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The San Pedro Sun

BERT gets a helicopter for emergency situations countrywide
The Belize Emergency Response Team’s (BERT) first helicopter landed at John Greif II Municipal Airport in San Pedro Town on Thursday, November 22nd. Arriving with the helicopter was Manager of BERT Andre Carillo, Pilot David Pearce, along with BERT medics and special guests. In an interview with The San Pedro Sun, Carillo stated that this new helicopter will be used for emergency response countrywide. “BERT always tries to find creative ways to get to their patients during emergencies, so with this helicopter we will be able to respond in a faster and more reliable way in various parts of the country, including San Pedro Town. We will also be able to visit areas that primarily very difficult to reach,” he said. “When someone’s life is in danger, every second counts, so hopefully with this helicopter, we will be able to be save someone’s life,” he said. Carillo further stated that with this helicopter, they can also provide International transfers to neighboring countries such as Mexico.

San Pedro Police increase routine check-ups at ports of entry
To deter illicit activities and to monitor persons coming to the island, the San Pedro Police Formation has increased its presence at the different ports of entry to San Pedro Town. The practice is not because of the approaching Christmas season but a routine activity that will take place at different times throughout the weeks. Officer In Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit Superintendent Reymundo Reyes stated that when police officers patrol near the water taxi terminals or the John Greif II Municipal Airport, they are required to make checks on arrivals. “This is done to monitor persons coming to San Pedro, especially people of questionable characters, we need to intercept them and know their whereabouts while on the island,” said Reyes. “It is a method to try to keep the island safe,” Reyes said this practice has yielded the interception of drugs and weapons, and they will continue these checks at unknown times.

San Pedro hosts CECC/SICA XL Ordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers of Education and Culture
San Pedro Town was the host of the 40th Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Education and the Council of Ministers of Culture of the Central American Educational and Cultural Coordination of Central American Integration System (CECC / SICA) from Tuesday, November 20th through Thursday, November 22nd. The event included cultural and educational presentations during the day, culminating with the meeting at the Mahogany Bay Village Resort south of San Pedro. The gathering served as a mechanism to find ways to strengthen the organization and develop plans for the future in the areas of education and culture within the respective member countries of the CECC/SICA.

Living Word Church to host Annual Toy Drive
As the Christmas holidays draw near, many non-governmental organizations in San Pedro Town provide gifts to the less fortunate children of the island. One of them is Living Word Church (LWC), who has been hosting their annual Toy Drive for eight years. This year their Toy Drive is scheduled to take place on Friday, December 21st at the Honorable Slyvestre Sporting Complex. LWC believes that the Christmas season can be overwhelming and stressful for some parents who may not be financially stable enough to provide a gift for their children during the holidays. LWC seeks to provide a gift for all children in need to alleviate some of that stress. Last year a total of 1,000 toys were distributed, which means 1,000 happy children! Each child also received a drink and a cupcake.

Aero Mexico launches direct Belize flights
Belizeans may now fly direct to Mexico City D.F., and by the same token Mexicans can now visit Belize, thanks to a new direct weekend flight introduced by Aero Mexico on Saturday, November 17. Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr joined Aero Mexico’s senior vice president for corporate strategy Loren Aandahl in welcoming the new flight when it touched down at the Philip Goldson International Airport at 10:30 last Saturday morning. Aero-Mexico’s Embraer E-190 aircraft seats 99 passengers and five crew, connecting to Mexico City in two hours for USD$477 round trip, on Saturdays and Sundays. The flight takes off from Mexico City at 8:30am, lands in Belize at 10:30am, and takes off at 12 noon.

Belize Sex Offender Registry Launched
Belizeans authorized by the Ministry of National Security will soon be able to access the ministry’s new National Sex Offenders Registry. The Belize Crime Observatory introduced the new online portal to social workers, educators, law enforcement officials, civil rights groups, non-governmental agencies and other interested parties at a sensitization session at the Radisson Fort George Hotel Belize City on Tuesday morning, November 17. Chief Executive Officer George Lovell of the Ministry of National Security made haste to explain that the new website would not be an Open Source, as it is in the United States and other countries. Concerned citizens would be required to complete a questionnaire/application form, and if approved, the authorized individuals would then be granted a password to access the system. The new website has been two years under construction, and Lovell said he expects it will be available to approved users within a week.

Holy Cross Anglican School celebrates Cultural Day 2018
Holy Cross Anglican School celebrated the vibrant Belizean cultures on Wednesday, November 21st at its Annual Cultural Fair. Throughout the day, students and teachers had the opportunity to showcase their knowledge on the country’s various ethnic groups: Maya, Creole, Garinagu, Chinese, East Indian, and Mennonites. Many of the students and teachers also dressed up in cultural attire and enjoyed a fun day of activities with the whole family. Parents and visitors were invited to the campus to observe the display of cultural booths featuring the many cultures of Belize. Each booth was set up with information on each culture, and guests had the opportunity to sample traditional dishes, as well as learn the history of the ethnic groups.

4th Annual Adopt a Bear returns to Ambergris Caye
Adopt a Bear is Back! For the past four years, to make Christmas a memorable experience for less fortunate island children, the “Adopt a Bear” program has been launched during the Christmas Holidays. The project, sponsored by Raise Me Up, gives individuals in the community the opportunity to gift a Christmas present to one child whose parents are not able to do so. The “Adopt a Bear” program began in 2015 and was founded by co-owner of Sandbar Hostel and Restaurant, Britney O’Daniel and Kaitlin McWhorter of Projects Abroad with the aim to bring happiness to the children of modest means in San Pedro Town.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro High School Hosts SICA Ministers Of Education And Culture
San Pedro High School had the honors of hosting a diplomatic group of Ministers of the Central American Integration System (SICA) on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. The Central American Integration System (SICA) is an integration process established under the Protocol of Tegucigalpa in 1991. It is comprised of Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panamá and so the Ministers of Education and Culture of each country were in San Pedro as part of their 48th Meeting of Ministers of Education and Culture of CECC/SICA.

Promoting Belize Through New AeroMexico Direct Flight
On Tuesday, 20th November, the Belize Embassy in Mexico City and Tropic Air sponsored a dinner event with the support of the Belize Tourism Board, the Belize Hotel Association and the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) with the sole objective to market and promote Belize to Mexican travel agents in support of the new route offered by AeroMexico.

Misc Belizean Sources


Art LCHEMISTS: An Exhibition of Paintings and Quilts
Up coming exhibition! Ilona Smiling German Figueroa Keion George Griffith Terryl Edward Godoy Masani Live Valeska Paintner many thanks to Amb Carlos Quesnel for making it possible Opening Live music with Dih Maroons. Nov. 29, 7pm Mexican Institute in Belize City.

Seminar on Belize Small Ruminant Registry and Digital Platform
The Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project under the Ministry of Agriculture, collaborated between Republic of China (R.O.C) and Government of Belize, is pleased to announce that a Seminar on “Belize Small Ruminant Registry and Digital Platform” was held on the 22nd – 23rd November, 2018. The seminar was especially designed for Partners in Development, The Ministry of Agriculture Extension Livestock Officers, other Technical Officers and Sheep Producers in Belize. The main focus of the seminar was to highlight the achievements and current status of Small Ruminant Registry and traceability in the Sheep Industry. The Breeding Sheep Certification Program with on-line application in Small Ruminants and the Digital System being now used in sheep farm management in many countries, was introduced as a very important element to take our Sheep Industry in Belize to the next highest level.

Belize’s Position on the Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce
Based on a health alert from the United States Centre for Disease Control regarding an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O0157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) associated with romaine lettuce, BAHA and the Ministry of Health advise consumers not to eat any romaine lettuce. Retailers and restaurants should not serve or sell any imported from the U.S.A. and Canada until more information becomes available. This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of pre-cut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad.

Ministry of National Security Hosts 4th Annual Multinational Security Cooperation Conference
Today, November 23rd, 2018, The Ministry of National Security (Defence) hosted the 4th Annual Multinational Security Cooperation Conference at the Naia Resort in Placencia, Stann Creek. The main objective of the conference was to share Belize’s vision, work and requirements with regards to military assistance with our allies and partners. It emphasized security cooperation and military capacity building for the Belize Defence Force, the Belize Coast Guard and the Joint Intelligence Operations Centre all within the Ministry of National Security (Defence). The keynote speaker of the conference was the Chief Executive Officer in the ministry, Mr. Felix Enriquez. Mr. Enriquez highlighted that the Ministry of National Security’s strategic direction centered on the men and women of the Belizean security forces.

Tribute to Fidel Castro
This morning the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow paid tribute to the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in honour of the second anniversary of his death (November 25th). Hon. Cordel Hyde, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, also paid tribute to the former president of Cuba. Present in the gallery were Cuba's Ambassador to Belize H.E. Lissette Pérez, Belize's Ambassador to Cuba H.E. Annie Burns, former Ambassador to Cuba H.E. Assad Shoman, representatives of the Government of Belize, other members of the Cuban delegation, and resident ambassador from other embassies.

Under the Economic Partnership Agreement between CARIFORUM States and the European Union the Parties committed to a process that would provide future protection to each other’s Geographical Indication (GIs) within the context of the Agreement. The European Union has provided a list of Geographical Indications that it would like CARIFORUM States to provide legal protection. The List includes some well-known European Geographical Indications for a) Cheeses (for example Roquefort, Feta, Parmigiano Reggiano and Mozzarella di Bufala Campana).

Belize National Emergency Management Minister meets Panama President & Vice President
On a recent trip to Panama, Belize’s Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Hon Edmond Castro, met and spoke with that country’s President, Juan Carlos Varela; and Vice President, Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado. Hon Castro was in Panama for the inauguration, on November 19, 2018, of the Regional Logistics Center for Humanitarian Assistance (CLRAH), a logistics platform that will facilitate the collection, handling, storage and redistribution of supplies and equipment, and the mobilization of human resources for an efficient management of humanitarian assistance in the face of national and international emergencies.

Social Security Presentation on Caye Caulker
Nov. 29

Far West Street Block Party
Erva's is teaming up with many other local businesses to have a block party on Far West Street on Sunday evening. They'll have live music and DJ's throughout the night. The fun starts at 6:00pm.

Sisimito Sessions 2019
Great news on the electronic music front. The 4th Sisimito Music Festival has a date. Sisimito Records and Mind & Me Music are teaming up to make this the best Belize Electronic Music Weekend yet. Uwe Kruggle and Night Quest will be performing, as will many other international DJ's. It'll be happening in Hopkins, on the beach, on Saturday and Sunday, February 2nd and 3rd. "The 4th Annual Belize Electronic Music Weekend. 2 days of cutting edge House and Techno in the beautiful country of Belize, featuring International and Local D.j's and live acts on the beach. 2&3/02/2019."

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of Nov. 12th - Nov. 18th, 2018
The first cold front of the 2018/2019 winter season produced strong northwest winds, cloudy days and cooler than normal temps. Anglers and guides were able to put together some good days by moving and adapting to the weather and water conditions. El Pescador Lodge was happy to host a fly fishing and photography workshop by Yellow Dog Outfitters featuring well known outdoor photographers Jim Klug and Bryan Gregson. It was a treat to see the amazing images captured by the participants while on land and in and under the water.

SPTC Inaugurates Child Friendly Secretariat
On Wednesday, November 21, 2018, the San Pedro Town Council inaugurated its Child Friendly Secretariat in a short ceremony. This Secretariat will serve as a base for all Child Friendly related matters and events. San Pedro Town is the first municipality to inaugurate its Child Friendly Secretariat.

NICH hosts CECC SICA Ministers for Culinary and Cultural Experience at San Pedro House of Culture
The 40th Ordinary of Council of Ministers of Education and Culture of the Central American Education and Culture Coordination of the Central American Integration System (CECC SICA) and the 28th Sectoral of the Council of Ministers of Education and Culture CECC SICA were held in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye for Ministers, Vice Ministers and Representatives of Education and Culture visiting from member countries. The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), through the Museum of Belize and Houses of Culture, hosted a series of cultural and gastronomic presentations for SICA's Ministers of Culture from the respective Central American Countries and the Dominican Republic.The Ministers and Representatives of Culture were invited to the event at the San Pedro House of Culture (SPHOC) as part of the meetings. The Directors of NICH's Institutes were also present at the cultural and culinary presentations held at the San Pedro House of Culture.

NICH hosts CECC SICA Ministers for Culinary and Cultural Experience at San Pedro House of Culture
Lots of photos...

Cultura Ministers' Field trip
I feel honoured to host all the Central American Ministers of Culture at the San Pedro House of Culture at the Cultural & Culinary Arts Experience. Showcasing Belize's cultural diversity. Thanks to our local artists and musicians for pulling out such a great show. Performers included the Maya Fire Dancer, the Hijos de West Marimba, the Fantastic Steel Pan, the Garifuna Drummer, the Charikanari Dancer, the Jonkunu dancer and the Two-foot Cow dancer.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Peppermint, The Happy Time Murders, The Nun, Christmas Chronicles.

New signs on Coconut Drive and Sea Grape drive are not in use
We would like to remind drivers that the new signs on Coconut Drive and Sea Grape drive are not in use, we will inform the public before the new system becomes operational. To the moron or morons that saw fit to uncover the signs, not only did you endanger the public but you broke the law. It is an offense to alter, damage or remove any traffic sign or barrier, these signs are for the public's safety and only the traffic dept or the police have the authority to deal with traffic signs. We are reviewing CCTV footage to see if we can identify the culprits.

The Belize Kriol Brukdong Festival
Get into the Christmas spirit the old fashion way with good Kriol Brukdong music and food. Come and hear our local artists sing those old fashion Kriol Christmas songs the way they use to play it in the old days. Also happening on these days is a song competition between some of the bands to see which band can create the best new Brukdong song with all of the flavors of the past Brukdong songs. Which band will win? You have to come out to cast your vote! Dec 14 - Dec 15, Battlefield Park, Belize CIty

Channel 7

Charged For Killing Her Big Sister
Tonight, 23 year old Isela Cano has been charged for killing her big sister, 26 year old Keidi Yesenia Ramirez. She was charged this evening in Independence village. Two days ago, Cano had been detained along with her parents for causing the death. But those parents were released today and Cano was charged not for murder, but for manslaughter. This is based on advice of the DPP - who did not find that there was enough evidence to support a murder charge.

PM Would Have Voted For “Peyre” In Port
UDP Party Leader Dean Barrow is coming up on retirement from electoral politics, but - all indications are - he's not going "gentle into that good night." Reports suggest he's actively involved in picking his successor, and those reports say he wanted it to be Attorney General Michael Peyreffite - who lost in the Port Loyola Convention three weeks ago. And while the PM has consistently denied publicly that he had any favorites - today he conceded that - if he lived in Port, he would have voted for "Peyre":... Reporter: "Whatever happened in Port? I'm going to put it this way, your horse lost."

Cabinet Ministers Ask PM To Stay On Until 2020
And while there is now chatter in the party that the man PM calls a great friend, Mike Peyrefitte may somehow slide into place in Queen's Square - for the time being, that's just talk. Right now, there are other intrigues swirling in the UDP. Foremost among those is the talk of a meeting the Prime Minister held earlier this week with a number of ministers - reportedly a majority of Cabinet members who want the PM and Party Leader to stick around as long as possible - right up to the 2020 elections, if he can. That would spell bad news for Patrick Faber or John Saldivar - who are hoping for a leadership convention and a transition as early as next year. We asked the PM what Wednesday's meeting was about - and he slyly said, it was business as usual:…

Dr. Carla Will Stay In Cabinet Club
And one Minister without much political play or sway who will be in that Cabinet meeting is Carla Barnett. She lost the Freetown convention two weeks go and said she's getting out of electoral politics. But, though her political capital has dwindled to zero, the PM said he's not taking her out of Cabinet:... Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Will Dr. Carla Barnett who has now been defeated at general election level and at convention level, will she remained in the cabinet and in the senate?" Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "Again, let me be careful. The fact is she did not win and that will allow some people to draw certain conclusions about Carla's political career..."

Worries Mount For Fishermen Gone For 10 Days
Tonight, there are concerns for 13 fisherman from Copperbank village in the Corozal District - who are believed to be missing at sea. But, at this hour, there is more confusion and uncertainty, than there is reliable information - both in their home village and with the coast guard. The Coast Guard launched its own patrol from Calabash Caye and activated its partners like the Audubon Society and TASA, along with the BDF Airwing to comb the entire Turneffe area - but the searches have not turned up anything. Reports from the village say Funciano Copo's boat left from the village 10 days ago with 13 fishermen on board, all relatives. From there the stories go in all different directions - but it boils down to one thing: the men are feared to be unaccounted for at sea - because the most they would usually take on the sea is 8 days.

Top Military Brass Converges On Belize
Yesterday, we took you to the BDF's Camp Belizario in Cayo for a look at Tropical Dagger, a regional training initiative in Belize which brought representatives of the top security forces from Canada, Belize Jamaica, and Trinidad for the entire month of November. Well today, the Ministry of National Security invited us to Naia Resort in Placencia, where military leaders from the Belize Coast Guard, the BDF, the Canadian Armed Forces, the British Army, the US Army, the Mexican military, and the Taiwanese Military were meeting for their annual Multinational Security Cooperation Conference. Like Tropical Dagger, the Security Conference aims to foster closer cooperation between the security forces of Belize's allies, where they seek to combat shared challenges like regional security, and the fight against transnational organized crime, such as narcotics trafficking.

Teachers Protest in Benque
Today Mount Carmel Primary School teachers took to the streets to send a clear message: they want three of their colleagues to get what they are due: paid in full, no bull! Today was day 2 of their protest and we were there to find out what all the noise is all about. Courtney Weatherburne has the story. Courtney Weatherburne, reporting Mount Carmel teacher Maria Del Carmen Martinez is the life-force behind that fight with her two sided poster as her armor- jamming to Bob Marley's most popular protest anthem. This was the scene at 11:00, when the teachers were taking a break. But earlier at 9:00, they were out on the streets, demanding their pay.

GDG & GOB Settling A Sour Sweetheart Deal
And now to today's house meeting - where the biggest item coming out of the day's business was a 5 million dollar settlement payment government has to make to Glenn Godfrey for one of those sour sweetheart deals. Now, we know, Glenn Godfrey and Interco are names that haven't been in the news for a decade - like ghosts of governments past. But Godfrey - in the name of a company called GDG Acquisitions - sued the government on the strength of a 2002 master lease agreement. It's a contract Intelco signed with Government to supply telecommunications equipment. Now, never mind that the equipment never really worked and the company went south faster than a dropped call, the agreement still stands, and government has to pay.

PUP Mum On Intelco Settlement
And, if it struck you as a little odd that we only showed the Prime Minister speaking on this issue - it's because no one on the other side said a word. It's unusual because even when the Government has to pay hefty settlements for PUP deals gone bad - the other side usually comes in saying something like the UDP side cost taxpayers millions by waiting too long to settle, or litigating too long. But today? Not a word, not even a peep. We asked the Prime Minster about it:...

GOB Changing Law To Avoid Costly GST Refunds To Tourism Sector
Government also went to the house today to amend a sales tax law - after a costly CCJ judgement. That judgement found in favor of Cruise Solutions, that tour services to cruise lines should be considered zero rated supplies. Now, millions of dollars in tax have already been paid for those services - and, with this judgement, all who have paid would be entitled for a refund from the GST office. That's why government went to the house to try and retroactively cure the law:... Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow- PM: "So, according to them the tax that all these operators had been paying all these years was being invalidly collected because their interpretation, by the president, their interpretation of the law was that, as it stood, these people needed to be treated as zero rated. Apart from the successful appellant, every tour operator who had ever paid GST under the then regime, which we all thought was legal, is coming calling upon the GST department for a refund.

Hon. Hyde Says Strip Brads of Boledo Contract
And finally from the house session, PUP Deputy Leader Cordel Hyde spoke on the adjournment about a matter of public interest, and that's Brad's Boledo franchise. His 10 year license is coming up for renews and Hyde says government should think twice - and put the bold back in public hands:... Hon. Cordel Hyde- PUP Senior Deputy: "I believe it was in 2009 that Bards and Friends were given a 10 year contract to administrate our Boledo franchise. So, I imagine that at some time, pretty soon, it will come up for consideration. I wanted to put the government on notice that they really need to do the right thing here. They really need to rescind that contract. The only problem I can recall is that government was complaining that they are only getting a million dollars in taxes from the sale of Boledo.

Counterfeit Cash On The Peninsula
The Police department is warning that a new set of counterfeit US dollar bills is in circulation on Placencia. Yesterday, at around 8 a.m., officers from Placencia were called to several business places on the peninsula, where 2 men went on a shopping spree using US 20-dollar notes that were counterfeits. Police inspected several of these fake dollar bills, which had the same serial number: MD42596339. Investigators have already detained 2 men, and they're seeking another suspect.

BAHA Rejects Romaine Lettuce
And while the police warn about fake money on Placencia, BAHA is putting a ban in imported Romaine lettuce. The US Centre for Disease Control has determined that Romaine is causing an E-coli outbreak in the States. If you don't know, E-coli causes serious health problems including severe diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia. Because of this, BAHA and the Ministry of Health are advising Belizeans not to eat any romaine lettuce. Additionally, retailers and restaurants should not serve or sell any of this lettuce imported from the US and Canada until more information becomes available. This includes all types of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, bags and boxes of pre-cut lettuce, and salad mixes which contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar Salad.

For A Few (Million) Dollars More
Earlier we told you we had aired the last items of house business from today's house sitting. But one item we missed was a government motion to borrow 7 million dollars more for the George Price Highway Rehabilitation Project. Now, they've already borrowed 27 million dollars in 2015 for the paving of mile 47.9 to mile 67.3. Today the Prime Minister explained why they are going back to the IDB for 7 million more:.. Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow- PM: "Whereas the board of directors of the bank approved an original loan to the government in the sum of $27 million, dated November 17th, 2015, whereas we've since approached for additional financing, whereas it is the intention to use the additional financing to meet the costs of the supervision of the civil works, utilities relocation and environmental and social mitigation measures."

Both Side Of House Remember Comandante Castro
But, while it was across-the-floor business as usual, the meeting did start with a touching tribute to Cuba's Comandante Fidel Castro. He died two years ago on November 25th, and - with a full contingent of cuban Doctors, and diplomats from 8 embassies in the gallery - both sides of the house paid tribute to Fidel:...

Reputational Risk For Barrow & Williams?
And while you can see the Prime Minister visibly struggling with his back and his mobility in those photo opportunities - the media still grilled him for 20 minutes, that's after getting about 15 minutes with him yesterday. The PM had to lean on a nearby doorframe, but he took all our questions including one more about his law firm's involvement with the Sitee River Wildlife Preserve. That private NGO is named in a civil complaint by the US Federal Trade Commission as being associated with the massive Sanctuary Belize real estate scam. The Prime Minister said they are entitled to a defense: Jules Vasquez, reporter: "I know you dont make decisions for Barrow and Williams, the firm that has your name on the masthead, but I saw them in court after the civil complaint has been lodge - Ms. Lizette Stain from Barrow and Williams for the Sittee River Wildlife Reserve appearing for. Is that a a concern that you have, the reputational risk of the continued association with an associated group to Sanctuary Belize?"

Is PSU Credit-Worthy For National Bank?
And the press also took one more stab at the PSU issue. As we reported last night, the Prime Minister has interceded to get the hilltop property back for the PSU. He's going to give the union a grant to assist them to buy back the property. But he's also going to recommend to the national bank to help the union with a 150 thousand dollar loan. We asked him on what strength he makes that recommendation:... Jules Vasquez, reporter: "The union, they hold an important place in the social firmament, but they have been proven to be people who unfortunately or unable to pay their lease at least, Why then would you recommend them to the National Bank?"

Mixing Music With An ICJ Message
And perhaps walking in his father's footsteps…Shyne Barrow gave us an interview at that same location a few minutes earlier. But he wasn't talking about a matter of state, he was chatting about an ICJ info-infotainment concert tonight at the Marion Jones. The concert starts at 9:00 tonight. The first 159 persons enter free, and ladies are free all night.

Finnegan’s Not So Subtle Bradley Putdown
And we've saved the best for last. We asked Michael Finnegan about his wife Dianne's candidacy as an aspirant in Lake Independence. That convention is coming up a week from Sunday - and he told us he feels good about it - but he also had a special message for one of her opponent's allies:... Jules Vasquez, reporter: "What you make of the prospects for your wife and are you involved in the campaign?" Hon. Michael Finnegan: "I think she is doing extremely well and I am putting hand and a leg here and there for her, but the responsibility is her, but she is doing quite well."

Channel 5

Copper Bank Fishermen Missing at Sea, Massive Search Effort Underway
A massive search and rescue effort to locate a seagoing vessel carrying ten fishermen onboard is underway in the waters of the Turneffe Atoll.  It is reported that Nayadi set [...]

Sister of Missing Copper Bank Fisherman Pleas for His Safe Return
Late this evening, News Five spoke by phone with Melissa Garcia whose brother, twenty-six-year-old Aldo Antonio Hernandez is also missing at sea.  According to Garcia, she spoke with her brother [...]

G.O.B. Honors Cuban Revolutionary, Fidel Castro
Two years ago, in November 2016, Commandante Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president, died at the age of ninety from natural causes. In the 1950’s, Castro emerged as the Leader of [...]

G.O.B. Barrows $14 Million More for Highway Works
The Government of Belize today received approval from the House of Representatives to borrow fourteen million dollars from the Inter-American Development Bank. This is in addition to tens of millions [...]

G.O.B. Settles Lawsuit Brought by Glenn D. Godfrey Acquisitions
More than ten years ago, G.D.G. Acquisitions, a company controlled by Glenn Godfrey, sued the Government of Belize in the U.S.  The lawsuit claimed that the government was liable for [...]

G.O.B. Passes Bill to Close GST Loophole
In October, the Caribbean Court of Justice ordered the Government of Belize to repay businessman David Gegg more than half a million dollars. Gegg is the owner of Cruise Solutions [...]

Teachers Demonstrate in Benque; Matter Resolved
There is good news for forty plus teachers at Roman Catholic primary schools in the west. Following a meeting around two p.m., between management, the Teaching Services Commission and the [...]

B.N.T.U. Meets With M.O.E. in Another Round of Discussions
This afternoon, executives of the Belize National Teachers Union met with the Ministry of Education to further discuss issues involving schools that are presently on the hardship list.  The meetings [...]

P.S.U. Intends to Take Legal Action Against Belmopan CitCo
The battle over the Belmopan Hilltop property between the Public Service Union, the Belmopan City Council and an Asian businessman from Corozal, seems to have ended amicably following a meeting [...]

PM Barrow Disappointed that Mike Peyrefitte Lost Port Convention
Prime Minister Dean Barrow says he is disappointed that Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte lost his bid to represent Port Loyola for the U.D.P. in the upcoming general elections. Peyrefitte, AC [...]

PM Barrow Says Dr. Carla Barnett Stays
Then there is the case of Doctor Carla Barnett and her failed political venture to represent the people of Freetown for the United Democratic Party. Doctor Barnett, a sitting cabinet [...]

Pooling Our Resources Together – Philloughby’s Latest Port Loyola Brainchild
PORT, an acronym for Pooling Our Resources Together, is the latest initiative to be undertaken by U.D.P. standard bearer Phillip Willoughby who aspires to represent the people of Port Loyola [...]

Land Grab in San Juan; Propose Village Extension is Being Cleared Out by Non-Villagers
Is there a land grab going on in San Juan Village? According to Chairman Carlos Peraza – it would appear so and the village council has no idea who is [...]

Who’s Responsible for San Juan Land Grab?
Chairman Carlos Peraza has notified the Ministry of Natural Resources about the developing issue in San Juan. Peraza told us that neighboring communities are experiencing the same problem. He says [...]

3 Teams Pitch Their Way to BELTRAIDE’s Business Hackathon 2018
BELTRAIDE held the final pitch for its Business Hackathon today in Belize City. Three four-member teams of I.C.T. professionals and students are the finalists having competed against other teams to [...]

Missing fishing vessel
Belize Coast Guard and B.D.F are conducting a search for a fishing vessel reported missing at sea. The B.D.F air wing is doing a fly over of the general area and the authorities have made checks at Halfmoon Caye and are now en route to Turneffe. Reports are that ten persons were on board the boat when it went out to sea fourteen days ago. The vessel, we are told, is from Copper Bank Village. There are conflicting reports about what exactly happened - and while there are speculations that the boat may have capsized, the authorities say there is no evidence at this time to suggest that.