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Today's Belize News: July 8, 2016 #515831
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I will be unable to do the daily news tomorrow, Saturday morning July 9. I will return on Sunday morning.


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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

Caye Caulker Lobster Festival: Original and Creative
The Caye Caulker Lobster Festival is the original festival that annually celebrates the Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus). Traditionally, the festival begins with the choosing of Miss Lobster Fest on Friday night, followed by fabulous parties throughout the rest of the weekend. However, 2016 was different, and on Friday, July 1st, organizers focused on the tasty lobster in the first-ever Lobster Cook-Off. Sponsored by Grace Kennedy Belize Limited, the cook-off had four teams of two preparing a lobster appetizer. After the first round of tasting, one team would be knocked out of the competition, and the remaining three teams would move on to the entrée round. Registered for the competition were teams Sip N Dip, Dirty McNasty, La Isla Cariñosa Academy and Team Hope. Providing some truly fun commentary was Belizean personality William Neal, who kept the crowd enthused all evening. Providing soothing sounds in the background was the Dynamix Steel Pan Ensemble.

BEL electricity rates increase
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) notified the general public that it has made and issued the ‘Belize Electricity Limited 2016 Full Tariff Review Proceeding Final Decision’ on Friday, June 24th. In the summary of the final decision, it approved regulated values, mean electricity rates, prices, fees and charges to be applied over the Full Tariff Period (FTP) starting from Friday, July 1st to Tuesday, June 30th 2020. The new mean electricity rate of 36.99 cents per kilowatt-hour means an increase of 5.7%. Social rate customers will pay 1 cent more per kilowatt-hour, but service charges among larger consumers such as commercial and industrial customers will increase from $100 to $125. Street lighting bills that are paid by the Government of Belize will increase from 40 cents per kilowatt-hour to 42 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Dia de San Pedo celebrations closes with Kayak Race
Dia de San Pedro 2016 festivities culminated on Sunday, July 3rd with a kayak race that saw nine teams paddling around the island in hopes of winning the grand prize. Participants competed in the Male, Female and Junior categories, racing from Boca del Rio Park to around the southern part of the island. Shortly after 10AM, kayakers went past the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge, headed to the leeward side of the island. They made their way through thick mangrove wetlands and circled round the southern portion of the island after navigating through a small channel that connects the lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. In a fast sprint, Team Paddle Shop comprised of Chris Guydis and Amado Cruz, crossed the finish line first, taking the top prize in the male category with a total time of 2:47:09. They received a cash prize of $500 along with their medals. In second place was Team Double Impact comprised of Wilberto Daniels and Kenrick Daniels who finished with a time of 2:51:45. They took home a cash prize of $400 and medals. In third place was Team Moringa A with solo member Earnie Martin who finished the race with a time of 2:53:25 and winning a cash prize of $300.

SIB releases quarterly report
It was report card day for Belize’s economy on Wednesday, June 29th, when the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) released the first quarter report of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for 2016. According to the report from the SIB, the rate of unemployment went down compared to the same period in 2015. However, it was not enough, as the country’s economy shrank by 2% in the first quarter of the year. The report also included information on the external trade statistics, as well as the Consumer Price Index, particularly for the month of May. According to the report, the inflation rate for the period this year is 1% higher. Overall, prices in the basic food market are also 1% higher compared to last year.

SPJC celebrates largest graduating class yet
The San Pedro Junior College (SPJC) held its 15th Commencement Exercise on Saturday, July 2nd at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. Since its establishment in 2000, classes have grown significantly. This year, SPJC was proud to announce its largest graduating class yet. At 5PM, 50 proud students dressed in their cap and gowns marched to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance. This year’s theme was, “Nothing is really over until you stop trying,” and the Master of Ceremonies was Alex Nuñez. Gustavo Ellis, Dean of SPJC, gave the Dean’s Report, and Neima Gomez and Froylan Gilharry distributed the awards to students who had a GPA of 3.0 to 3.49. Jose Paz, Chairperson of the SPJC Board, gave the Chairman’s Address. Holding a GPA of 3.8 was the valedictorian for the Class of 2016, Zoraida Meza. She proceeded to give her valedictory address, and spoke about how learning is endless.

Ambergris Today

Republic of China (Taiwan) Supports Macaw Conservation in Belize
Last year the Forestry Bureau of the Council of Agriculture of the ROC (Taiwan) through its Embassy in Belize provided financial assistance for the conservation of scarlet macaws in Belize. This year, the Embassy has announced the further support of the program through a financial support of US$10,000.00. Scarlet Macaws (Ara macao cyanoptera) are the largest of the parrots in Belize, with a national population thought to be fewer than 200 individuals. It was once thought to occur over much of the central forested areas of Belize, but is now considered to be restricted to the Chiquibul/Maya Mountains area, with a nesting range concentrated in the Chiquibul Forest. The major threat to the survival of macaws in Belize has been determined to be poaching for the pet trade. To address this situation, FCD has been monitoring macaw nests annually for a period of 7 months.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Weekly AgroMet Update and Outlook JULY 7 – FRIDAY JULY 15, 2016
An active tropical wave with strong outflow aloft will continue westward across northern Central America and southern Mexico tonight and on Friday, generating scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially over southern and western Belize. The seasonally, unsettled conditions will persist through the weekend and most of next week in association of a low level jet in the easterly flow over the western Caribbean and Central America and good outflow support in the upper atmosphere. A second tropical wave or perturbation in the easterlies is expected to cross Belize by Monday, generating more showery weather. Figure 1 below is the surface weather map for Thursday evening, showing the first tropical wave approaching Belize and Guatemala. A third tropical wave has entered the eastern Caribbean, and should reach Belize in the next five days.

CRFM and Japan discuss new initiative for fisheries co-management and socio-economic survey
Milton Haughton, the executive director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), met on Tuesday at the CRFM’s Secretariat in Belize City with Masaru Honda, team leader of the Japan-funded Caribbean Fisheries Co-management Project (CARIFICO) and chief advisor in the Fisheries Department in Saint Lucia. “The CRFM welcomes Mr Honda to Belize to meet with us, and we thank the government of Japan for their continued commitment and support for the sustainable development of the fisheries sector of the Caribbean region,” Haughton said. Honda, whose ties with the Caribbean go back 17 years, when he worked with a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded regional fisheries project implemented by the Caribbean Fisheries Training and Development Institute (CFTDI) in Trinidad and Tobago, said that he has enjoyed working with the Caribbean to foster the development of co-management arrangements with fishing communities.

Xunantunich Special Tour
This Sunday is the day to head to Xunantunich. Now that the BAAS is done, some of the presenters, like Dr. Jaime Awe, will be leading tours around the site. If you haven't been in a while, Sunday is the day to go.

Channel 7

Three City Murders In Five Hours
Three young men lost their lives in just 5 deadly hours in Belize City yesterday. First it was the broad daylight murders of 20 year old Tevin Palmer and 19 year old Devin Parham. Both were killed in the span of 1 and a half daylight hours. But the street carnage did not end there. It continued last night with the murder 22 year old Michael Lopez. We told you about the shooting in last night's news but did not know the extent of the injuries. Well, it turned out to be murder. He was gunned down in front of his house on Jones Street in the St. Martin's Area- the second killing in that area in just over a week. And the gang element was at play again in this latest homicide. Even though Michael Lopez was no gangster - in the present climate, just living in a certain area can get you killed. Emanuel Pech has the report.

Tevin Was A Target
And while Michael Lopez was the third and last person to be killed in the five hour spree of violence in the city, the first was Tevin Palmer, who is linked with the George Street Gang. Police believe that his killing was a retaliation for the killing of Ghost Town resident Geovanni Gentle last Friday. 20 year old Palmer was sitting on a couch in a cramped Castle Street bungalow, eating noodles, his guard completely down- when someone familiar with the home, pulled out a 9 mm pistol and fired at least five shots in his direction. Today the inside of that house is completely gutted because someone set it on fire last night - likely an act of counter - retaliation.

Crime Scene Home Torched
So as we told you the house was burnt down and police are convinced it was arson. It happened some 20 minutes after midnight- about 9 hours after the fatal shooting of Tevin Palmer in the same address. For their own safety family had fled the building immediately after the shooting- so no one was injured in the fire. But just why would anyone want to burn down the house of a recent crime scene? Well that is what police are still trying to figure out.

Chester: Jobs Won't Solve Crime
So, what we saw yesterday was a series of lawless gang retaliations for recent murders. Commander Williams says that part of the reason for the flare up is because he hasn't been having his meditation sessions with gangsters for a few weeks and that accounts for the upsurge. You'll hear more about that shortly, but first to ACP Williams's grim take on the ruthless law of the streets - which dictates that there will be shootings and death no matter what police do, or what jobs are given:... ACP Chester Williams - OC. Eastern Division South: "We will never be able to stop all the shootings, no matter what we do. If we have a police at every street corner, it still won't stop all the murders and I have always said, it is the hard truth. The current generation that is out there giving trouble, they have sentence themselves to death. They are like purging themselves and I think that as a society we have done them an injustice, we have lost them. It's just a matter of time and one of the only way we could stop this is to see how we can begin to work on the other generation coming up, so that they do not fall the way how the current generation has gone.

Mediation Matters
But mediation is more urgent than anger management training. Normally those sessions would be activated after any shooting to squash retaliation. But, recently, Williams has put them on pause, and he says that's a key factor in this latest spurge of violence. Williams says he is reactivating imminently:.. ACP Chester Williams - O. C. Eastern Rural North: "But we are regrouping and will begin to do our mediations again very shortly. We must do a mediation because things on the streets right now are really tensed. We have some intense rivalries taking place right now on Southside Belize City, between the different factions of the gangs and if we do not meet with them, it will get worse."

Southside Needs Rides
But while mediation is one thing - having police on the ground is another - and, in a backhanded dig at northside police, Williams says he has to play checkers to keep up with the various gang flare-up's - and that shortage of resources may have cost a man's life last night:... ACP Chester Williams - O. C. Eastern Rural North: "We are seriously short of human resources and we have to be playing checkers. So with what took place yesterday, I had to withdraw some resources from the Martin's area, because we have now Banak, George Street, Southside Kraal Road fueling. So I have to find a way how we can maintain presence in those areas as well. So, the area where this shooting took place, we have two patrols there, but I had to withdraw one yesterday to be able to cover the Banak and Curassow areas. So it is a serious issue in terms of human resources."

Customs Officer Gets Off Gun Charge
He's a customs officer who told police he needs a sawed off shotgun for his work, but police said that Emerth Flowers had modified a firearm without approval of the commissioner of police. The 48 year old was remanded to prison for two weeks in July of 2014, when he was first charged. Well today his case went to trial before Magistrate Corlon Mendoza and it was thrown out. That's after his attorney Anthony Sylvestre, submitted that section 33 of the Firearms Act under which Flowers was charged does not apply to him -because he is a customs officer. Section 33 says that the act does not apply to any person in the naval, military, air or Volunteer Forces or in the Police Department, or in the Prison or Revenue Services of Belize carrying or using any firearm or ammunition in the performance of his duties. Magistrate Mendoza concurred and dismissed the charge.

Police And Media Meet In the Middle
All this week, you've been hearing jawing in the press between this media house and the southside commander Chester Williams. Well, it was all building up to a police-media meeting which was held today. That's where both sides put it all out there The media complained about the inefficiency of the police press office - and the police complained about the media's sensationalism. Two hours later, after both sides had their say, a truce was agreed upon, and concrete undertakings were given by both sides. Williams was all smiles when it was done:.. ACP Chester Williams - OC. Eastern Division South: "I must say that I am very gratefully for the attendance of the workshop today with the different media houses. I think that it's the way to go, that when we have issues we bring it to the table and we discuss it and we see how we could arrive at solutions to address those issues. When we have personality clashing and personality issues and we are out there making statements against each other, it does not help us."

Reef Score Card
For the past 4 years, we've shown you the Reef Report Card, which is known in the conservation community as the Meso-American Eco-Audit. It's a comprehensive assessment of all the different countries, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and what they are doing to protect the barrier reef system that spans the Atlantic coastline. Well, the local conservation community decided to grade the Belize Government on what they're doing to protect the 7 World Heritage Sites which make up a part of Belize's portion of the Barrier Reef. For 3 years now, Belize has been put on an endangered list of countries which may lose these important environmental treasures because not enough is being done to protect them. So, they launched the Reef Score Card. They've chosen the categories, of oil, mangroves, costal development, environmental regulations, fisheries, and the World Heritage Status Value.

City Crime Oft Displaced To Rural
In our first segment, we told you about the trio of murders that happened in just 5 hours. First, 20 year old Tevin Palmer was shot 3 times in the head yesterday around 3 inside his Castle Street home - that is on the Northside. Then, an hour and a half later on Cemetery Road, 19 year old Devin Parham was gunned down. But the bloodshed did not end there, 3 hours later, Michael Lopez was also executed in the St. Martin's area… The intense gang warfare in the city is terrifying, but it is not only city police and residents who are concerned. Today, Assistant Commissioner of Police for Eastern Division Rural told us they have to be vigilant as well because it is those same gang players who move into the rural areas.

Cops, Kids, & Crime
But apart from being alert and making sure city crime does not pollute the rural area, Ladyville police also have to make sure their residents especially the youth, do not get caught up with crime. Today Broaster told us about an innovative business program that can help young people jump start their careers. ACP Edward Broaster - OC. Eastern Division Rural: "The Rural Eastern Division would like to launch its major summer program for 2016 which is a job creation fair. We are inviting young people to come with a novel idea for a business that is not common to the society, where they can present it to the Small Business Development Center, who will be vetting the applications and select 10 of the best presentations for us to have a job creation fair here at Ladyville in the Jonessa Jones Park. This will be done on the 17th of August. The deadline for the applications will be 22nd of July and the grand prize will be 5 thousand dollars. Now, we have partnered up with Restore Belize and Small Business Development Center, so that they can administrate the 5 thousand dollars and give training to those individuals who apply to win this 5 thousand dollars grant that Rural Eastern Division is putting up as 1st prize. We felt that we needed to organize something that would assist young people in a positive direction amidst all the mayhem that has been going on for the past month or thereabout and we feel like something of this nature will enlighten young people and try to get them to think positive and on the right track in terms of thinking business oriented and so forth."

BEL Blackout Blankets San Pedro
San Pedro town had an extensive blackout which went from last night all the way through to today. The island's power went at 9:17 pm due to a faulty substation breaker. Sounds simple enough, but technicians had to re-configure the substation to isolate the faulty equipment. Power was restored to customers during the course of today. It's a major inconvenience for the country's major tourism hub, and BEL will be having a town meeting on Monday, July 11 to discuss power problems.

The CODICADER Central American Championships have finally started and a number of sporting disciplines were played all over the country today, from the Basketball competition in San Ignacio, Football in Belmopan to Table Tennis in Belize City. But how did the Belize teams do on their first day? Well this morning at the Belize High School Auditorium the Belize Table Tennis Association advanced to the next round - the Belize boys beat Honduras and the girls beat Nicaragua. The Technical Director for the Association evaluated his team's performance so far. We also spoke to the participants who led the team to victory. Belize's Table Tennis Team will play double and single matches tomorrow.

Volleyball in OW
And the female volleyball team is also making Belize proud in Orange Walk. Today the team told our colleagues at CTV-3 how proud they are to have advanced and how confident they will continue to be throughout the competition.

CODICADER Gala Opening
And while the playing of the games is about the competition, the opening is a cultural showcase for Belize. That was held this afternoon at the Marion Jones Stadium in Belize City - and it was a proud moment for the minister of state with responsibility for sports, Elodio Aragon. It's the first time Belize is hosting the game and it wasn't easy - but today he told the media it was a most worthwhile undertaking:... Hon. Elodio Aragon, Jr. - Ministry of Youth. Sports, Culture: "It's exciting. I think at the end of the day when you see all the people came in from yesterday and to participate at the games for CODICADER. It's a good feeling to know that Belize is for the 1st time ever hosting CODICADER. I think that speaks well of Belize. I think it speaks well of sports and it makes me feel proud to know that we are doing this together. These are some of the events that we need to host. We need to be recognized. We need to be exposed to the rest of Central America as an active member Central America and I think that when we look at CODICADER this is just 1 opportunity that we get to showcase our athletes and to showcase to Central America that we are capable to host such events and I think that the kudos goes to all those who have assisted in one way or the other, because I'll tell you this is a big logistic work ...

Stopping Foreign Fishers And Gillnets In The Sarstoon
Earlier in the news, we showed you the Reef Score Card which the local conservationists launched to assess the Belize Government on how it is managing the World Heritage Sites. Well, at that same forum, it gave them the opportunity to offer their position on illegal fishing and the use of gillnets. Now, recently, you've seen a lot of that illegal fishing from the Guatemalan fisherfolk who go into Belizean territorial Waters north of the Sarstoon. Whenever we take trips to the River, we always encounter them fishing well inside Belizean waters, but at this time, nothing is being done to stop them. But, those Guatemalan fishermen make use of gillnets, which are dangerous to other marine animals which they don't intend to catch. A few weeks ago, we showed you a humpback whale which died in the sea in front of Barranco Village. It was trapped in gillnets for weeks before it finally couldn't fight anymore. Oceana Belize has been consulting the different groups in the south, and there appears to be a consensus, the Government should consider banning gillnet fishing in Belize.

B. Pope Gets 2 Year Ban For Steroid
He's one of Belize's elite cyclists and in March Byron Pope came forward and told us that he had tested positive for a banned substance. Well, today the Regional Anti-Doping Organisation has handed down its sanction against him. They have decided to sanction Pope with a two (2) year suspension effective February 29, 2016 to February 29, 2018. The prohibited substances are more than one grouped under Anabolic Androgenic Steroid.

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Channel 5

Bullets and Bloodlust in Belize City: 3 Men are Shot Dead In Separate Attacks
A volley of gunshots broke the silence in an otherwise peaceful neighborhood within the Saint Martin’s area on Wednesday.  The fatal shooting would round out a bloody evening as three [...]

An Arrest is Made in the Murder of Devin Parham
The gangland execution of nineteen-year-old Devin Parham, moments after the murder of Tevin Palmer on Castle Street, is strongly believed to have been an act of retaliation.  Parham was dispatched [...]

Was Tevin Palmer Killed By Persons Known to Him?
This morning, Eastern Division North of the Belize Police Department called a press briefing to apprise the media on the investigation into the murder of twenty-year-old Tevin Palmer, who was [...]

Arson on Castle Street; Residence Where Chicha was Killed is Torched
Nine hours after the murder of Tevin Palmer inside a house on Castle Street, that same house was on fire in a case of arson, allegedly to do away with [...]

A Coordinated Effort to Stem the Recent Crime Wave in the Old Capital
It’s been a while since there was a murder on the north side of Belize City. But in that vicinity of Barrack Road and Castle Street, we’ve reported several shootings [...]

The Need for Continued Intervention in Gang Warfare
Since the shooting death of Giovanni Gentle in the wee early hours of Saturday, interventionists have not met with elements of Belize City’s feuding groups to stage a mediation.  It [...]

Eastern Division Rural Prepares for Gang Flare-up
The city is on high alert following the recent gang murders and threat of more retaliations to come, but that vigilance isn’t restricted to that jurisdiction. Commander of the Rural [...]

Emmerth Flowers is Acquitted of Firearm Charges
Customs Officer Emmerth Flowers is tonight a free man after he saw two serious firearm related offenses withdrawn. Less than two years ago, on July thirty-first, 2014, police charged Flowers [...]

Local Media and Police Department Hold Roundtable
This morning, representatives from various media houses converged at the Eastern Division South Headquarters on Raccoon Street to participate in a special intervention with the police department.  The purpose of [...]

A Reef Scorecard for Belize’s Barrier Reef System
Today, various entities dedicated to the important work of preserving and protecting our natural heritage presented what they are calling a reef scorecard. It’s all about getting Belize’s Barrier Reef [...]

Is There the Political Will to Improve Belize’s Rank on Endangered List?
The gist of the report card session today is that the government is doing some things right, but there is more that needs to be done, and more that needs [...]

G.O.B. Scores Poorly on Environmental Regulations
Of the six indicators, G.O.B. received the worst marks in the area of environmental regulations. Candy Gonzalez was scathing in her evaluation, and told News Five that recent projects have [...]

Are Environmental N.G.O.s Being Extorted?
And while developers have an impact on the movement by G.O.B. entities like the Department of the Environment, Gonzalez says there is also a definite impact on the N.G.O. community [...]

A First-of-its-kind Community Meeting is Held Online
Community Policing meets Social Media in the Rural Eastern Division…it’s a brand new concept which seems to have taken off in grand style. Faced with having to deal with a [...]

Summer Program for Kids in RED Jurisdiction
And the innovation coming out of the Rural Eastern Division doesn’t end with that community meeting. That formation is also looking to keep youths occupied over the summer, with a [...]

Healthy Living – Student Life Before and After Stella Maris Part II
Last week, we introduced you to three teens who were a part of the 2016 graduating class of Stella Maris School. It is a big year for the school as [...]


CARICOM’s 37th Regular Meeting Ends in Guyana with Expressed Support for Belize’s Sovereignty
The 37th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) concluded yesterday in Georgetown, Guyana following two days of meetings among member countries. This regular session signalled the start of a new Chairman in the name of Honorable Roosevelt Skerrit, the Prime Minister for Dominica who took over from […]

Belize and Guyana Plan for Further Cooperation
Belize and Guyana have signed an agreement that seeks to deepen commercial, economic, technical and cultural cooperation. The agreement focuses on cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, tourism, energy, marine affairs, education, agriculture, sports, culture, security, youth affairs and other sectors that may be viewed as mutual interests by the two countries. The signing […]

Missing Cheque Leaves from BEST Cashed Out
Earlier today we told you of monies that went missing from the Belize Enterprise for Sustainable Technology (BEST). It turns out that monies are missing, the question tonight, however, is from where? Six cheque leaves had gone missing from a cheque book for BEST and three of them were reportedly cashed at Heritage Bank branches […]

Gunmen Apprehended for the Murder of Michael Lopez
Two men were killed within hours of each other yesterday in Belize City. That was not the end of the violence as at around seventy thirty last night, another life was lost. Twenty two year old Michael Lopez of Jones Street was executed, reportedly by two perpetrators on a motorcycle. Today, Assistant Commissioner of Police, […]

Yearwood Says No Need to Fear the Streets
This morning the police from Eastern Division North spoke about the murder of Tevin Palmer that occurred yesterday evening on Castle Street. Inspector Hilberto Romero, Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigation Branch gave the details stating that the deadly shooting started at a social gathering. HILBERTO ROMERO: “At 3am or 4am on Wednesday July 6 […]

Castle Street Home Scorched Following Palmer’s Murder
Hours after the murder of Tevin Palmer on Castle Street, the house in which the deadly shooting occurred was burnt down. Police have confirmed that it is a case of arson and are looking for suspects. Inspector Hilberto Romero, Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigation Branch spoke about the fire. HILBERTO ROMERO: “Initial investigation so […]

Investigators Say Recent Murders Are Linked; One Person Has Been Charged
Yesterday’s second murder victim was nineteen year old Devin Parham. Parham was heading home from socializing with his cousin when they both came under fire on Cemetery Road. Parham’s cousin fled the scene unhurt however, Parham was not so lucky. He received multiple gunshots and died on the scene. Today, Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester […]

Collaboration Begins with Media and Police
Today a successful event called “Media Dialogue” with the Eastern Division South Police and the media houses of Belize City was held. Five media houses were present including Love News. The meeting was to discuss the ongoing relationship between the two parties, sharing ideas, and finding solutions to concerns. Issues such as covering more positive […]

Musa Wants Meeting with PM Barrow
The slaughter that took place on the streets of the old capital yesterday has taken three young men in its wake and has brought on anticipation of further heat on the streets as well as criticisms towards the Belize Police Department. With social media being the popular platform for responses and commentaries on national issues, […]

Rural Police and RESTORE Belize Recruit Business Minded Youth
This morning, the Eastern Division Rural Police held a press conference to announce their new initiative to promote entrepreneurship among the youth of the Belize District. Assistant Commissioner of Police Edward Broaster spoke about the initiative. EDWARD BROASTER “ The Division partnered with RESTORE Belize in this initiative. Mary Vasquez, spoke about the importance for […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Byron Pope doped; suspended for two years
Cyclist Byron Pope is out of competition locally and within the region for the next two years, after he was suspended by the Results Management Authority of the Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (RADO-CAM). Pope, a former KREM Classic champion and contender, failed a test following the […]

Belize Government rated fair in protecting Barrier Reef
Belize’s Barrier Reef has been listed on the World Heritage Sites in Danger since 2009, and is tipped to remain there when the UNESCO World Heritage Committee considering the issue meets next week. So how is Belize’s Government performing in enacting and maintaining policies that […]

Fire destroys City home, Police suspect arson
Fire officials are combing the remains of a home on B Castle Street that was destroyed early this morning by fire. Heather Foreman’s home became engulfed by fire around midnight. The 40-year-old’s neighbor informed officers that he heard dogs barking around 11:30 and shortly after […]

Three shootings, three dead on Wednesday in the city
The Belize City Streets were stained in red on Wednesday afternoon and night as three separate shootings claimed three lives. The first is reported to have occurred at about 3:00 p.m. when Tevin Palmer, 20, was reportedly shot inside his house on Castle Street by one […]

Boy police rescued from drowning dies
There is sad closure to a story we reported last week, where three police officers who are members of the Eastern Division (North) Strike Team were commended by their commanders for rescuing a 12 year old boy from the waters of the Caribbean Sea, after he jumped […]

Eastern Division (Rural) teams up with RESTORE Belize on job creation fair
Do you have a creative idea for a business? Then you may want to apply to the Police Department Eastern Division and RESTORE Belize to see if your idea can win 5 thousand dollars. The results will be displayed in August at a job creation fair […]

Northside Police chase suspects in murder, arson
Police in Eastern Division (North) seek three suspects in connection with the murder of 20 year old Tevin Palmer of Castle Street of Belize City and a subsequent arson at his residence. According to Superintendent of police Hilberto Romero, the men they seek are intimates […]

Mexican Producers block borders with Belize
Belizeans interested in traveling to Mexico today may need to reschedule their travels as agricultural producers have planned a road block at the borders of Mexico with Belize today as a form of protest to their government. Reports indicate that the Democratic Farmers Union (Unión […]


Kids can have fun here too!
For children, summer vacation = no school, which makes it the perfect time for those long family vacations. Summer camps offer the perfect opportunity for your children to enjoy their time off while learning new skills and cultures! The northernmost district in the Belize is known for its rich Mestizo culture and each summer, the Corozal House of Culture hosts their Summer Art Wave Camp with this in mind. Youth from across the district are invited to participate in this free program, aimed at rekindling their cultural ties. Divided into three separate workshops, Summer Art Wave has something for everyone. If you find yourself in the heart of the Cayo District, the San Ignacio & Santa Elena House of Culture will also be hosting a Summer Art Wave Camp. Their summer program will include a Corn Leaf Doll Making Workshop (runs from July 4th to 8th and recommended for children 15 and over); a Theatre and Breakdance Workshop (runs from July 18th to 22nd and recommended for children 12 and over); and a Creole Drumming and Rhythm Workshop (runs from July 25th to August 5th and recommended for participants between the ages of 9 to 24). For information on how to partake in any of these fun workshops contact 824-0783.

Top Gun At the Truck Stop On Ambergris Caye: I Certainly Haven’t Lost that Loving Feeling
Talk to me Goose. Few movies epitomize the 80s like Top Gun…Raiders of the Lost Ark, Breakfast Club, Splash, Working Girl, Raising Arizona. I love them all. As someone born in 1973, the 80s were MY decade. So when The Truck Stop announced that they were showing iconic TOP GUN for their Wednesday night movie, I was all in. It’s such a super cool place to watch a movie, grab an ice cream cone and a drink and as soon as the sun sets…it’s curtain time. First I had to find out my call name with this Call Name generator. Maverick, Goose, Iceman, Slider, Jester and Lt. Rebecca “Suitcase” Coutant. Ugh. Better than any movie theater I know. We got there early…to watch the sunset. The place was PACKED about an hour later. I went for an ice cream dinner and then settled into my seat. The waiter service is so great during the movie – for drinks and food. What a beautiful place to watch ONE AWESOME MOVIE.

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Outsourced joy shared in Belize
In the village of San Joaquin, Belize, a leaky tin roof attempts to protect a family from the incessant summer rain. Three children sharing a bed fantasize about seeing “Finding Dory” on the big screen, but the nearest movie theater is in Mexico. It was in this tiny village that I struck gold. The treasure I discovered on a recent mission trip to Belize wasn’t a souvenir I squeezed into my suitcase. Instead, I carried it home in my heart, a single message: the joy of the Lord is our strength. I saw this message in the raised, shaking hands of a Belizean woman praying for her brother to know the Lord and be healed. I felt it resounding in the mealtime laughter of my teammates after an exhausting day. I heard it in the fervent cries to the Lord of “Gracias, Señor! Gracias!” at a prayer service.

The American gymnastics superstar set to steal the show at the Rio Olympics
It was more than a decade ago when Nellie Biles looked out of the window of her Texas house and saw little Simone perched on the mailbox. This was, apparently, something that Simone liked to do to entertain her friends. “She would climb onto the mailbox,” says Simone’s mother, “and flip off the mailbox. I didn’t realize she was doing it.” Nellie grew up in Belize and came to Texas to study to become a nurse but had no sports background. Simone, who played no other sports, got into gymnastics because she was “hyper” (Nellie’s word) and because she loved it. “I tried to get her to do something else and she wouldn’t,” Nellie said. “[Simone] was very easy,” she added. “Always wanting to have fun. Not a pouty child.” The ease – or apparent ease – is very much a part of Simone’s appeal. Her floor exercise is full of bounces as much as leaps, with the occasional sashay and the more-than-occasional smile. In fact, in the middle of a routine at the P&G Championships, she winked at Shawn Johnson, who was sitting in the stands.

CARICOM to create new prime ministerial sub-committee on cricket
Effective governance of Caribbean cricket has long been an issue under the radar of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders and incoming CARICOM chairman, prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, told media operatives at a press conference held at the end of the 37th regular meeting of the conference of CARICOM heads on Wednesday evening that, having discussed cricket, a new prime ministerial sub-committee will be created. “There were two before; one on governance issues and one of the larger issues confronting cricket… this is a new committee on cricket mandated to examine all matters relating to the development of cricket which is a very wide area of concentration,” Skerrit said. In March, Grenada’s Prime Minister Keith Mitchell threatened to step down as chairman of CARICOM’s sub-committee on cricket governance, after being at the forefront of spearheading efforts to affect the restructuring of the West Indies Cricket Board. He also endorsed the 2015 Barriteau Report provision, which recommended the immediate dissolution of the WICB.

Regional leaders planning global conference on likely banking crisis
CARICOM leaders are planning a global conference in the Caribbean “in the not-too-distant future” to assess appropriate responses to issues related to corresponding banking relationships. Regional countries have warned that corresponding banks, which enable the provision of domestic and cross-border payments and terminated in some jurisdictions, could adversely affect their economic development and have been making representations to countries such as the United States in a bid to reverse the trend. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who is leading the CARICOM initiative, told the Caribbean Media Corporation that his committee would be recommending to regional leaders at their annual summit that ended Wednesday in Georgetown the staging “of a global stakeholder conference” to bring all the players together. “We are also looking at the possibility of engaging different advocacy groups in the United States and Britain to ensure that we get across our message effectively,” he said, noting that the Caribbean’s position could be further enhanced with the various charities and foundations complaining of their inability to do business because of the corresponding banking situation.


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  • Re: Today's Belize News: July 8, 2016 [Re: Marty] #515835
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