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#526626 - 10/25/17 05:39 AM Today's Belize News: October 25, 2017  
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials


The San Pedro Sun

Golf Cart catches fire on Coconut Drive
On Tuesday, October 24th, around 9:10AM, the San Pedro Fire Department (SPFD) was notified about a golf cart engulfed in flames on Coconut Drive, south of town. By the time the fire trucks arrived, the area had been cordoned by the San Pedro Traffic Department and traffic was diverted. The vehicle was rapidly gutted by the blaze, and completely destroyed before the fire could be extinguished. No one was reported injured in the freak incident. Despite a light rain, the golf cart burned brightly on the sidewalk, at some point gaining intensity as the gas tank exploded. Onlookers, along with members of the local authorities could only watch as the vehicle burned to a crisp, black clouds billowing in the air.

Projects Abroad Holds Health Fair in San Pedro
Projects Abroad, along with other organizations held a health fair at the Lion’s Den in San Pedro Town on Saturday, October 21st. The fair was intended to educate islanders on healthy lifestyles as well as provide rapid health checkups. Despite the rainy weather, many residents made their way to the health fair, receiving vital information on personal well-being. Services offered included rapid HIV testing, blood pressure, blood type and breast cancer checkups among many other options. There were also booths from various organizations educating attendees on many health practices. “I would like to thank Projects Abroad for organizing this event at Ambergris Caye as well as to all the different organizations that participated, and made it a success,” said Councilor Ruben Gonzalez.

San Pedro Pirates Celebrate first away win
The San Pedro Pirates Football Club travelled to Punta Gorda Town, Stann- Creek District to face the Freedom Fighters at the Victor Sanchez Union Stadium on Sunday, October 22nd. During the 11th week of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB), both Pirates and Freedom Fighters played their best during the tight match, but at the final whistle it was a victory for the island team. The game began at 4pm, with the Freedom Fighters feeling confident from an easy home win. However the island team was not an easy rival, and within the first 10 minutes of the match, Pirate’s Inri Gonzaga scored the first goal. The Freedom Fighters responded with a goal at minute 34th courtesy Ralph Flores. The match continued with crosses and passes, both teams trying to score another goal. It wasn’t until minute 43, that Freedom Fighter’s Mario Noralez found his way and netted another goal for his team. The first half came to an end with the home team leading 2-1 against the island team.

Ambergris Today

Guatemalan Singer's Vessel Runs Aground On Belize Reef
Singer Carlos Peña was rescued Saturday night by Belizean authorities after his boat ran aground on a reef near San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. La Prensa Libre, Guatemala, reported that the news of the singer’s accident spread quickly after he asked for help on his Facebook account. According to the online article, Peña was rescued late in the evening, at about 8p.m. He published a message in his Facebook account about an hour later in which he called the people who rescued him as angels and thanked the people who went out looking for him. It is not yet known where he was heading.

Misc Belizean Sources

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BTIA Digital Marketing workshop rescheduled
Please note that due to inclement weather, the BTIA Digital Marketing workshop in San Pedro has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Oct 31st.

Love FM Christmas Parade 2017, San Pedro
Love FM San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Christmas Parade has been schedule to take place on Sunday, December 10th, 2017 @ 5:30 pm. Everyone is invited to come out to watch or participate. Love FM hopes to bring to the island the Christmas Spirit. See you there! Parade Route: Boca del Rio >>Laguna Drive>>Pescador Drive>>Tarpon Street>>Barrier Reef Drive>>Ending at Central Park!

CROCtober 24
Every year there are seasonal changes brought on by the rainy and dry seasons. These changes affect wildlife and how they behave. During the rainy season crocs become more active and more mobile. This is a period when people can expect to see more crocodiles and croc activity. Most crocs are simply passing through on their way to somewhere else. So if you are seeing more crocs around, enjoy (from a distance) the opportunity to see some of Belize's most iconic wildlife. Stay calm and let them croc on!

Low Lying Bridges at Macal River and Iguana Creek Closed
The Department of Transport advises all motorists and the general public that the Iguana Creek Bridge used to go towards Spanish Lookout from the George Price Highway and the Low Lying Wooden Bridge used to go from Santa Elena to San Ignacio are closed to all traffic due to flooding. Please note that the New Bridge which is accessible through the Loma Luz Boulevard will now be used as the Entry into San Ignacio Town. The Hawkesworth Bridge remains as “one way” for traffic leaving San Ignacio Town towards Santa Elena and onwards.

Come visit Belize booth at the 2017 Chetumal Expofer

Job Vacancy at BTB for Senior Tax Auditor
Feel free to apply by emailing Bernadette Ellis Bernadette.Ellis@belizetourismboard.org

WALK FOR A GREEN BELIZE 2017
In commemoration of World Environment Day 2017, the Department of the Environment (DOE), the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority (BSWaMA) and the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) conducted the “Walk for a Green Belize” 2017. This event was held on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 and involved cleaning both sides of the George Price Highway from Belize City to Benque Viejo del Carmen. An estimated 985 (20 to 55 gallon-sized) bags of garbage were collected yielding an estimated weight of 10,800 pounds of garbage! The Walk For A Green Belize clean-up activity was conducted by over 650 volunteers that included organizations, students, activists, government and non-government agencies, as well as the general public. The Secretariat for the “Walk for a Green Belize” initiative extends heartfelt gratitude to all the participants and sponsors of the event and we look forward to your support and participation in the “Walk for a Green Belize” 2018.

Annual HIV Statistical Report 2016
he Ministry of Health is pleased to share a copy of the official Annual HIV Statistical Report 2016. The Preface, “The HIV Surveillance Report is published annually by the National HIV/AIDS program, Epidemiology Unit, Ministry of Health, Belmopan. HIV data presented here is from the HIV case-based surveillance system for the period January to December 2016. Rates were calculated using the Belize Postcensal Estimates 2010-2020 of the Statistical Institute of Belize.” See link here for a copy of the Report: http://health.gov.bz/www/publications/hivaids/955-annual-hiv-statistical-report-2016

Belize to Host IV CARICOM-Mexico Summit
Belize will be hosting the IV CARICOM-Mexico Summit, at the Belize Best Western Biltmore Hotel in Belize City, on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017. The Summit is expected to have the attendance of Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community as well as H.E. Enrique Peña Nieto, President of the United Mexican States. The Summit will consider the state of play of the dynamic relationship between CARICOM and Mexico which includes the CARICOM-Mexico programme of technical cooperation, infrastructural development in the region funded through the Mesoamerica Project, Agriculture, and Trade and Investment. Also on the agenda is cooperation in the multilateral fora which spans areas of mutual concern such as the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Non-Communicable Diseases.

Prime Minister Barrow to Meet with President Peña Nieto of Mexico
Belize is scheduled to host the IV CARICOM-Mexico Summit on Wednesday, October 25th in Belize City. For this occasion, H.E. Enrique Peña Nieto, President of the United Mexican States, is expected to make his first visit to Belize. Prior to the opening of the Summit, the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize, is scheduled to have a bilateral meeting with President Peña Nieto. Prime Minister Barrow and President Peña Nieto will evaluate the state of play of the bilateral relations. Their discussions will focus on the strengthening of cooperation in the areas of education, sports, maritime security, as well as economic and political cooperation. The two heads will consider further ways to strengthen the legal framework between Belize and Mexico.

Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Delegation in Belize vacancy announcement for Technical Specialist in Competitiveness
The closing date for applications is November 07, 2017. Applicants should send a letter and their resume to IICA’s Management of Human Talent Division by email vacan16.2017@iica.int y iica.belize@iica.int All suitable applicants will be considered and none will be rejected on the grounds of gender, race, religion or ethnic origin. Only candidates from Belize will be taken into account or people with no work restrictions in this country.

2018 COMMONWEALTH SHORT STORY PRIZE
Open for entry 1st September – 1st November 2017. Awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000. Translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original Bengali, Chinese, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan and Tamil. The competition is free to enter.

Orange Walk HEALTH FAIR
Fri Oct 27 2017 at 09:00 am. Kidney Association of Belize in partnership with BELIAFA and other stakeholders will be having a Health Fair in Orange Walk Town, free screening and testing of the kidney along with blood sugar and blood pressure level checks all day from 9am to 2pm.

Free Doctor's Consultation/ Clinic on Caye Caulker
The Caye Caulker Village Council in collaboration with Belize Medical Associates cordially invite all residents of Caye Caulker to attend Free Doctor's Consultation/ Clinic on Saturday October 28th, at Allan Chan's Conference Room. Doctors available: Dr. Filberto Cawich Internist Dr. Cynthia Terry GP

Belize Business Brokers - Job Vacancy -Sales and Admin Assistant
We have a position open for a Sales and Admin Assistant in our San Pedro, Ambergris Caye office. The role requires someone with strong computer and internet skills. You must also be very organized and very clearly spoken on the phone. Previous experience in an office environment dealing directly with clients would be advantageous. This role will involve completing paperwork, assisting with marketing, assisting the management team and general duties. Part of the role will involve doing remote work for one of our companies in the US. You will prepare proposals for clients and assist with filling client orders and submitting paperwork. You will work directly with our US clients and distributors. Pay - $500 BZ per week

Statement by Mexico's President on his Belize visit and attendance to CARICOM Summit
BELIZE, MEXICO AND CARICOM: PAVING A ROAD TOGETHER. It is with great pleasure that I come today to Belize. Historically, our countries were once part of the great Mayan Civilization. Nowadays, our societies and governments are good friends and neighbors. Our bond of friendship and strong cultural ties are invigorated everyday by the 3,000 Mexicans living in Belize and the hundreds of Belizeans that visit Mexico every year. In 1981, Mexico was the first country to recognize Belize's independence. Since then, we have developed a strong solidarity that has allowed us to keep strengthening our political dialogue as well as technical and scientific cooperation together with health, educational, cultural and economic exchanges. During this visit, I will meet with the Prime Minister of Belize, the Right Honorable Dean Barrow, to discuss the most relevant aspects of our bilateral agenda. This meeting is a great opportunity to promote new cooperation projects that will benefit both of our societies.

Postponed until further notice: power outage previously scheduled for San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye on Wednesday, October 25
Affected areas: entire area north of Boca del Rio and San Mateo.

FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show
The ​ FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show ​is ​a four-day ​event ​designed ​to ​foster ​a ​better ​understanding ​of ​the ​inner ​workings ​of ​the ​cruise ​industry and help attendees improve their cruise tourism business.

Channel 7

Big Tom, Two Days To Die?
Tonight, relations are very bad between the police and that area of St. Martin's in Belize City which is controlled by the PIV gang. First of all, Kenneth "Big Tom" Flowers - who is considered one of the key figures in PIV - says police have told his crew that they will kill him - in a sort of state sponsored execution. And, this is because it is suggested that he is driving the violence that has riddled that community with multiple murders in the past few weeks. And if you don't know who Big Tom is, then put it like this - remember last night when Karen Alemndarez was talking about the Big Fish who allegedly orchestrated the murders of her two sons in 11 days? Well, the so called "Big Fish" is supposedly Big Tom. Today he came to the media because the heat and the heap of accusations on him are too many - and he says they are all false. We asked him why he thinks the police want to kill him:... Jules Vasquez, reporter: "We've heard on Facebook that you feel that you are being targeted for state sponsor execution by elements in the special assignment team?" Kenneth "Big Tom" Flowers, Says He's Being Falsely Blamed: "Well that is what I heard. I don't know exactly what is the problem, but at the same time they are blaming me for things that I don't know about."

Big Tom Soldier Issues Sinister Threats On Facebook, COMPOL Responds
Now, the allegation that police have planned an execution of Kenneth Big Tom Flowers first came to our attention through Facebook. Last night, the artist named Cross Di Nitro - who Flowers promotes and sponsors - posted a video where he put it out there that police had made it clear they planned to kill Big Tom - who he calls his "General." After that, he made many startling threats against police and public safety. Here's what he had to say and how the Commissioner of Police reacted today:... "Cross Di Nitro" - Big Tom Supporter: "The man come and the man say out of his own mouth that he get orders from the higher boss to set a hit on my general who is Big Tom, Kenneth Flowers. What is going on with you all G? What you all feel like? You all feel like you are untouchable? "Bwai, you have pickni you know. Watch here, laugh attraction thing might just happen to you all. Things that you don't even wish will happen you yourselves or to your love ones. You all get the sense. You all make sure you know what you are doing."

Flowers Says "Cross Di Nitro" Should Get A Break
Now, Flowers admits that he is the one who told "Cross Di Nitro" to make a post after he heard that police planned to kill him. He says the young man over-reacted and should not be penalized:... Kenneth "Big Tom" Flowers: "Well I call some people and I tell them well they could go on Facebook and voice this, because this is what I heard about the police. But I didn't say to do it in a violent way. But the way how he takes me, he just approach it in that way. He doesn't mean anything. He doesn't have any guns. He is a youth who is out there selling CD. But by the end of the day it is me who help to take care of them, so if you are trying to harass somebody who they know are not doing anything - that is how they feel, but it is not what they mean."

Cops Killed Big Tom's Dog
Another of Big Tom's artists - known as "Unlimited" was also taken into police custody today. You'll probably know him because he's appeared in BTL ads on this newscast. Well tonight he's getting treatment for a foot injury - after police manhandled him when they claim he resisted arrest. Big Tom told us that "Unlimited" was arrested while going to pick up some clothes for him:... Kenneth "Big Tom" Flowers: "Well I send "Unlimited" at my house for a suite of clothes because I don't trust the police and it look like the police meet "Unlimited" and they beat him and abuse him when that youth was just a Belizean artist - just trying to do positive things. But at the same way I fear for my life. I don't want to go to my house, every day they [police] goes there. They went and shoot my dog when my dog was chained up. So imagine that is the example they are showing me what they will do to me when they meet me. You see what I'm saying."

PIV Ã"¢"‚¬ËœHood Fed Up With Cops
And while Big Tom's soldiers are dominating the news, the wider community in the PIV area of St Martin's is taking a lick from police. Relentless searches and what they say is systematic harassment and intimidation have become everyday occurrences. 47 year old Cherry Sutherland along with 6 members of her family - including two 16 year olds say they know just what that is about. Yesterday at around midday, police searched their house on Flamboyant in Belize City. They found a brown pipe which they say was used for smoking cannabis. Today Cherry Sutherland - who'd just gotten out of detention and the court holding cell - said it's a preposterous charge:...

Police Predators Turn Prey In PIV Territory?
Of course, that is just one side of the story. The other is the way residents of those neighborhoods, intimidate police in their own way. A video posted on Facebook on Sunday demonstrates just that. It shows GSU in the PIV area where the neighborhood is up in arms, mocking them and outnumbering them. Eventually, it results in the police officers having to fire warning shots to disperse the crowd while the residents run off, laughing at them. Today, Commissioner Whylie described how police view these interactions:... Allen Whylie - Commissioner of Police: "Whenever the police goes out to execute their duties in certain areas, residents of those communities are coming out in large numbers and, basically, in my view, obstructing, impeding the police in the execution of their duties. Insulting words, indecent words have been thrown at the officers."

Flood Waters Going Up In Cayo
All this rain won't let up! It has been pouring since this weekend and many areas are now flooding out. The low lying bridge in Cayo as well as the Iguana Creek Bridge are impassable tonight and they are both closed. We traveled to San Ignacio today and the Mayor gave us an update on the flood situation. Earl Trapp, Mayor - San Ignacio and Santa Elena: "I can say since Sunday the rains began. As a matter of fact we had our 113th anniversary of the existence of San Ignacio of El Cayo. We had a ceremony and we were under the rain. So it's been raining torrentially since Sunday and it continued through yesterday up to this morning." "I've been in contact with the NEMO coordinator for this area who is Mr. Al Westby and he is saying that up to last night and this morning the rain was slowing down. The Mollejon it was spilling over, but somehow it is reducing already. So with that, he [Westby] is not expecting much more flooding. If you notice it is still raining, so if the rain continues then he is saying that the people in the low-laying areas should take heed and begin thinking of probably relocating temporarily."

City Flooding: the Contingencies
And while the rising rivers threaten Cayo, in Belize City it's the sea level and inadequate drainage that causes concern. This morning, with the hours of heavy rain there was dramatic flooding in the city - which took a few hours to run off. By this evening, most streets were back to normal but schools had to be cancelled, and in many cases children had to be sent home after water overtook their classrooms. The Belize City Council was expecting it. Yesterday CITCO and NEMO met to discuss a plan for the heavy rains and Phillip Willoughby briefed us on what the plan for the city is. Phillip Willoughby, City Councilor: "What we did was a basic overview and assessment of where we were over the last few days of rain and what is the projection going into the remainder of the week and what it is that the city would have to contend with in terms of the extraordinary amount of rains that is coming our way and has affected our city."

Mother And Two Kids Attacked In Terrifying Domestic Attack
At around 5:30 this morning a major domestic incident occurred which left three people injured and two of them were minors. The eruption of violence happened in the Mayflower Street area where it left the victim's family in shock. 7 news was on the scene and Sahar Vasquez has more on the story. At around 5:30 this morning, while the rain was pouring down, domestic chaos erupted at this house on MayFlower Street. Nikita Smith and her 2 children, were brutally attacked by Smiths common-law husband who is also the stepfather to her two kids. The reports of what he did to his family are almost unbelievable.

BDF Volunteer Acquitted of Murder
24 year-old Jermaine Rhaburn, a former BDF volunteer, was acquitted of murder today in a trial without jury. He shot and killed his fellow volunteer, 21 year-old Clifford Cruz, at Militia Hall in Belize City, but in his trial, he told the judge that it was self-defense. The incident happened on October 1, 2012, in the guard room at Militia Hall, located near the Lord Ridge Cemetery on the George Price Highway. Evidence in the trial indicated that Cruz was shot once in the chest with an M-16 rifle at close range. An eyewitness testified that Cruz choked Rhaburn until his eyes turned red. That's when Rhaburn allegedly prepared the weapon to fire it 3 times before he actually shot Cruz in the chest.

Media Ends Police Boycott With Compromise
The media boycott of the police is over. It ended today after a long delayed meeting between the media and the police. It was held at the Raccoon Street headquarters and lasted a little over an hour. Both sides got to air out their grievances. In the media's case, our gripe was that the police senior command had unilaterally and abruptly discontinued the practice of allowing police officers to give the press media briefings. This happened in mid-September and lasted until mid-October when the media enacted a boycott of all police activities. And though he never addressed what caused the disruption, Commissioner Allen Whylie committed to a new model - which the media agreed with. Here's what it is:..

Fitzroy Will Pay For Outburst
And while the media got more or less what it wanted - one cop who stepped up to support the press core - probably won't. That's Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood, who blazed out yesterday on KREM's WUB and blasted the senior commend who unceremoniously pushed him out of the press office. Today the Commissioner says his case has been sent to the Professional Standards Branch:.. Allen Whylie - Commissioner of Police: "I have heard what Mr. Yearwood said- I have directed the commander of the professional standards branch that he must investigate and he will be submitting his findings and recommendations. The Police Department is a disciplined organization. If any officer is disaffected, he or she knows the process to seek remedy. I can tell you that I have never been approached by Mr. Yearwood complaining of any wrong or injustice done to him. We do have policies governing certain behavior and action and Mr. Williams will be looking at that."

COMPOL Discussed Failed Lie Detector Test
Today the Commissioner also addressed the Lie Detector test which the opposition says he failed in 2008. In the House on Friday, PUP Deputy Leader Cordel Hyde said that he had obtained a document which showed that in 2008 Whylie failed the test when he was asked about disclosing information to criminal organizations. He allegedly said specific information was provided to subjects during interrogations. Here's how he explained it today:.. Allen Whylie - Commissioner of Police: "I do recall many years ago volunteering to take a polygraph test. I took that test and that was the end of that matter. I had never seen the result of that test. It was never conveyed to me or shared with me. I can't even say at this point in time if the document that was whatsapped to me, or the portions, are a genuine document. I don't know where it came from but I can tell you that one of the words that struck me in that document was the word 'interrogation.'

Police Says Public Needs More Education About Marijuana Law
We also asked Whylie about the new law to de criminalize possession of 10 grams of marijuana or less. It was passed by the House on Friday - and while Whylie would not pass judgement on the new legislation, he said that police are educating their officers:... Allen Whylie - Commissioner of Police: "I can tell you that at Kolbe, a lot of the People out there are for small quantities of Marijuana and I don't think that there is the need for us to continue to perpetuate that matter. The government has seen in its wisdom to pass this law and we will enforce the law. We will do our public education and sensitization within the department. I do think that there is the need for a more robust public education because I think that many people have the misconception that because of this new law they will be able to walk around with 10 grams of weed or that they will be able to smoke the weed on the streets and police won't be able to enforce and arrest them and that's not the purpose of the law. The purpose of the law recognizes I guess, the right to persons who do certain activities in the confines of their home."

Woman and Child Shot In Late Evening City Shooting
There has been another shooting in the city. It happened around 6:40 near the Puma New Road Service Station on the northside. Two persons were shot, an adult female and a child. The adult was shot to the hand and the girl, reportedly her granddaughter was allegedly shot to the back and with the bullet exiting thru her abdomen. And we also have the latest on flooding in the Cayo District. 5 families in Calla Creek have reportedly been evacuated and taken to relatives in the village. They are all safe and NEMO officials say there is no cause for alarm.

Mek Mi Rich Appeal Traversed
4 months ago, we told you how BTL decided that they would appeal the Supreme Court Judgment that Corozal businessman Curtis Swasey won against them. That appeal was supposed to have been heard today, but it was canceled because one of the judges recused herself from the panel. Swasey won his lawsuit against BTL and the owners of the Mek Mi Rich gameshow, Andre Vega and Sanjay Hotchandani. Justice Courtney Abel ruled in February of 2016 that Swasey's idea of lottery texting was given away to the Mek Mi Rich owners. The judge reasoned that it was employees of BTL who breached a confidentiality agreement and released his very profitable idea to Vega and Hotchandani.

Caricom-Mexico Summit Cometh
Tonight, Government officials are making their final preparations for the 4th CARICOM-Mexico Summit. It is being hosted in Belize tomorrow, and representatives from Governments all across the Caribbean will be coming. It will also allow for Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto to make his first visit here. A press release from the Government of Belize says that President Peña Nieto will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Dean Barrow, prior to the opening of the Summit. The two Heads of Government will evaluate the Belize's current bilateral relations with Mexico, and their discussion will focus on the strengthening of cooperation in the areas of education, sports, maritime security, and economic and political cooperation. They will also consider other ways to strengthen the legal framework between Belize and Mexico.

Fancy New Town Hall For San Ignacio
When we were in San Ignacio and Santi Elena today to cover the flood, Mayor Earl Trapp also showed off the new Town Hall. For years many of the workers who were stationed at the Town Hall complained about the dilapidated structure. Well, finally, they will have a new decked out office to work in. Trapp says it was certainly a worthwhile investment. The official inauguration is set for December 6th. Trapp says he plans to pay off the National bank loan for the project in 4 years.

2016 AIDS Report Shows Decreasing Number of New Infections
The Annual HIV Statistical Report for 2016 has been released and the Ministry of Health statistics say that there were 225 new diagnosed cases of HIV in Belize. That's 9 fewer cases than in 2015, and a tie for the number of new cases reported in 2014. 2 of every 3 persons who tested positive for the sexually transmitted infection were males. The Belize District had the highest numbers of new cases with 67 males and 59 females who have been diagnosed with the HIV. The Toledo District had the lowest number of new HIV cases with only 6 males and 4 females testing positive. They were closely followed by Orange Walk, which had 9 males and 6 females, and Corozal which had 10 males and 5 females. Stann Creek had 10 males and 11 females who had been diagnosed, and Cayo had the second highest numbers with 16 males and 21 females.

Green Belize Gotta Lotta Garbage
Last week Friday we told you about a big clean up on the Western Highway called "A Walk For A Green Belize". Tonight we know how much trash they collected. An estimated 925 bags of garbage were collected weighing in at 10,800 pounds. All parties involved are extremely satisfied with the result and thankful for the 650 volunteers that took time out of their Saturday to clean up Belize. Prize money of $200 was also awarded. The Belmopan Police Cadets won for having the largest number of volunteers and St. Agnes Anglican School won for the largest amount of garbage collected.


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Channel 5

Is ‘Big Tom’ Next to Die?
Police are on high alert tonight as gun violence in the Lake Independence area of the Old Capital escalates in the wake of the murders of Almendarez siblings, Jason and [...]

Former Gangster’s Music Protégés in Police Spotlight
Big Tom’s name undoubtedly stands among the many nefarious figures in the criminal underworld.  Aside from tales of his shady dealings, he’s also into music and manages a roster of [...]

Mom Says Badly Beaten Son Faces Charges
Late this evening, News Five spoke with Genevieve Cayetano, Unlimited’s mother.  She told us that after being given the runaround, she was finally able to locate her son at the [...]

Police Commissioner says ‘Cross di Nitro’ is Wanted
As we told you, the viral stream has caught the attention of Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, who says that the department will actively pursue Cross Di Nitro and levy [...]

Vicious Triple Stabbing Rocks Mayflower; Accused on the Run
A woman remains hospitalized tonight following a case of domestic violence inside her Belize City house. Thirty-one-year-old Nikita Smith was asleep at about five-thirty this morning when her common-law husband [...]

CARICOM Heads of Government Arrive for Mexico Summit
At around six o’clock this evening, a number of CARICOM Heads of Government, Foreign Ministers and delegations landed at the Phillip Goldson International Airport in a private flight made possible [...]

City and Most of Belize under Deluge from Rains
In typical October style, the rains descended over the city and the western part of the country. Today, several schools sent students home and motorists and pedestrians had to navigate [...]

It’s Not Over! Hurricane Season May Have 1 Last Twist
With five or so weeks to go until the end of the Hurricane Season, we asked the Met Service what is the outlook for the immediate future. Climatologist Ronald Gordon [...]

Litigants in Mek Mi Rich Case Forced to Wait
‘Mek Mi Rich’ – it was the televised lottery game that Corozal businessman Curtis Swasey says he came up with and took to Belize Telemedia Limited a few years ago. [...]

Police Agree to More Frequent Briefings, Ending Media Boycott
For the past thirteen days, the media implemented a boycott of the activities of the Belize Police Department, following a breakdown in the mutual relationship shared between both parties.  The [...]

ComPol Details Story of 2008 Polygraph Test; Denies Alleged Wrongdoing
A lie detector test taken by senior officer Allen Whylie back in 2008 continues to make headlines, despite the fact that the result of the polygraph was never determined.  That’s [...]

Acquittal After ex-B.D.F. Volunteer Claims Self-Defence In Killing Colleague
A former B.D.F. volunteer who shot and killed another volunteer acted in self-defence, according to Judge Adolph Lucas in a ruling handed down this morning in the murder trial of [...]

U.S. Helps Renovate B.D.F. Price Barracks Hospital
Today, the U.S. Embassy handed over a renovated hospital to the Belize Defense Force.  The U.S. Southern Command’s Humanitarian Civic Action funded the rehabilitation of the medical facility at Price [...]

United Nations Day in Belize
The world celebrates United Nations Day annually on October twenty-fourth to honor the organization’s promotion of human rights, social progress, and world peace.  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says, “The [...]

ComPol Directs Internal Investigation of Fitzroy Yearwood; Says Senior Cop Never Complained to Him
Will Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood be dealt with disciplinarily for publicly lashing out against the Belize Police Department in the media on Monday?  The former Media Relations Officer has been at [...]

Police to Tamp Down in Port Loyola, Lake I
The recent spike in murders in the Jane Usher Boulevard area has raised serious questions about citizen security for residents in that community.  A string of homicides, including the shooting [...]

Shooting of Grandmother and Child on New Road
Reports reaching News Five are that just before news time this evening, a female child and her grandmother were said to have been shot. The incident took place near the [...]

Centering Student Learning of the Math and Sciences
The Ministry of Education for some time now has been exploring an active and practical way of learning math, science and language arts for primary school students. Over the weekend, [...]

Major Destinations Scoop Up National Tourism Awards
With consistently gaudy figures for arrivals and awards here, there and everywhere, Belize’s tourism industry has much to smile about.  This past Saturday at the Princess Hotel, the top service [...]

A Bumper Corn Harvest for Kids
The Christian youth organization Belize Camping Experience annually raises funds for its programs through a novel means. They recruit rural farmers to plant and nurture crops of corn, rice and [...]

Lamb/Almendarez Families Grieve Twice Over as Cousins Killed within Hours of Each Other
The Almendarez family has been hit by a string of tragedies; it is heartbreaking to lose a family member to the ongoing urban gun violence but to lose three, the [...]

Robbed and Murdered: Ricardo Vasquez Attacked on His Way Home
Police say that eighty-two-year-old Ricardo Vasquez was murdered. On Friday we reported that Vasquez had succumbed after spending almost a week in the Intensive Care Unit of the K.H.M.H.  He [...]

Failed Lie Detector Test Not About Top Cop Role
Friday’s revelation that Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie failed a lie detector test apparently administered through U.S. authorities sometime around 2008 has raised eyebrows. Whylie was one of eight senior [...]

Ex-Police Press Officer Fitzroy Yearwood Defiant, Reveals Castro/Police Lawsuits
In a candid interview this morning, career police officer Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood exposed the police department for his abrupt transfer earlier this year. Yearwood was performing the duties of Public [...]

Inspector Says Formation Commander Sent Questioned Info
Yearwood is adamant that he did not disseminate false information to the media when he shared details of a police situation report involving the Castro brothers in an altercation in [...]

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Impasse Is Over...BPD And Media Mend Fences
And with that internal hurdle considered “done” by Ministry officials, they also addressed the external hurdle that a media boycott on Police affairs had become. The boycott was imposed on October 12, signalling a severe breakdown in communication between the two entities. For the media, access to a free flow of information in particular with issues of high public interest is key. For the Police, it has seemed, the provision of information is subjective to their views. The boycott lasted until today when discussions at a meeting led to an agreement that the Police will not impede information to the public.

Regular Fuel Drops By 16 Cents...Kerosene Increases
Over the past months Belizeans have been paying record high prices for fuel while other Central American countries are experiencing considerable drops providing relief to drivers. Here in Belize while the Prime Minister has promised to reduce the cost per gallon of fuel it seems that won’t happen anytime soon or if it does it won’t be a drastic drop which is exactly what Belizeans are clamouring for. On October 6th the price for regular gasoline reduced by 84 cents after Belizeans threatened to protest the high gas prices. And then last week Wednesday the Prime Minister promised that as soon as the next Venezuelan ship touches down on our shores consumers will quote “see a further decrease in prices, to below where the prices were when we had that spike.”

Report Shows HIV Infections High Among Women
With the overwhelming amount of crime and corruption currently stifling our country, residents often times forget some of the other issues that are affecting our population for example the existing battle with HIV and AIDS. Today the Ministry of Health released the 2016 annual statistics on the virus and while the numbers are open to interpretation, it appears that Belize, like the rest of the world, increased optimism in HIV treatment and prevention. According to the National AIDS Programme, in 2016 Belize began trends in reducing new HIV infections, increasing linkage to care, and increasing the number of people with HIV who had achieved viral suppression. According to the report, there were a total of two hundred and twenty five new HIV infections reported in 2016, reelecting a constant stabilization over the past three years, with 221 cases in 2014 and 239 cases in 2015.

Patchakan Water And Paraiso Village Council Receive Needed Assistance
Today the Minister of Local Government Hugo Patt handed over 15 hundred feet of pipes, saddles and other equipment’s to the water board of Patchakan in the Corozal District while a riding mower was handed over to the Paraiso Village Council. The donation comes at the tune of $20,000. A few months ago the Ministry of Local Government also made donations to the San Pedro, Cristo Rey and Yo Chen water boards.

Scrap Stamping Of Passport At Northern Border, Says Opposition Leader
During Friday’s House of Representatives several bills were dealt with. One was an amendment to the Immigration Act in respect to temporary residency. The bill seeks to add the C.E.O. in the Ministry of Labor to the Visa Vetting Committee and clarify the role of the C.E.O. in the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Opposition however, raised some serious questions in regard to the bill especially considering the ongoing Senate inquiry. And while on the topic of the Immigration Amendment Bill - Opposition Leader John Briceno also introduced the notion of: no more checking in at the border when going to Mexico, an idea bought forward some time ago by Orange Walk residents who are concerned over the necessity of having Belizeans check in at the border during every exit.

LOVE FM

Sutherland complains of Police Harassment
Yesterday police conducted searches at the residence of 47 year old Cherrie Michelle Sutherland. There, police found a brown pipe they say was used for smoking marijuana. At the time of the search, 20-year-old Mikah Deshawn Tench, 26-year-old Cleo Leroy Cherington, 24-year-old Nisani Daniel Garcia, 24-year-old Marie Lavern Williams and 16-year-old minors were present. So […]

COMPOL: Fighting Crime is a “Constant Challenge”
In the past few weeks, we have been reporting on the escalation of crime, specifically in Southside Belize City. Today Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie addressed the matter. According to Whylie, the escalation of crime is as a result of gangs feuding for turfs and drugs. Commissioner Allen Whylie It is a fluid situation, it […]

COMPOL: “I Have Never Compromised Myself Professionally”
On Friday last, Area Representative for Lake Independence Cordel Hyde told the nation that the top cop of this country failed a lie detector test that was conducted by the US back in 2008. That top cop is Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie. Hyde spoke about a letter that was written by former US Ambassador […]

COMPOL: “Fitzroy’s Claims are being Investigated”
Yesterday Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood who once formed part of the Press Unit of the Police Department spoke against the high command when he called into a morning talk show. Inspector Flowers expressed support for the media boycott, saying that the press unit has been muzzled. Today, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie told the media that […]

Media & Police break Impasse
The media instituted boycott against the Belize Police Department has ended following a meeting held this morning at Racoon Street Police Station in Belize City. A representative from majority of the media houses was present to discuss issues with the Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie who was accompanied by his deputy Noel Leal, ACP Edward […]

Villagers complain of Bad Road Conditions
Residents in rural communities in the Toledo District face difficulties travelling to and from villages as rains worsen the already damaged roads. Paul Mahung spoke with two village leaders. Paul Mahung “Two village leaders remain concern about bad road conditions affecting villagers of their respective communities in rural Toledo. While in Punta Gorda yesterday the […]

Belize Coast Guard: “Guatemalan vessel that ran aground was legally in Belize”
In Monday’s newscast, we told you that a Guatemalan singer, Carlos Peña had to be rescued by Belizean authorities after his boat ran aground on the reef near San Pedro Town. Today, Love News spoke with Commander Elton Bennett of the Belize Coast Guard about the incident. Commander Elton Bennett “The vessels name was Amador. […]

Torrential Rains Flood Belize City
The incessant rain over the past 24 hours has caused flooding in many areas within Belize City prompting cancelation of classes and activating the City Emergency Management Organization, CEMO. We took a look at the situation in the City early this morning.

Mayor Trapp comments on the Flooding in the Cayo District
And while authorities monitor the rising water in Belize City, in the San Ignacio Santa Elena towns, authorities are taking precaution as the river rises there. We spoke with Mayor Earl Trapp over the telephone who says the first to be evacuated are vendors at the market area. Mayor Earl Trapp “All the market vendors […]

Court of Appeal adjourned case for the Owners of Mek Mi Rich
The Court of Appeal was scheduled to hear the case of Curtis Swasey and BTL today. As reported before, Swasey, after having been awarded $25, 000 in the case against BTL and the owners of Mek Mi Rich, Andre Vega and Sanjay Hotchandani, applied for an appeal because he does not feel that he was […]

Yearwood: “I strongly support the media in fair play across the board”
A meeting has been scheduled to take place tomorrow morning between representatives from media houses across Belize and the high command of the Belize Police Department. The meeting is a follow up to the first meeting held a few months ago with regards to the finalization of a police-media policy. A few months ago the […]

Amandala

BTL’s CEO’S crazy $700,000-plus salary!
Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL), the nation’s premier telecommunications provider, continues to be one of the most talked about companies in Belize, and it was the subject of a back-and-forth in Parliament on Friday, when a bill was tabled to allow the company to be able to borrow from an international bank in Belize. Whereas the amendment to the International Banking Act, tabled for passage in one sitting, generated some back-and-forth over the Government’s facilitation of the public-owned company to borrow from Atlantic Bank and Atlantic International Bank, there was further controversy over what Opposition leader Johnny Briceño called the “exorbitant” salary of the company’s recently hired CEO, Rochus Schriber, who has worked in the industry for more than 20 years in the Caribbean and the Netherlands.

nspector Fitzroy Yearwood puts career on line
In early August, Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood, who has worked for several years as a press officer for the Police Department’s Media Unit, was abruptly transferred from the unit and sent to a desk job at Precinct 3. Yearwood’s transfer came swiftly after he dispatched a report to the media which said that Transport Minister Edmund Castro’s sons were involved in an altercation on San Pedro, and were wanted by the police in connection with that incident. Yearwood had reported to the media what was reported to him by the officers in San Pedro. The police brass, in the beginning, refuted Yearwood’s report, but shortly after, one of Castro’s sons was arrested and charged – an indication that the department was bowing to public indignation at the patently untrue resulting Police Department report.

Vega’s nephew gets another sugar plum
During Friday’s sitting of the House of Representatives, Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño, called out the UDP-led government for awarding a crony an estimated 8-million-dollar contract to reconstruct just one mile of Fabers Road in Belize City. Last Wednesday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow convened a press conference to defend the contract awarded to Imer Hernandez, the nephew of the disgraced former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega. Barrow denied that the award was merely a move to fill his party’s coffers with campaign finances months away from municipal elections. He went on to deny any knowledge of Hernandez’ political allegiance and further claimed that he was one of the best contractors.

Papa Mena vexed by Humphreys’ victory
On Sunday, there was a UDP convention held in the town of Dangriga to determine who would lead the party into the town council elections slated for March 2018. After the last ballot was counted, incumbent mayor, Francis Humphreys, emerged victorious over his challenger, former UDP councilor, Herbert Nicasio. Humphreys walked away with 914 votes, while Nicasio only garnered 322. Also victorious was Humphreys’ slate, incumbent councilors Cheryl Molina, Alexander Joseph, Earth Lopez, Gary Francisco, and Yadira Diego. They were joined by former mayor Aaron “Jake” Gongora, to round out the team.

Media boycotts Police Department – again
For several days now, members of the media have been discussing, through their Whatsapp group “We and Dem”, the state of affairs in the relationship between their industry and the Belize Police Department, because the general consensus among journalists, editors and television news directors is that the information output from the Police Department has been minimal and unhelpful when balanced against the rights of the media to inform the public, especially in a climate where crime continues to spike. This morning, several media personalities took to the airwaves on the morning talk shows to make their case for continuing a boycott to demonstrate their objection to the Police Department’s stinginess with its flow of information.

Some of nation’s top law enforcement personnel failed lie detector test administered by the US Embassy, revealed Hon. Cordel Hyde to the House on Friday
At Friday’s House of Representatives meeting, Hon. Cordel Hyde, Lake Independence area representative, was making remarks on the crime situation plaguing the country when he dropped a bombshell in the form of a letter from Robert Dieter, a former United States Ambassador to Belize, to a high-ranking official at the Belize Ministry of National Security. The letter was about the results of a 2008 polygraph test (more commonly known as a lie detector test) which 34 senior members of Belize’s security forces (BDF and police officers) had taken. Hon. Hyde told the House, “I have in my hand, Madam Speaker, a letter from US ambassador to Belize, Robert J. Dieter, to the Ministry of National Security in Belmopan, dated November 6, 2008. In that letter, the gentleman speaks and says that attached, please find the administered polygraph results for September 30, 2008 through October 9, 2008. A polygraph is what they call a lie detector test.

They’re in the starting gate; nominees for FFB elections on December 2
Today was the deadline for nominations to fill two posts in the executive of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), namely President and Vice-President. According to reliable sources, there are 4 nominees for President – Daniel Fabro, Sergio Chuc, Ruperto Vicente and Onan McLean; and for Vice-President – Frank Sharp, Carlos Galvez, and Cruz Gamez. Unlike the Athletic Association, which just had an endorsement exercise on Saturday, after aspiring challengers found big hurdles in the nomination process, the FFB, under Acting-President Marlon Kuylen and newly appointed Interim-General Secretary Earl Jones, has apparently facilitated the process to accommodate a large field of candidates for the two available executive positions to be filled at elections scheduled to take place at its 11th Ordinary Congress on December 2 this year.

Smart 13 & Under Mundialito Week 3 results; 2 regular season weeks remain
The Smart 13 & Under, Mundialito 2017 Closing Tournament had Week 3 games on Saturday, October 21, at the Marion Jones Stadium. There are 12 teams in the competition, and they are divided into two groups of 6 teams each – Group A and Group B, which will each play a single round-robin. That means, regular season for each team is only 5 games, after which the top 4 teams from each group go on to the quarterfinals. In game 1 this past Saturday, Brown Bombers bombed Sampson Academy, 4-0, with a goal each from Angel Montoya, Delhart Dominguez, Keyden Shaay and Ronald “Gunya” Salvador.

BDF loses again in Week 11; PLB playoff spot #4 up for grabs
After Week 11 games this past weekend, the situation is getting real interesting in the race to the Top-4 playoffs in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season. And upcoming Week 12 games could result in a new Top-4 list, with a struggling BDF in serious risk of falling to the fifth spot with another loss. The weekend began with BDF FC losing their second straight game, as they fell, 2-0, to visiting Verdes FC at the FFB Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Verdes got a goal in each half, from Jarret Davis (22’) and Elroy “Bibs” Kuylen (90’), to tighten their grip on a playoff berth; while BDF must rebound this weekend against Police, if they want to maintain their hold on the fourth playoff spot.

Week 13 results of Guadalupe Magana Dyck Gold Cup Tournament
Two Week 13 games of the Guadalupe Magana Dyck Gold Cup Tournament were played yesterday in Yo Creek. In the opener, San Carlos FC won, 3-0, over Guinea Grass Desert Storm, with a goal each from Abner Sosa, Neri Garcia and Rudy Hernandez. And in the nightcap, Oscar Acevedo struck twice, to give Guinea Grass Suga Boyz the 2-1 win over San Lazaro Revolution, whose only goal was by Andres Cruz. This Sunday, October 29, the semifinals will be played. Teams that qualified to the semifinals are as follows: Guinea Grass Suga Boys – 25 points; August Pine Ridge Central – 23 pts; Guinea Grass Desert Storm – 22 pts; and San Carlos FC – 19 pts.

Romel Cuello’s thoughts on visit of Mexican president
Dear Editor, The Mexican president is coming to visit Belize. We import $135 million from them and they import $1 million from us. Is there any plan to help this deficit? How about we doing our part and facilitating the border crossing for Mexicans to visit Belize? Many friends in Chetumal would love to come to Belize just to visit and eat a little “rice n’ beans”. The first thing we greet them with is a $30.00 Bzd fee for parking their vehicle at the border. Then they have to buy insurance for their vehicle. These two charges discourage the would-be visitors instantly. I am sure that if the Mexicans could apply these charges to Belizeans we would stop going there. Only GOB can help this situation. Or Maybe Mexico needs our money more than we need theirs.

Weed Talk
No one should be congratulated for smoking marijuana, or for taking any other drug, or alcohol. Everything under the sun, if used or handled to excess, can produce negative effects. Drugs and alcohol and medicines, far more than regular food and drinks, bring negatives to the table. Some scientists believe that they have established proof of an association between marijuana and paranoia. But science doesn’t know if it is that people who smoke weed become paranoid, or it is that people who tend to be paranoid are inclined to like marijuana. Of course, that suspicion of all human beings and human systems only becomes a concern if it is extreme. Congratulations are due the GoB, and the group led by Doug Singh, for the sensible first step of decriminalizing marijuana. When the decriminalization is signed by the GG, a segment of the population that ordinarily wouldn’t try smoking marijuana just because it is against the law, might be tempted to give it a little try. I have little first-hand knowledge to pass on to such persons.

RIGHT TO THE POINT: Another man down… more shots fired … body laid out!
The irony is even more political: But what irony too, that Queen’s Square division is one of the deadliest, crime-ridden areas of the old capital city! It is the constituency where the voters vote for Dean Barrow, despite him bragging that he does not even have to visit the area to campaign come election time, and that his sister, known as “Sista B,” is the general who commands the votes on his behalf! If you still don’t see the irony, then not even an eye operation will help! In an interview on March 11, 2017, Barrow admitted, he does not need to visit the area to win the election when talking about handing over the mantel of the constituency to his sister. “As far as I am concerned I have publicly endorsed my sister who is really the one [that] has been running the constituency and who is really the one that certainly won the last election pretty much on her own. The last election I don’t think I visited one home. I didn’t have to go to one constituent. Sista B (of course I made sure that the people were taken care of), in terms of the personal touch, it was Sista B.”

BELIZE & JAMAICA: POWERHOUSES IN WORLD CLASS SOFTBALL!
The legendary Belizean softball player, Cynthia Jenkins, graced this classic photograph of an historic battle of champions in the Caribbean between Belize and Jamaica in softball; memories of these sports reports on Radio Belize touched many Belizean hearts and inspired many future Belizean softball players of the late 1960s. It is most inspiring for me to remember this period through reading an article by the legendary softball coach, the late Collet Gill, in a Belizean magazine about these heated softball games between Belize and Jamaica. They were the two formidable rivals of the game in the historic 1968 and 1969 periods of Caribbean softball. One such report stands out for me as Gill described in the most literary light, as if one was seeing it, the highlights of the 1969 CAST GAMES at MCC Grounds in 1969. My ear was like an antenna listening to Radio Belize as a boy with the late Lindy Rogers bringing the highlights of the action-packed game. He wrote that as Belize was beating Jamaica by one, “Sanchez,” the Jamaican coach, went for his best batter to tie the game against the blistering speed of the legendary Belizean pitcher of Belize’s national team, Consuelo Dougal. The fearless Dougal was striking out some of Jamaica’s best players in that game.

Hogan’s football story – Part 4 – Game 4 of 1966 Stann Creek Methodist vs Sacred Heart Primary
Amandala (A): Three draw games!? Charles Hogan (H): Three, back-to-back-to-back! Part 4 A: Sometimes, I have to wonder about those days… because they had some games in Belize City too; and sometimes I would say, “I wonder if those referees… if they wanted draw games, because it is more crowd for the next game… and they are making money… So, what happened after that? H: Alright; so then it was time for game number 4. Oh, mein people were coming in from as far as Mango Creek as far as Placencia. They were sending down their trucks from twelve o’clock; and this game was at two-thirty… A: I guess, Manfred Atkins reported on it in his Sports Report on Radio Belize, no? H: Oh, yes, man! On the radio station they, were doing good with their reports they were saying, “In Dangriga Town, there is a big rivalry going on which is classic and this is going to be the fourth game, and there must be a winner there must be a winner…” Of course, we were conscious of what Pele was doing… They were running during school time, to Pelican and back…

KHMH suspends elective surgeries
–Director of Health Services (DHS), Dr. Marvin Manzanero, confirmed to Amandala this morning that a problem with the supply of screened blood has been persisting in recent weeks, but he told us that the situation should be normalized by the end of the month. The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) Authority has issued an advisory to the public that the nation’s primary referral hospital has suspended elective surgeries until further notice due to problems with blood supply. “For the past two and a half weeks, there has been a shortage of available blood due to a limited blood supply and restrictions imposed by the Blood Bank of the Ministry of Health,” the advisory said.

Legislation for indefinite moratorium on offshore drilling finally tabled in Parliament
At the August 18th sitting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow officially announced a decision by Cabinet to legislate an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil exploration in Belize’s territorial sea, including the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and on Friday, October 20, that legislation was tabled in the House. In presenting the bill, Erwin Contreras, Minister responsible for Petroleum, said that it provides for “…a moratorium on the exploration for petroleum and other petroleum operations in the maritime zone of Belize, to prevent pollution from installation devices and vessels used in the exploration or exploitation of petroleum resources of the sea bed and subsoil of the maritime zone; to accordingly make further provisions for the protection of the Belize Barrier Reef system and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.” He noted that the bill, which affixes no time limit for the moratorium, has the recommendation of the Cabinet.

Sydney Lamb, 42, executed on Casuarina St.
Over the weekend, two murders and a string of other shootings occurred on the southside of Belize City. Police have confirmed that the first murder occurred sometime around 7:22 p.m. on Saturday night. The victim has been officially identified as Sydney Lamb, 42. He was known to many as “Belly.” Information to Amandala is that seconds before he was killed, Lamb visited Ricky’s Shop on Casuarina Street, where he bought an “ideal”, a mosquito “fish” coil, and a cigarette. He was about to make his way to his home on Oleander Street when he was ambushed by a gunman on a bicycle. A source revealed that after being shot once, Lamb fell on the street and the gunman got off his bicycle, went over and stood over him, and shot him twice more, in the head and chest.

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Grandmother and grand daughter shot in Belize City
Just before 7 p.m. tonight, there was a shooting reported at #48 New Road in Belize City. A […]

Dean Barrow is not ‘the’ problem
By Charles Leslie Jr.: THE SOURCE: The source of our problem is this useless, worthless, dysfunctional, insidious, perilous, […]

Regular fuel sees price decrease, Diesel goes up
Effective at midnight there will be another price adjustment at the pump. Premium gasoline will […]

‘Big Tom’ says police want to kill him, ComPol dismisses allegation
The Belize Police Department and residents of the PIV area of St. Martins in Belize […]

PM Barrow to meet with Mexican President Peña Nieto
Belize is scheduled to host the fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit tomorrow. For this occasion, Mexican President […]

Belize sees alarming murder count for 2017 so far
Based on the number of murders since the start of 2017 there are projections that […]

Guatemala heads to ICJ Referendum in March 2018
Yesterday, Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre reported that the Guatemalan Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) announced that […]

Police raid south side gang
A raid of territory belonging to the South Side Gang (SSG) in Belize City has […]

7 persons busted with cannabis pipe
Yesterday Belize City police arrested and charged 7 persons for the offence of “possession of pipe”. […]

Iguana Creek bridge in Cayo impassable
Since yesterday, constant rains have been battering Belize. Several primary schools have called off classes […]

Senior citizen falls into latrine and dies
Last night around 7:30, police responded to information that a male person in Santa Clara Village […]

Transport Department issues notice on bridges in Cayo
The Department of Transport is advising all motorists and the general public that the Iguana […]

Bridal shower strippers gone wrong
According to reports, on Saturday night, some Belize City residents were having a bridal shower at a […]

The History of El Cayo and Benque
By Hugh O’Brien: October 2017 marks 113 years since the towns of San Ignacio/Santa Elena and Benque Viejo […]

History and Economy of San Ignacio and Santa Elena
By Hugh O’Brien: On October 19th the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena celebrated its 113th […]

Blogs

My Favorite Quick Snacks to Buy in San Pedro Town
So, if you are in town and you are not hungry enough for a whole meal…or it’s one of those “off-hour” times like 10am or 3:30pm, when your fave spot isn’t serving lunch or you just want something QUICK…RIGHT NOW…IMMEDIATELY, here is a short list for you. **It is noted below which spots are open Sundays. Some are healthy, some are treats but they are all my go-to stops for a quick something depending on my mood. If you see anyone in a cart or a bicycle or just carrying a bucket of something homemade and it sounds good – buy it! Trust me when I say that you can not go wrong with Creole Buns or Tamales. What fun is life unless you try something new? Especially when it doesn’t break the bank.

God is Good Beer is Great and People are Crazy
Over the years there has been quite a few ownership and slight name changes at Legends Road House but no matter who runs it, the Tuesday night jam always seems to get started up. Shout out to Jewels and Tyler for setting that in motion – they are the original owners of “Legends”. They took over Sweet Basil and made it a fun burger joint atmosphere. Currently, Jane and Bruce West are getting good jam sessions going and some great musicians have been joining them. Since I had my friend Aimee’s cart while she was away in Texas, I decided to get my friend Rosemary and go support Jam Night. That night the musicians were: Jane and Bruce West, Christiaan Van Schalkwyk, Eddie McQuire, Brent Butcher, Christin J, and drummer David Campos.

Garifuna Culture in Belize
Every year in Belize, the Garifuna'scelebrate their culture in the month of November. It is date on the 19th of November which is a holiday in Belize countrywide. Garifuna is mentioned as Garinagu in Garifuna. And, they are mixed-race descendants of West African, Central African, Island Carib, European, and Arawak people. Although their background is the Lesser Antilles, since 1797, the Garifuna people have lived in Central America, along with the Caribbean Coast of Honduras, with smaller populations in Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua and in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. They arrived there after being exiled from the islands of the Lesser Antilles by British colonial administration as Black Caribs after a series of slave revolts.

3rd annual Belize Diabetes Run on Saturday November 4th 2017
Get involved! Diabetes is everbodys buisness! Share with your friends and family!!! Only 10 more days to go: Be a proud sponsor of our 3rd annual Belize Diabetes Run on Saturday November 4th 2017. Only 30.00 per runner/walker . We will be running/walking: the breathtaking Hummingbird Highway. Leaving the Belmopan Market Square at: 5:00am Walkers depart 6:30am Marathon Runners depart 6:45am 1mile Relay runners depart all in route to Palacios Retreat (our piece of Paradise) Cost: Bz$30 per person. TShirt, Breakfast and transportation provided. Also there will be food on sale at the end of the run/walk. Remember to bring along your swimming gears if you plan to swim. 1st Bus will depart the Retreat at 1:30pm return to Belmopan Market Square 2nd Bus will depart at 3:00pm return to Belmopan Market Square

Videos

  • Golf cart on fire in San Pedro, 15sec. A golf cart has engulfed in flames on Coconut Drive. As a result traffic has been diverted and the Fire Department will start an investigation into the cause of the fire.

  • Trinidadian serenades Miss East Indian, Belize, 1min.

  • Basilisk Belize, 1min.

  • Coco Loco's Wearable Coconut Art on Ambergris Caye Belize, 2min. Hey Everyone, It’s William Narod, The Paradise Guy, on Ambergris Caye, Belize. In today’s video, I introduce you to a character on Ambergris Caye, his name is Jesus but he prefers “Coco Loco” and you will see why. Maybe take some his stuff home for your collection at home next time you’re in Belize.

  • Belize Caye Chapel Greg Norman Golf Course 1, 2min.

  • Belize Caye Chapel Greg Norman Golf Course, 2min.

  • Belize Trip - Day 3 - Dive 1, 3.5min. Our dive master speared a lion fish and fed it to a nurse shark. Lion fish are an invasive species in the Atlantic and Caribbean.

  • Scuba Diving Tackle Box, Ambergris Caya, Belize 2017, 7min.

  • Blue Hole, Belize 2017, 13min.

  • Hol Chan Marine Park, Ambergris Caya, Belize 2017, 6min.

  • Weekend in Belize, 7.5min. Kyle and I took a weekend trip to Belize for some fishing and snorkeling. Gopro got wet on day #2 so this footage is all that we had. No pics of the sharks on day #3.

  • Diving the Aquarium in Belize, 7min. Scuba Diving the Aquarium in Belize with Amigos del Mar Dive Company.

  • Strengthening Bird Based Tourism in Belize, 9min.

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