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#523769 - 05/27/17 06:58 AM Today's Belize News: May 27, 2017  
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials


The San Pedro Sun

James Janmohamed named British Honorary Consul
James “Jim” Janmohamed has been a major figure on Ambergris Caye for years, and is the go-to man for many British immigrants who both reside and vacation on the island. From his early years as Emergency Management Coordinator, Janmohamed has been referred to as reliable and trustworthy, a stalwart pillar of the community. He was recognized for his service to Belize on June 15, 2002 when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England made him an Officer of the British Empire (OBE). Now, he has been bestowed with another title: Honorary Consul of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland with responsibility for the Consular District of Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Caye Chapel and Long Caye of Belize.

Lionfish jewelry: A creative solution to a continuous problem
Lionfish jewelry crafter and Caye Caulker resident Dianne Enriquez was given the opportunity to represent Belize at the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Expanded Constituency Workshop in St. George, Grenada. As the GEF supports multi-stakeholder alliances to preserve threatened ecosystems on both land and oceans, she was able to network with other Caribbean constituents from Tuesday, May 16 to Friday, May 19th. Enriquez told The San Pedro Sun that she learned a lot about sustainability at the workshop, and was even able give a presentation on how her group of 19 empowered crafters contribute to sustainable development in Belize. Through their coral reef conservation efforts, these crafters recycle lionfish tails, which are often discarded by fishermen, and transform them into unique handmade jewelry, such as earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.

MOH continues to monitor Zika Virus: confirmed cases in 2017
Through a collaboration between the Ministry of Health in both Belize and Mexico, as well as the Pan American Health Organization, Belize is able to send blood samples to Chetumal, Quinta Roo for Zika, dengue, and chikungunya testing. After sending out 537 samples from November 2016 to April 2017, the MOH in Belize recently confirmed 124 Zika cases. According to the Chief of Operations in the Vector Control Unit, Kim Bautista, this figure is highly prevalent in northern Belize. “With respect to Zika, I think it’s been a very good year for us, because the capacity for testing was nonexistent…Since we started sending samples to Chetumal in November, we are getting results almost on a weekly basis, and able to get a response in five to seven days. The majority of those confirmed cases are coming from the Corozal District,” said Bautista.

Hol Chan celebrates ‘World Turtle Day’
In an effort to raise awareness on turtle conservation, May 23rd is celebrated as ‘World Turtle Day’. Sea turtle nesting season runs May through September in Belize, and Hol Chan Marine Reserve’s Ambergris Caye Marine Turtle Program (ACMTP) celebrated the significance of that day, by searching for new turtle nests. After visiting key nesting areas, biologists at Hol Chan were able to find 10 additional turtle nests, bringing the season’s total count to 14 so far. As Hol Chan predicts a normal nesting season this year, they still implore the public to protect our loggerhead, green, and hawksbill turtles. Residents/visitors are advised to: safeguard nesting females and their hatchlings for the duration of the season; properly dispose of the debris abandoned on the beach; refrain from making sand castles or leaving behind any objects that may hinder the turtle’s access to and from the ocean; and to not illuminate areas near the beach. Artificial light from beachfront homes, streetlights and even flashlights can attract the hatchlings away from the safety of the water and lead them to their deaths.

Leader of the Opposition, Honourable John Briceño visits Ambergris Caye
The Leader of the Opposition and the People’s United Party (PUP), Honourable John Briceño, was on a working visit in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye on Thursday, May 18th to address various issues affecting the island, including preparations for next year’s municipal elections. During a one on one interview with The San Pedro Sun, Briceño spoke about his party’s priorities for the well-being of all Belizeans, stressing on education, health and jobs. The leader of the PUP later met with residents at a public meeting, where he further discussed his party’s plans for the island and the country.

Ambergris Today

British High Commission Appoints James Janmohamed Honorary Consul In Belize
British High Commissioner to Belize, H.E. Peter Hughes, hosted a small reception on Thursday, May 25, 2017, to announce the appointment of James Janmohamed as Honorary Consul for San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Caye Chapel and Long Caye. This is the first honor of its kind in Belize from the British High Commission. H.E. Huges stressed the fact that the San Pedro has grown and is continuing to grow, with more British people becoming a part of the community. Mr. Janmohamed will now be a key person to act on his behalf and ensure his duties and services are carried out in a timely manner.

Misc Belizean Sources

mzz

Thoughts on pigeons
I'd like to get some thoughts on pigeons. They are becoming more numerous all over Belize, and are very well adapted to town life, so much so that they are now starting to nest in rafters and ceilings of the house. They also make tremendous messes on railings and verandas. So, should they be treated as wild birds and allowed to nest and thrive here, or cleared off and chased away? Pros and cons of pigeons anyone?
They are a health hazard if in your rafters or attic or anyone in your home, where they live, eat, defecate and die. Bacterial pneumonia. I rented a house in Vista Del Mar that infected me. I still have pigeon antibodies in my blood, which is how we know what caused my pneumonia. They are dirty rodents with wings. Clean up and seal up. Don't let them in! I had to disinfect the house and throw out what they had come into contact with the infected. Serious.

Miss Teen Belize 2017
Contestants for Miss Teen Belize made a courtesy visit to Mayor Daniel Guerrero where they spoke to him about their journey to the crown. They were very enthusiastic about their visit and all the activities they have been doing. Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to wish the contestants of Miss Teen Belize the best of luck on their participation in the pageant that will take place tomorrow, May 27, 2017 at Mahogany Bay Village. Check their facebook page for more details!

9th Annual Flowers Bank Festival
Saturday, June 3. (am. Kriol drumming, Sambai, Yangotay Competition, Coconut Hisking Competition, Maypole, Sack Race, Lime and Spoon, Canoe Race, Sporting Competition, Community Museum, Educational Displays, Food, Drinks, Music!

Galen 2017 Graduation
Congratulations to the Galen graduates! They had their 2017 commencement at the SHC auditorium on the 20th! Best of luck in the world! "Another flock has left the nest! Congratulations to our 2017 Eagles who have accomplished yet another milestone in their lives. More photos comin"

NICH Anti-Looting Campaign
As part of our on-going Anti-Looting Campaign, the Institute of Archaeology, NICH has installed a billboard at the Western Border asking all citizens and visitors to help us with protecting Belize's cultural patrimony. Help us in safeguarding our cultural heritage. Please call us at 822-2106 to report any looting activities.

Ya'axché Farmers' Expo
Join us this weekend on Sunday at Medina Bank community for Ya'axché Farmers' Expo! Come learn about innovative farming practices, take part in the beach cruiser bicycle race, play in the football marathon, and enjoy scrumptious food and refreshing drinks at the event. Photo of Mr Martin Chiquin, 2015 MGL Farmer of the Year, Yaaxche Farmers Expo.

SBDC Workshop:INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL STATEMENT (PART 2-ACCOUNTING SERIES)
Presented by: Mr. Jorge Gentle, Business Advisor SBDCBelize, Beltraide. Location: Beltraide Conference Room, 14 Orchid Garden Street, Belmopan. Workshop Date: June 1st, 2017. Time: 9am to 3pm. This course is designed for the individual who need to understand basic accounting in order to interpret financial statements. It is ideal for individuals who are accountable for public funds but are not accounting experts! Basic terminology and normal account balances are covered. Please note: No computers are used in this course. Cost: $60.00, Includes Lunch and Refreshments.

Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye Belize donates supplies to polyclinic
On Thursday, May 25th, the Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye Belize donated a large amount of much-needed medical supplies over to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II. On hand to receive the donation was Dr. Renae Sersland and Dr. Javier Canul, who both expressed much gratitude to the Club. The Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye Belize stated that members will always remain committed to serve the community. To find out how you can become involved, please contact 653-4806 or follow them on Facebook: Rotaryclubofambergriscaye.

Presentation on Marine Conservation at San Pedro Roman Catholic School
Every year Carina Paz holds a presentation about Marine Conservation for the students of San Pedro Roman Catholic School. They surley enjoy being close to the marine life and having one-on-one contact with them! Here they are interacting with some sea creatures at the Touch Tank. Keep it up Carina!

World No Tobacco Day Health Fair was held at the San Pedro Lions Den today
Educating young children about the damages and illnesses smoking can cause!

Visit by Officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The team comprising senior officials arrived in Belize on May 21st for a five-day visit. The mission forms a part of the modality for technical cooperation of IAEA in which annual visits are made by the IAEA to the projects executed at the national level. The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA), the University of Belize and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are all beneficiaries of projects being supported by the IAEA.

DPM Concludes Productive Official Visit to Cuba
Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber along with Minister of Tourism Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. and Minister of State in the Ministry of Health Hon. Dr. Angel Campos, today concluded a successful official visit to the Republic of Cuba. Extensive discussions addressed key issues such as collaboration for multi-destination packages in the tourism sector; the possibility of direct flights; areas of mutual interest in trade and investment; heritage tourism; and the exploration of policies that respect national patrimony. Belize expressed interest in Cuba’s policy of training young people who live in historical areas, like downtown Belize City, to learn restoration skills to be able to participate in improving their neighbourhoods and benefit from the related tourism. The delegation also received support for a request for training to make the Belize House of Culture more dynamic, participatory and inclusive of at-risk youth and the elderly.

Click Here to Support Roger Martinez Housing & Health
Living in Caye Caulker; Belize C.A....Roger Martinez needs some emergency help. He is currently so sick that he has become bedridden and also completely immobile even with improvement due to not having a wheelchair or accessible housing. He has been able to stay in a makeshift apartment under the home of a relative due to his current physical condition. In low lying land, flood waters often take weeks of no rain to finally begin to subsided. Not a good combination with summer heat temperatures already rising and the only electricity being a fan connected through an extension cord in the water. With his permission, I want to share some photographs and also hopefully video. Since Roger is very sick right now and also completely immobile because he doesn't even have a wheelchair. Even worse, is the reality of how he is having to currently live.

Jazz Fest 2017
The 2017 Jazz Festival goes from the 3rd through the 11th, and there are 3 events, including the closing concert, here in Cayo. The Full Moon Concert will be on Friday the 9th at Ka'ana, the Let's Hear it for the Girls Concert will be at the SIRH's Bedran Hall on Saturday the 10th, and the closing concert will be at the Cayo Welcome Center on Sunday the 11th, where Ascenthium and the World Culture Band will be performing.

FCD’s Environmental Educator visits Rural Belize
This week FCD’s Environmental Educator reached the Rural Belize area. Schools visited were St Agnes Anglican in La Democracia, Hattieville Government Primary in Hattieville, St. Therese R.C and Belize Rural High School with a total of 200 students and 11 teachers, informing them about the importance of the binational watershed. FCD is thankful for the warm reception provided.

The Birdathon results are pouring in today....
Who is ready for some Bird-a-thon results? Stay tuned to this post as we will be updating it throughout the day with the results from all Lodges. Lets start with... Banana Bank. 172 species!!! The Farm Inn. 152 species!!! Chaabil Beh Casitas. 173 species!!! Hidden Valley Inn. 112 species!!! Lamanai Outpost Lodge. 208 species!!! Bacab Eco-Park. 137 species!!! Pook's Hill Lodge. 203 species!!!

Taipei Tourism Expo 2017
A regional collaboration for tourism in Centro America at one of the largest tourism expos of Taipei, Taiwan

Invite: Contingency Planning Workshop for Small Accommodations

Frenchie’s Offshore Fishing Tournament 2017
BTB in support of our niche products such as Fishing and marine activities, proudly sponsored the 3rd annual Frenchie’s Offshore Open catch and release fishing tournament. Held at Belize’s beautiful Caye Caulker destination; a total of 22 boats participated in the tournament. The largest catch and release was a 130 lb Blue Marlin. The first place trophy went to Captain Urbina and his team No Worry Bout Nothing. Second place was Captain Hillyboo and his team Carly. Third place was Captain Codd. Fourth place was team Arsenal. Fifth Place was team Fishizzle. Other prizes included the Top Junior Angler,Top Female Angler and heaviest Tuna and heaviest Dorado.

Channel 7

Director Dorian Free Of Charges, Case Collapses
Last year, at the end of March, Press Office Director, Dorian Pakeman got into major trouble when he knocked down and killed 45-year-old Dean Dawson, a mechanic from Gardenia Village. Pakeman was driving his government issued Isuzu D-Max pickup at the time, and after news got out that he tested positive for cocaine on the night of the accident, he was suspended from his job at the Government Press Office. That was in September, and it would take another four months for police to bring charges: but not for manslaughter by negligence, or driving without due care and attention, but for causing death by careless conduct. That single charge was the subject of a preliminary inquiry today in the Magistrate's Court. It's a sort of case management where the Magistrate goes through the bundle of evidence to determine if a case should be sent up to the Supreme Court for Trial. In this instance, however, the court has determined that there isn't enough evidence and there won't be any trial.

Bradley Boatyard Burnt In Boom
Tonight, arson is in the news again. This time the location is the outskirts of Burrell Boom Village where someone set fire to two costly boat moulds owned by Bradley's Boatyard. Authorities found a bottle of gasoline as well as a few tires inside one of the moulds, which pretty much confirmed it as a case of arson. But why would anyone want to burn the property of a well-known Belizean boat maker? Today, we spoke to Steve Bradley, the owner of the boat yard, who told us what he knows about the incident and the motives behind it. Here's Alex Courtenay with the story... For the last few months, Steven Bradley, the owner of Bradley's Boat Yard, has been in the process of relocating his business from Belize City to Burrell Boom. Bradley has plans to increase the services he provides by moving to a larger space, but some of his neighbors at the next location did not take too kindly to the addition of his business in their community.

Did Defence Minister Use Coast Guard Boats As Football Ferries?
Tonight, Defense Minister John Saldivar is under another cloud of controversy: this time it's being alleged that he used Coast Guard vessels to transport his football team, the Belmopan Bandits to San Pedro for games. That's using public resources to pay for his private business and today's Reporter Newspaper says the US Embassy isn't happy about it. The US Government donated the vessels under very strict terms and sources tell us that the Americans have complained to Foreign Affairs about the alleged abuses. The allegation, made first in the Belize Times last week is that the Coast Guard vessels were used to transport team members, management, family members and friends to San Pedro, whenever the Bandits have games scheduled on the island.

Mayor Says Yellowman Should Face Consequences for What He Did
Brian "Yellowman" Audinett menaced the media 10 days ago in the National Assembly gallery, and since then, the outcry against his behavior has been getting louder. The leader of the Opposition has written to the Speaker of The House asking her to remove him as Masebearer, and the media has written to the Chairman of the Senate Committee asking him to ban Yellowman from all future sittings of the Senate Committee. But now as a member of his own party has come forward to say that Yellowman was way out of line. Mayor Darrell Bradley gave the media a candid and cold review of Yellowman's antics today:

Bee Attack Aftermath
The mother who was hospitalized after Wednesday's Arms of Love Primary School bee attack has been treated and released from the hospital. So everyone, including the kids have recovered from that terror - well at least physically. But of course the family of Cruz Raquel Chan has been torn apart after her loss. Chan was stung to death by the killer bees - she was stung too many times to count. Yesterday we had said she was stung 43 times but that was not the case. It was the police officer who tried to help Chan who was stung 43 times…but he also has been released from the hospital. Classes at Arms of Love School in San Ignacio resume on Monday. the tree that harbored the hive of Africanized Bees has been cut down.

Two Bus Operators Guilty, Many More "Get Weh"
Those of us who commute know all about buses carrying excessive numbers of passengers - an everyday occurrence, with very little policing from the Transport Department. But, today Transport sent out a press release to say that at least it's doing something. Two bus drivers in Punta Gorda were charged with offenses; they are, Oscar Chen of Chen's Bus who didn't have a Road Service Permit, and Santiago Cucul of Cucul's bus company who "Carried excessive passengers on a public service vehicle" and "Failed to keep Certificate of Registration in Motor Vehicle at all times". One week ago in the PG Magistrate's Court, both men pleaded guilty and were fined $200.00 plus $5.00 cost of court for each offence, in default 2 months imprisonment.

Bradley Confirms He Will Run For Mayor
Returning now to our extended interview with Mayor Darrell Bradley today, we also asked him if he will be running again for Mayor. Municipal Elections are months away - but Mayor Bradley has a history of dancing around a decision for months before he finally commits to it. In 2015, we didn't know for some time whether he was coming or going. But in 2018, it looks like it will be me straightforward - even though the mayor did say it's not about an election, it's about the work:.. Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City: "Well, that remains my position, I want to run for Mayor again. That remains my position. I think though, there are people who make the election a focus. This may be something or one of those ways which you always tell me that I don't answer the question, but it has never been our focus to zero in on an election. Our focus has always been on the work. We have to focus a lot on my managing the expectations of people and ensuring that we can get the work done."

Bradley says Relationship With Councilors Is "Like A Bad Marriage"
Of course, Bradley and those councilors who want to be on the slate will have to go through a convention first. And, from what we've been hearing, the Mayor might not be opposed to a few new faces. When we were at the council office two weeks ago, we got the tail end of a contentious caucus meeting that we are told the Mayor basically stormed out of - after a disagreement with his councillors. When we asked the mayor about it today, he didn't deny, and would only say that his relationship with the councilors is like a bad marriage:... Jules Vasquez, 7News: "Overtime any group of people, particularly in a power situation, you get tired of each other as you did get exasperated and break up the meeting." Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City: "I did what?"

CITCO And Storm Drains
And while that "correct direction" may lead to paved streets and great public spaces, how about cleaning the drains before the rainy season starts? The June rains could come down as early as next week - and a few places we've seen show that the drains are in a bad state. We asked the Mayor about it today - and he concedes they may have missed a few spots:... Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City: "Annually, we do have a drain cleaning exercise prior to the start of the hurricane season, that's something that we are doing currently in Belize. We are dealing with it from a planning perspective, we ensure also that we have crews which are dedicated only to cleaning out drains."

The Many Failings Of The Manhole Project
And a part of keeping those drains clean is getting into them. That's often impossible due to the poor quality of the drain hole covers which are either stuck in place, or broken and jammed in place. Now, there was a project launched a year ago to replace thousands of manhole and drain covers for three hundred thousand dollars, but it's been stalled. We raised the subject with the mayor three weeks ago and we did so again today when we were armed with more information of how badly the project was executed. The mayor conceded that there were shortfalls:... Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City: "Cheap doesn't necessarily get you value and so I think that in hind sight I would have done many things different in relation to that project. In terms of the amount of man holes that have been laid out in accordance with the project is about 40 percent and you have many of these man holes that would draw your attention to Freetown road, North Front Street, the critical areas - these man holes are still there."

DPM Bids An "Adios" To Cuba
Deputy Prime Minister has wrapped up his official visit to Cuba. He was accompanied by Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia and Health Minister of State Dr. Angel Campos. They discussed topics we've heard from Havana before, such as collaboration for multi-destination packages in the tourism sector; the possibility of direct flights; and areas of mutual interest in trade and investment. In the area of education, delegates from both sides shared ideas on how best to integrate culture and sports into the curriculum from early childhood. Discussions went over training coaches and sports medicine.

Attempted Murder By Fire
At the top of the news we told you about an arson at a boatyard, well Police responded to another fire yesterday, but this time instead of a boat, a man was set on fire in an attempted murder. So far, police investigations have revealed that Belize City resident, Dorian Reneau, was socializing with three other people, when he was sprayed with a flammable substance by someone known to him, then set on fire by another. Reneau received burns to most of his left side, and is currently recuperating at the KHMH where he is in a stable condition. Police couldn't tell us when or where it happened and are still investigating the motive of the attempted murder.

Stole A Bike? 3 Months In Jail
41-year-old Jerry Garbutt is at the Belize Central Prison after admitting in Magistrate's Court that he stole a bike. At around 8:15 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday, May 9, the bike owner, Pastora Galvez, went to the Human Services Department, and she left her chrome beach cruiser bicycle in the corridor of the first floor. She had to go to the Second floor, and when she returned, her bike was gone.

KHMH Former Financial Controller Clears His Name
Last night we told you about the abrupt termination of KHMH Financial Controller Norman Augustine. He had been there for almost three years, and had been involved in the process to make the hospital financially sustainable even if it meant forcing patients to pay for services. But, the contract officer was released this week - and it's surprised both Augustin and the Hospital Staff. There's been suggestion that the sudden release involved some impropriety and he went on the media today to say that's not so:.. Norman Augustine, Former Financial Controller - KHMH: "I will not go into the reasoning or the way the separation did occur. All I can tell you is that at this juncture, its irreconcilable differences and we decided to go our separate ways. My purpose of being here is to highlight that in deed what Dr. Coye has said and mind you, he is a man of great integrity..."

Sister City Love With South Korea
Yeosu is a port city in South Korea. It is known for its coastal scenery and it's over 300 islands. While many of us never heard of this city or much less been to Korea, Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley and his councilors have a good relationship with the Mayor of Yeosu, Ju Cheol Hyeon - in fact they have had an ongoing diplomatic partnership for the past 15 years. And today, after all that time Mayor Hyeon finally made a visit to Belize. And to make the most of his visit, Mayor Bradley held a ceremony at City Hall to revive and tweak their partnership through the signing of an MOU. Mayor Bradley discussed how this collaboration will benefit both cities.

Mayor Presented At The UN
And while he was in country today, Mayor Bradley returned from the United Nations in New York earlier this week. He was there as the sole Commonwealth representative at the United Nations Economic and Social Council's Forum on Financing Sustainable Development. The Mayor told them how small municipalities in Belize raised bonds to self-finance development:... The mayor returned yesterday.

Wonder Woman Winner
The women of the Belize Coast Guard and BDF took on the second and final leg of the annual Wonder Woman Challenge today. After a six-mile relay and a run-swim-run race yesterday, the security forces participated in a "burdened" relay race, and an obstacle course this morning and afternoon. We spoke to one of the competitors not long after she completed the obstacle course, and she told us about the intensity of the events and the training required to complete them... But it's not just exercise, the Wonder Woman Challenge is a competition, and a winner was crowned this afternoon. The Coast Guard and BDF were divided into two teams each and ranked according to the time it took them to finish the events. The BDF's Grey Team place first after winning every event. The Coast Guard's Green Team came in second followed by the BDF's Blue Team and finally the Coast Guard's Pink Team in fourth. So this year's Wonder Women are from the BDF.

Ms. Belize Pageant Organizer Opal Drops a Bomb
In April, a beauty pageant controversy erupted with Ms Belize Rebecca Rath's parents going all out against Pageant Organizer Opal Enriquez. Enriquez had no comment at the time - though we tried all means to reach her. But, today she let off with a two thousand word press release. It says, quote, "Rebecca represented our country well and will forever be remembered as the young woman with the beautiful smile and engaging spirit who took Belize back to the world stage." She announces that she's pursuing other goals, and, quote, "We will not be holding a 2017 Miss Belize Pageant." It adds, quote, "Effective immediately, the official title of Miss Belize 2017 and all affiliated duties as the reigning Miss Belize will pass to our 2016 first runner- up, Marcia Moody of San Ignacio in the Cayo District. Marcia will represent Belize in the 2017 Miss International Pageant in Japan later this year. We would like to thank Rebecca Rath for being an outstanding beauty ambassador as our Miss Belize 2016 winner."

Channel 5

Press Office’s Pakeman is Cleared in Courts; Evidence Disappeared
The Director of the Government’s Press Office, Dorian Pakeman, walked out of the Magistrate Court this morning, a free man.  In March 2016, Pakeman was accused of causing the death, [...]

Mayor Bradley: Senate Misadventure “Stains” Country, U.D.P. Must Take Action
Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley is taking a tough stand on the fiasco at last week Wednesday’s public hearing of the Senate Special Select Inquiry.  The Mayor says shame on [...]

Bradley Calls for Higher Standards for Elected Officials
Should Brian Audinett be removed as the macebearer from the House? The People’s United Party and several others have called for his removal following his behavior inside the senate hearing. [...]

Ashley Rocke Calls on P.M. to Intervene
Ever since the unprecedented attack on the media attending the May seventeenth public hearing of the Senate Special Select Committee, the press has been sampling responses on the scope of [...]

Senator for Churches Believes ‘Public Servants’ Behind Immigration Scandal
The other major question about the Senate Special Select Committee is whether it has run its course. So far, three members of the Committee have spoken out, with Chairman Aldo [...]

U.S. Watching Bandits’ Use of Coast Guard Boats
Could Minister of Defence John Saldivar be in for a reprimand from the U.S. government? The U.S. Embassy in Belize is said to be gathering information about reports of inappropriate [...]

San Pedro Moves Against Maya Mound Destroyers
Maya mounds dot the island of San Pedro Ambergris Caye. In recent days, the destruction of one has stirred outcry among the folks in the island. The proud mound stood [...]

Sylvestre, Andrews, Gutierrez Switch Posts at Foreign Affairs
There has been a reshuffle of top posts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Three top diplomats are playing “musical chairs” in the wake of the retirement of chief executive [...]

I.C.J. Referendum in Guatemala in November; Belize Getting Ready
For the past three days, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been meeting with the country’s top pastors and priests. It has to do with the public education campaign on [...]

‘No Timeline’ for Completion of Sarstoon Protocol
In other Guatemala news, the slog continues toward a Sarstoon protocol covering the traversing of the southern boundary by Belizean and Guatemalan civilians.  It has been over a year since [...]

More Drivers Charged in Toledo
The Transport Department continues to clamp down on violators of traffic laws. In the south, two drivers have been taking to court for traffic offences.  Oscar Chen, who is employed [...]

D.P.M. Patrick Faber Back from Cuba Working Visit
A delegation of government officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia Junior and Minister of State in the Ministry of Health Doctor Angel Campos, returned [...]

Closed Bridge Will Not Affect Belize Border Crossing
A temporary closure has been ordered of the old border crossing at Subteniente Lopez entering Chetumal. The Mexican government asked Belize to cooperate in order to stop vendors who were [...]

Mayor of Belize City Addresses UN Forum on SDGs
Mayor Darrell Bradley returned to the country on Thursday following his participation at the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council’s Forum held at the U.N.’s headquarters in New York City. [...]

Belize City Joins Hands with Seoul, South Korea
The Belize City and the City of Yeosu, South Korea have enjoyed a fifteen-year sister city relationship; and they further strengthened that cooperation today with a memorandum of understanding that [...]

Gateway Youth Center Hosts Health Fair
The saying goes that youth is wasted on the young. But as proven each time someone dies at a younger age than expected – whether by homicide or other natural [...]

San Pedro Town Welcomes New Ambergris Stadium
A state-of-the-art stadium was officially inaugurated on San Pedro on Sunday. The four point four million-dollar facility was constructed through funding from the Belize Infrastructure Limited, along with the San [...]

Belize City Hosts Coconut Fest
Coconut is considered one of the healthiest tropical fruits and there is an abundance of the fruit in Belize.  Along the highways and in the markets, the refreshing water is [...]

A Time for Prayer and Fasting: Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan Begins
Muslims across the world are preparing for Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, in which they fast during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset.  Ramadan is also [...]

LOVE FM

Hard Rock Murdered on the Boulevard
Popular disc jockey, Andrew “Hard Rock” Bennett was killed last night near his house in Belize City. So far, Police have not released much on the circumstances surrounding his murder. Meanwhile, his family and friends are left confounded by the events of last night. Dalila Ical reports. DALILA ICAL REPORTING “Shots rang out on Central […]

Freak Storm Hits Western Belize
A freak storm passed through Roaring Creek Village on Wednesday night. We hear more in this report from correspondent Fem Cruz.


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One love, Hard Rock!
As a child, Andrew Bennett was soft-spoken and timid, but he would grow up to become, “Hard Rock,” a premier disc jockey (DJ) at KREM Radio. Hard Rock’s influence on the airwaves was to be reckoned with, and so was his influence in his community. His home on Central American Boulevard was transformed into a sort of training academy for the next generation of disc jockeys. During the day, there was a giant sound system visible and audible to passersby, as upcoming DJs honed their talents, but by night, there was a projector up, making it possible for all to see ongoing NBA games. Unfortunately, just before 8 o’clock on Wednesday night, Bennett was fatally gunned down a few feet away from his residence.

Macebearer Yellowman under fire
On her return to Belize today, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Laura Longsworth, confirmed to Amandala that she has received a letter from Opposition leader Johnny Briceño, who has called for the removal of Brian “Yellowman” Audinett as macebearer or “Sergeant at Arms” of the National Assembly, a position he has held since 2008. Serious concerns over Audinett’s behavior at the Wednesday, May 17, 2017, public hearing of the Senate Special Select Committee were also raised to the Speaker by a priest of the Anglican Diocese, who has called on her to take urgent action. Last Wednesday, Audinett, who is supposed to be the chief security officer of the chamber, was videotaped by media personnel while making threats of personal harm and damage to property against members of the Belize press corp, which responded this week by calling on the chairman of the Senate Special Select Committee, Aldo Salazar, to ban Audinett from future hearings.

Bandits still alive, following huge 81-73 win over Tiger Sharks
The number one-seeded Tiger Sharks will have to win a third and decisive game at home next week if they have any aspiration on winning their third NEBL championship in four years. The home-town Belmopan Bandits engineered a huge fourth quarter run, to close out game two of their best-of-three NEBL championship series, winning by the final score of 81-73, and in so doing have sent this series back to San Pedro. The Bandits, as anticipated, came out of the gate with a rush of adrenaline, scoring the first five points of the game, on a Stephen Williams long trey and an ensuing jump shot by Farron Louriano. However the Sharks was able to weather that first burst of Bandits energy, responding rapidly by outscoring the Bandits 34-to-26, to close out first half play with the slim lead, 34-31.

Man, 53, took minor on burglary job
Wayne Turner, 53, a laborer of Ranchito, Corozal District, and a minor had just burglarized Mary Hill RC School, located in Corozal Town, at about 3:00 yesterday morning and were walking out of the school compound with electronic equipment and school items in four bags (Turner and the minor had 2 bags each) when they were busted by police who were conducting an anti-crime patrol in the area. The school principal was called to the station, where he identified the items as belonging to the school. The items were valued at about $9,000; the school had bought the items through fundraising and donations. The items were 5 laptop computers, 4 projectors and other accessories much needed by the school.

Above normal hurricane season for 2017 most likely: NOAA
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season—forecast now to be more active than normal—officially starts a week from today, on June 1, although the first named storm for the year—Tropical Storm Arlene—already emerged in the North Atlantic on the 19th of April in a month when such storms rarely emerge. A report released earlier today by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that this year, the Atlantic hurricane season will most likely be above-normal, citing forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “For the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season,” the report said.

Man gave 11-year-old grandson his stash of weed to hold
Despite the fact that marijuana is still an illegal substance in Belize, some magistrates use their discretion to prevent young, first-time offenders from the stigma of acquiring a criminal record when they “caution and dismiss” cases of small “possession of cannabis,” as marijuana is referred to in the Laws of Belize. Today, Magistrate Carlon Mendoza imposed a hefty fine on a 60-year-old man who had given his 11-year-old step-grandson 21 grams of cannabis to hold when police arrived at their residence on Neal Pen Road, to conduct a search. Magistrate Mendoza accepted a guilty plea from Cecil Errol Flowers, who was charged along with his common-law wife, Cherry Mae Wallace, 58, for possession of a controlled drug, 21.5 grams of cannabis, and fined him $750, plus $5 cost of court.

Semifinals under way for Simeon Lopez Kids
Over the past weekend, the Isidoro Beaton Stadium was once again the venue for football action in the Belmopan Football Association’s Simeon Lopez Kids, Youth and Female Cup 2017 Tournament, as first round semifinal games were held on Saturday and Sunday in all categories. First round semifinals In the opener on Saturday, May 20, (U-13) YWAM Valencia won, 2-0, over Police Cadets, with goals from Laddi Gillett (3’) and Jorgar Cassasola (25’). In game 2, (U-13) it was Spanish Lookout also with a 2-0 victory over Mountain View Revolution, courtesy of goals by Randy Elias (3’) and Derrick Guerra (43’). Game 3 (U-17 Females) saw San Martin Medina Girls playing to a 1-1 draw with BMP Compre Flames. Ashley Martinez (15’) struck first for Compre Flames, but Cindy Cruz (45’) got the equalizer for Medina Girls. (N.B. The other U-17 Female first round semifinal was played the previous Saturday, May 13, when Valley of Peace Girls and Armenia Girls drew, 3-3.)

Rural Female Softball scores from Burrell Boom
he Belize Rural Female Softball Tournament continued on Sunday, May 21, with 3 games played in Burrell Boom Village. In game 1, Power Outage (Crooked Tree) defeated Arrows United (Bermudian Landing), 21-2. Winning pitcher (WP) was Eyvette Flowers, and losing pitcher (LP) was Shawna Avilez. In game 2, Easy Does It won, 15-9, over Unity (Double Head). WP – Margaret Hendy; LP – Herlett Clarke. And game 3 saw Orchid Girls (Burrell Boom) with the 11-4 win over Beverly Hill Flames (Lord’s Bank). WP – Valorie Vernon; LP – Alberta Bailey.

Dangriga sports stats – Mayor’s Cup Week 10 results
The Dangriga Mayor’s Cup 2017 continued over the long weekend with Week 10 games being played on Friday night and Sunday afternoon at the Carl Ramos Stadium. In Friday night’s opener, Valley Pride Commerciales won over Sampson FC, 4 goals to 2. Highking Roberts netted 2, and Kenton Flores and Glenmore Godoy got 1 apiece for Valley Pride; while both Sampson goals came from Wasani Ramirez. In the second game, DYFA won over Hope Creek Pumas, 5-nil. Davis Marshall, Jr. once again got a hat trick (3 goals), while Jonard Castillo and Evan Mariano got 1 apiece.

NEBL “In the Paint”
With its 69-60 besting of the Belmopan Bandits last Saturday night in game one of the 2017 NEBL Championship played at San Pedro, the Tiger Sharks stands poised to win their third such NEBL championship in four years; a feat which, when put in context from a historical standpoint, seats them as the next best thing to the celebrated Kremandala Raiders teams of the 1990’s, which won a remarkable four straight semi-pro championships during the period 1993-1996, and seven of eight such championships. Sub-shooting guard Ashton Edwards broke out in a big way, hitting four from long distance for a team high 18 points in 16 minutes of play, but, more importantly, provided his team with much needed punch off the bench. Raul Roches and MVP George Williams also had a good evening, with 15 points 10 rebounds, and 15 points 2 rebounds, respectively. The Tiger Sharks hit 8-of-27 from three-point land, with 2 each from Douglas Valley and George Williams.

Cricket Corner – Conway Young tells Dirk Sutherland, “Sorry, friend, I will leave you behind”
Hello to all following my column! On behalf of my family and the governing body of the Belize National Cricket Association, we send our deepest and sincerest condolences to the villagers of Lemonal and to Easy Does It Cricket Club on the sad passing of their loved one, Alfred Bonner. May his soul find perfect peace with his Maker. Also, to Wicked 11 Cricket Club and the Rhaburn Family of Flowers Bank, on the sad passing of their loved one, Roy Rhaburn. May his soul rest in peace. Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, the 2017 Harrison Parks Cricket Competition continued, thanks to our kind sponsor, Bowen and Bowen. Over the weekend, three games were played in order to be placed in playoff spots.

Editorial: A socio-political crisis
Belize entered a period of socio-political crisis on Wednesday morning, May 17, in Belmopan when roughnecks led by the Chairman of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP), Alberto August, disrupted the proceedings of a Senate Committee inquiry into scandals at the Immigration Department, and then assaulted three members of the Belizean media, including a lady news editor for this organization. Six days after the incident in the National Assembly building in Belmopan, on Tuesday, May 23, Mr. August, who also heads the Elections and Boundaries Commission and Belize Water Services (BWS), offered a personal apology for the assaults on the media while announcing that he had organized a group he named Belizeans Against Courtenay (BAC), with the intention of returning to the National Assembly building to resume disruptive activities this Wednesday, May 24. It should be noted that Chairman August, on the Wednesday morning of May 9, had personally heckled and harassed Senator Eamon Courtenay, the lead Senator of the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), during his questioning of a witness. On the morning of May 9, Mr. August did not appear to be accompanied, and he had broken off his hostile behavior and left the National Assembly building after a while. He returned with muscle one week later.

From the Publisher
The 1960s were a time of great electoral frustration in the ranks of those Belizeans who were opposed to the People’s United Party (PUP). From 1961 to 1969, in three different general elections, the PUP won 51 of the total of 54 seats contested nationwide under the new Ministerial constitution. Within the ranks of the National Independence Party (NIP), which was Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition during the decade of the 1960s, nevertheless, there was a feeling of moral superiority to PUP supporters. NIP followers thought that their PUP counterparts were vulgar, dishonest, and fanatic. NIP supporters also believed that they were more intelligent than their PUP rivals. Because NIP people thought they were more intelligent than PUP people, they could not accept that they were being beaten fairly and squarely in these elections. They refused to believe that they were being outmaneuvered and outworked by the PUP: the PUP were winning, in NIP minds, because they were willing to do anything to achieve and consolidate power, and the PUP were lowdown and immoral. This was the NIP view of things political in British Honduras.

Caretellas say: Do your BWS job, Alberto!
Dear Mr. August, The day that you were shouting in the Senate, we received a communication from BWS about our water supply. Now, you are the chair of BWS and as such you are responsible for us receiving a decent water supply. The supply is less than adequate to say the least. Yesterday, I got up before 5am to do my washing as the water supply had been non-existent over the weekend, I finally completed (one machine full) at 6pm. From 7am to 1pm there was NO WATER and then it began to return as a trickle. From the information in your communication, we learn that we are experiencing ” water shortages or low pressure” This is due to an increase in population and the fact that the water mains are over 50 years old. You say that the company has now finalized the design and plans for improvements to the water treatment plant in San Ignacio, and will commence the works shortly.

Apathy and indifference – the norm
Dear Editor, As a former employee of the greatest newspaper in Belize’s history, I am honored to be able to express my thoughts and concerns in our world today. I hope that you will publish this article so that many can examine themselves on the issue I will address. When I came to the States over 26 years ago, I embarked on a dream like so many others. As I began to achieve my dream and celebrating little successes over the years, I realized that I became aloof mentally from the painful realities of the disenfranchised in Belize and here in America. As I examined myself, I realized that my passion for the broken has morphed into Apathy and Indifference – which has become the NORM today. For many, the old saying, “Outta sight, outta mind” is apropos. As I heard stories of sadness, killings, poverty, corruption et al, I became used to it like so many people. I am not condoning inundating oneself with the negativity.

Is the best of Belize gone?
The country of Belize has gone through some trying times, and while it is often described as “a peaceful haven,” it has battled and continues to battle conflicts both within and without. Trans-boundary problems have been among the most challenging. Although Belize prides itself on being an independent nation state, imperialism has vastly influenced what Belize is today. Not surprisingly, there are those who contend that the best of Belize is gone, and just decades after independence, despite a transformed and modernized landscape, life is harder for many families in today’s Belize. Sidney “Stretch” Lightburn points to the fact that more and more Belizean families are unable to afford to take family vacations today as one demonstration of how things have regressed, as, in his view, the days of abundance are gone. “That generation [in which he was raised] had the best of Belize, because remember before that there was war and after the war, we had things pretty good here; that period between 45, 50, 60…” he said.

1st ever Caribbean Marine Climate Change Report Card discusses Belize’s vulnerabilities
Belize is one of eight countries for which climate change impacts are being highlighted in the first ever Caribbean Marine Climate Change Report Card, providing an example of how climate change is impacting the Caribbean’s marine environment, the threat it poses to communities which depend on marine spaces and resources for their existence, and what needs to be done to address the concerns. In the case of Belize, there are several communities scattered across its coastline, as well as hundreds of cays dotting its maritime territory. Fishing and tourism are two economic pillars which rely heavily on marine resources, which support the livelihoods of several thousands of Belizeans and also provide a protective cover from the ravages of extreme weather events, which could become more frequent due to climate change.

PSU Council of Management suspends its president
The Council of Management of the Public Service Union (PSU) voted on Friday morning at an emergency meeting to suspend its president, Eldred Neal, until the union holds an Annual General Meeting in August, when Neal’s tenure is officially slated to end. We asked why Neal was not at the meeting, and we were told that although he was invited to attend, he had indicated that he had another commitment on Friday. However, executive members told our newspaper that the group felt that since Neal was in Belmopan on Friday, he could have attended if he wanted to. We understand that a challenge has already been raised on Neal’s behalf by a trustee of the union, claiming that Neal was not given a chance to be heard before he was suspended. We were unable to reach Neal for comment when we called him today.

Carlos Perdomo and Ady Pacheco no-show in front of Senate Select Committee
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber; president of the Senate, Lee Mark Chang, and chairman of the Senate Select Committee, Aldo Salazar, have all separately expressed their desire to see the hearings of the Senate Select Committee come to an end. However, two key witnesses, Cabinet Secretary Carlos Perdomo and senior immigration officer Ady Pacheco, have not yet made their appearance before the committee, even though they were summoned to do so several weeks ago, on Wednesday, May 10 and 17. While attention has been deflected from them, our newspaper today went looking for answers as to why they have not yet testified. In the case of Carlos Perdomo, he was initially scheduled to appear before the committee on the same day that former Cabinet Minister Elvin Penner made his debut.

Belizean stabbed to death in Chicago
Belizean Jermaine James, 35, also known as “Rasta Jayblood,” who was living in Chatham, Chicago, died after being stabbed multiple times in the body by a man with whom he had an altercation. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office reported that the incident occurred at about 11:50 last night in an alley on 79th Street between Vernon Avenue and Eberhart Avenue. During the argument, the man pulled out a knife and stabbed James. He then escaped. When police arrived in the alley, they saw James’ body lying on the ground, wrapped in a white sheet, and he was declared dead on the scene by an examiner.

Senate meeting postponed under threat of violence from UDP thugs
Whistleblower Alvarine Burgess, who in 2013 alleged that NEMO and Transport Minister Hon. Edmond Castro was involved in a visa hustle, was scheduled to testify before the Senate Select Committee on Wednesday. Former Ambassador to Taiwan, Cherie Nisbet, was also scheduled to appear before the committee on Wednesday. She was in Taiwan at the time when efforts were being made by former Belize City Deputy Mayor Eric Chang to contact South Korean national Won Hong Kim, who was jailed in Taiwan. However, those widely anticipated testimonies were postponed at the eleventh hour for “security reasons.” Information to our newspaper is that UDP chairman Alberto August would have led UDP thugs to Belmopan under the banner of his newly formed group, “Belizeans Against Courtenay.” However, the Opposition was also mobilizing its troops in support of Senator Eamon Courtenay.

Belize’s Kaina Martinez headlines list of Texas A&M Kingsville athletes at NCAA
Starting today, May 25, Belize’s most decorated woman sprinter, Kaina Martinez will be representing the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Kingsville team at the 2017 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which take place from May 25 – 27 in Bradenton, Florida. The best athletes from colleges across the United States will be competing in this prestigious event, whose 754 participants – 377 men and 377 women – had to qualify by reaching established standards for each event at a series of meets held during the course of the previous year. Regardless of the outcome of the events in the coming few days, Kaina has made a mark for Belize, with her name high up on the list of qualifying student-athletes in her specialty races – the 100 meter and 200 meter sprints. Because of Kaina, the name Belize engenders respect and admiration among college athletes across the U.S.

The Reporter

Taiwan’s Participation is Vital to Global Influenza Pandemic
The following letter was written by Taiwan’s Minister of Health, Dr. Chen Shih-chu Taiwan’s Participation is Vital to Global Influenza Pandemic Disease knows no borders. Only by working together, leaving no one out, can we adequately address the challenges of emerging infectious diseases, which have been made all the more […]

Police investigate two fires
Police are investigating two fires that took place just an hour apart – one in Ladyville and the other in Orange Walk. The first blaze occurred just before midnight on Wednesday at the second entrance to Burrell Boom village, where police say they saw two […]

Man set on fire!
A man was set on fire by two others early this morning in Belize City. Police gave very sketchy details of the incident, only saying they saw the victim, Dorien Reneau, 35, at 12:35 a.m., at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). Reneau had burn injuries […]

Lovers go to jail on gun assault charge
A man and his girlfriend will spend a few nights in jail because of an allegation of armed assault and robbery. The charge was made by Mario Galvez, business owner of Red House Liquor Store. Galvez went to the police to complain that his former girlfriend, 28 year-old Ester Garcia […]

Ontario resident critical after being shot
An Ontario Village resident and part-time barber remains hospitalized in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after he was shot at the barber shop where he worked on Central American Boulevard. Hammon Lemmoth, 23, was shot twice in the  headt around […]

San Pedro boasts $4.4 million football stadium
San Pedro town now boasts a spanking new football stadium – one of the last sporting projects to be completed under the Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL). The facility, complete with a new synthetic football pitch, lockers, concession stands, VIP and media facility, bleacher seating for […]

GOB helps internet entrepreneurs start-up
Faster Internet speeds and the enabling environment to encourage Internet and information and communications entrepreneurs start up new business ventures were the topic of discussion at workshop hosted by the Central Information Technology Office (CITO) at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza hotel in Belize City on Wednesday and Thursday, May […]

BBS acts to discourage price gouging amid rising fuel prices
The Belize Bureau of Standards is conducting a countrywide operation to zero in on unscrupulous business people who use the rise in fuel prices as their reason to impose unfair price hikes on consumers.   Even before the warning came before the budget presentation, […]

Police Minister on familiarization tour
Minister of State with responsibility f of the Public Service Union (PSU) El or Home Affairs, Elodio Aragon Jr. commenced the first leg of his familiarization tour of police departments across the country.   The tour started last Thursday at the Orange Walk Police Station and surrounding substations in that municipality.   Aragon told […]

Belize gains support at 20th sitting of COFCOR
Foreign Ministers from various Caribbean Communities (CARICOM) expressed their support for Belize’s sovereignty and territorial integrity at the 20th meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) held in Bridgetown, Barbados last Friday.   According to a government press release, “Fifteen members of CARICOM […]

PUP condemns heckling during Senate Hearing; writes to House Speaker
Last week’s heckling during the Senate proceedings by UDP operatives and Mace Bearer, Brian “Yellowman” Audinett in the National Assembly building has prompted the People’s United Party (PUP) to fire off a letter to the Speaker of the House, Laura Longsworth.   In it, […]

PSU President Eldred Neal suspended from union
President of the Public Service Union (PSU) Eldred Neal has been suspended from his post, following the release of a recording in which Neal made derogatory remarks against the Garifuna community.   The PSU’s Council of Management met in Belmopan last Friday, where 11 out […]

Frequent liquor consumption can cause breast cancer, study suggests
While some centenarians claim that small amounts of liquor may be good for longevity, a new study suggests that alcohol – even wine – consumed frequently can increase the risk of breast cancer.  The World Cancer Research Fund states that even half a glass […]

Decomposed body of Salvadorian farmer found in lagoon
On Sunday, Belmopan police extracted the decomposed body of a Salvadorian farmer out of a lagoon near the Santander Sugar mill in the Cayo District.   Shortly after 5:00 p.m. that day, Belmopan police were alerted of a dead body floating in the Colorado Lagoon. Upon […]

Body of drowned woman recovered in Bermudian Landing
A woman who went swimming with her boyfriend drowned in the Belize River near the Baboon Sanctuary in Bermudian Landing on Sunday afternoon.   Denia Zelaya, 23, a Honduran who lived on Cemetery Road in Belize City, reportedly went with her boyfriend, Police Constable […]

Editorial
A lot of us were astounded when the Barrow government announced it was considering an offer from the Ashcroft Group to build a deep water port for Belize using the existing Belize Port structure by extending it to deeper water. A deep water port out in the open, subject to  […]

Popular DJ shot dead!
A popular Belize City DJ, 42-year-old Ian “Hard Rock” Bennett, was shot as many as nine times on Wednesday night near his home on Central American Boulevard. He died  shortly after being hit. Bennett was sitting under a bus stop, which was only a stone’s […]

Killer bees sting elderly woman to death
A 60-year-old woman was stung to death by Africanized killer bees on Wednesday afternoon at the Arm of Love Primary School compound in San Ignacio town, Cayo.   Around 3:00 on Wednesday afternoon, Cruz Raquel Chan, of the Trench Town area in San Ignacio […]

US Embassy taking note of Minister’s misappropriation of donations
The US Embassy says it is aware of reports of inappropriate use of the Coast Guard boats, gifted to Belize by the US government, and that it is gathering additional information in response to the allegations. The embassy’s statement was in direct response to questions […]

Pastor Louis Wade claims bogus charge by Minister’s son
Pastor Louis Wade, owner of Plus TV, was arraigned in the San Ignacio Magistrate Court last Friday, on charges stemming from an incident last November involving a Minister’s son. Wade, however, refutes the allegations against him and says the charges are bogus and politically motivated. […]

Threats of violence disrupt Senate hearings
On Wednesday, as early as 6:00 a.m., elements of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU), weapons in hand,  set up a checkpoint on the George Price Highway. With their command center nearby, these officers were dispatched to ensure that the Senate hearing scheduled for that day would proceed peacefully. There is […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Two bus drivers charged for traffic violations
Two bus drivers will be charged by the Officers of the Department of Transport for traffic offenses. Oscar Chen of Chen’s bus company will be charged for failure to produce road service permit.

Officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency visit Belize
The Ministry of Health, the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The team comprising of senior officials arrived in Belize on May 21st for a five-day visit.

DPM concludes official visit to Cuba
The Deputy Prime Minister of Belize Patrick Faber along with Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia Jr. and Minister of State in the Ministry of Health Dr. Angel Campos, today concluded their official visit to the Republic of Cuba.

Affixing of unauthorized lamps (lights) to motor vehicles
The Department of Transport today informed the public that affixing LED lights (inclusive of other lights varying in size and color) to motor vehicles without written permission from the Department of Transport is an offense under the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Regulations.

Man dies in Caye Caulker, cause of death unconfirmed
A man died in Caye Caulker earlier tonight and there are varying reports of the incident. One report suggests the man jumped off a pier on the island and broke his neck. The other report indicates that he drowned and that he didn’t receive any trauma to his head.

Fire engulfs wooden kitchen and bodega in Orange Walk
In the early morning hours of Thursday, May 25, police visited San Jose Village, Orange Walk District where a wooden kitchen and a wooden bodega were seen engulfed in flames.

Arson in Ladyville Village
Last night around 11:50, Ladyville police responded to a fire at the second entrance of Burrell Boom Village where they saw two boat moulds on fire. Two burnt tires and a bottle with gasoline were seen on top of the boat moulds.

Man set on fire in Belize City in stable condition
According to police reports, yesterday around 12:35 p.m., police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (K.H.M.H) where they saw Dorien Reneau, 35, of Belize City suffering from burn injuries to the left arm, left abdomen area, and left foot.

US Embassy monitoring Minister Saldivar’s use of Coast Guard vessels
The US Embassy in Belize is aware of a situation in which Defense Minister, John Saldivar has reportedly used U.S. donated Coast Guard vessels and fuel to ferry his privately owned Bandits team to and from San Pedro for games on the island, according […]

FCD assists farmers in Vaca Forest Reserve
Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) is assisting farmers in the Vaca Forest reserve area in Cayo. FCD is distributing supplies for the farmers’ agro-ecological activities. The aim is to conduct better sustainable practices in the reserve. This initiative by FCD is supported by […]

Second Annual Wonder Woman Challenge
The Annual Wonder Woman Challenge between women of the various disciplines in the security forces of Belize started yesterday. Female officers from the Belize Coast Guard (BCG), the Belize Defense Force, and the Belize Police Department are partaking in the two-day event that includes […]

Mexico extends stay to Belizean regional visitor card holders to 7 days
The Embassy of Mexico in Belize, yesterday, informed that on May 19, an amendment to Section III of Article 52 of the Migration Law was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation, by means of which it extends from three to seven days […]

KHMH Finance Director fired
According to reports, the Director of Finance of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), Norman Augustine was sent home earlier this week. Yesterday, KHMH CEO confirmed to the media that the Board of Directors had decided to pay Augustine and let him go. The […]

Trump proposes to cut aid for Central America
U.S. President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, proposed a budget which seeks to cut government spending by some $3.6 trillion over the next decade with drastic cuts in spending and aid for most federal departments including the State Department, which provides aid to Mexico and […]

Of men,dogs and fear – Trump and Alberto August
If you know who you are, and where you are supposed to be, you don’t have to bully your way to get there. The spectacle of Trump shoving Dusko Markovic, the leader of Montenegro, to get to the front of a photo op is […]

Nazarene Church supports Pastor Wade
The Church of Nazarene has issued a statement indicating that it finds the charges made against Pastor Louis Wade Jr. totally unacceptable. The release says that the church continually keeps check of its pastors to ensure their right standing with their doctrine and belief […]

Blogs

Spending some time at Palapa Bar
Now located in downtown San Pedro, owners Scott and Jodie Harnish experienced much heartbreak when they lost their beloved, recently transplanted bar, during the devastating Hurricane Earl of 2016. But, as her owners, and truthfully, all those who knew her would say, “She’s resilient and strong”. So, like a phoenix rising from the ashes (rubble), she came back and she is bigger and better than ever! The final result; a gleaming, fantastic space with an extra-large bar that can seat tons of people. The inner tubes are still outside on the turquoise water, and you can still get your beers dropped down for you in a bucket. The laughter is just as loud, or perhaps louder now, and the palapa casts its shade on you when the sun gets to be a bit too much.

Visiting Sarteneja in Northern Belize - Everything You Need to Know
Due to Sarteneja’s position on the Bay of Corozal, it is the only place in Belize where you can watch the sun set over water. Still the home of fisherman and lobstermen, the village is also renowned for its artisan boatbuilders. Another important local industry is pineapple farming. Sarteneja is located in the northeastern tip of Corozal District in northern Belize approximately 40 miles north of Orange Walk Town. Tourism is only starting to discover Sarteneja so there aren’t many connections to this remote village. From Orange Walk Town, it’s about an hour or so over smaller roads to traverse the 40 miles to the village of Sarteneja. You can also arrive by water taxi (Thunderbolt Water Taxi) from either Corozal or Ambergris Caye.

Something People Rarely Do On Ambergris Caye
It is a known fact that Belikin beer drinkers and Travelers Rum lovers, visiting or living on Ambergris Caye often do not usually drink enough water. Or in my case, iced coffee often keeps me from the healthier hydration option. Despite the importance of water, it is often the overlooked and people often reach for other liquids, such as coffee, sodas, juices, and alcoholic beverages. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 43 percent of adults drink less than four cups of water daily, which includes 7 percent of adults who drink no water at all. I was recently asked by a Canadian friend (who owns a Belize beach house) to help him remember to drink more water. I started out with google and sending interesting water glass pictures. Doing so made me address not drinking enough myself – thanks for the inspiration to be healthier JC. Not long after, I was surfing the Play Store and I hit the perfect answer for both of us – a fun water reminder option.

PICTURES OF BELIZE: BEST BEACH PHOTOS OF 2017 (SO FAR)
If you’re anything like us, travel envy and wanderlust are very VERY real things that you feel. Sometimes you browse #travel and wonder why you do this to yourself and then proceed to plan a hypothetical trip to said place in Instagram’s search. Usually, we’d frown upon intentionally sparking destination jealousy but we couldn’t help it this time. Check out the best beach photos of Belize this year so far (in no particular order)

Visit the famous chicken drop in San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Come say hi to the staff of Wahoo's Lounge that works hard behind the counter that makes Wahoo's Lounge famous. if your looking for Wahoo's Lounge it is located in the heart of San Pedro Ambergris Caye. It is located in front of Spindrift Hotel on the first floor on the beachside. Wahoo' s Lounge has reasonable bar prices of 5bze for a beer, drink, or any other beer that is on 5bze pricing. It is 5bze everywhere on the island. Wahoo's Lounge has a view from the Barrier Reef and the waterview. It is an indoor bar with great music you might like. Don't worry, because Caliente's offers food right next door while you site back and have drink here at Wahoo's Lounge. Tourists come here just for one reason: The Chicken Drop. If you're a fan of gambling you might win alot of Cash. Also, every Saturday is Karaoke for those who want to try your Tryaoke. Many people may be asking "What is Chicken Drop? "

Why visit Belize Cave Tubing Eco Park
This cave adventure is one of the most popular Mayan burial sites in Western Belize. Actun Tunichil Muknal (the Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre), also known locally as ATM, is a cave in Belize, located near San Ignacio, Cayo District, notable as a Maya archaeological site that includes skeletons, ceramics, and stoneware. There are several areas with skeletal remains in the main chamber. The best known to all visitors is "The Crystal Maiden", the skeleton of an adolescent (now thought to be a teenage boy), possibly a sacrifice victim, whose bones have been calcified to a sparkling, crystallized appearance.

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No Tropical Development Is Expected This Weekend Across The Atlantic, Caribbean & Gulf Of Mexico
Weather analysis today indicates that tropical development is not expected through this weekend and likely into next week. A tropical wave located to the east of the Lesser Antilles near 50 West Longitude, which exhibited a flareup of shower and thunderstorm activity yesterday, now has minimal shower activity with it. This tropical wave is expected to pass through the Lesser Antilles this weekend and is likely to bring some increase in shower and thunderstorm activity across much of the Lesser Antilles starting on Sunday and continuing into Monday. Tropical development is not expected from this tropical wave due to very high wind shear and very unfavorable environmental conditions. Looking ahead to next week – Some of the model guidance, including the European and UKMET models are hinting that the Bay of Campeche and the western Gulf of Mexico may be areas to keep an eye on. The UKMET model and the European model disagree on what may occur. The UKMET model is currently forecasting that a tropical disturbance now in the eastern Pacific will be pulled northward into the Bay of Campeche late next week where it tries to develop.

Trump proposes deep U.S. spending cuts in Mexico, Central America
President Donald Trump on Tuesday proposed drastically slashing U.S. foreign aid spending in Mexico and Central America, which are struggling with drug violence, graft and poverty that prompts many from the troubled region to migrate north. Tuesday's proposal foresees 2018 Mexican aid of $87.66 million, down more than 45 percent from the 2016 outlay. The budget proposes scrapping most U.S. money for the Mexican military, along with counterterrorism funds and some governance programs. Narcotics and law enforcement spending would fall from $100 million in 2016 to $60 million. In Guatemala, U.S. aid would drop almost 40 percent from 2016, to $80.66 million, while in Honduras and El Salvador it would fall nearly a third. Some of this money benefits Belize.

Scotland’s Love Affair With Seaweed
In the 1960s, my aunt Annalena kept a small tin in the kitchen cupboard of her Glasgow flat and would bring it out to dispense treats to visiting children — not candies but dulse (Palmaria palmata), red shards of dried seaweed that we would place on our tongues, savoring the mysterious sweet-bacon tang, until they melted away like communion wafers. To many urban westerners, seaweed is Asian fare, a staple of the sushi bar, but it has long been regarded as a delicacy in the western highlands and islands of Scotland. Because of tidal conditions, constant sea temperatures and unpolluted shores, the region is particularly rich in seaweed varieties, which were used for fertilizer as well as food. A sixth-century Gaelic poem, sometimes attributed to St. Columba, who lived on the Hebridean island of Iona, asks God to assist the monk’s daily routine: “Let me do my daily work/Gathering dulse/Catching fish/Giving food to the poor.” The early travel writer Martin Martin, visiting the Hebrides in the 18th century, noted that seaweed was eaten by “vulgar natives,” and it was widely regarded as famine food. Today, the vulgar natives have been vindicated. Seaweed is recognized as a mineral-rich superfood, and its harvesting for culinary use is big business. One award-winning company, based in Edinburgh, Mara Seaweed, now exports to outlets like Blue Apron in the U.S.A. The female founders, Fiona Houston and Xa Milne, along with their team, harvest their seaweed on the coastline around the charming fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife, north of Edinburgh.

Looking back at fishing trip to Belize 30 years ago
“Cast, mon, cast now,” said my Belizean flats guide, Joel Westby. He is screaming this at my back because I am doing my best to do what he says. A wizened, grizzled Belizean, burned dark as mahogany by the tropical sun, his reputation ran far and wide in fly fishing circles. Joel hated to miss a cast to a bonefish, permit or tarpon. After my cast fell behind and far short of the big bonefish he had just spent 10 minutes poling me into position for a cast, the air was dark with language I had not heard come from the lips of a guide, let alone one that was a living legend. It was a good thing he was fouling the air with the pidgin Creole of the Caribbean, or my feelings probably would have been crushed. That day was 30 years ago this month. Since this is Memorial Day it is only fitting I remember a fishing trip to Belize, the subject of one of my first Streamside columns published in the Cody Enterprise in May 1987.

Free Health Care as Dangriga Appears on the Horizon
A Blackhawk helicopter thundered down the Caribbean coastline breaking the early morning silence of Sovereign Day, May 22, 2017, drawing a cheerful crowd of people from the nearby town. Alerted by the helicopter, the locals came by car, bicycle, or on foot, to visit a sprawl of Army-green tents that had popped up near the landing site, seemingly overnight. The tents are marked with banners emblazoned with the emblem of the Red Cross and the circular insignia of Beyond the Horizon 2017. The arrival of the helicopter and the raising of the tents mark the beginning of an eleven-day free medical event for the people of Dangriga. BTH 2017 is a U.S. Army South partnership exercise with the Belize Defense Force and the Ministries of Defense, Health and Education. The exercise consists of five construction projects and three health care events in communities across Belize.

U.S. accusation creates vexing financial worries for region
CARICOM leaders are in a state of shock, dismay and disbelief after the United States accused 14 of the 15-member states of money laundering. News reports indicate that this accusation was included in the March report from the International Narcotics Control Strategy of the U.S. Department of State. According to a report in Caribbean Life, the countries that were included are Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago. Other Caribbean territories and countries also labeled as money launderers in the U.S. report are Aruba, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, the Dominican Republic and Saint Maarten. The country of Montserrat was omitted because it is still considered a British territory.

Recap of day 1 at NCAA Track Championships
Kaina Martinez set a new school record and ran the fastest time of 11.46 seconds in the prelims of the women's 100-meter dash to qualify for the finals in two days. Plaserae Johnson also participated in the event, but fell three seconds short to qualify as she placed 9th with a time of 11.68 seconds. Martinez and Johnson along with LaGae Brigance and Keandria Taylor ran an impressive time in the women's 4x100-meter relay prelims and claimed the top slot with their 45.01-second time, which currently sits second in the school's record book.

Videos

  • Check it!!! Belize cavs fan.. Wanna be like Lebron, 1min.

  • OCEANA and World Turtle Day, 1min. In honor of World Turtle Day on May 23rd 2017, Oceana partnered with Sea to Shore Alliance and the Gales Point Wildlife Sanctuary to take 22 students from the Gales Point Government School to cleanup the turtle beach in the village. Up to 20 bags of trash were removed from the beach which already has its first turtle nest for this nesting season! These kids are turtley sensational!

  • No Fear Promotions Project X Episode 2, 17min.

  • 2017 NTHU Educational Service Group, 4min. The NTHU Educational Service Group created a cool video in which you can see some of the amazing work they do in Cayo every Summer. Some is in Chinese, but the pictures say it all. Thanks, NTHU! See you soon!

  • Belizean Sunrise, 3min. Sunrise over the ocean in Belize and a morning swim

  • Summer 2011 Sittee River Belize, 6min.

  • Belize Music Week 2017 With Shine Barrow, 15min.

  • Southern Belize Trip, 9min.

  • Belize diving, 2.5min. Diving at the Blue Hole in Belize.

  • BELIZE THE MOVIE, 28min.

  • Belize Now - May 26, 2017, 24min. La Gracia Village receives first of its kind smart solar power system in Belize, the Ambergris Stadium is officially inaugurated, and Minister Aragon commences national tour of the Police Department. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, May 26th, 2017!

  • Belize 2017, 7min.


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