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#526160 - 10/04/17 06:52 AM Today's Belize News: October 4, 2017  
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The San Pedro Sun

18 year old Christian Contreras murdered in San Pedro
A 17-year-old minor has been detained for the shooting death of 18 year old Christian Contreras and injury of 27 year old Ryan Lucas. The incident took place around 11: 30 am, on Tuesday, October 3rd, in the Boca Del Rio Area of San Pedro Town. When the police arrived at the scene around 11: 36am, Contreras’s motionless body was found lying on the ground. Lucas, who was injured, was been taken to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II. Witnesses of the shooting say that Contreras and Lucas were walking on the side street, when the 17-year-old shooter approached them. “So are you guys the Doritos gangs,” they claimed he said, after he took out his gun and fired several shots at the two men, then fled on his bicycle. Contreras received three shots, two in the right upper chest and one on the right hand. Lucas, who is a maintenance worker from DFC area, has been transported to Belize City for further treatment of the gun shots injuries to the abdomen and hands.

Ambergris Today

Midday Shooting Incident In San Pedro Leaves 18-Year-Old Dead
Gunshots rung out in the middle of the day in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, leading to the discovery of 18-year-old Christian Contreras lying face down on the street in front of Los Compadres Bar of Boca del Rio Area. Police have detained two persons as investigations continue, one of them being a minor. The shooting incident occurred around 11:30a.m. today, Tuesday, October 3, 2017. It left Christian Contreras dead and 27-year-old Ryan Lucas with injuries to his abdomen and uper right arm. He has been transported to Belize City for further treatment that he initially received at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II.

BTB Launches A Dollar For The Caribbean Relief Fund
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB), in collaboration with tourism industry stakeholders, will launch a Dollar for the Caribbean Relief Fund campaign during the entire month of October to assist victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which severely devastated many of our Caribbean sister countries earlier in September. The Belize Tourism Board will donate a $1 for every tourist arrival for the month of October and the initiative is that each stakeholder donates a $1 for every guest; therefore, creating a multiplier effect. The BTB initiative is being supported by participating agencies and tourism stakeholders such as the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), the Belize Hotel Association (BHA), Tour Operators, water taxis, hoteliers and local airlines amongst many others.

Belize Celebrates Win At Regional Maya Ball Game Tournament
Congratulations are in hand for the Belize Ek Balam Poktapok team from Yo Creek Village, Orange Walk, Belize. They arrived back to the country victorious over a weekend competing in the 2nd Annual Poktapok Worldcup Tournament in Guatemala. Pok-A-Tok is a Mayan ball game with ritual associations; It’s not a sport you hear much about these days, but the Ek Balam team is doing a great job in reviving the sport in Belize and preserving the rich Mayan culture of the region. They faced stiff competition like Mexico and El Salvador but in the end, Belize proved to be the strongest by coming in first - making them the world cup champs of Poktapok. Participating countries included Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.

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Mr. Patrick Chavez and Miss Maritza Briceno wedding
It was an incredible wedding and reception with more than 250 in attendance in Corozal..... Tom and I were honored with the job of Godparents during the ceremony and then the blessing at the reception..... However, we want to give all the credit/congratulations to the Bride & Groom... Mr. Patrick Chavez who works at Captain Morgan's Resort and Miss Maritza Briceno who works at the Black Orchid Restaurant both in San Pedro.

Presentation on new marijuana law in San Pedro: Is 10 grams legal?
Courtesy Belize Police Department Is 10 Grams Of Weed No Longer Illegal? ATTEND A FREE PRESENTATION by Mr. Bart Jones (Legal Officer) Of the Belize Police Department. October 5, 2017: 6:00 PM Lion's Den, Barrier Reef Drive, San Pedro Town. Come on out and learn what are the fact about having 10 grams of Marijuana (Cannabis) Open to the general public.

New Requirements for Pharmaceutical Facilities as Statutory Instrument of the Food and Drug Regulations comes into effect
The Ministry of Health informs the general public that effective November 1st, 2017, all pharmaceutical facilities will be required to have a Ministry of Health Certificate of Registration License in order to provide pharmacy services to the public. While our records reflect a total of 23 pharmaceutical importers/wholesalers and 37 retail pharmacies in possession of a valid Ministry of Health facility license, we are aware of approximately 50 wholesalers and 120 retail pharmacies countrywide. These licensed facilities have met the necessary requirements and standards outlined by the Ministry of Health taking into consideration the Statutory Instrument of the Food and Drugs Regulations, 2017.

BTB launches “A Dollar for the Caribbean Relief Fund”
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB), in collaboration with tourism industry stakeholders, will launch a Dollar for the Caribbean Relief Fund campaign during the entire month of October to assist victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which severely devastated many of our Caribbean sister countries earlier in September. The Belize Tourism Board will donate a $1 for every tourist arrival for the month of October and the initiative is that each stakeholder donates a $1 for every guest; therefore, creating a multiplier effect. The BTB initiative is being supported by participating agencies and tourism stakeholders such as the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), the Belize Hotel Association (BHA), Tour Operators, water taxis, hoteliers and local airlines amongst many others.

Did you know October is Hickatee awareness month?
Last week BWRC personnel was honored to once again join the health checks for the BFREE Hickatee Breeding Center with a fabulous team of veterinarians, biologists and volunteers under the guidance of "Hickatee man" Tom Pop. Our appreciation for Dr. Shane Boylan and his tireless assistance and teaching in ultrasound and anything turtle, Jacob Marlin as a driving force and every member of Team Turtle goes beyond words. We are elated to support such a worthy conservation effort and cooperation and we hope to spread the word about this turtally fascinating species that unfortunately is at risk of extinction today.

Stakeholder Consultation on the Revised Standard for Labelling of Pre-packaged Foods
Today's Stakeholder Consultation on the Revised Standard for Labelling of Pre-packaged Foods at NATS Conference Room, Belmopan. If you couldn't make it to this session, note we're having a second session in Belize City on Thursday. Register to participate. Note: Deadline for comments on the Revised Standard for Labelling of Pre-packaged Foods is Friday, 6th October 2017. Be a part of the Standard Development Process!!

Got an issue with the Punta Gorda Police Department. Been trying to let this go but, I just can't
2 weeks ago, Monday, I was having breakfast at a spot in PG behind the Police department. It was about 9:30 in the morning. For those of you not familiar with the area, across from the street of the Police Dept. is an elementary school. And beside the Police station is the Post Office and court house. In front of that is the Customs Dept. On the other side of the station are restaurants and in front of the station is the Bus Terminal.

Opening at St. Francis Xavier Parish
There is a teaching vacancy in our Management. Candidate or teacher needs to present Full Teaching License, Associate Degree in Primary Education or Certificate in Education. Please call immediately 634 4701 or after the office opens, the parish opens at 8:30 am.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of Sept. 25th - Oct. 1st, 2017
BJ and his gang got after it and caught everything from Snook to permit. While on the flats searching for the elusive Permit, anglers are enjoying the cool experience of casting to Jacks (the poor man’s permit) and Barracuda to keep the rod warm while waiting for the Permit to show up. Not many things are better than catching a permit; but if you haven’t experienced the tug of a Cuda or Jack on the fly you need to give it a try. SUPER FUN!!

Intermagia in Belize City
The Rotary Sunrise is sponsoring a Magic Show at the Bliss on Friday, October 6th starting at 7:00 p.m. The normal price is $20.00, but I have one ticket for $15.00. If anyone is interested in purchasing this ticket you can inbox me. Ticket can be had at the Ministry of Tourism's office on South Street. First come first served.

‘A Call for Artists’ at the Museum of Belize
The Museum of Belize proudly presents ‘A Call for Artists’ the first in a series of exhibitions to show and promote the work of our talented Belizean artists. Stop by the museum today to see these beautiful artworks on display! Visit our Facebook page daily to see our featured artists.

New drug in Schools...
Parents should know about this drug.This is a new drug known as 'strawberry quick '.There is a very scary thing going on in the schools right now that we all need to be aware of.There is a type of crystal meth going around that looks like strawberry pop rocks (the candy that siz zles and 'pops' in your mouth). It also smells like strawberry and it is being handed out to kids in school yards. They are calling it strawberry meth or strawberry quick.Kids are ingesting this thinking that it is candy and being rushed off to the hospital in dire condition. It also comes in chocolate, peanut butter, cola, cherry, grape and orange.Please instruct your children not to accept candy from strangers and even not to accept candy that looks like this from a friend (who may have been given it and believed it is candy) and to take any that they may have to a teacher, principal, etc. immediately.Pass this email on to as many people as you can (even if they don't have kids) so that we can raise awareness and hopefully prevent any tragedies from occurring..!!

MISSING PERSON
Daniel Aguliar 21 years old has been missing since Saturday. He left is home in Vista Del Mar and never returned. His mother already made a police report. He was last seen wearing a grey shirt and a blue stripe short pants. He have never left his home like this before so his mother is worried. If you have seen him please call the nearest police station or inbox me so I can inform his mother.

U.S. citizen town hall meeting in Belize City
The Embassy of the United States of America in Belize invites you to a U.S. citizen town hall meeting in Belize City Date: Saturday, October 28th, 2017 Place: Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina, Cahal Pech Room, Belize City Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. At the meeting, we will introduce staff from the Embassy who provide assistance to U.S. citizens in Belize, discuss the services the Consular section provides, and answer any questions. Topics include: Non-immigrant visas and Immigrant visas, security in Belize, hurricane preparedness, and information on renewing your U.S. passport via DHL. Limited consular public services will be offered (cash; exact change required): Adult U.S. passport renewal – BZ$220 or US$110 Please bring current U.S. passport, completed form DS-82, 2”x2” passport photo, clear copy of passport biographic data page Child U.S. passport renewal – BZ$210 or US$105 Please bring current U.S. passport, completed form DS-11, 2”x2” passport photo, clear copy of passport biographic data page, birth certificate + 1 photocopy, each parent’s ID + 1 photocopy. BOTH parents must be present if listed on birth certificate. Fee for first adult renewal after age 16 is BZ$270 or US$135. Notary services – BZ$100 or US$50

Arbitrators Called to Office
On the 27th September 2017 trained Arbitrators were sworn in as Court-Connected Arbitrators under the Supreme Court of Belize before the Chief Justice, Honourable Kenneth Benjamin. The Chairman of the Court’s Mediation and Arbitration program, Justice Courtney Abel, in addressing the Arbitrators emphasized the seriousness of the Oath. Justice Abel told the Arbitrators that it’s a serious responsibility and he hopes that they take it seriously. He added that the future reputation and conduct of the court and any arbitration proceedings is now in the hands of the Arbitrators.

INDEPENDENCE CHILDREN'S RALLY 2017
Lots of photos!

BCCI responds to PM on fuel prices
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) welcomes the Prime Minister’s public assurance that the pump prices of fuel will drop by mid October 2017 with the arrival of the next fuel shipment. With taxes comprising up to 43% of end prices to the consumer, Government is in the best position to manage pump prices for the benefit of every consumer and every economic activity.The BCCI urges the government once again to formalize a long-term fuel pricing policy as part of a comprehensive and well-thought-out tax strategy. Such a policy would ease the burden on consumers and the private sector, and would promote local business, investment, and spending.

Miss Belize at Miss America Latin Del Mundo

2017 Mr. Belize Bodybuilding Competition
Join me in wishing Rigo Vellos much success in the 2017 Mr. Belize Bodybuilding Competition coming up this Saturday October 7th at the Bliss in Belize City. Rigo will be looking to win the Championship title for the 6th Year!! Trust me, it doesn't get any easier for my brother after five years of hardwork in the gym, but he IS the face of dedication and determination!! Let's go Rigo!! Make history!!

See & Taste Belize 2017
Today we travel back to the South and introduce another new Chef joining See & Taste Belize 2017! Chef Dean Uren representing the newly built Itz'ana Resort and Residences, "where adventure meets luxury", is a professional Chef who has worked with some of the best Chefs in the world! Today he is enjoying the tropical life in beautiful Placencia, bringing his passion and flair for cuisine by merging the exotic spices of Belize with his international culinary experience. Chef Dean will be creating a Chicken Creole with yellow ginger and a smoky Black Bean Puree with Sweet Potato and Jicama Chips!!!

Rotaract Benque Cancer Walk
The Rotaract Club of Benque is having a Cancer Walk and a Cancer Run, next Sunday, October 15th. "Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo Present Cancer Walk & Run 2017. Register |Today for the Cancer Run at benquecancerrun2017@gmail.com You can also register for Cancer Run on October 15th from 6:15am to 7:00am at Centennial Park in Benque Viejo. Registration Fee $10.00 Runners will be transported from Centennial park to starting line "chi'al" after registration ends.

Travel Agent Forum 2017
BTB Travel Trade Team representing Belize at this year's Travel Agent Forum 2017 in Miami

2nd Copa Mundial Pok Ta Pok at Guatemala
A very proud moment to welcome and congratulate Ek' Balam Team for successful winning the 2nd Copa Mundial Pok Ta Pok at Guatemala. John in to congratulate them in this historical milestones as Guerreros Mayas! Special thanks to Mrs. Felicita Cantun for keeping our culture alive.

2017 Coastal and River Cleanup
San Pedro Columbia RC

Update on the Erwin Rdriguez missing person case
The search date set for friday october 6th 2017 we meet at the shaddiah church at 9am sharp to go over to the area Upon receiving reliable info on what had allegedly happened Erwin and the pissible location of his body a search was conducted on sunday 1st october 2017 in the plantation and dikes area of Jane Usher Boulevard in port loyola area this is approximately one month after an initial search which was done 3 days after Erwin went missing, yielding the slippers of Erwin Rodriguez , an expended 12 gauge shot gun shell and blood drops on some leaves and a trail . At this point scenes of crime took pics and blood swabs . The immediate action that police should have taken was to search the canals as well and they failed to do so .

Channel 7

Shocking Broad Daylight Murder of Teen In San Pedro
San Pedro Town is reeling tonight from another murder - and this one happened in broad daylight in plain view of the public. At 11:30 AM, 18 year old Christian Contreras and 28 year old Ryan Lucas were walking on a side street heading unto Laguna Drive in the Boca Del Rio area. This is not known as one of the crime ridden areas of San Pedro, and that's why it was so shocking when a men rode up on bicycle and opened fire - clearly seen by passersby. According to the San Pedro Sun, witnesses heard the shooter say, quote, "So are you guys the Doritos gangs?" They say that's when he took out his gun and fired several shots at the pair and then sped off on his bicycle.

"Sonny" Slain By Friend
Back in Belize City, another confrontation among friends has led to the second city murder for this week. 29 year old Dorian Sutherland also known as Sonny was gunned down and killed yesterday evening around 5:00 in Lake Independence. Our news team was out on the scene and yesterday, police gave us a briefing on the information they had so far. Well, tonight we have more details for you on why a father of 2 was executed. Courtney Weatherburne reports. The blaring horn may have muffled this woman's sobs and screams but it could never block out the reality that her boyfriend's dead body was being carted away in the pan of a police truck.

Another Charged For The Murder of Bullet Tree Butcher
So, while Belize City police try to solve that murder from yesterday evening, Dangriga Police say that they've been steadily making progress with the murder of 46 year-old Bullet Tree butcher, Luis Sierra. We told you yesterday how they charged Saul Campos with murder, and Lyndon Lewis with conspiracy to robbery. Campos is believed to have been the gunman who shot Sierra, and Lewis was the property owner in the Valley Community where Sierra's body was found. He was charged with conspiracy because police believe that he lured Sierra to his property, with false promises of a business transactions to sell cattle.

Bze City Council Struggles To Make Payroll, Almost 200 Sanitation Workers Suffer
Today, many of the Belize City Council's 172 sanitation workers were standing in line at the Holy Redeemer Credit Union, waiting for their end of September pay - which was due from last week Friday. But, sources tell us that the money just wasn't there because the council is struggling to meet payroll - since this is the time of the year when revenue dips the lowest. So, the money - almost a hundred thousand dollars - was not deposited at the HRCU, simply because the council didn't have it to deposit. Today, City Councillor and Mayoral Aspirant Dion Leslie strongly disputed that characterization though; he insisted that the council put in the payroll, and tried to shift blame to the financial institutions. We asked him about the severe inconvenience to workers:...

Sanitation Workers' Union Boss Says No Pay, No Work
But the Christian Workers Union, which represents many of the sanitation workers doesn't want to hear nay of the blame-gaming. Today, their president said the problem is not with any banking institution or credit union, it's with the council's weak cash flow - and it's a chronic problem:... Dale Trujeque, President - CWU: "Apparently this is not the first time the pay was a little late in recent weeks. And so people become very agitated, the information the information gets out." "There seems to be a claim that there was some mix up, something went awry. I have an issue with that. It cannot go awry with all the financial institutions. So, if it went awry, it probably went awry at the source, that is to release the money. That's how I view it."

PUP Still Can't Declare A Slate For Belize City Council
Going back now to Councillor Leslie, he's now assuming the foreground usually reserved for Mayor Darrell Bradley, and with it comes the stiff, bracing winds of council controversies. To his credit, he didn't shy away when he could have easily said that's a problem of the current mayor's making. And maybe Leslie is comfortable enough to take on those challenging issues, because, right now, it's like he's running unopposed for Mayor. The PUP still hasn't announced its Belize City council slate, and according to Leader John Briceno, it's coming soon, though there's still no fixed date:... Hon. John Briceno, PUP Party Leader: "We want to do something slightly different. That is why we believe that by the middle of this month of October, we're going to have a convention. We're going to rally the people in the city to present the team that is going to represent the PUP in the next municipal election.

BNTU Turning Strike Story Into History
Exactly 1 year ago, the Belize National Teachers Union went on the first-day of its historic 11-day strike against the Barrow Administration. It was the union's firm and unyielding call for good governance which forced GOB to agree to its demands for things such as the Senate Hearings on Immigration, the signing of the UNCAC, the accession to the 13th Senator, and the reactivation of the Integrity Commission. They single-handedly managed to do what no other anti-government groups could do; which is, to force the hand of the Prime Minister to do what he had sworn against. And so, today, the union launched a documentary on the 11-day strike. It's simply called "Eleven Days", and it was produced by Krem Television.

BNTU Waiting For An Update From The PM
The BNTU's executive officers also announced this evening that they've been trying to get a progress report from the Prime Minister. They want to know exactly how far the Government has gotten in the implementation of the items from their 8 demands. They ended their strike when the Prime Minister promised to implement most of them, and today, the President and the First Vice President of the union told the media that the PM's response has been inadequate, in their opinion.

Claver College Teachers Down South Not Happy
And while the BNTU celebrates its strike journey while it keeps the fires burning, teachers down South are just starting their campaign. Yesterday the teachers from the Claver College Extension were on a go slow. None of them showed up at their classes that start at 6:00 in the evening. The Director told our colleagues at PGTV that the government is not paying the usual stipend to the teachers and they are not happy about that at all. Andre Price, Dir., Claver College Extension - PG: "The teachers as of today are going on a small go slow protest against the school for their little financial stipend that they received once a month. The stipend that we were looking at was from the government of $6,000 a month for 10 months of the year."

Regulating the Pharma Industry
The Ministry of Health is stepping up regulations for pharmacies and pharmaceutical importers. They note that there are only 23 duly licensed pharmaceutical importers and wholesalers, and 37 licensed retail pharmacies. That's in contrast to the 50 wholesalers and 120 retail pharmacies countrywide - meaning that 13 importers and at least 80 pharmacies are not properly licensed. And the Ministry says that if they don't have a license, you cannot be sure that they meet the necessary, government-prescribed requirements and standards. The list of all suppliers and retailers that hold a license will be published on the Ministry of Health website on November 1st, so the Ministry is inviting all those pharma-companies that have not applied for a license to do so as soon as possible.

39 Court Arbitrators Sworn In
Many times on this newscast, we've talked about the backlog of cases in the courts. Using court appointed arbitrators is seen as a major way of getting those cases disposed of more expeditiously. Towards that end, today, 39 Arbitrators were sworn in as Court-Connected Arbitrators before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. The list includes many lawyers, senior counsels, magistrates and former magistrates. They were selected under and rigorous vetting process by the Courts National Mediation/ Arbitration Committee. Chairman of the Court's Mediation and Arbitration program, Justice Courtney Abel, told the Arbitrators that it's a serious responsibility and he hopes that they take it seriously.

Chamber Says Yes To Lower Fuel Prices, Urges GOB to Come Up With A Fuel Price Formula
Last week the Prime Minister promised that pump prices for fuel would come down by mid-October. Well, the Chamber of Commerce today issued a statement saying, "right on!" But they note that with taxes comprising up to 43% of the pump price, quote, "Government is in the best position to manage pump prices for the benefit of every consumer and every economic activity." The chamber also urges government to "formalize a long-term fuel pricing policy as part of a comprehensive and well-thought-out tax strategy."

Erwin's Mother Needs Divers
As we told you last night, 17 year old Erwin Rodriguez is still missing. His family and church have persisted in a tireless search but it has become challenging because they have reached deep ponds and swamps that they are not equipped to dive. His mother says that help form the authorities was very limited until now. She says that after Kelvin Usher was found more help finally started to trickle in for the Rodriguez family. Reporter: "How has search efforts been? Has it just been you or have you gotten assistance?" Sylvia Rodriguez, Mother: "Before it was just we the church members, but now have some people helping us like Mr. Jose Espat and another lady named Karen, she is helping us after the search for Kelvin Usher, so from there they decided to help us too."

FFB Going For Election Again
A month ago, we told you about the FFB's extra-ordinary congress, which couldn't get anywhere closer to the elections for a new President and Vice President. Well, on December 3, they're going to hold their 11th Ordinary Congress, and it appears that those elections may actually happen. In a letter to the FFB member affiliates, Secretary General Earl Jones writes that this congress will take place at the Princes Ramada Hotel in Belize City, and it will include an election for the posts of FFB President and FFB Vice President. We'll be there, and we'll tell you how that goes - but with he last three elections being problematic or abortive, we won't hold our breath waiting for a happy ending.

The Dream Of A Sustainable City
Today the IDB held a session for the City Council's senior staff at the Biltmore. They are engaging them on the concept of a sustainable city. Its part of an ongoing discussion and Councillor Dion Leslie explained that it's possible:... Dion Leslie, City Councillor: "I believe the IDB team has been in the country various times talking and discussing with all the stakeholders on how to create a sustainable city for today, tomorrow and the coming years. And it's something the city council we have to be on board with. It is our city we are the municipal body, we are the municipal government and so we lead the charge in, you know, providing a city where everyone wants to live, a city that's safe, a city that can accompany the growth that we want to see that we want to see, accommodate the growth that we want to see we have to be on board with."

The Lesson Of Teacher's Street
We also asked Leslie about the City Council's plan for the recently paved Teacher's Street in the west Landivar area. It's become a main link between Blue Marlin Drive and University Drive which are also paved. But the narrow street is struggling to keep up with the traffic. Leslie explained: Dion Leslie, City Councilor: "Those who do traffic Teachers Street in the morning it's been an issue since we've concreted the street. We've upgraded it, the street became a little narrow that it was before and you do have vehicles parking on the side, so the morning commute for those coming and going from that area, it's been a headache, because it's not openly a two-way street, so we said let's look at it, let's do it for one week...

Making Moves With Morocco
Yesterday at the Biltmore, there was a conference for the Belize Marine Conservation and Climate Adaptation project. The project is funded by the World Bank and the main focus is on the development of the marine and the coastal resources of the country and how best to protect the Marine life. Representatives from Morocco were also present at the conference to have an exchange of ideas with the Belizean representatives. CEO Yvonne Hyde explained more. Yvonne Hyde, Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum: "It looks at how best to protect them. How best to ensure that the person living along the coast using the resources of the coast but at the same time in a sustainable manner."

Channel 5

Teenager Gunned Down in San Pedro; Another Wounded, 2 Suspects Detained
There was a brazen murder just before midday on San Pedro. Teenager Christian Contreras was gunned down as he was hanging out with a friend outside of a bar in [...]

Police Intervene to Stop Drug-Related Killings on Island
While police will not say why eighteen-year-old Christian Contreras was killed, it is widely believed that is linked to the drug problem on the island. Several of the killings in [...]

Police Hunt Brazen Killer of Dorian Sutherland Following Fatal Argument
In the Old Capital, police continue to look for a man that committed a brazen murder around five o’clock on Monday on La Croix Boulevard. Dorian Sutherland, a father of [...]

Cops Know & Seek Killer of Daniel Anderson
Meanwhile, police say they know who fired the fatal shots outside of Bismark Club following a birthday celebration which killed Daniel Anderson and left two others hospitalized at the K.H.M.H. [...]

City Council Scrambles to Fix Payroll Problem at H.R.C.U.
No worker likes to be left high and dry at the bank or credit union on payday, and so the complaints of sanitation workers since Friday have been reaching ears [...]

Credit Union Says Payment Reached Them at Noon Today
Shortly after our interview, the Council’s Director of Finance Marilyn Ordonez confirmed through public relations officer for the Council, Shane Williams, that the H.R.C.U. problem had been resolved and workers [...]

Chicken Dread Vs CitCo, Round 3: This Time He Faces Obstruction Charge
Paul “Chicken Dread” Ferguson is once again at odds with the City Council. Back on September fifth, we reported that Ferguson had a fallout with members of the police department [...]

1 Year Later, B.N.T.U. Defiant as Strike Documentary Released
Time does fly, and it is now exactly one year since the Belize National Teachers’ Union walked out of their classrooms and took to the streets in green t-shirts. They [...]

New B.N.T.U. Prez Proud of Documentary
B.N.T.U. President Elena Smith pronounced herself satisfied with the documentary and said that proceeds from sales would be split with Kremandala Limited as producers. The B.N.T.U.’s portion, she said, would [...]

OCEANA Pushes Best Practices for Sustainable Marine Environment
At the next meeting of the House in mid-October, a bill will be introduced on the indefinite moratorium against offshore oil exploration activity. The content has not been circulated and [...]

The P.U.P.’s Prescription for Keeping Fuel Prices Down
After reaching some of their highest levels this year, fuel prices are expected to moderate with the coming shipment of petroleum from Venezuela, as part of a restarted Petrocaribe program. [...]

Opposition Wants 3 Questions Answered by Senate Inquiry
Fallout continues from Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s decision to stop further allocations to the Senate Special Select Committee beyond November. At first the Prime Minister contended that further funding was [...]

Briceño Says G.S.U. for Rogue ex-Ministers Turned Immigration Agents
On Saturday, following the National Party Council of the P.U.P., Briceño reiterated a party position on the Gang Suppression Unit. He has recommitted to disbanding the unit in a future [...]

B.N.T.U. Strike Back On? Union Planning and Waiting
There are rumblings on the streets that the B.N.T.U. is ready to resume their strike, and the hard, militant talk at today’s launch certainly stirred up old emotions and feelings. [...]

‘Noh Play Smart!’ B.N.T.U. Will Hit Back at P.M.
As you heard earlier, the Teachers’ Union has not taken kindly to Prime Minister Dean Barrow attempting to go around them in his response to their letter seeking an update [...]

B.N.T.U. to Students: Proud Of You, We Have Your Back!
The disappearance and return of Kelvin Usher last week touched many, especially students of Saint John’s College Junior College, which counted him as a classmate and friend. Many of them [...]

City Council Thinks It Should Not Pay G.S.T.; Audit Says It Owes $5 Mil
Earlier this year, the Auditor General’s annual report for 2012-2013 cited multiple instances of irregularities in several government departments, particularly the Ministries of Works and Education and the Belize Defence [...]

Courts Name New Arbitrators
A team of thirty-nine professionals completed training and took the oath as Court Connected Arbitrators under the Supreme Court of Belize in late September.  The Chairman of the Court’s Mediation [...]

Belize Connects with Morocco on Marine and Coastal Development
The Kingdom of Morocco is all the way in Africa, but that huge country with a population of thirty-two million plus, shares commonalities with Belize. This week, representatives from Morocco [...]


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PUP to hold national convention on November 26
The People’s United Party’s National Party Council met on Saturday at the Saint Catherine Academy auditorium in Belize City. Before the meeting ended, a resolution was passed which set November 26 as the day when the PUP will hold a national convention. The post of Party Leader which John Briceno currently holds, along with other […]

PUP to challenge Parke’s appointment to the Court of Appeal
The People’s United Party has decided to mount a challenge against the appointment of Franz Parke as a Justice to the Court of Appeals. At a press conference last week, Prime Minister Dean Barrow said that Parke will make a fine Justice of the Court of Appeals. According to Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno, […]

Briceno comments on Integrity Commission
Last month, the Integrity Commission published the names of persons in public life who have yet to declare their financial affairs for 2016. The list included ten members of the National Assembly and twenty-two city and town council members. The Commission, in following with the Prevention of Corruption Act, submitted a list of these persons […]

Briceno comments on Senate Hearings
During a press conference last week Thursday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow was asked about Government’s decision to cut off funding for the Senate Hearings. The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Belize National Teacher’s Union have expressed discontent with Government’s decision. Last week, PM Barrow told reporters that if the Senate Special Select […]

Briceno says: “Let GSU deal with ex-UDP ministers”
During last week Senate hearing, the current Immigration Director Diana Locke revealed that two ex-UDP ministers are acting as agents in the Department. Briceno also spoke on the matter. John Briceno, Opposition Leader “I do believe that it is wrong that just by them showing their face out there it gives the impression as if […]

Briceno says: “When PUP comes into power, they will dissolve GSU”
When 17 year old Kelvin Usher went missing in Lucky Strike Village, many had blamed the GSU for having something to do with it. Demonstrations were staged in which Usher’s friends and family demanded answers. It was last week Thursday that Usher was found and returned to his family. While the GSU were absolved of […]

Man murdered in the St. Martin’s area leaves residents in shock
At the top of the newscast, we told you about the murder that happened less than an hour ago. The victim has been identified as Dorian Sutherland who was shot while in the Saint Martin’s Area of Belize City. Our News team has returned from the scene where the Head of the CIB, Superintendent Alejandro […]

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PM Barrow to hire help for CJ Benjamin
The government will hire two retired judges from the Caribbean to assist Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin with his backlog of cases, some of which date back to about five years ago. Prime Minister Dean Barrow made the announcement last Thursday at a press conference at the Best Western Biltmore Hotel. “…the Chief Justice has agreed to accept assistance from two retired judges from the Caribbean. These are persons found by Sir Dennis Byron, the president of the CCJ, assistance that we have to pay for, of course, but that’s not really an issue,” Barrow said in his answer to a question about the matter of the delayed judgment. Barrow went on to explain that the government is not totally broke, that it can afford to take care of this necessary requirement to keep the ship of state afloat.

Dorian Sutherland murdered by “longtime” friend
The nation’s latest murder victim, a car washer, was reportedly murdered by his longtime friend, a taxi driver, shortly after 6 o’clock tonight. According to eyewitness accounts, the car washer, Dorian “Sonny” Sutherland, who reportedly was in his mid-twenties, was on Lacroix Boulevard with some associates when an argument ensued with the taxi driver. Sutherland was reportedly heard telling the taxi driver that he had “violated him”, and so he would “deal with him.” According to reports, the taxi driver then entered his black car and left the area. Minutes later, however, he returned.

Daniel “Danny” Anderson, 32, gunned down outside Bismark
Four children are fatherless after Daniel “Danny” Anderson, 32, was gunned down while celebrating his brother-in-law’s birthday at a night club on the south side of Belize City. Police reports indicate that sometime around 3:00 on Sunday morning, Anderson and friends of his were at the popular Bismark night club on Queen Charlotte Street in the Yarborough area when a quarrel broke out between two groups. Things escalated quickly and a man who had been partying with the crowd drew his pistol and opened fire into the same crowd he had been partying with, which had gone outside the club.

3 Guatemalan cops show up in Barranco
Chairman of Barranco Village, Dale Gutierrez, has confirmed to Amandala that he has received a report from one of his villagers, Dave Alvarez, that three Guatemalan police officers turned up in the village last Wednesday, claiming that they had been sent to the Sarstoon area to pick up a dead body. When the Guatemalan cops were told by Barranco villagers where they were, they claimed that they had gotten lost – a claim which many critics do not believe. After being told that they were in Barranco, Toledo District, the officers immediately got in their boat and left, Gutierrez said.

Aunt afraid of nephew; pulls charges in court
Edwin Perdomo, who was charged with three offences that were of a violent nature, was freed of them when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser, and was bonded over to keep the peace for 18 months. If he breaks the bond he will have to pay $1,000 or serve one year in jail. Perdomo’s charges were aggravated assault with a knife, common assault and damage to property. He was bonded over to keep the peace after the complainant, his aunt, Bertha Monjaras, testified that she did not want any further court action.

One of 9 finalists for 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, Belize’s Kaina Martinez seeks assistance from fans and media
This is no small feat, Belizeans! Though she was inexplicably overlooked by Belizean officials for last year’s Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, Belize’s Track & Field superstar Kaina Martinez has achieved the unprecedented accolade of being among the 9 finalists for the prestigious NCAA 2017 Woman of the Year Award. To better appreciate the enormity of this achievement, we reproduce below a part of an article from the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) web site.

The great Hogan visits the Jewel
No, it is not “Hulk Hogan;” but in terms of the resonance of his name upon generations of Belizean footballers in the U.S., and I suspect a few old-timers back home as well, he might just as well be. You can hardly hold a football conversation with any Belizean from the diaspora, without the name “Hogan” popping up, so impacting has been his involvement in Belize football teams over the past three plus decades in L.A. And there is never any hint of disrespect for Hogan by veteran ‘ballers returning home on visits or to stay – guys like Winty J (Vincent Johnson), Russell “Cheezy” Hulse, Wayne “Hog Man” Olivera, the late Rupert “Canalete” Anderson, Solomon “Salo” Usher, Maurice “Magic” Francis, Edward “Lilly White” Rubio, and most recently Anton “Cador” Thurton, and others.

Placencia closes gap on Big 4 at Week 8 of PLB Opening Season
The Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season has passed the regular season halfway mark, and the race to the Top 4 playoffs is slowly heating up. In Week 8 games over the weekend, three of the “Big 4” standings leaders posted victories, but BDF lost to Placencia Assassins, who are “knocking on the door,” a mere 3 points behind BDF in the standings. (See standings below.) On Saturday night at the San Pedro Stadium, Jesse Smith (45’) gave home standing San Pedro Pirates the lead at half-time; but Belmopan Bandits SC rebounded with second half goals from Elroy Smith (72’ PK) and Armando Gaitan (84’), to secure the 2-1 road victory. Meanwhile, at the M.A. Stadium in Independence, it was Placencia Assassins with the 3-1 win over visiting BDF FC. The Assassins got a goal apiece from Alexander “Pleck” Peters (20’), Luis “Baaka” Torres (38’) and Alden Foreman (65’); while Vallan Symms (29’) scored for BDF.

BDFA Interoffice Football semifinals results, finals schedule
The Belize District Football Association (BDFA) Interoffice Football Tournament 2017 knockout semifinals were concluded with two games played at the MCC Grounds on Thursday, September 28. In the opener, Ramada Eco Nature bombed BTL, 4-0, with goals from Steven Baizer (3’ & 11’), Antonio Barrera (54’) and Sarah Arzu (62’). And in the nightcap, Belize City Council (BCC) had to come from behind to clip Brodies, 2-1, with a goal each from Edon “Yellowman” Rowley (40’) and Daren Leal (44’), after Travyon Martinez (18’) had given Brodies the early lead. The championship finals will be held next week Thursday at the MCC:

Editorial: Belize and the Trump presidency
In their presidential election of November 2008, the power structure of the United States of America offered America and the world a Black American President – Barack Obama. It was a euphoric moment for African Americans and for people of color all over planet earth. That is for sure. The more optimistic people of color and sympathetic Caucasians conceived of this moment as indicative of a post-racial era in the United States, but after the celebrations were over, cold, hard facts introduced themselves. Accommodationist and assimilationist Black people do not like to confront this, or to have hard-nosed commentators say or write it, but the American power structure is a white supremacist power structure. Those of us outside America can see it in how American foreign policy operates. Inside America itself, the African American masses know what time it is where “Mr. Charlie” is concerned. So yes, African Americans voted for Barack, “he was one of ourn,” as we would say, but it was the American power structure who put him in the White House, and they chose very well indeed. Barack’s eight years in the American presidency were smooth, dignified, and, also and alas, cruel, whenever the power structure called for Barack to behave thus.

THE ANALOGUE POLITICAL PARTY IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Dear Editor, Kenya’s youngest president, Uhuru Kenyatta, had his 8th August, 2017 re-election to a new presidential term recently nullified by Kenya’s Supreme Court. This was unprecedented in the annals of justice in Africa. Kenyatta, (popularly called Kamwana, meaning “young man”) now faces a re-run on 26th October, 2017. Though, this is now uncertain, due to opposition party fears and that of the Kenyan section of the International Commission of Jurists over the Kenyatta government’s undue meddling with and undermining of Kenya’s electoral commission. According to John Githongo, the respected anti-corruption campaigner, Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration was “the most corrupt in Kenya’s history”. Kenyatta, however, calls himself “the digital president” and refers to his main and formidable contender, Raila Odinga, as an “analogue politician”.

Stake Bank without the causeway ???
Dear Editor, Whilst Belize was in a festive mode for the September celebrations, the government decided to finally sign the contract for the Stake Bank tourism project, which will see the construction of a berthing facility on the Stake Bank Caye located five miles east of Belize City. Usually when big deals like these are signed during this time of year, it’s because these projects contain major flaws that need to be hidden. This particular project has been on the table for approval for several years but has never made the light of the day until now. Why? Because they have decided to remove the most important part of the project — the five-mile causeway which will totally eliminate the tendering process. The cruise ship has always had major issues with smaller boats bringing in their guests from the ship to shore and the authorities are fully aware of this.

RIGHT TO THE POINT: Kelvin Usher ran for his life? …. GSU has lots to answer to!
At this time, however, I find it fitting to revisit a story aired on Channel 7 and done by Jules Vasquez in April 2011, one year after the GSU was sanctioned and six months after it started operations under the Command of ASP Marco Vidal. Jules Vasquez reporting: Officer-in-Training: “Load!””Make weapons ready!” This is the MT-9, a weapon designed strictly for law enforcement. It uses 9 millimeter rounds but works like a machine gun. The GSU is the only police unit using it and yes, they are also the only unit authorized to wear masks.These are only two of the aspects of specialization afforded this elite unit.We caught up with them during training for a scenario the capture of what they call a high value target:

Sincerely naïve
I remember where I was when the announcement came over the radio that young Derek Aikman had defeated PUP icon and Father of the Nation, George Price, in 1984. I was at a table in my father-in-law’s bar, drinking with my brother-in-law, Kenrick Banner, and a Camalote legend named Heraldo Martinez. I don’t know how Kenrick and I didn’t knock over our bottle of rum. We both leapt off our stools. I can’t forget how old Heraldo reacted to the news. He bawled. I had love for the old brother so I felt for him. That night, he was just at the wrong table. That was a good man (Price); that was a good man, he said. He was right. George Price did a lot for land reform in this country. And Heraldo’s family had done okay by it. In 1984, I was a red believer. My mother’s first cousin, Dean Lindo, was a prominent member of the UDP at the time. And my mother was a lifelong voter for Goldson and the NIP. I knew that my father, Charles B Hyde, supported the PUP, but he never discussed his politics in his house. Naturally, as a youth I stood with my mother.

The search continues for Erwin Rodriguez, 17, missing for 38 days
Erwin Rodriguez, 17, a student of Ground Dove Street, Jane Usher Boulevard, Belize City, has been reported missing since Thursday, August 24. He was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt, knee-length Dickies pants, and blue and grey Old Navy slippers. He has tattoos on both arms. His family and the police are conducting extensive searches for him, but he has not yet been found. The search party was searching in the Dykes area off Fabers Road, and one of his slippers was found, but there was no sight of him.

Luis Sierra, 46, lured to his death in Valley Community
On Thursday afternoon, at about 2:30, Luis Sierra, 46, a butcher and businessman of Bullet Tree Falls, Cayo, was ambushed and shot at a farm in Valley Community, Stann Creek District, where he and a friend had gone to inspect some cattle. Sierra used his cell phone to call his family and friends, telling them that he had been shot and that he was dying. They immediately alerted Dangriga police, who went to the area to look for him. Ramon Teck, 30, of Bullet Tree, who was with Sierra, told police that after shooting Sierra, his killer, who had been hiding in some bushes, chased him, Teck, and tried to shoot him, but the gun snapped. After the gun failed to fire, the bandit, who was unknown to them, escaped into the bushes.

CCJ opens new session with three Belize cases listed for October
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) opened its new session today, and listed on the court’s calendar for this month are three cases of public interest. Solicitor General Nigel Hawke told Amandala that the court is expected to call up a matter on October 17 in the appeal by the Belize Bank Limited, in its dispute with the Government of Belize over the payment of a debt guarantee for Universal Health Services, now Belize Health Care Partners Limited. The lower court had ruled that enforcing the arbitral award—which has also been upheld in US courts, is contrary to public policy in Belize, but the bank is persisting with its request for Belize’s final appellate court to uphold the award. It is asking the CCJ for special leave to appeal. At last report, the monetary award had virtually doubled to roughly $70 million.

Cop who refused to pay for food charged with aggravated assault with a firearm
Corporal Steven Parham, 39, one of three officers who allegedly refused to pay for chow mein they ordered from New Asia Restaurant, was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and discharging a firearm in public when he appeared today before Magistrate Michelle Trapp. Parham pleaded not guilty to the charges. Because the offences were committed with a firearm, the court could not offer him bail. He was remanded into custody until November 22.

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Chamber welcomes PM’s comments on gas prices, calls for crack down on tax evaders
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), in a release this evening, welcomed Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s recent public assurance that fuel prices at the pump will drop by mid-October with the arrival of the next shipment.

San Pedro murder victim identified
A man shot and killed in the Boca Del Rio area of San Pedro town this morning has been identified as 18-year-old Christian Contreras.

Court-Connected Arbitrators Called to Office
On the September 27, 2017 , trained Arbitrators were sworn in as Court-Connected Arbitrators under the Supreme Court of Belize before the Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin.

Conspirator in Luis Sierra’s murder out on bail
Police have arrested and charged two men in connection with last Thursday’s murder of Luis Sierra. Saul Campos, 34, and Lyndon Lewis, 31, have been arrested and charged for ‘murder’ and ‘conspiracy to commit robbery’ respectively. Lewis has since been let out on bail.

Third Mexico-Belize Bi-national Seminar on health cooperation
The Embassy of Mexico in Belize, in collaboration with the University of Belize, the University of Quintana Roo, and El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) Unidad Chetumal, is hosting a three-day bi-national seminar under the theme “Cooperation on Health Mexico-Belize”. The seminar will be held from October 4-6 at ECOSUR, Chetumal Campus.

Kendis Gibson returns to Belize
By Zoila Palma: Journalist and News Anchor, Kendis Gibson, a Belizean native residing in the United States is returning to his homeland this week. Gibson is returning to Belize for the second time this year after being away for eleven years.

US Embassy hosts open house
On Friday, September 29, the United States Embassy’s Consular Section hosted it’s first-ever open house for representatives from government offices, non-profits, travel agencies, internet cafes and others who assist with filling out visa applications.

Region braces for possible development of new hurricane
With Hurricanes Lee and Maria’s departure to the United Kingdom, the Caribbean region had been void of named tropical systems. According to AccuWeather, a new threat could be developing near the western Caribbean or Florida in the next ten days.

New requirements for pharmaceutical facilities
The Ministry of Health issued a release today informing the general public that effective November 1st, 2017, all pharmaceutical facilities will be required to have a Ministry of Health Certificate of Registration License in order to provide pharmacy services to the public.

Briceno says GSU should remove ex UDP ministers from Immigration Office
Last Wednesday, Diana Locke, Director of Immigration Department, told the Senate Select Committee that there were two ex UDP Ministers who continue to intervene in the work of the Immigration Department.

Man killed in San Pedro
Our newsroom has just confirmed that a man was gunned down in the Boca Del Rio area of San Pedro town. Sometime before midday the unidentified man was riding his bicycle when someone opened fire on him.

More GREAT training underway
A training session of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program is underway at the Radisson in Belize City. The GREAT program is a US sponsored program aimed at targeting young students and educating them on peer pressure, how to ignore and report bullying, and how to deal with the issue of gangs and drugs.

Help Kayleigh find Pudding
Kayleigh is asking the public’s assistance in finding her missing pet, Pudding. Yesterday morning, Pudding was lost in San Ignacio.

Belize – Lessons from Chinese Shut Down
By Richard Harrison: This past Sunday the Chinese community shut down all their businesses in Belize to protest the recent murder and robbery of one of their own. Below are some lessons that can be learned from this experience:

Moist conditions to continue
The 24-hour forecast is for mostly moist and unstable conditions to continue over most areas. Cloudy skies with a few showers, isolated thunderstorms, and periods of rain are expected mainly along the coast and in the north this morning. Inland and southern areas will experience some rain tonight.

Father cuts ten year old son with knife
Yesterday Henry Gillett, 30, was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court for wounding. He pled not guilty and was offered bail of $1,000.

Mahogany Heights men jailed for Belmopan robbery
Last Wednesday, Wei Jie Kuang reported to Belmopan police that his store was robbed at gun point.

Former GSU Commander Mark Flowers US Visa revoked?
According to a news report from 7 News Belize, Mark Flowers, the former GSU commander has had his US visa revoked. 7 News Belize is reporting that on Friday, Flowers was scheduled to fly to the USA to seek medical treatment; however...

Dorian Sutherland shot and killed in South Side, Belize City
Dorian Sutherland was shot and killed last night near the La Croix Boulevard area in South Side, Belize City. According to reports, the incident happened in an alley off Linda Vista and Police Streets.

Blogs

TEDxBelmopan: Inspiring Belize From the Ground Up
Everyone knows TED talks. It all started in 1984 as a one time media conference – featuring a handful of short talks about a new trend: the convergence of design, technology and entertainment. The talks have grown into a global phenomenon – viral videos sparking global discussions. Everyone knows TED talks. It all started in 1984 as a one time media conference – featuring a handful of short talks about a new trend: the convergence of design, technology and entertainment. The talks have grown into a global phenomenon – viral videos sparking global discussions. I was well early for the event Saturday morning. There as the ARMY of volunteers set up the coffee and the sign-in area, the johnny cakes and the elaborate tech needed in the presentation room, the gift baskets for the speakers and the interactive area.

October Events Calendar
My Belize calendar at this time of year is always fuller than my Canadian one was. Although we are still in slow season, October is shaping up to be a pretty busy month so far. Aside from all my favorite Halloween parties, there are lots of interesting events to enjoy. This year I am actually a bit behind on my costume planning considering I usually need about 3 for this island. Thankfully my friend Aimee is back in Texas for two weeks and willing to bring back a costume for me from Yandy my favorite online costume shop.

Yucatan Spider Monkeys
The Yucatan Spider Monkeys have black hair that is bristly and often matted. They also have a tan colour around their eyes, whiskers, chin and head area. Although males and females look similar, the female Spider Monkeys tend to be a little bigger in size but weigh less; their average weight is 19 pounds. This specie is well-known for their acrobatic talents-- the long, lanky arms and prehensile tails help them move gracefully from tree to tree. One long stride can cover up to 40 feet! Impressive! Their long tails are also used to eat, either by hanging in suspension or picking up food. As a result, they can consume large amounts of foods in little time. Their diet consists of fruits and seeds and the occasional leaves, flowers and decaying wood but they also eat insects and bird eggs on rare occasions. Where do they live? In large trees that contain vast amounts of fruits which can be the home of up to 100 monkeys! But they keep their distance from each other as they are quarrelsome feeders.

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Future Tropical Storm Nate Headed our way
Invest 90-L Located Over The Southwestern Caribbean: Satellite imagery and weather analysis indicates that an area of low pressure has formed over the southwestern Caribbean. This low pressure system is now designated Invest 90-L by the National Hurricane Center. Invest 90-L is producing shower and thunderstorm activity which seems to have increased some today. The environmental conditions across not only the southwestern Caribbean but also across the western and northwestern Caribbean are favorable for development and all signs are pointing towards that Invest 90-L will strengthen into Tropical Storm Nate by the end of this week and potentially Hurricane Nate as it heads for the northern US Gulf Coast this weekend into early next week. I think that the disturbance (Invest 90-L) is well on its way to becoming our next named storm. I think that there is at least a 80 percent chance that Invest 90-L will be Tropical Storm Nate by the time it reaches the northwestern Caribbean near the Yucatan Channel on Friday.

Earthquake Shakes Parts of Caribbean
An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.1 rattled several Caribbean islands this morning, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) reported that the quake was felt in St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and Grenada. It occurred at 8:08 a.m. and the epicenter was located 11 km north west of Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines...

Kelly McGuire, live in concert on October 4th
Belize Destination trip- Tres Amigos Captain Morgans Resort San Pedro, BZ. Wednesday, October 4th at 7:00pm. Belize Destination Trip Details Oct 4-9, 2017 Sunny Jim, Mark Mulligan and Kelly McGuire Tres Amigos go to Belize Host hotel Captain Morgan's Contact Sandy at kelly@redfishisland.com if you are interested in getting more information

Hidden Dangers Of The Coral Reef Crisis
As residents of Florida continue to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Irma, scientists analyzing the hurricane’s stronger-than-usual storm surges are pointing the finger at the weakened state of coral barriers along the Florida coast. Had there been a more robust coral reef structure in the Caribbean and along the Florida Reef Tract, the severity of Irma’s coastal flooding and wave run-up could have been greatly diminished. According to one 2014 analysis conducted by researchers from Stanford, the US Geological Survey, and the University of Bologna, coral reefs can take 97 percent of the energy out of incoming waves. None of this is surprising. It’s common knowledge that reefs -– which dissipate wave energy, act as surge breakwaters and reduce the effects of seaside erosion -– have an integral role in protecting and sustaining coastal communities. This begs an important question: given the stakes, why have the state of Florida and the federal government allowed such a vital reef to deteriorate so badly?

Tropical storm potential to increase in Gulf of Mexico, western Caribbean into next week
One or two tropical systems may develop over the next 10 days from the central Gulf of Mexico to the central Caribbean Sea. Because of the proximity to land, people may have little time to react and prepare for a tropical storm or hurricane. AccuWeather meteorologists are honing in on an area for rapid tropical development in the short term. A tropical disturbance was hovering just east of Nicaragua on Wednesday morning and may evolve into a tropical depression and storm at any time as it wanders toward the north-northwest and near the Yucatan Peninsula into Friday.

“World Heritage Coral Reefs” Exhibit opens in Paris
A stunning exhibit of the world’s most iconic coral reef systems opened today at the Aquarium of Paris. The display sheds light on the condition of these coral reef systems inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Through a series of photos, virtual reality experiences, films and educational activities for children, the exhibit will raise awareness of the unique diversity of these reefs and the impacts of climate change on them.

USA Diversity Visa application
Belizeans who would like to live in America should apply for this diversity visa lottery. I've known a couple of people from Belize who got accepted. The Diversity Visa application is now open. Check out the six steps in the process. The first is the free online application, which closes November 7, 2017.

Videos

  • Belize Snorkel tours | Belize Master Tours, 1.5min. San Pedro Snorkeling trip Hol Chan-Shark Ray Alley tour.

  • International Day of Older Persons, 30min.

  • Ministry of Health- Food & Drug Amendment Act, 22min.

  • Misuse of Drugs Bill / Lessons From the Kelvin Usher Case, 62min.

  • Embassy of Japan in Belize, 18min.

  • Blue Water Classic FishingTournament, 21min.

  • Autism Awareness - Spectrum / Signs to Monitoring for Assessment, 39min.

  • Parrot Snake visits a restaurant, 1.5min. We had an unusual visitor this morning. Commonly known as a Parrot Snake they aren’t dangerous.

  • The See and Taste Belize Festival 2017, 4min. The See and Taste Belize Festival 2017 is only days away. The festival, which is a celebration of Belizean culture, will be held for a second year in Miami, Florida. Here's what Belize Now found out about the event!

  • Islands Of Belize, 3min. Just a few Islands and places in Belize as seen through the eyes of J'aerials.

  • Matt+Melissa BELIZE ELOPEMENT, 4min.

  • Belize Part 1, 7.5min. Places visited and shown in this video are from San Pedro, Hopkins, San Ignacio and the Maya ruins of Xunantunich and El pilar. A special Thanks to the owners of : Moe's Place, Santa Familia road Thelma Hoare & James Robinson who were very kind to show us around in San Ignacio and lead us to the amazing Maya ruins.

  • Belize highway, 8min.

  • Cave Tubing In Belize,35 min.

  • Ziplining in Belize, 12min.

  • Derek & Allison in Belize, 9min.


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