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#523584 - 05/16/17 07:00 AM Today's Belize News: May 16, 2017  
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The San Pedro Sun

Maryurit Triminio crowned Miss SPHS 2017-2018
On Friday, May 12th, San Pedro High School (SPHS) hosted their annual ‘Miss SPHS’ pageant. Serving as the school’s biggest fundraiser, the pageant saw hundreds packing the Angel Nuñez Auditorium for a night of beauty, elegance, and entertainment. After an intense competition, 15-year-old Maryurit Triminio was chosen as SPHS’s newest beauty ambassador. This year’s pageant featured a Central American theme, where Kiriany Caal (Panama), Babee Lopez (Costa Rica), Arianie Novelo (El Salvador), Nia Figueroa (Honduras), and Maryurit Triminio (Mexico) vied for the crown. While the five delegates made their first appearance with a dance, they each introduced their country. Taking the title of first runner-up was Nia Figueroa, while the new Miss SPHS was announced as Maryurit Triminio, to the delight of the crowd. She was crowned by the outgoing Miss SPHS Faith Edgar, after which she graciously waved from onstage and took a walk as the new Miss SPHS. She also won amazing prizes, including a one year scholarship to SPHS, a tablet, and several gift certificates.

Belize Defence Force Officer Excels in Pilot Training in Jamaica
The Ministry of Defence wishes to inform the public that one of its Belize Defence Force Officers has excelled in a Pilot Training – code name Wings Course 1601- in Jamaica. Captain Francis Usher placed first in the course which lasted just over fourteen months. Officers from Belize and Jamaica participated in the course which was funded by the Canadian government. The Ministry of Defence and the Belize Defence Force congratulate Captain Francis Usher on his performance and wish him well in his career as a Pilot.

Over 500 lionfish caught in Reef Week Tournament
Estel’s Dine by the Sea hosted a Lionfish Tournament on Friday, May 12th, as part of the 12th annual Reef Week celebration. Not only was it an opportunity to win great prizes, but the tournament also raised awareness on the invasive species. Lionfish are an invasive species who are voracious eaters and have no natural predator. They are a threat to our marine life as they continue to gobble juvenile crab, lobster, conchs, and fish. Four registered teams and one fun group managed to capture a total of 554 lionfish. Amigos Del Mar, Ramon’s Village, C-Monkey, Belize Diving Adventures, and Passion Kite Belize (fun team) headed out to the sea, and by 3PM, began arriving with coolers full of lionfish. After all teams had come onshore, their catch was counted, and the largest and smallest lionfish were measured.

Social Security Board Public Service Announcement
On Thursday May 11, the Social Security Board (SSB) reported the existence of a trade dispute with the Christian Workers Union (CWU) to the Minister of Labour, Hon. Hugo Patt, in accordance with Section 11 of the Settlement of Disputes in the Essential Services Act, Chapter 298. The dispute arises out of the fact that SSB and CWU have been unable to reach agreement on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. SSB is hopeful that the pending mediation process will commence without delay in an effort to reach a mutually beneficial outcome. The public is hereby advised that some services at the SSB’s offices countrywide may be impacted in the event the CWU proceeds with any type of industrial action. SSB will strive, as best as possible, to maintain basic services at its offices in the event of any type of industrial action by the CWU.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Reef Week In Review In Case You Missed It
San Pedro's Reef Week, organized by the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, took place last week from May 8 to May 14 under the theme 'Let's Protect our Greatest Treasure; So it's Enjoyed with Pleasure.' It is a week in which the Hol Chan Marine Reserve organizes various activities and events that involve the community to create awareness and knowledge of the reef's importance to Belize. In case you missed any of the events, here is a rundown of Reef Week 2017 in La Isla Bonita. Monday - The Swim to the Reef kicked off the week with participants taking the plunge at Amigos del Mar dive center and swimming to the reef and back during the early morning hours. It's a healthy activity to promote a healthy reef.

Maryurit Triminio Crowned Miss San Pedro High 2017
Ms. Maryurit Triminio was crowned Miss San Pedro High School 2017 over the weekend at the high school pageant that went under the team “Central America” at the R. Angel Nuñez Auditorium on Friday, May 12. Maryurit also won the title of Miss Congeniality, Eloquence and Elegance. First Runner-Up was Ms. Nia Figueroa who also won Ms. Photogenic and Ms. Kiriany Caal won the title of Ms. Social Media. Five beautiful young ladies including: Miss Panama Kiriany Caal, Miss Costa Rica Babee Lopez, Miss El Salvador Arianie Novelo, Miss Honduras Nia Figueroa, and Miss Mexico Maryurit Triminio graced the stage as the pageant proceeded throughout its four segments: an opening dance and introduction, costume competition, pProfessional attire, sports ware and the evening gown competition with questions and answers.

Celebrity Spotting: Kendis Gibson In San Pedro During Visit To Belize
He may not be a Hollywood celebrity but he is a celebrity in the eyes of Belizeans as Kendis Gibson, a Belizean native residing in the United States of America as made name for himself as a successful journalist. He just recently was named co-anchor of ABC’s ‘America This Morning’ & ‘World News.” This past weekend he was back home revisiting family and childhood memories. “Amazing weekend trip with family and friends in Belize,” commented Kendis Gibson on a Facebook post. “And met plenty of new friends. Great story to come in the next week on @abcwnn. See you all Tuesday am.” Kendis hasn't been back in Belize for eleven years and this weekend was his and his brother's first trip to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. They stayed at The Phoenix, spent the day at Portofino, enjoyed a sunset cruise with Tuff e Nuff and were hosted for dinner at Finn & Martini. Kendis spent just one overnight on Ambergris Caye, but was also in the mainland for a few days.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Belize Fishing Report, May 8 thru May 14
Another awesome week of bonefishing with the Baton Rouge group. Alex and Bailey put together a fun group of fishermen and women to try their hand at bonefishing. Everybody had a great time and caught plenty of bonefish. The weather was beautiful and the fish were hungry. Belize is the perfect spot for the beginning bonefish angler. Come give it a try!

Mother's Day event on Caye Caulker
Mother's Day with my Mom, Electro Sounds, friends. Good job CCVC, the ambiance was great, music; service was good and so was the Pibil, Relleno; complimentary Sangria & wine!

Splashers
Hi Guys since half the splashes are gone would you guys want to paint something I've done in the past that most of you missed? If you plan on being there Thursday post a picture of a painting you have missed but want to do. If not we can always paint from a picture. :)

>Orange Walk Gladiators vs. Belmopan Jewel Fury
Game 1 Result 1_1 .... Lets see what happens in the return match in Capital City Belmopan ......

Mr. Choo Choo at the Corozal Town Historical Walk
We are happy to announce Mr. Choo Choo will be on hand this Thursday morning May 18, as we inaugurate the Corozal Town Historical Walk. The service is available for small fee to our elderly citizens and residents who would prefer to ride the tour.

Rescued white fronts
These three little white fronts were inside a rotten tre that was (understandably) chopped down. Lucky the person chopping heard these chicks calling, rescued them from the wreckage and called us up to come and help. There was nothing of the tree or nest left to put back up, and no suitable trees nearby to rig up a new nest. Another human threat to wildlife along with fires is land-clearing or over-zealous gardening. Please, check for nests and cavities before you cut down trees or trim branches. "Look, look before you lop"!!

Today is 11 Kimi in the Maya Tzolk'in calendar
Kimi represents death. It is a day to commune with the ancestors.

BELIZE DEFENCE FORCE OFFICER EXCELS IN PILOT TRAINING IN JAMAICA
The Ministry of Defence wishes to inform the public that one of its Belize Defence Force Officers has excelled in a Pilot Training - code name Wings Course 1601- in Jamaica. Captain Francis Usher placed first in the course which lasted just over fourteen months. Officers from Belize and Jamaica participated in the course which was funded by the Canadian government.

2 Girls missing
14 year old Nayeli Cifuentes, a student of Dorothy Mendez Child Care Center was dropped off at her school on the 15th May 2017 about 7:15 a.m. Cifuentes is about 4’5” tall, Slim built, has long dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, and she was last seen wearing a red checkered uniform dress with white blouse, white socks and black shoes. 14 year old Jocelyn Mancia, a student of Dorothy Menzies Center was reported missing on the 15th May 2017. The care officer from the center went to pick her up at school but was informed that she wasn't there. Mancia is 5’0” tall, has long curly dark brown hair, almond shape dark brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white uniform dress with red buttons, white socks and black shoes. If seen kindly detain and inform this control earliest or call 911 or 0800-2929-688.

The New Children's Agenda
Today is celebrated worldwide as the International Day of Families under the theme, “Families, education and well-being.” In commemoration of this day, Belize through the National Committee for Families and Children made this 15th day of May quite monumental and symbolic as both the Prime Minster Right Honorable Dean Barrow and Leader of Opposition Honorable John Briceno made their global proclamation with the signing of the new Children’s Agenda 2017 – 2030. The Agenda is a results framework that looks at the development of children and adolescence age 0-19 over the next 14 years.

Condolences. Very sad love story
Charett Palacio Martinez got her wish to get married Friday, Stann Creek Palliative Care sadden to say she pass away last night

Rescued Mealy Amazon
This little blue-headed Mealy Amazon’s arrival into the clinic late last night reminds us of a serious threat to wildlife: the burning of agricultural fields and bushland. A common practice in the dry season, burning -- even controlled, small-scale burning -- causes stress and irreversible harm if not death to nestlings who cannot fly off to seek refuge from the biting flames, suffocating heat, and relentless smoke. Little Smoky was one of the victims of what was likely a 'mischief' burn. Fortunately, the amazingly alert landowners heard her cries through the flames and rescued her and brought her straight to BBR. It was touch-and-go for a few hours, as the nestling suffered smoke-inhalation, heat stress and shock. The whole night we kept her on an oxygen-enriched mixture and periodic medication by inhalation through a nebulizer. Incredibly, she made it through the critical 24 hour intake period, so we are cautiously optimistic for her survival. The medication and oxygen expenses for her treatment were $100 and her rehab is going to be close to $1000, but she is totally worth it!!! A reminder to please think before you start a fire, you never know just how many little bird or animal homes might be harmed. Big-up to Emile Mena and workers for this incredible rescue!!

Training in Natural Resource Valuation (NRV)
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, The Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration under the GEF funded project “Capacity Building for the strategic planning and management of natural resources in Belize,” will be conducting a training in Natural Resource Valuation (NRV). The Ministry has requested expert services from Wolfs Company to conduct the capacity development activities in NRV. The specific objectives of this consultancy include developing a sustainable training program and materials to facilitate unbiased and cost-efficient assessments of public and private investments; sensitizing key stakeholders on NRV methodologies and their utility; and developing NRV expertise in Belize. The participants from government, NGO and academia will be participating in a 5-day intensive training program from 15-19 May, 2017.

Chocolate Wasted
Catch Casanova and friends Live !!! Saturday May 20th in Punta Gorda town for Chocolate Wasted inside Roots Rock Reggae Night Club after party for the chocolate fest weekend !!!

Corozal Public Library Tea Party May 19
Lets Celebrate Mom at the Corozal Public Library! . For more information Please call the number or come see the librarian at the Library. Thanks!

Art in the Park
Due to both April and May's scheduled Art in the Park being rained out ...we are happy to announce that Art in the Park will be held this Saturday May 20th!! Come on out and enjoy!

Scholarship Opportunities Available
: Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development under a KFW/MarFunds Project will be awarding sixteen (16)-one year (1 yr) Scholarships (4 for each Form-tuition only) for students among the communities of Sarteneja, Chunox & Copperbank Village. Students interested in applying for the 2017 awards please feel free to fill out the application form and submit to us as soon as possible!

Toyota Chiquibul Expedition
The Toyota Chiquibul Expedition is this weekend. They have a nice itinerary for the event. "The Toyota Chiquibul Expedition will take place May 20th & 21st starting in Belize City. The tour will visit sites in the Chiquibul Rainforest and Caracol Maya Ruins."

THE LIVING MAYA educational lecture series
NICH is happy to support THE LIVING MAYA educational lecture series by Ms. Chun in our schools. Please contact Ms. Chun or ISCR if you would like to book a presentation at your school. Belize Elementary School would like to thank Ms. Donatila Chun from San Antonio Village, Toledo for coming to school today to give our students a talk on Maya culture, dress, music and history. It was an educational experience for the students that will help them understand the people a bit more.

5 year Chiquibul National Park Management Plan
With support from the Key Biodiversity Area Project, an inception meeting for development of the next 5 year Chiquibul National Park Management Plan (2017-2022) was held today at the PACT office in Belmopan.

Channel 7

Trouble In The PSU - President Accused of Racism
Tonight, nine members of the Public Service Union council of management have asked President Eldred Neal to resign from the PSU and not offer himself as President in the upcoming August elections. The letter accuses Neal of racism against Garifuna members of the council, quote, "on the basis of statements you purportedly made to other council members." It further alleges, quote, "you are in the process of conducting an exercise to purge the Council of Management of its Garifuna constituents," and adds, quote, "We are now in receipt of information which...confirms...such statements...that...you are engineering a plan to replace executive members of the council on the basis of their racial background," end quote.

Belize Audubon Society’s Visitor Center In Crooked Tree Burns, Residents Not Grieving Its Loss
The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary - established in 1984, it's one of Belize's first major reserves, and is one of only two sites in the country designated as "Wetlands of International Importance," what are known as RAMSAR sites. But, behind all those fancy titles, there's long been friction the ideal of preservation and the practical realities of traditional fishing and hunting practices. Basically, many residents of Crooked Tree "hold grudge" against the Audubon for cramping their long established patterns of using the land to eat. And that's why the community isn't exactly grieving after the Audubon Society building went up in flames this weekend. Daniel Ortiz has more on the fire and the background to it:...

Outlaw “Fayuqueros” Close Federal Highway Leading to Bze-Mex Border In Protest
Belizeans returning from Mexico on Sunday afternoon experienced an unexpected obstruction. Defiant Mexican fayuqueros had blocked the federal highway leading to the Belize-Mexico border with tree branches and cement blocks and old scarps of wood. They did it in protest of the closure of the old bridge which we told you about last week. That bridge was closed in a joint effort between Mexican and Belizean authorities to stop illegal exportation across that bridge. Well, the fayuqueros run that operation and in protest they decided to block the Mexican Federal Highway to the new Chactemal Bridge. The Mexican Embassy confirms that the road was blocked for about 25 minutes between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Sunday. After that it was cleared by the Mexican military. The embassy says Belizean and Mexican authorities are collaborating to prevent any other incident. Now, the fayuqueros are saying that if the old bridge isn't opened they will block it again. Well, to that, the Mexican Embassy says the Mexican Customs Authorities are applying the law at the bridge and everybody has to follow the rules.

Honduran Gang Members Escape Jail, Could They Be Headed Here?
And in other regional news, Central American police and security forces are currently on high alert after news broke this weekend that 22 dangerous gang members escaped from one of Honduras' most overcrowded prisons. The members of the Barrio 18 gang were being held at the Marco Aurelio Soto prison just North of Tegucigalpa, a facility designed to hold about 8000 inmates, but currently houses 17000. The gangsters were scheduled to be moved to a higher security prison due to their heavy involvement in extortion, murders and drug trafficking within prison walls. However, according to reports, news of their transfer did not sit well with the gangsters, which prompted the escape. The inmates escaped last Thursday, but it was not reported until Saturday. The director and multiple guards at the military run prison have been put on leave.

Kids Escape Fire In PG
3 kids escaped a house blaze in Bella Vista, Toledo on Saturday. 40 year old Elvira Peck left her 3 kids - ages 2, 6 and 16 - home alone on Saturday morning around 7:00. She was heading to San Isidro Village. But later on around 11:00, Peck's neighbor saw the flames coming from Peck's wooden house. The neighbor raced over and snatched the kids away from the fire. The report is that one of the kids were playing with a lighter. The fire department has stressed many times before that parents NEED to supervise their children especially when lighters, matches and other incendiary items are in the home.

The Meaning Of Music Week
The 2nd Annual Music Week officially launched this morning. The Belizean public will get to enjoy performances by some of the country's most beloved musicians and vocalists, while the artists themselves will be able to attend seminars and workshops about copyright laws and compensation. Our news team attended a press conference with Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow, and some of the artists, here's Alex Courtenay with the story... Music week provides a platform for Belizean musicians to perform, as well as learn about strategies to help them turn their music into a business. This year's theme revolves around music and copyright enforcement, specifically in properly compensating musicians.

Tyre Pyre On Roadside For Dead Horse
This morning, anyone travelling to or from Belmopan would have noticed a a pyre of tires on the side of the highway three miles out from the city. Now, tyre fires on the road are usually associated with during protests or civil unrest, but that wasn't the case this morning. According to reports, some time on Saturday night a truck crashed into a horse on the side of the road, killing the animal at the scene. No one moved it, and because of the advanced state of decomposition, the Belmopan City County decided against transporting the entire body, instead opting to burn it on the roadside on a tyre pyre and discard of the remains.

Political Leaders Sign Unto Children's Agenda
Today is the International Day of Families and to mark the occasion, Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Leader of the Opposition Johnny Briceno signed the Children's Agenda 2017 - 2030. The agenda looks at creating policies that support the development of children and adolescents over the next fourteen years. The document also focuses on raising awareness of the role of the family in promoting early childhood education.

Murder In South
Police have confirmed that there was a murder today on the Coast Highway in the Stann Creek District. This afternoon around 1:26 police visited the White Bridge area on the Coastal Road, Stann Creek. There they saw a gold colored Ford Explorer overturned with 4 wheels in the air. Beside it was fatally wounded 39 year old Guatemalan and resident of Hope Creek Stann Creek, Edwardo Samuel Caal Sub with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. Police investigations continue.

President Eldred Says This Is a Takedown
And another story that will be developing into tomorrow is the one we told you about in our headline: the controversy surrounding PSU president Eldred Neal. He's accused of making racist remarks against Garifunas in the public service, and - in a leaked recording which was made without his knowledge - he also speaks about that ethnic groups control of certain aspects of the union's activities. Neal is a creole - and says he has only been trying to get parity across the board. Today he said the recording was released not because of the PSU, but because of the NTUCB where the PSU is objecting to the presidency of Floyd Neal - and certain unionists - who - in order to have their way - need his delegate Jacqueline Willoughby out of the way. Here is how he put it:

Armed Gunman Get Money in Cayo And City
Tonight, 21 year-old Christian Cal is at the Belize Central Prison after being taken to court for armed robbery. Police say that he and another man held up a cosmetics store on Friday night and robbed the owner of over $2,000 in cash. According to police at around 8 p.m. on Friday night, the 23-year-old cashier of the Cosmetics Corner, on Orange Street, was winding down for the evening. That's when 2 Hispanic men entered the store and held him up at gunpoint. They went to the cash register, where they made off with approximately $2,900 in cash. Police worked quickly and today, they charged Christian Cal with robbery. He was arraigned before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza, where he pleaded not guilty. He was remanded to the Belize Central Prison.

Belizean Pilot Soars Above Peers
Today the Ministry of Defence issued a press release congratulating BDF Officer Captain Francis Usher on his excellent performance in Jamaica's pilot training, Wings Course 1601. Usher joined soldier from Belize and Jamaica in the fourteen month course, ranking first among his cohorts. The course was funded by the Canadian government.

A Court Of Dreams
It has been 21 years since the Iguana Street Basketball Court was built and it finally got a much needed makeover. Today the revived basketball court was inaugurated and the youth in the area didn't waste any time in trying it out. Now this is part of an initiative to keep youth off the street through sports. In early April we had reported on the first court that was opened on Faber's Road. Today at a short ceremony on Iguana Street, the Deputy Director of the National Sports Council Charlie Slusher discussed how impactful this new court space will be for the kids. The Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Council partnered on this project. The total cost of renovations is about $12,000.

New Catholic Bishop Ordained
Belize's Catholics welcomed the 2nd Garifuna Bishop of Belize, the Most reverend Lawrence Sydney Nicasio. He was ordained at the St. John's college gymnasium on Saturday morning, May 13. Archbishop Leon Kalenga, the papal Nuncio to el Salvador led the mass with six other bishops. Bishop Nicasio received the ring, miter and pastoral staff of his office from Arch Bishop Kalenga. The gym was packed to capacity by delegations from all the catholic parishes in the country, the largest delegations came from Orange Walk where Bishop Nicasio had served as the parish priest of La Inmaculada parish for 13 years, and from Dangriga. Deputy prime Minsiter Patrick Faber and Opposition leader Hon. John Briceno were among the guests in the congregation, as well as Minister Hon. Frank Mena, and the U.S. Embassy's Charge de Affaires Adrienne Kalanek.

Toledo West Rep Says GOB Needs To Stand Up
Earlier in the news we told you about the jail break in Honduras with 22 gang members from that country on the loose. Well, southern Belize already has enough to fear from Guatemala. On Friday in the House of Representatives Area Representative for Toledo West Oscar Requena spoke about Guatemalans making audacious incursions:... Hon. Oscar Requeña - Area Rep, Toledo West "It appears that Guatemalans have come all the way into Belize and are actually cutting trails and laying claims, you know, and wanting to get Belizeans out of that area. Now this is a serious matter madam speaker, and I want to make a special appeal to the Minister in charge of National security to ensure- and it's a pitty he's not here- to ensure that the relevant authorities go into that area and control that area. This is unacceptable we cannot have Guatemalans coming in and claiming sovereignty in our area. But I want to take it further Madam speaker. San Benito Poite, we were there over the weekend as well, and they are having similar problems where you have these apparent Guatemalan farmers coming in and setting up shop. They want to, you know, make pastures in Belizean territory. Belize is for Belizeans madam speaker and we must assert our sovereignty over our nation."

CDB Money For SIF Projects
And that isn't the only bit from the house meeting we didn't have time to air on Friday. A major part of the business of the house was a 10 million US dollar loan motion for 10 million US dollars to the Social investment fund. The money is form the CDB and government explained how it will be used:... Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "The project consists of the following components: 8 community subprojects, finance 24 small medium size community projects to improve the living conditions of approximately 35 thousand beneficiaries." Hon. John Briceno - Opposition Leader: "Which communities does the government plan to spend this $10 million US? Because, as I've said, there is so much need."

CDB Money For DFC
And that wasn't the only loan approved at Friday's House sitting. The Caribbean Development bank is also giving the DFC a loan, but this one is for 20 million US dollars. The Prime Minster outlined the priority areas for this line of credit:.. That bill goes to the Senate on Friday of this week.


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Channel 5

P.S.U. President Caught on Tape Making Racist Comments Against Garifuna
The leadership of the Public Service Union is under fire tonight, following inflammatory remarks made against the Garifuna community by President Eldred Neal.  The seemingly disparaging comments were made during [...]

Attorney for Missing Teacher, Pamela Lino, Asks Public Help
High school teacher Pamela Lino remains missing and police are no closer to ascertaining whether the charred skeletal remains found inside her vehicle are those of the Belmopan resident.  That’s [...]

Dolores Balderamos-Garcia Says Lino Was Fighting Divorce, Had Protection Order
Coincidentally, Lino had recently gotten a protection and occupation order for her property in Santa Elena, the residence whose ownership is under dispute.   Dolores Balderamos-Garcia, Attorney for Pamela Lino [...]

Fire Destroys Historic Audubon Building in Crooked Tree
Within hours of the kick-off of the popular cashew fest in the village of Crooked Tree, a fire broke out at the offices of the Belize Audubon Society. The wooden [...]

Roman Catholic Church Installs New Bishop Larry Nicasio
Saturday morning was a day of celebration for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belize City-Belmopan.  It formally welcomed its third native Bishop, Lawrence Sydney Nicasio of Dangriga, in an elaborate [...]

Fire Service Updates on Quallo’s Alley Fire
On Friday, a house in Belize City was destroyed by fire around one-thirty p.m. The town-house style home was occupied by two families, a total of eleven persons.  The families [...]

P.M. Condemns Anti-Patrick Faber Ad Mentioning Divorce, Alleged Assault
With the countdown officially on to the retirement of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, speculation has begun on the internal race to succeed him. Deputy Prime Minister and first deputy leader [...]

Fuel Tax Increase in Budget Not Fully to Blame for Price Increases
Fuel moves Belize, but the question tonight is whether the country may grind to a halt as a result of rising fuel prices. According to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, the [...]

Reassessing Belize’s Relations with Venezuela
Fuel from Venezuela, refined in Curacao, is Belize’s main source under the Petrocaribe program. But because of continued unrest in the South American state and ongoing issues related to world [...]

22 Gangsters Break Jail in Honduras
The public is being advised to be on the alert for twenty-two escapees from Honduras who are considered dangerous. The gang members escaped from one of the most crowded prisons [...]

P.U.P. Continues Complaints on Integrity Commission
The People’s United Party issued a statement today about the Integrity Commission further to the House meeting on Friday.  The P.U.P. wants to know what Prime Minister Dean Barrow is [...]

Contrabandistas Retaliate for Closure of Old Border Bridge
There was another border incident over the weekend in the north. Last week we reported that the Governments of Belize and Mexico had agreed to close the Chactemal area, which [...]

Teenager Charged with Drug, Bicycle Offenses
He was caught by police with a bag of weed while riding a bicycle without a bell contrary to traffic and later Kyle Latchman managed to escape. He was soon [...]

Court Reporter Anita Nembhard Wants to Know Why Accused Attacker Has Not Been Charged
Her encounter with a convicted murderer three months ago ended with a hit to the face when she tried to take his picture. But according to veteran court reporter and [...]

Belizean Soldier Pilot Tops Training Course
A Belizean soldier is flying high after topping a fourteen-month course in pilot training in Jamaica. The Ministry of Defence and the Belize Defence Force took the opportunity to give [...]

New Children’s Agenda Signed by Political Leaders
Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Leader of the Opposition John Briceño today signed a new Children’s Agenda 2017-2030 on the occasion of the International Day of Families under the theme, [...]

Music Week Underway
Belizean artists across the country are celebrating Music Week 2017 by attending a number of activities that have been organized through the Office of the Music Ambassador.  This week, musicians, [...]

Parliamentary Leaders of Central America, Caribbean Meet in Belize
Over the weekend, Belize hosted the nineteenth extraordinary meeting of the forum of presiding officers of national parliaments of Central America and the Caribbean (FOPREL). Belize assumed the presidency of [...]

Riding and Walking for Cancer Awareness
May is half-gone, but two major activities are coming up in the promotion of Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer has been reported as the second leading cause of death in 2016, [...]

Celebrating the Cashew in Crooked Tree
Thousands headed to the village of Crooked Tree for the annual cashew festival. The two-day event over the weekend featured all things cashew—from wines to cakes to the sweet roasted [...]

The Weekend in Sports
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities....]

CTV3

President Of PSU Faces Heat For compromising Comments Against Garifuna Community
Well-known President of the Public Service Union Eldred Neal is under heavy fire tonight for very controversial comments he has made on the Garifuna people in a private conversation which was recorded and has been leaked to the media. We’ll get to the recording shortly, but first, in a letter dated 6th of May, signed by nine persons including Neal’s 1st Vice President Herman Pastor Jr., 2nd Vice President Kenneth Mortis and Assistance Secretary General, Neal is asked to tender his resignation as a result of statements he made. In the letter, Neal is accused by his senior colonels of preparing to carry out an exercise to purge the PSU’s Council of Management of Garifuna members. The accusations are very serious, and in the letter the signatories cite that they have the evidence to prove it.

No Due Diligence Carried Out By Penner When endorsing VISA Sponsors
Evoking his rights to silence and protection from self-incrimination, former Minister of Immigration Elvin Penner was very selective with the questions he answered before the Senate Select Committee’s hearing held on Wednesday, April 10th. Despite his extreme prudence, Penner still confessed a mouthful, however, including the fact that he did no due diligence when recommending persons for visa applications nor when endorsing visa sponsors with letters carrying his name and signature. Senator Eamon Courtney – Member Special Senate Select Committee: “Mr. Penner you are telling us that in relations to the ones you made recommendations for you did not concern yourself with any of that you didn’t look to find out whether these people documents were complete, whether they had complied, it was totally irrelevant to you?”

23 Convicts Escape Prison In Honduras
Twenty three prisoners belonging to the Mara or Barrio dies y ocho gang managed to escape from the Marco Aurelio Soto prison in Honduras last week Thursday. However, according to reports from international media houses, information regarding the jailbreak was not publicly announced until two days later on Saturday May 13 by the Director of the National Penitentiary Institute. The inmates had been locked up in the special “Scorpion” unit designed for members of the notorious gang and it is believed that they fled in order to avoid being transferred to maximum security prisons. Further reports indicate that while the circumstances surrounding the escape remain unclear, Head of the prison, Cesar Nájera and several prison guards were temporarily suspended from their post and are currently under investigation.

Fayuqueros Block Old Belize/Mexico Border
Yesterday the passage of the Subteniente López border which separates Belize from Mexico was blocked by residents of the area and suspected smugglers of merchandise known as 'fayuqueros' with the use of rocks and tree branches to prevent the entry of vehicles. The fayuqueros were annoyed about the fact that the border had been closed to motor vehicles as part of a binational agreement between Mexico and Belize, therefore, they were demanding two things… one, that it be re-opened and two, for the removal of the Federal Police.

When Will Gapi Show Up At The House Of Representatives?
Here at CTV-3 News, we have lost count of the House of Representative meetings from which UDP Orange Walk North area representative has been absent. Our closest estimation puts the number of times at about 8. The absence commenced last year after the scandal broke of his son collecting $400,000 as compensation from the Government for land he had purchased for $15,000 but which was confiscated because the land purchased already had an owner. We know there are National Assembly rules which prohibit members of parliament from playing “bang hooky” with house meetings, but there has been no known move to reprimand Vega for his continued absence. On Friday, the Prime Minister was asked if he knew why the OW North representative was missing and if there will be any price to pay for his non-appearance.

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PUP Criticizes PM on Integrity Commission Request
Last Friday the Prime Minister spoke of the Integrity Commission and their request to the elected officials to submit five years of their assets. He said it seemed somewhat unreasonable and both sides of the House shared that view. If indeed the opposition had shared that view, tonight it seems they are taking a different […]

PM Denies Political Meddling at the Zone
In recent months there have been some internal issues at the Corozal Free Zone with the most recent incident being the suspension of the CEO, Valentino Blanco on May 2, 2017. It is a suspension that Blanco’s attorney noted is unlawful. Most of the investors in the zone have supported the move as they are […]

Immigration: Were There Cabinet Reports?
Last Wednesday Elvin Penner appeared before the Senate Special Select Committee as the probe into the Auditor General’s report continues for the sixth month. One of the statements made by the former Minister of State for Immigration is that there were monthly reports to the Cabinet when it came to ministerial intervention on visas. This […]

Management Council Wants PSU President Gone
A letter dated May 6, 2017 was sent to the President of the Public Service Union, Eldred Neal accusing him of being racist and plotting to rid of members who are of the Garifuna ethnic group. The letter bears nine signatures of members of the Council of Management for the PSU including Herman Pastor Jr, […]

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PM’s retirement may be soon
After today’s House Meeting, the Prime Minister was asked by the media when he will be retiring as rumors have it that the time may be sooner rather than later. The Prime Minister told the media that, originally, he had an agreed with his party not to go before 2020; however, that might change due t...

Fire in Cuello’s Alley
There was a fire in Cuello’s Alley, also known as Lightburn Alley, this afternoon in Belize City. Initial reports were that quick response led to only two families being affected in what is otherwise known to be a very congested area. The building affected was a green two story building and accordi...

Pepsi Truck robbed of day’s sales
A Pepsi Delivery truck was held up and the sales men robbed. It happened on Thursday 11th May sometime around 1:30 that afternoon. Salesmen 39-year-old John Gabourel and 31-year-old Raynard Rhaburn were onboard the truck. When they were on Mahogany Street in Belize City, they were approached by thre...

Men robbed at Ladyville Gas Station; one grazed by bullet
There was a robbery at a Puma Gas Station in Ladyville Village, Belize District in which one person was grazed by a bullet. . It happened on Thursday night, May 11th, sometime after 9 o’clock. According to police reports, gas attendant 18 year old Kirk Cadle was at work at the Gas station. He report...

Three car pile up in front of Agric Grounds
There was a three car pile up this afternoon on the Hummingbird highway just in front of the National Agriculture and Trade Show grounds. It involved a Government vehicle, which is a Toyota 4 door truck used by the Ministry of Agriculture, as well as a white SUV , and a green Plymouth caravan. Drivi...

Another Judgment in the US Court against Belize
At the end of today’s Sitting of the House of Representatives, the media asked the Prime Minister to comment on another litigation in the US where Attorney and Businessman, Glenn Godfrey was successful on Wednesday to obtain a judgment in the US Court against the Government of Belize. Hon. Dean Oliv...

Prime Minister comments on the Integrity Commission
On January 12th of this year, the Integrity Commission was finally sworn in following public pressure and as one of the demands of the BNTU during its 11 day strike. Today, the Prime Minister was asked whether the UDP area representatives submitted their records to the Integrity Commission. In resp...

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Tragedy on the Coastal Road leaves one man dead
According to confirmed reports, this afternoon around 1:26, police visited the White Bridge area on the Coastal Road in the Stann Creek district. On the scene, police observed a gold Ford Explorer that was overturned with its 4 wheels in the air. The victim was identified as Edwardo Samuel Caal Sub.

Two teenage girls from child care center reported missing
Two teenaged girls, Nayeli Cifuentes and Jocelyn Mancia, from the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center were reported missing today by the Center’s administration. Both girls are 14 years old. According to official reports, the last time Cifuentes was seen was when she was dropped off at her school this morning around 7:15.

Armed bandits steal $38,000 from Santa Elena businessman
The proprietor of Chen’s Supermarket in Santa Elena town, Wei Bin Chen, 60, was held up by armed robbers as he left his home this morning. The thieves got away with $38,000.

PM and Leader of Opposition sign New Children’s Agenda
Today is celebrated worldwide as the International Day of Families under the theme, “Families, education and well-being.” In commemoration of this day, Belize through the National Committee for Families and Children made the day quite monumental and symbolic as both Prime Minster, Dean Barrow and Leader of Opposition, John Briceno made their global proclamation with the signing of the new Children’s Agenda 2017 – 2030.

BDF Officer excels in Pilot training in Jamaica
The Ministry of Defence today informed the public that one of its Belize Defence Force Officers excelled in a Pilot Training – code name Wings Course 1601- in Jamaica. Captain Francis Usher placed first in the course which lasted just over fourteen months. Officers from Belize and Jamaica participated in the course which was funded by the Canadian Government.

Jogger robbed along Chetumal Street in Belize City
Luis Cho, 46, a meteorologist of a Krooman Road address in Belize City reported that yesterday, while he was jogging on Chetumal Street heading in the direction on Belama, he was approached by two men on a blue motorcycle. The men held him at […]

Over $7,000 worth of goods stolen from parked truck
Albert Uck, 32, an I.T. Technician of a Raccoon Avenue address in Belmopan, reported that on Saturday, at 1:30 a.m., he and his friend went to a nightclub located on Newtown Barrack Road in Belize City. Uck stated that he placed two back packs […]

Unsupervised child starts house fire
On Saturday May 13, around 11 a.m., police responded to a house fire in Bella Vista village, Toledo. At the address, police saw a wooden structure house with thatched roof engulfed in flames. Police investigations reveal that around 7 a.m., Elvira Peck, 40, went […]

Music Week kicks off at House of Culture
Today marks the beginning of the second annual Music Week, hosted by the office of Belize’s Music Ambassador, Shyne Barrow. The week started with the official launch ceremony, held at the Belize City House of Culture. The week is geared towards showcasing Belizean talent […]

Blogs

The Very BEST Flip Flops for Belize
Flip flops are an absolute necessity here on Ambergris Caye. When I moved down here full time with my bag of 2 for $5US Old Navy flops, I realized quickly that I was going to need more. The cheap sandals are great – lots of different colors, not a big deal if you lose one or have a “blow out” and easy to throw in your beach bag. But as soon as the cheapies get wet…in a sudden downpour or just when walking along the edge of the sea…grab a mouth guard and a helmet. It’s like trying to run to get cover from the rain on ice. SO slippery it’s actually easier to run without them. And some of the tile floors in town? A little rain and they become LIFE THREATENING. So over the years, especially as I get older and walking in a totally flat flip flop starts to hurt my feet, I’ve tried upgrading.

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Caribbean courts need to be better prepared to judge cybercrimes, says Belize chief justice
Institutions worldwide are struggling to keep pace with the rapid development of computer-based technology. It is especially hard for courts, typically steeped in tradition and ponderously slow to change, to keep track of the sophisticated, rapidly evolving operations of modern cyber crime. But one Caribbean nation is tackling the issue head on, providing an interesting pattern for other countries of the region. The nation of Belize is taking an important step in responding to cybercrime, by upgrading of the capacity of its judiciary. “Cybercrime and cyber issues must now have a prominent place in judicial education,” said Kenneth Benjamin, chief justice of Belize. In Belize, the legislative framework already supports the admission of evidence electronically. However, no laws are yet on the books to specifically criminalise the growing incidence of Internet-based wrongdoings.

Professor Heinrich researches cultural clashes in the classroom
A Cornell College professor just wrapped up a three-year project to research the story behind one Iowa public school’s struggle to deal with diversity and cultural differences following the initiation of a controversial federal program. Professor of Education Jill Heinrich has published a qualitative research study in the journal Educational Review: When cultures clash: The story of one school’s journey from acculturation to understanding. Heinrich has taught at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa since 2003. She also taught high school English for 11 years. Her research interests include religious literacy and separation of church and state in American public education, masculinity studies, post-colonial education, and culture in Belize. Heinrich teaches an off-campus course in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye in the country of Belize.

Caribbean rolls out plans to reduce climate change hazards
Climate change remains inextricably linked to the challenges of disaster risk reduction (DRR). And according to the head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Robert Glasser, the reduction of greenhouse gases is “the single most urgent global disaster risk treatment.” Glasser was addressing the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas. Held recently in Montreal, the gathering included more than 1,000 delegates from 50 countries, including the Caribbean. “We recognise that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is arguably the single most urgent global disaster risk treatment, because without those efforts our other efforts to reduce many hazards and the risks those pose to communities would be overwhelmed over the longer term,” Glasser said.

Don’t fear Cuba tourism
TOURISM OFFICIALS should not be losing sleep over the expected opening of United States (US)-Cuba tourism. That’s the implication of new research released by the International Monetary Fund. While noting that their analysis was “a static one that holds income constant and studies the possible changes in market shares due to normalisation of US-Cuba travel”, the three economists who did the study said any “anxiety” over increased travel by Americans to Cuba “may be misplaced”. In their working paper, Revisiting The Potential Impact To The Rest Of The Caribbean From Opening US-Cuba Tourism, Dr Sebastian Acevedo, Dr Trevor Alleyne, and Dr Rafael Romeu estimated that “liberalising US-Cuba tourism could result in US arrivals to Cuba of between three [million] and 5.6 million, most of it coming from new tourists to the region”.

CONCACAF Q&A: Deon McCaulay (Atlanta Silverbacks & Belize)
Belize international Deon McCaulay is a clinical finisher. In March, the 29-year-old forward returned for his second spell with the USA’s Atlanta Silverbacks after spending two years in his native country with Verdes. McCaulay is best known for being the joint-top scorer in qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup along with Uruguay’s Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie of the Netherlands – all on 11 goals. In addition to that feat, he is the only Belizean to score at least one goal in four different editions of the Copa Centroamericana. He took some time to speak to CONCACAF.com about his career. How old were you when you first started to play football? When I started playing football, I was probably seven- or eight-years-old, but I was probably kicking the ball around a bit earlier. Once my foot touched the ball, I knew it was meant for me.

Barrie man arrested in Belize murders of Francesca Matus and Drew DeVoursney
A Barrie man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a Keswick, Ont. woman and her American boyfriend in Belize. John Deshaies, 54, was questioned in the murders of Francesca Matus and Drew DeVoursney, but says police are focusing on the wrong person. “We’ve always been good friends,” Deshaies told reporters on Monday after he was released on bail. “There’s absolutely nothing that I’ve ever done to hurt her.” The construction worker was also in custody facing charges of theft and possession of stolen property in relation to $50,000 worth of electronics, allegedly stolen from a casino in Placencia, Belize two months prior.

Tenant denies role in slaying of Canuck in Belize
The Canadian man suspected of being involved in the gruesome double-slaying of Francesca Matus and her American boyfriend in Belize is adamant that he’s innocent. John Deshaies, 54, formerly of Barrie, told 7NewsBelize after his release on bail Friday that “there is absolutely nothing I’ve ever done to hurt her.” Deshaies — a contractor — lived on the lower level of Matus’s sprawling seaside home in Corozal. Cops named him as a person of interest in the strangulation murders three weeks ago of the Ontario real estate investor and her boyfriend, Drew DeVoursney. But Deshaies denies any involvement in his friend’s death.

Videos

  • How to Make Belizean Fish & Beans Panades, 2.5min. Panades is a wonderfully delicious dish made from corn masa. It's made with fish or re-fried beans as filling.

  • My Trip to Belize!, 24min. Just a Quick video I made, using some of the pictures/videos from my trip to Belize (April 19 - April 30).

  • TAS Belize Limited | Outstanding Mothers of Belize 2017, 15min. Special Envoy for Women & Children & the European Union presents Outstanding Women of Belize 2017 documentary.

  • Housebuilding Belize, 2.5min. Building a new house to the eldest son in the family.

  • Belize football, 2min. Boys in a small jungle village are playing with their first football.

  • Caldwell University Volunteers Take Their Passion to Belize, 7.5min. Joanna Gagis talks with Emma Clark, Caldwell University alumna and Sean Puzzo, a senior at Caldwell University, about taking their passion for community service all the way to Belize as a part of Caldwell University’s international outreach ministry. Emma and Sean explain how the trip “put things into perspective” for each of them as they returned home.

  • Lord Rhaburn Live in Chicago, 2min. Blessed Mother's Day to all you hard working women out there who have cared for, and protected our little ones - even those who are not biologically yours. You are IMPORTANT HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

  • Open Your Eyes Mothers Day Special 2017, 1hr51min.

  • U.S Embassy Belmopan central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) 2017, 27min.

  • Social Security National Tertiary Debate - Ecumenical Junior College Winners, 27min.

  • Forming an association of Maya Yucatec/Maya Mestizo, 1.5min. Mayan community members of Orange Walk and Corozal came together with the purpose of forming an association of Maya Yucatec/Maya Mestizo for the preservation of our dying cultural practices. The idea is to network and serve as a support group for everyone that is already working and promoting our Mayan heritage. This is the beginning for fruitful collaborations. Here is a video by Maya Pax group of Corozal Roy Rodriguez Sr. Faustino Yam Adela Pederson and Mr Adan Palomo.

  • Trade By Trade: Placencia Getaway II, 4min.

  • NEC Belize 2017 Study Away Video, 4min. Wonderful video taken during NEC's January Study Away Trip to Belize: part of LAS 2130, Tropical Marine Biology.

  • Belize 2017, 17min.

  • Scuba Diving in Belize 2017 - 2nd Visit to Turneffe Reef, 11min.

  • Belize -Shark Swimming Fail, Golf Cart Check Stops, and Yoga, 3min.


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