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Today's Belize News: July 21, 2015 #506014
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The San Pedro Sun

SPTC details updates on the Sunset Boardwalk Boulevard
Through the Sustainable Tourism Development Program (STDP), the Sunset Boardwalk Boulevard construction finished in 2014, even though it was opposed by many of the island residents. The facility remained underused since it was inaugurated in March of 2014, but the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has announced that the development will soon be fully operational. There are plans of dredging for the allocation of boats and the street adjacent to the boardwalk will be officially opened to alleviate traffic conditions on the island. Furthermore, all the artisan street vendors from the Central Park will be relocated to the Sunset Boardwalk. According to Mayor Daniel Guerrero, everyone who uses the docks at this area will be required to pay a fee, and the artisan street vendors from the Central Park will be provided with booths along the Boardwalk. These booths will be painted with tropical colors. “We will have the Mennonites build the booths and then bring them to the island on the barge, where we will proceed with giving them a touch of beautification before they are distributed. They will have different colors, something similar to what has been done in the Bahamas,” said Guerrero. The relocation is expected to happen within the next three months, as plans for the re-opening of the Sunset Boardwalk are already underway.

San Pedro Town Council Strategies Against Crime in San Pedro
At the beginning of this year, the spike of crime in San Pedro led local authorities to implement several measures to try bringing back peace and stability to the island. Mayor crime has eased down on the island, but the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has come up with several strategies to continue fighting crime. These initiatives include the installation of heavy duty surveillance cameras in strategic points of the island, along with installation of precincts and checkpoints throughout the island. It is expected that these security implementations will make la Isla Bonita as safe as possible for visitors and residents. Mayor Daniel Guerrero strongly believes that these plans will help prevent crime incidents on the island. “One of my goals that I want to reach by the end of my term is to have a total police force of a 100, so in that way we will have more of their presence on the island. At the same time, we need to control access to the island via water, for example, from Cayo Romero, and also control under the Boca del Rio bridge at night where there will be a checkpoint searching everyone who passes, for drugs, weapons and anything illegal,” said Guerrero.

Caye Notes
Caye Notes: San Pedro to develop Under 15 Team: All male and female footballers under the age of 15 are being called to try out for the San Pedro Under 15 team. Councilor Hector “Tito” Alamilla, in collaboration with island football coordinator, Ernildo Jones are spearheading the development of football teams to compete in both the National Male and Female Under 15 Football Tournament.
SSBA Basketball Tournament: The San Ignacio and Santa Elena Basketball Association (SSBA) will be hosting its annual basketball tournament, starting on Friday, August 21st. The tournament will be held at Falcon Field in San Ignacio Town. The five categories are Under 23, Under 19, Seniors, Over 35 and Females.
The Belize Basketball Federation tryouts: The Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) is calling all interested male basketball players under the age of 14 from across the country to attend a two-week practice session from Tuesday, July 14th to Friday, July 17th. The practice session is to determine the players that will be forming the Male Under 14 National Team to participate in International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) Central American Basketball Confederation (COCABA) Tournament.
Splash Summer Camp: The San Pedro Sports Committee is inviting all boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15 to participate in a camp to learn the basic techniques for swimming. Registration is free and waiver forms can be picked up at the San Pedro Town Council. Swimming equipment, water and fruit snacks will be provided. The camp commences on Monday, August 3rd from 8:30AM to 11:30AM at the Boca del Rio Park and will be held every Monday and Thursday in the month of August.

Ambergris Today

HGTV Shuts Down San Pedro Street for Filming
A camera crew of HGTV was here in March and April of this year and now they were back this past week in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, filming for another episode of House Hunters International. On Saturday, July 18, 2015, the film crew closed down the south end of Pescador Drive (Middle Street) for filming purposes. The house hunting couple moving to Ambergris Caye solicited the services of Pampered Paws’ dog trainer Kathy Marin to train their two dogs to ride on a golf cart. During one of the session, the film crew got permission to close down the street in front of the dog grooming/training business as they captured Ruby and Mille getting adjusted to life on the island; riding on a golf cart is an essential part of living on Ambergris Caye.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

H.E. Nestor Mendez Takes Office as Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Attorney General and Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended the official inauguration of H.E. Nestor Mendez as the new Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States on Friday, July 17th in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Mendez was elected OAS Assistant Secretary General for the 2015-2020 term on March 18th of this year with a majority vote of 24 of the total 34 votes cast. This is the first time a Belizean has been elected to the post of Assistant Secretary General of the OAS. H.E. Nestor Mendez served as Ambassador of Belize to the OAS and to the Government of the United States since June 2008.

The Participating Agencies of the Youth and Community Transformation Project, namely Yabra Community Resource Center, Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence and the Department of Youth Services, are hosting summer workshops for children and youth in their respective communities. The summer workshops will occur over a five week period, which commenced Monday July 13, 2015 and will last through to Friday August 14, 2015. The specific duration for the sessions at each site is as follows: • Yabra Community Resource Center: July 13 – July 30, 2015 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. (GREAT SUMMER - Life Skills, Expressive Arts and Sports) • Department of Youth Services: July 20 – July 31, 2015 from 9:00 am to 3pm. (Youth Speak – Poetry) • Youth Cadet – July 20th – July 24th (Inner City Youth Camp) • Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence July 27 – August 14, 2015 from 9am to 3 pm (Sports and Expressive Arts)

BELIZE's New Champs
These youths from Belize who traveled to Mexico to participate in the Copa de Cancun Pioneros 2015. Lead by coach Brads Neal they won gold. The under nineteen Belize Basketball Selection returns today. There will be a press conference later in the day at Rogers Stadium in honor of our champions. The Copa Cancun tournament consisted of 2 days traveling and 4 days of intense basketball. The competition was fears but our boys defended the jewel with pride and honor. Among our competitors was the U19 Mexican National Champs, Veracruz Marlins recently calming their title only a week ago. That game was farce and competitive with unbelievable moments of greatness displayed by both teams. In the the end the strong will and determination of our young superstars prevailed.

Alleged unpaid overtime and emotional abuse at Deputy Chief of Mission’s Home
Update: 9:20 a.m. (THE DCM AND WIFE WILL NOT CONTINUE TO SERVE AS THEY HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE POST) A report was made on the second week of July 2015, that both US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Bruce R. Matthews and his wife were allegedly mistreating two members of their household staff, namely Eva Longsworth and Lourdes Cunningham. Verbal abuse included telling one of the ladies that she was too fat to wear a uniform. Work contracts were with held from employees until late May. The women claim they were intimidated by the Deputy Chief of Mission’s wife to work additional hours while taking a cut in their lunch break, use personal vehicles to carry out errands, being given less than 25 dollars fuel compensation for traveling as far as Central Farm to buy livestock. Though they were required to work on the US Holiday on July 4th, the women did not receive any overtime compensation. The two women reported that they are due approximately 200 hours of overtime pay.

Can't get better than home made
Femi's Home made Mix Fruit Jam...and peanut Fudge..

Rotaract Iron Group 2015
The Rotaract Club of San Ignacio hosted this year's Iron Group Competition. Spoiler alert, Dangriga won. Looks like everyone had a great time coming together. "Today July 18th San Ignacio hosted the Iron Group Competition at the Macal River Park in San Ignacio. Rotaractors from all the District of the country of Belize came together for a day to compete to win the title of Iron Group. Games included Volleyball and Basketball. Congratulations to this Year winners : ROTARACT CLUB DANGRIGA!! who will be hosting the games next year. Thanks to all those who came out!! "

San Pedro Lions Club
The San Pedro Lions Club proudly receives the visit of Lions Intermediate Past International Vice President Joseph and Jodie Preston as they are on their visit to witness the improvement on the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI) in Belize and other parts of Central America.

Paint N Splash "The Great Blue Hole"
This week at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar "The Great Blue Hole" Come join us to paint one of the natural wonders of the world! Thursdayat 2:00pm. Crazy Canucks Beach Bar.

BOLEDO DRAWING for Monday, July 20, 2015: 39. PICK 3: 4 2 2

Barbecue Caribbean Rum Ribs
Wrap the ribs in double thickness of aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1-1/2 hours before you make the marinade. Remove from oven, drain, and place in shallow baking dish. RUM MARINADE Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour over ribs making sure all are soaked. Let ribs marinate for 1 hour, turn at least once during that time. BARBECUE Place on grill over medium heat for 30 minutes while turning and basting with leftover marinade, or you can put back in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes while turning and basting.

So called "missionaries" asking for funds on behalf of The Children's Joy Foundation?
Amidst the joy of seeing the National Selection win, was particularly troubled by 4 so called "missionaries" asking for funds on behalf of The Children's Joy Foundation? When I confronted them saying that I believed it was a scam one of the females started getting aggressive...followed them outside the stadium where they seemed about to panic when I threatened to call the police and immigration officials. At one time they seemed to be sneering at all? Very sketchy to say the least and they boarded what seems to be a rented car. Must say, they collected a good amount of money....

Ky-Mani Marley in Concert
Reggae Summer Fest Chetumal 2015

La Reina de la Costa Maya
Come join us at Ramon's Village Resort for Noche San Pedrana on Friday, July 31st and meet all of the contestants vying for the title of La Reina de la Costa Maya including: Miss Belize Samalia Vernon Miss Costa Rica Carolina On Porras Miss Honduras Gabriela Vanessa Salazar Valle Miss El Salvador Genesis Margarita Fuentes Bolaños Miss Guatemala Lisa Hayet Francis Miss Nicaragua Yuliset de Los Angeles Sotelo Laguna MIss Mexico Samantha Gutíerrez Gónzalez-Rubio Miss Panama María Cristina Saavedra Live entertainment by Rompe Raja Band, National Costume Presentation and a special appetizer menu from Pineapples On The Beach! Don't miss this spectacular event at Ramon's Village Resort!

Young Leaders Facilitating the Sports Camp
This year at the Corozal Civic Center. Volleyball, Basketball and Football. Wonderful working team!

BEL Statement Regarding BEWU Protest
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) is aware of a protest by the Belize Energy Workers Union (BEWU) which commenced today, during which BEWU members referred to the details of negotiations for a revised a Revised Partnership Collective Agreement (PCA). Negotiations commenced on November 4, 2014 between BEL’s Management Negotiating Team appointed by BEL’s Board of Directors and BEWU’s Negotiating Committee appointed by the Executive of the BEWU. These negotiations entered into mediation on June 26, 2015 by the Labour Commissioner after the BEL and BEWU negotiating teams were unable to arrive at an agreement on the negotiation of salaries and benefits for the revised PCA. Non-financial matters of the revised PCA were first addressed and successfully negotiated except for the clause on disciplinary action. At the commencement of negotiations, the BEWU’s proposal was for an increase in salaries and benefits amounting to 90% of salary. The Company rejected this proposal for salaries and benefits. In April, the BEWU presented a new proposal for a 62% increase in salaries and benefits. The Company presented a counter proposal for 24%. The BEWU walked away from the negotiating table and led a sickout. BEL deems this incident a strike under the laws of Belize and has reported the matter to the Labor Department.

Garifuna Collective Plays Toronto
The Garifuna Collective represented Belize in Canada, again, when they played with Danny Michel at the Panamania concert in Toronto. Looks like everyone had a great time. "The shows with the Garifuna Collective were a blast. Welcome on board Sheldon!. A great hang with my Belizean brothers again. Thanks to everyone who made it possible. Until next time"

Join the Party at the International Costa Maya Festival in Belize
Even if you don’t like checking out gorgeous women in bathing suits as they compete for beauty pageant crowns and have no desire to hang out with like-minded people eager to cheer them on as neighboring countries compete for that crown, you can still have a fabulous time at this year’s Costa Maya Festival on Ambergris Caye in Belize. Why? Because there are so many other parties and events taking place to keep visitors entertained that the actual contestant judging could take a backseat to the fun. Lest you think this party is all about cat calls and bikinis, you couldn’t be further from the truth. The origins of the Costa Maya Festival are deeply rooted in Belize’s heritage: the rich Mayan culture that called this nation home long before bathing suits were ever invented. That’s why you can expect to see and hear music and dance groups representing a full spectrum of performance art, from traditional to modern. There’s something for every taste at this exciting event.

Chiquibul Visitor Center is being improved
Thanks to PACT, the Chiquibul Visitor Center is being improved. Our aim is to get a full time educator to administrate the Center.

Meet Marty McBottfly!
Meet Marty McBottfly! Partially named after his rescuer Martin, who brought him to us after he found Marty had fallen from his nest, and partially from the 20 Bott Fly Larvae we removed from his little body! We believe Marty is a Couch's Kingbird and has been making a smooth recovery while staying at the rescue. Once he learns how to eat on his own he will be released and flying free!

Channel 7

Keyren Kills... but Police Say It's Not Murder
24 year-old Coast Guard officer Keyren Tzib made national headlines in April when she was accused of shooting a male officer in the back of the head with her service M4 Carbine. Well tonight, she's back in the news after her common-law husband, 30 year-old Thytis Blancaneaux, was found dead in their home in the Spanish Town area of Lords Bank Village on Saturday afternoon at around 2. The couple had a domestic dispute, which escalated and became tragic. Police say that in the confrontation she pulled a knife and stabbed him in the shoulder. He bled out and died where he fell, in a pool of his own blood. Police found the murder weapon and Ms. Tzib at the scene. She has been charged - but not for murder - Daniel Ortiz put together the narrative to find out why: Daniel Ortiz reporting Ladyville police found 30 year-old Thytis Blancaneaux here in his yard, in Lords Bank. That's where he collapsed, right at the front door of his outside kitchen. He had been stabbed only once to the shoulder by his common-law wife, Keyren Tzib.

Jealous Boyfriend Kills Man
A man was beaten to death in Hattieville yesterday. 48 year old Steve Munnings was at his house in the village when a man attacked him with a "2 by 4" apparently in a jealous rage. Munnings was working on a house project for a woman when he was dragged into this bitter love affair which led to his murder. Today we visited the family in Hattieville to find out how Munnings got caught in the middle - Courtney Weatherburne has more... Courtney Weatherburne reporting Michelle Brakeman lives in this small wooden green house. She had just moved there about a month ago with her daughter. It was a new start for Brakeman who was slowly renovating this new space and making this house into a home. But that peace of mind was crushed yesterday when her abusive boyfriend of 5 years came looking for her. Voice of: Michelle Brakeman, Witness "While I was sitting down at my friend's house my boyfriend came and approached me there and he started to knock me and asked me where the key was. I asked him why is he doing this for and this is my own house key and he said that he doesn't want to hear that, he wants the key."

Who Is Charred Body Found On Roadside
And in the third murder in Belize Rural this weekend, Scotland Halfmoon villagers came across a burnt body just off the main road on Saturday morning. For a tiny village that hasn't seen a murder in years, it's a most unusual discovery - but police believe that it didn't happen in the village - but that the body was burnt elsewhere and then thrown off the road, right at the entrance to the village. Police say that his body was badly burnt, beyond recognition, and they suspect that the killers may have been trying to destroy evidence. So, they are treating this case as a murder investigation. Now, police do have a name of a missing mechanic from Ladyville- and believe it may be him, but because it has not been absolutely confirmed, we are unable to release it at this time. Here's what police told us today: Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster - Commander, Eastern Division Rural "Saturday July 18th, we were called out at about 10:43am to an area 400 feet passed the Bermudian Landing Bridge where we discovered charred remains of a person believe to be a male person. At this point investigations are continuing with that. We have initial indication this person was partially identified by a tattoo on his chest by the mother, but we are going to wait for the confirmation from the doctor."

KHMH Go-Slow Over, Staff Reps Meet With Ministerial Task Force
The go-slow at the KHMH is over - that's the bottom line coming out a meeting this evening between a team of eight staff representatives on one side, four Cabinet ministers on the other and the KHMH Board of governors in the middle. The Cabinet negotiating team comprises Ministers Patrick Faber, John Saldivar, Pablo Marin and Godwin Hulse - and that array of executive firepower suggests some urgency on Government's part - and right that there should be since the national referral hospital has been on go slow since last week. The meeting started at 2:00 this afternoon in the KHMH conference Room - and we met Labor Minister Hulse going in:.. Hon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Labour "This afternoon's sit down was to try to clarify the points, try to find out exactly where we are and where we go from here. This is a tremendously important facility. The public service needs to be protected, the staff and the management, especially the staff has done an excellent job. Nobody has no major complaints and so government's position is that we have a sympathetic view but we need to sit down and be clear as to what we are talking about and where we go." The meeting finished two and a half hours later - and coming out of it, we got to speak to senior ministers and the Board Chairman:

BEL Workers Picket During Lunchtime
And while KHMH workers are in talks with their board and government to get a 6% raise, members of the BEL Energy Workers union say they want 8% - spread out over four years, meaning 2% per year. They say that their members haven't gotten an across-the-board raise for 5 years - and that talks recently broke down over this point. Now, mediation was supposed to have started at the end of June, but the union says that won't work so they took it to the streets, or, more appropriately, the highway in front of BEL's corporate headquarters this morning. 22 workers staged the protest during their lunch hour where union leader Marvin Mora told us that they were close to coming to an agreement with management - until the issue of the across the board 8% raise came up:.. Marvin Mora, Belize Energy Workers Union "The position: the negotiation in the beginning is that we are negotiating for 2 reasons. 1, because we believe it is the right thing for her company to do, to increase our benefits, to increase our salaries and if you look at the profit and the things that the company has paid out already, shares 87% increase in shares and bringing down customers' bills all the way down to almost 40 something percent over the past 3 years and we have not receive nothing from the past 5 years in terms about across the board increase or across the board benefit. Then the union believes that it is a right company to do. The union now is finding themselves in this position where we are now at the stage where we need the public to understand where we are. So it's our customers. We are worried about our customers. We don't want to shut out our customers or do anything that would affect our customers. So if you notice we are doing our lunch - we are holding this demonstration."

The Problems, The Promise And The Plenitude of Port Honduras
Off shore oil exploration: there have been numerous meetings, debates, draft policies and even a people's referendum in 2012 regarding this issue. But it is still an area of contention between conservation NGO's and the government - specifically over existing oil concessions covering offshore blocks. While that discussion is happening at the official level, what are those communities who will be directly affected by oil exploration saying? Well there is one fishing community that is speaking out on this issue. We traveled along with the Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage to Port Honduras Marine Reserve on Friday. We spoke to some of the fishers and rangers stationed out at the Cayes in the reserve and they told us it is a major concern for their livelihood and to the marine environment. But we went even deeper and found out that oil exploration isn't the only threat. Courtney Weatherburne found out what those other threats are and how they are managing. Courtney Weatherburne reporting Port Honduras Marine Reserve: it's about a mile and a half North of Punta Gorda. The entire reserve is 160 square miles and home to a number of fish species, sea turtles, even manatees and dolphins.

PM Travels To West Coast
Prime Minister Dean Barrow left the country last night to travel to Los Angeles, California. He joins his wife, Kim Simplis-Barrow, the Special Envoy for Women and Children as they attend the opening ceremony for the Special World Games. After that, the Prime Minister will be on personal leave. He returns next week Wednesday - the 29th, and Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega will be acting as Prime Minister in his absence.

Tonight, 18 year-old Regina Garnett and two under aged boys, ages 13 and 16, are out on bail, after they were allegedly caught burglarizing a house. Police reports are that on, Saturday, July 18, they allegedly broke into the home of Mindy Pratt, located at mile 2 and a half on the Western Highway. They reportedly stole one television set. According to police, when they arrived at the scene they saw the defendants coming out of the house. When they searched the immediate area around the house, they found the TV in the bushes nearby. All 3 teenagers were arraigned before the Chief Magistrate, Ann Marie Smith, where they pleaded not guilty. But their defense, Garnett told the court quite a different story; she said that she went to the house to search for a relative who had gone missing. She says that when the police arrived one of the officers took her upstairs and sexually assaulted her and wanted to have sex with her. Her allegation is being followed up on.

Police are reporting that they also caught another man this weekend trying to break into a house. He's 27 year-old Peter Portillo, a labourer of Coffin Street, Belize City, and tonight, he's out on bail after being taken to court for the allegation. Police say that a neighbor of Belize City resident Leroy Green called them and reported that a man was trying to break into his house. When they showed up to Green's residence, they allegedly found Portillo at the backdoor, trying to break in, and he had already damaged the lock. He was arrested and charged with attempted burglary, and he was arraigned before Magistrate Ladonna John. He pleaded not guilty, and he was released on bail of $3,000. He must return to court on September 29.

STI=Science Technology And Innovation, Korean Style
and Public Utilities wants to put this action plan into an institutional framework. They held a validation session for their work so far today at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza. But, how realistic is it? We found out more from the Minister and the CEO today:.. Colin Young, CEO - Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology and Public Utilities of Belize "First of all, it's the first time in the history of Belize that we will have a National Science Technology and Innovation Strategy and Action Plan. No country can advance significantly and quickly without science and technology and innovation. This is providing a framework that we can use as the government in partnership with the private sector and universities to actually undertake real and practical strategies to advance our economic development."

New Minister of State Makes the Rounds At BDF Camp
The newly appointed Minister of State in the National Security Ministry, Frank "Pawpa" Mena was at the August Pine Ridge military facility for the camp held by the Belize Defense Force Volunteer Battalion. It's an event held annually for the volunteers, and today along with their new Minister of State, the unit hosted Governor General Sir Colville Young. The volunteer Battalion showed their readiness to activate for the state by putting on a demonstration on how they would take on a full riot, with a few of the members getting into the part of the civilians conducting the civil unrest. At the end of the demo, their new Minister was pleased with the level of preparedness, as well as their ability as actors putting on a believable performance: The camp continues tomorrow.

Belize Beats Guat Football Team
Two international football games of note were played this weekend at the Norman Broaster Stadium in Cayo. On Saturday, with their newly acquired super striker Deon McAuley, Verdes FC played Guatemala's Sutchitepequez and won 1 - 0. On Sunday, the national team played "Sutchi" and won four to two.

Channel 5

Go-slow at K.H.M.H. Called Off, All Parties Meet to Negotiate Salary Adjustment
The news from the K.H.M.H. tonight is that medical services are back on track. It follows a go slow that started on Friday and continued over the weekend when some [...]

Minister of Health Remains Tightlipped on Details of Discussion
Following the lengthy two and a half hour discussion, Minister of Health Pablo Marin would emerge optimistic, bearing what can only be described cautiously as good news since none of [...]

Chandra Cansino Says Stakeholders Will Continue Meeting on the Way Forward
According to chairperson, Chandra Cansino, the Board of Governors of the K.H.M.H. along with representatives of the hospital staff, will form a task force to provide government with critical information [...]

Chopping Victim In Need of Urgent Surgery Amid Go-slow at K.H.M.H.
But while the K.H.M.H. staff was lobbying for a salary adjustment the hard way, by effecting a go-slow at the hospital, patients, including twenty-seven-year-old Irvin Cantun, were affected.  After being [...]

N.T.U.C.B. President Comments on K.H.M.H. Salary Debacle
While staff at the K.H.M.H. is looking to unionize, N.T.U.C.B. President, Marvin Mora, chimed in on the K.H.M.H. issue, emphasizing a need for employees to organize in order to proceed [...]

Why Did Troubled Coastguard Officer Keyren Tzib Kill Her Common-law Husband?
An idyllic hang-out with friends, drinks and food on Saturday turned into a bloody tragedy when a domestic attack elicited a deadly response. Thytis James Blancaneaux, thirty, was at the [...]

Was Jealousy a Motive in Hattieville Murder?
Aside from the killing of Thytis Blancaneaux, there are two murders to report. Hattieville resident, thirty-one Hugh Dyer, was today charged with murder of forty-seven year old Steve Munnings, a [...]

Charred Remains of Unidentified Man Discovered Near Scotland Half Moon
While the Police have been able to readily identify the deceased in those two deaths, they have not done so in a third, which was actually the first of the [...]

Crime Filled Weekend Across the Country Highlighted in Police Report
In addition to the stabbing death of Thytis Blancaneaux and the two murders, the weekend’s crime blotter is overflowing with more acts of violence. In Orange Walk, police are investigating [...]

Sheldon Grinage Hospitalized After Attempt on His Life in Weekend Shooting
A twenty-three year old Belize City resident is tonight in a critical, but stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital following a shooting on Sunday morning. Before two a.m., [...]

Trio Charged with Burglary, Accused Thief Accuses Arresting Officer of Sexual Assault
An eighteen year old female, Victoria Garnett and two minors were today arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court for the offense of Burglary. One of the minors is a [...]

N.T.U.C.B. Slams Sedi for Guatemala Comments
The N.T.U.C.B. has come out swinging at Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, in response to comments he made during an exclusive interview with News Five late last week. In that interview [...]

B.E.L. Employees Take to the Street in Protest of Salary Adjustment
While the K.H.M.H. staff continued its’ go-slow well into the afternoon, at midday the Belize Energy Workers Union commenced its own industrial action against the principals of B.E.L.   A little [...]

Fire Displaces Several Families on Euphrates Avenue
A fire over the weekend has left several families without a roof over their head. The landlord and her tenants had to evacuate their home immediately when fire and flames [...]

Caribbean Shores Standard Bearer Darrel Bradley Hosts Children Summer Camp
Today, Mayor Darrell Bradley concluded a two-week summer camp he hosted for the children of Caribbean Shores. Wearing his Standard Bearer hat, Bradley partnered with City Council and Diamonds International [...]

Verdes and Jaguars Claim Victory in Friendly Games Against the Suchi’s from Guatemala
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   The weekend brought out the National Male Football Selection as it continues preparation for its 3rd round appearance in [...]

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Domestic Dispute Lead To Death Of Common Law Husband
On April 6th 2015, twenty four year old Coast Guard Seaman Keyren Tzib made headlines when she shot to the head senior Coast Guard Officer, Kurt Hyde, as they returned to base on board a vessel he was captaining. On Tuesday April 7th 2015, following an investigation by Police, Tzib was charged for attempted murder, dangerous harm and the use of deadly means of harm, she was then remanded to Hattieville prison and 8 days after she was granted bail of $10,000 which she met and was allowed to go home. That was a few month ago and tonight Tzib is back on remand this time for murder. Tzib is accused of stabbing her common-law-husband to death on Saturday afternoon in Lord’s Bank Village during a domestic dispute. According to the reports, at around 2:00 p.m. Tzib and her common-law-husband Travis Blancaneaux were embroiled in a domestic dispute which ended deadly. According to Inspector Frederick Gordon, Officer Commanding the Ladyville Police Station, the stabbing happened in the yard and investigations have so far revealed that Blancaneaux attacked Tzib with a stick. He hit her several times and continued doing so even after she begged him to stop.

NTUCB Says GOB Is Weak When It Comes To Guatemala Dispute
On Saturday the General Council of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize held its monthly council meeting. During the meeting a number of issues were discussed including the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute. In a release issued today the NTUCB expressed its utter dismay and disappointed with the manner in which the Government of Belize has been and continues to address the ongoing, unfounded claim by Guatemala to Belize. It is the view of the NTUCB that the positions GOB has been taking regarding the recent chronicle of incidences occurring between Belize and Guatemala have been quote “A far cry from the assertive, vehement stance that would clearly and unequivocally demonstrate this nation’s intent to defend its national and sovereign integrity. “ end of quote.

IMF Releases Report On Belize's Economy
A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Jacques Bouhga-Hagbe, has concluded a consultation mission to Belize on the state of the economy. The report issued by the IMF says that the economy accelerated to 3.6 percent in 2014 from 1.5 percent in 2013 on the back of a rebound in agriculture, and strong performances in tourism, electricity, construction and services. The fall in international oil and food prices pushed down headline inflation to -0.2 percent as of December 2014. Despite strong tourism receipts, falling exports, particularly of crude petroleum, and relatively strong imports widened the external current account deficit to 7.6 percent of GDP in 2014, up from 4.4 percent of GDP in 2013. The report states that PetroCaribe and other official disbursements continued to finance the current account deficit and help build international reserves equivalent to 5 months of imports at end December 2014. And that although revenue collection remained in line with budget targets, spending continued to grow well above budget targets, driven by Petrocaribe-financed spending.


Court News: Attempted Burglary …. Aggravated Assault … Domestic Violence
Twenty-seen year old Peter Portillo, a labourer of Coffin Street who allegedly tried to break into the house of Leroy Green, the National Coordinator for Expressive Arts in the Ministry of Education, was charged with attempted burglary when he appeared today before Magistrate Ladonna John. Portillo pled not guilty to the charge. He was offered […]

Health Minister Says Hospital Staff Is Pacified
Last Friday we told you of the action that the staff of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City would be taking after they were brought into the circle of public officers who would be getting a salary raise. Their decision was to go-slow; meaning that specialist clinics would be put on pause and […]

IMF Reports Economic Growth for 2014 in Belize
A ten day visit by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded last Friday in Belize. During that visit, discussions were held regarding the country’s 2015 Article Four Consultation. The IMF team was led by Jacques Bouhga-Hagbe and upon conclusion, he prepared a statement, saying, in part, quote, “Growth accelerated to 3.6 percent in 2014 from […]

Investigators Await Forensics to Confirm ID of Body Found
The rural parts of the Belize District had investigators quite busy over the weekend as the burnt remains of a human body were discovered at around nine thirty on Saturday morning by a police officer in the Belize River Valley area. During a meeting with the press, investigators shared what their preliminary works have revealed. […]

Rocky Relationship Ends in Death
A weekend domestic dispute turned fatal in rural Belize as 30-year-old, Thytis James Blancaneaux, originally from Esperanza Village, Cayo District was fatally wounded. Police investigators briefed the media on the incident. EDWARD BROASTER “From that investigation we received another call at about 2pm of a stabbing incident in the Spanish Town area of Lords Bank […]

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Guatemala Takes Sarstoon Island – Did Barrow secretly give it to them?
Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Foreign Minister Sedi Elrington have been complete sell outs to Guatemala and have done the most abominable thing of submitting to their pressures. As revealed yesterday by Elrington’s second-in-command, Chief Executive Officer George Lovell, the Government of Belize has given up sovereignty of our most southern caye, Sarstoon Island to Guatemala. Lovell disclosed that the Government, at Guatemala’s command, has put its plans to construct a Forward Operating Base on the island on pause. He divulged that Guatemala requested that Belize not take any new measures to place permanent military presence on the island until the matter of their baseless claim of Belize’s territory is settled at the International Court of Justice. Lovell explained that Guatemala recently reminded the Government of Belize of this position, via a diplomatic note, after Belize authorities had informed them that Belize was prepared to proceed with plans. In that note, Guatemala stated that “they were of the opinion after the twenty-eighth of May incident that we were not going to do anything in that area until after we reached some definite position through the ICJ,” said Lovell. The May 28th incident referred to by Guatemala is the standoff between Belize’s coast guard officials and Guatemala’s military officers, which ended with Belize’s coast guard backing down at the instructions of Prime Minister Dean Barrow. The Coast Guard was conducting an evaluation mission in the area for ten days, but their presence triggered an illegal incursion and aggression by Guatemala’s military.

UDP Disses Delroy – Cuthkelvin denied right to contest Stann Creek West convention
The United Democratic Party truly knows how to use their people like useless floor cloth. Delroy Cuthkelvin, who was once the UDP’s chief propagandist in the campaign to the 2008 general elections campaign, and who rose through his Party’s ranks to become the Prime Minister’s press officer, has been kicked to the bottom of the pit. This week Delroy announced that his Party had rejected his application to run as a candidate in their Stann Creek West convention. The convention was called after standard bearer Melvin Hulse was forced to step down. Hulse ran into problems with UDP Leader Dean Barrow, after he was heard in a leaked recording blasting Barrow’s leadership and describing Barrow as someone who only cares about himself and no one else. Delroy is not happy with the turn of events. Yesterday he posted an angry message on his Facebook page, “The rejection of our application has now been officially confirmed by the Party’s Nomination Committee and Secretariat. Some Democracy indeed.”

UK Guardian: Belize in Debt Danger Zone!
The Business Insider, the UK Guardian newspaper’s popular business publication, has listed Belize as one of the countries which “are spiralling towards government debt crises”. The article starts off reviewing the economic collapse of Greece, triggered by its high debt levels. The information is based on data compiled in a new analysis by the Jubilee Debt Campaign, entitled “The New Debt Trap”. It also discusses how the rise in inequality and the concentration of wealth caused the global financial crisis in 2008. Countries have become too dependent on debt to attract money. This money, however, is invested in ways which does not improve conditions for the poorer groups in society, only exacerbating inequality and resulting in “growth” in numbers and not in “human development”. “Greece’s plight is far from unique: more than 20 other countries are also wrestling with their own debt crises,” notes the Business Insider article. It then goes on to list Belize along with Armenia, Dominican Republic, Gambia, Grenada, and Tunisia as nations who are in debt danger zone. The article focusing on Belize’s debt problems is similar to a report in mid-June by Moody’s Investors Service which warned about Belize’s “unsustainable public debt” and the looming economic crisis as a result.

It has been over two years since the Ministers of Youth Hon. Patrick Faber and Hon. Herman Longsworth and a representative of UNICEF launched the National Youth Development Policy. Since then, the policy document which Minister of State Herman Longsworth said was indicative of the “commitment by the Government to work with youths” has been ignored and left on a shelf to gather dust. The commitment made before an audience of hundreds of young people on February 27, 2013 has also turned out to be nothing but empty, sweet talk. Today’s high levels of gun violence and murders (78 homicides in 2015), increasing joblessness among young people including graduates, and the growing social breakdown in our neighbourhood leading young people to gangs and guns, in particular in the Southside of Belize City, are the results of a spiralling deterioration of Government’s commitment to work with and for young people. The answers to high crime and social breakdown among our youth DO NOT lie in the work of the Police Department alone. The answers are also neither short-term planning nor spending on initiatives that only meet short-sighted partisan political objectives.

Think About It
Over seven thousand young students sat the primary school leaving examinations recently. The results were not the most encouraging but the fact that parents struggle to see their children attend primary school and complete is an accomplishment. Thereafter it is over for the proud parents of more than half of the seven thousand primary school leavers. They will never know what it is to attend a High School. How could this be? How could our nation, year after year, sit back and allow half of the primary school children to be deprived of a High School education? Is this not one of the root causes of poverty, dependency, teenage pregnancy and social problems? This failure to provide such an important opportunity as a High School education amounts to robbing thousands of our young people of their future.

Chasing a Carrot
The results of last week’s by election in Dangriga, while disappointing, was not the least bit surprising. I was hopeful but at the same time realistic; money was flowing like water. Anthony Sabal, by everyone’s estimation, was a good candidate and is a good person. He did the best that he could; given the short time and the long odds against him. While the conclusion was pretty much foregone, many believe that Sabal was far and away the better of the two candidates. It was my fervent wish that he could have pulled off what would have amounted to an upset because this government is in dire need of some humbling. They are obviously having trouble getting things into a proper perspective and their arrogance, greed and selfishness is running this country into some very serious problems. The UDP victory in Dangriga might well be a blessing in disguise for the PUP and for Belize. Number one it helped to galvanize support for the party and for the first time in a long time, different factions united and stood strong in support of Sabal. Secondly, had the UDP lost in Dangriga, it would have made Mr. Barrow nervous enough to empty the public coffers. It is the history of the UDP, and the Prime Minister has made no secret that the trend will continue, to not leave any money lying around when they demit office. When asked in an interview with Jules Vasquez about early elections, Mr. Barrow balked at the idea suggesting that it would not give him enough time to spend all the Petro Caribe funds. Only in Belize can such disrespectful frankness be put on public display.

The Prime Minister of Belize has clearly entered into a secret accommodation understanding with Guatemala over the Sarstoon Island. The end result of such an illegal act is the suspension of Belizean sovereignty over Sarstoon Island which we predict will cause Belize to ultimately lose this portion of our territory, and lead to the loss of other sovereign territory and maritime areas. Suspicion was raised in late May of this year when Guatemalan military personnel chased off Belize Coast Guard who was on the island doing preparatory work for a small forward base. Readers will recall the sensational story which left the nation in shock. The official version was that a small party of Belize Coast Guard personnel arrived on Sarstoon Island on Thursday 28th May around mid-morning and was immediately accosted by the Guatemalan navy demanding that they leave. So the first question is why would a regular Guatemalan patrol take such a drastic and provocative act unless it is their understanding that Sarstoon Island is not to be visited or populated by Belizeans? The official Belize narrative continued that the Belize Coast Guard informed the Guatemalan Navy that it was Belize territory and it was the Guatemalans who should move. G.P.S readings were checked and rechecked in the presence of the Guatemalan Navy which remained adamant that the Belize Coast Guard should leave.

Real West & Rising Starz lead women’s football
The Real West Strikers and San Ignacio’s Rising Starz are leading the Adventures Club women’s football competition in which the UB Jaguars also won at the Norman Broaster Stadium on Sunday. The Real West Strikers bombed the Bullet Tree girls 4-0. Bullet Tree’s defender Ady Orellano blundered into give in Real West their 1st goal when she beat her own goalie with an auto-goal in the 46th minute. Jenelle Smith added a 2nd goal in the 74th minute, Vicky Ponce scored a 3rd goal in the 80th minute, and Julie Ponce drove in a 4th goal in the 85th minute. The Rising Starz blasted the Infinites 6-1 with Shantel Robinson scoring the 1st goal in the 2nd minute. Kenya Cho scored a 2nd goal in the 6th minute, and Cassie Jones added a 3rd goal in the 18th minute. Kenya Cho scored a 4th goal in the 39th minute to lead 4-zip at the half. In the 2nd half, Kenya Cho added a 5th goal to complete her hat trick, and Shayama Caliz delivered a 6th goal in the 50th minute. The Infinites’ Heydi Aceituno scored their only consolation goal in the 57th minute.

Mystics, SQ Mega Stars & UB Jaguars win in BDVA volleyball
On Saturday night, the S.Q. Mega Stars’ Shericka Burton and Jahshema Saunders spiked points on plays set by Xiomara Quan, while Emily Evans, Karena Bernard and Nayala Tun received and blocked to tame the Leopards: 25-10 and 25-15. Leopards’ Maurissa Williams, Leyla Hernandez, Lian Herrera and Jessica Heusner scored points on plays set by Tasha and Moesha Shaw, but the Mega Stars prevailed. The S.Q. Ultra Stars’ Mya Musa, Juel Lewis, Morgan Miles and Zazie Mckenzie hammered plays set by Cassandra Fabro and Alexis Burn to win 25-18, 25-22 against the Vista Stars. Vista’s On Saturday, the “Bengay” veterans Joseph “Sonny” Enriquez, Albert Humes, Wallace Tillett and Gillian Smith hammered kills at the net on balls set by Khalid Encalada and Martin Gongora to win 25-21, 25-21 against the S.Q. Yellow Dragons. The Dragons’ Grayson Ewing, Nayeem Mckay and Devaughn Davis scored points on balls set by Miguel Rosado and Francis Hauze, but old school won over young school!

Brown Bombers win SMART Mundialito championship
The Brown Bombers won the 2015 SMART Mundialito football championship finals at the MCC garden on Sunday afternoon. In the championship final, the Brown Bombers won 2-0 over the Young Warriors when MVP Jovaun Ramos scored the 1st winning goal in the 1st half and then converted a penalty in the 2nd half to make it 2-0. Young Warriors tried to equalize but were out-numbered when first Sterling Williams was sent off with a red card, and then Ceron Usher was also sent off with a red card, reducing the Warriros to only 9 men.

The Wall
Artist/writer Katie Usher opened her LAB2, an art installation that welcomes the artistic community to enter the Image Factory space to create a temporary work. Katie started with the WALL, a work of names of Belizeans who have been murdered since January 1, 2015. She wrote in chalk 75 names and their age. Here’s an excerpt of the meaning behind her work from her website: “Using names of murder victims, victims of extreme violence, which were extracted from newspapers, radio and TV news from January to July 2015, cover the black wall with white chalk. This is a list, which I hope will act like a physical representation of ‘the writing on the wall.” In class we are made to sit in front of a blackboard and see and record notes. The time for seeing and writing notes has passed. Crime has gripped us in a chokehold. Class is in session or are we still at recess?

We Must Not Fail Our Generation
Three years ago I was elected to serve as the President of the Student Government at St. John’s Junior College. I was at the time a recent graduate of Sadie Vernon High with one year into my studies at sixth form. At high school I had noted the significant impacts arising from an inequitable and unjust society. I saw the poverty and I felt the pain as I sat in classes with students that had massive potentials but limited opportunities. Society had already condemned us since our first day of high school. We were frowned down upon and treated like the bottom of the bottom of the barrel. However, I was fortunate to escape, in a sense, when I won a full scholarship to college through the Police’s “do di right thing” programme. I vowed to reach a position in which I could speak on the behalf of my high school friends and others who had not experienced my fortune. I felt it was an obligation, a duty to represent my peers especially those at Sadie Vernon. The post of Student Government President at the nation’s leading junior college was in my view the perfect springboard to launch my advocacy. Destiny would have it that I would become a part of an unbendable and unbreakable brotherhood with two important youth leaders; Hope Amadi and Alberto Vellos.

Late in the evening on Friday March 27 this year, at the close of the budget debate, the debate on the infamous Petrocaribe Loans Bill ensued after the first presentation by the Prime Minister. Opposition Leader Hon. Francis Fonseca forcefully rejected the Bill in his response, even though members on our side did not have nearly sufficient time to prepare. We had only seen the Bill the day before. All members were tired and wanted to return home. It was after 7 pm, yet the Bill was rammed through. I did not prepare or write down ahead of time what I was going to say. Here is the transcript, almost verbatim, of what I said on that occasion when I rose to make my contribution to the debate. “Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I will just say a very few words in support of our absolute opposition to this Bill. Mr. Speaker, I would just like to, in my view, and in my own words, rubbish the argument of the Prime Minister that because you don’t know the exact sums of money that are going to be spent, then that should exempt you from coming to this Honourable House when the amounts are in excess of $10 million. The bypassing of the Finance and Audit (Reform) Act is dastardly, it is full of audacity, it is an act of supreme faciness, and it is completely wrong-headed, Mr. Speaker.”

PUP Plans Forward
The Leaders of the People’s United Party have intensified their energies and efforts to pave the way forward to victory. On Thursday evening, the PUP’s Eastern Caucus engaged its leaders at the PUP Headquarters in Belize City. They discussed the state of the campaign machineries in each division and shared strategies to improve the Party’s effectiveness. A meeting was also held by the PUP Western Caucus as they gear up for the general elections. The PUP has excellent and hardworking campaign teams and workers in each of the constituencies in the Western Caucus. The Western Caucus is made up of dynamic PUP leaders Hon. Julius Espat of Cayo South, Senator Patrick Andrews of Belmopan, Dr. Lesbia Guerra of Cayo West, Orlando “Landy” Habet of Cayo North East, Attorney Michel “MIcho” Chebat of Cayo North and former Minister Daniel Silva of Cayo Central.

A Golden Opportunity for National Development
Venezuela uses the revenues from the sale of oil to offer loans on the most favorable terms imaginable to Belize and other developing countries. This is the Alba Petrocaribe programme. There is no endless bureaucracy requiring months and months to access a loan. Once Belize buys a shipment of oil from the South American country, it’s allowed to convert 60% of the hard currency from the sale to a loan which it can access immediately. Unlike loans from private banks or multilateral lending agencies , like the World Bank, that carry interest rates from 2 1/2% to 8% per annum, the interest for Petrocaribe loans is only one percent per year. And while there is no grace period for most multilateral or commercial loans, each Petrocaribe loan comes with a grace period of three years before the first payment is due and 25 years to complete payment of an individual loan. The PUP administration initiated Belize’s participation in the Petrocaribe program but it was at the ending of their 2003-2008 term. Under the UDP, the country obtained millions of dollars in special loans from Venezuela. Up to May of this year the Barrow administration obtained over $300 million in loans from Petrocaribe. Of the amount it has spent approximately $180m. A portion of those funds have been used for very few projects with long term benefits for the country. Such projects include infrastructural development such as the concreting of a number of streets and the building of roundabouts in different municipalities.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Why Petrocaribe is good for P.G.
PetroCaribe funding has been “rolling” in Punta Gorda Town since West Street was cemented early last year by the current Mayor, Fern Guttierez and UDP Standard Bearer Peter Eden Martinez. These controversial monies have continued to be used for infrastructural development as well as ‘cheer’ projects in PG […]

YCT plans youth summer camps
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation is working toward reducing the number of children and youth joining gangs in Belize City, through its Youth and Community Transformation project. This project targets specific areas of the city, particularly the Collet, Lake Independence, Pickstock and Port Loyola divisions, […]

Teenager acquitted of murder
Nineteen year old Kadeem Anderson, charged with the murder of 25 year old Leo Palacio Jr, was acquitted of the charge on Friday by Justice Adolph Lucas in a trial without jury. Palacio was shot in his chest on May 10, 2012, while he and two others were […]

Hugh Dyer charged for murder
Thirty-one year old Hugh Dyer, a laborer of Foster Drive, Hattieville, was charged with the murder of Steve Munnings when he appeared today before Magistrate Ladonna John. Dyer was remanded into custody until October 20.

Man charged for common-law knife attack
Manuel Jucob, a resident of Lord’s Bank who allegedly attacked his common-law wife with a knife was denied bail when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith and was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault and harm. Jucob was remanded into custody until September 8. […]

Man charged for burglary
27 year old Peter Portillo is accused of attempting to get into the residence of Leroy Green, the Ministry of Education’s National Coordinator for Express Arts. Portillo pleaded not guilty to attempted burglary before Magistrate Ladonna John. Police report that Green’s neighbor saw a man dressed only in […]

Teenagers charged for stolen television set
Three teenagers are accused of breaking and entering a house and stealing a television set; however, one of them accuses police of trying to take advantage of her. 18 year old Regina Garnett and two boys aged 13 and 16 respectively, pleaded not guilty to burglary charges before […]

Keyren Tzib remanded for manslaughter
27 year old Coast Guard officer Keyren Tzib, who was recently released on bail after she was charged with attempted murder, was back in court today, charged this time with manslaughter. Tzib was arraigned on the charge before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. She was remanded into […]

BREAKING: Belizean minor badly beaten and injured in Cancun
Uno TV Noticias, a Mexican television station is reporting that a 14 year old girl from Belize was badly beaten and injured in Cancun, Mexico this weekend. According to UN TV Noticias, the minor was found naked with injuries on her arms in an isolated area by Cancun Police. Cancun […]

Annual BDF volunteer camp training commences in Orange Walk
The 2nd Annual BDF Volunteer Camp training commenced today in Rural areas of the Orange Walk District. Approximately 80 men and women will undergo intense training to equip the recruits on handling several scenarios including reconnaissance, traffic check points and how to handle unruly crowds and public disruptions including riots. […]

Steve Kevin Munnings killed in Hattieville
On the 19.07.15 at 2:50 p.m., police visited a yard on Myvette Street in Hattieville where they saw Steve Kevin Munnings killed in Hattieville 47-year-old Steve Munnings lying injured inside the yard. Also found on the scene was a piece of 2 X 4 board believed to be the weapon used on Munnings. 26-year-old Michelle Breakman of Windmill area, Hattieville reported that while at a friend’s house her ex-common law husband 31-year-old Hugh Dyer of Hattieville came to where she was and reportedly assaulted her, placed a knife at her throat and demanded her house keys. She then informed him that Munnings had her keys.


Barriers to Solving Climate Change
There are many in denial of a changing global climate. But just ask a polar bear! A prominent indicator of global climate change is the polar bear. In its second warning this month, the U.S. federal government reported that climate change is destroying Arctic sea ice at a rapid rate and threatening polar bears with extinction unless greenhouse gases are dramatically reduced. Around 900 bears were believed to be living in the southern Beaufort Sea in 2010, the most recent estimate available, down from 1,526 in 2006 and 1,800 in 1986. Recent projections put a “relatively high probability (50%) of greatly reduced populations by as soon as 2025, with increasing probabilities of greatly reduced populations through the end of the century. And what will save polar bears? Addressing sea ice loss will require global policy solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and likely be years in the making. Because carbon emissions accumulate over time, there will be a lag, likely on the order of several decades, between mitigation of emissions and meaningful stabilization of sea ice loss. How much energy does it take to fill a glass with drinking water? If you take into account the energy to transport the water from its source through the treatment and distribution process and into your faucet, there’s a lot of embedded energy that goes into that glass of water. And that’s not even getting into any energy used in the wastewater treatment process.

The Maya Conquest Notes
If you use your imagination, this piece of writing can truly come to life! Imagine you live in the tropical forest. Everyone you have ever known was brown. You have never seen a horse – actually, you have never heard that word before! Then, behind them a ship the size you have never seen before. Yes, the ancient Maya had huge boats but nothing like the Spanish Galleons that came floating to their front door. The following are dates that represent the movement of the Spanish upon ancient Maya territory during the conquest. 1502: The first contact with Spanish in Bay of Honduras by Columbus on his 4th voyage 1511: Valdivia is hit by a hurricane and 16 people make it to land in the Yucatan Peninsula. They are captured by the Maya but most are sacrificed. Only 2 survive: Francisco de Guerrero and Geronimo Aguilar – they are sold or given to the Maya King Nachan Kan 1514: The small pox epidemic hits Yucatan and thousands of people die, even before the conquest 1515: The epidemic continues. The Maya call it the “mayacimil” (“The easy death”)

Maya Warriors and Croatia by Candlelight
A popular expat hub, the Belizean island of Ambergris Caye is no stranger to visitors. From August 6 to August 8, the island welcomes an influx of a different kind, as performers and artists from across the Maya world descend on Ambergris for the International Costa Maya Festival. This colorful event is a spectacle of music, dance, and food, as the region’s Maya ancestry is celebrated in vivid style.

Dive in the Great Blue Hole or Grab a Piece of Prehistory
Jacques Cousteau once declared the Blue Hole in Belize to be one of the best diving spots in the world—and few would disagree. The Blue Hole, part of the Lighthouse Reef system, is an almost-perfect circular limestone sinkhole that is nearly 1,000 feet wide and more than 400 feet deep. This striking ocean feature sits like a giant blue pupil in a sea of turquoise.

Savor a Laidback Lifestyle on Belize’s Paradise Peninsula
You gaze out from your veranda each morning onto a sea often as smooth as glass, shimmering as sunrays dance upon its surface. As far as the eye can see, north and south, are miles of gorgeous beaches, peppered with inviting, thatched-roof palapas at the end of docks. Red, yellow, and other brightly colored kayaks sit above the surf line, ready for the next joy ride.

Belize Eco-Kids Summer Camp 2015 Kick-Off!
The fifth annual Eco Kids Summer Educational Adventure Camp is now under way in the lush jungles of Belize at The Lodge at Chaa Creek. This event gives 24 young Belizeans between the ages of 8 and 13 a chance to learn about their natural world through a mix of adventure, social interaction, and fun filled applied education – all aimed at instilling a sense of wonderment in the unique cultures that constitute Belize and the environment that sustains us all. Yesterday July 19, 2015 camp organizer Lea Itzab together with camp counselors, Lily Jones, Sam Euler, and Sofía Paz headed to pick up the 24 young stewards of the environment in Belize City, Belmopan and San Ignacio respectively. Some of the kids were a bit shy while others over excited as they came onboard the Chaa Creek bus. Not withstanding, others immediately made friends and shared their enthusiasm of what they anticipated the camp to be.

International Sourcesizz

Belize Foreign Minister Starts Official Visit to Mexico
Wilfred Elrington started an official visit to Mexico, where he was welcomed by Foreign Minister José Antonio Meade. During the visit, both countries will sign agreements on maritime cooperation, transport, energy, intellectual property, consumer protection, health care and environment. Elrington will give the master lecture Mexico-Belize: Outlook of Bilateral Relations.

New World Oil & Gas (NEW)
If "Carry On" made a film about the City, New World Oil & Gas (NEW) would be in it. The struggling Belize oil explorer tried to raise £1.5 million through a share placing in April, but shareholders voted it down. Then it announced an open offer for shareholders at the same prices - 0.055p - a few weeks later. It eventually settled on raising £3.5 million through a placing and open offer at 0.09p. Its shares have been suspended at various points, first ahead of its EGM, then as a result of controversy around settlement of trades. They have been suspended now since mid-May. All this caused confusion for one trader. Chris Williams thought he'd bought 10% of the firm in his mother's name, but he got his sums wrong. He based the purchase on 10% on the post-placing share count, rather than the existing share count. Bed & breakfast-owner Judith Williams ended up buying 49% of the company and would, under normal circumstances, have been forced to launch a full bid for New World. Thankfully common sense prevailed.

Mentors' capacity to support Caribbean fisherfolk strengthened at Anguilla workshop
Over 21 mentors and resource persons from 16 Caribbean countries participated in the final regional training of trainers workshop for fisherfolk mentors, held in Anguilla, from July 6 to 9. The workshop was delivered by resource persons from the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies of the University of the West Indies (UWI-CERMES), the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO), the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) This workshop was a follow on from the first regional training of trainers workshop in Saint Lucia in November 2013, in which a group of regional fisherfolk mentors was established to provide support to fisherfolk organisations in the Caribbean islands to enable them to more effectively participate in fisheries governance and management. The key objectives of the workshop were to strengthen the mentors’ capabilities in mentoring and facilitation and project cycle management. It was also aimed at familiarising them with the positions of fisherfolk on key fisheries and related policies for small scale fisheries development in the Caribbean.



  • Belize and Tikal Adventure, 4min.

  • Ziplining in Belize, 1min.

  • Cave Tubing in Belize, 7min. Cave Tubing via Carnival Magic's Shore Excursion in Belize.

  • THE BELIZE DEFENSE FORCE VOLUNTEERS UNDERGO INTENSE TRAINING, 4min. The Belize Defense Force volunteers assist the B.D.F regularly with routine work and also provide an invaluable service alongside commissioned soldiers. The volunteers are called out to serve their country in hurricanes and times of conflict. So their preparedness to respond is critical, which is why every year the volunteers gather at several camp sites around the country where they undergo intense training at the annual Volunteer Camp.

  • THE 16TH ANNUAL SPORTS CAMP KICKS OFF IN ORANGE WALK, 4min. By now, many students are already involved in different summer programs organized by various organizations but one program that attracts the attention of many children each year is the Orange Walk Central Summer Program. Today, about 80 children attended day one of the 16th annual summer sports camp, which is held under the auspices of Orange Walk Central Area Representative, Hon. John Briceño.

  • HUNTING SEASON, 1min. If stewed Gibnut is favorite meal for you, make the most of it this month in December because come Jan 1st the season to hunt and eat it is closed until June 1st when hunting season reopens. Be responsible and only buy your game meat from licensed hunters or licensed game meat dealers, these people PAY Forestry for a license to legally hunt, don't undermine their responsible hunting practices by buying meat from unlicensed hunters or out of season. Below is the seasons for game meat in Belize and requirements for hunting or dealing/selling game meat license.

  • Have Permit Will Travel, 1min. My friend Will Kopal took a trip and borrowed my GoPro. This is what happened on one of the days he fished. This is an educational video (both for me to make and a how-to for me to learn from).

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  • Snorkeling in Belize - Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley - July 2015, 5min.

  • Water Fall Belize, 5min.

  • Belize - Ambergris Caye, 4min. This is a amateur's (my) summary of our last day in Belize in the Ambergris Caye off the coast of Corazol about a month ago!

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