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The San Pedro Sun

Belmopan Bandits win Quadrangular Football Tournament
Belmopan Bandits were crowned champions of a Quadrangular Football Tournament held on San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye on Sunday, July 16th. The football marathon took place at the Ambergris Stadium, and saw the participation of three other major teams from the island including San Pedro Pirates FC, Los Catrachos FC and United FC. Shortly after 3PM, the marathon’s first game featured Los Catrachos FC and United FC. Catrachos dominated the game from the start, leaving United F.C with minimal options to score any goals. At the end of a 60-minute game, the final score was 3-0 in favour of Los Catrachos. With the win, Los Catrachos FC advanced to the championship round of the competition.

Taiwan grants Belizeans visa-free entry
On Wednesday, July 12th, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that nationals of its 11 diplomatic allies within the Caribbean and Latin American will no longer need visas to travel to the Republic of China (Taiwan). Belize, along with the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, the Grenadines, and Nevis are allowed a maximum visa-free stay of up to 30 days in Taiwan. On the other hand, nationals of Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Haiti as well as Paraguay are allowed to stay 90 days without a visa.

Over $25K raised for Hope Haven Children’s Home
The tragic death of 13-year-old Faye Lin Cannon has emphasized the urgency to complete the island’s first children’s home; Hope Haven. As such, island residents, along with members of the Non-Profit-Organization Raise Me Up held events on Friday, July 14th and Saturday, July 15th to gather much needed funds for the construction of Hope Haven. Currently under construction, the shelter is located on Lion Street, across from Maya Island Air. Once completed it, will assist victimized children and women on Ambergris Caye. The fundraising events were quite successful, having raised a total of $25,515 that will go towards the completion of the much needed shelter.

Coral Reef Ed-Ventures hold its 18th graduation
The annual Coral Reef Ed-Venture Summer Camp came to a close on Thursday, July 13th, with a special graduation ceremony, recognizing 47 children. The graduates were named Coral Reef Experts after attending the event from June 26th to July 13th. Coral Reef Ed- Ventures has been in existence over 18 years and is organized by students from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts USA, with assistance from Hol Chan Marine Reserve on Ambergris Caye. The participants are separated in two groups. Juniors, aged 6-12, and advanced, aged 12-18. During the camp, children learned about ecologic conservation and the Belize Barrier Reef.

Action Twenty 24 holds interactive summer camp
Action Twenty 24 hosted its fifth annual, one-week summer camp from Monday, July 10th to Friday, July 14th. In collaboration with the Hell Fighters Organization, the camp hosted over 70 children ages 6-13 each day at New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist Primary School, and the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. This year, a total of 20 camp volunteers from the United States of America dedicated their time to run the program.

Ambergris Today

Community Reels In Funds For Island Children’s Home
After the tragic death of Faye Lin Cannon in the community of San Pedro, residents became more aware of the importance of the children’s home that is currently being constructed on Ambergris Caye. Over the weekend Raise Me Up held a couple fundraising efforts in order to successfully complete the Hope Haven Children’s Home. On Friday, July 14, a radiothon, dollar dive and food sale managed to raise a total of $19,000 with the assistance of the businesses and community support. The dollar drive continued on Saturday with food and pastry sales at the San Pedro Lions Den. At the end of the day an additional $6,515 was raised. With the help of volunteers who spend both days arduously encouraging the entire community to donate a grand total of $ 25,515 was raised towards the children’s home.

Belize Discusses Plans For New National Bus Terminal In Belize City
On July 12, 2017, Minister of Transport Hon Edmond Castro met with Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) General Manager Ms. Christy Mastry, and Mr. Marcel Ham of IMG Rebel, the Public Private Partnership consultant to the GOB, to discuss plans for a new National Bus Terminal in Belize City. The new National Bus Terminal, to be constructed as part of the Lake Independence Master Plan, now endorsed by Cabinet, will be one of the first projects to anchor the new development area. The project is now being envisioned as a public-private sector partnership with the potential for not only national and regional bus line servicing, but also expanded auxiliary commercial, retail and depot services, as well as connectivity to the local public transportation network.

Belize To Establishment National Standard Vehicle Registration & Drivers Licensing System
On Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in Belmopan City, Minister of Transport Hon Edmond Castro headed a team which met with consultants from Taiwan and Belize’s Central Information Technology Office (CITO) for discussions on the establishment of a new nationwide vehicle registration and driver’s licensing system utilizing one national database, with one standard license format and protocol. This is in accordance with a memorandum of understanding signed a month ago in which Taiwan committed assistance for the US $2.8 Million project through its International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF).

Misc Belizean Sources

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USA requires additional security measures at airport
Air Travellers departing the Phillip S.W. International Airport en route to destinations in the United States of America are advised that effective Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in compliance with US security requirements, additional security measures will be implemented on outbound passengers flying from Belize to the U.S. Travellers are advised to check with their air carrier and be at the Airport at least 2 hours prior to departure to avoid delays or possible missed flights.

Splashers
Sign up for this weeks paint party at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar

Celebrate Sharks and Rays at the Belize Zoo!
Tuesday, July 25 at 10 AM - 3 PM. Join MArAlliance and the Belize Zoo for a celebration and fun educational event of sharks and rays, the jaguars and harpy eagles of the sea. With hands on science, activities, talks, videos and give-aways, we look forward to introducing you to the wonderful world of sharks.

Sympathy vs Empathy
Quite a number of care givers Are client sympathizers A detrimental mixture That makes them enablers Making it difficult to curbe behaviors Youth are dying for structure Yet adult care givers don’t have it together so they help create monsters

Belize Diabetes Association of New York Made Annual Foot Care Mission to Belize
The Belize Diabetes Association of New York (BDANY) made its annual Foot Care Mission to Belize from July 3rd to 9th, 2017. This year’s mission brought 14 volunteers of which seven were members of the BDANY and seven were medical personnel comprising of a surgeon and registered nurses, with emphasis in foot care, and a diabetic educator. The mission provided screening and treatment to over 300 people in Belize City and Dangriga and educated over 50 nurses and doctors. Dr. Steven Wells, Chief Executive Officer of the Diabetic Foot Center Group, was even able to save a young man from losing a limb.

Belizean Successfully Completes World Customs Organization Career Development Program
Japan Career Development Programme came to a close on Friday, July 14th, 2017 at the WCO Headquarters, where 10 Customs officials from around the globe graduated from the program. For the first time in history a Belizean Customs Officer, Ms. Therese Martinez, graduated from the 10-month program based in Brussels. Ms. Martinez dedicated her time at the WCO specializing in Facilitation as a Professional Associate under the Compliance and Facilitation Directorate. She participated in four WCO missions abroad which included trips to Pakistan, Nigeria, Guatemala, and the Netherlands. Ms. Martinez presented a final paper on the themes of trade facilitation and security to the Secretary General of the WCO Dr. Kunio Mikuriya.

Belizean Children will Participate in CODICADER Under 15 Games
The National Sports Council would like to inform the public that Belize will be participating in the upcoming CODICADER Under 15 Games scheduled to be held in Honduras from August 20-26, 2017. The President of CODICADER Licenciado Gerardo A. Fajardo Fernandez today sent an official invitation to Belize to participate in these upcoming games. Belize had contacted the CODICADER President to request consideration for Belizean children to continue to participate in the CODICADER Games, even though Belize is unable to host the Disability Games (ages 16 to 19) previously slated for October 2017.

Ms. Joyce Cano passes away
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its sincere condolences to the Henkis and Cano family on the passing of Ms. Joyce Cano. May her soul rest in peace.

Vacancy at BELTRAIDE – Business Advisor
Vacancy exists at Belize Trade and Investment Development Service for the post of Business Advisor. Kindly see the attached vacancy notice below and, if interested, apply no later than Friday, July 28th, 2017 at 5 p.m.

GOB's Controlled Fuel Pump Prices (Belize City)
Effective Date: Wednesday, 19th July 2017

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Sites
This past Saturday, visitors got a chance to experience these spectacular sites, first-hand with BAS! The Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye Natural Monuments are a part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site. Both sites are co-managed by the Belize Audubon Society. It all started with the boobies! Located 55 miles east of Belize City, Half Moon Caye Natural Monument is infamously home to the Red-footed Booby Bird. Gazetted in 1928, HMCNM is not only Belize's oldest site for wildlife protection, but also the first designated protected area in Belize since 1982. A few miles away lies the Blue Hole Natural Monument, a fascinating geological formation adorned with coral and cave formations. The tranquil abyss measures 1,000 feet across and approximately 450 feet deep.

4th Annual COLORS BEACH FESTIVAL
Saturday July 29th At The Corozal Rainbow Beach!!! Gates Open At 3pm - 2am Musical Entertainment By: DJ Odyssey - DJ Jago - No Fear DJs - DJ Smallz - Aktion One Sound - Shuga Vybz Sound - DJ Gilla - Unruly Kings Sound - Dehydration Sound Live Performance By The One And Only "STiG Da Artist" Pre sold Tickets For $15 (Contact 621-1835) More At The Gate!

Job Vacancy: Caye Caulker Traffic Warden
Notice: application has been extended to July 21st 2017.

Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College - Coroza
• On July 25, 2017, students will be able to view reports online if they have clearance from finance. If not arrangements will need to be made with the Dean. • Registration for Semesters 1& 3 will be done online from August 7-9, 2017. Payment at Scotiabank Orange Walk or Corozal can be done from August 8-10, 2017. The bank will not accept payment before nor after the assigned dates.

Summer Program ended with a field trip to the Zoo and the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary!
A big thank you to Social Security Board for making the field trip a reality. To Saint Francis Xavier Credit Union, Thunderbolt, Atlantic Bank and The Belize Bank for making this year's summer program a big success!

Fill a Backpack 2017
The 2017 Fill a Backpack school supply drive has started. If you can donate any school supplies towards the effort, contact the Rotaract Club of Benque at 634-8872.! "Do you want to help kids to get their school supplies and get ready for this upcoming school year? Then contact us and find out on ways you can help!"

New CAYO Mural
Cayo has another great, new mural now! 7 Galen University, Belize students painted it over the last week. It's on West street, on the wall behind the BTL building. It definitely makes some statements: Community is important. Education is the key. Protect the reef from drilling. and... Together we Stand, Divided we Fall. Galen has some great pictures from the christening. "The grand unveiling! Excellent Job to our students from our ART-480: Mural Art class! We're so proud of you! Special thanks to course instructor Fernando Cruz for enlightening our Eagles, bringing them to appreciate the wonders of art and especially inspiring them to bring their ideas to life! Hats off to you!"

TEDxBelmopan 2017 Announcement
The TEDXBelmopan crew have announced the date for the 2017 talk: Saturday, September 30th. http://tedxbelmopan.com/

Belmopan Saturday Market Opening
The Belmopan Saturday market will be moving to the National Agriculture and Trade Fairgrounds starting on Saturday, July 29th. Contact the Department of Agriculture for more information. "Reserve your space or mark in your calendar! We look forward to seeing you there!"

Camp Basil Jones
Green Reef in collaboration with the San Pedro House of Culture (NICH), Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and the Department of Youth Services for the fourth consecutive year will undertake a four week summer camp at Camp Basil Jones on North Ambergris Caye adjacent to the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve. The summer youth camp programme aims to promote conservation and preservation of the Belize Barrier Reef as we work towards youth empowerment in Belize. The Summer Camp gives young people in rural communities and inner city youths an opportunity to experience and learn about Belize’s natural resource.

Movie Night for Hope: Wonder Woman
ALL OF THE PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HOPE HAVEN CHILDREN'S SHELTER.. Please come out and support a good cause! Help us spread the word by sharing this event and tagging people who may be interested! Thursday, July 20 at 7 PM, Paradise Theatre in San Pedro. We have heard amazing things about the new movie Wonder Woman, and following the theme of women in power, Paradise Theater has graciously proposed that we have a special movie night to benefit Hope Haven! Thursday, July 20, we invite you to a viewing party of "Wonder Woman". Normally $10 per adult ticket and $8 for children's tickets, this will be a donation-based price. Whatever you can afford to donate (whether it's a dollar or whether it's a hundred; up to you), Paradise Theater will be donating ALL (yes, 100%!) ticket sales to the Hope Haven project. This is the perfect opportunity to invite friends and family in our community who may normally not be able to attend the theater, so please do so!

This Day in History
July 18th, 1828, His Majesty's sloop "Kangaroo", Anthony de Mayne, Esq. Commander, with the Cutter " Chatham", arrived in the Harbour of Belize for the express purpose of surveying the Coast and adjacent Keys, occupied by the British, by orders of Government.

Belizean Patriot: Cleopatra White
Cleopatra Eugenie White was born on 28th June 1898 in British Honduras to Joseph and Maria White. She was a social worker and community leader. She was the second matron of the Black Cross Nurses Association (The first was Nurse Seay) She was one of the first formally trained nurses in Belize and was the first rural health practitioner in Gales Point and the Manatee River area of Belize. She also organized the first village council in the country, in Gales Point, recognizing the need for managing village affairs, especially in the case of hurricanes. Her model was replicated throughout Belize, and she is credited with the idea for the present village council system. She served in the relief efforts of the 1931 hurricane, Hurricane Janet (1955) and Hurricane Hattie (1961). She received a Victoria Medal in 1953 for her services from the British crown and in 1958, went to England to accept the medal of Member of the Order of the British Empire.

Belizean Patriot: Leigh Richardson
Leigh Richardson (26 April 1924 – 27 October 2008) was a Honduran-born Belizean politician. He moved with his parents to Belize at the age of five. Richardson served as the leader of the People's United Party in the 1950s, and also as mayor of Belize City. A leader in Belize's independence movement, he was imprisoned in 1951 along with Philip Goldson for charges of sedition brought against them by the British colonial authorities. Richardson was a founding member of the People's United Party and was elected as its second leader. He led the PUP to its first major political victory in 1954. After George Cadle Price's successful takeover of the PUP in 1956, along with Goldson and others Richardson broke with the party and formed the Honduran Independence Party, which later merged with the National Party to create the National Independence Party (NIP).

Old Carriage House
Another building on the Government House Property that will get a facelift and renewed life will be the old Carriage House. The Carriage House is as old as the Government House and it was a building where the Governors kept their mode of transportation from a horse and cairiage to an Austin Princess. The upper floor was used as a maid's quarters. It is proposed that this building will be converted into a Cafe / Small Resturant. Directly next to the Cafe, in front of the Governor's House along Regents Street, will be a small sitting area that will be referred to as a pocket park. In this area, visitors will be able to take a short rest while enjoying a cold beverage as they absorb the ambience of this historic area.

Ancient World Week
Today's discussions are on the Santa Rita Murals with Mr. Graham Sampson and the relationships between Santa Rita, Cerro Maya and Aventura by Dr. Cynthia Robin of Northwestern University.


Caribbean Kings Will be playing at the Costa Maya Festival after party! On Thursday, August 3rd! Sting Da Artist will be playing on Saturday August 5th.

Channel 7

Friend Stabs and Kills Friend Over Petty Dispute
A city man was stabbed to death by his friend in his apartment. Last night after 6:00, 31 year old Phillip Samuels was hanging out with a group of friends at the Southside Villas Apartment building on Boots Crescent. Things took a turn for the worst when Samuels' friend Cecil Gill assaulted a woman. Samuels stepped in and Gill stabbed him to the chest. Courtney Weatherburne has more on the thread of misunderstandings that led to murder. Voice of: Resident: "He was a nice person, once he sees you on the street he will greet you, smile at you, hang out, take his little drink to time, greet the baby around the lane, I didn't know him as anyone who troubled nobody."

Police Closing in on Killer in Lemoth Case
Police say they will close Hammon Lemoth's murder case soon. Lemoth died last Thursday, 7 weeks after he was shot to the head at the One Love Barber Shop. Lemoth was trimming a client when a gunman barged in and opened fire. He was hit to the head by one of nine bullets. Today Senior Superintendent Mark Vidal gave us a brief update on this case. Sr. Supt. Mark Vidal, OC, Southside Commander: "So now there is a murder investigation. We are seeking suspects in that matter as well. The investigation is ongoing and we pretty much have an idea as to who the person is. So it's just a matter of putting that together then we shall be making an arrest very shortly."

How Belize Got Back Into CODICADER's Good Graces
As we told you last night, a sporting disaster has been averted and Belize's student athletes are going to the CODICADER games. As we had been reporting, CODICADER's organizers threatened Belize with a two year suspension after the Ministry of Sports said that it could not afford to host the Disability games in October of this year. But, after a letter of appeal from the CEO in the Ministry of Sports, the President of CODICADER Gerardo A. Fajardo relented from his hardline and agreed to let Belize's athletes participate. Today the Director of Sports told us how Belize was able to turn things around:... Ian Jones - Director of Sports: "There is a difference between Belize is suspended and Belize may be suspended, all that is water under the bridge. Now we can say officially we are not suspended. I gave you a copy of the letter so you know it's not just us saying it but its CODICADER who is saying it, that we are not suspended and will be participating in the U15 games in August."

COLA Resurrects An Old Issue to Challenge Medical University
It's been about 4 years since the medical school, the American Global University School of Medicine, has been out of the news. Back in 2013, they were mauled in the local press by Phillip "Fawda" Henry, who accused them of running a fake school. But, we are aware that this medical university has been taking heat since at least 2009. Some observers suggest that this is a smear campaign by another competing medical school, but critics say don't watch them, watch the fact that no actual education is taking place at the school's addresses. This time it was COLA's Geovannie Brackett and his fellow grassroots activist Raymond Rivers who was on the full-court press against the University, which has changed its name to the Columbus Central University School of Medicine. Daniel Ortiz has that story:

Missing Man Mark Pollard, Police Only Found A Bloodied Stick
There is still no sign of city resident Mark Pollard. He has now been missing for 16 days. The family, the police and the Coast guard have already done extensive searches for Pollard but they all yielded nothing, except for a blood-stained piece of stick. Police told us more about that find. Sr. Supt. Mark Vidal, OC, Southside Commander: "Searches have been done from the point where he had been last seen and it has extended all the way up to Hattieville and it has extended on the other end all the way up to Haulover Bridge. This operation has been done jointly with the Coast Guard and family members of the victim. It has not given us anything as yet, but I will say that there are a number of information that is coming to us and we are pursuing every single information that is coming to us. So we have not still not left that to rest. We will continue to carry out what is required of us to investigate that matter further."

Dwayne's Drug Traffic Dollars
28 year-old Dwayne Hulse is at home tonight trying to come up with the funds to pay a ten-thousand dollar court fine. Police busted him with over half a kilo of marijuana, and after pleading not guilty, he returned to court to accept responsibility for the drugs. According to police they busted him early on January 11 at his home at mile 2 and a half on the Phillip Goldson highway. Police say that they conducted a search of his premises and spotted him when he tried to throw away a small quantity of the drug. They retrieved it, and then they searched the house. That led to the discovery of a black plastic bag, which contained 539 grams - a little over a pound of weed, under his bed.

Keith To Court, And Then Jail For Screwdriver Attack
30 year-old Keith Middleton, a construction worker from Belize City, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison tonight. That's after he was taken before the Chief Magistrate yesterday for allegedly stabbing his ex-common-law wife in the eye with a screw driver. According to police, the incident happened on Sunday, when Muteeshe Smith, was walking on a street in the City. She told police that she met Middleton, and they had a confrontation. That's when, according to her, Middleton pulled out the screw driver and stabbed her in the eye, the forehead, and the abdomen. He was arrested and charged with wounding and aggravated assault, and he was arraigned before the Chief Magistrate today.

Another Fatal Motorbike Accident
Last night we told you about the 18 year old US National who was killed in a motorbike accident on the Southern Highway. Well there was another fatal collision last night - also involving a motorbike - on that same highway. Around 7:00, 48 year old taxi driver, Ernesto Cadle was driving his Isuzu Rodeo from Cowpen junction to Independence when he knocked 62 year Benedicto Mendez off his motorcycle between miles 36 and 37. Mendez died on the spot.

Monkey River, A Slight Return
Eight days ago, we told you that our Courtney Weatherburne had won the top prize for a journalism course on environmental reporting. Her story was about Monkey River - which has experienced massive coastal corrosion - enough to make residents really question whether the place they call home will survive the vagaries of climate change. Tonight, in honor of that first place, we are repeating her story called "Environmental Catastrophe, Social Calamity: Monkey River and the Swallowing Sea": Claude Morey, Monkey River Resident: "If things get worse that I can't handle or that I can't live then I got to move. That's for sure." Courtney Weatherburne reporting: That's the last thing Morey wants to do. He has been living in Monkey River for over 10 years. But his home is slowly collapsing as the harsh waves pound against the stilts.

Travellers, Expect Security Delays
Travelers beware! The Department of Civil Aviation says that starting tomorrow there will be increased security checks at the Phillip Golden International. A statement from that agency warns passengers, quote, "effective Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in compliance with US security requirements, additional security measures will be implemented on outbound passengers flying from Belize to the U.S. Travellers are advised to check with their air carrier and be at the Airport at least 2 hours prior to departure to avoid delays or possible missed flights." End quote. As far as we understand it, the additional screening will be mostly on electronic items like laptops or other portable electronics stored in carry on bags. The airport isn't expecting major delays, but processing through the boarding gates may take a little longer than usual.

Belize Bank Gives Scholarships
Today the Belize Bank held its 6th Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony. 16 students from around the country received full funding for their high school and sixth form education. The students with the best grades and greatest need were chosen out of over 200 applicants. We went to the ceremony where representatives from the Bank, the Ministry and one of the scholarship recipients told us more. Along with having their tuition fully covered, the scholarship recipients also received school supplies and access to tutoring and mentorship.

Onward Christian Soca Soldiers
The Belize Festival of Hope is coming to town with as much hype as Jesus had when he descended into Jerusalem. It's a religious event - but that doesn't mean it's austere and reserved. Today the Church paraded through town with religious soca music booming on the speakers. All english speaking churches in the Belize District were invited - especially young people. It's preparation for the event, which starts properly on Thursday with a kids festival and a youth festival, culminating over the weekend with the Festival of Hope.

Channel 5

Philip Samuels’ intervention in domestic dispute cost him his life
Early on Monday night, thirty-one-year-old Phillip Michael Samuels was stabbed and killed. Samuels was hanging out with a group of friends at an apartment on Boots Crescent, Belize City when [...]

Police take up death of Hammond Lemoth as murder investigation
While police continue to look for a Belize City resident in connection with the recent murder of Phillip Samuels, Regional Commander for the Eastern Division South jurisdiction, Superintendent Marco Vidal [...]

Will leads help Police and family find missing Mark Pollard?
Superintendent Vidal also addressed the puzzling disappearance of forty-nine-year-old Mark Pollard who vanished approximately two weeks ago without a trace. The well-known man left his house on Peter Seco Street, [...]

David and Anke Doehm to seek bail on child cruelty charge this Friday
The bail application for David and Anke Doehm, the American couple charged with cruelty to late thirteen-year-old daughter Faye Lin Cannon, will be heard at the Supreme Court on Friday. [...]

Commissioner Whylie, retired Supt. Julio Valdez are before Senate on Wednesday
News Five has confirmed that the Senate Special Select Committee is taking a different tack for its hearing on Wednesday at the National Assembly in Belmopan.  For the last two [...]

Belize braces for CODICADER suspension
A team of young athletes is destined for Honduras in the weeks ahead to represent the Jewel in the Under-fifteen CODICADER games.  Their attendance however, does not exempt Belize from [...]

Gov’t says no money to host CODICADER disability games
In 2016, under the direction of Minister of State Elodio Aragon Junior, whose responsibility at the time included sports and culture, the National Sports Council spent in excess of four [...]

The next step begins for sixteen Belize Bank scholarship recipients
The Belize Bank is sending sixteen more students to school this year. Through its scholarship program, both high school and sixth form recipients will not have to worry about the [...]

U.S. security requirements mean long lines at Airport
Going to the States anytime soon? It’s the season for Belizeans to travel to the United States of America on vacation and getaways. But you’ll want to be at the [...]

Ten thousand dollars to find Felix Ayuso’s killer
There’s a ten thousand dollar bounty on Vildo Westby’s head. He’s the man wanted for the murder of Felix Ayuso Junior that happened on San Pedro in February of this [...]

New boss, same hard-working G.S.U. – multiple drug busts
It may have flown quietly below the radar at the beginning of the month when officers within the Belize Police Department were being transferred to various positions, but the Gang [...]

Jail, no bail for ex accused of assaulting former partner
Belize City resident, Keith Middleton, the ex- boyfriend of a woman attacked with a screw driver, is spending his first night on lock down at the Belize Central Prison after [...]

C.O.L.A. doesn’t believe new Columbus U. has changed its tune
Remember American Global University School of Medicine? Four years ago it was fighting to clear its name from allegations that its educational activity was fraudulent and its degrees not worth [...]

I.D.B. talks business development with Chamber of Commerce
The Inter-American Development Bank, the primary source of multilateral financing in Latin America, is partnering with the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry to provide solutions to development challenges within [...]

Will Bank lend directly to businesses?
The IDB is also making loan facilities available to local businesses, presumably at favorable and equally competitive terms as other lending institutions.  While the proposal is fresh on the table, [...]

Rachel Heusner paints Caribbean flavours
Belizean artist Rachel Heusner who lives in Tobago is hosting a two week exhibition inside Sarina’s Café on the ground floor at the Bliss. Heusner has been painting for over [...]

Dion Leslie defends CitCo against internal issues
At this point in time, Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley is on the outside looking in at City Hall. He has not put his name down to run for a [...]

Nine to sing Jewel’s best at KTV The Remix
Belizean artists and their music will be at the heart of tonight’s karaoke at the Bliss Institute where another round of competition will take place in this summer hottest television [...]

CTV3

There is Still Room for Improvement In The Industry, Says CEO In MOA
The 2016-2017 sugar crop which closed at the ending of June has had mixed results and reviews. Yes sugar production increased but the amount of cane milled was below the estimated target. Yes more cane farmers were exposed to mechanized harvesting, but few can actually afford it. The industry, now at a crossroads with the end of preferential access to the EU market and global market conditions shifting daily, is being closely examined by all stakeholders. Today the CEO in the Ministry of Agriculture Jose Alpuche attended a sugar industry stakeholders meeting and gave us his review of the past crop season.

BSCFA and BSI/ASR Must Seek Way Forward Says CEO Alpuche
Since we were on the topic of direct consumption sugar exports, we also asked the CEO to comment on the current stalemate between the Belize Sugar Industries/ASR and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association over the contents of a new agreement between the mill and the farmers. As we reported in a previous newscast, BSI/ASR officials have urged the cane farmers through their associations to sign off on revised terms for a working agreement. But certain aspects of the agreement under the proposed terms are not acceptable to the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association and they have made that position known. The last thing the Government would want to see is a repeat of the 2010 ordeal where a deadlock nearly led to industrial action, so today we heard from the Ministry’s CEO what they propose as the way forward.

Belizean Moto Taxi In The Zone Says Mexican Taxis Are Hurting Their Business
In yesterday’s newscast we told you about the police’s discovery of 1,578 grams of cannabis inside a Chetumal taxi car that was stopped and searched inside the Santa Elena border area over the weekend. Mexican driver 55 year old Jorge Anzures Alfaro and Belizean 22 year old Jermaine Sanker were arrested and charged. The presence of Chetumal taxis within the border area is a major point of contention for at least one group that operates in the area – the Belizean motorcycle taxi drivers who transport tourists as well as Belizeans within the area. The taxi drivers are today up in arms that a lack of regulation is allowing Mexican taxi drivers to cherry pick passengers and basically steal earnings away from them. On Saturday we heard from one of the taxi drivers who discussed the issues that are affecting them.

CEO Explains Why Belizeans Must Be Sprayed At Northern Border BAHA Quarantine Facility
In December, the Government of Belize through BAHA and in partnership with OIRSA unveiled a brand new spraying facility at the Northern Border for the purpose of sanitizing foreign vehicles entering Belize. But shortly after opening, the authorities began spraying and charging Belizeans and that created some confusion and frustration. Yesterday we sought some clarification and according to CEO Jose Alpuche there is good reason behind the decision.

Customs Officer Becomes First Belizean To Graduate From WCO Career Development Programme
The World Customs Organization Career Development Program was established back in 2009 in collaboration with Japan Customs and provides selected candidates with an opportunity to undertake work at the WCO Secretariat. The program runs for a period of ten months and entails a number of goals which seek to enable its participants to one, acquire knowledge, skills and international work experience; two, to develop and enhance networks among WCO Members and the Secretariat. Three, to enhance the research activities of the WCO to support and assist the Secretariat in its mission and tasks; and finally to develop a pool of highly capable officials with proficiency in WCO Member administrations.

Traffic Accident Claims One Life On The San Victor/San Narciso Road
A man lost his life in a traffic collision that occurred on the San Victor Village road on Saturday night. The victim was a passenger in a blue and silver two-door Mazda pickup that was heading towards San Narciso Village but which ran off the road and collided into a white Ford Ranger pickup truck that was parked on the road side. Today the new Officer in Charge in Corozal, Superintendent Sinquest Martinez, explained what the Police authorities’ early investigations are indicating.

Children Attending Summer Program Learn About Healthy Eating
This afternoon about 25 children attending the annual Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints summer programme got a special visit from Mr. Belize Rigo Vellos, who stopped in to talk to them about healthy eating and healthy living. The children are attending the 4-day summer activity which is organised by the teachers of the school every year. This year their theme is “Be Calm and Choose the Right”. One of the organisers, Esmir Castaneda, told us more about the initiative.

LOVE FM

Youth leaders from across the world to meet in Belize
Belize will host the World Youth Conference in November of this year. The initiative is being spearheaded by the Department of Youth Services. It is expected that hundreds of young persons from around the globe will convene in Belize City for the event being held under the theme , “Globally running to 2030, becoming sustainably […]

The Festival of Hope is here
The much anticipated Festival of Hope kicks off today in Belize City. A number of churches have come together for the event. Love News spoke with Pastor Jack Myers who said Belize is the third country to which they have brought the event. Pastor Jack Myers “In 2013, a group of Evangelists, about 18, decided […]

Belize’s under 20 volleyball team ready for regional competition
This week Belize will be hosting the U20 Central American Female Volleyball Championship. Each county is sending their best under twenty female volleyball athlete to go against one another at Saint Catherine’s Academy auditorium. Belize has been participating in the tournament but has never medalled. This year, with the professional help from Head coach, Delio […]

President of BVA says participating in CODICADER is important for young athletes
It is expected that Belize will be sanctioned for not hosting the CODICADER special games. The Minister of Sports Patrick Faber had explained that the government does not have the finances to host the games. But officials from the regional sporting body are not being lenient and so it is expected that Belize will be […]

Construction worker charged for murder
Twenty-three year old Juan Choc, a construction worker of Baymen Avenue, was charged with the murder of Bangladesh national Abdush Salam. Choc was remanded into custody until September 19. The incident occurred on July 1. Salam was found dead in his home on Orange Street. He was lying nude on his bed with his face […]

Bomba villager charged with sexual assault of minor
Forty year old Jorge Carraras, a farmer of Bomba Village who allegedly committed sexual assault twice on an 11 year old girl, was charged with two counts of sexual assault when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Carraras pled not guilty to the charges. He was denied bail and he was remanded into […]

Moises Flores charged for sexually assaulting young girl
Thirty-nine year old Moises Flores, a resident of Holy Emmanuel Street, who allegedly committed a sexual assault on a girl, 8 years and 5 months old, was charged with assault on a child by penetration when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. No plea was taken because the offence is indictable. Flores was […]

New trial ordered for trio charged with murder
Back in October of 2015, Tyrone Meighan, Orel Leslie and Brandon Baptist were all freed from the murder charge levied against them. The trio was charged for the murder of 28 year old James Noralez. They were acquitted by Justice John Troadio Gonzalez but that decision was reversed by the Court of Appeal. The trio’s […]

New ambulance for Southern Regional Hospital
Harry Arzu reporting… “The Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview Canada through Rotarian like Dr. Roman Barok and Sandra McDonald in partnership with the Rotary Club of Dangriga donated an ambulance to the Southern Regional Hospital earlier today during a short ceremony at the hospital. Love News was at the event and spoke with Diane Williams […]

Supaul Street fire leaves family displaced
A fire on Supaul Street in Belize City displaced about ten people. It happened on Sunday just before three o’clock in the afternoon. One of the affected persons is Shern Williams. Shern Williams – Fire victim “Well I was sleeping and in my sleep I smelled a little smoke so I told me man and […]


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Keith Yearwood alleges GSU brutality
Keith Francis Yearwood, a younger brother of Inspector of Police Fitzroy Yearwood, a Police Press Officer for Eastern Division North, told Amandala this evening that he suffered an unprovoked beating by four police Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) officers last Thursday night, July 13. The self-employed taxi operator was in his car with his teenaged daughter when he allegedly was pulled out of his car by his dreadlocks. The vicious officers even ordered his daughter to come out of his car at gunpoint, despite his protest to them that she is a minor, according to Yearwood.

Juan Choc, 23, remanded for murder of Bangladeshi businessman
A construction worker was arraigned and remanded to the Belize Central Prison this morning on a charge of murder in connection with the death by strangulation of a Bangladeshi businessman who was found naked and tied up in his bed on Saturday, July 1. Juan Roberto Choc, 23, a construction worker of Baymen Avenue, appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser, who arraigned him on a charge of murder. Magistrate Fraser explained to Choc that for a charge of murder, he would not be able to get bail, but periodically he would be brought to court, and at those times, if he encounters problems while in prison, he could use the opportunity to convey his concerns to the court.

New trial for Orel Leslie, Tyrone Meighan and Brandon Baptist
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Belize’s highest court, held a hearing by teleconference this morning between its headquarters in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and the Belize City Supreme Court, where attorneys Anthony Sylvestre and Bryan Neal made submissions in support of an application for leave to appeal a Belize Court of Appeal decision which had ordered a new trial for Orel Leslie, 28, Tyrone Meighan, 23, and Brandon Baptist, 28, who were acquitted of the November 2012 murder of ex-Belize Defence Force soldier James Norales. The Crown was represented by Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, S.C. and Senior Crown Counsel Sheiniza Smith.

Three killed in separate traffic collisions; several people injured
Three people are dead and several others are injured after they were involved in five separate road traffic collisions on the highways over the weekend. Dead are Gilbert Romero, Jr., 30, of Independence; American student Devin Michael Merrill, 18, and Carlos Carias of San Victor, Corozal District. The first death occurred at about 1:30 Friday morning, between Mile 37 and 38 on the Southern Highway. Gilbert Romero was driving his pickup from Independence to Dangriga when he lost control of the vehicle, veered off the road and crashed. He suffered massive head and body injuries and died almost immediately.

Mexican officials not barring Belize buses into Mexico
Belize bus companies traveling to Chetumal, Mexico, will no longer be traveling into that city, but will travel only to the northern border where the passengers will disembark, and they will have to make their own travel arrangements to and from Chetumal. According to the bus companies, the changes were as a result of a meeting held with the local Chetumal officials, and the announcement was made on Saturday. According to the announcement, the buses will travel up to the Casino near the border, where the passengers will disembark, and they will access the Mexican border, across the old Belize Mexico Bridge to Sub Teniente Lopez, the old crossing, and will return by that route.

Kulture takes lead at Week 7 of National Over-40
With a back match still in hand, Kulture Yabra Veterans took over the lead in the standings after Week 7 games this past weekend in the National Over-40 Tournament 2017. We’ll have the scoring details in our weekend issue, but the official results were: Mango Creek Veterans, 3-2, over Benque Veterans; Belmopan Veterans, 4-2, over Pickstock Lake-I Veterans; San Pedro Veterans over BDF Veterans, 4-0; and Kulture Yabra Veterans, 3-2, over San Ignacio Quintas.

Belize to participate in Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games
With just a few days to go for the opening of the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, Belize’s athletes are ready to represent in Athletics, Cycling and Tennis. The delegation consists of: The Commonwealth Youth Games is set to take place in The Bahamas from July 18th (Opening Ceremony) – 23rd, where 70 nations will be competing in nine (9) different sporting disciplines. With over 1,000 athletes participating, the Bahamas 2017 CYG will be the largest international sporting event ever to be hosted by this small Caribbean island.

OWFA Amateur Opening Season Week 3 Results
The Orange Walk Football Association (OWFA) Amateur Opening Season Week 3 games were played yesterday, Sunday, at People’s Stadium. In game 1, Desert Storm, Jr. dropped Crystal FC, 3-0, with goals from Kelvy Cordova (3’), Arnold Enriquez (11’) and Darian Coh (48’). In game 2, it was Trinidad FC, 3-2, over Progresso FC with goals from Travion Martinez (21’ & 28’) and Rubini Carillo (87’); while Gabriel Perez (83’ & 90’) got both goals for Progresso.

Belizean youth footballers, Warriors FC (Rush Belize) return triumphant from Colorado!
Returning to Belize on Southwest Airlines yesterday afternoon from Colorado, USA, was a triumphant group of young Belizean U-13 footballers and their coaches, after having made a splendid showing over the past week at the Rush Fest international youth soccer camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Although Rush Belize Country Director, Daniel Fabro, maintained that “the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie among the teams from a variety of backgrounds” was equally important as the competition results, the delegation is justly proud, and so are local fans and family members, of their outstanding accomplishments, winning 3 of 4 games played by big margins. Belize Rush, as the team was called at the Rush Soccer Camp tournament, won its first game, 8-0, against Michigan Rush on Monday; then 9-2 against Iowa/Kansas Rush on Tuesday.

Editorial: The reef, the oil, and the politics
We saw a story in The Times of London from Thursday, July 13, 2017, which intrigued us. Premier Oil and its partners had told The Times of a “world class” discovery of up to two billion barrels of oil off the coast of Mexico. “The Zama well is the first to be drilled offshore by the private sector after Mexico ended eight decades of state control of the oil industry.” The discovery is in water 546 feet deep 37 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. The Zama well is north of the Villahermosa/Coatzacoalcos region which is considered a Mexican oil belt a few hundred miles directly east of Belize.

From The Publisher
July 21/22, 2017 will mark the 98th anniversary of the Ex-Servicemen’s Riot of 1919 in Belize Town, as Belize City was known back then. Over all the years since we discovered the late British historian Peter Ashdown’s chronicle of the two days and nights in the summer of 1919 when black soldiers, just returned from the Mesopotamia World War I theater, absolutely took over the capital of British Honduras, no other media house in Belize ever discusses the uprising. (I believe Ashdown’s account of the incidents was published in an academic journal here in the early 1980s.) I understand why the education system during colonial times tried to obliterate the July 1919 events from the historical memory of native people. The British colonial authorities were embarrassed and humiliated by the Ex-Servicemen’s Riot. In January of 1964, Belize achieved self-government, and the ruling People’s United Party (PUP) moved swiftly to change the summer school holidays from April and May to July and August. The change was implemented in the summer of 1964, so as to have Belize’s school holidays become simultaneous with the summer holidays in the school system of the United States.

Amandala on point …
Dear Editor, Excellent article! You are so on point when you say that “Belize has a Black Government which holds African history in contempt..” Thanks for keeping this conversation about Black history going in the Amandala. When I discuss slavery and inequities in the world and in Belize, my people …Black Belizeans …look at me like I’m crazy! I’ll keep reading!!

Belizean Diaspora – No Representation without Taxation!
Elements within the Belizean diaspora have been agitating lately for political representation in Belize. Perhaps many of them are familiar with that old refrain, “No Taxation without Representation”. The phrase is said to have originated prior to United States independence, when American colonists agitated for representation in the British Parliament. The Colonists held the view that if they were to be taxed (or continued to be taxed), then they should have actual representation, i.e. direct involvement in decisions about how their tax dollars were being raised and spent. The idea of taxation working in tandem with political representation is therefore not new; it has always constituted the basis for a model of fairness. Absent either—and the prospects for fair implementation of the other becomes difficult at best.

Thoughts for Ms. Lisa Shoman …
I see posts from Ms. Lisa Shoman on Facebook from time to time, when some mutual friend shares them. Some time ago she put up a story that deserved being sent back for more baking. Really, I hoped that someone else would put her right. Well, thank you for your help! It’s been some months now, and then along comes Sammy Sosa. My gudnis, Sammy Sosa is now WHITE? Sammy is from the Dominican Republic. I’ve read enough about racism in that country, how they treat Haitians and other people who are black. That is one of the reasons why the mighty Fidel Castro was setting up an army to invade them. Of course Sammy could have changed his color for reasons unrelated to lack of self-love. But in this skin whitening he is not alone.

Belize delegation reports back from Honduras’ OFRANEH Garifuna Territorial Defense (Part 1)
Six delegates from Belize visited Garifuna communities on the frontlines of Black and Indigenous territorial defense along the Caribbean coast of Honduras from the 24th of June to the 6th of July 2017. Delegates gathered with the Fraternal Black Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH), founded in 1978, an organization encompassing 46 Garifuna communities along the Honduran Caribbean coastline. OFRANEH’s members and leadership gave presentations, held discussions about their organizational work and invited delegates to work the land. Honduras: The Fight for Reparations, was facilitated by Witness for Peace, a longtime Caribbean and Latin American solidarity organization. Ofraneh organized the delegation throughout their communities as they seek to share accounts of their victories in defense of Garifuna territories, their challenges and strategies to support the struggle for land and justice.

He had his friend’s gun, and they were both remanded to jail
Two more persons have run afoul of the severe gun laws of Belize. The men — two farmers of Cotton Tree: David Estrada, 50, and his friend Manuel De Jesus Gonzalez, 55 — have been remanded to the Belize Central Prison until Monday, August 21. David Estrada was charged with lending a firearm/ammunition without the permission of the Commissioner of Police, and Gonzalez was charged with keeping a firearm/ammunition without a license. Police said that while conducting a patrol on the George Price Highway in Cotton Tree, Cayo District, at about 8:30 last night, they found Gonzalez with a shotgun for which he could not produce a license. He told police that the gun was the property of his friend, David Estrada, who was in the bushes.

Teresa Coy, 19 months, drowns in well in her yard
A 6-foot deep hole in the yard of the Coy family in Maya Mopan, Belmopan, over which an outdoor toilet was to be built, claimed the life of a 19-month-old infant, Teresa Coy, after she fell into it and drowned about 5:30 yesterday evening. Little Teresa was found unresponsive in the hole, which was filled with water, about 15 minutes after she disappeared from in front of the family’s house, where she had been playing with her siblings. The body of the toddler was recovered and taken to the Western Regional Hospital, where she was declared dead on arrival.

Existence of Belize Barrier Reef and other World Heritage Sites threatened by rising ocean temperatures
According to a recent assessment unveiled by UNESCO, World Heritage coral reefs, which include the Belize barrier reef system — still on the list of World Heritage sites in danger — are likely to disappear by 2100 unless carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are drastically reduced. Countries with responsibility over World Heritage-listed coral reefs should adopt ambitious climate change targets, aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions to levels that would keep global temperature increases to just 1.5°C, said UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre (WHC), a UN agency responsible for overseeing World Heritage sites.

Orlando Vera’s bail application denied
Orlando Vera, the convicted Deputy Director of the National Forensic and Science Services in the Home Affairs Ministry who was sentenced to serve two years in prison for abetment to pervert the course of justice, got “enough” of court delays in his bail application and asked Supreme Court Justice Herbert Lord to recuse himself from hearing his (Vera’s) appeal late this afternoon. It had become apparent to Vera that his bail application was not going to be successful after a series of appearances and several directives from Justice Lord.

The Belize Times

Justice for little girls in Belize
The death of 13year old Faye Lin Cannon, a young American girl living on Ambergris Caye with her American adoptive parents, has shocked the nation. As relayed on various news outlets, the post mortem examination has revealed the young girl was physically and sexually abused and to such extent that she had a chest compression that broke her ribs whereby one punctured her heart.

Fix Helen Middleton Street
By Gilroy Usher, Sr. Helen Middleton Street (HMS) is the last street to the west of Central American Blvd. in Belize City. This street is home to many residents including well-known Pastor Melvin Davis. It’s also home to a number of small businesses such as August Auto-electrical shop and Pastor Davis’ transport service. Helen Middleton Street is also used daily by scores of pedestrians or persons on bicycles or in vehicles, who need to reach work or conduct business at the Customs Department or Port of Belize. The street is also used to take numerous containers and heavy equipment to and from the port. Residents and small businesses on this street pay thousands of dollars in taxes to the Belize City Council every year. Additionally, use of this street greatly enhances Central Government’s collection of millions of dollars in revenue from the Customs Department and Port of Belize every month.

Thinking Out Loud
By: Kevin Bernard. I have been watching with interest the moves by the UDP to select a slate to contest here in Orange Walk for Municipal Elections. It seems they have been having some difficulty getting persons to commit, despite the best efforts of Elodio Aragon Jr. and Patrick Faber who may – and I stress may – become the new leader of the UDP, but certainly not the next Prime Minister of Belize. I have heard stories from inside the UDP camp of how Aragon and Faber have promised to fund the entire campaigns of certain persons including my friend Phillip de la Fuente, once a Mayor under the UDP and now a candidate for one of the alternative parties, I think. But nobody so far has been willing to put their names down for the UDP, and I think that there are very good reasons for that.

MY PERSPECTIVE – FOCUS ON FRENCH CREOLE
I have traveled to some fifteen Caribbean islands and countries, mostly in my work for the government over the past twenty or more years. Included in these have been Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Saint Maarten, and Surinam, along with the islands/countries of the English speaking Caribbean. I have not been to any French Caribbean territory, something that I regret and would like to ‘correct,’ as it were. I believe that one of my sisters has been to either Martinique or Guadeloupe. The Caribbean experience of culture and language is naturally extremely rich and exciting, and I was able to experience just a bit of it on the French Creole side by reading a novel gifted to me by my English professor sister, Dr. Lydia Baldermos Loskot of Galen University some years ago.

OC Richard Rosado – Policeman or Politician?
Dear Editor: It is amazing that a politician ended up being an Officer Commanding in the police department. Richard Anthony Rosado is the former campaign manager of disgraced Immigration minister Elvin Penner. Rosado is now the Officer in Charge in San Ignacio and it is his first time serving as OC. Under his watch, the formation is an absolute mess. From sexual assault allegations including those officers that are supposed to work with students to politically motivated directives. The Crime Investigation Branch office in San Ignacio is more like a bar. It no longer seems as if the officers are at least trying to solve a case. The office is filled with contraband beers. I ask myself what is Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie thinking? There are 4 unsolved murders in San Ignacio in less than two months.

FFB Fires Michael Blease
The turmoil within the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is not over. Eighteen days after the embarrassment of an aborted ordinary congress due to a boycott, the Football Federation of Belize dismissed General Secretary Michael Blease. He has been replaced with former magistrate and prison CEO, Earl Jones, although temporarily. On Wednesday July 12th, Acting President Marlon Kuylen said “the things that we thought were wrong, it was actually worse…We see now that we have to make significant changes, and we started Monday by releasing the General Secretary.”

Why the MoD & BDF Coverup?
The Financial Secretary Joseph Waight has frowned upon it as a serious breach of procedure but the public’s suspicion that the seriousness of the case is being downplayed has been justified. On Thursday July 6th, sometime around 5p.m., a Mexican national and two Belizeans were busted on a vessel near Indian Church, Orange Walk with questionable items. They were in possession of outboard motors, boat parts, plane parts, and outboard engine parts from the BDF as well as a BDF uniforms. While in detention, the men led Police to a house behind the old Mi Amor hotel in Orange Walk Town where they found more equipment and a stash of the current and older military fatigues used. Among the items was also one of the newest uniforms.

Sexual Predator Convicted
Bert Vasquez, 33, was convicted late Monday evening on charges of Forcible Abduction and Aggravated Assault of an indecent nature, will be sentenced on Friday, July 21st. A jury of seven men and two women deliberated for two hours before returning the verdict just before 6:30pm. The more serious charge of Forcible Abduction carries a maximum sentence of thirteen years, but the Judge will make that decision following mitigation pleas by Vasquez’s attorney Oscar Selgado.

Guatemalan Killed in Police Shootout
The Belize Police Department is conducting parallel investigations into an incident which resulted in Guatemalans Ervin Huex and Marlon Portillo being shot by Police. Huex received a wound to the chest and died on the spot, while Portillo was shot in the buttocks and groin area and taken into custody. Because it is an officer-related shooting, the Professional Standards Branch is conducting an internal investigation, while the Benque Police are dealing with the fact that the incident was the result of a robbery by the Guatemalans.

If Dah Noh Soh
I’m not gonna say too much about this, except to say that I hope whoever hurt that little girl and finally killed her will die in agonizing pain. I’m also a little pissed because the hands of investigators are tied somewhat by a lack of forensic capabilities. We need to do better than that. Because our Prime Minister is a waste of space…what is it that Trevor Noah called President Trump’s son? A two-legged brain foreclosure…we’re just frigging screwed.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belizean successfully completes World Customs Organization Career Development Program
The 2016/2017 World Customs Organization (WCO) – Japan Career Development Programme came to a close on Friday, July 14th at the WCO Headquarters, where 10 customs officials from around the globe graduated from the program.

Advisory for air travelers to the USA
The Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation today issued an advisory for travelers. Air Travelers departing the Phillip S.W. International Airport en route to destinations in the United States of America are advised that effective, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in compliance with US security requirements, additional security measures will be implemented on outbound passengers flying from Belize to the U.S.A.

Belize – The Financial and Economic Gurus
Belize will celebrate its 36th anniversary of Independence this September 21, 2017. The country has been governed by the PUP for 17 of those years…..and by the UDP for 18, which may reach 21 years if they serve their current 5-year term. The pool of people with financial and economic experience and training is rather small…hence many of the same names appear in the roster of senior financial advisers and managers of the Belize economy….some having served both the PUP and the UDP.

Mexico and Belize consider human trafficking treaty
Following the rescue of a Belizean teen captured in Chetumal by suspected human traffickers, the government of Belize and Mexico are considering signing a treaty to improve collaboration on combating human trafficking. Hugo Juarez Carrillo, Press and Legal Affairs officer for the Mexican Embassy in Belize, explained that the countries have already begun discussing what the treaty would entail, given the serious threat human trafficking poses to citizen security in both countries.

PUP suggests Mayor Bradley may be unhappy with UDP
People’s United Party (PUP) Leader John Briecno, in an interview with Channel 5 yesterday, suggested that the reason current Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley may not be seeking re-election is because he could be “ashamed” of his United Democratic Party (UDP).

Belize City man killed by friend
Last night around 8:20, police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) Emergency Room where cops observed Phillip Michael Samuels, 31,of a Belize City address suffering from a single stab wound to the left side of the chest.

Elderly Cowpen villager dies in traffic accident
According to police reports, Ernesto Cadle, 48, a taxi driver of Cowpen village reported about 7:00 last night he was driving his Isuzu Rodeo on the Southern highway from the Cowpen junction to Independence village when he was involved in an accident.

Toledo man charged for Bangladeshi national’s murder
Yesterday, Juan Choc, 23, of Jordan Village, Toledo was taken to court to answer to charges of murder for the death of Bangladeshi national, Abdush Salam. Salam was found dead on July 1 inside his Belize City home nude on his bed with his hands tied behind his back with a belt.

Motorcyclist knocked dead by Independence
Our newsroom has just learnt of a fatal road traffic accident on the Southern highway. We can at this time confirm that a motorcyclist is dead between the villages of San Juan and Independence.

Will Mayor Bradley seek re-election?
Our newsroom has confirmed that two term Belize City Mayor, Darrel Bradley, has not submitted his name to the UDP Secretariat for re-election. The deadline to do so was July 14. So will he run or not? The Mayor has not commented on the matter but his Deputy Party Leader,Patrick Faber, did so previously.

Belizean children to participate in CODICADER
The National Sports Council today announced that Belize will be participating in the upcoming CODICADER Under 15 Games in Honduras from August 20-26, 2017. The President of CODICADER, Licenciado Gerardo A. Fajardo Fernandez has sent an official invitation to Belize to participate in these upcoming games.

New song and video promotes upcoming World Youth Conference
The Department of Youth Services (DYS) held a launching today for the song and music video promoting the World Youth Conference 2017. The DYS held the launch at its Regent Street office this morning, gathering many of the artists featured in the song, along with Belize’s Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow.

Blogs

Survey Says? My First Game Show at The Truck Stop
The Truck Stop is officially the hottest spot in San Pedro – for movies over the water, for sunset drinks and swinging, for the Sunday pig roast and corn hole tourney and for great food and ice cream. But it’s the game show nights that I’ve been hearing the most about – The Newlywed Game…Price is Right… Live game shows starring residents and visitors to Ambergris Caye. Yesterday I attended my first show – THE FAMILY FEUD! Queue the music, start clapping, get ready for the embarrassing answer from the goofy uncle AND, if you are my age, the creepy kissing host, Richard Dawson.

Ancient World Week Held in Corozal NICH
July 17, 2017 the Corozal NICH open its doors to the public to attend the Second Annual Ancient World week that commenced at 1pm. The Introduction to this program for the afternoon activity was based on lecturing the public Archaeology of food Ancient Maya Dietary Patterns. The Institute of Archaeology (NICH) and Northwestern University through the Corozal House of Culture presents Ancient World Week, July 17-20, 2017, at the House of Culture.

Belize: San Ignacio – Hopkins
A former Caribbean outpost of the British Empire and still a part of the Commonwealth, Belize is a tiny yet incredibly diverse nation. Only 290 kilometres long and 190 kilometres wide, it’s bordered by Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west and south – while enjoying a long Caribbean coastline that’s very popular for tourism. It was something of a shock crossing the border from Guatemala and even though I knew English was the official language I couldn’t quite imagine it might be so different from neighbouring Guatemala. We’d come from Petén province where English is rare and Spanish and Maya dialects are the common languages. So instead of unfamiliar place names and indigenous tongue twisters, we rode past the prosaic Bullet Tree Falls, Tea Kettle and Roaring Creek; although Negroman hints at the change from ladino and Maya to the African-descended people who populate so much of Belize.

Belize Fishing Report: July 10th - July 16th, 2017
A nice week of weather and the bonefish are around in large numbers feeding very well. Our anglers have all been catching a lot of bonefish. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced angler using either bait or a fly, the fish are super hungry and biting it all. The great weather looks like it will continue for the next few days and hopefully longer.

International Sourcesizz

What is Belizean Cuisine? Here's Why You Should Drive to Chandler Right Now to Find Out
Set on the coast of Central America, Belize counts the Caribbean Sea as its border to the east, and beyond a lush, dense jungle, Guatemala and the Mexican state of Yucatan, form its inland borders. Given such geography, it isn't much of a surprise that that the dishes of this small country reflect both its neighbors and the confluence of cultures that has become a trademark of the Caribbean islands. Rustic Mayan foods prepared since ancient times, when the ruins that still dot the interior landscape stood tall and proud; trade-town-style Caribbean dishes infused with elements of Spanish and African culture; and modern Mexican and South American street foods, with distinctly Belizean flare, are reflections of the country's distinct and diverse set of influences.

The key to Garifuna unity? Garifuna identity
In response to my latest article on the Summit Meetings and Garifuna Reunification, one of the readers sent me a message stating, “This was an timely reminder of this prestigious event. My hope that the Summit Meetings would have turned into a yearly event, because our fragmentation continues to increase.” In my response, I mentioned that the fragmentation is due to the lack of loyalty to the Garifuna identity and culture. Now nationality and hometown issues supersede the Garifuna issues. We must understand and accept that we are one people who share the same history and a common tradition in language, music and dance among other things. Despite the national boundaries that separate their communities, the Garifuna remain united by sense of common identity!

As we enter sea turtle nesting season, here is some excellent advice from a life-long ocean advocate, wildlife photographer and sea turtle volunteer Lazaro Ruda
Proof that sea turtles, greens in particular, have a funny sense of humor -- often playing the "Guess where I nested" game. The tracks tell a story... This green sea turtle approached the beach from the right side of the picture, bumped into a previously marked loggerhead nest and attempted to nest next to it (sometimes they will dig out each others nest), she changed her mind and ran into some beach furniture (another unsuccessful attempt at nesting next to it). She went on a little loop-d-loop walkabout making numerous attempts to nest. Along her travels she ran into more beach furniture where she finally nested. To throw us volunteers off track, on her way back into the ocean (left side of pic), she did a little digging around to make us think she nested elsewhere. And that is what a sea turtle do! And that is me in the middle saying "Whuttt the heck?!?!" :)

Videos

  • There is a new top cop in town and his name is Sinquest Martinez, 5min. There is a new top cop in town and his name is Sinquest Martinez. Martinez is a Superintendent in the Police Department with 31 years of experience in the force. His two previous posts were as the Commanding Officer of the Belmopan Police and also as a staff officer in the Office of Head National Crimes Investigation Branch in the capital city. Yesterday we sat down with him at the Corozal Police Station to find out what are some of his plans to fight crime in the Corozal District. He explained that he has two approaches, the first is to build a network of crime fighters.

  • Economic Development Council Bill, 54min.

  • The Belize Diabetes Association is preparing for their annual summer camp, 32min.

  • The Festival of Hope Concert, 23min.

  • A roaming herd of manatees near St. George's Caye in Belize, 20sec. A herd of six Antillean manatees travels across seagrass flats in the late evening near St. George's Caye in Belize. They moved across many kilometers over the hour we followed them with our small drone. The group zig zagged across patchy shallow waters. Some animals lagged behind but eventually, they clustered, rubbing pectorals and changing course for some greener pastures. Sped up 4X.

  • National cornfestival Held at Rainbow Beach, Corozal, min.

  • CSSC Belize Adventure Escape, 3min.

  • A Decade Together in Belize, 10min.

  • CAYE CAULKER, The Best Island in Belize. Hero 4 - 4K, 4min.

  • Belize an stew chicken!, 6min. I wanted to share a part of my culture. give it a try. its simple to make. Strew chicken was and still a staple in Belizean family at least mine. Growing we would have this oven on Sunday. Hope you give a try.

  • Belize flight, 20min. Our flight from San Pedro to Belize city, I got to sit in the co-pilots seat.

  • President Reagan Meeting Prime Minister George Cadle Price of Belize on May 12, 1983, 7.5min. Full Title: President Reagan Meeting Prime Minister George Cadle Price of Belize during his Working Visit with Meeting in the Oval Office and Cabinet Room with Lunch in the State Dining Room and then their Departure Remarks at the Diplomatic Entrance on May 12, 1983


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