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San Pedro Veterans to take on Benque Vets FC in semi-finals match
After coming out on top during the regular season of the 2017 Over-40 League, the San Pedro Veterans are in the semi-finals looking for the big win. The tournament between eight veteran football teams from across the country is winding down, with only two games left before the anticipated finals. The first round of the semi-finals matches were played on Saturday, September 16th, where the San Pedro Veterans soundly defeated the Benque Vets FC in a 3 to 1 point game. Also taking the win in their first semi-final game were the Mango Creek Veterans, who defeated the Belize City Kulture Yabra 4 to 0. In the next round, the home team will once again take on the Benque Vets FC at the Ambergris Stadium on Saturday, September 23rd. Everyone is invited to come out and support our football veterans. The game starts at 7:30PM.

Belize commits to sustainable energy future
On Wednesday, September 13th, Belize took a step towards the possibility of providing reliable and sustainable energy to all Belizeans, after a commitment was agreed upon between government officials and members of the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room (RMI-CWR). Representing the Government of Belize (GOB) were the Minister of State in the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities, Honourable Frank Mena, Chief Executive Officer of Belize Electricity Limited (BEL), Jeffery Locke, and Chair of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), John Avery. The platform is meant to provide Belize with a reliable source of energy through participation in the Belize Consolidated Project Plan (CPP).

Mr. Pedro Salazar Sr. honored at the Tribute to the Belizean Patriots award ceremony
A group of outstanding Belizeans were honored on Thursday, September 14th at the annual Tribute to the Belizean Patriots Ceremonies. Among the honorees was Ambergris Caye’s very own Pedro ‘Pete’ Salazar Sr., who was bestowed with the Meritorious Service Award. The award ceremony is part of the September Celebrations, and was held at the Bliss Centre for Performing Arts in Belize City. Don Pedro, as he is affectionately called, has been an educator, politician, community activist and today remains a successful entrepreneur. After graduating from St. John’s College in June of 1963, Don Pedro became a primary school teacher at the San Pedro Roman Catholic School for about a year and a half. He soon saw an opportunity to be of much assistance to his fellow islanders, and thus took employment in the newly established Caribeña Producers Society, chartered in March of 1963. He was initially hired as a cashier/payroll master and due to his dedication and hard work, he ended up becoming the General Manager of the company. Under his guidance, the cooperative achieved its highest peaks of exportation in seafood products, such as lobster, conch, and shrimp.

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My Belize! How much I love this Beautiful island and its People's! Happy Independence.

Independence Day Address by Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize

UB 1st “President’s All-Inclusive Endowment Fete”
On Sunday, September 17th UB formally entered the Independence month celebrations calendar with the “UB 1st President’s All-Inclusive Endowment Fete” which literally rocked the roof of the Belize Bird’s Isle in Belize City. “The University of Belize Development & Endowment Fund” was recently established to assist students across the country with scholarships and bursaries and for other capital development at the country’s National University. The financial struggles of students’ families are many and the University of Belize (UB) President Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat has begun this fundraising drive, including this celebratory event in Belize City.

Independence Day Ceremony & Uniform Parade
Belize celebrates it's 36th Anniversary of Independence

A fun filled Independence Day parade in San Pedro Town!
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Independence Day Parade in Belmopan!

The Guardian

Jose Carballo and the PUP refuse new High School for Palmar
Last week we told you about the inauguration of pre and primary schools in the Toledo District. It is always good news when we hear schools are being opened across the country in line with Government’s commitment to ensuring that education is accessible to all. The Government of Belize through the Ministry Of Education’s Implementation project unit is in the process of identifying communities country-wide for the construction of 35 new institutions of learning. This week the news is not so good. Officers of the Unit responsible for conducting surveys and identifying areas where the construction of these schools will have the most impact held a presentation/consultation session in San Jose Nuevo Palmar in the Orange Walk District on Sunday September 17. After having made assessments and surveys in the Orange Walk Area it was decided that Nuevo Palmar was in a strategic position to house a High School, which would service the Louisiana area of Orange Walk Town as well as surrounding villages, where the demographics demand such an institution. Honorable Elodio Aragon who also saw the need for this High School in this area became very instrumental in trying to see that this school be built in Palmar.

BSI breaks ground for $22M investment
Belize Sugar Industries Limited broke ground on Monday September 18 for the construction of facilities that will see the production of direct consumption sugar in Belize. According to a press release, the company will invest Bze. 22 Million dollars in the facility. The decision comes even before the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association has signed on to a cane purchase agreement with the mill. In its release BSI was unapologetic with proceeding with the investment quoting ASR Group VP of International Relations, Mac McLachlan as follows: “In this industry, the convoy cannot sail at the speed of the slowest ship. We need action now. That is why BSI, with the support of all but one of the industry stakeholders, has decided to move ahead with this significant investment for the benefit of the whole industry and nation. We sincerely hope that the divisiveness we have seen in this industry in recent years disappears with the preferential EU pricing that supported this luxury in the past.”

Sharon Fraser appointed New Chief Magistrate
The judicial and Legal Services Commission appointed Ms. Sharon Fraser as the new Chief Magistrate for the Magistrate’s Court on September 1, 2017. Magistrate Fraser is now tasked with the administration of the ten Magistrate’s court country wide. Also announced was the promotion of a new Clerk of Court, Mrs. Diana Hendy who was appointed by the Public Service on August 11, 2017, when Ms. Orleen Pitzold went off on pre-retirement leave. Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser is a Belizean and veteran public officer who first entered the Public Service in October of 1988 as a Customs Officer. In 1993, she applied for study leave where she ventured to fulfill her true passion and left the country to enter law school.

Security company owner kills manager and kills himself
A disturbing double tragedy in Belize City over the weekend has caused 2 families to be caught in the torment of grief. It happened at the Headquarters of the AAA Security Firm last Friday. It is suspected, but unproven at this time, Robert Godfrey, the owner of the security company shot and killed his employee, General Manager Delcie Smith, and then committed suicide. Police have been very delicate about the handling of the case referring to it at this time as a “death investigation”. In a police press conference, held on Monday September 18, Assistant Police Commissioner Joseph Myvette, the Head of national Criminal Investigations Branch, refused to comment on who inflicted the injuries to the victims. When asked about it, he responded, “I think at this point, based on this stage of the investigation, I do not want to answer that.”

Grenade blasts in San Pedro
Law enforcement authorities are reporting that a disturbing first has happened on the island of San Pedro. Someone detonated a grenade in an attempt to attack a family and cause harm or destruction. The explosive was lobbed in the yard of Amancia Martinez, who lives in the San Mateo Area of San Pedro. This particular community is about a mile or so away from Downtown San Pedro, yet, those residents who live closer to the downtown were still able to clearly hear the blast of the explosion. At around 8:20 p.m., on Saturday, September 16, 2 young men were reportedly seen throwing an object into Martinez’s yard, and hastily making a retreat. Moments later, the explosion was heard. The homeowner told police first responders that she was inside her house when she heard the detonation, and then felt her house shake. Those officers immediately realized that it was an explosive device which went off.

Badmouthing the Civic Center
PUP operatives are all lining up to attack the brand NEW BELIZE CITY CIVIC CENTER . Now it is Senator Bacon who is the latest Anti-Civic Center Crusader. Like all other PUPs including his leader Johnny, who has tried to attack the construction of this historical sporting complex, he is referring to the COMPLEX as just a BASKETBALL COURT. Maybe because he like his many co-crusaders are athletically challenged and may not know the difference between a Basketball Court and a Sporting Complex. So in order to teach him the difference we will direct him to first go visit Anglican Cathedral College (ACC) one of his Albert St. neighborhood schools. When he arrives there, he should look for that huge slab of concrete on the ground, that is a basketball court. He can then go to Yabra Cemetery right near the bridge to see another basketball court. Upon completing those two visits, he should go the Belize Civic Center and notice the difference. Word of advice to the Bacon Bandit “KEEP TO WHAT YOU KNOW SIR”

Belize signs visa waiver for diplomatic and officials of India
Today, the Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of India signed a Visa Waiver Agreement for holders of diplomatic and official/ service passports as a means of deepening bilateral relations. 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 India was the High Commission of the Republic of India to Belize, His Excellency Muktesh K. Pardeshi.

National 4H Youth Development Center holds orientation in Belmopan
“Getting Back to our Roots with a focus on Agriculture, skills and leadership!” Such is the theme aptly coined for the National 4H Youth Development Center in Belmopan for the 2017-2018 period; as announced during orientation for both trainees and parents. Over a dozen students from across Belize showed up on Monday, September 18, to get guidance from both the staff and teachers at the educational institution that will bring the agriculture vocation as its main focus. We now “Go back to fully agriculture as well as skills development and leadership of our young people,” announced Mr. Martin Castillo, who is now the acting Manager of the National 4H Youth Development Center in Belmopan.

Attorney General’s Ministry Reports on the status of the Implementation of UNCAC
Since acceding to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) on the 12th of December, 2016, significant preliminary steps have been taken towards implementation. The Government of Belize through the Attorney General’s Ministry, the designated Focal Point for UNCAC, has made a concerted and devoted effort to assess the legal and institutional framework in Belize, with the aim of identifying and strengthening anti-corruption regimes in Belize. Contextually, Belize is considered as a country with an economy in transition, as such, any plans and programmes to combat corruption have to be measured in line with Belize’s capacity financially, technically and otherwise. Nevertheless, the Government of Belize on a voluntary basis has subjected Belize to the implementation review mechanism established by the Conference of the State Parties to review and monitor implementation of the UNCAC (the Mechanism). The Mechanism includes a review process that is intergovernmental in nature.

Salvadoran men seeking asylum in Belize
Three Salvadoran men appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Aretha Ford on September 18, 2017 where they were all read a charge of failure to comply with the conditions of their visitors permit. They are 25-year-old Roberto Carlos Ramirez Carpio, a vendor of Antelope Street, 32-year-old Rene Juarez, and 18-year-old Louis Chavez, both of Iguana Street Extension. Carpio has been living in Belize since he entered on August 4, 2017. He was given until September 3, 2017 to remain in the country legally while Juarez, who was issued with a visitor’s permit on July 5, 2017, was given until July 29, 2017 to remain in the country.

Bar association threatens to remove Chief Justice
The Bar Association of Belize met on Friday September 15 when it passed a resolution that if the Chief Justice does not adhere to a timeline he set for passing judgments on 28 matters that are outstanding for anywhere between 2 to 5 years, that they will ask for his resignation. In the resolution that Bar states that “the Hon. Chief Justice’s failure to discharge his constitutional duty to afford litigants a fair hearing within a reasonable time, constitutes misbehavior in office.” They called on Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin to comply with delivery of judgments which he has undertaken. If he refuses to deliver these judgments on the stated dates they request that the CJ resigns. And if he fails to do so they will move to file a complaint to the Judicial and Legal Services Commission to have him removed on the grounds of misconduct.

Belize Global Giving Scholarship Bursary
The University of the West Indies, Open Campus Belize is pleased to announce the recipients of the Belize Global Giving Bursary Scholarship Awards. Awardees were selected for the following awards: • Two (2) Bursaries of BZ$5,000 each and one (1) Bursary of BZ$3,000.00:Graduate includes PhD/EDd/Masters/Post Graduate Diploma

Alcaldes trained and sworn-in in Punta Gorda
On Saturday, September 16th, officials from the Attorney General’s Ministry, including the Attorney General, Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, and the Solicitor General, Nigel Hawke, travelled to Punta Gorda Town where a sensitization training was held for the Toledo Alcaldes Association, followed by an official swearing-in ceremony for the First and Second (Deputy) Alcaldes. Seventy-eight (78) Alcaldes and Second Alcaldes attended the training, where Solicitor General Hawke, joined by Crown Counsels Agassi Finnegan and Marcia Mohabir, presented the Inferior Court Act (the guiding law for Alcaldes), discussed the powers and limitations of the Alcaldes, and presented the way that Alcalde-initiated proceedings are to occur. After the presentations from the Ministry, questions and concerns from the participants were raised and addressed.

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.

Kevin Bernard promotes disunity in September Celebrations
The fiasco that was the crowning of two Queens of the Bay is something that most Belizeans would want to put behind us as quickly as possible. But this is not the case for Kevin Bernard, he continues to promote disunity in the September Celebrations. Traditionally the Queen of the Bay winner, in this case ... Ysaguirre, participates in the Independence day activities in Orange Walk with her being featured on a float during the Orange Walk Carnival. Well it seems that Bernard is totally against this and in an incendiary post on Facebook he posts as follows.

Belize Benefits from the Republic of Korea’s Development Assistance Programme
On Monday, September 18th, the Government of Belize received a donation of office equipment and two vehicles from the Government of the Republic of Korea through an official Development Assistance Programme for the fiscal year 2017. Presenting the donation on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea was His Excellency Lee In-ho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in El Salvador, and receiving the equipment and vehicles on behalf of the Government of Belize was His Excellency Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize.

Coming soon: The Story of Lynam
Most people know the story of Lynam college as an anecdote to Belize’s history. It was an agricultural college that was infamously turned into a prison. And while that may be as much as some know about Lynam, there are a group of alumni from the school who want to change the view of the learning institution turned into prison. Rudolph Bowman, one of the first graduates of the school has undertaken, along with others to write the story of Lynam and the main goal is to, “bring justice to the school and alumni.” Bowman who has spent most of his life in the U.S. is a graduate of the school and had the thought of writing the story of his Alma Mater. He said that, “Lynam became a jail and many people look back at Lynam and remember it more as a jail than as a learning institution, we want to change that perception. We want to show that there were very many good people, nation builders that came out of Lynam; in politics, in government, in agriculture, in teaching, that’s why we want to present the story and that is the story we want people to remember.”

NEMO holds dam-breaking simulation briefing
Deep into the Hurricane/Rainy Season, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and related agencies continue to review and refresh their emergency management plan on various fronts. On Tuesday, a briefing was held in advance of a simulation exercise to prepare for the eventuality of a dam-break in the Cayo District. The simulation exercise is to be conducted next week, and the session was to brief all participants, including representatives of Belize Electricity Company Limited (BECOL) and the Department of Environment (DOE) who will be executing the simulation, members of the Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) and NEMO Headquarters staff who will be evaluators of the exercise.

Presentation of Credentials
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.

Taiwan donates to the promotion of culture
On Friday September 15th, Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize, H.E. Charles Liu, Handed over a check for one hundred thousand dollars to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Patrick Faber. The money is part of the Taiwanese Government’s continued support for culture in Belize. The money will be used to support some of the September Celebrations activities as well as other culturally based events including the Mr. Peters International Bram to be held at the Central Park in Belize City during the Christmas Season. Other programs will be the gateway steel pan project where youths will be trained in learning to play the steel pan and an Art in School Program which will be extended into secondary schools with a component for teacher training added on.

Standards implemented for new and used tires in Belize
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) in the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce has informed the public that given Section 4(1) of the Standards (Preparation and Declaration) Regulations, 1997 it proposes to recommend to the Standards Advisory Council that the following various draft standards be declared compulsory Belize Standards. Such standards include the following: As a way forward, the BBS facilitated a stakeholder consultation at its headquarters in Belmopan last Friday. There was a morning session for stakeholders of new tires and an afternoon session for stakeholders for used ones where a total of 30 persons participated from across Belize.

Will Maheia the attention seeker - again!
Wil Maheia and the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) were up to no-good again on Saturday, September 16, when they went to the Sarstoon Island to aggravate the Guatemalan navy. Since the BTV’s flamboyant and dangerous missions from August 2015, the Belizean public are very well aware that the Guatemalans have taken a more aggressive and unreasonable stance about the Sarstoon River. Fortunately, the volunteers had not been in the evening news for a while now. So, the attention-starved BTV and their splinter group Northern Territorial Volunteers (NTV) went back for the second Sarstoon Island Eco-Challenge. The premise is simple. It’s supposed to be a kayaking and canoe race from Barranco Village to Sarstoon Island, once around the island, and back to Barranco. Last year, it went off without incident, and so, the agitators among the ranks of the volunteers decided to escalate things this time around.

Tribute to Belizean Patriots 2017
On Thursday September 14 the annual Tribute to Belizean Patriots and awards ceremony was held. A total of 22 exemplary persons received awards of distinction. Of those, two persons received the Order of Distinction while the remaining twenty men and women received the Meritorious Service Award. The annual event was held at the Bliss Institute for Performing Arts and serves as an opportunity to recognize and honor Belizeans who have dedicated their lives to serving their country and people. In a message from the Prime Minister of Belize, the Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow, the event continues to be an important part of our September celebrations and although it does not draw the crowd of the annual fireworks display, “it has developed into one of the outstanding high points to our celebrations.”

Colombian national stays in Belize illegally, receives jail time
Julian Gonzalez Palomique, a 43-year-old Columbian national and architect, was found living in Belize in violation of the condition of his visitor’s permit. He was taken to court where he appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Aretha Ford. He was read a single charge of failure to comply with the conditions of his visitor’s permit. He pleaded guilty to the charge. The allegations against Palomique are that he entered Belize on July 4, 2017 via the Belize Northern border and was granted a visitor’s permit to remain in Belize until July 21, 2017 but since that, he failed to get further extensions.

Ladyville bus driver robbed
On September 16, 2017 at 8:00pm, Seth Beltzasar, a 21-year-old Belizean bus driver of Marage Road, visited the Ladyville police station and reported that while driving his bus on Egbert Quilter Street earlier that night, he slowed down and two masked men armed with a firearm jump on the bus. One of them hit him with the firearm in his face causing an injury to his lip. The other male person hit him to the back of the head with the firearm and caused another cut wound. A struggle ensued between Beltzasar, the two men, and the conductor of the bus, 17-year-old Hernan Serrano, of Lord’s Bank. One of the male persons relieved the conductor of about $200 and they both made good their escape. Beltzasar was transported to the KHMH.

Bicyclist knocked down on Coney Drive
Police visited the KHMH on September 16, 2017 where 47-year-old Noel Reyes, a resident of a Belama address, was suffering from head and body injuries. Reyes was seen in an unconscious state. Initial investigation revealed that Reyes was riding his bicycle on Coney Drive when a vehicle hit him from behind. The driver of the vehicle did not stop to render any assistance. Reyes is presently at the KHMH where he is listed in a critical condition. Police investigation continues.

Burglar is denied bail
Richard Ferguson, a Belize city certified A/C Technician, has picked up another charged for crimes of dishonesty after he appeared before the Belize City Magistrate’s Court to answer to two counts of burglary. He appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Aretha Ford on September 15, 2017 where he was read two burglary charges. Allegations being made against Ferguson are that on September 13, 2017, he burglarized the home of two residents. He entered the apartment of Criston August as a trespasser and stole a necklace, slippers, a Casio watch, a bed sheet, and other household item, all to a total value of $315.00. He also entered the neighboring apartment, the residence of Pauline Samuels.

One fisherman takes the rap for twelve others
The Belize Fisheries Department was forced to take 13 fishermen to court after they were found in possession of 121 undersized lobsters on board a vessel “Luisanne” on September 6, 2017. The group of 13 appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Aretha Ford on September 18, 2017. The men were read a single charge of possession of undersize lobsters. The fishermen have been identified as Graciano Alfonso Tun; 41, Delcio Jeremias Tun, 31; Adalberto Galindo Mesh, 19; Adir Alexis Tun, 27; Valdir Edgaer Santoya, 31; Wilson Jeovany Santoya, 21; Bernaldo Iginio Santoya, 36; Isair Uriel Mendez, 19; Erbert Joismar Mendez, 28; Marquitos Heraldo Mendez, 37; Cesar Genaro Reyes, 30; and Alvaro Alejandro Babb, 40.

One killed and two injured in separate shootings in Belize City
Santos Miguel Bernardez, a 51 year-old Honduran resident of Belize was the third person to die from gun violence over the weekend. It appears at this time that Bernardez may have not been the intended target, because he was murdered by a gunman who fired into a group of people. Investigations are indicating at this stage that Bernardez was socializing with other persons in a yard on Lara Dunn Street, on Saturday, September 16. At around 9:50 that night, while he and others were playing dominoes, a gunman approached the yard and fired several shots at the group. One of the shots injured Bernardez in the head and he died right there at the table where he was sitting down.

Honduran woman says she just wants to go home to her sick child
Idana Swazo, a Honduran national, appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Aretha Ford on Monday, September 18, 2017 where she was read a single charge of illegal entry into Belize. The allegations against Swazo are that on September 1, 2017, she entered Belize illegally through the banks of the Mopan River in Cayo. The bust was made on September 16, 2017 when personnel from the Mobile Interdiction Team conducted a search at a home on Iguana Street. According to the officers, Swazo was acting suspiciously and when she was asked to produce her papers, she could not. She was escorted to the police station where Immigration officers were called to interview her.

Richard Santiago captures annual September Cycling Criterium
The Cycling Federation of Belize in partnership with the Belize City Council and Leslies Imports held its Annual September Cycling Criterium on Sunday 17th September, 2017, on Albert and Regent Streets in Belize City. In the female category, 1st place went to Alicia Thompson of the Belize Bank Swoosh and she was followed by Kaya Cattouse of C-Ray’s Cycling with 3rd place going to Taralee Ordonez. In the Junior category, 1st place went to Shaun Codd who is unattached, 2nd place went to Derrick Leslie who is also unattached with 3rd place going to Gian Lino of Cabral Marin Cycling Team.

Belize Athletics Association to hold Annual General Assembly
The Belize Athletics Association will hold its 2017 Annual General Assembly at the Edward P Yorke High School, Princess Margaret Drive, on 21st October, 2017 at 2:00 pm. All members are required to pay their 2017 annual dues by the 16th October, 2017. All members are asked to please bring along their identification cards. The highlight of the General Assembly will be the elections of officers for the executive. The closing date for all nominations, proposed motions or other items of business is the 30th September, 2017, and is to be submitted to Mrs. Liesje Chung, Secretary General, at 1440 Coney Drive, Belize City, Belize or by email to belizeathleticsassociation@gmail.com.

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.

The Cayo North Sports Committee announced football winners
The Cayo North Sport Committee has announced that it would like to congratulate all the U13 Teams that came out on Sunday and were a part of their recent tournament. Although they are all winners, congratulations have gone out to YWAM for placing 1st, Hearts Primary 2nd and Heartz FC 3rd. “We look forward for another U13 in the near future. We saw amazing talents out there and we encourage parents to support their kids in the sport,” announced the Cayo North Sports Committee. “A big Thanks to Hon. Dr. Omar Figueroa [Representative for the Cayo North Division] for always making sure that sports play an important role in the lives of our kids and youths.”

Ladyville FC and Sandhill Blue Hawks lead in Leal’s Cup Tournament
The 2017 Leal’s Cup Tournament continued on Sunday 17th September, with four games on the schedule in Sandhill Village. In the first game played, HVYSC defeated Sandhill Scorpions by the score of 2-1. The goal scorers for HVYSC were Curtis Young and Keaton Dyer, while the goal scorer for Sandhill Scorpions was Charles August. In game two, Ladyville FC defeated Sandhill New Site Warriors by the score of 12-0.The goal scorers for Ladyville FC were: David Solozarno (3), David Ramos (2), KevinYoung (2), Trey Everett (2), Raheem Staine, Jael Ottley and Tyrone Parchue.

Belmopan Bandits maintains lead in Premier League Football Competition
The Premier League of Belize 2017-2018 Opening Season competition continued over the last weekend with four games on the schedule. On Saturday 16th September, 2017, at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town, the home team San Pedro Pirates FC edged out Police United FC by the score of 3-2. The host team, San Pedro Pirates FC were the first to make it unto the scoreboard, when Louis Valdez, scored the 1st goal of the game in the 12th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. However, the lead was short lived when Camilo Sanchez scored the equalising goal in the 16th minute of play to tie the score at 1-1. Jesse Smith scored the 2nd goal of the game for the San Pedro Pirates in the 20th minute of play via a penalty kick to give his team a 2-1 lead. The San Pedro Pirates leas was further increase when Hector Martinez scored his team 3rd and final goal of the game in the 29th minute of play for a 3-1 lead.

National Track and Field Championship set for October
The Belize Athletics Association invites all athletes and track enthusiasts once again to be a part of a National Track and Field Championship event. The event will take place at the Marion Jones Sports Complex on October 7-8, 2017. All athletes 16 years and older can participate in the events. Registration forms can be obtained from and returned back to the Belize Athletics Association via email belizeathleticsassociation@gmail.com or from their Facebook page (Belize Athletics Association) or at the Marion Jones Sports Complex. The registration fee to participate in the National Track and Field championship is $10.00. The events will include: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Javelin, Shot Put and Discus.

The Reporter

Cases of “Pink Eye” on the rise
Cases of Conjunctivitis, otherwise known as “pink eye” are on the rise, the Ministry of Health has warned. The Ministry reports that the eye infection is prevalent in the northern and central portions of the country. Conjunctivitis causes irritation and reddening of the eyes, which is uncomfortable. It is caused by bacteria or viruses which can spread easily from person to person.

Integrity Commission reminds parliamentarians to declare assets
The Integrity Commission of Belize has reminded people in public life, primarily parliamentarians, of their duty to declare their financial assets for the year 2016. This is in accordance with the Prevention of Corruption Act. In a press release issued Wednesday, the Commission also reminded these people to adhere to certain sections of the Act. In accordance with Section 14 of the Act, the Commission published in the Gazette, dated July 11 of this year, the list of names of people who failed to file a declaration.

Belize celebrates 36 years of Independence
Today Belizeans celebrate our 36th anniversary of Independence from Great Britain. The road to Independence started from the first meeting in 1950, among a group of men, including Leigh Richardson and former Prime Minister, George Price, who felt that the time had come for Belize (then British Honduras) to run the affairs of the country on her own. The men were also against the devaluation of the Belize dollar by the then British Governor. The initial gathering led to a series of public meetings locally and talks with Great Britain, which eventually resulted in Belize attaining Self-Government in 1964. This meant that Belize managed all the ministries, except Foreign Affairs and Defence. Then in 1973, the country’s name was changed from British Honduras to Belize.

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“PetroCaribe will roll it once more!”: PM to Belize
Prime Minister Dean Barrow, during his Independence Day speech today, announced that PetroCaribe will roll it once more! According to Barrow, after announcing last week that Belize would be suspending shipments of fuel coming in from Venezuela under that country’s PetroCaribe program, President Nicholas Maduro dispatched a high-level delegation to Belize to fix the problem. PM Barrow says he met with that delegation on Tuesday and were able to make new arrangements that guarantee reliability of supply for all of Belize’s fuel needs.

Belize celebrates 36th Independence anniversary
By Zoila Palma: Today, Belizeans at home and abroad are celebrating the 36th anniversary of Belize’s Independence from Great Britain. This year’s celebrations are being held under the theme: Belize: Confronting Challenges, Celebrating Triumphs, Renewing our resolve!

Unhappy Independence Day to all Belizeans!
The festive September season, beyond all its shallow liquor-infused profit motivated promotions, should be a time of reflection and evaluation; reflection on our history and the important lessons we ought to have learned and evaluating our current conditions and charting a proper way forward.

Ministry of Health responds to increased reports of “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.

PUP Leader briefs diplomatic corps on state of Belize
Today at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City, the Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño briefed the Resident and Non-resident Ambassadors and other members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps in Belize on the true state of the country.

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Shopping for Your Home AND the Largest Retail Space in Belize
When I was invited to visit Mirab’s FURNITURE Store in Belize City – I was all in. I’ve been to their home decor imporium by the water taxi/cruise ship port and I love it. It’s the Target, Macy’s and HomeGoods of Belize. (Here’s my last visit for Mothers’ Day) But it was time to visit the furniture store AND get a sneak drive by peak at the NEWEST Mirab. Located on the Western Highway not far from the furniture store – the soon to be – MEGASTORE! 3 floors, 105,000 square feet, shopping, gathering spot, enveloped in white marble. HOLY MOLY! The homegoods & department store will be open in town until after Christmas while this HUGE space is finished. That store will close when this one opens. I’m excited for the grand opening! But let me show you all of the pictures that I took around the furniture store. I can’t afford everything that I like but it’s so nice to be around beautiful inspirational stuff. I mean…I’m not one who would think of a gold chandelier but…it looks gorgeous. Who knew?

Celebrating September Celebration in Corozal; Uniform Parade 2017 was held at Corozal
Thursday, September 21, 2017, marked the 36th years of Independence Day held in Belize. BDF, Scouts, Students, and teachers, along with other marching Band gathered at the Corozal Civic Center for the Ceremony that commenced at 9am.. Today, schools came out with their uniform to participate in the parade and give tribute and respect our national flag. During the show, Crowning of Miss Independence, Carnival Parade, Dance where awarded on stage. Then, at 10am Uniform Parade and Citizens’ Parade walked through the town of Corozal. Similar ceremonies were held countrywide and included the traditional speeches given by Belize’s foremost parliamentarians, dignitaries and Mayors. After the parade had ended in Maimi Beach after party is being held at this moment in Corozal.

Belize, 36 years old and still partying like a youngster
As expected, this morning’s 10 a.m. Independence Day jump-up parade in San Pedro, Belize, began right on time: about 12:30 p.m. Once it begins, the parade is a force of nature — bodies undulate to mad beats from flatbed sound systems. Fistfulls of hard candy hurl toward scrabbling kiddos. Beers are poured and cups refilled from handy coolers. Brilliant feathers, gaudy gimlet costumery, shiny beads and brilliant smiles create a booty-shaking kaleidoscopic snake that works its way down Middle Street before rounding for home in Central Park. Baby, it’s hot out there, and the steamy weather doesn’t help either. This year, half the parade was nearly AWOL. The incumbent UDP council and its followers and floats and dancers and town employees had long since marched to the finish before the PUP and its contingent reached the end of Middle Street. Hmmm. Was there a little political cock-blocking going on? Remember what the Prime Minister said: “so let it be always: that red and white (UDP) and blue and white (PUP) in the end merge to become red, blue and white.” Ultimately, in Central Park, that is what happened, goaded on by flowing beer, cheap food and loud music. Although, PUP had its own party going on, on Boca del Rio later in the day, with live music from the Caribbean Kings.

International Sourcesizz

New Study Helps Improve Roadmap Essential to Baird’s Tapir Conservation
On the eve of Independence, an important article about our beloved National Animal.
Preventing the extinction of the endangered Baird’s tapir requires an understanding of the specific habitat currently sheltering the estimated remaining 3,000 to 5,000 tapirs across Central America. A new study from Global Wildlife Conservation, the University of Texas, the IUCN SSC Tapir Specialist Group and partners has helped provide the most comprehensive and accurate maps to date of the forests and woodlands these tapirs rely on—and highlights the collaborative spirit of a network of conservationists using these data to save the species. “As our scientific tools and methods continue to advance our understanding of the natural world, it is imperative that we use that information to develop strategies that help prevent extinctions and recover our planet’s biodiversity,” said Cody Schank, a University of Texas PhD student, GWC associate conservation scientist and lead author on the paper. “This is a great example of how cutting-edge science can be designed to inform effective on-the-ground conservation to save a species as unique, charismatic and threatened as the Baird’s Tapir.”

Here from New York we are always in Love Belize!!!!
Happy independence day Belize!!!!

Albert Speer Jr., Architect and Son of Hitler Confidant, Dies at 83
Albert Speer Jr worked on Mahogany Heights and was in Belize twice.
Albert Speer Jr., an internationally prominent architect who sought throughout his life to distance himself from the dark legacy of his father, a member of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle, died on Sept. 15 at his home in Frankfurt. He was 83. His death was announced by his architectural firm, AS & P, in Frankfurt. It said the cause was complications of surgery he had undergone after falling at his home. Mr. Speer was the eldest of six children of Albert Speer, one of Hitler’s closest confidants. The elder Speer was Hitler’s chief architect and later his armaments minister, and was convicted of war crimes for his use of slave labor.

Education, adventure at San Ignacio Resort Hotel in Belize
The iguanas were clamoring on top of each other, pushing each other aside for the chance to nibble on a handpicked leaf. They surrounded us, but far from being creepy or scary, it was an enjoyable part of our experience with the Iguana Project, an on-site conservation program for green iguanas at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel in San Ignacio, Belize. The program started in 1996 out of a concern for declining numbers due to overhunting. It currently has 40 iguanas and 116 eggs. "They are almost endangered, but nobody knows how many are left," said Nigel Velasquez, the tour operator for the project. The nonprofit aims to release the injured iguanas back into the wild, repopulate the species and educate the public. Velasquez noted that some people in villages eat iguanas, so one tenet of the outreach program is to educate the public about the issue.

A Belizean Resort That Hooks You With Lures And Lavishness
It takes a lot to run a smooth resort operation. It takes even more ingenuity to run one that’s situated so far from civilization. “We’re an hour and a half off [the mainland],” says Alain Allemeersch, who serves as co-general manager of Belize’s Turneffe Island Resort with his wife, Maya. “We know we’re never going to be on the grid for anything.” But for whatever the resort sitting 35 miles from Belize City lacks in accessibility, it more than makes up for with astonishment. Belize is the home of the world-famous Great Blue Hole, a 984-feet-wide sinkhole, and nearby Turneffe takes full advantage of its proximity by offering shark- and scuba-diving excursions at the attraction. The resort is also proud of its fishing opportunities. True anglers know the area well for its bonefish, tarpon and permit, or the elusive “Caribbean Grand Slam.” Turneffe is actively trying to lure more laymen to the property for this very reason.

Videos

  • 2017 San Pedro Independence Day Jump Up Parade, 6min.

  • It's celebration time. Independence Day Parade!! Happy Birthday Belize, 17min. San Pedro

  • Independence Day Address by Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize, 37min.

  • Official Independence Day Celebration in Belmopan, 40min.

  • Itvet culture day with Cocono Bwoy, 8.5min.

  • Antorcha 2017 Belize independence succotz, 9min.

  • Machel Montano (Live) - Leave Me Alone & Fast Wine (Belize 2017), 5min. Machel Montano Live @ Soca Jazz Fest in Belize 2017.

  • Belize Study Abroad Spring Break UNL 2017, 10min.

  • Melvan McGregor and sons of Thunder, belize independence day LA 2017, 5min. Melvan Mcgregor Daughters of Juda/Sons of Thunder...Onstage at Belize independence day celebration in Inglewood ca. Sept 17th 2017

  • San Pedro Parade Part 2, 10min.

  • San Pedro Independence - sweets for all - pinata - San Pedro Style, 6min.

  • Orange Walk 21st Parade, 13min.

  • Miss Shaena Gilharry , Miss East Indian Belize, 1min. Miss Shaena Gilharry , Did a great job at last night's pre Independence celebration. We wish her all the best as she prepares to represent Belize at the International Divali queen pageant in Trinidad and Tobago on October 16

  • Lobster Diving - Belize, 1/4min.

  • Barracuda Shot - Belize, 1min.

  • Belize Independence 21st Celebration, 6min. Celebrating was a song written as a tribute to September 21st, Belize's independence day from England. Fresh off their debut album Midnight Run and their performances on MTV, the group hit their first tour of Central America with Machel Mantano and Xtatic. After 3 shows across Belize the Wooddwellas wanted to write a thank you to fans of their country for all the love and energy they experienced on tour and Celebrating was born.

  • Belize National Dance Company, 3min. BNDC Performing for Belize Independence Day Ceremony 2017.

  • Belize Independence!, 2min. Let me show you guys a bit of how we belizean people celebrate our Indepence. I am a proud brown belisean girl!

  • Canoe/kayak racing belize, sarstoon island eco challenge 2017, 2min.

  • Visiting the JUNGLE in BELIZE!, 3min. We head into St. Herman's blue hole national park to check out the amazing Belize inland blue hole and cave system! After that, we head to the Belize Guatemala border to check out rivers and rope swings. This Belize Jungle adventure was an awesome time!

  • Happy Independence Day to all Belizeans at home in the Jewel, 6min. And to those in the Hills of Scotland , the Aegean Sea in Greece , the old capital of Nija, Accra Ghana . Sydney Australia , Johannesburg South Africa , The Big Apple . Smokey London , Trenchtown Jamaica , Diego Martin TnT , Paris France , Santa Cruz Bolivia , Georgetown Guyana, Taipei Taiwan , Dubai, Haifa Israel , The West Coast , Chitown, The Big Easy