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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro starts celebrations for Dia de San Pedro!
The traditional island festivities of the anticipated 'El Dia de San Pedro,' have already begun on La Isla Bonita. The activities, which honour St. Peter (San Pedro) the Patron Saint of fishermen on the island, opened early on Thursday, June 29th with a fishermen's mass at the San Pedro Catholic Church. Following the mass, a traditional fishermen's breakfast was hosted at the Lions Den, after which, all the fishermen gathered in front of the Central Park for a boat procession that began at the municipal pier at 6AM. At the end of the procession, all boats and fishermen were blessed by Father Scott Giuliani.

Belikin National 8-Ball Pool Tournament completes third week
Last Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th marked week three of the Belikin National 8-Ball Pool Tournament at Barrel Bar. Four heated games within two days saw teams defending their standings. Team Amigos defended their lead, netting more points for a total of 44. Rack Dawgs was able to hang on to second place, while Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars fell to third place. The next set of games will take place in Caye Caulker, at Roses Pool Bar and Restaurant, beginning at 6PM on both Friday and Saturday this weekend.

Family reports killer bee attack
An Ambergris Caye family is happy to be alive after they survived an attack by a swarm of Africanized killer bees. The incident took place during Father's Day on Sunday, June 18th, in Northern Ambergris Caye. Island resident Rudolph 'Bonito' Hernandez was unexpectedly attacked at his work place by the deadly insects. He and his wife survived; however, their German shepherd dog was not so lucky, and succumbed to the bee stings. Hernandez told The San Pedro Sun, the he is the caretaker of a property in Northern Ambergris Caye and shortly after midday that day, he and his wife, along with his dog, went to take a look at the property when the unexpected happened. "It happened so fast, "said Hernandez. I had tied my dog to a coconut tree and shortly after my wife yelled to me that our dog was under attack by the bees. I made two attempts to save him, but every time I would try the bees would come down on me." Hernandez said that his dog died on the spot, while he was badly stung by the bees.

San Pedro Police issue Wanted Poster in connection to Felix Ayuso's murder; Family to hold "Justice for Felix" Walk
It's been almost five months since the brutal murder of island activist, Felix Ayuso. Since his death on February 1, 2017, his homicide has remained an open case, with no arrests made, and family members urgently requesting assistance from the San Pedro Police Department (SPPD). After launching an investigation, the SPPD was able to gather enough substantial evidence to isolate a suspect in connection to the murder. However, police initially advised the family not to release the suspect's photo, as it would jeopardize and pose a risk to the case. After months of waiting, family members planned on releasing details and a photo regarding Ayuso's suspect during a "Justice for Felix Walk" on Sunday, July 2nd. However, on Wednesday, June 28th, the SPPD released an official wanted poster for Vildo Westby, believed to be connected to Ayuso's death.

NICH hosts workshop with media partners to promote and safeguard Belize's cultural history
On Friday, June 23rd, the Institute for Social and Cultural Research (ISCR), in conjunction with the Institute of Archaeology (IA), and the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), hosted a one-day workshop for media outlets at Belize City's House of Culture. As culture is prominent in everything we do, ISCR, IA, and NICH discussed ways the media can advance the cultural agenda in Belize, hoping to open a dialogue and encouraging the media to help preserve and promote Belize's heritage.

MOU signed between Microsoft and Government of Belize
On Thursday, June 22nd, the Government of Belize (GOB) and Microsoft Service signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at an official ceremony held in Belize City. The agreement marked a new step in a long-term relationship between Belize and global technology giant (Microsoft LLC) to help in meeting the government's National Digital Transformation Goals.

Coral Reef Ed-ventures program begins!
The first phase of the 18th Annual Coral Reef Ed-ventures summer program began on Monday, June 26th, and volunteers are still encouraging parents to register their children. The free, educational camp focuses on marine ecology, and is a collaboration between students from Smith College in Massachusetts, USA, and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The first segment of the program, which is geared for students ages 12 and up, will culminate on Friday, June 30th. The campers meet on weekdays at the San Pedro High School, from 4PM to 6PM. The next youth camp is for students aged seven to 12, and will run from Monday, July 3rd through Thursday, July 13th.

Ambergris Today

Celebration Of "Dia De San Pedro" Commences
The San Pedro House of Culture, San Pedro Catholic Church and residents of San Pedro gathered in front of the St.Peter's Statue outside of the Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 to celebrate "Dia De San Pedro" St.Peter's Day! The audience was delighted throughout the night by the Cultural group from Palmar, Orange Walk, The San Pedro Dance Academy, The Trio including one of San Pedro's very own and The Mariachi.

No Protections For Threatened Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage Site
A press release from The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) indicates that the Government of Belizean has failed to implement promised protections for the Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage site. A 2017 Reef Scorecard has been issued and Belize is not scoring so well. OUR REEF NEEDS MORE PROTECTION! The WWF says that the Belizean government committed to UNESCO in 2015 that the necessary measures to ensure the reef's protection would be implemented by December 2016; not all measures are in place yet.

Misc Belizean Sources


Feliz d�a De San Pedro / Happy San Pedro Day
This is Paradise. This is Life. This is Home.

Lieutenant Gregory Soberanis of the Belize Coast Guard (BCG) graduated from the United States Naval War College on the 16th June, 2017, after successfully completing the Naval Staff Course in Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.A. Soberanis, who is the first Belizean to attend the one-year version of the course, was elected class president during his time at the Naval Staff College and won the International Leadership Award for being the most outstanding overseas student.

The Ministry of Health reminds the public that TODAY, JUNE 30TH, IS REGIONAL TESTING DAY! Get Tested! Take note of the testing sites in the promotional flyer below.

Bake Sale Fundraiser for Dianny Enriquez
Friday, June 30, Caye Caulker

Vacancy at BELTRAIDE - Projects Officer
Vacancy exists at Belize Trade and Investment Development Service for the post of Projects Officer. Kindly see the vacancy notice and, if interested, apply no later than Friday, July 14th, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Argentine Championship Permit Team arrives
Welcome to Belize - Argentine Championship Permit Team arrives and heading out to Tarpon Caye Lodge Belize! BELIZE is visited by tourists from all over the world and all walks of life. SAY NO TO OFFSHORE DRILLING!

Belize Represented at XLIX Summit of Heads of Government and State of the Central American Integration System
Belize attended the XLIX Summit of Heads of Government and State of the Central American Integration System (SICA) in Costa Rica from June 28th-30th, 2017, where leaders met to discuss regional cooperation, security and the continued strengthening of regional integration. Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Wilfred Elrington, representing Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, congratulated the Government and people of Costa Rica for their leadership and welcomed the discussions and commitments made to regional integration, particularly in the area of security.

Enhancement of Manta Ray Street
Works have commenced on the enhancement of Manta Ray Street! Loads of white mall material now cover this street and will be spread and rolled by Ministry of Works. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this process. Please be cautious when traversing through Manta Ray Street.

Online sale of pharmaceuticals
As a general reminder to all - the online sale of pharmaceuticals in Belize has not been approved by the Ministry of Health nor has any license been given to any company to sell pharmaceutical products online in Belize. We are aware of a couple of websites that are seemingly doing so and we thank all those that have brought it to our attention as we aim to seek action. At the end, it is through collective and vigilant action that we will curtail practices that are simply wrong.

BATSUB Trackers get training from Astrum
Locally employed trackers from the British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB) were recently given training and instruction by local company ASTRUM Helicopters to enable them to deploy into the Jungle. The instruction included the use of winches on the airframes to gain access to the ground where the helicopter cannot physically land. These skills will enable the team to deploy with ASTRUM to prepare allocated sites for future exercises taking place in the training areas within Belize.

Living in Placencia, Belize: Paradise Found
Just where is Placencia? It's about a three-and-a-half hour drive south of Belize City. Placencia town lies at the tip of a 16-mile long narrow strip of land known as the Placencia Peninsula. The peninsula, only a half-mile wide at its widest point, offers Caribbean beachfront to the east and a protected lagoon on the western side where manatees are often seen. Everything here is close to the water, and all along the paradisiacal peninsula on either side you'll find restaurants, hotels and small resorts, individual homes, and all those new residential communities.In recent years especially, the Placencia peninsula has undergone a big boom. Building lots by the score have been sold to foreigners who think they'd someday like to live by the sea. (This is where you'll find the most beautiful beaches of mainland Belize.) Beginning in 2004, condo development took off, and now some 1,500 condos are either under construction or planned, though all this development slowed dramatically thanks to the global recession.

PSE Stann Creek district SCHOOL averages
Note that PIA is on the last line, but received the highest school district average.

Miss Costa Maya 2017 Delegate - Kerelyne Isell Campigoti Webster Miss Honduras
Meet Miss Costa Maya 2017 Delegate - Kerelyne Isell Campigoti Webster, Miss Honduras. Age: 19 years old, Height: 5'9″, Profession: Tourism Student, Hobbies: Collecting Postcards, & Playing Volleyball.

Caye Caulker Health Fair July 14
Caye Caulker Health Fair to be held on July 14th, 2017 also present will be Belize Medical Associates and Brodies.

Annual Regatta in Corozal Town
The Corozal Bay Sailing Club's Annual Regatta in Corozal Town will be held on July 15 at 12:00 P.M. and July 16 at 10:00 A.M. Two days of fun and lots of activities. See you there.

BECOL donated to FCD a 2012 Ford Raptor
To be used as a back-up transport and movement of heavy loads to the Chiquibul. FCD is thankful for the donation.

The San Pedro House of Culture launches a book on San Pedro for Dia de San Pedro celebrations

Channel 7

"Philloughby" Eyes The Mayor's Chair
The UDP has given prospective candidates for municipal elections until tomorrow to submit their names. As we showed you last week - 8 returning candidates from the Belize City Council submitted their names early. But, the two-term Mayor of Belize City, Darrell Bradley has not submitted his name - and reports from within the council quote him as saying that he won't run again because his wife doesn't want him to do so. When we asked him about that off camera today - he didn't deny it. Of course, this is a familiar pattern for Bradley who kept going back and forth on the issue before the last election - and then eventually submitting his name for mayor weeks after the deadline has passed. In that case, Dion Leslie - who had already put in his name - was forced to step aside and make way for Bradley. But, this time around it looks like Phillip Willoughby may be the one who wants to jump the queue and zoom to the top spot. Willoughby told us last week that he was waiting for the result of medical tests to see if he would be running again as a councillor. Today we asked him about those test results - and he played it very cagey:...

Chopping Murder In San Joaquin, Corozal
Tonight, Corozal Police are on a manhunt to locate this 34 year-old Corozal man, Arturo Tamai Tzul. He is their main suspect in a chopping murder, which happened early this morning in San Joaquin Village. The victim is 21 year-old Salvadoran Amilcar Omar Moralez Gonzalez, and police say that he was riding home with his 20 year-old Belizean friend, Doniver Ruano. On the way, they met a girl who was walking. They struck up a conversation with her, and that's when Arturo Tzul appeared. A confrontation started shortly after and Tzul ended it when he chopped both men to the neck.

Security Camera No Help In Big Money Robbery At Ranchito Airstrip
The press also asked Sergeant Valladarez for an update on that heist in which a Indian businessman was robbed at gunpoint of $54,000 cash in Ranchito Village. It happened last Friday evening when the Corozal Store Manager, Avinash Deshmukh, came back from collecting the money from his wholesale and retail business in San Pedro Town. He landed at the Ranchito Airstrip, and was just about to get into his vehicle, when 2 men jumped out of a vehicle parked behind him. They held him up at gunpoint and stole the backpack he was carrying the money in. Before fleeing the scene, they struck him in the back of the head with the weapon The the CIB's Commanding officer from Corozal told the media that they have seen surveillance footage of the robbery in progress, but it does not help them much:

Carnival Road March Might Have To Move Because It's Blocking access To Hospital
The Belize City Carnival Road March is always a highlite of the September Celebrations - but this year the Carnival might be in for a major change. That's because health and safety advocates say that using the current route, which passes in front of the KHMH blocks road access to the country's largest hospital and emergency room. More than that, it creates all kinds of safety hazards with drinking and crowds and loud music in front of a hospital. The consultations to find an alternate route are ongoing - and the city council is just one of the stakeholders. And while the decision ultimately rests with the Carnival Commission, today councillor Phillip Willoughby - who has been meeting with them - discussed the proposed alternate route:...

Club-owners Make Noise At Mayor's Press Conference
Moving unto other municipal matters, Mayor Darrell Bradley held a press conference today to discuss a few major developments with city hall. But first, he had to address the issue of noise abatement. That's the controversy which erupted last week after a public consultation. Residents of Newtown Barracks said that the many nightclubs and bars and the area were a public menace. That's when the mayor laid down the law: no more extensions for opening until 4:00 am for venues which are not soundproofed, and no more bars masquerading as nightclubs. Since then he's been criticized for putting an early end to the party in an area that he designated as an entertainment zone. And today at the press conference, one of his own councillors took a seat with the press to remind Bradley that the persons who frequent those clubs form an important voting bloc. Here's how that back and forth went:...

Mayor Retreats From Hardline On Concerts At Hour Bar
And while the nightclubs are one thing - another popular spot in that same entertainment strip is The Hour Bar. That's Belize City's top concert venue but the mayor sent a memo to his councilors saying that concerts should not be held there - and definitely not until 4:00 am. Today, faced by one of those promoters, he seems to have backed down somewhat from that hardline - and said that some concerts are ok:... Darrell Bradley, Mayor: "The law does provide that a special event can go as long as 5am in the morning. One of the things I will say with the public consultation is that none of the people in that consultation said that they don't want these events. There is I think on the point of the residents themselves some reasonable expectation that you know what September, December - if we have to go somewhere else we are going, if we have to go at the event then we are going, but we can live with it as a special event, as a one-off concert. But don't let it be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and then Sunday, because when would I sleep."

City Council Moving Full Speed Ahead With Plan For New City Hall At Old Commercial Center
And while those were the controversial subjects - the mayor really held his press conference to brag about that commercial loan which the city council got to renovate the ragged commercial center. The Mayor said the old commercial center will become the New City Hall:.. Darrell Bradley, Mayor: "And this building will become in a very short period of time, it will become the new city hall. Second floor and third floor will housed city council offices. The ground floor will hold a big auditorium for us to have public hearings, so that we mean to transform city council meetings into a public hearing, so that all of our city council meetings will be a public hearing. Surrounding the building also there will be a "park..."

New Fee Structure For Trade Licenses Established, Mayor Likes It/Hates It
And the first subject discussed at today's press conference were the changes in the structure for assessing trade license fees. It's legislation drafted out of a three year review at the municipal and central government level. The bill has already gone to the house for a first reading, and after revision by the House Committee, the Mayor today presented the full and final schedule of fees. He said he's not a fan of the system that the lawmakers used - but then went unto call it "magic." You decide: Darrell Bradley, Mayor: "According to this table every business should experience according to the table as much as a 30% reprieve. The reform that has been undertaken is not something that are one hundred percent comfortable with. What you have is a bridging. There is still a range in relation for the fee, but there is a great degree of certainly to it, because there is fix fee."

Mayor Denies Massive Arrears To Sanitation Company
And so if the city is going to lose a significant chunk of its revenue, it has to find ways to replace it - and fast! We say that, because, from the looks of things, the Council is already struggling and juggling to keep current with its weekly sanitation expenses and bi-monthly payroll. Today we asked the mayor about mounting arrears to Belize Waste Control:..,. Jules Vasquez: "I am reliably told that right now you owe quarter million to Belize Waste Control for 5 weeks of unpaid garbage fees. I am told that payroll is here and you don't have a lot in the bank to handle your payroll." Darrell Bradley, Mayor: "The city administrator has inform me that we are 3 weeks in arrears with Waste Control. The contract provide is a leeway or reprieve to be 4 weeks in arears, so that it's not an anomaly that we would be in arrears with them."

Ady, Again
As we showed you last night, Immigration Officer Ady Pacheco's had her second day of testimony before the Senate Select Committee. She explained that the Department was lax in trying to filter out fraud and forgery - giving way to all kinds of irregularities. But, Pacheco also had another interesting claim. She says that Cabinet did away with the security clearance process for persons trying to apply to the Immigration Department for those Belizean documents. Now there's always the concern of human trafficking, where it has long been suspected that immigrants may want to use Belize as a spring board to get into the United States. Then, there is the rising concern of terrorism, extremists, and international fugitives. Pacheco says the process to screen applicants for security concerns like those was discontinued at Immigration because Cabinet gave a directive:

The Many, Many Missing Passports at Immigration
The Senators also asked Pacheco about a separate security concern that the Auditor General brought up in her reports. Her audit says that there are hundreds of passports which are missing, and possibly stolen, yet, the Department did not keep a careful record of them. Her audit shows that there are 500 which her team knows for certain were stolen in 2004. Then, there are 50 more were stolen but those have been accounted for. There are also about 681 more which are unaccounted for, and may have been stolen; nobody knows for sure. The auditors checked into the passport ID numbers of the stolen passports and realized that the Department performed passport renewals for several of them. That shouldn't have happened, and so, the Senators wanted to know why nobody realized that this happened. Here's how Pacheco answered those questions:

Soberanis Shines
Tonight, the Ministry of Defense is publicly congratulating one of the high ranking members of the Belize Coast Guard for continuing his education. He's Lieutenant Gregory Soberanis, and for the past year, he had been attending the United States Naval War College in New Port, Rhode Island. The Ministry says that he is the first Belizean to attend the 1-year version of the course, and he was elected the class president. After completing the course, he won the International Leadership Award for being the most outstanding overseas student.

Wilfred Seen At SICA
Yesterday Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington traveled to Costa Rica to attend the 49th SICA Summit of Heads of Government and State. According to a press release, Elrington participated in discussions about furthering regional cooperation and security, while also expressing concerns about other extra-regional challenges. In particular, the Minister spoke about his concern with recent United States policies regarding immigration and climate change, and the possible negative effects they can have on the Central American region.

Fisherfolk, The Salt Of The Sea
This month the fishing industry has been celebrating Fisheries Month to raise awareness and celebrate the contributions fishers make to Belizean society. The fisheries industry accounts for about 3% of Belize's GDP, employs thousands of people, and is the the country's 4th largest exporter. Fisher folk also contribute greatly to the conservation of our marine life and protected areas. Today, the Fisheries Department and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism held a ceremony to celebrate Belizean fishers who have made great strides in providing food for the country in a sustainable and ethical way. Here's CRFM's Executive Director, Milton Haughton and And Eleodoro Martinez, one of the awardees, about the importance of sustainable fishing...

Ciao Chester!
He's moving on up to headquarters in Belmopan, and ACP Chester Williams got a proper send off today from his fellow officers at Eastern Division. A ceremony was held at the Raccoon Street Police Station to honor him for his work on the Southside for the past two years. In his farewell speech Williams had a special parting message for the Southside gangs and his colleagues.

Belize's Workforce Uneducated (Mostly)
Last night we told you about the unemployment rate which had increased from eight to nine percent over the last year. But, the labour force has also grown to 164 thousand persons. Yet, only 135 thousand of them have some kind of formal education. Alarmingly, more than half of them only have a primary school education. Here's the breakdown:... Curwen Arthurs - Statistician I, SISB: "Looking at education, about 135,113 persons had some formal level of education. Meaning that they either had completed primary, secondary or tertiary level of education. Of this 135,000 persons, about 52.2% of them in the labor force have completed a primary level of education. 26% secondary level, 21.6% tertiary and the other group comprising of schools like Stella Maris and other schools like these would comprise about 0.2% of the 135,000 persons in the labor force."

Transport Drove Up Inflation
Yesterday's press conference by the Statistical Institute of Belize also presented the latest figures on inflation. As we told you last night it's 1.7% for the first five months of the year. The main driver for that is higher transport costs, while food prices were down. Here's more:... Inflation was highest in Dangriga Town at 2.4% and lowest in Punta Gorda at 0.6%.

Channel 5

Mayor Darrell Bradley Challenged on 'Strip' Enforcement
This morning, business owners and promoters gathered at City Hall to take on Mayor Bradley in open forum, following last week's abrupt decision to enforce noise abatement regulations within the [...]

Trade License Fees to be Standardized
The mayor also announced today that the City Council will be introducing a new trade license regime in the coming days.� According to Mayor Darrell Bradley, the new system will [...]

Losses Can Be Made Up
It is estimated that the municipal government stands to collect one million dollars less; monies which Mayor Bradley says will be realized through other means.� One option to regain those [...]

San Joaquin Rocked by Murder; Suspect on the Run
A villager from San Joaquin, Corozal, this morning lost his life in a horrific way. He was attacked with a machete and chopped to the head.� Twenty one year old [...]

Video Review for Businessman Robbed at Airstrip
On Monday, we told you about the store manager who was robbed over the weekend by two men who lay waited him at the airstrip in Ranchito, Corozal. Today, police [...]

U.S. Frowns on Belize's Human Trafficking Record
Four years ago, Belize ranked among the Tier Two nations in the U.S. State Department's Trafficking in Persons report. This year, we have been named as the worst trafficking offender [...]

Chester Says Goodbye to City; Will He Leave Police Department Too?
ACP Chester Williams formally bid farewell to Belize City this afternoon during an official sendoff organized by his colleagues at Eastern Division South.� The respected top cop assumes a new [...]

Ex-Gangsters Participating in Truce Told to Stay the Course
Williams' departure from Belize City has raised serious concerns about the fate of the existing gang truce which was struck several weeks ago with various rival groups.� Those individuals have [...]

Commercial Center Readied to Become New City Hall
The eyesore in downtown Belize City that is the decrepit commercial center is getting a much-needed makeover in the months ahead.� The long-delayed renovation project has finally been given the [...]

How Businesses Can Survive Natural Disasters
As the first month of the hurricane season comes to a close and families and businesses count the daily cost of other kinds of natural disasters, one of the key [...]

Why Did Cabinet Stop Security Clearance Checks for Nationality?
Immigration Officer Ady Pacheco, as we showed you on Wednesday, was extensively questioned about the process of work at the Department. In the time when she handled permanent residence, she [...]

Immigration Kept in Dark About "Fake" Belizeans
Earlier in this newscast, we told you of the U.S.'s disappointment in how Belize is handling the issue of trafficking in persons. It also came up at the Senate in [...]

A New Way to Finance Green Small Businesses
The majority of businesses are micro, small and medium enterprises, known as MSME's. These businesses help drive the engine of an economy and provide jobs especially at the start-up level. [...]

Sarteneja's Leobihildo Tamai is Fisher of the Year
Recognition was given today to fisher folks for their contribution to the growth of the fishing industry, which directly benefits at least four percent of the population. Three fishermen were [...]

Tourism Board Woos New Visitors
The Belize Tourism Expo organized an online forum today connecting local tourism stakeholders to international agents. The event at the Biltmore Plaza is a cost effective way to attract visitors [...]

Situation Comedy 'Livin Mi Life' Comes to Belizean T.V.
"Livin' Mi Life" - it's a Belizean produced sitcom that's been directed and shot right here in the City. Producer Kim Vasquez, who worked on the well-known "No Matta What" [...]

Why Men Must Get Tested for HIV
On Friday in eight locations across the country and many more across the Caribbean, testing sites will be open for Regional Testing Day. This public/private sector regional collaboration is in [...]


Addy Pacheco says no process for verifying documents was in place
Addy Pacheco was back before the Senate Select Committee today. Last week, she had laid blame for the acceptance of incomplete applications at the feet of her Officer In Charge and others up in the rank and file of the visa application process. She said she was there only to accept applications and ...

Man electrocuted in Placencia
A man was electrocuted in Placencia today. Information is that 32 year old Ralston Williams, a Belizean construction worker of Santa Cruz village, fell from the roof of a two storey building when he was pulling up an aluminum pipe. The pipe apparently touched a high tension wire nearby and electr...

Anthony "Boots" Martinez's scheduled testimony postponed
Minister Anthony 'Boots" Martinez was scheduled to appear before the Senate Select Committee today. Minister Martinez's name was mentioned in the Auditor General's report in relation to his recommendation for the processing of a visa for an Asian national. However, Hon. Martinez was told that his ...

200 passports issued to Pacheco went missing
Addy Pacheco was today's sole witness at the Senate Inquiry. As we have mentioned, Ms. Pacheco featured prominently in the Auditor General's report as the person who signed off on several applications with invalid documents in some instances as well as incomplete documentation in others. Ms. Pacheco...

D.O.E. supports Belize City Mayor's decision on noise abatement regulations
Last week, Belize City Mayor Darrel Bradley issued a memo that the regulations and licenses as they pertain to night club music ceasing at midnight should be enforced. This was in specific response to complaints aired out at consultations with businesses and residents in the area of the B.T.L. park....

Belize is worst human trafficking Offender in Central America
Belize is the worst human trafficking offender in Central America . That is according to the US State Department's 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report. The report, released on Monday June 26th, says that "Belize is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjecte...

Gian Espadas out on bail following for drug trafficking charge
22 year old Gian Espadas was arraigned on charge of drug trafficking on Tuesday . Police arrested Espadas on Monday morning when members of the Mobile Interdiction Team were conducting routine mobile patrol on north side Belize City in the West Landivar area. They stopped a gold Kia spectra which E...

"Boots" says UDP will win Municipals
Yesterday, we shared with you the Leader of the People's United Party's take on the upcoming municipal elections which are some 9 months away. According to the PUP leader, he believes the PUP will have the victory at the polls even though those he has personally canvassed so far have expressed fear...

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The Guardian

Cop caught lying on the ground in full uniform
The police department's Professional Standard Branch is investigating a case of a police constable who was caught on video at the Belmopan bus terminal lying on the ground in a disoriented state. The officer identified as Police Constable Florencio Rash is attached to Precinct 1 in Belize City.

Senate probe sucks half million dollars in expenses
The Guardian Newspaper has confirmed that every single time the Senate Select Committee meets it costs the government a whopping $15,000 per session. We understand that for every meeting Krem Radio is paid a handsome $1,500 per session. Additionally The National Channel is likewise paid $1,500. That is in addition to some $5,000 which is paid to the staff for additional work they put in during the meeting within that includes payments to the staff of the National Assembly as well as staff of the Press Office. Other expenses include security provided by police as well as mileage which is paid to the Senators who attend the meetings. All told each and every meeting is costing the Government of Belize in the region of $15,000 per session.

Microsoft and GOB sign MOU to minimize corruption
Belize's 10 year relationship with Microsoft has recently experienced an additional new feature. On June 22, 2017, the Government of Belize entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the software company, the largest of its kind in the world. Although Belize has always been a Microsoft customer, we have never before been a customer in this light.The latest relationship will serve in reaching the government's National Digital Transformation Goals. The company, through the Central Information and Technology Office (CITO), will develop the country's e-government capacity. According to Angelo Chirico, General Manager of Microsoft Service for Latin America, this partnership will enable government offices to increase efficiency and effectiveness while being practical and economical.

NEMO Minister opens Caribbean and Latin American Workshop for Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises on Continuity of Business and Operations after Disasters
Minister of National Emergency Management Hon Edmond Castro delivered the opening address at a workshop for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the Caribbean and Latin America on continuity of business and operations after disasters, which got underway on Wednesday at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City. The workshop is conducted in compliance with the Work Programme for 2017 approved by the Latin American Council of SELA (Sistema Econ�mico Latinoamericano y del Caribe).

BEL has another record-setting year
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 to report to shareholders on the Company's performance and achievements for the year 2016 as it pursues its Vision to become A Model of Excellence. BEL outperformed its 2016 financial targets, following four consecutive years of stellar performance, with net earnings of $27.3 million. Shareholders were rewarded for their confidence in the Company with dividends declared of $0.29 per share or $20.3 million.

Boats for the Police Department
The Police Department has received a very generous donation from the US Embassy in Belmopan. They now have 3 boats, and these maritime assets will be used by the Anti Narcotics Unit (ANU), which was once known as the Anti-Drug Unit (ADU). It's a donation worth US $449,000, almost a million Belize dollars. These vessels are 3 Colombian boats which were seized by Belizean law enforcement, 2 by the coast guard, and 1 by the Anti-Narcotics Unit. They were then transferred to the US Embassy, and their law enforcement professionals retro-fitted them with state-of-the-art electronic communications and navigational equipment.

PUP does not want Minister Martinez to testify
The latest Senate Hearing on Immigration happened on Wednesday, June 28, where Immigration Officer Ady Pacheco was called back to finish up her testimony. Her name is called out - probably - the most of all the public officers who were working at the Department during the period that is under the Audit review. So, the Senate Select Committee called her back to answer a few more questions, but they also summoned UDP Minister Anthony "Boots" Martinez. He was supposed to give testimony, but for some unexplained reason, the Committee informed him that their schedule had changed. He was dismissed and told that he will be summoned to return at a later date. Of course, the very busy Minister of Government and Area Representative was unhappy that he cancelled all important work he had scheduled, just so that he could comply with the Senate's summons.

DOE says there are laws against noise
In relation to the current debate on the "entertainment strip" in the area of Newtown Barracks in Belize City and the issue of NOISE POLLUTION being experienced for some time now by residents in the surrounding area, the Department of the Environment (DOE) supports the Mayor of Belize City and the Belize City Council in enforcing legislation that exists to ensure that there is a balance between the economic development of Belize and a healthy environment for all. As a Government Department that stands by its motto "Balancing Development and the Environment", the DOE believes in the economic/commercial development of the community, but not at the expense of the very same citizens we are here to develop and protect. This specific area in question has been a challenging location for the DOE on the issue of noise pollution.

EU funds capacity building in the technical vocational education and training (TVET) sector
The Ministry of Economic Development & Petroleum and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports have signed a contract with GFA Consulting Group of Germany for BZ$2.6 million for a TVET Capacity Building and Professional Development Training Programme. The GFA Team has mobilized to Belize to begin the inception phase of this 18-month contract with their partners, Sequa of Germany and the University of the West Indies. This Training Contract, funded by the European Union under the Banana Accompanying Measures 2013, has as its objective to increase the capacity of TVET Management and Instructors in the northern Toledo and Stann Creek Districts to deliver quality training to students.

FFB fails to have presidential elections
The Football Federation of Belize could not hold its 10th ordinary congress over the weekend because majority of the congress members protested and refused to show up. So, at press time tonight, the FFB continues to be governed by an executive that is forced to carry on with the business of the richest sporting federation in the land. There were two important agenda items which couldn't be addressed. First, the Congress was supposed to elect a new executive to run the Federation for the next 4 years. Also, the Federation needed its budget funding approved by the congress members to run its functions, but because the congress had to be canceled, there is now uncertainty about funding to carry out its business.

Students graduate from GREAT in San Ignacio
The San Ignacio (Police) Formation held a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 for the largest cohort of students completing the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program. According to Richard A. Rosado, Officer in Charge of the San Ignacio Police Formation, this is a testament to the formation's commitment to the expansion of the Commissioner of Police's community outreach programs. A total of seven hundred and fifty (750) students completed the training.

BDF graduates helicopter pilots
The Belize Defence Force (BDF) will hold a Graduation Ceremony to honour four (04) Pilots and thirteen (13) Technicians who have successfully completed a Helicopter Conversion Training. The Graduation Ceremony will take place on the 30 June 2017 at the Belize Defence Force Air Wing Base, Williamson Hanger Complex, commencing at 0900 hrs. The Helicopter Conversion training started on the 11 July 2016 and concluded on 26 June 2017 and covered a wide range of helicopter related subjects and practical exercises.

Northern Regional Hospital has two new operating theaters
The Northern Regional Hospital now has a fully functioning operating theater following investments made by the Government of Belize through the ministry of health. The opening ceremonies took place on Tuesday in Orange Walk and present for the event were Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin, his minister of State, Hon. Angel Campos and Area Representative for Orange Walk North, Hon. Gaspar Vega.

The gallant and the few honored in Belmopan last week
Over 280 police officers of varying ranks were recognized in an award ceremony at the National Police Training Academy in Belmopan on Thursday of last week. It was an opportunity for members of the public and the media to witness the rewarding of police officers for their long service, good conduct, merit and distinguished service during the observance of Police Week. In his address, Assistant Commissioner of Police Robert Mariano congratulated the distinguished police officers for their "�long years of commitment, dedication and loyalty to the Belize Police Department and to the citizens and visitors of Belize."

Freak storm descends on San Ignacio
A freak storm descended upon San Ignacio Town and Bullet Tree Falls for about two hours at about midday on Saturday inundating several streets and clogging drains in the surrounding areas. For a temporary period portions of the access road to Bullet Tree Falls had become covered by water. As a result of the surprise storm, Minister of the National Emergency Management Organization NEMO the Hon. Edmund Castro was prompted to make a quick visit to the area to meet with the Representative for the Cayo North Division the Hon. Omar Figueroa and the Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena Earl Trapp Junior. The Hon. Edmund Castro was also able to communicate with the Cayo Central Representative the Hon. Rene Montero, who is also the Minister of Works. Al Westby was on the ground coordinating Government's emergency response to those affected by the harbinger weather conditions.

Sugar Crop Season Closes
The 2016 - 2017 Sugar cane crop season comes to an end this week. The Belize Sugar Industries has indicated that it will receive its last delivery of sugarcane for this crop season on Friday June 30. After 28 weeks of grinding BSI's grinders are expected to go into their annual slumber by Sunday or early next week. The weekly report issued on the June 21 by The Belize Sugar Industries indicate that at week 27 (last week) the amount of cane milled so far stands at 1,237,818 tons which are 50,886 less than last year's crop which stood at 1,288,704 tons of sugar cane. The amount of sugar produced last year was 132,113 tons while this year it stands at 139,962 tons an increase of 7,849 tons. The factory's grinding rate for this crop season has been 6,315 tons while last year it ended with 6,575 tons a decrease of 260 which according to the industry is as a result of bad weather.

24 Belizean students accepted for 2017 Taiwan scholarships
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is pleased to announce that 24 Belizean students have been awarded scholarships respectively by the TaiwanICDF (Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund) Scholarship Program and the Taiwan Scholarship Program 2017. Both scholarship programs provides every scholarship recipient a round trip economy class ticket, accommodations, tuition fees, credit fees, insurance, textbook costs, and a monthly allowance from US$400 to US$950 depending on what subject is pursued. The scholarships will last for a maximum of 5 years for each and every recipient.

Toxic People
Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people's buttons. As important as it is to learn how to deal with different kinds of people, truly toxic people will never be worth your time and energy-and they take a lot of each. Toxic people create unnecessary complexity, strife, and, worst of all, stress.

Minister of Transport discusses cooperation with Singapore delegation
Minister of Transport Hon. Edmond Castro headed a team from his Ministry which met this On June 22 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.

New clock at entrance of Belmopan
In the first quarter of 2016 work commenced on the construction of three roundabouts in the City of Belmopan; one is located at the Guanacaste National Park, the other at the intersection of the Hummingbird highway and Forest Drive and the third is near to the Belmopan Hospital. All of these roundabouts came under the Road Safety Project and two of those have been complete. The roundabout at the Guanacaste National Park prominently features a flag at the center with the names of all the districts in the circumference. It also has water jets in the center which at night is illuminated with multi-colored lights. It is quite a sight to behold and a true indication of the progress that the capital city has undergone in the past few years.

Bail for Gian Espadas for drug trafficking
A 22-year-old student of the University of Belize was busted with 12 pounds of cannabis and was arraigned in court on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. He was read a single charge of drug trafficking before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser after a night of lock down. He is Gian Carlo Espadas who was intercepted by MIT personnel.

Freddy Blanco receives major deduction on manslaughter case
On June 23, 2017, a young man from August Pine Ridge who pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter before Justice Herbert Lord was initially sentenced to 17 years in prison. At mitigation, he received a deduction and was finally sentenced to 9 years and 3 months for the murder. That man is Freddy Amir Blanco who committed the crime on September 20, 2011, while he was still a minor. Blanco murdered his married lover when they got into an argument over smoking marijuana.

Burglars make off with gun
Nidia Dominquez, a 58-year-old Belizean businesswoman of Rhamdas Street, Belama Phase 3, Belize City, reported that sometime between the hours of 6:25 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. on Monday June 26, 2017 her home was broken into. As a result of the burglary stolen were: assorted jewelleries, electronic devices, travel suitcases, a 9mm Glock along with 2 (17) shooter magazines, a box of Ruger brand 9mm live rounds of ammunition, assorted flashlights, and earmuffs. The items were estimated all to a total value of $12,355.00. Police investigations continue.

Byron James brought to court for harm to Anita Nembhard
After four months of delay, police have levied a single charge of harm against Byron James, a 31-year-old prisoner who has been previously convicted for the murder of Frank Vasquez earlier in 2017. James was brought before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith on Friday, June 23, 2017. In court, where he was unrepresented, James pleaded not guilty to the charge of harm.

Police seek second suspect in murder of 90 year old
Police have issued a wanted poster for 26-year-old Amin Ricardo Cho. He is wanted in connection with the chopping death of 90 year old Pedro Pol who was attacked on June 15th at his shop in the village of August Pine Ridge. On that day Pol was at his shop sometime around 2p.m. when two men of Hispanic descent entered the shop, tied him up and robbed him. The men who were armed with machetes also chopped Pol multiple times to the head and face as well as his entire body causing him to die.

Drug trafficking in Corozal
On June 26, 2017, police were conducting mobile patrols in Corozal Town and followed a green Toyota Corolla taxi where they saw two male persons exit at a restaurant. The taxi then left the area and parked at 8th Avenue where police conducted a search of the taxi. In the taxi at the time of the search were Marlon Beltran, Belizean Taxi Driver of San Antonio Village, Corozal District and 29-year-old Gino Ayuso, Belizean sales clerk of Paraiso Village.

Jermaine Franklin's murder caught on tape
On June 27, 2017, police responded to shots being fired on Kings Street, in front of Teddy's Music and DVD Rental in Belize City. There they saw the body of 36-year-old Jermaine Franklin of Fabers Road, Extension lying on the pavement with gunshot wounds to the back. Investigations reveal that at 6:25 p.m., Franklin was inside the store when a male person walked inside and fired several shots at him. Police response led to the detention of the person who is believed to have been the perpetrator. Franklin's body was transported to the K.H.M.H.

Jahleel Goodger on remand for stealing vehicle from Sit and Sip
Jahleel Goodger, a 21-year-old Belize City car washer, is on remand after being denied bail after he was caught red handed stealing a woman's $17,000 2008 Saturn Vue motor vehicle from in front of Sit and Sip Bar in Belize City. The vehicle which remains unfound was the property of Linda Tun and was stolen on Sunday, June 24 2017. Tun reported her vehicle stolen after she lost the key. Tun claims to have taken out the car battery and went to Sit and Sip bar when she saw her vehicle being stolen by a man who took a battery and placed it into her vehicle then drove off with it.

Akeem Guzman targeted in San Ignacio
Akeem Guzman, a 21 year-old resident of San Ignacio Town, was shot and killed at a friend's house during the weekend. He was socializing with a 16 year-old companion in his yard, and the killer used the opportunity to ambush him from the shadows. Guzman's brother and his mother recounted to the press that the last time they spoke to him was less than 2 hours before he was shot and killed. They say that he was over at their home, and his mother reportedly told him that it was getting late, and that he should be heading to his house.

Shandoy Jeffords found not guilty for attempted murder of prison mate
Shandoy Jeffords, a 32-year-old ex-inmate at the Belize Central Prison, has managed to beat an attempted murder charge after he tried to slit the throat of his prison mate, 30-year-old Pedro Pech in June 2013. Allegations are that on June 18, 2013, Jeffords cut Pech's throat with a razor in the recreational hall of Tango 11 at the Belize Central Prison. The incident erupted after Pech was given cash to hand over to Jeffords by Jeffords' brother. Pech never handed the money over to Jeffords. The men had it out because of their differences and it was then that Pech was injured. A doctor had classified his injury as wounding.

Man from Unitedville succumbs to injuries from accident
A man from Unitedville in Cayo was fatally injured in a traffic accident on Friday. Forty one year old Kenrick Anthony Myvette received multiple head and body injuries after being flung from a motorcycle near Running W on the George Price Highway. This was as a result of hitting a vehicle coming in the opposite direction, driven at the time by Elvin Penner, a Public Relations Representative at Koop Sheet Metal.

Arson in Punta Gorda
Clarentina Coc, a 23-year-old woman of Graham Creek Village, Toledo, reported on June 21, 2027 that on June 17, 2017 while she was at home she heard a noise outside and upon checking she saw a man she recognize as a villager from Graham Creek Village Toledo setting her thatched roof on fire. Her house was 30 feet in length and 15 feet in width with board siding. The house was completely destroyed by fire along with household items valued at $11,000.00. Police are investigating.

Purse snatcher caught in the act
A thief was caught red handed by an ex-police officer who saw him snatching a woman's purse.The purse snatcher has been identified as 22-year-old Renick Dominguez, an unemployed resident of Biscayne Village.Dominguez appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser where he was unrepresented and pleaded not guilty to the charge of theft. Allegations are that on Monday, June 26, 2017, he stole from Alisha Chan, an LG cell phone valued at $600. Chan was waking on Freetown when Dominguez grabbed her cellphone. An ex-police officer saw the entire incident and caught up with Dominguez who held him down until police officers came and Dominguez was handed over.

54 thousand dollar robbery in Corozal
A 34-year-old Indian national and store manager of Corozal Town, Avinash Deshmukh, reported that on Friday, 23rd June, 2017, he flew from Ranchito Village to San Pedro Town leaving his silver 4-Runner parked in the parking lot. The flight arrived in San Pedro where he collected whole sale and retail proceeds from his store amounting to a total of about $54,000.00.

Salvadoran woman fails to get asylum in Belize
A Salvadoran mother whose son got caught up in trouble with the law for having weed in his possession was brought before the court on June 28, 2017 to answer to a single charge of failure to comply with the conditions of her visitors permit. That woman is Maria Concepcion who has been living on Holy Emmanuel Street. Concepcion came to seek asylum but allegations are that on December 5, 2016, she was issued with a notification letter stating that she did not qualify for asylum and from that date, she had failed to get any other extension into Belize. As a result, she was charged with the immigration offense.

Salvadoran Family sent home for drugs and no papers
A family of 4 Salvadoran immigrants were all dragged to court after 1.6 grams of cannabis and a utensil used for smoking drugs was found at their Holy Emmanuel Street home in Belize City. The family members will be extradited to their country of origin after their unfortunate run in with the law. The family was arraigned on June 27, 2017 before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser after being in police custody since June 24, 2017. The persons are 18-year-old Santos Emilio Orellana Valdez, his mother 39-year-old Maria Concepcion Valdez, and her two brothers, 18-year-old Moises Elias Gomez Valdez and 19-year-old Ceasar Gamaliel Gomez Valdez. They were read two criminal offenses before the magistrate.

Burglary in San Pedro
On June 22, 2017, 51-year-old Fernando Giacoman, owner of Coco Cabana Restaurant and Bar in 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.

One Love captures Allison "Harrier" Laing Basketball Tournament
Sugar City Hoops sponsored the Allison "Harrier" Laing one day Basketball Tournament on Sunday 25th June, out at the Trial Farm Basketball Court in Orange Walk. Seven teams participated in the one day event. One Love received $300 cash plus the championship trophy while Truckers received $200 plus the second place trophy. The Allison "Harrier" Laing One Day Tournament 2017 was a success. Thanks to all the teams that participated and thanks to BABO for officiating. Congratulations to the champions One Love. 2nd place went to Truckers from Belize City.

Edgar Nissan Arana is the 2017 National Road Champion
The Cycling Federation of Belize held its National Road Championship on Sunday 25th June, 2017, in three categories namely Elite, U-23, Masters; Female and the Junior and Youths. In the Elite, U-23 and Masters Category, some 28 cyclists signed up to participate in the event but on race day only 21 cyclists stared the course with only 13 cyclists completed the 105 miles event, which started out in Dangriga Town and concluded at Leslie's Imports at 1.5 miles on the George Price Highway. At the conclusion of the event, Edgar Nissan Arana of Westrac Alliance Cycling Team rode into the history books, when he was the first rider to cross the finish line in a time of 4:26:05 to capture the 2017 National Road Championship. Arana was followed by Brandon Cattouse of Smart/CRay Western Spirit Cycling Team in a time of 4:33:10 to claim second place. The third rider to cross the finish line was Ron Vasquez also of Smart/CRay Western Spirit Cycling Team.

Belize District Basketball Association Firms' Competition opens
The Belize District Basketball Association 2017 Firms' Competition opened on Friday 23rd June, at the St. Martin de Porres Swift Hall in Belize City. There are nine (9) teams participating in this year's competition- Belize Bank Bulldogs, Belize Telemedia Ltd., Central Health Department/Fire Service, Dragons, The Kings, Grace Kings, INFOTEL/Mars Distributors, Mayan Man Warriors and Tuff e Nuff. The competition will continue this coming weekend with four more games on the schedule. On Friday 30th June at 7:00 pm in game one, INFOTEL/Mars Distributors will go up against The Kings and in the night cap Grace Kings will see actions against Tuff e Nuff. On Saturday 1st July at 7:00 pm. Belize Bank Bulldogs will go up against Central Health Department/Fire Service and in the final game of the evening; it will be BTL against Dragons.

Silk Grass Royale Girlz clip Seine Bight Flame in Stann Creek Softball competition
The Stann Creek Softball Competition continued on Sunday 25th June, 2017, at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence Village with two games. In the first game played, Silk Grass Royale Girlz edged out Seine Bight Flames in extra inning by the score of 12-11 to win the game. Seine Bight Flames led for most part of the game, when in the bottom of the fifth inning an assortment of fielding errors opened the flood gate that allowed the Silk Grass Royale Girlz to tie the score at 5-5. At the end of 7 innings the score was 11-11 and the Tiebreaker Rule had to come into effect in the top of the 8th inning.

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Belize Represented at XLIX Summit in Costa Rica
According to a Government of Belize press release, Belize attended the XLIX Summit of Heads of Government and State of the Central American Integration System (SICA) in Costa Rica from June 28th-30th, 2017. The release says that Central American leaders met to discuss regional cooperation, security, and the continued strengthening of regional integration.

Festival of Hope to be celebrated in Belize City
On Saturday, July 22, 2017 thousands of people from across the nation of Belize will gather together in Belize City for a historic day of music concerts, X-tream sports, fun, games, and a message about the hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.

NICH hosts Belize Archaeology Symposium in San Ignacio
The 15th installment of the Belize Archaeology Symposium (BAS) is being held from June 28 ‐ 30, 2017 in San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize. The primary objective of the symposium is to disseminate current archaeological information to the people of Belize, the tourism industry, and the general archaeological community.

European Union funds capacity building in TVET sector
The Ministry of Economic Development & Petroleum and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports have signed a contract with GFA Consulting Group of Germany for BZ$2.6 million for a TVET Capacity Building and Professional Development Training Programme.

How to build a bridge- UDP engineering vs PUP Racketeering
By Delroy Cuthkelvin: The PUP and UDP are as different as night and day, and one thing that bears this out most graphically is infrastructure. Look, for example, at the spanking new, sturdy Cayo Bridge across the Macal River built by this UDP Government (top photo) which [�]

Belize gets another black eye for trafficking in persons
The 2017 US State Department report on Trafficking in Persons is out. The report indicates that again Belize is ranked in the lowest tier three because, "The Government of Belize does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is [�]

Notice: Noise abatement regulations
In relation to the current debate on the "entertainment strip" in the area of Newtown Barracks in Belize City and the issue of NOISE POLLUTION being experienced for some time now by residents in the surrounding area, the Department of the Environment (DOE) supports [�]

Michelle Nunez to represent Belize for Costa Maya Crown 2017
The National Director for Miss America Latina Belize, Michael Arnold announced Michelle Estrella Nu�ez as Miss Belize Costa Maya 2017. Nunez is from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and aims to become the first San Pedrana to capture the Costa Maya crown. The 26 year-old, [�]

Coast guard officer graduates with top honors from US Naval War College
Lieutenant Gregory Soberanis of the Belize Coast Guard (BCG) graduated from the United States Naval War College on June, 16th 2017, after successfully completing the Naval Staff Course in Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.A. Soberanis, who is the first Belizean to attend the one-year version [�]

Drunken police officer appears before tribunal
A video footage gone viral on social media this week captured PC Florencio Rash in an inebriated fashion at the Belmopan bus station. Yesterday police confirmed that he was under the influence of alcohol. Belmopan Police have headed disciplinary actions against him which have [�]

Mayor Bradley hosts press briefing
Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley, called a press briefing this morning to address several issues affecting Belize City, including trade license reforms, the renovation of the.commercial center and the ongoing discussion about night clubs on Princess Margaret Drive. Bradley exaplained that the new trade [�]

Caye Caulker Lobster Fest 2017 kicks off this weekend
Belizeans and tourists are heading over to Caye Caulker for the annual Lobster festival. First began on July 1994 by the Islanders Veterans Football Club, the Caye Caulker Lobsterfest is the original Lobster Fest of Belize, and the only festival on Caye Caulker Island. [�]

No agreement yet for new San Ignacio/Santa Elena bridge
The new bridge connecting the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena is almost completed. Chairman of the United Democratic Party, Alberto August had indicated on social media that the bridge will be named, "The Rene Montero Bridge", but government has not issued [�]

GDP up for first quarter
Preliminary estimates from the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) show that Belize Gross Domestic Product for the first quarter of 2017 was up by 2.1 percent, when compared to first quarter in 2016. The total value of goods and services produced in Belize was [�]

Imports down a little, exports up a lot in May
Belize's expenditures on imports fell by 4.2 percent for the month of May, while revenues from exports were up by 28.9 percent, according to the Statistical Institute of Belize's (SIB) latest External Trade Bulletin. For the month of May 2017, imports were valued at [�]

Cost of living up in May
Continuing the trend since the beginning of 2017, the cost of living in Belize was higher in the month of May than it was in 2016. According to the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), the prices of goods and services regularly purchased by Belizean [�]

Man chopped to death in Corozal
According to police reports, Omar Morales Gonzalez, 21, a Salvadoran living in Belize was murdered in San Joaquin, Corozal. Gonzalez was chopped to the neck. The perpetrator also chopped Doniver Armoldo Ruano, 20, also of San Joaquin Village. Ruano received chop wounds to right [�]


Getting to Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker: Taking the Water Taxi after You Arrive at International Airport
There are two water taxi companies that are located within minutes of each other but one has more departures than the other. That makes it much more convenient. Check the website for San Pedro Belize Express for times and prices. You do not have to buy tickets before hand - you can buy them right at the water taxi terminal. LONG NOTE: You may notice that people around you are getting different prices. The water taxis in Belize often have "local" and "visitor"/"tourist" pricing. Many bristle at the thought of it! But before you balk and think you got ripped off by "gringo pricing", let me tell you why I think this is TOTALLY fair almost all of the time. The water taxis are how locals get from the cayes to the mainland for business, for school, for shopping and to visit family. Though privately owned, it is basically public transportation. (There is no public transportation in Belize in the true sense of the word - all boats, buses and flights are privately owned.)

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New Research Finds Air Pollution is Far Deadlier than Previously Thought
The U.S. standards for our two deadliest air pollutants--ground-level ozone and fine particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5 )--are not stringent enough to prevent thousands of premature air pollution deaths each year among the elderly, found a study by Harvard University scientists, led by Qian Di, released Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The research was exceptionally vast and lengthy, covering all 61 million Americans on Medicare, age 65 and older, for the thirteen years from 2000 to 2012. The EPA's National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) sets the acceptable annual average concentration of PM2.5 pollution at 12 micrograms per cubic meter of air. However, the study discovered that PM2.5 concentrations as low as 5 micrograms per cubic meter caused significantly increased death rates, and found no "safe" level of PM2.5 below which the risk of death tapered off.


  • Sacred Heart Junior College Student Video, min. Christopher Witz, with the help of some of his friends, has created a wonderful promo video for SHJC. High level of production, and it shows. It also has a great message about family and foundation, which is SHJC's tagline. Now's the time to register for next semester, and find out about scholarships, of which there are many.

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