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#525973 - 09/21/17 07:02 AM Today's Belize News: September 21, 2017  
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The San Pedro Sun

Opening the official Independence Eve Celebrations
Speeches by Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Representative of the Opposition Andre Perez and Area Representative Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr.

Flag raising ceremonies for Independence Celebration
San Pedro Town counts down to Belize's 36th Anniversary of Independence.

Island Students Celebrate Independence Day with a Children’s Rally
With the purpose of promoting patriotism among Belizean children during the September Celebrations, the annual Children’s Rally was celebrated across the country on Friday, September 15th. San Pedro Town was no exception, with upper division, primary and secondary school students, along with educators of San Pedro Town gathering at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium to celebrate Belize’s 36th Independence. Under the theme “Belize: Confronting Challenges! Celebrating Triumphs! Renewing our Resolve”, they all enjoyed musical performances, poems and drama, as well as an inspirational speech from Ismael Kay. The Children’s Rally commenced with a musical rendition of the National Anthem performed by the San Pedro High School (SPHS) music class. Mistress of Ceremonies Maryurit Trimino then invited two students from Isla Bonita Elementary School to give the welcome address. Each participating school had a presentation, showcasing their patriotism and delighting the crowd in attendance.

Ambergis Caye Fishing Guide Association holds a consultation at San Pedro Lion’s Den
The Ambergris Caye Fishing Guide Association (ACFGA), held a meeting at the San Pedro Lion’s Den on Wednesday, September 13th. Attending the meeting were fishermen and stakeholders who had a variety of topics to discuss. At the top of the agenda were the results from a petition that had been submitted to the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) by the ACFGA, along with other fishing associations throughout Belize. The petition was submitted the month prior, and focused on some issues fishermen were facing due to their boat size, number of passengers, and requirements from the Belize Port Authority (BPA). Some fishermen claim that while aboard their ‘lanchon’ boats, whether on the job or simply running errands, they are sometimes stopped by the BPA and given a summons. The summons is a result of requirements that currently ask boat owners to have a helper on board any boat 24 feet and under, with or without passengers.

Lina Point inaugurated on Ambergris Caye
Lina Point Over Water Island Resort held its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday September 16th. In attendance were the Mayor of San Pedro Town, Daniel Guerrero, and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Manuel Heredia Jr., Developer Rick Jennings, wife Chelsie and their daughters Kyla and Angelina welcomed a host of family and friends, employees and invited guests to a fun evening celebrating the start of their new venture. Construction began in 2014, and the ceremony celebrated the completion of the main building, which houses eight 1-bedroom suites, a pool, rooftop restaurant ‘Hooked’, a game room, bar and lobby. Two over-water cabañas have been completed, with six more to be built over the next year. Jennings gave a brief tour to guests, showcasing the over-water buildings designed to capitalize on the free-flowing water below, visible from the glass tiles underfoot. An outdoor plunge pool on the outdoor deck offers leeward island vistas.

Red Cross hosts blood drive on Ambergris Caye
The Belize Red Cross, San Pedro Branch (BRCSPB) hosted a successful blood drive on Saturday, September 16th in San Pedro Town. Held at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, a total of 15 pints of blood were collected from 9AM to 3PM. While potential donors made their way to the clinic, a dollar drive was held on the streets, collecting a grand total of $362.77. According to the BRCSPB, donors began arriving from early in the day, providing the much needed units of blood for Ambergris Caye’s reserves at the blood bank. They reiterated the importance of donating blood, which in return can save the life of someone else. The BRCSPB encourages island residents to donate on a regular basis in order to keep the stock of blood for the island at its highest level. The blood is then available for any islander who may need a blood transfusion in the case of an emergency, thus, it is important to support and donate all blood drives, which take place every three months.

Ambergris Today

Government Of Belize To Join Hurricane Relief Efforts For Dominica
In a press release issued yesterday, Tuesday, September 19, 2017, the Government of Belize has expressed its distress and sympathy in learning of the damage inflicted upon Dominica and the other Leeward Islands by the deadly Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this devastating storm who may have lost loved ones and who have had their homes and properties destroyed,” stated the press release. While the level of devastation is still yet unknown, the Government of Belize stands ready to join with other CARICOM nations to coordinate and support relief efforts in any way possible within our human and financial resources.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Government of Belize to Join Relief Efforts for Dominica
The Government of Belize expresses our distress and sympathy in learning of the damage inflicted upon Dominica and the other Leeward Islands by the deadly Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this devastating storm who may have lost loved ones and who have had their homes and properties destroyed. While the level of devastation is still yet unknown, the Government of Belize stands ready to join with other CARICOM nations to coordinate and support relief efforts in any way possible within our human and financial resources. The Government encourages all Belizeans who are able to offer some form of assistance to the Government and people of Dominica to do so by supporting local relief initiatives being undertaken by reliable agencies, businesses or organizations.

SBDC Workshop: INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS TAX
Presented by: Mrs. Lisa Clare, Ag. Supervisor of Objection, Appeal and Training, Income Tax Department. Location: Welcome Center, San Ignacio, Cayo. Workshop Date: 28th September, 2017. Time: 9am to 12 noon. Free of cost. Income Tax was enacted in Belize in 1924 and remained in that basic form up to July 1998, when Business Tax was introduced. The Legislation is now called "The Income And Business Tax Act", with an effective date of January 1999 in its current form. The Act is divided into three parts with Income Tax under Part 1, Income Tax on Profits arising from Petroleum under Part 11 and Business Tax under Part 111. This Information session will help you understand the ACT in details.

Exhibitions: "Frida & Diego: A Smile at the Crossroads" and "Mexican Cities: World Heritage"
Embassy of Mexico to Belize invites you to attend the opening of the following exhibitions: "Frida & Diego: A Smile at the Crossroads" and "Mexican Cities: World Heritage" They are unveiled on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 6:30 PM at the Mexican Cultural Institute on Newtown Barracks & Wilson Street in Belize City

Belize City Parade Participants

Great News! Employment Opportunities! Apply Now!
The U.S. Embassy has two job openings: Generator Mechanic and a Plumbing/Carpentry Foreman. The U.S. Mission in Belize provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

Happy Independence Day Belize!
by Oceana Belize. Natural colors are our national colors. Our challenges are many but our resolve is strong. By working together, we can celebrate the triumph of a bright future that includes clean energy, sustainable resource management and bountiful beauty. May God bless Belize. Happy Independence Day Belize.

Ya'axche Institute dontaes seedlings
Ya'axche Institute for Conservation and Education (YICE) donated 100 seedlings to University of Belize, which were planted yesterday in commemoration of National Service Day.

Caye Caulker ready for Celebrations!

Ministry of Health Responds to Increased Reports of Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
The Ministry of Health reports that there is an increase in the number of reported conjunctivitis cases (more commonly known as “pink eye”), particularly in the northern and central health regions. Conjunctivitis is an irritation of the eye, which is very uncomfortable, caused by bacteria or viruses which can spread easily from person to person. Symptoms of conjunctivitis include: • Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid • Watery eyes

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Upgrade of Hopkins Village Main Street and Water System Phase 1
The public is hereby informed of the groundbreaking ceremony of the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) 2013 – Upgrade of Hopkins Village Main Street and Water System Phase 1 Project, on the 22nd September 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Basketball Court, Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District. The upgrade of Hopkins Village Main Street and Water System Phase 1 for a length of 3.2 km (2 miles), worth a total of € 1,222,220.48 (BZ$ 2,688,885.10), is being financed by the European Union and the Government of Belize through funds from the BAM 2013 programme. The Hopkins Village Main Street is of major importance for the social development of southern Belize. The village main street rehabilitation includes the supply, construction, installation and completion of over three (3) kilometers of road with base material and double chip seal to pavement standards; eighty (80) meters of road concrete pavement; three hundred (300) meters of concrete culverts and nearly three (3) kilometers of vee drains; over six (6) kilometers of water supply pipeline with assemblies and fittings along the road; two (2) concrete pedestrian crossings; road markings and over hundred (100) traffic signs.

CARICOM Commends Belize's Contribution to CARICOM as it Marks its 36th Independence Anniversary
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has commended the “invaluable contribution” of Belize as it marks its 36th Independence Anniversary. The Central American CARICOM Member State celebrates its independence on Thursday 21 September under the theme Belize: Confronting Challenges! Celebrating Triumphs! Renewing our Resolve! In a congratulatory message sent to Prime Minister of Belize, The Hon. Dean Barrow, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque commended his leadership in the CARICOM Quasi-cabinet for Justice and Governance. “The Community is also highly appreciative of Belize’s initiative to encourage dialogue and collaboration between CARICOM and Central America.

HERE IS THE FINAL LINE UP FOR THE INDEPENDENCE DAY 2017 JUMP UP PARADE!
PLEASE TAKE NOTE. LINE UP STARTS AT 9 AM AND PARADE STARTS AT 10 AM. SEE YOU THERE! LONG LIVE BELIZE!

Happy Independence Day Celebrations to everyone from all of us in Sarteneja!
SACD was honored to once again be part of the Independence Day schools parade for this year. Here are some photos of yesterday's schools parade.

Belize Fishing Report, Sept. 11th - Sept. 17th, 2017
After a week like last week it is hard to top, but as usual, the bonefishing remains strong. All of our anglers are catching bonefish when fishing for them. There are so many bonefish around at any given time that even if you are not a seasoned angler, you will be successful. Come join us in the bonefish fun.

Channel 7

American Couple Accused of Child Cruelty David and Anke Doehm Back to Court
After a month's adjournment, Americans David and Anke Doehm went back to Magistrate's Court today for the continuation of the case against them for the charge of cruelty of to a child. They're waiting for the prosecution to provide them with the rest of the evidence which will be used to prove that they are criminally responsible for the death of their 13 year-old adopted daughter, Faye Lin Cannon. At the last hearing, Crown Counsel Jacqueline Willoughby informed the court that the prosecution was waiting for the results of forensic tests which will make up part of the evidence the Doehm's will have to face. There was an undertaking that if those results were ready, they would be disclosed to the defendants on today's date, if not, the case would be adjourned to a further date to allow for more time.

Amy Forte's Attorney Doesn't Want To Speak
Opposition Leader John Briceno says that he's disappointed that the police won't investigate Amy Forte's allegation that someone forged her signature in a fraudulent land conveyance to Andre Vega. The land Vega got was private, so the Ministry of Natural Resources, which was being led by Vega's father, Gaspar Vega, compensated him with 7 acres of prime real estate on Mosquito Caye. When Forte brought it to the attention of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, he cancelled the title; while Andre Vega said that he gave it back. So, it's a dubious case, but at this moment, it appears that no further action is being taken.

Belize Coalition for Natural Heritage Takes On Elrington For Dissing Offshore Moratorium
Last night on 7News, you heard Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington blast the entire concept of conservation and diss the idea of an offshore moratorium. He said he couldn't rationalize it in a country where there is so much need. Here's how he put it to a gathering of UB students and lecturers at a Security Symposium on Monday: Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Home Affairs: "We can't pay for hospital. We can't pay for education. We can't pay for schools, but we are not supposed to touch the petroleum. We are not even to find out what is there, because the attitude is don't touch it. I don't know why it's being left there. The history has shown that you can exploit petroleum. But we are not into find out what we have. Because somehow or the other that's going to hurt us. That's going to destroy the reef. In this day and age we have got to think for ourselves. Because if you are starving, but it is content first to starve so as to ensure that the fishes are there - that the manatees are going to survive, why the human beings are dying. I can't rationalize it."

Her Daughter Was Murdered, And Now Her House Burnt Down
On Monday night at around 11:00 on a back street in Mahogany Heights, a bungalow house burnt down to nothing. The house belonged to tourism Police Officer, Joy Dougall. Sadly, this is not the first major loss for her. In June of last year, her 17 year old daughter Jasmine Petillo was viciously stabbed to death and now her house is gone. We did go to the scene of the fire but Dougall was not available for an interview - and when we reached her later, she declined comment. We were able to speak to her neighbor who saw the fire.

OW Woman Alleges Rape, then Being Left On Road Nude
There is a very disturbing sexual assault report coming out of the north. A 21 year old woman told police she was raped and then dumped naked on the side of the road in Orange Walk town. The woman reported to police that on Monday morning after 10:00 she got into a green taxi on Zericote Street. She says she doesn't remember anything after that. Only that she woke up naked on the side of road at the junction of Liberty Avenue and Belize Corozal Road by Zeta Auto Parts. Her clothes, phone and purse were all thrown beside her. She says she got up, put on her clothes and walked unto Riverside Street until she came up to her cousin's house. A medical examination certified that she had been raped. The police don't have much to go on at this point - the license plates are unknown and the only description the woman gave is that the man is black, slim built and he had on a cap. Police have not released any information on this report, but we will keep following up.

Scary Motorbike Collision on Albert Street
There was a scary motorbike collision yesterday evening at the junction of Albert and King Streets. It happened at 5:10 pm, just as everyone was heading home from work in the downtown area. As this security video from Mikado shows, a Ford Focus Sport is crossing from one side of King Street to the other, across Albert Street. The driver doesn't make a full stop, because all she can see coming is a slow moving car. So she starts to drive across the intersection, which is when this Kawasaki Motorbike whips out from behind the slow moving car, and jets into view. The driver of the car sees it racing to her, and not knowing what to do, she freezes and stops in the middle of the intersection. That's when the motorbike hits the car's front fender at high speed and the driver flies over the hood and lands on the street.

Three Way Pile-up With Vehicle Being Towed
There was another accident on the Hattieville Boom Road, near Fresh Pond, some time around midday today. We found the Chevy 1500 Pickup truck with the driver's side door smashed in. That's after the authorities flipped it over, because as these pictures show, the truck actually came to a stop while completely flipped over and its wheels in the air. There was also this blue Jeep Patriot with its front end extensively damaged. Police say that a Gold GMC Canyon, which was being driven by Anna McCauley, was towing the grey Chevy pickup. Francis McCauley was in the driver's seat of the Chevy pickup, and he was steering it. The towing strap gave way, and sent the Chevy pickup in the opposite lane. The Jeep Patriot, which was being driven by Raymond Garbutt, was driving by at the same time, and he couldn't avoid the pickup. They crashed into each other, the impact sent the Chevy pickup barreling off to the side of the road.

Hurricane Maria, The Images From Dominica Show What She Did
Tonight, as Hurricane Maria continues to churn towards Turks and Caicos, the storm has been downgraded to a Category 2. But that's after pommeling Puerto Rico and St. Crioix in the US Virgin Islands as a category 4 storm. The damages on those US territories are still being calculated, but tonight more is known of the damages to the Caribbean Nation of Dominica. At least 8 people are dead, and as these images show, destruction caused by the 175 miles an hour winds is massive and widespread. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has officially declared a state of emergency and a curfew from 4 PM to 8 AM. There are no phone services - only satellite phones, and Hartley Henry, the Principal Advisor to Prime Minister Skerrit put out a statement saying there has been tremendous loss of Housing and Public buildings. Here's what he told ABS TV in Antigua this morning:

Death Toll Keeps Going Up In Mexican Quake
And from that unfolding wide-scale disaster in our Caribbean sister state, to a tragedy of untold dimensions in our neighbor to the north. Mexicans in the states of Morelos and Puebla are still trying to recover after yesterday's 7.1 magnitude earthquake. This is the second earthquake in Mexico in 12 days. The first one struck off Mexico's west coast near the border with Guatemala. That was an 8.1 magnitude - one of the country's most powerful quakes in a century. As we showed you, many Belizeans felt the effects. 61 Mexicans died during that quake but yesterday's powerful tremor has caused more deaths - up until this morning it was at 220 and counting.

Man Critical After Libertad Stabbing
A man was stabbed in Libertad village, Corozal last night. Not much information is known at this time, all police have at this point is that at about 10:00, 33 year old Juan Rosado was stabbed to his upper body while socializing. Rosado is listed in critical condition at the Northern Regional Hospital.

Integrity Commission Tells Politicians To File
The Integrity Commission, of which much has been said, but from which nothing has been heard since their swearing in ceremony in January, released a statement today. They say that they've contacted all politicians elected to public office to advise them that they need to file a declaration of their financial affairs for the year ending December 31, 2016. The Commission has also reminded these elected politicians that they need to adhere to the Prevention of Corruption Act, and for those who did not file, their names were published as part of a list in the July 11 Gazette. That list of the delinquent public office holders who have still not filed a declaration of their assets has since been sent to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Bail for a Murderer?
Last Thursday, we told you about the very shaky start to the murder trial of 30 year-old Nelson Henry. The prosecution's main witness against him is a former police officer, who is not cooperating with the prosecution. And now, Henry's attorney, Oscar Selgado, wants him released on bail. Now, in 99% of cases, defendants charged with murder aren't eligible for bail, but Selgado has made an application before Justice Adolph Lucas. He told the court that Henry is entitled to bail on two grounds. He submitted that under Section 5 and 6 of the constitution, all citizens have a fair trial within a reasonable time. In this case, Henry has been on remand for 6 years for the murder of Edward Lord Jr.

Shooting Victim Aaron King Recovering
On Monday we told you about the shooting involving Aaron King. King was shot a total of three times while at a party on Sunday. When last we reported on him, he was in critical condition at the KHMH on Monday. Today his sister Shakera Young told us he is doing ok and is in stable condition right now.

Pink Eye Plentiful
The Ministry of Health is warning the public to be on the lookout for pink eye - because there's an increased number of cases being reported, especially in the Belize, Orange Walk and Corozal Districts. By now, most of us are familiar with the symptoms of pink eye which include redness in the white of the eye, watery eyes, itchy eyes, and blurred vision. But most importantly, it's highly contagious, so if you or someone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms you should seek help from your nearest healthcare facility and stay away from public places until the infection begins to clear.

PUP Leader Gives Ambassadors An Earful
He may be giving his national address tomorrow, but today at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel, Opposition Leader John Briceno gave a preview to the Resident and Non-resident Ambassadors and other members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps on what a PUP release calls "the true state of the Nation." The ambassadors visit Belize annually for the Independence Day Ceremonies, and, it seems, Briceno gave them an earful of the world according to John! According to a PUP release, quote, "diplomats were briefed on the rampant corruption in public office, the refusal of the Government to allow the Public Accounts Committee and the Integrity Commission to perform their proper functionsthe threat to our democracy by the armed forces attacking the media and the members of Opposition at peaceful demonstrations..." you get the idea, the full blue bill and receipt. The address also referred to recent developments between Belize and Guatemala.

When Will PUP Have a City Slate?
So, while the Opposition Leader had a lot to say to the Diplomatic Corps about what the PUP says is "the true state of the Nation", yesterday he couldn't tell us exactly when his party is going to launch their City Council slate for Belize City. The March 2018 Municipal Elections are getting closer, and voters of Belize City, the UDP stronghold, still doesn't have an option from the PUP to consider as yet. So, we asked John Briceno what's the hold up, and here's what he had to say: Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "As I've been saying, over and over, Daniel, and maybe you might not believe it, but we do have more than 10 candidates. But, for us, I know that Belize City is the garrison of the UDP. I mean, they have spent over 200 million dollars of our tax payer's money in Belize City, and they want to make sure that they have an impregnable fort."

BTIA Tells Hoteliers Not To Buy Off-season Conch
On Monday, we show you the huge conch bust made by the Fisheries Department working with the Belize Audubon Society. Well, tonight, the Belize Tourism Industry Association is congratulating them for the confiscation of 8,980 pieces of out of season conch weighing 1,500 pounds. The BTIA says, quote, "While we are pleased with the results of this conch bust, we recognize that much more needs to be done to protect our fisheries resourcesWith only 13 enforcement officers and limited fuel, the Fisheries Department will not be able to meaningfully deter and eliminate illegal fishing over the long term."

US Child Labour Survey Shines Red Light on Belize
The US Bureau on International Labour Affairs today issued its 2016 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labour. Right off the bat, Belize is listed as a country that made minimal advancement in eliminating child labour. All other countries in Central America were judged to have done better. The report found that the minim age for work - which is below the age of 14 - does not conform to international standards. The international standard is 15 years. It adds that prohibitions on child commercial sexual exploitation are inadequate in Belize. The report notes that, quote "Children in Belize perform dangerous tasks in agriculture. Children also engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking." End quote. It adds that, quote, "Children in Belize are increasingly being trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation in areas frequented by tourists or seasonal workers, such as truckers and citrus workers." End quote.

Senate Inquiry "Paying The Press?"
The Senate Special Select Committee conducting the inquiry into immigration Irregularities is pushing for total transparency in immigration affairs. But it hasn't been operating by that same standard. We say that because last week, the Business Senator let it slip that his brother Pete's cable company, CCV was being paid one thousand five hundred dollars per session of the hearings to broadcast the event exclusively on his cable network. Now, they do a fine job - even if only their subscribers and those of their affiliates - which is about 75% of the country can see it. But, fair is fair, $1,500 per session is far below the market rate - basically, they're doing it on the cheap. But, the facts remain, no other media house was asked to bid, and as a general rule, no one else gets paid to cover meetings in the National Assembly building. And besides all that, weren't we all told in September that the business Senator's brother was not being paid to cover the meetings? That's what PUP Senior Senator Eamon Courtney said after the UDP Guardian printed otherwise:...

Shoes For Students
School is back in session and most kids had no problem getting equipped with all the gear they need for school. But some are not so lucky - and can't even afford a pair of tennis shoes. High School Teacher Ruby Reyes observed this and was inspired to start the change. She told us how she got over a hundred pairs of sneakers for deserving kids: Ruby Reyes, Shoe Drive Organizer: "The shoe drive is basically an initiative from what I saw in the big falls community. I thought there for four years and I saw the need for school shoes and then I left unfortunately and then I came here at SCA and SCA has this sort of charity program whereby they assist students in need like with uniform and school supplies and I wanted to do something similar like that for my community."

Hilary's Favorite Hot Sauce
Defeated US Presidential Candidate Hilary Clinton's new book, named, "What Happened" tells all about her campaign, the eventual loss to Donald Trump and the devastating aftermath. And while that's for the fans of US politics to devour - one thing did catch our eye. On page 203, Clinton talks about her favorite pepper sauce, which just happens to come from Belize. She writes, quote, "Several of us put hot sauce on everything. I've been a fan since 1992, when I became convinced it boosted my immune system....We were always on the lookout for new concoctions....Julie the videographer came back from vacation in Belize with four little bottles of the best hot sauce any of us have ever had: Marie Sharp's. We immediately loved the red habanero pepper flavor the most. Everyone quietly jockeyed for that bottle, then handed it over sheepishly when confronted. Eventually we realized we could just order more, and peace returned."

A Cacao Committee
When we talk about Belize's leading industries, Cacao isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But it is thriving. In March of this year we told you just how interested Europe is in using Belizean cacao to make their chocolates. It is a huge endorsement for the industry and that means the cacao farmers have to ensure that they are ready to take it to the next level. And to make this happen, a group of stakeholders formed the first ever Belize National Cacao Committee last week Thursday in San Pedro Columbia Toledo. In a release it states "The newly-formed committee is tasked with moving the cacao industry forward in an organized and unified manner by determining the needs of the cacao industry, in consultation with stakeholders, and lobbying the government to secure policies to support those goals." One of the members told us more.

South Korea Cares
On Monday, the Government of Belize received a donation of office equipment and two new vehicles from the Republic of Korea..The donation is specifically for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the hope is that it increases their capacity. CEO Pat Andrews told us more: The Republic of Korea and Belize are also commemorating 30 years of established diplomatic relations this year.

Frankie's Freedom
And we close tonight as we always do on the 20th...with the grandeur of Frankie Reneau's extravagant, extended rendition of the national anthem. Enjoy, and stay tuned to Channel 7 tonight for all local programming which culminates in the Flag Raising at the memorial park. And join us tomorrow in Belmopan for the Independence Day Official Ceremonies... And from all of us here at channel 7 have a great Independence Day, and we'll see you back here on Friday.

Channel 5

Chamber Intervenes to Stop Freeze in Senate Allocation
On the eve of independence, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has sent a strong letter to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, asking that he retract the financial ceiling for [...]

D.P.P. Wants More from Integrity Commission on Late Declarations
Earlier this year, the Integrity Commission’s decision to require declarations filed dating back only to 2016, not to 2012 as originally asked for, raised ire from the Opposition, which questioned [...]

Foreign Minister Wants Verification of Sarstoon B.T.V. Incident
The issues of sovereignty and territorial integrity are ever present in the minds of Belizeans at this time. This morning, the Foreign Minister of Belize, Wilfred Elrington, met with visiting [...]

I.C.J. Still the Only Way
There is still no protocol on the Sarstoon, even though the Foreign Minister was told by his then counterpart, Carlos Raul Morales that one would be concluded. But Elrington believes [...]

Sedi Disparages Eamon; Says Guats Will Stay the Course
The Foreign Minister has been a lightning rod for years. Many have called for his removal for statements he has made such as “artificial borders” and most recently, his persistence [...]

What Does Opposition Want?
The Opposition withdrew from talks with Guatemala because it was not kept wholly in the loop and has said that it had no confidence in the conduct of the FM [...]

Belizeans Tell News Five What the Jewel Means to Them
Most of Central America and Mexico celebrate independence this month. The youngest of the bunch, Belize, became an independent nation back on September twenty-first, 1981. In a few hours, the [...]

P.U.P. Wants ‘Best’ Team for City Municipals
The race to the 2018 municipal elections will resume in earnest in the coming weeks. While the People’s United Party has candidates in place in the north and west, all [...]

Elrington Says U.D.P. Handling Corruption Better than P.U.P.
Charges of rampant corruption continue to plague the Barrow administration, amid ongoing scandals involving former Minister of Natural Resources Gaspar Vega.  But the Prime Minister Barrow has responded saying, “What [...]

Opposition Says Dissident Ministers Must Leave Cabinet
But Opposition Leader John Briceño believes that the current administration is the most corrupt and incompetent the country has ever seen. He says it was the antithesis of their platform [...]

Where is the Plan to Fight Crime?
John Briceño has unfailingly linked the issue of crime to economic activity and opportunity or the lack thereof. But with the resurgence of major crimes, particularly in south side Belize [...]

Meetings Held, But No Resolution on Petrocaribe Stoppage
News Five has confirmed with the local Petrocaribe office that meetings took place this week hoping to hash out a solution to delivering fuel from Venezuela under the Petrocaribe Accord [...]

Environmentalists Hit Back as Sedi Champions Offshore Drilling
At Monday’s University of Belize lecture on security threats to Belize, Minister of Foreign and Home Affairs Wilfred Elrington made pointed comments at the environmental lobby against offshore drilling for [...]

Death Toll Rises in Mexico Quake; Belize Authorities Looking for Our Own
More than two hundred and twenty people, including twenty-one school children, are dead in Mexico after Tuesday’s seven point one earthquake. The deadly quake toppled buildings and cut off power [...]

Dominica Counts Cost of Hurricane Maria
Within a span of fifteen hours, Hurricane Maria went from a category one to a category five storm. The catastrophic storm hit the island of Dominica on Monday night – [...]

“The Puerto Rico and the San Juan That We Knew Yesterday Is No Longer There…”
After the hurricane devastated that island, it moved over towards the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico where it made landfall on Puerto Rico shortly after six this morning as [...]

Independence Eve, 36 Years Ago
Back in 1981, the then Premier of Belize, the Right Honorable George Price’s led this country to independence and at midnight, for the first time, the red, white and blue [...]

A Visit to the 21st Expo Belize Marketplace
The twenty-first anniversary of the Expo Belize Market Place was a landmark event with a whopping one hundred and four companies utilizing one hundred and ninety booths. The figures are [...]

CTV3

Corozal Police Seeks Advice From DPP On charges For Fatal Traffic Accident
Corozal Police authorities have indicated to CTV-3 News that they are awaiting on legal guidance from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution to know whether they will proceed with charges against 41 year old Francis Sharp in relation to the traffic accident that occurred on September 9th, which claimed the life of a Corozal Town mother of two while injuring two others. 40 year old Claudia Arana Martinez, one of the victims, passed away on Friday September 15th morning at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City due to serious injuries she sustained.

BPP & PUP Chastise GOB For Inaction At Sarstoon
The main Opposition, People’s United Party, also released a statement on the issue, stating its [quote] “strongest condemnation of the actions of the Guatemalan Armed Forces and the inaction of the Government following the blatant harassment of Belizeans within out territorial waters” [end quote]. The PUP notes in its statement that Guatemalans stationed at the Sarstoon have maintained operational control of the entire Sarstoon River, and the Government of Belize through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has committed a gross error in allowing this to happen. The PUP adds that on various occasions SATIIM rangers have been turned back from routine patrols of the Sarstoon Temash National Park.

Chunox Fishermen Charged for Undersized Lobster
On Saturday September 16th thirteen fishermen from the village of Chunox in the Corozal District were caught by a team of officers from the fisheries department in possession of over one hundred undersized lobsters. The officers were conducting patrol around the lighthouse atoll when they spotted the vessel and proceeded to execute a search which resulted in the discovery of 121 lobsters not exceeding the prescribed 4 ounces. All thirteen men were charged for the undersized lobsters, today in court however Thirty one year old Delcio Tun, one of the fishermen caught assumed possession of the lobsters and pled guilty to the charge of possession of undersized lobsters.

Ambassador Of Belgium Presents Credentials To GG
His Excellency Antoine Evrard, Ambassador of Belgium, presented his Letter of Credence today to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. Ambassador Evrard expressed his pleasure in being in Belize during the 36th anniversary of independence, and conveyed his country’s commitment to continue to strengthen bilateral relations with Belize. The Governor General accepted his credentials, welcomed him to Belize and expressed his gratitude to Belgium’s commitment to Belize.

GAF Harasses Participants Of Sarstoon Eco-Challenge
The second annual Sarstoon Island Eco Challenge took place on Saturday September 16th. This is a canoe race which sees paddlers leave from Barranco towards the Sarstoon Island. The winner is the one who circles the Sarstoon Island first, along the Belize side of the Southern Channel, and does it in the shortest time period. The event also seeks to raise awareness not only of the geographic location of the island, but also of the vulnerability of the environment. This year’s event didn’t occur with less controversy than last year as there are reports that up to five Guatemalan Armed Forces boats showed up, entered Belizean waters and intimidated the participants in the race. According to one of the Belize Territorial Volunteer leaders David Espadas, although it’s not his first time in the Sarstoon area, and neither was it the first time the Guatemalan military show their presence, it still made him a bit nervous.

LOVE FM

Will Petrocaribe keep rolling?
Love News has confirmed with a high government official that PetroCaribe is back on track. According to our source, the Venezuelan delegation met with Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow yesterday and it is safe to say that the suspension is expected to be lifted pretty soon. The delegation left today and we […]

Integrity Commission calls on elected officials to submit financials
The Integrity Commission of Belize has still not received the full cooperation of persons in public office as many are yet to declare their financial affairs for 2016. That is what the Commission announced today in a press release. On July 15, the Commission gazetted a list of these individuals. These included ten members of […]

Opposition Leader says Government has no clue in fighting crime
Crime in the country continues on an upward trend and the number of violent crimes in Belize City alone has seen a surge over the last weeks. To date, there are ninety-seven murders. The statistics are concerning, but not for Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Elrington. In his address at the University Of Belize at […]

Opposition Leader gears up for Independence Day speech
It is the eve of Belize’s Independence and as is customary, the country’s Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition will gather in Belmopan to address the nation at the Independence Day Celebrations. On Tuesday, Opposition Leader John Briceño explained why he missed the September tenth ceremonies. He will, however, be present for tomorrow’s […]

UNDP host member of diplomatic corps
Every year United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, and UN Agencies host international diplomats in Belize. The purpose is to bring diplomats such as ambassadors and representatives from cooperation agencies to discuss how to jointly advance the development of Belize. UNDP Country Representative, Christian Salazar, told us more. Christian Salazar – UNDP Country Representative “This was […]

CARICOM Consular Corps to send aid to Hurricane victims
As Hurricane Maria continues its destructive path across the Caribbean, some members of the CARICOM Consular Corps have mobilized in order to assist affected Caribbean citizens. The group has collected canned goods, clothing, baby diapers and toiletries. The items will be shipped immediately through the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. The corps includes the Consul […]

International delegation visits Adjacency Zone
Yesterday, a delegation of European Union Ambassadors visited the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States Office in the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone. The objective of the visit was to learn firsthand about the work of the OAS Adjacency Zone office and receive a briefing on the most recent developments in the process by the […]

Prosecution not ready, Doehms’ case pushed back
A further disclosure session was scheduled for today in respect to the case involving David and Anke Doehm. The American couple was charged for child cruelty after an autopsy on Anke’s adoptive daughter, 13 year old Faye Lin Cannon revealed that the little girl was sexually and physically abused. The disclosure session was unable to […]

UB Professor talks about recession
According to the Statistical Institute of Belize, Belize’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was up point eight percent for the first quarter and by one point one percent for the second quarter. This is an indicator that the country is finally bouncing back from a recession with the GDP up for the second consecutive quarter in […]

The fight for Minimum Wage continues
The Statistical Institute of Belize noted that for the month of July, the cost of transport went up by 6.3% and the cost of water, housing, electricity, gas and other fuels by 0.4%. Dr. Leroy Almendarez of the University of Belize explained how people in the minimum wage bracket might be affected. Dr. Leroy Almendarez […]


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A murder-suicide no one can explain
The management and officers of the AAA Security Company, located at Mile 2 1/2 on the Philip Goldson Highway, are in a state of shock and disbelief after a double death occurred in the company office at about 7:30 Friday evening. The owner of the company, Robert “Bobby” Godfrey, 66, and the company manager, Delsie Smith, 50, both died of gunshot injuries. Police believe that Godfrey shot Smith in the temple, and then shot himself in the temple. A company employee who has been working with Godfrey for over 10 years told us that he was at the office, along with Godfrey, Smith, and a female security officer (the despatcher) shortly before the shooting, and they were all talking and laughing. He said that on the surface, nothing appeared out of the ordinary.

After 3 years, still no justice for Danny Conorquie
It has been said time and again that Danny Conorquie, the 20-year-old Special Constable of the Tourism Police Unit who was gunned down in cold blood at the Caracol temple in western Belize on September 25, 2014, should not have died in vain, but the sad reality is that three years after his broad-daylight execution in the sight of visiting tourists and tour guides, no suspect has even been named for his murder. Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Patrick Andrews, indicated to Amandala today that the investigation which Belize had requested the Organization of American States (OAS) to conduct into the Conorquie execution has met a major snag – that is, the Guatemalans are “stalling,” because they want a reinvestigation into the April 20, 2016 shooting death of Julio Rene Alvarado, 14, the Guatemalan minor who was shot dead after Belizean soldiers and rangers from Friends for Conservation and Development came under hostile fire in an operation to curb illegal activities on the Belize side of the border.

Regular gas jumps 92 cents
The Government of Belize, via the Belize Bureau of Standards, has announced that pump prices will increase for regular gasoline and diesel as of midnight tonight. Roughly two weeks ago, the Ministry of Finance had said that there was an impending price increase due to supply shortages caused by Hurricane Harvey, which required Belize to buy fuel overland from Central America. No price change had since taken effect – that is, not until this latest announcement.

Bar Association’s ultimatum to Chief Justice Benjamin: deliver, resign or be removed!
The Bar Association of Belize has passed a resolution on the longstanding controversy over the extensive backlog in undelivered judgments from the bench of the Chief Justice of Belize, Hon. Kenneth Benjamin. According to the Bar, 28 judgments are outstanding, and if the Chief Justice fails to deliver any of them according to the schedule which he had sent to them on September 14, 2017, they invite his immediate resignation. The Bar says that parties have had to wait two to five years for the delivery of those judgments, which have now been programmed to be delivered between now and December 2017. Among them are the Ramon Cervantes and Gaspar Vega case; litigation between Consolidated Water and the Public Utilities Commission for the supply of potable water on San Pedro, and the challenge of Glenn Tillett to the Belize Social Security Board and its former chairman, Lois Young.

Lennox Samuels, conflict reporter, pursued news even into war zones
Lennox Samuels, a veteran Belizean journalist who led a very successful career in the USA, has traveled widely to pursue his stories, even into war zones. Samuels, who became a conflict reporter, told Amandala today that he has been to some 99 countries and reported from several dozens of them. The top places he likes are Sydney, Paris, Bangkok, Hong Kong, London, Istanbul, and New York. “I think that traveling has helped my reporting ability,” said Samuels. “The sort of research that a lot of people have to do is wired into me already,” he added.

A chat with Cador – Belize City football star of the 1960s
(My former Diamond-A teammate Solomon Usher informed me of his presence in the old capital, and I met Cador at his family home, corner Collet Canal and Cemetery Road, on Wednesday evening, September 13. Unfortunately, much of the recording of our football discussion was lost due to noise interference from heavy traffic in the neighborhood. But I did manage to capture a few gems. Cador, who now resides in Los Angeles, is on a one-month visit back to the Jewel.) What makes a football “star”? What qualifies one, from among the legions of actors on the football stage in any generation, to be called a “football star”? Is it, to be accomplished in all aspects of performance on the field relative to one’s particular position or assignment? To be well known by name or nickname, and highly respected across the spectrum of football fans? To be recognized and deemed qualified by the decision makers of the sport to be a member of the “All Belize” team (as the Belize City selection was known in those days)? To be one sought after by top teams to join their ranks, and then jealously held on to, and reluctant to see one lured away by another top team in the competition? Or perhaps all of the above? And then some.

Week 6 in the books for PLB 2017-2018 Opening Season
Already, six weeks have been completed in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season, and defending champions Belmopan Bandits SC (yes, the league says that’s their name again) extended their lead in the standings, after their second consecutive shutout victory. (See standings below) Freedom Fighters FC from PG had a promising start, winning their opening game of the season, but have faded since, losing their next five encounters. Unless things turn around quickly for the young PG squad, their playoff hopes will be fast disappearing. It’s a double round-robin competition, so one game remains to complete the first round.

OWFA Amateur 1st Division finals game 1 results
Both third place and the championship in the Orange Walk Football Association (OWFA) Amateur 1st Division Tournament will be decided by a best-of-two games series. First round games of the finals were played on Sunday, September 17, at the Louisiana Football Field. In game 1 for third place, Progresso United FC crushed Trinidad FC, 6-1, with goals from Alex Diaz (16’), Roque Sedacy (38’ & 58’), Ismar Bustillos (47’), Hector Carlos (75’) and Emil Carlos (86’); while the lone goal for Trinidad FC was by Ismael Tillett (24’).

Kulture crumbles; National Over-40 semifinals game 2 this weekend
Things fell apart for Kulture Yabra Veterans on Sunday in Independence, where they fell 4-0 to home standing Mango Creek Veterans. To make matters worse, Kulture defenders Reuben “Postman” Crawford and George “Pele” James both received red cards, and so will not be available for the semifinal game 2 this Sunday at the MCC. Mango Creek got a goal each from Benigno Espinosa (74’), Wilmer Garcia (57’), Jose Leiva (83’) and Manuel Zavala (1’); and, except for a miracle from the struggling Kulture, Mango Creek will wrap up things this Sunday to secure their spot in the National Over-40 finals.

Editorial: Mr. Barrow’s real bosses
On Thursday morning, September 21, 2017, which will be the 36th anniversary of Belize’s political independence, Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Dean O. Barrow, will tell a live audience of Belizean dignitaries and foreign diplomats in Belmopan, and a nationwide audience via radio and television, how good things are in Belize, relatively speaking, and how well the economy is doing. Prime Minister Barrow will highlight and extol all the investments his government has been making these last few years in constructing public buildings and improving national infrastructure. The financing for these investments in buildings and infrastructure has come mainly from the controversial Petrocaribe loan agreements, involving Venezuelan petroleum products for Belize at preferential consignment rates with extended periods for payback. Prime Minister Barrow will tell us about his three most prominent foreign investment projects over the last few years – American Sugar Refining in the north, Santander in the west, and Norwegian Cruise Lines in the south. He will speak glowingly of investment contracts recently signed for the Michael Feinstein Stake Bank cruise port project and another, more murky cruise port project just a few miles west of Stake Bank along the Belize District mainland near the Sibun River outlet to the sea.

Queen of The Bay history from Edison Staine, J. P.
Dear Mr. Editor, Kindly grant me the space during the celebration season to share some history with readers. The picture I took when I was 18 years old and fresh out of Wesley College. Two queens came from the Northside, Beulah Vasquez and No. 3 Effie Meighan, Barrack Road and Craig Street, respectively. Respectfully, C.E. Staine

Right to the Point: Turning 36! – Belizeans need to mature for Belize to mature
We have been shaken by less than a hurricane, less than a tsunami, less than an earthquake…we have been hit by small-mindedness, pettiness, bitterness and the usual lack of maturity and propriety, but its devastation is more catastrophic, and though it is not seen, it permeates our national psyche and the philosophy of entitlement by our so-called leaders. The banal egos of leaders struck again and this time it was the feature at the height of the National September Celebrations. But while our true lack of leadership, decorum and civility was exposed, it reminded me of how each person, each incident, each event, is a sober reflection of what has become the norm here and how we war with each other, become combative and unable to resolve conflict without the drama. It also highlights the male versus female ongoing battle and the attacks to humiliate and degrade each other, not realizing that in the process we also degrade ourselves, our family, our communities, our organizations and our country. We fail to analyze things and instead act on impulse, emotion, spite, malice, and the seven deadly sins! One of the criteria is being narcissistic!

A few facts about: LAND OF THE GODS
The lyrics for Land of the Gods were written 78 years ago in the late 1930’s by Samuel A. Haynes and set to music by Dr. Selwyn Walford Young, both now deceased. Both gentlemen were alive when Premier George Price arbitrarily decided to use their work as the national anthem of Belize. Both Haynes and Young were annoyed with the change and usage of their art without consultation or without permission from the author or composer. They have expressed their sentiments to me during conversations and also in correspondence from them. During the years when Samuel Haynes was growing up in Belize there were five major Maya cities and 32 smaller communities between the Sarstoon and the Rio Hondo. Therefore it should be to no one’s surprise that he should write about “The Land of The Gods”: the Mayas had many gods. The God of the Yucatec Maya of Northern Belize and Yucatan is Kinich Ahau, the God of the Sun, and the God of the Kechi (or Quiche) of southern Belize and the Peten is Huracan, the God of Storms, now called “hurricane”. Throughout the past centuries what is now Belize had the most hurricanes in all of Central America, and using the science of geology we can tell the appropriate dates of the most disastrous ones, e.g. 250 BC Gales Point Manatee was formed by that one or in 1465, Northern and Southern Lagoons in the middle of the country were also formed. Why is it that in the year 2017 the God of our Quiche ancestors is so mad? Is it because of global warming by humans which is causing climate change and environmental damage?

Why infrastructure is critical
Most Belizeans have no knowledge about political economy. Yes, we know the imperial British System of “buy cheap, sell dear” – the colonial neo-liberal system that preaches that stealing is okay and normal, that man can only get ahead at the expense of others. Belizeans really believed that they are inferior to the “bacra-man” and following “massa” think that mankind is no different from the dog-eat-dog world of wild animals. When we accept empire and geopolitics, we accept the British ideology that the common aim of mankind is impossible. We accept that human poverty and want is the normal, that China’s President Xi Jinping’s call for a “win-win” as the common aim of mankind is ridiculous and foolish. Yet, China in the last 25 years, according to the World Bank, has moved over 700 million people out of poverty. A historical record. In 1952 average wages per year in China were about USD $ 84.30/person. In Belize it was about USD $ 430/person. The United States was USD $ 5,900/person. Today (2016) it is USD $ 4,630/person in Belize; USD $ 45,780/person in USA; and some USD $ 10,945/person in China. USA increased by 7 times, Belize by 10 times, and China by 135 times.

Belize suspends PetroCaribe fuel imports
In an announcement made earlier this week, the Alba PetroCaribe office, a joint venture arrangement between the Government of Belize and the Government of Venezuela, announced that they had decided to suspend imports from Venezuela, as supply problems have actually been causing prices on the domestic market to remain high. According to a news release from the company, it has decided to suspend purchases of petroleum products from PDVSA (the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company) 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,” it explained.

Donald Trump’s first presidential listing of major drug transit countries includes Belize
US president Donald Trump, in a memo released two days ago, has listed Belize as one of 22 major drug transit or major illicit drug-producing countries for fiscal year 2018. This is the first list being issued under Trump’s presidency, but Belize appeared on lists previously issued by Trump’s forerunner, Barack Obama. In the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report released back in March this year by the United States Department of State, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Belize was listed as a source of precursor or essential chemicals used in the production of illicit narcotics. Belize was also listed as a major money laundering jurisdiction.

San Lazaro woman, 45, missing since Friday
A resident of San Lazaro village in the Orange Walk District has been missing without a trace since last week. Her family fears the worst. Miriam Vasquez Alcoser, 45, was reported missing by her husband, Juan Alcoser, on Friday, September 15. She is 4 feet 5 inches tall, weighs about 130 pounds and is of fair complexion. She has long black hair, and was last seen wearing a black blouse, short blue jeans pants and a pair of black sandals.

Body of woman, 78, found decomposing near dumpsite
–On Friday morning, the body of a 78-year-old woman, who had been reported missing since Friday, September 8, was found decomposing near the old dumpsite in San Mateo, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. She was buried onsite after an onsite post-mortem exam. The deceased woman, known only as Mrs. Julia, who lived alone in San Mateo, was found Friday morning by a neighborhood watch group that was searching to find her. Police said that last Friday, September 15, her neighbor, Mario Flores Peña, found items which he knew belonged to the elderly woman by the rubbish dump where he goes to feed some dogs every day. He told police that Mrs. Julia went to the area frequently, since she lived about 100 meters from the dump.

The Reporter

Death toll climbs to over 200 in Mexico quake
The death toll in the earthquake near Mexico City on Tuesday has climbed to 230, with people still reported missing. At least 38 buildings collapsed in the capital alone, including a 4-storey school building, where 21 children and four adults died. The students and teachers […]

Briceno talks PetroCaribe
For the foreseeable months, Belize’s fuel supply will not be coming from Venezuela and this change has already seen the price of fuel increase over the past few weeks. The change came when ALBA Petrocaribe Belize Energy Limited (APBEL) announced last week that it was […]

Taiwan gives to September celebrations
Belize’s September celebrations usually receives a boost every year from our Taiwanese friends and 2017 is not different. On Friday, Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize, Charles Liu, handed over a cheque for $100,000 to Minister of Education, Patrick Faber as Chairperson of the September Celebrations Commission. […]

Fire destroys house at Mahogany Heights
A fire destroyed a house at Mahogany Heights on Tuesday Police sah they responded to a report of the fire on Back Street shortly after midday on Tuesday and saw an unoccupied bungalow plycem house measuring 30′ by 30′ engulfed in flames. Fire fighters extinguished […]

Huge bust by Fisheries Department
Over the weekend a joint raid between the Belize Fisheries Department and the Belize Audubon Society at various fishing camps on the Lighthouse Reef Cayes yielded a sizeable amount of conch. More than 1,500 pounds of out-of-season conch, found hidden in several containers. Hampton Gamboa, […]

Sharon Fraser appointed Chief Magistrate
The Judicial and Legal Services Commission has appointed Ms. Sharon Frazer to be the new Chief Magistrate to succeed retiring Chief Magistrate, Ann Marie Smith. The appointment takes place with effect from September 1. Chief Magistrate Fraser is a veteran public Officer who entered the […]

Landowner barred from his land holdings hopes Court will award him right of way
Michael Modiri, 58 is a Persian/American businessman who owns land in Frank’s Eddy on the Sibun River. But for years he has not been able to gain access to his land because American landowner, Bradley Paumen, who controls the only road leading to Modiri’s land, […]

Emil Gillett to visit NASA Space Center
Belizean student Emil Gillett, a Chemistry and Biology major at Lone Star College at the University Park campus in Spring,will have the singular honor this autumn of visiting the Johnson Space Center operated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N.A.S.A.) as part of NASA’s Community College Aerospace Scholars project […]

Hurricane Maria hammers Leeward Islands already ravaged by Irma
Maria, a Category 3 strength hurricane, followed closely in Irma’s path and hammered the Leeward Islands on Monday evening, leaving even more widespread damage to the islands only two weeks after Irma’s wrath. Maria dumped heavy rains on Barbados as it churned pass the northern […]

2017 among hottest years on record
The summer months in this hemisphere went on record as the third warmest ever, with August being the second hottest to date, according to scientists from the US-based NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. August 2017 was 1.49 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average of […]

Venezuela drops US Dollar for Chines Yuan
The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has stopped selling oil in US currency and started selling in Chinese Yuan. Last week the Venezuelan govenrment officially printed its first set of oil prices in yuan. The price as of Firday was was 306.26 yuan the equivalent […]

PUP concerned over SSB investments
The opposition, People’s United Party (PUP) says it is concerned over recent revelations that over 80 percent of $458 Million of the Social Security Board’s (SSB) investment portfolio is held in government interests. In a press release last Thursday, the PUP says that upon reviewing […]

2 UDP heavyweights speak out against corrupt Ministers
Since the Vega land scandal re-emerged last month, two sitting senior government ministers have come out publicly to speak out against corruption and against undesirable UDP representatives. Last Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber made it clear when he told the media that there are […]

Belize City hit and run victim in critical condition
A cyclist remains in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after he was the victim of a hit and run accident in Belize City over the weekend. Around 5:15 p.m on September 16th, Belama resident, 47-year-old Noel Reyes was rushed to […]

Two detained for San Pedro grenade explosion
Two persons, including a minor, have been detained for questioning by San Pedro Police in connection with the detonation of a grenade in a residential area of the island over the weekend. The detonation of the grenade is a serious safety concern as the incident […]

Dangriga man reported missing
A woman from Dangriga Town is seeking the public’s assistance in trying to locate her common-law husband who has been reported missing for over a week. Reports confirm that on September 6th, 35-year-old Shaun Bennett of a Wagierale area , left his home en route […]

Editorial
The call from the Belize Bar Association for the resignation of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin comes as shocking news. The Bar Association wants to see him gone because, it says, he is too slow in dealing with the ever increasing backlog of cases in the Supreme Court. During the last […]

Guatemalans harass Belizeans again!
Civil society partners, political third parties, and the opposition People’s United Party (PUP) have condemned the recent harassment of Belizeans on the Sarstoon river by Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF). The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV), Belize Network of NGO’s, the Belize Progressive Party (BPP), and the […]

Regular gas now a whopping $11.13 per gallon
Just in time for the Independence Day holiday, drivers were dealt another blow this week, as Belize’s already high gas prices got another increase, sending regular fuel to over $11. The latest adjustment, effected at 12:00 a.m., on September 20, raised Regular fuel by a […]

Remembering the father of Independence
The sixth wreath-laying ceremony, remembering the accomplishments, life and work of the late George Price – father of the nation – this year carried with it an extra bit of fervor. It came when former Prime Minister, Said Musa, reflected on Price’s vision for a […]

Belize City bloodbath: Five shootings, three dead, three critical
Belize City recorded one of its most violent weekends with five shooting incidents, resulting in the death of three individuals, while three others are listed in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). In the first and perhaps most shocking murder, last […]

IMF says Belize economy in bad shape
The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) recently completed Article IV Consultation, shows that Belize’s economy has a weak outlook, marred by high public debt and insufficient measures to address it. In the Executive Board’s conclusions, the IMF pointed out that Belize’s macroeconomic outlook is weak, and […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

United States Department of State wishes Belize a Happy Independence Day
The United States Department of State has issued a statement congratulating Belize on its 36th anniversary of Independence from Great Britain. The statement in its entirety is below: “On behalf of the Government of the United States, we send our best wishes to the people of Belize on your Independence Day, September 21st.

BTIA congratulates Fisheries Department on conch bust
The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) issued a release today congratulating the Fisheries Department on their recent sting of operations that resulted in the confiscation of 8,980 pieces of off-season conch. As reported on the media, about 1,500 pounds of conch was found within different fishing camps in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll this past weekend. The BTIA believes that this type of illicit fishing activity is not a one-time operation and it is very organized and supports the illegal trade with Honduras.

CARICOM Commends Belize’s Contribution to the Caribbean Community
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has commended the “invaluable contribution” of Belize as it marks its 36th Independence Anniversary. Belize celebrates its Independence from Great Britain on Thursday, September 21 under the theme “Belize: Confronting Challenges! Celebrating Triumphs! Renewing our Resolve!” In a congratulatory message sent to Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque commended his leadership in the CARICOM Quasi-cabinet for Justice and Governance.

Taiwan gives NICH grant of $100,000
On Friday, September 15, the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) was the recipient of a BZ $100,000 donation from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to assist in various programs of the National September Celebrations.

Integrity Commission sends list of non-compliant government officials to DPP
Today, the Government of Belize (GOB) issued a release stating that the Integrity Commission of Belize, in accordance with the Prevention of Corruption Act #21 of 2007 has duly informed all those persons in public life of their duty to file their declaration of their financial affairs for the year ending 31st December, 2016.

Former Foreign Affairs Minister to current Minister: Shut up!
The current and former ministers of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington and Eamon Courtenay, have publicly disagreed on whether or not Belize’s borders are internationally recognized. Current Foreign Affairs minister Elrington believes Belize’s borders not recognized internationally. Courtenay, however, believes the borders are indeed recognized.

Police find cocaine, ammo and pipe in Belize City
Yesterday, Belize city police conducted an Anti-Drug operation in the Belize district, which led to the discovery of 901 grams of cannabis, 0.5 grams of crack cocaine and 15 GFL .38 live rounds and a 6-inch glass pipe.

Libertad man charged for .45 pistol
Last night, Belize city police conducting mobile patrol on George Street stopped and searched 23-year-old Santiago Victor Romero Jr. of a Libertad Village address, Corozal.

House burns in Mahogany Heights
Shortly after mid-day yesterday, police responded to information of a house fire on Back Street, Mahogany Heights and visited the area where they saw a bungalow plycem structure with zinc roof measuring 30 feet by 30 feet engulfed in flames.

Spanish Lookout Celebrates Belize Independence!
Three schools of Spanish Lookout; Jireh Fundamental Education, EMMC School, and Rose Glenn School, came together and spearheaded the first Independence parade in Spanish Lookout on Wednesday September 20 2017 to celebrate Belize’s 36th Independence Day.

Maria ravages Dominica; blasting Puerto Rico
Category four hurricane, Maria, is currently tearing through Puerto Rico with flooding rain, damaging winds, and storm surge flooding. Maria made landfall after ravaging the Virgin Islands and Dominica.

“Challenging time for Belize’s economy,” says IMF
According to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Article IV Consultation, Belize’s economy will be going through a challenging time in the short to medium term. The IMF’s Executive Board for the consultation highlighted public debt, along with insufficient measures to manage that debt, low growth, and the loss of correspondent banking relationships (CBR)’s as key issues Belize’s economy must grapple with.

Blogs

2017 Carnival Held in Corozal
Its Carnival Season and Belize is celebrating its 36th years of Independence Day on September 21, 2017. Festivities are being celebrated throughout the month of September in Corozal and around Belize. Today was one of the main activities being held in Corozal and that was the CARNIVAL PARADE 2017. Every year, eager spectators stop and peer down the Corozal streets while the Carnival parade is moving down the streets of Corozal. Soca music filled the air and spectators danced and enjoyed the festive spirit that filled Corozal Town. The parade went to the Corozal Civic Center for its judging. floats had various colors, creativity, music, entertainment, sweets, and more. If you haven't made it yet for tonight's event, you still have a chance to come out and enjoy Culture night and fireworks at the Civic Center. If you missed Carnival Parade here are some pictures of the event.

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United States Department of State wishes Belize a Happy Independence Day
"On behalf of the Government of the United States, we send our best wishes to the people of Belize on your Independence Day, September 21st. Our countries enjoy a long-standing and strong friendship, rooted in shared values and commitment to keeping our citizens safe, supporting democratic institutions, defending human rights, and promoting economic prosperity. On this 36th anniversary of your nation’s independence, we wish all Belizeans a peaceful and prosperous year."

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  • Never seen jellyfish of this size so far. M&M dock in Placencia, 1/2min. Yea its a moon jellyfish. They grow a good size ive seen some about 10-12" across

  • Belize 2017 Vacation, 2.5min. Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Belize 2017 Vacation | GoPro Hero 5.

  • Settlement Day - Dangriga, Belize 2016, 9min. Settlement Day November 2016, our vacation to Belize.

  • Belize’s 36th Independence Anniversary, 3min. It’s the eve of Belize’s 36th Independence Anniversary and Belizeans are expressing their patriotism in all forms and manners. This morning we found the students of Church of Christ primary school taking their patriotism to the streets while students of Corozal Community College gathered for an annual celebration.

  • Students of Corozal Community College gatheredat the school auditorium, 5min. As for students of Corozal Community College gathered for their 19th annual Patriotic Assembly at the school auditorium.

  • Six years since the Father of the Nation, the Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price passed away, 6min. September 19th marked six years since the Father of the Nation, the Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price passed away only two days away from celebrating Belize’s 30th year of independence. Though Mr. Price has departed, his legacy remains and continues to hold a special place in the hearts of many Belizeans as they admire the humble and exemplary life he lived.

  • In light of Belize’s 36th birthday which is only a few hours away, 7min. In light of Belize’s 36th birthday which is only a few hours away, Orange Walkenos are pumped and ready to welcome this year’s celebration and have prepared to do so in their own unique way which for the majority, involves participating in the official flag raising ceremony, looking forward to the fireworks at the stroke of midnight and of course viewing the annual parade which will kick off tomorrow afternoon. Today our news team hit the streets and caught up with Mayor Kevin Bernard as well as a few individuals from the community who shared with us their excitement and expectations for this September Celebrations.

  • Recounting the Journey to Independence - Visual Timeline, 41min.

  • Youth & Patriotism - How to Bridge the Divide, 38min.

  • Coral Bubbles - Iced Cold Drinks for Independence Weekend, 13min.

  • Frankie's Freedom, 9min. Frankie Reneau and the "Project Orchestra String Quartet"

  • Belize Independence Day Eve Celebrations, Ambergris Caye, 47min.

  • ‘Weh Septemba Means to Me', 3min. SEPTEMBER. It's the most festive month of the year and we have already experienced a full array of events, including the Queen of the Bay Pageant, the Battle of St. George’s Caye Day and the Tribute to Belizean Patriots. Tomorrow we celebrate the most significant event of all these and that's the anniversary of our nation's independence. Belize Now went searching to find out from Belizeans, ‘Weh Septemba Means to Me'!

  • Walshy Fire is in San Pedro and is inviting every one to come out and celebrate Belize’s Independence!, 1/2min.

  • Mating Bottlenose Dolphins Belize, 2.5min. Dolphins usually appear to be having a very good time with smiles on their faces. Come with us a we swim with a couple of mating bottle nosed dolphins of the coast of Belize, for the beauty of courtship!

  • Our Belize Visit 2016, 11min. This is a revisit of our Belize Visit of 2016. The soundtrack has been updated. We visit the birthplace of my spouse in Belize every so many years and I enjoy the fellowship of family and the beautiful surroundings. We made this special visit in the Spring of 2016 to say good-bye to a cherished matriarch and visit friends and family. Salud to mi familia!

  • Celebrating our independence day 2017 Belize, 4min.


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