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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Police remove gun and ammunition from streets
San Pedro Police are looking for a Hispanic male person who was carrying a school bag with marijuana and a 9mm pistol with 11 live rounds. The individual was intercepted by the Police Quick Response Team on Monday, October 30th at the Central Park when he was about to get into a taxi. When he saw the presence of the police the suspect fled the scene leaving the bag in the taxi. It is speculated that the person had just arrived at the island via water taxi, and police believe he might still be hiding somewhere in town.

GOB passes law to decriminalize 10 grams of marijuana
As of Thursday, November 2nd, the possession of ten grams or less of marijuana (cannabis) in Belize is legal. The law decriminalizing the drug asks consumers who smoke it to do so in the confines of their home. The new law only applies to adults and any intentions of growing and retailing it will be considered a felony. The intentions to decriminalize a small portion of the said drug was made public by the Government of Belize (GOB) on the 18th of August of this year. The Government introduced a new bill to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act, following the submission of a report in 2015 by a Decriminalization of Marijuana Committee formed in 2012. After looking at the facts presented, GOB decided to introduce this new step towards its control.

Fundraiser held for island footballer Nestor 'Tazzy' Guerra
A football marathon to raise funds for island football player Nestor 'Tazzy' Guerra, was held on Sunday, November 5th at the Ambergris Stadium. Guerra, who played as a goalkeeper, has been diagnosed with a brain tumour, and his family is seeking assistance to cope with the medical expenses. Councillor in charge of Sports, Hector 'Tito' Alamilla, and island resident Glenda Sanchez thus organized the fundraiser that raised over $1,000. A total of seven teams registered for the all-day marathon, which started at 11AM. Immediately after the match Alamilla, joined by a supportive Area Representative Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr., thanked all teams for being part of such a worthy cause. Afterwards, the second and first place trophies, along with cash prizes, were presented to the winning teams. F.C United received a cash prize of $200, and Los Viejos $300.

San Pedro Lions Club makes donation to Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II
On Tuesday, November 7th, the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II welcomed the donation of medical supplies from the San Pedro Lions Club via the Wilmington City Council in North Carolina USA. Members of the island club convened at the Polyclinic, where they presented the items to the medical staff. Dr. Nidia Larrinaga was present to accept the donation, which is expected to better prepare the clinic for emergencies. The city of Wilmington has been San Pedro Town's sister city for the past 10 years, and throughout this time, there has been continuous cooperation between both municipalities. Melanie Paz, Vice President of the Lions Club stated that through The San Pedro Town Council, they were able to reach out to the City of Wilmington for donations.

Ambergris Today

Rare Albino Spotted Eagle Ray Identified At Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve
"What really made my day!" Was what Henry Brown, Marine Biologist at the Department of Fisheries, posted on his Facebook profile page on Monday, November 6, 2017. Yes! It's a white, albino spotted eagle ray; a very rare sighting for anyone.

Misc Belizean Sources


Shine Shoe Drive in San Pedro
WHO: Friends of SHINE (SHAPING HEALTHY IDENTITIES THROUGH NURTURING AND EMPOWERMENT) WHAT: SHOE DRIVE Hosted by SHINE, Women of the Belize Coast Guard, and the USMC Civil Affairs Team WHEN: 11 NOV 2017; 1300-1700 (1 to 5Pm) WHERE: Lions Club, San Pedro WHY: An opportunity to raise awareness of the new SHINE facility at Hope Haven San Pedro and collect/distribute shoes for needy children.

BELTRAIDE speaks at the 2017 Impact Investment Forum.
The third annual Central America and Caribbean Impact Investment Forum was held on November 8 and 9, 2017 in Antigua, Guatemala where BELTRAIDE was invited to speak and provide the Caribbean perspective on the panel titled "Innovation in the Public Sector for Investments: Utopia or Necessity." BELTRAIDE was represented by Mr. Hero Balani, Manager of BelizeINVEST, Generation. Other panelists included representatives sharing experience from Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala. The forum focuses on building connections between industry stakeholders, expanding existing investment portfolios, creating opportunities and addressing challenges to sector growth in the region.

THE NATIONAL GARIFUNA COUNCIL- ORANGE WALK BRANCH in collaboration with Banquitas House of Culture present:
Yurumein: 6:30am Banquitas HOC. Thanksgiving Mass: 9:00am La inmaculada Church. Live drumming by Lirahuyun Seinbedi at the Central Park after the mass.

Keep Cows & Save Jaguars!
We have been collecting photos of wildlife, especially the elusive jaguar, around Abraham Kan's farm at Aguacate village for 10 months. He was eager to share the findings to 30 primary school students. We were greeted with 90 children! The children were amazed to see photos of jaguar, jaguarundi, tapir, ocelot, and peccary on Kan's farm. They also learned how to Keep Cows & Save Jaguars!

(A photo essay celebrating the heritage of Garifuna women of Central America) Belizean Legends pay special tribute and respect to the Garifuna women of Central America and the Caribbean in what we here called the, "Pan-Garifuna Community of Central America & the Caribbean".

(A special tribute to Sam Gentle) Through this very respectful tribute to Brother Sam Gentle as one of Belize's most astute football athletes from the sports university in Belize called, "Rogers Stadium", we here at Belizean Legends remembers our brother at a time when he needs us Belizeans who knew him to remember him. These classic photos come through the kind courtesy of "Sammy" whom yours truly was fortunate to have known in the days, and later on enjoyed his presence in a 2014 visit to Los Angeles, California he made. it is an honor for me to show solidarity always with a friend as nice as Sam, and expressed his passion that he had for sports, especially football, in Belize. We want to ask our "Belizean Legends" audience to glance through these three classic sports photos of Belizean athletes, and name them and the historic sports arenas that they were played on??

The Department of Transport held a very important meeting today in Belmopan. The meeting, which was attended by Senior Transport Officers and Terminal Supervisors from around the country, addressed a range of administrative, budgetary and enforcement issues. In the morning, general matters were dealt with; and in the afternoon, senior officers from all districts were afforded the opportunity to raise specific matters affecting their areas of responsibility.

9th Annual Food and Fete Hosted by Battle of The Drums
Friday, November 10 at 8 PM - 3 AM, Punta Gorda. The Battle of the Drums Food and Fete on Friday, November 10 is about showcasing Garifuna cuisine - featuring the "Taste of the Garifuna" Cooking Competition and sumptuous Garifuna dishes and drinks and to complement the night there will be Paranda Music where Maya and Mestizo meet Garifuna in an impressive showcase of talent from Mestizo sensation Roberto Beltran to Godfrey Sho - the versatile Mayan Parandero, Smooth Paranda Ruler, Adrian "the Doc" Martinez, Paranda Prince - Lloyd Augustine, Award-winning Paranda Great, C-wills and Sweet Pain Band alongside Sheldon and Vidda. Event starts at 8:00 p.m. and continues until 3:00 a.m.

Inauguration of Corozal Fitness Park
The Rotary Club of Corozal invites one and all to join us at Rainbow Park in Corozal this coming Friday the 10th of November at 10AM for the inauguration of your Fitness Park. The Fitness Park was designed for all Corozalians. It gives everyone young and old, male and female and those with some physical impairments a place to work out and build upper body and core strength. We will be unveiling the signage which gives a listing and photos of many of the exercises that done on each of the 5 stations. Please join us for this brief event and start your day with a little workout.

St. Francis Xavier Parish - TEMPORARY VACANCIES
There are several temporary teaching vacancies at Concepcion R.C. School and Louisville R.C. School starting January 2018 to April 2018 and at Our Lady of Guadalupe School starting February 2018 to May 2018. Another vacancy exists at Our Lady of Guadalupe from January 2018 to June 2018. A principal's vacancy exists at Santa Clara/San Roman as from the 25th March 2018 to June 2018. Vacancy exists at Mary Hill R.C. School as assistant to the Special School Unit, teacher needs a License to teach. All candidates need to have a Full License and submit application to: Assistant Local Manager, St. Francis Xavier Parish, P. O. Box 34 Corozal Town. Deadline 20th November 2017. Call for further information 422-2018 or email. [email protected]

Mission Cry Belize
The Mission Cry Belize Conference is Friday at Falcon Field. The kid's event will start at 10:30am. The main conference will start at 7:30, with Reverend Woolford, Steve Light, John Foy, and the Michael Maher Band, which will be playing their wonderful music. If you haven't heard them play, you're in for a treat.

Lubaantun planning
Exciting things to come. I hear new parking lots and all. Imagine that.

Nim Li Punit Tour
Planning for the future. Rezoning and good things to come.

Remembrance Day
November 11th is celebrated in Belize as Remembrance Day. In the UK, the day is celebrated as Armistice Day, which is the day the armistice was signed (in 1918) between the Allies and Germany that brought the end of WWI. There were about 1,000 Belizean men who took part in WWI, and over 20 of them are buried at the Lord Ridge Cemetery, in Belize City. Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday of November and this year it will take place on Sunday November 12. The red poppies are worn to remind us of those who shed their blood for freedom, and who lay dead in the poppy fields thereafter.

Channel 7

Chinese Man With Bogus Nationality Certificate to Court
For the past 2 nights, we've been telling you all about 45 year-old Yuanran Zheng. He's the Chinese National who traveled to Belize on Sunday, and less than 24 hours later, he tried to apply for a social security card using a fake Belize nationality certificate. The vigilant staff at social security noticed that his nationality document looked suspicious. They alerted the Immigration Department, and a few hours later, Zheng was charged with immigration offences. He and his translator have since pleaded guilty to those offenses, but that's far from the end of his problems in Belize. This morning he was arraigned for social security offenses in the Belmopan Magistrate's Court.

How to Catch A Thief: A Smooth Criminal In Slow Motion
Tonight, police still have not made any arrests in the armed robbery of a Western Union employee which happened on Monday morning in Corozal Town. Tonight, we have security video which shows a calculating criminal casual stepping in to walk off with a purse full of cash. Here's how it all went down:.. Jules Vasquez reporting At 9:25 AM, 28 year old Doris Montejo, pulled up near the Western Union office on Second Street South in this GEO Prizm with others. Just as the male driver parks and steps out of the car, keep an eye on the figure at the right edge of your frame, who is walking on the sidewalk - into the shaded area. He wears a cap, and appears to be just another pedestrian. Montejo pays him no mind as she gets out of the back door - even though she is about to pick up a purse with ten thousand, one hundred dollars in cash.

Cops Questioned Suspects, but Nothing More In Moryani Murder
Orange Walk storeowner Amit Moryani was killed last Friday when he tried to defend his mother in an armed holdup of their store in Orange Walk Town. Since then police have said that the culprits are a pair of men who have been wreaking havoc throughout Orange Walk. Police say the same duo had previously pulled off armed holdups of stores in Carmelita and Trial Farm. They were doing the same on Friday night, but the 37 year old Moryani stood up for his mother - and ended up getting killed while the thieves made off with a measly three hundred dollars. Today police said that they have questioned suspects, but had to release them:

Benque Teen's Death Still a Mystery
The murder of 18 year old Benque Viejo Resident Oscar Obando is also unsolved. The teenager was found dead on Monday on a farm near the Belize Guatemala border. He had been fatally shot to the chest. Police say he had been in Melchor before his death: Supt. Alejandro Cowo - CIB, Belize City: "We understand that on Sunday he was last seen at a barber shop at around 1 pm. Thereafter the surveillance footage at the Belize Western Border Station showed him crossing the border at around 5. That was the last sighting of him- of him going across to Melchor- until they found the body on the following day." Reporter: "Was he alone?" Supt. Alejandro Cowo: "The camera showed that he was walking by himself, yes."

Man Found Dead In Drain, Police Say Seizures Likely, Not Foul Play
And while police haven't made any arrests in that murder, they don't have to look for suspects in the case of a man found dead in Belize City this morning. He is 55 year old Elvis Bandosingh, who was found dead in a drain on Raccoon Street Extension early this morning. Police told us that because of seizures and a history of alcoholic excess, they do not suspect foul play:... Supt. Alejandro Cowo- CIB, Belize City: "Police visited a location at Raccoon Street extension. The place was in front of Charley's apartment where they observed the lifeless body of a male person lying face down inside of a drain. The information we have so far is that the person was seen last night walking from Maskal Street to Raccoon Street extension."

Cops Say Alleged Indian Thieves Turned Human Traffic Victims Case With Immigration; Immigration Denies
Police say there isn't much they can do in the case of Indian nationals Keyur Barot, and Jitendra Kumar who are suspects in a criminal complaint, but also claim to be human trafficking victims. As we told you last night, importer and merchant Jack Charles has accused Barot of collecting sixty thousand dollars for him on September 13th., and then absconding across the Guatemalan border with his vehicle and his money. Barot and Kumar were caught 10 days later in Monterey, Mexico, allegedly with 13 thousand US dollars. The SUV was found abandoned in Guatemala. Mexican authorities handed them over to Belize police on October first, but almost 6 weeks later, they haven't been charged. As we understand it that's because they claim to have been victims of human traffic. Today, police said that the Immigration Department is involved - and while they investigate, all criminal matters are on hold:...

Cops Cracked Down on San Pedro Trafficking
The Immigration Department is involved in a more straightforward case out on San Pedro where a few dozen bargirls were picked up in police-led immigration raids. It led to the detention of 32 women. Here's more: Supt. Alejandro Cowo- CIB, Belize City: "It is an Immigration operation but they were assisted by the police. Yes, I understand that they have the collaboration of the Police Department. Some members of the major crimes unit are assisting in that operation- interviewing some of the females that were detained in that operation." Reporter: "Has there been any charges brought against them" Supt. Alejandro Cowo: "Not yet, no charges have been brought to them up until now." Reporter: "Can you clarify how many women?" Supt. Alejandro Cowo: "I was made to understand it was about 32 of them."

No Clues In Apparent Murder of German Attorney
Turning back now to the weekend murder roundup, Police say they don't have anything more on the murder of 52 year old Raimund Adalbert Koble. He's the German Attorney - who had been living on san Pedro for 5 years - that was found dead in a building under construction on Monday morning. He was found in a building close to his home with an abrasion on his head - consistent with blunt force. The cops say they don't know who he was with or what he was doing there:... Supt. Alejandro Cowo - CIB, Belize City: "We have so far received minimal information but we are still working on it. The post-mortem is scheduled for tomorrow and they have interviewed several persons in the area but we have not gotten much information with regards to that. So, it is something that we are still investigating there in San Pedro."

Ranchito Robbers Were Contract Criminals From Belize District Say Police
Turning now to the north, police say they have made progress in a home invasion case in Ranchito Village. As we reported, an elderly retired American couple Michael and Janet McGhee woke up on the morning of October 30th to find a pair of masked, armed men in their house. They tied up and terrorized the couple, and then stole everything valuable in their house, including their pickup and her diamond wedding ring. Police say that contract criminals from the Belize district are their main suspects:... Supt. Alejandro Cowo- CIB, Belize City: "We are looking for three persons- two from Belize City and one from Hattieville. One of them was detained this morning and we are making arrangements for him to be transported to Corozal for him to be interviewed and questioned in regards to that aggravated burglary."

Cops Still Have No Clues In Shooting of 22 Year Old Corozale�a
Keeping it in the north, 22 year old shooting victim Brenda Jandress is still recovering from the gunshot wound she received to her midsection eight days ago. The Corozal resident was at home when she felt a shot pierce her stomach. Cowo says she's lucky to be alive:... Supt. Alejandro Cowo- CIB, Belize City: "She is in a stable condition. Thank God that she is recuperating. We have not had an opportunity to speak to her yet because the doctor does not allow us to speak to her. It is only she and somebody else that were in the room when the incident happened. The other male person has been questioned but he had to be released because we don't have any other information to confront him. So we are hoping that she recovers and when she recovers we can question her as to what exactly happened in that room."

SSB CEO Counts the Cost of Conjunctivitis
And switching from crime to health now, today we asked the CEO of Social security about that over 1 million dollars in sickness claims that SSB has paid out for the many thousands of insured persons who became ill with conjunctivitis, or pink eye, as it is more commonly known. As we told you, between September 4 and October 29, 2017, there were a total of 7,852 conjunctivitis claims submitted. The CEO told us that it was an unexpected spike in sickness benefit claims, but the organization comfortably managed it: Dr. Colin Young - CEO, SSB: "In about 6 weeks starting in the middle of September to the end of October, we had received over 6,000 claims to social security board which resulted in over 34,000 sick days across the population and by now we've spent over 1 million dollars in the payment of claims and we had put out a press release to say as much. This is why we exist. Social security exist when you pay into the fund. When you get sick we ought to pay you your benefit..."

Regular Fuel Spikes Back Up
Just last night we told you how the price of regular fuel had gone down to ten dollars and 13 cents - which was down by 16 cents. But, it didn't last long, at midnight tonight, Regular is going up by 27 cents to ten dollars 40 cents per gallon.

Spooning New Sporting Complex In PG
Anyone who's been to the PG Sporting Complex in the past 10 years or so will know that it had seen better days. It's the home of basketball in Punta Gorda and it was also home to major public events such as Battle of the Drums. Well, starting tomorrow, town residents and visitors will be able to experience the battle of the drums in a spanking new venue. After an extended closure for rehabilitation, The PG sporting complex opens tomorrow for the Battle. The Government Press Office shared this preview with us - where BIL's General Manager Christ Mastry discussed the cost and all the new features:..

Kettle Bells Are Christmas Bells
We haven't entered December yet but the Christmas spirit has already arrived. And we know that because this morning you could hear those Salvation Army Bells, signifying that the charitable organization has launched its annual Kettle drive. All those coppers in the kettles provides food and gifts to the less fortunate at Christmas. 7News was there this morning for the celebratory launch and we found out more about the importance of the red kettles. Darrel Bradley, Mayor of Belize City: "It is a joyous event. I think that the Salvation Army has continually blessed our community. I spoke very briefly about their involvement in education, in community service, the work that they do with the homeless and they are really a community that lives on their word. They show on a daily basis that they are really committed to the empowerment of others."

Would Bradley Vote For Bernard?
And while we had the Mayor in front of us today - we tried to pull his tongue on two he plans to vote in the upcoming municipal election. Now, we wouldn't waste our time asking this question to any old politician - because we know they will tow the party line, but Bradley has proven he has a defiant independent streak and his gone against his party many times. But, not today - he said he's with Dion - but understands if you are not:... Darrel Bradley, Mayor of Belize City: "I believe that Councilor Leslie demonstrated the prowess to really continue the good work. I think that he has contributed to over the last five and a half years and even before I became mayor. But of course it is something that the people will decide in March."

Did Dion Pull Rank On Mayor With Campaign Funds?
We also asked Bradley about the couple hundred thousand dollars the Prime Minister reportedly set aside for road and drainage works spearheaded by councilor Dion Leslie as he pushes towards the election. Just like on the Faber's Road Project, it sounds like Leslie - not Bradley - is the point person. The mayor says, it's understandable:.. Dean Samuels, Deputy Mayor: "A heartfelt thanks to the PM and central government for at the end of the day the mayoral candidate has bid central government to source material to get some well needed infrastructure work." Reporter: "It is reported that Dion Leslie and his team has gotten a lot of money from the government, from the Prime Minister to assist them in doing the works they are doing." Darrel Bradley, Mayor of Belize City: "I know that at this present moment I am still the sitting mayor. We are working on a series of projects in Belize City to continue the good work that we are doing."

Where Will Darrell Be In 2020?
So, will Bradley get HIS assistance in 2020? The mayor may be leaving the top municipal post - but he says he has his eyes on 2020 as an area representative:... Darrel Bradley, Mayor of Belize City: "To the extent that I am leaving municipal government I will say that that's not the end for me hopefully in terms of politics. Again, it's the voter who decides, but my name will be on a ballot sometime in the future." Reporter: "2020." Darrel Bradley, Mayor of Belize City: "Well I'll say 2020, because I am not getting any younger."

Volleyball Nationals, The Best High Schoolers Come To Belize
Tomorrow the volleyball Nationals begin and teams from all over the country will be coming to the city to participate. Saint Catherine's Academy and Ladyville Technical High School are the Belize District female and male champs and to hype up the games, a motorcade was held today. 7news was there to talk to the champs before the games begin. Salome Tillet, Principal of SCA: "They are excited but they also know that all the teams are good teams are there. The competition will be stiff so they know they have to bring their A game because every other team coming wants the championship too." "They also have been working really hard. They enjoy volleyball it is fun for them."

Calling All Actors
We told you yesterday about an opportunity for Belizeans to audition for a major television show called Life or Death this weekend. Well, that's not the only opportunity this weekend's film festival has to offer. For all Belizeans interested in pursuing acting as a career, a class will be held over the weekend. It will be led by Panamanian actor named Jaime Newball who is here promoting his film "Sale-si-Puedes" which has received critical acclaim in the Caribbean and Central America. This afternoon he told us more about what he will be teaching at the class.

Channel 5

Regular Fuel Up; Premium Down
Earlier this week on Wednesday, the Financial Secretary promised that consumers can expect a decrease in fuel prices. He didn't say there would be an increase, but as of midnight [...]

G.O.B. Makes Final Payment for B.T.L. Acquisition
There's another commitment that government has met. As ordered by the Caribbean Court of Justice on November first, G.O.B. has complied with a payment of about a hundred and sixty [...]

More than 30 Women Arrested in Human Trafficking Ring in San Pedro
A major sting operation in Honduras last week, resulted in the arrest of Denia Suyapa Ochoa, believed to be the ringleader in a human trafficking organization that extends to Belize.� [...]

Zheng Yuanran to be Expelled from Belize
A pair of Asian men, one a Taiwanese/Belizean from Camalote, Cayo and the other a Chinese businessman, pleaded guilty to falsifying immigration documents when they appeared in the Belmopan Magistrate's [...]

Still No Arrests in Heist of Western Union, Corozal
There are still no arrests to be made in a heist that saw thieves make off with ten thousand dollars in cash from a Western Union branch in Corozal Town [...]

Are Indian Nationals, Accused of Theft, Victims of Human Trafficking?
Indian nationals Keyur Barot and Jitendra Kumar are accused of having stolen a sports utility vehicle, as well as sixty-two thousand dollars in cash from businessman Jack Charles back in [...]

No Development on Recent Murders in San Pedro and Belize City
Who killed German national Raimund Adalbert Kobler in San Pedro on Sunday night?� It's a mystery that local police on the island are still trying to unravel.� While an autopsy [...]

Police Need Evidence to Charge Thieves/Murderers
On Monday, police told the media that they strongly believe the murder of businessman Amit Moryani in Orange Walk Town may have been committed by thieves who have also been [...]

Elvis Bandosingh Discovered Dead in a Drain on Raccoon Street Extension
This morning, residents in the vicinity of Raccoon Street Extension discovered a body inside a drain.� Initially, it was believed that the then unidentified male may have been the victim [...]

Who Will Get the Vote of Outgoing Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley?
Dion Leslie or Bernard Wagner for next Mayor of the City? Elections are due until next March, but the campaign machines are in gear already. The two rival mayoral candidates [...]

Transition Process Begins for Incoming Mayor and Councilors
Bradley maintains that some matters could have been dealt with differently during the past five and a half years he sat in the mayor's seat. But he says the City [...]

Darrell Bradley's Eye on the House of Representatives
But is this the last we'll see of Mayor Darrell Bradley as it relates to his political career? For now, he is winding down at City Hall, but Bradley says [...]

Common-law Wife of Leon Usher Disputes Police Version of Events
Leon Usher is the man that Ladyville Police shot and is now under guard at the K.H.M.H. �Police say that they responded to a domestic dispute at Usher's residence in [...]

Unnecessary Use of Force by Police in Ladyville Shooting?
Police say that a criminal and internal investigation has been launched into this shooting incident. Usher remains hospitalized and is in need of surgery. But before he does that, he [...]

The Launch of the Annual Kettle Appeal
The annual Kettle Appeal of the Salvation Army kicked off today in the downtown area of the city. The launch marks the beginning of the Christmas season during which the [...]

Marlon Kuylen's Parting Shot on the State of Affairs at the F.F.B.
Acting President Marlon Kuylen will not be contesting the seat for the highest office in national football next month.� It's a decision that he says was fairly easy to make [...]

Accountability in the Tendering Process for Roadwork
The City Council, under the tenure of Darrell Bradley, has concreted one hundred and sixty streets across the city. The council invested twenty million dollars on the massive undertaking. That [...]

An Acting Opportunity in an Upcoming TV Series
Do you want to make your acting debut to screens across the Caribbean? Well, whether you have acting experience or not, filmmaker Cristobal Krusen says he wants you to try [...]

Secondary School Volleyball Competition
The central secondary school volleyball competition was held today to select the male and female teams that will represent the central region against the north, west and south. The national [...]

Healthy Living - a Food Plan for Diabetics
World Diabetes Day will be commemorated next Tuesday. This weekend the Diabetes association will be having its annual Ride Out Diabetes fundraiser. While, exercise is an important element in maintaining [...]


Fuel Prices To Increase Instead Of Decrease As Promised By PM
We also checked with the Financial Secretary about the anticipated lower fuel prices, which had been promised by Prime Minister Dean Barrow in early October. According to Waight, while a dip is expected in the price of Premium with the incoming shipment, whether it will go any lower depends on the volatile global market. Joseph Waight, Financial Secretary: "The next item to come is premium gasoline which is from a different source does not come from Petro Caribe we expect that price to go down in step pretty much in the same level as the regular gasoline went down two or three weeks ago beyond that it depends on what the world prices look like but there is not an immediate translation of world prices on to our given the small amounts that we buy in the scheme of things our importation is a fraction of world supply so what happens is that we don't and transportation costs are high we have to pay for small boats and per unit cost is much higher."

Police Recover Items From Mondays' Brazen Robbery In Corozal Town But No Suspects Yet
There has been a spate of criminal activity recently in the Corozal District over the past two weeks. Today the Police authorities provided updates on their investigations into each incident. We will start with the most recent, being the brazen daylight armed robbery of 28 year old Doris Montejo, an employee of the Western Union money transfer business located in downtown Corozal on 4th Avenue. According to the Police their investigations have led to the discovery of some items and the detention of persons, but so far there is nothing concrete.

Ranchito Home Invasion Was Not Carried By Corozal Criminals
The other incident addressed by authorities in Belize City is the home invasion which occurred in Ranchito Village in the wee hours of Monday October 30th. U.S. nationals Michael and Janet McGhee who moved to Belize to live in Ranchito six years ago, woke up in the dark of night to find armed and masked burglars inside their home. The McGhees were tied up in their bedroom while the burglars swept through the house, packing up house items including Gateway, HP and Dell laptops, an Amazon fire tablet, a 50-inch LG plasma TV and a 32-inch TCL television, Janet McGee's wedding ring and Michael McGee's wedding band, and other jewellery on Michael McGhee's silver-in-colour 2003 Dodge Ram pickup, before driving off. In total, they stole over $48,000. Police said today that they believe the culprits were not Corozal-based criminals.

No Arrests Made In Orange Walk Latest Murder
Tonight, almost one week after thirty seven year old businessman Amit Moryani was shot and killed in front of his business establishment during an armed robbery, authorities are yet to make an arrest in this case. As we had previously reported Moryani was shot and killed on Cemetery Street after he attempted to defend his mother who was being robbed by armed assailants. Moryani was fatally shot once to the chest while his mother Babita Moryani was wounded to the left side of the head. As previously indicated authorities are currently in search of two male individuals in connection with this homicide who are also believed to be involved with a group of criminals wanted for several armed robberies here in Orange Walk over the past month.

Who shot Brenda Jandrez?
Corozal Police are still investigating the strange circumstances behind the shooting of 22 year old Brenda Jandrez which occurred last week Wednesday October 1st. The young mother was inside her home on Mahogany Street situated in the Halls Layout area when a gunman fired at her. The gunshot caught Jandrez in the stomach and she was rushed to the hospital in a critical condition. According to the Police, they are awaiting for the victim to recuperate sufficiently in order to help their investigations. Alejandro Cowo, Assistant Superintendent of Police: "She is in a stable condition and thanks god that she is recuperating, we haven't had an opportunity to speak to her yet because the doctor does not allow us to speak to her..."

Belize Represented At UNCAC Conference Of State Parties
Attorney General Mike Peyrefitte is in Vienna, Austria for the Seventh Session of the UNCAC Conference of State Parties. His presence is part of the requirement for a State Party of the UNCAC, according to a government release, "the Secretariat strongly encouraged government representation at the highest political level" - which is why the Attorney General attended along with Crown Counsel Odwin Trenton, who is the Interim Project Coordinator, UNCAC Project Board.

First Price Estimate For 2017/2018 Crop Not As Sweet As Sugar
Earlier this week cane farmers received the final payment for the 2016-2017 cane crop season which was estimated at being between $9.05 and $ 9.28 per ton of cane. So looking at the crop season after three payments the total estimated payment to cane farmers was of $64.00, which includes payment for bagasse. Today as the 2017-2018 cane crop season looms in the horizon, BSI/ ASR issued the first estimated average cane price for the 2018 cane crop which is at forty three dollars and forty cents per ton of cane. So�this means that farmers can expect to receive an estimated thirty six dollars and two cents as first payment for the upcoming cane season.


Chinese Man Faces Additional Charges
Chinese national Yuanran Zheng appeared in court again today to answer to charges of using a fraudulent document to obtain a social security card. As we reported, Zheng reportedly entered Belize for the first time on Sunday, November 5 and was caught applying for a social security card at the Social Security Office in Belmopan [�]

Still No Arrest in Home Invasion
Police continue to seek three persons as they continue to investigate the aggravated burglary of the home belonging to American couple Michael and his wife Janet McGhee in Ranchito Village, Corozal District. The incident happened on Monday, October 30 between one and two o'clock in the morning. The couple woke up to find two masked [�]

Immigration Raid leads to the Arrest of 32 Women
A joint operation involving the Belize Police Department and the Immigration Department led to the detention of thirty-two women with origins in several Central American countries including Honduras and El Salvador. The women were detained at several bars on La Isla Bonita last week and authorities are investigating if they are victims of human trafficking. [�]

Men claimed to be Victims of Human Trafficking
The investigation continues in the case against 23-year-old Keyur Barot, who is accused of making off with sixty thousand dollars and an SUV both belonging to his boss Jack Charles. That reportedly happened back in September. Later in October, Barot and another former employee of Charles, 29-year-old Jitendra Kumar were intercepted and returned to Belize [�]

Attorney General in Austria for UNCAC
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte and Crown Council Odwin Trenton are in Vienna, Austria for the Seventh Session of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) Conference of State Parties. Belize's participation is a requirement as a State Party of the UNCAC. The focus of the conference is to improve the capacity of and cooperation between [�]

How will Brexit Affect Belize?
On Thursday, June 23, 2016, a referendum was held to determine whether the United Kingdom should leave or stay in the European Union. As a result, the majority of the population voted to leave the European Union by 51.9%. The effect of the vote was not immediate, as a matter of fact, it will not [�]

Salvation Army kicks-off Kettle Drive Today
The Salvation Army kicked off its annual Kettle drive today. The opening was held in front of Scotia Bank on Albert Street. The initiative is one that aims at raising funds that are used in providing meals, gifts and food baskets to families in need. Dalila Ical has the story. "We are looking towards the [�]

Deanna Peyrefitte is YWCA's New General Secretary
Deanna Gomez Peyrefitte is the new General Secretary of the YWCA. Peyrefitte replaces Sonia Linares who is retiring after twenty-six years of service to the organization. Peyrefitte has a Master's of Business Administration Degree and is a senior executive with over twenty-five years experience in Management, Administration, Leadership, and Communication. She has experience in the [�]

Belizean Visas Approved for Eight Haitians
Earlier in the week, we told you about the eight Haitians who were having trouble obtaining Belizean visas for an LGBT Conference slated to take place in the country next week. Tonight we can report that the visa applications for these eight Haitians have been approved. Immigration Director Diana Locke told Love News that even [�]

Kuylen Makes Accusations Against FFB
He has three more weeks to complete his term as the Acting President of the Football Federation of Belize and today Marlon Kuylen laid it all out in a nine-page tell-all letter. Kuylen issued a lengthy statement entitled, "The Current State of Affairs of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB)" and in it, he makes [�]

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Michael Ashcroft dodges taxes in the UK with Trusts- Where does Belize Fit?
Over the weekend a large batch of leaked documents dubbed the Paradise Papers from the law firm Appleby as well as corporate registries in 19 tax jurisdictions hit the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Among the documents were disclosures that Michael Ashcroft, had formed a Trust in 2000 in Bermuda where he placed hundreds of millions of dollars. Named the Punta Gorda Trust, Ashcroft apparently circumvented the rules of the trust and went above the trustees to use money without approval. This has sent out alarm bells in the UK where Ashcroft has been juggling to avoid taxation for years. Along with the papers came a report by the BBC's Panorama where Ashcroft was questioned by journalist Richard Bilton. All he'd say was dear, dear, dear. Evasion of tax is something that Ashcroft has also been known for in Belize. In the previous administration he was given huge tax breaks usually prompted by indebtedness which the Musa administration had gotten into with his affiliate companies like the Belize Bank and BTL and finally ending with him getting tax breaks.

PUP's City Slate a Stillbirth!
For many years we at this newspaper were of the firm belief that Mr Lizama's Halloween presentations at his 2nd Street home were the scariest presentations, that we would ever see, but after seeing the PUP'S Citco slate, we must now rethink that and give title of SCARIEST HALLOWEEN PRESENTATION to the PUP. The slate, apparently is being dubbed as either a STILLBIRTH or AFTERBIRTH. It is our honest opinion that the two names are interchangeable. To put it simply, this slate was dead on arrival. The slate looks and smells like decomposing flesh. This stillbirth slate must have died in the womb many months ago and as such it will cost Johnny his LEADERSHIP. That frail leadership is already on life support and would have come to an end anyway. However because of this slate it will now come to an abrupt end sooner rather than later. Johnny and this slate will be buried on March 7th, 2017 .

World Youth Conference being held in Belize
The 5th annual World Youth Conference was held this year at the Princess Ramada Hotel under the theme "Globally Running to 2030, Being Sustainably Strong." The weeklong conference, from November 6-10, saw the participation of over 250 youths bearing representation of over 40 countries. The gathering is a meeting of youths to discuss how they are directly involved in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year's conference was particularly special as it is the first year that the conference has been held in the western hemisphere, and Belize is lucky to have been the hosting place. This represents quite a significant feat for the small country and, according to Dominique Noralez, acting President, National Youth Council, Belize's geographic positioning allows for a broader participation from the Americas and Caribbean.

15 New Pickups for Police
Given the surge of crime in Belize City and other areas, the Belize Police Department launched the Addressing Crime Together, ACT, initiative on October 27, 2017. The initiative saw the deployment of police officers into three areas in Southside Belize that are considered problem areas. Ten days later on Monday, November 6, 2017, ACT received a fleet of 15 brand-new Wingle pickup trucks donated to them by the Government of Belize. The vehicles were given to the department with the intention of enhancing mobility as well as response times especially in the areas of Lake Independence, Jane Usher Boulevard, and Iguana Street Extension.

Getting onboard with the Mental Health Program
The Mental Health Program continues to encourage all Belizeans to come on board with its plans for a better mental health for all. For this year, the Mental Health Program has undertaken various activities to do just that. A national consultation to develop a suicide prevention plan was recently held, and the first draft will be circulating with stakeholders early next year. Belize's suicide rate is about five or seven per hundred thousand over the years, "�although that is not a very high rate we are still concerned for every person that died from suicide, we believe it is preventable�" says Eleanor Bennett, head of Belize's Mental Health Program.

GREAT continues to leave a positive mark on our young people
The San Ignacio Police formation through its Community Policing and Community Oriented Policing program continues to comply with its action plan. As a portion of the action plan, the formation continues with the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program-GREAT with the schools under its area of influence; as well as schools that have not had the opportunity to participate. Ciriaco Medina, team leader of the GREAT Program in San Ignacio now reports to us that for School year 2017-2018, a total of 22 primary schools have participated where the Middle school curriculum has been integrated. A grand total of 656 primary school students are benefiting from this program. (As of last week some police officers are on lesson 6, some are on lesson 4 and one is just starting lesson 1.)

PUP Port Loyola standard bearer in court for over $10,000 owed
Roma Usher, a woman claiming to be a relative of PUP standard bearer Gilroy Usher Sr., is suing Usher through the civil court for the sum of $10,000. On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, the Ushers appeared before Magistrate Michelle Trapp. Roma, who presented her own case, is alleging that the PUP Port Loyola standard bearer owes her money in the sum of $10,000 which should have been forwarded to her Atlantic Bank account. She told the magistrate that the sum of $150 was to be paid weekly and that they had both a written and verbal agreement but Gilroy never kept up the agreement. Roma, however, was unable to present that document in court.

WestJet Set New Direct Flight to Canada
The WestJet direct flight from Calgary, Canada to Belize was inaugurated on Friday, November 3, 2017. On that flight, there were over 120 passengers. To celebrate the occasion, the Belize Tourism Board hosted a small ribbon cutting ceremony. According to Karen Bevans, Director of Tourism, the flight will have more than the obvious impacts on the tourism industry in Belize. The fast growing city of Calgary is home to a number of tourists that are eager to traverse to our tropical Belize and the advent of WestJet's direct flight facilitates this process.

Forensic Interview Training 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. The training was provided to over 65 Government of Belize officials from five different departments namely Human Services, Police, Immigration, Customs and Excise, and Public Prosecutions. The three-day training course was held at the Biltmore Hotel from October 31 to November 2, 2017. The U.S. Embassy continues to support the Government of Belize in its effort to reduce human trafficking. 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.

Belize's First International Diana Award Holder is making her mark in the United Kingdom
In September 2017, twenty one year old Claudia Garcia travelled to England to study for a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at the University of Westminster. Shortly after her arrival, she was invited by charities and international development organizations in the United Kingdom to attend conferences on youth development. She was also asked by UK universities to speak about her work in youth and community development in Belize. One of those events was the Annual Meeting of the UK Belize Association held at the University of Oxford on October 7, 2017. There Claudia Garcia and Manuela Lue, who accompanied Claudia to the United Kingdom, gave a speech to various professors, diplomats and managers about their work in youth and community development in Belize.

What is the BTL Employees Trust?
At 6p.m. on Wednesday June 23rd in a closed door meeting Dean Boyce along with attorney Godfrey Smith held a session with BTL employees to discuss their position on the so called 'BTL Employees Trust.' While what was being told to the 8 or so employees who attended the meeting is anybody's guess, the Guardian Newspaper has been able to get a little bit closer look at exactly what the BTL Employees Trust is. A document provided to the Guardian titled "the BTL Employees Trust (Consolidated Trust Deed: Trust Deed dated September 16, 2005 as varied by a variation of Trust Deed dated June 15, 2007)" explains what the trust is. From the onset it is clear that BTL employees have no say in the doings and maneuverings of the trust.

Gunman is denied bail and remanded to prison
After more than four nights in police custody, 24-year-old Reese Fitzgibbon was arraigned on two firearm related offenses after he was caught red-handed by police with a firearm. Fitzgibbon appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford on November 6, 2017 where he was read the charges of kept firearm and ammunition without being granted a firearm license. The bust was made on Friday, November 3, 2017. According to police, they responded to a report of shots being fired on Kut Avenue in Belize City. Fitzgibbon, a resident of Supal Street, was apprehended as he was at the scene with a 9 mm pistol with 5 live rounds of 9 mm ammunition.

Armed robber receives time in jail
A 24-year-old Belize City mason, Kaleem Chun, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after being accused of committing an armed robbery at Arwing Grocery shop located on Santa Barbara Street in Belize City. Chun was arraigned on November 3, 2017 on a single charge of robbery. The allegations against Chun are that on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, he stole $1,500 cash from Wei Yei Yang, a Chinese grocer, while armed with a firearm. Chun appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where he pleaded not guilty to the charge but due to the nature of the offense, he was denied bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until December 27, 2017.

Biscayne men plead guilty to stealing chicken, stouts, and energy drink
A duo of men was caught stealing from businessman Marlon Skeen. They have been identified as Kenroy Ferguson, a 29-year-old employee of Stock and Go Store, and 25-year-old Nathaniel Crawford, an ex-employee, both of Biscayne Village. The men appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where they were read separate charges of theft. They were caught stealing petty items such as Belikin Stouts, a pack of seasoned Caribbean chicken, and a Monster energy drink. In a police report made by Skeen, he said that upon checking the surveillance camera on November 5, 2017, Ferguson was seen opening a side door and stealing the chicken after which Crawford entered and stole the Belikin Stouts and handed them to Ferguson. Ferguson then re-entered the shop and stole the Monster energy drink.

Chinese men caught with fake nationality documents
Yuanran Zheng, a Chinese National, is being accused by the Immigration Department of being in possession of a fraudulent Belizean nationality certificate. The new checks and balances at the Department allowed the authorities to easily spot that this was a forgery of the old types of Nationality documents. According to employees at the Belmopan Social Security Office, Zheng showed up there on Monday, November 6, along with his Taiwanese-Belizean translator, Zheng Hui Lin. He was trying to get a Belizean Social Security card. To convince them that he was entitled to the document, he brought a nationality certificate, which he insisted he got 10 years ago.

Friends denied bail on firearm related offense
Two friends are on remand at the Belize Central Prison after they were arraigned on Monday, November 6, 2017 in the Belize City Magistrate's Court on a single charge of kept prohibited firearm. They are James Jones and Henry Holder, both 21-year-old residents of Belize City, who police say were in possession of a prohibited firearm on Sunday, November 5, 2017. In court, the duo appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where they both pleaded not guilty to kept prohibited firearm. Due to the nature of the offense, they were denied bail and remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until February 8, 2018.

German attorney killed in La Isla Bonita
Raimund Kobler (Koessler), a German attorney who had been living on the island of San Pedro for about 5 years, was found dead inside an unfinished building under construction. Police say that he suffered blunt force trauma to the head, and that makes his death a murder that they have to solve. His body was discovered on Monday, November 6, 2017, some time after 6 a.m., at the construction site, which is located on Cocoplum Street, San Pedro. The construction workers showed up to resume their job, only to find him lying down on the first floor. They called in the cops who processed the scene, and discovered that he had suffered an injury to the head. They have no idea what weapon was used to inflict that injury, or who did it, but they believe he was clubbed over the head.

Glenford Bermudez's ruling is deferred in the case of murdering his wife
In the Supreme Court on November 7, 2017, 46-year-old Glenford Gilbert Bermudez, a.k.a. "Bucket", was brought before Justice Adolph Lucas for his mitigation plea. Bermudez was accused of shooting and killing his wife on November 22, 2017, and at his mitigation he was very apologetic. On November 22, 2007, Bermudez shot his wife and later attempted to hang himself. Later that day, after admitting the crime to the nephew of the deceased, he was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife, Racquel Violet Bermudez.

"Nitro" meets bail
After serving seven nights in lock down at the Belize Central Prison, 24-year-old Shikell Nunez, aka "Nitro", is out on bail granted to him by Supreme Court judge Denis S. Hanomansingh. Nunez was accused by the police to have made a 4 minute and 41 seconds long video which the commander of GSU took to be a threat to the GSU officers and their families. As a result, Nunez was charged with threat of death. In court on Friday, November 3, 2107, his attorney, Nazira Miles Espat, was successful in her bail application. He was granted bail in the sum of $5,000 plus one surety of the same which he was able to meet. He was ordered to report to the Mahogany Street police station every Friday effective Friday, November 10, 2017. He was also ordered to surrender his travel documents, to appear in court at all his subsequent court dates, and to not interfere with any prosecution witness.

Orange Walk businessman killed as he defended his mother
The Indian Belizean family of 37 year-old Amit Moryani, a business man from Orange Walk, continues to mourn his death after he was killed by robbers at his family's business place. By all accounts, a gunman shot him because he was trying to come to the aid of his mother, who they were trying to steal from. The incident happened at around 8:50 p.m. on Friday, November 3, at his family's store, P&P Supermarket, which is located on Cemetery Street, Orange Walk Town. It was near the end of business hours for the day when his mother, Babita Moryani, arrived.

Police officer is offered bail after having unlicensed firearm at Elements Night Club
After being on lock down at the Belize Central Prison, the officer accused of having an unlicensed firearm in his possession, PC Carlisle Bol, was granted Supreme Court bail on November 3, 2017. The application for bail was made by attorney Leeroy Banner on his behalf. Prosecutor for the crown, Jacqueline Willoughby, had no objection to bail being granted. With that, Justice Denis S. Hanomansingh granted him bail in the sum of $5,000 plus one surety of the same. He was ordered to surrender his travel documents, not to interfere with any of the prosecution witnesses, and to attend all court adjournments set by the court.

Recent graduate of Mopan Technical High School killed in Benque
An 18 year old resident from Benque Viejo was found on Monday with a gunshot wound to the chest. Oscar Niles Obando Junior, a recent graduate from the Mopan Technical High School was found at the Puga Farm, between the Guatemala and the Belizean border. The Puga Farm is located between miles twenty-five and twenty-six on the Benque Road. Police cannot say at this time whether the motive was robbery, but they were able to find a passport and other belongings on Obando. Neither do the authorities know what Obando was doing at the isolated farm.

Robbery in Corozal
Doris Montejo, a 28-year-old Belizean Front Line Associate for Western Union, reported to police that about 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017 upon reaching her place of employment on 4th Street in Corozal Town, a male person approached her holding what appeared to be a firearm under his shirt and demanded that she hand over a purse containing money. Fearing for her life, Montejo handed over a purse valued at $30.00 that contained $10,000.00, a smaller purse valued at $25.00 that contained $100.00 and a Samsung Galaxy 7 Prime cellular phone valued at $1,000, all to a total value of $11,155.00. The assailant then made good his escape police are investigating.

Zachary Knox is denied bail after being accused of shooting a police officer
A Belizean/American national and construction worker of Faber's Road Extension, 21-year-old Zachary Knox, was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate's Court on November Thursday, November 2, 2017 on a single charge of aggravated assault for allegedly shooting at a police officer. The shooting incident is said to have occurred on September 18, 2017 in Belize City. Knox was unrepresented before Magistrate Michelle Trapp where he was read a single charge of aggravated assault upon police officer, Jefferson Dawson, with a deadly weapon, a charge to which he pleaded not guilty. The prosecutor in the case, Cpl. Kennard Clark, submitted that while the Crimes and Criminal Justice Act allows persons accused of committing an offense with a firearm to be entitled bail, Knox was caught at the Phillip Goldson International Airport attempting to flee the country after the incident.

Verdes FC and Bandits Sports won by large margins in Premier League games
The Premier League of Belize Opening Season competition continued over the last weekend with 4 games on the schedule. On Saturday 4th November at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence Village, the visiting Verdes FC blasted the host team Placencia Assassins by the score of 5-1. The Placencia Assassins was the first to score when Luis Torres scored his team's only goal of the game in the 31st minute of play to his team a 1-0 lead. However, the lead was short lived when Gilroy Thurton scored the equalising goal for the visiting Verdes FC in the 39th minute of play to tie the score at 1-1.

St. Joseph Primary School girls are the National Primary Schools Basketball champions
The 2016-2017 National Primary Schools Basketball competition came to an end on Friday 3rd November, 2017, with the championship games played at the St. John's College Gymnasium. The schools that competed in the girls' competition were St. Francis Xavier School (Corozal Town), La Inmaculada School (Orange Walk Town), St. Joseph Primary School (Belize City), Santa Elena Primary School (Santa Elena), Forest Home Methodist School (Toledo) and Holy Family School (Hopkins Village). In the girls' championship game, St. Joseph Primary School defeated Holy Family Roman Catholic School by the score of 23-8 to become the National Primary Schools Basketball Champions. The top scorer for St. Joseph Primary School was Briah Clarke with 19 points while the top scorer for Holy Family RC School was Shendra Casimiro with 8 points.

St. Martin De Porres Primary School boys are the National Primary Schools Basketball champions
The 2016-2017 National Primary Schools Basketball competition came to an end on Friday 3rd November, 2017, with the championship games played at the St. John's College Gymnasium. The schools that competed in the boys' competition were Corozal Methodist School (Corozal Town), San Francisco School (Orange Walk Town), St. Martin De Porres School (Belize City), Faith Nazarene School (San Ignacio Town), Forest Home Methodist (Toledo) and Holy Family School (Hopkins Village). In the boys' championship game, St. Martin De Porres Primary School defeated San Francisco Roman Catholic School by the score of 43 - 12 to become the National Primary Schools Basketball Champions. The top scorer for St. Martin De Porres Primary School was Kentrell Marshall with 18 points while the top scorer for San Francisco RC School was Jamar Higinio with 4 points.

Junior footballers to Rush Soccer camp in Arizona
Three Belizean boys left the country on Wednesday 8th November, 2017, for Casa Grande, Arizona, to participate in the Rush Select 2004/2005 Boys ID Camp. The event, the Rush Select ID Camps, are for the U13 - U15 age groups of 60 boys and 60 girls and there, Rush Select staff will train and evaluate them. Rush Soccer represents over 34,000 youth soccer players in the United States and in partnerships with clubs in Africa, South America, Europe, and Asia, along with North and Central America and the islands of the Caribbean. Rush Soccer is devoted to providing its members with the finest soccer experience possible, it says, and to teaching the fundamental skills of the game and developing athletes through organized leagues, teams, tournaments, training, coaches and athletic facilities.

Football Federation of Belize to hold11th Ordinary Congress
The Football Federation of Belize is pleased to inform the general public and the football world that it 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

Corozalito and Sandhill Blue Hawks to play for Leal's Football Cup Title
The 2017 Leal's Football Cup Tournament is expected to come to an end on Sunday 12th November, 2017, in Sandhill Village, where the third place match and the championship match is anticipated to take place. The third place match will feature Lucky Strike against Ladyville FC and this game is scheduled to commence at 1:00 pm. The championship match will commence at 3:00 pm and this will feature Corozalito against the Sandhill Blue Hawks. Meanwhile, the semi-final games were played on Sunday 5th November, 2017. In the first game played Corozalito defeated Lucky Strike by the score of 2-1. The goals for Corozalito were scored by Tyreek Ciego and Tyrell Estrada. The lone goal of the game for Lucky Strike was scored by Keened Gillett.

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 eighth team participating will be Agharta, which is a team from Chetumal, Mexico.

The Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitos)
Pumpkin Seeds or Pepitos as we know it are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package, with a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein and zinc. They contain a wide array of beneficial plant compounds known as phytosterols and free-radical scavenging antioxidants, which can give your health an added boost. Pumpkin seeds may benefit your heart, liver and immune system, help fight diabetes, and offer unique benefits for men's prostate health and women's relief of menopause symptoms as well says Dr. Mercola. If you're in the mood for a chewy snack that doubles as a phenomenal health food, look no further than pumpkin seeds. With a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein and zinc, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package. They also contain plant compounds known as phytosterols and free-radical scavenging antioxidants,1 which can give your health an added boost.

Deidron McKay's family pleads for killings to stop
Deidron McKay, a 20-year-old resident of Belize City, was killed in a shooting which police believe to be a gang-related attempt at retaliation. McKay is a casualty of a street feud that his family insists he stayed far away from. The incident happened at around 8:35 p.m. on Friday, November 3, McKay was socializing, after work, with a group of friends and family members at a residence on #19 Haynes Street, which is not too far from his own home. Their gathering was disturbed by an unknown gunman who entered the yard, and opened fire indiscriminately.

Two Americans drown in separate incidents
On November 4, 2017 at about 6:08 a.m., police visited the North Side of Hopkins Village where they observed the motionless body of a male person face down in water about 3 feet from the beach. The body was identified to be that of 67-year-old Paul Panarese, a U.S. national. Initial investigation revealed that on the previous evening, Panarese left to socialize and around 6:45 p.m., he headed back to the direction of Kismet Inn where his body was discovered. No signs of violence have been observed on the body. The body awaits postmortem examination. Later on November 4, 2017, police visited Naia Resort in Placencia where the motionless body of 69-year-old Robert Lotz was seen. Lotz, a retired US national, was on vacation and went kayaking earlier that morning and did not return. His body was later discovered floating in the sea. Like in the case of Panarese, no signs of violence were observed on the body. The body awaits postmortem examination.

Poor little squeaky rat Johnny, how I wish that he was a regular reader of this column! Over the weeks I have continuously sounded the alarm that the extremely ambitious Zinc Fence is planning to steal the PUP! They tried to use the unions, COLA, BTV, Wil, Sharon, Sandra, Keisha, Indira, Sulph and a host of other stooges to overthrow a good government; but they are failing. Now they are using the more direct approach: Son-in-law for mayor; a dunce journalist, the driver's son, a Steve Nembhard stooge, Francis' most loyal soldier, a convicted thief, Lake Independence sycophants... I call that group the Zinc Fence Eleven. That group is owned by Cordel; not by the PUP and surely not by Johnny. It was extremely smart of the Zinc Fence to coin the fallacious acronym "PUDP" and then condemn those whom they assigned to that group; but not PUP Cordel.

Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
The collection of Psalms in the Bible is full of inspired advice. For example, the first part of Psalm 103 reads, "Bless the Lord God Yahweh, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies.

Eulogy for Ryan Swift
Friends, brothers and sisters, On behalf of his wife Majorie, his seven-(7) children and twelve-(12) surviving siblings of Ryan Fitzgerald Swift; I want to express our deepest gratitude for those gathered here to mourn with us today. We loved him as a husband, as a father, and as a brother. "Rybo", as he was popularly known was born Ryan Fitzgerald Scott on May 24, 1963 here in the old capital. He was the seventh child of 11 progenies' of the late Ms. Gloria Scott; his father the late John Swift was a well-known accountant. Ryan's middle name came from the 35th president of the United States; whom his mother idolized; and foreshadowed Ryan's passion for politics. His mother would later marry an esteemed senior police officer, Mr. Philip Lynch. Ryan would talk about Mr. Philip with a deep sense of gratitude and pride. Certainly, his skills at ironing, polishing a pair of shoe, carrying himself with bearing was deeply engrained. I got the sense that he was blessed with a fine mentor, who cultivated pride in how to carry himself.

An Honorable Man
When I was in primary school at La Inmaculada here in OW, part of our Civics class was to memorize all the names of Cabinet Ministers and their portfolios, including the names of their permanent secretaries. As children we all thought of Ministers as being these tall, rich, Powerful men who could make anything happen. When I went on to first form at Muffles College, I was placed in a class with the daughter of Hon. Guadalupe Pech, then Minister of education. Vangie Pech was a pretty but humble young lady, full of manners who conducted herself with grace. I later met her father who was a gentle, soft-spoken man. Vangie and I went through Muffles all of the four forms.

Are you Good BFF MATERIAL?
A true friend is one of the biggest blessings we can have in life. I met my best friend even before I could count or talk in full sentences. Shiney Marie Moulton lived next door to my Grandma Jones and whenever my mother took us to visit her, I found my way over to Shiney's house. We would play catch and climb trees in the yard or sometimes we played with her teapots in her bedroom. On my very first day of pre-school I cried when my mother tried to leave me with a pack of boys and girls I had never met before, and a teacher who never smiled, and threatened to spank us with a ruler if we were loud; that is until I saw Shiney. I stopped crying immediately after she was dropped off to school that morning. I was happy at the prospect of coming to school and playing with my friend every single day!

Winner of Second Annual Human Rights Student Scholars Write to Fame
Child Maintenance Children not going to school sitting at home Not doing anything, they're all alone. Mother of seven children, struggling, working overtime To show her kids how much she cares But the cost of living is so high she can hardly afford The taxes of the bus fare. Father at a bar getting stoned, Don't even have a penny or a dollar to take back at home

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Senior transport officers and terminal supervisors attend transport meeting
The Department of Transport held a very important meeting today in Belmopan. The meeting, which [�]

Belize International Film Festival 2017 Launches!
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Premium goes down but regular hikes up by 27 cents
The Belize Bureau of Standards has announced that at midnight tonight, the prices of premium and regular [�]

Mexico to be represented in 12th edition of Belize International Film Festival
Today, the Embassy of Mexico in Belize announced that the film Desierto, starring acclaimed Mexican actor, Gael Garc�a [�]

Another Castro makes the news
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Man found dead in Belize City
Belize City police today found the body of a man in a drain on Raccoon [�]

3 Belizean boys participate in Rush Select Camp in USA
Yesterday, three young Belizean boys departed to Casa Grande, Arizona, USA to participate in the Rush [�]

Sedi sticks to his story despite court ruling
Despite the Caribbean Court of Justice ruling to the contrary, Wilfred Elrington maintains that he [�]

Premium fuel next to go down says Financial Secretary
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German attorney found dead in San Pedro
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November Begins with Gorgeous Weather and Lots More On Ambergris Caye
I am probably not the only one thinking this but�HOW DID NOVEMBER CREEP UP ON ME? The telling signs are certainly here� �the wind is blowing from the north bringing slightly cooler temperatures. �and businesses, old and new, are readying for the upcoming HIGH SEASON. The first real wave of visitors comes for Thanksgiving week in the states and then things REALLY pick up for Christmas. The sun was shining and the town decorated for the upcoming holiday - November 19th is Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize.

Walk through all the new and improved touches at CBC! Stunning, tropical, exotic scenes....
Many of the resorts in Belize, big and small, have to shut down for a few weeks a year to do some touch ups. The salt air is really hard on paint, mechanicals, etc, and we don't want our guests' experiences to be disrupted by this maintenance. We also closely listen to what our guests tell us that they love, and ideas that they have, and we try to make small improvements any chance we get! Here are this year's improvements, and the first couple weeks we have reopened have been a great success! The entrance is more soothing, more natural, and now has a huge shaded palapa and reception area! The new office and reception area were our biggest changes this year.

6 Reasons to choose a Belize Jungle & Beach Vacation
With hundreds of offshore islands and a lush interior teeming with wildlife, Belize is the only country in Central America where the best of the jungle and sea can be easily enjoyed. Here are six great reasons why you should choose a combo beach and jungle vacation on your trip to Belize:

Celebrating Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize
Every November 19, the entire nation of Belize celebrates Garifuna Settlement Day. This holiday commemorates the arrival of the Garifuna - an Afro-Caribbean people - to the shores of Belize more than 200 years ago. A blend of African and indigenous Caribbean cultures, the Garifuna were honored by the United Nations in 2001 for their unique contributions to the intangible heritage of humanity. As dawn breaks on Garifuna Settlement Day, towns and villages along the coast re-enact the dramatic arrival of the Garifuna in handmade dugout canoes. This is followed by enthusiastic and joyful drumming, dancing, and street parades. The signature black, white, and yellow Garifuna flags are hoisted, and everywhere, the people of Belize feast on traditional Garifuna foods such as cassava bread, serre (fish boiled in coconut milk), and conch soup.

Belize: Home to the Bluest Water in the World
Since the dawn of time, human beings have been fascinated by the color blue. In a recent article published on Travel and Leisure, author Melissa Locker went on a search to find the world's bluest waters. One of the spots she discovered was the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize. The Travel and Leisure article highlighted the popularity of Ambergris Caye as a tourist destination. Located just a short boat ride from the second-largest barrier reef in the world, Ambergris Caye is widely known as a paradise for scuba diving and snorkeling. One section of the reef known as Shark Ray Alley even allows divers and snorkelers to interact with vast schools of stingrays and nurse sharks. But the ultramarine waters of Belize are not limited to just the reef. Deep in the heartland of Belize is the Inland Blue Hole, a gateway to underwater caves. Whether it's at the beach or in the middle of a rainforest, Travel and Leisure magazine definitely agree that Belize is home to sparkling bodies of water with intense hues of sapphire blue.

Mayan Food: 9 Awesome Dishes You Should Try!
Food is awesome. That is a fact that is not up for debate. Anyone, even the strictest of dieters will tell you that food is great. Mayan food, arguably more awesome and we'll get into WHY shortly. In the era of globalization, it's made even better because you don't need to be restricted by the foods you grew up eating. Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat give our friends (and really anyone) the perfect conduit to give everyone who dares to look some foodspiration before our good friend google tells us where to get, or how to make some of it! How often do you stop, and ponder on where this food came from, or better yet - who even invented it? The answer is probably not often, and who could blame you? If it tastes great you have no time to stop and get philosophical about it. We're here to take that load off you; check out our list of Mayan Food you absolutely must try!

International Sourcesizz

La Ni�a Declared
For the second winter in a row, La Ni�a will be in the driver's seat. The NOAA/NWS Climate Prediction Center issued a La Ni�a Advisory on Thursday morning, declaring that La Ni�a conditions were now in place in both the atmosphere and ocean. NOAA gives odds of around 65-75% that La Ni�a conditions will extend at least through the upcoming Northern Hemisphere winter of 2017-18. The atmospheric rearrangements triggered by La Ni�a often lead to a consolidated jet stream over North America and an active, progressive storm track. Typically, this leads to periods of roller-coaster weather, with frequent ups and downs in temperature. For the season as a whole, La Ni�a winters tend to end up colder than average toward the north central and northwest U.S. and warmer than average toward the south and southeast. On top of this is the overall warming influence from human-produced greenhouse gases, which can help reinforce the southern warmth and blunt the northern cold.

Belize not surprised by latest move by Guatemala to claim country
The Belize government says it is not surprised at the latest move by Guatemala seeking to claim all of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country ahead of a referendum early next year in the Spanish speaking country regarding the border dispute between the two Central American countries. Guatemala is due to hold its referendum on March 18, 2018 and has launched a public awareness campaign that re-introduces a map of the country showing Belize as the disputed "twenty-third province," with a dotted line indicating "Territory under Dispute." Guatemala has been claiming Belize since 1821.

The future of Caribbean sugar will depend on the region's capacity for cooperation
Among the topics considered by Ministers and officials at the latest meeting of the CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), 9-10 November in Guyana, are several recommendations that will determine whether the Caribbean sugar industry has a future. This long-overdue discussion concerns the ways in which the region's cane sugar producers, through tariffs and other measures, can redirect its output towards meeting the CARICOM market's requirements. On 1 October, 2017, the industry lost the last vestige of its preferential market in Europe, as the EU abolished national sugar production quotas in Europe as part of a long-planned measure. The effect, according to industry analysts, is that the price paid for African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) cane sugar will very rapidly reduce and, as Europe becomes self-sufficient in beet sugar and begins to export, cane sugar imports into Europe will fall to zero. They also suggest that this will depress world market prices.

Actress Penelope Cruz says she will never dive the Belize Blue Hole again...
Cruz tells another story about diving in Belize, in its famed Great Blue Hole, a massive sinkhole in the water that is about 400 feet deep. "I love diving but I will never go that deep, even if I had two instructors. I was surrounded by sharks," she says. MANY, MANY NOPES. She also has diving narcosis, which she described as similar to panic, and given the shark situation, we can understand why she'd be freaking out. "When I looked up and saw all of that water, I started to pray that I could make it." And she did, because she's here now, and can regale us with tales sure to give us nightmares.

Controversial Belize and Turks and Caicos investor exposed in Paradise Papers as reneging on UK tax pledge
Billionaire British peer, Lord Michael Ashcroft, a controversial and divisive figure in both Belize and the Turks and Caicos Islands, has been exposed by the so-called Paradise Papers as reneging on a promise to become a permanent resident in the UK - a change that would have meant giving up his more favourable tax status as a UK resident whose domicile is in Belize. The Paradise Papers are a huge batch of 13.4 million leaked documents mostly from offshore law firm Appleby, along with corporate registries in 19 tax jurisdictions, which reveal the financial dealings of politicians, celebrities, corporate giants and business leaders. Ashcroft remained a so-called "non-dom", domiciled for tax purposes in Belize, and continued to avoid UK tax despite attempts by Parliament to make peers pay their full share and when it was widely believed he had given up the status, the leaked documents reveal.

Belize: Beaches, Adventure and History
Travel Weekly highlighted Belize in its latest article, and Cayo, of course, gets most of the story's focus. The San Ignacio Resort Hotel, Ka'ana, and Gaia Riverlodge are all mentioned as great lodging options. While ATM is somehow not mentioned, the Black Hole Drop, Actun Loch Tunich, is, as is the Green Iguana Conservation Project. Caracol, Xunantunich(Hanna Stables gets a shout out in regards to getting there), and Cahal Pech, some of Belize's nicest Maya archaeological sites, are recommended. "Neatly wedged between Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean Sea, don't let its size fool you - there's plenty here for a standalone holiday. Its Mayan experience is at the heart of it all, predominantly in the western Cayo District, home to the unassuming capital Belmopan, aka the 'Garden City' thanks to surrounding waterfalls, caves and rivers that are ideal for hiking, birdwatching and soft adventure. The tourist hub, though, is San Ignacio, a small town of lively local bars and restaurants, and a good base for Caracol, Belize's most impressive Mayan city; Cahal Pech, the oldest known site in the Belize River Valley; and the temples of Xunantunich, where a new tomb was discovered in 2016. Hanna Stables offer horse-riding tours here, including a quirky ferry crossing with horses in tow. Cayo District is home to the Actun Loch Tunich cave, where a hike and abseil take you 300 feet down into Central America's largest cave system."

CFA 1st Division Championship
The Cayo Football Association held their championship for the 1st division on Saturday at Broaster Stadium. Congratulations, Universal Hardware, for taking 1st place! "Chairman Earl Trapp Jr. Would like to thank all paticipating teams in this years CFA 1st Division football tournament and fans of the football family, especially to Universal Hardware who won the First place with cash prize of $3,000.00 Second place Peniarol F.C $800.00 and Third place to Benque Power with $400.00. Thanks to everyone see you next year! Special thanks to the entite work staff especially to Mr Bernz Mendez, Lisa Gordon, Mr. Lucio Toledano Chief of Security the Police Department Mr Medina and the Match Officials."


  • Rare Albino Spotted Eagle Ray Identified At Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, 15sec. Henry boast his unique experience as he was on patrol at the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve on North Ambergris Caye. He gives thanks to Captain Grimaldio Acosta for spotting the unique sea creature. "Good eyes Gimmy, this was definitely one for the books! Only at Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve.

  • Reasonable request from San Mateo Belize Kids, 1/2min. Filming location where a playground should be at the end of the Belize Community Conservation Kids 4 Clean Water Camp 2017. Hosted annually in San Mateo, Ambergris Caye Belize.

  • Lil Alphonse Snorkeling Tour, San Pedro Belize, 4min. Lil Alphonse Snorkeling Tours San Pedro Belize Review. Lil Alphonse (Lil Afonse) is one of the most recommended tour guides and dive masters in San Pedro, Belize (Ambergris Caye). He is offering snorkeling tours to Hol Chan Marine Reserve (including Shark Ray Alley) and Mexico Rocks, and fishing trips for deep sea fishing in the Caribbean Sea.

  • Snorkeling with Sharks in Shark Ray Alley, Belize, 3min. Underwater video, swimming with sharks and stingrays in Belize. Shark Ray Alley is a popular snorkeling destination from both San Pedro Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, Belize. Swimming with nurse sharks and stingrays is the main attraction for snorkels and divers. Shark Ray Alley is a dive & snorkel spot in Hol Chan Marine Reserve which itself is situated in the Belize Barrier Reef.

  • Belize Diving!, 5min.

  • ELIZEAN RESISTANCE AGAINST LORD MICHAEL ASHCROFT POLITICAL CORRUPTION IN BELIZE!, min. TEN YEARS LATER! "LORD AHSCROFT REVIVES BREDAA!" By Imam Ishmael Omar Shabazz. Tonight the issue was focused on the Michael Ashcroft control of Belize politics and economics, and the kidnapping of our brother, Derek Aikman, former minister of government under the United Democratic Party government. To deal with this unfolding nightmare in Belize, KPFK's Freedom Now, radio host Brother Dedan Kamate, had as his guest via telephone, Bro. Nuri Akbar Estrada, former chairman of BREDAA and Bro. Bilal Morris, Public Relations and Media Representative of BREDAA.

  • THE 1980S PUNTA ROCK ARTIST "BOOTSY RANKIN"! (PART ONE), 14min. IN COMMEMORATION OF "GARIFUNA SETTLEMENT DAY" 2017! by Bilal Morris. The legendary Garifuna Belizean Punta Rock artist, Bootsy Rankin' (Thomas Lauriano), comes to "Belizean Legends" as a cultural special in commemoration by this documentary series for "Garifuna Settlement Day" (November 19, 2017). Through "Part One" of this exclusive interview with the 1980s, 1990s Belizean musical artist, we celebrate Bootsy Rankin's long existence as one of those Los Angeles based Belizean artist that once graced venues like the popular "Belize Caye Fest" in the 80s.

  • With Love From Belize, 8min.

  • Belize 2017 SCUBA Diving - Day 1, 3min.

  • Permit Fishing in South water Caye Belize, 23min. Permit Fishing at South Water Caye (Atoll) with Nauti by Nature Captain Jermaine AKA "Big Fish". Captain Jermaine is a 3rd generation fisherman living on the on the Sandy beaches of the Placencia Peninsula.

  • Belize 2017 - Blue Hole 1, 4min.

  • Belize 2017 - Blue Hole 2, 4min.

  • Snorkeling in Belize, 2min. Thanks goes out to Daniel at Caveman Snorkeling located in Caye Caulker, Belize!! Quality guide with great knowledge. We did an all day snorkeling tour and literally spent the entire day on or in the water.

  • Swimming with a Bull shark in Belize, 3min. About 20 minutes into our dive, this monster showed up...about a 6 ft, 250 lb bullshark...2nd apex predator in the ocean next to the great white. It..was....amazing... At 0:34, you can start to see his shadow middle of the screeen, just to the left. At 1:11, you can start to see him in the lower portion of the screen swimming away...

  • Drone video of Ambergris Caye, 2min.

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