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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Roman Catholic School students observe All Saints Day
As is customary, the San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) celebrated All- Saints Day on Wednesday, November 1st. From Mother Teresas to Saint Peters, Saint Judes, Mother Mary and more, students dressed up and marched to the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church where they attended a traditional ceremony at 1PM. After the church service was over, the children were provided with snacks and refreshments, after which paraded back to the school through the Pescador Drive. As a Catholic School, All-Saints Day is a very important date to observe. It is a formal holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1st. The day is dedicated to the saints of the church, and those believed to have attained heaven.

San Pedro Pirates crushes Dangriga’s Wagiya F.C. 5-0
The San Pedro Pirates continue to excel, defeating Dangriga’s Wagiya 5-0 during the 12th week of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB). Held on Sunday, October 29th at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town, the island team played a stunning game before a large crowd of supporters, comfortably adding three more points to their rankings. The game tipped off at 3PM sharp, under bright skies and before the largest crowd any other match has seen. The Pirates felt the pressure to win the home game, and they started things off by dominating the ball. At minute 22, Pirates’ Hector Martinez scored the first goal. Seven minutes later, Luis Valdez netted the second goal for the island squad with a clean, powerful shot.

Ambergris Today

Did You Know That Conch Season Can Be Closed Early?
The Government of Belize has just released information that the production quota for market clean conch meat for the season 2017-2018 has been set at 884,092 pounds. The conch season runs from October 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. BUT! The public is advised that if the conch production quota is realized earlier, the conch season will be declared closed. The Fisheries Department hereby makes a special appeal to and urges responsible citizens to call 224-4552/203-2623, email fisheries_department@fisheries.gov.bz or Crime Stoppers Belize at 0-800-922-TIPS (8477) to report any Fisheries infractions. The Department assures that all information communicated will be treated in the strictest confidence.

The Politics And Business Of Marijuana
- by Valerie Woods - With the amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act, an adult will now be able to possess and smoke up to 10 grams of marijuana in the privacy of his/her home and in someone’s house or in a hotel room with the consent of the owner. Although a politically popular move, these persons still cannot grow, buy, import or sell marijuana. So where are persons to get their 10 grams of weed to smoke at home? Where will the tourist get it to smoke it in the hotel room? This is illogical. Cannabis is still an illegal drug in Belize and still listed on the Schedule 1 and Schedule 4 list of drugs in the UN international conventions. Without a strict regulatory framework, we are being irresponsible and sloppy in how we are doing this.

Our World Project Targets Social Issues At San Pedro High School
San Pedro High School Students were treated to two powerful plays last week that trigger thought, emotion and inspire the minds of the youth. The ‘Our World’ shows were presented by by Larry and Debbie Heimgartner, long-time friends of Ambergris Caye and San Pedro High School. The Our World Project by Larry and Debbie Heimgartner is a collection of 30-minute plays that deal with social issues affecting young people around the world. The educational plays all deal with challenging and difficult global issues. They were performed at San Pedro high school on Friday, October 27; they were perfromed by Sarah MacKenzie and Emma Thomson.

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New Fire Truck for Caye Caulker
In about a week time, this beautiful FIRE TRUCK will be more than generously donated to CAYE CAULKER, coming all the way from the US!! Already labeled as Engine 342, Caye Caulker B, this will be one of the best donation for our beautiful island!! Trust that i will be there to take pics of the handing over and the donor! U will all know who he is in about a week's time!

Queen Conch Quota
The public is informed that the production quota for market clean conch meat for the season 2017-2018 has been set at 884,092 pounds. The opening of conch season is from October 1st, 2017 to June 30th, 2018. The public is advised that if the conch production quota is realized earlier, the conch season will be declared closed.

Ladyville Police Department graduates over a hundred students from the G.R.E.A.T program
Today the Ladyville, Community Policing unit of the Police Department graduated over a hundred students from the G.R.E.A.T program (Gang Resistance Education And Training ) three schools who participated are Our lady of our way R.C , Ladyville Adventist and Ladyville Evangelical school up to present a estimated 13,728 students have participated in the Great program . The guess speaker for today excercise was Inspector Elroy Carcamo who is the program coordinator Mr .Carcamo emphasize on the resistance of gang envolvement within our communities and schools , other remarks also were given by principals , Teachers, Students and great Police instructors .The G.R.E.A.T program has seen many success in preventing youth crimes in our communities .

Hanal Pixan "Food for the souls" celebration
The Northern Maya Association of Belize at the morning show Love Fm talking about our beautiful Yucatec Maya tradition Hanal Pixan "Food for the souls" celebrated in Corozal,Orange walk and Cayo .

Corozal Animal Program Education Program
On October 25th CAP held an animal education program at the Church of Christ Elementary school. 10 children with their dogs attended and we had two sessions. One with a trainer to teach how to walk dogs on a leash and sit. The other was to teach about taking care of their dogs; getting a dog fixed, how to read a dog so they won't get bit and what every dog needs to be well taken care of. Each child went home with a new collar, leash, food and water bowls and lots of literature.

St. Francis Xavier Parish - Job Opportunity
There is a temporary teaching Vacancy at Concepcion R. C. School starting January 2018. Candidates need to have a Full License and submit to: Assistant Local Manager, St. Francis Xavier Parish, Corozal Town. Deadline 10th November 2017. Call for further information 422-2018 or email. corozalcps@gmail.com. Applications must be address to: Assistant Local Manager Catholic Public Schools St. Francis Xavier Parish Corozal Town.

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) Online Portal is Here!!

Belize's Wonder Women! Mrs. Rose Anderson
For the month of November we are proud to announce that Mrs. Rose Anderson is our Belize Wonder Woman! Mrs. Rose Anderson is presently employed as the Health Coordinator for HECOPAB at the Western Regional Hospital. A resident of Cotton Tree Village she has been involved in several initiatives to improve the village including working with the village council and serving as the president of the Women’s group for four years. During her time as the president of the Women’s group the ladies ventured into pepper farming, sewing, fast food production and later established an internet café. She also works with her local church encouraging and sensitizing leaders to work in areas such as HIV/AIDS, Diabetes and Elderly Care. She has a special passion when it comes to working with older persons. She regularly supports the local programming at HelpAge Belmopan providing health talks and support to the seniors.

Yarborough Water Front Development Project
The Downtown Rejuvenation Project team and a Taiwan ICDF video production team visited the Yarborough Football Field yesterday. The site will be the location for the proposed Yarborough Water Front Development Project, a project to be carried out under DRP 's hard components. The picture was taken from a drone which was used to take some aerial photos of the area.

Documentary video based on the renovations of the Government House
Members of the Downtown Rejuvenation Project and a team from Taiwan ICDF's Public Relations Department met yesterday to start the production of a short documentary video based on the renovations of the Government House and it's property which is to start this month. DRP's members from left to right are: Cheslea Evelyn (Project Support Officer), Albert Avila (Community Liaison Officer), Carla Gillett (top Planning and Project Development Officer) and John Arana (Project Director). Taiwan ICDF Team left to right: Lin Jian-Jhang, Liang Jia-huan, Zing Chen (ICDF Intern) and Chang Tzu-yi.

Save the ancient city of Ka'kabish
Deforestation through agricultural development is threatening many ancient Maya ruins. Ka’kabish is a 3000 year old ancient Maya ruin, and now forms a rainforest refuge for many animals who have taken up residence at the site for shelter. Our efforts, with your help will not only preserve the heritage of Belize from destruction but also continue to provide a rainforest sanctuary for these animals. Is to protect Ka'kabish, an ancient Maya city in Belize, from agricultural development that would see the site stripped of trees and the ancient temples and buildings leveled by bulldozers. The land is currently registered as agricultural and most of the land around the site has been cleared for farming. Pressure is mounting for this site to demolished in the same way. We are working with the Institute of Archaeology, a division of the National Institute of Culture and History, in Belize, to buy back this section of land and stop the impending destruction.

Opening of the Shark Fishing Season
The public is informed that the opening of Shark season is from November 1st, 2017 to July 31st, 2017. Any person who contravenes any of the provision of the Fisheries Act, commits an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction. The Fisheries Department hereby makes a special appeal to and urges responsible citizens to call 224-4552/203-2623, email fisheries_department@fisheries.gov.bz or Crime Stoppers Belize at 0-800-922-TIPS (8477) to report any Fisheries infractions. The Department assures that all information communicated will be treated in the strictest confidence. This is all in accordance with Regulation of Statutory Instrument No. 78 of 2011 of the Fisheries Regulation.

Lost Dog "Yoshi" in San Pedro
Has any one seen this dog?

All Saint's Day Parade through the streets of downtown San Pedro

Job Vacancy at the Corozal Commercial Free Zone
A female cashier is needed between the ages of 18 to 25 years. Person must command 100% of the Spanish language. Email your application with the relevant resume to lolyscompany@gmail.com. Deadline is November 17th, 2017.

A power outage is scheduled for Friday, November 3 from 10:00am to 2:00pm, affecting all villages along the Old Northern Highway
Including Boston, Rockstone Pond, Lucky Strike, Santana, Chicago, Corozalito, Maskall and Bomba. BEL to replace poles carrying high voltage power lines.

Friends of Vaca Forest Reserve farmers presented their farm plans to officials
Including the Forest Department, Agriculture Department, Cooperatives and donors. This action was possible through the support of GEF Small Grants Programme and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

15 desks donated to the Students of San Pablo Community School
Continuing efforts from Beyond the Horizon 2017, the U.S. Marines Civil-Affairs Team and the Belize Defence Force alongside Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture distributed 15 donated desks to the Students of San Pablo Community School, Orange Walk District.

Channel 7

GOB Loses to Ashcroft Alliance At CCJ - Must Pay 78 Million USD
78 million US dollars - that's how much the Government of Belize has to pay the Ashcroft Alliance, and Belmopan only has ten days to come up with it. That's the decision of Caribbean Court of Justice handed down today in the final case to settle the full compensation for the acquisition of BTL. It's a significant loss for the government, both tactically and in terms of hard currency - and you'll hear from the Prime Minister shortly. But, first to the decision which was handed down via teleconference from the CCJ Headquarters in Port of Spain at 9:00 this morning. The court was asked to determine, basically, whether roughly 160 million dollars that the Ashcroft Alliance through its companies, named Dunkeld and the Employees Trust claimed as legal expenses were justified. That figure comes out of the overall BTL settlement in 2015, but it's an amount that was set aside - what is called The Restricted Amount. This is the amount arising from the infamous Accommodation Agreement.

Finsec Disappointed in Court Ruling
Now, Financial Secretary Joe Waight has to find that money by next week Friday - in US dollars. He was in court when the decision was handed down, and outside he told the press he is disappointed:.. Reporter: "Your initial reaction at least?" Joe Waight, Financial Secretary: "Disappointment. It's a disappointment, but we respect the court." Reporter: "But, finding money, that's the important thing." Joe Waight, Financial Secretary: "Well, you know, that's an order to the Financial Secretary, so we'll see how we can comply."

Dunked Attorney Says Blame Barrow
Later on you'll hear the Prime Minister address the issue more directly. But, first, to the main attorney for the Ashcroft Alliance, Eamon Courtenay. Today, after the judgement was handed down, he said the court was right to uphold his clients expenses - and now the Prime Minister has to answer for signing a settlement agreement that was full of holes:.. Eamon Courtney, S.C., Attorney For Dunkeld: "This obligation of the government was established by the settlement agreement. The government was aware that they had to make the payment by the 28th of July." "Their issue was on the question of how much US dollars was to be paid. And the dispute between us really was whether they had a right to determine for themselves what liabilities of Dunkeld and the Trust they were going to honor. Now that is entirely unreasonable and the court has rejected that position advanced by the government."

PM Says GOB Will Pay All 78 Million USD At Once
And the Prime Minister did come forward today with a Press Conference at the Blltmore. To cut directly to the chase, he said Government will come up quickly: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow- Prime Minister: "I can tell you that, in fact, we will make the entirety of the foreign currency payments by the date given in the order of the court. The bottom line is we are going to pay these people everything by November 10th and so there will be no question of this 8.34% running. Already an informal approach was made to us to talk about the possibility of installment payments but then that's because then they would collect the interest from us. We will make one payment and be done with it and that's going to be an end to the saga in so far as the paying off for the nationalization of BTL is concerned."

Will Mega-Payment Wipe Out Reserves?
But it's not so simple for the country hard currency reserves. Those should be at least equivalent to three months of exports - and making this payment will immediately wipe out 20% of those reserves. The Prime Minister says that the amount had been budgeted - but not in US dollars. He discussed making the payment and the impact it will have on the reserves: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow- Prime Minister: "These payments are not anything new. They are payments under the award, the quantum of which we've known for well over a year now. We do feel that the Belizean people have been shortchanged in that the amount of the funding of local projects is under $11 million, we had expected far more. We are still trying to understand how the Ashcroft people slipped the nose in terms of their being able to have the court approve the quantum that the court did as representing their liabilities."

PM Has Some Choice Remarks For CCJ
On November 11th, the governor of the Central Bank Joy Grant says there will be 15.6 weeks of import cover. So while the reserves can withstand the hit - the Prime Minister made it clear he is not happy with the CCJ. Here's how he put it: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "I think the court completely missed it. It wasn't just a matter of whether the liabilities put forward repressed expenses that were actually incurred. It was a matter of whether, even if these were expenses that were actually incurred, they were incurred so as to qualify them for reimbursement or for extraction in the context of what the settlement agreement provided for and in particular it said the expenses must have been incurred in connection with the compulsory acquisition of Telemedia. The expenses would not be allowable if they were expenses that were already before the tribunal and which the tribunal would have rejected."

Is PM to Blame?
And while the Prime Minister is not happy with the court, as you heard both the judge and the Ashcroft attorney say - a lot of the problem lies in the settlement agreement, which the Prime Minister signed off on. Today we asked him if he accepts blame:.. Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Do you accept any blame, any culpability for the defects, the much cited defects in the settlement agreement?" Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "Absolutely. Look, I didn't draft the agreement, but it turned out that the agreement was not the best drafted agreement in the world. Now, I don't know that there ever such a thing as a perfectly drafted agreement. That is why there are always court cases in consequence of disputes over the meanings of language in various agreements, but to the extent that there may be obvious boners in terms of this particular agreement and the particular wording. If I missed some as you called lacunae, then I will be perfectly prepared to engage in a mea culpa."

Belmopan Police Got Information for Hit and Run Arrest From Community
In last night's newscast, we told you about the breakthrough that Belmopan police made in the weekend accident on the Southern Highway which killed Mellisa Dorothy Andrews, and put her husband, Allen Andrews, in the hospital. As we told you, Dangriga police were treating it as a hit and run. That's because they had no idea who was driving the vehicle which hit the couple's motorbike, between miles 11 and 12, an area between Sittee River and Silk Grass villages. Well, Belmopan Police police received information from the pubic which led them to find this white cargo truck with a damaged front end. It is believed that this is the vehicle which knocked down the couple.

Minister of Immigration Testifies Before Immigration Inquiry
Today in Belmopan, the Senate Special Selected Committee held the 38th session of the Senate Hearings on Immigration, and this time they called Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse to testify. He has been substantive minister responsible for Immigration from 2012 up until present. That meant that he was in charge of the Immigration Department for majority of the period where Auditor General Dorothy Bradley uncovered the widespread irregularities in that Government department. Hulse was ready to testify in the Senate hearings for months, but they finally got an opportunity to get his testimony today, and it's a lot to digest.

Did Hulse Try and Fix Porous Vital Stats?
The Senate Committee also asked him for his take on how fraudulent birth certificates negatively affect the Immigration Department. Viewers will remember that as far back as 2013, he was the first public official, who acknowledged that bogus birth certificates from the Vital Statistics Unit could dupe the entire Immigration system. So, the Senators asked him if he had made any efforts to address that glaring weakness as the Minister in charge: Godwin Hulse - Minister of Immigration: "I have had discussions over the years with various persons at vital statistics. I've had discussions with different persons at the CEO levels over the years to try to look at some ways to strengthen it. In some countries, it is done at the hospital as you are walking through the door."

Hulse Defends That Famous Cabinet Decreee
The Senate Select Committee also asked him to explain that Cabinet directive to the former Acting Immigration Director, Maria Marin. Hulse wrote a letter to Marin in 2014 informing her of a policy decision which basically says that if Immigration officers can't find the file of source documents for passport - holders, the department must not delay in processing in their renewal. There is a specific qualification that these applicants must meet. The letter says, quote, "Cabinet has decided that persons who hold original nationality certificates and previous passports should be issued with a new passport." The Auditor General flagged this as a worrying policy, given all the fraudulently issued passports and nationalities that her audit uncovered. Here's what Hulse had to say about Cabinet's rationale behind this decision:

The Senate Grilled Godwin
Of course, the Senators didn't just accept his explanation without a robust challenge. This justification of the Cabinet decision turned into a back and forth which lasted for more than half an hour. Here's a few excerpts from it: Godwin Hulse - Minister of Immigration: "Cabinet's position with previous passports is that it was intended to be genuine. It does not remove the responsibility of the director to look at these in-depth on an individual case, it doesn't remove that responsibility." Mark Lizarraga - Senator for Business Sector: "Minister, with the greatest of respect, that is not what this letter says." Godwin Hulse: "That is exactly what that letter says. It says that persons who have passports and original documents, not one, passports, meaning that you are coming with your series of passports because that was the complaint."

Cops: Joshua Tried To Kill James
You have seen Joshua Gillett on this newscast before complaining about police mistreatment. But, tonight, police say he is the guilty one. The 20 year old fisherman of was charged with the attempted murder of James Swazo - who was shot on Sunday. He appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where he was charged with dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. Senior Magistrate Ford explained to him that the court cannot consider bail until after 3 months.

Wanted Man Remanded
In January, Kaleem Chun was accused of an arson spree in Punta Gorda Town-setting fire to two vehicles, a home and a restaurant - all in one night. Well, according to court reports, today, he appeared in the Supreme Court after a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. That's because he had failed to make court appearances in Dangriga for a rape charge and the arson charges. Bail was revoked and he was remanded. That works out fine for police because reports say they want to question him about a recent murder in Belize City.

Paying Taxes is Never Fun, But This Makes It Easier
BTB launched its first online portal today, primarily for those in the hotel industry. It is an easy and convenient way for stakeholders to do things like making tax submissions and renewing licensing without having to go into to the BTB office. 7 news was present at the launch and we learnt more about how it will work:... Sean Tang. Business Development Manager: "What is the BTB online portal? It is basically a BTB office at your fingertips. It is a secure environment you can access from your mobile, from our computer, or laptop that allows you to access the BTB services from your personal computer or your own electronic device. You are able to do tax submissions, payments, and also licensing."

PM Murky on BDF Case
For the past two nights we've been reporting on the irregularities unearthed in an audit of the BDF's Jungle Training Operations. A senior officer is under scrutiny for setting up a private company which offers logistical support to those jungle training units - while at the same time being tasked by the BDF to be in charge of those operations. Today the Prime Minister told us he didn't know much about it:.. Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "I will speak to the Minister of Defence and the officials in the Ministry. Clearly there is a need for a thorough going investigation and I am positive that, I certainly will insist that no stone is left unturned to get to the bottom of this. It sounds and looks bad, but I guess final judgement must be suspended until the investigation is concluded, but investigation there will be."

ACT Cops Caught A Gun
Today, police sent out a story to prove that their ACT operation is making arrests. Last night, around 10:45 pm ACT officers were patrolling Tribruce Street when they saw a man take something form under this shirt, and throw it into someone's yard. The officers searched the yard and found a .38 special revolver with multiple live rounds. The man was identified as 22-year-old Devon Nicholas. Today he was charged with " a kept firearm without having been granted a gun license and kept ammunition without having been granted a gun license".

Alleged Murderer Goes to Trial Within A Year
A man has been committed to stand trial for the murder of a minor which happened earlier this year. On January 18th, 15-year-old Jaheem Mahler was riding his bike on Iguana Street when he was shot 8 times and died. Twenty-eight-year-old Carl Reneau was arrested and charged with the murder. Today, Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford held a preliminary inquiry which ended in Reneau being committed for trial in the January, 2018 session. This is not the first time Reneau has been before the court. In 2008 he was charged with the attempted murder of Delroy Matura and in 2009 he was accused of the murder of Brian Williams.

Pizza Man Robbed
Yesterday Yonardo Rash, a pizza delivery man reported to the police that while making a delivery he was held at gunpoint by several young men. They stole his wallet which contained $150 along with personal documents. Today twenty-one-year-old Norman Vernon Jr. a sales clerk was charged for the robbery when he appeared in court. He pled not guilty to the charge and was remanded in custody until December 19th, 2017.

UNFPA And the Worlds Populations
Today at the Radisson, the UNFPA launched The State of the World Populations Report in Belize City. The report highlights why countries struggle globally when it comes to economic growth and development. According to the Liason officer of the UNFPA, the report is a breakthrough because goes beyond looking the usual issues that are identified. She gave us more insight this afternoon. Tisa Grant, United Nations Population fund Liaison Officer : "This particular report is path-breaking because it goes beyond the standard economic measures that one would look at such as wealth and it looks at how there are other inequalities such as inequalities in access to sexual and reproductive health, information services, commodities etc. and how these things affect a person's ability to generate income as well as a countries economic development growth."

When The Trainees Become Trainers
In the beginning of October, we told you about the Gang Reduction and Education Training program. 25 police officers attended where they were trained and certified to become GREAT instructors. After the course, they took the information they learnt to the classroom, and today after a few weeks of hard work, their students graduated. 7News was at the ceremony at the community centre in Ladyville and we heard how meaningful the training was to all involved. Randy Lawrence, Corporal of Police/G.R.E.A.T Instructor: "The course has different outlines. You had decision making. We taught them about bullying and the actions and consequences in society." "It is a move to ensure that they resist gang in the event that someone tries to recruit them."

Cheers For Capital Cops
On Monday, we told you how Belmopan Police moved swiftly and decisively to wrap up their investigation into the armed robbery at the First Stop Pawn Shop. It happened on last week Thursday where 3 men held up the manager and her employee at gunpoint and robbed the pawnshop of $8,500 in cash, and 51,000 dollars in assorted jewelry. Well, in less than 72 hours, Sergeant Julio Shal, Corporal Mateo Carrillo, Constable Jose Uh, from Belmopan, worked with Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Cowo from Belize City to crack the case. They recovered 95% of the stolen items, and 3 people from Belize City were arrested and charged in connection with the crime.

Halloween Street Sights
We leave you tonight with footage form the streets of Belize City where trick or treaters in all kinds of customs overtook the town, eager to get candy and any kind of sweet stuff... Some were scare, but most were as sweet as that candy they crave...good, enjoy and join me back here tomorrow

Channel 5

C.C.J. Settles B.T.L. Dispute – US $78 Million for Ex-Owners
Eight years of costly legal battles between the Government of Belize and Dunkeld International Limited, a subsidiary of the Ashcroft Group, over the final payment for the 2009 B.T.L. acquisition, [...]

G.O.B. Has 9 Days to Find Money
A release from the CCJ points out that the court is holding G.O.B. to tough terms if payment is not met in the prescribed timeline, thereby imposing an interest rate [...]

Eamon Courtenay Says P.M. Must ‘Come up’
The predicament that government now finds itself in, according to Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay, is entirely the responsibility of PM Barrow, who privately negotiated the settlement of compensation package with [...]

Financial Secretary ‘Disappointed’
So, roughly eighty million U.S. dollars in ten days.  It’s perhaps the biggest disbursement that government would have made in respect of the B.T.L. saga within such a limited span.  [...]

P.M. Says It’s Over – Will Pay by Deadline
Prime Minister Barrow, following this morning’s decision, called a press conference this afternoon to address the judgment.  While government will meet its obligations to Dunkeld and B.T.L. Employees Trust in [...]

Did Court Miss Point of Audit Objections?
As we’ve reported, government’s attorneys made it a point before the CCJ that they would not accept the results of independent audits done on behalf of Dunkeld and the Employees [...]

P.M. Counts on Tourism Boost to Overcome Pain
The drawing down on seventy-eight million U.S. dollars from the Central Bank’s reserves at this time of year raises serious concerns.  Will the local economy be adversely impacted by the [...]

P.M. Barrow Concedes Errors in Settlement Agreement But It’s Not All His Fault
The drafting of the settlement agreement between the Prime Minister and Lord Michael Ashcroft, as well as their respective attorneys, has been criticized as poorly put together.  The CCJ bench [...]

Opposition Calls Final Resolution ‘Absolute Disaster’ for Belize
This afternoon, the People’s United Party released a statement of its views on the judgment, which it calls an “absolute disaster” for Belize.  It points out that the timing of [...]

Couple, Terrorized in Corozal Home Invasion, Packing Up to Leave
Burglars roaming in the Corozal District have traumatized the community. The latest victims of armed robbers are expats Michael and Janet McGhee. The elderly U.S. couple has been living in [...]

City Youth Nabbed for Attack on “Chainsaw” James Swazo
A Belize City youth has been arraigned for the attempted murder of well-known taxi-man, James Swazo, who was shot on October twenty-ninth, 2017 at his home in the Jane Usher [...]

How Late Leela Vernon Benefited from Cabinet Decision on Renewing Passports
Minister of Immigration and Nationality, Senator Godwin Hulse, made his first appearance before his Senate colleagues on the Special Select Committee this morning in Belmopan. He was questioned on various [...]

Participants in Nationality Rush Took Advantage of Obvious Loophole on Residency
Opposition Senator Eamon Courtenay revealed during this morning’s testimony that, among the rush of secret informants to the Special Select Committee, an unnamed source visited him some time ago with [...]

Director, Not Ministers, Has Final Say on Visa Grants
The law on granting visas for entry into Belize places discretion solely on the shoulder of the Director of Immigration, assisted by her juniors in the department, to accept or [...]

P.M. Proclaims B.T.L. Still Worth It
Notwithstanding the exorbitant cost that the people of Belize have ultimately paid for B.T.L., PM Barrow maintains that it was all worth the money.  That’s a hefty price tag of [...]

Audit Shows ‘Different Level’ of Alleged Corruption in B.D.F.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow this afternoon lent his support to a full investigation of Belize Jungle Experience Limited.  The company is being audited by the Audit Department for appearing to [...]

Elvin Penner, You’re On Your Own!
Back to the senate hearings…Former minister Elvin Penner was appointed back in 2012 to join Godwin Hulse in the immigration ministry and was assigned direct responsibility for the Immigration Department.  [...]

Findings on Won Hong Kim
The infamous Won Hong Kim affair, while not the start of the Immigration Department’s troubles, certainly exacerbated them. After its discovery multiple investigations were triggered, including the one that led [...]

Ladyville Police Certify 124 GREAT Students
Criminal activities linked to gangs continue to be one the challenges for local cops.  Since 2008, the Belize Police Department has been tackling the growing issue through the Gang Resistance [...]

LOVE FM

CCJ orders GOB to pay US $78 Million in Less than 10 Days
The Government of Belize has been ordered to cough up US78 Million dollars by the Caribbean Court of Justice which handed down its ruling this morning. The matter is in relation to the BTL Arbitration matter. The CCJ has ordered that US $62, 849, 794.23 be paid to Dunkheld International and US $15, 314, 006.84 […]

PM says the Monies have been Budgeted
Prime Minister Dean Barrow called a press conference this evening in Belize City where he addressed the recent CCJ ruling. According to the Prime Minister, the US $78 million has long since been set aside and it will not increase the national debt. Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister “The money is money that we […]

PM Disappointed in CCJ’s Ruling with Regards to BTL’s Trust
During the press conference, the Prime Minister also expressed the disappointment in the CCJ’s ruling with regards to how much monies will be going to the BTL employee charitable trust. Rt.Hon.Dean Barrow, Prime Minister “We do feel that the Belizean people have been shortchanged in that the amount of the funding of local projects is […]

Immigration Minister drilled by Senate Select Committee
The Special Senate Select Committee convened today and appearing before the committee is Senator Godwin Hulse, Substantive Minister of Immigration. Senator Hulse had said back in May that he was looking forward to appearing before the Committee to clear up doubts and point out improvements that have been implemented in the department since the scandals […]

PM criticized CCJ’s Judgment
Prime Minister Dean Barrow, today, also criticized a portion of the CCJ’s judgment. Rt.Hon.Dean Barrow, Prime Minister “The Ashcroft Alliance could never have expected that they would simply present us at the last minute with these so-called audited liability claims and that we would have swallowed those whole, the court said that and that is […]

Minister Questioned on Investigation into Findings
Minister Hulse was also questioned on the investigations that should have been conducted following the conclusion of the audit. When asked, the Minister agreed that Police did not and does not need the report of the Special Senate Select Committee to launch that investigation. Senator Mark Lizarraga “And certainly is my opinion at least that […]

Financial Secretary comments on the High Cost of Fuel
The price of Premium Gasoline has yet to decrease as promised by Prime Minister a few weeks ago. This morning the media caught up with the Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight, who explained why. Joseph Waight – Financial Secretary “The fuel prices are a composite of many things, a lot of it has to do with […]

UNFPA Launches Population Report
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) globally launched the state of world population report on October 17 and today, November 1, the report was launched in Belize in collaboration with the United Nation’s residential coordinator office at the Radisson Fort George Hotel. Liaison Officer of the United Nations Population Fund, Tisa Grant, spoke to Love […]

BTB launches On-line Portal
Tourism is one of the pillars of Belize’s economy. The Belize Tourism Board is tasked with the responsibility to develop a market and implement tourism programs that will allow them to operate efficiently and effectively. It was with this in mind that the online portal was developed. The Director of Marketing, Karen Pike tells us […]

GREAT Graduation
This morning students from three primary schools: Our Lady of the Way Primary School, Ladyville Seventh Day Adventist Primary School, and Ladyville Evangelical Primary School assembled at the Ladyville Community Centre for the graduation exercise of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program. The program is geared toward steering children away from gangs, and […]

Evarisco Chun Acquitted of Murder
Forty-seven-year-old Evarisco Chun, a farmer of San Antonio, Toledo, charged with murder, was acquitted of the charge today by Justice Denis Hanomansingh in Dangriga Supreme Court. A viore dire was held to determine the admissibility of a caution statement that Chun gave to the police. Chun’s attorney, Leeroy Banner, submitted that Chun was detained for […]

Jeremy Gillett Charged with Attempted Murder
Twenty-year-old Joshua Jeremy Gillett has been charged for attempting to allegedly murder James Swazo. Gillett was formally arrested and charged with ‘attempted murder’, ‘dangerous harm’, and Use of Deadly Means of Harm. Swazo was shot on Sunday, October 29 while at his home in the Jane Usher Boulevard area. Police say that the gunman called […]

Carl Reneau charged with the Murder of Jaheem Mahler
Twenty-eight-year-old Carl Reneau, charged with the murder of 15-year-old Jaheem Mahler, was committed today for trial in the January session of the Supreme Court after a preliminary inquiry was held in the court of Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. The prosecution tendered 32 statements, 5 reports, a post-mortem examination report, a sudden death report, the copy […]

Man Wanted for Impersonating the Governor General
Police are looking for 23 Elston Elijio, a resident of Dangriga Town accused of creating a false Facebook account of the Governor General of Belize, Sir Colville Young. Investigators say that Elijio is wanted for the crime of ‘forgery’. Police say that he used the email ‘colville_young@yahoo.com’ and pretended to be the Governor General. They […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

FinSec says gas prices high because of transport cost
Financial Secretary Joseph Waight, responding to questions about promised fuel price reductions at the pump, […]

Devon Nicholas charged for gun and ammo
Last night before 11:00, Belize City police officers patrolling Tibruce street saw a man riding […]

Justin Usher not aspiring for political office
Activist Justin Usher was charged on Monday for allegedly assaulting a police officer after an […]

Nail in the coffin? $160 Million due in 9 days for BTL settlement
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) this morning dropped the hammer on Belize, delivering a […]

Belmopan police feeding program receive donation from SanCas
This morning, the Belmopan police formation received a donation from Santiago Castillo Company Ltd. in […]

Police launch G.R.E.A.T cup sporting competition
The opening ceremony for the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (G.R.E.A.T) CUP 2017 was […]

Belize Electronic Licenses and Permits System (BELAPS) to be Inaugurated tomorrow
Tomorrow, Taiwanese Ambassador H.E. Charles K. Y. Liu will hand over the Belize Electronic License […]

Transport Minister signs MOU with Mexico
Yesterday, Belize’s Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Edmond Castro, in the presence of […]

Massive reduction in murders and crimes in Belmopan
Belmopan police are reporting a massive reduction in the murder rate in their jurisdiction, particularly when […]

Blogs

Coming Here Was the Best Decision We Ever Made
“We have been traveling to Belize since 1997 and have never found a country with more caring, welcoming, and positive people,” says Lisa Cyrier. “And it’s gorgeous, too. We can travel from the beach to the rainforest in just a few hours. And the tropical climate suits us just fine.” For three years now, Lisa and her husband Ronnie, 46 and 48 from Chicago, Illinois, have made their home on the island of Ambergris Caye. But this couple aren’t ones for just lazing on a beach all day. They enjoy an impressive array of water-based activities on Ambergris. “We can take our pick from snorkeling, kayaking, boating, fishing, or maybe we’ll take the paddle boards out,” says Lisa. “We aren’t fully retired yet, so we can’t spend all day, every day just lounging around. But I can’t imagine a more wonderful place to hang out. Some days, the weather and the water are just too hard to resist, so we go play. Freedom is the key, and we have set up our lives to allow plenty of freedom to do what we want to do, when we want to do it.”

Halloween Bar Crawl 2017 and my “Holy Crap” Scary Moment
Tacogirl does a tour through Halloween festivities at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar, Sandy Toes Beach Bar, Holiday Hotel, Palapa Bar SAGA Fundraiser, Wayo’s Haunted House, and the Legends Roadhouse Halloween Pop Up Party. 6 fabulously fun Halloween parties in 4 days with only one "Holy Crap" Scary Moment the entire time. Crazy Canucks, Sandy Toes and Legends Roadhouse all made nice additions to the party circuit this year. Although that made it more challenging for endurance and extra costume planning. Thankfully I have a small manageable collection. This year I went ultra simple and added a ghost dress and a kitty cat. Canucks was smart. They decided to get people while fresh and claimed Friday night for the first party of the season this year. I donned my smiling ghost dress and started walking to the popular beach bar to meet a few friends.

International Sourcesizz

November Atlantic Hurricane Outlook: The Season is Not Over Yet
The tropical Atlantic is quiet, with no threat areas to discuss, and no reliable models predicting development of a tropical cyclone during the coming five days. The waters of the tropical Atlantic are certainly warm enough to support development, with sea surface temperatures (SSTs) well above the 26°C (79°F) threshold typically needed to support tropical storm formation (Figure 1.) In addition, the large-scale circulation pattern during the first week of November will favor upward-moving air and an increased chance of tropical storm development over the Atlantic, due to the current positioning of the Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO), a pattern of increased thunderstorm activity near the Equator that moves around the globe in 30 - 60 days. The MJO is expected to weaken thereafter, and will neither favor nor suppress Atlantic hurricane activity into mid-November.

What the Caribbean could learn from Taiwan – Part 1
There are countless, wonderful sites throughout the Caribbean with immense historical significance. I question, though, if many of these places receive the efficient investment and even visitation numbers that they rightly deserve. I can only speak mostly for Honduras and its Caribbean sector as this is where I live myself. Along the entire coastline one can find Spanish forts built to guard their territories from British piracy during the age of discovery (16th – 18th centuries). Many bays and inlets too are laden with historically important zones that were perhaps the hideouts of buccaneer crews led by infamous figures such as the Welshman Sir Henry Morgan, a pirate or privateer – depending on one’s perspective. Just to mention, Morgan is, according to my family, an ancestor of ours. Anyway, I would say that all these locations are under-invested and have much under-achieved potential. The attitude of many Hondurans being polar to that of the Taiwanese. On once asking a Honduran fellow about the old pirate hideouts his comic response was indeed unexpected.

The Weekend to screen in Belize
On the heels of its sold-out screenings at the TT Film Festival in September, The Weekend’s international premiere is slated for the Belize International Film Festival next weekend. “At first glance, our film is about a group of Trinis with a lot of history who decide to spend a weekend together in a beach house in Blanchisseuse,” said director Sean Hodgkinson. “But that is just scratching the surface. What we have really done is use comedy to address pertinent issues that are often swept under the rug in TT.”

Sunken gold from shipwreck could be sold
A court-appointed receiver has asked a Franklin County judge to approve the sale of $30 million of gold brought up from the SS Central America shipwreck to help satisfy claims of creditors and investors. The 16,000 artifacts recovered in 2014 by the Odyssey Marine Exploration’s dive on the 1857 wreck off the Carolina coast include gold dust, coins and bullion. An original estimate had placed the value at $47 million. It is not the gold recovered in the original 1988 dive that is the subject of federal court proceedings against treasure hunter Thomas G. “Tommy” Thompson, who is suspected of hiding that gold.

ECLAC proposes integration of disaster risk management into development policy
Caribbean countries are now equipped to better prepare themselves for and minimize damage and loss incurred from natural disasters. This following the recent publication by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) of a new policy brief entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management Strategies in National Development Instruments”. This timely publication follows on the heels of two major hurricanes, namely Irma and Maria, which devastated several Caribbean islands during the last few months. Building on ECLAC’s extensive experience in the area of damage and loss assessment, accrued over the years by virtue of its continued support to countries in Latin America and Caribbean, the brief describes the integration of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) into development policies.

Videos

  • NEW BTB ONLINE PORTAL, 1.5min. Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to inform you of the initial steps we are taking to improve our services to you. With the changes in technology and growing demand of the industry, we are cognizant of the necessity to continuously improve on efficiency as we work together in this vital and important tourism industry.
  • Science + Soul Wellness at Mahogany Bay Village, 3min. With a bright, beautiful, fully-equipped aerial yoga studio and a world-class faculty of wellness experts, Science + Soul Wellness in Belize, offers retreat hosting programs that bring peace, adventure, and elegance to every aspect of our retreats.

  • Soul Ambrosia Retreat, Belize, 6min.

  • Belize Vacation, 22min. We spent our time at Hamanasi in Hopkins, Belize. Had a great time and some great excursions!

  • San Pedro in Belize - La Isla Bonita, 4min. We sailed in from Chetumal, Mexico and arrived in San Pedro. San Pedro is the dominating town on Ambergis Caye, but the whole island is much more famous as Isla Bonita. Although Madonna never really confirmed she sang about this island in her song, Isla Bonita is a trademark for San Pedro.

  • Hummingbirds and Hurricane Earl in Belize, 1min. Weathering an unexpected hurricane during fieldwork for my Master's research in Belize, Central America BIOL6069 Advanced Field Projects



  • FIRST FEMALE SURGEON OF BELIZE, 6.5min. Tonight we can report that Belize has accomplished a great milestone as Orange Walk’s very own, Dr. Rosita Jimenez, has been named as the first female General Surgeon for Belize. While Dr. Jimenez has recently returned to Belize to officially begin her career… today we had the opportunity to speak one on one with her.

  • Tanya Carter video premiere 'Million', 36min. on Open Your Eyes...

  • Basic Self-defense Techniques, 32min.

  • 4th CARICOM–MEXICO Summit, 59min.

  • Placencia YOGA, 23min.

  • Jeff Corwin and a Tapir at the Belize Zoo, .5min. While in port in Belize, Jeff Corwin visits The Belize Zoo and meets a new friend, Indie the Central American Tapir! Learn all about this unique species on this week’s episode of Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin.

  • Belize 2017, 6min. First time in Belize!

  • Mr Petaz Jr and the Boom and Chime Band performing live for our ICDF Taiwanese guests at the House of Culture., 1min.