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The San Pedro Sun

GOB Rejects Leader of the Opposition’s Call to legalize the drug trade
Cabinet, at its meeting today, condemned the Leader of the Opposition’s statement calling on Belize to completely legalize the drug trade in our country, and in particular to grow marijuana for export to the United States of America. The sudden position adopted by the People’s United Party via its leader is simplistic, ignorant and downright dangerous. Cabinet notes that even if the Leader of the Opposition had limited his proposal to Belize’s drug production solely for internal consumption, this would have required a level of thought, study, detail and societal consultation that is altogether missing from the hurry-come-up idea.

Misc Belizean Sources


Water outage on the Philip Goldson Highway Wednesday
Belize Water Services informs customers on the Philip Goldson Highway that there will be an interruption in the water supply, Wednesday, October 24, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The area to be affected is from Haulover Bridge to the Bill Lindo Canal. Motorists are being advised that the entrance of Oasis Estate will be closed. Customers are being advised that water is expected to be fully restored by 6:00pm.

The macaw breeding season is closed for 2018 with high success
This included even the rescue, caring and release of an injured macaw back to its original habitat. We are grateful to BWRC and the Forest Department for this success story.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint this “Pick of the patch".

GOB Rejects Leader of the Opposition’s Call to Legalize Marijuana
Cabinet, at its meeting today, condemned the Leader of the Opposition’s statement calling on Belize to completely legalize the drug trade in our country, and in particular to grow marijuana for export to the United States of America. The sudden position adopted by the People’s United Party via its leader is simplistic, ignorant and downright dangerous. Cabinet notes that even if the Leader of the Opposition had limited his proposal to Belize’s drug production solely for internal consumption, this would have required a level of thought, study, detail and societal consultation that is altogether missing from the hurry-come-up idea.

Spearfishing Tournament to be hosted in San Pedro
Island fishermen are excited for the first-ever Spearfishing Tournament to be held in San Pedro Town on Sunday, October 28th. Aimed at promoting the importance of spearfishing as one of the most ecologically sustainable ways of fishing, the tournament is being organized by local spearfishing guides of San Pedro Town.

CFSA Tourney in Corozal
The Corozal Fut Seven Association (CFSA) would like to remind the general public that Wednesday, October 24th (tonight) is the deadline for registering to take part on the new tournament which is scheduled to begin on Saturday, October 27th. We would like to also invite all teams willing to register, to join us for a meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24th at Mel’s Residence at Venezuelan site where we will have the balloting of games, as well as revision of rules. For more information contact our secretary at 6331859 or send a WhatsApp to +5016341859.

Walkathon on World Diabetes Day in Corozal
Rain or shine, be part of our walk. Belize's Soca Queen Ms. Ernestine Carballo is giving a voice to diabetes on World Diabetes Day Wednesday, November 14th in Corozal. Let us welcome her and be part of this global event. Let’s make our voices and our presence known worldwide by being a part of this physical activity on this day. Participate or sponsor our town, our villages, schools, organizations, businesses, individuals or yourself starting at the Andres Campos Civic Center, as we give Diabetes Awareness a voice in Corozal. It is not just a fundraiser, it is a day of awareness for our beloved ones.

Princess Hotel and Casino Free Zone Costume and Spooky Night Halloween Competition
Princess Hotel and Casino Free Zone invites everyone to its Costume and Spooky Night Halloween Competition on Friday, November 2nd, 2018. Come and enjoy our very friendly and safe atmosphere and get a chance to win. Many wonderful prizes for the first 5 Best Costumes. First place winner will receive $5,000 pesos worth of promo tickets; 2nd Prize - $3,000 pesos worth of promo tickets; 3rd Prize - $2,000 pesos worth of promo tickets; 4th Prize - 18 years aged Buchanan bottle and 5th Prize - 1 bottle of champagne. Come join us and have fun in a safe environment and dance till you drop with the mighty "KINGTERITOS". The fun starts at 11:00 p.m. Come join us with your best costume on. Don't miss it!

Regeneration Belize Agriculture Conference
The Regeneration Belize Agriculture Conference will be held Wednesday, November 14th from 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 15th from 9:00 a.m. at the National Agriculture & Trade Showgrounds, Belmopan. Maya Mountain Research Farm is a 30 year ongoing work in repair of degraded land. Globally there are 950,000,000 to 1.1 billion acres of degraded agricultural land, land that cannot be returned to its previous use. Much of this land is in the lowland humid tropics. In this presentation we will be looking at ways to transform those degraded landscapes into highly productive landscapes that provide multiple harvestables while drawing down atmospheric carbon by mimicking natural processes of succession. In this presentation, Christopher Nesbitt will examine how using the principles and ethics of permaculture, what was formerly degraded land has been converted into a lush stacked polyculture of species of tropical staple tree crops, fruit, nuts, timber, medicinal and marketable crops, and how resulting landscapes can be used to draw down atmospheric carbon, reestablish broken hydrological cycles retain and build soils, and provide habitat.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of October 15 - 21, 2018
Even on the bad weather days bonefish kept the action going on protected flats and in the lee of the cayes. Good numbers of permit around in several areas. Some nice ones were landed. Including several that were "firsts" for the angler.

Out and about in the South!
The Embassy team was honored to attend the World Food Day event at Julian Cho Technical High school in Toledo. It was a pleasure to see so many familiar faces at such a wonderfully planned event and learn about the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Education’s work to ensure A #zerohunger World By 2030 is Possible!

Wavemaker AGM 2018
On Saturday October 20th, 2018, Belizeans from across the country came out in waves to the George Price Center in Belmopan to participate in Oceana’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) of its dedicated volunteers, our “Wavemakers”. Over two hundred and fifty Wavemakers from Corozal, Orange Walk, the Belize District, San Pedro, San Ignacio, Belmopan, Dangriga, Hopkins and Toledo attended this year’s event. During the meeting, several Wavemakers were awarded certificates of appreciation for their sensational above and beyond support for Oceana’s campaigns and initiatives over the past year. Among them were Kariel Slusher from the Belize District; the Department of Youth Services (DYS) and the Health Education and Community Participation Bureau (HECOPAB) from Corozal; the Ocean Academy Wavemakers Club from Caye Caulker; Arren Andrews and Whitney Majano of the Stann Creek District, and the Department of Youth Services (DYS) in Punta Gorda. Oceana was also proud to present a national award when we recognized Ms. Abigail Parham of Stann Creek District as the 2018 Wavemaker of the year.

It is #TreeTuesday and we are highlighting the Craboo tree (Byrsonima crassifolia)!
Craboo is a small tree with many benefits. The tree itself is drought tolerant, and easy to cultivate in a wide range of environments. It is also pleasing to look at; during the dry season, the branches are covered with showy yellow blooms that slowly turn orange-red. The fruit skin is high in tannins and can be used to dye cloth a light brown color. In Guyana and Mexico, the pulverized bark is used to treat wounds among other ailments.

Channel 7

Port Impasse Resolved; 21 Day Notice Withdrawn
Tonight, the tension has eased at the Port of Belize because the Christian Workers Union this afternoon withdrew its 21 days' notice of industrial action. This is after a meeting between both sides today produced a breakthrough. 7News was at the labour office to speak with both sides, and here's what they had to say on the compromises they both made to break the weeks-long impasse: Evan "Mose" Hyde - President, CWU: "Today's meeting, very positive. I would say that we have moved a good ways. They got a chance to look at our counter proposal, and significant thing is that they are prepared, once we have done all the work with the numbers, to utilize the adjustments in the hourly rate to neutralize any earnings loss that our members are going to be faced with. And for us, that is a big issue."

Father Of Two Dies A Week After Gunshot To Back
Turning now to crime, a 49 year old Belize City man has died after he was shot 8 days ago. On the afternoon of Monday October 15th, Saldano was riding on Haulze Street in the St, Martin's area when he was shot in the back. His internal organs were badly damaged, and today, the father of two died from those injuries. We spoke to his brother, Edward - who told us he had been in an induced coma:...

19 Year Old Will Be Charged for Murder of 49 Year Old
Today, police arraigned the 19 year old who they say shot him. He is Stephan Bowen, and tonight, he's at the Belize Central Prison. Police charged Bowen with attempted murder, dangerous harm, and use of deadly means of harm. He was arraigned today before Magistrate Emerson Banner, and due to the nature of the offenses he was remanded.

Man Shot 7 Times Needs Your Help
So, while the cops have made an arrest in Saldano's shooting, they are still investigating the near fatal, execution attempt that was made on 21 year-old Nathaniel Lockwood, a resident of Sandhill Village. On Sunday, just after midday, Lockwood was riding a motorcycle, and he had 35 year-old Lyndon Ramos as his passenger. Near mile 21 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, they were approached by an SUV. Lockwood pulled to the side of the road to allow the vehicle to pass, but instead, the vehicle swerved into them, knocking them down. The impact catapulted both men off the bike, and into the nearby bushes.

Arraignment For Shooter With Stuck Gun
And, in an update to another of the weekend crimes - we turn now to the teenager who was caught on camera pulling a gun on an unsuspecting target and pulling the trigger. 19 year old Kelvin Gongora arraigned today for aggravated assault before Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser. Gongora pleaded not guilty - but because it is a firearm offence, he was remanded into custody until December 20th.

Cabinet Blasts Briceno For Weed Plan
Last night we played you a part of the statement by opposition leader John Briceno calling for the legalization of marijuana. He appeared in front of a screen saying: "Grow the economy. Legalize it. Tax it." Seemed pretty bold - but to Cabinet, it seemed pretty silly. A very rare Cabinet release says "Cabinet, at its meeting today, condemned the Leader of the Opposition's statement calling on Belize to completely legalize the drug trade in our country, and in particular to grow marijuana for export to the United States of America."

7 Months Later, KHMH Calls It A Comeback
The KHMH is back to full capacity. 7 months after a critical failure in the roof structure, the national referral hospital today announced, quote, "as of Monday 22nd October we have returned to full service capacity…Service to the public has been affected for the past 6 plus months…The scope of work has taken some time to complete.…The public is advised that All services offered by the KHMH is now available and patients are encouraged to access them as needed." Tomorrow, we'll take you on a walk through of the newly upgraded surgical theaters.

Turf War In UDP Brings Out “The King” In The Port
The standard bearer convention in Port Loyola will be held 12 days from now. The four way race is the most hotly contested in the UDP convention season - and it's already creating major friction on the ground. That's because of turf issues. The current area rep Boots Martinez told us today he is the current King of the Port. That's right, "the KING." And, seems he doesn't like interlopers stepping into his turf trying to crown their own king. We're referring to Patrick Faber and John Saldivar - who are reported to be both campaigning with Phillip Willoughby. They're supposedly doing that to neutralize Michael Peyrefitte who is the candidate Boots Martinez is supporting. Like them, Peyrefitte is said to have his own designs on leadership - and, in this, he has some senior inter-party support.

Vector Control for C.A.
Today, representatives from 5 Central American countries including Belize participated in a vector control workshop. It is the first time Belize is hosting such a meeting. We stopped by the Biltmore to find out more about the objectives of this meeting and how Belize's Vector Control Unit can benefit from this regional discussion. Kim Bautista, Chief of Operations, Vector Control Unit "So we are hosting a 4 day workshop starting today and the workshop has a few objectives. The first objective is that we will be finalizing the members of that technical team that will be advising COMISCA (Council of Ministers in Central America). We will also be taking the opportunity to draft a strategic plan for entomology in the region and third we will be looking at the need of the countries to strengthen human resources in that field."

Murder The Moscas! It’s Mosquito Week
Vector Control Unit Chief Kim Bautista also discussed this week's Mosquito awareness week. Although the cases of vector borne diseases are low this year, it is important to drive the message home especially in those vulnerable communities. Here's more. Kim Bautista, Chief of Operations, Vector Control Unit: "The areas that we still see transmission of Dengue and minimal amount of Zika transmission is in the Corozal, Belize and Cayo district, that is for Dengue and the occasional Zika case so the cases for this year, I will tell you that the figures are down. But it is still the same neighborhoods, the same pockets in these districts that remain a challenge. This week is also being observed as Mosquito awareness week..."

Coastal Zone Questions
Today 10 city kids were quizzed on how much they knew about Belize's coastline and marine resources. The Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute hosted its 4th annual Primary School Trivia Challenge at the Bliss. We stopped by to see how fierce the competition was. Chantelle Samuels, CEO, CZMAI: "Today is the kick-off event for that week. The coastal awareness trivia challenge for primary school students. We have 10 Belize City primary schools that are participating in today's trivia challenge from their respective Standard 5 classes." "In keeping with our 20th anniversary we wanted students to be aware of the accomplishments of the CZMAI over the past 20 years in addition there is value in sharing information in terms of the wealth of resources in our coastal zone. How Belizeans benefit, how they might benefit and they might not realize it."

Prison For Kids
Today a group of kids from the Frank Lizama Training Center got a real taste of what it is to be a young prisoner - ain't nothing nice about it. We have covered a similar story where Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, as Belmopan OC, took at risk youth from surrounding communities in Belmopan to hear testimonies from prisoners. Well, now as Region 1 commander, Gillett from gathered Belize City youth from the training center to meet with the young inmates at the Wagner's Youth Facility. We were there to see if the kids got the message to stay off the streets, loud and clear. 50 kids from the training center participated.

Exploring the Issue of Litigation Risk At The ICJ
On Friday, a section of the media was in Mexico City where we spoke to Professor of International Law, Carlos Bernal. He's an authority on the International Court of Justice - where he has advised the Mexican Government on the only case that country ever took to the court - which it won. We asked him about the issue of "litigation risk" - which is the possibility of losing something you have when you take someone to court. For Belize, that risk at the ICJ could be part of our territory - no minor consideration. He discussed that thorny subject:

Hon. Hulse: Forget Farming, Think Food
On Friday, World Food Day was celebrated with a food fair at the Julian Cho Technical High School in Punta Gorda. For the students, Agriculture Minister Godwin Hulse emphasized that farming is really about eating:… Hulse also discussed seed security - which is a major, foundational element in food security:… World Food Day theme WAS celebrated under the theme: "Our Actions are Our Future: A #ZeroHunger World by 2030 is Possible,".