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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials

The San Pedro Sun

Blackadore Caye Development updates media on development plans
Blackadore Caye, a private island located west of Ambergris Caye, is about to go through a major restoration process under the expertise of a development team. The first public consultation held on January 14th regarding the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on the development of the island did not sit well with locals. Thus, the Blackadore Caye Development team invited the local media corp for a visit to the island on Thursday, May 26th for an onsite tour and informative session on the development. The group is comprised of local and international professionals, and is in the process of completing consultations prior to completing their second EIA, which will be then presented at a public consultation on Ambergris Caye.

Team Caribeña Enterprises wins Inter-office 6-A-Side Marathon
The San Pedro Sports Committee held an Inter-office 6-A-Side football marathon from Friday, May 20th through Sunday, May 22nd at the Honourable Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex. A total of 20 teams registered with players from different businesses around the island. The games took place every night at 7PM, and after each night of tight games a number of teams were eliminated. After two days of heated matches, Team Caribeña Enterprises walked away with the victory, after defeating the Team Rain Restaurant with a final score of 3-1. The marathon was a warm up for the upcoming Inter-office 6-A-Side football tournament that will officially open on Friday, May 27th. Games start at 7PM sharp at the Honourable Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex.

Another sailing win for SPR’s Kevin Velasquez
San Pedro Racers’ Kevin Velasquez has taken the first place title in yet another national ranking regatta in the 2016 sailing season. Velasquez earned his second big win of 2016 during the 4th Annual Placencia Sailing Regatta on Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd. With 17 registered sailors from across the country, the Placencia Sailing Regatta was an exciting one, testing Belize’s young sailors’ skills in maneuvering her waters. With the regatta being one of five races that determines which sailors will participate in the National Champions Regatta (BIZ16) at the end of the sailing season, all top sailing clubs entered participants. Participating clubs included the Belize Sea Scouts (BSS), Corozal Bay Sailing Club (CBSC), Placencia Sailing Club (PSC), San Pedro Racers (SPR) and the San Pedro Sailing Club (SPSC).

Inspiration Center to host its biggest fundraiser yet
2The Inspiration Center (IC), an outpatient rehabilitation center in Belize City that aids children with disabilities, will be hosting its biggest fundraiser on Saturday, June 18th at Mahogany Bay Village from 7PM to 11PM. This charity event serves to help sustain the services that the IC provides. Tickets are $150 BZ and may be purchased at El Fogon, Ramon’s Village, and Rum & Bean. The dress code is (WHITE) island casual attire. A buffet dinner will be served, and Rock and Roll band The Tequilla Shooters, will perform live music. All proceeds benefit the Inspiration Center.

11th Annual Reef Week ends with a bang!
The 11th Annual Northern Reef Week culminated on Sunday, May 22nd with a series of activities that included the annual Reef Triathlon. Island athletes of all ages converged at the Boca Del Rio Park for an intense morning of swimming, and running. Organized by San Pedro Town Council Sports Coordinator Kent “Bob” Gabourel and Mariela Archer of Hol Chan Marine Reserve, the triathlon was divided into three categories: juniors, female and seniors. At the end of the competition, there was a tie and the competitors, Jordan Santos, Brandon Santos, and Eric Donis were willing to share the prize. The junior category saw boys under the age of 12 taking on the arduous competition. The young athletes swam about 20 yards in the Boca Del Rio channel, then ran all the way to Wet Willy’s Dock and back to Boca Del Rio Park. Taking first place was McLeish Lambey. In a close second was Adrian Cobo, while Kyle Jacobs finished off in third. In the female category, sisters Amy Requeña and Karina Requeña swam two laps from the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge to the mouth of Boca Del Rio. They then ran one lap from Boca Del Rio Park to Wet Willy’s Dock and back. Amy came in first place, followed by her sister Karina. There were the only participants in the female division.

Blackadore Caye Development team
On Thursday, May 26th, the Blackadore Caye Development team invited the media corp for a visit to the island. As part of the visit, a presentation was given on the current status of the development of the island, including an update on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as well as the concept for Blackadore Caye - A Restorative Island Resort.

Dr. Boumerhi and his family give back to San Pedro
During the month of April, Dr. Pierre Boumerhi from Pennsylvania, USA spearheaded a team of dentists who for one week, from Monday, April 18th through Friday, April 22nd, provided free dental services at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II. Besides providing their valuable service, the group also donated a large quantity of dental supplies and equipment to the Polyclinic. During his time as a volunteer, Dr. Boumerhi was captivated by the charm of La Isla Bonita and on Wednesday, May, 18th he returned to Ambergris Caye for a short vacation with his family, and taking advantage of their getaway, brought boxes full of donations for the island. The donations included clothing, footwear and even sporting supplies such as footballs for the island’s young football players. Welcoming them to the island was Laurie Norton from the Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch. She assisted them with the initial donation process during their first days in San Pedro. After getting familiar with the town, they took it upon themselves to distribute some of the items during the football games at the Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex, while the rest of the donations went to the San Pedro Food Bank.

SPHC presents the History of the Fishing Industry in San Pedro
The San Pedro House of Culture (SPHC) has launched a new exhibit showcasing the history of the fishing industry in San Pedro. The exhibition, which hallmarks the founding industry for the island, was revealed on Thursday, May 19th as part of Hol Chan Marine Reserve’s Reef Fair. Among the old photographs of local fishermen and fishing equipment artifacts, the SPHC highlighted the various types of fishing methods used, and how it benefited the community throughout the years. Some photos even date back as far as 75 years ago when Ambergris Caye was nothing more than an island inhabited by approximately two families. Reef Week House of Culture Exhibit-4One of the key purposes of the exhibit is to show the community and visitors how San Pedro fishermen went from net fishing, spear fishing, and other sustainable fishing methods used today. The SPHC invites the community to visit the exhibition and see the many generations of fisher folk in San Pedro. The House of Culture is located on Angel Coral Street and is open Mondays to Fridays from 9AM to 5PM.

Ambergris Today

Ministry of Health Confirms Second Zika Case in Pregnant Woman
A press release from Belize’s Ministry of Health states that it has received another confirmed case of Zika in the country by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The case is being closely monitored by the Ministry of Health staff as the patient is a pregnant woman. This patient is from the Cayo District. The case was picked up through the heightened and strengthened vector borne disease and vaccine preventable disease surveillance, which now includes the monitoring of Zika, currently underway across the country.

Belize/Guatemala Ministers Commit to Peace and Good Faith on Bilateral Agenda
On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Summit held by the United Nations Secretary General, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize and Guatemala, Hon. Wilfred Elrington and Mr. Carlos Raúl Morales, and in the presence of Magdalena Talamas, Representative of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), held a working meeting in the City of Istanbul, Turkey on the 23 and 24 May 2016, and discussed several issues under their bilateral agenda.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Renal Failure Prevention Project
Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin hosting first meeting today with Taiwanese delegation on "Renal Failure Prevention Project" at the Ministry of Health offices in Belmopan.

Walk for a Green Belize 2016
In commemoration of World Environment Day 2016, the Department of the Environment (DOE), the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority (BSWaMA) and the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) conducted the “Walk for a Green Belize” 2016. This event was held on Saturday, May 21st, 2016 and involved cleaning both sides of the George Price Highway from Belize City to Benque Viejo del Carmen. An estimated 785 (33 to 55 gallon-sized) bags of garbage were collected yielding a weight of approximately 9,806.56 pounds of garbage! The Walk For A Green Belize clean-up activity was conducted by several organizations, students, activists, both government and non-government agencies, and the general public. The Secretariat for the “Walk for a Green Belize” initiative extends heartfelt gratitude to all the participants and sponsors of the event and we look forward to your support and participation in the “Walk for a Green Belize” 2017.

Education is definitely the key to success, and as a part of Education Month, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Councilor Ruben Gonzalez, and members from the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) visited the San Pedro High School, Holy Cross Anglican School, Ambergris Caye Elementary School, Isla Bonita Elementary School, New Horizon Seventh-day Adventist School, and the San Pedro Roman Catholic School. The initial purpose for the Mayor’s visit was to emphasize the importance of education and to assist schools in renovating, improving, or aiding all schools visited.

Gemini Fete
THIS Saturday CAYE CAULKER: ‪‎DJH6‬ N ‪HARLEMYOUTHS. Get your ticket, Rent a boat, FLY* Maya Island Air/ Tropic Air. Don't swim..

Mother's Day Extravaganza 2016
The SISE Town Council had a great Mother's Day Extravaganza, and they gave away loads of prizes to many of the moms that attended. They had live music and entertainment for the special event, which was held at the Cayo Welcome Center. Thanks, SISE Town Council!

Cayo Art Collection 2016
The SISE House of Culture is calling all Cayo artisans to submit are for the 2016 Cayo Art Collection, which will launch on the 28th of July. "The Cayo Art Collection 2016 is coming up in July, giving Artists an opportunity to Exhibit/showcase their Art Work. For more information or to register, please contact SISE House of Culture (NICH)."

Documenting the flora and fauna of the Chiquibul Forest
Video/film producers contracted by the Selva Maya Programme prepare to document the flora and fauna of the Chiquibul Forest from the Tower at Las Cuevas Research Station. According to Dr. Jennie Garcia-Saqui the video will intend to capture the importance of the Maya Forest.

Rotary Orthopedic Clinic
The Rotary Club of Belmopan is doing their annual Orthopedic Clinics, and they'll be in Cayo on Monday, June 20th, at La Loma Luz in the morning, and at the Western Regional Hospital in the evening. Thanks, Rotary! "The Rotary Club of Belmopan, in collaboration with the Illinois Rotary District 6510 and WPP, announces its annual Orthopedic Clinic, for the Belize Children's Program, with Orthopedic Surgeon from St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Coles L'Hommedieu. We see children (up to age 18) who are in need of orthopedic care suffering from neck, spine, shoulder, arm, elbow, hand, hip, leg, knee, foot and other types of bone problems and abnormalities"

Cayo Honey Day 2016
The Cayo Quality Honey Producers Cooperative is having their Honey Day on Saturday at the Cayo Welcome Center. It goes from 9:00am to 3:00pm, and there will be samples, educational displays, games, and cooking demonstrations. The Beekeeping Forum is Friday, May 27th.

Belize Security Forces Commonwealth Sovereignty Parade
This Monday, the US Embassy Security Cooperation Office and the Military Liaison Office attended the Belize Security Forces Commonwealth Sovereignty Parade at the MCC park. The parade had members of the Belize Defence Force, Belize Police Officers and Agents, Belize Coast Guard, Belize Defence Force Band, ROTC, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to name a few.

Channel 7

Notorious "El Diablo" Executed in Paraiso
A man was shot and killed on the main road in Paraiso village in the Corozal district this evening. It happened around 5:00 pm, and according to unofficial reports, the victim is 44 year old Delmar Javier Guerra, better known as El Diablo, a notorious figure from San Joaquin. Reports from Paraiso say that Guerra was driving a white minivan when he pulled up at a home in the village where he regularly washes his clothes. But before he could get out of the van, two men pulled up on a motorcycle and shot him. Residents report hearing as many as 10 shots - on the scene police put down 9 markers. The shooters sped off, and when residents came out to see what was the commotion they saw the bullet riddled van - we saw 5 bullet holes in the windshield. They opened it, and Guerra was still alive inside while his revolver fell out of the van - he may have pulled that weapon to try and defend himself. Residents in the area tried to rush him to the hospital but he died on the way.

Behind The Blackadore Curtain
We first reported on Blackadore Caye in 2005. That's when reports were that Hollywood Mega star Leonardo Di Caprio had bought the 104 acre private island off the coast of Ambergris Caye. In the 11 years intervening, much has been said about Blackadore, but little done - and today the Caye remains undeveloped, like a pregnant promise that just never delivered. And why is that? Well the media was invited out to the caye today to find out why Blackadore is a beautiful and odd mystery:... Looking at Blackadore Caye from it's coast line, a fly over of its land mass, or from its malformed beaches, you might be tempted to view it as just another island paradise waiting to be developed into a pricey tourist getaway. But, the biologists hired by the intended developers of the Blackadore Caye project say that it's a location under ecological pressures, both man-made, and by nature.

Broken Tie Rod Causes Woman's Death
A traffic accident in the North yesterday claimed the life of 55 year old Elba Gongora, a resident of Orange Walk Town. It happened around 4:30 when Gongora, accompanied by two others, was driving a rented Kia Sportage on the San Felipe Road. Near the entrance to the village, Gongora lost control and flipped several times. Elba Gongora was flung out of the vehicle in the process. She sustained severe injuries and died on the spot. But just what caused the vehicle to flip in the first place? Well police believe that a broken "tie-rod" might have been the source of the problem. The deputy commander of Orange Walk Police Inspector Nicholas Palomo told us more. Insp. Nicholas Palomo, Deputy OC, Orange Walk Police: "Upon our arrival, on the left side of the road, police observed a blue KIA Sportage with an Orange Walk license plate with extensive damages. The windshield was broken and at the top of the KIA was damaged; the front bumper was off. About 3 feet from the KIA Sportage there was the lifeless body of a female who was later identified as Elda Gongora, a resident of Belize Corozal Road in Orange Walk Town. Initial investigations was that Miss Gongora was travelling from the direction of Orange Walk heading to San Felipe. Upon reaching the curve, she lost control of the vehicle and flipped several times."

Who Knocked Out Knox
Yesterday you heard Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams respond to the questions posed to him regarding the medical status of 19 year Zacharia Knox. As you may recall, he is the one being accused of attempting to shoot ACP Chester Williams during a high-speed chase that turned into a deadly stare down. Knox allegedly fired 3 shots at Williams but missed. Somehow, after that, he ended up at the Hospital in a critical condition. Yesterday when the question was brought up to ACP Williams, he simply told us he didn't know. But Knox remains at the hospital in a very bad condition. Today a close friend of his shared some pictures of his injuries and told us that Knox wanted to tell his side of the story. But just how he intends to do that we don't know, because he remains under police guard. The images that were shared with us show multiple abrasions, lacerations and bruises - clearly indicating someone who endured a punishing full body beatdown.

Alrick's Alleged Attacker Gets Bail
Two alleged Ladyville shooters got Supreme Court bail today. The first is 29-year-old Shane Bahadur. He is accused of shooting at Alrick Smith and later on he was charged with attempted murder and wounding. Well today in court, Bahadur was able to go home after he met his $10,000 bail. But he must still follow certain conditions: he has to report to the Ladyville police station twice a week, and he must not interfere with the victims. The shooting happened on Friday May 6th. Smith was outside his house with his now deceased brother in law Lionel Rhamdas when Bahadur and another man allegedly opened fire on them, hitting Smith in the leg.

Prado Remains Behind Bars, Got Bail Didn't Meet It
The other alleged shooter is 19 year old Darwin Prado. He was involved in the Lozano home shootout on May 16th. Today in court he was also granted bail, his one for $15,000 but he was unable to meet it. Since Prado could not pay the bail he was taken back to prison. Prado, along with 18 year old Egbert Baldwin were both charged with several offenses ranging from wounding to attempted murder. This is after the crazy shootout on Marage Road that left 3 men from the Lozano home injured and Lionel Rhamdas dead. Prado and Baldwin go back to court on August 15th.

Teenaged Arsonist Terrorizing LADYVILLE Residents
A wild car-burning teenager is on the loose in Ladyville. Police had caught the 13 year old boy who was behind the recent vehicle fires, but he escaped yesterday. In the past 2 weeks, two Ladyville residents have reported that they woke up to find their vehicles torched. Apparently the boy lurks around at night in Ladyville and just sets cars on fire. Today Assistant Commissioner of Police for Eastern Division Edward Broaster told us more about this mischievous boy and how they plan to recapture him. ACP Edward Broaster - OC, Easter Division Rural: "We arrested a juvenile who is no more than 13 years old, who has confessed to the burning of two vehicles for no apparent reasons. Unfortunately last night or I should say early this morning when he asked for a bathroom break, he forced his way through an opening of the window and made good his escape. So we are now searching for him and that matter we will be dealing with."

Police Connect the Dots in Recent Ladyville Murders
So while police are on the lookout for the teenaged arsonist, they still continue to investigate the links between the recent Ladyville shootings. The latest update is that police had found a gun in the Ladyville area that is believed to be the one used to kill Lionel Rhamdas during the Lozano house shootout. Well, to add to that piece of evidence, the shells found at Merkel Pitts' April Murder scene, the ones found after Lloyd Robateau was executed in the Japan area and the ones found at the Lozano home shootout, were all fired from the same gun. But while more elements are coming together, they still don't bring police that much closer to solving these cases because although they have the gun and matched shells, they still need to find the shooters. Police told us more today.

Senator Ashley Supported S.I.
The Sarstoon S.I is history; it was rescinded earlier this week. And while all anyone heard were the criticisms of it, there was a not so vocal section of the populace who supported the measure. Senator for the council of churches Ashley Rocke is one of them. Today he told the media that it was necessary:... Hon. Ashley Rocke, Church Senator: "As a senator I did not see the issue. The thing I saw was that the Prime Minister had a responsibility to make sure that he did all he could do to prevent whatever incident could have happened there with the Belizean people. I think writing the SI was one of the ways that, if you were thinking of another way, that would have been the best way to do with the understanding that that is not ultimately going to restrict Belizeans from going to the Sarstoon, but was going to quench the obvious disquiet that was there."

CWU And Port (Authority, Not, "Of Belize") Sign CBA
The Christian Workers union has taken all kinds of flak for failing to make any breakthrough in its collective bargaining negotiations with the private Port of Belize. And while that negotiation trudges on, tonight the Union is proudly proclaiming that it has signed an agreement with the Belize Port Authority - which is a statutory body. 48 CWU Members employed at the Port will get a 12% increase in salaries. The CWU also signed a collective agreement with the Central Bank of Belize. According to a press release, 106 CWU Members at the Central Bank will get a 5% salary increase, retroactive to January 1, 2015.

The Mentally Ill And The Law
How to deal "legally" with mentally ill persons who break the law? The situation is not uncommon to Belize and recently we have seen major crimes perpetrated by mental health patients. The Death Penalty Project, a London-based NGO, is here in Belize to host a three day workshop in an attempt to at the very least, create a baseline protocol for dealing with the mentally ill within existing laws. We spoke to the event organizer this morning and he told us about the importance of hosting such an event in Belize. Parvais Jabbar, Co Exec. Dir., The death Penalty Proj.: "We've been working in Belize now for over 20 years on individual cases representing prisoners who had been sentenced to death. Over that period of time, we got to know the country very well, we have very good relationships with lawyers and other organizations here and one area that we wanted to explore was the criminal justice system. A couple years ago, together with other stakeholders in Belize, we launched a report 'Behind the Prison Gates' which looked at issues that were important not only in relation to death row prisoners, but other vulnerable prisoners such as juveniles, mentally disordered, and so on. As a result of this report and some of the findings and recommendations that were agreed and considered by a number of important stakeholders in Belize, together with the Chief Justice and with the Belize Bar Association, we agreed to hold a number of training workshops and seminars looking at mental health and the law."

More Police Promotion Needed For "Eat and Greet"
Today the police department held its first "Lunch with a Cop" session. The idea behind this initiative is to give residents a chance to sit down with officers in their area to voice concerns or even make suggestions on how the police can better protect the community. So officers from both South and Northside gathered at the Sea View Restaurant at the Princess Hotel for lunch. But the cops pretty much enjoyed their meal amongst themselves because…Yah! Nobody showed up. Luckily there were a few willing lunch-goers who sat down and spoke to the officers. Assistant Commissioner of Police for Rural Eastern Division Edward Broaster told us that the lack of proper publicity played a role in this case. And we also spoke to a youth advocate who gladly joined in the session, she told us how it went. The next Lunch with a Cop session will be held next month. The police will also be rolling out another initiative called Shop with a Cop.

Top Cop Honoured
Yesterday we told you about Police Constable Edward Gonzalez. He shot himself in the head yesterday morning in front of the Queen Street Police Station. The suicide stunned everyone because Gonzalez was known for his good police work. And maybe it would have been him who would have received an award sometime this year for officer of the month. But now it is left up to other officers to keep his memory alive through their hard work and dedication. And his colleagues PC Gregory Witty and Harris Gabourel are doing just that. Today they received their award for officers of the month for April and May. Today we found out why they stood out among the rest. PC Witty has been a police officer for 20 years while PC Gabourel has been for 2 years. Zitro Western Union sponsored the monetary gifts.

Festival Finish
And tonight we close with highlights of the Primary School Festival of the Arts Districts Showcase. That brings the best youth performers from all over the country to the Bliss Stage. We leave you with the Belize City and Orange Walk Showcase. Enjoy and join us back here tomorrow...

Channel 5

Delmar Guerra is Ambushed and Killed in Paraiso Village
Late this evening, San Joaquin resident, Delmar Guerra was shot multiple times as he drove a van through the village of Paraiso, Corozal. Guerra was ambushed by a pair of [...]

P.U.P. Senator Eamon Courtenay Discusses Istanbul Talks
The much anticipated Istanbul talks are over and done with, but there is no definitive resolution and certainly no protocols coming out of those very high-level discussions. A release sent [...]

Is Guatemala Willing to Fast Track Sarstoon Protocol?
The fact is that if Guatemala agrees to any protocols with equitable use of the Sarstoon as an end point, it would represent a significant back-tracking. In past months the [...]

A Timeline to Continue Negotiating Sarstoon Protocol is Pretty Much Set
Both positions are polar opposites, so the next step is actually to the point where concrete protocols enter the equation. We’ve actually been there. On April eighth Belize presented eleven [...]

Ambassador Courtenay Says O.A.S. Has Critical Role in Discussions
The incident in Chiquibul in which a Guatemalan minor was shot also made it to the negotiating table in Istanbul. Following that incident, Guatemalan officials including President Jimmy Gonzalez, Foreign [...]

Is There Any Update from O.A.S. in Chiquibul Shooting?
And finally, in our coverage of the Istanbul talks, we asked Courtenay about the ongoing investigation into that Chiquibul incident. The OAS launched one at the request of Guatemalan authorities, [...]

IMF Preliminary Report on Belize Doesn’t Inspire Economic Confidence
The International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.) has issued a report at the end of its most recent visit to Belize which concluded this Wednesday. The team was led by Jacques Bouhga-Hagbe [...]

A Single Firearm is Used in Ladyville Murders/Shootings
Since March of this year, Ladyville has been experiencing an upward trend in violent crimes. It started with the murder of Rene “Fat Cat” Chavarria and since then, three other [...]

Suspected Arsonist Escapes from Police Custody in Ladyville
Police also believe they have the person responsible for setting two vehicles on fire in Ladyville over the extended weekend. But while quick police work led to the apprehension of [...]

Shane Bahadur is Granted Bail Following an Attempt on Alrick Smith’s Life
While Ladyville police connect the string of violent crimes in the jurisdiction, the suspect in the shooting of thirty-old year Alrick Smith was granted bail by the Supreme Court today. [...]

Darwin Prado Remains in Police Custody After Being Unable to Post Bail
The court also granted bail to Darwin Prado, another Ladyville resident, but he remains in police custody since he was unable to post the required fifteen thousand dollars to be [...]

Port Authority and Christian Workers Union Sign CB
Two collective bargaining agreements were signed today to benefit members of the Christian Workers Union. The Belize Port Authority and the CWU, after five weeks of negotiations, reached agreement in [...]

Port Authority Chair Says Signing New Agreement is Historic
According to Chairlady of the Belize Port Authority, Ruth Staine Dawson, the signing is a historic experience because the agreement was concluded in a relative short time and there is [...]

Central Bank Signs CBA with CWU
As we said, there was a second CBA signed earlier today, but at the Central Bank. While the media was not invited to that signing, a total of one hundred [...]

Ashcroft Attorney Says Speculation on Arbitration Award is Pointless
The official figure tallied in what will very likely be a whopping arbitration award is due in soon. We’ve all heard the numbers being thrown around – anywhere from a [...]

Government Loses Another Multimillion Dollar Litigation to BCB Holdings
That arbitration award is hefty, but government will spend much more. Recently, G.O.B. lost another multimillion dollar litigation brought by BCB Holdings in a U.S. Court. Courtenay says that the [...]

Blackadore Caye Development is Back on Track
Blackadore Caye Resort is back in the news tonight. The multimillion-dollar, eco-friendly, luxury resort project restructured, following a round of consultations in San Pedro in which residents expressed serious concerns [...]

Lunch With a Cop at the Princess
The police department has embarked on a new initiative to strengthen its community policing approach. The three regional commanders of the Eastern Division came together today to Lunch with a [...]

Courts Donates Ten Thousand Dollars to Lifeline Foundation
A donation that will go a long way for children was handed over to the Lifeline Foundation today at Courts Main Store in Belize City. Unicomer Belize Limited provided the [...]

Remembering Elijio Briceño
And this news…Elijio Briceño, affectionately known as Don Joe or Boss Joe, was laid to rest in his hometown of Orange Walk on Wednesday. The former Minister of Energy and [...]

Healthy Living: Why Men Don’t Like to Go to the Doctor?
There are many reasons why men simply don’t access the healthcare system as often as women do – and no, gentlemen – it has nothing to do with being stronger [...]


Traffic Accidents Claims One Life And Leaves Two Injured
At about 4:30 yesterday evening the road leading to the village of San Felipe in the Orange Walk District turned deadly as it claimed the life of a 55 year old Orange Walk business woman and left two others injured in a tragic traffic accident. Reports are that Elba Concepcion Gongora was driving a 1990 blue Kia Sportage heading towards San Felipe Village and upon nearing a curve she lost control of the vehicle which overturned several times until coming to a stop. Accompanying Gongora at the time of the accident along were 47 year old Luis Briceno Sr. and 36 year old Amalia Cocom, a resident of Yo Creek Village, Orange Walk. Preliminary investigations indicate that Gongora died on the spot after receiving several head and body injuries while Briceno sustained injuries to both his legs and Amalia Cocom escaped with minor injuries.

IMF Gives A Grim Prognosis For Belize's' Economy
In a recent release issued by the International Monetary Fund, it indicates that the economic outlook for Belize has worsened since last year’s Article Four Consultation. In order to shed some light with regards to this issue that is of grave concern for our country, the IMF team, spearheaded by Jacques Bougha-Hagbe visited Belize from the 11th of May to the 25th with the purpose of hosting conferences based on the country’s Article Four Consultation for this year 2016. The team met with Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, financial secretary, Joseph Waight, Central Bank Governor, Glenford Ysaguirre, private sector representatives along with other government and central bank officials for the meetings. After the entire visit concluded, it was established that Belize’s economy is slowing at this point in time while both fiscal and external vulnerabilities are increasing.

OW PC Rewarded For His Services To The Community
As part of their monthly initiative to acknowledge police officers and present them with a token of appreciation for their commitment and dedication towards serving the community, the Orange Walk Police Formation held a short ceremony today with the objective of recognizing police constable Eugenio Uk, who has been working in the department for about twenty five years, for a doing a remarkable job throughout this entire month. Eugenio Uk – Police Officer of the month: “I feel great to be recognized to be police of the month; honestly all police officers of this detachment should receive an award because all of them work very hard at this station.”

Rotarians Donate Computers To Assemblies Of God Primary School
Access to reliable, up-to-date computer technology has become increasingly important in classrooms across our country yet not all of our primary schools have the finance to provide computer access for their students. Seeing the need for more computers in classrooms across the Corozal District, the Corozal Rotary Club and the Virginia U.S.A Rotary Club, are currently donating computers to various schools. One of the lucky recipients was Santa Rita Assemblies of God Primary School, and according to Principal Jesus Catzim, the donation will make a substantial difference for the learning environment. Jesus Catzim Principal Assemblies of God Primary School: “I am very happy for the Rotarians to bring the computers for our school and definitely we are going to have our students use them, we will probably include some lessons so that we can have a group of them come and give them lessons so now we have these other computers, definitely they will use them more on doing their research after classes they use them but since we only had three of them it took them longer but now we have five more it will definitely be more beneficial to them.”

Orange Walk Resident Missing For Three Weeks
The family and friends of twenty four year old Pedro Alfonso Caliz remain in despair at this point in time, for yesterday marked three weeks since he mysteriously disappeared from his neighborhood in the Louisiana area, Orange Walk. Caliz reportedly left his residence at about 11:00 on the morning of May 4th to shop for groceries at a local store but never made it back home. CTV3 News spoke to Caliz’s aunt, Dolores Sanchez, who informed us that the family has been doing everything in their power to locate him but so far, have been unsuccessful. Dolores Sanchez – Aunt: “Les Preguntamos a los amigos, a los que lo conocen nadie lo ve que hasta ahorita no hemos sabido nada de él, a su familia como tiene hermanas en Camalote haya les hemos avisado a ellos y que no saben nada de él.”


IMF Says Belize Needs to ‘Put Public Debt on the Downward Path’
Following a two week working visit in Belize, the findings documented by the staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are alarming when it comes to the economy and the country’s vulnerabilities. While the document is not a final report from the IMF’s Executive Board, it is a preliminary report put together by the team […]

Crooked Tree Causeway Gets Overdue Attention
Crooked Tree Village is the home to about a thousand people and is an area that seems to only get attention during election time or when the rains come and the causeway gets flooded. There is, however, some good news this evening as funding of just under one million dollars has been approved for a […]

The Talks in Istanbul, Turkey
Earlier this week, a delegation led by Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington met with his Guatemalan counterpart in Istanbul, Turkey. Earlier this week Cabinet announced the statutory instrument limiting movement on the Sarstoon River would be revoked since the talks proved successful. Yesterday Prime Minister Barrow was asked about the meeting. DEAN BARROW “There’s an agreement […]

Belize’s Ombudsman Takes Over as Head of the Human Rights Defenders
Ombudsman Lionel Arzu, has been installed as the President of The Council of Human Rights Defenders. He assumes presidency for the year 2016-2017. The baton was handed over by the former president, the Ombudsman of Honduras, Doctor Roberto Herrera in a ceremony that took place in Belize for the first time. Arzu spoke to Love […]

Ombudsman Cites Displaced Migration as a Crucial Regional Issue
The New President of The Council of Human Rights Defenders, the Ombudsman of Belize, Lionel Arzu, spoke with Love News about the current issues affecting the region, especially the issue of displaced migration. LIONEL ARZU “—the guy who is the outgoing president had some issues that were started by him as the president and it […]

Consultations Continue for Blackadore Caye
A multi-million dollar eco-friendly hotel to be built on Blackadore Caye has begun its second process of consultations. A number of amendments were made to the Environment Impact Assessment, based on consultations with those who will be affected by the development of the project. For the eco-friendly hotel to become successful, they need a healthy […]

Traffic Accident Claims Woman’s Life and Injures Two
A woman is dead and two others injured as a result of road traffic accident that occurred on Wednesday in Orange Walk Town. According to Police, sometime after four o’clock yesterday evening, 55-year-old Elba Concepcion Gongora was driving a four door KIA Sportage from August Pine Ride to San Felipe Village when she lost control […]

Woman dies in traffic accident in OW
A woman is dead and two others injured as a result of road traffic accident that occurred on Wednesday in Orange Walk Town. According to Police, sometime after four o’clock yesterday evening, 55-year-old Elba Concepcion Gongora was driving a four door KIA Sportage from August Pine Ride to San Felipe Village when she lost control […]

CBA to Benefit Staff of Port of Belize
Christian Workers Union and The Port Authority have signed, a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that was negotiated for five weeks. The CBA benefits the 48 staff members of the Port of Belize union and non union members. Port Commissioner Merlene Bailey Martinez commented on the main benefits the employees will gain. MERLENE BAILEY MARTINEZ “The […]

Costa Rica Seeks Investment Opportunities in Belize
A Costa Rican company is looking for investments in Belize. This morning Procomer Costa Rica exports, along with the Embassy of Costa Rica held a breakfast at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina to discuss investment opportunities for Costa Rica in Belize. Director of Trade Promotion Office Itzamn Huelat spoke with Love News about […]

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Istanbul Talks successful - Sarstoon Protocol coming soon
A delegation from both Belize and Guatemala has held extensive bilateral meetings in Istanbul, Turkey, and satisfied by the outcome of those talks, the Government of Belize has decided to revoke the 30-day ban on the Sarstoon a few days early. Those meetings happened on Monday, May 23, and Tuesday, May 24, but it was the Monday working session which went on for 4 hours. That meeting happened at the Hilton Bomonti Hotel in Istanbul, and Belize was represented by Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington; Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala, Alexis Rosado; and the Representative for the Opposition Leader, Eamon Courtenay. The Guatemalan delegation was represented by that country’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Carlos Raul Morales, Guatemala’s Ambassador to Belize Manuel Barrillas and other officials. Magdalena Talamás, the Representative for Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) was the mediator in these bilateral talks.

Two cops: one attempts suicide, one succeeds
One police officer is dead and another is receiving medical treatment after a suicide and an attempted suicide this week. The first took place on Monday May 23 when police constable Melvin Nah drank herbicide, apparently because he had sentimental problems. Our information suggests that he was intimately involved with another police officer, a woman, who decided to sever relations with him and he opted to take his life. He was unsuccessful and ended up being treated at the KHMH after he ingested Gramaxone, a herbicide, to take his life. He remains hospitalized receiving treatment. In the second attempt, which was successful, Police constable 34 year old Edward Gonzalez went to work at the Queen Street Police station at 7 a.m. on Wednesday May 25, he was his usual self being what appeared to be a carefree individual. Reports are that, as he usually does, he was hugging women police constables who were his friends when shortly thereafter he sat on the front steps of the Queen Street Police Station, he drew his service pistol, placed it to his head and pulled the trigger.

Who will it be?
On Sunday May 29, 589 delegates of the United Democratic Party will have to make perhaps one of the most difficult political decisions they have ever been asked to make in selecting either Hon. John Saldivar or Hon. Patrick Faber to be the First Deputy Party leader of the UDP. Both men are exceptional and charismatic leaders within the UDP and as such the decision is no small task. Added to that pressure is that of a well animated campaign which is seeing both candidates campaigning across the country. Hon. Faber is carrying his message under the banner - Path to the Future, while Hon. Saldivar has his under the theme Unity, Maturity, Integrity. Both men have mounted aggressive campaigns visiting constituencies to speak to candidates as groups as well as campaining to delegates on a one on one basis. All the work that they are putting in will yield their results on Sunday at the ITVET compound on Freetown road where the delegates will cast their votes from 9 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon. According to the convention rules, any delegate who has not cast their vote by 2 pm will have that vote replaced by an alternate.

Sarstoon SI repealed - PUP fail to rile up Sarstoon issue
After weeks of hyping this supposed trip to the Sarstoon River, on Saturday, the PUP failed to deliver on their promise. In addition to that, the Government has since revoked the 30-day Sarstoon Ban. This means they have also missed their window to try to make a political spectacle of the Government trying to ensure that were not bamboozled by persons trying to politicize an important issue. The reasons they have given to explain the cancelation of the Sarstoon trip is that the Government supposedly leaned on their hired boat captains and intimidated them into backing out. As usual, instead of being straight with the Belizean public, the PUP have to paint themselves as victims to the big bad government.

Taiwan to disburse first installment for Renal Failure Prevention Project to the Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health on behalf of the Government and people of Belize will be receiving the first disbursement of US$34,500 for the capacity building project for the prevention and control of chronic renal failure in Belize at a ceremony to be held at the Best Western Biltmore Hotel on May 30th, 2016 at 9:00a.m. The “Renal Failure Prevention Project” is a three-year project with a total approved budget of US$2.2 million. It was signed on February 10, 2016 between Belize and Taiwan to treat patients at the early stages of renal failure or kidney disease, ultimately reducing the socio-economic burden to families and to the health system.

78 year-old Eligio Joe Briceño, a two term Area Representative for Orange Walk, passed away at 11:58 p.m., on Saturday, May 21. His son, John, and the entire Briceño family, were at his bedside until the very end. The Briceño family say that “Joe” suffered a stroke some 11 years ago, and that, is believed, started the decline in his health which took its toll this weekend. Briceño has told the press that his father’s death factored into his decision to cancel the Sarstoon trip. To honor his contribution as a former Minister of Government and a former Parliamentarian, the Government held an official funeral on his behalf at La Immaculada Church, in Orange Walk Town.

California Missionaries Bring Gospel, Joy and Supplies to Belize
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” said Jesus Christ to his disciples in Mathew chapter 28 verse 19. This is the Great Commission and all believers are called to adhere. Those who do are called missionaries. They spread the gospel all over the world and their love has saved many troubled societies. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of missionaries visit Belize each year. They host summer and Easter camps, vacation bible schools, crusades and clinics. Some renovate churches, schools and homes. They come from various religious denominations and as long as they come with clean hearts they are all welcome. However, there are certain mission teams that are ever so slightly more appreciated. Those are the teams that include members with Belizean blood; like the team from Abundant Living Church from Rancho Cucamonga, California that is currently in Belize.

Benque resident drowns
A taxi driver from Benque Viejo del Carmen has drowned after consuming alcohol. Benque Viejo Police visited an area on George Street behind the bus terminal at about 4:25 pm on Saturday of this past weekend, on arrival they observed the body of a male Hispanic being escorted to the bus terminal. Initial investigation revealed that Pedro Valdez, a 51year old Belizean Taxi Driver was alone at J&G Bar situated on George Street, Benque Viejo Town and at the time he was consuming alcohol. He then decided to go take a bath in the Mopan River at an area behind J&G Bar. About five minutes later, he disappeared from the area. A search was conducted and approximately 100 yards away from where he was last seen going down, the body of Pedro Valdez was found and retrieved from the river.

Drugs and firearm found in Cayo
Police in Cayo have safely removed a weapon from off the streets. On Tuesday May 24th 2016 about 7:00am a joint operation by San Ignacio Police and the K-9 unit executed a search in an abandoned lot in the Hotpoint area, Santa Elena town. At that location police discovered a red bucket with white cover containing (6) black plastic bags which contained green vegetable substance suspected to be cannabis under an abandoned cement building. Further searches behind the same building, under some dry grass, led to the discovery of (1) 12 gauge pump action shotgun (Remington Brand) with serial number T356956V. Both items were taken to the San Ignacio Police Station where the drugs was weighed amounting to 2,141 grams. Both items were deposited as found property since no one was found in the area.

Nicole Flowers confesses to trafficking 7 kilos of weed
Officers of the Gang Suppression Unit were operating in the Lake Independence area on May 14, 2015, when their attention was drawn to Nicole Flowers, 23, as they entered a yard. She was behaving suspiciously and this caused police to conduct a search on her. Inside a purse she was carrying, police found five pounds of weed. They decided to take Flowers to her home on Jasmine Street to conduct a search of her residence. There the officers found another substantial amount of marijuana in a room, eleven pounds. Flowers was arrested and charged with drug trafficking. Trial commenced for Flowers in the Belize City Magistrates Court and on Friday, May 20, she decided to plead guilty to one count of drug trafficking. When Magistrate Mendoza asked her where she got so much marijuana from, Flowers told him that a man gave her the weed to hold for him. She chose not to reveal the name of the man. Magistrate Carlon Mendoza imposed a non-custodial sentence upon Flowers, who is in an advanced stage of pregnancy. She was fined $10,000, which is to be paid by December 31, 2016. In default, she will serve three years imprisonment.

Twelve years for killing Jason Pott
Twelve years imprisonment is the sentence handed down by Justice Adolph Lucas after Devaughn Goodger, 22, accepted a plea deal in trial for the murder of Jason Pott. On Wednesday, May 11, Goodger pleaded guilty to manslaughter, which is a less serious charge than murder for which he was on trial. Justice Lucas deducted 5 years and 2 months from the sentence for the period of time he has been on remand. The senseless killing of Pott occurred on Cleghorn Street near the intersection with Slaughter House Road in March of 2011. Pott and his cousin were approached by a group of three men. They got into an altercation and he was stabbed once to the chest. His cousin tried to rush him to the Karl Heusner Memorial on bicycle but they were stopped by police who allegedly knocked them off the bike for riding contrary to the flow of traffic. Pott pleaded to the officers for help and they then transported him to the hospital. Pott later died as a result of the stab wound to the chest.

Officer accused of molestation is out on bail
Police Constable Darren Evan Martinez, 21, is out on bail after being on remand for four days for sexual assault upon a child under the age of 16. Martinez is being accused of penetrating the vagina of an 8-year-old girl with his finger on February 21, 2016. Martinez appeared before Magistrate Deborah Rogers on Monday, May 16. He is being represented by attorney Oswald Twist. Since the matter is an indictable offense, no plea was taken. Court prosecutor, Cpl. Kennard Clark, objected to bail on the grounds of the prevalence and serious nature of the offense. Twist was concerned about possible harm that could come to his client while on remand at the Belize Central Prison. However, Martinez was placed in protective custody while his attorney carried out the bail application process.

Vehicle stolen in Roaring Creek
A hard working Belizean has been deprived of his vehicle. Elias Reyes, a 23 year old Belizean of Frank’s Eddy Village Cayo District has reported that on Friday of last week at about 5:45 pm he had parked his 1990 four door car with license plate C-01957 at the Westar Compound in Roaring Creek and had gone to work at Santander. On the following day at about 7:40 am on his return from work he noticed that his Sky Blue in color Honda car was nowhere to be found. The value of the car is $4000.00 Belize. Police investigation continues in an attempt to recover the stolen vehicle.

Over 33 pounds of weed and shotgun found in Cayo
A quantity of weed has been discovered by San Ignacio Police near one of its booths. On Friday 20th May 2016 about 5:00 am, San Ignacio Police were on mobile patrol between miles 68 and 69 on the George Price Highway and upon making checks opposite Rumors Resort by the Police booth, they discovered a large black bag wrapped with transparent tape. Upon further checking its content they noticed that it was a large quantity of green leafy vegetable substance suspected to be cannabis. Further checks in the immediate area led to the discovery of another small black plastic back containing more green leafy vegetable substances. A determined search also led to the discovery of a 20 gauge sawed off shotgun with a wooden brown stock, and a brown wooden handle with a weed leaf carved and painted green on the grip. Beside the shotgun was a single yellow in color 20 gauge cartridge RIO Brand inside the barrel. All items were retrieved and taken to the San Ignacio Police Station, where the big bag was weighed amounting to 14,968.5 grams or 33 lbs. The small black plastic bag was weighed amounting to 170 grams. All items were deposited as found property.

Steven Young granted Supreme Court bail for attempted murder
Steven Young, 25, is out on Supreme Court bail after Prosecutor Sheneiza Smith had no objection to a bail application submitted to Justice Herbert Lord on Friday, May 20. Justice Lord released the accused who had been charged with attempted murder on bail of $8,000 plus one surety of the same amount or two sureties of $4,000 each. Young was arraigned on Monday, May 16, for the attempted murder of Lord’s Bank resident, Brandon Stevens, who was stabbed during an altercation inside Ruba’s Bar on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Charges against Young include attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm upon Stevens. On Saturday afternoon, Stevens went to Ruba’s Bar and saw his common-law-wife sitting down with four men. He approached and asked her for their house key.

First Annual Elodio Aragon Sovereign’s Day Cycling Race
The organizing committee for the 1st annual Elodio Aragon Sovereign’s Day Cycling Race is proud to report that the race which took place on Sunday 22 May was a huge success. Hon. Aragon through vision and determination has made this event possible and has pledged to make it even bigger and better as time goes by as the plan is to have it every year. Honorable Aragon who is responsible for the ministry of sports, understands that it is only through education and sports that we are going to rid ourselves of ignorance and crime. By encouraging our athletes we will ensure that they develop that physical and mental competitive spirit which will see us being propelled to the next level. He has a passion for whatever he does and there is no doubt that we are now witnessing the ushering in of a new era in the area of sports in Belize.

Belizean athletes to Central American Junior Track & Field Championship
The Belize Athletics Association had representation at the XXIV Central American Junior Track & Field championship, which as hosted by Confederación Atle?tica del Istmo Centroamerico (CADICA) from May 20-22, 2016, that was held at the National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica. Belize competed in the 100m event for female 15-17 years old where Faith Morris and Hilary Gladden were the competitors. Faith Morris finished 8th in the qualifying round to advance to the finals where she finished 5th in a time of 12.53. In the 200m event for female 15-17 years old, Belize’s competitors were Faith Morris who finished 3rd in the qualifying round in a time of 25.98 and Hilary Gladden who placed 9 out of 11 starters. However, Faith Morris was unable to compete in the finals of her 200m event.

Mega Business opens in Santa Elena, Cayo
Now sandwiched between Era Store and Brother’s Supermarket on the George Price Highway in Santa Elena Town, Sargent Pepper’s mega project made a soft landing last week, opening its doors to customers from all over. The new addition of Sargent Pepper’s to the Santa Elena landscape will boost the local economy; as 22 Belizeans are now employed there. Sargent Pepper’s Manager is Amir Segura Junior, who is a resident of Santa Elena Town. Sargent Pepper’s will now be opened Sunday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, with their servings such as the Sargent Pepper’s Burger, which is now available therein. There is also a selection of healthy orange and lime juices at the new business place. Sargent Pepper’s drive through was also opened last week, which provides a great convenience for those on a busy schedule.

Campbellsville University Doing Service Work at High School in Belmopan
Seven Campbellsville University (C.U.) students and two team leaders are doing teaching service work at Our Lady of Guadalupe High School O.L.O.G in Belmopan. C.U. is a private Baptist university in the state of Kentucky. The seven students are finalizing their Teacher of Students of Other Languages (T.E.S.O.L ) certification. While at the same time, the team is doing 12 days of Service Teaching at O.L.O.G. and will be in Belize for a total of 19 days. O.L.O.G. teachers say that this is beneficial for everyone where the American team gets to experience some of the Belizean culture and educational system. Likewise for Belizean teachers, it is an opportunity to work with the American teachers, who are here to do individual tutoring and to share the teaching methods they have been taught. Most importantly, O.L.O.G. students will be able to receive instructions and lessons from teachers with different perspectives, teaching methods and teaching styles.

In his book, “How to Obtain Strong Faith,” Dr. Frederick K.C. Price sets out six principles. The first step is to “Know the Reality of God’s Word.” (Believe the Bible is true.) The second principle is “Know the Reality of your Redemption in Christ.” (Jesus freed us from bondage.) Now we look at principle 3: “Know the Reality of the New Creation.” Dr. Price comments, “You should not see yourself as Satan sees you. You should not see yourself as other [people] see you, but you should see yourself as God sees you. Until you learn to see yourself as God sees you, you will never be able to obtain strong faith… You must see yourself as God sees you – a new creature in Christ.

House Speaker helps with easing tensions with Guatemala
For the first time in 150 years of the Belize Guatemala territorial dispute, the parliaments of both countries have decided to get involved to try to assist their governments in peacemaking initiatives. This decision was made at the 17th ordinary meeting of the Forum of Presiding Officers of the National Parliaments of Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL). Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, the Speaker of the Belize House of Representatives is the current vice-president of FOPREL, and Mario Taracena Diaz-Sol, who is the Speaker of the Guatemala Congress, is the President. So, that FOPREL meeting, held in Managua, Nicaragua, gave these two men an opportunity to also discuss Belize-Guatemala relations. Also present were the Speakers and Deputy Speakers of parliaments of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Costa Rica.

California Missionaries Bring Gospel, Joy and Supplies to Belize
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” said Jesus Christ to his disciples in Mathew chapter 28 verse 19. This is the Great Commission and all believers are called to adhere. Those who do are called missionaries. They spread the gospel all over the world and their love has saved many troubled societies. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of missionaries visit Belize each year. They host summer and Easter camps, vacation bible schools, crusades and clinics. Some renovate churches, schools and homes. They come from various religious denominations and as long as they come with clean hearts they are all welcome. However, there are certain mission teams that are ever so slightly more appreciated. Those are the teams that include members with Belizean blood; like the team from Abundant Living Church from Rancho Cucamonga, California that is currently in Belize.

PUPs told Johnny to paddle and bail his own canoe
Belizeans were waiting to see if the PUPs would follow through on their resolve to challenge the security forces and proceed with their planned illegal voyage to the Sarstoon River. Well like all things associated with the PUP, the voyage was a NO GO! Even at the risk of sounding repetitive we must and we say MUST repeat this statement “PUP has not been able to get anything right in the last 150 MONTHS, having not only have they lost every election held during that time, they have also not made any forward progress. For them it is like Midas touch in reverse. Everything they touch turns into EXCREMENT. We may be at the point where BWS might be charging them for creating too much raw sewage. Around 11 p.m. on Friday word started to spread that the PUP would not be going on the much talked about voyage , that had been planned for the next morning . It was not that their decision caught us by surprise because we have gotten to know the PUP as what can only be described as TALK PLENTY- DO LITTLE! They talk up a storm but just at the moment when it is time to put up or shut up they fall down. And so they left the stage without even a whimper. We can understand Wil’s and BTV’s disappointment at the PUP decision not to go. Say what we may say about Wil but he is either brave or stupid enough, to follow up on his plans to go to the Sarstoon even if it is wrong headed, he would still follow through, unless he is stopped by the security forces.

Taiwan to disburse first installment for Renal Failure Prevention Project to the Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health on behalf of the Government and people of Belize will be receiving the first disbursement of US$34,500 for the capacity building project for the prevention and control of chronic renal failure in Belize at a ceremony to be held at the Best Western Biltmore Hotel on May 30th, 2016 at 9:00a.m. The “Renal Failure Prevention Project” is a three-year project with a total approved budget of US$2.2 million. It was signed on February 10, 2016 between Belize and Taiwan to treat patients at the early stages of renal failure or kidney disease, ultimately reducing the socio-economic burden to families and to the health system. Training will be provided to general practitioners and dialysis nurses in Taiwan, while local training programs will be conducted for Case Managers and Community Health Workers in identification and management of risk factors for kidney failure. Furthermore, the project also includes the establishment and launch of a tracking and management system for chronic disease cases in medical facilities.

Walk for a Green Belize was a success!
In setting the pace for the upcoming World Environment Day, a “Walk for a Green Belize,” was coordinated by the Department of the Environment DOE on Saturday of this past weekend. The event started at 7:00 a.m. and ended at 11:00 am along the 77 mile stretch of the George Price Highway, with the participation of a number of organizations and Government bodies. The Police and Transport Department as well as City Traffic were involved to caution drivers to be more wary of all the participants, who were cleaning along the busy highway. Among the participants were the Rotaract Club of San Ignacio, San Ignacio Community Police Officers, Belmopan Police, Belmopan Cadets as well as the Belmopan City Council. In a statement from the office of the Mayor of Belmopan, Khalid Belisle, he extended a big thanks to everyone, who came out to volunteer their time on Saturday. Mayor Belisle and his team removed more than 200 bags of garbage from along the Hummingbird Highway (Guanacaste Park to almost the entrance to the City dump site).

Meshack Banner charged for stabbing his brother, a GSU Officer
Crooked Tree resident, Meshack Banner, 25, is at the Belize Central Prison on remand after he was charged with the attempted murder of his own brother, Walton Banner, an officer of the police department’s Gang Suppression Unit. Allegations are that Meshack and his brother Walton got into an altercation on Friday, May 20, and it ended with him pulling a knife and inflicting a stab wound upon his sibling. Meshack Banner was unrepresented when he appeared in court on Tuesday, May 24, before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza. He was read three indictable offenses: one count each of attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and wounding with a deadly instrument. Due to the nature of the offenses, no plea was taken and bail could not be granted.

Two injured in Traffic accident in San Ignacio Town
There was a traffic accident in San Ignacio Town on Saturday of this past weekend, where two persons resulted with various injuries. Acting on information, San Ignacio Police visited Savannah Street in San Ignacio Town at about 4:10 am, near the Low Lying Bridge area where on arrival they saw a blue Toyota Corolla 4 door car, which had collided into the recently constructed concrete Market Wall. Trapped inside the vehicle was a male person of dark complexion, who was seated on the driver’s side in an unconscious state, and a female of clear complexion, who was seen on the passenger’s seat of the vehicle and was crying for help. Both persons inside the vehicle had injuries all over their bodies. Initial investigations reveal that at about 4:00 am, Patrick Gordon was driving his blue Toyota Corolla from an east to west direction whilst crossing the low lying bridge from Santa Elena Town to San Ignacio Town. Unfortunately, after crossing the board bridge and onto the pavement road he lost control of the vehicle, which caused the vehicle to swerve left, directly into the solid concrete wall of the San Ignacio Market Square area.

Man from Cayo drinks Paraquat

Burglar says he has “seven kids to feed and one on the way”
Zane Pott, 19, will spend the next two years at the Belize Central Prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and one count of theft on Tuesday, May 24. Pott told Magistrate Deborah Rogers that it was a moment of weakness and he was desparate to provide for his family, which include seven children and a pregnant common-law-wife. Hue Hulse, a resident of Belize City, says he went to his warehouse at about 7:15 a.m.on Tuesday, May 17, and noticed that it had been burglarized. The burglar bar from one of his windows was removed and an HP printer was stolen. Hulse then checked his surveillance system and realized that the cable wires were cut. However, the camera captured a Hispanic male with a pony tail entering the warehouse before the wires were cut. Police were called to the scene and they were able to identify Pott from the footage. He was arretsed and charged for burglary. Police additionally charged him with theft and damaged to property for an incident that occurred later that same week. Roni White, a tour guide of Captain Eiley Street, reported to police that on Friday, May 20, he went to start his bus and noticed that his batteries were missing.

Kristoff Riverol pleads guilty to theft
Kristoff Riverol is lucky to have been spared jail time after he pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from his former workplace, Fultec System. Bjana Bradley, Belize Operations/Human Resources Manager of Fultec System, reported to police that between May 16 and May 20, 2016, Riverol stole two 1-terabyte My Passport Ultra external hard drives valued at $239.95 each. Bradley viewed a surveillance monitor at 2 p.m. on May 20, 2016, and noticed Riverol taking two hard drives from off the counter and placing them into a plastic bag. According to Bradley, Riverol was employed as a sales support representative whose duties included phone and after sales support. However, he has no authority to move items from the counter. The police was called in; they reviewed the camera recording and proceeded to arrest Riverol within a four day period. Police investigation also revealed that Riverol had already sold one of the hard drives to a businesswoman from the Buttonwood Bay area.

Anthony Robinson Takes Rap for Gun Again
Leith Bermudez, 21, Deshane Mena, 29, Anthony Robinson, 29, and Richard Flores, 38, were charged with gun and ammunition offenses after they were found inside a vehicle with a firearm on Tuesday, February 26. At around 8:25 p.m. that Tuesday, police intercepted a gold Toyota Camry that was driving recklessly at the corner of Flamboyant and Mahogany Street with the four men inside. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a chrome .38 Smith and Wesson revolver with a wooden grip and five live rounds of .38 special S&B ammunition under a seat. All four men were arrested and charged with keeping a firearm and ammunition without a gun license.

Alrick Smith Charged for Plotting to Kill 11 Persons
Alrick Smith, 31, is in trouble with the law yet again. This time the charges against him may certainly be something of a reach by police but with Smith it is now difficult to give him the benefit of the doubt. Smith is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after he was arraigned for abetment to commit murder upon 11 persons. According to Ladyville police, on May 14 he solicited to cause the death of Cynthia Lozano, Jerome Lozano, Justeen Lozano, Cassidy Lozano, Amber Lozano, Celine Lozano, Sherdon Lozano, Camryn Lozano, Athlee Lozano, and Shemera Williams. Cynthia Lozano is the mother of Casey Lozano, one of three persons shot over the weekend of Saturday, May 14, on Marage Road, Ladyville. In that exchange, Lionel Rhamdas was shot fatally. Smith is said to be an in-law of Rhamdas and the charge stems from his intended retaliation.

Ebenezer Methodist School boys continue on winning path
The Belize City Primary Schools Football competition continued over the last week with a number of games in both the girls’ and boys’ competition at the MCC Grounds. On Friday 20th May, 2016, in the first of two games played in the girls’ competition, Salvation Army School and St. John’s Primary School played to a 0-0 draw. In the second game, St. Martin de Porres shut-out St. Mary’s Primary School by the score of 3-0. The goals for St. Martin de Porres were scored by Jeanna Usher, Shantel Flowers and Hui Ling Chen. In the first game in the boys’ competition, Salvation Army School and St. John’s Primary School played to a 2-2 draw. The goals for Salvation Army School were scored by Emmeth Serrano and Jerwin Carcamo. For St. John’s Primary School, the goals were scored by Rashied Lord and Patrick Kerr.

Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy continues to lead in Cayo Softball Competition
The Raymond Garbutt Cayo Senior Female Softball Competition which is being sponsored by the Hon. John Saldivar continued on Sunday 22nd May, 2016, at the Dembeigh Fuller Softball Stadium in Camalote Village. In the first game played, Camalote defeated Esperanza Wolverines by the score of 17-2. The winning pitcher was Tiara Bradley and the losing pitcher was Shanaya Soberanis. In game two, Belmopan Bandits won over Unitedville Rebels United by the score of 6-4. The winning pitcher was Laniesha Jones and the losing pitcher was Francine Salazar. And in the final game of the day, the defending champions and the competition’s league leading team, Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy blank the Belmopan Capital City Emeralds by the score of 12-0. The winning pitcher was Leandra Guy and the losing pitcher was Dominga Tut.

Orchid Girls of Burrell Boom halt Exotic Girls from Hattieville
The Belize Rural Softball Association competition continued on Sunday 22nd May, 2016, with four games on the schedule. In the first game played in division A, Orchid Girls defeated Exotics Girls by the score of 14-3. The winning pitcher was Therese Baptist and the losing pitcher was Iceany Baptist. In game two, UB Jaguars defeated Lords Bank Sunrise by the score of 11-4. The winning pitcher was Karlene Williams and the losing pitcher was Karen Hilton. In Division B games played in game one, Easy Does It of Flowers Bank defeated Beverly Hill Flames of Lord’s Bank by the score of 14-7. The winning pitcher was Margaret Hendy and the losing pitcher was Nikita Anderson.

Softball returns to the Stann Creek District
The Stann Creek Softball Association 2016 Senior Female competition opened on Sunday 22nd May, 2016, in Independence Village with three games on the schedule. In the first game played, Independence Pals blanked Seine Bight by the score of 13-0 in four innings. The hitting gem for the Independence Pals team was Arlette Linarez who drove in 2 runs, scored 2 runs and stole 2 bases in leading her team to the win. Her teammate Ardis Linarez also drove in 2 runs, scored 1 and stole 1 base. The winning pitcher was Leona Linarez who struck out 8 batters in leading her team to the victory. In the second game of the day, Silk Grass defeated Ashley Lucas and the Hopkins team by the score of 10-7.

Belize Softball Federation to hold Umpires Training
The Belize Softball Federation has announced that it will be holding an Umpires Training for intermediate and advanced umpires from August 4-8, 2016. The Training will be conducted by the Chief Umpire of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Softball Division Robert Stanton and will include both theoretical and practical work. The federation envision that this will be the spring board for umpires who have been involved in the game at the advance level for the past five years to move towards the International Certification for Umpires.

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Only Bull From Istanbul
Nothing of substance was accomplished by Belize in its “ten cents” meeting with Guatemala in Istanbul, Turkey, over the weekend. Guatemala had refused to hold a direct meeting with Belize as it relates to the Sarstoon River. For months Belize was chasing after Guatemala to please allow them to sit down and talk about the serious issue of the Sarstoon River. At a summit in Turkey, attended by many countries, including Guatemala and Belize; the Guatemalans decided to meet for a few minutes over this past weekend. What was discussed? Several matters which had been discussed already. But not the serious issue of Sarstoon River which has caused such grave concerns in Belize. These are what were discussed. Belize and Guatemala Foreign Ministers said they wanted peace and good faith. That is nothing new. They said that the territorial, insular and maritime disputes should be resolved at the I.C.J once it passed the referendum in both countries. This is nothing new. They said that while this I.C.J process is going on and even after it is concluded it will still be necessary to develop good neighbourliness which helps with peace and stability and will promote economic development.

PUP mourns passing of Hon. Elijio Briceño
The People’s United Party mourns the passing of the Hon. Elijio Briceño, former Minister of Energy and Communications and father of PUP Party Leader Hon. John Briceño. Don Joe, as he was popularly known, succumbed peacefully with his family by his bedside on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 11:58 p.m. The People’s United Party assures the Briceño family that they can find comfort in knowing that they’re not alone in their grief. People from inside and outside of the Party have known the generosity and goodness of Don Joe. Deputy Party Leader Cordel Hyde recalls, “Don Joe was a source of towering strength to his family, and a giant figure in the Orange Walk community. He was always such a fantastic cheerleader and trusted advisor for our Party Leader, and though he had been ill for some time, and his feet eventually got tired, his huge heart never wavered. “He worked long and hard for his family, his community and his country. And now his work is done; his soul is at rest.”

Diplomacy, Not Lunacy!
Secretary General to the Commonwealth, Baroness Scott’s visit to Belize has been critically significant in the wake of the spate of incursions and illegal fishing by Guatemalan civilians and the asserting of military power by the Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF) in the Sarstoon. The Baroness’ message was resonant with the re-affirmation by the Commonwealth Heads of Nation in support of Belize’s right to sovereignty and territorial integrity. Baroness Scott is that individual that is mandated by the Commonwealth Heads of Government to examine the needs of small and vulnerable states like Belize, including their security needs. The organisational body has been deeply concerned about the precarious situations that have overcome these vulnerable countries and have admonished that “the need to be scrupulous about security arrangements is both obvious and urgent”. However, the significance of the visit was transformed into media footnotes complemented with a passive embrace by the Rt. Honourable Dean Barrow.

Cop Commits Suicide??
Queen Street Police are investigating a suspected suicide from within their own ranks. PC Edward Gonzalez allegedly shot himself with his personal weapon in front of Precinct 3, which is the Queen Street Police Station sometime in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

Graduation season is here once again. And once again there are no jobs available for our young people. None. The government of Belize has been stocking up the public service offices with cronies and unqualified people. They are also keeping their supporters in offices even after such persons reach the retirement age of 55 years. Young people whose parents sacrifice and send them to college and sixth form and in many cases to University, are forced to stay home and idle their lives away because the government couldn’t care less whether they work or not. It’s a damn shame.

Celebrate Our Forefathers
I do not share the sentiment that we have too many holidays in Belize. In fact, I believe that we could do with a few more so that the working class people can get a break. In what amounts to nothing short of modern day slavery, the aristocratic business owners can vacation whenever and for however long they choose while the regular Joe must toil away endlessly for meagre wages. But, “dah suh it set” and I’m not here to rock that boat just yet. We just came out of a long weekend and the average person on the street had no idea what we were celebrating. It didn’t matter much really, suffice only that we were able to get some time off and enjoy a long weekend. While I’m not in favour of getting rid of any holidays, we should take a look at a couple and exchange them for others more relevant and appropriate to our culture and traditions. What started out as Queen Victoria’s birthday evolved into Queen’s Day and then Commonwealth Day and most recently, Sovereign’s Day. When you think about it then, and when you think about what “sovereign” actually means; it means we have come full circle to where it all began; celebrating a day to honour the monarchy. Another ridiculous holiday is what is now known as Day of the Americas. It is said that a rose by any other name remains the same and regardless of how they dress this one up, it is a day in honour of the most vicious and barbaric son of a gun ever to walk this planet.

A giant has passed away. The great spirit of Don Joe has left our Earth. We mourn our loss and we celebrate his life. We join with the people of Orange Walk and Belize in extending our sincere condolences to the Hon. John Briceño and family as they lay to rest a beloved father, uncle and family patriarch; Elijio “Joe” Briceño. Here was a man amongst men. A leader who helped shape Orange Walk and inspire the many who were fortunate to come in contact with him. La Inmaculada Church could not hold the thousands who turned out to pay tribute this Wednesday afternoon. The former Prime Minister and the present Prime Minister joined by the Queen’s representative, Governor General Sir Colville Young, were among the Ministers of government and elected representatives of the National Assembly; as were the leaders, executives and members of Don Joe’s beloved People’s United Party. Don Joe is remembered for a multitude of accomplishments, all and always for the benefit of the people whom he loved so much.

Belize Elementary girls lead with 8 goals
The Belize Elementary School girls posted their 3rd win against St. John Vianney RC School girls last Thursday, when Aaliyah Herbert scored the winning goal. BES girls also defeated Wesley Upper School 5-0 last Tuesday with 2 goals by Chrystal Young and Michaelen Hyde, while Niesha Garbutt and Rianna Chebat scored a goal each. BES had enjoyed their 1st win: 2-0 vs Holy Redeemer with a goal each from Michaelen Hyde and Aaliyah Herbert.

BEL Powersockets lead Interoffice Softball with 4 wins
The BEL Powersockets are leading the 2016 Belize City interoffice softball competition with 4 wins, hammering KHMH 12-5 at the Roger’s Stadium on Saturday. BEL’s pitcher Melissa Foreman struck out 3 batters to hand the medics their 4th loss, as Godsden Ferguson, Glenford “Mac-10” Flowers, Jason Bennett and Foreman score d 2 runs apiece, while Susan Lu, Mark Cassasola and Jorge Fabro scored 1 run apiece.

Camalote United defeats Wolverines in Cayo softball
The Camalote United mauled the Esperanza Wolverines 17-2 by mercy rule in 3 innings when the Cayo Softball Association’s female competition continued in Camalote Village on Sunday. Esperanza’s Shanaya Soberanis gave up 14 hits and walked 3 batters. Shanae Williams led the attack scoring 3 runs, while Shanice Williams, Samantha Casey, Taesha Lewis, Kenisha Sutherland, Isha Matute and Renisha Richards scored 2 runs apiece. Patricia Budna and Rhea Flowers scored a run each. Only Denise Gordon and Rose Vernon scored for Esperanza.

UDP Crabs in a Bucket – Saldivar vs. Faber Pt. 2
Last week we shared with our readers the nasty infighting taking place in the United Democratic Party over the race for First Deputy Leader. Only two candidates cared to vie for the post, Patrick Faber and John Saldivar. Something must be very wrong with a Party in search for the best and most qualified candidate for leadership that ends up with Faber and Saldivar. Mr. Immature Loudmouth and Mr. Petty! How pitiful. The candidates and their supporters have taken the campaign to new lows with their attacks at each other. Saldivar landed the first low blow when he posted a flyer on his own Facebook page with the message: “REAL MEN DON’T HIT WOMEN” in bold letters. It was a “did he really go there??” moment in the UDP, but not without reason. Faber’s past domestic affairs has been too messy for a senior Government official. He has come under heavy scrutiny and criticism for his not so mature behaviour many times, but more so during his separation with his wife. Among the reports is one that he attacked her by smashing her car’s windshield with a brick.

The Millennium Development Goals were the World’s time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions – income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, and exclusion – while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability. The eight MDGs, as they have been called, were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in the year 2000. One hundred and eighty-nine countries committed to work to achieve them, and the goals were all measured from the baseline year 1990 and for twenty-five years up to the year 2015. These goals were (I use the past tense because we are now in 2016) 1) Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger 2) Achieve universal primary education 3) Promote gender equality and empower women 4) Reduce child mortality 5) Improve maternal health 6) Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases 7) Ensure environmental sustainability and 8) Develop a global partnership for development. During the twenty-five year period progress towards these goals was uneven worldwide. Some countries achieved much, while others were not on track to achieve any. And since the beginning of this year 2016, the Sustainable Development Goals have replaced the MDGs.

Image Factory to launch “The Adventures of Rowan Garel” Children’s Book
The 32-page illustrated children’s book tells the story of Rowan’s high-adrenaline undertakings to raise funds for Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI) to provide services and support for children who are blind. To the summit of Victoria’s Peak; Across the country of Belize and Down into the Blue Hole, Rowan surpassed his personal and charitable goals each time. Written by Katie Usher and Gia Martinez and Illustrated by Marvin Vernon, Climb Walk Dive is the brainchild of Image Factory Foundation’s Yasser Musa who felt it imperative to tell Rowan’s incredible story. “This children’s book was developed because the action of Rowan Garel sparks our imagination and fills our hearts with the enduring power and fire of the human spirit. It is a story about family, tenacity and hope. It is a great Belizean narrative,” Musa said.

Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely
There’s so much happening in our little country that it’s hard to keep up. When you criticize the Government, they call you names and attack you. They accuse you of preaching doom and gloom, of behaving like the sky is falling. Well look up people because something sure is falling…and it’s not the price of fuel or anything else. Abuse of alcohol can destroy a home. It can destroy a community, and it can destroy a country. Abuse of politics and power is the absolute same thing. Look at one thing – this situation with sports in Orange Walk. The people who have always supported sporting activities for our youths, like the beloved Mad Bull and others, may support one party over another. But sports transcends politics. And still we have problems because some of the people at the Sports Council and at the Ministry of Sports are political and power junkies. They can’t see that this isn’t about demonstrating who has power, or about using that power to punish those who may support the PUP and not the UDP.

Akeem Humes, accused of 2013 murder, walks free
A young man, who walked off a murder case for lack of evidence in August 2011, walked off another murder charge this morning for lack of evidence. Akeem Humes, who has been linked to the George Street Gang, was brought to the Supreme Court this morning from the Belize Central Prison where he has been on remand for the January 2013 murder of Orlando Williams who was shot on East Canal and apparently died on the scene. Shortly after Williams was murdered, police arrested and charged Humes for the murder. Humes had only enjoyed a short stretch of freedom, since his release from prison in August 2011 after a similar murder charge against him was dismissed for lack of evidence.

Bulgarians Plead Guilty to Daring ATM Thefts
Jeorgi Petrov, 28 and Halid Aptula, 25 were visibly upset with their attorneys on Friday after Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer reserved her sentence and sent them back to the Belize Central Prison until June 8, 2016. Both men pleaded guilty to 18 counts of theft from the Belize Bank ATMs located on Albert Street and North Front Street by the Water-taxi Terminal. On May 7th Halid Aptula was caught in the act by a vigilant Belize Bank auditor as he withdrew money from the ATM on Albert Street. The Bank had been targeted on different occasions earlier in the year, so Bank officials were on the lookout for the suspected cyber-thieves. When the auditor spotted Aptula he recognized him from surveillance footage and followed him to the ATM on North Front Street. As Aptula withdrew from that ATM, a passing Policeman was summoned and briefed, after which Aptula was taken into custody.

Barrow Eats Crow after Hostile Nationalization of Telephone Company
The Prime Minister of Belize is today eating crow as he grasped to put a positive spin on what his hostile piracy of Belize Telemedia in 2009 will now cost the tax payers of Belize. While the Prime Minister was trying to explain his costly gamble, his son, whom he had appointed to run the telephone company, at a press conference, appeared to be far removed from the national implications and the cost to his father’s government and the people of Belize. The younger Barrow, while acknowledging that the national telephone company, which he was nepotistically appointed to head at his father’s behest, also seemed far removed from the judgement of tribunal, that the Barrow Administration must now pay an additional $500 million to the Ashcroft Group of companies that once owned and invested in the modernization of the telephone company that enjoyed a top-notch reputation in the region. Touting the social and economic benefits of the nationalization of the telephone company, while hastily pushing legislation through parliament with much jingoism to get his way, the Prime Minister, at the time, said that he did not estimate that the nationalization of the company would have been at a cost of more than $150 million. Real market value for the company put it at a little over $300 million.

Dolly House Crumbling
The UDP is clearly on its way out. Their leader is still braggadocios and a bully but his days are numbered, while their up and coming leaders are all major failures. But the most glaring signs of serious trouble on the horizon for the UDP are the infighting and backstabbing taking place. With the Patrick Faber-John Saldivar race heating up, so have the divisions in constituencies. Cayo South, for example, has become the battleground for internal warfare for the UDP. The division is no longer controlled by the chiney man.

Court gives GOB until June 27th to respond to PUP’s “Sarstoon Law” challenge
The Barrow Government today announced that it has revoked the now infamous Statutory Instrument number 42 of 2016, otherwise known as the Sarstoon Law, which restricted the movement of Belizeans from entering the Sarstoon River for a period of one month. The Opposition People’s United Party opposed the passing of the law and is of the view that it is seriously flawed and unconstitutional. As a result, Opposition Leader Hon. John Briceño launched a legal challenge to the legislation. Party Leader Hon. Briceno and the party’s Legal Advisor, Andrew Marshelleck, SC, appeared in the courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin last Friday to begin the constitutional challenge to the law which the government hastily passed on April 29, 2016. “The Sarstoon Law” is a serious encroachment on the freedom of movement guaranteed by the Belize Constitution, and it is now left to the Supreme Court to declare that the law was unconstitutional, because the circumstances which the law sought to alleviate did not exist in the first place.

The Gems of Graduation Season 2016 Part II – Featuring Anglican Cathedral College, Escuela Secundaria Mexico, Independence High, Gwen Lizarraga High and Belize Rural High
Week 2 of the BELIZE TIMES’ coverage of High School Graduation Season 2016 continues with results from Anglican Cathedral College (ACC). This Southside mainstay, located on Albert Street and recognized as the only Anglican high school in Belize City, will graduate 69 students on Sunday, May 29th, 2016 at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts on Southern Foreshore, starting at 2:00 p.m. Leading this year’s class are: 17- year-old Valedictorian Mr. Winfield White (from Class 4-Wallace, with a Grade Average of 84.85%), 18-year-old Salutatorian Ms. Athaleah Rivas (from Class 4-Sylvester, with a Grade Average of 83.53%) and 3rd Place finisher, giving the Vote of Thanks, 18-year-old Mr. Joseph Young (also from Class 4-Wallace, with a Grade Average of 82.32%). The BELIZE TIMES interviewed the students on Tuesday, May 17th, at the St. John’s Cathedral, right next door to their campus, in the midst of their graduation practice.

Hard Knocks
A Policeman killed himself this morning at the Queen Street Police Station, a young dude. Who knows what was on his mind and why he felt so desperate that he got to the point there was no other option but to end it all. It’s something he will have to figure out with his Maker. But here’s the thing. So many of our men and women who serve do so in the worst of conditions. The pay is crappy, resources are practically non-existent, conditions are terribly and the work just sucks most of the time. Hell, we’ve all heard stories about officers transferring to other jurisdictions and not being able to collect their transfer allowance for years. Seriously, people, these guys are the frontline between us and the criminals. While we’re at home in bed they’re dealing with the scums in Belize. They’re the ones who have to deal with children who are molested. They’re the ones who need to deal with all the dead bodies bleeding on the ground. They’re the ones who have to deal with the most evil elements of society. So while they take care of us, who takes care of them? Certainly not the fat Minister/DJ/everybody’s buddy/sports mascot/rock star. Big deal my [email protected]*. He’s getting his in every way that counts. He doesn’t care about anything else.

Stay the course, PUP!!
Dear Editor, Two very significant things happened this weekend. The first is the passing of an icon of our community and country, a former Minister and a longstanding soldier of the People’s United Party – a Party man for sure, but a man who gave his all to God, country and people first and always. Elijio ‘Don Joe’ Briceño was the father of our Party Leader John Briceño, but he was also a legend in his own right. I’ve seen the messages come in after his passing – messages of grief and sadness, but also remembrance of the great person he was…productive members of our community who remember Don Joe for some little thing he did for them during their childhood, some small gesture which made all the difference in their young lives. There are many such stories because this giant did so much for so many. If I could paraphrase from a message sent by Hon. Cordel Hyde – even as his feet got tired, his great heart never faltered, never wavered.

Round-About John
Dear Editor, I am amazed as to how much money John Saldivar is wasting around Belmopan on roundabouts. His pet project, the football field with an A/C and Glass Lounge for himself and his cronies to watch his bandits at work. Yet, no kind of help for Belmopanese. The reality is that some of the resources could have gone to the paving of the George Price Boulevard, a much needed traffic artery in the capital. But without vision, the people shall perish…with roundabouts. John is all about show time and feel-good projects instead of true development. Any UDP will tell you, that’s just John – a lot of glitter and no substance. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Well, after Sunday’s showdown with Patrick, we’ll see if John will continue his roundabouts or if he will just be going round and about?

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Corozal man shot and killed in his vehicle
Delmar Javier Guerra, 44, was killed in an execution style murder in Paraiso Village, Corozal. Unconfirmed reports are that Guerra, also known as “El Diablo”, of San Joaquin Village was driving his white van when, at about 5:00 p.m., he pulled up to a […]

SUV catches fire in San Ignacio Town
An SUV vehicle caught fire in front of the police station in San Ignacio Town just now. Fire fighters were immediately called to the scene to extinguish the fire. The vehicle was left completely destroyed and luckily no one was injured. Police and a crew […]

Zachary Knox, Police Brutality and Cover-ups
Zachary Knox, 19, the young man that allegedly fired shots at Eastern Division South Commander, ACP Chester Williams on May 12 is reportedly admitted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in critical condition. At a press event yesterday, the media pressed Williams and […]

Woman dies in traffic accident
Yesterday evening at around 4:30, Orange Walk Police visited San Felipe Road in that municipality, where officers saw an extensively damaged Kia Sportage vehicle and a woman lying motionless on the ground. That woman was later identified as the driver of the vehicle, 55-year-old […]

How Blackadore Caye can regain former glory – and make money
The 107-acre Blackadore Caye, seven miles west of Ambergris Caye and San Pedro Town, appears at first glance to be no different from the many tiny cayes dotting the Caribbean Sea off Belize’s coast. But it faces a critical […]

BoneVille Cafe gives back to Punta Gorda students
BoneVille Café, located on Front Street in Punta Gorda (PG) Town, on the third floor of the popular Sea Front Inn, is a unique eatery that in recent years, has held many programs for children during holidays, with the aim to give back to […]

How To Save and Empower Our Youths
In the early to mid-90s, gangs started becoming prominent in Belize City. In Placencia, where I was born and where I grew up, we were introduced to this world, more so than other parts of Belize, at that time, due to the ‘sea […]

IMF says Belize economy slowing
A new report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), released this morning, has given a bleak prognosis for Belize’s economy saying it is slowing while fiscal and external vulnerabilities are rising. “The economic outlook has worsened further since the 2015 Article IV Consultation and is subject […]

Zika confirmed in pregnant woman from Cayo
There is a second case of Zika confirmed by testing at the regional agency. A pregnant woman from Cayo was picked up through heightened Ministry of Health surveillance and is being monitored, while a second sample from another pregnant woman has been collected for testing. […]

Popular restaurant in San Ignacio goes up in flames
A fire ripped through Cenaida’s Restaurant in San Ignacio Town on Wednesday night, completely destroying the building. The restaurant which is located on West Street served a variety of Belizean foods and was rated one of the top places to eat in San Ignacio by […]


Belize’s Phenomenal Inspiration Center, How You Can Help & A Grand Event On Ambergris Caye
The Inspiration Center (their motto is, aptly, Where Hope Lives) was founded in 2014 by our Prime Minister’s wife, The First Lady of Belize, Kim Simplis-Barrow to help some of the most vulnerable children in Belize. The facilities are located just outside of Belize City. SO…they are having a benefit here in San Pedro. And I hope that everyone who is able can help in some way. Dress code is Evening Casual WHITE. Think white slacks and a white button down, or a simple white dress. This is not a super formal event. Tickets are available at Ramon’s Village, El Fogon and Rum + Bean Coffee Shop at Mahogany Bay. ALL proceeds will go directly to the Inspiration Center. Donors are filling in. Mahogany Bay is donating the Facility, the staff and the liquor aside from donations by Bowen & Bowen of all the beer. Travellers Liquors Ltd. is donating all rum. Karl H. Menzies will be donating the wine. At 8pm, food will be served. Tables/food are being donated by Belcampo Lodge in Punta Gorda, by Ian Anderson’s Farm House Deli, by Victoria House, by Rojo Beach Bar & Lounge, by AmberGreens, the gorgeous aquaponics green house on the Mahogany Bay property and by the TacoShack, also part of Mahogany Bay.

Travel In Belize: Top 10 Things To Do
If you’re planning your first trip to Belize it can be hard to decide what to do, given there are so many choices. Here’s a list of the top 10 activities to consider when planning your trip: 1. Visit a Mayan Ruin. Remnants of the amazing Mayan civilization have been found throughout Belize. After all, Belize was the center of the Mundo Maya. It’s a special treat to explore one of the unique ruins and step back in time. In the Cayo you have a choice of touring Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, or Caracol. If in Corozal, check out Santa Rita or Cerros. Even if you stay on Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker you can take a boat trip and tour of Lamanai or Altun Ha.

Inside the Great Blue Hole of Belize
An almost perfectly circular sinkhole measuring 300 meters across, the Great Blue Hole is one of the most popular and special sites for diving in the Belize Barrier Reef. Formed about 10,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age, the Blue Hole offers divers a uniquely gothic experience of starkly beautiful underwater caves featuring enormous stalactites and the occasional glimpse of the elusive hammerhead shark. As an underwater diving attraction, there is little variation by season or time of year so just about any time is a good time to explore the watery depths of the Belize Blue Hole. Be aware that storms or heavy rainfall can somewhat reduce visibility as well as make transportation to the Belize Blue Hole more difficult. There are no commercial routes that connect Lighthouse Reef (which surrounds the Belize Blue Hole) and the mainland or other islands. A number of private companies offer boat service to and from the area, as well as supplying the necessary diving gear and equipment.

Ginger Pork and Broccoli
In a medium skillet, saute 2 garlic cloves, minced, and 2 teaspoons minced ginger in 1 teaspoon sesame oil for 1 minute. Add 4 ounces cubed pork loin, fat removed, and cook 5 minutes until browned on all sides. Add 1 cup cooked brown rice to pork. Cook 1 cup chopped cauliflower and 1 cup chopped broccoli in boiling salted water for 1 minute; strain, reserving 1/3 cup water. Add vegetables and water to skillet with pork. Cook until water has evaporated, and then add 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons sliced scallion, and a dash red chili flakes.

International Sourcesizz

IMF Says Belize 'economy is slowing and fiscal and external vulnerabilities are rising.'
'The economy is slowing and fiscal and external vulnerabilities are rising. Falling oil production and multiple shocks in the primary sector reduced GDP growth to 1 percent in 2015. The decline in prices of energy and other commodities led to deflation in 2015, although the increase in fuel tax restored positive inflation, at 0.1 percent in March. The current account deficit widened to 9.8 percent of GDP as exports fell by 9 percent (mainly oil and marine products) and imports continued to grow, partly due to investment projects. Following partial compensation payments for the two nationalized companies, international reserves fell to 4.6 months of imports in March 2016. The fiscal deficit widened to 8 percent of GDP due to a one-off payment related to a settlement of a loan to one of the nationalized companies, an increase in public sector wages and transfers, and a large overrun in capital expenditure. As a result, the stock of public debt climbed to 82 percent of GDP. The banking system continued to strengthen, although the challenges posed by loss of correspondent banking relationships with international banks have increased since the 2015 Article IV Consultation.

IMF Staff Completes 2016 Article IV Mission to Belize
End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF's Executive Board. This mission will result in a Board discussion. An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Jacques Bouhga-Hagbe visited Belize during May 11-25 to hold discussions in the context of the country's 2016 Article IV Consultation. At the conclusion of the visit, Mr. Bouhga-Hagbe issued the following statement: 'The economy is slowing and fiscal and external vulnerabilities are rising. Falling oil production and multiple shocks in the primary sector reduced GDP growth to 1 percent in 2015. The decline in prices of energy and other commodities led to deflation in 2015, although the increase in fuel tax restored positive inflation, at 0.1 percent in March.

IMF staff completes mission to Belize
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Jacques Bouhga-Hagbe visited Belize during May 11–25 to hold discussions in the context of the country’s 2016 Article IV Consultation. At the conclusion of the visit, Bouhga-Hagbe issued the following statement: “The economy is slowing and fiscal and external vulnerabilities are rising. Falling oil production and multiple shocks in the primary sector reduced GDP growth to 1 percent in 2015. The decline in prices of energy and other commodities led to deflation in 2015, although the increase in fuel tax restored positive inflation, at 0.1 percent in March. The current account deficit widened to 9.8 percent of GDP as exports fell by 9 percent (mainly oil and marine products) and imports continued to grow, partly due to investment projects. “Following partial compensation payments for the two nationalized companies, international reserves fell to 4.6 months of imports in March 2016. The fiscal deficit widened to 8 percent of GDP due to a one-off payment related to a settlement of a loan to one of the nationalized companies, an increase in public sector wages and transfers, and a large overrun in capital expenditure. As a result, the stock of public debt climbed to 82 percent of GDP.

CDB to fund US$400,000 road project in Belize
The village of Crooked Tree in Belize is home to approximately 1,000 residents, many of whom need to commute daily for employment or educational opportunities. Currently, the village can only be accessed via a 5.6km-long unpaved road, or causeway across the lagoon. During periods of high-intensity rainfall, high water levels in the lagoon regularly overtop the causeway and portions of the road, interrupting access to the community. To assist with ensuring uninterrupted access to the village, the board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved funding in the amount of US$400,000. The funds will be used to partially finance a feasibility study and the preparation of designs to upgrade the Crooked Tree Road and Causeway.

A Spider vs. Gecko Battle Showed Me the True Heart of Belize
It was 2 a.m. I was huddled in the middle of my bed at Chaa Creek, a luxury jungle resort in Belize, trembling and staring at the blanket I just chucked to the floor in a fit of fear. I’d been in the jungle for three days. Everything up to this point had been great. I trekked through the jungle to nearly the Guatemala border searching for Mayan ruins. I helped stir some drying painted sand locals in a small village use to create elaborate murals on the ground for the Easter season. I snorkeled with sharks and stingrays. But at this moment, none of that mattered. There were two beds in my room and I was using the one closest to the door. I turned off all the lights except the main room light and the bedside table. Then, something in the dark shadows at the foot of the next bed moved. Years of monsters-under-the-bed nightmares had trained me well, and I quickly pulled my legs up onto my bed. And then the monster crawled out of the darkness: a lightly fuzzed and largely segmented black spider as big as my hand. It slowly advanced toward my bed, staring at me with its soulless eyes the entire time.

Jesse Lee youth preparing for Belize
Jesse Lee Church’s youth will be hosting their first breakfast-to-go before the Memorial Day parade on May 30. The breakfast will include an egg and cheese breakfast sandwich with your choice of bacon or sausage and a beverage for $8. They will be set up at the corner of Main and King Lane. The money raised by the high schoolers will be added to the group’s Belize mission trip fund which has a goal of $30,000. The group of 16 youths and their leaders will be traveling to Belize to help impoverished children. Jesse Lee’s team will be working with the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission in their efforts in reconstructing and refurbishing classrooms.

What to Know Before Buying Travel Insurance
Don’t let the extra money deter you from making the investment of travel insurance — the peace of mind it buys is worth every penny. A dream of Belize for your birthday or experiencing the Australian Outback doesn’t have to be derailed by events outside of your control. Travel experts have found that many recent global events have affected how travelers view insurance. For many U.S. travelers, insuranced used to be a “nice to have” but not an essential, however that attitude is changing. The U.S. Travel Insurance Association reported that insurance purchases are up by over 15% since 2012. Looking to purchase a package for an upcoming trip? Some things to do before buying:

Watch Shyne Perform ‘Bad Boyz’ During Bad Boy Family Reunion Show
There’s a few rappers missing from Diddy’s star-studded Bad Boy Reunion show but Shyne isn’t one of them. The 37-year-old rhymer surprised fans when he appeared to perform “Bad Boyz” via video. The former Bad Boy artist appeared live onscreen for concertgoers at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last week weekend to spit lyrics from his his 2000 song. Shyne moved back to his home country, Belize, back in 2009. But that didn’t stop the rhymer from joining in the Bad Boy fun as he rapped in from of one of Belize’s famous Mayan temples. “Happy birthday to the greatest rapper of all time,” he said before getting into the track. “Notorious B.I.G.” Diddy put together an epic lineup for The Notorious B.I.G.’s birthday (May 20) with his Bad Boy family. Lil’ Kim, Ma$e, Faith Evans, the LOX, French Montana, Total, 112, Mario Winans and Carl Thomas were just some of the artists who came out to perform. Bad Boy affiliates and friends such as Jay Z, Mary J Blige and DMX also stepped on the stage to perform.

Shyne streamed into the second night of Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour from Belize. (Revolt TV)

Cost of corn flour in Venezuela skyrockets 900% as economy continues to slide
The arepa – a corn flour patty that's typically stuffed with meat, cheese and vegetables – is a staple of the Venezuelan diet, but that regional dish has become a lot pricier after the government-controlled price of corn flour skyrocketed almost 900 percent. For the last 13 months, the government of President Nicolás Maduro kept the price a steady 19 bolivares per kilogram – which is a little less than $2 at the official exchange rate. But earlier this week, Venezuela’s Superintendent of Fair Prices increased the price of corn flour to 190 bolivares per kilo, or around $19.

Honduras aims to become the leader of the textile industry in the Americas
Honduras is pursuing an ambitious development plan focused on strengthening the textile industry, according to government sources. The Central American country has established itself as a leading player in recent years, currently holding the spot as the second largest exporter of textiles in the Americas, after Mexico. Here are the top five reasons given by the government why Honduras is on the path to becoming the leader of the textile industry in the Americas. 1. Sustainability The key to success for this transformation is sustainability. The plan, a joint initiative of the government and the private sector, seeks to position the country as a leader in the Americas that pushes the frontier of sustainability and innovation in textiles, raising the bar for development and productivity in the industry. This is a critical factor in the current global context where consumers, particularly the younger generations, demand sustainable practices and supply chain integrity throughout the production process.


  • Belize Fun, min. Belize fun dives (Spanish bay, Gallow's point, Border Line, Sandy Point, Cypros Canyon). Sea cucumber, eagle rays, lion fish, barracuda, dolphins, sea turtle and so many sharks and moray eels that we lost count.

  • You better Belize it, 2.5min.

  • Belize Destination Wedding with Samuel Rivera Photography, 11min. A little fun we had during a destination wedding to Belize. Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Prado for taking us along :)

  • Safe and Profitable Seafood through SPS, 6.5min. Endhir Sosa, Senior Food Safety Inspector at the Belize Agricultural Health Authority, demystifies SPS

  • BELIZE ZOO, 10min. The Belize Zoo is on of those great places to visit in Belize. The animals are not gathered for display but rather, they are injured or orphaned animals that would most likely die. The Belize Zoo is a rescue rehab and release back into the wild as main reason for this endeavor. The chance to learn about these exotic creatures is simply incredible and it is possible to intern here..

  • Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, 10min.

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