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Palapa Bar hosts Saga's 14th Spooktacular Halloween party
The Saga Humane Society (Saga) held its 14th annual Halloween Spooktacular party on Sunday, October 29th at Palapa Bar and Grill in San Pedro Town. Every year the Saga brings Halloween to the island's pet with dogs, cats and other creatures dressed up in costumes, some accompanied by their humans. There were a lot of giveaways, great food, drinks and music from 11am through 4pm, and attendees had a great time and supporting a worthy cause. As patrons enjoyed Palapa's spread, pets mingled around as well. From Hotdogs, Melting Hershey's chocolate, Angel's, Cowboys, Scuba, Wonder Woman, Vampires, to a "Cereal Killer", the outfits were pawsitively adorable! Pet owners had a chance to participate in raffles, silent auctions, and even face painting, all leading up to the main highlight: the pet costume competition.

CCJ rules GOB to pay Ashcroft group US$78.16 Million compensation for BTL nationalization
The Government of Belize lost its appeal before the Caribbean Court of Justice, which ruled on Wednesday, November 1, that GOB must pay US$78.16 Million to corporate partners of the Ashcroft Group by November 10, 2017, as compensation for the nationalization of Belize Telecommunications Ltd (BTL) in 2009. GOB will make one payment and be done with it, bringing to an end the saga of GOB's compensation to BTL, Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow stated, as he explained the CCJ ruling in a live media broadcast at Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City late Wednesday afternoon. The Government of Belize needs to pay $62,849,799.23 Million to the Dunkeld group. The remainder $245,155.36 to be paid in Belize dollars was to be used to fund charitable projects to benefit Belizeans. GOB must also pay US$15,314,006.84 to the Employees Trust and also Bze$10,300,518.34.

Terror Squad takes the lead of the Copa San Pedro 2017
During the eighth week of Copa San Pedro, six games took place at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. The first two were played on Thursday, October 26th. At 7PM, Sandy Point faced Jokers F.C, with an easy 4-0 victory going to Sandy Point. At 9PM, the second match saw Terror Squad dominating 7-1 over Victoria House Jr. The last two games of the week are scheduled for Sunday, November 5th, starting at 5PM, with San Mateo F.C versus Victoria House Jr, and at 7PM, Sandy Point faces Assassin's F.C. Islanders are invited to come out and support their favorite team this weekend. Food and refreshments will be on sale during the games.

Danae Bejerano wins 2017 Dental Week Poster Competition
On Friday, October 27th, as part of Dental Week activities, the Dental Department of the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II organized a poster competition among the primary schools on the island. The competition was a means of raising awareness on dental hygiene among the young students. Children had to create a poster that illustrated this year's theme: "Many different languages, but a beautiful smiles speak them all." Students from different primary schools participated, with the top three winners from San Pedro Roman Catholic School. First place went to Danae Bejerano, while second place went to Derick Nu�ez and third place to Ryan Ramirez.

Prime Minister of Belize and Mexican President meet during IV CARICOM Mexico Summit
On Wednesday, October 25th, Mexico President Enrique Pe�a Nieto arrived in Belize, for the first time to participate in IV CARICOM Mexico Summit. Pe�a Nieto's participation aims to consolidate the progress of the IV CARICOM - Mexico Summit and endorse Mexico's recognition of the importance of cooperation with the Caribbean in matters of security, migration, climate change mitigation and prevention of natural disasters. Belize Prime Minister Rightful Honorable Dean Barrow opened his address saying, "I wish, first, to welcome all of you to Belize. Whether you are a first-time visitor to our shores or have been here before, you will know either by reputation or experience that our tremendous physical attractions and the warm hospitality of our people are very much yours to enjoy."

Ambergris Today

Belize Tourism Board Launches New Online Portal
As part of its continuous efforts to improve its service to tourism stakeholders, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) today launched a new online portal at its main headquarters in Belize City. The portal will be linked to the BTB's website and is designed to be simple, user friendly and allow industry partners to conduct various types of official business such as licensing, guest registration and payments from the comfort of their homes or offices.

Misc Belizean Sources


Miss Earth Belize
Miss Earth Belize Iris Salguero at #3 on Miss Earth's Hot picks for Preliminaries on Intelligence: Last Sunday, the delegates underwent a nerve wracking test of their wit and intelligence. The panel of judges consisted of environmental specialists and advocates. The delegates' understanding of environmental platforms and global environmental issues were at the forefront of this preliminary judging. Top 3 BELIZE!!!! 1. Slovenia "a woman is not complete without her... beautiful smile" - Relaxed,Regal 2. England " (project) the lingerie is made out of soy bean fabric & is 100% biodegradable" - Confident,Knowledgeable& advocacy driven 3. Belize "Passionate for the conservation of natural resources" -confident,well spoken

CPBL Belize at the 35th International Fair in Havana (FIHAV), Cuba
Citrus Products Belize Ltd. (CPBL) is promoting an extensive product line of citrus concentrates, by-products (pulp cells, oils and essences), value added products (natural tetrapak juices, squashes - juice mixers and citrus pellets - animal feed) at the 35th International trade Fair in Havana, Cuba from 30 Oct -3 Nov 2017. The fair boasts 3,400 exhibitors and 50 chambers of commerce from across the world. The Manager and Belize's Chamber of Commerce and Industry in his capacity as President. CPBL is also represented by Ms. Jo Anna Rosado, Manager for sales, distribution and for Valley Manufacturing. Belize's Ambassador to Cuba, Annie Burns, First Secretary, Shantal Marin, and the Embassy staff are assisting Belize's delegation.

Belize Defence Force Deploys Soldiers to Commonwealth of Dominica
Belmopan. November 2nd, 2017. The Ministry of Defence wishes to inform the Public that the Governor General of Belize, His Excellency Sir Colville Young, has authorized the deployment of Belize Defence Force soldiers to the Commonwealth of Dominica. A Platoon of thirty-five soldiers (35) have been deployed to Dominica on November 1st, 2017, as part of the hurricane relief effort after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. During this time the soldiers will work primarily on the construction of roofs and other building repairs. The Platoon is commanded by Captain Miguel Tuyub from the Light Engineers Company, Services and Support Battalion. The soldiers are expected to return by Mid-December 2017.

End of the World Marathon
TIME Sun Dec 10, 2017, at 05:30 am. VENUE Placencia, Belize, Central America, Belize. Fundraiser for our High School Students...Exercise for all of us...Beer and good times. We walk...We Drink...We Help. Sign Up today. $80us for the half marathon.

4th Swan races: 5K & 10K & 2.5K (kids), in Peninsula Placencia
TIME Sun Nov 05 2017 at 08:00 am. VENUE Seine Bight, Belize. and this year.... the half 5K for young people 9-11 and the 4h series in the "Young Runners for Life". For everybody but mostly for beginners who want to have a healthy life and they see in this kind of races the best way to start with this new challenge, in the Peninsula of Placencia. Also for the runners that are training for The End of World Marathon. Open for everybody. Online registration here: ( no registration the day of the race) Like the End of the World Marathon, all proceeds will go towards high school scholarships for Belizean children. ( Rotary program)

Cacao Ceremony
TIME: Saturday, November 04, 2017 at 05:30 pm, VENUE: Placencia Beach, South of Fusion Restaurant, Placencia, Belize. Cacao is a healing plant medicine from Central and South America, is considered by some as 'elixir of gods', is used in ancient Mayan tradition and rituals to open their hearts and expand their consciousness.Raw cacao (raw chocolate) is a source of Phenylethylamine (PEA) which is a natural alkaloid, it acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and is the chemical responsible for producing the feeling of love. A cacao ceremony is an opportunity to connect with yourself and open your heart. In our ceremony, we will be meditating, doing an inspiring yoga for the ceremony, breathing work, chanting, and more surprises!!!! Please book your space in advance by paying the total cost $50bz per person. Tickets will be available at ' Unique jewelry' below Mojo in Placencia Village.

A power outage is scheduled for the entire Orange Walk District on Sunday, November 5 from 6:00am to 2:00pm.
Necessary for BEL to conduct maintenance and testing of equipment at Orange Walk substation, install lightning arrestors on distribution lines; and replace poles carrying high voltage and transmission lines.

Cayo Cancer Walk 2017
The 2017 Cayo Cancer Walk was a huge success, with 1000's of people walking and running from Central Farm, across the new bridge, to Macal River Park. Adma's Photography captured 100's of great pictures from the event. The San Ignacio Cancer Society also got some good pictures from the event. "Another wonderful turnout for this year's 5th Annual Walk!! Thank you to all our donors; to all the families; to our entire community for coming out and for their overwhelming and kind support. Official pictures and thank you's to follow early next week. To everyone who contributed to our 5th Annual Cancer Awareness Walk held on October 28th 2017, we sincerely thank you.

Oceana and Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage present recommendations t the Natural Resources and Environment House Committee
On Wednesday, November 1st, Oceana and the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage verbally presented its recommendations to the members of the Natural Resources and Environment House Committee at the National Assembly Building. That Committee was chaired by Minister John Saldivar and included members Ministers of State Dr. Angel Campos, Elodio Aragon, as well as Opposition members/Area Representatives Florencio Marin Junior and Jose Mai. Also present was the Deputy Solicitor General Albert Edwards. Substantial recommendations included removing the clause that references "compensation" for oil companies since all existing oil license expired in 2015 and on the basis of written documentation from the Ministry of Petroleum that no new licenses had been issued by the Government of Belize given its policy based moratorium; larger fines and stiffer penalties be imposed in the event of a breach; and that a mechanism for public notice and consultations be incorporated should any future parliament be minded to lift the moratorium.

Oceana Wavemakers
On Saturday October 28th, 2017, Belizeans from across the country gathered at the Belmopan Civic Center to participate in Oceana's Annual General Meeting (AGM) of its dedicated volunateers, our "Wavemakers". During the event, several Wavemakers were awarded certificates of appreciation for their sensational support for Oceana's campaigns and initiatives over the past year. Oceana was proud to recognize the St. Catherine Academy (SCA) Wavemaker Club and parent Mrs. Tania Mahler as the 2017 Wavemakers of the Year. Special guest speakers included social media influencer and model, Joyjah Estrada and Belizean fashion designer and owner of Twig & Pearl, Rebecca Stirm. Estrada championed the use of sustainable fishing gear by sharing her first-hand experience of being "caught" in a gillnet as a part of Oceana's advocacy against the use of gillnets at sea. "Being stuck in a gillnet is no joke," Estrada shared. "I had cuts and bruises. I imagined what creatures like turtles, dolphins, manatees go through. They are worth more alive than dead. Until we stop the nets, we are drowning our chances of relying on the sea in the future."

Banquitas holds annual Finados celebration
Banquitas held its annual Finados celebration in honor and memory of our dearly departed. We want to sincerely thank all those that help in one way or another. it means a lot to us that we can count on you all to carry out this tradition. I want to thank Ms. Libertad Cal for being our right hand in this. She is always with us every year ensuring that we carry it out. Most of the items on the altars belong to her and for that we are more than grateful. While setting up Ms. Libertad ensures that we all know the meaning of all the essential elements on the altars. Thanks to Ms. Felicita Cantun for being our guest speaker. Ms. Fel gave the history and explain all the important elements on the altars to give all a clear understanding of this tradition. She was a vital role in this celebration.

The Placencia Breeze November 2017
What's Inside: Pg 3 Chef Trinell's Garifuna Specials Pg 6 Young Runners for Life Pg 7 Croc Corner Pg 8 Halloween in Placencia Pg 9 From the Fire Hearth - Garifuna Cuisine Pg 10 Fragments of Hope Press Release / End of the World Marathon Pg 11 PHS What's Happening / Seine Bight Girls Running Club Pg 15 & 18 Placencia BTIA Members Pg 16 & 17 Placencia Peninsula Map Pg 19 Ms. Cunchie's 80th Pg 20/21 Placencia Peninsula Guide Pg 22 A Call for Artists / Miracle on Elf Street Pg 23 S.E.A. at Laughing Bird Caye / Kirwin Ramirez Pg 26 Community Corner Pg 27 John B's Obit Pg 28 Rotary Ladies Gala / Rotary Seniors Day / Placencia Sailing Club Awards Pg 29 Mistletoe Ball Pg 30 Placencia Peninsula Happenings Pg 31 Calender of Events

New addition to the Hol Chan fleet of enforcement vessels

Today Colorado came to BZE (via FLL)
Glad we got a couple pics. Hope to see you again soon "Colorado One"

Riverside Tavern's Halloween Bash 2017
If you would like to take a look at the photos from Riverside Tavern's Halloween Bash 2017.

Dance X BZ
Nov. 22-26, Belize City, Orange Walk, Dangriga, San Ignacio. Performances by local and international dance companies.

Annual South Ambergris Neighborhood Watch "Potluck" Chicken BBQ
Please join your friends and neighbors at the Annual South Ambergris Neighborhood Watch "Potluck" Chicken BBQ. When: Sunday November 12th @ High Noon Where: Caribe Island, 2 1/2 miles south Turn towards the sea at Marin's Market and meet under the palapa. Please RSVP to Randy Watts - [email protected] by Wednesday November 8. Bring your favorite dish or beverage to share with all. Bob's Famous Chinese Auction will be held - Great Fun. Bob's Famous Chinese Auction will be held - Great Fun.

Belize extends "A Dollar for the Caribbean Relief Fund" for another month
The Dollar for the Caribbean Relief Fund campaign launched last month by the Belize Tourism Board, in collaboration with the tourism industry stakeholders, to assist victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria has been extended for the entire month of November. The funds will be collected from October 1- November 30st. Any donations post end date are still welcomed and will be disbursed accordingly. The Belize Tourism Board will donate a $1 for every tourist arrival for the months of October and November and the initiative is that each stakeholder donates a $1 for every guest; therefore, creating a multiplier effect. The BTB initiative is being supported by participating agencies and tourism stakeholders such as the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), the Belize Hotel Association (BHA), Tour Operators, water taxis, hoteliers and local airlines amongst many others.

Doctor Rosita Jimenez on Caye Caulker today
Helo, I'm Dr. Rosita (general surgeon) and tomorrow evening, November 3rd, i will be in caye caulker with my husband Dr. Yoannel (Orthopedic surgeon). You are all welcomed to consult wih us in the island. Just pass by celinas house or call me at 6606839. So if you suffer from pain in the shoulder, elbow, knee, hip, etc.., then feel free to come and consult.

Launch of Model Guidelines for sexual offence cases in the Caribbean Region
An official ceremony was held in Belize City on Thursday, October 26th for the launch of Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean Region. Our Belize Now team was at the ceremony and found out how these guidelines are expected to impact the justice system. The Model Guidelines can be accessed online at the JURIST Project Facebook page. The information can be downloaded, and the public is encouraged to access and share the information. The JURIST Project is a five-year regional Caribbean judicial reform initiative funded by the Government of Canada, and is being implemented by the Caribbean Court of Justice on behalf of Global Affairs Canada and the Conference of Heads of Judiciary of CARICOM.

IDB's Multilateral Investment Fund and the Belize Livestock Producers Association partner to improve livestock sector productivity and climate resilience in Belize
The Belize Livestock Producers Association (BLPA) and the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB), yesterday signed the Technical Cooperation Agreement for the project entitled "Improving Livestock Sector Productivity And Climate Resilience In Belize", during the 20th annual Inter-American Forum on Microenterprise (FOROMIC) - Latin America and the Caribbean's most important annual event on microfinance and entrepreneurship organized by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the IDB Group.

Flood Mitigation Works in Sarawee - Stann Creek District
NEMO equipment is in Sarawee Village in Rural Stann Creek District carrying out Flood Mitigation works. That village, which is in the Dangriga Constituency, is one of the communities most affected by seasonal flooding. Area Representative Hon. Frank Mena says that he is thankful for the assistance from NEMO in this respect. For his part, Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management Hon. Edmond Castro emphasizes that his Ministry and NEMO are placing a high priority on drainage as a means of reducing the impact of flooding nationwide. He also says that going forward they intend to seek international assistance in obtaining more equipment to increase the Flood Mitigation works particularly during the dry season.

36 Cayo Youth Complete Job Preparedness Training
Thirty-six youths from San Ignacio and Santa Elena have graduated from a Job Preparedness Training course as part of the Employability Enhancement component of the Ministry of Human Development's Youth Rise Project. During the 8-week course, the eighteen young men and eighteen young women, aged 14-24, were exposed to a variety of topics including skills identification; personal SWOT analysis; effective communication; conflict management; Belize's Labor Laws; work etiquette; career exploration, resume and cover Letter writing; and interview skills.

2nd Annual Garifuna Fashion Show
Foreva Fancy Boutique along with the San Pedro Garifuna Executive are proud to bring to you the 2nd Annual Garifuna Fashion Show. This years theme is "Progress Lies in Unity.... Always Remember". Nov 11th at 8pm at the Central Park. Free Entrance. Come see a demonstration of culture meets modern fashion show.

DAVCO Cultural Expo
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 - Fun for the entire family, including cultural presentations, music, food, and beverages. Friday, 17th November 2017, from 9am to 5pm at Corozal Central Park. If you are a Maya mestizo, mestizo, creole, garifuna, East indian, chinese and feel proud of your culture, share this flyer. It is our responsibility to revive our culture. If you are willing to participate at the DAVCO expo, feel free to contact Deima Sanchez at 6026659 during working hours or at email [email protected]

As a token of appreciation because of the excellent relationship between Mexico and Belize, President Enrique Pe�a-Nieto donated a full-size replica of an Olmec Head to the people of Belize. The stone Head (9 tons) was placed at the roundabout facing the Embassy of Mexico in Belmopan. The Embassy recognizes the invaluable support of CEO for Economic Development, Yvonne Hyde; Print Belize Limited and Belize Signs LTD. in making this project a reality. This video of the installation of the Head was recorded by the latter.

Orange Walk Invites! 7th Annual Taco Fest. November 26th, 2017.

FCD field technician visits El Chajul, Mexico
On the 7th of July, 2016 FCD entered unto a trinational agreement for joint management and conservation of scarlet macaws with Guatemalan and Mexican counterparts. As part of the agreement, FCD's field technician, Francisco Galicia recently visited El Chajul, Mexico to report on the advancements.

Interviewing Techniques for Victims of Human Trafficking
The U.S. Embassy, in coordination with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, provided training on Forensic Interviewing Techniques for Victims of Human Trafficking to over 65 Government of Belize officials from five different agencies: Human Services; Police; Immigration; Customs; and Department of Public Prosecutions. The Embassy continues to support the Government of Belize's efforts to reduce human trafficking. The three-day training course was held at the Biltmore Hotel from October 31 to November 2, 2017. Victim Assistance Specialist Instructors from U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the Human Trafficking Institute shared best practices on how to identify and successfully interact with victims of Human Trafficking. These best practices will contribute to successful criminal cases against perpetrators of these offenses.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Get Nuts! Valerian, Ingrid Goes West, Goodtime.

Channel 7

Remains On Coastal Are That of a Caucasian
On Monday we told you about the remains of a human skeleton found on the Coastal Road on Saturday night. But, since then, there have been no clues as to whose remains they might be. Well, tonight, we know more. Police got some forensic information on the skeleton this morning, and it is not a female - as had been initially speculated. ASP Alejandro Cowo went into more detail: ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB: "This morning the pathologist conducted a post-mortem on the remains and the information that we have received so far is that the bones that were examined it was that of a male person ranging between 40-50 years. It is a Caucasian male person and the information is that it appears that it was at the site for 6 months and the person according to the indication of the post-mortem had some kind of injury on his left leg. He was limping so that can give us an idea more or less to try and establish if we have this person that was reported missing sometime in the past."

Honduran Human Trafficker Sold Sex Slaves To San Pedro
Tonight there is major news coming out of Honduras saying that a woman was arrested for trafficking teen girls into Belize for prostitution. A report in La Prensa, a Honduran newspaper, say that Denia Suyapa Ochoa was detained in San Pedro Sula during an operation called "Fire Storm". Ochoa, who works in the Honduras Ministry of Health and according to the Protection of Women Agency, she would enlist young females - minors - who would be taken to San Pedro, AMBERGRIS CAYE to work at a brothel. That's where, the taproot says, these teenagers would be exploited sexually and forced to do work.

US Gives Training In Trafficking Detection
It's left to be seen if Belize will score any points with the US for being a part of this successful operation. We say that,. because, as we've reported Belize is in the doghouse according to the Us State Department, this is one of only two countries in the entire western hemisphere marked as Tier 3 for human trafficking. The Government is trying assiduously to get out of that dismal classification, and that's why it is accepting training from the Department of U.S Homeland Security. Today, they wrapped up training for over 65 officials from 5 departments on Forensic Interviewing Techniques for Victims of Human Trafficking.

Julio Choc to Be Charged For Fatal Accident Causing Death of Melissa Murillo Andrews
Police say this man, Julio Choc is the man who ran over and killed 32 year old mother of one, Melissa Murillo Andrews - while injuring her husband, 35 year old Allen Andrews. It happened over the weekend on the Southern highway between miles 11 and 12. On Tuesday night Belmopan police got the tip that led to the discovery of his cargo truck with a damaged front end. And the alleged driver was detained the next day. ASP Cowo gave us the update. ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB: "A male person was detained yesterday at Belmopan. He was escorted to Dangriga police station where he will be definitely charged today. His name is Julio Choc." "The vehicle that was suspected to be involved in the accident was impounded and inspected yesterday and is presently at the Dangriga police station."

Corozal Woman Shot In Home
A 22 year old woman is in stable condition at the Corozal Community Hospital tonight. Yesterday morning, Brenda Jandrez was at her home on Mahogany Street in the Corozal District. She was stepping out of a room adjacent to her house when suddenly she heard a bang an immediately felt a burning sensation on her stomach. ASP Cowo told us a little more. ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB: "Initial information is that she was inside of a house at Mahogany Street which is her address along with another male person when a gunshot was heard inside of the house and she resulted with injury and at present, she was admitted at the KHMH in critical condition."

Post Mortem Says "Ry-Bo" Ingested Toxic Substance
54-year-old exterminator Ryan Swift died last week Saturday under unusual circumstances. Today, police confirmed that he was poisoned. Swift was at his residence and office on Saturday morning having a drink with his 61-year-old brother Steve. Steve left to get something and when he came back, Ryan was seizing on the ground. Steve ran to get help, and the same thing then happened to him. Steve survived and remains in the hospital but Ryan died. Police say that his office area that did contain toxic substances. Today the results of the post-mortem examination were released and confirmed Ryan Swift did die due to the consumption of a toxic substance. The investigation is still underway as police are now awaiting the toxicology report - which can take weeks.

Pink Eye Cost Plenty!
The Pink Eye Outbreak may be on the decline, but social security sickness benefits are on the increase. The Social Security Board says that in the eight weeks between September 4 and October 29, 2017, there were a total of 7,852 conjunctivitis claims submitted. That work out to almost one in ten workers insured by SSB. And the total payout in sickness benefits so far? That figure is in excess of one million dollars. The highest number of cases were in Belize City and Belmopan - which are also the largest branches. But the highest prevalence rates were in the north, mainly Orange Walk and Corozal where more than 11% of insured persons have claimed a benefit. Belmopan follows closely behind at 10.3%.

BDF Soldiers Off to Dominica
For weeks now we've been covering the catastrophe on Dominica after the monster storm Maria whipped the island nation with category 5 winds. Well, now, the BDF is going to help them out. A press release today says that the Governor General has authorized the deployment of a platoon of 35 soldiers. They left yesterday, and they will work primarily on the construction of roofs and other building repairs. The platoon is being commanded by Captain Miguel Tuyub, from the Light Engineers Company, Services and Support Battalion. Their help is much needed, because about 90% of the structures on the island have been either damaged or destroyed.

BELAPS: The Grand Digital Convergence
Those paws that lover butter and those hustlers that love cheese aren't happy that Belize is slowly migrating to e-government - where processes and forms are handled online. The first major step is today's launch of the Belize Electronic License and Permit System, known as BELAPS. The 3.5 million dollar project is funded by the Taiwanese Government and spearheaded by Belize's Central Information Technology Office. Here's what it does: BELAPS creates an electronic platform linking the Fisheries Department, the Forestry Department, the Belize Bureau of Standards, BAHA, the Customs Department and the Ministry of Agriculture for a one-stop online service.

Education Minister Challenges Union
And while we had the Deputy PM in front of the camera - we had to ask him about the recent hardline taken by the BNTU. They sent out a press release last week saying that he was a part of a ministerial boycott of the Public Accounts Committee. At that point, Faber had already told the news that there was no boycott, it was absence due to illness on the part of his 3 ministerial colleagues who are PAC members. But the teachers union didn't buy it; they took the Opposition's line and blazed up the Government for a boycott. Today, we asked Faber for his thoughts on the hardline stance taken by the BNTU:...

WWPD = What Would Patrick Do?
He has previously suggested that his colleagues embracing Vega are wrong to do so, and Mena recently blasted Faber and his agents - though not by name - for buying out the Dangriga Municipal Convention. Today we asked how he would handle the Vega matter if he were party leader:... Jules Vasquez - Reporter: "Were you to lead the UDP, would you say that Gaspar Vega cannot run on a UDP led by Patrick Faber?" Hon. Patrick Faber - Deputy Party Leader, UDP: "Why do you continue to make mischief? In fact, I remember when you put the question to the Prime Minister in the press conference you prefaced that by saying that you had already asked me and I gave my views or if it was not you, it was your agent."

The White Van And The Wolf
And finally from the Deputy Prime Minister tonight, we asked him to comment on those "white van" stories that have been circulating on Facebook. As the story goes, this tinted mystery van has been kidnapping children, or trying to induce children to step inside. But, police say they have no reports, and Faber says, neither does the Ministry of Education. He warned against scare-mongering:... Hon. Patrick Faber - Deputy Party Leader, UDP: "I believe that a lot of scare mongering has happened. In terms of the abduction of children and these white van stories - every time we hear them, as a responsible ministry what we do is we check with the police. "

Bus Wars, The Ramos REMIX!
And from a van to a bus.On Tuesday night's newscast, we told you about the accident between two competing lines, which happened at the foot of the Vernon Street Bridge. On Saturday evening, a Stuart Bus and a Ramos Bus ended up wedged together after they both tried to get over the bridge at the same time. It's part of the ongoing bus wars where the different companies jostle for passengers, and depending on who you talk to, the other party is at fault. 2 days ago, Darren Stuart told us that it was the driver of the Ramos Bus who was at fault. From Stuart's perspective, the Ramos Bus driver tried to overtake him on the approach of the bridge, and that's what caused the accident. Well, this evening, Bert Ramos called us to complain that this wasn't how it happened. Ramos told us that his son was giving way to a vehicle in front of him, and in that moment, it was Stuart who tried to overtake him in the inside lane.

Hulse On The Asian Persuasion
On last night's newscast, we brought you coverage of the latest Senate Hearing on Immigration where Godwin Hulse, the substantive Minister responsible for Immigration, testified. As we showed you, it was a robust conversation where the Senators on the Special Select Select Committee grilled him on a great many topics related to that Department, and the findings of the Auditor General in her report. So, we continue tonight with our coverage of that hearing, where PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay was challenging Hulse on Asian visitors. We pick up the conversation where they were discussing on the apparent misrepresentation of Asians who apply for visas to come to be Belize and say they are investors, but just end up opening stores instead. Here's that back and forth:

Full Audit Possible?
The Senators also wanted to get his take on the Auditor General's recommendation that a full audit on the list of all nationalities that the Department has granted since 1986 up until now. When the Senators asked him about that, he said, it's a costly exercise that may be impossible to do. Here's how he explained why: Godwin Hulse - Minister of Immigration: "It will be an impossible task; 1981, absolutely not for the simple reason that there are a lot of things that happened through successive administrations from that period of time, it would become an impossible task. I know for a fact that, for example, in 1993 there were directives given to the then minister of the immigration department to process a couple of hundred nationalities disregarding all charges, disregarding all check, no picture, no nothing."

Hulse Supports Snapshot Forensic Audit of 2012 Runup
Of course, PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay didn't allow that one to go unchallenged. As you heard, Hulse's suggestion is that an audit be done of the Asians, Middle Eastern natives, and the Europeans who ended up becoming Belizean citizens. Courtenay then asked him about the possibility that there are Central Americans who were given nationality that they did not qualify for, in exchange for votes. There is still that unanswered question of those almost 2,000 new citizens who were given nationality in the run up to the 2012 elections. Courtenay challenged Hulse on that rush:

The Weight of Minister's Letters
The Senate Committee also asked Hulse to share his thoughts on the concern from the Auditor General that his ministerial colleagues were a corrupting influence on the Immigration Department. As you've repeatedly seen in the hearings, UDP Ministers, politicians, and politically connected persons were sending recommendations for hundreds of applicants for visas. So, the Senators asked him about the effect of those letters, and here's his take on that: Eamon Courtenay - Senator for the Opposition: "Are you aware of the practice of ministerial colleagues writing "recommending" persons for visas." Godwin Hulse - Minister of Immigration: "Yes." Eamon Courtenay: "Would you regard that as being improper?" Godwin Hulse: "Well it depends on how the thing was written. For the most part what I have heard is that those letters were written and say please help so and so and so, if al is in order or if they meet the requirements or words to those effect."

Did Hulse Police Penner?
And you may remember last night how Hulse was very disappointed that there were public officers who he and senior staff at the Department felt were culpable for the Won Hong Kim scandal. They managed to get off without any serious consequence, and so, Senator Courtenay wanted to know about Elvin Penner. He asked if Hulse was policing Penner when he was running the day-to-day operations of the department. Here's what how Hulse answered that one: Eamon Courtenay - Senator for the Opposition: "What was the working relationship between yourself and Minister Penner in the ministry?" Godwin Hulse - Minister of Immigration: "It's similar to what exists now with Minister Williams."

Opening The Immigration Backdoor
And finally tonight, we go back to Hulse's conversation with Courtenay about backdoor operations that may have been taking place at Immigration. Courtenay told him and viewers tuned in that an informant has come forward to describe a hustle where there was wholesale forgery of stamps and signatures to dupe the Immigration Officers into thinking that persons qualified for nationality, when they did not. It's supposedly an election hustle for votes, and here's how that Hulse answered that one: Eamon Courtenay - Senator for the Opposition: "A man came to my office and explained to me that he worked on behalf of UDP ministers to get nationality for people who did not qualify. And he explained to me that all he needed was the person's passport and he would decide that this person is going to be in Belize for 7 years."

Is E-Government The Solution To Immigration Woes?
And while the endless Senate inquiry is all about a horse that left the stable so long ago, even the scent of dung is now faint.what's the solution going forward? It should be obvious that e-government - the same kind we told you about in our last segment - is the solution. If every step of the immigration process was indexed and insulated within a secure electronic system - then all these arguments about those that got nationality in a few months wouldn't exist. Every step of the process from visitor, to resident, to citizen, to passport holder would be time-stamped, and time-locked within the system and visible to all parties all down the line - no more funny business with missing files or "wet-stamps." But, it's impossible to contemplate such an elegant electronic solution for immigration when there's a gaping hole in the system: that's the apex identity document: the birth certificate, which can be fraudulently obtained and used to cut through all the red tape like a hot knife through butter, thus tricking the entire system.

Balling for Allah?
And moving ahead in the spirit of peace-making, The Ahmadiyya along with Naveed Mangla started a basketball league in Belize about three years ago. The league has grown into something special as young men come together to learn more than just basketball skills. The league sends the different teams to represent Belize at competitions in Mexico, and, today, after much practice they went to Chetumal to take part in a tournament. We spoke to some players and the commissioner about the upcoming competition: Rodvern Lino, AHMADIYYA Basketball League Commissioner: "It is a pretty fierce competition. Our guys are challenged and pushed to the limit but so far they have been doing well."

Muslim Speaks Up For Peace and Tolerance
On Tuesday, New York City fell victim to the second largest terror attack since 9/11. 8 people were killed when a truck rammed into a bike path a few blocks away from the World Trade Centre Memorial. The driver of the truck is a follower of ISIS and a Muslim. For peace loving followers of Islam, these attacks give their faith a bad name. That's why, this morning Naveed Mangla, President of the Belize Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at explained that those who undertake these terror attacks are not even considered Muslim by many because they don't actually practice the religion. Naveed Mangla, Belize AHMADIYYA Muslim Jama At President: "More than 1.6 billion people are Muslim right that makes around 24% of the world population Islam so if logically thinking about it."

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G.O.B. & B.N.T.U. Spar; Patrick Faber Accuses Elena Smith of Neglecting Teachers
For some time, the government has been locking horns with the Belize National Teachers Union.� The eleven-day strike last October took them to the brink and while tensions appeared to [...]

Union Hits Back: Do You Want a Fight?
This evening, News Five spoke to B.N.T.U. National President Elena Smith for a response on that charge as well as other related issues.� Essentially, her response is 'bring it on!' [...]

The 2 Sides of PAC Boycott Controversy
The minister responded to a letter from PAC Chairman and P.U.P. Deputy Leader, Julius Espat, saying that cabinet ministers did not boycott a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee last [...]

B.N.T.U. Replaces Elena on Teaching Services Commission
In regards to the Teaching Services Commission, Smith told us that it was the Ministry that brought the issue to their attention and only one meeting has been missed as [...]

Coastal Road Remains are Male, Older White Man
The charred, skeletal remains of an unidentified person were discovered off the Coastal Road on Sunday.� Since then the Belize Police Department and forensic pathologist Doctor Mario Estradabran have been [...]

Corozal Woman Shot at Home is Critically Injured
Violence has sparked up in Corozal where an elderly couple was viciously attacked in an early morning home invasion on Monday. This Wednesday, a woman was shot in the abdomen [...]

Corozal Double Murders Still Unsolved
So far for 2017, there have been a staggering one hundred and twenty-three murders across the country. Belize City has taken the majority with fifty-two homicides, that's over forty-two percent [...]

Police Nab Suspect in Camalote Home Invasion
An aggravated burglary took place in Camalote Village two weeks ago, where an individual known as Ryan Hyde reportedly made off with several items, including a pair of laptop computers.� [...]

Honduras Grabs Chief of Sex Trafficking Operation which Reached into Belize
A major arrest is being reported in Honduras on an issuing plaguing Belize and neighboring countries.� No less than an employee in the Ministry of Health in Honduras was arrested [...]

As Training Takes Place, Belize Buckles Up to Tackle Trafficking
Earlier this year, Belize was ranked in Tier Three by the U.S. State Department as one of the worst offenders in the region for trafficking persons. Considering that Belize was [...]

On White Van Menace, Education Minister Says Don't Feed the Predators
Since last week, photos began surfacing on social media of a heavily tinted, white van without license plate spotted in several communities in the city and the west. It caused [...]

Carl Reneau Faces Second Murder Trial for fifteen-Year-Old
Prison inmate, Carl Reneau, an electrician of Iguana Street in Belize City will have to stand trial for the murder of fifteen-year-old Jaheem Mahler, a student gunned down during a [...]

Driver in Andrews' Couple's Hit-and-Run to be Charged
The driver of a delivery vehicle that fatally knocked down Melissa Andrews, as she rode on a motorcycle along with her husband from Sittee River to Silk Grass Village last [...]

S.S.B. 'Pink-Eye' Claims Hit Million-Dollar Threshold
Since an outbreak of pink eye almost two months ago, schools, as well as workplaces, have seen a considerable decrease in the population of students and employees.� While missing classes [...]

A Quiz That Helps You Save Money
The third annual 'Father Marion Ganey Quiz Competition' finals took place in Belize City today. Winners from the six districts competed to answer questions about finance and credit union knowledge. [...]

Excelsior High School Still Says No to Drugs
Excelsior High School launched its annual drug awareness week today in Belize City. As a part of the activities, students are participating in a number of competitions, which school officials [...]

Education under the Influence? Marijuana Causing Reduced Performance in School
But despite years of drug awareness activities, Excelsior High School still struggles to reach some of its students. The school reports that there are students who attend classes while under [...]

Celebrating "The Day of the Dead"
The Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead, known as D�a de Los Muertos, is being observed today in that country and parts of northern Belize as well. It is [...]

E-government Charge Moves to Licenses and Permits for Imports/Exports
Belize and Taiwan have partnered to create a new online licensing system that will make the process of importation and exportation of goods much simpler, called the Belize Electronic License [...]

Healthy Living: Preparing for Cold and Flu Season
As temperatures go down, the number of colds and flues goes up. If you're hoping to minimize the amount of sneezing and coughing you'll have this flu season, then this [...]


One Person Detained For Shooting Of Young Mother In Corozal Town
On Wednesday we reported on the violent incident in Corozal Town which resulted in a young mother being shot in the stomach. 22 year old Brenda Jandrez was at home on Mahogany Street in the Halls Layout area when around 8:20 in the morning someone hidden in the shadows fired a single gunshot at her. The shot caught her on the stomach and the bullet remained lodged inside. A blood stained mattress could be seen inside the single room house. Today the Police gave an update from Belize City, informing that they have one person in custody as part of their investigations.

Mexican Authorities Confiscate 35000 Cigarettes Near Belize/Mexico Border
Mexican authorities confiscated 35,000 cigarettes when it intercepted a van transporting the contraband goods near the Belize-Mexico border. On October 29th, the authorities intercepted the van at a checkpoint in the Botes community. The van speeded up instead of slow down when approaching the checkpoint, but it did not get far. The driver of the van ended up losing control, and the van careened off the road and into a ditch. The driver and passengers jumped out of the van and escaped by running away.

Farber Tells Off BNTU For Comments On Cancelled PAC Meeting
Last week Thursday, the Opposition and the Belize National Teacher's Union condemned the Government-appointed members of the Public Accounts Committee for being absent at a scheduled meeting. PAC should review the Auditor General's audit of Government finances dating to fiscal year 2012-2013, but the first meeting could not proceed because neither Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, Tracy Taegar-Panton, John Saldivar nor Frank "Papa" Mena were in attendance. Today Deputy Prime Minister Faber commented on the BNTU's reaction.

Woman In Honduras Arrested And Charged For Trafficking Young Girls To San Pedro Ambergris Caye
There are disturbing reports that a woman in Honduras was detained and arrested for trafficking teen girls into Belize for prostitution. Reports in La Prensa, a Honduran newspaper, indicate that Denia Suyapa Ochoa was detained in San Pedro Sula during an operation by authorities called "Fire Storm X". Ochoa was employed at the Department of Health and according to the Protection of Women Agency, she sought young females who would be taken to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye to work at a brothel. While there, the female juveniles would be exploited sexually and forced to do work.

Minister Hulse Raise Concern About Vital Statistics Unit
During previous testimonies before the Senate Committee by the Director of Immigration Diana Locke, the weaknesses at the Vital Statistics Unit which is responsible for the provision of birth, death and marriage certificates was considered a threat to the work of the Immigration Department. Yesterday during his testimony at the Senate Hearing the Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse shared his concerns, indicating that something has to be done to improve the department's security features.


PM: "Ruling will not Add to the National Debt"
Yesterday Prime Minister Dean Barrow explained to the nation that the US $78 million that it was ordered to pay by the Caribbean Court of Justice before or on November 10, has been set aside. The Prime Minister shared that since they already knew the total amount that would be paid; this ruling will not [�]

The Payment Due is 25% of Belize's Foreign Reserves
The US $78 Million that Government says it will pay by November 10 is approximately 25% of Belize's Foreign Reserves. The payment is due just before Christmas and the PUP says it's when the demand for foreign reserves is at the highest. The Opposition is demanding that GOB makes sure that the Belize Dollar is [�]

PM: Money will be Replenished Through the Tourism Industry
Either on or before November 10, Belize's Foreign Reserves will be US $78 Million less. That's a huge chunk of money which Prime Minister Dean Barrow says will be replenished through the Tourism Industry. Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "This is also the season when there are lots of exports and the tourism service; [�]

PM: Acquisition of BTL Worth It
The acquisition of Belize Telemedia Limited has cost the Government and by extension taxpayers, hundreds of millions of dollars. But the PM says that it was all worth it. Rt.Hon.Dean Barrow, Prime Minister "When you look at the whole thing in the round what we have paid, which is what the tribunal found we were [�]

PM comments on Sunshine Holdings Ltd
While the legal war for Belize Telemedia Limited has finally come to an end, the same cannot be said for Sunshine Holdings Limited, an Ashcroft company, and Social Security Board. More than ten years ago, SSB loan Sunshine Holdings $10 million dollars to buy shares in BTL. When GOB took over BTL, it also acquired [�]

Woman Arrested for Abducting Young Girls
A Honduran woman was arrested by Honduran authorities on Wednesday for abducting young girls and bringing them to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, where they were forced into prostitution at a bar on the island. La Prensa reports that the woman, Denia Suyapa Ochoa, was arrested in San Pedro Sula where she worked in the Ministry [�]

Corozal Shooting leaves Woman Hospitalized
A shooting incident in Corozal Town has left a woman hospitalized in a critical condition. Police say the shooting occurred on Wednesday sometime after eight o'clock in the morning, and are currently investigating. ASP Cowo briefed the media on the case. "Corozal police visited the Corozal Community Hospital where they observed a female by the [�]

Findings from Autopsy may help Police Identify Charred Remains
The autopsy on the charred remains of a human that were found late afternoon on October 28th on the Coastal Road has provided police with more information that can lead them to an identifying the individual. This morning, Assistant Superintendent of Police Alejandro Cowo shared the findings of the examination conducted on the bones. ASP [�]

Faber comments on BNTU's Statement
On October 27, the Belize National Teachers' Union, BNTU, fired off a statement in which it placed on record its "condemnation of the four Ministers of the United Democratic Party, UDP, who were no-shows of the meeting of the Public Accounts Committee, PAC." The PAC was supposed to meet the previous day, October 26, in [�]

Faber Responds to Comment by NEAB
On October 31, the National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) held a press conference and one of the issues brought up was that the government has not responded to their concerns on the rights of church-run schools. Today, Faber was asked to comment on the statement made by NEAB. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister "The [�]

Ryan Swift died of Poisoning
An autopsy on the body of forty-five-year-old Ryan Swift showed that he died due to poisoning. The autopsy results also indicate that Swift had consumed the toxic substance. As reported earlier this week, Swift was socializing with his brother sixty-one-year-old Steven Swift early Saturday morning at their house located on Central American Boulevard. Ryan Swift [�]

Police have one Suspect in Custody for Hit and Run
The Belmopan Branch of the Police Department has played a key role in locating a suspect believed to have been involved in the traffic incident that claimed the life of twenty-nine-year-old Mellisa Murillo on Saturday. The incident happened between miles 11 and 12 on the Southern Highway. Police say that Murillo was on a motorcycle [�]

Vasquez's attacker Still at Large
Police continue to investigate the death of 82-year-old Ricardo Vasquez. As we reported before, Vasquez was reportedly robbed and savagely beaten on October 14th while at Kent Market, a game room located at the Corner of Water Lane and West Street. Today ASP Cowo said Police are looking at surveillance footage to identify Vasquez's attacker. [�]

Mali Herrera has been discharged from KHMH
Seven-year-old Mali Herrera, who was shot in her back on October 24th while inside her house on New Road, is back home. The child was with her grandmother 60-year-old Judith Rocke watching the news in their living room when gunshots rang out and both were hit. Police continue to investigate the case but today, ASP [�]

The Public was Briefed on the Fire Trucks
One of the most common criticisms that the National Fire Service receives, especially after a house fire, is that they responded with not enough water. Today the National Fire Service staged an exercise at the Yarborough Field in Belize City, aiming to sensitize the public about the capabilities and limitations of the fire trucks. Fire [�]

Taiwan handed over BELAPS to GOB
This morning, an inauguration and handing over ceremony took place at the Radisson Fort George where the Republic of China (Taiwan) handed over to the Government of Belize the Belize Electronic License and Permit System (BELAPS). Today's realization of BELAPS has been five years in the making and this momentous achievement will assist the Government [�]

BDF Soldiers Deployed to Dominica to Assist in Relief Efforts
The Ministry of Defence issued a statement this morning in which it says that Governor General of Belize, His Excellency Sir Colville Young, has authorized the deployment of Belize Defence Force soldiers to the Commonwealth of Dominica. A Platoon of thirty-five soldiers was deployed to Dominica yesterday as part of the hurricane relief effort after [�]

Belize Participating in FIHAV 2017
Citrus Products Belize Ltd. (CPBL) is participating in the 35th International Fair in Havana, Cuba. CPBL is promoting an extensive product line of citrus concentrates, by-products, value-added products, which commenced on October 30 and is expected to conclude tomorrow. The fair boasts 3,400 exhibitors and 50 chambers of commerce from across the world. Representing CPBL [�]

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We have the money to pay for BTL
Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow called a press conference on Wednesday November 1 to brief the nation on a judgement handed down by the Caribbean Court of Justice which will see the Government of Belize making a final payment to the former owners of Belize Telemedia Limited of US $78,163,806.07; Dunkeld International Investment Ltd. is to be paid $62,849,799.23 and Belize Telemedia Employees Trust $15,314,006.84. There is an additional $245,155.36 to be paid to Dunkeld and $10,300,518.34 to be paid to the Belize Telemedia Employees Trust. The amounts, however, will be used to fund charitable projects in Belize and will be paid in Belize dollars.

A step closer for Maya Communal Land Rights
After 2 successive hearings before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the Government of Belize, the Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA) and the Toledo Alcalde's Association (TAA), have reached a common ground on how the ongoing implementation of Maya Communal Land Rights will move forward. There were five points of disagreement between the two sides, and with the intervention of the judges, that has been reduced now to only one. Although these Mayan Leaders continue to complain bitterly that the Government is dragging its foot on making communal land rights a real system of land ownership, the Government appointed Commission has been diligently doing its part to make sure that the launch of this new land rights system has minimal negative consequences for Southern Belize.

Police officer in jail for unlicensed firearm
A police officer, PC Carlisle Bol, was detained by another officer outside of the Elements Night Club on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Bol got engaged in an argument with another man and an on-duty officer thought that Bol was armed with a knife but that object turned out to be a gun. PC Bol appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford on October 30, 2017 where he was read a single charge of keeping firearm without a gun license. In court, where PC Bol was represented by attorney Leeroy Banner, he pleaded not guilty to the charge but due to the nature of the offence, he was remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until January 21, 2018.

The good old Justin
On Sunday night a video recording, starring one Justin Usher, went viral on social media. Readers may remember the name Justin Usher from late September, as one of those youths who got some media attention during the time Kelvin Usher (no relation) had purportedly gone missing. Justin is one of those young persons who had taken to the streets, in an effort to raise awareness in regards to Kelvin being missing. At the time Justin and some others were of the opinion that the GSU were responsible for Kelvin being missing. Perhaps all of you remember that narrative and how it played out in the end, so we will not go into any further details about that issue. Justin has been making a name for himself as some sort of activist ever since then. He has been hooking up with those known ACTIVISTS FOR HIRE such as Brackett, Uc Espat, Rivers, Sulph and also the PUP .

Churches complain about marijuana law
The National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB), a fracture group of Evangelicals, which was once a part of the Belize Association of Evangelical Churches, has decided that the public must hear their objections to the amendment of the Misuse of Drugs Act. They take issue with the removal of penalties for the possession and private consumption of 10 grams or less of marijuana. As readers know, the change in the law, which allows for that small but significant change, has been passed by the House of Representatives and by the Senate. It only requires the signature of assent from the Governor General for the law to take effect, and the Attorney General Ministry was hoping for that to take place on Wednesday, November 1.

Jurisdiction in Cayo experiences reduction in major crimes
Crime numbers in localized areas of the Cayo District continues to fall. Officer in Charge of San Ignacio Police formation Richard Rosado reports that for the period January to September 2017 when compare to the same period in 2016, his jurisdiction saw a reduction of major crimes by 14.7%. "This feat was accomplished through the support from the community and the community leaders," Superintendent Rosado reports. "To all the volunteer special constables thank you, to the People's Coalition Committee and the neighborhood watch groups and their leaders, thank you."

BTB's Online Portal effective November 1, 2017
Given the advent of the age of technological advances, the Belize Tourism Board has been working on an online portal to benefit stakeholders. While this will be executed in three phases, phase one of the portal was opened on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. The first phase of the initiative will benefit over 800 hotels in the area of tax submissions. The previous system required hoteliers to manually file tax returns then take them to an office of the BTB and a bank. Now they will also be able to execute payments and licensing with the online portal. Under this new system, the process will be offered in a more concise, efficient, and convenient way. Apart from the involvement of tourism stakeholders, the major banks of Belize, Atlantic Bank, Belize Bank, Heritage Bank, and Scotia Bank, have all been a part of the development and success of the project.

Cops rewarded for good work
Corporal Mateo CarRillo, Sergeant Julio Shal, and Constable Jose Uh, and Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Cowo have been awarded for their good police work. These 4 officers were responsible for solving an armed robbery at the First Stop Pawn Shop in Belmopan. In less than 72 hours, these four cops managed to recover 95% of the stolen items from that robbery. Readers are aware that 3 armed thieves robbed the manager and her employee of $8,500 in cash and an assortment of jewelry at a value of $51,000.

Cuba goes to the UN General Assembly for the 26th time to end embargo
On November 1, 2017, the Cuban Government, for the 26th time, appealed to the United Nations General Assembly for a resolution entitled "Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba." The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the Government of the United States against Cuba has been in effect for almost 60 years. While some restrictions were relieved under the Obama Administration, the blockade was not put to an end and it is now being tightened even more under the Trump Administration. The measures aimed at tightening the blockade were announced on June 16, 2017.

Finados: remembering David Morey in Cayo
As is traditional during early November, the San Ignacio and Santa Elena House of Culture NICH celebrated 'Finados' on Wednesday in honor of the departed. A three-tier altar was set up inside the House of Culture in San Ignacio on Wednesday morning to remember the favorite foods that a once prominent citizen, David Morey, loved in real life. In prayers, Catholic prayer warrior, Marcely Ayala called on the family members of David Morey to prepare, so that when the Lord calls us that we will do his will. Lupita Ferguson, coordinator of NICH told us that students had been invited to attend today's events, because the tradition of the Finandos is slowly being lost. As children, we can remember family members praying intensely during the Finados after which a sumptuous meal was shared on behalf of those who have moved on.

Johnny opens old wounds on Airport Authority
We are not certain what it was that emboldened Johnny Briceno to make public a leaked document from within the Social Security Board on Thursday of last week. The document was an internal memo which the Investment Committee of the SSB prepared to consider a loan of 7 million dollars for the reconstruction of the Caye Caulker Municipal Airstrip. The memo basically rejected the application on the grounds that BAA would not be able to service the debt especially because it already has a 17-million-dollar loan with the SSB and the additional one would put a cash crunch on the authority. The recommendation was that a new application be made for a smaller amount would be more feasible for the BAA. With that the BAA has since reapplied for 4 million dollars and again the SSB is considering the application.

Transport Minister signs Memorandum of Understanding with Mexico on International Motor Carrier, Passenger and Freight Transportation
In Belmopan on Tuesday, October 31, Belize's Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Hon. Edmond Castro, in the presence of Mexico's Ambassador to Belize, H. E. Carlos Quesnel Melendez, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on International Motor Carrier, Passenger and Freight Transportation between the Government of Belize and the Government of the United Mexican States. The Memorandum of Understanding has been signed on behalf of Mexico by Federal Motor Carrier General Director, Licenciado Adolfo Elim Luviano Heredia.

Operation ACT - Addressing Crime Together
2017 has seen a record number of murders in the country of Belize. While crime on a whole has seen a downward trend, murders have been on the increase. In the past few months the number of murders, especially in the city reached insufferable proportions. It was found out that the murders which are mainly as a result of turf, drugs and its proceeds in some instances were being perpetrated intra-gangs. So, it was no longer limited to warring factions and the eventual repercussions due to revenge were unacceptable and thus the Government of Belize took steps to address this.

Portal to all artists in Belize
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service, the National Institute for Culture and History, the Office of the Music Ambassador, the Belize Coalition of Service Providers, and the Music Industry Association of Belize were present at a handing over of the platform "" on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. This platform, which is the first of its kind in Belize, will function as a united entity in which several local artists can promote their craft in one central location. For now, the site will only house musicians but in the future, other artists will have the ability to share and promote their craft.

PUP's has no candidates for Belize City Municipal elections
At the Guardian, we are informed that the PUP are planning some sort of rally in Belize City to introduce the candidates that will run for the upcoming municipal elections. So far, they have only been able to secure the person who will run as mayor but as to the candidates all we hear are rumors of persons who will be selected. And even the mayoral candidate, as we understand it, his agreeing to run for the PUP comes at a hefty price, which will put a significant dent on the PUP coffers. As we are told, the money will not be used for campaigning. That is a separate type of financing, which will be earmarked for something else.

BTL Supervisor on bail for allegedly wounding his estranged common-law wife
A Senior Supervisor at the Belize Telemedia Limited was in court on Monday, October 30, 2107 to answer to criminal charges of wounding and damage to private property made against him by his estranged common-law wife. He is 51-year- old Colin Craig. In court where he was represented by attorney Tricia Pitts, Craig appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford. He pleaded not qualify charges.

Separate shootings in Belize City leave two dead and 5 wounded
On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, police visited the K.H.M.H where they saw 28-year-old Cardinal Andrews suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the right forehead and to the back of the head. Initial investigation revealed that Andrews, a laborer of Burrell Boom, was sitting on a car on Partridge Street when he was approached from behind by a male person who fired the single shot at him causing his injuries. By Sunday, October 29, Andrews succumbed to his injuries. Police are investigating and have since detained an adult and a minor in connection to the shooting which turned to murder.

Attempted murder in San Pedro
On October 25, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., San Pedro police visited the polyclinic where Alexia Del Carmen Melendez, a 45-year-old resident of San Mateo Area, San Pedro Town, was seen suffering from cut wounds to left side and lower part of her neck. Initial investigation reveals that earlier that date, Melendez was walking home when a man riding a bicycle approached her and attacked her with a knife inflicting the injuries. Police have since arrested and charged Gilbert Anthony Palacio, a 28-year-old construction worker of San Mateo Area, for the crimes of grievous harm, use of deadly means of harm, and attempted murder.

Justin Usher assaults police officer and bawls injustice
On October 28, 2017, WPC Crystal Noralez attached to Eastern Police Division North Strike Team reported that while working at the Sit and Sip Lounge at 2:45 a.m. along with other officers, a group of young men exited the establishment. While they exited, one of the young men, 26-year-old Justin Usher, began behaving disorderly and demanded that the police officer return his cap. Even though the young man was told that it was his friends that had the cap, he continued to behave disorderly and punched WPC Noralez to the lower left chin.

Mark Rhaburn remanded for stabbing common law wife and two children
Nikita Smith, a 31-year-old mother, and her two children ages 12 and 13 were viciously attacked inside their home and the culprit accused of causing their injuries has been identified as Smith's common-law husband and the step-father to her two children. He is 47-year-old Mark Rhaburn Sr., a construction worker of Hattieville Village. Rhaburn was arraigned on the morning of Monday, October 30, 2017 before Magistrate Aretha Ford where he was read three counts of wounding.

Norman Vernon in jail for robbing pizza man
A salesman of Liberty Store, 21-year-old Norman Vernon, is accused of committing an armed robbery upon a pizza delivery man and now he finds himself on remand at the Belize Central Prison. Vernon appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Aretha Ford on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 to answer to a single charge of robbery. The allegations against Vernon are that on Monday, October 30, 2017, he stole 2 large pizzas, a black wallet containing $150, a JEC shop ticket, registration papers for a motorcycle, and various other documents all to a total of $507.50. The crime was committed against Yonardo Rash with the use of a firearm.

Pawn shop thieves caught
Since their brazen day-light robbery of a Pawn Shop in Belmopan on Thursday of last week, Belmopan Police have been in hot pursuit of three people. Their work has paid off as Ryan Rhaburn, 20-year-old Belizean pawn broker, who resides at number 87 Amara Avenue in Belize City was charged on Saturday with abetment to commit robbery. Henry Sosa, a 22- year-old of 29 Iguana Street in Belize City was charged with two counts of robbery and one count of handing stolen goods. Sosa was also charged jointly with Shada Davis, 21 year old from 29 Iguana Street with handling stolen goods.

Pen gun lands Randy Petillo on remand
On Friday, October 27 2017, 26-year-old murder suspect Warren Lewis appeared in Supreme Court to hear a ruling on a bail application he had before the court. Judge Herbert Lord handed down his ruling after his attorney Darrell Bradley went seeking bail for his client on a number of unconstitutional wrong doings. On Friday, October 13, 2017, Attorney Bradley submitted four grounds on which he asked the court to consider granting bail to his client. The first ground was that Lewis has suffered serious hardship because he has already served 8 years and 2 months in jail. Also, that his client has previously undergone two trials and is awaiting the third trial but has not yet been indicated when that would be.

Skeletal remains found on Coastal Road
Dangriga police visited an area on the Coastal Road approximately 10 miles from La Democracia Village on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at about 9:00 a.m. where the skeletal remains of a human were found. While the sex of the remains has not yet been ascertained, the police believe that it was an act of murder because the remains were charred beyond recognition. The remains were found by the family member of a missing person who believes that the remains are that of a female due to the length of hair and pair of underwear found in the area. At this time, however, the incident is being treated as that of a sudden death and referrals to the list of missing persons will be done.

Warren Lewis denied bail in murder case
On Friday, October 27 2017, 26-year-old murder suspect Warren Lewis appeared in Supreme Court to hear a ruling on a bail application he had before the court. Judge Herbert Lord handed down his ruling after his attorney Darrell Bradley went seeking bail for his client on a number of unconstitutional wrong doings. On Friday, October 13, 2017, Attorney Bradley submitted four grounds on which he asked the court to consider granting bail to his client. The first ground was that Lewis has suffered serious hardship because he has already served 8 years and 2 months in jail.

Freedom Fighters and San Pedro Pirates wins in Premier League play
The Premier League of Belize Opening Season Competition continued over the last weekend with 4 games on the schedule. On Saturday 28th October, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, the Belize Defence Force FC and Police United FC played to a 1-1 draw. The Police United FC was the first to make it onto the scoreboard when Camilo Sanchez scored the 1st goal of the game in the 41st minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. However, the lead was short lived when Vallan Symms scored the equalising goal for the Belize Defence Force in the 46th minute of play for the 1-1 draw.

National Elite Basketball League season to open January 18, 2018
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) will be tipping off its fifth consecutive season on Thursday, January 18, 2018, as the defending champions, Belmopan Bandits, will host the sub-champions San Pedro Tiger Sharks. The game will be played at the UB gymnasium in Belmopan, with tip-off time being 8:30 p.m. The upcoming season will have 8 teams. Six (6) of the teams from last season will return to participate in the upcoming season. These teams are: Orange Walk Running Rebels, Belize Hurricanes, San Pedro Tiger Sharks, Belmopan Bandits, Cayo Western Ballaz and Dangriga Dream Ballers. Belize City No Limit has changed management and their new team name is Belize City Defenders. The eight teams participating will be Agharta, which is a team from Chetumal, Mexico.

Football Federation of Belize to hold 11th Ordinary Congress
The Football Federation of Belize will be holding its 11th Ordinary Congress on Saturday 2nd December, 2017, at 10:00 am at the Ramada Belize City Princess on Newtown Barracks in Belize City. The high point of the 11th Ordinary Congress will be the elections of the President and Vice President of the Football Federation of Belize. The Football Federation of Belize Electoral Committee has reviewed the nominations and secondments submitted by the Football Federation of Belize General Secretary and the following persons have met the criteria as defined by the Football Federation of Belize Statues Article 32.4

Old Capital Sports Management Limited Acquires Belize City NEBL Franchise-"Rebranded and reinvigorated, new Belize City team takes aim at 2018 NEBL Title!"
October 30, 2017 was a hallmark day for Belize City basketball as the team, now formerly known as Belize City No Limit was acquired by Old Capital Sports Management Limited, a 100% Belizean-owned sports Management Company fashioned around the core values of discipline, teamwork, and respect for others, integrity and a positive consumer experience. The team has been rebranded as Belize City Defenders and is in the process of acquiring corporate partners to finance its maiden voyage into the very competitive waters of the NEBL.

St. Joseph girls and St. Martin De Porres boys to represent Belize District in National Primary Schools Basketball competition
The Belize District Primary Schools Basketball competition came to an end on Monday 30th October with the district finals played at Swift Hall in Belize City. In the first game played in the girls' division, Belize Rural Primary School defeated Central Christian School by the score of 8-0. The top scorers for Belize Rural Primary School were Joan Kelly and Nadine Humble with 4 points each. In the second game, St. Joseph School defeated San Pedro RC School by the score of 18-0. The top scorer for St. Joseph School was Briah Clarke with 18 points. In the girls' championship game, St. Joseph School defeated Belize Rural Primary School by the score of 14-6. The top scorer for St. Joseph School was Briah Clarke with 12 points while the top scorers for Belize Rural Primary School were Nadine Humble, Kiara McFadzean and Joan Kelly with 2 points each.

National Track and Field Championship reschedule for November
The Belize Athletics Association invites all athletes and track enthusiasts once again to be a part of a National Track and Field Championship event. The event will take place at the Marion Jones Sports Complex on November 4-5, 2017. All athletes 16 years and older can participate in the events. Registration forms can be obtained from and returned back to the Belize Athletics Association via email [email protected] or from their Facebook page (Belize Athletics Association) or at the Marion Jones Sports Complex.

HelpAge Belize 33rd Annual General Meeting
HelpAge Belize, a non-governmental organization (NGO), which partners with other agencies, businesses and individuals to improve the lives of older persons held its 33rd Annual General meeting (AGM) in Belize City on October 28, 2017. The event brought together representations from its eleven branches countrywide. There was a total of 61 attendees, of which 38% attended for the first time. The theme for this year's annual general meeting, "Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society", coincided with that of the International Day of Older Persons. The thematic area emphasized Belize's need to tap into an often overlooked and under-appreciated resource that is imperative for sustainable development, the contributions of older persons.

PUP and Cordel had sown an ill wind, the mothers, wives and sisters are now reaping the whirlwind
In the House of Representatives on Friday 20th October, Cordel proved that he knows just about nothing of the fallibility of the so-called "lie detector test." He tried to question the integrity of our good COMPOL, but that nefarious scheme failed! Cordel then tried to tell the House and the Nation that the transfer of Williams would see things get much worse. With an apodictic air, Sedi wisely answered the Dodo Bird that in his day, there were no gangs, that he does not have any intentions of consulting with gang leaders and that the new crime fighting strategy was sound! He schooled Cordel in Belizean History! Interestingly, older brother Hubert, who was the area representative for Lake Independence before Cordel, had sounded a warning years ago about indiscipline and the worsening of the crime situation.

Stop Di Joke!
Personally, I enjoy a good joke especially if it is satirical in nature. That is why my favorite TV pastime is a good standup comedy with performers like Chris Rock or Lewis Black. Recently Samantha Bee has taken center stage in my auditorium, but last night Sen. Courtenay is working his way up the ladder for best drama, as he tried to showcase his new-found passion for nationalism. Let me say this up front: there is nothing wrong with the proposal to amend the Maritime Areas Act, you know; in fact, the Prime Minister has already indicated in a previous interview that this would be done. Also, Mr. Assad Shoman made it known when he was here the last time that amending the MAA must be a prerequisite before submitting our case to the United Nation's ICJ. Now this veritable PUP senator is quoting Shoman to justify his own platform, yet he does not support the latter gentleman's compelling argument that our case must be definitively settled at the International Court of Justice.

Legalize it!
Anti-drug activists think that a few puffs on a joint will turn you into a red-eyed, unemployed psychopath - probably for life. But is marijuana actually that bad for you? This week marks a monumental milestone in Belize's history as the personal usage of marijuana will have officially been decriminalized. This follows legalization in several states in America and recently the decriminalization of marijuana in Jamaica. For better or worse Belize has followed suit-with legalization and regulation perhaps somewhere in the future. But there are mixed sentiments about this amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act, with the churches and conservatives believing that this amendment will be detrimental to society in the long run, versus the other common but opposite sentiment that the amendment is a good thing�

A Love That Kills
Try Google searching 'Why do people have wildlife for pets?'�. I constantly find myself asking this question, because truthfully, I cannot understand the motive for having monkeys, snakes, birds, and other such wild animals, as pets. My second question is, usually, "don't dogs and cats satisfy the desire to have a pet?" I have heard stories of people chopping down trees to capture parrots, or to "rescue" a quash (coatimundi) from the highway. They then would keep the animal in hopes of giving them a better home. I recall, while I was still a child, that my eldest sister had two turtles. Their names were Muschamp and Hipolito. Someone had given her Muschamp but she had "rescued" Hipolito. Both ran away (twice) and my sister was convinced that Hipolito had instigated the escape. When we moved to San Ignacio, she decided to free them in a natural spring pond next to her home. The reason for freeing them? "We were getting a dog and I didn't want the dog to eat them," she said.

Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
Our subject this week is "Connected to God our Heavenly Father." In Hebrews chapter 4, verses 9 and 10, we read: "So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His." Rest in His Presence. Rest in His Power. Rest in His Word. Rest in His Promises. Until we rest from our assumptions of what God wants from us, He cannot tell us what He truly has for us. It is important to discuss everything we want to do with our Creator. Even how we should pray about issues must come from Him. That's because He has plans for us, which our wrong prayers will interfere with.

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Issue #38-Sep 2017 of The BELIZE AG REPORT is online here!.

Unleashing the Potential of Under-utilised Crops: Breadfruit By Santiago Juan
Belize has been blessed with edible landscapes. Take breadfruit, or masapan in Spanish, for example. In Belize you can see breadfruit growing in all our districts. In both northern districts you see old trees still producing well in very calcareous soils; in southern Belize large trees can be seen in low lying areas and brackish water like in Hopkins Village or along the Sittee River, a testament to the great adaptation ability of this humble plant. Most Belizeans have eaten breadfruit at least once in their lifetime; yet it is probably the most underutilized crop growing in Belize. Nowadays, it is attracting the attention of gourmets and some Caribbean countries are making small shipments to the United States, Canada and�

To The Editor
Dear Editor, Yes, I love that you have both print and online versions and really love the Ag Report! It's been such a great tool to find people and places that provide needed materials. It's so helpful for us as far as providing information about local/medicinal plants and growing/processing methods in tropical conditions. I think my favorite part is that it includes the voice of so many people and allows them to respectfully share their opinions, information and the diverse projects that are happening in their areas. Thanks for all of your hard work and efforts to bring to light the wealth of knowledge here! Cissy Stanko, Rancho Dolores, Belize District

Cheese Making By Nadege Thomas
Our average milk production varies from 2 pints to half a gallon per goat so during milking season, we can get anywhere from 4 to 6 gallons of milk per day; it takes about 2 gallons of milk to yield one to one-and-a-half pounds of cheese, depending on the cheese being made. While Eber, our livestock manager, and I were busy putting the herd together, our construction crew built a "cheese house", a special place for me to make the cheeses, et voila! "La Fromagerie" at Mystic River Resort was born. We have been supplying all the cheeses and yogurt for the resort ever since, and have even recently added a "Wine & Cheese Tasting" palapa for our guests to sample some of our creations. We offer the tasting by appointment only and it truly is a lot of fun.

Directorate General of Foreign Trade - Trade Opportunities with Cuba
By John Rivero Deputy Prime Minister (DPM), the Honourable Patrick Faber, made an official visit to the Republic of Cuba from 22nd to 26th of May 2017. The objective of this state visit was to strengthen a bi-lateral relationship with Cuba. He was accompanied by a delegation of ten from the Government of Belize which included ministers, CEOs, directors, and Ambassador Burns accredited to Cuba. Belize and Cuba have always had good relations but bi-lateral trade and investment have been almost insignificant despite an existing trade agreement in place. The CARICOM-Cuba Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement (TECA), originally signed by both parties in 2000, was recently re-negotiated with a sScond Protocol to amend the TECA. Belize's trade officials have learnt,�

Beyond the Backyard Aloe: An Excellent Choice By Jenny Wildman
Aloe vera has been revered as a healing plant for centuries and graces gardens throughout the world. The Maya called it the fountain of youth. Others know it as the immortality plant, savila, kumari, first aid plant, Barbados aloe, crocodile tail, lily of the desert, xabila, simple Bible, single Bible and here in Creole sink am Bible, names showing confidence in its power to cure most ailments. There are hundreds of species of aloe but only one proudly carrying the name "true" ie: aloe vera or Aloe barbadensis which is thought closely related to the Aloe perryl endemic to Yemen. Aloe vera originated in northern Africa and is depicted on murals in the tombs of the Egyptian pharaohs, where it�

AgScience for Better Crops: Plant Nutrition By Felix C. Cawich
All living organisms require nutrients for adequate growth, development and functionality in order to survive. Plants have the capacity to produce their own food through the conversion of light energy into a sugar (glucose), in a process called photosynthesis, which is the base of biomass formation. For this, plants require sufficient light, suitable temperature, substances such as CO2, oxygen and a number of nutrients (FAO, 2006). As plant constituents, nutrients play a vital role in biochemical reactions, and the production of organic material. To obtain high agricultural yields an optimal nutrient program is required, whereby plants absorb nutrients from soil reserves or external sources, where water is the main carrier. Nutrients can be added either to the soil or leaves�

Establishing A Coconut Plantation By George Emmanuel & Omaira Avila Rostant
Coconut (Cocos nucifera) is a palm that flourishes in tropical and subtropical areas, the fruit of which has many uses; it has been a major ingredient in the diets of many people living on tropical islands, creating a very lucrative industry worldwide. In recent years, the demand for coconut product has increased exponentially. It was reported that from 2008 to 2014 alone the demand for coconut products increased 700%, especially for water, milk, oil, fibres, and cosmetics. Such hasty growth has increased the demand for establishing plantations that can supply the high worldwide demand for coconuts. In Belize this opportunity has encouraged the establishment of acres of coconuts in new plantations. Here are some factors to be considered and recommendations�

Coconut Oil Standards By Dottie Feucht
The coconut oil industry in Belize recently had a big boost in terms of standards and specifications for quality. Standards Officer Lloyd Orellano, from Belize Bureau of Standards, assisted by Omaira Avila Rostant, from Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) presented them on September 28 at Central Farm. Omaira's expertise in growing and processing coconuts filled in experiential details to the standards. Coconut oil comes from the mature kernel of the coconut (Cocos nucifera Linnaeus) by a process of expression (extraction by using pressure), solvent extraction or other approved method of processing. In addition to common standards, such as it must be free from admixture with other oils or fats, there are specific ones for the three types of�

Slow Release Fertilisers from Pyrolysis of Agricultural Residues
Creating Value out of Agricultural residues to Regenerate Soil Fertility By Ingrid Espinoza, Stephen Joseph, Vasco Masias & Felix Froese We thank the International Biochar Initiative and Grupos Alimenta SAC for reprint permission. For more about spirulina, see article pg 20 of the PDF of Issue #38

Agriculture Prices at a Glance - November 2017

Homemade Health - Spirulina - Ancient Superfood By Marguerite Fly Bevis RN,BSN
I first learned about Spirulina from Dr. Harold Foster, PhD, who studied medical geography at the University College of London and taught as a professor at University of Victoria for 41 years. I was privileged to hear him speak and in many ways he changed my life that day. He said that his research indicates that by taking spirulina and selenium every day along with a high oxidant diet, the immune system would function properly and many illnesses could be prevented or improved. His work with AIDS and HIV patients in Africa had phenomenal results. Unfortunately, there was little interest in inexpensive treatments so the information was largely ignored. Thankfully today there are people willing to look at alternatives and�

BAHA Shares Cattle News: National Herd Increases 25%
BAHA's Dr. Miguel Depaz shared the following report: "The Cattle Industry is seeing its better days as exports for this year have already reached 4,872 heads and cattle farmers are now getting more that the accustomed .95 cents per pound live weight. Prices reached as high as 3.50 per pound live weight for export and have stabilized at approximately 2.50 per pound live weight. Despite the consistent rate of export the national herd has seen a growth of more than 25%. The national cattle census today is at 126,129 heads. Through the hard work of the Government of Belize, Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) and the private sector, they have scientifically demonstrated that the national cattle herd is free of�

CARDI Day 2017
Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) CARDI Day 2017 CARDI is turning 43 years assisting the region to develop. It was established in 1974 to serve the agricultural research and development needs of the member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CARDI is positioned to enhance the socio-economic well-being of the Caribbean people through research for development that improves the competitiveness and sustainability of regional agriculture. On the 5th of December CARDI Day will be celebrated. This annual event on the institute's calendar is dedicated to building awareness and promoting the work of the institute. A major focus of the day's activities will be the sharing of our research results, impacts and success stories with the general public, partners,�

Aerial Application as a Tool for Increased Efficiency for Pest and Disease Control
By Alan McCracken The application techniques of pesticides has unfortunately not been developed to the same extent as the pesticides themselves. It is well known and recognized that pyrethroid insecticides work by contact and ingestion action and no vapor effect, which means that for good results they must be delivered to the target insect. The alternative is to obtain poor crop coverage and wait for the insects to find the chemical. Firstly let us examine the reason for applying agrochemicals. The answer although obvious is not always understood; it is to protect the genetic potential of the crop being grown. For this reason the chemical products may be more correctly termed plant protection products and our objective should be to�

2017 World Food Day
Part of the talk given by The Honorable Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture, at World Food Day, held at the Belize High School of Agriculture (BHSA) in San Lorazo, Orange Walk District on October 20th, was the same one his father gave to him when he was young. He said that his dad told him to stop saying that he grew rice because he did not make the sun, the soil, or the rain that grows the rice; he was only the manager of what God had given him. His dad also told him not to exploit his fellow man and to leave some in the field for the creatures as food. Minister Hulse said such management is the foundation�

Berries of Belize - Part 2 By Deborah Harder
A good fruit for Northerners, mulberry is reminiscent of northern berries you can't grow here. Mulberries grow on a large bush and can bear abundantly without much care. Actually, up north, they are a neglected fruit, growing perhaps too abundantly and despised in favour of harder-to-grow berries like blueberries. One of life's little ironies, because in my opinion they have a delicious flavour superior to northern blueberries. Mulberry is started from cuttings but can be purchased from your nursery-rooted and ready to plant. For a small family, several bushes should yield enough to can or freeze some. After a crop is harvested the bushes may be pruned of old growth to keep them low and stimulate new growth. Use: when�

Unplanted Bounty By Sally Thackery
Composting is a must for gardeners, and sometimes provides an unexpected bounty. Although I don't remember ever seeing this type of squash, apparently some seeds made their way to my large compost area, because these vines began to appear almost immediately after careful planting of many varieties of vegetable seeds. If you're looking for a way to feed your entire neighborhood or town, this would be your answer. When picked young, these squash don't have to be peeled, but they grow a hard outer shell if left to mature. The young ones are quite tasty, firm with lots of flavor. Just cube and saut� in butter, salt and pepper to let the most flavor shine through. You will need a�

Hemp Food By Karin Westdyk
Food from hemp for humans and animals dates back to the beginning of recorded history, and for thousands of years it was the largest agricultural crop grown worldwide. Hemp was relied on for not only food, but for fuel, fiber, paper, industrial source materials, and medicine. In 1801 Thomas Jefferson, a hemp farmer and third president of the United States, declared, "Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country - if people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." Though in the early days, farmers were encouraged to grow�

Bamboos for Belize by Marquita Stanko and Taylor Walker
Bamboos are some of the most useful plant species on earth. There are over 1000 species of bamboo distributed throughout the world that have been used for many practical purposes throughout history such as building shelter, making everyday tools and utensils and even as a food product. Bamboos originate from tropical, subtropical and temperate climates and grow on a wide range of soils. Many of the finest native and non-native bamboo species thrive right here in Belize. Our bamboo project began in 2005 in Rancho Dolores, Belize District with the formation of Tropical Agro-Forestry, Ltd. Our desire was to introduce new varieties in Belize that exhibit exceptional characteristics for use in furniture making, landscaping and interior construction. We began working�

White Flies - Gardeners' Nightmare By Mary Loan
White flies (Thialeurodes vaporariorum) comprise the family Aleyrodidae. They are typically 1/16 inch long, somewhat triangular shaped, soft bodied, flying moth-like white insects which are closely related to aphids and mealy bugs. More than 1550 species of white flies have been identified. By all accounts, they are all considered to be one of the most bothersome, destructive and challenging garden pests to control and, as a result, cost millions of dollars in agricultural losses yearly due to stunted growth and low production of crops and other plant losses world-wide. An infestation of the dreaded insects can be identified by observing the undersides of plant leaves in the garden, green house and plant nurseries. If you note thick swarms of small�

Coconut Coir Production in Cayo at Belize Botanic Gardens By Gayle Zentz
In April of 2016, the owner of duPlooy's Jungle Lodge and Belize Botanic Gardens, Judy duPlooy, decided to convert a local waste product, coconut husks, into something useful - coconut coir. For centuries, many cultures have used coconut fiber for items such as ropes, mats, sacking, upholstery padding and brushes. It's also useful as a mulch and a soil amendment. DuPlooys picks up empty coconut husks from coconut water processors in Cayo District where the coconuts have been harvested and drained of their coconut water. Their MerryMac commercial chipper can process about 1600 coconut husks per hour. There is no waste as everything is used. The coir from their facility is either used at the resort and gardens grounds or�

A Natural History of Belize - Inside the Maya Forest By Samuel Bridgewater
Living in Belize, we hear and read much about the living Mesoamerican reef which lies off our shores, and its prolific wildlife. This is rightly a major tourist attraction and occupies most of our attention when thinking of our country's natural beauty and complexity. This is largely because of its easy accessibility. However another world class natural beauty exists in Belize which does not get the same level of publicity. At 177,000 hectares, one can hardly describe the Chiquibul forest as hidden away, although its lack of accessibility is one of the reasons it has remained relatively undisturbed over the centuries. So it is high time that the Chiquibul take centre stage and be shown for what it is: a world class centre of natural diversity, not matched by many countries around the world. This then is a book that casts a broad light on a little known area of Belize. The Chiquibul is indeed hard to access, and the scientists who have made it their life's work deserve great credit for their perseverance in what is a pretty hostile environment. It is not for nothing that a member of the British Army (BATSUB) told me that this dense forest full of insects, animals and even plants which do not welcome the casual visitor is the toughest jungle training environment in the world.

Ag Briefs
UB CF announces that the next Neal Kinsey Soil Fertility 3 Day course will be held the week of August 27th, 2018. This will be a repeat of the very well-received Intro 2 course given in February. To register, contact David Thiessen at 670-4817 or [email protected]. Mexico's Yucatan state fair, Feria Yucatan, will be held at X'matkuil from 10th November through 3 December, 2017. The cattle opening ceremonies will be on 10th November. Beef master judging starts on the 14th; Brangus and Suizo Europe on 16th; Simmental and Simbrah on 18th; Brahman on 19th; Nelore on 21st; Guzerat on 22nd;Gyr and resena de Sindi on 23rd. Horse classes will be 3rd Dec. More information at CARDI Day - December�

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize officials receive training in forensic interviewing techniques for human trafficking
The U.S. Embassy in coordination with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations provided training on Forensic Interviewing [�]

Marijuana bill signed into law
Today, the amendment to the misuse of drug bill was officially signed into law. The [�]

Flood mitigation works ongoing in Sarawee Village, Stann Creek
NEMO equipment is in Sarawee Village in rural Stann Creek District carrying out flood mitigation [�]

PM Barrow: GOB will make full payment of US$78 million to Ashcroft Alliance
Yesterday, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ordered the Government of Belize to pay US$78 [�]

36 youths in Cayo complete job preparedness training
Thirty-six youths from San Ignacio and Santa Elena have graduated from a Job Preparedness Training [�]

Embassy of Mexico in Belize to celebrate "Dia de Muertos" tonight
The Embassy of Mexico in Belize will be celebrating the Dia de Muertos tonight. The event [�]

Moist conditions to continue
The 24-hour forecast is for mostly moist and unstable conditions to continue. Cloudy skies with [�]

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 now available at SMART stores countrywide
(The following is a sponsored post by SMART Belize) Yesterday, SMART announced that they now have the new [�]

Citrus Products of Belize in Cuba for International Fair
Citrus Products Belize Ltd. (CPBL) is promoting an extensive product line of citrus concentrates, by-products [�]

Belize Defence Force deploys soldiers to Dominica
The Ministry of Defence announced today via a press release that the Governor General of [�]

Belmopan BTIA to hold Expo this Saturday
The Belmopan Branch of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) is hosting its 2017 Expo [�]

NICH hosting full moon concert in Corozal
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) through the Museum of Belize and the [�]

Shark fishing season officially opens
The shark season in Belize officially opened yesterday and runs through to July 31st, 2018. The Fisheries [�]

Honduran woman detained for human trafficking teenagers in Belize
Denia Suyapa Ochoa, an employee of the Ministry of Health in Honduras has been arrested by [�]


Placencia takes 2017 Best Restaurant and Small Accommodation of the Year at the Belize Tourism Board Awards!!
CBC is still recovering from our excitement last weekend at the 15th annual Belize Tourism Board's, annual tourism awards - we were thrilled and honored to win Small Accommodation of the Year! The BTB Awards were unbelievably well done - professional, with fantastic food, emcees, and entertainment. There are several categories in many areas of tourism (see below for all the winners!) We sat at a table with the other wonderful Placencia nominees, including Pam and John of Rumfish, who won Restaurant of the Year! And Lyra from Taste Belize, who was nominated for Tour of the Year (she will get it next year!!!) We had a blast and we represented Placencia (loudly &) well - coming home with Best Restaurant and Best Small Hotel in the country!! Here are some fun images and videos from the night....

Why You Will Love Birding in Belize
With one of the most ecologically diverse landscapes in the world, it's no surprise that Belize is a popular destination for bird watchers. More than 600 species have been recorded in the country, including more than 500 indigenous bird species that include the roseate spoonbill, orange-breasted falcon, endangered Jabiru stork, the scarlet macaw, sungrebe, enormous harpy eagle, solitary eagle, the chestnut-bellied heron, and the endangered ocellated turkey. Beyond its enormous domestic variety of tropical and subtropical bird species, Belize is also the winter homefor hundreds of bird species from all across North America. With seven different Important Bird Areas managed by the Audobon Society, Belize is one of the best places to see birds in a pristine, natural landscape.

Chaa Creek's Mick & Lucy Fleming Awarded Lifetime Achievement By BTB
"The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to those who have dedicated their lives to grow and develop Belize's tourism industry. The awardee's contributions are significant and have positively impacted Belize and the lives of countless Belizeans. Despite challenges, this tourism industry lifetime achiever persevered. This individual embodies the definition of a true success story" With those words, the Belize Tourism Board announced the 15th annual Belize Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Belize Tourism Industry Awards. And when we heard that Chaa Creek's founding owners Mick and Lucy Fleming were to be honored with this prestigious award, our ears picked up.

Travel Season Reminders for a Better Travel Experience
Planning a trip can be a channeling even with all the guides, travel blogs and apps out there to help you. No matter how well mapped out your travel arrangements are, you cannot always plan for the unexpected but you can do your best. A good travel checklist can help you take the stress out of the adventure. Here are a few things to add to your list if they are not already there.

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Belada issue 1
A Caribbean Magazine featuring artisans, authors, poets, and articles from people of the region.


  • Bruk it Down Jenny discussed the subject of Alcoholism, 30min.

  • The Belize Bank wants to help you make your Christmas dreams a reality, 13min.

  • Historic bill to impose a moratorium on exploration of offshore oil in the maritime zone of Belize, 39min.

  • Talk Ah Di Town November 2, 2017, 32min.

  • CDB and Belize Social Investment Fund launch new BNTF project, 5min. In continuing its efforts to break the cycle of poverty in Belize, the Social Investment Fund (SIF) launched a new project on Monday, October 23rd in Belize City. Our team was on hand for the big day.

  • Holy cow we made it to belize, 11min. Belize hol chan diving 2017. Scariest part of scuba diving is approaching stunningly stoic fish.

  • Belize forest zipline, 2min.

  • Hol Chan marine reserve in Belize, 9min.

  • Belize hol chan diving, 3min.

  • Earthcast SOS - Belize Protects the Whales, 2min.

  • Belize Scuba Diving 2017, 4min. Scuba Diving off of Lime Caye, Belize guided by the Garbutt's

  • Dushi Divers Belize 2017, 10min. Scuba Diving Belize, Ambergris Cay, Ambergris Divers, Diving San Pedro.

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