, Middle Street, Pescador Drive, San Juan Area, Sandpiper Street, Seagull Street, Seaweed Street, Spider Lily Street, Lina Point, Mata Grande, Mata Villas, Mexico Rocks Subdivision, North Ambergris, Nunez Subdivision, Playa Blanca, Punta Arena Street, San Feliz Area, Tres Cocos, and San Mateo Subdivision. BEL to repair hotspots on the distribution system in the area.

    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.

    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
    The U.S. Embassy is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the following position: Security Investigator (Senior Foreign Service National Investigator) Closing date: September 4, 2019

    Paint N Splash
    See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “Bopping Along”!

    "Frenemy, A Comedy" Aug. 24th in San Pedro
    Let’s support our Belizean artists, Saturday, August 24th.

    3rd Maya Heroes Day
    It is with great pleasure that we invite everyone to come out on Saturday August 31st 2019 and celebrate with us the third Maya Heroes Day, honoring our heroes - past and present - who have in one way or another helped to preserve our rich Maya Heritage. The Maya Heroes Day ceremony starts at 9:00 a.m at the Battle of Orange Walk Monument. Everyone is invited.

    Belize Diabetes Association Corozal Branch Office - FUNDRAISER
    August 31st at #27, 7th Avenue. From 11:30 a.m. until sold out.

    International Youth Day
    August 12, was celebrated as International Youth Day across Belize, under the theme: “Transforming Education”. FCD in collaboration with the Department of Youth Services commemorated this day with an educational field visit to the Chiquibul Forest with youths from Belize City. Director of Youth Services Mrs. McKenzie wrote, “They all had an awesome experience that I am certain will be shared with their families and friends.”

    5th ANNUAL SHYNE BARROW BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT IN MESOPOTAMIA!!!
    For the past 5 years Shyne Barrow has been engaging the Mesopotamia youth in Sports to keep them occupied with athletics as oppose to crime and violence. The 2019 Mesopotamia Basketball Tournament Championship trophy went to Unruly who beat Baba Shop who placed second. 3rd was Bungi who best Tigris street to place. $1800 in cash prizes were given out to the 2019 Champions and runners up. Basketball Icon Pulu Lightburn was in attendance as well as the Commissioner of Police who has overseen a significant reduction in crime on the South Side.

    The legend of Sac-Nicte and Canek
    Sac-Nicte means white flower. She was born in Mayapan: the powerful alliance that lived in peace—Mayab, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza. Canek means black serpent, a brave prince with a kind heart. When he turned 21 years of age, he was chosen as king of Chichen Itza. That same day he met princess Sac-Nacte. She was 15 years of age. Both quickly fell in love; however Sac-Nicte was destined to be married with young Ulil, prince of Uxmal. The legend says that a young adviser to the princess told Canek that Sac-Nicte would be waiting among green flowers and that it would be necessary to fight for her, before destiny fought against them.

    Channel 7

    Man Was Pushed Out of Bus, Run Over
    Tonight, 30-year-old Carlos Peña Jr., a resident of Cristo Rey Village in Corozal, is at the KHMH recovering from broken ribs and other injuries. That's after he was run over a bus on Saturday. Pena was attempting to board a bus at around 7:00 that morning at the village bus stop. His family tells us that he was walking into the bus when someone inexplicably shoved him down the steps. The allegation is that the driver then moved off, dragging him along until he ended up under the bus. Today at the KHMH, his father, Carlos Sr. lamented that no one is being held responsible for what happened:

    City Shooting Was Drive-By
    There was a shooting in Belize City this afternoon. It happened at 3:15 on Amara Avenue - right in front of the office of Area Representative Michael Finnegan. According to reports it was a drive by shooting where the victim, Floyd Faber, known as "Deuce" was standing on the street side when he was shot in the back. Faber was reportedly strong enough to get into a taxi which took him to the hospital.

    Mechanic Shot At His Shed In Belmopan
    There was also a shooting in Belmopan. On Monday night 44 Year old Brian Chavarria, a Mechanic of Sinsonte Street, Belmopan, was socializing with friends including Anthony Williams at his home and mechanic shop, when he was shot to the chest. Reports are that the two men started arguing at about 9:20. Williams reportedly left during the initial altercation, however he allegedly returned with a firearm and fired a shot at Brian causing his injuries.

    9 Year old Girl Dead, Suspect Mother Under Police Guard
    Danielle Hall's family is still grappling with her violent and incomprehensible death. As we told you, little Danielle was strangled. It happened on Friday morning while at home with her mother, Emily Ico. Relatives and neighbors say they heard a lot of commotion from the house and that is when the girl's paternal grandfather called Danielle's dad, Daniel Hall.

    Hattieville Suspects Shoot At Cops
    No one has been arrested for yesterday's broad daylight murder of Clive Kevin Hyde. The 47 year old year old security guard, was killed as he waited at the Hattieville village bus stop. He was ambushed by two gunmen who appear to have been waiting for him. His family - which includes the village chairlady is certain it was a case of mistaken identity. Reports say the men may have been targeting another security guard from the village. And while police have made no arrests yet - they do have persons of interest.

    An Opposition Oops! PUP Did Nominate Councillor As Senator
    Last week Friday's newscast, we told you how PUP Chairman Henry Charles Usher scolded the media for reporting the quote, unquote, "rumor" that the Opposition had appointed Dr. Candice Pitts as a Senator. He insisted that there was nothing official on her appointment, and suggested that we were making things up for sensation. But, we weren't - and tonight we can show you the black-and-white proof of the proposed appointment.

    MEDIA AND THE HOUSE...
    The meetings between the Clerk of the National Assembly and the media continued today. Except, this time, there was a far better representation of a wide cross section of media, including LOVE TV, KREM Radio and TV, the Guardian, The Amandala, The National Channel, PLUS TV, and Channel 7. As we told you, last week, the purpose of the meetings is to propose a way forward for a modernized video system in the House. This will capture, distribute and stream house meetings using optical angles, and optimal interfaces for working journalists. The Clerk of the National Assembly told the media representatives at the outset of the meeting what it is all about.

    Dengue Outbreak May Worsen With Rains
    And, now, we have an update on the latest Dengue statistics and trends in Belize. There are almost two thousand reported cases - but health experts say that with the onset of rains - those numbers could increase rapidly. Here's what the Vector Control Chief told us today in Belmopan:... Kim Bautista, Chief of Operations - Vector Control: "At the start of week 34, but at the end of week 33 we were at 950 laboratory confirmed - that both public and private sector and 814 clinical for a total of 1,764 dengue cases. We are still anticipating that it could or it may or may not increase at this point, because we are anticipating the rains to start in the coming weeks. So that figure could change for the worse. Starting today and for the next month we have an additional 16 staff deployed to the specific districts that we are targeting at this time which includes Corozal, Orange Walk, Cayo and Stann Creek. So we are anticipating that we will keep those persons on for at least towards the end of October or November."

    Corn Crops Wither Without Rains
    And Dengue rates are highest in Orange Walk and that is partially because of the northern drought - which has forced water storage in drums - perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. And that is only one negative effect of the drought. Corn farmers in the Village of Blue Creek are feeling the effects of the very dry weather. Reports say that 6 farmers have cumulatively lost over half a million dollars in revenue and investment because of the lack of rain.

    Caught on Camera, Sherwin Says He Did It
    Not guilty to guilty: 21 year old Sherwin Santos changed the plea for his armed robbery charge before the Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser. He was sentenced to 3 years, 2 years less than the minimum sentence for robbery. Before Fraser decided on the sentence, she took into consideration the fact that he pleaded guilty and saved the court time and also that Santos he has seen what prison is like and he wants to make a change in his life. She explained to Santos that she cannot give a suspended sentence like she gave the minor who was convicted of the same offence because he has previous convictions.

    Mansion Home Invasion Case Continues To Crumble
    Back in early 2016, police charged 19 persons for the home invasion at the residence of the Lebanese Diplomat, Sarkis Abou Nehra. It's a mega prosecution that quickly crumbled. And, tonight, 3 of the 4 defendants have been freed of all criminal charges connected with that crime. You may remember the case from December 4th, 2015. That's when culprits barged into the Abou Nehra's home, located several miles outside of Burrell Boom Village. 8 masked men stormed the compound and held the caretaker and his spouse hostage. They then searched Abou Nehra's estate and stole an assortment of jewelry valued at ten thousand dollars, $1,500 US dollars in cash, two 9mm pistols, a 12 gauge shotgun, and a .22 rifle.

    Kilgore the Creator
    Ryan Kilgore, saxophonist in Stevie Wonder's band, is in Belize with his Kilgore music foundation. The foundation spearheads music drives in which he provides instruments to children ton inspire and equip the next generation of musicians. Kilgore and his team reached out to the Peace work organization with an offer to pledge a donation of musical instruments and to provide outreach for musical education in Belize.

    How To Defuse Conflict In School
    Last Friday, we told you about the 6-day workshop that Restore Belize organized for teachers and school administrators. It's called Developing Safe Schools, and last week, the focus was on how these educators could connect with Belize City children who live with the trauma of gun violence and the gang culture. The training ended today, and in this part of the professional development workshop, the focus was on conflict mediation. Now, as viewers are aware, talking things over in a civil manner isn't exactly the norm of how today's Belizean youths address conflict. There is a tendency to resort to aggression instead, and tensions may then escalate to violence.

    BBB Blasts New LPG Monopoly
    The National Gas Company which got the green light in the House of Representatives last week Friday is coming under scrutiny tonight. As we told you, the company is a public private partnership, a state-protected monopoly which will supply all the LPG - or what we call butane to Belize. It's a major shift from the Mexican supplier which owns all the major butane companies. But at what cost? Tonight, the Belize Business Bureau - which is very rarely heard from - has issued a scathing press release blasting the new company, and the National Liquified Petroleum Gas Project Bill which sets it up as a monopoly.

    Tangible Progress! Belize Excels In Regional Table Tennis
    A delegation of 10 players and their two Cuban coaches traveled to Merida last weekend to participate in the 5th Edition Circuit of the State of Merida-Yucatan Open 2019. Players participated in the Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles categories. And, they did really well! The Table Tennis Association reports that the Belizean delegation excelled in all categories and turned out an excellent performance earning 3 Gold medals, 2 Silver medals, and 3 Bronze medals.

    Channel 5

    Kevin Hyde’s Murderer on the Loose
    The family of Kevin Hyde of Hattieville, Belize District is still coming to terms with his untimely and senseless killing on Monday evening. Hyde, a forty-seven-year-old security guard employed by [...]

    Kevin Hyde Was Murdered A Stone’s Throw from Police Station
    Kevin Hyde was waiting on a bus so he can report to work at City Hall. He was under the bus shed in Hattieville village under the nose of the [...]

    Mechanic Critically Injured in Belmopan Shooting
    A Belmopan resident is clinging to life tonight at the Western Regional Hospital where he was rushed to on Monday night.  Forty-four-year-old Brian Chavarria was shot by a person he [...]

    Belize City Man Shot
    A man was shot earlier this afternoon in Belize City. He is the third shooting victim in the past twenty-four hours.  It happened at around three o’clock on Amara Avenue [...]

    Will Emily Ico be Charged for the Killing of her Daughter?
    A nine-year-old girl was killed inside her home in the village of Unitedville, Cayo. At the time of her killing, the other person in the house was her mother, Emily [...]

    Evaluation to Determine Mental Health State of Emily Ico
    According to Edwardo Ico, a psychiatric evaluation will be conducted on Emily to determine her mental health. Ico lives in Sarteneja Village, Corozal. He was only able to see Emily [...]

    Business Bureau Chides National Gas Company as Worst Idea this Decade
    The passage of a new piece of legislation which paves the way for the formation of the National Gas Company, via a public/private partnership to regularize the liquid petroleum gas [...]

    Joshua Perdomo Gets Amnesty After Defaulting on Government Debt
    On Friday, a number of write-off motions, including the waiver of a forty thousand-dollar debt owed by Joshua Perdomo, were brought before the House of Representatives.  Joshua is the youngest [...]

    Yellow Man Reportedly Insults and Threatens Louis Zabaneh at House Meeting
    There is a criminal complaint against Brian “Yellow Man” Audinette, the macebearer in the National Assembly and a well-known U.D.P. stalwart.  Following Friday’s house meeting, People’s United Party Dangriga Standard [...]

    Teachers Commence Renewal of Licenses
    The 2019 academic year is less than two weeks away and while students are busy preparing for back-to-school, educators have commenced the process of renewing their teaching licenses.  The move [...]

    Teachers are Concerned About One-year Contracts
    According to B.N.T.U. National President Elena Smith, while the process of renewal is underway, a discussion is yet to be had with the Ministry of Education to iron out further [...]

    C.E.O. Dr. Babb says Meeting with B.N.T.U. Reps Went Good
    Also speaking on the meeting and what came out of it is Chief Education Officer Doctor Carol Babb. According to Doctor Babb, teachers who had full licenses will not be [...]

    Group Charged for Home Invasion at Sarkis Abou-Nehra Walk Free
    A home invasion at the property of a well-known businessman fell apart this morning in court.   As many as nineteen persons were charged initially for the home invasion at the [...]

    Sherwin Santos Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery of New Fortune Restaurant
    Belize City resident Sherwin Santos, accused jointly with a fifteen-year-old minor of robbing New Fortune Restaurant in July of last year, is tonight serving a three-year jail sentence. The term [...]

    Land Tax Amnesty Only Favorable to Wealthy Landowners?
    The House sitting on Friday was chock full of write offs. Aside from debt write-offs, a general pardon has been granted by G.O.B. to a handful of landowners who are [...]

    PM Barrow Blames PUP for Obscene Land Giveaways
    In responding to Hyde’s criticism, Prime Minister Barrow says that the vast amount of properties acquired by the so-called big landowners took place under the tenure of the People’s United [...]

    Who Will be the Winner of KTV-The Remix Season 3?
    The grand finale of the hottest summer television show gets underway at the Bliss auditorium at eight-thirty tonight.  The event starts with a red carpet affair featuring the finalists and [...]

    Salvation Army School Students Get Much Needed Financial Assistance
    Children First and Last Belize, C-FAL, today awarded nine scholarship grants to students of Salvation Army Primary School in Belize City. The organization’s mission is to help children to realize their [...]

    Sixty Belize City Students Receive Scholarship Grants
    Sixty Belize City students today were recipients of scholarship grants courtesy of PricewaterhouseCooper. PWC, through a partnership with the Ministry of Education, has been financially assisting students for almost a [...]

    Amandala

    The strange death of Danielle Hall, 9
    A 9-year-old girl died suddenly at her home in San Ignacio of unknown causes. A post-mortem exam later revealed that the child had been strangled. The tragedy occurred at about 10:00 Friday morning at the home of the child’s father, Daniel Hall, in San Ignacio. Hall said that when he left home that morning, his daughter, Danielle, 9, was in good health. The devastated father told police that at about 11:00 Friday morning, he got a call at his workplace telling him to come home, and on his arrival, he saw his daughter motionless on her bed, and his wife was acting strangely and was breaking things in the house.

    Clive Hyde, 47, murdered at a bus stop in Hattieville
    shots that was fired at a bus stop on the George Price Highway, not far from the Hattieville Police Station, and two men of Hispanic descent were seen running away from the area. People and police rushed to the bus stop, where they saw Hattieville resident Clive Kevin Hyde, 47, a security guard of Ranger Security posted at the Belize City Council, dead. He had been awaiting a bus to come to the city to his work.

    $100 million loan for Sarteneja road upgrade
    This morning, Prime Minister Dean Barrow tabled a motion for a loan of US $50 million ($100 million Belize) from the Republic of China (Taiwan) for the rehabilitation of 47 miles of road from Corozal Town to Sarteneja Village and the upgrading of two bridges, Pueblo Nuevo and Laguna Seca. In his introduction of the motion, Barrow told the House that US$50 million of financial support from the Export Import Bank in the Republic of China would be received by the government in the form of a long-term loan with low interest rates. The loan is for 20 years and it has a grace period of 5 years, Barrow explained.

    Liquefied Petroleum Gas Project Bill will create Belize National Gas Company
    An important piece of legislation that made its way through the House of Representatives today was the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Project Bill, which will give legal status to the Belize National Gas Company that government is banking on to bring about a reduction in the price consumers pay for LPG (butane gas). Presently, Belizeans get their supply of butane gas from a group of Mexican companies which have control of that particular market. The Belize National Gas Company will be a public/private company which will initially be licensed for 15 years to provide butane to consumers.

    Hon. Kareem Musa’s China trip takes center stage at House meeting
    Before proceeding with the day’s agenda at today’s House of Representatives meeting, Prime Minister Dean Barrow made a Minister’s Statement in which the primary focus was a trip to mainland China by a delegation that was led by the Opposition People’s United Party’s Kareem Musa, the Caribbean Shores area representative, who was accompanied by Belize City Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold, City Councilor Michael Noralez and attorney Kevin Arthurs. Musa’s trip became even more controversial after the Belize Chinese Association denied any involvement in the trip.

    SEARCH FOR “AMANDALA”!
    Returning home to Belize after my migration in April of 1981 just a few weeks after the 1981 Heads of Agreement revolution that rocked the Belizean nation heading towards independence, it was always my desire to see where the revolutionary AMANDALA newspaper was located in Belize City, Belize. It is interesting looking back at it now in this 50-year anniversary of a Belizean newspaper that gave me national pride, love for country and the identity of self, that in reading the Belizean publication so many times living in Belize that its place of origin was never known to me before.

    Bandits and Verdes still undefeated, defending champs Pirates winless at Week 4 of PLB 2019-20120 Opening Season
    Frontrunners Bandits Sport and Verdes FC are both still undefeated, while defending champion San Pedro Pirates FC drew for the third time, and are still without a win at Week 4 in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2019-2020 Opening Season. In the only Saturday night game in Week 4, star studded Wagiya FC travelled to the M.A. Stadium in Independence to face Altitude FC, who held the visitors scoreless, and grabbed the 1-nil home win with a late goal from Elroy Coe (90’).

    Kulture crushes San Pedro in Game 1 of National Over-40 Football Finals; Game 2 on Saturday
    The much anticipated clash of last year’s finalists, Kulture Yabra and San Pedro veterans in the National Over-40 Football Championship, was quite a surprise, as Kulture Yabra Veterans visited the Ambergris Stadium on Saturday night, and came away with a massive 6-nil victory over San Pedro Veterans. Kulture got 2 goals apiece from Kevin Rowland (12’ & 37’) and Albert “Chicken” Arnold (33’ & 63’), and another from David “Manu” McCaulay (80’) along with an own by San Pedro’s Phillip Leslie (31’ OG). It was a total blow-out in a game that many expected to be a slug fest, after San Pedro had bombarded Belmopan Veterans, 6-nil, just a couple weeks earlier, with their veteran star striker, Orlando Pinelo accounting for 5 of those goals.

    BCC 2019 Summer Basketball League final standings
    The 2019 Belize City Council (BCC) Summer Basketball League culminated its 5-week tournament with All-Star games and a friendly clash featuring Mayor Bernard Wagner/Belize City Councillors vs the U-17 All Stars on Thursday evening, August 15, at Swift Hall. Below are the final standings for the U-15 and U-17 categories of the tournament.

    Stann Creek F.A. Smart U-13 Mundialito Week 7 scores
    The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) Smart U-13 Mundialito Tournament continued on Friday, August 16, with Week 7 games at the Carl Ramos Stadium. In game 1, Pomona Warriors bombed Harlem (Montise), 10-0, with 3 goals from Tyronel Castillo, 2 from Kimanie Smith, and 1 each from Harrison Roches, Jr., Corey Hynes, Zafeer Moralez, Alston Acosta and Kenyon Roches.

    Editorial: The unions can give Belize economic independence too
    It is the favorite pastime of the Prime Minister, especially, and other elite members of the governing UDP too, to point the finger at the Opposition PUP and holler at them that they were corrupt when they held the reins of government. The Prime Minister is relentless in persecuting the PUP for their past sins. He has either never read the Gospels, or, if he has, he didn’t learn anything from them. This UDP is no relative of Esquivel (former Prime Minister, Hon. Manuel Esquivel), and the present Prime Minister keeps hurling mud as if he and his party are as pure as when they left government in 1998.

    “AMANDALA” IS POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
    Reading the book by the renowned Belizean writer, Evan X Hyde, North Amerikkkan Blues, at the young age of 16 years old as a high school student in Belize in the 1970s, lifted my educational spirit and opened my passion for writing after Dr. Colville Young, who was the principal of the historical St. Michael’s College, wrote an essay on the arts for us to copy that exploded with the opening sentence, “The art of a person begins when someone in the community feels the urge to create!” Almost forty-five years ago after reading what to me was literature that my soul could find itself in, the other best reading material for me that connected with me in terms of reading something enjoyable was the AMANDALA newspaper.

    Agree with one of three callers to the WuB
    Mr. Matthew Smiling called the WuB, KREM Radio’s morning talk show, last Tuesday to express his sorrow over this crazy violence in Belize City. He also declared that it is wrong to describe the genocide in Belize City as mostly a South Side problem because it extended to the entire city. Mr. Smiling said that in his neighborhood, which is on the North Side of Belize City, there are five gangs/sets of rivals, and the separation between two of them was just a fence. Mr. Smiling is sincere, but he has to realize that his establishment is North Side, but because of their proximity to the South Side, whatever good or bad is on that side is bound to come his way. That part of North Side naturally has to be included in the South Side description.

    Democracy, Dictatorship and Impunity
    The constitution of Belize does not reflect democracy, but rather a monarchical dictatorship where the power lies in the hands of a few who can dictate as they please without respecting rules and regulations, and as a result, after 38 years of independence they have established a path of corruption and impunity. Belize needs an urgent surgery in its constitution. National Plan for Prevention and Fight against Corruption 2013-2017 – Ecuador Acts of corruption:

    Statutory Instrument needed to enforce breathalyzer results in court
    Ten breathalyzer kits were handed over to police to be used during police highway patrols and other operations to be carried out by police. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, however, said that before a driver can be convicted of driving with alcohol in his blood above the legal limit, which would be determined by means of a breathalyzer test, a Statutory Instrument (SI) must be passed into law so that the findings of the breathalyzers can be admitted in court.

    Oliver Peters, 45, stabbed on Boots Crescent
    Oliver Peters, 45, a laborer of Boots Crescent, is in a critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, with stab wounds to his chest and body. Peters was stabbed while socializing with family members on Boots Crescent at about 9:00 Saturday night. Somehow, Peters became involved in an argument which escalated to a physical altercation, during which he was stabbed. He was then rushed to the KHMH.

    Customers of Gentleman Bar of St. Matthew held up and robbed
    Sixteen customers who were drinking in Gentleman Bar in St. Matthews were all held hostage at gunpoint and forced to lie down on the floor of the bar and were robbed by four bandits who were not masked. The four bandits, three of whom were armed, stole customers’ cell phones, wallets and their personal belongings. The bar was not robbed, and luckily, no one was hurt, although the bandits fired six shots to remind the customers that they were serious, then they escaped.

    Fire destroys house in Lords Bank
    A lumber house belonging to Kimberly Betancourt, 32, a Lords Bank resident, was completely destroyed by fire at about 8:00 last night. The Ladyville Fire Service was called to the scene of the fire in Lords Bank, and the firemen were able to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading to the other buildings in the area.

    The Reporter

    In Guatemala, The President’s Son & Brother are off the hook
    A Guatemalan court on Monday acquitted members of the family of of outgoing President Jimmy Morales, his son Jose Manuel and his brother, Sam Morales. The development comes after an anti-corruption com-mission accused the men of wrong-doing.

    Child Dies Suddenly in Mother’s Presence in Cayo
    Today, August 19th. a post mortem examination conducted on the body of Danielle Hall, 9, determined that she had been strangled. The lifeless body of Hall was found by her father on Sunday.

    LOVE FM

    Artists of the Future
    Today youths were given the opportunity to meet one of Stevie Wonder’s Band Saxophonist, Ryan Kilgore, during today’s scholarship award ceremony. Youths who were invited were recipients of scholarships from Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC). Carol Babb, Chief Education Officer, spoke of the collaboration with Kilgore and how this event came about. Carol Babb, Chief Education …

    BNTU advises teachers on applying for full license
    Yesterday we told you of the BNTU’s notice to teachers, urging them to apply for their full licenses. The decision came after a back and forth between the union and the Ministry of Education which ended with a meeting over the weekend between the ministry’s Chief Education Officer, Dr Carol Babb and the Union President, …

    Conflict Training
    Secondary school teachers were engaged in a weeklong training on how to act as mediators in school conflicts. The programme was held by Restore Belize in partnership with the Youth and Community Transformation Project as well as the Ministry of Human Development. The programme seeks to help alleviate conflicts within schools, particularly those that end …

    BNTU remains vigilant concerning UNCAC
    In 2016, the Belize National Teachers Union, BNTU, flexed its muscles by holding an 11-day strike, refusing to return to the classrooms unless certain conditions were agreed to by the government. One of those conditions had to do with Belize signing unto the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). The Government conceded some months later, …

    Belize City man critical in the hospital after being shot
    Within the last twenty-four hours there have been three shooting incidents. The most recent occurred today in broad daylight; this time in the old capital. 36-year-old, Lloyd Faber, was shot once in the back on Amara Avenue sometime around three this afternoon. Reports are that Faber, who goes by the alias ‘Deuce,’ was standing on the …

    Family furious at police’s response in murder of Hattieville man
    Yesterday, the life of 47-year-old, Clive Kevin Hyde was ruthlessly taken. Hyde was sitting alone at a bus stop in Hattieville Village, Belize District, when two Hispanic men allegedly opened fire in his direction. He was reportedly shot six times, and died on the spot. His family believes it was a case of mistaken identity, …

    Trio acquitted of aggravated burglary
    Brandon Baptist, John and Sheldon Grinage walked away from a charge of aggravated burglary when they went to court today. The charge is in connection with the invasion of the home of Lebanese diplomat, Sarkis Abou-Nehra in Burrell Boom. As many as nineteen persons were charged initially for the home invasion. Today, the trio appeared before …

    Sherwin Santos sentenced to 3 years for robbery
    21-year-old, Sherwin Santos was sentenced to three years imprisonment after pleading guilty to robbery. Santos appeared unrepresented today before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser. While the minimum sentence for robbery set out in law is five years, Chief Magistrate Fraser was lenient and gave him two years less. Santos’ run-in with the law comes after 54-year-old Xinhui …

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Lloyd Faber, 36, shot in Belize City
    A man was shot in Belize City just before 3 o’clock this afternoon. He has […]

    Accused restaurant robber jailed for three years
    Aaron Humes: Sherwin Santos,21, threw himself on the mercy of the courts after pleading guilty to the robbery […]

    Mass emigration from Nicaragua could destabilize the region says United Nations refugee arm
    As the socio-political climate in Nicaragua worsens, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says […]

    What is happening to the Macal River?
    The Macal River in western Belize was once known to attract many visitors to its […]

    Community organization donates scholarships to children at Salvation Army Primary School
    Nine children from Salvation Army Primary School were given the gift of education this morning […]

    Caye International Bank leads way toward sustainable banking sector
    A little known but fast growing bank based in San Pedro, Belize, aptly named Caye […]

    Shyne Barrow hosts 5th annual Mesopotamia Basketball tournament
    Shyne Barrow, the UDP stand bearer for Mesopotamia in Belize City held his annual basketball […]

    Security guard murdered in Hattieville
    Authorities are investigating the murder of Clive Hyde, 47, security guard of Hattieville, Belize. Around […]

    Councilor Goodin to host free haircut drive in Lake-I
    Belize City Councilor Micah Goodin recently distributed scholarships to 43 students, completed a summer basketball […]

    Over 900 confirmed cases of dengue
    The Office of the Director of Health Services today informed that up to this weekend, […]

    Young man reported missing in Benque Viejo
    The family of eighteen-year-old David Hob are concerned about his whereabouts. Hob was last seen […]

    Cordel Hyde celebrates 46th birthday
    Cordel Hyde, the PUP’s National Deputy and one of few sure-bet candidates with as much […]

    Massive Christian Parade coming to San Ignacio and Santa Elena
    The Christian community in San Ignacio and Santa Elena is inviting all residents to the […]

    Teachers need to renew their licenses,” advises BNTU
    The Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) has informed its general membership and all other teachers […]

    Cabinet to listen to Waterloo over Port of Belize expansion
    Belize’s largest port, the Port of Belize Limited, is looking to get even bigger. Its […]

    Gunshot victim needs blood
    Sometime around 10 o’clock last night, a man was shot in Belmopan. He has since […]

    Patrick, are you ready?
    Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber is looking ahead to the party’s national convention in Belize […]

    Blogs

    Postcard From San Pedro, Belize: Water Taxi, Pedicure And Photos
    I’m working on a longer post for tomorrow about Safety in Belize – so today I will keep it a bit lighter. As we wait for rain (MAYBE…this has been on DRY summer), here are some pictures of my trip to town yesterday and a walk about… I walked next door to Xtan Ha Resort – my Coastal Xpress water taxi stop – for the 11:30am boat.

    If you only had A DAY IN Hopkins
    Find yourself venturing along the winding turns of the Hummingbird Highway of Belize, enjoying the views on the most naturally impressive drive to the eastern coast of the country. Be sure to keep an eye out after the cut off for the sign prompting ‘HOPKINS VILLAGE’. Turn left onto a road that will take you through a savannah teeming with wildlife. Watch as Wood Storks and Jabirus gracefully curtsy to fish for their meals and as butterflies and dragonflies flutter at every corner. A straight drive will lead you to the end of the road where you’ll find a quaint fishing village – Hopkins.

    International Sourcesizz

    Florida hurricanes predicted by scientist with unique technique
    Months after Hurricane Michael bruised the Florida Panhandle and Irma slammed into the Florida Keys, the state is bracing for what comes next. One scientist is digging for those answers underwater. "It's a relatively new science," said Joanne Muller, a scientist in the Water School at Florida Gulf Coast University. Muller said she has been "coring" for more than 20 years. The technique involves digging in the dirt underwater to uncover information about hurricanes from thousands of years ago that can help predict how strong future hurricanes will be. "We sample the cores, we can date the sediment using radio-metric tools, and then we know how old those hurricane layers are, going back through time," Muller explained.

    The struggle to protect a vital jaguar corridor
    Jaguars roam throughout a massive territory, as far south as Argentina and north all the way to Mexico—and wandering males have recently been sighted in Arizona. But despite being so widespread, DNA analysis shows that the big cats are remarkably similar throughout their range, which has only been appreciated in the past few decades. Researcher Alan Rabinowitz was one of the first to argue that this connectivity it vital, and the key to saving the animals. Prior to the idea of connectivity, the conventional thinking “was of scientists glued to a site or a region,” says Howard Quigley, Rabinowitz’ long-time friend and colleague. “Alan saw this as small thinking.” Rabinowitz, a pioneering jaguar researcher, traveled throughout this area beginning in 2017 on a years-long campaign called the “journey of the jaguar.” The purpose of the quest was to study and protect the areas in the cat’s vast range, which spans 18 countries and millions of square miles.

    Scotia Continues In Belize
    David Noel, the head of Scotia Group Jamaica, whose remit includes oversight of select countries in Scotiabank International’s regional operations, says Belize remains within the Caribbean network. It was as close as he seemed prepared to get in addressing unconfirmed reports that Scotia Belize was being acquired by a Jamaican bank. Asked specifically whether Scotia Belize was being sold, Noel chose not to comment directly but instead cited company policy.

    Aeromapper Talons Fly BVLOS Missions Over Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve In Belize
    Two units of amphibian Aeromapper Talons were utilized successfully during a set of trials during an expedition to beautiful Turneffe Atoll in Belize, in a workshop lead by the Zoological Society of London and the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association. The drones, built by Canadian company Aeromao, were used to detect and document illegal fishing activities and ecology research toward conservation efforts. The Turneffe marine protected area (MPA) in Belize, was delineated in 2012 but is difficult to manage, in part due to illegal fishing, its remoteness, and high running costs. The water-landing and waterproof fixed-wing, long-range, multi-camera drones were trialed to monitor and survey marine megafauna (such as turtles, dolphins, and sharks) but also as an exercise to gather evidence of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).

    The Amazon is burning and smoke from the fires can be seen from space
    Forest fires in the Amazon are generating smoke that can be seen from space and may have caused a daytime blackout more than 1,700 miles away in the country's largest city. In the middle of the day on Monday, the sky above Săo Paulo was blanketed by smoke from the wildfires raging in the Amazon region, according to local media reports. The smoke resulting from some of these wildfires was also captured in satellite images released by NASA last week. "The smoke did not come from fires from the state of Săo Paulo, but from very dense and wide fires that have been going on for several days in Rondônia and Bolivia. The cold front changed the direction of the winds and transported this smoke to Săo Paulo," Josélia Pegorim, Climatempo meteorologist, told Globo.

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    Specials & Events
    08/21/19 12:35 PM
    Let’s support our Belizean artists, Saturday, August 24th. This play is performed by Jankunu Productionz Written by Oliver Samuels, the Jamaican King Of Comedy, This show was sold out 3 nights in a row in Belize City.

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    08/21/19 12:17 PM

    Business Bureau Chides National Gas Company as Worst Idea this Decade

    The passage of a new piece of legislation which paves the way for the formation of the National Gas Company, via a public/private partnership to regularize the liquid petroleum gas industry, is being met with skepticism and concern in certain corners of the business community.  Earlier today, the Belize Business Bureau, a productive sector organization, issued a press release criticizing the Barrow administration for establishing what essentially becomes another monopoly company.  Decried as the worst idea over the past ten years, the National Liquefied Petroleum Gas Project Bill seeks to establish, operate and transfer an LPG terminal, as well as related facilities, for the proper streamlining of cost, supply and pricing of butane.  While the proposed law which was read through on Friday sets out to put the butane industry on a normal footing, the bureau describes the move as regressive, places a monopoly tax on the poor, increases inequality, creates job losses and further unemployment, promotes social insecurity and will end up being inefficient and wasteful.  The bureau release goes on to say, (Quote) “the minister has direct control of who gets a license.  This policy is a seed bed for corrupt practices.” (Unquote)  In his explanation during Friday’s house meeting, Prime Minister Barrow iterated that government will have the say-so where the sector is concerned.

    Prime Minister Dean Barrow

    “We will have the authority, Madam Speaker, because this is the company that will, as I said, have the exclusive right to bring in the LPG although those that want to distribute will be able to purchase from the company and distribute.  But we control what’s happening with pricing because we don’t have to listen, as the situation now is, to those who say, “Well we don’t care what you say.  Whatever reference point you go to this is what we say we pay for it, this is what we have to charge to get our markup and you will give us what we want, otherwise we will cut off the supply of LPG to the country.”  It is that sort of thing that this bill is supposed to fix and I repeat, in the main, if you want to get political, it is controlled by principals, huge personalities of the People’s United Party.  We have looked well past color because we think it is in the national interest, in the interest of the consumer.”

    Principals in the National Gas Company include Doctor Gilbert Canton, former Chief Executive Officer of Belize Natural Energy Limited; Michael Bowen, President of Bowen & Bowen Limited; and Marion Usher, son of late credit union founder Jane Usher, among several others.

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