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Today's Belize News: July 21, 2017 #524660
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials


The San Pedro Sun

David and Anke Doehm apply for bail; David Cannon seeks custody of his daughters

5-a-side Football Tournament heads to Championship games
On Thursday, a total of six teams competed in the Under-10, Under-13, and Under-15 category. At 7PM, Belize Pro Dive suffered a loss against Pirates Manchester U-10, 1-2, while San Pedro Pirates U-13 triumphed over FC Larubeya, 3-1. U-15 teams, Caribeña Strikers and San Pedrito Strikers then took to the pitch for the last match, ending the game in a 1-1 tie. The final playoff games of the weekend continued on Sunday, July 15th. Los Catrachos and Rough and Tough were initially scheduled to play, but due to their participation in the Quadrangular Football Tournament, Jokers FC and Terror Squad took to the pitch. After a tight match, Jokers FC took the win with a 3-2 final score. Games will continue on Wednesday, July 26th with four away games:

“More alike than different”; Camp Starfish begins
The fourth annual Camp Starfish is back on La Isla Bonita as of Monday, July 17th at the Lions Den. The free two-week camp not only focuses on children with learning and physical disabilities, but it also provides them with an outlet to explore their creative abilities. Under the theme, “We are more alike than different”, campers are excitedly learning and enjoying camp for summer. During each camp day, children and volunteers meet from 9AM to 11:30AM for a morning packed with fun and interactive activities. On Monday, July 17th, campers were able to explore the theme of “Healthy Habits”, where children were allowed to draw and color fruits and vegetables, learn about good hygiene, make healthy fruit platters, and even play freeze tag. “Under the Sea” was the theme for Wednesday, July 19th, and campers made jellyfish arts and crafts, colored print outs of marine animals, listened to a story about dolphins, and had fun blowing bubbles.

Atlantic Bank updates customers on its services on Ambergris Caye
General Manager Karen Lopez welcomed everyone, briefing invited guests on ABL banking services. Lopez stated that due to the challenges and demands in the international arena, Atlantic Bank is making changes and upgrading their system in order to enhance their customers’ daily banking services. The new changes in the banking system include the addition of the Automated Payment and Securities Settlement also known as APS3. This new service allows customers of Atlantic Bank and other commercial banks to transfer their funds between banks and accounts by utilizing online banking services. According to personnel from Atlantic Bank, this new service will make transactions faster, and safer anywhere within Belize.

Ambergris Today

TEDxBelmopan To Celebrate Ideas In 2017
After a successful first event in 2015, the TEDxBelmopan team is delighted to announce that it will be hosting its second TEDxBelmopan conference on Saturday, September 30th, 2017 in Belmopan. For this year's conference, the platform is "CELEBRATE!", aimed at highlighting positive developments, stories, and ideas worth spreading in Belize. TEDxBelmopan 2017 event will celebrate the achievements of Belizeans – thinkers, visionaries and the most fascinating teachers, young and old - while providing a cross-disciplinary platform where they can inspire and share their narratives.

Mesoamerican Leadership Reef Program
The 2016 cohort of the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program is currently meeting in Belize City for their 4th workshop. 12 Fellows from Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico are learning about project design, how to speak with media, sustainable business plan, economic impact analysis, small scale fisheries and resource mobilization. Fellows are sharing their project advances, experiences and meeting Belizean Fellows from previous cohorts, strengthening relationships and forming a vibrant network of professionals.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Plans are underway to protest the Supreme Court bail hearing for Anke and David Doehm tomorrow morning in Belize City
San Pedro people, tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear the bail application for the adopted parents of Faye Lin. We should mobilize ourselves and come to Belize City and protest outside the courthouse. Let us Send a clear message that these people should be kept in jail! UPDATE- Permission (Bond) to protest opposite the Supreme Court is being secured. Assemble at 9AM and disassemble by 3PM on Battlefield Park on Regent Street opposite the Court House.

SCAM ARTISTS FALSELY USING THE NAME OF THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT
It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development that unknown persons have been attempting to scam money from the general public under the pretense that homes have been approved for them in a housing project purportedly being executed by the Ministry in the City of Belmopan, Cayo District. A copy of one such letter on the letterhead of the Housing and Planning Department was brought to the attention of the Ministry on July 20, 2017. The public is advised that the person who purportedly signed the letter does not work in the Housing and Planning Department or the Ministry and that the letter is fake and has no validity.

INAUGURATION OF MAY PEN BRIDGE
A new bridge on the access road to May Pen Village in Belize Rural North was inaugurated yesterday, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The bridge, a one-lane foundation structure, is the result of a donation from United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and an investment of $256 thousand by the Government of Belize. Mr. McCulloch explained, “We’ve been waiting for this for a lot of years now because the old bridge got messed up, rotted. They fixed it, it broke again several times. So, for about the last ten years, we’ve been at a position where no dump-truck could go in and dump the road, so it was in horrible condition. Even four-wheel-drive vehicles couldn’t make it during the rainy season.”

CENPROMYPE and BELTRAIDE, through EXPORTBelize commence workshop on Market Intelligence
CENPROMYPE and BELTRAIDE, through EXPORTBelize, has embarked on a cooperation to enhance the internalization service within the business support centers through a program called ADSEP. This program is being executed through the support from the General Secretariat of SICA, CENPROMYPE, and the European Union, and consequently executed in Belize by BELTRAIDE. This training will strengthen and consolidate the service that was transferred from last year to the Support Centers in Central America Region. The workshops will be held between June and August of this year in the 8 countries of the SICA Region. The workshops will be attended by support Centers / Regional advisors.

Confiscation of hundreds of dollars worth in contraband goods
Police, Customs and BDF checkpoint on the Yo Creek Road in Orange Walk leads to the confiscation of hundreds of dollars worth in contraband goods. More on this story in tonight's newscast.

CBWS Youth Conservation Camp
What an exciting weekend introducing youths to Protected Areas through BAS' Youth Conservation Camps. This past weekend, we hiked the trails, explored the waterfalls, river-tubed and bird watched at the beautiful Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Thank you to Protected Areas Conservation Trust for making this camp possible, and to the Maya Center Women's Group for the cultural experience!

Humanitarian assistance supplies donated to NEMO
Yesterday, at the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) Warehouse in Belmopan, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires, Ms. Adrienne Galanek, handed over approximately USD $217,000 worth of humanitarian assistance supplies to NEMO Director, Mr. Shelton Defour. The donation represents the U.S. Government's continued commitment to the Government and the people of Belize in the field of humanitarian assistance. NEMO's Director Mr. Shelton Defour said this was the largest replenishment of supplies from donors in NEMO's history.

Kaina Martinez Track and Field Games, 2017
Registration today (Friday 21st) at Peninsula Store in Seine Bight from 9am -4pm. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity for kids age 4-14. Event happening this weekend, Saturday and Sunday. See you there!

Belize Reef Scorecard 2017
Ever wonder exactly how the Government of Belize is protecting our Heritage? Every year a Belize Reef Scorecard is produced to show exactly that, giving grades on policies implemented and steps taken to protect our natural resources. The results show a story of some work being done, but much more needed to Save our heritage.

Corozal Summer Math and Reading Program
Summer Math and Reading Program is on again this Year. Come to the library and register your child today to prevent the summer slide! Corozal Public Library, 24th July to 18th August (4 weeks), 2:30 to 4:30pm Monday to Thursday each week. Register your child today. For information call 422-3751.

International Mangrove Day, Wed, 26 Jul 2017
Friends of Corozal United for Sustainability (FOCUS) invites everyone to come “face to leaf” with Corozal’s mangroves. Wednesday, 26th July, 2017, from 9am-noon, at Mangrove Park. There will be activities to help you learn more about the importance of these wonderful trees in our life, and their role in fighting climate change. We will take you on an adventure of discovery (tour) of our very special Mangrove Park, including red, black, and white mangroves, and their allies, the buttonwood. You will join us in the imitation of a Mangrove Nursery by planting the red mangrove propagules (seeds) in recycled liter size plastic bottles (please help us by bringing your own). This is a beginning toward restoring mangroves along our coast lost to develpment. It also helps raise awareness in our community. We can all play a very important active role in helping to turn around Climate Change, as stewards along the coast of the Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. The location of Mangrove Park is here.

Ancient Maya week at The Corozal House of Culture
This has been a week of engaging and stimulating topics on the Mayas in Belize. Yuumbotik to Archaeologists Dr. Cynthia Robyns and her team of archaeological students from Northwestern University USA, to Dr. Maxine Briggs, retired Professor, Mr. Graham Sampson and Mr. Roy Rodriquez and everyone who attended this event and made it memorable. Yuumbotik Ms. Debra Wilkes NICH and Belizean archaeologist Miss Sylvia Batty. Courtesy: Adela Pederson

LXJ Code Belize wins first place at the Canto Code 3.0
Good Morning Belize! Join the U.S. Embassy to congratulate Team LXJ Code Belize for winning first place at the Canto Code 3.0 held at the Dominican Republic with a new and innovative communication platform to assist with natural disasters and national emergencies.

3pm standings of the U20 Central American Volleyball Championship
As of 3:00 p.m. today this is the standings of the U20 Central American Volleyball Championship going on at the SCA Gymnasium.

Waterfront Development of the Yarborough Green
We would like to share with you the proposed design for the Yarborough Waterfront Development Project to be conducted later this year as one of the projects under the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project. Please note that this is only an architect's rendering based on our public consultations with the community.The final product may differ from the pictures being posted.

World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week will be celebrated from August 1st - 7th, 2017. In commemoration of World Breastfeeding Week, the Ministry of Health in partnership with PAHO/WHO Belize and INCAP wants mothers to share photos depicting the beauty and support in breastfeeding. Great prizes for top three photos! Deadline for submission in Monday, July 31st!

IDB Group steps up its support for Belizean public and private sectors
Visit to the country by James P. Scriven, CEO of the Inter-American Investment Corporation, highlights key economic sectors that could benefit from financing and advisory services. A Business Forum organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group and the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry attracted more than 50 representatives of the country’s public and private sectors for a discussion of investment opportunities in agribusiness, energy, transport, tourism and financial institutions. James P. Scriven, CEO of the IDB Group’s Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), explained that the IIC is increasing its local presence in Belize and intends to finance diverse sectors. “We are a development bank, and we want to demonstrate to the world that it is commercially viable to invest in a country like Belize,” he said.

CARDI and the University of Belize to Collaborate on Knowledge Sharing, Training and Research Activities in the Agricultural Sector
The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the University of Belize have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in the areas of knowledge sharing, training and capacity building, resource mobilisation and research activities geared towards the development of the agricultural sector. The MoU was signed by CARDI’s Executive Director, Barton Clarke and the President of the University of Belize, Professor Clement Sankat at the University of Belize Main Campus in the City of Belmopan. Witnessing the signing were CARDI Representative, Omaira Avila Rostant and University of Belize Central Farm Campus Administrator, Gordon Holder.

Two 15 minute power interruptions 4:45am to 5:00am & 2:45pm to 3:00pm, Sunday, July 23: entire Orange Walk & Corozal Districts
BEL to facilitate maintenance works conducted by CFE at their substation.

Channel 7

Discarded Newborn Found On Canal Side
This morning, at around 8:30, area residents on East Canal came upon a horrible site on the edge of the canal at the junction with South Street. The body of a baby boy, or a fetus had been flung into the canal. The tiny body was stuffed inside a black plastic bag, and left there, a complete disregard for human dignity. The residents passing nearby were shocked that the baby was left abandoned, and they immediately began speculating about the character of the person who left it there. We got a chance to speak with the man who first found him this morning. He's City Council Employee, Julian Jimenez, and he was on the job, cleaning near the canal, when he came upon the baby's body. He told us about that moment when he thought that the child's body was that of a dead dog, only to realize this was a human being:

San Pedranos Will Picket So That Doehms Don't Get Bail
For the past week, Americans David and Anke Doehm have been on remand at the Belize Central Prison. They're trying to get Supreme Court bail after after being charged with the offense of "cruelty to a child", for the death of their 13 year-old adopted daughter, Faye Lin Cannon. Tomorrow morning, they'll get their opportunity before a Supreme Court judge, and their attorneys will attempt to convince the judge why they should be released from prison while they await trial. And while that will be happening inside the courtroom, outside, residents of San Pedro will be gathered in protest to send a strong statement that they would rather they remain in prison.

Mediator Dianne Finnegan Rejects Vidal Request To Join CYDP
Yesterday, Southside commander Marco Vidal caught us off guard when he suggested that the Southside mediators, namely Dianne Finnegan, Chester Williams and Nuri Mohammed should join the CYDP meditation effort, or step aside. Vidal suggested that as individuals, not representing an institution - they may be pursuing their own personal agenda. An hour ago, we caught up with Dianne Finnegan and she told us she doesn't know what Vidal is talking about - but she is talking about peace:...

Contrabandidos Confront Customs On Yo Creek Road
On this newscast, we regularly show you all the contraband that Orange Walk Customs collects in the villages of that district. But, while we see the finished product, it's not always easy to collect - since those contraband items - whether they be beers, or sacks of Mexican Vegetables, represent an investment for the villagers who go over to Mexico to buy them. It's completely illegal, but its the norm in the north - and today some villagers clashed with Customs because of it. This confrontation, captured by a bystander, happened on the Yo Creek Road at about 11:00 am, where a group of men openly clashed with a joint patrol comprising BAH Customs, Police and BDF. The team had just sized a truckful of contraband limes, lettuce, green pepper and other vegetables from a bus that was heading to Orange Walk.

South's Third Traffic Fatality In Five Days
There's been another fatal traffic accident in the south: the third in five days. Early this morning, a woman was knocked down and killed in Seine Bight. Around 8:00 am, 19 year old Blackman Eddy resident Obed Mojano was heading to Placencia from Seine Bight in his gray Chevy Silverado when he lost control and hit 39 year old cook Dorla Flores. 44 year old Lavern Helen Arzu and 23 yr old Henry Augustine were also injured in the accident. Both were taken to the Placencia Health Center where they were treated and released.

Taking A Test Drive On Proposed Carnival Route
A month ago, we told you how health and safety advocates have been pushing for a change the Carnival route. That's because every year, the crowds block road access to the country's largest hospital and emergency room - and access to both major highways. It's a major proposed change to one of the main events of the September Celebrations, and so, the September Celebrations Commission is managing it carefully. This evening, a few carnival bands went out to test one possible new route to see if it is a change they can work with, and our news team was out there.

The Importance Of Making A Will
If you are 45 years and older, you should start looking into your will if you haven't already. Sure, most of you might say you are too young to be thinking about that but as you get older and your distant relatives, even kids start to snatch your hard earned assets, it will be too late. Well the National Council on Aging along with the Attorney General's Office hosted a workshop on how to prepare and secure wills and testaments. Courtney Weatherburne stopped by the Belize Institute of Management to find out more about this process.

New Civic Will Be Ready For September
For months now city residents have been watching the Civic Center quickly taking shape. At 55 thousand square feet and 70 feet high, it is an impressive sight on the Belize City skyline. But, how does inside look? And does it actually suit the purpose for which it was designed - which is to be a world class basketball facility? Tough questions, and the truth is that we Belizeans have learned well to look those glistening gift horses very closely in the mouth - because when it comes to public contracts, what you see, and what you should get, are very rarely what you actually get. So today, the design firm which is also the co-contractor called the media in for a two hour long walk through of the largest and most expensive structure in Belize's history. Jules Vasquez tried to figure if it's worth all those millions:.

Alleged Murderer Taken To Court For Public ID Parade
For the past two night we have been reporting on murder suspect Cecil Gill. He is wanted for the stabbing death of his friend Phillip Samuels. He turned himself into police yesterday, and today Gill along with several other suspects were escorted to court, where they took part in an public identification parade. The men were lined up for less than a minute before Gill was positively identified.

Whylie Reflects On His Time As CEO
Last night, we brought you coverage of the testimonies from the retired police officer, Superintendent Julio Valdez, and Police Commissioner Allen Whylie. They were yesterday's witnesses in the Senate Hearings on Immigration. We showed you how the Senate Select Committee cross-examined Commissioner Whylie as the top cop for almost 2 hours. But, there was brief portion of the hearing where they questioned him about his time as the CEO responsible for Immigration. Before he took up the post of Police Commissioner, Whylie was the Immigration CEO from 2009 to early 2012. They Senate wanted to find out if he had any reason to believe that there was corrupt behavior at the Department when he was in charge.

The Mandamus Order And The COMPOL
The Senators also questioned Commissioner While about that writ of mandamus which the Supreme Court issued upon him back in March 2014. You'll remember it as the lawsuit that the then Opposition Leader, Francis Fonseca, brought against him to force him into investigating Elvin Penner for his role in the Won Hong Kim passport scandal. After listening to the case, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin compelled the ComPol to launch that investigation. It's been more 3 years later, and Penner has not been charged by the state for any offenses related to the Citizen Kim scandal.

Did Cabinet Give The Order To Stop Security Clearances
One other topic the Senators questioned him on is the claim from prior witnesses that Cabinet discontinued the security clearance procedure. That's a basic background check that Special Branch performed on potential visitors, and possible new citizens. This security clearance helped the Immigration Department screen visitors for basic offences. Immigration Officer Ady Pacheco said that it was discontinued through a policy change from Cabinet. Yesterday, the Senate asked the Police Commissioner to discuss the implications of that decision, given that he has the experience of a police officer and a Immigration CEO:

Former Head Of Special Branch Explains Practice of Security Clearance
So, while Police Commissioner Whylie professes very little knowledge about how the security clearance procedure actually worked, we spoke to a senior police officer who knows exactly how it works. He's Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal, and before taking up his post as the commander of the Eastern Division South, he was the Officer in Charge of the Special Branch. That is the police unit that actually conducted the screening of visa and nationality applicants by doing the background checks. He explained to us his knowledge of the practice and history of screening. Jules Vasquez: "Are you aware when you were in charge of Special Branch if persons were being screened for nationality?" Sr. Supt. Mark Vidal, OC, Southside Commander: "That process changed a very long time ago. At one point Special Branch was responsible for doing the vetting for nationalities. Currently what Special Branch is doing is only vetting for permanent residency. So we are not involved in the nationality aspect of vetting."

BSCFA Snaps Back At ASR/BSI Calling Its Statement “Untruthful"
Last night we told you about the press release from ASR/BSI which called out the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association for standing in the way of progress for the industry. Today the BSCFA sent out its own lengthy statement saying, quote "BSI has made alarming and untruthful statements regarding the commercial relationship between themselves and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association." And what is that untruth? Well BSCFA agreed that BSI did propose to amend the existing commercial agreement and requested an urgent acceptance of these proposals by the BSCFA. And that's where BSI says the BSCFA made a counterproposal rejecting those proposals, and instead talking about payment for bagasse and other old issues.

"New Housing Scheme" Is A Scam
The Ministry of Housing says stay clear of anyone trying to sell you a house under a new housing scheme - It's A SCAM! In a press release sent today it says "It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development that unknown persons have been attempting to scam money from the general public under the pretense that homes have been approved for them in a housing project purportedly being executed by the Ministry in the City of Belmopan, Cayo District". The Ministry has gotten a copy of a letter with the Ministry's letterhead and it is confirmed that it was not approved by the Ministry.

Sativa L On San Pedro Road
Police made a drug bust yesterday afternoon near San Pedro Village, Corozal. Police were on mobile patrol on the Phillip Goldson Highway when they spotted and searched 34 year old Corozal resident Albert Humes and 19 year old Belize City resident Shanice Humes. One of them was carrying a grey school bag with 6 pounds of weed. Police arrested and charged both of them for drug tracking.

Belize Girls One Down, One Up in Volleyball
This afternoon the Belize team played its second game in the U20 Central American Female Volleyball Championship. After losing their first match against Honduras last night in four sets, Team Belize came back to the court with a vengeance, handily beating the girls from El Salvador in four sets. After the game we got a chance to speak, Belize Volleyball Association President, Alan Sharp, and the team's captain and setter Allyanna Musa, about the team's performance...

The Clamour of Steel Pan, The Majesty of Choral
Most of you are familiar with the expansive elegance of Choral music, and of course you all know the hype and energy that brings the Steel pan to life. These two forms of music don't usually go together but the University of the West Indies Arts Choral and Arts Steel ensemble from Trinidad and Tobago, masterfully merges both. 46 students are in Belize to perform and also to host workshops. We caught up with the group at the Bliss as they rehearsed for their show tonight. Music Director and Conductor Jessel Murray told us just how special this blend of music is.

GSU Found Lots Of Live Rounds
Last night on Reggae Street in Belize City, the GSU found 7 ounces of weed and 40 nine millimeter live rounds. The unit says they were conducting operations within the area of the Southside Gang. The items were found in an open lot and labelled as found property.

CARDI and UB Kumbaya
The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute known as CARDI and the University of Belize have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. They intend to collaborate in a number of areas in the agricultural sector. Yesterday, in Belmopan CARDI's Executive Director, and the President of the University of Belize explained: Following the signing, a Public Consultation on CARDI's Strategic Plan was held at the CARDI office which is at the National Agriculture & Trade Showgrounds.

Channel 5

Who Left Baby Boy to Die on East Canal?
Before nine o’clock this morning, the lifeless body of a baby was found by a sanitation worker at East Canal in Belize City.  The full-term baby boy, with his umbilical [...]

San Pedranos Say No Bail for David and Anke Doehm
David and Anke Doehm are scheduled to appear in the Supreme Court this Friday for a bail hearing. The duo is spending time at the central prison in Hattieville having [...]

Ex-G.S.U. Boss Investigated for Fund Misappropriation
The Gang Suppression Unit has been under the leadership of Superintendent Andres Makin since the beginning of July when transfers within the Belize Police Department came into effect.  While the [...]

Seine Bight Cook Killed in Road Accident
An accident early this morning claimed the life of thirty-nine-year-old Dorla Flores, a cook of Seine Bight village, Stann Creek District. According to police nineteen year old Obed Mojano of [...]

Dianne Finnegan: Mediation Agenda is for Country
Tonight, Youth Apprenticeship Program Coordinator and Mediator, Dianne Finnegan is lashing out at the recently installed Regional Commander of Eastern Division South, Marco Vidal. On Wednesday, the Senior Superintendent told [...]

Is CYDP Doing Its Job?
According to Finnegan, millions of dollars have been invested into organizations and institutions that work with at risk youths and gang members to curb criminal activities, with no success. Finnegan [...]

Belize City Center Near Completion
Two years after the start of construction, the Belize City Center is about to be completed. The multipurpose facility is state-of-the-art and can accommodate up to four thousand spectators. It [...]

Julio Valdez Tells Senate ‘Anybody’ Could Have Gotten Immigration Files
Before his investigation into Arthur Saldivar’s missing files expanded to look at their contents, former deputy of National Crimes Investigation Branch Julio Valdez was tasked with finding out how they [...]

Valdez Questioned Immigration About Ady Pacheco Counter Work
A few weeks ago, Immigration officer Ady Pacheco came to the Senate Special Select Committee and extensively detailed her work therein, including acting as a counter-clerk receiving applications for nationality, [...]

Mandamus Appeal On, But ComPol Says Kim was Investigated
Persuaded by the arguments of then-People’s United Party leader Francis Fonseca, Chief Justice of Belize Kenneth Benjamin ordered Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie by a writ of mandamus to criminally [...]

ComPol: I Will Sue If Accused of Giving Order to Stop File Investigation
The implication raised by ex-Superintendent Julio Valdez during his testimony on Wednesday was that someone above him suggested that he direct his energy to investigating strictly how Arthur Saldivar’s purloined [...]

B.S.I. Vs B.S.C.F.A. on Commercial Agreement
Will a twenty-two million dollar investment in the Tower Hill sugar mill proceed? American Sugar Refining/Belize Sugar Industries Limited and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association are butting heads over [...]

Corozal Family Charged in Weed Bust
There was another big drug bust on Wednesday up north in Corozal. Thirty-four-year-old Altamira, Corozal resident Albert Humes and nineteen-year-old Belize City resident Shanice Humes have been arrested and charged [...]

Testing the Routes for Carnival in Belize City
Last month we told you about the proposed new route for the annual Carnival Road March in September. In some quarters, the proposed route was not well-received.   There were issues [...]

American Jailed for Hiding Money in Belize
A Florida national is headed to jail for using hidden Belize accounts to conspire to commit tax and bank fraud. Forty-eight-year-old Casey Padula of Port Charlotte, Florida, pleaded guilty in [...]

Housing Says No Projects Going On, Beware of Scammers
In a press release issued today, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development says that scam artists are attempting to hustle money from the public under the pretense that homes [...]

The U.W.I. Chorale to Perform in Belize
The UWI Arts Chorale, the premier choral ensemble of the University of the West Indies Saint Augustine Campus, and the UWI Arts Steel, the premier steel band ensemble, are on [...]

How to Prepare Your Will
Organizations working with and on behalf of older persons are tackling what can be a very touchy subject for families: preparing for the end of life and final distribution of [...]

CCU, MOE Dismiss COLA Plea on Medical Schools
Columbus Central University School of Medicine and the Ministry of Education have issued desultory responses to Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action’s public stunt in front of the Airport Road [...]

Healthy Living: Animals and Your Health
World Zoonosis Day is commemorated on the sixth of July each year. Pet owners and farmers may not often think about the myriad of transferrable diseases between animals to humans; [...]

CTV3

ComPol's Memory Fails During Senate Select Committee Hearing
Another issue which the ComPol was compelled to address during yesterday’s hearing are reports that the security clearance requirement component to visa and nationality applications which were conducted by the Police was discontinued. Once more the ComPol and former Immigration CEO could not recall if this were so, in fact, he couldn’t even recall if the security clearance is required by the law.

Another Vega Land Scandal
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources Gaspar Vega and his family continue to be embroiled in major controversy involving questionable land deals. A report that appeared in the BELIZE TIMES of Sunday July 16th, reveals that the words “land grab” may be an understatement of the doings of the Vega family while Gaspar Vega was still the Minister in charge of lands.

CJC Students Make Belize Proud
The Caribbean Organization of National Telecommunications Organizations (CANTO) held its third annual CANTO CODE 3.0 Virtual Hackathon which was launched on June 17th and ran through to the 25th where a team of three Belizean students from Corozal Junior College who go by the name LXJ Code placed first in the competition that required them to build a mobile application.

BSCFA Responds To BSI/ASR
Tonight the contention continues to build between the BSCFA and BSI/ASAR, at the heels of a proposal made by ASR to invest twenty two million dollars to upgrade the factory in preparation of the coming changes in the EU market regime in October 2017. As we had previously reported for this investment to happen BSI/ASR is proposing to amend the 2015 cane purchase agreement to cement the current revenue share agreement as well as the payment formula for bagasse until 2022.

ComPol Oblivious To Immigration Irregularities
Yesterday we showed you parts of the testimonies of Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie and Retired Police Officer, former Superintendent Julio Valdez which dealt with what should have been a complete investigation by the Police Department on Immigration irregularities discovered by Valdez but which turned out to have been shelved somewhere at the Criminal Investigation Branch.


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Julio Valdez refuses to identify who made directive to stop Immigration investigation
Retired Assistant Superintendent of Police Julio Valdez would not reveal who instructed him to desist from digging deeper into the irregularities he found at the immigration department. Valdez presented himself today in Belmopan before the Special Senate Select Committee. He was questioned about the investigation he was in charge of regarding the theft of eight […]

Valdez speaks on irregularities within Nationality Department
During his investigation into the theft of eight visas, the now retired Assistant Superintendent of Police, Julio Valdez began uncovering serious irregularities within the nationality department. He noticed a startling trend which allowed foreigners to be granted Belizean nationality without having qualified. He shared with the committee the troublesome abnormalities he found within the application […]

Valdez addresses files found in possession of attorney Arthur Saldivar
What led Julio Valdez in uncovering serious irregular practices within the nationality department was the case of the eight missing visas. At that time, Attorney Arthur Saldivar was in possession of those visas. According to Valdez, his office had received information on October 8, 2013 that there were missing documents from the Immigration Department in […]

Compol questioned on nationality screening
When senior immigration officer Ady Pecheco testified before the Senate Select Committee, she said the established procedures did not require employees to verify documents as part of the application process. Pacheco told the committee that the security clearance was removed for all persons applying for Belizean nationality. This, according to Pacheco, was a decision handed […]

UNICEF conducts training on dealing with children after disasters
UNICEF has partnered with the Government in an initiative that is focused on building resilience and facilitating recovery for children in emergencies. UNICEF is hosting a one week workshop with representatives of the Ministry of Labor, Local Government and Rural Development and the National Emergency Management Organization. Denise Robateau, early childhood development and education officer […]

BSI wants to amend 2015 Cane Purchase agreement
As we have reported before, the BSI/ASR is propoing to produce more direct consumption sugar, a project that it assures is the best possible option for the long term viability of the sugar industry. But as it proposes the project, it is also proposing to amend the 2015 Cane Purchase agreement that was signed with […]

Eight students receive scholarships from Courts
This morning Courts, through its Dare to Dream Scholarship Program, issued eight scholarships to students from the Orange Walk, Corozal, Cayo and Belize Districts. Public Relations representative at Courts, Grisel Carballo says the team from the company selected the recipients from 65 applications received from across the country. Grisel Carballo PR Representative “What the company […]

Man sought in death of friend surrenders to Police
Cecil Gill, accused of killing his friend, thirty one year old Phillip Michael Samuels on Monday night has handed himself in to police. Today, Senior Superintendent of Police Marco Vidal, Commander of the Eastern Division South told the media that they expect to charge Gill soon. Sr. Supt. Marco Vidal – OC, EDS “We have […]

Police Officers accused of extortion
Thirty-seven year old police corporal Marvin Salam and twenty-eight year old police constable Anthony Blair were charged with extortion when they appeared today before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza. They pled not guilty to the charge. They were released on bails of three thousand dollars each and their case was adjourned until September 27. The incident occurred […]

New Head of Southside Police says interventions should be channelled through proper channels
This marks the third week since the transfers within the Police Department became effective. The shift at the Eastern Division South captured a lot of attention with Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal taking over command from Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams. Williams had built a record quite his own and the gang intervention initiative saw […]

The Guardian

Cops charged for extortion
Two Raccoon Street Police Officers were escorted to court on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 after they were accused of extortion. They are Cpl. Marvin Salam, 36-years-old, and PC Anthony Blair, 27-years-old. Both men appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza where they were read the charge to which they both pleaded not guilty. Allegations are that on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in Belize City, while on duty a Corporal and a Constable, demanded a sum of $5,000 from Hemant and Jessica Bhojwani. Hemant, a 20-year-old student of an Albert Street address, reported that he was driving his vehicle, where he was accompanied by Garbiel Taylor and Chelsea Mitchell, and upon reaching the Western round-about, he was pulled over by a police truck.

Friend stabs and kills friend for defending a woman
Police have arrested Cecil Gill in Belize City who they believe stabbed and killed 31 year-old Phillip Michael Samuels. Police investigations have revealed that on Monday, July 17, 2017, at around 8:20 p.m., Samuels was socializing with his friend, at the Southside Villas Apartment. Samuels and his friend had a disagreement, and this man pulled a knife, and stabbed him in the left side of the chest. He was rushed to the KHMH for emergency treatment, but about 2 hours later, he succumbed to that injury.

New bridge for Maypen
The community of Maypen saw the official opening of a new bridge that will connect the village to the Philip Goldson highway over the Black Creek. The work came as area representative, Hon. Edmond Castro, consistently lobbied the Ministry of Works to have the works done. It took just under 2 years to construct at a value of 250 thousand dollars; including the approach to the bridge as well as the bridge itself, the new link will open an access route through what Hon. Castro says is one of the most scenic routes in the Belize River Valley area.

Senate inquiry proceeds with senior cops testifying
Police Commissioner Allen Whylie and the retired police officer, Julio Valdez were called to testify before the most recent Senate hearing on Immigration. Members of the Senate Select Committee were trying to find out how serious the police department is treating the irregularities that have been revealed in the Auditor General’s reports on Immigration. The first witness of the day was Julio Valdez, who retired with the rank of Superintendent of police in 2014. At that time, he was the deputy to Assistant Police Commissioner Russell Blackett, who held the post as the Commander of the Department’s National Criminal Investigations Branch.

Water being provided to over 1,000 villagers in Southern Belize
The Government of Belize, through the Social Investment Fund, made their commitment of addressing the basic needs of Belizeans in the areas of water, sanitation, and health and has recently funded solar energy water systems in Pueblo Viejo and Conejo Creek. This initiative has been made possible through a $1.5 million grant from the Caribbean Development Bank under the Water and Sanitation System Enhancement Sector of the Basic Needs Trust Fund Programme. The official inauguration will take place on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the pump house on Conejo Creek by Hon. Erwin Contreras and Hon. Hugo Patt.

San Ignacio being beautified
A beautification program by the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council is now underway. Such a program is important considering that the Twin Towns with its many attractive settings is a magnet for tourists and locals alike. To inform visitors to the Twin Towns on their location, a large sign composed of foam and concrete has now been completed by a highly skilled craftsman Jorje Can. Mayor Earl Trapp Junior tells the Guardian that by the end of this week an artist will be brought in to decorate the ‘San Ignacio’ sign and hopefully make it a perfect backdrop for photographers alike.

Reading for the summer, Mayor of Belmopan leads the way
With the beginning of the School holidays, Libraries across Belize have increased their activities. This is a good time for our children to take advantage of those wonderful opportunities from the Belize National Library Service and Information System. The Mayor of Belmopan Khalid Belisle has recognized this and made a special guest appearance last Friday morning at the Belmopan Public Library for their annual summer reading program. At the Library Mayor Belisle read two stories to the kids and interacted with them. In his main message, Mayor Belisle urged the children to read and further their education. He said that without knowing how to read much cannot be done in the educational world.

BTB Digital Marketing Summit 2017
The Belize Tourism Board held its 3rd annual Digital Marketing Summit on July 14, 2017 in an effort to encourage capacity building in the area of digital marketing in Belize’s tourism industry. The one day event allowed local tourism stakeholders to engage in interactive learning with each other as well as international presenters. The topics covered in this year’s summit, Content Marketing, Digital Trends, Travel Trade, and Best Practices in Social Media, were delivered by persons from Olson Digital, Google, Travel Clicks, and other representatives. Over one hundred participants registered and were a part of the audience.

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.

Where is Johnny going?
“The DPP should look into that. The DPP should look into the actions of Minister Castro, or Minister Martinez, of Minister Heredia and Minister Montero. I mean we can just start there. We need to start at the very top, until we can get after the people at the very top, the people at the bottom are going to continue to follow the example of the top.” That was the statement made to Jules Vasquez late last week by Johnny Briceño. Apparently he is not satisfied with the costly Senate Special Select Committee Investigation (SSSCI). So the Leader of the Opposition, Johnny Briceño is now asking for the DPP to go on a wild goose chase.

JP association makes donation of scrubs to the KHMH
A hefty donation of surgical attire was made to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital on July 13, 2017 by the Justice of the Peace and Commissioners of the Supreme Court Association of Belize. The California Chapter has recently been revamped following the appointment of Hon. Michael Peyrefitte as Belize’s Attorney General.

Senate inquiry failing PUP’s intention
Looking at the live broadcast of the Senate hearing this week, it became even clearer that the PUP is not getting the effects that they wanted out of these hearings .They have now really reduced these hearing down to nothing else but a STAGED EVENT. It has been staged in an effort to get sound bites for electioneering advertisement. During Retired Superintendent of Police Julio Valdez’ testimony and in particular his interactions with Senators Lizarraga ,who was the acting Chairman and Courtenay. It was as if his answers came from what is sometimes referred to as a cheat sheet.

Screwdriver attack leads to remand for estranged boyfriend
Belize City man, Keith Middleton, the ex- boyfriend of a woman attacked with a screw driver, is spending time at the Belize Central Prison after he was denied bail on July 18, 2017 when he appeared before a Belize City Magistrate on two criminal offenses. Middleton is a 30-year-old unemployed resident of Jane Usher Boulevard. He appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith for the offenses of aggravated assault with a screw driver and wounding of his ex-girlfriend, Muteeshe Smith. In court where Middleton was unrepresented, he was read two charges, both to which he pleaded not guilty.

Bomba farmer on remand for sexual assault upon a minor
A Bomba resident and farmer is behind bars after he was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on two counts of sexual assault upon an 11-year-old student of Northern Belize. He is 40-year-old Jorge Cerraras. Cerraras was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser for the two sex related offenses. He was unrepresented in court where he pleaded not guilty to both offenses. Allegations are that on two separate occasions in June 2017, he inappropriately touched the minor. The child made a police report in the presence of her mother.

BPMS workers get bail for drug trafficking
Two mail couriers for BPMS were busted with 25 pounds of weed just outside Orange Walk on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. The weed, which was in a large rectangular box inside the cargo truck, was, according to police, property of Garcia and Hernandez and not a package that was innocently being delivered. The duo was charged for drug trafficking and were initially denied bail in the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court.

Seven years for theft of a cell phone
A 22-year-old Belize City man of a Belama address, Wilward Clark, is serving a 7 year sentence handed down on him after he was found guilty of the offense of burglary before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith on July 17, 2017. Clark was accused of entering the home of Roy Joseph, a tour guide of Belama, as a trespasser. Clark stole Joseph’s cell phone and was caught red handed by Joseph who was asleep when he heard a noise.

One month in prison for stealing chair covers
Kent Vernon, a 44-year-old fisherman of Olivera Street in the Saint Martin de Pores area, Belize City is serving a one month sentence imposed on him after he stole a woman’s chair coverings from off her clothes line. His sentence started Thursday, July 13, 2017 after he appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza. Vernon, who is no stranger to the court and who has a list of convictions for crimes of dishonesty, begged the court for leniency but with convictions for theft and handling stolen goods, he could not be spared jail time.

Child drowns in pit latrine in Maya Mopan , Belmopan
Another child from Belmopan’s Maya Mopan Area has drowned. On Thursday evening at about 5:00 pm, a nineteen month old baby was playing out in the yard with other children and went unattended for a brief period. Her mother Teresa Teul, who has four other children, was visiting a family member. One of the children then shouted that baby Teresa Coy was in an abandoned ‘toilet hole’ filled with water. The nineteen month old baby was taken out and rushed to the Western Regional Hospital where medics attempted to evacuate the fluids from within her body but the baby had died.

Benedicto Mendez dies in road traffic accident
Ernesto Cadle, a 48-year-old Belizean taxi driver of Cowpen Village, reported that about 7 p.m. on July 17, 2017 he was driving his Isuzu Rodeo from the Cowpen Junction to Independence Village. Upon reaching between miles 36 and 37, he knocked down Benedicto Mendez, a 62-year-old Belizean laborer of Cowpen who was travelling ahead in the same direction on a motorcycle. Mendez sustained body injuries and died on the spot.

Man remanded for molesting 8 year old child
An 8-year-old child is the latest victim of sexual assault after she reported that a man she knew well assaulted her using his finger to penetrate her private area. Accused of the heinous crime upon the child is 39-year-old Moises Flores, a resident of Holy Emmanuel Street, Belize City. Flores, who was in police custody over the weekend, appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Monday, July 17, 2017. He was read a charge of sexual assault of a child by penetration. No plea was taken from Flores who was unrepresented.

No jail time for man caught with crack cocaine
A Belize City man who was busted by police with possession of crack cocaine and taken into the police station to be processed claimed that the police placed foil onto the weighing scale so that the crack cocaine which was so little and could not move the scale, be read. That man is Leo Smith, a self employed of Handy Side Street. On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, he was found in possession of 0.2 grams of crack cocaine. Besides the drugs, Smith was additionally charged with allegedly obstructing PC Manuel Caliz while he was executing his duties. Smith allegedly took the cocaine off the scale and threw it to the ground.

Teacher remanded for unlawful sexual intercourse
Eric Mazin, a teacher from Mopan Technical High, is on remand at the Hattieville prison. Mazin has been accused of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old female student. San Ignacio police had been investigating for some time and charges have finally been brought against the 24-year-old teacher. He was arraigned on Thursday, July 13, 2017 and remanded.

Toldeo man charged for murder of Bangladeshi national
A 23-year-old construction worker from Jordan Village, Toledo was arraigned on Monday, July 17, 2017 for the murder of Bangladeshi national, 29-year-old Abdush Salam. Salam was a businessman who was murdered in his Belize City home on Saturday, July 1, 2017. The man, Juan Roberto Choc, was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser to be read a single charge of murder.

Tourist knocked down and killed in Stann Creek
Devin Robert Merrell, 18, an American National, lost his life in a fatal traffic accident in the Stann Creek District. Merrell was riding a rented motorbike when he slammed head-on into a flatbed truck, police say. His injuries were severe, and he died after the crash. It happened on Saturday, July 15, sometime around midday at the junction of the road which leads to the Mayflower Bocawena National Park, and the Southern Highway. Reports to the press are that Merrell and his friend rented the motorbikes from Emma’s Motorbike Rentals in Hopkins.

Central American U 20 Female Volleyball Championship opens
he Belize Volleyball Association is playing host to the 2017 Central American U-20 Female championship from July 19-22, 2017. The games will be played at the St. Catherine Academy Multi-Purpose Centre in Belize City. At the time of this writing, the six Central American countries were all in the country thus making it the first time that the championship will have the participation of all seven Central American Countries. By the time we hit the street this morning, Team Belize would have played its first game against Team Honduras.

Ayannah Smith No-Hit the Belize Bank Bulldogs in city softball competition
The 2017 Belize City Softball Competition continued on Monday 17th July, at Rogers Stadium with a scheduled game between the defending champions the Belize Bank Bulldogs and Beacon. Beacon still recovering from its extra inning 12-9 loss to the Belize Bank Bulldogs on Friday 14th July, but for unknown reasons, the ghosts of softball past showed up on Monday night when Ayannah Smith hurled the season’s first no-hitter and her first shut-out win against the Belize Bank Bulldogs. Not only it was her first no-hitter of her young career, she also blanked the Belize Bank Bulldogs by the score of 12-0 in 4 innings.

Digicell continues its mastery of the Belize Bank Bulldogs
The Belize City Senior Female Softball competition continued on Tuesday 18th July, 2017, at Rogers Stadium with the Belize Bank Bulldogs going up against Digicell. In the game played, Digicell continued its mastery of the defending champions Belize Bank Bulldogs, when it upended it by the score of 16-6 in four innings, handing them its second straight defeat in as many days. The winning pitcher for Digicell was Shayla Dillett and the losing pitcher was Renisha Richards. In the games played so far in this year’s competition, Digicell has won a total of 4 games from the Belize Bank Bulldogs while losing once to it so far.

Belmopan house fire
On Thursday July 13, 2017, information was received of a house fire in the Las Flores area in Belmopan where a green cement bungalow house measuring 38’x38’ with zinc roofing was seen engulfed in flames with the fire personnel already on scene. 37-year-old Terry Coleman, a house wife of #13 Maravilla Street, Las Flores Belmopan, reported that she had put in a load of clothes in the washing machine and a load in the gas dryer and went into the kitchen to prepare food. A short while after, she heard a strange sound coming from the wash room and upon checking, she noticed that the entire room was in flames.

The Belize Bank Awards 16 Scholarships
The Belize Bank held its 6th Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 where 16 students from across the country were awarded. As a part of the scholarship, 10 of those students will receive full high school funding while 6 will get for sixth form. The 16 also received school supplies and will have access to a tutoring and mentorship program. According to Lyndon Guiseppi, Chairman, mentorship is an integral part of the program and as a result, managers or officers in the districts have been identified as these tutors or mentors.

COURTS Dare to Dream Scholarship Program
COURTS is continuing its “Dare to Dream” Scholarship Program. A ceremony was held on July 19, 2017 at the Harry Lawrence Conference Center at the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Belize City. A total of 8 students received scholarships. According to Grisel Carballo, Marketing Officer, they were chosen based primarily on their financial need and then their performance level. The students were awarded four-year scholarships in what COURTS says is their corporate responsibility.

Ariel Rosado Foundation Awards 46 Scholarships this Year
The Board of Directors of The Ariel Rosado Foundation, established in January 2012, is celebrating five and a half years of service to Belize and expresses appreciation to all those who made this milestone possible. The Foundation was established to celebrate the life of Ariel Rosado, an outstanding Belizean who died in a road traffic accident at age 28. This year, the secondary school scholarships have been awarded to students from 16 different secondary schools throughout the country. The Foundation is pleased to recognize the Belize Social Security Board, Belize Electricity Limited, UNICOMER (Belize) Ltd, Belize Telecommunications Limited, and the Wet Lizard Restaurant as corporate sponsors.

House fire in Belize City
On July 16, 2017 at 3:30 a.m., police visited No. 3168 Supal Street, Belize City where they saw a building engulfed in flames and personnel from the fire Department on the scene. A plywood house measuring about 15ft by 25ft belonging to 24-year-old Devon Sankey, a construction worker, was completely destroyed by the fire. Another house located in the same yard also made of plywood measuring about 20ft by 30ft belonging to 40-year-old Shern Williams received partial damages.

¡NO MINES, NO FOUNDRIES, NO COCA FIELDS, NO ADOPTION MILLS, NO STOCK MARKET!
Sometimes it appears that the local “independent” media is so focused on partisan political issues that it fails to bring larger issues to the attention of the public. The recent headlines were screaming about pedophilia and murder. Regrettably, there was not much deep discussion about permissiveness and deviance. Things that have to do with humans can be better understood if one considers a time line. Time runs continuously; while on the average, individuals live for only about eighty years (that is about 2.7 generations; if the latter is considered to be 30 years).

Passing On
There is a local superstition here in OW that when people start passing away in your immediate neighborhood it gets very perilous for the living in that said zone until seven persons (7 being a complete number) have gone to rest . There is no medical evidence supporting that misbelief; but I hold another belief, that when your friends and relatives at or near your age bracket start departing this world it’s time for you to start setting your house in order, so to speak. There have been several losses of life in my neighborhood, but the grim reaper just barely jumped over my house and went his way, praise God.

Money found growing on trees!
Belize’s economy has been in recession for more than a year. Our economy is not growing and we are becoming increasingly desperate for solutions. In our quest for a quick fix we often look toward big money foreign investors with big promises of jobs and revenue. But, as we have often seen, many of these projects have damaged our environment, not fulfilled promises of long term jobs and left us with more economic questions than answers. The solution will not be a quick fix. It requires targeted national investment in homegrown industries that takes advantage of our greatest assets, our natural resources.

It’s yours to spend!
Imagine you had a bank account that deposited $86,400 at the start of each day, however the account does not allow you to keep a cash balance, and whatever amount you had failed to use gets cancelled at the close of the day. How much would you withdraw from the account each day? Did you say… all of it?! I’d bet you would! You do have such a bank. We all do. But it is loaded with something even more valuable than money. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever time you have failed to use wisely. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft so you can’t borrow against yourself or use more time than you have. Each day, the account starts fresh. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, it’s your loss and you can’t get it back.

Words of Life
In the Gospel of John, chapter 16, verse 15, Jesus said: “Everything the Father says is also what I say. That is why I said, ‘He (Holy Spirit) will take what I say and tell it to you.’ ” Jesus had a close relationship with our Heavenly Father, and the Father always showed Him everything He was doing. This foreknowledge from God always put Jesus a step ahead of all the things which will happen during the day. He was a step ahead of His critics and enemies because God revealed what was in their minds to Him. He already knew about the problems of the people He was going to meet, and had seen the solutions from the Father.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Ministry of Housing advises public to beware of scam artists
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, today, issued a release stating that it has come to the attention of the Ministry that unknown persons have been attempting to scam money from the general public under the pretense that homes have been approved for […]

US Embassy donates USD $217,000 in supplies to National NEMO Warehouse
On July 19, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Adrienne Galanek, handed over approximately US $217,000 worth of humanitarian assistance supplies to National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) Director, Shelton Defour to replenish disaster relief warehouses (DRW). The ceremony took place at the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) warehouse […]

Investigate a robbery, Find a body
By Lisa Shoman: Yesterday, Commissioner of Police and former CEO in the Ministry of National Security, Allan Whylie went to Independence Hill, in a yellow short sleeved shirt. Why was he dressed as a civilian? Commissioner Whylie possesses a uniform. I even have seen him wearing it, […]

Corozal police bust seven pounds of weed
According to police reports, yesterday around 3:00 p.m., Corozal police were on mobile patrol on the Philip Goldson Highway in the vicinity of San Pedro village when cops stopped and searched 34-year-old Albert Humes of Altamira area, Corozal town and 19-year-old Shanice Humes […]

Bandits make off with $1,800 in highway robbery
Ernesto Blanco, 42, a truck driver for Lucas Gas station of Bella Vista village, Toledo reported that on Tuesday morning he was in the vicinity of Monkey River village driving a butane truck accompanied by his co-worker Winder Paredez when two men came out […]

Police investigating fake $100 bill paid to BEL
Yesterday around 11:30 a.m., 21-year-old Ari Smith, a cashier at Belize Electricity Limited, Belize City reported that on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. while working, a man approached the counter to pay an electricity bill for the sum of $225. The man handed the amount […]

ComPol on why police have not investigated Immigration scandal
At yesterday’s senate hearings, Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie was asked about the reason the police department is not carrying out an investigation into the irregularities revealed by the Auditor General in her special report on the Immigration Department. Whylie’ssaid he was waiting until […]

New May Pen bridge inaugurated
A new bridge on the access road to May Pen Village in Belize Rural North was inaugurated yesterday, July 19. The bridge, a one-lane foundation structure, is the result of a donation from United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and an investment of $256,000 by […]

Florida businessman headed to jail for tax evasion scheme involving Heritage Bank
A Florida businessman will spend over four years in prison for several tax evasion and fraud schemes, one of which involving Heritage Bank in Belize. According to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), 48-year-old Casey Padula of Port Charlotte will spend a total […]

Newborn thrown away in Belize City canal
Reports to BBN indicate that an infant child was discovered wrapped in a plastic bag in the canal near South Street in Belize City a short time ago. Initial reports had indicated the baby was a fetus, however, reports suggest the child may have […]

Woman dies in fatal traffic accident in Seine Bight Village
BBN has confirmed that a woman died in a fatal traffic accident in Seine Bight Village, Stann Creek District. According to reports, the driver of a vehicle lost control and hit the woman who waiting for the bus. The woman died on the spot […]

Zabaneh fights US sanction over El Chapo connection
Belizean businessman John Zabaneh is challenging a sanction imposed by the United States Treasury Department, over an alleged connection to Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Zabaneh, represented by US lawyer Erich Ferrari, filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in D.C. Federal Court. The US […]

Blogs

Pool and Snacks at Costa Blu Resort on North Ambergris Caye
When I first arrived on Ambergris Caye over 10 years ago, there was a large, all-inclusive dive resort way up north that seemed SO far away… 6 miles north of San Pedro town, before there was a road, was Costa Maya Dive Resort. It closed down soon after I moved here – and my first stop there was 2013. Pretty much abandoned. A few years ago, Sandy Points Resorts took over. They own/manage a bunch of resorts on the island – some of my favorites, in fact. And they did a beautiful job rebuilding and reviving… And now there is a road, a paved road for 4 miles and then a decent packed road for about 5 more… The resort is called Costa Blu Resort – and it has one of the biggest beach fronts on the island. Beach front right on the Mexico Rocks Marine Reserve – one of the prettiest stretches of reef and water off Ambergris Caye. Yesterday, with a break in the cloudy weather, I stopped in for a snack and a look around…

International Sourcesizz

US businessman with Caribbean offshore accounts jailed for conspiring to commit tax, bank fraud
US Businessman is said to have concealed approximately $2.5 Million in Secret Belize Accounts... The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says a Florida businessman with offshore accounts in Belize and the Cayman Islands has been sentenced to 57 months in prison for conspiring to commit tax and bank fraud. According to documents filed with the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Casey Padula, 48, of Port Charlotte, was the sole shareholder of Demandblox, Inc, a marketing and information technology business. The documents say Padula conspired with others to move funds for his benefit from Demandblox to offshore accounts in Belize and disguised these transfers as business expenses in Demandblox's corporate records.

Charlotte couple writes children's books in Belize
It was a big mail day. Carton full of children’s books. When I looked up the link attached inside the box, I got it... The books are written and illustrated by Lisa Cryier and her husband Ronnie who both used to live in Charlotte. Their website says they grew tired of the “rat race.” “We decided it was time for a major life change,” Cryier said. “We wanted to slow down, travel more and start living our lives.” So, the couple worked hard to save money and sold everything they owned in 2014. The couple then moved to Belize.

Videos

  • SARSTOON RACE AD 2017, 1.5min.

  • Social Investment Fund Takes A Tour of Southern Belize, 5min. Recognizing the critical role that Belize Social Investment Fund plays in the country’s national development; Hon Erwin Contreras, Minister with responsibility for SIF, embarked on a national tour of SIF projects.

  • Attorney General Discusses Anti-Corruption Convention, 8min. Belize has charted its way ahead to ensure its compliance as a state party to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, and recently, Belize’s Attorney General sat with our Belize Now Team to discuss our progress thus far.

  • Attorney General Discusses Anti-Corruption Convention, 8min. Belize has charted its way ahead to ensure its compliance as a state party to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, and recently, Belize’s Attorney General sat with our Belize Now Team to discuss our progress thus far.

  • Belize 2017, 8min.

  • El Salvador vs Belize ( U20 Central American Female Volleyball Championship), 2hr20min. U20 Central American Female Volleyball Championship Live From SCA Multipurpose Center, Belize City.

  • Costa Rica vs Belize ( U20 Central American Female Volleyball Championship ), 2hr. U20 Central American Female Volleyball Championship Live From SCA Multipurpose Center, Belize City.

  • Belize vacation, 10min.

  • Waterfront Development of the Yarborough Green, 12min. Final public consultation for the Yarborough Waterfront Development Project going on now at the Belize City House Of Culture.

  • The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA), 35min.

  • Child Development Foundation (CDF), 37min.

  • The Warriors FC players returned from the Rush Fest Soccer Camp held in Colorado Springs., 23min.

  • The new Belize City Civic Center is taking shape, 1min. This multi-purpose mega facility will boast: - An air-conditioned interior with a seating capacity of 4,500 - A FIBA certified wooden main court and three practice courts - Offices, media boxes and multiple locker-rooms - Another basketball court with 24-hour access to the public - Parking for 200 vehicles This $33 million investment highlights a new era of world class sporting infrastructure for the entire country of Belize.

  • Island life is for the birds…, 1/2min. Watching the birds play in the surf on Hatchet Caye, Belize.

  • I could watch this all day…, 2min. View from Hatchet Caye in Belize

  • Belize 2017, 12min.

  • Costa Rica vs Belize ( U20 Central American Female Volleyball Championship ), 2hr20min. U20 Central American Female Volleyball Championship Live From SCA Multipurpose Center, Belize City.

  • Belize Vacation Tuesday in Town, 7min. Our vacation rental is in town. We are only blocks away from the town of Placencia. We enjoy going into town. There are a few businesses owned by Americans that have transplanted. We enjoy buying from the locals. I needed a part for my GoPro handle. I was able to find the screw I needed and then a local welding shop to make me a new knob. Darren our local friend works at Chabil Mar which is the resort we have stayed in the past. He met us for lunch. Overall we enjoy easy going days shopping in town. Watch and enjoy.

  • Sharks at 60 Feet, Belize, 2.5min.

  • Belize Vacation Snorkeling 2017, 5.5min. After some fishing we went to a couple of shallow reefs for some snorkeling. We also hoped to find a few spiny lobsters. We did not have any luck finding lobsters even though it is lobster season. We did however find some large crab. Weston and Brian harvested several.

  • , 4min. We went out with our favorite fishing guide in Placencia which is Grayson Sierra. Grayson takes us trolling, snorkeling, crab, and lobster fishing. A day of what ever we want to do on the water and t the same time putting us on the fish. We did stay inside the reef until the water calms down.


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