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Today's Belize News: June 18, 2016 #515241
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The San Pedro Sun

Rotary Club introduces Chairs for Charity at Lobster Fest Block Party
Even though attending a large festival can be lots of fun, waiting in line isn’t. Fortunately, the Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye Belize (RCACB) will be introducing their fundraiser, “Chairs for Charity”, to rescue you from waiting in those long lines. Tickets can be purchased from each Lobster Crawl event leading up to the Block Party. For $40 BZ from 5-11:30 PM or $25BZ for either 5-8PM (first seating) or 8-11:30PM (second seating), you can get seating at tables, booth vendor menus, bar access, portable toilets inside the area, wrist bracelet for easy exit/re-entry, entry into draws for two $100 gift certificates from Toucan Gift Stores, and a chance to win a three night stay at Costa Blu. Volunteers from the San Pedro High School’s Softball Team will serve as runners for the event, and tend to your specific needs. The Ambergris Caye branch is the 9th rotary club in the country, and their 30 members have planned this charity to raise funds that will benefit their community service projects. The RCACB was officially chartered on Wednesday, May 25th. As their motto reads, “Strengthening Community through Service to Future Generations”, the club hopes to get ticket holders introduced to what great services they provide within the community.

Learn about the ancient Maya culture from the experts!
The Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium (BAAS) is hosted by the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) and the Belize Institute of Archaeology and will be held this year on June 28th through July 1st at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. One of the presentations at this year’s symposium will feature findings from the Marco Gonzalez Archeological Site located on Ambergris Caye. According to Jan Brown, Co-Manager of the site, Dr. James Aimers, PhD, Professor of Anthropology, State University of New York at Geneseo, will be presenting a paper that reviews research on the pottery of Marco Gonzalez from 1986 to work conducted on two well-stratified deposits in January and February 2016. The pottery of Marco Gonzalez reflects the occupational history of the site, provides more detail about activities conducted there such as salt-production, and indicates how the site’s exchange relationships changed over time.

Interoffice 6-a-side- Football Tournament continues
The second week in the 6-a-side Interoffice Football League continued from Thursday, June 9th through Sunday June 12th at the Honorable Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex. Fans flocked around the pitch to support their favourite teams during the long weekend sporting event. The next set of matches are scheduled from Thursday, June 16th through Sunday, June 19th at the Sporting Complex starting at 7PM. Fans are encouraged to come cheer for their favourite team, as they play this great sport.

Low water pressure concerns residents
The San Pedro Sun spoke with BWSL Human Resource and Public Relation Manager Haydon Brown to get his insight on the matter. According to Brown, BWSL was performing maintenance work to the San Pedro system. “We had to change a main line, and that caused us to shut down the system. At the same time, Consolidated Water did some maintenance work as well, and low pressure resulted from it. However, when we work to improve our services, we notify our customers about the water interruptions, and make them aware,” said Brown. Brown stated that their water service issues should be fixed by this weekend. If residents are still experiencing issues with low water pressure after this weekend, Brown encourages you to go to the BWSL office and make an official complaint. If you have any concerns, questions, or comments about the low water pressure, you may contact Haydon Brown at 222-4757 Ext. 234 or via e-mail at [email protected]

Michelle Nuñez to represent Belize at Miss America Latina del Mundo 2016
Michelle Estrella Nuñez is the designated Belize contestant at the Miss America Latina Del Mundo 2016 pageant. Nuñez is from San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, and is no stranger to pageantry, having held the title of Miss San Pedro in 2014-2015. Michelle Nuñez is a graduate of St. John’s College Junior College in Belize City, with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies. She is also a past title holder of Miss San Pedro (2014-2015). She speaks English and Spanish fluently, and enjoys cooking and dancing. Nuñez is known for her community-minded endeavors. In January 2015, Nuñez founded SHINE Girls Club, a youth enrichment program designed for young girls to succeed in life. She is the present director of the club. That same year, she earned a Leadership Award as the Top Agent for Insurance Corporation of Belize (ICB) San Pedro Branch. She is also the Secretary for the Rotaract Club of San Pedro.

SPRCS Football Team are National Sub-Champions
After winning the Belize District Finals on June 6th in Belize City, San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) Male Football Team went on to represent the District at the Primary School Football National Championships on Thursday, June 9th, and Friday, June 10th. Teams from all six districts were invited to compete at the newly renovated Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan City, Cayo. SPRCS played a total of four games. In the first game, SPRCS took on Orange Walk, and scored a 2-0 victory. Their second game was against Toledo, and they tied at 1-1

The San Pedro Lobster Fest has commenced
After four months of waiting, lobster season has re-opened, and the 10th Annual Lobster Fest, voted the number one festival in Belize, has arrived to San Pedro as well. With fishermen bringing in loads of lobster, the island is being stocked with enough lobster to satisfy eager taste buds. The first Lobster Crawl event took place at Amber Beach Bar & Grill at Caribbean Villas on Wednesday, June 15th, where many lovers of the tasty crustacean dined on their special: Honey Glazed Lobster with Coconut Rice and Steamed Veggies. Guests also enjoyed live music, and drank spicy mangorita’s to celebrate the start of the festival. The Lobster Fest Committee reminds the public that they will be issuing out Lobster Crawl Passports that will allow you to collect stamps at every venue during the week’s celebrations. Each stamp will entitle the passport holder to a raffle ticket to enter a grand raffle for a vacation package for two to the San Pedro Lobster Festival 2017. The vacation package includes local air fare, complimentary hotel accommodations, tours, golf cart rental, bar tabs, dinner and much more.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Marco Gonzalez Summer Solstice
What a great way to celebrate the Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Reserve right here on Ambergris Caye than with the summer solstice? In honor of Father's Day there will be a special blessing for dads in attendance too!

The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) today, officially handed over a new security and maintenance facility to the University of Belize (U.B.). Hon. Tracy Taegar-Panton, Minister of State in the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce with responsibility for BELTRAIDE, handed over the keys to the new building to Mr. Harrison Pilgrim and Mr. Allan Slusher, Chairman and President of the University of Belize respectively, during a brief ceremony held this morning at the U.B.’s Faculty of Management and Social Sciences Campus in Belize City.

Keep up with the latest happenings on the Belize-Guatemala issue via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Twitter feed!

Kaina Martinez at the XXVII Central American Games
Big up Belize! We're proud to report that 2012 Belize Olympic team member Kaina Martinez has performed outstandingly in the XXVII Central American Games currently underway in El Salvador. Viewers may remember our conversation with Kaina last week in which she discussed her goal for constant improvement and aligning body and mind. She seems to be getting that down to an art after shaving 0.3 seconds off her preliminary time for the Women's 100 Meters, setting a new record and taking home the gold. Congratulations also to Shaun Gill who will be taking home the bronze medal for the men's 100 Meters

Cenaida's Rises From the Ashes
Cenaida's might have burnt down, but like the Phoenix, it has risen from the ashes, and it's on the same lot! Cenaida's is now easily accessible from Far West street. It's in the old tortilla building across from Maxim's. Same amazing food.

September Celebrations Theme 2016
Sovereign and Strong - Together as one! Winning entry by Mrs. Argelia Mendoza Ken, a teacher and counselor at the Belize High School of Agriculture in the Orange Walk District.

Channel 7

Lawlessness Unbound: 15 Year Old Attempts Hit in Front Of Country's Biggest Police Station
Last night, the headline was a brazen daylight murder of 20 year-old Elroy Perdomo Jr., who was killed in a funeral procession. Well tonight, the gunmen have gone from brazen to utterly lawless. There's no other way to describe an attempted hit carried out right in front of the biggest police station in the country - in the heart of downtown, at the height of the morning rush! The 15 year old gunman laid in wait outside the Queen Street Police Station to kill a known gang figure who was leaving the Station. Sure, the area was swarming with police, and civilians on their way to work - but that didn't deter the minor from getting into a gunfight with one of the cops, and injuring the officer while he was fleeing after his failed murder attempt.

He Son Got 16 Shots, Mother Explains Why Elroy Couldn't Stay Home
And while that is today's lawless act of violence, yesterday's was also very daring. 20 year-old Elroy Perdomo Jr. was shot 16 times by two gunmen who stalked him while he was moving along in a funeral procession. As we reported, Perdomo was the main suspect in the murder of Marlon Bonner, but because police couldn't get any of the many eyewitnesses to come forward and formally point him out as the gunman, Perdomo could not be charged. And so he was released at 11:00 am and less than 4 hours later, his killers took justice into their own hands and murdered him in cold blood and broad daylight. Today, we got an opportunity to have a very frank conversation with his mother, and she told us why he refused to stay home after police let him go, a decision which Southside Commander Chester Williams believes could have saved his life.

Not Guilty: Ronlee Beats Another Murder Rap
One hour ago, Ronlee Petillo and Matthew Smith left the Supreme Court as free men - after more than 5 years on remand. They were accused of the murder of market vendor Miguel Rivera - who was killed in 2011 reportedly because he had witnessed a crime earlier that day. But, the prosecution's case fell apart when the main witness, another market vendor named Juan Guardado got amnesia on the stand. He couldn't remember the statement he gave implicating the two men as the shooters, and went as far as to say, quote, "at night, all black people look the same." Eventually, he had to be treated as a hostile witness, and was of little use to the prosecution. And so today, nine days after the case started, defence attorneys, Anthony Sylvester for Ronlee Petillo and Leeroy Banner for Matthew Smith made no case submissions for their clients. Justice Adolph Lucas agreed, and found the two men not guilty. With that they dashed out of court, tasting freedom for the first time in 63 months. We spoke with their attorneys outside the court about how the case against them crumbled.

PUP Pulls Out Of Washington Talks, Says GOB Going Down Wrong Diplomatic Path
Next week Tuesday, the Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala will meet again in Washington DC, to discuss what's called the Sarstoon mechanism - which means a mode for the two countries to co-exist on the disputed river that forms Belize's southern boundary. The talks come at a critical juncture, and might be called "super-important", but the PUP today announced that it will boycott those talks. Party Leader John Briceno explained why at a press conference at Party Headquarters today:... Hon. John Briceno, PUP Party Leader: "My party and I have done everything possible to work with the government in a bi-partisan effort. Regrettably this effort has become a partnership of convenience by the UDP administration. That is why I have decided that until the government is prepared to work with us in a meaningful partnership on this issue, we will not attend the talks in Washington DC next week Tuesday." Jules Vasquez: "Is it because the government did not include you all in the contingent that went to the OAS general assembly?" Hon. John Briceno, PUP Party Leader: "Absolutely not. That is only a part of it. The government has been showing a pattern of what we called this partnership of convenience. When it is convenient for them, they want to drag us along and when it is not, they are just very dismissive. We send these letters trying to advise the Prime Minister and then he sends very short curt letter pretty much dismissing what you have to say. So, if you don't want to listen to us, why is it that you want us around?"

Is Boycott Because PUP Feel "Hurted" By Disinvite?
As you heard in that interview, the breaking point for the PUP came when they were dis-invited to the OAS General Assembly which was held earlier this week in the Dominican Republic. The reason for the dis-invite? They were told the Guatemalan Foreign Minister wouldn't have had time to meet. Still, a resolution touching on the Belize Guatemala issue came out of that meeting, and the PUP says if they had been there, they would have made a difference:... Hon. John Briceno, PUP Party Leader: "We are deeply disappointed in the resolution that was passed. The resolution clearly shows no progress made towards stopping Guatemala from annexing our portion of the Sarstoon River. In fact the resolution deals mostly about restricting our efforts to bring or to inform the international community about Guatemala's illegal annexation of our portion of the Sarstoon. It seems as if the foreign minister has been hoodwinked by Carlos Raul, the Guatemalan Foreign Minister.."

Opposition Demands Stern Diplomatic Note
And the PUP wants Foreign Minister Elrington to abandon the diplomatic speak, and take a hardline after the Guatemalan armed forces again stopped a Belize contingent on the Sarstoon. Hon. John Briceno, PUP Party Leader: "We are demanding from the government that they send a very strong diplomatic note to Guatemala and copied to the Organization of American States (OAS), demanding that the Guatemalan armed forces remain on their side of the Sarstoon River." Government has said that it is investigating the incident, and, quote "if the report is accurate, the incident would constitute a breach of the spirit of the Confidence Building Measures and must also be rejected as prejudicial to the ongoing diplomatic efforts, including next week's meeting in Washington, to establish a bilateral Cooperation Mechanism for the Sarstoon."

Cell Block Suicide
A man killed himself this morning in his cell block at the Orange Walk Police Station. Driver Luis Magana was detained last night in relation to a domestic complaint but when police went to check on him after 12:00 this morning, Magana was hanging by his neck with piece of cloth that he tied to the cell bar - he used a belt to secure the noose. Today Orange Walk Police told us that they are looking at several angles in this case - one being what led Magana to take his own life since there were no signs of that when he was detained, but also, how did Magana have his belt in his cell. ASP Selvin Tillett, OC - Orange Walk Police: "Cpl. Jose Alfaro who is attached to the Orange Walk Police Station reported about 12:15am, he was informed that a male prisoner named Luis Magana, 29 years old Belizean driver of Trial Farm Village had hang himself in cell #3. As a result Cpl. Alfaro visited the said cell block which is located in the Orange Walk police station compound, where he saw Luis Magana hanging from a piece of cloth which was tied to the bar of the cell with a brown belt around his neck. Magana was motionless and was apparently dead inside the prison cell. The scene was examined, processed and the body was taken to the Northern Regional Hospital where he was pronounce dead on arrival." "According to police, when he was detained outside, he was somewhat restless, but his arrival at the station he was calm, sitting down and he was taken to the cell block - no indication."

PUP, Content To Lose The Village Council Battles, But Determined To Win The Political War
Village council elections continue this weekend all across the country. So far, the UDP is performing much like it did three years ago, by dominating the results. The party is claiming that after 83 village council elections in the first two weeks, they control about 50 villages and the PUP control about half of that. Still, the PUP party leader told the media today that his party is making baby steps, if not strides:... Jules Vasquez: "The UDP says it's outdoing PUP." Hon. John Briceno, PUP Party Leader: "And I've never said that we are outdoing the UDP. What I'm saying is that we are winning more than what we were winning 3 years ago and secondly, where they are winning, we are closing that gap and that is what is important. We don't expect to win right now. It's the big prize we are looking after. That is the one we are going to win."

COLA Calls For GOB To Take A Broader View Of Border Issues
Today, after a brief break from public affairs, the activist group COLA issued a release on the state of Belize Guatemala relations. President Giovanni Brackett told us today that the government has to clarify that the final decision on the ICJ rests in a referendum by the citizens of Belize - and he wants an education campaign to reflect that:... Geovannie Brackett, President - COLA: "We need to go back to the awareness, campaign, that Stewart Leslie and them, had started to alert the people that we are still at a referendum process and that discussion needs to be started all over again finally the Sarstoon is still a huge issue for COLA. We've built a base, but the Guatemalans have gone ahead to assert their power over the entire Sarstoon and even though we have built those base, we have failed to assert out level of power over our side of the Sarstoon."

Can Belize Make OW Stadium Ready For Codicader?
The CODICADER games 2016 are less than three weeks away and Belize is hosting this year's regional tournament for the primary school level. A visiting team from all participating countries was here two weeks ago to do a final evaluation of our sporting facilities which will be used for the games. At the end of that evaluation we got a thumbs up from the visiting team, although they had some minor problems with the complex building in orange walk. So how is that issue being resolved? Here is what Minister of State Elodio Aragon told us about it today:... The CODICADER games are scheduled to take place from the 6th to the 12th of July.

Police United Need Big Bucks For Champions League
The schedule for the CONCACAF Champions League is not out yet, but the Police United FC has already commenced preparations to take on two of the biggest teams in the region. They go up against Pachuca, from Mexico and Olimpia from Honduras in the first round of the tournament. This is the first time that the Police United has represented Belize at such an international tournament. Now while this is certainly a remarkable feat, the venture is quite expensive. And while the team committee has been sourcing funds for the past few months they are no where near meeting there targeted budget. So just how far is the Ministry of Sports willing to assist them in this venture. Today we asked Minister of State Aragon just that. The team has proposed an initial budget of 200 thousand dollars.

Cayo Cops Bust BDF Volunteer With Wholesale Weed
We report many times on police drug busts but this time it was a fellow lawman who was busted with weed. Yesterday morning around 10:00 in San Ignacio, police searched the residence of BDF volunteer Anthony Goff and found 3 pounds of weed in plastic bags. Goff was arrested for possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply.

"Danman" Ready To Do The Dirty Work
For the past year, Allison Hemsley, better known as "Danman", has been out on Caye Caulker on a clean-up campaign to try to keep the beach front as garbage free as possible. He's an advocate for marine life which is threatened by the volume of plastic that finds it way into the major bodies of water. Yesterday, he stopped by 7News to invite Caye Caulker residents to join him next week on an education campaign: Danman's event takes place next week Saturday, June 25.

PSE's Best
Over 7 thousand students sat the PSE this year. Sadly thousands of them got D's and E's - a failing grade which the students have to carry, but which is really an indictment of a failed education system. But...that's a whole other story...tonight, the story is about the 25 who excelled, brilliant boys and girls whose performance proved them to be stellar students. In honor of these top achievers the Ministry of Education held a special award ceremony at the Princess Ramada hotel. Emanuel Pech reports. All those primary schoolers who excelled at the PSE examination this year were honoured at a special award ceremony at the Princess Ramada Hotel this morning. These were the top 25 performers who met and surpassed expectations.

Will Ministry Fix The System?
So as you heard, the Ministry of Education has its work cut out for it, with the consistently poor results of the PSE each year. But just how seriously is the Ministry taking this matter? Well according to CEO David Leacock, they are serious enough to begin axing teachers who are doing the educational system an injustice by not taking advantage of the training initiatives lead by the Ministry. He explained how they are trying to enhance the academic performance of primary school students. David Leacock, CEO, Ministry of Education: "Notably over the past few years we've been pushing for ensuring that all teachers are trained, so we are guarding the entry into the profession by making sure, through the teaching service commission, that schools hire trained teachers. We've been providing more opportunities for teachers to get trained and this year as you all may be aware, there's an effort for those who have not taken the opportunity to get trained there's an ongoing effort to push them towards that. "

Channel 5

Terror on Queen Street: 4 Persons Shot During Attempt on Life of Notorious Figure
Belize City resident, Elroy Perdomo Junior, was murdered on Thursday afternoon during a funeral procession four hours after he was released from police custody. If that brazen murder sent shockwaves, [...]

GSU Offers Assistance in Shooting Investigation
Officers attached to the Gang Suppression Unit were immediately dispatched to the scene and have also joined in the investigation on the incident that appears to be as a result [...]

P.U.P. Says G.O.B. Not Keeping Them in the Loop on Bilateral Talks
There’s also political news coming out of Queen Street. As you know, Guatemala military forces are maintaining a heavy presence in our side of the Sarstoon River. The situation has [...]

P.U.P. Leader Chastises Foreign Minister Elrington
The O.A.S. General Assembly concluded its yearly meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic last Wednesday. The General Assembly passed a resolution and we will come to that later, but days [...]

O.A.S. Resolution Doesn’t Address Annexation of the Sarstoon by Guatemala
At the press conference this afternoon; Party Leader John Briceño also spoke of the resolution that was passed earlier this week at the General Assembly of the O.A.S.  That declaration [...]

P.U.P. Will Not Participate in Washington Talks
Is the P.U.P. reacting to government’s decision to call them off from the O.A.S. delegation? Well, Briceño says there can be nothing farther from the truth. He told the media [...]

P.U.P. Leader Comments on Lack of Confidence in Foreign Minister
Immediately following the Istanbul talks, the government made the infamous public statement that Belizeans have untrammeled access to our side of the Sarstoon. The ink was barely dry on that [...]

Eamon Courtenay Not Impressed by Elrington’s Declaration at the O.A.S. General Assembly
Earlier this week, Belizeans were treated to an address by Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington in which he informed the members of the O.A.S. in the Dominican Republic that he and [...]

Galen Forum discusses Guatemala’s claim to Belize
Guatemala’s unfounded claim to Belize is nothing new, but what seems to be a consistent policy of aggression is. Currently, as News Five proved again just Thursday, Belizean civilians are [...]

Disconnect between Belize’s Diplomatic Effort and the Reality on Ground
Our News Five team was turned back from the Sarstoon on Thursday. They were clearly in what has traditionally been Belizean territory, sticking close to the northern bank of the [...]

Duo is Freed of 2011 Murder of Michael Finnegan Market Vendor
Late this evening, the trial of Ronlee Petillo and Matthew Smith charged with the murder of fruit vendor, Miguel Angel Rivera concluded before Judge Adolph Lucas. The murder occurred on [...]

Cassian Young is Remanded for Robbery
Tonight, twenty-seven year old Cassian Young of Mosul Street, Belize City is on remand at the Belize Central Prison for a robbery which occurred on June eleventh. His attorney, Herbert [...]

P.S.E. Awards – Brightest Young Minds Honored for Excellence
The award ceremony for top achievers of the 2016 P.S.E. took place at the Ramada Princess this morning. Students from schools across the country were bussed in to celebrate the [...]

P.U.P. Leader Weighs-in On Brazen Shooting Near Police Station
The daring attempt on the life of Brandon Tillett this morning on Queen Street happened less than a stone’s throw away from Independence Hall, the headquarters of the People’s United [...]

P.U.P. Focusing on Next General Elections, Not Village Council’s
Another round of village council elections will be held this weekend in various rural communities across the country.  While the democratic exercise should be free of political influence, a number [...]

COLA Lashes Out at G.O.B. for Advancing an ICJ Agenda
Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, COLA, has weighed in on the latest development coming out of the O.A.S. General Assembly, as it relates to Belize and Guatemala.  Earlier today, [...]

Belizean Athletes Perform Outstandingly in Central American Games
Amid all the negative news, tonight there is positive news involving Belizean athletes. We take pride in reporting that 2012 Belize Olympic team member Kaina Martinez has performed outstandingly in [...]

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Minor Releases Barrage of Bullets at Precinct Three; One Cop + 3 Injured
Four persons are now recovering from gunshot wounds they received at the Queen Street Police Station after an early morning shootout. The intended target was George Street figure, Brandon Tillett who was exiting the station. Corporal Alrick Arnold was on the scene and fired shots at the gunman. Superintendent Hiberto Romero of Crime Investigation Branch […]

Opposition Leader Says Belize Is in A Sad State of Affairs
As investigations continue into the shooting this morning at the Queen Street Police Station, Leader of the Opposition has described the incident as being a part of the country’s sad state of affairs. The minor who is in custody for this morning’s shooting is no stranger to law enforcement authorities as Love News understands that […]

Barrow’s Insistent Exclusion of the Opposition from the Belize/Guatemala Situation
On Wednesday, June 15, the 46th General Assembly Meeting of the OAS concluded in Santo Domingo. As we reported earlier this week, the People’s United Party was disinvited from attending that meeting; a move that has been frowned upon by the party as explained by the Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno. So, with the […]

Sedi Says No Annexation; Briceno Says Yes
The word, ‘annexation’ means the takeover or seizure of something, especially territory. Ten days ago in an interview with the Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington was asked about Guatemala’s annexation of the Sarstoon River. The question was asked subsequent to several instances where the Guatemalan Armed Forces had blocked Belizeans from traversing those waters. Minister […]

PUP’s Demands on the Belize/Guatemala Issue
When John Briceno was elected to head the People’s United Party one of the first things he took on was extending a hand of cooperation to the Government of Belize when it comes to the discussions and negotiations between Belize and Guatemala. The Barrow administration however has seemingly been giving the PUP a hard time […]

The Takeover of the Sarstoon by the Guatemalans
Yesterday we told you of the incident where Wil Maheia of the Belize Territorial Volunteers and members of the media were blocked from the Sarstoon by the Guatemalan Armed Forces. Opposition Leader speaks on that incident. COLA’s President, Geovanni Brackett today pointed out that there was much clamor for the construction of the Forward Operating […]

Briceno Expresses Disappointment at Resolutions Agreed to at the OAS
A resolution was approved at the recent General Assembly meeting of the OAS held in Santo Domingo. The People’s United Party, however is disappointed at this recent document as it in no way helps Belize’s sovereignty. Briceno says he had written to the Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow on how the opposition could have […]

COLA Wants Clarity on the ICJ and Referendum Exercise
Wednesday saw the closing of the 46th General Assembly meeting of the Organization of American States, held in Santo Domingo. As we reported earlier this week, there was a declaration approved by the OAS in which Belize and Guatemala have committed to ongoing efforts to find a peaceful solution to the border dispute. Belize’s Foreign […]

Top 2016 PSE Performers Awarded
This morning the Primary School Examination Excellence Award ceremony was held in Belize City. Twelve students from all over the country were awarded for topping the examinations. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Elodio Aragon Jr, spoke about the importance of recognizing students and teachers who put hard work into the PSEs. […]

Belize Internationally Recognized as the First to Implement Managed Access Areas for Fishers
Recently we told you of the Managed Access initiative taken by the Fisheries Department where Belize’s waters are being divided into nine fishing areas with commercial fishermen having access of up to two areas and the opportunity to use larger deep water areas, known as area nine. Under this program, the Fisheries Department will manage […]


Belizean vessel carrying members of the media denied access to sarstoon
The Sarstoon River apparently remains under the control of Guatemalan Army Forces. This would be a logical conclusion following another incident which occurred Thursday June 16 when a Belizean vessel carrying members of the media and BTV Leader Wil Mehia tried to enter the Belizean side of the Sa...

Vessel runs aground on Belize Reef in front of San Pedro
The damages caused to the Belize Barrier Reef have yet to be assessed after an American registered 39-foot vessel ran aground in front of San Pedro Town. However, because of the location where the vessel was lodged, it is suspected that the damages to the delicate coral topography will be significan...

Monima is no longer Northern Regional Health Manager
We have told you about the new Northern Regional Health Manager Audibaldo Monima , a former coast guard, who is accused of being grossly under qualified for the post bestowed upon him by the Ministry of Health. On Wednesday, the PUP’s Northern Caucus issued a press release on the issue saying...

Man to be tried for attempted murder of cop
Nearly one year ago, 29 year old Darren Levi Gillett, a Construction Worker of Racoon Street, Belize City was accused of a vicious attack on a police officer who was robbed and beaten on the side of the road as he tried to fix a flat tire. Today he was told he would stand trial in the Supreme Court ...

Supreme Court Justice unhurt in highway accident
72 year old Supreme Court Justice Denis Hannomansingh was involved in a road traffic accident on Wednesday. The accident happened on the northern highway near the Mameyal Curve. At 10:20 a.m, on Wednesday June 15, Justice Hannomansingh was headed from Corozal to Orange Walk when between miles 58...

Keyren Tzib has second Supreme Court trial
Previously committed to stand trial for the manslaughter death of her common-law Thytis Blancaneaux almost a year ago, 26 year old Keyren Tzib, a former member of the Belize Coast Guard charged with attempted murder and dangerous harm of petty officer Kurt Hyde on Easter Monday April 6, 2015, was co...

Woman charged with burglary
42 year old Sarita Estrada, a resident of La Democracia who allegedly crashed a graduation party, was charged with burglary when she appeared today before Magistrate Deborah Rogers. Estrada was also charged with wounding and aggravated assault. She pleaded not guilty to the charges and she was relea...

Former NGC president Ernest Castro of Belmopan dies
The Garifuna community is mourning the passing of former president of the National Garifuna Council, Ernest Castro, who collapsed and later died at his home in Belmopan on Monday morning, after apparently suffering a massive heart attack following a morning walk. We spoke this afternoon with the NGC...


Keyren Tzib’s attempted murder case committed to the Supreme Court
The interdicted Belize Coast Guard seaman, Keyren Tzib, appeared in the courtroom of Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith this morning, along with her attorney Darrell Bradley to continue the preliminary inquiry into her attempted murder charge. At the end of the process—which involved the submission of statements and documentary evidence that the Crown had gathered against Tzib—she was committed to stand trial for attempted murder and the use of deadly means of harm against fellow Coast Guard officer Kurt Hyde, whom she allegedly shot on Easter Monday, April 6, 2015. The 25-year-old Tzib sat quietly, as the court prosecutor read out the names of witnesses who gave statements to the police. There was neither objection nor submission from her attorney challenging the evidence that had been gathered against Tzib.

Murder suspect executed with 16 shots in funeral procession
Elroy Perdomo, Jr., 20, a youth of Kraal Road, Belize City, who had been detained by police up until this morning as the lead suspect in the brazen Sunday afternoon murder of Marlon Bonner, 34, was gunned down four hours after his release from custody, while he was in a funeral procession. “I guess the street justice was quick,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, told journalists in a press briefing this afternoon. As we reported in our midweek issue, Bonner, a resident of Central American Boulevard, was murdered by an unmasked man at about 3:30 on Sunday, June 12, on a basketball court located at the corner of Fabers Road and Central American Boulevard.

Guatemalan aggression resumes at the Sarstoon
Nine armed soldiers of the Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF) showed up on the Belize side of the Sarstoon River today, ordering a group of Belizeans, including Wil Maheia of the Belize Territorial Volunteers and Mike Rudon, news reporter at Channel 5, to stop traversing the Sarstoon, Amandala was told today. Maheia said that they went to the area after 6:00 a.m. with a crew from Channel 5. “Going up, it was OK. They [the GAF] followed us, and we passed the [Sarstoon] Island. And when we decided to turn back, they said, ‘Stop!’ We said, ‘No man!’ and they insisted and they started to run their boat close to ours,” Maheia recounted. He said that there were four people on the boat that took the Belizean civilians to the Sarstoon. The Guatemalans, in a similar motorized skiff, had more passengers onboard their vessel and so the Belizeans were able to outpace them.

Confessions of a Belizean intelligence agent
After more than thirty years of gathering intelligence, dating back to the 70s, a retired special branch officer, who prefers to remain unnamed, decided to break his silence in an interview with Amandala. He reached the climax of his intelligence-gathering career during joint operations with the British, Americans and Guatemalans. He indicated that during the time of his intelligence-gathering, Guatemala was engaged in a brutal civil war that was waged from around 1960 to 1996, between the Guatemalan government and various leftist guerrilla groups. By 1979, as the civil war in Guatemala was intensifying, Guatemalan support groups had made their way to Belize, from which they provided food, medicine and possibly arms to the rebellious guerrillas, the retired agent said. He told our newspaper that these guerilla support groups were located in places like the Valley of Peace, Armenia, Blackman Eddy and Maskall; while the community of Billy White served as the nucleus for their operations.

Canadian wanted in connection with murder of football star in San Pedro
San Pedro police have concluded their investigation into the vicious killing of San Pedro football star and popular coach, Melvin Almendarez, 34, of the DFC area of San Pedro Town, which occurred at about 11:00 p.m. on May 6 in the southern end of San Pedro. The football star had been beaten and shot in his abdomen. Furthermore, a vehicle, believed to be a golf cart, was driven over the victim. Police said that their investigation led them to the victim’s friend, Jordan Bacchus, 32, a Canadian who is wanted for questioning. Police had taken Bacchus into custody after Almendarez was found dead, but only because they had found him in possession of cannabis, so they charged him for possession of the controlled drug and he was released on self-bail.

The Istanbul blunder: Misrepresentations of the Sarstoon status
For about one year now, the Republic of Guatemala has been insisting that they are exercising sovereignty over the entire Sarstoon River, which has become the flashpoint of Guatemala’s territorial claim and a massive diplomatic challenge to the United Democratic Party administration led by Prime Minister Dean Barrow, accused of losing the Belize side of the Sarstoon River in the face of persistent military aggression by Guatemalans on Belize’s southern border. That diplomatic challenge has not been going too well for Belize, and Guatemala has been ratcheting-up its offensive in the international media. In the wake of bilateral talks that were held between Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 23 and 24, 2016, the Government of Belize immediately revoked a Statutory Instrument which had banned Belizeans for about a month from entering Belize’s side of the Sarstoon River while Government attempted to negotiate a protocol with Guatemala on the use of the river.

Track and field delegation to El Salvador for Central American Senior Championships
Please note that Belize will have representation at the Central American Senior Championship in athletics, to be hosted in San Salvador, El Salvador. The team of almost 30 athletes will travel on Wednesday from Belize to El Salvador, returning on Tuesday. This team will have eight (8) foreign athletes and others are local athletes. This is the largest contingent of senior athletes that the Belize Athletic Association (BAA) has sent in some years. We do look forward for great representation, performance and medals.

Rural Female Softball Marathon completed, tournament resumes
The Rural Female Softball Tournament took a break this past weekend for the completion of the season opening Marathon, which had been suspended before completion. In game 1 on Sunday, June 12, in Lords Bank, Easy Does It won (7-0) by forfeit over Lords Bank Sunrise. Easy Does It then clipped Orchid Girls (from Burrell Boom), 5-4, behind winning pitcher Margret Hendy; while Therese Baptist took the loss. And in the last game for the Marathon championship, Orchid Girls prevailed, 23-21, over Easy Does It. Winning pitcher was Arneek Baptist, while Margret Hendy got the loss. The regular season of the Belize Rural Female Softball Tournament 2016, resumes this weekend with games at two different venues for Division A and Division B teams.

TIDE Freshwater Cup games, results and plans
The TIDE Freshwater Cup high school finals took place on Friday, June 10, at the Julian Cho High School grounds. In the opener at 1:00 p.m., George Town High School Girls drew, 1-1, with Julian Cho High School Girls. Queen Banegas (14’) put George Town in front, but Osmi Requena (19’) equalized for Julian Cho. They then went to penalties, and Julian Cho Girls came out victorious by 4 goals to 2. In the nightcap, it was George Town High School Boys, 1-0, over Julian Cho High School Boys, on a goal by Alence Ayala (26’). After the games, the winners received trophies and medals.

Jonathan Benjamin helped the Eagles to bite Wicked 11 very hard
Hello, my so loved readers of Cricket Corner! Thank you all. Well, under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, and the kind sponsorship of Smart and the so refreshing drinks of Belikin, the Harrison Parks Cricket Competition 2016 playoffs started. Before I get into details, on behalf of myself, my family, and the official body of our cricket association, our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Norris “Shabat” Harris of Double Head Cabbage, who left this place upon earth to go or be with others who had gone along before him. This is a great blow to Excellence Cricket Team, as he was, without a doubt, an inspirational man to the team. Again I say, may his soul find peace with our Maker/Creator. With those said, we will get down to this weekend of cricket. At Flowers Bank, Western Eagles travelled there to go up against Wicked 11. Western Eagles is in third place in its zone (Zone 1), and Wicked 11 at second in its zone (Zone 2).

Editorial: Sold out
When planet earth came close to nuclear war in October of 1962, the first thing we will note in this essay is that in Belize we were blissfully ignorant of the absolute danger. The second thing we will note is that the world came close to nuclear Armageddon because Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban people, was willing to risk Armageddon in order to preserve his island’s sovereignty and independence from the United States of America, the world superpower just ninety miles north of Cuba. A sober man may be tempted to consider Fidel a crazy man, but there was a history between the United States and Cuba going back into the nineteenth century which provides explanations for the anger of the Cuban people against the American government. There is no such history between the American government and the people of Belize, and this explains why there has never been any animosity towards Washington felt by the Belizean people. Until the Seventeen Proposals in 1968, and even afterwards, the Belizean people have, first and foremost, viewed America as a land of magnificent economic opportunity.

From the Publisher
Information, entertainment, and communications technologies have captivated the minds of our young generations and dramatically changed our Belizean way of life. It really started, I suppose, with television in the population center around 1982 or so. To be truthful, the northern areas of Belize had been seeing Mexican television from back in the 1960s. I don’t have the slightest idea how widespread access to Mexican television was for Belizean norteños and how it affected their daily lives. All I know is that in football circles in Belize City, we began to get the idea that football in Belize’s north was benefiting from seeing quality international football on television, such as the World Cup in Mexico City in 1970. Those of us who spent Easter, summer, and other holidays at cayes and coastal villages back in the 1950s and 1960s spent our waking hours in a way of life similar to that of rural villagers in many respects. The key thing was the absence of electricity, so light came from the moon and the stars when the sun went down. Inside our abodes at night, we lit hurricane lanterns, which burned kerosene. We young people spent a lot of time playing games, telling stories, chasing crabs, and entertaining ourselves in various ways which involved interaction and group activity. During the daylight hours at cayes and coastal villages, there was swimming, fishing, cricket and football games, and where the work section was concerned there would be the cooking, the washing and drying of clothes, cutting of grass, sweeping of houses, and so on.

Beryl focuses on Part V of the 2001 Legal Opinion
Dear Editor, It was with great alarm that I read in both Channel 5 and Channel 7’s online news transcripts today that, regarding the Sarstoon River, Guatemala now deems it necessary to start a process in which several Guatemalan state institutions, not named but including the Ministry of Defense, must be involved. No mention of equivalent Belizean institutions! All Belizeans should be concerned. This latest revelation speaks to a continuing effort on Guatemala’s part to expand that state’s function on the river through multiple institutions and so further consolidate and strengthen possession and sovereignty over the Sarstoon. Belizeans must send a clear message to the Government of Belize that no agreement must be reached with Guatemala that excludes equivalent Belizean institutions. What seems more clear with this most recent communication is that Guatemala’s counterplan that I recently wrote about (Amandala, “Guatemala – Connecting The Dots”) envisions the reversal of the conditions on the ground that existed in 2001, the year of the Legal Opinion on Guatemala’s Claim that was commissioned by the then government of Belize, and, in the process, rendering the opinion outdated, irrelevant and useless – the very opinion on which, together with the 1859 Treaty, GOB bases its decision to take the claim to the International Court of Justice. This seems to be the case at least in regards to the Sarstoon to date.

Should the crumbs be taxable?
Dear Sir/Madam, Please allow me space in your widely read newspaper to shed some light on the latest ploy by the Belize City Council to tax tour guides working outside the gates of the Fort Street Tourism Village. A few weeks ago personnel from out of the Revenue Department of the City Council met with tour operators who work outside the Tourism Village informing them that they will now be applying a peddler’s tax to all tour guides and operators who solicit tours in the zone. Their reason is that everyone who does any business on the city streets has to pay taxes to the Council. Because these are considered small businesses, they all must pay what the Council refers to as peddler’s license. All tour guides are now required to pay $25 per month if they want to continue to work within the FSTZ (Fort Street Tourism Zone). As a tour operator who also works in the zone and will be affected, I believe this is an extreme measure which most of these people won’t be able to afford. The Council appears to be shoving this new policy down our throats without proper consultation and consideration. This apparently is being endorsed by the Belize Tourist Board (BTB).

My unexpected encounters with Muhammad Ali
From racist Middle America in Louisville, Kentucky a black boy who rose to become a global iconic figure as a result of his unparallel athleticism, self- discovery and social/political defiance in the face of white supremacy, died on Friday, June 3rd, 2016. Muhammad Ali, who won the Olympic gold medal for boxing in the heavyweight division and then went on to capture the world title an unprecedented three times, defined an entire generation and became a voice and symbol against racism, injustice, oppression and global imperialism. As we are inundated with various mass media coverage of the passing of Ali, once again we are witnessing that even in death someone else controls the narrative, which in many respects represent the unfinished work and challenge still facing the black liberation struggle in this third millennium. here has been a disturbing pattern in the past few years where the very forces to which our giants waged struggle and resistance against, ended up influencing the affairs of their image, works, interment and legacy. This may appear to some as unimportant; however, if we continue to allow others to frame our historical narrative, tell our stories, then the authenticity and poignant truths will continue to be distorted and lack the propensity to empower and inspire our children and future generations.

The Belizean diaspora community in Los Angeles have been making big strides in internationalizing Belize’s struggle for self-determination and territorial integrity in the face of the recent Guatemalan military aggression against the nation state of Belize, with the recent annexation and occupation of the Belize Sarstoon River and Island in the southernmost bordering area of Belize. Concerned members of the Belizean community in L.A. came out on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the Holy Name of Jesus School in Los Angeles, California to hear speakers from Belize, and in the Los Angeles Belizean community itself, present pertinent information and popular education about the Guatemalan military aggression on the Belize Sarstoon River, Belize’s chances of going to the International Court of Justice (I.C.J.) to settle the Anglo/Guatemalan dispute, and the present state of affairs in Belize surrounding the issue which has captured the minds and attention of Belizeans at home and abroad about the fate of their country Belize.

Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission begins consultations this Friday
The Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission held a breakfast meeting with the media in Belize City this morning, after which it announced that the consultation process is about to get underway this weekend. Commission chair, Lisel Alamilla, announced that the Commission will be holding its first public consultation this Friday, June 17, in San Felipe. It moves next to Big Falls on Saturday, June 18, and to San Vicente on Sunday, June 19. Alamilla said that based on its first round of meetings with elected leaders in Toledo, they had asked the Commission to visit each village. The chair of the Commission also informed the media of plans to meet this week with officials of the Government of Belize, to report on the work it has done to date and what it plans to do in the near future.

2016 PSE: Students improve writing but still stuck in Math
At 9:00 on Friday morning, the 25 top performers in this year’s Primary School Examination (PSE) will receive their certificates and plaques at a formal awards ceremony which will be held at the Princess Ramada on Newtown Barracks in Belize City. This year, Kenly Young of St. Andrew’s Anglican School in Cayo and Angelina Urbina of La Inmaculada RC School in Orange Walk, tied for the top spot with a score of 391 or 97.75%. At tomorrow’s ceremony, Young and Urbina will receive the Jane and Michael Nembhard Award. Nelson Longsworth, Director of the Examinations Unit in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, has been leading the unit for the past two years. Longsworth said that while overall there is little change between the performance last year and this year, there was a notable improvement on the writing paper for the English portion of the exam. This contrasted, though, with a marked underperformance in problem solving.

Accused acquitted of murder of Samuel Price, brother of George Price
This morning, Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas handed down a not guilty verdict in the murder trial by judge without jury of Shane Gillett, 30, accused of killing Samuel Price, 84, the brother of Belize’s first Prime Minister and National Hero, Rt. Hon. George Price. In delivering his judgment, Justice Lucas briefly summarized the prosecution evidence that was led by Crown Counsels Portia Staine and Sherigne Rodriguez. On Saturday, April 16, 2011, a nephew of Price went to check on him and found it strange that he was not outside waiting. The nephew alerted two other family members, and when they finally went inside, along with a police officer, they found that Price’s house was in a bloody mess. He was found lying in a pool of blood, dead in his bathroom. Price had suffered blunt force trauma to his head, Dr. Hugh Sanchez, the pathologist who performed an autopsy on Price, concluded.

The Reporter

Chaos on Queen Street- four shot in front of police station
A policeman is fighting for his life in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), while three more persons were injured in a mid-morning shooting in front of the Queen Street Police Station on Friday morning. At around 8:20 a.m., a 15-year-old boy rode down Queen […]

Nurses prepare questions for regional licensing exam
The Nurses and Midwives Council of Belize is concluding a two-day workshop today Friday, to prepare a list of questions which will form a part of the regional licensing examination for nursing. The Council is holding the workshop at the Best Western Belie Biltmore Plaza […]

Desertification and soil degradation pose many threats, expert says
Today, June 17 is being observed as World Day to Combat Desertification, under the theme this year of “Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People”. The purpose of the day is to alert people across the world about the dangers that desertification and soil degradation pose. […]

Two policemen, a school warden and a student shot in fr Queen Street
Breaking news: There has been a shooting in front of the Queen Street police station. Eye witnesses say a lone shooter rode up to the police station and fired 10-15 shots. Two policemen have reportedly been injured. One of them was saved by his cell phone which he had in […]

New Image Factory exhibit tackles taboos
Briheda Haylock premiered an art exhibit at the Image Factory this week that boldly confronts taboo issues, in support of women empowerment and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual community. The exhibit, “I Am Woman”, opens on Friday at 7:00 pm and is a dedication to the […]

Gay organization’s representative raises concern over “Champagne’s” autopsy results
Caleb Orozco, the president of the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNiBAM) has raised concern over the post-mortem results for “Vanessa Champagne Paris”, 21, a transgender woman legally known as Porfelio Rodriguez, Jr., who died on Friday, June third. Orozco shared with the Reporter on Monday […]

Four Belizeans going to promote Belize at International Food Show in Taiwan
Four Belizeans will represent and promote Belize at the “2016 Taipei International Food Show”, planned for June 22 – 25. Through close collaboration between Taiwan’s Central American Trade Office and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), Shauna Arnold, an export promotion officer with […]

Ali’s final farewell
Louisville, Ky Thousands of people including some of the most famous names in the world converged on the city of Louisville between June 9 and 10 to pay their final respects to Muhammad Ali, the hometown hero who just might have put this city on the […]

Government of Japan donates wheelchairs to GOB
In an official handing over ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Conference Room in Belmopan, the Embassy of Japan donated 30 wheelchairs to officials from the Ministry of Health. According to a government press release, the 30 foldable wheelchairs will be distributed, as needed, to hospitals and clinics, throughout […]

Taiwan expands Tilapia farming program in Independence
As part of its Aquaculture Project, a five-year initiative started in February of 2012, the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) introduced a Tilapia farming workshop at Independence High School on June 8. The project aims to enhance Tilapia production in Belize, boost the […]

What Guatemala really said
Belize’s true status over part ownership of the Sarstoon River became further convoluted this week with the revelation of the contents of a letter from Guatemala to Belize, following the “Istanbul Meeting”, which sought to chart a way towards negotiating Belizeans’ use of the river. […]

Sex video exposes homeless couple coerced to perform sex acts for soft drinks
Another sex video, captured on a cell phone, which has been circulated on social media for at least two weeks, caught the attention of the Ministry of Health this week because of the subjects involved. The poorly-recorded video shows a man and a woman who […]

Father of three killed executed on basketball court
Marlon Anthony Bonner, 34, a father of three with no known gang-affiliations, was shot an killed in a gangland style execution on Sunday evening while playing basketball at the corner of Central American Boulevard and Fabers Road. Bonner, who played basketball at that court every Sunday, was […]

Media crew turned back once more from the Sarstoon!
Guatemalan military personnel turned back another boat with Belizean media workers who visited the Sarstoon River on Thursday. The government says it is investigating the report “to verify all its particulars including a report that the media vessel was in Belizean waters.” The government issued […]

Monima resigns! Health CEO takes blame
Audibaldo Monima, the 30-¬year-¬old former Coast Guard training officer who was introduced to the staff at the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday June 6, as the new Northern Region Health Manager, has resigned from the post after he was asked to do so or face termination. This followed a […]

The on-going debate about the quality of education our children receive in our primary schools should take into account the fact that in Belize there are some cultural and economic ingredients which make us less prepared than children of similar age in many other countries. We believe, and there is […]

Murder suspect shot 16 times
Elroy Perdomo, the main suspect in last Sunday’s murder of Marlon Bonner, was riddled with 16 shots as he walked behind a funeral on Vernon Street around 3:00 p.m. on Thursday. Perdomo, 21, had only been released from police custody four hours earlier when he came under fire. According to […]

Boat hits the barrier reef
A 39 foot trawler crashed into the barrier reef on Wednesday night, leaving government authorities like the Departmenrt of the Environment (DOE) and Belize Port Authority with the task of moving it and assessing the damage. On Thursday the DOE sent officers to inspect the crash […]

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PSE AWARDS 2016 held
Their hard work is done, and now it is time for some celebration. Belize’s brightest students got their due at the annual national award ceremony for the 2016 Primary School Examination (PSE), held in Belize City at the Ramada Princess Hotel. Minister of State in the […]

Former president of NGC Ernest Castro dies
The Garifuna community is mourning the passing of former president of the National Garifuna Council, Ernest Castro, who collapsed and later died at his home in Belmopan on Monday morning, after apparently suffering a massive heart attack following a morning walk. The NGC’s current president, Sandra Miranda, who was […]

Another vessel runs aground on Barrier Reef
The damages caused to the Belize Barrier Reef have yet to be assessed after an American registered 39-foot vessel ran aground in front of San Pedro Town. However, because of the location where the vessel was lodged, it is suspected that the damages to the delicate coral topography will be […]

Moist and unstable conditions to prevail
The 24-hour forecast is for cloudy skies at times today with a few showers and isolated thunderstorms mainly over the coast and in the north this morning then mostly inland this afternoon. Tonight it is expected to be cloudy with a few showers or thunderstorms mainly […]

Gunman opens fire on police and civilians in front of Queen Street Police Station
A brazen gunman opened fire on and injured Police Officer, Alrick Arnold and two civilians in front of the Queen Street Police Station between 8:00 and 9:00 this morning. Details of the shooting are still not fully known but BBN understands that Officer Arnold and the […]

Person of interest in City murder is “executed”
Police in Belize City say they had finally gotten their hands on one of the persons suspected to be involved in the Sunday evening murder of 34 year old Marlon Bonner, Elroy Perdomo. But no sooner than he was let go this morning than so-called “street justice” […]


Belizean Food – Typical and Traditional Things To Try
Belizean food is simple, always fresh and amazing. If you’ve traveled in Central America you’ll notice that there are many similarities between Belizean cuisine and traditional food found in places like El Salvador, Costa Rica and even Mexico…but each meal has a slight twist – it might be a few added ingredients or the way it is eaten. So take advantage of Belize being a melting pot of cultures and experience an explosion of flavours that will enchant all of your senses. Here’s a basic guide with a list of the best things to taste – bookmark this page or write it down, your culinary adventure awaits! Appetizers: Conch fritters, Ceviche, Cheese Dip, Belizean Pico de Gallo. Breakfast: Johnny Cakes, Fry Jacks (fried flour dough), Chaya with Eggs, Flour Tortillas, Meat Pie.

Miss El Salvador – Miss Costa Maya International 2016 Contestant
The International Costa Maya Festival is excited to announce its third contestant vying the title of Miss Costa Maya International 2016. Meet Marlin Ramirez.

The first lobster dish of the season has been consumed; now, on to LobsterFest!
Lobster season. It’s on. We had our first taste of the new season on Thursday at Estel’s Dine by the Sea, lobster omelettes all around. Man, they were good. Next up has got to be the original island lobster sliders at Casa Picasso, my all-time island favorite lobster delivery system. Must have something to do with those little buns slathered in butter. I’m surprised that lobsters have not evolved to include gobs of butter under the exoskeleton. You know, the way the Butterball turkey has evolved to naturally include lots of butter under the skin. Or the way watermelons can be grown to include vodka infused inside the “meat.” Isn’t evolution amazing? But anyway, lobster. To celebrate the opening of lobster season this week, all of Ambergris Caye, it seems, is turning out delicious dishes which feature freshly captured Spineys. From Wednesday through next Saturday, the island is abuzz with the Lobster Crawl. Each night, a different restaurant features a special lobster dish. Last night was the turn of Pirate’s Treasure, north of the bridge. Normally this is the place to go for another spiky creature, the Lion Fish. The chef-owner makes the Lion Fish sing on your plate, in a tickle-your-tastebuds-kind-of-way. For lobster, the place was packed.

International Sourcesizz

Venezuelan Diplomacy Succeeds at OAS General Assembly
By taking timely diplomatic actions, Venezuela maintained the initiative at the 46th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), which ended in Santo Domingo on Wednesday night. At the first plenary session, held on Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry presented a series of demands to Caracas, including holding a rapid referendum demanded by the president to revoke the president. Kerry's speech was immediately rebutted by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, who after saying "the master of the world has just spoken", reminded Kerry that her country does not need charity and it is a free and sovereign nation.

Corozal Dog and Cat Protection Program
Photographs from Day # 1 of Corozal Dog and Cat Protection Program, Spay and Neuter Clinic. Today day 2 begins at 9am. Please carefully read the poster below if you plan to attend.

State of North America’s Birds 2016
More than 350 migratory bird species in North America are truly trinational, splitting time in Canada, the U.S.A, and Mexico over the course of a calendar year. Birds connect the three countries of North America. And according to the recently released State of North America’s Birds 2016 report, those three countries—their governments, and their societies—need to step up and do more to preserve our continent’s spectacular and shared natural heritage of birdlife. This report is the first-ever scientific conservation assessment of all 1,154 bird species in North America, and it was only possible because of the tremendous scale and big-data capabilities of citizen-science. Tens of thousands of Canadians, Americans, and Mexicans—from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, and the tundra to the Yucatan—contributed data that was analyzed by scientists from all three countries. eBird was one of the data sources; read on to see new data visualizations and exciting maps made from your eBird sightings.

Canadian Forces divers in Caribbean for month of training
Canadian Forces divers from the Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) are in the Caribbean this month on an international training exercise. The exercise, which is called "Tradewinds," happens annually and more than 20 nations participate, including Jamaica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis and Belize. The Canadian dive unit is offering training to 22 participants from various coast guard and navy dive teams from other countries. The course is being held in Jamaica's Discovery Bay. "Mainly the divers here, what they face, is a ship will come into port and they've got to be searched for drug caches that have been attached to them either on the way in or on the way out," said Lt. JR Gallant, the officer in charge of the 11-person dive team. "Any ship that comes into their harbour has to be searched before it leaves, and numerous times a year they find drug caches on them."

Tropical wave to move into Gulf of Mexico by Sunday
A tropical wave is producing disorganized thunderstorms and cloudiness over the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, Belize, northern Guatemala and adjacent waters of the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Any development of this disturbance should be slow to occur due to proximity to land and only marginally conducive upper-level winds. The system is forecast to move westward to west-northwestward at about 10 mph during the next few days, and emerge over the Bay of Campeche and the southwestern Gulf of Mexico by Sunday. Tropical formation chances are 10 percent over the next 48 hours and 30 percent over the next five days.


  • Snorkeling trips from Ambergris Caye, Belize, in June 2016, 3.5min. Watch this in 1080HD! Searious Adventures offers many snorkeling options. We did the trip that includes Shark Ray Alley, and another to Mexico Rocks. Great fun!

  • Belize 2016, 3.5min. Ambergris Caye Belize May 2016.

  • SNORKELING IN BELIZE, Visiting Belize City, 5.5min.

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  • Belize - Day 4 Dive 2: Front Porch, Turneffe Atoll, Belize, 7min. Great dive at a deep wall at Front Porch, near the Coco Tree Caye, Turneffe Atoll, Belize.

  • BELIZE BUILD MOVIE 2016, 11min. from Millwoods Christian School

  • Belize 2016, 7min. from Millwoods Christian School

  • Cozy Cabin on private island Virginia Caye in the Caribbean Dangriga Belize, 4.5min. Enjoy some days in paradise with no luxery, no TV, no shops - but with fantastic colours of the caribbean sea, lots of sun(sets), seawater, fishes, snorkeling, pelicans and the chance of seeing dolphins next to the palapa sundeck and a pet-pig which thinks it is a dog.

  • Trip to Belize | May 2016, 4min. Pretty much the best vacation I've ever been on.

  • Belize 2016, 5min. Team "Cillah" diving in Belize 6/2016.

  • Belize Bank -Father's Day AD, 1.5min.

  • Global Health and Physiology ~ Belize 2016, 11min. NC State Study Abroad class GPH 425 traveled to Belize in June 2016 to set up medical clinics in villages and communities to help provide medical care and attention to those in need. This video was taken with a GoPro and is a compilation of our journey throughout the trip. To protect patient confidentiality, the live filming of our clinics, house visits, and any other media that could disclose patient information was not included in this video.

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