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#525855 - 09/15/17 06:42 AM Today's Belize News: September 15, 2017  
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The San Pedro Sun

Missing woman found dead in southern Ambergris Caye
After missing for several days, a woman known only as Ms. Julia was found dead on Thursday, September 14th in southern Ambergris Caye. She had been reported missing on Saturday, September 8th by a gentleman named Mario Flores Peña, who stated he last saw her the day before. Peña found her items behind a residence at the old dump where he goes to feed some dogs every day. He told police that Mrs. Julia frequented the area, and upon stumbling onto a couple of items belonging to her, he made a report to the police. According to him, Mrs. Julia lived approximately 100 metres from where he feeds the dogs. Since Saturday, police and volunteers have been combing the area in search of the lady, but it was until Thursday, September 14th that her lifeless body was found by members of the Southern Ambergris Neighbourhood Watch.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Happy Anniversary La Isla Carinosa Academy
On 14th September 2015, LICA opened its door to commence a great educational program. This is now our 3rd year in operation. We are very excited to be continuing this venture of offering a high quality education to our students. We have many wonderful activities planned for this year. We must extend sincere appreciation to all our teachers who have dedicated their time and energy to make this a great program. We must thank our parents for their trust in us and all the positive feedback we have received from them. We thank our wonderful students for working and keeping up with our LICA standards. Finally, I must thank my wife, Valerie August and my sister, Celi Marie August, for the amount of work they put into keeping LICA moving forward. Thanks to everyone. You all make me LOVE this school with a passion.

Belize National Climate Change Office opening
Belize is currently aiming to implement its REDD+ Readiness Project which is funded by the World Bank. Currently, we are in need of a Programme Director and a Technical Coordinator. Attractive salary packages are being offered for both positions. If you are interested, request the TORs by emailing me at cco.cc@environment.gov.bz

Mexico, Belize, & C.A. Independence Celebration
Come out this Saturday at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex!

Progress on Belize City Centre
Today, Christy Maestre, General Manager of Belize Infrastructure Ltd., took the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture Hon. Patrick Faber, NSC Director Ian Jones, two other NSC Reps, and Representatives from the Belize Basketball and Volleyball Federations on a tour of the Belize City Centre (Civic Centre). Upon completion, the sporting arena will house a parking lot, outdoor courts, docking area, ticket area, concession stands, inside court with seating capacity of 4500, bathroom facilities, changing rooms & shower areas for teams, and office space, among other things.

Wwatershed management plan for Belize
The University of Belize and WWF will develop the first ever watershed management plan for Belize. Belize City, September 12, 2017 – The University of Belize through the Natural Resource Management Program from the Faculty of Science and Technology and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), will develop a Management Plan for the Belize River Watershed (BRW). The plan will be the first of its kind in Belize and serves as a model for future watershed management.The project will take a multidisciplinary approach in collecting and consolidating data pertaining to the Belize River Watershed. Through scientific research, stakeholder consultations and community engagement, a sustainable management plan will be produced by identifying long- term monitoring programs and bolstering policies for the protection of Belize’s freshwater resources. This project will also support data collection and finance three (3) student research fellowships along with the purchase of areal monitoring device and laboratory equipment.

Hoy “168 Aniversario de la Muerte de DON JACINTO PAT”/Today “168th Anniversary of the Death of Mr. JACINTO PAT”
La muerte es la muerte. Un cuadillo es un cuadillo… pero la muerte de un cuadillo; levanta y despierta a su pueblo por sus luchas … no solo en sueños y ni a corto plazo. Marcos Canul Vive! Jacinto Pat Vive! Y nosotros no debemos sentarnos en espera hay que levantarnos y seguir nuestra lucha, no pedemos ver caer nuestro pueblo y nuestra cultura. Por esta y otras razones el 2 de Sept. 2017 durante la Primera Conmemoracion a Marcos Canul (Icaiche Maya - 1 de Sept. 1872) dije estas palabras “Un hombre de origen Maya, un hombre de palabra, un hombre que dispuso su vida bajo el plumo y el machete! para futuras generaciones! … Para entender profundamente su historia tendríamos que abarcar por la Guerra de Castas y la presencia de los ingleses en Honduras Británica ahora nuestro país Belize. Tendríamos que entender el impacto de la Revolucion Mexicana y el Porfiriato de Porfilio Diaz, tendríamos que entender la importancia de tratados territoriales y concesiones tendríamos que someternos en las estrategias de guerra para la resistencia y sobrevivencia del Pueblo Maya!”

36th Independence celebration in San Pedro
The San Pedro Town Council presents Belize's 36th Independence Eve celebration at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex! All the way from Jamaica, the San Pedro Town Council and Belize Telemedia Limited, bring to you Walshy Fire from Major Lazer to hype up the celebrations! There will be lots of food and drinks and a spectacular fireworks display! Don't miss out the after party with San Pedro's very own, Caribbean Kings to dance the night away with your favorite songs! And the next day.....Independence Jump Up Parade starting at 10 am from the Boca del Rio Park and ending at the Central Park! San Pedro ARE YOU READY????

Rum, ribs and rice competition in Corozal
Rum, Ribs and Rice Competition happening tommorrow at the Corozal Civic Center. Commencing at 5pm.

Corozal Jouvert 2017 Block Party and Parade
Mark your calendar for Saturday September 16th with a marathon of events! September Celebrations events begin with a Children's Jouvert at 3pm in front of Town Hall. At 5pm we kick off the 8th anniversary edition of Art in the Park through to 10pm. At 10pm the Block Party begins in front of the Town Hall through to 4am. At 4am Jouvert 2017 begins!!!

Power interruption Stann Creek & Toledo Districts, on Saturday, September 16 from 6:00am to 2:00pm
Affected areas: entire Placencia Peninsula including Plantation, Maya Beach, Forest Lagoon Estate, Seine Bight and Placencia; Red Bank, Maya Mopan, Santa Rosa, San Roman, San Pablo, Georgetown, Santa Cruz, Maya King, Cowpen, San Juan, Independence, Savannah Road and Big Creek Road; and the entire Toledo District. BEL to conduct maintenance and testing of equipment at Independence Substation, Savannah Switching Station and Placencia Substation; and to relocate controls for voltage regulators at Placencia Substation.

Travel Mart Latin America
Travel Mart Latin America (TMLA) is a 2-day B2B tourism trade show taking place in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The event brings together Travel Agents and Tour operators (Buyers) originating from South America, North America and Europe to meet with over 250 Supplier companies/organizations from Central and South America.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
Baby Driver, Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean, 47 Meters Down.

Channel 7

Dean Bennett Dead, Brother Daniel Missing
Last night we told you that police needed the community's help to determine the identity of a man who had been murdered and dumped in the Macal River. He floated up to the surface on Tuesday afternoon. Well, one Santa Elena family only needed to hear the police give the physical description of his tattoo and other identifying marks to know that it was their loved one, 20 year old Dean Bennett. According to the family, it seems that sometime in the last few days, someone settled a score with him - by stabbing him to death. As Courtney Weatherburne found out - it's a heavy blow for his family - because his 18 year old brother Daniel disappeared in March and now, Dean is confirmed dead. Here is that story.

Another Lost To Fire
Another person has perished in a house fire - this time it's a 67 year old man. He died when at around 9:00 this morning when he was trapped in a burning house on Gordon Street - which is in the Lake Independence area. The fire department police rushed to the scene but by the time they got there it was too late. Sahar Vasquez has the story: Sahar Vasquez reporting: This morning around 10:00, Santiago Gonzalez's lifeless body was taken out of what was left of his place of residence. It has not been confirmed yet what Gonzalez was doing at his home at the exact time of the fire but unfortunately, he did not make it out. Orin Smith, Station Officer- National Fire Station: "The body did not appear to have any burn damage he may have been overcome by smoke inhalation. However an autopsy would confirm that."

Belize Bids Petrocaribe "Buh-Bye"
It was a good long run for the Barrow administration, but, tonight, it's official: the Government is saying goodbye to the Petrocaribe program - for the time being, at least. Why? Well, with the instability in Venezuela, getting fuel from their state owned oil company, PDVSA, has proven increasingly difficult, and it's driving up pump prices. An official release from the Alba Petrocaribe office says "APBEL has decided to suspend purchases of petroleum products from PDVSA under the PetroCaribe Agreement with immediate effect…we have been encountering a number of problems with maintaining a reliable supply of products from PDVSA. This has, among other things, resulted in much higher unit costs of freight when Puma has been forced to make last-minute arrangements to truck products overland and when vessels are brought in half-loaded. We have also been informed by PDVSA that, at times, they have had to purchase on the spot market to meet their commitments to us: This is definitely not what was intended by the PetroCaribe program. We are very grateful to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and PDVSA for all they have been trying to do to keep their promises to us under the PetroCaribe Program; but it does not make sense to force this arrangement under these circumstances."

How Un-diplomatic! Belize's Military Attache to Guatemala Humiliated By Guats
There's some diplomatic friction between Belize and Guatemala tonight, and a high ranking BDF Soldier is in the middle of it. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that Belize's Military Attache to Guatemala, Lieutenant Colonel Ricardo Leal was detained at a military checkpoint in Peten last week. The Guatemalan soldiers accused him of being intoxicated and took his Toyota RAV4 to their Ministry of Defence compound where it was impounded. We are told Leal may have also had to surrender his 9 millimeter pistol to the Guatemalans. Leal returned to Belize for a debriefing and the ministry has confirmed that he is now back at the Belize embassy in Guatemala City as of Monday. They stress that there are no pending charges on Lt Col Leal and there is no evidence that he was intoxicated.

Is The Bar Assoc. Sharpening Spears For CJ?
Is the membership of the Bar Association sharpening their spears to go after Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin? The Bar will meet tomorrow night and whispers in the legal community say that there is a move afoot to pass a no confidence vote against Chief Justice Benjamin - as a first step towards pushing for his removal. Now, even discussing the removal of the head of the judiciary is no small matter - and it's left to be seen if the bar membership pushes on, or chickens out. But, relations are already very frayed between the CJ and the Bar because, as we first reported in July, there are over two dozen pending judgements which Benjamin has not delivered - some of them delayed more than five years. The Chief Justice gave a firm undertaking in July to get rid of the backlog by the end of September, but it seems the Bar is not convinced that he has been keeping to his commitment. The bottom line is Benjamin has made promises to deliver judgements before, and he has failed - so confidence is low and patience has worn thin.

Grenade Scare At City School Sends Hundreds Home
Today, hundreds of students at St, Martin De Porres Primary School in Belize City missed school because of an idle threat that a grenade would be thrown. Of course in a city where grenades have exploded before, every threat has to be taken seriously, and police did just that. But, as we found out this morning at 8:30 when the school bell rang, not even a heavy police presence was enough to convict parents to keep their kids in school:... Jules Vasquez reporting: Today wasn't just another school day for St. Martin's De Porres. Police set up a tent on the street, and all vehicles passing on Partridge Street had to go through a vehicular checkpoint. We saw an officer on patrol inside the school. This is all because of a grenade threat, posted on Facebook:

Murder Trial On Verge Of Collapse After Former Cop Refuses To Cooperate
30 year old Nelson Henry, charged with the 2011 murder of Edward Lord Jr. and on remand for 6 years, went on trial this morning in Justice Adolph Lucas's courtroom. But, things took an unexpected turn when the main witness, former police special constable 33 year old Catherine Parchue refused to testify. She remained silent when Crown Counsel Janelle Tillett asked her questions. The only thing she did have to say was that it was not her signature on a statement she allegedly gave the police. Parchue was the diarist at the Mahogany Street Police Sub-station on the day of the murder.

Santa Barbara Fire Caused By
At the top of the newscast we told you about a 69 year old who perished in a fire in the city this morning. That's the second death by house fire in five weeks; on August 7th Santa Barbara Street also witnessed a deadly fire which claimed the life of a toddler. Today, the Fire Department confirmed what caused that blaze. Orin Smith, Station Officer - National Fire Service: "The investigation on Santa Barbara Street is concluded. The result is classified as electrical. We did find evidence of an electrical fault. We found no other evidence to indicate that the fire could have been by any other means." The fire left four families without a home.

What Does A New Office Mean For Immigration Dept Records?
Last night, we brought you coverage of the Senate Hearings on Immigration where Immigration Director Diana Locke returned to testify for a second time. She was discussing the changes implemented since 2014 up until the present moment to correct weaknesses in the Department's systems. Well, one big change that is coming is that the Immigration Department will be moving to another office. Now, the last time this intended shift to a new location made our newscast was when the Ministry of Immigration was considering buying Senate President Lee Mark Chang's building in Belmopan. They've since moved on from that option, and a decision has been made they will move in with the Refugee Department that is currently renting office space. The problem with that is that they are getting reduced space in a time when they need more than what they currently have at this present office. The department is running out of space to store all the passport applications that are in their possession, and the Department is considering destroying some records, if they have the legal mandate to do so.

Hon. Aldo Says Inquiry's Work Soon Finished
So, after yesterday's senate hearings, we took the opportunity to question the Chairman, Aldo Salazar, about the Prime Minister's decision that he will not provide the Senate Select Committee with anymore funding, if their work continue past November. The Government has provided 2 more disbursements which will cover all of the Committee's expenses for the next 2 to 3 months, and after that, they will get no more money. We've told you how the Belize National Teachers Union is not happy about that, and so, we asked the Chairman what he thinks of the Prime Minister's position. Not surprisingly, he's in support of it. We've been telling you for months now that Chairman Salazar was ready to end the Hearings, believing that it has concluded its work. So, when we asked him about, he said that 2 or 3 months is more than adequate time for the Committee to finish up whatever work the other members believe is outstanding:

Business Senator Flatly Rejects PM's Timeline
But Business Senator Mark Lizarraga does not agree with the Committee Chairman that their job is done, or is finishing. When the press asked him about his views on the November deadline to finish up the hearings, he said that he was disappointed with the Prime Minister's decision: Hon. Mark Lizarraga, Business Senator: "I was very disappointed, quite frankly, that we seem to find monies just about for everything else under the sun, and we can't seem to find monies to continue what I consider to be a very important process. Priorities in this country, for the most part, are given to those projects or areas that carry the most political weight. I was disappointed to hear today, for example, from the Director of Immigration that some of the items that she needs to strengthen her department were not approved in her budget last year. Here we are in the middle of this very important exercise, and she's being denied the resources that she needs to strengthen a vital part of our national security. I have shared it with those I represent, and I guess we're gonna see where it goes. We still have quite a bit to do. I know that there are those that would like to see the work wrapped up as quickly as possible. But I don't think that the majority of us are in any way desirous of rushing through and finishing just for the sake of finishing."

Man Maimed In Beatdown
He allegedly beat a man so badly that he caused him to go blind, and now 23 year old Oscar Revelo, from Ladyville, faces a charge of maim for it. No plea was taken when he appeared today before Magistrate Aretha Ford because it's a Supreme Court matter. Revelo was denied bail and remanded until October 27. The incident occurred in July when Edward Quilter says Revelo beat him on his head with a pistol. Quilter said the beating has left him completely blind in his left eye.

Mayflower Marijuana
Southside police continued to keep up the pressure on gang hotspots. This morning at 6:30 members of the Special Assignment Team along with the K9 Unit searched the Mayflower area. They found a plastic bag with 8 live .38 rounds and another bag with about an ounce of weed. No one was in the area so the items were deposited as found property.

Cannabis In Columbia
And, from the Southside of the City to Southern Belize, yesterday, Punta Gorda police searched an area seven miles North of San Pedro Columbia Village in the Toledo District. They found one 16 gauge shot gun and eight cartridges. They also found 28 pounds of compressed marijuana. The items found were deposited as found property.

Restore Keeps Kids In School
The I AM BELIZE Scholarship Program has been running for 7 years now, and for this school current year, Restore Belize has awarded 36 high school students with full scholarships. Without this scholarship, they wouldn't have been able to afford to attend classes. But, the scholarship program goes beyond simply paying the bills. The folks at Restore Belize provide the recipients with a mentorship program all the way to the end of 4th form, when they graduate. 7News stopped by the Restore Belize office to meet a few of this year's recipients:

New Gun License Charges Proposed
There's a proposed new schedule of gun license fees which was released today. A few notable areas are: it proposes to increase charges for gun licenses from zero dollars to 300 dollars, a gun repair license would also increase from zero dollars to 50 dollars, a special protection license for a Belizean would increase by 200% to 225 dollars, a shotgun holders license would increase from five dollars to 25 dollars. A press release from the Ministry says that in addition to the changes in fees, the Ministry is recommending further amendments to the Firearms Act to increase penalties for certain firearm related offences.

Channel 5

Petrocaribe Purchases Suspended! Local Agent Says Venezuela Supply Not Reliable
A release issued late this evening dropped a bombshell – Petrocaribe has stopped rolling, for now and quite possibly forever.  The decision comes on the heels of an announcement by [...]

Who Killed Dean Bennett in Cayo?
The body of a John Doe retrieved from the Macal River on Tuesday has now been identified as twenty-year-old Dean Bennett.  Bennett was last seen alive on Sunday night in [...]

Gordon Street Homeowner Burnt Out; Watchman Dies in Flames
There was a deadly fire in the city this morning in which a watchman perished. The fire started at around nine a.m. in a two-storey wooden building at the rear [...]

St. Martin de Porres R.C. Principal Gets Rude Welcome with Grenade Threat
Police circled the area of Saint Martin’s school in Belize City since six this morning.  Parents kept most of the seven hundred students away from the school since it is [...]

More Land Shenanigans, This Time Sea-Front Land in Gales Point
News Five has received further information of land grabbing, allegedly by members of the Vega family and their supporters. This time, it concerns lands on the coast in the village [...]

Trump Names Belize among Major Countries for Drug Transit
The U.S. President, Donald Trump, has placed Belize on a list of Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2018.  The presidential determination was made [...]

Fixing the System for Visa Fees and Security
Tonight, we have more from the Senate Special Select Committee’s public hearings with Director of Immigration Diana Locke on Wednesday. The Auditor General’s Report cited multiple instances where fees for [...]

Did Cabinet Have Authority to Direct Policy on Document Checks?
The Immigration Department has a backlog of files for persons seeking renewal of their immigration documents, mostly passports.  But in the case where the files are missing, or the source [...]

Vital Stats Leadership Could Be Called Before Special Senate Select Committee
On Wednesday, Director of Immigration Diana Locke gave an example of how the humble birth certificate is the gateway to all things Belizean. If parents of foreign nationalities can claim [...]

15 Months On, Search Continues for Krystal Mitchell’s Killer in Belize
It has now been fifteen months since the murder of thirty-year-old Krystal Mitchell, who was found dead at the apartment of an acquaintance in San Diego, California. The divorced mother-of-two [...]

Red Cross Solicits for Caribbean Hurricane Victims
The Red Cross would like your help to reach out to the Caribbean islands affected by Hurricane Irma. Over a million people have been impacted and countries are still assessing [...]

36 Scholarships from Restore Belize
Thirty-six students won’t have to worry about the cost of education for this school year. Thanks to the annual “I am Belize” scholarship award, the high schoolers’ tuition, uniform and [...]

Canoeists to Circle Sarstoon Island for B.T.V. Eco-Challenge
September is a month of celebration for all Belizeans, as we commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye, as well as the annual observation of Belize’s independence.  [...]

Support Coming In from Diaspora
Since its inception and inaugural voyage a year ago, the BTV initiative has seen support from Belizeans in the Diaspora.  Heading a team of fundraisers from California is Belizean/American volunteer [...]

Ladyville Girl Stripped from Family over “Revenge”
A twelve-year-old girl is missing. Lucera Constantino, a standard five student of Ladyville left home on last Friday in the company of a twenty-four-year-old man identified as Luis Sinturion. According [...]

Healthy Living: Soaking Up the Sun Responsibly
With all the festivities taking place this month, Belizeans will be spending more time outdoors. It means exposure to the sun will be more than usual and while it can [...]

CTV3

Gun License Fees To Be Increased
In an effort to minimize the number of illegal firearm and ammunition currently on the streets of our country, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Belize Police Department today issued an advisory to all gun dealers and holders informing them of new fees being implemented for firearm certification. The proposed increase which is expected to come into effect in the coming months will be added as follows: License Carrier permit which is currently free of cost now has a proposed fee of three hundred dollars, Gun Repair Licenses which is also free of cost will now see a proposed fee of fifty dollars while Special Protection Licenses for Belizeans which currently holds a fee of seventy five dollars will carry a fee of two hundred and twenty five dollars and Special Protection Licenses for non-Belizeans is proposed to increase from five hundred dollars to one thousand five hundred dollars.

Special Treatment Offered To Guatemalan, No Need To Apply For Extension
One other interesting matter that came up in Wednesday’s hearing is an anomaly between what is policy and what is practice when it comes to Guatemalan tourists in Belize. Under the SICA framework, movement through Central America is allowed which means that in Belize Central American nationals can enter freely. However, after 30 days they are required by our Immigration laws to apply for a permit in order to extend their stay. But Guatemalans seem to enjoy special treatment as they do not end up applying for any extension, and it seems, our Immigration authorities do not budge to enforce the rules.

Are Senate Hearing Costing Belizeans?
A cloud of uncertainty looms over the future of Senate Select Committee hearings following an August 3rd letter from Prime Minister Dean Barrow to the Clerk of the National Assembly Eddie Webster that no more funding would be provided to the Committee hearings beyond November. Webster had written the PM on July 20th and again on July 21st, requesting funds to pay for the Committee’s outstanding bills as of July 31st and to cover the cost of the sitting from September to November. While the cost of the Senate hearings has never been made public, the PM’s response letter revealed the cost being $146,000 from November 2016 to July this year, and $124,202 proposed for the next three months.

Petro Caribe Will No Longer Roll It
The Party is over and we’re not talking about anything related to the September celebrations. The PetroCaribe party and it’s sourcing of cheap oil and easy money for the Barrow Administration is over. Today Alba Petrocaribe Belize Energy Limited (APBEL), the Belizean company through which Belize buys Petrocaribe fuel from Venezuela, issued a notice to stakeholders in Belize’s fuel sector which informed that it has suspended purchases of petroleum products from Venezuela’s fuel supplier, PDVSA (pronounced Pedevesa). The notice indicates further that APBEL has been facing problems maintaining a reliable supply of fuel from Venezuela, and it has, at times, resulted in higher fuel costs when Puma, the main fuel supplier in Belize, has had to make last minute arrangements to make up for the shortfall.

LOVE FM

Firearm holders will soon see a hike in firearm license fees
If you are a holder of a firearm license, a gun dealers’ license or a sport Hunters Licenses then be informed that the fee to possess those licenses will increase. A notice was issued this afternoon in which the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Belize Police Department announced that the new fees will be […]

Boom threat keeps children away from school
Even though, today is a normal school day, most parents whose children attend St. Martin’s De Porres Primary School chose to keep their children at home, due to an inferred threat via social media. This morning we spoke to Principal Anne Palacio. Anne Palacio – Principal “I got a message through my Facebook page yesterday […]

Mother says daughter was kidnapped
Twelve year old Lucera Constantino has been missing since last week Friday. Her mother Rosa Rivero says that she was kidnapped by a man she knows as Luis Cinteron. Rivero and her friends have been searching for Lucera since last week. Rosa Rivero – Mother “From yesterday I’ve been really tired. From Friday to yesterday […]

PUP says “GOB is using the people’s monies to advance its political agenda”
The People’s United Party has expressed concern over the recent revelation that eighty percent of the Social Security Board’s investment portfolio of four hundred and fifty eight million dollars is held in government interests including loans, statutory boards and government-controlled institutions such as the National Bank. The PUP says quote, “Government is using the people’s […]

Senator & BNTU would not like to see the Senate Hearings derail
Mark Lizarraga – Senator “I think it’s a matter of prioritizing. I think at the end of the day I make $130 every time I come here that is for my fuel and my time, they feed us a plate of food, other than that we pay the press whatever that cost is to broadcast. […]

Visa Waiver causes loss of revenue for Belize
Belize has several visa waiver programs ongoing. Citizens from countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala enter Belize visa free. And while it does attract a large amount of tourists and business men and women, it represents a loss of revenue for the Government of Belize. The matter was raised by Senator Eamon Courtenay during […]

Locke says Vital Statistics Unit is the biggest challenge for the Department
Since her appointment as Immigration Director, Diana Locke has been making significant changes within the Department. According to Locke, the Department’s biggest challenge is the Vital Statistics Unit. Diana Locke – Director of the Immigration Department “We at the passport section, we have many challenges with the documents issued by vital statistics particularly changes in […]

Education key to the prosperity of a nation
Restore Belize held its seventh annual scholarship award ceremony today. Guest speaker was John August, Director of Belize National Energy Charitable Trust, one of the organizations that assisted in making the programme possible. August said the future for a better and more prosperous Belize lies largely in education taking its rightful place in the development […]

22 Belizeans to be awarded at Tribute to Belizeans Patriots
Tribute to Belizean Patriots- National Honors and Awards Ceremony will be held tonight at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City. In total twenty two persons will be receiving honors and awards. Twenty persons will be receiving the Meritorious Service Award including twin brothers Sebastian and Fabian Cayetano. Two persons, Betty Flinchum […]


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Belizean caught in El Salvador with half million U.S. Dollars
A Belizean and a Panamanian have been caught in El Salvador with half a million US dollars in what the Salvadoran authorities believes are proceeds of money Laundering. Belizean, Oscar Lesby Itza, and Panamanian, Adam Enrique Gutierrez Moralez, were stopped by the Salvadoran law enforcement at the Oscar Romero Airport in San Salvador on Friday, September 8. The cops reportedly saw them acting suspicious, and they decided to conduct a thorough search on them. The officers searched all their bags and found 499,660 US dollars in bundles of 20 and 50-dollar bills. They have since been charged with money laundering by the Salvadoran Financial Intelligence Unit.

Unfinished remote explosive found in Corozal
Police are looking into a very worrying case in Corozal where an explosive device was being constructed. If it was in its finished state, it could have been detonated remotely. That type of apparatus has not been discovered in Belize before and the experts are concerned about the escalation of that type of threat. That device ended up in the hands of the police in Corozal after a civilian handed it over to them on Saturday, September 9. The BDF retrieved it, and it was examined by Brigadier General David Jones, the BDF Commander, the country’s foremost bomb expert. Describing it to the media, General Jones said, “The device did not have explosives, but it is definitely someone attempting to make a sophisticated improvise explosive device or a more sophisticated bomb which would be the first that we’ve seen being constructed in Belize… It had a capacitor, it had a sensor and a cellphone attached to it.

Two new pre schools and two new schools for the south
On Thursday, September 7th, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber, was busy in the southern part of the country as ribbons were cut for the opening of two new pre schools, a new primary school and a new extension to an existing primary school. Financed by government through the Social Investment Fund, Santa Cruz received a new pre-school along with a new primary school. The village of Santa Cruz is a growing one in the Stann Creek district and residents have long been clamoring for a school of their own and the government made good on a promise to construct such a school and pre school in that community.

New Health Center opened in Santa Elena
“It is our dream that in the future Santa Elena will have its own full-fledged hospital capable of addressing {to applause} all our health needs.”- Hon. Rene Montero Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin was happy to share in the celebration with his cabinet colleague, Hon. Rene Montero, in the official inauguration of the Santa Elena Health Center last Friday morning. Health services are now being accessed today at the Center. The Government of Belize has funded the rehabilitation of the Santa Elena Health Center Project at an estimated cost of $270,000.00. With a one-storey concrete building, the residents of Santa Elena have begun to get the services at the Out Patient Services, Child Care Clinic and Pharmacy. It will be opened from Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m

Police receives grant of BZ$100,000.00 from Taiwan
On 7th September, the Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) signed a Cooperation Agreement aimed at developing police cooperation and combating transnational crimes. Signing on behalf of the Government of Belize was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, and on behalf of the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) was Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, His Excellency Charles K. Y. Liu. The Agreement sets out the framework for police cooperation between both governments. The scope of cooperation includes the exchange of personnel visiting for study and training programs, sharing of information in the area of law enforcement, cooperation in combating transnational crimes and the implementation of other areas of cooperation.

Drama at Queen of the Bay
In perhaps one of the more surreal moments of this year’s September celebrations, the Queen of the Bay coronation took place. After the addresses, it was time for the crowning and in an unprecedented manner, Zenaida Moya, through Dr. Candice Pitts, led a proclamation of her own- declaring the Orange Walk delegate, Esmeralda Cal, as the Queen of the Bay. Immediately after, there was another declaration read by Neil Hall where Aaliyah Ysaguirre was also declared as the Queen of the Bay. What followed was even worse: while the reigning queen removed her cape, crown, and scepter and recited the words of transition to pass on the title to the new queen- in the background, Zenaida Moya did the same on Cal. She had a scepter, a crown and a cape of her own which she placed on Cal.

18 scholarships for refrigeration students
Eighteen students received scholarships to study Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC). The National Ozone Unit, within the Department of the Environment (DOE), hosted an award ceremony on September 13th, 2017 at the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET) Conference Room (Belize City). Each scholarship is set to cover the cost of tuition for each recipient for the completion of the second year of their RAC programme, and upon graduating, each recipient will receive a basic toolkit for start in the field. The scholarship recipients were chosen from 3 designated institutes across the country based on their active partnership with the Association of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technicians (ARACT) – ITVET Belize City, ITVET Orange Walk and Cayo Center for Employment Training (CET). The scholarships were distributed among the 3 institutes and recipients were selected based on an application process via these institutes.

64 Police officers trained in Human Trafficking Identification and Referral
The Anti-trafficking in Persons (ATIP) Council of Belize in collaboration with the Belize Police Department is conducting a series of trainings to build the capacity of Police Officers attached to the Domestic Violence Unit and Criminal Investigative Branch. The objectives of the sessions are to provide officers with a clear understanding of human trafficking and its related issues to build the capacity of police officers in victim identification and referral. So far, 64 officers have been trained in one-day workshops held in northern, eastern, and western areas of the country. Workshops will continue until all Domestic Violence Unit and Criminal Investigative Branch Police Officers have been trained. The next session takes place in the south on September 29th, 2017, where it is expected that 20 additional officers from Stann Creek, Independence and Toledo will be trained. The series of countrywide workshops form part of the ATIP Council 2017 plan of action to scale up the country’s national response to human trafficking.

More children from Belmopan to benefit from feeding program
The children from Belmopan will continue to benefit from a feeding program being coordinated by their local Police. On Thursday of last week Howell Gillett, Officer Commanding Belmopan Police signed to an agreement with Recino’s Imports from San Ignacio, which will now see 140 students of two primary schools from the Belmopan Police Jurisdiction receiving breakfast cereal. Belmopan Police already had a midday program that fed 75 kids, but in their interaction have discovered that there were kids who were not eating before coming to school.

BNTU wants senate probe to continue until ‘nomoh nomoh’
The executive of the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) ,appears to be getting ready for a face off with the government once again. This time though it is unlike last year when trade issues were bunched with partisan politics. There is no sort of trade issue on the table at this time. This time it appears to be plain old partisan politics at play. Last week the Prime Minister, in his capacity as Minister of Finance, had responded to two letters from the Clerk of the National Assembly / Secretary for the Senate Special Select Committee. The Clerk had written the two letters to the Minister of Finance on behalf of the committee requesting more finances for the committee. The Prime Minister wrote back to the Clerk, informing him and by extension the committee, that both amounts of monies requested would be extended to them.

Caye Caulker runway upgrade underway
Tropic Air and Maya Island Air domestic airlines announced that effective October 1, 2017, they will be suspending all scheduled flights to Caye Caulker due to the present state of the runway on the island. The deplorable state of the present runway creates a hazardous environment and the airlines are taking this safety measure to mishaps as it related to public flight safety and service. This notice has been publicized to the Caye Caulker Village Council as well as the Belize Airports Authority (BAA). A request has been issued for an urgent renovation of the runway as the high season on the island quickly approaches. Those requests have not gone unheard as the BAA is in the process of procuring sufficient funds to carry out the project. An announcement was made on September 12, 2017 that the BAA and the Social Security Board (SSB) are in the final stages of working together for upgrades to the runway.

Re-Opening of the Honorary Consulate of Belize in Chetumal
The Government of Belize has officially re-opened the Honorary Consulate of Belize in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The office is headed by the newly appointed Honorary Consul Mr. Luis Montero Maldonado. The re-launch took place in Chetumal on Friday, 8th September 2017 at an event presided over by H.E. Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Accompanying C.E.O. Andrews were Mr. Miguel Martin, Chief of Staff in the Office of the Governor of the State of Quintana Roo; Mr. Luis Torres, Mayor of the Municipality of Othon P. Blanco; and H.E. Oliver del Cid, Ambassador of Belize to Mexico. The event was also attended by dozens of federal and municipal officials, as well as members of academia and the private sector in Chetumal.

Record payments for citrus
On Friday, September 15th, citrus growers in Belize will receive their final payment on products delivered this year and it is a record breaker. According to a release from the Citrus Growers Association, payment for orange deliveries will be $2.5326 per pound solid while grapefruit will be $2.8933 per pound solid. The CGA says that these prices are the highest ever paid to growers for both Orange and Grapefruit. Final payment for fruit delivery will be $.3674 per pound solid for orange and $.5161 for grapefruit.

Governor General receives donation of musical instruments
On September 12th, at the Belize House in Belmopan, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Belize H.E. Mr. Harald Peter Klein made a donation of musical instruments to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young. The musical instruments which included a clarinet, an oboe, a trumpet and a saxophone will benefit the Governor General’s Music in the Schools Programme. The Ambassador was joined by his Honorary Consul Ms. Kay Menzies.

Ministries of Human Development and Defence launch Belize Youth Challenge Programme Recruitment Drive
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation and the Ministry of Defence have joined forces to launch a youth intervention project entitled the Belize Youth Challenge Programme (BYC). The mission of the programme is “to intervene in and reclaim the lives of at-risk youth to produce programme graduates with the values, skills, education and self-discipline necessary to succeed as adults.” The new 2-year pilot programme is an upgrade and strengthening of the National Youth Cadet Service Corps and is modelled after the Youth Challenge Programme run by the Louisiana National Guard in the USA.

Machel arrives early to assist Belizean musicians
Soca superstar, Machel Montano, will be the headliner at this year’s 4th annual Soca and Jazz Festival scheduled for Wednesday September 20th at the Hour Bar Field. His appearance is a few days away yet Montano is already in Belize and he will be making the most of it. Music Ambassador, Shyne Barrow, who’s office is the major sponsor for Montano’s visit, told the Guardian that Montano will be holding meetings with Belizean artists to help them in their craft. Among those meetings will be a lunch in Belize City next week.

MOU signed for Port of Magical Belize.com Cruise Ship Docking Facility
The Government of Belize signed a Memorandum of Understanding Thursday, September 7th, 2017, with Portico Enterprises Limited (the “Developer” doing business as Port of Magical Belize.com), to construct a world class Cruise Ship Docking Facility on a parcel of land located along the coastline just south of the Sibun River in the Belize District (the “Project”). The Port of Magical Belize.com Cruise Ship Docking Facility, being led by David Gegg and Gulab Sharma, proposes to construct a cruise docking facility to accommodate four Oasis class cruise vessels in Phase I, inclusive of a marina, 120,000 square feet of retail space, a water park and pool area, an arts and craft centre, an aquarium and an indigenous cultural centre. Phase II of the project will include two (2) additional berthing docks, a Five (5) Star 300 room hotel and a water theme park.

New NEMO Deputy National Emergency Coordinator
Mr. Colin Gillett has been named as the new Deputy National Emergency Coordinator for the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO). Mr. Gillett holds a Master’s Degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. His work experience includes Director of the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute, Project Coordinator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Belize, and Private Consultant in Project Management and Logistics.

PUP prepare to strike again!
Feeling that the near riotous event of last week was a success, the PUP have been holding meetings with chief agitators, Oscar Requena and Servulo Baeza, in the hopes of riding what they saw as a successful event. The problem with the meetings is that both men who are expected to lead the charge for the PUP are so dense that during most of the meetings all Johnny Briceno could do was hold his head in disbelief of what was being proposed to be the next course of action. For his part Briceno's brother and advisor to Johnny, too, buried his head in his lap and hoped that the meeting would come to an end very quickly. The two cavemen masquerading as the brain thrust of the PUP have very little to contribute to any real change to what is being offered by the PUP.

Red Cross advises how to assist after Hurricane Irma
:Irma, the strongest Atlantic hurricane in more than a decade has battered millions of people in the Caribbean. At least 34 people are believed to have been killed. The Category 5 hurricane has cut a swath of destruction through half a dozen Caribbean nations and overseas territories. Reports from Barbuda suggest that nearly every building has been damaged or destroyed, causing approximately 1,800 persons to be without shelter, while hundreds of thousands of people in Puerto Rico are without power according to authorities. Further reports of severe destruction have been received from the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla, as well as Saint Martin and St. Barts (Saint Barthélemy), St. Kitts and Nevis, and Cuba.

Remembering St. George’s Caye Day
With the festivities of the Tenth now over, the Belize Archives & Records Service BARS would like to share with us some factual information surrounding St. George’s Caye Day. Just as in every 10th celebration, it serves us well to remember the great sacrifices of our forefathers. Many Belizeans who have read about the engagement between the Settlers and the Spanish might recall that there were defensive Forts at the Belize Settlement. Apart from the most commonly known Fort Balccares and Fort Lindsay located on either sides of the Haulover, there were also forts at present day Belize City. There were Fort Barrow, Fort Wexford and Fort Dundas. Fort Barrow was located around the area of the old hospital on the Northside, while Fort Wexford and Fort Dundas were on the South. Fort Wexford was located on the property belonging to Thomas Paslow who financed the fitting out of the house, as well as, the cannons and swivels in the yard and on the wharf.

Triplets at the KHMH
On the morning of Tuesday September 5 a set of triplets were delivered at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The two boys Marlon, Malrick and girl Miracle were brought to the world by way of C-Section and weighed an average of 5lbs. On Wednesday of this week the triplets were officially introduced having been born to 20 year Virginia Garnett who saw the C-section performed on her by Dr. Jose Guerra. The birth of one child presents its challenges and more so the birth of three. With those challenges in mind, that the KHMH solicited the help of the business community to aid with supplies necessary for the care of the babies.

The University of Belize and WWF will develop the first ever watershed management plan for Belize
The University of Belize through the Natural Resource Management Program from the Faculty of Science and Technology and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), will develop a Management Plan for the Belize River Watershed (BRW). The plan will be the first of its kind in Belize and serves as a model for much needed future watershed management. The project will take a multidisciplinary approach in collecting and consolidating data pertaining to the Belize River Watershed. Through scientific research, stakeholder consultations and community engagement, a sustainable management plan will be produced by identifying long-term monitoring programs and bolstering policies for the protection of Belize’s freshwater resources.

Shooting after j’ouvert leaves 6 injured
Despite the best efforts of the police to secure all the September Celebrations events, there was a mass shooting a few hours after the September 9 Carnival J’ouvert where 6 participants were injured. Police believe that the intended target was a man who was acquitted of murder only the day before. Participants in the early morning event say that the officers were out in big numbers, trying to protect the hundreds of revelers who came out on that Saturday. The event concluded peacefully, and at around 6 a.m., 1 gunman, riding on a bicycle, approached a group of people leaving the area where the j’ouvert ended. The shooter immediately opened fire into the crowd, which was passing the corner of Kelly and Wilson Streets, and several persons were injured. A 17 year-old male was injured to the left leg. A 15 year-old male was also injured to the left leg. Another 15 year-old male was injured to the right leg, and the one of his toes. A 15 year-old female suffered an injury to the abdomen, and the right wrist.

Accident leaves one dead and one in trouble with the law
Just after midday on September 12, 2017, police visited the junction of Cemetery and East Ring Roads where they observed Jose Cucul in a drain on the right side of the road with head and bodily injuries. Preliminary investigation reveals that Lathraine Penner of Camalote Village was traveling in a van when a cyclist made a left turn into her path which caused a collision between the cyclist and the vehicle. Cucul was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital where he later died. Penner has since been served with a notice of intended prosecution as police investigation continues.

Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
We have authority over illness. In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 10 verse 8, Jesus tells us, his followers, to “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” One of the most misunderstood doctrines of Christianity is about where we draw the line between God’s part and our part in establishing things on earth. The Bible teaches us in the book of Genesis, that as soon as God completed the earth, He handed the keys over to us. So from that moment His part was to fill us with His wisdom and our part was to use it to do things on earth exactly as He had already planned it. But when man sinned and cut the cord we no longer had Him to show us what to do. So we began to do things our way, or the devil’s way, which made everything descend into the chaos we have on earth.

Akeem Augustine, acquitted of murder, becomes victim of attempted murder
After being on remand for 4 years 6 months, 22-year-old Akeem Augustine is a free man. Augustine was accused of the murder of Ardon Belgrave who was shot execution style on March 19, 2013. The acquittal took place on Friday, September 8, 2017 before Justice Adolph Lucas in the Belize City Supreme Court where the evidence presented by the DPP was not convincing enough. Also according to Judge Lucas, there were serious inconsistencies in the testimony of the crown’s main witness Christopher Gillett. Augustine, who was represented by attorney Stevannie Duncan, was found not guilty of murder. Less than 24 hours after his acquittal, on the morning of J’ouvert, Augustine was targeted by a gunman in the Cinderella Plaza area. He received a gunshot injury to the toe. Five others were injured in the same incident.

Big burglary in Belmopan
Brodam Santos, a 24-year-old man of Lomas Las Flores area, Belmopan, reported that between 9:00 p.m. on Saturday September 9, 2017 and 4:00 a.m., Sunday September 10, 2017 while he was out, someone broke into his house and stole an assortment of items that includes electronic items, tools, goods and cash among others, all to a total value of $16,066. Police investigations continue.

Construction worker fined for weed
A Belize City construction worker en route to San Pedro on September 9, 2017 was found in possession of cannabis while at the San Pedro Express Water Taxi terminal. He is 19-year-old Dornell Talbert of Belize City. Talbert, who was unrepresented before Magistrate Aretha Ford, was read two criminal charges, one count of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply 61.1 grams of cannabis, a charge of drug trafficking for this amount, and a charge of possession of a controlled drug where he was found with 41 grams of cannabis. In court on September 12, 2017, he pleaded guilty to possession. He was fined $600 to be paid by November 12, 2017 in default of 6 months’ imprisonment.

Darwin Martinez receives gunshot wounds
On September 10, 2017 around 10:15 p.m., police visited the KHMH where they saw 26-year-old Darwin Martinez, a graphic designer of Mayflower Street, suffering from a gunshot wound to the left upper back and one to the left upper chest area. Investigation reveals that a few minutes earlier, Martinez seated at the front passenger seat of a car along with his uncle, driver of the vehicle, and while passing on Ebony Street, he heard several shots. He later realized that he had been shot.

Deaf man remanded to prison over alleged gunplay
A deaf man who was taken into police custody for an alleged gunplay is now on remanded at the Belize Central Prison. He is 41year-old Gaylon Foreman, a resident of Ladyville. He was charged with a single count of aggravated assault with a firearm upon Lion Bennett which is alleged to have occurred on May 5, 2017 in Ladyville. Foreman, represented by attorney Simeon Sampson, appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford on Friday, September 8, 2017. Given his disability, a translator was provided. She signed the charge being read against him to which he pleaded not guilty. Due to the nature of the offense, he was denied bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until November 8, 2017.

Estranged common-law-husband is fined for wounding
Daniel Magdaleno, a 41-year-old resident of Ladyville, was taken to court on Thursday September 7, 2017 after he was accused of wounding his estranged common-law-wife during a misunderstanding. Magdaleno appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Aretha Ford where he pleaded guilty to the charge. Since it was his first offense for such a charge, Magistrate Ford imposed a non-custodial sentence where he was fined $600 to be paid by November 30, 2017 in default of 6 months’ imprisonment.

Police officers accused of extortion
Two police officers posted at the Queen Street Police Station are out on bail after they were arraigned before Magistrate Aretha Ford on September 8, 2017 for a single charge of extortion. The men have been identified as 37-year-old Sgt. Lenancio Bol and 30-year-old PC Daniel Requena. In court they were represented by attorney Simeon Sampson. The allegation against the men is that on September 5, 2017 in Belize City as police officers, they demanded $800 for themselves from Estefania Gomez.

John Doe found floating in the Macal River
Shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, the lifeless body of an unidentified male was retrieved from the waters of the Macal River near the New Bridge. According to police, it appears to be a case of homicide as the body was seen with what appears to be stab wounds to the upper body as well as hand. The body is of a dark complexion and remains unknown as a missing person’s report has not been filed in San Ignacio as yet. The body of John Doe, which was dressed in only black trousers, was found in a state of decomposition. A post mortem examination certified that the person bled to death. Police have revealed that the person had a tatoo of a rosary on the chest as well as the name Diane encircled with thirteen stars on one of the shoulders.

Kevin Bodden receives bail for charge of wounding
Kevin Bodden, a 24-year-old former murder suspect of Belize City, is out on bail after he was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on September 13, 2107 on a single charge of wounding of a woman. Bodden, who was unrepresented, appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza where he pleaded not guilty. The allegations against Bodden are that on September 9, 2017, he intentionally and unlawfully caused a wound to Sherilee Barrow of Belize City. Barrow told police that she was at a friend’s house where Bodden, who is her neighbor, approached her and punched her in her mouth causing it to bleed. She visited a doctor and her injury was classified as wounding.

Police shoot chopping suspect
On September 10, 2017 around 4:35 p.m., police responded to a chopping incident at Mile 25 on the Hummingbird Highway where 49-year-old Ricardo Oh reported that he was chopped by 32-year-old Florentino Coc who was several feet away under a shed. When he was approached by the police, Coc picked up a machete and advanced toward the police in a threatening manner. Despite being cautioned and despite two warning shots being fired, he did not relent. It was not until he was shot in the right leg that he stopped.

Possession of firearm and ammunition lands man in jail
A warehouse clerk employed with James Brodie’s Ltd. was busted over the holidays in possession of a firearm. The 32-year-old man, Darren Dawson, was arraigned before Magistrate Aretha Ford on a charge of kept firearm and kept ammunitions without a gun license on September 12, 2017. In court, Dawson pleaded not guilty to both charges but due to the nature of the offenses, bail could not be granted and he was remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until November 27, 2017.

Man spends birthday in detention for weed possession
On September 8, 2017, police of the Rural Quick Response Team stormed into the home of 28-year-old Jake Cadle, a resident of Crooked Tree Village, where they found 2 bags of cannabis under a Lasko Fan in his room. Cadle spent the beginning of his birthday in lock down and after being processed, he was brought to be arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. Cadle who was unrepresented appeared before Magistrate Sharon Fraser in court where he was read a single charge of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply to another person or persons for the purpose of drug trafficking. He was found with 132 grams of cannabis.

Smuggling weed in a sub sandwich
Jamie Williams, who was out on bail after he was accused of burglarizing the home of a secretary employed with the Government of Belize, was busted trying to smuggle weed inside a cell block to his friend Elden Flowers, currently on remand for murder. Williams was arraigned before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 where he was represented by attorney Oscar Selgado. In court, Williams pleaded not guilty to a single charge of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply. Since there was no objection to bail by the prosecutor in the case, he was offered bail in the sum of $700 plus one surety of the same, which he was able to meet. Williams is due back in court on November 30, 2017.

Witness to shooting killed in Orange Walk
Gustavo Hernandez, a 21 year-old Orange Walk resident, was killed in a shooting on St. George’s Caye Day. He was one of 2 men who witnessed the high-profile killing of Daniel Sosa, and so, it has been speculated that he was executed because his killer wanted to ensure that he wouldn’t testify in the case. A female companion, who witnessed his murder, came forward to the press to give a chilling account of the attempt made on his life. It happened at just after 5 a.m. on Sunday, September 10, on the San Antonio Road. He was walking a woman to her house, and according to police they were in the company of other persons. This female companion, who asked for her identity to be withheld for fear of her life, explained that they had a disagreement while walking on the road. She was insisting that it was not necessary for him to accompany her, but chose to do so anyway. She says that as they were about to cross the highway, he grabbed her to alert her that a gunman was chasing him.

Bandits Sports blank Verdes FC in Premier League competition
The Premier League of Belize 2017-2018 Opening Season Football Competition continued over the last weekend with four games on the schedule. On Friday 8th September, 2017, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, Police United FC edged out the Belize Defence Force FC by the score of 2-1. The host team Police United FC, was the first to get onto the scoreboard when Daniel Jimenez scored the 1st goal of the game in the 21st minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The first half of the game ended 1-0 in favour of the Police United FC. The Police United FC took the lead well into the second half of the game until Victor Moralez was able to penetrate the defence and scored the equalising goal for the Belize Defence Force FC in the 68th minute of play to tie the score at 1-1.

Dragons and Belize Bank Bulldogs in the finals of the Belize District Firms’ Basketball competition
The Belize District Basketball Association Firms’ competition will commence its championship round on Friday 22nd September, with the first game in the best of three series at 8:00 pm at Swift Hall in Belize City between the top seed the Dragons and the number two seed the Belize Bank Bulldogs. The second game on the series is scheduled for Saturday 23rd September at 8:00 pm at Swift Hall in Belize City, and if a third game becomes necessary, that game will be played on Friday 29th September, 2017, also at Swift Hall.

Hon. Edmond ‘Clear the Land’ Castro T- 20 Cricket Tournament
The ‘Clear the Land’ T-20 Cricket Tournament will continue on September 16 and 17in Belize Rural. On Saturday at 9:00 am out in Sand Hill, it will be Kenroy Roca from Double Head Cabbage Excellence vs Randy Rhaburn from Flowers Bank Rural Mix and at 11:30 am Dirk Sutherland from Rancho Dolores Western Eagles vs Garrett Joseph from Lord’s Bank Sunrise. Later in the afternoon at 2:00 pm, it will be Maurice Leslie from Sand Hill Bright Stars will go up against Lawrence Bonner from Crooked Tree Brilliant. The tournament will then continue on Sunday in Lemonal Villagw with the following games at10:00 am Satish and Lionel Russell from Bermudian Landing Berlan vs Norman Revers from Isabella Bank Uprising then at 2:00 pm it will be Conway Young from Bermudian Landing Summer Fever going up against Ike Reynolds from Lemonal Easy Does It.

Sandhill Blue Hawks lead in Leal’s Football competition
The 2017 Leal’s Football Cup Tournament continued on Monday 11th September, with four games out in Sandhill. In the first game of the day, Corozalito defeated Sandhill New Site Warriors by the score of 6-0. The goals for Corozalito were scored by Clinton Gill (2), Tyriq Ciego (2), Denmark Gill and Tyrell Estrada. In game two, Ladyville FC won over HVYSC via the default route. All 3 goals were awarded to the team’s captain Keron James. In game three, Sandhill Blue Hawks and Lucky Strike played to a 1-1 draw.

Titans and Mahogany Masqueraders prevail in carnival 2017
The post-J’Ouvert carnival road march, despite its new route from Caesar Ridge Road to the Marion Jones Stadium, was just as packed as it has been in previous years. Spectators filled the streets along the route and many of them even joined in the bacchanal. There were a total of 13 carnival groups, 6 senior and 7 junior groups, that marched in the competition and show. At the end of the day, all the groups performed to the best of their ability and presented their themes to spectators as well as judges that were dotted along the carnival route. At the culmination of the road march, the 13 bands and an audience gathered at the Marion Jones Stadium where the winners were announced. Titans Mas Band placed first in the senior category and was followed by Mother Nature’s Creation and Soca Moca placing second and third, respectively.

Youth Talks - When You Feel Left Behind...
What’s wrong with me? This is nuts. I should be so much further ahead by now.” Do you ever feel like you are nowhere near as successful as you want to be; that you are just lagging in life? Based on your age, the ultimate vision you have for your life and the work you are putting in, sometimes you can’t help but feel left behind. Like, desperately behind. Looking around at friends and colleagues and even those who may have graduated the same year as you, pretty much confirms it. Just about everyone is leaving you in the dust. The proof? They’re establishing themselves in the same careers you’d hoped for, married, with their perfect child that they post non-stop. They are essentially living your dream life — just better, faster and first. Meanwhile we (you and I), out here making a tragic mess of adulting.

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Petrocaribe program comes to an end
Yesterday evening, Alba Petrocaribe Belize Energy Limited (APBEL) announced that the long standing agreement with the Venezuelan state oiled company Trafigura/Puma and Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) under the Petrocaribe program has been suspended. The official release says that, “after consultation with the Government of Belize, Trafigura/Puma and PDVSA, APBEL has decided to suspend purchases of petroleum products from PDVSA under the PetroCaribe Agreement with immediate effect.”

Benquenos irate over Guatemalan riders entering Belize to celebrate Guate’s Independence Day
Some pictures have been circling on social media of Guatemalan bands parading through Benque Viejo Town with the Guatemalan flag for the Tenth of September Celebrations which took place this weekend. Belizeans have been expressing their disappointment in allowing the Guatemalan flag to be displayed during national celebration activities in Belize.

Police find weed and ammo in Belize City
This morning around 6:30, officers of the Special Assignment Team along with the K9 Unit conducted searches in the Mayflower area of Belize City where they found a black plastic bag.

San Ignacio Police: Body found in Macal River is Dean Bennett
This evening, BBN reported that the family of a San Ignacio man was applying at the Ministry of Health to exhume the body that was found floating in the Macal River 2 days ago because they believe that it is their relative whom police found in the river.

Elderly man killed in house fire
By BBN Staff:An early morning fire on the south side of Belize City has destroyed a two storey wooden home and claimed the life of an elderly man. At around 9 a.m., fire officials were called to 8467 Gordon Street, in the Lake Independence area where the house had been engulfed.

PUP says GOB using social security funds to advance political agenda
The Opposition, People’s United Party (PUP) issued a press release today stating that the recent revelation that over 80% of $458M of the Social Security Board’s (SSB) investment portfolio held in government interests is of serious concern to them and should also be of concern to all Belizeans.

Body of man found in San Ignacio could be Dean Bennett
The family of Dean Bennett, a San Ignacio man who went missing on Saturday, September 9, 2017 is applying at the Ministry of Health to exhume a body that was found by San Ignacio Police on Tuesday, September 12 to determine if the body is that of Dean Bennett.

Proposed new fees for firearm licenses, GoB also considering increased penalties for firearm crimes
The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Belize Police Department have issued a statement advising holders of Firearm, Gun Dealers, Sport Hunters and the general public of the proposed increase and application of new fees and the requirement for firearm certification.

Aldo Salazar doesn’t want to quarrel with PM Barrow
The Senate Select Committee met again this week but from all indications the hearings will be suspended before the year is finished. Last week, Prime Minister Dean Barrow indicated that the Government of Belize would not be able to provide funding for the hearings past November due to budgetary deficits.

Hip hip Hooray?
By Lisa Shoman: Brig. Gen. David Jones: “The device is well constructed. It had a capacitor; it had a sensor and a cell phone which denotes that it would have been set off remotely. So this device definitely is above the level of what we’ve seen before in Belize. It is something that can be placed at a house or in a vehicle and you can actually set it off by just dialing a number on the cell phone.”

Ya’axché Conservation Trust offers financial management training to women’s groups
The Ya’axché Conservation Trust’s work in southern Belize has focused on empowering communities since 1998. As part of the organization’s ongoing work of building capacity for local community-based organizations, Ya’axché has offered trainings in topics such as leadership, teamwork, finances, and cooking to several local women’s groups over the years.

NEMO announces new deputy national emergency coordinator
Yesterday, the Government’s Press Office announced that Colin Gillett has been named as the new Deputy National Emergency Coordinator for the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).

GOB, BEL, and PUC make commitment to energy future
Yesterday, September 13th, Frank Mena, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Public Service, Energy, and Public Utilities; Jeffrey Locke, Chief Executive Officer of Belize Electricity Limited (BEL); and John Avery, Chair of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) expressed their commitment to providing reliable and sustainable energy through participation in the Belize Consolidated Project Plan (CPP).

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Venti Non-Fat Latte with 2% Foam? Flight Cafe Opens in San Pedro
So I had to go to San Pedro’s new spot – The Flight Cafe – for the “soft opening” this past Tuesday. ESPECIALLY since it is owned and operated by the lovely folks who opened the new French bakery just this spring this year. The baguettes, sandwiches and croissants are changing the way people eat on Ambergris Caye. Located just across the street from the Tropic Air terminal in the San Cas building. JUST behind Delices De France – known to me as THE French Bakery. A huge coffee list with some items I’ve never heard of – they must not be in the Starbucks dictionary! I had to immediately look them up so I don’t seem like a TOTAL rube.

Love Shopping and Travel? Popular Belize Business for Sale Includes Both
Most people would think owning a souvenir shop that also catered to large wedding parties would be a seasonal desk heavy job. For owner Lara Goldman it was an opportunity to travel the country as she continuously built her inventory. She sought out over two dozen great Belizean artists and vendors in each district and got to know their story. As a result, shelves of both 12 Belize locations are filled with colorful creative and stylish items. The business is doing well and the accounting shows, steady continuous annual growth. Lara’s main reason for selling is that she owns and operates two other successful businesses – Romantic Travel Belize and Lemon Crush. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be a little less busy, especially when you live on a tropical island.

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On tiny Barbuda, a 300-year-old civilization has been ‘extinguished’
Barbuda is barely 60 square miles. Hurricane Irma, the Category 5 tropical cyclone that swallowed it Sept. 6, was nearly 400 miles across. All 1,800 residents now are homeless, having been evacuated to the sister island of Antigua. “The damage is complete,” Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the United States, told PRI’s the Takeaway. “For the first time in 300 years,” he said, “there’s not a single living person on the island of Barbuda — a civilization that has existed on that island for over 300 years has now been extinguished.”

Here's What Happens To All Of The Flooded Cars After Hurricane Harvey
There are estimates that as many as half a million cars were damaged from the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey along the Texas Gulf Coast, and many people are wondering what happens to those cars now. While some believe that they will be dragged off directly to junkyards or maybe even crushed, the process of recovering these vehicles is a lot more complex. Cleanup efforts have already started and insurance adjusters, truck drivers, and auction representatives are already on the ground and working on processing these cars. Let’s jump into the process and see how all of these cars will be moved from the street to their final destinations.

Eyes on the water in Belize
"A sudden splash breaks the warm silence of the lagoon. As soon as the net touches the surface, Emelly Miralda starts pulling it in at a fast but steady pace. A glittering mass of sardines emerges from the water, some of them tangled in the mesh, others flopping violently. "She loosens the net and a downpour of silver fish falls inside the small boat. A barracuda the size of her leg already lies lifeless on the floor. "Her husband thrusts a long stick into the lagoon to keep the boat still. Three of their four children, chins and cheeks cupped in their hands, watch closely as their mother frees the few remaining fish from the net. A 10-month-old baby sleeps in a cradle. “Only a female can do this,” she brags with a grin. "Miralda hopes to teach her kids how to fish one day—it’s a skill and a way of life she fears will become more difficult as illegal fishing, climate change, and unchecked tourism continue to hurt fish and coral populations. As she talks, Miralda sets aside a few sardines to use later as bait." Read the full story from " Eyes on the Water in Belize" in the World Wildlife Magazine, Summer 2016 issue.

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  • Unbelizeable Caye Caulker, 4min. A group of friends celebrates a birthday milestone in Caye Caulker, Belize. Fusion of video footage captured via smartphones, GoPro cameras, drones, and a DSLR camera with underwater housing.

  • Dangriga - Belize, 1.5min. Dangriga é a capital do distrito de Stann Creek, Belize. No último censo realizado em 2000, sua população era de 8.814 habitantes. Em meados de 2005, a população estimada da cidade era de 10.800 habitantes.

  • Scotia Bank & Caribbean Motors, 18min.

  • George Town Technical High School, 19min.

  • Belize International Film Festival Media launched, 24min.

  • Cuban Embassy discuss recovering from Hurricane Irma, 18min.

  • Belize Day 2 reef Dive 6, 6min.

  • belize diver day 3 playground 2 dive 7, 6min.

  • Belize Chinaman wall 2 Day2, 1.5min.

  • Belize: An underwater world of mystery and danger, 2min. Belize has some of the most spectacular and thrilling scuba diving in the world. Its reef is home to sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, eels, octopus and an endless assortment of beautiful fish. those daring enough to venture beneath the waves will get to truly experience the wonder and mystery 60 to 80 feet down.

  • Belize Barrier Reef Snorkelling- The Wheelers on the Bus, 6.5min. Taking the kids snorkelling in the second biggest barrier reef in the world. We saw sharks, rays, manatees and millions of beautiful fish. Belize is amazing.

  • Belize Independence 2017, 2min.

  • Belize Water Park - San Pedro Ambergris Caye, 2min. El Diablo Bar & Water Park located at the end of the dock at Caribbean Villas Hotel is the coolest place to hang out with the kids.


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