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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Pirates net first win against Freedom fighters
On Saturday, September 2 nd, The San Pedro Pirates Football Club hosted the Punta Gorda Freedom Fighters at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town during the fourth round of the football Premier League of Belize (PLB). The game saw the best of both teams, and at the final whistle, the home team won 2-0.

Miss San Pedro 2017-2018 is Virginia Vasquez
San Pedro Town has a new beauty ambassador, who was selected during the annual 2017 Miss San Pedro Pageant on Saturday, September 2nd. Held at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex, the pageant saw five lovely contestants vying for the coveted title in a show full of creativity, poise and elegance. When all points were tallied, it was 18-year-old Virginia Vasquez who had charmed and captivated the judges becoming the new queen of the island. While the judges’ scores were being tallied, Grupo Crash gave their last performance for the night. This was followed by the final walk and speech of outgoing Miss San Pedro Lisandra Novelo. An emotional Novelo thanked the entire community for their support during her reign, and she wished her successor the very best. Salazar then began announcing the various prizes up for grabs. The title of Miss Congeniality went to Nurian Trujillo, while this year’s Miss Photogenic went to Tanisha Rhaburn, who also won the title of first runner-up. Rhaburn will take up duties of the winner in the event that she cannot continue to do so.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Has A New Beauty Ambassador
Virginia Vasquez commanded the stage at the Miss San Pedro Pageant 2017 that took place on Saturday, September 2 on Ambergris Caye, Belize. She was selected as the island’s new beauty ambassador and will be officially crowned during the September 10th patriotic celebrations. Under the theme ‘Fragrantly Floral’ the five contestants of the Miss San Pedro Pageant delighted and entertained the audience with floral-themed costumes. They paid homage to the bright colors of Belize’s flowers including the hibiscus, fansy pansy, bird of paradise, red ginger and the morning glory. The Miss Congeniality title was awarded to Nurian Trujillo and Tanisha Rhaburn placed First Runner Up and also received title of Miss Photogenic. The other two contestants included Viviana Paredes and Nailea Kotch.

500 Homes, Banana Farms Connected To National Power Grid
Five hundred households and 13 banana farms in 27 communities in Southern Belize now have access to safe and reliable electricity. The homes and farms were connected to the national power grid under the Banana Accompanying Measures (EU-BAM) Electrification Project funded by the European Union. The three-year electrification project was initiated on May 28, 2014, with the signing of a BZ$4.5 million grant contract involving the European Union (EU), Government of Belize (GOB), and Belize Electricity Limited (BEL).

Our Voices Are Stronger Together
Residents of southern Ambergris Caye in the Mosquito Coast area were glad to receive information from the Department of Environment (DOE) indicating that a stop order was issued on the land clearing that was causing much concern in the area. “We have a voice,” commented one resident as she shared the information the South Side Community received regarding the bulldozing that occurred. The message from the DOE stated: “As you may be aware, the Department of the Environment last week carried out an enforcement check at the site of the mangrove clearance and have since issued a cessation order and enforcement warning against the developers.

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Splashers
Come paint with us this Thursday at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar. We will be painting "Sunset and Chill".

Rotaract Adopt a Village 2017
Thanks, Rotaract Club of San Ignacio, for providing much needed school supplies for 25 La Gracia and Yalbac Village primary school students. "It's that time of year again, back to school time and our annual Adopt a Village Project! This year We sponsored 25 children in the La Gracia Village and 9 in the Yalbac Village; each child received a school bag and all the school equipment required for their class. Good luck RotaKids, study hard and make us proud! "

Carnival King and Queen
Congratulations to the winners of the Carnival King and Queen competition 2017: RESULTS: Junior Queen category: 3rd - Black Pearl - 951 points, 2nd - Mahogany Masqueraders - 978 points, 1st - Jump Street Posse - 1030 points. Junior King category: 3rd - Black Pearl - 983 points, 2nd - Mahogany Masqueraders - 1043 points, 1st - Jump Street Posse - 1078 points. Senior Queen category: 3rd - Mother Nature's Creation - 1014, 2nd - Soca Moca - 1073, 1st - Belizean Jewels - 1105. Senior King category: 3rd - Soca Moca - 1100, 2nd - Titans Mas Band - 1108, 1st - Belizean Jewels - 1140. To all participating Carnival Bands, you all put off a great showcase of the Kings and Queens of Carnival. Congratulations to the winners!

Tropic Air adds flight from Orange Walk to San Pedro
Tropic Air announced today a substantial investment for its Orange Walk customers as it it will be increasing air service between Orange Walk and San Pedro to three (3) times a day, effective November 15th, 2017. Currently, flights are scheduled at two times a day, and this will add an often requested evening service. “When we launched scheduled Orange Walk service on December 15th, 2011, we also promised that we would grow the route. We are now doing so,” said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. “Orange Walk (Tower Hill) is an integral part of the network for Tropic Air, and as we carry more passengers to, from, and within Belize, we feel it important that we expand locally to reflect our confidence in the growth of the domestic marketplace.”

Belizean Geneticist completes her Ph.D at Duke University
After 5 years of scientific research, Keisha Melodi McSweeney has achieved the highest academic degree, a Doctorate of Philosophy in Genetics and Genomics. On Monday, August 21, Dr. McSweeney successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Microelectrode array modeling of genetic neurological disorders in the era of next generation sequencing" to a panel of six accomplished and celebrated scientists at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. McSweeney completed her thesis research in the lab of pioneering human geneticist, Dr. David Goldstein. In his introduction of Dr. McSweeney’s dissertation, Dr. Goldstein remarked that her courage to undertake functional biology in neuroscience, in a genetics lab, shifted the direction of the research in the group from finding mutations that cause diseases, to working out how those mutations cause disease.

THE SPIRIT OF DANCE IN ROSITA BALTAZAR LIVES ON!
ROSA "ROSITA" BALTAZAR AUGUST 16, 1960---JULY 6, 2015. A Belizean Legends September 2017 Celebrations Photo Essay! (Photos come through the courtesy of the legendary Belizean artist and dancer, Althea Sealy of the "Belize Dance Company")

UNDER THE SHADOWS OF BEVERLY SMITH-LOPEZ!
The outstanding Belizean artist, dramatist and playwright of Belizean artistic renaissance of the 1970s, the late Beverly Smith-Lopez, is remembered here at Belizean Legends as a true social activist of Belize's political past. When Belizean politics raged throughout a period of a monopoly controlled radio station called, "Radio Belize", and a political climate that created a mood of distrust and fear among the masses of the Belizean people, Smith-Lopez's monologues in poems like Sandra Coye's "Genesis of Destruction" and in her voice in Evan X Hyde's plays like, "Hard Times", connected the dots for the masses of the Belizean people. The incomparable Smith-Lopez even in her immortality has reminded many of us Belizeans to remember that it was the legendary Belizean drama group, "Square Peg Players", whom she appeared in as an revolutionary player, was one of the only source of education beside the "Amandala Newspaper" that Belizeans got outside of the classroom. They connected Belizean grassroots society to the dynamics of Belizean politics in their explosion on "The Bliss" stage.

SINCE SARITA ACOSTA, THERE HAS BEEN NO OTHER!
Sarita Acosta, the former 1979 "Miss Belize", and the only Belizean contestant to have gone the distance in the globally recognized, "Miss Universe Beauty Pageant", and placed in the 7th. position of the top 10 world's most outstanding beauty contestants, has continued to speak respectfully of Belize, and the Belizean Diaspora she hails from. Acosta, a well poised lady and well spoken woman of the 70's, lives in the Belizean-American community of New York. The day that history was made for Belize at the Miss Universe Contest, Sarita Acosta made Belizeans proud of their country that is praised in the words of its national anthem, "This tranquil heaven of democracy."

Expected Increases in Fuel Prices Due to Hurricane Harvey
With the passage of Hurricane Harvey over southern and coastal Texas last week, the oil refineries in the Houston area have shut down and are not expected to resume normal operations and return to full output for some weeks to come. The oil industry in Texas refines about 25 percent of all crude oil in the USA. The resulting shortages in refined petroleum products have caused a sharp spike in pump prices across the USA and also in other countries that purchase refined fuel product from the Houston suppliers.

Strengthening Belize's Oil Spill Response Capabilities
An oil spill is a potential threat to Belizean life, environment, and property; and can have serious economic, environmental, and social consequences. Maintaining preparedness for an effective response to an oil spill emergency is the responsibility of all relevant agencies. Planning and cooperation among agencies is key to ensuring proper disaster risk management and protection of Belize’s terrestrial, aquatic and marine environment. The updating of Belize’s National Oil Spill Contingency Plan is important in strengthening Belize’s oil spill response capabilities by drawing on the knowledge and skills of all agencies. Representatives from various Ministries, Departments, Private Sector, Academia, Civil Society, and Non-Governmental Organizations, associated with Disaster Risk Management and Oil Spill Response, will meet at the Radisson Fort George Hotel on 5th to 7th September 2017 to commence the updating of Belize’s National Oil Spill Contingency Plan, being spearheaded by the Department of the Environment (DOE).

Expo Belize
September 16th and 17th, ITVET Campus, Freetown Road, Belize City

KIMALA ROCHES MISSING
Kindly be on the lookout for 17 year old KIMALA ROCHES 17. of #23 Partridge Street in Belize City. She was reported missing on Monday, 4th September, 2017 by her mother Melva Gaboutrel. Kimala left from home Saturday, 2nd September, 2017 and has not returned since. If seen, call 911 or 0800-2929-688.

Queen of the Bay Belmopan
I can now say that I'm apart of our Belizean history, firstly I would like to thank God for giving me the strength and wisdom to go on that stage not everyone gets the chance to do so I must say. It has been rough from the get go but it was all worth it . I learnt so much during the week I was in Belize city with the coordinating team and beautiful delegates. I made so much friends and I hope our friendship last a life time. To my family and friends huge thank you and ms chantel and her team I love you all ️and the people of Belmopan don't be afraid to reach out to me.I will not sit around for my reign. This is an experience of a life time I enjoyed every bit of it!

THE MAKING OF INDE JUNCTION CARNIVAL MAS BAND TROPICAL SPLENDOR COSTUME
UEEN FLAUNA the combination of flora and fauna as presented by Demesha Rochester was our queen last night. Thank you for taking on the challenge. We are pleased to be able to say our costume was all done right here in beautiful Corozal with no need for help from any outside designers. Last night pageant was more than just about the costumes. As a designer we are at the mercy of how well our delegate present our costumes. It had to be presented, then the delegate had to display a talent and her introduction. It was also my first time designing and constructing a costume specifically for carnival queen competition ever as I had never had to do a queen before so I welcomes the opportunity as the leader of Inde Junction Mas Band.

Welcome to Belize Rick Kamla
Rick Kamla is a television personality for NBA TV. He is also the midday co-host with John Michaels on all-sports radio station 92.9 The Game in Atlanta. Kamla has been a studio commentator for the NBA since January 2003. Here he is, spotted with Carlo Segura of Ernies Restaurant at San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Welcome to Belize Rick Kamla and enjoy your stay.

Getting ready for school is a family affair!
Mr. Jose Escalante, Standard VI teacher at Louisiana Farm Government School and Mrs. Ada Escalante, Standard IV teacher at San Francisco R.C. School get their whole family involved in preparing classrooms for the start of the school year. Thank you to all the dedicated teachers in Belize who invest in the future of Belize. We wish all students, teachers and families a successful and wonderful year of learning and innovation.

Viva Marcus Canul!!!
The Yucatec Maya of Orange walk and Corozal celebrating their Maya hero Marcus Canul and celebrating our Maya identity.

Representing the Chuc family descendants of the Maya rebel Juan Chuc for Marcus Canul Day and Mr Pedro Carrillo.

Channel 7

Darlene Padron Says Amy Forte Did Sign, Not a Forgery
No forgery! That's what Justice of the Peace Darlene Padron says about the Amy Forte case. Last week, it became headline news when Prime Minister Dean Barrow ordered a criminal investigation into that Caye Caulker land compensation case. That's the land flip where Gaspar Vega's son, Andre, was given prime real estate on Mosquito Caye as compensation for the paper title he had to a pre-owned piece of land that the Lands Department shouldn't have sold. The alleged middleman - or middle-woman, in this case - was Amy Forte, and as we told you, she says that her signature was forged - and that she never did any land business with Andre Vega. Well tonight, 7News has learned that there is a counter allegation against Forte, one which says that this was no forgery.

PUP Plans Protest to Pressure UDP on Vega
And while the criminal investigation has its own intrigue, the political case against Vega and the UDP is much more straightforward. The opposition PUP believes it has found in this land scandal something to really cause the ruling UDP to hemorrhage - and the party intends to keep up the pressure. That's why this Wednesday, the PUP's Northern Caucus is going to protest against Vega in Orange Walk North. The party intends to bring supporters from all 8 divisions in the north in the hopes of mustering a decent crowd to show the party's extreme displeasure with Vega. The party has been pushing for the UDP to expel Vega from the party and force a bye-election, which is very unlikely to happen. We'll cover Wednesday's protest and let you know how many came out.

Tear Gas Terror at Military Tattoo
Turning now from politics to the September Celebrations, our next story is about a tear gas attack at Friday night's military tattoo - and it was police who threw the tear gas! The family event was held at the Marion Jones Stadium - where the security forces displayed their abilities in a series of demonstrations. It was all so impressive and entertaining - up until this simulated event started. As captured on a cell phone camera, it is a simulation of a protest where police with their riot shields have to get in formation and form a line to drive back the protestors who are hurling rocks. Now, of course, these protestors are actually police - who are just playing along for the simulation. Tear gas is a major part of driving them back - but on Friday it should have been simulated tear gas, a harmless white smoke. But, things went terribly wrong for a section of the audience when one of the canisters that was supposed to have in "white smoke" turned out to have in real tear gas. This morning Deputy Commissioner Noel Leal and Assistant Commissioner Broaster gave us more insight into the incident.

General Explains Tear Gas Mixup
The police are not the only ones who came forward apologies for the unexpected release of tear gas. BDF Commander, General David Jones told us more about what went wrong, and what may have caused it: David Jones, Commander of BDF "First of all I would like to publicly apologize to the public for what transpired during the military tattoo. When the smoke was getting into the audience, my first reaction was this was horrible. It was shock, we did not expect it and we sincerely apologize for it. However, the item that the police use to fire on that particular night were the factory made canisters that were sold to the police department."

Explosive Expert Says Seismic Device Could Dangerous
We also asked General Jones - who is an explosives expert - to comment on a disturbing discovery that police made. On Saturday the Special Assignment Team found what is called a "detonator type explosive," along with a 6-volt battery and 2 sets of 15-foot electrical wires in the area of Vernon Street. Today Jones said this is a seismic detonator - the type used when doing seismic testing for oil exploration - but it is still very dangerous if used recklessly. Here's how he explained it:

Hurricane Harvey Hurts Consumers at Pump
Tonight the government is warning consumers to brace for higher gas prices - and they say it's because of Hurricane Harvey, not broke Belmopan. A rare press release on fuel prices says that Hurricane Harvey caused the oil refineries in the Houston area to shut down - which has caused a spike in pump prices across the USA - since Texas refines about 25 percent of all crude oil in the U.S. Now, if you're scratching your head and saying but don't Belize's fuel products come from Venezuela? Well, not all of it - and not since that country has been plunged into a domestic crisis. The government release notes that Belize imports a substantial quantity of refined fuel from Houston - to supplement the inconsistent supply from Venezuela.

Churches Says "Keep Holy The Sabbath"
This year, September 10th falls on a Sunday - and Government has decided that it will be observed on that same day - with Monday the 11th being set aside as a holiday. And, tonight, the Belize Council of Churches has made it known that it isn't happy about it. A release from the council, laments, quote, "While this is the date of one of our national holidays, it is primarily and foremost a Sunday, the Lord's Day - the day of the week set aside for the majority of Christians in Belize to be in worship in their respective congregations." End quote.

FBB, Another Frustrating Congress
On Saturday, the Football Federation of Belize held it's third Extraordinary Congress to try to get some important business of football taken care of. You'll remember that just over 2 months ago, they tried to hold an ordinary congress - but that hd to be called off because there was no quorum due to infighting within the Federation. So, they tried again this weekend to deal with important pending matters. And while they did have some measure of success this time around, the outstanding elections are no closer to being held. Our news team was there for 6 hours to find out how things look within the FFB's Executive, and Daniel Ortiz reports:

Another Cabbie Targeted
Another cab driver has been targeted by criminals - this time it's in San Ignacio, but, luckily, 30 year-old Efrain Cu survived multiple gunshots. On Friday night at around 8:00, Cu picked up 3 Hispanic men from the San Ignacio Welcome Center area, and he drove them to Collins Boulevard, off Bullet Tree Road. When they got there, one of the men pulled out a gun and shot him 4 times in the upper right shoulder, the upper left side of his chest, and the left upper leg. They shoved him out of his vehicle and drove off with his red Geo Prism Taxi.

Charged for Good Fortune Misfortune
Good Fortune Store on Blue Marlin Drive in Belize City was robbed last week Thursday night. The 17-year-old shopkeeper told police that two men came in and demanded money from the cash drawer. They stole $800 in cash and an iPhone. Today Police have caught up with the alleged culprits; they are 19- Year old Duesberry Bowen and 18-year-old Luquan FLowers who were charged with robbery today when they appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza. Bowen was charged with aggravated assault as well. Both pled not guilty and were remanded in custody until November 30th, 2017.

Weapons in Cemetery
Police were busy this weekend - coming up with all kinds of finds. On Saturday at noon, the Special Assignment team searched an area near the Lord Ridge Cemetery and found a .32 Taurus Brand revolver along with six live rounds of ammunition. No one was in the area at the time, so the items were labeled and deposited as found property.

Ganja in Handbag
On Sunday afternoon in Rural Belize, the RURAL Quick Response Team got two pounds of a weed at a checkpoint which was set up at the Boom junction. They found it in a purse belonging to a 26-year-old from Tea Kettle Village. She is currently detained pending a charge for Drug Trafficking.

Marijuana by the Pound on Antelope Street
And the police found more than three times that on Antelope Street. On Saturday evening, the Special Assignment Team searched the Antelope Street Extension and found a white bucket in the bushes with (2) bags of weed. A deeper search in the area led to the discovery of another plastic bag under some bushes. All totaled the weed weighed 6.8 pounds. Again, this was labeled as found property.

Another Weed Find, Tigris Street
A smaller find was made on Sunday at 7:30 am in an abandoned lot in the vicinity of Tigris Street that resulted in the discovery of half pound of weed. Again, found property.

Two Will stand Trial for Recent Murders
Two men have been committed to stand trial for separate murders after the conclusion of preliminary inquiries today. The first is Patrick Harris who is charged with the murder of Dillon Grinage, which occurred on December 31, 2016, in Sand Hill Village. Harris was represented by attorney Oscar Selgado. The second is Ervin Fitzgibbon, who is charged with the murder of Kemar Nicholas, which occurred on February 3, 2017. Fitzgibbon was initially charged with attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. But the charges were upgraded to murder when Nicholas succumbed to his injuries. Fitzgibbon is also charged with kept prohibited firearm and ammunition.

PG Man Survives Being Knifed
A Maya man was sliced up and left for dead on Friday in the Toledo District. Police say they found Juniour Cal on Friday night between miles 87 and 88 on the Southern Highway near the Lindo Hill Area. He was lying unconscious on the left side of the highway with a large cut wound to his right palm, a cut wound to the forehead, another below the right eye, injuries to both eyes, and abrasions to the left elbow and right knee.

Carnival King & Queen, The Glitter and Glamour
The Carnival week started on Friday night with a lively motorcade, and it finishes next Saturday with the Carnival. In between, there's a whole lot going on - such as the Mas Camps which started tonight. But Saturday night was one of the centerpiece events for the Carnival a the the annual King and Queen event. 7NEws was at the Marion Jones stadium for the full five hour event - and here's the story:... So, for the juniours, Jump Street posse was first for both Junior King and Queen, Mahogany Masqueraders was second for both, and Black Pearl was third for both. In the seniors, Belizean Jewels was first for both King and Queen, Titans was second for senior King, while Soca Moca was third. For the Senior Queens, Soca Moca was second, and Mother Nature third.

The Price of Victory
And it seems that double victory in the senior category by Belizean Jewels did not impress rival camps. At the stadium we saw some hard talk first break out in the bleachers and this then spilled over to the parking lot. One member of Belizean Jewels says they were threatened and one of their members was punched by a rival group.

Stann Creek Claims Another Queen of the Bay Victory
Stann Creek has its third Queen of the Baby winner in as many years! Aaliyah Ysaguire won the consummate September pageant on Saturday night - here's her moment of victory courtesy Hildardo Espejo:...

Las Flores Fight Leads to Compromise
And for our last news item tonight, we go to Belmopan. That's where the parents and administration of St. Michael Roman Primary School in LAs Flores say the City Council has taken away their school's land and allowed a private interest to purchase it. Now, the school never owned the land, but it has been tending it for many years. They say they wanted to acquire it, but, too late, it ended up in private hands. The parents held a brief protest this morning - and here's the position they put forward to PLUS TV:... Protestor: "From last night we decided that we will stage this, but unfortunately we can't get out there because of the permit. Now, this is your place, you all came to drop your children and you just supposed to know what was taking place. Yes, we really don't want our land to be taken away. The school has been in what we called "dialogue" with our city officials and they seem not to be approaching us in the right way."


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Channel 5

JP Darlene Padron Insists that Amy Forte Signed Documents
Did purported titleholder Amy Forte lie to Prime Minister Barrow and the media about the fraudulent use of her signature in the latest Andre Vega land scandal?  And how would [...]

A.G. Peyrefitte Not Able to Secure Statement from Forte or Attorney
The Attorney General’s Office is not in a position to investigate the alleged criminality involving the use of the signature, but can it investigate claims that public funds were used [...]

Who to Believe? A.G. Says Padron’s Job on the Line
While the Attorney General has very little to work with in order to investigate the nature of the reported transaction, he also says that it does not appear to be [...]

Why Was Andre Vega Compensated with Mosquito Caye Land?
Since this story broke last Tuesday with Amy Forte’s letter to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, there has been one largely unanswered question: why would the Ministry of Natural Resources, under [...]

More Shenanigans in Carmelita; Land Sold Before it was Acquired
There are more documents from the Ministry of Natural Resources coming out tonight, concerning parcels of land in the village of Carmelita in Orange Walk District. As revealed last November [...]

Gov’t Warns Fuel Prices Will Go Up Again; Harvey to Blame This Time
Get ready for higher gas prices once again sometime this week, although this time there is some explanation from the government. The last increase came just last week for premium [...]

Armed Forces’ Military Tattoo Marred by Accidental Tear Gas Release
The Military Tattoo was back this year to display the readiness of the Belize Fence Force and the Police Department. Hundreds headed over to the Marion Jones Sporting Complex on [...]

B.D.F. Questions How Seismic Explosive Got on City Streets
A dangerous explosive used in seismic testing activities was recovered from the streets of Belize City on Saturday.  The charge, complete with a battery and accompanying wires, was found in [...]

If Detonated, Bomb Would Have Cost Many Lives
According to Commander Jones, the lethality of the device should it have been detonated in proximity of civilians, would certainly leave a body count.   Brig. Gen. David Jones, Explosives [...]

Police Proceeding with Amy Forte Forgery Investigation
One more issue on the ongoing investigation into the land scandal involving Andre Vega…This morning, Acting Commissioner of Police Noel Leal fielded questions from the media in respect of the [...]

Las Flores Residents Complain Over Loss of Land for School’s Expansion
This morning residents of Las Flores in Belmopan gathered at the community primary school, St. Michael R.C., on the first day of classes. They were protesting the decision of the [...]

Federation Reunites, But Leaves a Lot on the Table after Congress
This past Saturday, the full quorum of members of the Football Federation of Belize met in an extraordinary session to complete business left over from the aborted general congress in [...]

Churches Frown on Sunday Tenth Parade
The September celebrations are off to a start, but tonight the Belize Council of Churches is not pleased that the Tenth Day parade will be held on Sunday, the tenth [...]

P.G.’s Gareth Jacobs Teaches Belize to Sing on KTV the Remix
Gareth Jacobs….he is a finalist in KTV, the Remix and has been entertaining the public for the last several weeks of competition.  Other than the fact that he is from [...]

Aliyah Ysaguirre is New Queen of the Bay
One of the highlights of the September celebrations is the seventy-seventh National Queen of the Bay competition. The traditional pageant has been running for decades and still draws a multitude. [...]

Jump Street Posse & Belizean Jewels are Carnival’s Kings and Queens
Saturday was chock full of activities. News Five’s Duane Moody also headed to the Marion Jones Sporting Complex for the King and Queen Competition of the 2017 carnival season.  This [...]

The September Celebrations Are Here!
The September Celebrations is here and the month long festivities kicked off a few days ago – but it was officially launched in Orange Walk Town over the weekend. A [...]

James Adderley has Sports Monday
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities....]

CTV3

Customs Office Charge For Manslaughter For Death Of Almendarez
Thirty nine year old customs officer, Rudolf Williams, appeared today before the Orange Walk Magistrates court to face a single charge of manslaughter following the shooting death of thirty year old Dwayne Almendarez. Almendarez as you may remember received three shots, one to the thigh, one to the left chest and one to the abdomen during an altercation with customs and BDF officials on Tuesday August 15th in the village of Yo Creek.

Chamber Demands That PM Takes Swift Actions In Land Scandal
The deepening controversy over the most recently expose Vega land deals have triggered public condemnation on social media and morning show airwaves. Today the social partners also began to chip in, with the Chamber of Commerce expressing concern over the Prime Minister’s responses to reports of wrongdoing. The Chamber’s release says [quote] “despite evidence of blatant abuse of office for personal gain, the Prime Minister has commented that he doubts there is any actionable illegality. With due respect to the office, it is not for any Prime Minister to make that determination” [end quote]. The Chamber then adds its voice, supporting the call for an investigation into the allegations in the Lands Ministry.

MOH Issues Advisory Over Illegal Medications
Belizeans are tonight advised to be on the alert for an unauthorized medication that somehow made into the market. According to the Ministry of Health, the medication that goes by the name of Neurobión a 50 mil syrup 240ml bottle has been found to be circulating in the Belize market and the Ministry of Health believes the quality may be compromised. The Ministry of Health also notes that no importation permit has been issued for this medication. For now the product has been removed from establishments where it was found.

LOVE FM

SIB says inflation rate for July 2017 is 0.6% higher than July 2016
For the month of July, consumer prices are up by 0.6% due to a rise in transportation cost. The Statistical Institute of Belize’s latest figure shows that for the first seven months of 2017, an inflation rate of 1.4% was recorded. This morning the Statistical Institute of Belize held a press conference where they revealed […]

Commander Vidal on Meet & Greet
The media had been following the police on a weekly basis for their meet and greet sessions with Belize City residents. Over the last few weeks however, there was somewhat of a pause. Today, the media was invited once more and Senior Superintendent of Police Marco Vidal clarified that the sessions were never halted. What […]

BWS donates to Punta Gorda Town Council
Belize Water Services donated a garbage collection truck yesterday to the Punta Gorda Town Council. Paul Mahung reports. Fern Gutierrez – Mayor, Punta Gorda “For those of you who know the history of sanitation in the entire country, it has been a very trial time in terms of how we generate waste, how we dispose […]

Crooked Tree’s Softball and Cricket Field gets face-lift
The National Sports Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youths and Sports refurbished the softball and Cricket Field in Crooked Tree Village. Director for the National Sports Council, Ian Jones, Minister Edmond Castro, and Village Chairman John Gillett spoke with Love News. Ian Jones – Director, National Sports Council “This project was initiated […]

Department of Youth Services continues to equip youths
Ten young people graduated today from a summer course on hospitality and food preparation. The training was provided by the Department of Youth Services over the summer break for residents of the Mayflower community in Belize City. Jamie Rocke is the Youth Coordinator. Jamie Rocke – Youth Coordinator “It was a hospitality and food preparation […]

Programme for Belize gives away $3,344 in scholarships
Today, Programme for Belize awarded six scholarships to high school students who live in the rural parts of Belize. Executive Director of Programme for Belize, Edilberto Romero tells us more. Edilberto Romero – Executive Director, Programme for Belize “Today we are awarding six scholarships valued at $3,344.00. It is a one year scholarship and we […]

Forte cries foul over land hustle
Amy Forte has reserved her rights to institute legal action against the Vega Family and the Government of Belize. Forte’s attorney issued a statement saying that recent media reports implicated her as being involved in a quote, “land hustle scheme with certain members of the family of Former Minister of Lands, Mr. Gaspar Vega.” End […]

Forte appeals to PM to right the wrong done against her
Attorneys for Amy Forte have also written to the Prime Minister, Dean Barrow. In that letter, Forte denies any such involvement and tells the Prime Minister that she was not aware that the Government had issued a piece of land to her. The Prime Minister is also informed that Forte did not execute a Deed […]

Willoughby comments on his race for and loss of Mayor’s position
On Sunday, Belize City Councilor Phillip Willoughby was defeated by his colleague, Dion Leslie at UDP open municipal convention. Both men went head to head for the mayor’s position. After the ballots were counted, it was announced that Leslie received Three Thousand and Seventy Three votes while Willoughby received Two Thousand Three Hundred and Eighty-Eight […]

Willoughby was abandoned in his fight for the Mayor’s position
But many of the Senior Area Representatives of the United Democratic Party did not support Phillip Willoughby in his bid for the mayor’s position. Dion Leslie defeated Willoughby by Six Hundred and Eighty-Five votes. On Sunday, we saw the UDP Albert Division Committee working extremely hard to get Leslie elected. It is a sore point […]

Willoughby looking ahead
While he lost the chance to be the UDP Mayoral Candidate, Phillip Willoughby also ran as a councilor candidate at Sunday’s UDP Convention. He says there is nothing that can stop him from doing his work. Phillip Willoughby – City Councilor “Going forward, I will reserve any comment at this point in time in looking […]

Police beef up security for September celebrations
The recent spike in gun violence, particularly in South Side Belize City, has raised concerns among Belize City residents. In a press briefing on Monday, Southside Commander Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal said police are on high alert to ensure public safety particularly as the September celebrations activities are beginning. Sr. Supt. Marco Vidal – OC, […]

Pallotine Sisters Telethon raises over $184,000
The Pallotine Sisters have a final figure for the monies raised in their Convent Rebuild Fundraiser Telethon held on Saturday at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. The money will go towards the demolition and reconstruction of a new convent in Belize City. Sister Steven Franco gave us the final figure today and says […]

Vildo Westby still at large
Police are still looking for Vildo Lorenzo Westby. He is wanted for the brutal murder of forty four year old Felix Ayuso. Reports are that Westby is still in Belize. A reward of ten thousand dollars is being offered for information leading to his arrest. He is described as being of brown complexion, about five […]

High Commission of India says visa was not waive for their delegates
The Chinese Association felt they were being treated unfairly since reports surfaced that the Government of Belize waived visa fees for a group of performers from India. We’ll a letter written to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the High Commission of India to Belize says that the visa fees were paid for by the […]

NGO awards scholarships to Bethel Primary School
Students of Bethel Primary school today received a small scholarship from the Children First and Last Belize, a nongovernmental organization that focuses on providing support to children in education and health care. Secretary Patricia Lamb says that each year the NGO tries to do a project focusing on children. This year, they chose to lend […]

Maya Celebration in the South
A special Maya celebration to commemorate the feast Day of patron of San Luis Rey Church was held in San Antonio Village, Toledo. Paul Mahung reports. PAUL MAHUNG “The two day cultural event in addition to religious devotion and live marimba music also highlighted the traditional and colourful Deer dance as explained by San Luis […]

Police destroy marijuana plants in Hopkins
Today, police in Hopkins Village intercepted an operation of marijuana cultivation and what appears to be illegal logging. According to police, between eight o’clock this morning and one o’clock this afternoon, they conducted an operation in the area and discovered ten marijuana plants and several pieces of freshly cut lumber in different sizes. No one […]

Belizean detained in Guatemala
Fifty-Seven year old Harold Lindsay Amos Rodriguez has been detained in Guatemala. According to online reports, he is being accused of credit card cloning. According to online articles, Rodriguez was detained after he attempted to avoid a check point in Nueva Montserrat, Guatemala City. Authorities found him in possession of a firearm which he reportedly […]

Placencia is the focus of the University of South Florida’s research
According to TampayBay.com a University of South Florida professor and one of her doctoral candidates have helped a national park in Belize stop flushing away its coral reefs. Graduate student Christine Prouty worked on a wastewater project with Dr. Maya Trotz, an associate professor in USF’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Their work centered […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Lake-I teen reported missing
Kimala Roches, 17, was reported missing in Belize City by her mother Melva Gabourel, who told police that Roches left her Patridge Street home on Saturday but has not returned.

Already high gas prices going up again, GOB blames Harvey
The Government of Belize today issued a press release informing the public that with the passage of Hurricane Harvey over southern and coastal Texas last week, the oil refineries in the Houston area have shut down and are not expected to resume normal operations and return to full output for some weeks. The oil industry in Texas refines about 25 percent of all crude oil in the USA.

Oil spill contingency plan workshop to be held tomorrow
On September 5, 2017, representatives from various Ministries, Departments, Private Sector, Academia, Civil Society, and Non-Governmental Organizations associated with Disaster Risk Management and Oil Spill Response will meet at the Radisson Fort George Hotel to plan and cooperate in ensuring proper disaster risk management and protection of Belize’s terrestrial, aquatic and marine environment. The stakeholders will be holding meetings from September 5th– 7th to update Belize’s National Oil Spill Contingency Plan.

Six persons busted with crack and crack pipe
Six persons were today jointly charged with possession of controlled drugs and possession of a crack pipe. According to police reports, at around midnight yesterday, the Special Assignment Team conducted a search at a residence on Gibnut Street in Belize City.

Galen University cancels classes to mark loss of Vice President, Omar Ortiz
Schools across the country were scheduled for reopening today. However, one school that will not reopen is Galen University. That is because its Vice President, Omar Ortiz, died in a fatal vehicle accident just outside of Mahogany Heights last week.

Teakettle woman busted with weed in her purse
A Teakettle woman is in trouble with the law after she was busted with 921 grams of cannabis. According to police reports, on Sunday at around 4:50 p.m. police were conducting a mobile patrol at the Boom Junction.

Tropic Air adds new flight from Orange Walk to San Pedro
Today, Tropic Air announced a substantial investment for its Orange Walk customers as it it will be increasing air service between Orange Walk and San Pedro to three times a day, effective November 15th, 2017. Currently, flights are scheduled at two times a day, and this will add an often requested evening service.

Las Flores School Land Recovery Efforts
Letter to the Editor: To all interested parties: The Las Flores Community is hereby expressing their discontent, disappointment and objection at the Mayor of Belmopan, Khalid Belisle, for SELLING two parcels: 20-17-8713 and 20-17-8714, which belong to the the Las Flores Primary School since 1985, to Amy Anabella Chen (see UNDP/PRODERE Maps attached). It is important to mention that the school has been using and cleaning these parcels since its inception in 1985.

Protest planned for Wednesday in Orange Walk
Information to BBN is that a protest is planned for Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. in Orange Walk town. The protest is being organized by residents of Orange Walk North.

Irma strengthening as it heads to Leeward Islands
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is closely monitoring Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic. This morning, the Hurricane Hunter aircraft found Hurricane Irma had gotten a little stronger. Data from the aircraft indicated that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts – a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

New School year begins
By Zoila Palma: Today is the first day of the new school year 2017- 2018. Thousands of students across Belize are heading to pre, primary and high school in their neatly pressed uniforms ready to learn. Teachers have been preparing their classrooms with colorful teaching aids, plans and learning centers for their new students.

PUP holds endorsement convention in Belmopan
Today, the People’s United Party (PUP) held an endorsement convention in Belmopan City. Mayoral candidate, Tanya Santos and councillor candidates Rocio Quiroz, Sanie Cal, Hope Amadi, Cesar Ross, John Wade and Brian Mira were sworn in by PUP Party Chairman Henry Charles Usher.

Earl Trapp victorious in San Ignacio/Santa Elena UDP convention
After counting the over 2,600 ballots cast in the UDP convention for San Ignacio/Santa Elena, Earl Trapp emerged tonight as the winning Mayoral candidate. Trapp received a comfortable 2,102 votes while his contender Lupita Orellano Ferguson received 538 votes.

Blogs

A Weekend at the Camp: Cayo Frances Farm & Fly
I am wrapping up 3 days on Cayo Frances – the large inner lagoon system about halfway up Ambergris Caye. A world away from the other side of the island and San Pedro town. As I type, a small bright blue headed snake looked at me thru the screen. Some of our weekend eats. The french bakery in town makes a DELICIOUS olive loaf — so perfect for sandwiches of arugula (grown here — it takes off like a weed), pastrami from the island’s Sausage Factory, cheddar and lots of mustard.

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Inside Caleb Orozco’s Fight to Overturn Belize’s Anti-Gay Laws
Once, at a speaking engagement, I said to the audience, “I am Caleb Orozco and I love to fight!” Fighting is what I do: for an education, for my health, for my spirit, and to find solutions to my fears. I am also aware of the importance of inspiring others, and my desire to see better for all people who live in Belize. I have come to learn that death threats, physical assault, and humiliation will make a victim out of anyone, but it is principle that will allow you to stand your ground. Belize is a former British colony of around 370,000 people located in Central America that got its independence in 1981. Its history and development from settlement to nation is filled with threats, disruption, and political struggles that had begun in the 1700s. I feel that history in my DNA, fueled with a desire to fight for transformation that is strengthen with purpose. My fight to overturn the sodomy laws in Belize began in 2007 when I first met professor Tracy Robinson from the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies Rights Advocacy Project (U-RAP), who spoke to me about challenging the sodomy law that existed in Belize.

Belize High Court Finds Ex-Franchisor Executive Guilty of Defamation, Questions His Integrity
In a non-franchise litigation brought by Belizean property owners of a tropical development, the Belize Supreme Court found former franchisor executive Thomas Kevin Herskowitz guilty of defamation with malice. But the judge did not stop there. In his scathing decision, he also questioned Herskowitz's integrity, stating the evidence in the case found Herskowitz to be "evasive, and neither forthright nor credible." Herskowitz is a former franchisor executive of I Can't Believe It's Yogurt (Brice Group) and Mail Boxes Etc. (United Parcel Services). Herskowitz' time at both companies ended in litigation and controversy, all while he and colleagues James H. Amos, Jr. and Peter D. Holt were in "control" positions of the corporate executive teams. In the March 30, 2017 decision, the Belize Supreme Court found ruled Herskowitz and his Independent Owners of Sanctuary Belize guilty of defamation with malice. The Honorable Mr. Justice Courtney A. Able explained in his ruling that the court "has specifically found the evidence of Thomas Herskowitz to be evasive, and neither forthright nor credible, wherever and whenever it conflicted with the evidence of the Claimants (the SB Developer)." Furthermore, Herskowitz failed to even disclose anywhere that the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Belize (ICAB) had fully exonerated the Sanctuary Belize Developer and their PKF accountant. Instead, by not publishing the letter from the Institute and not removing the initial letter of complaint to the ICAB, he crossed a red line described by the judge as ". . . a further spiteful, malicious omission."

Fern Glen student visits Belize
A local student attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Cook Honors College spent part of her summer abroad, taking part in a two-week trip to Belize sponsored by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Kylie Smith, daughter of Robert and Tracey Smith, Tomhicken Road, Fern Glen, visited Belize from May 29 to June 12 and learned about culture, economy, history and politics. Smith, a sociology major and an English minor, is a dean’s list student and provost scholar. She is treasurer of Sigma Tau Delta, alternative officer of Tost and Turned student theater group and a member of the Whitmyre Warblers vocal group. Twenty-four students took advantage of the trip that’s offered annually to honors students.

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Have Been Announced, And They’re Truly Amazing
Birds are a secretive and mysterious species, which makes them one of the hardest to photograph. The British Trust for Ornithology, however, is taking time to appreciate photographers around the world who have mastered the art of capturing the quiet, gentle beauty of birds, and they've just announced their winners for 2017. The Bird Photographer of the Year competition was initiated in 2015, and reportedly received a flood of entries right away. According to BTO Chief Executive Andy Clements, its aim is "to celebrate the artistry of bird photography and aid conservation by supporting the valuable work carried out by the BTO.” A cash prize of £5,000 (~$6,500 USD) is awarded to the top entry, with smaller amounts of cash, equipment, and merchandise being doled out to the others. This year's victor? Alejandro Prieto Rojas from Mexico, who submitted a stunning portrait of flamingo feeding their young.

Videos

  • At the heart of every culture there is dance and music, 1min. Two brave Maya woman dancing the U Pool k'eek'en(Hog head dance). Viva Marcus Canul!!! Viva Los Maya del Norte!!!

  • The Yucatec Maya of Belize celebrating Marcus Canul, 1.5min. Some pictures of Marcus Canul event and celebrating of our northern Maya culture.

  • Belize Scuba, zipline, 5.5min.

  • Diving Belize 2017, 7min. Diving Belize 2017: Hunting lion fish, and good views of black tip reef sharks, nurse sharks, turtle, and much more.

  • “Beautiful, Smiling Queen of the Bay…”, 6.5min.

  • A Road trip to Xunantunich Maya Temple in Belize, 5min.

  • Belize 2017, 3min. This is a short glimpse of what my last month has looked like in Belize! Perhaps my favorite trip yet.

  • Celebrations to mark the 219th anniversary of the Battle of Saint George’s Caye, 6.5min. Celebrations to mark the 219th anniversary of the Battle of Saint George’s Caye Day and the 36th anniversary of Belize’s independence are just around the corner. With a theme already unveiled all that was left was the official National September Celebrations launching and that took place over the weekend here in Orange Walk with all its pomp and circumstance. The event organized by the National Celebrations Commission took place on Sunday and saw the participation of dignitaries from all across the country. Who celebrated the occasion under this year’s theme “Confronting Challenges, Celebrating Triumphs, Renewing Our Resolve”.

  • THE NORTH HONORS MAYA LEADER AND HERO MARCUS CANUL, 6.5min. Friday September 1st marked one hundred forty five years since the battle of Orange Walk Town which was led by Icaiche Maya Leader and Hero, Marcus Canul. Events that succeed the battle have had a profound influence on the history of Northern Belize which is being taught today in our history books. Though Canul is often portrayed as a bandit in the eyes of the Europeans, he is acknowledged as a freedom fighter to the Maya Mestizo culture and over the weekend, in order to express appreciation for Canul’s contribution to our history, the Northern Maya Association of Belize held its first ever memorial service event.

  • A conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Sedi Elrington, 44min.

  • Landlord and Tenant Act, 35min.

  • 10th Annual Evening of Patriotic Songs and Poems, 20min.

  • Blue Ventures Lion Fish, 34min.

  • National Song Competition Winners, 33min.

  • Carnival King and Queen, 11.5min.

  • 2017 Carnival Queen Pageant held in Corozal Civic Center, 19min. 1st place winner Ms Aquabatic 2017 Seniors. 1st place winner Victor of USC.

  • Carnival Glory stop in Belize 9/2017, 6min. Fun in Old Belize. Aug, 2017.

  • Tree House in Belize, Central America, 2.5min. Check this out - an amazing overnight stay in a tranquill environment in the Cayo district of Belize, close to many tourism highlights as ATM, Barton Ceek and Caracol. www.greenvalleybelize.com

  • Iguana encounter in Belize, 2min. Today I spotted an iguana who let me get up close and personal here in the tropics of southern Belize ... right along the creek where I live. What a joy!

  • Maya Pax del Norte de Belice - Marcus Canul, 6min. This is a song dedicated for the Maya leader Marcus Canul, it was written by people from Yucatec Maya descent from Northern Belize(Orange Walk and Corozal) to honor our hero . In septermber 21,1872 the Yucatec maya group known as the Icaiche Maya lead by Marcus Canul attack Orange Walk . Marcus Canul fought until the end ,until his last moments of live fighting the British imperialism .


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