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Today's Belize News: September 15, 2016 #517545
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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

DOE charges American-Registered Vessel after grounding in Belize Waters
On September 3, 2016, the Belize Coast Guard (BCG) informed that a civilian vessel ‘Rumba’, which was registered in Delaware, USA, was grounded on the Belize Barrier Reef in the area of Hatchet Caye located east-northeast of Placencia. Following the incident, a formal Environmental Damage Assessment was made which resulted in the Department of the Environment (DOE) charging Rumba a fine of $31,500. According to a spokesperson for the DOE, Rumba damaged 3% of corals in the secured area, and the fine has been paid. This is the third vessel to be grounded in Belizeans waters this year. The DOE reminds the public that coral reefs are significant to the health of the ocean. The reef protects the shoreline from erosion, and humans from storm damage.

Rebecca Rath is Miss Belize Universe
After a ten year hiatus, the Miss Belize Universe pageant returned to seek its newest representative. A total of 10 lovely ladies: Neidy Rodriguez, Theotisha Hall, Shamra Palacio, Mariah Swaso, Marlaine Heron, Kimberly Price, Macia Moody, Rebecca Rath, Lyanne Reid, and Dianira Rivera, vied for the title of Miss Belize 2016 and the opportunity to represent at Miss Universe 2017 in Manila, Philippines. After competing at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts in Belize City on Saturday night, September 10th, 23 year-old Rebecca Rath of Dangriga earned the grand title, and was crowned ‘Miss Belize 2016’. In an interview with Channel 5 News (Belize City), Rath expressed her love for her country, and her determination to represent Belize. She shared her pageant experience, which she believes was not stereotypical. “A lot of people think that a pageant is all about outer beauty, but you’re choosing a representative for your country. You need to make sure that that person is well rounded, confident and believes in the things that they are advocating for, and so it’s much more than what people think. It’s not just looking pretty, wearing heels and smiling for all those pictures; you want to be able to be an example for everyone.

Belize joins the fight to save the White-Lipped Peccary from extinction
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) hosted a symposium at the XX Mesoamerican Society for Conservation Biology Congress that brought together the leading scientists in Mesoamerica for an emergency assessment of the rapidly declining white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari), known locally as ‘warree’. The main objectives of the symposium were to map the current known locations of the remaining populations of white-lipped peccary and to determine the extent of range loss for the species in the region. The white-lipped peccary has become endangered in Mesoamerica because of hunting pressure and the removal of forests for agriculture. This species is one of the wonders of the Americas, being the only large mammal that moves in large herds in forested environments. The home ranges of a herd of peccary can be up to 120 square kilometers, and the herds can number up to 200 individuals. Herd sizes like this are becoming more rare as hunting disrupts their social structure.

Island student injured in traffic accident
Five-year-old Alden Delgado, a student of San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School, was knocked down by a taxi cab on Coconut Drive on Monday, September 12th, as he attempted to cross the street while on his way home for lunch. The taxi driver immediately picked up the boy and took him to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, where he received prompt medical attention. The boy’s family told The San Pedro Sun that they were glad that nothing serious happened to Alden. They were grateful that the taxi driver was responsible in bringing their child to the health centre, and that he made himself liable for any expenses as a result of the accident. The family was also satisfied with the service provided at the polyclinic by the nurses who quickly tended to their son. “The medical personnel at the polyclinic were very quick in taking care of my son. I want to thank them for such a great service,” said the mother. After receiving medical treatment at the polyclinic, Delgado was released with just an abrasion to his right arm. According to the medical personnel at the health centre, no broken bones or internal injuries were found during the medical examination. They expect the boy to recover quickly and be back to school in a few days.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Join us this week at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar! Thursday at 2p.m

UP NEXT ON OUR CALENDAR....FOR THE TEENS! SOAK'A WET FETE! Please note that there will not be any liquor for sale. This is an Alcohol-free event.

Power interruption 6:00am to 2:00pm, Sunday, September 18 Corozal area
Power interruption 6:00am to 2:00pm, Sunday, September 18: entire Corozal Town, Altamira, San Antonio, Santa Rita Heights, Vivas Layout, Paraiso, Chula Vista, and Consejo, Ranchito, San Andres, Xaibe, Canlum, Patchakan, Carolina, Calcutta, San Joaquin, Pueblo Viejo, Saltillos, Copper Bank, Chunox, Orchid Bay & Sarteneja. BEL to conduct critical maintenance & testing of equipment at Corozal Substation & replace arrestors & power transformer at Free Zone Substation.

Cayo September Celebration Concert
Lord Rhaburn and Lord Laro, along with the New Sensation Band, will be playing at the Sacred Heart Auditorium this Saturday, September 17th, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Jewel.

National Day of Service
Reminder! Monday is Belize's National Day of Service, observed in honor of the late Hon. George Price. Do you have plans to give back on September 19?

Vendors for Independence Countdown show
Want to sell food or drinks at the Independence Countdown show? Visit us at the San Pedro Town Council or Call us at 226-2936 for more information!

Sign up your Group or Float now at the San Pedro Town Council!
You can visit us on Barrier Reef Drive or call us at 226-2936.

On Saturday, the 10th of September of 2016, the town celebrated the Battle of St. George's Caye anniversary by hosting its traditional uniform parade with all the school and businesses. During the ceremony, Pastor Clive Welsh offered his blessings upon those that attended after the National Anthem was beautifully sung by belizean artists Missy B Herrera and Ernestine Carballo. Following the invocation was the welcome address by Mayor Daniel Guerrero where he expressed his gratitude to the Lord for blessing San Pedro Town with spectacular weather to carry out the parade and shared with everyeone a brief history on the Battle of St. George's Caye. Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism and Civil aviation was next where he also delivered some remarks in regards to the celebration with he believes is of great importance in the history of our country. As tradition, the winner of the Miss San Pedro pageant is officially coronated during this ceremony where she is presented with her cape, crown and ceptre. The parade through town followed immediately after the official coronation of Miss San Pedro and ended back at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex where the children were treated to refreshing ideals. On behalf of Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff, we would like to congratulate Marisha Thompson on her new role as Miss San Pedro 2016-2017!

I've been on Smart's new home service for a week now...
Good news first... it's fast. I bought the 25mbps down / 12mbps up service. I've been dying for faster upstream ever since moving to Belize 6 years ago, and even long before on my many extended visits before. I can honestly say, I'm getting the speeds I'm paying for and probably will not be able to get anything better until BTL wires the island with fiber. Skype has been clear and solid. Netflix has never been clearer. File transfers don't drop before completion. And my VPN connection is much more stable. Now for the not so good news... I've had a few problems. The first thing I've noticed is that while I get a great 15ms ping to Belize City, I'm getting 100ms to 160ms pings to the USA and Mexico. For those who don't really know what that means, connections being made to servers outside of Belize will be slow. Once a connection has been made, the data will transfer across that connection blazingly fast. Depending on the application, it will be barely noticeable or it will be frustratingly slow. If your app is making one connection and using it consistently, you will barely notice. If it makes connections, disconnects and then reconnects, you will probably get frustrated quickly.

Miss Belize at Stann Creek Ecumenical Junior College
Miss Belize Rebecca Rath returned to her alma mater Stann Creek Ecumenical Junior College for a homecoming event like no other! "Then, the most wonderful homecoming party I could imagine! At Stann Creek Ecumenical High school at 2:00 pm with the Mayor, Delille Academy and EJC students, Dangriga BTIA plus friends and family!"

TONIGHT: The Tribute to Belizean Patriots
The Tribute to Belizean Patriots at Bliss Center for Performing Arts! This free event begins at 7 p.m. Among the honorees are men and women who have made contributions in the areas of health, the arts, sports, education, religion and community service. Danny Conorquie will be posthumously honored for public security safety.

September Celebrations 2016
Will Moreno Photography

Channel 7

Teachers Give GOB List of 7 Demands; PM Responds
The teachers are ready to rumble, and today they put their teachers on notice. The union says it has a mandate of industrial action from its members and sent out a memo today urging them to wear their green t-shirts as part of an event called "Stand Up for Belize: Solidarity Stand". And that's only a warm up for Monday when there will be a National Demonstration and Rally in Belmopan. Now all this stems from a letter the Union has written to the Prime Minister demanding good governance. It contains 8 demands which the union, quote, "believes will ensure at the very least, that systems will be put in place to cultivate this good governance." The union has given the PM until Friday to respond favourably to their letter and, quote, "in the absence of this response the Union intends to proceed with…industrial action." But even if the PM does respond favourably, the union is going ahead with the protest on Monday. And if they don't get the response they want, the union says it has, quote, "planned a schedule of further Industrial Actions that our Union will not hesitate to engage in, post Monday but we await the PM's response to signal activation."

DPM Says GOB Didn't Cave in On Select Committee
We also got a chance to ask the Deputy Prime Minister about the Government backpedalling on the House Committee that will look into the Auditor General's reports. Up until yesterday, the Government was pushing for a Joint Special Select Committee, comprising of members of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, to investigate the findings of the Auditor General on immigration practices between 2011 and 2013. Yesterday, the Government, in a dramatic reversal, decided to support a Senate Select Committee as the means of the investigation into the reports. When the topic came up, the DPM disagreed that for the government to cave on this issue is a sign of weakness. Here's how he explained it: Hon. Patrick Faber - Deputy Prime Minister: "It is testimony to the kind of leadership offered by the prime minister and by our cabinet that we would yield to the better judgement of these entities that have said prime minister and cabinet and Mr. Government that listen this we believe is a better way; we no see anything wrong with this mechanism. These are the reasons, we respect that you had another way but we believe even if you want to make it an argument that constitutionally - the way it is expected to go for whatever reason the government has now realised and agreed that this is what people want."

Beloved Bus Boy Blasted by Bullets
A well-known city bus conductor was shot and killed last night around 10:00. 29 year old Raul Medina also known as DJ Fusion was walking along Central American Boulevard when a swarm of gunmen shot him. Was Medina the intended target or was he at the wrong place at the wrong time? Well, the family is puzzled and nobody seems to have the answers. Courtney Weatherburne went out to find out more about Medina murder. The Lemoth and Sons bus was on its regular rounds this morning in the Port Loyola Area. While the bus route and stops were the same, the ride wasn't. That's because everyone's favourite bus conductor Raul Medina wasn't on it. Voice of Wendell Lemoth – Employer & Friend: "He always comes on the bus you know, always be friendly with the passengers and help the ladies with their bags. S lot of the customers really love Raul because sometimes the ladies come home from a long day of work and we play some music on the bus and Raul would dance for the ladies to give them a little entertainment you know."

Police Clarify Details in Medina Murder, Case Promising
Now while the street reports are that Medina was shot to the head, the police have a different account. We spoke to Southside Commander Chester Williams today and he told us that Medina was shot to the neck and stomach. Williams gave us more details about the investigation so far. ACP Chester Williams - Regional Commander, Eastern Division South: "He was approached by 4 male persons in a Mitsubishi Montero Sport and from that vehicle someone fired multiple shots at him which caught him to the neck and abdomen and he was transported to the hospital and he succumbed to his injuries." Daniel Ortiz: "Do police have any ideas at this time, any leads as to why this gentleman was murdered in this fashion?" ACP Chester Williams - Regional Commander, Eastern Division South: "Well I don't really want to go into the character of the deceased but the persons who are suspect at this time; we are pursuing them, they are the same persons who were the suspects in the stabbing at the ITVET during the Soca Fest or whatever they had at ITVET. So we are pursuing them at this time, we have one of them in custody already. The vehicle we know who the vehicle belong to, there are certain things found inside the vehicle that will lead us to other person who may have been involved and we are pursuing them at this time."

Former Immigration Director Vexed With Audit Assertions
Maria Marin was Acting Director of Immigration from early 2013 until mid-2016. That was a time of sweeping change in procedures at the Department – and it's also when the Auditor General's team was in there. When they left, they had no kind words for Marin, accusing her putting up resistance to the audit team, basically denying them the access needed. That single accusation is what drove Marin to our studio today to make it clear that she never denied anything to the audit team. We also used the opportunity to ask her to defend her reputation against the many alleged cases of irregularities at the Department while she was in charge. Here's her interview with Jules Vasquez:… Jules Vasquez: "In the nationality report in particular your name is in there 72 times. Just about maybe minus 4 so your name is in there 72 times involved in various irregular immigration procedures. Were you ever asked to answer well yes I can explain that or alright no comment." Maria Marin - Former Immigration Director: "At no time." Jules Vasquez: "You were never interviewed about these various…your name is mentioned 72 times in the nationality."

Handling Mason With Case With Care, Cops Cause Court Delay
For two months now, accused murderer, kidnapper, and conman William Danny Mason has been behind bars. He's waiting for his day in court, after being accused of the beheading murder Pastor Lucas, and kidnapping David Dodd. In the wake of that discovery, a scandal raged about his connections to members of the Barrow Government and the senior Police Officers. It eventually led to the Prime Minister removing the Police portfolio from John Saldivar and reassigning it to Godwin Hulse. Since then, the William Mason scandal has kind of died down, but he and his fellow defendants, Ashton Vanegas, Keron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo, have been on remand at the prison. They were supposed to have been given disclosure from the police, which is basically the investigators outlining what sort of evidence they have to prove the criminal case against them.

Why Ministers Recommend...
Just a while ago you heard our conversation with former Immigration Director Maria Marin. She's disavowed any involvement in irregularities. So, what about the Ministers whose names are called? Well, the Senate inquiry will have to look into those instances, but we wondered today about Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber. He is also one of those Minister's whose name does not so how, and we asked him about his activities trying to intervene on behalf of residents of Collet. He told us that he has encountered voters who asked him to do unethical things to assist them, and but he tries his very best to stay away from that kind of service. Here's what he had to say about why Ministers have it hard walking the straight and narrow: Daniel Ortiz: "Have you encountered situations where you feel like your constituency are demanding too much of you to take steps which you are not comfortable with?" Hon. Patrick Faber - Deputy Prime Minister: "I believe that what is deemed to be corruption on the part of politicians often stem from in your constituency so by extension the entire nation that you serve; you took an oath to serve them comes from people pressing you. You have to really be strong in the business of politics to keep a clean nose you know. I'll give you some very common examples that all can relate to."

Despicable Dad Charged for Incest with Daughter
A man has been charged with 2 counts of incest after he had sex with his 15-year-old daughter. The girl reported to police that her father molested her in February 2015 and then again during this month. A medical examination certified that she was carnally known. The father will be taken to court tomorrow.

Future of Transport Service, Still Under Consultation
The meetings and negotiations on increased bus fares and improved transport service continues. As we told you last week, Minister of State for Transport Edmond Castro had met with bus operators from the west as well as taxi associations operating at the Western Border. Well, Castro has extended the discussions to operators from the south. Nothing has been confirmed or approved as yet but in a release sent today it re-iterates that “Hon. Castro is taking all the matters discussed to Cabinet and the Transport Board.”

The Symbolism of Sarstoon Island Eco Challenge
The Sarstoon Island Eco Challenge is planned for this Saturday. As we've told you – the event is for a canoe and kayaking race from Barranco around the Sarstoon island and back. Now, the BDF warns that the Wil Maheia and the Belize Territorial Volunteers are tempting fate and inviting a confrontation with the Guatemalans. Wil Maheia came by our studio today to say they are simply exercising their rights as Belizeans:… Wil Maheia - Sarstoon Island Eco Challenge: "Well I think it's a good opportunity to show the patriotism of Belizeans and the eco part of it. As you know 3 rivers empty into area the Moho, the Timash and the Sarstoon; so from an ecological perspective that area is very fragile and hence of the reasons why we as the territorial volunteers feel it is a very important area to highlight based on the exploitations that have been taking place in there." "I must say though within the last month I've been to the area no less than 6 times and everytime I've been there the BDF and coast guards have been on patrol and they have been on patrol and I haven't seen illegal fishing taken place."

Faber: Church State Commission Is Open Door To Many Matters
One other topic which Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber wanted to discuss is the Church State Commission. That's the working group that the Government agreed to with the different leaders of the churches last week. Well, since then, there have been concerns that this Commission is solely going to influence Government Policies on public morality. Well, Faber wanted to clear up today that the Commission will not have the mandate on decision-making. It is only a forum for the Government to be able to listen to the concerns of the church, on public morality issues, as well as anything else they may have an opinion on. Here's how he explained it: Hon. Patrick Faber - Deputy Prime Minister: "The church felt that it could play a greater role in advising the government in giving its views on certain things. Not limited to any one area but you'll understand that given the chief justice's ruling and given some of the noise that was in the air at the time that this had to be one of the issues that they saw to be needed first on the agenda of this entity that has been referred to as the morality commission that I choose to term in the interim as the church state commission..."

Police Need Witnesses For De-Andre's Murder
Police continue to investigate the September 10th murder of 17 year-old Deandre Nembhard, and the investigators may be making headway. They have identified a person of interest, but they need witnesses who are willing to come forward and give them solid evidence to lay charges. Today, Eastern Division South Commander Chester Williams explained the difficulty that they are having: Daniel Ortiz: "Sir we understand also the investigators may have some of interest for the murder of Deandre Nembhard; what details can you share with us?"

Major Volleyball Tournament In Belize
Today the Belize Volleyball Association held a press conference to introduce the team that will be representing Belize in the FIVB Men's World Championship Qualification Tournament. Belize will host six other teams who will face off in a round robin tournament. This tournament is the first stage in an international competition to earn a place in the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championships which, according to the BVA President, Allan Sharp, is the equivalent of the FIFA World Cup. As the host country there is a lot of pressure for the home team to do well, but the coaching staff is not too worried about the team's capabilities. The team has trained together since February 2016, under Cuban coach Delio Arruebarrena, who is no stranger to high level play. And when asked about what gives the Belize team the edge in a tournament with such high level players, President Allan Sharp had this to say: Allan Sharp - President: "I think the fan base will be important and that same fan base will be important in motivating our guys. We know in this tournament very few teams will beat up the next team, you will be catching a team on a bad night for somebody to just beat up the next side; it's going to be a battle."

Today 13 city kids graduated from the Larubeya Drum School in Belize City where they learned to play and make drums. We spotted by for the closing ceremony to find out how impactful this program was. If you are interested or want to send her kids to the drum school you can call 670-0590.

Pachuca Punished Police United FC For Historic Trouncing
And our final story tonight is one we wish we didn’t have to report. It’s the utterly embarrassing final of last night’s Champion’s League matchup between Mexico’s Champion Pachuca and Belize’s Police United FC. When we reported on it, the score was nine to nil; well at the end of 90 minutes it was 11 to nil – a Champions League record for the all time worst beating. Here’s how the losing Coach and Goalkeeper summed it up:… Police United has been eliminated but must still go on to play Olimpia. Mexico’s Hirving Lozano scored Champions League record four goals. The Mexican Coach tried hard not to rub it in our faces, but had to admit that they only used their players from their A selection:.. The previous record for an all time worse defeat in this tournament was 10 to 1.

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Channel 5

Government anticipates strike action by teachers – but is there anything to dispute?
Having made concessions on Tuesday for a Senate Select Investigation on Immigration; government has another hot potato in its hands.  That’s because the Belize National Teachers Union may be gearing-up [...]

Deputy P.M. and Minister of Education concludes action is “politically motivated”
The flyer that the minister refers to was circulated today. The B.N.T.U. makes seven demands for good governance as part of its “Stand Up for Belize Campaign.” As we reported [...]

Immigration minister, Godwin Hulse, is not selected for Senate Select Committee
Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse will not sit on the Senate Select Committee to investigate the Auditor General’s Special Audit on the Immigration Department. Both the People’s United Party and [...]

Faber says Prime Minister Barrow acted as head of Executive following receipt of Auditor General’s reports
Does the Prime Minister have the power to name the senators who will form the Senate Select Commission?  That’s what we asked Minister Faber today, following concerns that the PM [...]

William Mason and co-accused back in court but disclosure for murder case is delayed
This morning, the man who befriended a long list of ministers and highly connected personalities, forty-six year old murder suspect William “Danny” Mason, of Intelco Hill, Belmopan made another appearance [...]

Acting prosecutor in Mason case insists police doing fine without international help on Mason case
During his post-court appearance interview, ACP Chester Williams also addressed the matter of further and direct international assistance with the William Mason case. According to Williams, police have recovered from [...]

Cayo South representative Julius Espat stripped of pay and office stipend following suspension
He was controversially dragged from the House of Representatives by security forces on August twenty-sixth in a heated conclusion to a battle royal with Speaker Michael Peyrefitte, after being chided [...]

Espat confirms he will go to court over “improper procedure” in House
Espat told us that he had written the National Assembly to inquire about his status, and he is still not sure if the letter issued today is a response. That [...]

P.U.P. condemns attacks on Auditor General
In other news, the People’s United Party issued a release today condemning the vicious and completely unwarranted personal attacks on Auditor-General Dorothy Bradley. It states that since the release of [...]

Another City murder; four men detained for death of bus conductor Raul Medina
Twenty-nine year old Raul Medina was met with a spray of bullets at about nine-thirty on Tuesday night at the corner of Central American Boulevard and Helen Middleton Street in [...]

Suspect detained in Deandre Nembhard murder but do police have their man?
Meanwhile, police also have a suspect detained in connection with the weekend murder of seventeen year old Deandre Nembhard. The minor was at a house on Croton Lane, a short [...]

Two Belize City men sentenced for illegal gun and ammunition
Two Belize City men claimed they were set up by police, but that allegation did not hold water and they were convicted in the courtroom of Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser [...]

In Cattle Landing, elected independent village council slate find themselves out of office
Village council elections are just about concluded in the Toledo District where a number of independent slates contested the leadership of their respective communities.  In Cattle Landing, a satellite community [...]

Territorial Volunteers return to Sarstoon for first Eco-Challenge race
The Belize Territorial Volunteers are organizing a first-of-its-kind competition in which kayakers will paddle from Barranco Village to Sarstoon River, circle once around Sarstoon Island and then return to the [...]

Illegal Logging in Sarstoon Temash National Park Still an Issue
While the BTV is not too worried about security issues at the border point, participants are not expected to cross over into Guatemalan territory.  As far as fishing and illegal [...]

“Morality Commission” to continue dialogue between Church and State
The Prime Minister announced last Friday that the Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber is the chair of what was loosely referred to as a morality commission. That name became the [...]

Will UNIBAM have a place on Morality Commission?
Outspoken gay rights activist Caleb Orozco has met with Church/State Commission Chairman Patrick Faber to discuss a place for minority groups, including UNIBAM, to be represented on the task force.  [...]

Team Belize introduced ahead of regional qualification tournament in men’s volleyball
In sporting news, there is a major championship tournament coming to Belize next week, in the sport of volleyball. Belize is hosting the International Volleyball Federation’s World Championship qualification tournament [...]

Coach says team is well-prepared for tournament which will be hosted in Belize
The competition begins next week Saturday at the Saint Catherine Academy Multi-Purpose Center on Marine Parade. Belize as hosts faces a tough road to try to reach the top two [...]

“Everything went wrong” in embarrassing eleven-nil Champions League loss
Eleven to nil….that is the most embarrassing score of the home game between Police United and Pachuca from Mexico which was held on Tuesday night. By our records, it is [...]


Teachers Vote Against Deferred Salary Adjustment
The Belize National Teachers Union was the only union in the Joint Negotiating Team which voted against the consideration of the three person salary adjustment until April of next year. The Public Service Union and the Association of Principal Secondary Senioer Managers voted in favor of the deferral. BNTU President Luke Palacio spoke on that […]

BNTU Wants Hulse Removed as Senator and Police Minister
In the letter sent to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, the Belize National Teachers Union, BNTU, demanded that the Senator representing Government Business, Godwin Hulse, be excluded from all aspects of the Senate Inquiry. The BNTU is also demanding that Senator Hulse be removed as Minister of Police. BNTU President Luke Palacio explained why they took […]

Teachers Plan to Skip Classes for Massive Demonstration
Teachers are skipping classes on Monday to stage a massive demonstration in Belmopan. The decision to do so was reaffirmed today during a meeting of the Orange Walk Branch of the Belize National Teachers Union. Then union is confident that all teachers from across the country will travel to Belmopan to express their discontent with […]

Deputy PM Explains Morality Commission
When it was announced that a Commission would be formed to look at public morality, there were a number of questions as to the committee’s mandate and jurisdiction. Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber who will head the committee, clarified what the commission is about. PATRICK FABER “I will say that I was not in the […]

Investigators Continue Following Leads Into Nembhard’s Homicide
Seventeen year old Diondre Nemhard was socializing at his aunt’s house last Saturday when a male individual walked into the yard and gunned him down in front of his family. One person has been detained in connection with the murder. Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams stated that police cannot ascertain if he is the […]

Raul Medina Murdered on the Boulevard
Yesterday a shooting in Belize City left one man dead. Police say that Raul Medina was walking on Central American Boulevard at around nine thirty last night. Medina was shot by individuals in a white vehicle. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams told us the details which show a connection between this latest murder and […]

PUP Calls for Personal Attacks to Cease Against Auditor General
The People’s United Party issued a release condemning what they say are vicious and completely unwarranted personal attacks on Auditor-General Dorothy Bradley. According to the PUP, since the release of the Auditor General’s report, a quote “shameful and cowardly campaign” has been waged against Bradley by UDP operatives. The PUP says both Prime Minister Dean […]

Chief Magistrate Grants Adjournment in Lucas’ Murder Case
Prosecutor in the case of Llewellyn Lucas murder, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams asked the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith for an adjournment at today’s hearing. Today was set aside for disclosure in the investigation against William Mason, Ashton Vanegas, Terrence and Kyron Fernandez and Ernest Castillo. ACP Williams explained the reason for his […]

Education Minister Weighs In on Teachers’ Demands
The situation between the Belize Teachers Union and the Ministry of Education continues tense. Today, as the Orange Walk Branch of the Union met, Minister of education Patrick Faber held a press Conference to discuss the ongoing issue of the deferment of salaries. Minister Faber stated that a letter was sent to the Prime Minister […]

Julius Espat Stripped of Payment As a Result of Suspension
Area Representative for Cayo South, Julius Espat received a letter this morning from the Clerk of Court of the National Assembly informing him that he has been cut off of funds for his division as well as his stipend. We spoke with Espat on the matter. JULIUS ESPAT “Well the letter I think is based […]


Embattled Senator changes his mind, again!
As we mentioned, the embattled Church Senator, Ashley Rocke has changed his mind as well on the issue of the Senate Select Committee. Rocke’s sudden flip flop in the Senate meeting where the motion for a Senate Select Committee was voted on, resulted in outcry of disbelief from the wider Church comm...

Joint Unions’ Negotiating Team mostly in favour of salary deferral, except for the BNTU
There was another press release from government today regarding the proposed deferral of salary adjustments until 2017. According to the press release, the Office of the Prime Minister has received the formal response of the Joint Unions’ Negotiating Team to Government’s request for cons...

Tampering Suspected With Blood of Accident Victim
The case of the Director of the Government Press Office, Dorian Pakeman, continues to take some interesting turns. As have been reported, Pakeman knocked down and killed Dean Dawson in March of this year. Inital reports were that Dawson may have been drunk at the time he was knocked down and killed....

New documentary on John McCafee and his life in Belize to be released
Remember John McCafee? Well, Showtime is getting ready to release a documentary on the eccentric millionaire who invented anti- virus software and was wanted for questioning in regards to murder on San Pedro Ambergris Caye. McCafee fled the country several years ago and has posted several videos si...

4 walked from kept firearm and ammunition and handling stolen goods charge
20 year old Ijaman Young of Belize City, 24 year old Parris Williams; 24 year old Kashief Gallego; and 23 year old Akeem Garcia, all of Maxboro area, Sandhill, were charged with keeping an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and one count each of handling stolen goods. This was in connection with a 9m...

Taiwan donates to keep the OAS office in the adjacency zone open
Taiwan has donated funds to keep the OAS office in the adjacency zone open. On Saturday, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, Benjamin Ho, handed over a donation to Lawrence Sylvestre, Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Starret Dickson Greene, Represent...

Belize receives grant to Make its Energy Sector More Climate Resilient
Belize received a US$8 million grant from the Global Environment Facility approved by the World Bank Board of Directors in order to strengthen the climate resilience of its energy sector as a result of a US$8 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved today by the World Bank B...

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Minister Elrington to attend ‘Our Ocean’ Conference
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release today stating that the United States of America Secretary of State John Kerry invited the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize, Wilfred Elrington, to attend the third annual Our Ocean Conference, held in Washington, D.C. […]

Castro meets with transport stakeholders for industry assessment
The public transportation system is undergoing a countrywide assessment and restructuring including the rationalization and regularization of rates. As a result of this, Minister of State with responsibility for Transport Edmond Castro met with bus operators from Stann Creek and Toledo. Castro was accompanied […]

Simone Biles reveals she suffers with ADHD
Simone Biles, the American Olympian with ties to Belize, revealed this week that she suffered with the condition ADHD after Russian hackers leaked her medical records online. Biles had tested positive for methylphenidate, also often known as Ritalin, the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) disclosed. […]

Minister Castro discusses transportation matters with Galen University
Minister of state with responsibility for Transport, Edmund Castro met with representatives from the faculty and student body of Galen University to discuss matters relating to public transportation. Sherry A. Gibbs, Dean of Arts and Science; and Martin Cuellar, Dean of Student Life, Student […]

Julius Espat reportedly has funding cut
This morning, area Representative for Cayo South, Julius Espat reportedly received a letter from the Clerk of Court of the National Assembly informing him that he has been cut off of funds for his division as well as his stipend. This is a developing […]

Tropic gives over $600 to Liberty Children’s Home
Tropic Air, as part of its ongoing #TropicGivesBack charitable campaign, donated $635 to the Liberty Children’s Home in Ladyville on Wednesday morning. A check was presented to Agatha Valentine of the Liberty Children’s Home by Tropic Air Belize district station manager Rudolph Perez and […]

BNTU takes it to the streets
The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) has planned a national demonstration for Monday September 19 in Belmopan. The union is demanding good governance. They have written to the Prime Minister with a list of seven demands that they believe will cultivate good governance […]

PUP calls for Senate Special select committee composition to be determined by Senate
The People’s United Party (PUP) issued a press release yesterday stating the party is pleased with Cabinet’s heeding to the call of the people by now deciding to support a Senate Special Select committee inquiry into the Auditor General’s Special Audit report. The party […]

Southside Belize City learn to make drums
The executing agency for the Youth and Community Transformation (YCT) Project through the ministry of Human Development, Social transformation and Poverty Alleviation, will be hosting a closing ceremony for the drum making classes today at 4:30 pm at the Larubeya Drum School, 7173 Ceasar […]

Police delay disclosure, ask for William Mason matters to be consolidated in Belize City
This morning William “Danny” Mason and four others accused of murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping reappeared in Belize City Magistrate’s Court before Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith. Disclosure was scheduled to be given but this has been delayed to November 9th, […]

Cayo Special Constables Committee celebrates five year anniversary
The Cayo Special Constables Committee is a group of volunteers who work hand in hand with the Cayo Police Department in combating crime. The group is actively involved in patrols, and assisting the police especially during Easter and Christmas Holidays, September celebrations and parades. […]

Letter to the Editor: Barrow’s Bubble Bursts – The Belizean Economy in Freefall Recession
The following is a letter submitted to the editor by the Belize Progressive Party. Our last recession in Belize occurred in 2009 as a consequence of the bursting of the Housing Bubble that occurred in the United States commencing in the last quarter of 2007. The U.S. […]

Father rapes 15- year-old daughter in Cayo
Police in Belmopan have arrested a man for raping his 15-year-old daughter. According to reports, the 15-year-old girl, in the presence of a Social Worker, told police that sometime in February of 2015 and on September 2 that same year, her father raped her. […]

Two men shot in Belize City last night
There are reports that two men were shot in Belize city last night. One was shot to the head and another to the arm. Details are sketchy but unconfirmed reports are that the men were in the same car when they were shot. Reports […]

Officers complete emergency shelter training course
A two day shelter management training was conducted at the San Ignacio Police station by Jose Zuniga, a Disaster Risk Management Specialist and Corporal Ciriaco Medina, a community policing officer in San Ignacio. Ten officers took the training and are prepared not only to provide […]


Caye Caulker Belize
Caye Caulker Belize. What can I say about this island? What pictures can I show you that really represent Caye Caulker? I’m not yet a travel writer, and my travel and vacation photography skills need some practice, but I will share with you what I can. In June of 2016, my wife and I took a cruise (not my favorite form of vacation) to the Western Caribbean. Going to parts of the world we hadn’t seen before was the only way I would agree to a cruise. Not wanting to spend my shore time with people I didn’t really want to spend time with on board, I found independent shore trips for us to take. For our Belize City port of call, I found Caye Caulker – a tiny barrier island about an hour water taxi ride from Belize City. At the end of August 2016, we spent the last of our earned annual vacation and headed back to Caye Caulker Belize. During our planning, we learned that a lot of Americans retire to Central America, so we figured we’d start looking at some homes for sale in Caye Caulker. We were amazed at how affordable it can be to live on a Caribbean Island. Add home shopping to our List Of Things To Do!

An Unexpected Phone Call
Brooklyn Brothers Bagel Shop: Their official menu is coming soon and an exciting announcement about the shop. For now I included a few pics below of their signs and a news paper add that show some of their offerings. Also a good reason why you should like Brooklyn Brothers Facebook page to keep informed of their specials and prize draws. Since winning I found out of two other people I know also won prizes – both gift baskets. They came with bagel chips, coffee syrup, biscotti, Caye Coffee, one got a t-shirt and the other a hat. Their storefront is located in San Pablo area in the old Sausage Factory building next to Caye Coffee. Walk drive or taxi south of downtown about a mile or so. Not long after you make the left turn past the gas station, look for Marina’s turquoise store on your left. Take a right turn just before the store, follow the road till the end and make a left – you cannot miss it.

International Sourcesizz

NOAA Outlook for Central America September 15 – 21, 2016
During early September, increased rainfall accumulations were received throughout many coastal departments along the Pacific and Atlantic basins, with reduced rainfall totals observed for many interior departments, and throughout much of Guatemala. Over the past 30 days, there are several areas within Central America that have experienced both positive and negative precipitation trends and anomalies. Following a period of poor rainfall throughout parts of El Salvador and Nicaragua, increased rains during the last week has helped to alleviate dryness and moisture deficits. Conversely, strengthening moisture deficits have been observed throughout Guatemala. Although satellite rainfall estimates have depicted low and unseasonably erratic rains throughout central and western Nicaragua, ground reports indicate no negative impacts on cropping activities in Nicaragua.

Water Security in the Caribbean
Water security challenges in the Caribbean are unique to each country, however, common challenges have recently been identified. In the video above, Keith Nichols, the Project Development Specialist at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) speaks of the need for a strategic approach to develop the water sector, including the challenges facing the region. The GWP-C, with more than 80 partners in over 20 Caribbean territories, has developed a “Caribbean Regional Framework for Investment in Water Security and Climate Resilient Development.” The GWP-C’s Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) is executed in partnership with the CCCCC. Any entity can become a partner of the GWP-C.

Following Hurricane Earl, ECLAC Sets The Groundwork For Disaster Assessment In Belize
A team lead by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) sub-regional headquarters for the Caribbean carried out a mission to hurricane-struck Belize, to provide support to the government in its effort to undertake comprehensive assessment of the impact of Hurricane Earl, which hit in early August 2016, and to assist in the formulation of recommendations for recovery and reconstruction. The team included experts from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO). Hurricane Earl hit several towns, including San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Belize City, Ladyville, Belize River Valley, Orange Walk and Belmopan, causing infrastructure and building damage, while many roads and streets were blocked due to inland and coastal flooding.

How an award-winning documentarian unearthed a damning new case against John McAfee
At the Q&A following the premiere of Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee, a question came from the front of the audience: now that the film was out, was the director Nanette Burstein concerned for her safety? “We do have security here,” Burstein said, “there were some threats made by his acolytes threatening they were going to come.” It wasn’t clear whether Burstein was joking, and a patter of uneasy laughter rippled across the room. “Fortunately,” she said scanning the theater, “it seems okay.” Burstein has reason to be wary. Over the course of an hour a half, her documentary (a Showtime Documentary Film, premiering September 24th) lays out a searing body of evidence that suggests McAfee not only paid a hitman $5,000 to torture and kill his neighbor Greg Faull in Belize, but that he also had David Middleton, a local who had robbed his home, abducted, mutilated with knives and tasers, and dumped on the street to die. In addition, the film alleges McAfee drugged and raped his business partner Allison Adonizio. Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee, may be the most unexpectedly damning documentary since Andrew Jarecki’s The Jinx.

A History Lesson, Served as Coconut-Seafood Soup
When Sulma Arzu-Brown’s father traveled from his village in Honduras into the city, people pointed at him, at his black skin. When he spoke his language, people laughed. “They said, ‘Look at that monkey, goo goo gaga,’ ” Arzu-Brown told me. When it was time for her mother to be promoted at her job, she stood out a little too much. “Blanca,” her boss said to her, “I know you’re qualified, but I can’t give the job to you. You have family in the U.S. Go there. You’ll achieve there.” In the Bronx, where Sulma grew up speaking Spanish and English, she felt unknown. To her black friends, she was black. To others, she was Latina. “Sometimes, I’d be called Afro-Latino, but deep inside, I knew we were something else,” she said. “We were Garifuna.” Her parents, scarred from their humiliations, didn’t teach their daughter to speak their language. “But I knew we were Garifuna because we danced the punta at home,” Arzu-Brown says. “Because we ate hudutu.” Hudutu is a dish beloved by many Hondurans, but it comes specifically from the Garifuna. You can tell it’s from the tropical coast because it’s a soup of coconut milk, teeming with seafood. But its African roots seem clearer when you consider the fact that it’s always eaten with machuca, sweet and green plantains beaten to a mash that resembles the pounded yams of West Africa.

Aurelio Martínez & the Garifuna People: A History of African Resistance in the Americas
Aurelio Martínez laughs every two sentences, even when he describes the crimes of colonialism and slavery. Maybe, he says, it’s because Garifuna people are happy people. The Garifuna are a community of mixed-race people who inhabit Central America’s Atlantic coast, particularly in Honduras, where Martínez is from. The Garifuna people originated in the island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean. In 1635, the survivors of the wreck of a Spanish ship carrying people from Biafra, in modern-day Nigeria, to be sold as slaves in the Americas, were welcomed by the local Caribs. A few years later, another ship, this time Portuguese, suffered the same fate, and would-be slaves from Congo and Ghana joined their fellow Africans in St. Vincent. The Caribs, originally from nearby modern-day Venezuela, had immigrated to this island before and had killed most of the Arawak locals, but kept their women and started to have families with them. The African men and women joined them and adapted to their customs, creating a culture, which became known as Garifuna, for one of the last free islands in the Caribbean. However, beginning in 1719, both French and English troops tried to conquer the island and subject its inhabitants. The local resistance was strong, though, and the English were only able to topple the Garifuna in 1795, almost eight decades after their initial attacks. Two years later, the English decided to expel the Garifuna and ship them to Roatán, an island off the coast of what is now Honduras. From there, they expanded to their current territories.


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  • The Flavors of Belize, 3min. Experience the Flavors of Belize. Capture it Through the lens, through the people, through the traditions.

  • Belize Carnival 2016 -Belize Carnival Full HD, 12min.

  • Belize Carnival 2016- Belize Carnival 2017, 6min.

  • Victoria Reef off Ambergris Cay, Belize 9-12-16, 5min. My first dive at Belize reef. Monday 9-12-16 wi GoPro red filter, and new flat lens. This is the Victoria Tunnels area of reef- off Ambergris Caye diving with Ambergris Divers.

  • Mordu de la peche Belize city (Fishing), 46min.

  • Monkey Jump Fail, 1min. Monkey See Monkey Don't. At Xunantunich Mayan Ruins in Belize.

  • Panoramic video dive Dive shrine Belize 360 ​​vr [ 360 VR Video ], 3.5min.

  • Belize Carnival 2016 - Carnival Belize 2017, 4min.

  • Belize Parrot Wall, South Water Caye, 3min. Nice wildlife underwater in Belize.

  • SARSTOON ECO CHALLENGE!, 2.5min. All roads lead to Barranco village, Toledo district this Saturday, September 17 for a one of its kind kayak and dorey race to Sarstoon Island and back.

  • QUEENLORNA & "DAT" BELIZEAN DANCE SPIN (Pt. 1), 24min. The rare and exclusive interview of the pulsating Belizean cultural dancer and instructor, Lorna Smith, of the legendary Belize-Caribbean dance troupe, Elegant Flair Dancers, is a must see and long awaiting feature for the Belizean Legends audience. Queenlorna as she is called will entertain us with her thrilling dance life and electrify us with some of the most eclectic moments in Belizean dance and cultural performances in the Los Angeles Belizean Community where she lived and performed for many years now.

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