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The San Pedro Sun

Ministry of Natural Resources investigating Illegal Mining and Dredging in Ambergris Caye
The Ministry of Natural Resources has received complaints of elevated illicit mining and dredging activities within the marine environment surrounding San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The Mining Unit, along with the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Staff, is investigating these activities to confirm the extent and those involved. Based on the outcome of the investigation the Ministry will take the necessary steps to address any infringement of regulations. The Ministry of Natural Resources reminds the Public, specifically persons engaged in mining and dredging activities, that it is an offence to mine, prospect and/ or remove minerals without first obtaining a permit or license from the Mining Unit of the Ministry of Natural Resources. Any person who is found carrying out these activities without the requisite permit or license commits an offence and will be held liable on conviction to fines and/or imprisonment under the Mines and Minerals Act Chapter 226, Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000-2003.

San Pedro Traffic Department to implement new registration system for drivers’ licenses and vehicles
The San Pedro Traffic Department (SPTD) is in the process of joining a nationwide network which will provide all municipalities with a database of all registered drivers’ licenses and vehicles. The initiative is expected to take place in the upcoming months and will seek to standardize the current system. The effort is expected to thwart the many violations committed by drivers across the country as well as the theft of vehicles. Chris Nuñez of the SPTD welcomes the idea, saying it will help the Department in accessing any information that might be needed regarding any particular case. “If someone has been issued a ticket in Cayo, we will be able to pull out that information over here in San Pedro and know whether it has been paid or not,” said Nuñez. If not, then the person can be penalized. The new system will also provide access to the drivers’ background, and it is believed that it will assist in the enforcement of the traffic regulations as well. So far, the only municipalities with these type of records are Belize City and Belmopan City.

Miss San Pedro 2017-2018 contestants presented at official sashing ceremony
In hopes of being the island’s next beauty ambassador, five lovely young ladies began their journey to become Miss San Pedro 2017-2018. On Wednesday, July 26th, the contestants were presented to their sponsors during an official sashing ceremony at El Patio Restaurant and Lounge. This year’s contestants and sponsors are: 18 year-old Vivianna Paredes (Jaguars Temple Night Club), 18 year-old Tanisha Rhaburn (Fido’s Courtyard and Pier), 17 year-old Nurian Trujillo (Castillo’s Hardware), 18 year-old Virginia Vasquez (Ramon’s Village), and 20 year-old Nailea Kotch (La Sirene Resort Spa and Marina). The five contestants then made their official walk on stage, and introduced themselves to the audience. All ladies shared their joy in being part of the pageant, sharing some of their future aspirations with the gathered crowd. Representatives from Jaguar Temple Night Club, La Sirene Resort Spa and Marina, Ramon’s Village, Fido’s Courtyard and Pier, and Castillo’s Hardware then picked their contestant’s name from a jar. After learning who their sponsor was, each girl was officially presented with her sash.

Eduardo Aguilar called to the Bar of United Kingdom
On Thursday, July 20th, the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn officially called San Pedro resident Eduardo Aguilar to the Bar for both England and Wales in the United Kingdom (UK). The practice of law in the UK is divided between solicitors and barristers, and Gray’s Inn is one of the four Inns of Court that includes barristers and judges in London, UK. 29 year-old Aguilar told The San Pedro Sun that his path to becoming an attorney began at the age of 18. In 2008, he graduated from the University of the West Indies with an Associate Degree and First Class Honours in Paralegal Studies. Afterwards, he decided to attend law school in England, where he graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors in Law (LLB) from the University of Warwick. In 2014, Aguilar returned to Belize to gain legal experience and also ventured into the fashion industry by opening Foreva Fancy Boutique.

Ministry of Natural Resources confirms that gated docks are illegal
The San Pedro Sun contacted the respective authorities to weigh in on the matter. Representatives from the Physical Planning Department (PPD) at the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) explained that in Belize, all land up to 66 feet from the high water level is considered national land or “Queen’s Land”. This means that docks are to be kept accessible to the public. The Department at the MNR indicated that by denying access, dock proprietors can lose their building permit and may be ordered to dismantle the structure. “Whenever a permit is granted, the erection of the structure on National Lands does not mean ownership, and no gates or barrier structure shall be placed on the dock,” said a spokesperson at the Ministry. “The public should be able to access the pier between the hours of 6AM and 6PM.”

Ambergris Today

Miss San Pedro Contestants 2017 Announced
The quest to become San Pedro’s next beauty ambassador has began as five beautiful young ladies were officially announced and sashed as the Miss San Pedro 2017 contestants on Wednesday, July 26, at El Patio Restaurant. Each of the delegates was presented with their official sash bearing their sponsor’s name and was addressed by Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. and outgoing Miss San Pedro 2016 Miss Lisandra Novelo.

Chef Jennie Staines Shines In Taiwan's Taste Of Belize
Chef Jennie Staines of Elvi’s Kitchen in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, is currently in Taiwan showcasing cuisine from Belize and Central America. She is participating in the Taste of Belize culinary event taking place at the Shangri-La Hotel. “The Rice & Beans came out perfect,” commented Chef Jennie on one of her Facebook posts. She is one of Belize’s best chefs and a true pride of the country. Congratulations Chef Jennie; you make us all proud!

$60M From Taiwan To Belize, Foreign Minister Visits
H.E. Dr. David Lee, Foreign Minister of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is undertaking a three day visit to Belize, 26-28 July 2017, on the invitation of Hon. Wilfred P. Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize. On Wednesday Minister Lee signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Cooperation, through which Taiwan will provide $60M to Belize, one third in grants and the remainder in loans which will be disbursed over the next four years. This support will contribute directly to the development of Belize.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Forensic equipment valued at over US $800,000 donated
Yesterday, the United States Acting Chargé d' Affaires, Nathan Bland handed over 9 Ford F-150 vehicles and additional forensic equipment valued at over US $800,000 to the Belize National Forensic Science Services. This donation is one part of the overall effort by the U.S. Embassy to assist the Government of Belize in improving the capability and the capacity of the National Forensic Science Services (NFSS) Scenes of Crime Unit to efficiently and effectively process crime scenes. The donation of the vehicles will provide greater mobility to each of the Scenes of Crimes offices throughout Belize enabling them to arrive at crime scenes faster – almost anywhere in the country. This donation also includes various forensics related equipment stocked in each vehicle, including crime scene kits, lights and a generator for night scene processing, cameras, emergency equipment, fire arms identification kits, and several other items.

Maya Research Program
Maya Research Program: Session 4 2017

Costa Maya candidates take Sunset Cruise
Thank you to Island Dream Tours - YOLO for the sunset cruise. The Costa Maya 2017 delegates enjoyed every bit of it

Costa Maya Festival 2017
Day 1

Belize Telemedia’s new service, DIGINET
On Friday, June 23, 2017, the CEO of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL), Mr. Rochus Schreiber and his team were in San Pedro Town, where they made an official visit to Mayor Daniel Guerrero to coordinate future works that will be taking place for the installation of Belize Telemedia’s new service, DIGINET. DIGINET is a new service that promises to offer Superfast Fiber-based Internet up to 100Mbps for your home or business, and the island of Ambergris Caye will be the first in the country of Belize to experience it. If everything goes as planned, San Pedro Town will be fully connect by August 2017. The BTL team will be out in San Pedro Town in the upcoming month to promote its new service prior to the official launch. The CEO, Mr. Schreiber expressed his excitement for the launch of this new service and stated that the island of Ambergris Caye will be the first to experience DIGINET because it is the top destination for tourism in Belize. He asks for the community’s support during the time of installation as works will be very aggressive in order to fully execute the service as planned.

Department of Transport addresses apparent Reckless Behaviour by Bus Driver captured in Amateur Video Recording
The Department of Transport has been made aware of and has viewed an amateur video recording circulating on social media, which captures what appears to be reckless behaviour on the part of a driver for a bus company which operates on a road service permit issued by the department. The bus in question is owned by J and J Bus Line which originates in Benque Viejo Del Carmen. The video, captured from inside a bus belonging to another company which operates on the same route, shows the driver of the J and J bus deliberately and consistently impeding the other bus from overtaking.

Opening of the New Belmopan Weekend Farmers’ Market
The Ministry of Agriculture is pleased to announce the opening of its new Belmopan Weekend Farmers’ Market on Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds. The market will include over 150 stalls offering fresh local and imported produce, nursery plants and seedlings, prepared foods, arts and crafts, dry goods and clothing, free parking on site, a kid’s park, clean restroom facilities, and an onsite bus stop and pickup station. Opening hours for the Farmers’ Market starting Saturday, July 29th, 2017 and every weekend thereafter are as follows: Saturday: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Illegal Mining and Dredging
The Ministry of Natural Resources has received complaints of elevated illicit mining and dredging activities within the marine environment surrounding San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The Mining Unit, along with the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Staff, is investigating these activities to confirm the extent and those involved. Based on the outcome of the investigation the Ministry will take the necessary steps to address any infringement of regulations. The Ministry of Natural Resources reminds the Public, specifically persons engaged in mining and dredging activities, that it is an offence to mine, prospect and/ or remove minerals without first obtaining a permit or license from the Mining Unit of the Ministry of Natural Resources. Any person who is found carrying out these activities without the requisite permit or license commits an offence and will be held liable on conviction to fines and/or imprisonment under the Mines and Minerals Act Chapter 226, Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000-2003.

Police tour the country
They pledge to serve and protect,and that's exactly what our police officers are doing across the country from,up North to down South ,Inland and the Cayes our police officers are meeting with all communities hearing their concerns and they continues their efforts in making Belize a safer place for all.

Jennie Staines at Taste of Belize in Taiwan
A born and raise SanPedrana Jennie Staines is well known in San Pedro Ambergris for her excellent food At Elvi's Kitchen. Chef Jennie Staines of Elvi’s Kitchen in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, is currently in Taiwan presenting her cuisine from Belize and Central America. She is participating in the Taste of Belize culinary event taking place at the Shangri-La Hotel Taiwan.

Miss Popularidad | Miss Costa Maya 2017
1. Like the page | Sigue a la página. - Belize Pageant Updates 2. Like photo of delegate | Dar like a la foto de su candidata 3. Like photo on Instagram | Dar like a su foto en instagram (@belizepageants) 4. Comment & share | Comenta y comparte Ends | Termina: August 2 (9pm ET) Voting does not influence page

Street Vendors of Caye Caulker need Peddler's License
The Caye Caulker Village Council advises all vendors that effective July 31st 2017, all vendors will need to apply for a Peddler License. Applications can be picked up and filled at the Caye Caulker Village Council office. Application must be submitted for approval with all required documents at the CCVC Office by August 8th 2017.

Physiotherapy Outreach Clinic
The Inspiration Center has pictures from the Physical Therapy Outreach Clinic that was held at Hode's and the Physiotherapy Clinic. Thanks to everyone that made this possible. "A special thank you to the Barnabas Bar Petra Team for once again providing excellent service to those we serve!!!!! This year's outreach clinic was held in the Cayo District under the leadership for our Cayo RFO, Ms. Fay Madrid. Medical and Therapy services were offered to our clients and others in need of such. The clinic was freely housed by Hode's Place and the Physical Therapy Center. Once again, our sincerest gratitude to this team, for another successful visit to Belize, to our accommodation sponsors and finally, thanks to the wonderful parents for their interest, patience and dedication to their child(ren) well being!!!"

Tapir (mountain cow) found floating on the Chalillo regionn, Chiquibul
Two small punctures were observed: one on the girth (behind the elbow) and the other behind the leg. Cause of death - uncertain.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
King Arthur, Snatched, Diary of a Weepy Kid, Killing Ground.

International Congress for Conservation Biology
Thanks to the Protected Areas Conservation Trust for funding the participation of Ya'axche's Science Director and Protected Areas Progam Director at the International Congress for Conservation Biology. Today is the last day of the congress. They had an amazing time sharing the work of Ya'axche, learning and making connections with scientists and conservationists from around the world. #ICCB2017

Costa Maya 2017- Arrival Day

Guest chef dinner series
Guest chef dinner series resumes this weekend at Blue Water Grill. We're excited to have Ryan Lachaine of Riel Restaurant, Rich Parente of Clock Tower Grill, and Ned Elliott of Foreign & Domestic joining our chef Chris Aycock in our kitchen this Friday, July 28 & Saturday, July 29. Here are some items they're planning: Grilled plums, crispy shallots, chicken skin, almonds, herbs, yuzu kosho Curry leaf blackfin tuna, coconut curry, tomato, bacon jam Snapper crudo, citrus, fennel soubis, prosecco Hudson Valley seared foie gras, guava, lychee, flat bread, micro greens Apple wood smoked pork belly, blueberry mustarda, field pea summer succotash, bacon braised collard greens

Channel 7

Rogue Bus Line, Reckless Driver Caught on Commuter Camera
Tonight a Benque Viejo-based bus line is under pressure - after one of their drivers was caught on cell phone camera driving recklessly on the George Price Highway. Now, for commuters, this type of Mad Max driving is nothing new - it's par for the course between competing bus lines. And all commuters can do is say a prayer and hold unto the edges of their seats. That's because enforcement on the highways is, at best, lax, and rash bus drivers rule the roadways with demolition derby antics. But, this time, on Wednesday morning coming out of Belmopan someone caught it on camera. Jules Vasquez reviewed the shocking video:... The video shows a Sylvan Bus trying to over take a J and J bus - both of them eastbound to Belize City. The J and J driver is deliberately hogging the road - using two lanes - so the Sylvan cannot overtake him.

Transport Is Swift With Decision To Suspend
And the video is so disturbing that the Department of transport had to respond with urgency. The Transport Board met today and this afternoon the Chief Transport Officer said that the bus line's road service permit has been suspended and the driver will be charged:... Tirso Galvez, Chef Transport Officer: "Type of behavior could have lead into a serious fatal accident, both having passengers from both busses and other road users getting injured or ending as I said with fatal injuries." "The board has decided that the suspension would be for a month and that the suspension for that company and the two runs that that company has and the board will be providing another bus service to provide that service."

Home Invasion On Riverside Street
2 city residents are still shaken after they were held up at gunpoint and robbed in their own home. Early yesterday morning 55 year old Phillip Ramos was asleep upstairs in his Riverside Street home. His tenant Amilcar Garcia was asleep in the downstairs flat. Today Garcia told us he was awakened by Ramos knocking at his door. But when he opened the door, Ramos wasn't alone. Garcia recounted the frightening hold up. Amilcar Garcia, Resident: "I was sleeping when I heard the noise and the knock on the door. He, the landlord knock on the door and I opened it, because it was him. He says open it for him please - I have something to tell you. When I opened it the gun man pushed me in with the gun and he started to assault me. He choked me and hit me in my forehead with a machete and from there everything started. They stole all my belongings like TV, laptop, phone, assortment of things. But it was a frightening timing."

Accident Victim Christian Conteras Succumbs
On Saturday night, 25 year old Christian Contreras was seriously injured when he was flung off his motorbike after a collision with a van. It happened near the Burrell Boom junction and the 30 year old driver of the van, Ismael Castillo who was returning from a christian concert in the city - says Contreras swerved into his lane. Contreras received severe injuries to his head and face and was listed in a critical condition.

Alleged Arsonist Allen Martin Will Stand Trial For Fire On Faber's Ride
He is accused of torching Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber's vehicle and Allen Martinez, will stand trial for arson in the Supreme Court. This morning a preliminary inquiry was held in the magistrate's court where the police prosecutor tendered into evidence a number of statements along with a the widely circulated video surveillance of the fire being set.

The Hitchhiker From Hell
A driver who picked up a hitchhiker is recovering from his wounds tonight after the passenger turned out to be a knife-wielding robber. Sometime after 7:00, 33 year old Adan Perez was driving a white Kia 14 seater van from Franks Eddie Village to Belmopan, and picked up a hitchhiker between Cotton Tree and Harmonyville. The passenger sat in the passenger seat beside Perez and he wasn't shy. In no time, he snatched a black purse with $210.00 dollars from the dash board. Perez tried to grab the purse back from his passenger, but the man pulled out a knife and and stabbed Perez once to the chest, and under arm, and twice to the right abdomen.

To Catch A Problem Jaguar
Jaguars are one of Belize's most elusive, yet recognizable animals. As apex predators, jaguars generally get their choice of prey when in the wild, but every once in a while, a jaguar comes across a farm, and learns that it can get an easy meal. When left to feed on livestock for long enough, some jaguars may have trouble reverting back to hunting, and can need to be relocated or rehabilitated. And tonight, that's what's happening to a jaguar caught on a farm in the Northern Lagoon area. Personnel from the Forest Department and the Belize Zoo went out to the farm to extract the jaguar, and we were there to document the process. Here's what the Forest Department's Jaguar Officer had to say about this rare event...

Taiwan Foreign Minister At Fish Farm
Taiwanese Foreign Minister Dr. David Lee's Magical Mystery Tour of Belize continued today. We say mystery because we still know very little about the itinerary of his trip. But, the government press office has sent a release and video of his visit to the Taiwanese-funded Tilapia Hatchery Centre in Central Farm, Cayo District. The Centre was created through the work of Taiwanese professionals and volunteers in the field of aquaculture, plus $2.5 million US dollars to fund it for the first five-years. The Centre is now operated by the Aquaculture Unit of the Agriculture Department.

Anne Marie Rolls, Who Will Be New Chief Magistrate?
The name Anne-Marie Smith is in the news - if not every night - then every other night. As Chief Magistrate she deals with dozens of cases every month, and since her tenure in Belize started in 2011, she has gained a well-earned reputation as fearless, no-nonsense, and quick to hand down sentences and sips of matters. But, after almost 6 years in Belize, Smith - who is a Jamaican - is moving on to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in St. Lucia. It's a promotion for Smith and she will join Belize's Godfrey Smith who is also a judge on that court. But who will replace her as the head of Belize's lower court. When we asked the Attorney General two days ago, he didn't know who would replace her - and was happy to not know:...

Senate Faces Procedural and Propriety Questions
Last night, you told you why the Senate Select Committee canceled yesterday's hearing at the last minute because they could not agree on whether or not they should question the Auditor General's team. There were members on the Senate Committee who did not think it was proper to question the auditors about the reports. But there are other questions about procedure and propriety. The press asked the chairman ask about the Opposition Party's swapping back and forth between Senators Eamon Courtenay and Michel Chebat, whenever Courtenay was unable to make it for the meetings. There are concerns about whether or not that affects the legal standing of the inquiry. The press asked the Chairman if that action could render the 8-month proceedings useless, should someone bring a civil claim against the Senate Select Committee for that...

Willoughby's Major Mayflower Makeover
The major Mayflower Makeover is complete. City councillor Phillip Willoughby and his team succeeded in removing the garbage mound that had settled there. The residents say that for years, they had no proper way to get rid of their garbage so they used their waste as land-fill. Well, yesterday, all that garbage was cleared out. Willoughby and residents told us more about the impact of this initiative. Phillip Willoughby, City Councillor: "I think by now we have capped the garbage with the clay material and then another layer of material after the clay has set will be put in place on top of that and the residents should be fine in the Mayflower area."

PUP Politicians Advises Cane Farmers Don't Revisit Bagasse Price Formula
And turning back now to the standoff in the sugar industry - we re-visit a position of the interview with PUP Orange Walk South Representative Jose Mai. He is a politician, a cane farmer and a member of the BSCFA. As we've been reporting, the BSCFA has lots of issues with the proposals put forward by ASR/BSI to lock them into a commercial contract for 8 years. And one of the issues that the BSCFA wants to first revisit is the price they get for bagasse - which is the by-product of sugar. Mai advises them to abandon that argument:...

Richard Holder Is Back Putting Regular People In Social Media
Richard Holder is a celebrated Belizean photographer. One of his most provocative pieces is his interpretation of the Last Supper - in it, Jesus and his disciples are all Rasta men. Holder said he gathered his Rasta wash-men and snapped the photo of them. Well Holder went out into the streets again for his latest exhibit. He calls himself the Original Ice-man. He has been selling these snow cones all over city streets since 1997. And she is known as Cemetery Road's best for Belizean food - Dorla. We buy from these people and see them around almost every day working hard and selling their specialties. But really these vendors aren't highlighted or appreciated as small business owners.

Farmer's Market For Belmopan
The capital city of Belmopan will have its own Weekend Farmers Market. The idea is to put farmers and consumers directly in touch with each other. The Ministry of Agriculture is promising 150 stalls with fresh produce. The market will include over 150 stalls offering fresh produce, as well as nursery plants and seedlings. We found out why it will be situated at the national agricultural and trade show grounds.:... The market's first day is this Saturday, July 29th when it opens from 5:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m..

Classical South Indian Dance Being Taught In Belize
Bharat-Nat-yam : it is a South Indian dance and you can get a chance to learn it in 6 weeks if you join the class. Lead dancer Dwayne Murrillo told us more today. Dwayne Murrillo, Bharatnatyam Dancer: "Bharatnatyam is actually a type of Indian dance, classical Indian dance that was created in the temples of Tamil Nadu which is in South India so it was basically done in these temples but eventually it came out of the temples into the theaters of India."

Channel 5

Transport Suspends J & J Bus Runs over Highway Confrontation Caught on Tape
Tonight, the Department of Transport has come down on a bus company operating out of the west, following the release of a video exposing dirty tactics by a driver on [...]

Guatemala Still Resists Sarstoon Protocol
The realization of the Sarstoon Protocol has been up in the air ever since the Guatemalan government suspended negotiations with Belize, following the death of Guatemalan minor Julio Rene Alvarado [...]

New Ambassador from Guatemala to Belize
There will be a new Guatemalan Ambassador to Belize.  While that individual has not been named officially, Guatemala is already in talks with a replacement for Manuel Estuardo Roldan Barillas. [...]

Congress Gets to Decide before Guatemalan I.C.J. Referendum
To go to the ICJ or not to go the ICJ? It is a question that Guatemalans may be deciding on very soon. Earlier this year, we reported that Guatemala [...]

Taiwan Cements Formal Relations with Belize as Foreign Affairs Minister Visits
Taiwanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Doctor David Tawei Lee and his wife, Chih Lin arrived in Belize on Wednesday and were hosted at an event in Belmopan. While the media [...]

U.B. Formally Welcomes Clement Sankat as New President
The University of Belize, its faculty and staff, student body, as well as the country, formally received its new president this evening here in Belize City.  It was an installation [...]

Natural Resources Warning on Mining from San Pedro
The Ministry of Natural Resources has received complaints of increased illicit mining and dredging activities within the marine environment surrounding San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. In a release issued today, the [...]

Trial for Accused Arsonist of Patrick Faber’s Government Vehicle
Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith today committed thirty-year-old Allen Martinez to be tried in the Supreme Court on an arson charge. He is accused of setting afire a silver Mazda car [...]

Flowers Family Broken after Zacaranda Street Arson; Help Needed
A Belize City family is tonight seeking public assistance to recover some of what they’ve lost, following a fire that destroyed their home and all its contents three weeks ago. [...]

36 Years of Success for B.C.V.I.
Approximately one thousand, three hundred persons countrywide have conditions that may lead to visual impairment, whether total or partial. The top causes are removable cataracts, irreversible glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy [...]

TIDE and MARFUND Show Off Successes Down South
We’ve shown you the Port Honduras Marine Reserve down south. It’s an economically important piece of the south, but it is also a nationally protected marine reserve. One of the [...]

How the Ports of Central America Will Work Together
On Tuesday, the thirty-ninth Central American Port Forum opened in Belize. The annual event is being hosted by Central American Commission for Maritime Transport in collaboration with the Belize Port Authority, the Port of [...]

Visually Impaired, But Big Dreamers Dominate BCVI Camp
For this next story, close your eyes and sit down in front of your television set to watch the news. Think about any of the things you do normally. Now [...]

The Y Makes Summer Better
Over three hundred and seventy students successfully completed the annual summer classes at the YWCA. It featured primary and high school students taking on additional work during their annual break [...]

Belize Out of Medals at Commonwealth Youth Games
The Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas have been completed and Belize’s team of five athletes returned on Tuesday. Their results were less than stellar, with track runners Joshire Stanley [...]

Athletes Encouraged, Vow Better Performances
For the youngsters themselves, this was no time to hang their heads. Lino, Ysaguirre and Stanley are scheduled for further competitions this year – in fact, Stanley was due to [...]

Healthy Dieting, Healthy Living
The truth about fad diets and super foods. Fad diets are targeted at people who want to lose weight quickly without exercise. Some fad diets claim that they make you [...]

CTV3

Murder Trial Against Gian Guerra Gets Underway
The trial against Gian Guerra, the man charged for the murder of Belize Defence Force soldier Rafael Rivas, is currently being heard at the Northern Session of the Supreme Court. The trial began on the 10th of July, 2017, before Justice Herbert Lord and a ruling is expected to be handed down sometime soon. CTV3 News understands the prosecution is being represented by Shanidie Chell while the defendant is being represented by Attorney Leslie Hamilton. The case is expected to resume on Tuesday August 1st.

Bilateral Agreement Signed Between China Taiwan And Belize
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan), H.E. Dr. David Lee arrived in Belize yesterday on a three day visit scheduled from the 26th to the 28th of July on the invitation of Belize’s Foreign Minister, Hon. Wilfred Elrington. However, Minister Lee’s arrival in Belize went completely under the radar as no press release or agenda was issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding his visitation… At least not until late yesterday sometime after 7:00 p.m.

CCJ Rules In Favour Of Gilharry Bus Line
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Wednesday delivered judgement in a matter between the owner for former bus company, Gilharry’s Bus Line from Corozal, and the Transport Board of Belize. The regional court declared that the Transport Board did not properly consider the renewal of Gilharry’s application and frustrated his legitimate expectation to operate his business. Despite operating buses along the northern route in the country for almost 40 years, in 2008 when the Barrow Administration took office, and introduced new policies in the transportation system which were objected to by bus operators, transport officials granted temporary road service permits for three months to all bus operators in the north who had applied for, and paid, the requisite fees.

Dangerous Bus War On George Price Highway
A week ago we reported on the race war on the Phillip Goldson highway between buses belonging to Valencia and Morales bus companies. Commuters travelling on the Valencia bus that left Corozal Town at 2:45am reported that a Morales bus attempted to run them off the road. Well, it seems the bus wars have spread to the George Price highway as a commuter on the Western Road has posted recently taken video on social media with evidence of a dangerous attempt by a bus to block another bus from overtaking. The video shows a J&J Bus line bus moving to the center of the road and applying the brakes every time a bus traveling behind attempts to overtake. To make matters worse, the video shows that the road is wet from rain which is a recipe for tragedy and disaster on the road.

LOVE FM

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister on 3-Day Visit to Belize
His Excellency David Lee Ta-wei has been serving as Taiwan’s Foreign Minister since May 2016. The 67-year-old has visited several countries over the course of his 20 year career in politics and diplomatic relations and is now in Belize where he is being hosted by his counterpart, Minister Wilfred Elrington. Ta-wei arrived in the country […]

Hulse Says Fuel Subsidy Doesn’t Benefit Cane Farmers
On Tuesday, the People’s United Party sent out a release speaking of the possible cut of the fuel subsidy for sugar cane farmers by the Government of Belize. CEO Jose Alpuche had indicated that there is pressure from international financial institutions to have the subsidy removed while Prime Minister Dean Barrow noted that he is […]

Agriculture Minister Is Hopeful BSCFA Will Sign
It has been seven months now since the Belize Sugar Industries and ASR had presented a plan to the sugar cane farmers that would see BSI investing twenty two million dollars and the cane farmers making a bit more on their deliveries. It seems like a practical proposal as two of the sugar cane farmers’ […]

Transport Catches Up With Reckless Bus Driver
A video posted on Facebook yesterday shows two buses racing each other to pick up passengers. Regular passengers have voiced their discontent about the behaviors of the drivers stating that their action put their lives at risk. Hipolito Novelo has more. The Department of Transport is aware of the situation. The Chief Transport Officer Tirso […]

The DPP Will Have the Final Say in Senate Investigation
The Special Senate Select Committee has questioned a number of people as it continues its work prying deep into the findings of the Auditor General reports on Nationality, Passport and Visa Immigration. Several revelations have been made and several interesting witnesses have appeared. One of those witnesses is Barton Middleton. Before his appearance, he was […]

Inconsistencies With the Special Select Senate Committee
The Senate hearing into the auditor general’s report began in November last year. Six senators sit on the committee. Most of the senators have been absent for at least one session and in the case of the PUP Senator, Eamon Courtenay, when he is absent, Attorney Michelle Chebat sits in for him. We’ve seen that […]

Minister Hulse Is Ready to Appear Before the SSSC
Minister Godwin Hulse is the substantive minister for Immigration. Prior to Minister Beverly Williams overseeing the day to day operations of the department, Hulse was very much involved in the ministry and was the one who had reported to the Prime Minister, the irregularities found on the Wong Hong Kim passport and Elvin Penner’s involvement. […]

25 Years with IADB
On Wednesday evening, the Inter American Development Bank, IDB held a panel discussion on sustainable development. It also simultaneously celebrated the 25th anniversary of Belize’s membership in the IDB. The panelists spoke about their experiences and challenges as it relates to moving forward while promoting sustainable development. Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of […]

Two Years Later: Lands Department Processes Title for Valley Farmers
Back in June 2015 Santander Farms handed over one hundred and sixty acres of farm land to Valley of Peace farmers after they had taken them to court over crops destroyed due to aerial spraying by Santander Farms, known at the time as Green Tropics. All this was over two years ago. Fast forward to […]

Salvador’s Criminals Seeping into Belmopan’s Outskirts
About ten days ago, an article was published online that spoke of Belize as a haven for Central American countries particularly, El Salvador. The article cited Valley of Peace Village, Cayo District as being one of the popular areas for these refugees to seek safety from the murderous street gangs such as MS-13 and Barrio […]

A Boost For Forensics in Belize
Over one million US dollars’ worth of items were handed over yesterday by the US Embassy to the Belize National Forensic Science Services. The items which included nine Ford-150 vehicles and crime scene kits along with firearm identification kits and night gears were given as part of the efforts of the United States to help Belize improve the capabilities of its forensics unit. Since 2008, the United States Government has provided US $40 million through the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) to improve and enhance citizen security and rule of law in Belize. This donation is the latest example of this longstanding cooperation and demonstrates the continued commitment by both the U.S. Government and the Government of Belize to improve Belize’s justice sector.


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GOB received $1.4 Million in donation
The Government of Belize was today the proud recipient of a $1.4 Million donation. The donation made by the US Embassy of behalf of the US government consists of nine Ford F-150 pick-up trucks equipped with forensic crime scene investigation equipment which will be used by the scenes of crime units country-wide to enhance their crime scenes’ processing capabilities, along with other miscellaneous equipment and gear for the forensic firearms unit, which will be utilized to better enhance their capabilities in the analysis of firearms such as serial number restoration, and an X-ray machine which will be utilized by the medical examiner’s office for location of bullets in gunshot victims to save them time when conducting autopsies.

Sick sexual abuse of little girls by their step father
On June 6, 2017, a 10-year old female student of Corozalito Village, in the presence of her mother and a Social Worker, reported that on December 28, 2016 while she was at home along with her stepfather and her little sister, she was in her room drying her skin when he pushed open the door. The minor was in the nude and he complimented her private area and left the room. The complainant then went to the kitchen and while she was washing some dishes, he kissed her on the mouth and told her that he loved her. He then proceeded to fondle her.

Friend beats friend to death
After being hospitalized for 8 days, Santa Elena Resident Marlon Peters died from a savage beatdown he reportedly suffered at the hands of his friend. On Wednesday, July 26, the man who beat him to death was charged for manslaughter. Peters, a 38 year-old employee of the Ministry of Works in Cayo, was socializing with his friend and co-worker, Errol Smith, on the evening of Friday, July 14. Neighbors don’t know exactly why the two got into an argument, but they told the media that they heard the alleged assailant railing and cursing at Peters.

Belize signs 60 Million dollar memorandum with Taiwan
H.E. Dr. David Lee, Foreign Minister of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is undertaking a three day visit to Belize, 26-28 July 2017, on the invitation of Hon. Wilfred P. Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize. Today Minister Lee signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Cooperation, through which Taiwan will provide $60m to Belize, one third in grants and the remainder in loans which will be disbursed over the next four years. This support will contribute directly to the development of Belize.

Golden citizens receive grocery packages
Over 100 Golden Citizens have been recipients of grocery care packages as part of Councilor Hyacinth Latchman-Cuellar and Councilor Kevin Singh’s program “Because We Care.” The duo took to the homes of many of the citizens to personally deliver the hampers on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. The deliveries will take place every two weeks. The councilors consider the hampers as gestures of appreciation for “treasured residents, the elderly.”

Young people converged in Belmopan this week
Young people from across Belize have converged in Belmopan during the past few days, and for the remainder of this week, to learn lifelong skills via positive action. These activities are being supported by a cross section of the community, with the involvement of various Government Departments. Official opening ceremonies were held at the Hill Top Basketball Court in Belmopan last Friday for the 8th annual Youth Summer Camp, which is sponsored by Hon. John Saldivar, the Belmopan City Council and the Ministry of Sports. The camp consists of eight sporting disciplines namely: tennis; chess; football; softball; basketball; volleyball and flag football. The fun activities of tennis, chess and football have been running throughout this week, until July 28th. The other disciplines will begin on July 31st and so parents are now being encouraged to sign up their children.

THE INDIVIDUALS BEHIND THE FENCE
Over and over and over and over the fence tells the people that they care for them…the only ones….nobody else!! So, the agenda is to brainwash with repetition: for example, ‘the white supremacy’, ‘imperials’, ‘oligarchy’, ‘capitalist’, ‘royal creoles’ [not the Hydes-everybody else, though] - are the BUZZ words that they repeat over and over and over again. A brainwash is their agenda. These individuals continue to be hypocritical to the country. The flat line of X has told the youth over the many years that basketball and football is their solution. In other words, telling them, the youth that their ONLY talent is to play basketball and football.

…and the work continues in the East
The tireless leader and Area Representative for Orange Walk East, Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr. has delivered once more. The well-travelled road which was once the Northern Highway and part of the Pan-American route is now known as the “Old Northern Highway”. This road which leads from Carmelita through several villages including Santa Martha, Maskall, St. Anne’s, Santana, Corozalito, Lucky Strike, Boston and re-enters the Phillip Goldson Highway at Sandhill Village was in the early days the only route by which to reach Belize City and the rest of Central America by road.

Police minister continues countrywide tour in Benque
Belize’s Minister for the police recently conducted a tour of the Western Region. On Friday the 21st July, the Hon. Elodio Aragon Junior continued with his tour of the Cayo District Police Formation with a visit to the Benque Viejo Police Station. There, Hon. Aragon took the opportunity to inspect a guard of honor and met with the entire detachment personnel.

Hijacking protests
The protest against granting of bail to David and Anke Doehm , the two American adopted parents, of the dead American child Faye Lin Cannon, has now gotten political. On Friday while the couple were in court, appearing before Justice Hanamansingh, a small crowd of residents from San Pedro Ambergris Caye had gathered outside of the Supreme Court to make their displeasure known, about the fact that, there was the possibility that the couple could be granted bail. Under our laws persons who are charged for criminal offence(s) are guaranteed the right to apply for bail and to be given such bail. If said persons can satisfy the court that they will show up to court to face trial. However some of the protesters sounded like they would have preferred if the two accused persons were just sent to prison without even a trial. They sounded like they wanted them to be punished even though they were not convicted or even tried for any crime.

Partners in Sustainable Development - IDB and GOB
“Partners in Sustainable Development”, a panel discussion, was held on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 in the context of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Belize as an IDB member. The discussion came about as collaboration between the Inter-American Development Bank and the Government of Belize. The discussion sought to promote what they called a “high-level” discussion on the challenges and outlooks for sustainable development and growth as in accordance with Horizon 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 2016-2020.

The truth behind the 2012 election numbers
For a long time now the PUP have been making the allegation that the UDP stole the 2012 elections by illegally naturalizing persons in January 2012 and then getting them registered in time to vote for the General Election of 2012 . We deliberately did not pay their chatter any attention even though we had in our possession the information that would blow their argument out of the water. However after Misho Chebat tried to directly implicate, the Hon Rene Montero in some sort of vote getting fraud we decided that enough is enough. They have been getting away with this sort of thing for way too long. Perhaps in a way we must take some of the blame for allowing, them to get away with their wild allegations. It is now time to put an end to that sort of thing. We will show you our readers the information we have in our possession. In so doing we hope to expose the PUP as the hypocrites they really are. The PUP as you may be well aware of by now are well known for accusing us of the very things they themselves are guilty of.

Remanded for inappropriately touching a boy
A Belize City man of the Baymen Avenue area in Belize City was accused of molesting a boy under the age of 16. He is 41-year-old Orlando Cho, a laborer. Cho was accused of touching the minor inappropriately on two separate occasions. The first occasion allegedly took place on July 18, 2017 where the boy was touched inappropriately on his genitals. The second occasion took place later that day, when Cho again touched the minor, this time on both private parts.

One man critical after accident at Boom Junction
On July 22, 2017 about 10:30 p.m., police responded to a road traffic accident near the Burrell Boom Junction. Upon arrival, they observed a van with L/P C- 06342 insured with Atlantic insurance on the left hand side of the highway facing Sandhill Village with its front portion extensively damage. The driver of the van was Ismael Castillo, a 30-year-old Belizean truck driver of Orange Walk Town. Also in the middle of the highway was a black Meilum motorcycle with L/P MC 4261 seen with its front portion extensively damaged. A Hispanic male person was seen lying face up on the left side of the highway in an apparent unconscious state. That person was observed with a large cut wound below the chin and was bleeding from the head.

15 thousand netted in burglary
On July 21, 2017, Ada Delgado of Buena Vista Village, Corozal reported that between July 15 and July 21, 2017, her home was broken into while she was away. Cash and jewelry were stolen all to a total value of $15,380. Some items were recovered and police investigation continues into this matter.

Trevaun Chee killed by a teenager with a bat
A 17 year-old minor was picked up and questioned by police for the murder of 22 year-old Belize City resident, Trevaun Chee. This Mahogany Street youth was clubbed across the head with a metal bat, and he later died. At around 2 p.m. of Friday, July 21, police had to rush Chee to the hospital after they found him bleeding from the mouth and an injury to the head. He was in the near proximity of his Mahogany Street extension home, and according to police, he encountered the minor. Police say that the two had a confrontation, and that’s when the young man pulled a bat and struck him several times with it over the head. Police say that the minor pulled the metal bat, and that was the weapon he used to assault Chee with.

Chetumal Street bridge damaged by driver
On Sunday July 23, 2017 at about 3:20 p.m., police responded to a traffic accident on the Chetumal Street Bridge in Belize City. Upon arrival on the scene, police observed a Chrysler minivan bearing license plate number BC-D-8489 on the right hand side of the bridge facing a North Western direction with half of the vehicle on the walkway of the bridge. The right railing of the bridge was also observed with extensive damages.

Teenager and man charged with drug trafficking
On Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m., Corozal Police were on a mobile patrol on the Phillip Goldson Highway, in the vicinity of San Pedro Village, when they stopped and searched 34-year-old Albert Humes of 4th Street, Altamira area, Corozal Town and 19-year-old Shanice Reyes of Raccoon street, Belize City. In a grey school bag that was between them, police found 3 packages wrapped in transparent plastic containing a total of 3,174 grams of cannabis. As a result, police arrested and charged them for the offence of drug trafficking.

Fatal traffic accident in Seine Bight
Dorla Flores, a 39-year-old cook of Seine Bight Village, was knocked down in Seine Bight Village on July 20, 2017 by a gray Silverado being driven by 19-year-old Obed Isaac Mojano of Blackman Eddy. Mojano was travelling in the direction from Seine Bight Village to Placencia Village. When he reached the end of the football field, he lost control of the vehicle.

Cecil Gill remanded to prison for murder
After two nights in police custody, 36-year-old Cecil Gill, who had surrendered to police on July 18, 2017 pending a charge of murder for the alleged stabbing of his friend, Phillip Michael Samuels, was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on July 21, 2017. Gill appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser where he was read a single charge of murder.

Froylan Gilharry gets relief at CCJ
Belizean bus owner Froylan Gilharry Sr., has won a judgment against the Belize Government at the Caribbean Court of Justice. The final court of appeal in Belize has ruled that the Transport Board did not properly consider the renewal of Gilharry’s application to lawfully operate his bus business, which frustrated his legitimate expectation to operate his company. This CCJ win is the first that Gilharry has gotten, because both the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal rejected his claims.

High speed chase leads to drug bust and $10,000 fines
Patrick Petillo, a 23-year-old Belize City resident of Lovely Lane, is in debt to the court but lucky to be home after he took the rap for a large amount of weed found inside an SUV. While the SUV is owned by him, it was being driven by another man, Ronald Michael, at the time of the bust. Petillo, along with well-known individual, 28-year-old Ronald Michael, appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Monday, July 24, 2017 where they were charged jointly with one count of drug trafficking. Michael has been before the court on numerous charges, including drug trafficking.

Butane truck driver held up in Monkey River
Ernesto Blanco, a 42-year-old truck driver for Lucas Gas station of Bella Vista Village, Toledo, reported that on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. while in the vicinity of Monkey River Village driving a butane truck accompanied by his co-worker Winder Paredez, two male persons came out of the nearby bushes armed with a machete and demanded money. During the process, Paredez was inflicted a cut wound to the left side of his head. As a result he handed over a purse containing $1,800. Both assailants made good their escape. Police are investigating.

Medicine man robbed in Lake Independence
Hildardo Rosado, a 36-year-old Belizean Medicine Collector, reported that on Friday, July 21, 2017 at about 1:30pm, he was riding his motorcycle on Flamboyant Street, Belize City when he stopped to ask for direction and was approached by 2 men. One was riding a green BMX bicycle and took out a grey .9mm pistol and pointed it at him demanding that he hand over his backpack and proceeded to take it off his back. The men rode off in separate directions.

13 year old girl sexually molested by a man
A 13-year-old female reported that on July 15, 2017 about 11:40 a.m. upon arriving home, she discovered the house door open. While inside, a male person she knows as Arsenio Cano grabbed her and sexually assaulted her. They struggled and she managed to escape. Police have since arrested and charged Arsenio Cano, a 26-year-old Belizean laborer, with burglary, attempted rape, and sexual assault.

Wife walks away from aggravated assault charge against her husband
In December, a Japanese national Asako Solis, who has been living in Belize and married to Belizean businessman Elvis Solis, was accused of committing an aggravated assault with a firearm upon her estranged husband. The trial against Solis began three weeks ago before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser but has come to an end after Elvis Solis indicated that he did not wish to pursue the matter. On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, he told the magistrate that with his ex-wife in prison, their children would be without their mother. With that, prosecutor in the case Cpl. Christopher Smith discontinued offering evidence against the accused. As a result, Solis was free to go.

Costa Rica 3 peat as Central American U- 20 Female Volleyball champions
The XVII Central American U-20 Female Volleyball championship that was being hosted by the Belize Volleyball Association and played from July 19-22, 2017, at the St. Catherine Mercy Centre in Belize City came to an end on Saturday 22nd July with the final game played between Belize and Nicaragua. In the final match of the championship, Nicaragua defeated Belize in 3 sets by the score of 25-22, 25-23 and 25-16. With the loss to Nicaragua, Belize finished in the 5th position behind Costa Rica who repeated as the Central American U-20 champions, Honduras who finished in 2nd place, Guatemala in 3rd place, Nicaragua in 4th place, El Salvador in 6th place and Panama who finished in the 7th position.

Ahmadiyya Basketball League represent in Cancun
Ahmadiyya Basketball League Sent two teams to participate in the Copa Cancun 2017 Basketball Tournament that was held in Cancun, Mexico, from the 20th - 23rd July 2017. The teams that represented were of the U-17 and U-19 categories and both in the male division. They competed against teams from all over Mexico and also from Guatemala. In the U-17 division, Team Belize played 6 games, while winning 5 of them. The only defeat came in the semi-final round.

Independence United wins again in Stann Creek Softball competition
The 2017 Stann Creek Softball competition continued on Sunday 23rd July with 2 games played out at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence Village. In the first game played, Sittee River Lucky Stars defeated Hopkins Beach Girls by the score of 14-13. The winning pitcher was Pinky Andrews and the losing pitcher was Delaine Aranda. In the second and final game of the day, Independence United won handily over the Silk Grass Royale Girls by the score of 9-1. The game was called at the end of the 5th inning when the Run-Ahead Rule came into effect.

Digicell number one seed into city softball playoffs
The regular season for the Belize City Softball Association Senior Women’s Competition will come to an end on Friday 28th July, 2017, when Beacon will go up against the number one seed into the playoffs Digicell. Digicell continued its dominance of the competition when on Monday 24th July it defeated the defending champions the Belize Bank Bulldogs by the score of 12-4. On Tuesday 25th July, Belize Bank won over the Beacon by the score of 12-2. The winning pitcher was Renisha Richards and the losing pitcher was Hortence Thurton.

Hurricane Facts & Tips - Atlantic Hurricane Season
During 1851- 2016 there were forty-eight (48) Atlantic July cyclones during 21- 31 July. Thirteen (13) formed in the Atlantic Ocean Main Development Region (MDR), eighteen (18) in the Gulf of Mexico, fourteen (14) in the vicinity of the Bahamas and along the U.S. eastern seaboard and three (3) in the Mid Atlantic Ocean. It is noteworthy that zero (0) cyclones formed in the Western Caribbean Sea. Hurricane Anna was the only cyclone that affected Belize and its coastal waters during 21 -31 July. Anna was the first storm of the 1961 Hurricane season and the single July cyclone for 1961. In 1961 there were eleven (11) cyclones, nine (9) Hurricanes and two (2) Tropical Storms. In 1961 there was 1 CAT 1, 3 CAT 3 and 2 CAT 5 Hurricanes and 2 Tropical Storms. There was no June nor August cyclones in 1961.

Little to no chance
I can recall that in the nineteen seventies OWT featured weekly on the front page of several newspapers, and once even blazed the cover of a popular magazine with the caption, “money, murder, guns and drugs” or something like that. You will also recall that the same seventies saw the best prices yet for sugarcane, so money was rolling in Sugarland those years. Many people got rich and many people died trying to get rich or to stay rich. During that same period I was attending Muffles College and could only stare in wonder at the rich kids in school. They had everything in life while I was dirt poor. That is why the other day when I saw one of those former rich kids with a shovel in his hand my flabber was ghasted. I mean, this guy had it all! A Big mansion with Brazilian tiles on the floors and bathrooms. There were color TV’s connected to motorized antennas in several places in the castles. In the front lawns were top-of-the line, tinted, air-conditioned vehicles and large tractors to tend to expansive cane fields. One such big time lit his Piccadilly cigarette with a crispy 20 dollar bill right in front of me even as I could not afford to order another brew.

You Say I Should do what Now?
Today exists the largest generation of young people ever known. Technologies like mobile phones and social media have created a generation that is better connected than ever before, awakening in us a new sense of power and potential. Young people are providing the energy, creative ideas and determination to drive reform and create a world that we want to live in. But young people also face challenges. Social exclusion, lack of rights, poverty and many other issues must be overcome before we are able to fully exercise our potential. Volunteerism is one powerful way for us to gain a strong sense of civic engagement and stake claim in our communities, our countries, our world.

Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
In 1 Corinthians 2:12-13 the Apostle Paul wrote: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”

Scotiabank presents scholarships to students
On Friday July 21, 2017 at the Punta Gorda branch of Scotiabank, six students were presented scholarship grants from the bank. The grants and school supplies were presented to primary school students. The staff and management who made it possible were thanked for their effort, interest, and assistance in the educational development to all students, past and present ones, who have been affected by the program. Along with the students, their parents and the principal of Pueblo Viejo School, Steven Sho, were also present.

Social Security Board awards 43 scholarships
The 16th Social Security Board Scholarship Award Ceremony was held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at the George Price Center in Belmopan. At the ceremony, 43 students were scholarship recipients. Of the 43, 30 students were awarded high school scholarships, 12 sixth form scholarships, and 1 vocational. The students were chosen based on academic performance as well as economic need. The scholarship program relies on the contributions of employers and employees. The Board’s objective is to contribute to the socioeconomic development of Belize and, according to Dr. Colin Young, C.E.O., S.S.B., the best way to do so is by investing in the educational opportunities of young people in the country.

Caribbean musical groups welcomed in San Ignacio
The University of the West Indies Arts Chorale, in a perfect synchrony with the UWI steel, has given a remarkable performance on Sunday evening at the Cayo Welcome Center in San Ignacio Town. Originating from the UWI Saint Augustine Campus, the unique musical ensemble delivered songs such as “Freedom is Coming”, “Deliver Daniel” and the Spanish delight “Besame Mucho” to the much enjoyment by attentive listeners. In his opening address on Sunday, Deputy Mayor of the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena George Boiton welcomed the organizers and members of the delegation from Trinidad and Tobago on behalf of Mayor Earl Trapp Junior.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Bandits FC getting ready for CONCACAF champions league game
The Belmopan Bandits Football Club (FC), winner of both the opening and the closing season of the Belize Premier Football League (BPFL), are getting ready to represent Belize in the ScotiaBank CONCACAF Champions League 2017. Their first game will be held on August 3, […]

Transport department issues statement on reckless bus driver
The Department of Transport today issued a statement saying that it has viewed an amateur video recording circulating on social media, which captures what appears to be reckless behaviour on the part of a driver for a bus company which operates on a road […]

Armenia villager robbed and stabbed multiple times by hitchhiker
Last night around 7:32, police visited the Western Regional Hospital where upon arrival they observed Adan Perez, 33,a Belizean bus driver of Armenia Village, Cayo District suffering with four stab wounds. Perez had one stab wound to the chest, two to the right abdomen, and one […]

Important notice on illegal mining and dredging
The Ministry of Natural Resources has received complaints of elevated illicit mining and dredging activities within the marine environment surrounding San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The Mining Unit, along with the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Staff, is investigating these activities to confirm the extent and […]

Belmopan opens new weekend farmers’ market
The Ministry of Agriculture today announced the opening of its new Belmopan Weekend Farmers’ Market at the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds. The market will include over 150 stalls offering fresh local and imported produce, nursery plants and seedlings, prepared foods, arts and […]

US Embassy donates 9 vehicles to National Forensic Service
Yesterday, the United States Embassy in Belize donated almost $1.4 million worth of vehicles and equipment to the National Forensic Service. The donation included nine Ford F-150 pick-up trucks equipped with forensic crime scene investigation equipment. Present at the handing over was Elodio Aragon […]

Belize prepares for Costa Maya Festival 2017
Photos © Jose Luis Zapata Photography The international Costa Maya Festival 2017 kicks off next weekend in San Pedro Town. From August 3 to August 6, islanders, visitors, tourists and delegates will celebrate the annual Costa Maya Festival with cultural presentations and the annual pageant. […]

Foreign Minister of Taiwan visits Belize
H.E. Dr. David Lee, Foreign Minister of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is undertaking a three day visit to Belize – July 26-28, 2017, on the invitation of Wilfred P. Elrington, Belize’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Today, Lee signed a Memorandum of Understanding on […]

Women empowerment seminar to be held this weekend
This Saturday, July 29, 2017, a women empowerment seminar will be held in Belize City. The Women Empowering Seminar will be held at the UWI Auditorium and will run from 9 am to 12 pm. Attorney Audrey Matura Shepherd will be sharing legal rights of women […]

Blogs

La rápida destrucción de bosques en Centroamérica amenaza a las comunidades y fauna locales
Los bosques más grandes de Centroamérica están desapareciendo a una velocidad precipitada debido a la ganadería ilegal, las plantaciones de aceite de palma, y otras actividades humanas, todas los cuales están poniendo a las comunidades locales y las especies de fauna silvestre de la región en alto riesgo. Un nuevo estudio realizado por Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), titulado "La Huella Humana y el Impacto de la Ganadería", fue presentado este mes a grupos indígenas, agencias de áreas protegidas y organizaciones de la sociedad civil de nueve países para su validación y evaluación. Esto impulsó el desarrollo de un compromiso conjunto denominado "La Declaración de Petén". Firmada por 25 de las organizaciones participantes, la declaración reconoce las causas de la pérdida de bosques y se compromete a acciones concretas para abordarlas.

Belize to save the Coastal Zone
A mangrove is a shrub or small tree that grows in coastal saline or brackish water. The term is also used for tropical coastal vegetation consisting of such species. A coastal zone management plan designed to safeguard Belize's natural assets has produced a win-win opportunity for people and the environment, providing a valuable framework for other coastal nations around the world where overfishing, development, and habitat degradation are increasingly serious problems. The new research, published in the International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, is both community-driven and science-based and serves as a revolutionary example showcasing how integrated planning can be beneficial for both nature and people.

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Project to save the Belize coast provides valuable framework
A coastal zone management plan designed to safeguard Belize's natural assets has produced a win-win opportunity for people and the environment, providing a valuable framework for other coastal nations around the world where overfishing, development, and habitat degradation are increasingly serious problems. The new research, published in the International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, is both community-driven and science-based and serves as a revolutionary example showcasing how integrated planning can be beneficial for both nature and people.

DC McMaster School group conducts Belize vision screenings
Defiance College’s McMaster School for Advancing Humanity has been working with partners in Belize and recently performed nearly 1,200 visual acuity scans in four schools. Participants included, from left: DC students Catlyn Pavel of Van Wert, Madelyn Homan of Sidney, Zachary Roush of Nashville, Ind., Zackary Reed of Beaverton, Mich., and McMaster School dean Mary Ann Studer.

Heights business donates school supplies
Educational Outfitters is embarking on one of the business’ largest donations of school supplies ever to the country of Belize through the Grateful Samaritan program. This is the second time they have donated items to Grateful Samaritan. Cindy Schoel told the Herald that the paper, flash cards, decorative outlines for bulletin boards, art supplies, games and more equals to about $4,000 worth of education materials that will be used in the schools of Belize.

Mesoamerican Reef gets global attention
In a first, Central America's Mesoamerican Reef, home to more than 500 species of fish and marine species, including large populations of whale sharks, has got global attention with over 65 national and international agencies joining hands to conserve it through a multi-institutional effort. The Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative to conserve the Mesoamerican Reef was launched on the concluding day of the five-day 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB 2017) on Thursday. More than 2,000 conservation professionals and students were gathered here for initiating steps in conservation of biodiversity.

Refugiados de El Salvador encontram paz no Belize
Juan Barrera* foi forçado a fugir de El Salvador sozinho quando tinha apenas 16 anos. Isso foi em 1990, durante a guerra civil do país. Juan rodou pela América Central por anos, sobrevivendo como pôde, até que um tio lhe falou sobre um recanto de paz localizado próximo à fronteira da Guatemala, em Belize, pequeno país anglófono banhado pelo mar do Caribe. O salvadorenho encontrou a cidade, juntou dinheiro suficiente para comprar um lote de terra e começou a se dedicar à agricultura de subsistência. Quase 30 anos depois, Juan vive confortavelmente, plantando repolho, pepinos, tomates e outros vegetais para vender em Belmopan, capital do Belize. Um de seus filhos já foi para a universidade e uma de suas filhas está prestes a seguir o mesmo caminho.

Videos

  • University of Belize Graduation June 24 2017 Belmopan, 3hr. The June, 2017 UB graduation ceremony is available to view on YouTube.

  • The National AIDS Commission discuss Advocacy and Legal Training for Human Rights, 35min.

  • Belize Honeymoon 2017, 7min. Hamanasi

  • Diving Belize 2017, 7min. SCUBA Diving in Belize with Splash Belize

  • Young artist from Corozal District are engaged in a summer program, 6min. Young artists from Corozal District are engaged in a summer program that will see colour and a significant cultural emblem added to Corozal Town as a mural. Today we caught up with the art crew as they prepared to complete their project.

  • Talk Ah Di Town July 27, 2017, 31min.

  • San Cas & Angelus Press Extravaganza, 22min.

  • Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queens Baton Relay, 24min.

  • UWI Open Campus Guild Executive, 19min.

  • DARA' s Feeding Program - 6th Annual Hunger Awareness Ride, 18min.

  • Costa Maya delegates having fun at Fido's Courtyard & Pier!, 1min.

  • UWI Arts Chorale and Steel with Belizean Drummers "Hallelujah Chorus", 4min. at Official installation of Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat as the 7th President of the University of Belize taking place at the St. John's Anglican Cathedral in Belize City.

  • Chris Sookhoo and Anton Williams perform "How Great Thou Art", 4.5min. at the Official installation of Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat as the 7th President of the University of Belize taking place at the St. John's Anglican Cathedral in Belize City.

  • Scuba Diving Belize - Blake Bergeron Senior Trip, 6.5min. Filmed throughout 26 dives along the Lighthouse Reef near Long Caye and Half Moon Caye Belize in June 2017.

  • ADVENTURES IN BELIZE!!!, 12min. In this video, I go down to Belize for a week long vacation and saw some remains of mayan cities, saw howler monkeys, and enjoyed time with family and friends.

  • Belize, 7.5min. Dangriga Town, Stann Creek, Belize

  • Belize And The Lizard of Terror, 2min. What do you do when you're on your honeymoon and you find a lizard living in your wicker headboard? Why you destroy the bedroom of course.

  • Belize Sailing Trip,3.5 min. We took a day sailing trip on a catamaran. The trip was awesome sailing and we went to two great snorkeling locations. We came home with one lobster and one crab to eat that night! It was a great day!

  • A boecontra catch on tape in Belize cayo district, 2min.

  • The History of Chocolate, 4min. Not everything about chocolate is sweet, including its history: If you look closely enough, you can see some Maya artifacts with paintings of people gathering, preparing, or drinking cacao.


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