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Today's Belize News: March 25, 2017 #522559
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The San Pedro Sun

Belize’s Position on Tainted Corned Beef
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) and the Ministry of Health met today with all importers of Corned Beef to discuss the recent tainted Corned Beef issue in Brazil, and the adherence to measures that will be applied to ensure that Corned Beef in the Belizean market is safe for consumption. According to a document from the delegation of Brazil in the WTO, document G/SPS/GEN/1545, “on 17 March 2017 the Brazilian Federal Police detected irregular practices involving certification of meat and meat products by staff members of the Ministry of Agriculture in 21 meat processing facilities that handled beef, poultry and poultry products”. As measures taken to curtail those irregular practices, Brazil informed that three of these facilities have had their operations halted and all 21 are being re-audited and have been suspended from exporting.

Kent Gabourel wins Weekend Warriors’ Sean Duncan birthday race
Kent “Bob” Gabourel of Team Kulture Megabytes’ rode in solo, a half mile ahead of his nearest rival as he dominated the A category of the Weekend Warriors Cycling Club’s “Sean Duncan” birthday race. Sponsored by Belize Natural Energy on the Philip Goldson and George Price Highways to Belize City, the race was held on Sunday, March 19th. Sean Duncan and attorney Andrew Bennett, both of Team SMART Zoom, won the B and C categories respectively. A Category rode 60 miles from the Sand Hill junction with the old Northern Highway to Altun Ha and back to the Philip Goldson Highway, the via the Burrell Boom bypass to Hattieville on the George Price Highway, to finish at Leslie’s Imports.

Two men injured during shootout in San Mateo
A shooting incident in the San Mateo area left two men injured on Thursday, March 23rd. According to an official police report, 18-year-old Delson Paguada and 30-year-old Leroy Goff sustained gunshot injuries during an attempted assassination. San Pedro Police have since detained two men for questioning. The incident took place around 9PM while Paguada was walking towards his home. He reported to police that upon nearing his house, he heard gunshot and saw two male persons in a yard opposite him with what appeared to be a 9mm pistol. The men allegedly shot at Paguada, and he received a single gunshot wound to his right armpit. The police arrived in the area shortly after and rushed Paguada to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II for treatment.

The Sunshine Scholarship Foundation thanks sponsors
The Sunshine Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships to underprivileged children in San Pedro, would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge all of the sponsors who made the ‘Sean McDermott Benefit Concert’ fund raising event a complete success! Thanks to the incredible generosity of many, the Foundation was able to raise a little over $19,000 in much-needed scholarship funds.

San Pedro U17 and Warriors draw 1-1 in Mclean BDFA football
Although the San Pedro Under-17 debuted with a 4-0 win over Third World on February 18th in the first week of the Mclean Insurance Brokers’ Under-17 football tournament, they have struggled through a loss and two draws in subsequent appearances. Most recently, the San Pedro squad battled to a 1-1 draw with Fabro’s Warriors FC U-17 at the MCC grounds in Belize City on Saturday, March 18.

Ambergris Today

Pre School Festival of Arts!
As part of stimulation month each preschool in the island had the opportunity to present a dance, a musical activity or a story(Drama). It was a night full of laughter and fun! way to go Kiddos!

Celebration Of Life For Corry McDermott To Be Held
“Mr. Corry” passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016, at his home, Casa Madera, in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. A “Celebration of Life” will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the SunBreeze Hotel, San Pedro Town. At 2:00 p.m., a short service of prayers, personal reflections and remembrances will take place.

Misc Belizean Sources


In Guyana, BDF Officer is Number One
Officer Cadet Francisco Choc of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) was awarded the best student overall in the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Standard Officers Course (SOC). Choc, who hails from Dolores Village in the Toledo District, also received the Sword of Honour and Best in Fitness and Military Knowledge. The Standard Military Officers Course is a commissioning training for new army officers in Guyana and other Caribbean countries. It is an intensive programme of leadership and command methods in military skills and tactics, physical fitness, military law and national policy.

Belize Assumes Chairmanship of the ACP Subcommittee on Sugar
H.E Dr. Dylan Vernon, Ambassador of Belize to Belgium and the European Union (EU), assumed the chairmanship of the Sugar Subcommittee of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) on Wednesday, March 22nd. Ambassador Vernon will lead the ACP Sugar Subcommittee during a period of challenges for ACP sugar exporters like Belize. The expiry of EU domestic sugar quotas in September 2017 is expected to lead to contraction of the EU market for imported sugar and price decrease. The impending withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU is also expected to add further uncertainty to the market for sugar in Europe.

On 23.03.17 at 9:10 p.m., police visited San Mateo area where they saw 18-year-old Delson Paguada, a fisherman of San Mateo suffering from a gunshot wound to his right armpit. He was taken to the San Pedro Polyclinic where 30-year-old Leroy Goff also of San Mateo area was also brought in suffering from gunshot wounds to his back and chest. Investigation revealed that about 9:00 p.m., Paguada was walking towards his house and while he was about 20 feet away from his house he heard gunshots and saw two male persons in a yard opposite his house each with what appeared to be a 9 mm pistol in their hand and shooting in his direction. He later realized that he had been shot. The Police arrived in the area shortly after and rushed him to the San Pedro Polyclinic. They later found Leroy Goff in the same yard opposite his house also suffering from gunshot injuries and rushed him to the San Pedro Polyclinic. Police have since detained two men pending an investigating.

RADiCAL Exhibit Launch
The San Ignacio & Santa Elena House of Culture (NICH) kicked off the RADiCAL Art Exhibit on Friday. There's some great pieces on display from many Belizean women artists. Stacy Ann was there, and she made a great statement. As part of the exhibit, there was a video of Briheda Haylock making her art since she wasn't in country. The new wine made out of Benque was on display.

Rowan Garel gets Taiwanese Award!
We are so proud to announce that Rowan Garel has been selected as a recipient of Taiwan's Chou Ta-kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation "Fervent Global Love of Lives Award"! This award honours people throughout the world who display bravery, love and selflessness. Rowan, from the tender age of 10, displayed true selflessness when he decided to help raise awareness and funds for children, who like him, are blind.

Minister of Defence Hon. John Saldivar this morning addressed a gathering of women who work within his ministry and departments under his command. The event was organized as part of International Women’s Month activities under the theme, “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. In his remarks, Hon Saldivar stated, “It is really nice to have a special time for women where they are glorified to the point of being honored, awarded and appreciated. I hope this builds awareness and acknowledgement of the woman’s contribution to life, society, family and work; we salute her strength, resilience and sacrifice. Women empowerment lies in honoring yourself and treating yourself with respect. Remember, “No one can put you down without your permission” – Eleanor Roosevelt. For all you have done and continue to do for the Ministry and the Security Forces, Thank You.”

San Pedro Clean Up Campaign!
It was a great KICK OFF to our Clean Up Campaign! Our trucks and employees picked up large piles of garbage in the San Juan Area and Boca del Rio Area this past Thursday, March 23....We'll be back next week! If you missed us you still have time to take out your yard trash as we will be back next week for a final run!

Arts and Crafts for children today on Caye Caulker
Arts and Crafts for children today Saturday 11am-2pm at the basketball court. Ocean Academy will be face painting, drawing and coloring lionfish, making recycling art, tying balloon animals and selling raffle tickets. Ecomar and Oceana will have educational displays. Di Maroons will be drumming. Free and everyone welcome!

"Cheap Sale" in Corozal
We had a very successful "Cheap Sale" today from donations to the club. We had a great time and lots of laughs...even a fashion moment before starting. We want to thank all our volunteers who helped! We could not have done this without all of you!!!! And many thanks to those that donated toRotary! We use the money's collected for very important causes...Scholarships, Wheelchairs, Computers, and now our new Pilot Project...Diversion Sustainable Toilets which has the ground breaking today at the Concepcion RC School!

Standard for Public Comments: Biscuits Specification
Deadline for Comments: April 13, 2017 Kindly download the Standard and all relevant documentation (Standard, Voting Form and Disposition Sheet) via the links below: Biscuit Specification - Voting Form - Disposition Form.

UK Travel Agents Familiarization Tour of Belize
The UK Travel Agents are now experiencing La Isla Bonita!

Dr. Michael Schick trains KHMH physicians on Emergency treatments
During his recent trip to Belize, Dr. Michael Schick, emergency physician from the United States, trained hard-working physicians at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) to use the point-of-care ultrasound and other emergency medical care equipment. The goal of Dr. Mike’s visit to Belize was to help enhance emergency medical care in Belize by working with local physicians, nurses, and EMTs on trauma care (TEAM course) and transport of patients. The partners in this important project are the Medical College of Wisconsin, Baylor, UC Davis, KHMH, BERT, and the Ministry of Health.

Earth Hour BELIZE
Earth Hour BELIZE is almost here! Tonight join us at BTL park at 7:00 pm for a fun candlelight vigil with musical entertain by Pantempters Steel Orchestra, songs, stories and poetry followed by a candlelight walk to Memorial Park at 8:30. Come on out and shine your light.

Channel 7

Low Income Neighborhood Burns, Dozens Dislocated
Tonight one of the city's oldest low income neighborhoods has been flattened by fire, and, likely, dozens are left homeless. The fire started in Pink's Alley - between Queen And North Front Streets - at around 4:30. It burned one of the apartment buildings which is home to many families. The fire was brought under control at around 5:30. Tonight we can confirm that very fortunately no one was hurt in this area which is home to many families with children. But residents are vary raw and angry. They say that the Fire Department did a very poor job and weren't ready with water or equipment. Our team is just back after speaking with the area representative and a prominent member of that neighborhood. Here's the interview with Leroy Grandmaster Young - who's one of the neighborhood;'s oldest resident:

Fire In The Center Of Caye Caulker
And almost simultaneously there was a report of a major fire in downtown Caye Caulker. This one started in the center of the village near the police station at Tina Auxilou's Hotel. Reliable reports say that the fire equipment on the island ran out of water and tourists and residents had to join together to form a bucket brigade. We'll have more on this later on in the news.

Calaney Gets Off Alleged Murder of Ex
Trial without jury cases have been making the news all this week, and tonight, there is another high profile one coming out of the Supreme Court. Back in August of 2012, it made headlines news when Belize City resident Calaney Flowers was charged with murder and attempted murder for allegedly knocking down and killing her baby's father. He was 29 year-old Lyndon Morrison, and he was riding his signature Suzuki motorcycle with his new girlfriend, Sochyl Sosa. The couple were traveling on Freetown Road, when Flowers ran into them in her car. Morrisson died from his injuries, while Sosa was badly injured.

Day Two Of Budget Debate is More Blustery Back And Forth
Today was day two of the budget debate at the National Assembly Building in Belmopan. The leader of the opposition got the ball rolling on day one, and today his predecessor, the former PUP Leader Francis Fonseca took the lead. Fonseca, sporting a new look, took a familiar party line, saying the budget was a fraud. Here's some of the back and forth that followed:... Hon. Francis Fonseca, PUP Freetown: "This 2017-2018 budget is a fraud, it is a budget built on sand, it is a budget stitched together with obvious glaring creative manipulations of the numbers to create a UDP reality that does not exist for the Belizean masses, speaking plainly madam speaker, it is a budget that seeks to take the Belizean people for fool. Who feels it knows it and the Belizean people today are feeling the hardship and pain the current economic crisis that has engulfed our nation."

A Shyne In the Story
And while Caribbean Shores Kareem Musa threw his fair share of jabs at the budget, he also had plenty of firepower in reserve for the Barrow brothers: Shyne and Anwar. Here's what he dished on Shyne, followed by his Uncle's response:... Hon. Kareem Musa: "Then you have others like my brother Shyne, he has a certificate from the big house. These guys haven't gotten certified yet on this side. He has a certificate and every Belizean remembers that when he first came to Belize he wanted nothing to do with our beloved country. All he wanted was to get back to America. But now that he has been blocked out of America, guess what, he wants to run. Very interesting times ahead for the UDP indeed."

Family Says Chan Pine Ridge Skull May Be For Their Missing Loved One
Last Saturday Orange Walk police found a burnt skull at the dumpsite on the Chan Pine Ridge Road, but were unable to identify who it came from. No one had been reported missing in the area. The skull was taken to the Northern Regional Hospital for DNA testing, but the authorities had no one to match the results with. Well, a new lead may have turned up. Today the family of Israel Cruz, an Orange Walk resident, went to the media on Orange Walk. They told CTV-3 that heh has been missing since March 10th, and they they reported him missing days ago. But most concerning is that Cruz frequented that very same dump site to recycle bottles and plastic materials. Here's a translated version of what Cowo told CT3 V-today.

Pen Road Shooting
There was another shooting in Belize City last night. It happened just after 8:00 on Neal's Pen Road extension. 26-year-old Ron Myvette was shot in the back by a man who came up from behind. Myvette is in a stable condition. Our camera's caught police canvassing the area for expended shells.

Stakeholders Angry About New Citco/BTB Plans
For months now we've been reporting on the Tourism Board's plan to move tour guides, hair braiders, and food vendors from their spot just outside the Tourism Village into the Memorial Park. The service providers - who are all local interests - have been resisting it mightily. They say the move will cause them a total loss of business in a year that is already seeing a significant falloff in earnings. Last night the Tourism Board and the City Council had a meeting with stakeholders at the Memorial Park. Here are some of the viewpoints that were expressed:…

Mayor Says Stakeholders Running From Taxes
The BTB's Cruise Planning Representative Noriko Gamero would only say, quote, "we got great feedback and so we are adjusting as necessary." But Mayor Darrell Bradley was less cautious. He says this is all about taxes and fees, which everyone has to pay, but which the service providers are trying to run away from:… As the mayor indicated, the council is open to adjusting the rental fees.

PM Called Out Mayor, Mayor Incredulous
And while the mayor took that bull by the horns, he was far more careful when discussing a political hot potato that the Prime Minister put in his lap. 11 days ago when he presented the budget, the media caught the PM outside the House and we asked him about former UDP City Councilor Eric Chang. And that's where the PM told an interesting story: he said that even after the whole Citizen Kim affair blew up, Mayor Darrell Bradley still pushed for Chang to be on the UDP ticket in the next city council election. Well today we asked the mayor what that was all about. For context, we air the PM's disclosure first, followed by the Mayor's quite stunned reaction:...

Foreign Minister’s In Court Again
Viewers may not be aware but Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington and his law firm, Pitts And Elrington, have been fighting a case in court since 2010. The dispute that he has with his former business partners is now ending up all the way at the Caribbean Court of Justice. It's private quarrel within the company Progresso Heights Limited over land and money. Elrington won at the Supreme Court, and the Appeal Court, but his opponents, the principals of Progresso Heights were not satisfied with the outcomes. So, they've approached the Caribbean Court of Justice, who has granted them leave to appeal.

TB Is Still A Health Issue
Tuberculosis is one of the world's deadliest bacterial diseases which has killed countless people throughout history. An estimated 10 million people contracted TB last year, and 95% of those who fell ill came from developing countries. 120 cases were diagnosed in Belize in 2016. But while the disease is extremely infectious and dangerous, it does not have to be life threatening. You may not know it, but there is a cure for TB. Which is why the Ministry of Health held the Tuberculosis Awareness Fair today. The fair was aimed at educating the public on the symptoms of TB as well as preventative measures. We spoke the the Ministry's TB Adherence Councilor, Kevin Mendez, about the even...

House Hijinks
Earlier on we showed you some of the meat of today's debate. But there's also what you might call the fat, and that's the sparring across the house floor which is when members hurl insults at each other under the microphones. It's not exactly exemplary parliamentary conduct, but it can be entertaining in a day of debates that runs for as long as 10 hours. Here's an example in an exchange between Francis Fonseca and Anthony Boots Martinez about votes and houses in Belama:

Latest on Fire In Pink’s Alley
Tonight about one dozen families are homeless, and as many as three dozen people have been dislocated after a fire that burnt the central apartment in one of the city's oldest low income neighborhoods, which is Pink's or Majestic Alley. The fire burnt out 8 units, four upstairs and four downstairs in the main apartment building and it also brunt three houses behind that. At this hour, temporary shelter is being arranged by CEMO and the Area Representative at St. Mary's Hall. Said Musa and The Grandmaster have been in the neighborhood living or working for four decades going on five, and they told us what's next, both for the investigation and for starting over...

Another Difficult Appeal Case
Earlier in the news we showed you judgements from The Court of Appeal for this current session which ended today. One of their last rulings was in a case brought by the Belize Bank Limited, which is not being allowed to enforce a 36 million dollar arbitration award that has been accruing interest since 2012. You may remember fight over the Belize Healthcare Partners Hospital, which used to be named Universal Health Services. In 2004, the then Prime Minister Said Musa entered into a 33 million dollar agreement with the Belize Bank over Universal Health Services. The Development Finance Corporation provided funding for UHS, but there was a shortfall, so the Belize Bank was approached to provide additional financing. The Bank agreed, but it wanted a government guarantee, which was given.

UDP’s From Toledo Protest
And finally tonight, a small story about the one protest that took place during the house debate. You might think it was against the government, but in fact it led by at about 50 to 75 Toledo residents. They went to the stairs of the National Assembly to protest against the two PUP representatives for Toledo East and West. They told us why:... The protest lasted for about an hour and a half, but we're not sure the Toledo Reps even knew about it.

Channel 5

Majestic Alley “Long Barracks” Goes Up in Flames, at least 10 Families Displaced
More than ten families are without homes tonight after a fire took down their houses and properties in the Majestic Alley in Belize City late this afternoon.  At news time [...]

Calaney Flowers Walks Free of Murder Charge
The budget debate proceeded today at the House in Belmopan. We will have all the highlights coming up, but we go to the Supreme Court which this morning delivered a [...]

“Boots” Defends Pro-Poor Programs at Day 2 of Budget Debate
Turning to the Budget Debate in the House of Representatives this morning…. After being seemingly overwhelmed and nettled by the force and ferocity of the Opposition People’s United Party’s response [...]

P.U.P.’s Francis Fonseca Says Government Can’t Hide Anymore
But the Opposition P.U.P. proved intractable, convinced that two Belizes exist and that they are further apart than ever before.  Leading off the Budget Debate this morning, former Opposition Leader [...]

Tracey Panton Says It Was a Good Year for Investment
Later, it was the turn of Albert area representative and Minister of State for Investment, Trade and Commerce, Tracey Taegar-Panton, to deliver a presentation marked mostly by technical numbers about [...]

Kareem Musa Scolds Prime Minister for Trying to “Flee” Economic Disaster
First-term area representative for Caribbean Shores, Kareem Musa, has become a noted debater in the House of Representatives. Today’s Budget presentation was no different as he touched on multiple topics [...]

Michael Finnegan Trashes P.U.P. Explanations for Superbond
In his usual inimitable style, Mesopotamia area representative Michael Finnegan hit back at the Opposition’s defense of the loans they made under their administration which have become the Superbond. Referencing [...]

Cordel Hyde, Kareem Musa Invite U.D.P.’s for a Walk on Southside
We’re not sure if they compared ideas before coming to Belmopan on Thursday, but two People’s United Party area representatives suggested similar methods for having the Government understand the plight [...]

Belize Bank May Go to C.C.J. to Challenge U.H.S. Judgement
Is the Belize Bank headed to the CCJ to force the application of an arbitral award against the Government of Belize?  It is perhaps the only option left, since the [...]

“Sedi” Elrington’s Progresso Heights Case Goes to the C.C.J.
A lawsuit filed against Foreign Minister Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington and his law firm, Pitts and Elrington, will be heard in the Caribbean Court of Justice in the months ahead.  The [...]

Belize Takes Steps to Address Brazil Corned Beef Issue
Belizeans are lovers of corned beef; there are seven brands of corned beef on supermarket shelves.  There was a scare over the weekend when Brazil’s Secretariat of Animal and Plant [...]

Overnight Shooting Leaves Man Hospitalized
Overnight gun violence in the south side of Belize City has left one man hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Just minutes before eight p.m. on Thursday shots rang [...]

Toledo Soldier Tops Guyana Training Course
A B.D.F. soldier is making a name for himself in Guyana. Officer Cadet Francisco Choc was awarded best overall trainee in the Guyana Defence Force standards officers’ course.  Choc also [...]

Jose Mai Scorns Agriculture Ministry over Potatoes
Back to today’s budget debate….Orange Walk South area representative Jose Mai focused on the impact of the Budget – or lack thereof – on the productive sector, which he described [...]

Cordel Says U.D.P. Must Own “Its Corruption”
Lake I Representative, Cordel Hyde turned the tables on the U.D.P. on the issue of corruption in his budget presentation on Thursday. The U.D.P. has continuously shaken their fingers against [...]

What is True Unemployment Rate?
What is the real unemployment rate?  That’s the question you may want to ask and perhaps you will be no smarter after the following.  Now, the figures released from the [...]

Gaspar Vega Absent Again, But is He Making Up with Party?
Former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega once again skipped proceedings in Belmopan this week, marking the fifth consecutive meeting he has been absent from. Under the Standing Orders, more than [...]

Said Musa Raises Reported Dismissal of European Ambassador
Fort George Area Rep and Former Prime Minister, Said Musa, is always a must listen to during the debating of the budget and on Thursday during his presentation, he didn’t [...]

The Fight to End Tuberculosis in Belize
It’s World Tuberculosis Day around the world – it is a day designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths [...]

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Standard and Poor Ups Belize’s Ratings Following Renegotiated Bond
Earlier this week we told you of the ratings placed on Belize by Standard and Poor’s Rating Agency with the understanding that a revised assessment would be conducted due to the recently restructured Superbond. The new ratings are in and we can tell you that the agency has upped the rating for Belize’s long term […]

Belize Puts Stop to Brazil’s Corned Beef Imports
The Government of Belize has decided to temporarily suspend the issuance of import permits for Corned Beef from Brazil. This comes after Brazilian Federal Police detected irregular practices involving certification of meat and meat products by staff members of the Ministry of Agriculture in 21 meat processing facilities that handled beef. According to the Government’s […]

Belize Chairs Sugar Subcommittee of ACP States
Belize has assumed the chairmanship of the Sugar Subcommittee of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States. Belize’s Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union, Dylan Vernon, assumed the chairmanship on Wednesday and is expected to quote “lead the ACP Sugar Subcommittee during a period of challenges for ACP sugar exporters like Belize.” End […]

Calaney Goes Free Following Death of Ex-Boyfriend in 2012
Calaney Flowers was acquitted of the murder of Lyndon Morrison. Supreme Court Judge Troadio John Gonzalez handed down his decision this afternoon and found Flowers not guilty. Flowers is accused of the August 28, 2012 murder of her ex-boyfriend, Lyndon Morrison, and the attempted murder of his girlfriend, Sochil Sosa. The two were allegedly rammed […]

Fires Spark in Caye Caulker and Majestic Alley
Firefighters in Caye Caulker Village began fighting a house fire at around five o’clock this evening. Up to news time the firemen were still at the scene ensuring that the embers had been extinguished so as to avoid further damages. Love News understands that the two-storey wooden structure belonged to a foreigner and was named […]

Revenue and Appropriation Bill 2017 Debated
Day two of the debate over the Revenue and Appropriations Bill is winding down in Belmopan. It is the highlight of the parliamentarian affairs in the National Assembly where thirty one elected representatives are allowed to speak on economic issues. Today’s proceedings got underway just after ten o’clock with the Freetown Area Representative, Francis Fonseca. His […]

Minister Panton Boasts of Advances in Productive Sector
The news coming out of the agriculture sector during today’s debate noted several advances that small and large scale farmers are reportedly benefiting either via export-aid or fiscal incentives. Albert’s Area Representative, Tracy Panton spoke of the productivity in this sector. As it relates to the sugar sector, Panton says that the farmers are being […]

Area Reps Get Heated Over Land Greed
Shortly after today’s debate got started there was a moment of high tension between Area Representatives Francis Fonseca and Anthony Martinez over the issue of land greed. Things got so heated that Mesopotamia’s Representative and the Speaker had to intervene.

Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis in 2017
Today Belize joined the international community in recognizing the achievements in the prevention and control of tuberculosis. This year’s World Tuberculosis Day was commemorated under the theme, “Unite to End TB”. A TB Awareness health fair took place at the Cleopatra White Polyclinic compound in Belize City where reporter Hipolito Novelo spoke to a health […]

Two Men Shot and Two Detained on Ambergris Caye
A shooting incident last night in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye has left two men injured and two others in police custody. According to reports, 18-year-old fisherman, Delson Paguada was walking towards his home in the San Mateo area when he said he heard gunshots and saw two men armed with what appeared to be nine […]


Murder convicts to be considered for parole
Parliament is expediting passage of a suite of 4 bills as a part of criminal justice reform which would enable murder convicts to be considered for parole—a reform pushed in consequence of a legal challenge lodged at the Caribbean Court for Justice (CCJ) by murder convict Gregory August back in 2015 in the first criminal appeal filed with the CCJ from Belize. In April 2015, the CCJ agreed to hear August’s application as “a poor person,” to challenge his conviction for the 2009 murder of Alvin Alpheus Robinson, 73, for which August was sentenced to life behind bars.

The mysterious “Mr. Middleton” unmasked by Cassanova
The Auditor General’s Special Audit into the Passport, Visa and Nationality Departments of the Immigration Ministry revealed that 8 visa stickers were discovered missing from the Western Border in December 2012. A report from Immigration officer Vernon Leslie, reproduced in the audit, alleged that former Immigration officer Lindsay Wade had removed the stickers and given them to a man identified only as “Mr. Middleton,” who, he also alleged, was the common-law husband of Immigration officer Inez Cassanova. Middleton reportedly travelled to Belize City and sold the visas to former Deputy Mayor, Eric Chang, and the Council’s Financial Controller, Patrick Tillett.

Director of CITO lives in New York!
Last year, Candelaria Saldivar, former Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry responsible for Immigration and sister of Belmopan area representative John Saldivar, was put on early retirement after having received an estimated $100,000 in salary plus benefits while “chilling” for almost 19 months on paid leave. Today, Lake Independence area representative for the Opposition People’s United Party, Cordel Hyde, senior deputy leader of the party, said during his budget presentation that the wife of an ex-minister, assigned to a diplomatic post overseas as Consul General of Belize to New York, is still receiving her salary while accompanying her husband in the US.

Rotten corned beef controversy sparks ban on imports from Brazil
–Belize today joined a number of other Caribbean countries which have imposed a ban on imports of corned beef originating from Brazil, including cans of Grace corned beef, which could have been unscrupulously passed into trading networks, as a consequence of bribes allegedly paid to officials in Brazil to have unsanitary products approved. The Caribbean corned beef distributor, GraceKennedy, which sources beef from Brazil, announced that in full compliance with the directive of the Government of Jamaica, it has suspended sales of corned beef originating from Brazil and it immediately withdrew the product from the Jamaican market.

Bogus, not bold: Briceño answers Barrow on 2017 budget
Opposition Leader Johnny Briceño, People’s United Party member for Orange Walk Central, this morning opened the debate on the 10th budget tabled in Parliament by the Barrow administration, calling it bogus, and suggesting that the Government “cooked the books” to come up with the figures presented to the National Assembly. Last Monday, March 13, Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Natural Resources, Dean Barrow, presented the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2017/2018, and the debate by the 31 members of the House of Representatives is scheduled for today and tomorrow.

Berne returns home from his travels with Broken Dreams
–Berne Velasquez is a special Belizean, who carries his artistic flame with a rarely found determination. Most Belizeans would be ashamed of being deported for attempting to enter the United States illegally and they would be silent about such an episode in their life. Not Berne Velasquez. He announced it to the world, turned it into art and created an album that he aptly titled Life After Deportation, released in 2008, when Berne stormed on Belize’s music scene. Between the release of that first album and now, Berne has moved worlds. He has landed minor and major roles in four international movies, filmed in Belize. Music, however, remains Berne’s passion and he has released a steady stream of works since his first album that propelled him into the consciousness of Belizean music lovers. As a man who has single-handedly sold over 200,000 of his own CDs, this puts him in a league all by himself.

NEBL “In the Paint”
In NEBL Thursday night action, the (4-3) Belmopan Bandits shocked league leading San Pedro Tiger Sharks by the final score of 71-69, thereby propelling themselves into a first-place two-way tie with arch-rivals Cayo Western Ballaz, who also won their game on Friday night. The Tiger Sharks had a seven-point lead with 9:46 remaining in the game, but the Bandits surged ahead, 60-58, at the 6:44 mark in the fourth quarter, behind back-to-back field goals by Greg Rudon (8 points 2 rebounds 1 assist). That set off an 11-0 Tiger Sharks run, which was sparked by a flurry of seven made free-throws, shared between Douglas Valley and George Williams, and capped by a deep trey by the latter, which gave them a 69-61 lead with just 3:32 remaining in regulation.

Simeon Lopez Kids, Youth & Female Cup 2017 Tournament in Belmopan
The Belmopan Football Association’s (BFA) Simeon Lopez Kids, Youth & Female Cup 2017 had another hectic weekend of games at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium. In the opener on Friday night, March 17, (U-17) it was Bandits, 3-0, over San Martin Medina, with goals from Jovaun Ramos (28’), Steven Gentle (46’) and Hollis Popper (55’). And in the nightcap, (U-17) Spanish Lookout FC and Piccini Rising Star played to a 1-1 draw. Evert Peralta (32’) put Spanish Lookout in front, but Joshawn Flowers (56’) replied for San Martin.

E.P. Yorke girls and San Pedro High boys
Edward P. Yorke High School girls & San Pedro High School boys won the National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) softball championships, which were held in Belize City at Rogers Stadium on Friday and Saturday, March 17-18. On Friday, the 4 country-zone champions, in both female and male categories, clashed in the first-round knockout format. On Saturday, the losers played for third place, and then Friday’s winners clashed for the female (F) and male (M) championships.

Dangriga sports stats
The Stann Creek Football Association’s U-13 Smart Mundialito Tournament continued on Saturday, March 18, with Week 3 games at the Carl Ramos Stadium. In the 4 games played, Silk Grass dropped Ubafu, 3-1; Young Bombers won, 3-1, over Montise; Hopkins and South Side drew, 0-0; and New Site bombed Benguche, 5-0. The 2017 Dangriga Mayor’s Cup regular season got under way with 2 games each on Friday night, March 17, and Sunday, March 19, at the Carl Ramos Stadium. The Mayor’s Cup Tournament is also sanctioned under the Stann Creek Football Association and the Football Federation of Belize.

Editorial: Aikman, Ashcroft, and the atomic age
We have said to you before that in October of 1962, when the United States and the Soviet Union (U.S.S.R.) came this close to catastrophic nuclear war because of a quarrel over missile installations in Cuba, just a few hundred miles northeast of Belize, we Belizeans had no idea what was “going down.” In the Amandala issue of Tuesday, March 21, 2017, we reproduced an article from The New York Times issue of Friday, March 17, 2017, which revealed that video footage is now available on YouTube of thousands of nuclear tests carried out by the United States between 1945 and 1962 in Nevada (a state in the U.S.) and in the Marshall Islands (a formerly idyllic site in the central Pacific Ocean.)

From the Publisher
When I returned to Belize from college in June of 1968, no Belizean had ever attempted what I was setting out to do: write creatively as a profession. Zee Edgell, who became Belize’s first novelist with Beka Lamb, had been trained in London as a journalist and was editing The Reporter in 1968. It was a few years afterwards, in the 1970s, that she married, moved away from Belize, and decided to write creatively. My point is that, in 1968 I was going to be a pioneer of sorts. Family responsibilities soon forced me to take a job teaching English at Belize Technical College, but after the 1968/69 academic year, Technical and I parted ways. I was in the streets for two years before I taught at Wesley College during the 1971/72 academic year, and then I returned to the streets again, hard core.

Elrington’s outrageous statement
The Editor Amandala Sir, During a press meeting reported by Channel 5 on Friday, March 17, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the nation of Belize, the Hon. Wilfred Elrington, is quoted as saying, “Up to this present time we still don’t have internationally recognized borders.” I believe Channel 5 was kind in referring to this statement as “stunning”, but I don’t have to be kind, so I will refer to the statement as “outrageous.” From this statement, we can infer that our Constitution which defines the limits of our country is not recognized internationally either.

Charles Goff – Belize’s most dominant basketball center!
Belizean 1960s, 70s and 80s basketball has seen many a big man come through the middle on a Belizean basketball court; but through the lens of many Belizean sports enthusiasts, the Belizean basketball center of the great 1970s basketball team, Belikin, Charles Goff had made a serious impact on Belize’s basketball landscape. Depending on which way you want to look at it, Goff was one of Belize’s most domineering big men, under considerable pressure and opposition from others like J.J. Lynch and Emil Grinage of the legendary Belize basketball team, Happy Homebuilders. In our Belizean Legends interview with Goff last year, he remembered how it was when he was a novice under the shadows of the towering Wilton “Cama” Cumberbatch, who at that time stood more than six feet tall and taught him many basics in terms of how to dominate in the center. Goff reflected that he had to wait his turn as a junior member, of Cama’s team.

Meeting the legendary Belizean football goalkeeper, Rupert Anderson, for the first time in person after seeing him play so many games as the “hard to score on” iron clad defense for first Landivar in the 1960s and early 70s, then Spurs, and later on White Label in the late1970s and early 80s, Belizean Legends embarked on one of the most ambitious productions to date two weeks ago to document the incredible story of one of Belize’s most celebrated athletes of all time. The keen vision of Belizean sports enthusiast and athlete, Evondale “Coby” Coburn, who invited yours truly to Florida to chronicle the life and times of the man they called “Canalayte,” Rupert Anderson, has got to be appreciated here. Being a visionary in many ways, Coby saw the story and pressed me urgently since the long time Belizean goalkeeper has been ailing, and found it very important that Anderson’s classic work as probably Belize’s best goalkeeper of all times be respected and not be forgotten.

Post traumatic syndrome, attention deficit disorder, and severe disabilities in children growing up in violent societies like Belize!
This is an urgent call to action to address the effects of trauma on children born and raised in communities wracked by gang warfare and day-to-day violence in Belizean society. The trauma effects on Belizean children living in violent communities like Belize City and other similar municipalities across the country like Dangriga, Orange Walk Town, and Cayo to mention just a few, has paralleled that of the inner cities of the United States and other countries in Central America and the Caribbean that have seen trauma become a serious factor in the learning disabilities of children.

Hon. Cordel Hyde eulogizes Philip Palacio
Family, friends and colleagues of former politician and attorney-at-law, Philip Palacio, poured into the St. Ignatius Church in Belize City for a mass of thanksgiving for his life. The up-tempo celebration of his life was marked by the blending of Garifuna drums and the soulful presentations of a Garifuna choir. During the early morning of March 7, Palacio a husband, father to four and a grandfather to one, passed away while receiving treatment at a medical facility at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Almost half of remanded prisoners couldn’t afford bail
According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Belize Central Prison, Virgilio Murillo, almost half of the 474 persons who were remanded to prison during 2016 were there for bailable offences. Data published in the 2016 Ombudsman’s report gave a breakdown of the categories for which persons were on remand, and pointed to lengthy remand times of as many as 10 years. Of the persons remanded, 251 were there for murder, for which they cannot seek bail. Additionally, there were 83 remanded for crimes of dishonesty, which include theft, burglary, robbery and handling stolen goods.

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Raging fires in Belize City, Caye Caulker
Fire officials have finished mopping up two fires in Belize City, one of which left numerous families homeless; while another blaze in Caye Caulker destroyed two buildings. Sometime around 4:00 p.m., a fire started at a wooden building near a basketball court in Pinks (Majestic) […]

MOH observes World TB Day
Key departments of the Ministry of Health gathered for a health fair today, to educate the public on Tuberculosis, in commemoration of World Tuberculosis Day. The Ministry held the health fair on the Cleopatra White Poly Clinic II compound, in Belize City. The Ministry gathered […]

Calaney Flowers walks!
After five years on remand at the Belize Central Prison on a charge of ‘murder’ and ‘attempted murder’, Calaney Flowers is finally free. Justice Troadio Gonzalez handed down the verdict today, saying that Flowers could go free, but warned that there is a possibility she […]

Culture is the key to better bilateral relations, says Cuban Ambassador
Since her arrival in Belize, Ambassador Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba to Belize, Her Excellency Lissette Perez, has been touring the country with the intent of strengthening bilateral relations. Perez explained that the tours have been largely to familiarize herself with Belize, […]

OAS Commission investigation into Danny Conorquie murder
The same set of international investigators who delved into the shooting death last year of Guatemalan, Julio Alvarado, 13, in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve is now investigating the murder of Belizean Special Constable, Danny Conorquie. He was shot dead at the Caracol Archaeological Reserve in […]

Trouble looming for the sugar industry
The sugar industry in Belize is under increased pressure in 2017, in light of a decision by the European Union (EU) to remove the limitation that it had placed on beet sugar produced within the EU. On October 1, beet farmers in the EU will […]

Belize’s borders not recognized, Foreign Minister says
Belize’s borders are not recognized, not by Guatemala or the international community, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington said last week. Elrington was speaking to reporters following the visit to Belize by Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro. “We have got to complete […]

NEMO provides homes for Albert fire victims
Fire victims in the Albert constituency this week received new homes provided by the Ministry responsible for the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO). On Monday, Minister responsible for NEMO, Edmond Castro handed out the homes to three families who lost their homes in the Conch […]

Introducing Barton Middleton
The Senate Select Committee learned this week, that the mysterious “Mr. Middleton,” who has been named in several testimonies as a key player in a visa fraud scheme being investigated at the Immigration and Nationality Department, is Barton Lee Middleton of Orange Walk. Immigration Officer, […]

A billion more in debt! Legacy forecasts
Belize needs structural reforms to avoid racking up another $1 billion in debt, according to projections made by financial advisory firm, Legacy Fund Ltd. On Thursday, Legacy, in collaboration with the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), held its quarterly meeting with the private […]

NTUCB gets new president
Christian Workers Union (CWO) General Secretary, Floyd Neal, is the new president of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB). Neal took up the position at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the NTUCB, held on Saturday, March 18. Neal had only one opponent for […]

GOB gets 10 million US poverty alleviation cash
The Government of Belize, this week, got a US $10 million loan through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to provide services to poor and vulnerable communities across Belize. The loan, which was recently approved, is to support the strengthening of the Belize Social Investment Fund (BSIF), which […]

Brother hacks sister to death
A young Belize City mother was gruesomely chopped to death on Sunday night, allegedly by her own brother Elijah Blake, who was been detained by police for the shocking murder. The incident happened outside of 29-year-old Julian Blake’s St. Peter’s street home. Police say that on March […]

Orange Walk man dies in RTA
A 23-year-old man from Orange Walk died in a road traffic accident this week, after his motorcycle collided into a white pickup truck. Matthew Bull, a resident of Yo Creek Village, was travelling on the Philip Goldson Highway towards Orange Walk Town, around 8:00 a.m., […]

Missing fisherman found dead at sea
The body of a 51-year-old fisherman of a Sandhill Village address, who was reported missing at sea earlier this week, was discovered floating near Alligator Caye on Wednesday night. Barrington Rosales’ lifeless body was discovered in a mangrove area on the southern section of Alligator […]

17 year old stabbed in Caye Caulker
A San Pedro man who tried to evade Caye Caulker police is facing a charge of wounding after it is alleged that he stabbed a 17-year-old boy multiple times in Caye Caulker last Sunday. The minor, of a Belize City address, reported to police that on Sunday, […]

If Belize is looking to create new start-up businesses from among native Belizeans it would be wise to amend the General Sales Tax Law so that start-up businesses can have some breathing room to grow. The General Sales Tax, effective as it has been, is not friendly to start-ups because […]

Body parts found in bag, head missing
San Ignacio police are investigating a grizzly murder, in which a yet unidentified woman was dismembered. Police are now hoping to find the body’s missing head to identify the victim. Residents in Blackman Eddy Village made the first horrific discovery on Tuesday, when a sack […]

PUP blasts budget on day one of debate
The People’s United Party (PUP) started day one of the debate on the national budget, taking strong positions against the Government of Belize on several issues. PUP Leader, John Briecño indirectly accused the government of tampering with statistics, saying that the projections of growth in […]

“Bully beef” ban?
The Government of Belize, through the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA), has placed a temporary ban on contaminated corned beef products coming from Brazil, Belize’s main supplier of the “bully beef”. Belize has taken steps to block affected imports from entering the country and has […]

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Belize, One of the world’s most obese countries
Belize is one of the world’s most obese countries according to an article on “It’s always worrying to see a country quickly climb a list of the fattest countries like this. While the obesity problem in countries like Egypt has been pretty widely […]

“My Ministry is best Ministry & Belizean people believe in the UDP,” says Boots Martinez
At the budget debate yesterday, Minister of Human Development and Social Transformation, Anthony “Boots” Martinez told parliament that he believes that his Ministry is the best Ministry in all of government. Boots stated that his Ministry has helped thousands of Belizean people and has […]

Fire in Belize City leaves 16 families homeless today
Sixteen families are distraught tonight as their home with everything that they own went up in flames earlier today. A mid afternoon fire gutted almost a whole neighborhood this afternoon in Belize City. The inferno occurred around 4:30 this evening and destroyed a long barracks […]

Woman walks free from murder trial
Calaney Flowers, accused of causing the death of Lyndon Morrison in 2012, is today, a free woman. Supreme Court Judge Tradio Gonzalez, dismissed the case today freeing her from a single count of murder, and one count of attempted murder, against Sochel Sosa. Gonzalez warned […]

Luxurious Wyndham Hotel group to open new hotel in Belize
Picture: Hotel News ResourceThe Wyndham Hotel Group has revealed plans to manage a luxurious 242 room Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye. This will be the first resort in Belize to fly the Wyndham Grand flag. The five star oceanfront resort is scheduled to open in […]

John Saldivar salutes and honors Women in the Ministry of Defense
Minister of Defense, John Saldivar, this morning addressed a gathering of women who work within the ministry. The event was organized as part of International Women’s Month activities under the theme, “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2010”. In his […]

Belize’s credit rating improves
Standard & Poor’s Global Rating agency raised Belize’s long-term foreign currency rating yesterday to B- from SD (Selective Default) following completion of the restructuring of the 2034 Bonds. S&P says the outlook is stable. S&P also raised the country’s short term foreign currency rating […]

“Mr. Middleton” finally identified
After months of probing, the Senate Select Committee has finally identified the elusive “Mister Middleton.” According to the Auditor General’s report, Middleton was the man who the Patrick Tillett paid $3,000 each per visas stolen from the Immigration Department allegedly by Immigration Officer, Lindsay […]

Former Minister’s wife allegedly collecting salary without working
During yesterday’s budget debate, PUP Deputy Leader, Cordel Hyde, claimed that the Director of the Central Information Technology Office (CITO), Michelle Longsworth, lived in New York with her husband. Her husband, Former Minister of Sports, Herman Longsworth, was appointed as Consul General of Belize to […]

BDF officer is #1 in Guyana
Officer Cadet Francisco Choc of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) was awarded the best student overall in the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Standard Officers Course (SOC), according to a Government of Belize press release. “Choc, who hails from Dolores Village in the Toledo District, […]

Police issue official report on last night shooting in Belize City
s According to police reports, at around 8:08 p.m. last night, cops responded to a shooting incident on Neal’s Pen Road extension where they met 26-year-old Ron Myvette, a food vendor of Faber’s Road Extension. Myvette was seen suffering from a gunshot injury to […]

Two men shot in San Pedro Town last night
Last night police visited the San Mateo area of San Pedro where they saw 18-year-old Delson Paguada, a fisherman of San Mateo suffering from a gunshot wound to his right armpit. Paguada was taken to the San Pedro Polyclinic where 30-year-old Leroy Goff also […]

Grandma busted with crack
This week an elderly woman appeared in court after she was busted with crack-cocaine. Our colleagues at 7News reported that 67 year old Ida Simpson, a resident of Gan’s Rest House in Belize City was busted last week Friday with 0.6 grams of crack-cocaine. […]

PUP blasts 2017/2018 budget
Today, Area Representative for Freetown, Francis Fonseca blasted the Government’s new 2017/2018 budget. According to Fonseca, the new budget for the fiscal year has no real developmental projects, no new projects for development, and no manufacturing projects. Fonseca said that the country has seen […]

2016 was phenomenal year for Belize’s Investment & Trade Ministry says Tracy Panton
At today’s budget presentation, Minister with responsibility for Investment, Trade and Commerce, Tracy Taegar Panton said that 2016 was a phenomenal year in her Ministry. Panton stated that her Ministry promoted investment and completed many projects successfully that were suggested by the public sector. […]

Belize Assumes Chairmanship of the ACP Subcommittee on Sugar
H.E Dr. Dylan Vernon, Ambassador of Belize to Belgium and the European Union (EU), assumed the chairmanship of the Sugar Subcommittee of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) on Wednesday, March 22nd, according to a Government of Belize press release. “Ambassador […]

BAHA warns of tainted corned beef
Yesterday, the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) and the Ministry of Health met with all importers of corned beef to discuss the recent tainted corned beef issue in Brazil. The meeting was held to ensure that corned beef in the Belizean market is safe for […]

Elrington says PUP wrote book on corruption
Yesterday, Wilfred Elrington, Area Representative for the Pickstock Division and Minister of Foreign Affairs told Parliament that the book on corruption in relation to visas and passports was written by the People’s United Party (PUP). Elrighton was responding to PUP Parliamentarian Cordel Hyde who […]


Belizean Johnny Cakes
This tasty bread is one of the most ubiquitous and popular dishes served in Belize. Commonplace on every Belizean’s breakfast table, Johnny cakes are, in effect, the local version of pancakes or toast, served alongside other dishes or topped with meat, cheese, and/or beans.

Belizeans are left without a consulate since the first day of December of 2016
The government of Belize did not renew the contracts of Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Veracruz, Monterrey, consulate in Belize. So, now the citizens will have to carry out any traffic in Mexico City. Chetumal, Q, Roo, the honorary consulate of Belize in Chetumal did not have a representative since the first day of December of 2016, leaving the citizens of that nation who daily enter the state on the Mexican-Belize border vulnerable. Jorge Valencia Gomez, former honorary consul of the neighboring country the state capital, indicated that his government did not renew the contracts of this entity as well as of Yucatan, Veracruz and Monterrey.

Why You Have to Visit San Ignacio Belize on Your Vacation
Originally a small village of logging camps and chicle farmers, San Ignacio and its twin town of Santa Elena have grown to become a thriving metropolitan area in the western part of the country. Close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tikal just over the border in Guatemala as well as several of Belize’s most prominent Mayan ruins, San Ignacio is a popular tourist destination. San Ignacio is the de facto capital of the western Cayo District. Along with its twin town Santa Elena, San Ignacio is built on the banks of the Macal River and form the second-largest municipal district in the country after Belize City.

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Can we say "ahhhh" in the spirit of World Croc Day!?! Here are some great croc arts and crafts for your kids, and we can guarantee these and more will be at the celebration of World Croc Day at The Belize Zoo on June 17, as well as all the other locations celebrating around the world! Join the Crocodile Research Coalition, The Belize Zoo and croc enthusiasts around the world in celebrating these magnificent animals!

Several Cancun restaurants close in wake of extortion attempts
With a series of attacks against restaurants in Cancun, organized crime is sowing terror stemming from the indifference and inefficiency of law enforcement authorities that have failed to stop the insecurity that is taking over this tourist destination. Just this week, at least four restaurant torchings have been reported in an alleged pressure attempt to collect extortion payments.

S&P ups Belize rating following completion of debt restructuring
On March 23, 2017, S&P Global Ratings raised its long-term foreign currency rating on Belize to 'B-' from 'SD' (selective default). In addition, we raised the short-term foreign currency rating to 'B' from 'D'. At the same time, we raised the long-term local currency rating to 'B-' from 'CC' and the short-term local currency rating to 'B' from 'C'. The outlook on the long-term foreign and local currency ratings is stable. We also raised our rating on the bonds included in the sovereign's debt exchange to 'B-' from 'D'. These rating actions follow Belize's announcement on March 21 that the proposed amendments to the terms of the U.S. dollar bonds due in 2038 took effect following the acceptance by creditors holding 88% of such bonds. The ratings on Belize reflect the government's still-high debt burden, offset somewhat by its improved amortization and debt service profile in the next three years.

ETBU students spend vacation time in service
East Texas Baptist University students spent their spring break serving others with the love of Christ in a jungle of Belize, St. Tammany Parish of Louisiana, and on South Padre Island in Texas. Ten ETBU students led by Lisa Seeley, director of global education and the Great Commission Center, recovered water wells and shared their faith in Otoxha, Belize, a remote jungle village without electricity or running water. "Seeing how different our cultures are was eye-opening," ETBU sophomore Abbey Sturdivant said. "Even though we are so different, we are all equal in the eyes of God."

Beliceños se quedan sin consulado en la entidad
No Belizean consulate in Chetumal. El consulado honorario de Belice en Chetumal no cuenta con representante desde el primero de diciembre de 2016, quedando vulnerables los ciudadanos de esa nación que ingresan diariamente al estado por la Frontera de México-Belice. Jorge Valencia Gómez, ex cónsul honorario del vecino país en la capital del estado, indicó que su gobierno no renovó los contratos tanto de esta entidad como de Yucatán, Veracruz y Monterrey.

Belize is number 3 on the fat list
No surprise. Let me tell you some alternative facts. It's not alternative news. There are many cultural reasons we could use to explain this but it's more than just our appetite for rice and high carb foods. Poverty is an issue. Yes we are the working poor. So cheap fast food such as fried chicken and tacos; cheap processed food such as luncheon meat, Dak, spam, luncheon meat and the holy grail which we all know is Ramen. But without cheap food our presumedly healthy options aren't healthy either. Saturday in some parts of the country is barbecue day. But the sauce is sweet from added sugar and so is the coleslaw. People say oh but "it's not white it's brown sugar so it's healthier." That's like taking drugs and saying "oh it's not crack its regular cocaine so it's better."


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