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The San Pedro Sun

SPTC says Southern Ambergris Caye dredging is to benefit community projects
For the past months, dredging for sand has been taking place in southern Ambergris Caye under the approval of The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC). According to Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the sand is not for business purposes, but for the benefit of the community. It will be used in the cemetery, parks, schools, and in a beach reclamation project on the eastern coast of town. However, an apparent oil slick is raising concerns on the environmental impact the dredging has on the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Guerrero said that it is possible that there could be a small oil slick in the area, but they will look into the matter. He then veered his attention into the purpose of the dredging, and indicated that all schools on the island will benefit with some sand, particularly those that are affected during the rainy season. “The sand will not only make these schools more accessible for students when it rains, but we hope that it also helps in alleviating the situation with the mosquitos,” said Guerrero. “There are people who may criticize the dredging, but we need sand for our cemetery, parks, schools and our beaches.”

Costa Maya Festival Presents: Miss Mexico Ximena Cardoso Gutiérrez
The International Costa Maya Festival® committee has announced another yet contestant vying for the title of Reina de La Costa Maya 2017-2018: Miss Mexico Ximena Cardoso Gutiérrez. 24 year-old Gutiérrez stands tall at 5’9”, with green eyes and blonde hair. She has a degree in International Affairs, and enjoys reading, traveling, biking, exercising, modeling, yoga, family time, and shopping.

Kent Gabourel wins Weekend Warriors’ ACC cycling criterium
Kent “Bob” Gabourel of the Kulture Megabytes team won the Weekend Warriors A category cycling criterium, held in collaboration with the Anglican Diocese on Albert and Regent Streets of downtown Belize City on Sunday, June 18th. Gabourel’s teammate Alicia Thompson won the Female category race; while Clarence Tesecum won the Weekend Warriors’ B category, and Steve Gill won the Weekend Warriors’ C category.

Actress Christina Ochoa joins Earth’s Oceans recycling project in Belize
Earth’s Oceans Foundation, a non-profit organization, is embarking on a project in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye to rid the island of plastics, while providing opportunities to the local population. The foundation is teaming up with a group of talented persons in hopes of making a greater impact. One such person is science communicator and actress Christina Ochoa. She has become the organization’s spokesperson and is eager to start bringing awareness to Belize and beyond about the importance of protecting the earth’s oceans and its natural resources. Ochoa indicated that she had been planning a trip to Belize not necessarily for pleasure, but to see how she could be of assistance in any community projects. “Earth’s Oceans helped me to organize my visit to Ambergris Caye so I could see the state of Belize’s Barrier Reef, and at the same see the situation on the island first hand to then raise awareness,” said Ochoa. Ochoa has been involved in similar projects in other parts of the world like Australia at the Great Barrier Reef, the Canary Islands and California, where young people have been tremendously impacted with these environmental projects.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs launches Diaspora Website
On Friday, June 16th, the Government Press Office revealed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched its new website, www.diasporaofbelize.org. Not only will this website serve as an information hub for Belizeans living abroad, but it will allow them to get more involved with what’s happening on the mainland. Established and administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Belizean Diaspora Program was approved by the Government of Belize in September 2009. As the major focus of this program was for the registration of Belizeans living abroad, a registration drive was also launched in August 2010 to add members to the Belizean Diaspora Medical Brigade, along with the Belizean Diaspora Law Enforcement and Defense Brigade.

Ambergris Today

UB To Honour 530 Graduates During Its June Commencement Exercises
The University of Belize will honour 530 Graduates during its June Commencement Exercises to be held on Saturday, 24th June, 2017, and Sunday, 25th June, 2017 at the City of Belmopan and Punta Gorda Town respectively. The ceremony will commence at 10:00 am at the UB Gymnasium in Belmopan while in Punta Gorda it will commence at 2:00 p.m. at the Toledo Community College Auditorium. The keynote address in Belmopan will be delivered by the Mayor of Belize City, His Worship, Mr. Darrell Bradley. Belizean Educator Dr. Elizabeth Cardenas will be the keynote speaker for the Punta Gorda ceremony.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Minister of Transport Discusses Cooperation with Singapore Delegation
Minister of Transport Hon. Edmond Castro headed a team from his Ministry which met yesterday, June 22nd in Belmopan with a Singapore delegation led by Mr. Yap Ong Heng, Senior Advisor of the Singapore Ministry of Transport and Special Envoy of that country’s Minister of Infrastructure. The delegation is in Belize to strengthen transport cooperation with Belize and explore cooperation initiatives that could be executed under the recently signed air services agreement, also known as “open skies agreement”. The Signapore delegation also included the First Secretary (Maritime) of the High Commission of Singapore in London, Mr Yao Yikai; and Assistant Director of the Ministry of Transport of Singapore, Mr Justin Kua.

Seventeen Youths Pass-out of National Youth Cadet Service Corps Program
On Thursday, 22 June 2017, the National Youth Cadet Service Corps held closing exercises for Intake XVIII at its campus at Mile 21.5 on the Western Highway. Seventeen young men passed-out of the program, having received training in behavior modification, life skills, academics, agriculture, woodwork, spiritual development and basic foot drills. Ten of the “Challengers” were awarded certificates of completion for participating in the entire ten month cycle which began in September 2016, while three were singled out for special recognition. Eighteen year old Selvyn Kelly received the Outstanding Cadet award, thirteen year old Johnny Gamez was Most Improved, while fifteen year old Alton Castillo had the Best Drills.

NEMO Minister and Corozal Southwest Representative Inspect Flood Mitigation Works
Minister of National Emergency Management Hon. Edmond Castro was in the village of Libertad yesterday, June 22, 2017, along with Area Representative for Corozal South West Hon. Angel Campos. They were there to inspect flood mitigation works being carried out with equipment from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO). The works include the clearing of existing drains and digging of new ones where needed. This is part of a countrywide flood mitigation program that has been going on prior to the start of the new hurricane season. With the hurricane season having now commenced, Hon. Castro says NEMO is trying to cover as many vulnerable areas as possible before they are affected by seasonal flooding.

Ministry of Natural Resources Strategic Planning Session
The Ministry of Natural Resources strategic planning Session with The Minister of State, Hon Carla Barnett, Chief Executive Officer, Sharon Ramclam-Young, and heads of Department for the Ministry.

SAN PEDRO BURGLARY
On 22.06.17 about 3:35 p.m., 51-year-old Fernando Giacoman, a naturalized Belizean and owner of Coco Cabana Restaurant and Bar located 4 miles North of San Pedro Town reported that several Atlantic Bank cheques amounting to a total value of $7,629.80 went missing from his office. Police are looking for two persons as the investigation continues.

Barrier Reef Drive closed Fidos- Central Park Fri, Sat
The public is informed that the section of Barrier Reef Drive from central park to Fido's, will be closed from 6:00pm Friday june 23rd and remain closed all day Saturday the 24th.For the Lobster Fest block party. Reopening Sunday the 25th after clean up is completed. Please be advised that no vehicles will be allowed to enter the closed off section and any parked vehicles will be removed. Thank you and hope everyone has a great time at the Lobster Fest 2017.

Tribute for Hardrock and to All Belizean Life Lost to Gun and Domestic Violence
INVITING ALL BELIZEANS AT HOME AND ABROAD TO PARTICIPATE AND PLEDGE YOUR SINCERE SUPPORT TO OUR Tribute for Hardrock and to All Belizean Life Lost to Gun and Domestic Violence. Let us Live in Peace and Stop Rest in Peace! 46TH DAYS OF HEALING is set for July 16th. It will start with a Peace Rally and March from infront of Hardrock's house on the Blvd, through the City Streets and will end up on the ABS Court on Iguana Street for a Candlelight Vigil and Free All Day Event of Positive Music, Sports and Entertainment and more. LOVE AND SHARE THIS POST!

"AYO DA" TO DANA MARTINEZ & HER DANCE OF LIFE!
The lost of the legendary Garifuna Belizean dancer and artist Dana Martinez in the Los Angeles Belizean Community has been irreplaceable. Since her death and departure from the Belize artistic scene both at home and abroad, Belizean dance performances has never been the same. Dana brought a new vibe to Belizean dance and performance. She incorporated like no one else did Garifuna dance rhythms into Caribbean art forms that would even make Bob Reneau blushes.

PORTRAIT OF TERRYL GODOY'S "MAN AT WORK"!
The 1990s was when Belizean artist Terryl Godoy brought back a kind of eclectic artistic style seen only first by the legendary Belizean artist, Phillip Lewis. A kind of walk about artist who was capturing the colorful scenes of Belize City's busy street life in art form. Terryl visibility was daring and he showed no shyness about it, setting up station wherever a scene comes to view that haunted his artistic mind. Also called, "Man at Work", Godoy was a very young emerging Belizean artist of his time that came up after the departure of Belizean artists extraordinaire George Gabb, Belisle, and Phillip Lewis from the Belizean artistic scene. He appeared to have had no one to consult with as an artist about his work and he explored his craft in solitude confinement across the vibrant Belize City neighborhoods that were already beginning to change.

NURI AKBAR & THE CALLING!
As a childhood friend in Belize City Derrick Estrada had more freedom than most of us who grew up in the same neighborhood and in very strict homes like myself in the late 1960s. But remembering him and his shy personality since then makes me realize that boys like him had appeared distant in many ways. Though for me there was always this wonderment why my sheltered background at the time prevented me from knowing him better. It later appeared after we both became teenagers in the late 1970s, and my family's departure from the neighborhood that divided us from connecting, that we were to meet again in more maturity. There was a sense of reluctance still even though we would chat occasionally at the Belize Islamic center on Racecourse Street that had become like a educational pub for some of Belize's most brilliant minds.

NEMO EOC CONVENES ON SAN PEDRO (AMBERGRIS CAYE) TO REVIEW STATE OF READINESS
Three weeks into the hurricane season, all branches of the National Emergency ...; and the outgoing Coordinator for that area, Timrose Augustine, who is now stationed in Belize City. There was representation from all 13 committees that make up the OEC. Minister of National Emergency Management Hon Edmond Castro congratulates and thanks all persons involved for their commitment and service to the People of Belize as NEMO continues to lead the way in preserving life and property.

Donation Drive for Dianny Enriquez
Some friends of the Enrique family is conducting a donation drive to assist in medical bills for Dianny Enriquez, please make a donation at Costa Maya with Seni Smith or feel free to contact me. Any contribution would greatly be appreciated at this time.

Graduation at Louisiana Government School
Would like to big up all graduates from the Louisiana Government School. It was indeed a pleasure and honor to see these young men and women get their primary school certificate. Louisana School and its staff have done well over the many years and it is an honor to always work with them as this school has consistently served our people. I also want to big up the parents for their dedication to their children and the sacrifice and role they play in ensuring their kids get an education. Kudos to all. It was a good ceremony.

Come see the Maya Ball Game in Succotz on Sunday 25 June, 2017!

PACT and the University of Belize (UB) partner for Scholarships
PACT and the University of Belize (UB) partner to provide scholarships for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. PACT will be providing 5 scholarships at the Baccalaureate level for a total value of BZ $50,000.00. Additionally, scholars will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the work of PACT and other environmental NGOs through internships within the Protected Areas Management network and other partner organizations. UB will provide Book Grants, mentoring and will supervise the progress of the scholars over the course of the program. In addition to Natural Resource Management, eligible programmes of study have been expanded to include: Information Technology, Biology, Tourism Management and Business Management among others.

Belize Audubon Society Half Moon Caye and Blue Hole Summer Camp!
It's that time of the year again!! Remember to reserve your space for this year's Half Moon Caye and Blue Hole Summer Camp! Limited Spaces available (First come First Serve basis) Join us as we explore these World Heritage Sites!! There are 3 dates available 15th, 22nd and 23rd July! Spread the word!

U.S. Embassy donates three boats and equipment
Today, the U.S. Embassy handed over maritime assets to include three boats and equipment, valued at approximately US$449,000, to the Belize Police Department. All three vessels were seized by Belizean authorities and now refurbished and equipped to fight criminal activities. The handover ceremony occurred at the Belize Coast Guard Compound in Belize City. Chargé d' Affaires, a.i., Adrienne Galanek and Police Commissioner Allen Whylie, delivered remarks at the handing over ceremony. This project is expected to help increase the Government of Belize’s ability to combat, deter and disrupt narcotics trafficking and illegal activities in the waters of Belize. It places state-of-the-art equipment on rugged boats designed for rapid deployment required to interdict illegal activities in Belize waters. As part of the project, the Police Department has partnered with the Belize Coast Guard to facilitate training for the boat captains and engineers.

"A Call For Unity Peace Walk" in Corozal
Saturday night in Corozal will be having its "A Call For Unity Peace Walk". Commencing at 7pm people will gather at Central Park.

SHJC 2017 Graduation Ceremony
Congratulations, SHJC graduates! SHJC had their 2017 commencement ceremony. Lots of happy students. FB picture link.

This Day In History
1820 June 23rd - King George 1V. proclaimed at Belize. General review of the Militia, the Officers of which had a grand banquet.

Noche Cultural - Homage to Los Chicleros
Gearing for Noche Cultural - Homage to Los Chicleros, an industry that bloomed during the Golden Years in Benque Viejo Del Carmen! Make it a date at the Chiclero Park, July 1st, 2017 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Channel 7

US Donates Go-Fast Drug Interdiction Vessels To Police
In the past few weeks, there's been so much controversy about Coast Guard vessels donated by the US Government. That's after the Defense Minister John Saldivar started using them to ferry around his basketball team. The US publicly frowned at that practice, forcing the Prime Minister to declare, "that sort of use, is now absolutely and completely off the table." So that's now the law for the police department which today received its own mini-fleet of high speed vessels from the US. Our 7News team was at the Coast Guard Headquarters in Belize City for the handing-over ceremony, and Daniel Ortiz has that story:

Top Cop Answers For The Case of Chester and The Castro Boys
That handing-over session from this morning allowed the media to grill Police Commissioner Allen Whylie about the many police incidents making news in the past 2 weeks. First on the list was the case of the UDP Minister Edmond Castro's sons, and how the police resolved it. The Castro boys were allegedly caught driving without licenses, and they allegedly assaulted the police. That allegedly led to them being beaten by police, and both the Southside Police Commander and their defense attorney assert that they settled the incident with the understanding that the boys would go free without any charge, and that they wouldn't press charges against the officers who allegedly abused them.

Compol Comments On Rogue, Tourist-Threatening Cops on San Pedro
The Commissioner also commented on a constable and a special constable from San Pedro who were charged for allegedly extorting an American Tourist, threatening him with a gun to the head, and eventually robbing him. 28-year-old Timothy Braun reported to police that last Thursday evening, he was in downtown San Pedro smoking a cigarette. 3 uniformed police personnel pulled up and accused him of smoking marijuana. He insisted that he wasn't, but the officers handcuffed him, placed him on their golf cart, and drove him to a dark area along the Boca Del Rio. That's where one of the officers allegedly put a gun to his head and told him that if he didn't give them all his money, he would end up in the river. He took them to his rental apartment, and they allegedly stole $500 US.

When Will Police Finalize Case of Richard Allen Garcia?
We also pressed the Commissioner for an update on case of Richard Allen Garcia who was shot and killed by Police in Corozal village of Chunox. It happened 14 days ago, when, according to police, he aggressed armed officers with a machete, forcing them to defend themselves by using deadly force to stop him from hurting them. Chunox villagers reject that completely, saying the police had been drinking, and did not use justifiable use of force and harm.

COMPOL Keeps it Real With His Expectations
So, with all the negative police publicity, the Department didn't exactly get glowing press during Police Week. It's supposed to be all about highlighting the good work that the 2,300 officers do every day, but these high-profile police controversies focussed on bad or controversial deeds. The Commissioner didn't lament that today; he said he's a realist: Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police: "In deed we would love to be able to do police week on an annual basis. Through the years it was not properly financed and what we did last year when we decided that we wanted to make serious effort in having police week, we ensured that we put it in the budget. Once it was in the budget then it allowed for the financing, it allowed for the purchasing for the various medals and all the different arrangements that were required."

When A Cop Is Named As the Mastermind In A Hustle
And our final story from the Police Commissioner before we go to break is about his Hattieville Commander, Assistant Superintendent Rochelle Chan. Last week, he had to go before the Senate Select Committee to defend his reputation after Alvarine Burgess accused him of being a major player in the visa hustling business. Burgess told the Senators that Chan recruited her to get visas for Chinese Nationals by bribing Minister of Government for recommendation letters which assured that visas would be automatically approved. Chan responded saying that she is lying and that she made up the entire story to ruin his reputation. So, what does his police boss think about a senior officer brought into such a controversy? Here's how the COMPOL put it:

Alleged King Street Killer Charged
Today, 25 year old Kashief Gallego, a resident of the Waxhouse area in Belize City, was charged for the murder of Jermaine Franklin. Gallego allegedly shot Franklin inside Teddy's DVD store on King Street on Wednesday at 6:20 and fled. Police pulled security video from surrounding businesses and caught him later that night. Gallego is known to hang out right around the corner from where the murder occurred. He was remanded into custody until August 23.

Teenaged Lover Who Killed 27 Year Old Mother, Pleads Down
And while Gallego's murder case is just starting, another one is wrapping up. Today, Freddy Blanco appeared in the Supreme Court before Justice Herbert Lord to change his plea after being in custody for almost 6 years. In September 2011, when he was only 16, Blanco was charged for the murder of Nelsi Chuc, a married, 26 year old mother of a seven year old - with whom he was having an affair.

NEAB Says Gay Flag At Embassy Is a Case Of Obama Leftovers
It took them two days to muster the spiritual indignation, but the National Evangelical Association of Belize has finally blasted the US Embassy for raising the rainbow flag. In a statement issued today, NEAB, quote, "expresses its disgust at the US Embassy flying the LGBT flag at the Embassy in Belmopan." From there the statement goes ad-hominem, suggesting that US President Donald Trump would not approve. They say, quote, "These rogue views continue to be pushed by leftover appointees of the Obama Administration at the US Embassy and are not in line with the views and convictions of the Belizean populace. It is our hope that this event will expedite the appointment of a new US Ambassador under the new US President." end quote.

MIT Finds Drug Vessel Abandoned
The Mobile Interdiction recovered an abandoned drug vessel yesterday. The un-marked, abandoned vessel was found at the north end of the Placencia Peninsula near Riversdale. The water bottles on board were from Honduras, and it was found with four barrels of fuel and two outboard engines, which is typical of drug trafficking vessels. But it had been abandoned and there was no cargo on board, suggesting that whatever illicit substance was being carried was transferred for transshipment north.

Five Associations Say They Won't Come To FFB Congress Could Get
The Football Federation's 10th. Congress is scheduled for tomorrow morning but, tonight, no one's quite sure if the meeting will even go ahead. That's because four of the District Associations and the Premier League have written to the FFB saying they will not participate. Without those five bodies - the Congress will not have the required quorum. The associations are objecting to the FFB decision barring Sergio Chuc and others from offering themselves as President. But, the FFB is doing its best to force these associations back into the fold.

Lifeguard Training For Greater Water Safety
During easter-time, and the warm months of April and May, we regularly report on so many unfortunate drownings - especially involving younger persons. The fact is that many go swimming without the ability to truly handle themselves in changing water conditions. And that's where lifeguards come in. They are the safety providers and life-savers in the case of an emergency in the water. True, they might not be a familiar sight in Belize, but the YWCA is hoping to change that with its annual lifeguard training where they encourage young Belizeans to train in this neglected area of public safety. Lifeguards from Gateway YMCA in St. Louis, Missouri, are providing the training this year, and I went to visit with them this afternoon:

NICH Invites Media To Consult
The media is always covering workshops, but today we were the ones being hosted at one. It was held by NICH agencies, The Institute for Social and Cultural Research and the Institute of Archaeology. The idea is to get the media on board with 2016's National Culture Policy so that we can make the public more aware of what is called the Belize Cultural model. Selene Solis explains: Today's session at the House of Culture was for media houses from Northern Belize, Belize District and the Cayes, and another will be held tomorrow for media houses in Western Belize, Belmopan and Southern Belize.

Murderer Who Assaulted Journalist Charged
He's a convicted murderer who assaulted court reporter Anita Nembhard in February. On February 16th - the same day he was convicted of murder - Byron James was was among the prisoners being taken from the holding cell at Magistrate's Court to go back to jail. He stepped out of the line of prisoners and lunged at Nembhard, striking her in the face. At the time she was taking photos of the prisoners. She made a complaint and requested court action, but police took months to bring a charge - and only after the DPP intervened.

Getting And Job, And Learning To Keep It
The Youth Apprenticeship Program offers many young Belizeans a chance at learning new skills and acquiring a job that they would not have access to otherwise. But in order to hold down a job, you need the be able communicate properly and work well with others. RET International is helping the participants of the Youth Apprenticeship Program do just that. Over the last week, RET has been conducting Employability Training to teach the participants important skills needed in the work place. The course ended today, and we went to the graduation ceremony where we spoke to the RET International's Program Coordinator about the training session...

Police Officers Honoured
Yesterday, almost 300 police officers were honored, for long, exemplary and outstanding service in a ceremony at the police academy. It's a moment of great pride for these career cops who've given their lives to law enforcement. And, plus, it's a chance for them to dress up in those crisp white ceremonial uniforms and march across the parade square like the recruits do. ACP Robert Mariano - himself an honoree - put it in perspective for his fellow officers:...

Whylie Wants More Honors For Cops
And if it seems like a whole lot of officers being honored, the truth is that it's been years since the Department last held a ceremony like this. Today the Commissioner told us that he wants it to be an annual, or at least bi-annual celebration:

Police Host Sports Day
And to put a cap on police week for us, we stopped by the Eastern Division Sports day at the Yabra Green. That's where police did everything from running a marathon, to playing competitive dominoes, to running five-on-five basketball - where even the commissioner participated. As for the much hyped media - police showdown on the basketball court, it didn't happen because, unlike the police, we in the media have to work on weekdays. The media asked repeatedly for it to be moved to Saturday - to no avail.

Castro + Campos Conjuntos
Villagers in Libertad won't have to worry about flash floods catching them like it did last year. This is after NEMO deployed heavy equipment to clear a troublesome drain. Now, this is routine work that should be done before any rainy season - but area rep. Angel Campos and the NEMO Minister Edmond Castro did their best to make it into a major event:

Channel 5

ComPol Condemns Extortion Case by Cops on Ambergris Caye
Police Week concludes on Saturday with a massive parade through the streets of Belize City to culminate seven days of community-based activities.  While the department celebrated the professional achievements of [...]

Police Department Has Not Lost Morals
The department has seen a number of officers being investigated for infractions committed while in uniform. ComPol Whylie, however, maintains that the actions of a few rogue cops do not [...]

Chunox Case Open, But Castros Get Away
The shooting death of Richard Garcia in Chunox Village two Fridays ago involved a group of four officers who were responding to a request made by a villager to evict [...]

Rochelle Chan Remains Innocent; Police Promise to Act on Senate Inquiry Recommendations
Assistant Superintendent Rochelle Chan testified before the Senate Special Select Committee last Wednesday, refuting allegations made concerning his purported role in the visa ring involving Alvarine Burgess.  Despite being able [...]

Kashief Gallego to Court for Jermaine Franklin Murder
Twenty-five-year-old Kashief Gallego was charged with and arraigned for the murder of thirty-six-year-old Jermaine Franklin. Gallego appeared unrepresented in court today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Due to the nature [...]

Orange Walk Man Pleads Manslaughter for Death of Girlfriend
Twenty-two-year-old Freddy Amir Blanco pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the September 2011 killing of his lover Nelsi Chuc in August Pine Ridge. Back in 2011, Blanco was arraigned for murder [...]

U.S. Hands Police Refurbished Boats
The United States of America has formally transferred three boats and equipment valued at close to a million Belize dollars to the Belize Police Department.  The vessels were previously seized [...]

Police Awarded; Police Week to Become Regularized
On Thursday evening in Belmopan, quite a few outstanding police officers were recognized for individual professional achievements over the years.  It has been two years since the last Police Week [...]

Chester Williams among Long-Serving Awardees
Top Cop and the Regional Commander of Eastern Division South, Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams was also an awardee at Thursday’s ceremony in Belmopan. Aside from being recognized for [...]

Southside the Big Winners at Police Sports Day
Police Week culminates on Saturday with a parade through the principal streets of Belize City. The march is a spectacle with many features, including a clear distinction of the different [...]

NICH and Media Hold a Conversation about Culture
Culture is defined in Bella Carib’s 1998 song “Proud A Mi Kulcha” as, “the concepts, habits, skills, instruments and institutions of a given people, in a given period.” The National [...]

New House of Culture for San Ignacio, But Why Was Town Hall Demolished?
In San Ignacio, there is outrage over the demolition of the historic San Ignacio-Santa Elena Town Hall at the corner of King and Hudson Streets in the town center. Reports [...]

Why “National Colonial Museum” is a Misnomer
The National Cultural Heritage Bill is headed back to the House of Representatives next week Friday.  It is meant to provide a framework for the preservation of historically and culturally [...]

Team Belize Invades Las Vegas to Play Poker
It is an annual series that attracts thousands of poker pros and poker enthusiasts from across the globe. These players descend on Las Vegas, Nevada specifically during the summer months [...]

Apprentices Receive Specialized Training for Employment
Approximately seventy-one young Belizeans were successfully engaged by RET International Belize, which provided them with employable and entrepreneurial skills.  The initiative is as a result of a partnership with the [...]

New Lifeguards Trained by YMCA
In recent months, we have reported a number of drowning incidents across the country. Despite the fact that Belize is surrounded by bodies of water and is dotted with rivers, [...]


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Man shot and killed at Teddy’s music store in Belize City
There was a murder on King Street in Belize City on Wednesday evening around 6 p.m. It happened at Teddy’s Music and DVD Rental and the victim has been identified as 36-year-old Jermaine Franklin of Belize City. Police already have a suspect in custody. ASP Alejandro Cowo, Officer in charge...

Jorge Lemus’s death being investigated as homicide
Police are now officially investigating the death of Jorge Lemus as a homicide. The postmortem examination certified death due to cardiac thrombosis due to brain hemorrhage due to polytraumatism (head, neck & chest trauma). This past Saturday, Lemus’ body was found in a drain that runs along th...

PM speaks on Castro’s troubles with sons
Today the media got a chance to catch up with Prime minister Dean Barrow to ask him for his comments on various issues. One of those issues is the bad press that Minister Edmond Castro has had over the past few months, the most recent being his sons being caught with contraband in Orange Walk and ...

Dorian Pakeman back at job as Press Office Director
Another matter the PM addressed is the Dorian Pakeman issue. As you may recall, Pakeman had knocked down and killed 45 year old mechanic Dean Dawson. There were reports that traces of cocaine were found in Pakeman’s blood and also allegations that the victim’s samples were tampered with to try and ...

Pacheco questioned on Kim Barrow’s brother- in- law’s nationality
Yesterday, at the Senate Select Inquiry into the Auditor General’s report on Immigration departments of Visa, passport, and nationality sections, Addy Pacheco was asked about the nationality certificate for Swedish national Peter Dahlstrom. This case was mentioned in the nationality report and red f...

Addy Pacheco says she was intimidated by Ministers
Another matter brought up in yesterday’s Senate Inquiry was the fact that Addy Pacheco received the Won Hong Kim file directly from Minister Penner. That application file was lacking several key components. According to the Auditor Generals’ report, Addy Pacheco was interviewed on the matter in whic...

Pacheco says she saw Alvorine Burges at Immigration several times
Chair of the Senate Select Committee, Aldo Salazar, had made it clear that he was not convinced of the accuracy of the testimony as given by whistleblower Alvorine Burgess. Burgess had testified regarding her role as an agent in the processing of visa applications; a role for which she was paid for...

Minister of Education says no tolerance for pedophiles in education system
Last week, we reported on the case of the Valley of Peace Primary School principal who was arraigned for sexual assault of a minor. That minor is a standard 6 student at the school. As we told you, the child reported to police that she was feeling ill and went to the principal’s office where he alle...

Two San Pedro cops arrested for armed robbery
Last week we reported on a San Pedro tourist’s allegations that uniformed San Pedro police robbed him at gun point. As we said, police were investigating the matter and have now charged two of their own. They are PC Denfield Nelson Ramos, charged with Theft, Extortion and Aggravated Assault with a D...

Arson in Toledo
Toledo police are investigating a case of arson. According to police reports, on Wednesday night at about 10 p.m., 23-year-old Clarentina Coc of Graham Creek Village, Toledo heard a noise outside and when she went to check, she saw a man setting her thatched roof on fire. Coc told police she recogn...

Police preparing charges for driver of weed carrying cattle truck
Yesterday we told you about the huge drug bust in Belmopan where a cattle truck with Belizean license plate made its way into Belize from across the Benque border. Police intercepted the vehicle in Ontario Village and searched it. They found a secret compartment under the pan of the truck and disco...

Over 280 Police officers awarded at ceremony
An awards ceremony was held today, June 22nd, at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan in honor of over 280 police officers. The officers received medals in recognition of their excellent years of service. There were five categories of awards handed out today: the long service good conduct medal w...

Top 25 PSE performers awarded
The annual PSE awards ceremony was held in Belize city on Wednesday. The top 25 performers in the Primary School Examinations were acknowledged with certificates as well as $1000 scholarships to high schools of their choice. Minister of Education Patrick Faber spoke more about the award ceremony. &#...

Amandala

Gunned down as he bought Terminator 3
Jermaine Franklin, 36, a construction worker, was making preparations for a movie night at home when he was gunned down on Belize City’s southside. Sometime around 6 o’clock on Wednesday night, Franklin, a resident of Fabers Road Extension, visited Teddy’s Music and DVD Rental, located on #16 King Street. The DVD he bought, Terminator 3 – Judgment Day, remains in a bag on the counter of the video store because before he could remove it, a man walked into the store and opened fire at him. Franklin ran outside the store but collapsed in front of the establishment. He had been shot five times in the head and neck.

“Kissing” principal arraigned for sexual assault
A 13-year-old standard 6 female student at Monsignor Romero RC School in Valley of Peace has accused her principal, Johnny Valencia, of sexually assaulting her. In the presence of her parents, the minor told police that on the morning of Monday, June 12, she wasn’t feeling well and so she decided to rest her head on a desk inside the library. She alleges that while she was in the library, Principal Valencia came up to her, grabbed her by the shoulders, kissed her, and touched her buttocks. However, the child pushed him away.

San Pedro cops allegedly extort US$500 from tourist
We are in the middle of Police Week, a time when the police highlight their good deeds and do a lot of public relations work to garner public support for their efforts to combat crime, but this did not deter a few rogues in their ranks from going on a rampage in San Pedro (La Isla Bonita). Reports from La Isla Bonita indicate that two cops extorted money from a tourist, Timothy Braun, on the island on Thursday night, after putting a gun to his head. Fearing for his life, the tourist gave them $500 USD. ASP Henry Jemmott was understandably ashamed when he got the report. The very disappointed Commander of San Pedro police led an intense investigation into the extortion, which led to the arrest of two policemen: PC Denfield Ramos, who was charged with theft, extortion and aggravated assault with a firearm; and Special Constable Orlando Mendez, who was charged with theft and extortion. A third policeman who was held was exonerated from all charges.

Price of regular gas passes $10 again
At midnight last night, the price of a gallon of regular gasoline, the most common type used by motorists, shot past $10 for the second time this year, with the first price increase being a result of the implementation of further tax levies at the pumps. However, Financial Secretary Joseph Waight told Amandala that since the tax increases of April 1, implemented to raise additional revenue to finance the Government’s budget, no further tax measures have been implemented. On April 26, the price of regular gasoline went up to $10.26 a gallon, the highest so far this year. Premium gasoline hit its peak price of $11.04 on May 11. Since then, there has been a price ease at the pumps, with the price of premium gas down to $10.53 and the price of regular gasoline down to $9.87.

Lois Lightburn passes at 82, funeral Saturday
We regret to announce the passing of Lois Nathalia Hyacinth Lightburn. Lois Lightburn was born on August 17, 1936 to William “Bill” Lightburn and Rosita Moody. She was the second of their three children, and Rosita’s five children: James Lightburn, Lois Lightburn, Carl Michael Lightburn, Camilla Leslie and Barbara Leslie. Lois had three daughters: Alva and Natalie Jeffries and Andrea Vernon. She enjoyed being a grandmother to Ryan Rogers and Bria Cross and doted on her two grandchildren.

St. Joseph RC girls (Belize Dist.) and Holy Family RC boys (Stann Creek Dist.) are National Primary School Basketball Champions 2017
The National Primary School Basketball Championships took place last Thursday, June 15, at the SJC Gym in Belize City, where female and male champion teams from all six districts of the country converged to participate in an all-day tournament. The 6 female and 6 male teams were divided into groups of 3, and a round-robin first round of competition determined the top 2 from each group, who then went on to the semifinal knockout round, and then the championship finals.

ITT National Championship Boom Circuit results
The Cycling Federation of Belize (CFB) had a somewhat low turnout for its Individual Time Trial (ITT) National Championship Boom Circuit on Sunday, June 18; but is expecting greater participation in this weekend’s Road National Championship, which takes place on Sunday, June 25. Here are the results for finishers in the ITT National Championships last Sunday: Elite/U23/Masters (20 miles): 1st place – Tariq Flowers (Benny’s Megabytes, 43:37); 2nd Nissan Arana (Westrac Alliance, 44:05); 3rd Giovanni Lovell (Digicell-4G Elite, 45:09); 4th Shane Jones (Westrac Alliance, 45:36). Masters Category – 1st Robert Liam Stewart (unattached, 45:59); 2nd Stephen Bisset (unattached, 52:42).

Cricket Corner – Easy Does It lost the first to Summer Fever; and Excellence chased Berlan away
Blessed greetings to all! Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, the Harrison Parks 2017 Cricket Competition continues in high gear, thanks to our kind sponsor, Bowen and Bowen. On Saturday, spectators and listeners heard and saw three-time champ Easy Does It lose the first game in the semifinals against young upstart, Summer Fever. Before continuing, please be reminded that during the regular competition, Summer Fever had lost the two games, home and away, to Easy Does It. Will time repeat itself? Read on, and find out how the game played and finished. Easy Does It took to bat first, and at the fall of the first wicket, 28 was scored. Then the second fell for 68. It started to look good for the champs; but the bowling changed, and wickets started to fall in this order: 3 for 72; 4 for 75; 5 for 85; 6 for 95; 7 for 96; 8 for 97; 9 for 100. All for 101. The super hands of Jermaine Baizar took a toll on the Easy batsmen by taking 5 big wickets. Malcolm Reynolds scored 23, followed by Alexander Reynolds with 22 for their team, Easy Does It.

Belize exits CONCACAF Women U-20 Qualifiers in Nicaragua
Our Belize National Women U-20 squad was expected back home today from Nicaragua, after losing, 10-0, to Costa Rica on Tuesday in the CONCACAF Women U-20 Qualifiers. According to reports gleaned from Futbol24.com, they had lost the Group 1 opener on Sunday to hosts Nicaragua, 5-1; so that puts Belize out of contention in the Qualifiers. Nicaragua and Costa Rica from Group 1, who complete Group 1 play against each other later today, will then join the top 2 teams from Group 2, El Salvador and Honduras, in the classification stage, where the winners of one group play the runners-up of the other group, with the two winners then qualifying as the Central American representatives for the final CONCACAF Women U-20 tournament in 2018.

Editorial: Division and conquest
Two different articles by Adele Ramos, the Assistant Editor of Amandala, in the Tuesday, June 20, 2017 issue of this newspaper which do not appear to be related to each other, certainly are related in the broader scheme of things Belizean. In a page one article, Ms. Ramos writes: “The IMF continues to press the Government of Belize to increase consumer taxes, particularly by upping the rate of the General Sales Tax (GST) from 12.5% to 15%.” In a page two article, Ms. Ramos writes: “Cyril Fuller, the stevedore who last week wrote the Christian Workers Union (CWU) demanding that the president, Dale Trujeque, and the negotiating team which has been in talks with Port of Belize Limited as a part of a drawn-out collective bargaining process, step away from the negotiating table, claims that he has been threatened via an intimidating text message from a member of the negotiating team.”

From The Publisher
When I was a child, one of the worst punishments my mother could inflict on me was to order me to go “sit in a corner.” Life would go on around you as per normal, while you were immobilized, imprisoned in space in broad daylight. After a while, you would wonder if your mom had forgotten about you and your punishment. Remember now, there was no time limit: theoretically, you could have remained in that corner forever, so that as time went along your mind would begin to play tricks on you. When would this end, when would this end …. Around 8:30 on Sunday morning, Father’s Day, an over-enthusiastic young police constable essentially ordered me to go sit in a corner. This humiliation came out of the blue, as we would say. The police had set up a checkpoint at the corner of Vernon and Mayflower Streets. Personally, I hate checkpoints in the city, especially during working hours. This was not working hours, but it was a Sunday morning, God forbid.

A “test designed to discriminate”
Dear Editor, Belize’s education system is designed to create an elite, and a majority failing underclass. Albert Einstein said, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will lives its whole life believing it is stupid.” This is what is happening to the majority of our youth in the education system. It is difficult to implement change in the education system of Belize and the Caribbean because the decision makers are beneficiaries of the present system. They blame the individuals for their inability to progress in the current education system. Teachers also get the blame for poor student performance. The system is doing what it was designed to do – create a ruling elite and a majority servile class.

Dangriga youth pioneers Hope Run – wants Belize youth at Penn Relays
The 1st Annual Hope Run due to be held in Dangriga on July 8 is the brainchild of Dangriga youth, Kyle Castillo, 24, who is currently studying marketing in Jamaica. Castillo told Amandala that his exposure to the Caribbean has helped him to see what athletics has been able to do for people, and so he decided, with the help of family and friends, to launch his own initiative—the Hope Run Project—here in Belize. “The project itself was developed to highlight our athletes and lesser known causes simultaneously… The only currency we can offer to the causes is exposure. For the students themselves, our end game is to get them out and get them exposed to the Penn Relays,” Castillo said.

RIGHT TO THE POINT: What really is a common-law union?
Belize is under a common law system and one that many do not understand or know. But I dare say many do use the word “common law” very openly and easily, but I wonder how many appreciate what it is. There is the well-known “common-law” wife or husband, which is what I seek to address in today’s writing. Just as a background, it must be known that Belize operates under a common law legal system, which it inherited from its “motherland” – England. If I had to find a simple way to explain common law, I would say it is a system of law originating in England, which unlike the civil law system, is based on the unwritten laws derived from English customs and court decisions which then in and of itself form a body of law. By saying it is unwritten, I simply mean it is not codified into statute (legislation), yet the decisions that developed over the centuries are found in the cases decided over the years. Without going into a class of the English legal system, I would say that under the common law system the lack of formality of codifying the law into statutes helped to allow the law to evolve and develop, unlike statutes that makes a strict provision that must be followed.

Six Belize delegates to learn from the Garifuna land struggle in Honduras
This Sunday, the 25th of June, a delegation of six people from Belize will travel to the Caribbean coast of Honduras where they will participate in an organized exchange focused on the Garifuna struggles and victories for collective territories, reparations and ancestral rights. Belize delegates include community members from the Garifuna coast of Yugadan/Hopkins; the communally-held lands of St. Vincent Block/Serru/Cerro in Peini; the Rastafari-led multi-ethnic land reclamation efforts of Harmonyville in Cayo; and from the Black-owned independent media house Kremandala in Belize City. People-to-people visits have taken place between Belizean and Honduran peoples across maritime borders for centuries and today, cultural and social exchanges are constant. In recent years, organized convergences have focused primarily on groups sharing stories and specific strategies to protect the rights of Black and Indigenous peoples.

Customers dissatisfied with BTL’s new network
It was with much fanfare that Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) switched on its new 4G LTE network last December. The new network was supposed to have ushered in a new, faster, and much improved telecommunications experience for its customers. That has not been the case, and the new BTL network has been a continuing nightmare for BTL’s customers. One customer told Amandala that her texting has been problematic: sometimes the texts reached the recipient as late as three days later. She berated her friend, asking “why doesn’t she answer her texts,” but the friend’s phone records showed that she had not received any texts from that person during that period.

Under-5 deaths most common in southside Belize City
Belize City’s southside has been known to be one of the locations hardest hit by violent crimes and particularly homicides, but what many people may not know is that it is also the location with the highest child mortality rate in Belize at 22 for every 1,000 children born there, well above the national rate of 12. A 276-page report launched by UNICEF this morning, looking at the situation of women and children in Belize, unveils the situation of children across numerous indicators; however, key areas in the report focus on the welfare of children, such as early childhood mortality and their nutritional status – whether they are eating well enough to support their wholesome development and a good start in life.

They came on a cruise, and they are now in jail
At about 8:45 Tuesday morning, the cruise tour of three men from the West Indies who came to Belize to tour Harvest Caye on-board the cruise ship, the Norwegian Escape, was terminated in Harvest Caye. Derson Frank, of St. Vincent; Renaldo Kerron Roberts, of St. Vincent; and Jamal Nathus Celise, of St. Lucia, were arrested and charged with two counts of drug trafficking after the ship’s authorities found over two kilos of cocaine in the room they were occupying. On Wednesday, they were taken to the Independence Magistrate’s Court, where they were arraigned and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until August 30.

Ady Pacheco on “Citizen Kim”
Won Hong Kim never set foot on Belizean soil. Yet the South Korean national received a Belizean nationality certificate and a Belizean passport. At the time Mr. Kim came into possession of these sacred Belizean documents, he was lodged in a prison in Taiwan over an embezzlement scandal. How could this happen? Ady Pacheco, an Immigration officer who has worked with the department for more than two decades, appeared as a witness before the Senate Select Committee today to explain how Kim was able to breach the system. Pacheco was named in the Citizen Kim saga because, according to the Auditor General’s audit of the Immigration Department, she accepted Kim’s application even though she knew it was incomplete.

Swiss want “automatic exchange of financial account information” with Belize and 40 other states
Following a meeting last Friday, June 16, the Swiss Federal Council—described as a 7-member executive council which constitutes the federal government of the Swiss Confederation and serves as the collective executive head of government and state of Switzerland—announced that it is seeking to establish agreements for the automatic exchange of financial account information (AEOI) with Belize and 40 other states and territories. Some of the other countries and territories listed are Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, Cayman, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Israel, Columbia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Uruguay.

The Reporter

US Embassy furnishes Anti-Drug Unit with 3 vessels
Officials from the United States Embassy handed over three newly-refurbished vessels to the Anti Narcotics Unit of the Belize Police Department during a ceremony today. The donation was handed over at the Coast Guard base and is valued at approximately US $449,000, through the Central […]

Seventeen youths pass out of Youth Cadet program
Seventeen youths who were enlisted in the National Youth Cadet Service Corps program have completed the course, which began last September. Of the 17, 10 received certificates for having successfully completed the entire 10 months of training. The youths received training in behavior modification, life […]

Belizean youth gunned down in LA
Eddie Lino, 22, a man of Belizean parentage, was gunned down in Los Angeles, California on Sunday evening. The incident occurred at the corner of Denver and 58th Street. It is reported that Lino was walking when a car approached him and someone from inside […]

Why was Maynor Portillo shot?
Police are investigating the circumstances that lead to the shooting death of 20-year-old Santa Elena resident, Maynor Portillo. Police found Portillo dead after 9:00 p.m. on Friday, June 16 on the eastern side of the Novell’s Convention Center, with a gunshot wound to the head. Portillo’s family […]

“Belize has week medium term outlook,” says IMF
High public debt, decreasing economic performance, and a lack of strict fiscal consolidation policies, are some of the reasons that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently called Belize’s medium term financial outlook “weak.” The IMF, following it’s 2017 Article IV mission to Belize, issued a statement on […]

US embassy raises LGBT flag again; no protest on perimeter
The hoisting of the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) flag atop the flagstaff at the US embassy, along with the United States flag on Wednesday, drew more people this year to witness it, but except for one senator present, it had no government official in […]

Mayor Bradley weighs in on minimum wage increase
Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley is not expressly opposed to raising the minimum wage in Belize, but says that an increase should only come after careful planning. Bradley, speaking on the recent “Raise the Minimum Wage” march, held by Belize Leaders for Social Justice (BLSJ), […]

Yellow Man barred from Senate hearings! But keeps his job as Macebearer
Brian “Yellow Man” Audinett can no longer attend the ongoing Senate public inquiries, but will remain Mace Bearer of the National Assembly, following his assault on several media workers at the National Assembly several weeks ago. On Wednesday, Clerk of the National Assembly, Eddie Webster, […]

DJ Hard Rock’s suspected killer caught
After 3 weeks, the man believed to be behind the cold blooded assassination of Andrew Ian Bennett Sr., the beloved DJ known as Hard Rock, has been detained and charged for murder. David Richard Arnold, 25, was apprehended at a bus stop in Ontario village, Cayo at […]

Fabers Road needs help
The 2017 rainy season got off an active start, and drivers traveling on Fabers Road are learning that the road needs repairs and quickly. Specifically the area of Fabers Road turning off Central American Boulevard near Sister Clara Muhammad Primary school, down to the police substation, has […]

“More than just a sign,” says Mayor Bradley
Belize City Mayor Darrel Bradley, explained this week that the City Council’s latest Belize sign, placed in the Battle Field Park, is more than just a sign but a part of a greater plan for Belize City. The council held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new […]

BCCI forms alliance with regional chamber
To assist its members with increasing their businesses, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry is forming an alliance with the Chamber of the Americas (COTA). Kim Aikman, CEO of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Gil Cisneros, CEO of the Chamber of the Americas […]

Three remanded for murder of 16-year-old girl
The close-knit community of Santa Familia village, Cayo is reeling after last Friday’s barbaric attack on a young couple left 16-year-old Emy Guerra dead and boyfriend Eliseo Bacab recovering from serious injuries sustained during the vicious attack. On June 16, sometime after 10:00 p.m., Bacab, 22, was […]

Police confirms drug bust at Harvest Caye port
After a week, police have issued official confirmation that there was a drug bust on board a Norwegian Cruise Line ship which was docked at the Harvest Caye Port in the Stann Creek District. Although the incident occurred on Tuesday, June 13, police were tight lipped and […]

Elderly Toledo man drowns while taking bath at river
On Monday evening an elderly man from Santa Elena village in the Toledo district drowned after he went to swim at a river located a short distance away from his home. On Monday at about 1:20 p.m., police were called out to the village where officers observed […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

US Embassy hands over over $400,000 US in boats and equipment to police
Today, the U.S. Embassy handed over maritime assets which consisted of three boats and equipment, valued at approximately US$449,000, to the Belize Police Department. All three vessels were seized by Belizean authorities and now refurbished and equipped to fight criminal activities. The handover ceremony […]

750 students graduate from Gang Resistance training in Cayo
By Zoila Palma: Yesterday, a total of 750 primary school students graduated from the Gang Resistance Education and Training ( GREAT) Program in San Ignacio Town. Officer Commanding San Ignacio Police, Supt. Richard Rosado indicated that “This is a testament to the formation’s commitment to the expansion […]

The saga for Belgian couple continues – BTIA Cayo reaches out
Yesterday, BBN reported that a Belgian couple, Allan Dropsy and Jagoda Cwojdzinska, claimed San Ignacio Police took their passports and stole $550 cash from them. After the story was posted, BBN was contacted by the Belize Tourism Industry Association, Cayo Chapter (BTIA-Cayo) and they […]

Dr. Jose Mena wins Physician of the Year
By Margaret Mena: On June 16, 2017, my father, Dr. Jose Mena, won Physician of the Year for Ochsner Health System. Josie, as I fondly call him, is the best father a girl can ask for. He is kind, loving, and funny in his own cute, five […]

MIT bust 72 pounds of weed
On Wednesday morning around 10:30, the Police Mobile Interdiction team bust a huge amount of weed totaling 72 pounds in Ontario Village, Cayo. The drugs were reportedly being smuggled. Thirty seven parcels of weed were packed into a compartment in a cattle truck. The […]

Mek Wi Teach Yuh how fi beg
By Giselle E. O’Brien: Once upon a time, when time was time Monkey chew tobacco, and spit out white lime… There were once two families of mice. The father of the first family, Mr. Charlie Price, had long curling whiskers. He owned the biggest cheese factory in […]

9 Bus drivers convicted for traffic offenses in Orange Walk
The following persons (drivers) were charged for the offences listed below by Officers of the Department of Transport. Name of Driver Bus Company Offence (s) 1 Shane Pollard Maria’s Bus Company “Carried excessive passengers on a public service vehicle” 2 Alfredo Rodriguez […]

Santa Familia villagers demand removal of police officer
A sixteen-year-old villager was brutally murdered last Friday night in Santa Familia Village, Cayo. Emy Guerra and her boyfriend were attacked at the football field. On Wednesday night, villagers met to discuss their concerns about the escalating crime situation in their village. Villagers were […]

Police issue official report on downtown Belize City murder
Jermaine Franklin, 36, was killed on Wednesday night in downtown Belize City. On Wednesday around 6:00 p.m., police visited King Street in Belize City where they found Franklin on the street dead in front of Teddy’s Music and DVD Rental. Investigations revealed that Franklin […]

GOB Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed yesterday between the Government of Belize (GOB) and Microsoft Service at an official ceremony held in Belize City. This agreement marks a new step in a long-term relationship between Belize and global technology giant (Microsoft LLC) to […]

Belgian tourists plea for assistance; claims passport and money stolen by San Ignacio police
Two Belgian tourists contacted BBN today to plea for assistance from the Government of Belize, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or any relevant authority. Allan Dropsy and Jagoda Cwojdzinska, the two Belgian tourists, are asking for any assistance that they can get. Dropsy told […]

Blogs

Romantic Dining at Aji Tapa Bar and Restaurant
Whether you are travelling, or call Ambergris Caye your home, chances are that you’re looking for that perfect spot to have a fabulous date with your significant other. Aji, located about 2.5 miles north of Sir Barry Bowen Bridge can deliver just that. Nestled within the picturesque Bella Vista Resort, its roadside entrance features lush mangroves and tropical plants lining the pathway to the restaurant; complete with a bridge over the lagoon. When the food arrives, it takes center stage! Spanish-inspired cuisine, complemented by wines or cocktails, sure to excite the taste buds. Aji’s speciality, the seafood paella, is always a great choice to share with your date. Indulge yourself and have a fantastic date night!

Grilled Lobster Tails - A Belizean Foodie Favorite
Belize’s 2017 Lobster Season is officially open which means that across the country, households and restaurants will be serving up a variety of Lobster dishes for their families, patrons and guests, throughout the next several months. Now, while everyone may have their preference as to how to cook the marine crustacean (boiled, broiled or baked), we’re going to share how to grill lobster tails. Step 1: Buy fresh lobster from your local grocer or fish market, if possible. Frozen tails work, too — but you’ll need to allow for some time for them to thaw in the refrigerator. Step 2: Cut the shell with a pair of kitchen shears, but go no further than the tail. With a knife, split the meat along the same path as the shell cut line, being careful not to slice all the way through the lobster...

Fascinating Facts About the Lost City of Xunantunich
Thousands of years ago, the Maya empire stretched from Mexico in the north down to El Salvador in the south. They built enormous stone cities in the middle of the jungle, only to abandon them around the year 900 AD for reasons still unknown to modern archeologists. One of the largest Maya cities ever built, now called Xunantunich, was lost for centuries until it was discovered by accident when a villager in Belize came across a ghost of an ancient Maya maiden in the 1890s. At the time, Belize was still a British colony, and so an expedition set out from the capital to explore the villager's stories. They then discovered the site of Xunantunich, a Maya term meaning "stone woman". Xunantunich is unique in that it is the oldest continuously excavated Maya site in the country.

Your Guide to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of Belize's most beautiful and biodiverse protected areas. Named for the eastern slopes of the Maya Mountains that resemble a cock's (rooster's) comb, this massive nature sanctuary measures more than 150 square miles of roadless wilderness that is home to hundreds of bird species and exotic wildlife. The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for having been the world's first dedicated wilderness sanctuary for the indigenous jaguar. Today, a team of scientists carefully monitors the jaguar population as well as the other four native big cat species of Belize.

Belize: 5 Undeniable Reasons Why You Won’t Ever Want To Leave
Staying and vacationing in Belize is tons of fun. One might even say it’s too much of it, though the validity of that concept could and should be questioned. There’s a lot to do here, even more to see and a multitude of experiences to have; enough to keep you here for a long time. With all that happens here, it’s no wonder some visitors never want to leave! Here are 5 things that will make you not ever want to leave Belize:

Technology and Tourism
As you may know, every year I write about travel trends that may impact Belize. The purpose is to reach many Belize tourism businesses that may not have established marketing departments or chief strategists that advise them on the impending changes to the tourism industry. For this version of my travel trends discussion, I will focus on technology and how incredibly important it currently is for the tourism industry. For example, take food tourism’s popularity, where restaurants are destinations. Restaurants should know that guests will be taking pictures and sharing it on social media, which means they need to optimize their restaurants for social sharing. Wi-Fi is a must, as well as good design and good lighting. Guava Limb is an exemplar of this.

The Belize Blue Hole Experience
The Blue Hole is part of the larger Barrier Reef Reserve System, a World Heritage Site of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It is a world-class destination that lands on the bucket list for many around the world. Scuba divers are particularly attracted to this site for its abundance of marine life species and clear waters. Home to nurse sharks, giant groupers, reef sharks like the blacktip and Caribbean reef, as well as really cool formations and caves throughout its 300-meter width and 125-meter depth, the Blue Hole is a must-visit spot if you are in the country. There are so many ways to enjoy this spectacular formation, and to be honest, you don’t even have to be a diver!

SanPedroScoop: An Opinionated Guide to Belize Turns 6 Years Old
6 years ago this week I started a blog without much of a plan. I had moved to Ambergris Caye 4 years before – managed a bar for 3 and a half of those years – and was ready to get out and experience Belize. I’d barely been off this rock… I wanted to explore this awesome country, take some pictures and write a diary. I really had no idea that so many people would tune in. I’ve had months with over 100,000 different readers from all over the world. Now that’s pretty crazy. My life has changed immensely. I’ve moved from San Pedro town to 7 miles north Ambergris Caye – an area I used to consider “the bush” or “out in the sticks” and sometimes still do. I went from being single for years to having a boyfriend that I love. I went from being a crazy cat lady to being obsessed with my dog.

Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge
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Mr Belize "Rigo Vellos" to give Scholarship's to Primary School Students
To all Corozal Primary School living in Corozal, If you are attending primary School or Secondary School you may be able to benefit from a tuition scholarship by Mr. Belize Body Builder, Rigo Vellos. Rigo Vellos is a body Builder who has been around Belize competing on Body Builder Fitness Club. He now own's his Gym in Corozal called "Spartan". As stated by Rigo Vellos, Going ahead with his fitness club, Spartan Fitness Club, the scholarships have become a true reality. “At the moment we are providing 4 Primary School and 1 High School tuition scholarships, which will be academic-driven and community-service based. Successful applicants will be required to keep good grades and give back to our community while having the support and assistance to a number of organisations that can benefit from volunteer work,” he posted to Facebook.

La Milpa Mayan Ruins in Belize
Located in the north of the country in Belize’s Orange Walk District, La Milpa is is the third-largest Maya ruin site in Belize. Although excavations continue and much of the site is still being documented, visitors to La Milpa can tour more than 20 courtyards, two ball courts, and explore 85 structures, including four large temple pyramids. La Milpa lies in the middle of the Rio Bravo Conservation area, an enormous 250,000 acre (1,101 square kilometer) site in northern Belize currently being operated by the non-profit domestic NGO Programme for Belize. La Milpa is open every day throughout the year and there is currently no entrance fee. La Milpa is approximately a one and a half-hour drive from Orange Walk Town just off the Chan Chich Road in northwest Belize near the borders with Mexico and Guatemala. The easiest way to find it is to follow directions to the La Milpa Jungle Lodge which is located just outside the Maya site.

International Sourcesizz

Increased rainfall in the Caribbean reducing drought impact
The Barbados-based Caribbean Drought & Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) is reporting increased rainfall across parts of the region, reducing short term drought impacts, particularly in the eastern Caribbean and the Guianas, and Jamaica. CDPMN in its latest Caribbean Drought bulletin for the months, March, April and May, noted that rains are expected to continue during June to August, particularly in Belize, the Greater Antilles, the Leeward Islands and Guyana, with little concern over drought, at least until at the end of August.

Videos

  • 5th Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, 4min. Earlier this week, UNICEF in partnership with the Government of Belize launched the results of the 5th Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS5). Understanding the invaluable support that empirical data offers public advocacy for children in Belize, UNICEF alongside its government partners launches the results of the fifth Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS5). #ForEveryChild Let's put on the lens of Melissa and Michael to understand the results of the survey. Both Michael and Melissa are 17 years old and they are both young Belizeans. Michael and Melissa’s parents most likely registered their births with the civil authorities before they were 5 years old. There is about 67 percent chance that both Michael and Melissa come from a female headed household. When Michael and Melissa where under 5 years old, Michael was more likely to be underweight, stunted, and wasted than Melissa was and there is also a nine percent (9%) chance that Melissa was exclusively breastfed compared to Michael.

  • Ribbon Cutting for Clinic in Ladyville, Belize, 1min. Ribbon cutting ceremony held for clinic expansion in Ladyville, Belize as part of Beyond the Horizon 2017

  • Belize 2017, 5.5min.

  • Mike & Terrilynn Belize Vacation 2017, 8min. Take a journey with Mike & Terrilynn on their all inclusive vacation at Coco Plum Island Resort and explore the best of Belize both inland and on the island.

  • Belize Jungle Paintball, 4min. Footage of jungle paintball in Belize, Central America.

  • Belize: Week one: CAYO, 8.5min. A weekend in Cayo district.

  • World Music Day – Leela Vernon, 2min. For World Music Day, we honor the memory of Belizean music legend Leela Vernon, Queen of Brukdown, who passed away in February 2017. She may be gone, but her music and legacy lives on Belize and around the world.

  • , 11min. Belizean Enchilades is delicious and easy to make. All you need is corn tortillas and tomato sauce and Dutch cheese. Anything else is optional.

  • How to Make Belizean Enchilades, 11min.

  • Belize Now | Episode 24 - Friday, June 23rd, 2017, 30min. In tonight’s headlines: The Government of Belize signs an MOU with Microsoft, Public Officers and Police Officers celebrated this week, and representatives from the Caribbean meet in Belize to discuss climate change. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, June 23rd, 2017!

  • Social Media Training, 3min. News Five's Duane Moody returns to Belize after attending a three-day social media training to create a regional guideline for the media as it relates to best practices. The workshop, which was hosted in Bridgetown, Barbados, was organized by Public Media Alliance and UNESCO and saw media professionals from across the Caribbean streamline particular processes when using social media for news. Here's a report done by our friends over at NCN News in Guyana. Jennifer Persaud is one of the participants of the workshop; she files this report.

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  • Belize Progressive Radio, 3hr. Belize Progressive party talking about burning issues that is plaguing the nation of Belize.


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