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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

Another Halloween to remember at Holiday Hotel
Another epic Halloween Party was held on Saturday, October 29th at the Holiday Hotel on Barrier Reef Drive. The anticipated annual celebration attracts people from different walks of life who bring out their best costumes to impress judges and get a chance to win some fabulous prizes. From the most creative, to the elegant, creepiest and spectacular, this year was another scary and crazy night to remember! Shortly after 9PM, a large crowd of onlookers gathered around the traditional orange carpet that extended for almost a block. One by one, attendees began making their way down the carpet to an audience that was amazed at each unique costume. From monsters, vampires, pirates, witches, unknown creatures, zombies, super heroes, villains, and even a group of cereal characters, the party got bigger and bigger as the hours passed. In keeping with current times, there was even a portrayal of U.S Presidential Candidates Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, along with a Miss Universe participant. The event was so irresistible that people from outside of planet Earth stopped by! Yes, the whole crew from Star Wars was present at the party.

San Pedro holds Breast Cancer Walk/Run Awareness campaign
On Saturday, October 29th The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) organized a ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run.’ Over a hundred participants gathered at the foot of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge at 5:30AM and joined the many Belizeans across the country in spreading awareness about this deadly disease. For a registration fee of $10, participants not only helped to spread awareness but they also raised funds for the San Pedro Cancer Society (SPCS) which assists island residents battling the disease. This year, the SPTC also offered a ‘Pink Package,’ for a fee of $50, which included a breast cancer awareness water bottle, t-shirt, and cap. Before the event started, Councillor Hector Alamilla thanked everyone who joined the effort and came out to show solidarity. He briefly explained the importance of the activity and how vital it is to get educated on breast cancer, which continues to affect women worldwide each day. After the short welcome by Alamilla, the crowd proceeded with the activity. Some ran, while others walked, heading north all the way up to the area known as Belizean Shores and then back to the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge.

GOB Moving Straight to Accession for UNCAC
At its meeting today, Cabinet agreed that Belize would accede directly to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) in keeping with the process for treaties already in force. This means that rather than signing the Convention on December 9, 2016, with Senate ratification at a later date to be determined, the Senate will be asked to meet in a Special Session to formally consider and approve a motion authorising accession to the UNCAC. Following approval by the Senate, the Prime Minister will, on December 9, 2016, sign the Instrument of Accession that would be submitted to the United Nations Secretary General bringing the treaty into force in Belize on that very day.

Ambergris Today

Dogs Enjoy Halloween in San Pedro Too
It's not only the humans who have a blast during Halloween in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Saga Humane Society is responsible for putting up a fantastic fundraiser that is fun for the entire family, including their pets. Dogs are the favorite to play dress-up, but its not odd to see a cat or even a turtle in costume during Saga's annual event. This year marked the 13th year that Saga Humane Society in San Pedro is celebrating Halloween for man's best friend. Prizes were given out to Most Creative, Funniest, Cutest, Scariest and Look-a-Like, among others, with businesess around the island supporting the event held at Carlo's and Ernie's Runway Bar & Grill.

Belize Participates in Chetumal EXPOFER
A team from Belize’s National Institute of Culture and History, as well as a number of performing artists represented Belize at EXPOFER in Chetumal, QRoo, Mexico over the weekend. At the Feria Regional de la Frontera Sur. (EXPOFER) Karen Vernon, of the Institute of Creative Arts (NICH), lead the delegation. The President of the Municipality of Othon P. Blanco, Quintana Roo, invited Belize to participate in this year’s EXPOFER, even providing the country a booth space which offered the opportunity to showcase ‘Unique Belize’, an initiative which helps Belizean artisans to market and sell their work.

WestJet Touches Down in Belize, Direct Connection to Canada
On Saturday, October 29, 2016, WestJet Airlines made its inaugural flight to Belize, making them the only carrier to directly connect Canada and Belize. The flight now operates twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday, connecting passengers between the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Belize, and the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada. Details of WestJet’s new non-stop service:

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Caye Caulker, boat for sale
25ft Luna in excellent condition. 30 gallon in built gas tank. Centre console and running lights. $25,000. PM me for more details.

First Friday of November Roadside and Beach Trash Pickup
With so much talk lately about protecting our ocean, our reef and our island, we urge you to put your passion to good use and help us clean up our tarnished jewel, Ambergris Caye! Please join us on Friday, November 4th at 9 am at the Paradise Theatre, just north of the bridge, for our monthly trash pick up! We provide bags, gloves, trash pickers and water - all that's missing is you, your friends and your neighbours!

13th Annual Saga Humane Society Halloween Spooktacular
We would like to give a Huge Thank You to Carlo & Ernie's Runway Bar for hosting our 13th Annual Saga Humane Society Halloween Spooktacular fundraiser. Thank you to their great staff and great venue. Thank you to all the Saga crew who help put this together. Kristen Hudges, Katia Marin, Eileen Jamison, Dawn LoCascio, Iliana Paj, Kevin Fletcher, David Sosa, Zair Cardenas, Sandy Betz Eisenberg, Haley Baer, Patrick and Dawn Samuels from Chill & Cruise. Thank you to the High School softball team for helping to decorate, Jucely Badillo, Ashley Minoti, Vivian Marin, Mercy Galicia, Alice Corrigan. Thank you Matt Hoy and Kenny Quinn for the DJ Music. Thank you Brittney O'Daniel and Rafael Torres for helping with Kids games. Thank you Bernadette Damper, Karen Tzul, Elizabeth Hudson, Angelo Azueta, Heather Smith.

Cuban Ambassador Presentation of Credentials
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba to Belize Her Excellency Lissette Perez Perez presented her credentials today to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. Ambassador Perez expressed her pleasure in being in Belize and conveyed her country’s commitment to continue to strengthen bilateral relations with Belize, as well as with the Caribbean Community. The Governor General accepted her credentials, welcomed her to Belize and expressed his gratitude to the Republic of Cuba’s commitment to Belize. The Ambassador was accompanied by her husband and Ambassador H.E. Said Guerra of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

GOB Moving Straight to Accession for UNCAC
At its meeting today, Cabinet agreed that Belize would accede directly to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) in keeping with the process for treaties already in force. This means that rather than signing the Convention on December 9, 2016, with Senate ratification at a later date to be determined, the Senate will be asked to meet in a Special Session to formally consider and approve a motion authorising accession to the UNCAC. Following approval by the Senate, the Prime Minister will, on December 9, 2016, sign the Instrument of Accession that would be submitted to the United Nations Secretary General bringing the treaty into force in Belize on that very day.


Feed My Sheep Kitchen reopens
“My mother told me,” the late Zebedee "Sonny" Pitterson told Amandala in 2008, “that whenever you do good for someone, goodness and blessings follow you. I waste no opportunity to help my community where I can.” In that spirit, Sonny opened the Feed My Sheep Kitchen, named for an admonition of Jesus to His Disciples, in 1994. Hundreds have passed through receiving both physical and spiritual nourishment, though the kitchen was robbed at least five times. It shut down after his passing in 2014 but today it is reopened under the management of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Pastor Angelo Rodriguez conceives that the kitchen's role will be expanded to a kind of community service center, including counseling and health care. Costs will run about $1,500 to $2,000 per month, but donations will be limited, in honor of its founder's insistence on not taking any. The kitchen, for now, will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays but hopes to open all week in the near future.

Corozal Gilharry 7 Band at the Palenque
This past weekend our Corozal Gilharry 7 Band performed at the Palenque inside the Expofer Fair grounds in Chetumal, Mexico. Que Viva Mexico!

BTL is looking for a Senior Field Service Technician in the Service Operations Division with Duty Station in Corozal
The Senior Field Service Technician is responsible for connecting customers to the network and is works from documented processes and procedures. This includes troubleshooting, complaint handling and repair/replacement of access lines and CPE’s.

Government House ~ House of Culture (NICH) revamped. (Artist concept)
Coming soon as part of the The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project project!

2017 BHA Hotel Guide set for distribution
The NEW BHA Hotel guide for the 2016/2017 membership year, has been completed, printed and shipped to our Distribution house in Florida, where it will be dispatched accordingly to all the International tradeshows that the BHA will be attending for this membership year. As our members are aware, the hotel guides are not distributed in Belize, as their main purpose is to target international travelers who are considering making Belize their next vacation destination. Over 4000 printed guides are handed out at all the trade-shows and events that the Belize Hotel Association attends and also the shows that the Belize Tourism Board attends internationally. In addition, the 2017 guide will also be distributed digitally on on our BHA flashdrives, and it will be available on our Belize Hotel Association website this week for unlimited downloads. See the New 2017 BHA Guide online here. Download a copy (30mb) here. BHA members will be receiving their copy of the guide at the Bi-Annual Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 7, 2016 in San Ignacio. Members who are unable to attend will receive a copy in the mail.

Paint N Splash
Hey guys please make sure you have a black bic pen and make sure your black sharpie is packed in your kit. Also keep in mind that you can change your sea creature to maybe a turtle, dolphin or maybe a mermaid even a pirate ship would look cool with the map of Belize background. See you guys Thursday.

IMPACT Justice sponsors restorative practices workshops in Belize
Approximately 123 educators, ministry of education officers, and other stakeholders will receive training in restorative practices in four workshops in Belize being sponsored by the Canadian-government funded Improved Access to Justice (IMPACT Justice) project. This training is being provided in partnership with the ministry of education, Belize. The workshops are taking place on October 31 to November 1 (two workshops) and November 2 to 3, 2016 (two workshops) respectively. At the opening of the first workshop, remarks were delivered on behalf of Professor Velma Newton, regional project director of the IMPACT Justice project, and Dr Candy Armstrong, director of the Education Support Services Unit of the Ministry of Education also gave remarks.

On Wednesday October 26, 2016, BelizeINVEST, a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) hosted a delegation from the Houston Black Chamber of Commerce, led by Mrs. Leondria Thompson, who serves as a Trade and Investment Promotion Envoy for Belize. The delegation has identified Belize as a destination with viable economic development opportunities for investments, and thus, sought to acquire further insights from BelizeINVEST on the priority investment industries and opportunities that exist in Belize. During their visit, the delegation is scheduled to meet with various stakeholders to discuss strategic partnerships and collaboration for Belize’s participation, as a featured country, in upcoming regional trade shows and conferences.

Government of Belize Press Office

Children’s Safety, OUR Paramount Responsibility!
Government of Belize Press Office

The San Pedro Town Council in collaboration with the San Pedro Cancer Society held its first annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk|Run on Saturday, October 29, 2016. At 5:30 a.m., many of the participants starting gathering at the Boca del Rio Park, which was the meeting point. Before the walk/run started, Councilor Hector “Tito” Alamilla gave a brief speech where he expressed his gratitude to all those that participated in the walk/run and shared with everyone the significance of the event, which is to spread awareness of breast cancer and that early detection saves lives. After the brief speech, over 120 participants walked over to the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge and awaited the countdown to begin. 3-2-1 and they were off! Participants were to walk/run from the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge all the way to Belizean Shores (end of paved road) and back to the bridge which was approximately six (6) miles in total.

Manatee gets itself to rehabilitation!
Yesterday, the Wildtracks Manatee Team reported a wild manatee hanging around the lagoon enclosure gate. Whilst we know that wild manatees do enter the lagoon system, they normally stay on the far side - only once before have we had one come as close as this to the Manatee Rehabilitation Centre. Looking closer, we discovered that this large animal (2m 83cm) was skeletally thin - skin and bones, with the shape of the skull clearly visible - known as a "peanut head". It is more emaciated than any other manatee that has come into the Center, and wouldn't survive much longer in the wild - particularly with the cold weather systems starting. Today, we tracked it with the drone, and with all hands helping, we were able to catch it - great work, Wildtracks Team! Thank you Ubi and co. of the Sarteneja buses for your help as well! We have now started treating it - it has been fed and rehydrated, and is now in a safe environment. There is a chance that it may be too old or ill to recover - but like any other animal here, we are giving it the benefit of the doubt. It is now in the large pool (a HUGE thanks, again, to all those who helped with the costs of the second large pool construction, as both large pools are now occupied), and is being monitored.

Destination Belize App
Destination Belize has a new app out that highlights all the cool sights to see around Belize. Well done, McNab and BTIA! "Destination Belize introduces the country's first travel app. The Destination Belize app, is the ultimate travel planning companion and guide for visitors of Belize. Download today at:"

Belize Coalition Cayo Meeting
The Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage is having meetings around Belize, and this Thursday, November 3rd, they are meeting here in Cayo, at CET, to discuss why drilling on the reef for oil is a terrible idea. Be sure to go out and learn about their cause, and show your support for keeping Belize green. "Cayo & Orange Walk...we're coming your way this Thursday! The national conversation on offshore oil continues and we want to hear from YOU! The Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage is hosting conversations to meaningfully engage with the Belizeans on the latest developments on offshore oil exploration.

Channel 7

Ministry Says More School Days To Make Up For Lost Time
Don't make plans for your kids' Christmas vacation just yet because those kids might spend some of those holidays making up for lost time in the classroom! The Ministry of Education announced this evening that it will be meeting with Managing Authorities of schools to discuss plans for making up, quote, "a significant portion of instructional time lost as a result of the recent strike." The release adds, quote, "Teachers will be compensated for time made up." Now, the Minister says it is doing this because of the stalemate with the Teachers Union - since they cannot agree on a format for a meeting to discuss lost days, and lost pay.

"Chicken Dread" And "Douggie", The Operatta
Last night we showed you how John Saldivar's right hand man Douglas Grant Jr and Kareem Musa's driver Paul Ferguson got into a heated exchange outside the "Sit and Sip" nightclub on Sunday morning. But political hard talk almost turned into gunplay when Grant pulled out what we presume to be his licensed firearm and pointed it menacingly. Here's the totality of their exchange which began unfolding at around ten to four when the nightclub was closing:.. Jules Vasquez reporting: At 3:50 am GRANT AND FERGUSON can be seen, engaged in light arguing in the street. Ferguson appears to walk away and so does Grant, but then he stops - and they begin another round of confrontation where Ferguson walks up to him.

Douglas Grant Faces Gun Charge, Which Means Remand
And while Grant was only taken aside by police on Sunday morning, tonight it looks like he will be taken in. The officer commanding northside confirmed today that Grant will be charged:... ACP Dezeree Phillips - OC, Eastern Division North: "I can confirmed to you that Mr. Paul Ferguson did in fact make a complaint to the police early Sunday morning. The matter is being investigated and we are at point where we believe that we have enough evidence that we will be laying charges on Mr. Grant pretty soon." Jules Vasquez, 7News: "Are you able to say what those charges might be?" ACP Dezeree Phillips - OC, Eastern Division North: "The first instance I can tell you is aggravated assault." Jules Vasquez, 7News: "We know Mr. Grant is a very close affiliate of the former minister of police and we've heard stories like this in the past where in Belmopan, not in this jurisdiction, things have been lead to slide. Were you contacted by anyone? Was any political pressure put on you to not act immediately?"

UNCAC Coming Faster Than Previously Planned
Over the last few months, we've documented how the Barrow Administration's position on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption has rapidly evolved. At the end of August, the Prime Minister was reluctant to sign, but under the pressure of trying to end the 11 day teachers' strike, he committed to doing so by December 9. Well, the Cabinet has reconsidered and they will speed up the process. A release from Cabinet says that in their meeting today, the members agreed that Belize would accede directly to the UNCAC. This moves up the timeline of bringing the convention into force. The plan was that the Prime Minister would sign on the Instrument of Accession on December 9, and the Senate would still have to approve it at a later date. That would have delayed its ratification, meaning that it would not be in full force. With this new plan, the Senate is being expected to approve a motion authorizing accession at the earliest convenience. The Government's explanation is that when that happens, the treaty will be in full force on December 9, when the Prime Minister will sign and submit the Instrument of Accession.

Snail Mail Even Slower Because of AA Changes
Except for a small blurb on this newscast months ago, it went unannounced when American Airlines switched over its Belize-Miami service to its smaller subsidiary American Eagle. That means smaller jets but three daily flights instead of two. But for the Belize Post Office, it means big trouble. It seems that American Eagle can't carry out the daily international airmail, because it doesn't have the same arrangement with US Customs that American Airlines did. And so international air mail and express mail which used to go out every day on American Airlines can now only go out twice weekly on Amerijet Cargo service. It's a major slowdown - especially for the express mail service. And it caught our attention this week because airmail hadn't gone out for at least six days, from October 25th to 31st, until it finally went out yesterday. This was confirmed to us by acting Postmaster General James Gabourel who said he is trying to work out an alternate arrangement with Grupo TACA at least for the Express Mail Service. He says that the problem has been affecting the Post Office for two weeks, and that since October 21st., they've only sent out mail five times, when normally they would be sending six days a week. Gabourel says he hopes something can be worked out with one of the other carriers before Christmas.

CXC Stars
The 2016 CXC results are out, and Belizean Students have performed exceptionally on the CSEC and CAPE exams. According to a press release from the Ministry of Education, 366 high schoolers will receive CSEC Certificates of Excellence, 34 will receive Individual Subject Awards, and 2 will receive Subject Group Awards. SJC's Rhiki Alegria earned the top spot and was named the Most Outstanding Candidate for taking 18 C-SEC's and earning an impressive 16 Grade 1s. We spoke to Alegria today about his success, and just how much work he put in to achieve it. Alex Courtenay, 7News "And how many examinations did you take?" Rhiki Alegria - Most Outstanding Student 2016 CSEC "I had taken 18."

The Quality of Mercy
Many countries across the world struggle with finding effective rehabilitation for criminals, both juvenile and adults. The problem is finding the right balance between punishment, and a reintegration mechanism which will not have convicted persons alienated from society upon their release. Well, all across CARICOM member states, they've been looking at a regional approach to the problem, and in 2009, CARICOM partnered with the Canadian Government to seek a solution. Fast-forward to today, and the results of that effort is a project called IMPACT Justice, short for Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean, funded by the Canadian Government. Under this project, 123 educators will be receiving training in the idea of restorative practices inside the classroom. The workshops started yesterday, and continued today, and we stopped by the find out how exactly do these restorative practices actually work. Here's what one of the lead coordinators told us about it:

Police Get Multi-room Training Facility
The Eastern Division Police station on Queen Street has a new training room on its third floor. Previously that area had been used as sleeping quarters for BDF and Police Officers working late shifts, but for the past ten years or so it had been abandoned and left in a state. That's until the heads at Eastern Division got the idea to build a proper training facility up there - all they needed was the money, which can often be the hardest thing to find. But that's where the US embassy's International narcotics and law enforcement affairs Office stepped in with some CARSI funding. Today, 75 thousand dollars in material and labour later, the fancy new facility was opened this afternoon - and we found out why it's so important:... ACP Dezeree Phillips - OC, Eastern Division North: "Trainings for all level officers and all kind of training will be occurring in this facility Jules. The reason why the trainings has to occur here is in house training. The officers are geographically located within Eastern Division North and so we are extremely grateful that we are able to realize a training facility like his that we are able to accommodate our officers' right within the confines of their working environment to receive training. The training will be different levels for all our officers, all rank and file. As a matter of fact, on Thursday of this week, we will be having our first training session in here where we will be having training on suicidal awareness and cancer awareness to commemorate cancer month."

BDF Celebrates 20 Years Of Fraternal Relations with Louisiana National Guard
And while the US Embassy hooked up with police for that effort, the US military has been hooking up with the BDF recently. In fact, the Belize Defence Force and the Louisiana National Guard have been long time partners for 20 years now. That's right, that American State's reserve regiment has been friendly with the BDF for 2 decades, and this evening, they celebrated the anniversary on the BDF's Price Barracks Compound. It gave us an opportunity to speak with the leaders of these two military units, and the US Ambassador to Belize about the milestone in their relationship. Here's what they told us about how each sides have benefitted: H.E. Carlos Moreno - Us Ambassador to Belize: "We're celebrating a 20-year partnership with between the Belize National Guard and the BDF. The coast guard is also included and is part of that partnership. Many states in the United States have a National Guards which is like a reserved unit and they've established partnership relationships with other countries. In this case, Louisiana has a partnership with Belize and also with Haiti. The idea is to exchange techniques, skills, training, resources and materials so that each side can really benefit from that relationship. Over the years the relationship here has focused primarily on natural disaster relief and training."

Fire At Price Barracks
This evening's press encounter with the BDF Commander also gave us an opportunity to ask him about reports of a house fire on their Price Barracks compound. That fire happened yesterday morning in the living quarters where the families of BDF soldiers reside. Today, the commander told us that one house was completely destroyed, and so the military is in the process of helping that soldier's family to put their lives back together again. Brig. Gen David Jones - Commander - BDF: "We had a fire on the camp. One of our families sustained I believe complete damage of their belonging. So we are in the process of relocating into another house and replacing the furniture. We won't be able to replace their personal belongings. Some of the mementos, documents that were lost, but the furniture and equipment that are required inside the house, we are in the process of replacing all of them for the family that lost it."

Jones: The Sarstoon Situation Was Cool, Not Scary
And also from the BDF, 10 days ago, we showed you a video coming out of the Sarstoon River, which showed Guatemalan Navy Vessels allegedly making incursions into Belizean waters, and stopping the BDF from traversing the river on the Southern Side of the Island, The images were cause for concern, suggesting that the Guatemalan Navy was once again attempting to block the BDF from using the River freely. We asked the BDF commander to clarify what happened there, and he said, that it was a simple misunderstanding, which was quickly cleared up: Brig. Gen David Jones - Commander - BDF: "There was some incident a couple weeks back where there was a report that the Guatemalans were building a facility on the island. That was erroneous information, it wasn't true. What was happening was that the Guatemalan armed forces were providing medical support to the people who live just opposite of the island. When the troops went there, they were actually stopped by the Guatemalan forces. They had their own reasons why, but it was not supposed to happen. Immediately I contacted General Perez who was informed and apparently the officer had just recently gone out there to work. So he wasn't aware of the protocol but it was corrected immediately. So there isn't any hindrance of what's happening there, but it was actually erroneous information that they were building a facility but they were actually providing medical support. One of the officers who weren't aware of what was expected out there, had actually informed the soldiers that they were not to go south, but it was corrected immediately."

Charges Against Hon. Tulio Dropped
In the early quarter of 2015, it shook the country when Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez, the former Area Representative for Orange Walk East, become the first parliamentarian in memory to be charged with child sexual abuse. His accusers were 2 teenaged girls, who reported that the inappropriate contact started some years ago before the age of consent. In February 2015, he ended up being charged with a number of offenses, including aggravated assault of an indecent nature. For a year and 8 months, he had been quietly fighting this battle, attending all his court adjournments until yesterday, when all charges were withdrawn against him. His accusers have told the court that they do not wish to proceed with prosecution against him. While it isn't a "not guilty" acquittal, which would be a full vindication, Dr. Tulio Mendez's legal troubles are over. He granted an interview to our colleagues at CTV 3 News today to discuss the favorable end to the entire ordeal. Here are his comments:

NCFC Says "Enough Is Enough" Re: Kids Who Died In Fire
Last week Thursday, we reported on the house fire in the Conch Shell Bay area which claimed the life 2 year-old Kaylee Alvarez. She was the second child to perish in a fire in October in Belize City, and today, the National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) said enough is enough. Their statement says, quote, "NCFC is deeply bothered by these random...fires that are apparently becoming a new trend of claiming innocent lives of children … As parents, we ought to be mindful that children will be children; children are very curious and experimental...parents must ensure that the environment is safe… we cannot take things for granted or assume that children are aware of the harm that can occur when in possession of these items or unsupervised." End quote. The NCFC reminds that under the laws of Belize, parents have responsibility to protect children from, "discrimination, violence, abuse and neglect".

Day Of The Dead, Lives
Everyone remembers a lost loved one in their own way, through music, pictures and inside jokes. Well, there are others who celebrate the life their loved ones once had through cultural traditions like "Dia De Los Muertos" or as it is referred to in Belize, "Finados". It is celebrated every year on Nov 1st and Nov 2nd, today being dedicated to the souls of children and tomorrow is set aside for the souls of adults. The idea behind this observance is to honor the dead with food and prayers. Many believe that the spirits cross over to our world to feast on the offerings. Now this might sound like something from a ghost story but according to Consular of Legal Affairs at the Mexican Institute Hugo Juarez , it is one of the most important and revered cultural traditions in Mexico. We stopped by the Institute today to see what offerings they had laid out for the departed souls.

Zebedee's Memory and Mission Live On
The Feed My Sheep Kitchen, a project started by the late Zebedee Pitterson of the Sunny Side Bakery in Belize City, once fed over 100 needy primary school children. Today, over two years since its founder's death, the project has been re-launched by his church with a larger vision. We spoke to Pastor Angelo Dominguez, the kitchen's overseer, about the project's new vision... Angelo Dominguez - Project Overseer/Pastor: "Well the truth of the matter is that we believe, as a church, that the work the Mr. Pitterson was doing was a divine initiative. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and we want to simply continue the good work that he had started in reaching out to the children he used to feed. We would like to do more than that. We also want to reach out to the poor, we wanna reach out to the elderly, we want to impact our community as a church, following in his footsteps as well." Ingrid Ferlo, reporter: "How many people do you think you guys are going to be able to reach out to?" Angelo Dominguez - Project Overseer/Pastor: "To start with, we are planning to feed 80 children, our projection is much more than that. And then we also want to target as I stated previously we want to target the poor..."

BEL Linemen To Bahamas and Back
Last week we told you about the seven BEL Linemen who went to the Bahamas to help restore power to the island nation in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. They were called upon by CARILEC, a regional association of electricity providers, and today they returned home after helping to restore power to nearly 80% of the country. One of the members of that crew, Ronald Young, spoke about the work they did in the Bahamas. Ronald Young - Lineman Leadhand, BEL: "No truck had access to the area that we were working, so everything had to be done manually. We had to climbed the poles, A3 poles, LV poles, everything. Had to change out insulators, everything was done manually by the Belize crew. The expectation from Bahamas was like that would have been a three week job, and the Belize crew with assistance of the Grenada crew we did a great job, and restored the power back real quick. Everybody was happy, the people from Bahamas didn't want us to come back to Belize."

Everything At Expofer
And that's our news for tonight, we leave you tonight with footage from last weekend's Expofer in Chetumal. Saturday was Belize night where Dance Groups and well known performer such as youth connection Cocono Bwai and Ernestine Carballo performed. They played to a full house under the performance tent. We leave you with those performances, enjoy, have a great night and join me back here tomorrow:...

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Video Emerges of Latest Confrontation Between Belize and Guatemala Forces in Sarstoon
Despite assurances that Belizeans and the B.D.F. can freely traverse the Sarstoon, News Five has obtained a video of another, more recent confrontation in the river between a Guatemalan gunboat [...]

B.D.F. Commander Suggests It Was ‘a Misunderstanding’
That incident occurred on the same day when a group of Belizean fishermen were held briefly by a Guatemalan coastal patrol vessel. The fishermen were fishing in the Gulf of [...]

Charges Coming for Douglas Grant in Fort Street Fracas
Belize City police say they are armed with sufficient evidence to charge gun-toting Douglas Grant Junior with a firearm offense.  But, will a warrant be issued for the U.D.P. henchman’s [...]

Police Respond to Questions on Response and Treatment of Paul Ferguson
The department disputes the presence of a mobile patrol in front of the Sit and Sit Nightclub, but says that police officers arrived on the scene moments later. But Grant [...]

Ministry of Education Goes to Managing Authorities to Resolve B.N.T.U. Dispute
The impasse between the Ministry of Education and the Belize National Teachers Union came to a head on Friday when B.N.T.U. National President Luke Palacio firmly stood his ground, following [...]

St. John’s College & Junior College Are Tops in CSEC and CAPE Exams
Saint John’s College and Junior College produced one of the best crops for this year’s CSEC and CAPE Examinations. Over at the high school Riki Alegria is the most outstanding [...]

UNCAC Treaty to be Approved by Senate Before Signing in December
G.O.B. is poised to bring an end to a long-running story – signing and ratifying the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). In September, Prime Minister Dean Barrow agreed to [...]

Should Area Rep Gaspar Vega Resign From Office?
And our question for tonight is: with additional information on crooked land deals surfacing, should Area Rep Gaspar Vega, resign from office? Send your comments and responses using your SMART [...]

Land for Peanuts in Pine Ridge and Turneffe
Two former United Democratic Party politicians from the Cayo District are among the latest to be fingered in the burgeoning land transaction scandal in the Ministry of Natural Resources. Copies [...]

Mother’s Terrible Tragedy in Seine Bight; Baby Found Dead in Bed
A young mother in the village of Seine Bight, Stann Creek District, suffered a sudden loss over the weekend, after she found her fifteen-month old daughter motionless in her bed [...]

Financial Secretary Says “No Setback” in Foreign Exchange Over B.T.L. Compensation
Compensation for Belize Telemedia Limited has been scheduled in two payments, the first of which was initially disbursed on July eighth.  We say initially because that sum was returned to [...]

Dump Truck and SUV Collide on Boom Road; Woman Critical in Hospital
In its Weekend Under Review session on Monday, Rural Eastern Division police spoke about incidents that occurred in rural Belize District. The officers pointed to a traffic accident that took [...]

Eagles Nest Pastor Howell Longsworth Loses Equipment to Burglars
Around twenty thousand dollars of equipment were stolen from the Eagles Nest International Church on Sunday night. Keyboards, amplifiers and digital and other equipment were looted after a truck was [...]

Fire Reported at Price Barracks; Family’s Home Destroyed
There was a fire on Monday at one of the family houses at the Price Barracks compound. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the family lost everything. Commander of the [...]

B.D.F. Commander Updates on Hurricane Earl Relief
When Hurricane Earl passed through Belize on August third the B.D.F. suffered substantial damage to their structures including the main store that houses the military equipment and also several roof [...]

New O.C. in San Pedro Addresses Crime Fighting Measures
There have been four murders in the prime tourism island of San Pedro in the month of October; three occurred last week alone. It is cause for concern to law [...]

Police Open Training Center in Belize City
A training center was launched today as a welcome addition to the police station on Queen Street in Belize City. The facility was previously abandoned, but has now been converted [...]

Where Was Southside O.C. Chester Williams?
Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams was noticeably absent from this afternoon’s inauguration.  In fact, the Officer Commanding Eastern Division South has been a no-show at several events hosted by [...]

“Sonny” Pitterson’s “Feed My Sheep Kitchen” Re-Opens
The late Zebedee “Sonny” Pitterson felt the call to minister to members of his community. In addition to his popular bakery, Sunnyside on Racecourse Street, in 1994 he opened the [...]

Mexico Marks the Day of the Dead
November second is observed as “Dia de Los Muertos” or the “Day of the dead” across Mexico, primarily in the central and southern parts. This celebration coincides with the Catholic [...]

WestJet Touches Down in Belize
The newest airline to begin flights to be Belize is WestJet. The flights will be originating from a new destination; that being Toronto, Canada twice for the week. WestJet’s first [...]


Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez Speaks On Withdrawal Of Charges
On last night’s newscast we told you about the charges of aggravated assault and carnal knowledge which were filed against well-known Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez in early 2015 and were dropped yesterday after the police informed the Court that they will not be proceeding with the case. In February 2015, the personal and political life of the former PUP Orange Walk East Area Representative was dragged through the mud when he was charged with six counts of aggravated assault of an indecent nature. In August 2015 those accusations intensified when he was charged with an additional three counts of carnal knowledge. With the charges dropped, Mendez can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Today we got an opportunity to speak with. He was emotional and told us how the entire ordeal affected his life and how he plans to leave it all behind now that it is all over.

Young's' Attacker Remanded To Prison
Last night we told you about Gilbert Young, a resident of Savannah Street who was assaulted by an individual personally known to him after an argument reportedly ensued between both men on Saturday night allegedly over political affairs. Tonight we can tell you that while he had been detained by Orange Walk Police following the incident, forty one year old Michael Shaw Sr. better known as ‘Taicos’ the driver of Rachel Dominguez the president of the National Sports Council was officially charged this morning for ‘Aggravated Assault’ and ‘Dangerous Harm’. CTV3 News understands that Shaw was denied bail and was remanded to prison until the 3rd of November. As a result of the incident, Young sustained a fractured skull and according to reports from a family member, he had to undergo immediate surgery. Young is currently recovering from his injuries at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

Speaker Of The House Says "It Wasn't Me"
In yesterday’s newscast, we aired interviews with House Speaker Michael Peyrefitte on the legal matters for which he appeared in Court. Peyrefitte also addressed the strange goings on his Facebook page which literally forced him to call it quits on social network. A week ago, a controversial post appeared on Peyrefitte’s page which enraged the LGBT advocacy group, UNIBAM. The post was accompanied by a link to the youtube video of the controversial Buju Banton song “Boom Bye Bye”. UNIBAM spokesman, Caleb Orozco, did not miss the post and fired away his own comments at the House Speaker on his Facebook page, accusing him of hate speech. According Peyrefitte, the post was not done by him and he claims that his account was hacked.

Signing Of UNCAC Is On Its Way
In accepting the sweeping changes to the nation’s governance system pressed by the Opposition and social partners, Prime Minister Dean Barrow committed to signing the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on December 9th. Critics responded that the commitment by the Government was only a delay tactic since the global anti-corruption treaty could only be enforced upon ratification and not just signing. Well, there’s been a slight change of plans as today a Government press release indicated that to expedite the process, the Prime Minister would sign an Instrument of accession that would be submitted to the United Nations Secretary General to bring the treaty into force in Belize on that very day.

Cuban Ambassador Presents Credential To GG
The credentials of Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba, Her Excellency Lissette Perez Perez was cordially accepted today by the Governor General of Belize, H.E. Sir Colville Young who welcomed her to the country expressing his appreciation to the Republic of Cuba for their continuous commitment to Belize. And while Ambassador Perez reaffirmed her country’s vow to strengthen the existing bilateral agreements with Belize and the CARICOM, she also expressed her pleasure of being in the country. Ambassador Perez travelled to Belize in the company of her husband and H.E. Said Guerra of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Another Questionable Land Deal
Several weeks ago some of the most appalling land scandals that we’ve encountered were exposed when documents leaked to the media showed the politically-connected hustling big-time from public lands. Those documents showed that Andre Vega, the son of former Cabinet Minister Gaspar Vega, had bought a parcel of land for $15,000. But the land was privately owned and had been sold wrongly, so the Ministry of Lands with Gaspar Vega at the helm had to buy it back from Andre Vega, but at the princely sum of $400,000. The same took place with land purchased by Sharon Pitts, but she paid $2,500 for hers. There was also the land sold to a company, Ron J. Limited, for $6,540 but which the Government re-purchased for a cool million dollars. Tonight, there are more leaked documents alluding to gross enrichment by those with political connections with public lands. Dean Williams, well known supporter of the UDP, had lease papers for 2.820 acres of property on Spider Caye situated 19 Miles East of Placencia Village in the Stann Creek District. On August 6th, 2012 he obtained ownership through a Minister’s Fiat signed by Gaspar Vega, for the sum of $10,998.


Legacy of Zebedee Pitterson Carries On
Zebedee Peterson was a well known man in Belize City South Side. He was known for his kind heart and it was evident through his works in running the Feed My Sheep Kitchen which offered food for children who needed it. Today the Adventist community reopened the kitchen in his memory to carry on the […]

Mexican Embassy Celebrates the Dead
The Embassy of Mexico is inviting members of the Belizean and Mexican communities to commemorate the Day of the Dead at the Embassy in Belmopan, as well as the Institute of Mexico in Belize City. According to Hugo Juarez Carillo, Mexico’s Consular of Legal Affairs and Press in Belize, the Day of the Dead is […]

No Charge for Impersonating Customs Officer
A Corozal man has been detained by Ladyville police for impersonating a Customs officer. ACP Commanding Eastern Belize Rural, Edward Broaster, told us more. EDWARD BROASTER ” We understand that the man stole the custom’s uniform from his neighbor and altered it to fit him. Police are having a hard time charging the man because […]


“Chicken Dread” says UDP official pulled gun on him
Paul “Chicken Dread” Ferguson, a known operative of the People’s United Party (PUP), is claiming that he stared down the barrel of a 9mm pistol held by a high-ranking operative of the United Democratic Party (UDP). According to Ferguson, sometime between 2:30 and 3:00 a.m., he was near the Sit and Sip night club on Marine Parade Boulevard selling fried chicken when the UDP operative exited the club. Ferguson reported that he greeted the UDP official and went over to talk to him. Ferguson then claims that the man then went to his vehicle with a friend and reportedly withdrew a firearm. He thereafter asked Ferguson for a plate of fried chicken and Ferguson told him that the food was finished.

Shot dead in barber’s chair
George Young, Jr., 37, had been a regular patron at Buck’s Barber Shop, situated at the corner of South Creek and Mohammed Ali Streets in Belize City, for as long as anyone could remember. Young never thought that violence would ever rear its ugly head inside the small structure where he regularly groomed himself, or that he would be the recipient of it, but that is exactly what occurred at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday when Young was sitting in the barber’s chair getting a haircut. According to police reports, a lone gunman ran into the premises and sprayed over eight shots at Young and another man. Young, also known as “Jaro,” died on the spot.

Jeon Pebbles, 25, found in ditch shot to death
The body of a Belize City man was discovered in a ditch off the Hattieville/Burrell Boom junction today, Monday. According to police reports, the body of Jeon Pebbles, 25, was found riddled with bullets at around 8 a.m. by passersby, who immediately called Ladyville police. The scene was processed and several expended shells were recovered. Ladyville police today told the media that Pebbles, a resident of Croton Lane in Belize City, was found with his jewelry intact and money in his pockets, and so they do not suspect robbery was the cause of the murder. However, police are yet to determine what the motive was for killing Pebbles. According to relatives of Pebbles, at around 7 p.m. he was picked up by Belize City police after they caught him with a joint of marijuana.

Worthless father’s 75-year sentence reduced to 19 years
A panel of three Court of Appeal justices ruled on Friday to reduce a 75-year sentence to 19 years for a Toledo man, who was convicted on six counts of incest with his daughter who was only 8 years old when she was raped and sodomized. The 45-year-old man was convicted on 5 counts of unlawful carnal knowledge and one count of an unnatural crime. He was sentenced to 12 years for each count, which were to be served consecutively, bringing the total time that he was supposed to spend behind bars to 75 years. His attorney, Oscar Selgado, successfully argued before the Court of Appeal, however, that the sentence was too harsh and that it would not take as many as 75 years to reform the man.

More UDP land shenanigans!
In 2013, Prime Minister Dean Barrow fired then Cayo Northeast area representative Elvin Penner from Cabinet when it was discovered he had arranged a Belizean passport for a Korean sitting in a Taiwanese jail who had never set foot in Belize. As the Penner Passport Scandal raged on, Barrow later announced that Penner would not be allowed to seek re-election. At the time, critics argued that Penner was getting off lightly because he still was being allowed to enjoy all the benefits and perks of an area representative. We now know that those benefits extended to choice real estate for him and his immediate family. According to documents obtained from the Department of Lands and Surveys, months after being dismissed from Cabinet, Penner and his family were the recipients of a total of 83.84 acres of prime property in the Mountain Pine Ridge and Turneffe Islands area.

Colombian woman fined for attacking immigration officer
A Colombian woman visiting Belize for the first time on Friday, October 28, got into trouble with the law after landing at the Philip Goldson International Airport, and was taken into police custody and charged with damage to property and common assault against an immigration officer. In court this afternoon, Jessica Gonzalez Ramon, 22, was fined $250 plus $5 cost of court for common assault and was ordered to pay $1200 compensation to immigration officer Adi Pacheco for breaking her eyeglasses, valued at $975. Ramon was scheduled to meet her American boyfriend Jacob Jackson on San Pedro, where the two had planned a vacation. Jackson arrived in Belize from the US one day before Ramon, on Thursday. Instead of meeting his girlfriend on San Pedro, however, Jackson met her in the precinct of the Belize City Magistrate’s Court this morning after police brought her to court to be arraigned on the two summary offenses.

Bunas Birthday Race results
Here are the results from Bunas Birthday Race for Weekend Warriors (WW) A/B/C/Juniors, held yesterday. The race started at 9:00 a.m. from Maheias United, with the C-Class heading down towards the Chetumal Street roundabout, taking a right towards the George Price Highway, then a right up to the Hattieville roundabout and back, to finish at Maheias United, for 30 miles. The Juniors did the same route; but the A/B Class went from the start line all the way to Rockville Junction, then returned to pass the finish line and head to the Haulover Bridge, then back to the finish at Maheias United, for 44 miles. It was a close finish in the A/B Class between two teammates, with Kenroy “Smokes” Gladden in first place and Kent “Bob” Gabourel in second. 32 of 39, starters, finished the A/B Class race; four “C” riders failed to complete the journey, and all the Juniors returned,to the finish line.

Orange Walk gains first win
The standings remained the same at the end of Week 12 in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) Opening Season 2016-2017, but there was one noteworthy change in the “W” column, where there are no longer any zeroes. It’s been a struggle for the new Orange Walk franchise in their first PLB season, but they have been getting better with each game; and on Saturday night at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk, they registered their first win, defeating the visiting Wagiya FC, 4-3, with goals from Oscar Acevedo (2’), Joao Silva (47’) and Marlom Garcia (84’ & 88’). Wagiya goals came from Harrison Tasher (23’ PK), Hector Gomez (45+’) and Evan Mariano (53’). Meanwhile, out west at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, defending champions Belmopan Bandits SC cruised to an easy 4-0 victory over Placencia Assassins FC, courtesy of goals by Jeromy “Jarro” James (15’), Jairo Roches (32’), Jordi Polanco (38’) and Aloisio Teixeira (71’).

Hattieville Riverside Boys are BDFA/McLean U-17 Champions
The Belize District Football Association (BDFA) finally held its McLean Insurance Brokers U-17 championship game at 2:00 p.m. yesterday at the MCC Grounds. The tournament had suffered from a few breaks, first for the National U-17 in Belmopan in late August, then due to field availability problems following the start of the CYDP Peace Cup. An attempt was reportedly made to hold the playoffs at the ITVET (Old Technical) field; but this was rejected by the teams due to the abundance of limestone chips which is dangerous for the players. Eventually, an abbreviated one-day playoff round was held at the MCC on Monday, October 10, a holiday, with games played with 25 minute halves. They managed to complete the semifinals, and reach as far as the third-place game, where San Pedro prevailed over Brown Bombers. The final between Hattieville Riverside Boyz and Young Warriors FC was then put on hold, until yesterday. There is a bundle of football talent, without a doubt, in the Belize District, despite the fact that no Belize City youth reportedly travelled to Valladolid, Mexico, with the National U-17 recently.

Mighty America goes to the polls
The superpower United States of America will elect a new President next week Tuesday. Most Belizeans who live and work in the United States will probably vote for Hillary Clinton, the candidate of the Democratic Party, following as she does in the familiar footsteps of the incumbent President, Barack Obama. At a time like this, Belizeans at home and abroad realize how very small Belize is, and how highly important the United States is in our scheme of things. The United States dominates the Western Hemisphere, even more so Central America, where Belize is placed, just a few hundred miles south of Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. This Monday, October 31, 2016, is the 55th anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Hattie, which destroyed Belize City and Stann Creek Town back then. In March of 1961, seven months before Hattie, the People’s United Party (PUP) had won all 18 seats in the House of Representatives in the first general elections held under a new Ministerial constitution. The following month, April of 1961, the United States sent an invading force of Cuban exiles, which the Americans had financed and trained in Guatemala and Nicaragua, to attack Cuba in the massively unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion.

From the Publisher
I know of a prominent, successful black Belizean family who are Anglophiles: they adore the British. They were raised that way by the family patriarch, who was a civil servant in colonial British Honduras, and clashed repeatedly with the early, anti-colonial People’s United Party (PUP), which he despised. In those days, when I was a child in the 1950s, native resentment against the British began to crystallize, I suggest, with the movement of Belizean workers to the Panama Canal Zone, where our people experienced a different approach to power and development, that of the Americans who controlled Panama. This resentment against the British built on the unemployed rebellion initiated by Antonio Soberanis in 1934. And the Soberanis rebellion, for its part, followed in the footsteps of the Ex-Servicemen’s Riot of 1919. In post-World War II British Honduras, there was a major class difference between the working and unemployed native masses, on the one hand, and the elite Creole families, such as the Hulses, the Longsworths, the Euseys, the Leslies, and so on and so forth, in league with the civil service administrators, who saw their ambitions as being tied to the power of the Governor and Colonial Secretary.

You cannot fight ideas that have power!
Dear Editor, One writer, more or less commenting about the U.S., posted this in The New York Times today: “This country is a nation of ideas, not white men. Three hundred years after the Renaissance, when ideas, curiosity and hope ran supreme, we are back to the same point of an elite sitting on its privileges and trying to keep everybody in check. “You cannot fight ideas that have power, and they come from everywhere. Proportionally speaking, there are no more raw intelligent men in the elites than in the confines of the Congo. Worldly education makes the difference. “‘Everybody is Equal’, ‘Nothing in Excess’ and ‘Ethical Behavior’ are pretty good precepts. Conservatism, trickle-down economics, ‘No New Taxes’ are nothing but a bunch of inconsequential non-sense. In other words, non-ideas.”

GOB has to find BZ$180 mil more to pay compensation for BTL
The Government of Belize has one final payment to make to the former shareholders of Belize Telemedia Limited. According to Financial Secretary Joseph Waight, roughly BZ$180 million more is outstanding, to be paid next year, in July 2017. The total compensation bill is about a half-a-billion dollars. “The Government does not have money and will issue mostly [treasury] notes and some [treasury] bills,” Waight told the press. Ervin Perez, Managing Director at Legacy Fund Limited, said at a luncheon held on October 20, 2016 at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza today, that the Government is paying too much in interest on these treasury notes, and at the end of the day, it represents a higher cost to taxpayers, who can save several millions a year if rates reflect the current market dynamics.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Ministry to meet with managing authorities for plans to make up lost time
A release was issued today informing that the Ministry of Education will be meeting with Managing Authorities to discuss plans for making up a significant portion of instructional time lost as a result of the recent strike. Teachers will be compensated for time made […]

NCFC calls on parents to be more vigilant
The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) issued a press release today expressing deep concern over what it says are random devastating residential fires that are apparently becoming the new trend of claiming the innocent lives of children lately. In just about one […]

Ambassador of Cuba to Belize presents credentials to Governor General
Her Excellency Lissette Perez Perez, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba to Belize presented her credentials today to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan. Ambassador Perez conveyed her country’s commitment to continue to strengthen bilateral […]

Baby mysteriously dies
A mother from Seine Bight village reported to Placencia police that her infant child mysteriously died on Saturday night. Marylee Martha Gomez, 21, told police that on Saturday, between of 8:00 and 8:30 p.m. while at home she fed her baby Marley Blast; one […]

Police take pen gun off Belize City streets
Police have retrieved a loaded pen gun from the streets of Belize City in a territory claimed30 p.m. on Saturday while on patrol on North Front Street police observed two […]

Orange Walk man stabbed to death
Manuel Alejandro Tolosa, 25, was stabbed to the chest and neck on Saturday. According to police reports, at around 9:30 p.m. he was walking near the corner of Park Lane and Philip Goldson Highway, Trail Farm Village, Orange Walk Town when he was attacked […]

Almost $20,000 worth of goods stolen from Belize City church
Pastor Howell Longsworth from Eagles Nest International Church located at mile 2 1/2 Philip Goldson Highway, Belize City reported that sometime between of 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and 6:23pm on Monday the Church was burglarized. The culprits stole a dark grey with multi-color light […]

GOB to accede to UNCAC
The government, in a release issued this morning, announced that Cabinet has decided to accede to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). Cabinet made the decision this morning at its weekly meeting in “keeping with the process for treaties already in force”. According to the […]

Police issue official report on murder in San Pedro
Last week Friday, police responded to a shooting incident in San Mateo Area where officers observed the lifeless body of a male Hispanic person lying face up in a pool of blood in the middle of the street with what gunshot wounds to his […]

Impact Justice hosts education forum in Belize
According to an article by Caribbean News Now, “Approximately 123 educators, ministry of education officers, and other stakeholders will receive training in restorative practices in four workshops in Belize being sponsored by the Canadian-government funded Improved Access to Justice (IMPACT Justice) project.” “This training […]

WestJet launches seasonal service to Belize
WestJet airline has reportedly launched a new seasonal service to Belize. According to the Toronto Sun this, “promises to give the Central American country’s tourism sector a boost, local tourism officials say.” WestJet kicked off its twice-weekly service from Toronto on October 29 to […]

Moist weather to continue
The 24 hour forecast is for cloudy skies with a few showers. Showers or thunderstorms are expected across the country and will increase over the coast tonight. The wind will blow from the north to northeast at 5 to 15 knots. The sea state […]

Belize~ Corruption vs Tax reform & Systems
Belize is like a ship with most of the weight on one side, out of balance, floating in turbulent seas, with big leaks. The ship is out of balance…..because the owners of the ship (from the time it set out to sea)….have systematically implemented […]


Today we celebrate All Saints’ Day
November 1st is a solemn day observed as All Saints’ Day in the Roman Catholic Church. Also known as Dia de los Santos in Latin American cultures, this day is dedicated to the saints of the church, both known and unknown. The term Saint is bestowed on those who have attained entrance to haven. Within the Catholic Church Religion it is believed that millions, or even billions of people may already be saints, especially baptized children who pass away early in life. The most common Saints are is those recognized in the canon of the saints by the Catholic Church such as the Virgin Mary and Saint Peter. During this day, members of the Catholic Church attend mass and present offerings to the different saints.

As Belizeans, we are very superstitious people, and so is the rest of the Caribbean. All areas of Mesoamerica have their own traditional folktales and legends, and within the Maya territory, there are numerous characters and stories. Xtabai is what many would consider to be the most malevolent of them all. The very mention of her name is enough to bring chills to someone’s entire body. The character is not fully understood, which brings even more mystery to its motives and is best described as a demon. It was never alive. It was never a person that lived her life and after death failed to find her path to the afterlife. This is a demon that takes the form of a beautiful woman and manifests itself near the mouth of a cave at the base of the Ceiba tree, the sacred tree of the Ancient Maya. This woman is described having long beautiful hair, and wears a traditional white maya dress that is long enough to cover her feet. This entity appears only to men and may take the form of one’s wife or girlfriend, or simply someone that the man knows. Doing this puts the man into a spell. The man will try to catch up with her, but the entity will always be a few steps ahead. It will eventually lead the man to a cave, and if he enters, he will never be heard of again. The only way to break the spell is to look at her feet as she has giant bird feet that she tries to hide with her gown. Seeing that will snap the man out of the spell and he will be able to run away.

Habla Ingles?? My tour of Central America
Living as a vet in Central America is not all dangling legs and tick fever! One of my non-veterinary goals of moving to Belize was to see all of the countries of this vibrant continent while I was here. A few months ago I started contemplating how I could make this happen. Who would be a good travel partner and have the time to go on this journey with me? I decided excitedly to contact my sister Alissa in Canada, and after much discussion she said yes! We spent months planning our budget tour. Between my work and her family we decided on sixteen days. Due to our time constraints and my previous visit to Tikal, we decided to forego Guatemala so she could see my home country of Belize. Belize is also technically an English speaking country, but for this trip I would need to try to get by on the spanish I have worked so hard to learn over this past year.

Belize Folklore Legends – Finados Edition
The young nation of Belize has been made home by a diverse spectrum of people and cultures, all with their own beliefs and practices. As you can imagine having so many different people with different lore will lead to some interesting, albeit creepy urban legends and children’s stories. Check out these Belize Legends right out from the creepy archives. Check out these creepiest creatures sure to keep you home on Halloween:

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UNCP students get field experience in Belize
Paige Strickland is studying ways students from various cultures process information in her education courses at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. However, a semester crammed with lectures and research about differentiated instruction can’t compare to the experience Strickland and seven other elementary education majors received during field experience in Belize. “My experience in Belize was life changing,” said Strickland, a senior from Lumberton. “We not only learned about the culture, but the difference in the way the teachers teach and how the teachers are educated, themselves.” Strickland got a chance to teach a room full of pre-kindergarten students at La Isla Bonita Elementary School as part of a Belize International Study opportunity. The students also taught classes at nearby New Horizons School.

Guatemala to Hold Referendum on Border Quarrel with Belize
Guatemala’s foreign minister voiced satisfaction on Tuesday that lawmakers in his country cleared the way for a referendum on whether to ask the world court to settle a nearly 200-year-old territorial dispute with neighboring Belize. “For me, I would do it (the vote) tomorrow,” Carlos Raul Morales told EFE. The two countries agreed in 2008 to submit their dispute to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, but the accord was never implemented because it proved impossible to satisfy the requirement that the respective populations endorse the pact in simultaneous referendums. Last year, the parties signed an additional protocol allowing non-simultaneous plebiscites, but Guatemala’s congress did not ratify the revision until last Thursday. “What is most important to both countries is the spirit to solve this disagreement, and we cannot leave it for another 1,000 or 2,000 years,” the foreign minister said.


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