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The San Pedro Sun

Rape suspect faces charges
Police have confirmed that Oscar Guerra, 55 year old naturalized Belizean businessman of Caribe�a St., has been remanded to Belize Central Prison on charges of rape of a minor.

Every drop counts: Blood Drive held in Caye Caulker
In hopes of building Caye Caulker's blood reserve, the Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch (BRCSPC) held their second blood drive of the year at the Caye Caulker Polyclinic on Saturday, September 30th. While the blood drive did not bring in as many people as hoped for, BRCSPC would still like to thank the community for assisting. From 9AM to 2PM, three pints of blood were collected. The simultaneous dollar drive saw a total of $150.32 collected.

Copa San Pedro 2017 continues
The Copa San Pedro 2017 is still underway, taking place at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. Six games took place during the fourth week of the tournament, with the first two games played on Thursday, September 28th. The first game began at 7pm, when Martha's Ice defeated One Shot One Kill 12-0. At 9pm, Boca Bombers won 3-2 over Victoria House. Copa San Pedro continues this weekend with seven games on schedule. On Thursday, October 5th, Jokers F.C face Martha's Ice at 7pm, following by and United F.C facing Victoria House Jr. On Friday, October 6th, G. Strikers face Assassin's F.C at 7pm, then Sandy Point takes on San Mateo F.C at 9pm. The last three games of the fifth week of Copa San Pedro are scheduled for Sunday, October 8th, starting at 3pm with Jokers F.C versus Victoria House Jr, and at 5pm One Shot One Kill faces Terror Squad. The last game will be at 7pm, with Boca Bombers versus Legends F.C. All islander are invited to come out and support their favorite team this weekend.

NEMO and the Met Service hereby informs the public that as at 6:00 a.m., local time Tropical Storm Nate with winds of 45 miles per hour was located near 17.8 North Latitude and 84.8 West Longitude or approximately 240 miles East of Belize. The pressure was at 996 milibars. Nate is moving to the north-northwest at 14 miles per hour. The main threat to Belize is expected to be mostly thunderstorms and heavy rain which are causing localized flooding. Rainfall amounts expected to increase along the coast and north today TS Nate moves east of Belize as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico later today.

Veterans draw in first match of the finals
On Sunday, October 1st, the San Pedro Veterans travelled to Independence Village, Stann- Creek District to face the Mango Creek Veterans at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium, during the first round of the National Football Over-40 League Tournament finals. The match saw much talent and skills, but at the final whistle, the match ended in a 1-1 draw. The San Pedro Veterans will be hosting the Mango Creek Veterans at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town, on Saturday, October 7th. It is the last game of the finals to determine the champions of the Belize National Over-40 League Tournament 2017. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30pm. All islanders are invited to come out and support their home team on the finals.

Ambergris Today

Tropical Storm Nate Maintains North-Northwest Track Away From Belize
NEMO and the Met Service hereby informs the public that as at 6:00 a.m., local time Tropical Storm Nate with winds of 45 miles per hour was located near 17.8 North Latitude and 84.8 West Longitude or approximately 240 miles East of Belize. The pressure was at 996 milibars. Nate is moving to the north-northwest at 14 miles per hour. The main threat to Belize is expected to be mostly thunderstorms and heavy rain which are causing localized flooding. Rainfall amounts expected to increase along the coast and north today TS Nate moves east of Belize as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico later today.

Oscar Guerra Of My Secret Deli Arrested On Rape Of A Minor Charges
San Pedro Police has confirmed that Oscar Guerra, resident of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize and proprietor of My Secret Deli on Caribena Street, has been arrested and charged for the rape of a minor. The female minor was accompanied by an adult to the San Pedro Police Station where she reported that 55-year-old Guerra has been sexually molesting her. Guerra was detained, arrested and charged with 'rape of a minor' and has been transported to the Hattieville Prison in the mainland. Police also indicate that a second male minor has been arrested and charged for rape in connection with this same case.

Misc Belizean Sources


D' kana BBQ is now coming to San Pedro
This Saturday and Sunday the launching of the best tasting BBQ on the island. Oct 7 and 8 th. We are located right on Coconut drive, at Perla Escondida. Come excite your taste buds.

Governments of Belize and El Salvador Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Technical Cooperation in the Area of Security
The Governments of Belize and the Republic of El Salvador today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Technical Cooperation in the Area of Security at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office at the Laing Building in Belize City. The Memorandum of Understanding is aimed at strengthening cooperation and coordination between both countries with the aim of contributing to citizen security and public safety in the region. It will function as a bilateral mechanism through which both parties will design, plan and coordinate the development of cooperation in common areas of interest relating to security.

World Standards Day 2017
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) in the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce hereby informs the public that World Standards Day (WSD) will be internationally observed on Saturday, October 14, 2016, under the theme "STANDARDS MAKES CITIES SMARTER". This year's theme highlights that building a Smart City is highly complex. Every city faces its own challenges and requires its own mix of solutions. However, there is one common denominator that greatly simplifies this task. International Standards support the development of tailor-made solutions that can be adapted to the particular circumstances of a given city.

Annual "Walk for a Green Belize"
Saturday, October 14, 2017

This weekend's See & Taste Belize Festival in South Florida
What an incredible lineup for this weekend's See & Taste Belize Festival in South Florida! If you're in the Miami area this weekend, don't miss this opportunity to enjoy all things Belizean: good food, good music and the company of your fellow Belizeans! The weekend kicks-off tonight with an All Inclusive Welcome Reception. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to support the children of Belize! For more details visit! Get your tickets today!

5% discount on Trade License fees in San Pedro
Take advantage of this promotion! In honor of San Pedro's 33rd Township Anniversary the San Pedro Town Council is offering a 5% discount on Trade License fees for 2018. Please be reminded that you must fill out a renewal form prior to paying your 2018 fee.

Trade License holders and Liquor License Information for San Pedro
Renewal submissions are now being accepted for existing Trade License holders and for Liquor License holders.

UB Team Led by the President Attends Third Belize-Mexico Bi-national Seminar at ECOSUR
UB President Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat accompanied by the Dean of the Faculty of Education and Arts, Dr. Nestor Chan; Dean of the Faculty of Nursing, Allied Health and Social Work, Ms. Leolin Castillo; Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Ms. Julianne Pasos; Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Jean Perriott; Director of Environmental Research Institute, Dr. Elma Kay; Director of Regional Language Center (RLC) Mr. Jhon Florez; and Special Assistant, Inter-institutional Collaboration, International Programs, Mr. Ewart Robateau attended the Third Belize-Mexico Binational Seminar entitled "Cooperation on Health Mexico-Belize" in Chetumal, Mexico on October 4, 2017.

One Mall in Ranchito
Looking for a shopping mall in Corozal? Don't need to go to Chetumal because One Mall in Ranchito has all your nescessary products. Auto Area, Wine area, hardware area, groceries area, Car Wash, Gastation Area, Accessories Area and more. Drop by today for great low prices One Mall has to offer in Ranchito, Corozal.

Miss World Pagean
Introducing Renae Sherese Martinez from the beautiful village of Lord's Bank. She is currently pursing her Bachelor's Degree in Tourism Management at the University of Belize & has obtained an Associate Degree in Tourism Studies. She is kind, very friendly and likes to learn new cultures. Renae will be traveling to Sanya Republic of China to participate in the Miss World Pageant that will be live on the 18th November 2017.

2017 Torch Run Team awards in Orange Walk
Mayor Bernard and Councillor Ladrick Sheppard present certificates of appreciation to the 2017 Torch Run Team

San Pedro Volleyball Tournament
Come out and support the volleyball tournament. Starts this weekend. Below is The schedule for week 1 of the tournament. Saturday October 7th, 2017

Elmer Cornejo
Elmer Cornejo is a youth activist from Libertad Village, Corozal District, who works passionately to achieve greater youth-consciousness around issues of justice, human rights, fundamental freedoms, and social equity for young girls, women and youth. Elmer, who is of Mestizo descent, is an Alumnus of the GOJoven Program under GOBelize; a capacity-building organization that works towards youth development and improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Belize. He is a part of GOBelize's Trainer of Trainer's (TOT), and is versed with facilitating sessions on sexual, reproductive health and rights.

Pan American Day on Monday
Have a precious and safe holiday weekend. Monday October 9th, 2017 will be observed as Pan American Day (in lieu of Thursday October 12th, 2017).

Regional Tourism and Health Stakeholders Workshop
The Regional Tourism and Health Stakeholders Workshop are represented by the Belize's Ministry of Health, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services Health, Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Yashin Dujon, CEO with participation of the Belize Tourism Board, Mr. Sean Tang, Business Development Manager, on this Regional Initiative to enhance the health safety and security of visitors and local populations.

Yours truly was fortunate to have had the privilege in 2013 to have being the guest and co-host of the popular Belizean talk show, "Wake Up Belize" (WUB) with the talented and beautiful Sharon Marin Lewis. Since the show's host, Brother Mose Hyde was out on vacation; it was asked of me to fit in for him with the smart and sharp broadcast Journalist, Marin-Lewis, who sat in the hot seat. She was fantastic as a talk show host, and we did a good show that Friday morning.

It can be said that Belizean football superstar and one of the best goalkeepers Belize had ever seen during the golden days of the 1970s and 80s Belizean football greatness countrywide is the legendary Orin "Coco" Orio from the "Culture Capital" of Belize Dangriga in the southern Stann Creek District of Belize. Orio, like Rupert "Canalayte" Anderson, had a spread across the goal like an albatross. They were both tall, perhaps measuring some six feet or more, and understood how to cover the four corners of the net with their long arms. But Orin Orio may have stepped the game up to a new level being that he was a junior to the veteran 'keeper' "Canalayte" and had brought in some new moves. Orio would make it look easy from any side of the bleachers you were watching him work, and he was calm and collective under serious striker attacks from his opponents. We can say that not many Belizean strikers had scored on him because he had appeared too intimidating to many of the strikers no matter how far the ball was shot from. And he looked like a giant between the two huge goal posts.

It with the deepest respect for the legendary Belizean basketball players seen here in this photo whom tragically for some had lost their lives in a horrible road accident while traveling to play basketball in one of the Central American republics some many years ago during the 1960s. Special tribute the legendary Belizean basketball player and coach, Jaime Zaldivar, who survived the crash but has unfortunately lost a leg.

"Birds Isle" basketball took Belizean basketball to a new level as inferior as the wooden court there might appear to have been; yet it took the pressure of the knees of Belizean "ballers" who found much more comfort to excel at the game and reached their "superstar" standards. Yes, this was true Belizean "superstar" basketball when you were seeing these classic games seen here in this photograph between the rugged "Happy Home Builders" led by its basketball revolutionary captain, Clinton "Pulu" Lightburn versus the polished "Parra Wheels" led by its captain, Fonso Martinez. A moment of passion for the game for both athlete and spectator alike that truly took their Belizean basketball very seriously to the point of heated conflicts before and after the game. A moment of duel between the weak and the strong in the game, when "Builders" power forward J.J. Lynch dunked in the face of the "Wheels" domineering center Charles Goff to the roar of the Belizean crowd who had come to see action not pity, sports not dance, and war not peace. A time of extremely sweaty ball playing that depicted how one athlete was better than the other even if it causes a serious brawl on the court. Such fervor was also part of the action and entertainment.

Memorial Service for Faye Lin Cannon
Saturday October 14th, at the Lion's Den. Please feel free to drop by between 11am and 2pm.

Caye Caulker Airport Authority meeting
The meeting for the Airport Authority is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 at 10:30am at the community center. Please pass on the message to the South Point Residence. The CCVC Office and members were informed by the Airport Authority manager in-charge that the meeting with Belize Airport Authority for 10:30am has been postponed due to the weather and NEMO advisory. An email will be sent next week to inform the date and time of the next meeting.

See & Taste Belize
Chef Samuel Gonzalez from Rain Restaurant in San Pedro!!! Chef Samuel, a prot�g� of Master Chef Hugo Meyer and owner of Rain, will be joining us for the first time at See & Taste Belize 2017 inspiring a captive audience with succulent stewed chicken and rice and beans empanada with a recado reduction and his famous chicken and cream cheese poppers with pineapple coulis!!!!

Today at Kelly McGuire's Captain Morgans show
in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

Kendis Gibson receives the Keys to Belize City from Mayor Darrell Bradley!
The key speaks for itself: "In recognition for your outstanding achievement in the area of journalism and for your continued support for the advancement of the people of Belize." Given on this 6th day of October, 2017 by Mayor Darrell Bradley.

The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project hosted a Taiwan ICDF Small and Medium Enterprise delegation last week
Members from BTIA, Small Business Sector, and BTB attended the meeting. Relevant Discussions were: 1. Overview of projects under the Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation, and the ICDF Project (Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project) Recent projects completed, projects currently being executed, and those in the planning stage. 2. Overview and current status of the ICDF Project. 3. Members of the different organizations were invited to share areas where funding would be beneficial to the improvement and development of the tourism sector. Below are interesting ideas shared by various members:

Channel 7

David Doehm's Chilling Suicide Note
Yesterday we told you about David Doehm's apparent suicide at the Princess Ramada. As we told you, the 59 year old appears to have left behind a suicide note. And today a picture emerged of what could be that note. Police will not make any further comment on the case, and would not comment on the note, but in it, the writer states, "I am here to end my own life, by my own hand and without the assistance or knowledge of anyone else." The note goes unto speak about death by Nitrogen inhalation, and concludes that the writer is the victim of, quote, "a witch hunt conducted by the government of Belize." The note seems to continue on the other side of the paper - and presumably that would detail the so called "witch hunt", but we don't know what it says, because the picture is only of the front side of the note.

No Arrests Made For Canadian Man Killed In Corozal
Police have not charged anyone for the murder of Canadian, Gabriel Bochnia, but reports say two persons are detained. Now, we cannot confirm these reports, because police aren't providing information, but those reports suggest that persons of interest include the man identified as the shooter - who is known as "Polo" - and an American man. 38 year old Bochnia was shot and killed in front of his on Wednesday night after 10:00. Bochnia and his family had just come back from a Chetumal trip - and his children witnessed the murder. Police say that a man with a rag over his face known to the family as "Polo" ran up on him just as he was coming out his vehicle, and fired two shots - one of them hit Bochnia in the stomach - and he died hours later at the Northern Regional Hospital. The gunman also tried to shoot his wife, but the gun misfired - all this in front of their children.

The Mystery of Isau Perez's Murder
Belmopan Police don't have much information on the murder of 33 year old Isau Perez. As we told you, Perez's body was found floating in the Roaring Creek River yesterday morning around 8:00. The post mortem shows that Perez was stabbed to death and dumped in the river. I went to Cotton Tree to speak with his family today and they are as puzzled as anyone else as to the motive of his killing. Here is that story. Jaime Perez, Brother: "The last time I saw my little brother is when I came to the wake of his mother which is my step mother that was the 12th of September." From one heartbreak to the next. 23 days after his mother's death, Isau Perez's body was found in the Roaring Creek River yesterday morning around 8:00. Perez had been stabbed to the chest and throat and dumped in the river.

Finally a Break On The Pump Price For Fuel
Yesterday, we showed you how a group of grassroots activists staged a protest in downtown Belize City to complain about the high gas prices. Well, the Government is announcing that the price of regular gas is going down by as much as 84 cents. A press release from the Government says that a new shipment of regular gasoline arrived in country today, and it will bring down the current pump price by 84 cents, from $11.13 to $10.29. The price change goes into effect at midnight so, you'll may want to hold off until tomorrow to full up.

Belize Spared the Wrath and Wreckage of TS Nate
Tropical Storm Nate sailed by Belize - with the center of circulation passing about 240 miles east of Belize City. No Tropical Storm Watch was declared, and there was no loss of life or storm related damages in Belize. Central and Northern Belize did not report heavy, or any, rainfall. But our Central American neighbors were not so lucky. As we told you last night, an estimated 22 deaths have been reported in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras and El Salvador. Tonight, Tropical Storm Nate is just southeast of Cancun and close to Cozumel with winds of 65 miles per hour. It should pass over Cancun early tomorrow morning cross the Gulf of Mexico and make U.S. landfall as a Hurricane this weekend.

Pink Eye Outbreak Produces Record Numbers
If you're a Belizean - tonight, someone you know has Pink Eye, that's for sure! The Ministry of Health reports that more than five thousand cases of Pink Eye have been reported in Belize in the past four weeks, and we know that what is reported is only a percentage of the total cases: since many who contract it, just stay home and treat it with eye drops. Tonight, the Ministry of Health has issued an advisory for the Pan American Day long Weekend. The notice says that mass gatherings should be avoided as much as possible and travel should be minimized within the country and across the borders unless extremely necessary. Now, that's to avoid getting it. But if you already have it and you are a social security contributor; here's what you should do.

Missing Teen's Bike Found, But No Body
The search for 17 year old Erwin Rodriguez has intensified in the last week, and, today, searchers found a bicycle which his sister has identified as his. He was last seen on that bicycle on August 24th. It was found in the so called "dike" area - which are the sewage ponds and canals - between Jane Usher Boulevard and Faber's Road. Searchers have been using dories and kayaks. The community based search team was accompanied by police in all day search which did not turn up other clues. His family believes that he was killed and thrown in the dike- and are hoping to find his remains. His slippers had also been found in that general area some time ago.

Santa Marta Has Record Flooding And a Pink Eye Outbreak
Residents of Santa Marta village in Orange Walk need as much help as they can to get their lives back together after an epic flood - the kind which has not been seen in their village for 17 years. The flooding began on Monday and as we told you about 50 families are dislocated because their homes and all their belongings have been damaged. Well today NEMO Coordinator Elodio Aragon Sr told us that NEMO personnel among other teams have been in Santa Martha since Tuesday, securing food and supplies for the residents. Via telephone, Aragon Sr. told us more about the relief efforts.

Turtle Inn's Tender Thatch Caught Fire
The fire at Turtle Inn Resort between miles 22 and 23 on the Placencia Peninsula started when a thatch roof over the kitchen caught fire. That's what police say after a two hour firefight that saved the rooms, but saw the offices, the kitchen area and the winery destroyed. The blaze started at around 2:45 when five cooks were inside the Kitchen when they smelled smoke and saw a small area where the metal chimney exits through the thatched roof engulfed in flames. They tried to put it out, but the fire caught and quickly began to spread causing the rest of the thatched roof to be destroyed.

San Pedro Deli Owner Bailed on Rape Charge
55 year-old Oscar Guerra, the owner of My Secret Deli, a restaurant in San Pedro, is out on bail tonight. That's after he was remanded for a rape charge after being accused by a 15 year-old girl of taking advantage of her. His attorney, Kevin Arthurs, went before Justice Herbert Lord today to apply for Supreme Court bail on his behalf. After hearing from both the defense, and the DPP's Office, Justice Lord granted him bail of $10,000. That bail came with the conditions that he must report to San Pedro Police every Friday, that he attends all Magistrate's Court adjournments of his case, and he cannot go within 100 yards of the complainant or her family.

Tobacco Caye Caretaker Missing
George Coleman, a caretaker at the Tobacco Caye Lodge, has been missing since Tuesday, and friends and family are worried that they may not find him alive. Tobacco Caye is an island off the coast to the east of the Stann Creek District. Getting there takes about 20-30 minute by boat from Dangriga Town. That's where Coleman, who we are told is in his late 50's, lived most of his life. The last time he was seen or heard from was on Tuesday. That's when he went diving for conch, right in front of Tobacco Caye, without a vessel. Since then, he has not returned to the island. Nobody knew that he was missing until Wednesday, and the concern is that this very experienced seaman may be in trouble, or he may have passed away.

Mexican President May Visit Belize In October
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is expected to visit Belize sometime this month to celebrate 35 years of friendship between Belize and Mexico. The Mexican Ambassador to Belize referenced it in a speech he gave at Belize's observance of the 207th anniversary of Mexico's Independence from Spain, which is celebrated every September 15. He told a gathering, which included the Head of State, the Head of Government, and other invited guests that the President's visit would be a reinforcement of the very friendly bilateral relations between Belize and Mexico. Here's what he had to say in that speech from 3 weeks ago:

Security Accord Between Deadly Neighbors
El Salvador is one of the deadliest countries on earth and Belize is right up there with our Central American neighbor. So, perhaps it is appropriate that the two governments today signed a a Memorandum of Understanding for Technical Cooperation in the Area of Security. Belize's Minister of Foreign and Home Affairs, Wilfred Elrington signed on behalf of Belize, while Salvador's Minister of Security and Justice, Mauricio Ramirez Landaverde, signed for the Republic of El Salvador. The Memorandum of Understanding plans to strengthen cooperation and coordination between both countries with the aim of contributing to citizen security and public safety in the region. A press release says both countries will design, plan and coordinate the development of cooperation in common areas of interest relating to security.

The Importance of Midwifery
You may not know it, but midwives all over the country are responsible for delivering most of the newborn babies countrywide. They're an essential part of maternal and childcare services. And for two days now, 20 midwives have been participating in a training to better improve their abilities to teach new midwives how to provide this health service at a very high standard. The Caribbean Regional Midwives Association, and the Caribbean Nurses Association have been conducting these types of sessions all over the region, and they are also the main facilitators in Belize at this time. We stopped by to find out what it takes to teach a novice how to be a good midwife, and here's what they trainers had to tell us:

Right Under The Nose Of Police
This afternoon, daring robbers in Belize City robbed the food pantry right around the corner from the Mahogany Street Police Sub-Station. The food pantry - which is a government pro poor community initiative - doesn't handle that much money as it does food. Those who are put into the program get a basic food package at substantially discounted prices. This one is located around the corner from the police substation on Oleander Street. The robbers made off with undisclosed items and police did not catch them.

The Buffest and Most Beautiful Bodies
Tomorrow the annual Mr. Belize bodybuilding competition will take place at the Bliss Center. For the BBBFF, it's the main event of the year where muscle men and women get to pose off with their chiseled bodies for different titles. But the one they all want the most is the title of Mr. Belize. The president of the Body Building Federation of Belize told us more. If you are interested in meeting the bodybuilders a meet and greet will be starting tonight at 7 pm at Biltmore and the Mr. Belize competition will start tomorrow at 7 pm at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts.

Channel 5

David Doehm claims state 'witch-hunt' in leaked suicide note
This station as a matter of policy normally does not report on suicides or suicide attempts. That is to avoid unwarranted publicity. But the subject of this story is well-known [...]

Family of Toronto resident Gabriel Bochnia speak out after murder in Corozal
Canadian news sources have picked up on murder victim thirty-eight-year-old Gabriel Bochnia to be from Toronto, Ontario. CTV Toronto reports that his sister Kate is on her way to Belize [...]

Search continues for Erwin Rodriguez
For weeks we have been reporting on missing teen Erwin Rodriguez. The last time his mother saw him was six weeks ago and she fear that he is dead. No [...]

Regular gas price down, but shy of previous levels
The response from the Government of Belize to protests over record gas prices came today with a statement announcing a decrease of eighty-four cents in Belize City for regular gas, [...]

Turtle Inn kitchen burns; hotel still in business
There are details tonight about the fire that struck the famous Turtle Inn in Placencia.� The resort owned by the renowned filmmaker, Francis Ford Coppola, suddenly went up in flames [...]

San Pedro restaurant owner bailed for rape of teenager
Restaurant owner, fifty-five year old Oscar Guerra, who was remanded into custody on a charge of rape, was released today on a bail of ten thousand dollars. The owner of [...]

Teenager deemed flight risk denied bail over pointed firearm
Bail applications for several other persons were dealt with in the court of Justice Herbert Lord. In the case of nineteen-year-old Marvin Dominguez, a Salvadoran national who was remanded into [...]

Kylah Ciego of Dangriga Town is Belize's new CARICOM Youth Ambassador
Kylah Ciego of Dangriga Town is Belize's new female CARICOM Youth Ambassador. According to a post on the World Youth Conference Belize 2017 Facebook page, Ciego has spent years doing [...]

Teachers complain to B.N.T.U. about curriculum changes
Recently, the Ministry of Education's representative for quality assurance, John Newport, commented on complaints made by teachers with regard to implementing changes to the national curriculum in several subjects, especially [...]

Ex-B.N.T.U. prez says contributory pension scheme coming to Belize
Earlier this week, the Belize National Teachers' Union launched its documentary on the eleven days of strike they organized at this time last October. And while the Union never put [...]

T.S. Nate spares Belize, but twenty killed in Costa Rica, Nicaragua
Tropical Storm Nate has created massive damage and claimed more than twenty lives in Costa Rica and Nicaragua - with Costa Rica declaring national emergency. The weather outlook closer to [...]

Midwives convene for education training
The Caribbean Midwifery Association and Belize's Ministry of Health conducted two days of training starting on Thursday for persons practicing the important process of midwifery - assisting expectant mothers through [...]

Who can dethrone Rigo Vellos as Mr. Belize?
On Saturday night at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts, Belize's "buffest" men and women will be participating in the Belize Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation's annual "Mr. Belize" competition. [...]

Guest pro 'builder Vonne Francis in town to steal the show
Vonne Francis is a three-time Central American and Caribbean champion and joined the pro ranks in 2007. While he is not here to officially compete, he doesn't mind an opportunity [...]

Senior citizens celebrate LIFE on Casuarina Street
Senior citizens gathered today on Casuarina Street in Belize City to show off their talents. Through the Living Independently In Full Existence - an organization called LIFE – the seniors [...]

How you can get a job at Transparent BPO on Saturday
Interested in a job in customer service or sales? Transparent BPO says it is hiring up to one hundred and twenty persons. The business process outsourcing company is hosting a [...]

Garifuna Council plans fundraising gala for hurricane victims
The National Garifuna Council is holding its second annual Black, White and Yellow gala this weekend. Guests are encouraged to dress in the Garifuna colors. The event is a fundraiser [...]

Do you believe in magic?
A group of magicians are in the City for the weekend and they want to entertain you with some surprising acts of magic. The Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise is [...]


Soaring fuel price is expected to take a dip
Regular Gasoline is set to decrease at twelve o'clock tonight. According to the Government, a new shipment of Regular Gasoline is due to arrive in country today, and the pump price will fall by 84 cents per gallon in Belize City. At mid-night, regular gasoline will be selling for $10.29. Prices across the country will [�]

Missing person, Erwin Rodriguez bicycle turns up in search for him
The family of seventeen year old Erwin Rodriguez continued their search for him today with the assistance of volunteers and the Police. The teenager went missing since August 24th and no one has heard from him since. The family has been searching for him for weeks but hasn't had any success. Today the family and [�]

David's suicide note
Yesterday, 59 year old American National David Doehm killed himself in room 523 at the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel and Casino. He carefully plotted his death as he tied a plastic bag over his head and had funnelled Nitrogen gas into the bag through a rubber tube. Police say that they a found a [�]

Guatemala's former Ambassador to Belize takes up new post of Deputy Foreign Minister
Guatemala's former Ambassador to Belize, Manuel Estuardo Rold�n Barillas, has been appointed Deputy Foreign Minister. His appointment comes after Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales fired former foreign minister Carlos Raul Morales and his deputy in response to their refusal to expel Ivan Velasquez the head of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). President Morales [�]

Tropical Storm Nate is a threat to Belize
The National Emergency Management Organization, NEMO, has issued its fourth advisory in respect to Tropical Storm Nate. According to NEMO, Tropical Storm Nate is packing winds of 45 miles per hour and is located approximately 240 miles East of Belize. Nate is moving to the north-northwest at 14 miles per hour. The main threat to [�]

Leader of the Opposition refutes claim by BUFERHD about your vote
PUP Leader John Briceno was also asked about BUFERHD's claim that politicians know who Belizeans vote for. The Belize United for Equal Rights at Home and the Diaspora, BUFERHD. Dereck Aikman who is the president of BUFHERD says that because the ballots are numbered, at the time of reconciliation political operatives can tell who you [�]

Belize & El Salvador sign Memorandum of Understanding
Today, the Governments of Belize and El Salvador signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Technical Cooperation in the Area of Security. The signing took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Belize City. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, signed on behalf of Belize, while Minister of Security and Justice, Mauricio Ramirez Landaverde, [�]

Emmy award-winning journalist in Belize
Kendis Gibson, an Emmy award-winning journalist and anchor for ABC World News in the USA, is in Belize for a second time this year. Earlier this year, in May, Gibson was first in Belize, when he came with his mother on vacation. On his second trip, he is doing a bit more. Upon an invitation [�]

Caribbean Midwife Association trains Belizean mid-wives
A two-day workshop was held today at the Belize Biltmore Plaza, where 20 mid-wives were trained in competency base education. Among those taking the workshop are midwifery trainers and Deputy Director of Health Services (Nursing), Augustina Elijio told Love News about the expected outcome of the workshop. Augustina Elijio - Deputy Director of Health [�]

Tiara's Ball instills self-worth in girls
International Missions of Hope is partnering with Tiara's Girls Ministry of the United States to host a two day event for young girls from the ages of twelve to nineteen in Belize to let them know that they were created with a purpose. Delphin Garnett spoke to Love News about the event. Delphin Garnett - [�]

The Guardian

Now over 5 thousand cases of pink eye

Pointless fire on Haulover
No one has owned up to starting a tire fire on the southern approach of the Haulover bridge outside of Belize City. At 5:30 on Wednesday morning, fire officials and police were alerted to the fire of burning tires strewn across the highway. Quick response by the authorities had the fire extinguished and allowing for the free flow of traffic within an hour. Now while the setting up of fires on highways has now become a norm for the way Belizeans demonstrate, this one was simply set for absolutely no reason and no one or a reason has yet been identified for doing so.

Punta Gorda selects slate for municipal elections
On Sunday, October 1, the United Democratic Party held a convention to select a slate to contest the March 7, 2018 municipal election in Punta Gorda. Being the smallest municipality, there was not much fanfare that was expected from those participating in the election but contrary to that it was quite a lively race. From the onset, Christie Martinez who had a slate consisting of himself and four councilors came out in full force, with drums and singers ushering him and his slate to the polls. His show was followed by Ashton McKenzie who had a complete slate of six who also energetically marched to the polling station at St. Peter Claver primary school in the town.

Kelvin is back home, now what?
It seems like no sooner had last week's edition of the Guardian Newspaper hit the streets, did we start to hear some chatter that young Kelvin Usher had either been found or he had made contact with one of his parents. Not only had we carried the story of his disappearance as our headline but we also felt close to the story because Kelvin and his family are well known to some of us and our families here at this newspaper. In our story we highlighted the story about the disappearance of seventeen year old Kelvin Usher, who had gone missing some four days earlier. We now take you back to Thursday morning. It was around a few minutes after 7:30 a.m. that we started seeing Facebook chatter that either young Kelvin was either found, or he had made contact with his parents or his location was known.

1 dollar drive by BTB to assist Caribbean islands affected by hurricanes
In an effort to assist our fellow Caribbean countries that were devastated in September by hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Belize Tourism Board in collaboration with tourism industry stakeholders will launch a "Dollar for the Caribbean Relief Fund" campaign during the entire month of October. According to Noriko Gamero, Director, Cruise Tourism and Destination Planning, BTB, this is in unison to the thought "One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean" which the Caribbean Tourism Organization follows. For every tourist arrival for the month of October, the BTB will donate $1 toward the cause while stakeholders have agreed to donate $1 for every guest. Other stakeholders in the Caribbean have also gotten on board and some have pledged to donate as much as $50 for each booking.

Murder in broad daylight in San Pedro
Two men were injured in a broad daylight shooting in San Pedro Town. One of the victims, 18 year-old Christian Contreras, died on the scene after he was gunned down. The incident happened at around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 3, in the Boca Del Rio area. They were on a side street heading unto Laguna Drive. That's where Contreras and 28 year-old Ryan Lucas were walking when they were approached by 2 young men. The San Pedro Sun Newspaper reports that witnesses heard an exchange between the two pairs of men.

Civil disobedience and civil unrest - The UDP and the PUP way
Every time these POWER HUNGRY PUPs have decided to and have broken the law by doing things like burning of tires on public roads, like they did on Wednesday of this week, they would speak about the then Leader of the Opposition calling for Civil unrest back in 2005. Well like with most other things, the PUP is once again spreading lies. In 2005, Hon. Dean Barrow, who was the Leader of the Opposition said NO SUCH THING. We will attempt to put that PUP LIE to rest once and for all ,by reminding Belizeans, what the Hon Dean Barrow said back then. Below is what 7 News Belize reported that he said at a UDP Press Conference, on 19th April, 2005.

Young people cleaning up the environment
Our Belizean youths have become actively engaged in clean-up efforts across the Country. Both Oceana and the Scouts Association of Belize held their 7th Annual "National River and Beach Clean-up Campaign' on Saturday morning of this past weekend. Members of the Belize Police Youth Cadet Corp were also invited to participate in this National clean-up. Coordinators of the various events handed out gloves and garbage bags early Saturday to the enthusiastic young people. It was a day well spent as our young people learned to appreciate a clean environment; especially on our important watersheds.

Flip the coin
If the BNTU can say that they have their strike on hold as they await the implementation of the anti-corruption measures and they are holding the government accountable; can the general public not also be able to hold them accountable to provide better service. Take for example, the last time they went on their strike, they deprived students of 10 days which showed during the major exams that students take: the CXC's and the PSE. They cannot say that they made that up because all make up that was proposed and subsequently effected took place after the exams had already taken place.

Waiting to backstab Johnny
Johnny is playing a game of CHEST in an effort to try and outmaneuver the hawks, who are trying to unseat him as PUP Leader. He knows that the PUP will take a beating at the polls in next year's Municipal Elections. Johnny also knows that a PUP National Convention is mandated to be held after those elections. His leadership would definitely be challenged at that convention and he would lose it. Trying to ward that off, he has now come up with the idea of going to convention before those municipal elections. The plan is a devious, but a brilliant plan.

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.

Police awarded in Belmopan
Today the Belmopan Police awarded seven of its officers that did well during the month of September. On hand to do the presentations was Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie. These outstanding officers from the Belmopan Police jurisdiction are Alexander Shal (number 1414), Porfilo Carillo (number 230), Gaina Hyde (number 2234), Roberto Ical (number 557), Javier Alvarez (number 743), Miguel Martinez and Danny Mesh (number 276).

Rotary partners with MOE to establish literacy program
The Rotary Clubs of Belize and Edmonton, Canada are working in partnership with the Ministry of Education to implement a literacy program across 5 lower schools in the Southside of Belize City as well as 3 schools from each other district. According to Carol Babb, Chief Education Officer, MOE, literacy continues to be a national priority at the Ministry. Giving their priority, the ministry sought schools that were not performing at the desired level of reading. Both material and human resources were given to the school for the year-long program and by the end of June, there is expected to be some marked improvement.

Sagicor's Phoenix Walk/Run 2017
The Sagicor Walk/Run was held on September 30, 2017 at 6 p.m. The walk was a noncompetitive event to promote a healthy lifestyle as well as healthy choices in people of all ages. Participants walked from the Sagicor office on Coney Drive into Freetown, unto North Front Street, on Marine Parade, and back to Coney Drive. Throughout the route, there was entertainment from music trucks as well as water stations. Persons from BERT as well as security officers were there to ensure safety.

Supreme Court 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 Abel Courtney, 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.

UB and PACT implement scholarship program
Students at the University of Belize will now have a chance to be a part of a new scholarship program starting August 2017. The University has partnered with the Protected Areas Conservation Trust to implement a scholarship program designed to assist the National Protected Areas System and the sustainable development goals of Belize. A Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate the execution of the program was signed by Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat, Ph.D, President of the University of Belize and by Percival Cho, Ph.D, Board Chairperson , PACT.

Youths discuss pros and cons of the ICJ
The Belize History Association (BHA) in collaboration with the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) and other partners held its Fourth Annual September Lecture as part of the 2017 September Celebrations. It was held at the George Price Center for Peace and Development last Friday evening under the title "Youth Perspectives on the Belize-Guatemala Dispute and the ICJ". Four youths from three tertiary institutions participated in the lecture. These included Chelsea Kuylen from the Ecumenical Junior College, Markisha Jorgensen from the Independence Junior College, and Joshua Pott as well as Kendice Armstrong from St. John's Junior College.

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Bail granted to cop who refused to pay for meal
A Corporal of police attached to the Cayo Police Formation who is being accused of committing an aggravated assault was arraigned before Magistrate Michelle Trapp on Friday, September 29, 2017. He is 39-year-old Steven Parham, a resident of Santa Elena and now interdicted corporal of the Cayo Police Formation. The allegations against Parham are that while attending training with the Gang Resistance Education and Training he visited the New Asia restaurant in Belize City. He ordered a meal and after finishing, he refused to pay and instead drew his firearm at the owners and employees. He left without paying for his meal.

Stolen item recovered by Belmopan Police
Two men are now in custody, charged for the same crime in Belmopan. Police in the Nation's capital have arrested and charged 26 year old vendor Ronald Bradley and 22 year old Kareem Hoare, both from Mahogany Heights, for the crime of robbery. Both men have been remanded until November 27, 2017. Chinese businessman and manager of the Wei Li Store from the Maya Mopan area in Belmopan had reported that a pair of men had entered his store on September 27th. One of the robbers took out a firearm and demanded cash. In response and fearing for his life, Wei Kuang handed over cash and an iPhone.

Robbed and killed while buying beef
Police from Dangriga have arrested and charged 2 men for the murder of 46 year-old Luis Antonio Sierra, a butcher from Bullet Tree Village. The criminal charges brought against the accused, 34 year-old Saul Campos and 31 year-old Lyndon Lewis, suggest that they and the family of the murder victim have come to the same conclusion. These 2 men were attempting to rob Luis Sierra, a butcher by profession, but their criminal enterprise went wrong when the gunman fatally wounded him. Luis Sierra's family told the press that he runs a meat and vegetable shop in his home village, and he regularly delivers his products to his customers from Placencia. They believe that he came across 31 year-old Lyndon Lewis, a resident of the Valley Community, in the Stann Creek District. He allegedly began attempting to entice Sierra with a beef sale,that sounded too good to be real.

Club brawl leaves one dead and three injured
Daniel Anderson, a 28 year-old resident of Belize City, was killed in what looks like a bar brawl in which 3 other people were injured. Anderson, a father of 4, had been accused of 3 murders, but he was acquitted of all 3 and set free. His family does not believe that his death has anything to do with his past. That incident happened early on Sunday morning, October 1 sometime after 3:30. Anderson was at the Bismark Club, located on Queen Charlotte Street, in the Yarborough Area. He was there with his girlfriend, and they were celebrating the 28th birthday of Alex Underwood, when a series of liquor fueled arguments broke out.

Elderly man killed at Butcher Burns
Blake Norman Lewis, an 18 year-old resident of Hattieville, has been arrested and charged for the murder of 62 year-old Marcel Samuels, a resident from Belize City who made a living as a butcher and a jeweler. Samuels' family has declined any comments to the press but reports are that he and his wife were walking on the Butcher Burns Road, which is just off the George Price Highway at mile 19. They were heading to his live stock farm, located in the very same Butcher Burns area.

Friend kills friend during a fight
Dorian Sutherland, a 31 year-old father of 2 who's also known by the nickname "Sonny", was shot and killed, allegedly by a friend in an evening fight. The two reportedly had an argument which ended violently. Sometime at around 5 o'clock on Monday, October 2, Sutherland was reportedly sitting down at the car wash at the corner of La Croix Boulevard and Police Street. He would also earn a living there on the days when he was not working jobs in construction.

Illegal loggers arrested & fined for unlawful possession of forest produce
Pablo Valladarez, a 47-year-old resident of Guinea Grass Village, Orange Walk District,was fined $22,838 for illegal possession of Mahogany yesterday. Police and Forest Department officials intercepted Valladarez, Catalino Copo, Nelson Mosa, and Aurelio Mai, residents of Guinea Grass and Santa Martha villages, hauling illegally harvested Mahogany on the Old Northern Highway, Orange Walk District, on 24th September 2017.

Taximan shot and Scotiabank robbed in Spanish Lookout by same robbers
Oscar Cordon a 62 year old taximan from Belmopan reported to police that he was at the Belmopan bus terminal on Wednesday morning when he was approached by 3 Hispanic men who asked him to take them on a trip. He refused but was forced into his vehicle and later thrown into the trunk of his car and driven to an area near Buena Vista in the Cayo district. There he taken out, tied up and in the process shot on the left hand and left there.

Belize City Council Dragons 2017 Firms' Basketball Champions
The Belize district Basketball Association Firms' Competition came to an end on Friday 29th September, 2017, with the third and final game in the championship series between the Belize City Council Dragons and the Belize Bank Bulldogs at the Swift Hall in Belize City. This final game was for all the marbles and the two teams had their eyes set on the coveted prize, but in the end it was the Belize City Council Dragons that prevailed over the Belize Bank Bulldogs by the score of 88-86 to walk away with the title.

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.

Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
In the New Testament letter of James, chapter 2, verse 26, the brother of Jesus writes, "For just as a human body without a spirit is lifeless, so also faith is lifeless if it is unaccompanied by obedience (and works)." God will not do anything on earth without involving a human being. Therefore anytime we connect with God in prayer concerning His agenda for earth, it gives Him the right to intervene on earth. God gave us His word that we have all dominion on earth and He will not violate it. He is therefore always seeking people on earth to partner with Him to accomplish His vision for earth. That is why the preaching of the gospel was committed to us, and not angels.

Preemptive strike
I took off the month of September due to the national celebrations, but things are heating up again in the realm of Belizean politics, which gives us food for write, so to speak. So let me jump right into it. The Leader of the Opposition made a bold and calculated move on his inner-party opponents last Saturday 30 September when he set an early date for their national Party convention to elect new or same leadership. The winners will take the PUP into the next General Election and Mr. Brice�o, if successful, seems not to want to go through the whole rigmarole of a challenge to his leadership like the last time too near the big date. Plus he probably is projecting, as many pundits are, that the outcome of the next municipals will most likely end up 60/7 at best for the PUP. But in Belizean politics today, everything is fluid.

Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition explains how widespread: "�the entire nation�" The point that we must focus on is the absolute desperation of the PUP. They will do every, and anything to get back in power; perverse. Not because they want to help the People and Country, but because they want to get back at the feeding trough. Too much money is being spent. Like you and I, the PUP see the new, grand Civic Center, the many new, beautiful Sporting Complexes, the very many resurfaced streets, the miles of new paved roads, the new houses for citizens� and they become extremely jealous. Imagine how many baby scholarships Dodo Bird Cordel could have pocketed! Millions (with a capital M) for Musa! Heck, even Ralph would have been tempted to come back!

Us Vs. Them
The AIDS epidemic. Poverty. Job creation. Re-skilling the workforce. A lack of quality education. Belize /Guatemala border resolution. Whose job is it to solve these problems? We all know the answer: The government duh. How do we know this? Before you start searching for your own answers, the media, believe it or not, have already planted theirs in your mind. News media set the public agenda every day by telling us what is important to know and how to think about it. When it comes to national challenges such as poverty, unemployment and crime, the media often play a decisive role in defining both the problem and responsibility.

Belmopan Bandits edge out the San Pedro Pirates
The Premier League of Belize Opening Season competition continued over the weekend with 4 games on the schedule. On Saturday 30th September, 2017, at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town, the defending champions and current leaders in this year's Opening Season the Belmopan Bandits edged out the San Pedro Pirates by the score of 2-1. The host team San Pedro Pirates was the first onto the scoreboard when Jesse Smith scored his team's only goal of the game in the 45th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The San Pedro Pirates took the 1-0 lead well into the second half of the game before the visiting Belmopan Bandits was able to find the goal area. The Belmopan Bandits finally made it onto the scoreboard when Elroy Smith scored the equalising goal in the 72nd minute of play via a penalty kick.

St. Ignatius and St. Martin De Porres boys lead in primary schools basketball competition
The Belize City Primary Schools Basketball competition opened on Monday 25th September, 2017, at the Gateway Youth Centre in Belize City. There are 12 schools competing in the Boys' competition and 3 schools in the Girls' competition. The schools in the girls' competition are Central Christian School, Muslim Community School and St. Joseph Primary School. Meanwhile, the schools in the boys' competition are St. Ignatius School, Belize Elementary School, Queen Square Anglican School, Muslim Community School, Central Christian School, Wesley Upper School, St. Martin De Porres School, St. Joseph Primary School, St. John Vianney School, Bethel Primary School and Ephesus SDA School.

Stars Academy wins big in Peace Cup competition
The Conscious Youth Development Programme 2017 Peace Cup Football competition continued at the MCC Grounds over the last weekend with a number of games on the schedule. On Saturday 30th September, in the first game of the day, King's Park Strikers defeated the BDF Warriors by the score of 4-0. The goals for the King's Park Strikers were scored by Travis Eiley, Chris Flores, Jose Martinez and Julius Allen. In the second game of the day, Stars Academy blasted 3rd World by the score of 11-3. The goals for Stars Academy were scored by Shemar Thompson (2), Stephan Diego (2), Harold Thompson, Djean Thompson, Sergio Luna, Charles Canton and Dennis Zuniga.

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 [email protected] 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.

Sandhill Blue Hawks and Lucky Strike are co-leaders in Leal's Football Cup tournament
The 2017 Leal's Football Cup Tournament continued last Sunday 1st October out in Sanhill with four games on the schedule. In the first game played, Sandhill Blue Hawks defeated Ladyville FC by the score of 2-1. The goals for Sandhill Ble Hawks were scored by Charles Canton and Arthur Leslie while the goal for Ladyville FC was scored by Andrew Estell. In game two, Lucky Strike blanked the Sandhill Scorpions by the score of 1-0. The goal for Lucky Strike was scored by Travis Heredia.

The Reporter

Belize's drug treatment court still in pilot phase?
The disproportionate number of inmates on remand awaiting trial at the Kolbe Foundation Prison at Hattieville prompted Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin to join with the national Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC) to explore and recommend the establishment of a Drug Treatment Court for Belize. The […]

Belize wins 2nd Mundo Maya Pok-Ta-Pok World Cup
Belize may not have qualified to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, but the Belize "Ek Balam" team of young men from Yo Creek Village, Orange Walk have won the second Munda Maya World Cup championship, for Pok-ta-pok, the traditional Maya ball game. Didier Novelo, Franz Novelo, Eric Cal, Josue […]

Belize Up Front
After a five week break from writing, it's great to be back. The reason for the partial break is because of my mini vacation in Belize, which ended up being an extended one. Eight days into my arrival at home, I had the unfortunate experience of getting my backpack stolen. […]

Get rid of the GSU, Briceno promises if PUP wins
The Gang Suppression Unit (GSU), known for its rigid, no-nonsense stance on gang activity and street crime, will cease to exist if the People’s United Party (PUP) becomes the next government. PUP Leader, John Briceno, told the media on Saturday that the GSU, whose functions […]

Brazen heist at Scotia Bank Spanish lookout branch
Three brazen gunmen are on the run from San Ignacio police with an undisclosed amount of cash after they successfully breached security protocols at the Scotia Bank branch in Spanish Lookout, Cayo on Wednesday morning. But even before the brazen heist was committed, the thieves […]

Canadian man killed in front of wife and kids
A Canadian national living in Chula Vista, Corozal was viciously murdered in front of his wife and three children on Wednesday night. Just after 10:30 p.m., that day, Canadian contractor, Gabriel Buchina, 38, and his wife, 27-year-old Jeshanah Zetina, along with their children, were returning […]

One dead, one wounded in broad-day San Pedro shooting
San Pedro police are investigating a mid-afternoon shooting which claimed the life of a teenager and caused injuries to another man. Police have two people, including a minor, detained in connection with the murder/shooting. Around 11:30 a.m. on October 3rd, multiple shots rang out in the Boca […]

Belize City man shot to the face at close range
A father of two children is dead after he was fatally shot once to his face on Monday evening following a confrontation with another man in the La Croix Boulevard area of Belize City. Just after 5:00 p.m., on October 1st, Dorian “Sonny” Sutherland, 31, was socializing […]

PM extends Senate inquiry deadline beyond November - Chamber of Commerce agrees
The social partners were not in agreement when Chairman of Senate Special Select Committee, Senator Aldo Salazar, first indicated that the Committee's work would soon be done, and that the government of Belize had spent enough time and money over the past eight months on […]

U.S. CARSI gives $1.75 Million in ESF grants to 5 organizations
Five organizations in Belize have received a total of $1.75 Million in grants from the United Staates' Cemtral American Region Security Initiative (CARSI), through its Economic Support Funds (ESF) program. Charge de Affaires Adrienne Galanek signed over the grants to representatives of each organization at […]

The Billion-Dollar Question: How to fill Belize's SME Credit Gap? Part 4
Last week's "The Business Perspective" looked at asset-based financing (ABF)'s ability to help address the access-to-credit constraint that we have been discussing for the past four weeks, especially as it pertains to the potential usefulness of movable assets and establishment of a secured transaction registry as measures to help narrow […]

Drug stores now required to have MoH certification
Pharmacies, pharmaceutical importers and wholesalers are now required to have certification from the Ministry of Health, as of November 1, in order to operate legally in Belize. The new rule became necessary to follow after the Ministry discovered two months ago that pharmaceutical products were […]

The idea of Party Leader John Brice�o to call a snap convention of the PUP later this year is a good one. The next general elections are going to be of the greatest importance to the future of democracy and development in Belize and indeed, the very future of the […]

Doehm discovered dead! Police suspect Suicide
Thursday morning was not business as usual for a Princess Hotel housekeeping employee who entered a room on the fifth floor sometime after 11:00 a.m., to do her normal chores and stumbled upon the occupant – a man – dead. The news quickly spread, after […]

Fire guts Turtle Inn Resort in Placencia
A fire which tore through the Turtle Inn Resort in Placencia on Thursday evening was contained by fire personnel and volunteers, but not before it completely wiped out the establishment’s office, winery, and kitchen area. Initial findings by police suggest that at 2:30 p.m., five […]

Villager and homeless man murdered
Police have launched two separate murder investigations after two bodies were found in different municipalities on Thursday morning, starting with a body found floating in the Belize River near the Banana Bank Lodge in Cayo and another in the San Cas plaza in Belize City. […]

Pink eye infections almost double in one week!
The number of pink eye cases in Belize has almost doubled in a matter of only one week, and now stands at well over 5,000 cases, with the Belize district accounting for more than half that figure! A check with the Ministry of Health on […]

100 strong protest 'Gas Pain'
The “gas pain” issue which motorists have been complaining about for the past several months became centre stage on Wednesday morning, when about 100 spirited protesters, bearing placards and Belizean flags, joined the Belize Leaders for Social Justice and social activist, Raymond Rivers, for a […]


Cops say David Doehm, 59, committed suicide
David Doehm, 59, an American businessman of San Pedro who was out on a bail of $10,000 granted by the Supreme Court for a charge of cruelty to a child for the death of his step-daughter Fay Lin Cannon (who was found dead in the home of Doehm and his wife, Anke Doehm, in San Pedro on July 6), was found dead in a hotel room in the Princess Hotel and Casino in Belize City at about 12:30 this afternoon. The hotel's cleaners who went into the room found the body. Police reported that Doehm was lying on the bed with a bag covering his head, and that a tube connected the bag covering his head to a small nitrogen tank.

Mike Garbutt, 60, found dead at San Cas Plaza
Michael Garbutt, 60, a homeless man who often could be seen around San Cas Plaza and the surrounding area, was found murdered this morning about 2 o'clock. He was found lying face-down on the concrete in the San Cas Plaza in front of the American Airlines office. He had been stabbed in the chest, there was a huge gash on his head - likely the result of a forceful hit, and his jaw was broken. Mike, as he was popularly known, was wearing a pair of long blue jeans pants and a brown T-shirt. The security guard at the plaza, while conducting regular checks, found him lying on the concrete. Police were called and Mike was taken to the morgue of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

Pink eye cases double 2016 count: almost 8,000 cases reported
Teachers, students and workers have been coming down with conjunctivitis, commonly known as "pink eye", in an unprecedented wave that seems to be striking like a plague across households in Belize. Latest reports from the Ministry of Health indicate that over the past four weeks, a total of 5,434 pink eye cases have been documented, bringing the total for the first 40 weeks of the year to 7,720. Notably, this is more than double the amount of cases reported for all of 2016, at 3,302. Over the past four years, the average amount of cases per year has been less than 3,000. Of note is that last week alone, 3,288 cases were recorded, exceeding the amount of pink eye cases reported for any given year since 2013.

Protesters chant - the price of fuel gone too high!
Inclement weather did not deter about 100 spirited citizens from gathering at the BTL Constitution Park on Cemetery Road this morning to participate in a protest against the government's taxation which has sent the cost of fuel to new highs over the last few weeks. Shortly after 10:00 this morning they began congregating at the nearby Puma Gas Station that lies across the street from the park. A number of prominent Belizean leaders joined the protest, which was organized by community activist Moses Sulph.

The Senate's 35th sitting; Director of Immigration, Diana Locke, appears again
On Wednesday the Senate Select Committee held its 35th sitting to investigate the findings of the special audit on the Immigration Department. The Director of Immigration, Diana Locke, who was called again to testify, has now made a total of four appearances before the committee. Immediately after Locke took the oath, Senator Elena Smith directed her to the issue of taxi drivers who, like UDP Ministers and UDP officials and some Immigration officers, were "hustling" at the Immigration Department. When asked if persons at the Immigration Department may have facilitated the taxi drivers in a hustling ring, Locke vehemently denied that notion. Here is a portion of that exchange:

BNTU documentary on 11-day protest
One year ago the Belize National Teachers' Union (BNTU), went on a monumental eleven-day strike to get the Government of Belize to adopt good governance measures. Those good governance measures include, but are not limited to, the reactivation of the Integrity Commission, the appointment of the 13th Senator, and the signing of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). The BNTU, without the help of its sister unions in the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB), forced the administration of Prime Minister Dean Barrow to heed its call. To mark their historic achievement, the BNTU released a documentary on the protest.

"In the Paint" - Interoffice Basketball
The Belize Bank Bulldogs will go down in Interoffice Basketball history as one of the greatest teams ever to play in the tournament, advancing to four straight finals and knocking on the doorsteps of winning three championships in a row. But for all their team culture and accomplishments, the Belize City Council Dragons were determined as well, to break-through and bring home the coveted championship. Last Friday night, before an elated crowd at the Swift Hall Auditorium, the Dragons' faithful could not wait for the final buzzer, as they applied the last touch of polish on a thrilling season by surging past the Bulldogs late in the fourth quarter, to capture the 2017 Interoffice championship by the final score of 88-86 in a final and decisive game 3.

Some background before Hogan's flashback
We promised to share some of our discussion with visiting Belizean from Los Angeles, USA, Charles Hogan, who has dedicated himself over the past thirty-five years to organizing and managing a team of Belizean players, the L.A. Warriors, to participate in the L.A. Municipal Competition, as well as regular annual hosting of, or visits to, other Belizean teams in Chicago and New York. But we thought it was important to give some background first. As can be seen from the accompanying picture of the 1980 L.A. Warriors provided by Hogan, there was an interesting mix of veterans and younger players on these teams. We can identify a few stars of the 1970s MCC on this picture, namely goalie, the late Rupert "Canalete" Anderson (lying down in front) and Rudolph "Peru" Olivera (4th from left in back row) of the 1976-77 White Label champions of Belize City; and "Mundo" Myvett (2nd from left in front row) of 1971 Spurs fame. Charles Hogan, who never played 1st Division football in Belize before migrating to the States in 1973, is kneeling in the front row, second from right.

Leal's Football Cup 2017 Week 7 update
The Leal's Football Cup 2017 Tournament continued on Sunday, October 1, with 4 games played in Week 7 of the tournament at the Sandhill Football Field. In game 1 on Sunday, Sandhill Blue Hawks dropped Ladyville FC, 2-1, with a goal each from Charles Canton and Arthur Leslie; while Andrew Estell scored for Ladyville FC. Game 2 saw Lucky Strike clipping Sandhill Scorpions, 1-nil, on a goal by Travis Heredia. In game 3, it was HVYSC with the 3-1 win over Burrell Boom, courtesy of a goal each from Curtis Young, Jadon McGregor and Michael Myvette; while Burrell Boom's only goal was by Dennis Munoz. And in game 4, Maskall Strikers bombed Sandhill New Site Warriors, 4-0, with a goal apiece from Damian Castro, Alfred Garnett, Darwin Vigil and Samuel Leslie.

Eagles U-20 Club and other Cayo teams invited to Belize vs Chetumal basketball games in Chetumal
The Eagles U-20 Basketball Club, along with Western Queens female team - who are the back-to-back champs of the BECOL Basketball 2016 and 2017 seasons, Benque Riders male team, and Aubrey Eagles U-15 male team have been invited by the Manatees de Chetumal Basketball Club to take part in Belize vs Chetumal games on Saturday, October 14, in Chetumal, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Belize Time at the Nohoch Sukun Gymnasium. The Eagles would like to thank our sponsors - Atlantic Bank Limited; Atlantic Insurance Company Limited; Cayo Steel Works Limited; B.E.L.; Medina's Construction Company Limited; Mr. John Searle, Global Travel Services; Ms. Witty, Quick Stop Personal Finance; Ms. Dora Gonzalez, Tropic Air; Public Utilities Commission; The Wash; National Sports Council; and Wellworth Store.

Editorial: God bless the teachers
This Tuesday the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) marked the first anniversary of their epic 11-day strike which brought Prime Minister Dean Barrow's United Democratic Party (UDP) government to its knees last year. The BNTU leadership had made a visionary decision some months ago to commission the making of a video documentary of the strike, and they introduced that documentary to their general body of teachers, the media, and invited guests at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel on Tuesday. Because of the BNTU's October 2016 strike, Belize is in a better place politically than we are financially. After 36 years of independence, many Belizeans now understand our system of governance to be merely cosmetic insofar as our pretensions to democracy are concerned. The political party which wins general elections, and whose Party Leader becomes Prime Minister, proceeds to enjoy five years of virtual monarchy.

From the Publisher
Most of us human beings, especially in this Western, capitalist world, spend a lot of time dreaming about money. We would like to own lots and lots of money, in order to buy anything and everything we want for ourselves and our loved ones. There is another aspect to money: money is power, in both personal relationships and public power struggles. There are a few human beings who actually live out their fantasy. Take Bill Gates, for example. He has acquired so much money that it is totally impossible for him to spend all of it, no matter how long he lives, so he has built philanthropic institutions in order to give away as much of his money as he can. We native Belizeans are mostly descended from African slaves brought to the settlement of Belize in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and from refugees fleeing the Caste War of the Yucatan who arrived in the Belize settlement in the latter half of the nineteenth century.

Pay the JP
It's a wonder, this insistence that JPs work for free. You'd think by now that our leaders would have allowed a token their way, a $2 or $5 per transaction say. These government people actually get angry (or feign so) when some JPs get shady. One JP told me that they were very circumspect about whom they signed for, so they weren't swamped with their JP duties. But they saw JPs about who were carrying on full time jobs. The JP told me that people asked for services mostly for passport (immigration), and for lands business. They said that on rare occasions a person would push a little chum in their direction after they had signed.

Belize up front
After a five-week break from writing, it's great to be back. The reason for the partial break is because of my mini vacation in Belize, which ended up being an extended one. Eight days into my arrival at home, I had the unfortunate experience of getting my backpack stolen. It was by far the most important piece of luggage I had since it contained all my cash, travel documents, my work ID, various other ID that I need for work, my laptop with all my information that I have accumulated from the days of working in the oil & gas industry and every newspaper article I have written. The sad part, that of all the places I expected this to happen, Belize City being the top of the list, PG was the last place I expected it to happen.

A telling omission!
The largest mass shooting/murders in US history is not this recent Las Vegas Sunday event, in which 58 people plus the white killer, who was said to commit suicide, died. Again, this kind of inaccurate reporting is to be expected from an essentially white, ignorant and racist media. The largest were the following:- The Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 in which at least 150 American Indians were killed.

Right to the Point: The violence we have come to accept
The new generations we have living amongst us seem more sensitized to accepting violence around them. While growing up our parents protected us from viewing violence and allowed us to enjoy our years of innocence. We were so shielded that if we were looking at a movie and some scene of the slightest violence like a fight was shown they would either change the channel or have us cover our eyes until that portion passed. I remember when the movie "Carrie" was showing, they said it was X-rated because of the violence and contents and refused to allow us to see it. Of course when I got older and saw the movie, I really could understand that it contained "violence" because of violence. In analysing the plot, it could have been seen that there was an element of psychological abuse on the girl Carrie, who eventually ended up using her powers to burn down the school with those classmates who bullied her. The ending was violent, I must agree. This is how much they guarded us from becoming desensitised to the violence. I did not get to see that movie until I was mature enough to deal with it.

Edwin Hernan Castillo, 38, convicted of murder, gets life in prison
Edwin Hernan Castillo, 38, may spend the remainder of his life in the Belize Central Prison for the murder of his friend, Javier Ack, 27. During the Northern Session of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, he appeared before Justice Herbert Lord for sentencing. Lord sentenced him to life in prison and indicated that he must serve 25 years before applying for parole. Castillo, who has been imprisoned since 2012, still has to serve 19 years and 9 months before he can apply for freedom.

More than 100 murders from January to date
Official data published by the Belize Crime Observatory (BCO) indicates that there have been more than 100 murders in Belize so far this year. The count up to September 27, 2017 was 101, according to the BCO, and since then, at least 3 murders have been reported, bringing the count to 104. (We have yet to get an official tally.) Although the murder count is slightly down, 2017 is almost on par with 2015. For the year 2016, the second highest murder count on record in Belize was reported at 138, up from 119 the year before. The year 2017 got off to a very bad start, with murders outpacing the 2016 count for the period January to March, largely due to a spike in March. That month has seen the most murders so far this year, with a tally of 19.

Lyndon Lewis, 46, charged with murder for Luis Sierra's death
Farm owner Lyndon Lewis, 46, of Valley Community, Stann Creek District, has been arrested and charged with murder for the death of Luis Sierra, 46 a butcher and businessman of Bullet Tree Falls, Cayo District, who was shot and killed on his, Lewis', farm. Police said that Lewis was initially charged with conspiracy to robbery and was taken to the Dangriga Magistrate's Court on Monday, where he was offered bail of $3,000, but he was rearrested as the investigation into Sierra's death continued, and after further investigation, Lewis was then charged with murder.

HRCU rebuts Belize City Council
The Belize City Council appears to be having a serious cash-flow problem that has affected its sanitation workers, whose salaries were not deposited in a timely manner at the Holy Redeemer Credit Union (HRCU). The check should have been deposited in time for the sanitation workers to have received their salaries on Friday, September 29. When the Council tried to lay the blame at HRCU's door, the credit union fired back with an unusual press release this afternoon, which points to the fact that the check from City Hall was late, as late as today. Mayoral candidate, City Councilor Dion Leslie, told the media today, "The Council did meet our pay last week; I know the majority of the City Council employees have gotten their pay, their pay has been deposited into their account, so I don't what is the issue, whether it be something on our end or something on their [HRCU's] end."

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Still no arrest for the murder of Canadian man
Police have not arrested or charged anyone for the murder of Gabriel Bochnia, 38, the [�]

Belize and El Salvador sign memorandum for technical cooperation in the area of security
Belize and El Salvador have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Technical Cooperation in [�]

Mr. Belize Rigo Vellos seeks 6th Body Building Title
The 2017 Belize Body Building and Fitness competition will take place this Saturday, October 7th at the Bliss Center for [�]

GOB: Pump price of regular gasoline to reduce
According to a Government of Belize press release, a new shipment of Regular Gasoline is [�]

Police issues report on Turtle Inn fire
Yesterday afternoon around 2:45, police responded to reports of a fire at Turtle Inn Resort located between [�]

George Coleman missing at sea
issing George Coleman, the caretaker of Tobacco Caye is missing. Friends believe that Coleman is [�]

National Council on Ageing holds conference in Belize City
On Wednesday the world celebrated International Day of Older Persons. In keeping up with global [�]

Belize Bureau of Standards tells enterprises to package their goods properly
On Thursday the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) held a consultation with producers of prepackaged goods. [�]

Diana Locke returns to Senate hearings
Yesterday, the Senate Select Committee hearings resumed with testimony from current Director of Immigration Diana [�]

New tree species discovered in Belize
A new species of tree has been documented in the forests of southern Belize. Parasenegalia [�]

PM promises lower fuel prices, Briceno not convinced
Amid growing public outcry over the high cost of fuel, Prime Minister Dean Barrow recently [�]

Police seeking escapee Alberto Kuylen
The police is asking the general public to be on the lookout for an escaped [�]


Tasting Chef Omar Pereney's creations at La Palmilla
Some of my fondest memories are set inside a smoky thatch-roofed kitchen, my small, wizened grandmother at her fire hearth concocting some kind of tasty meal for her large family. You never knew who would be sitting at her table, for my cousins were numerous, and her heart generous. From chaya leaves chopped and saut�ed with shallots in cohune oil, to her version of sweet tomato jam spread out on homemade bread, it was always a delicious surprise for us. Decades later I found myself sitting at one of the most romantic restaurants on Ambergris Caye, enjoying a meal that brought back memories of that small, smoky kitchen. But there was no wizened grandmother at the stove; instead, it was wunderkind Venezuelan Chef Omar Pereney, who at age 21 has accomplished so much more than I have in my 35 years on this earth.

Tropical Storm Nate Moves Off Our Coast
I'm getting quite a few questions this morning about the weather. It's been an incredibly active storm season around the Caribbean thus far and we in Belize have been lucky. Today, as Tropical Storm Nate skates a few hundred miles off shore, our good fortunes continue. We still need to monitor the storm websites - the storm season is May 1 to November 30 - and October can be the most active season around Central America.

Take a Culinary Adventure to the Coast
When you stay with us at Ka'ana Resort you get to experience the best of both worlds - ruins and reef. We are excited to announce that our sister property Itz'ana Resort & Residences, located on the coast, is currently accepting reservations and will be officially opening their doors on December 15th, giving Ka'ana guests the opportunity to experience both the jungle and sea all within family! The journey from Ka'ana to Itz'ana is a stunning scenic drive through the mystical Maya Mountain range along Hummingbird Highway. From Sleeping Giants in the mountain range to culinary adventures throughout, this drive has become a favorite of guests and now will be part of the experience when traveling from Ka'ana to its new sister resort Itz'ana. Here are just a few stops you can check out along the way.

8 Green Ways to Experience Belize in 2018!
As far as Central American countries go, Belize has not always been known as a "must-see" travel destination when compared to our more renowned neighbors, Mexico and Guatemala. Over the last 15 or so years, however, Belize has built a reputation founded on the local determination to protect the rainforests, farms, reefs, and overall ecosystems found within. With the rise in the popularity of ecotourism, and the government protecting 40% of the land for conservation purposes, Belize has positioned itself as a leader in the field. Your search for an Eco-conscious accommodation destination in Belize will be a short one as many of them are in varying degrees of the phrase. We're not sure if Belizeans consciously try to live green or if respect for nature is inherent within us but it certainly is a prominent attitude. Be it through connecting with indigenous Maya people through education programs or learning about sustainability efforts from guides, Belize's commitment to the environment shines, even as tourism grows.

International Sourcesizz

Toronto father of three shot and killed in Belize
A Canadian father of three from Toronto was shot and killed in Corozal, Belize, Wednesday. Police spokesperson Raphael Martinez said Gabriel Bochnia was shot Wednesday night as he and his wife and their three children were returning to their home in the Chula Vista area of Corozal, 135 km north of Belize City, near Mexico. Martinez said as Bochnia, 38, got out of his vehicle to open the gate, a man with a rag over his face came from behind the bushes and shot him in the abdomen. He died of his injuries in hospital. Martiniez said Bochnia's wife, 27-year-old Jeshanah Maritza Zetina, and the children were not injured and the attacker fled the scene.

Opposition mounts to Jamaican's appointment as judge in Belize
The appointment of a Jamaican to serve as a Court of Appeal Judge in Belize, has been met with ferocious opposition resulting in a row in that commonwealth country. According to Belizean media reports, the oppositions surrounding Franz Parke's appointment comes from two standpoints - his qualifications and his past. Reports have surfaced, which suggest that Parke has very limited knowledge of Caribbean law, though he has been an attorney in the US for over two decades. Critics, including the Belize Opposition People's United Party, have pointed out that the laws in the US and in the Caribbean are very different and argue that Parke does not meet basic requirements to hold the job.


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  • Grace & You - Stuffed Jerk Conch w/Coconut Cream Sauce, 19min.

  • A taste of magic with Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise, 30min.

  • Belize's First Line of Defence Episode 1, 14min.

  • Belize's First Line of Defence Episode 2, 19min.

  • Miss Earth Belize 2017 Eco Beauty Video, 3min. Iris Salguero.

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