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Belize hosts the World Youth Conference 2017
On November 6th through the 9th, the World Youth Conference (WYC) 2017 was held at The Ramada Belize Princess Hotel in Belize City. It was the first time that the conference was held in the Caribbean Region and Central America, and Belize was honored to host the prestigious event. The conference included 250 national, regional and international youth leaders under the theme: “Globally Running to 2030, Becoming Sustainably Strong.” The group focused on giving a voice to the youth through a transitional deliberation on how to make the post-2015 development agenda a reality. This involved four days of panel, roundtable discussions, workshops, and musical and cultural presentations on various community, national and international youth-related issues and sustainable development.
Caye Caulker residents charged for drug trafficking
Three Caye Caulker residents, 57-year-old Timothy Stapleton, 30-year-old Bernaldo Teul, and 25-year-old Raphael Erebua, were arrested and charged on Tuesday, November 14th for the offense of drug trafficking.
According to the official police report, on Tuesday at around 2:20PM, the Caye Caulker Police conducted a house search on the second flat of a three-story cement building. This happened to be Stapleton’s residence, where police discovered 64.8 grams of cannabis atop a table. Immediately, Stapleton along with Erebua and Teul, who were at the residence during the discovery, was detained and escorted to the police station with the said drugs, where they were charged.
SPTC to repair roads damaged by heavy rains
The constant rains in October extended to November, and have caused extensive damage to the roads around the island, particularly in the sub-divisions south of town. In recent weeks, the inclement weather has been the main culprit of the inundated potholes and flooded muddy roads that continue to affect businesses and residents. The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has acknowledged the situation and says it is gearing up to address the issue as soon as the rains abate.
In sub-divisions like San Pedrito, San Pablo, and DFC, many roads remain underwater, making it difficult for residents to go to work and children to attend school. Residents of these affected areas are hopeful that as the rains stop, local authorities will fix the roads. According to a business owner in DFC, the road leading to her establishment is practically a lagoon. “I am losing business, I mean I really hope the Mayor takes into consideration the street must be fixed permanently and not just temporarily,” she said.
Pharmacist Association at odds with MOH
The Belize Community Pharmacist’s Association (BCPA) is calling on the Government of Belize to review its implementation of a new regime of standards for the pharmaceutical industry, dubbed as ‘Food and Drugs Regulations 2017.’ The new regulation started early this month, and will now require pharmacists across the country to substitute products from the United States of America and Europe with those from a Central American provider. According to the BCPA, this change could have a consequential effect on the quality of reliability of medications sold in Belize.
This new amendment on the source of the products is identified in the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) new required standards. MOH now requires all drugs to be certified with a standard called ‘Good Manufacturing Practices’ (GMP), instead of the ‘Good Distribution Practices’ (GDP) from the USA and Europe.
Copa San Pedro 2017 heads to quarter-finals
After ten weeks, Copa San Pedro 2017 regular season came to an end. While the football tournament began with 12 teams, only eight managed to make it to the quarterfinals. Six crucial games took place this past week, as some teams had to win in order to secure that spot.
At 7PM, on Thursday, November 8th, the first game got underway with Terror Squad versus Assassins F.C. The clear 12- 2 victory went to Terror Squad, who advanced.
The following day saw Martha’s Ice defeating Boca Bombers 4-2. At 9PM, Legends F.C took an easy 6-2 victory over Victoria House Jr.
The last two games of the week were played on Saturday, November 11th, starting at 7PM, with Jokers F.C triumphing 3-2 over Assassins F.C. The last game of the regular season saw G. strikers dominating 4- 1 over Sandy Point.
With the regular season completed, the quarter-finals will see Terror Squad, Legends F.C, Assassin F.C, G. Strikers, Jokers F.C, United F.C and Martha’s Ice fighting for the semi-final spots.
San Pedro House Of Culture Celebrates Garifuna Awareness Day
The San Pedro House of Culture celebrated with the Garinagu of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize, with entertainment and lots of free food and Garifuna treats for those in attendance. The evening was part of Garifuna Awareness Day to showcase the music and food of the Garinagu of Belize. This was in preparatipon of the upcoming Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations on November 19, a national holiday in Belize. Drumming and dancing were the highlights of the evening, provided by the Chirikanari Drummers/Dancers. A very awesome cultural experience.
UB Nursing Graduates Top Regional Nurse Examinations
The results released from the Regional Exam for Nurse Registration the week revealed the impressive performance by the nursing students of the University of Belize. Bonaventure Nwangwu had the highest examination score for Belize.
The Regional Exam for Nurse Registration (RENR) was approved by the Conference of Ministers Responsible for Health in the Commonwealth Caribbean in 1990. It is considered a challenging exam and over the years, performance has fluctuated for Belize. The exam is administered by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC).
Misc Belizean Sources
Ministerial Signing of Memorandum of Agreement by the Ministries of Agriculture, Education, and Health to Strengthen the School Feeding Program in Belize
A new cooperation agreement to foster the strengthening of the School Feeding Program in Belize was signed today, November 16, 2017, by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Health and the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation.
The agreement in form of Memorandum of Understanding formalizes the mutual interaction and strengthens the existing relationship between the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, and the Ministry of Health at the strategic and working level, focusing on the development of the School Feeding Programs in Belize.
Research from Belize Sheds Light on how to Better Manage Small-Scale Fisheries
Small-scale fisheries are critically important for the provision of food security, livelihoods, and economic development for billions of people. Most of these fisheries appear to be under-performing with respect to conservation, food production, revenue, and the quality of the livelihoods they can support. According to a recent study and newly published research, Belize is among a handful of countries that are successfully innovating and pioneering solutions to ensure the sustainability of small-scale fisheries.
Many factors related to successful small-scale fisheries management have been articulated in previous research and through practical experience, including strong leadership, co-management, secure catch or marine tenure privileges, and scientific assessment of fishery status. Both the pathways and tools employed in fishery reform vary, but there is a growing consensus that the integration of effective fisheries governance and science-based management is crucial for success.
Find out more about what Belize has been doing to develop the e-commerce sector
As e-commerce expands, countries need to explore how to create an enabling trade policy environment, enhance transparency and information exchange as well as improve the e-infrastructure for cross-border e-commerce. The Caribbean has seen the importance of ICT and has prioritized it as a rapidly expanding sector. As a member state of CARICOM, Belize has also prioritized the ICT sector.
Dean Barrow receives the ambassador of Cuba
Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize today received the ambassador of Cuba, Lissette Perez, to whom he ratified the solidarity and support in the battle against the blockade imposed by the United States on our country for almost 60 years.
Premier Belizean confirmed his government's recognition of the contributions to Belize in the field of health and human resources training. This year, cooperation is serving 27 years of uninterrupted work with a significant impact on the levels of assistance to the population of the nation.
Barrow recognized the willingness of both countries to expand economic and trade relations, which has been demonstrated by the participation of companies at the main trade fair in Cuba (Fihav-2017) recently completed.
Hon. Wilfred Elrington on Working Visit to Taiwan
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs, at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), is currently on a working visit to Taiwan. Minister Elrington paid a courtesy call on H.E. Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) as well as on H.E. Dr. David Lee, the Foreign Minister of Taiwan on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017. Minister Elrington also received a briefing from the Mainland Affairs Council, Executive Yuan, on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017.
The main purpose of Minister Elrington’s visit to Taiwan is to explore concrete opportunities to implement the Agreement signed between Belize and Taiwan, on September 7th, 2017, on Police Cooperation. In this context, Minister Elrington has been meeting with officials from the National Police Agency in the Ministry of the Interior of Taiwan, as well as the Central Police University, and Taiwan Police College. The Minister also toured the Taiwan Crime Investigation Bureau and the K-9 Unit of the National Police Agency.
Griga — The Documentary: Please help us reach our goal
Griga — The Documentary explores some of the issues and challenges artists and entertainers in Dangriga, Belize faces while exploring creative solutions.
Back this project now to help us reach our goal.
The Big Ferry will be closed this week
Here are some pictures to update you of the progress today...it was painful!
The ferry is about 70% out of the water now. It's almost on land. There are small boats carrying people that need to pass as students and workers need to get to their place. This ferry is not worth repairing!
Thousands of people need to pass this everyday.
I believe its time for a new ferry or a plan to make a bridge. I know some of you will laugh, but it takes the people to make a difference. It's time.
Mahogany trees planted
A very active group of young people called Seeds of Change planted 5 mahogany trees at Nature Park on Sunday November 12th, 2017.
St. Francis Xavier Parish Fair 2017
This will be FUN!!!
Corozal- 7th Avenue will see brighter nights ahead
Today, a crew from the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) is installing 97 brand new street lights beginning at the entrance to Corozal on the first round-about all the way to Santa Rita.
The street lights are in addition to the existing lights and are being installed on both sides of 7th Avenue/Philip Goldson Highway.
This will perhaps deter some of the crime occurring in our community.
THANK YOU BEL from the entire Corozal Community.
Davco Cultural Expo 2017 Friday in Corozal
Come out this Friday at Central Park - Davco Cultural Expo 2017 is ready for you. The Corozal Central Park is the place to be on Friday, November 17th from 9:00 am.You cannot miss the opportunity to taste the different cultural foods and drinks. Meet the world champions of pok ta pok . Enjoy the Maya mestizo , mestizo, garifuna and east indian cultural performances. Educate yourself on what many government and non government organizations do. Your participation is your contribution towards the development of our villages. Let's make DAVCO Cultural Expo 2017 a successful one.
Ms. Melissa Castillo now President of National Garifuna Council Orange Walk
Today, November 16th is Garifuna Awareness Day and we proudly present Ms. Melissa Castillo President of National Garifuna Council Orange Walk Branch.
Corozal - "STOLEN GOODS FROM OUR SHOP. FRANKS MEAT PRODUCTS
Good afternoon my fellow customers, Christmas is right around the corner and as we prepared ourselves stocking up and investing in our local hams, jumbo shrimps, slabs of pork ribs, slabs of pork chops, conchs etc we were robbed last night and they took almost everything. So if you see or hear about people selling Christmas hams ribs pork chops shrimps, conchs The management and staff would kindly appreciate if you don't buy and report this crime as soon as possible to help and find these people.. please share and tag people for the word to spread. Normally these people go out of the district and sell things where people don't know about the incident. So with the help of technology I'm kindly asking for your help. From the management and staff we thank you for sharing. May God bless you".
Workshop with music students at St. John's College, Belize!
Sharing ideas with Maimouna Youssef and Friends on creativity, interpretation, articulation, importance of practice, and singing with expression.
My lovely sisters representing
Today we observe Garifuna Awareness Day across this nation, we look forward to seeing everyone wearing their favorite traditional outfits. What beautiful colors did you wear to school or work today?
Punta Rock Star Aziatic, ready for his Tropic Air flight
To beautiful Dangriga (DGA) for what will certainly be an awesome show over the weekend.
Tropic Air welcomes @si_swimsuit models, editors, photographers and makeup artists to Belize for their shoot!
Have a blast on our hometown ladies.
LEGENDARY BELIZEAN BOXER "ERNEST REID" REVISITED!
"HOME AFTER 26 YEARS!"
(Reproduced from the Belize Billboard article below for better clarity for the Belizean Legends audience)
A Honduran who was at one time the No. 2 contender for the welter weight championship of Panama, is here on a three week vacation to his homeland once again, after being away for 26 years.
Ernest Reid 42, who left Belize in 1941, along with one of the first recruitment workers for Panama during World War II, arrived back home on December 19, and spending nearly a month's vacation leave here with his brother Richard Reid, of 105 George Street. He returns to Panama next week.
Giving Up Territorial Seas For Peace: A Garifuna Fisherman Speaks
In 1991, the government of Belize who should have claimed a 11 miles territorial sea in international law, only claimed three miles of sea territory as an olive branch to the Guatemalan government to gain access to the high seas. In return the Guatemalan government would have recognized Belize's independence and sovereignty. The move which was presented in a bill was agreed upon by both the Belize government at the time, the Peoples United Party, and its opposition the United Democratic Party, but was not presented to the Belizean people in a referendum. The feature highlights how the Martime Areas Act marginalized the Garifuna fishermen in the southern district of Belize, Toledo, and how it affected life for the Garinagu who depended on fishing and farming as their chief source of subsistence.
A MOVING ENCOUNTER WITH DAVID DAKERS!
(Special tribute to Belize's greatest boxer that ever lived, David Dakers)
by Bilal Morris.
On a 2002 bus ride on the Western Highway now the "George Price Highway" in the Belize District towards the capital city of Belmopan, a slumped figure of a tall black man sat beside me with his face turn towards the window seat of the bus. He seemed quiet and reserved and never spoke until he turned his face after a very long time to the right of me, that it appeared to be Belize's best boxer that ever lived, David Dakers.
The shyness in me never succumbed to look clearly at him from my left side vision to ascertain that it was really David Dakers that was actually sitting next to me. The skillful pound to pound boxer of Belize's middle weight boxing championship of the golden era of boxing in Belize, had disappeared from Belize in the 1970s, and was understood to be living in the states.
LIONS OF THE SOUTH: DR. THEODORE ARANDA (PART ONE)
(An Expose on Belizean politics in commemoration of Garifuna Settlement Day)
The feature highlights the political life of Belizean politician and Garifuna statesman, Dr. Theodore Aranda. In Part 1 of this exclusive interview, the legendary Dr. Aranda speaks with brother Leo Sanchez on Belize's political climate when he entered politics and how Belizean politics has regressed presently with the scandals in the present United Democratic Party government and why the party, that he once led in 1979 made calculated mistakes in planning prior to their coming to power in 1984.
Make a Wish Water-Lantern Night & Closing Ceremony
Here are some of the photos we recently captured for Ms Fiona Hsu who did an outstanding job in planning this event for the Embassy of the Republic of China - Taiwan in Belize for their Water Lantern Festival.
It was an honor to be able to capture images for such a meaningful event.
A big big thank you to our sponsors Ministry of Culture of Taiwan, Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize,Belize Department of Youth Services, Atlantic Bank and Ramada Princess Hotel; and partners Belize Department of Youth Services, NICH, Museum of Belize, Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence, St. John’s College (especially the Student Council, Prefect and Six Form students), University of Belize and our international youth from WYC. The project wouldn't have been what it was without any of you, thank you!
Mr. Peetaz Bruk Dong Bram Call for Accordion Players
an you play the Accordion? I mean REALLY play the Accordion?
4th annual Flavours of the Garifuna
In celebration of Garifuna Settlement Day the Corozal House of Culture kindly invites you to the 4th annual Flavours of the Garifuna. Immerse yourself in the Garifuna culture by way of taste, sight, sound and movement. Sample the flavours of hudut, darasa and sahou. Enjoy the incredible sounds of Larubeya Band who recently won the Battle of the Drums 2017. Learn about the arrival of the Garinagu with the screening of the documentary Yurumein. Witness the colourful and vibrant Jon Kanu performances. Please join us this Sunday November 19th for a wonderful night of culture beginning at 7:30pm.
Sarteneja Nazarene Primary School Spelling Bee contest
Sarteneja Nazarene Primary School - "Our School held a Spelling Bee contest. We want to congratulate our first place winner Merari Rodriguez from Std 4, Second was Rydel Torrez from Std 6 and third Izaac Muñoz also from Std 6".
Prime Minister Departs the Country on Personal Leave
The Office of the Prime Minister informs that the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow departed the country today, November 16, on personal leave. He will return on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. The Prime Minister travelled to Houston, Texas.
During the Prime Minister’s absence, the Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, will act as Prime Minister.
Open Tryouts for Men's National Basketball Team
Calling all players. BBF announces the launch of the National Team Programme for upcoming international play. First round of tryouts scheduled for 19th and 20th November at Bird's Isle.
Caye Talkers Looking for Sales Agents
Our team is happy to welcome full time sales agents for in office positions in Belize City and work at home positions. On Saturday, November 18th, we will be at the SSB Building in Orange Walk Town from 9am-2pm. Documents required: Copy of Social Security Card, Resume, Certificates and Reference Letters. Minimum age of 18 years. Be prepared for an interview. You can call 223-2016 to reserve your spot! See you there!
Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
The Son of Bigfoot,
Command Comes Down On Community Cops Who Messed With Youth Cadets
They were assigned to do community policing work, but two constables in Placencia are accused of engaging in some very vile behavior with boys in the police youth cadet corps.
Reports we have gotten say that the officers forced the cadets to take nude pictures, and charged them for use of the restroom and drinking water.
Today, two constables were brought up on disciplinary charges. The Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch Joseph Myvette told the media more - but not a whole lot more - today:
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head - NCIB:
"Because of the fact that the investigation involved minors, I will not go into the details, but I can tell you that an investigation was done. Two officers have since been placed on charged; one got 5 disciplinary charges and the other one had one charge. They will be interdicted today as soon as they have appeared before a tribunal they will be interdicted today and it is likely that if they are able to keep their job at the end of this, they will certainly be removed from the community policing unit."
Police Slow To Bring Charges In Alleged Station Rape In Independence
The other ongoing internal investigation into gross acts of alleged misconduct is in Independence Village - where police are accused of raping two women who were detained on suspicion of drug possession.
One of the women is a Belizean and the other is a Salvadoran. We know that Independence police detained them on Saturday - but after that police would not go into any great detail. They said - as they have been saying - that the investigation is ongoing:
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head - NCIB:
"As we speak, members of the PSB and CIB are still on the ground as more work needs to be done in regards to that investigation."
Police Investigating Immigration Irregularities But How Far Will They Go?
Police are also investigating immigration irregularities after Chinese national Yuanran Zheng was discovered with a bogus nationality certificate. That was last week - and while Zheng flew out on Friday - he left a trail for investigators to follow.
As we told you last night, it extends into the Immigration Department, and the Social Security Board - where one manager has already been placed on administrative leave while an internal investigation progresses.
Police say they are doing their own criminal investigation - but this bears watching, because, as we know, police haven't been able to bring a single criminal charge for all the immigration irregularities detailed in the Auditor General's Reports. Today, however, they said they are taking this investigation seriously:
Hulse Says Immigration Dept Not Part Of This Hustle
But, it's not a small investigation. As we told you last night, 7News has received information that there are possibly dozens of fake or questionable nationality certificates out there. Just like the one Chinese national Yuanran Zheng was caught with and charged for. Reports suggest that senior employees at the Immigration department and the Social Security Board are involved. Well today we caught up with Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse and he told us that the immigration department is not behind this.
Hon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration and Nationality:
"My understanding is that no, the immigration department has nothing to do with that. There will always be these operatives out there who try to forge and fake documents, it is good the system in place now is beginning to catch them, this is not the first time they have been caught we have caught people before but I don't see that as something that is ever going to end. Where there is money and a demand people will try all sorts of things and I'm happy to know that so far it has been reported to me that no one in immigration has been involved because there is no authentic document that has been re-done, it is clearly some fake documents since its inception."
Couple Charged For Albeno Murder
This evening, Belmopan police have again moved quickly to wrap up another major crime investigation. This time it's the murder of 28 year old Armenia Villager Carlos Albeno. This evening, Belmopan police laid charges on two persons, 29 year old Jose Valladarez for murder and 27 year old Amelia Garrido for abetment to commit murder.
They are both Armenia villagers and a common law couple. Garrido allegedly shot Albeno twice last week Friday. Reports say he suspected that Albeno had stolen a parcel of weed he'd gotten from Arenal village and hidden in the buses outside of the village. He concluded that Albeno stole his weed - and went to him with a gun. He then shot him twice - once in the knee and then fatally in the chest.
Dangriga Man Appeared To Have Drowned, Was Wanted
Dangriga police have confirmed the identity of the man who was found washed up on the town's coastline yesterday. Police told us more:
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head - NCIB:
"Dangriga responded to information of a body on the beach in the bar mouth area of Dangriga Town where the body of Howard Nicholson was found. No sign of physical injury was observed on his body. So that is awaiting a postmortem examination."
Reports to us say that at the time of his death, police were seeking Nicholson for questioning in connection with a number of robberies.
Mexican Feeding Program Could Go Nationwide
You hear about feeding programs at a few schools, but the Ministries of Education, Agriculture and Health have collaborated to establish a national feeding program for all Belizean children. It is part of a wider initiated called "Mesoamerica Hunger Free". Today at a ceremony at the Agriculture Show Grounds in Belmopan, Courtney Weatherburne found out how important this project is for youth and the entire country.
The "Mesoamerica Hunger Free" project was first launched in 2015 in Mexico. The main objective is to provide healthy foods to needy school children in Latin American and the Caribbean.
Belize is among 13 participating countries. The initiative has already been implemented in the South where 4 schools in Toledo now have new cafeterias.
There is one in San Antonio, Santa Cruz, Santa Elena and Pueblo Viejo.
Changing Eating Habits Of Schoolkids
Now we all know getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables and less sugary treats, is a mammoth task. But that's just what this program hopes to do. So instead of pizza or fried chicken and a soft drink for lunch, the cafeterias will be serving garden salad and water.
Emilio Montero, Coordinator for the National Food & Nutrition Security Commission, Ministry of Agriculture:
"The project supports purchasing from the farmers and also in designing of the menus and one of the key arrangements was in the project we will not provide salt, sugar nor grease to be use for meal preparations, because that is encouraging unhealthy eating."
Hon. Requena Demands Pay For Alcalde's In His Area
If you don't live in the south, you may not know it, but village Alcalde's and Second Alcalde's actually function as magistrates in their villages - adjudicating disputes and mediating differences. And they get paid for it - or they should get paid, at least. It's 100 monthly for Alcalde's and 50 monthly for the Second.
But, Alcalde's and Second Alcalde's in as many as 20 villages say they haven't been paid since January - and today their area representative came to the city to say it's unacceptable, and that he blames the Attorney General, and the Prime Minister:...
Hon. Oscar Requena, Area Rep., Toledo West:
"It is very unfair what the government is doing to our alcalde's, not paying them since January of this year. We are basically talking 10 months going into 11 months at the end of November that our alcalde's have not been received their stipend. As you are aware the attorney general went on record..."
Corozal Meat Shop Cleaned Out By Thieves
As Christmas nears, butchers and meat shops are stocking up those cured local leg hams. But one meat store in Corozal suffered a major loss of their Christmas inventory. Franks Meat Products was burglarized of all their meat products and seafood - basically their entire Christmas stock. The owner told CTV more about the devastating loss.
Elizabeth Rosado, Franks Meat Products:
"When we came in the first thing I was looking for was what they took machinery or anything but I saw that everything was complete in machinery but I didn't realize they were going to take products so when the police officer came and said well we need to open the freezer to see what is in there and everything that is when I saw that it was food products that they took. They took shrimps, the jumbo shrimps, the 26.30. They took conchs, they took slabs of pork chops, and the most what they took was the boneless hams."
Operation ACT Scores With Weed Seizures
Today the police department's ACT operation pulled in a lot of weed. Officers made three busts across three different Belize City streets. They found 1.1 kilos, which is 2.4 pounds on Custard Apple Street, 6.3 ounces on Neal's Penn Road, and one kilo, or 2.2 pounds at the corner of Pen Road and Baldwin Street. All the pages were labeled as found property.
The Case Of Keyur, It's Complicated, Apparently
More than 6 weeks after they were brought back to Belize as fugitives, there have been no criminal charges against Keyur Barot and Jitendra Kumar. The Indian nationals are former employees of Jack Charles. He accused Barot of the theft of sixty thousand dollars and his vehicle. But, today police confirmed that no charges can be brought because the man have alleged that they are victims of human trafficking:...
Attempted Kidnapping In Coro?
There are reports of an attempted kidnapping last night in Corozal town.
Reports say an evening division staffer at the Junior College was assaulted in an attempt to kidnap her.
Police say they have heard the same, but there is no official report:
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head - NCIB:
"Sometime yesterday evening around 7:45 p.m., a teacher leaving the Corozal Community College was attacked by a male person; however, no official report has yet been made."
Tyrin Shot By Security A Month Ago, But No Charges Yet?
Tyrin Faber was shot by a Princess Security Guard one month ago. The guard was reportedly trying to break up a fight, and fired a warning shot with his shotgun unto the pavement. The pellets ricochetted and hit Faber to the chest and hand. He is still receiving treatment for that injury, but police have not charged the security guard. Today we asked the deputy for Belize City CIB what is the holdup:...
Pink Eye Epidemic Receding In North, But Still Active In South
If you aren't seeing many people with those puffy, oozing red eyes around anymore - it is because pink eye is on the decline. The last report we got put it at 16,000 cases countrywide. Today CEO in the Ministry of Health Dr. Ramon Figueroa says the numbers have certainly dropped.
Dr. Ramon Figueroa, CEO - Ministry of Health:
"I know that we are already on the descending curb in terms of the epidemic itself. I think the fire is dying out, fortunately, so I think we are getting to a point where eventually we should have very minimal numbers of pink eye."
Courtney Weatherburne, reporter:
"So weekly you are seeing less and less cases or patients?"
Dr. Ramon Figueroa:
PM Heads To Houston
Prime Minister Barrow won't have to worry about that this year, because while he was down in Dangriga with his dashiki last year, this year, he will be in Houston.
Today his office announced that he left for Houston on personal leave. The PM returns on November 21st, and during his absence, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber will act as PM.
Taiwan Assists With Police Equipment, Expertise
And while the PM's in Texas, Foreign and Home Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington is in Taiwan. He's there to get funding and technical assistance for the Police.
It comes out of an agreement on Police Cooperation. Elrington has been in meetings with the National Police Agency and toured the Taiwan Crime Investigation Bureau along with the K-9 Unit of the National Police Agency. Taiwan has agreed to make a grant donation of one million Belize dollars' worth of equipment for the Belize Police Department, including body cameras, motorcycles, handcuffs, drones, and breathalyzers.
The Music and Magic of Maimouna
This morning Maimouna Youseff and friends filled the SJC music centre with the sweet sound of their music. The group is from the United States and they are here as a part of the American Music Abroad program. They have toured all around Central America and Belize is their last stop. This morning we caught up with the leader who explained the message behind the lyrics and even shared some advice.
Maimouna Youssef, Artist:
"We are kind of like an acoustic and electric band. We have a set up where we can play acoustic. Some of the places we have gone on our tour with no electricity and just poured our hearts out to the people."
"Well we have all kind of been together like friends we have worked together for like 10 or 15 years so you know these are the guys I call when I am going out on the road."
They Resisted Robbers, Now Teens Have To Answer Charges
On Tuesday Oscar Itza and Dennis Eck were walking on Orange Street when two men held them up, demanding money. They fought off their attackers men who then fled the scene.
Itza received an injury which the doctor classified as wounding.
Today a 19-year-old student at Kings College Dejron Joseph and a 17 year old male minor were charged with the attempted robbery. Joseph was charged with attempting to rob Itza while the minor was charged with attempting to rob Eck and wounding Itza. They were offered bail of $4,000 dollars and the case was adjourned until December 27th, 2017.
Faber Says He Didn't Get LOO's Letter
DPM and co-chair of Belize Infrastructure Limited, Patrick Faber says he hasn't received John Briceno's letter as yet. As we told you last night, in his letter, Briceno alleges that works completed under BIL's supervision have poor design, lack proper execution and will result in losses of public funds. His office claims he sent that letter two weeks ago and there hasn't even been an acknowledgement of receipt. Faber says there's a simple reason: he just plain hasn't gotten it.
Courtney Weatherburne, reporter:
"Briceno's letter concerning BIL, he criticizes projects that have been done under BIL and is requesting several documents , documentation in terms of audited reports and so forth , have you gotten the letter ? Will you respond?"
Chester Got Chased?
And in one final bit of police news - that's not really news at all - our final story is about PC Glenn Arzu. Except its not really about him. It's about the police department's very deliberate strategy to keep the commander of the professional standards branch, ACP Chester Williams away from the cameras at all costs. For weeks now, the press has been asking for the Commander PSB to appear at the weekly briefing to answer questions on very specific allegations of police misconduct.
But, even though we submit these questions well in advance, seems ACP Williams is on a media ban, because he can't appear to answer our questions. Instead, the commander of the National Crimes Investigation is trotted out to answer questions he knows little or nothing about.
Faber Responds to Complaints About PG Sporting Complex
And while Briceno is ready to go to court, DPM Faber is going to PG tomorrow for the official opening of the Punta Gorda Sporting Complex. As we showed you last week, it's a fancy new building, completely re-imagined from its previous incarnation. But, we've heard some residents complain that it has some rather glaring shortcomings: like no parking area, inadequate drainage, and only two fans. Faber says he knows that town split up the available funds across two facilities:...
Hon. Patrick Faber, DPM/ Minister of Education:
"We will open the Punta Gorda Civic Center tomorrow and indeed there was an allocation of $5 million dollars to each municipality but Punta Gorda chose to spend its portion of the money on both the Union Field and the civic center so the money is split in between those so I think the portion that has gone into the civic center is indeed around $3 million or so dollars and I said, I am not certain..."
LOO Says He's Willing to Go To Court To See BIL Documents
Speaking last night on the municipal campaign trail in Orange Walk, Briceno isn't buying it. He believes Faber is deliberately not answering him - and he says he will go to court to get the BIL working papers, if necessary:...
Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition
"So we are asking which contracts have been given out, to who, who were the people that bid, what did they bid and why is it that you have given it to such privileged UDP contractors? We sent that letter at the beginning of this month and to this day the deputy prime minister and this government have not have the decency to answer us. So I want to put on record that if they don't answer, we are going to take action and if we have to go to court under the freedom of information act, or as the leader of the opposition, we are going to take action."
Corozal Junior College Lecturer Targeted for Kidnapping
There is an alarming report coming out of Corozal Town tonight, where news of a foiled abduction has spread like wildfire. The victim of the thwarted kidnapping has been identified [...]
Police Tread Carefully with Disturbing Rape Case in Independence
An allegation of rape against several male officers attached to the Independence Police Station is being investigated by the Professional Standards Branch, after two women claimed that they were sexually [...]
No Criminal Charges, But Disgrace Visited on Cops Accused of Humiliating Youth Cadets
A pair of police constables has been placed on interdiction even before appearing before a tribunal earlier today. The unnamed officers are accused of taking nude pictures of male cadets [...]
Armenia Couple Charged in Carlos Navarijo Murder
Late this evening in Belmopan, police formally charged an Armenia couple for the murder of twenty-nine-year-old Carlos Humberto Navarijo Albeño. Jose Valladarez and his common-law-wife, Amelia Garrido, were processed for [...]
Thumbs Down for ‘Hypocrite’ Godwin from P.U.P.
The People’s United Party held a National Executive meeting at Independence Hall this morning. Among other things, the party rounded off its slate of candidates to be presented at the [...]
B.T.L. Still a Bee in P.U.P. Bonnet
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied, without explanation, a review of the Government of Belize’s case against the Belize Bank Limited in a long-standing arbitration settlement dating back to [...]
Faber Challenged over B.I.L.
Two weeks ago, Leader of the Opposition John Briceño revealed that the People’s United Party intended to write Prime Minister Dean Barrow asking for all the contracts awarded by Belize [...]
Is Fabers Road Contract Going to Court?
In the same vein, it has been nearly a month since Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action and attorney Kareem Musa requested details of Imer Hernandez’s eight-million dollar contract for [...]
Another Change of Date for Guatemala Referendum; Re-Registration First Here
The Government of Guatemala has once again changed the date of the referendum on attending the International Court of Justice to resolve its unfounded claim on Belize. According to Siglo [...]
Accused Murderers Still Loose; Accident Accused to Face Charges
It has been almost two weeks since the murders of German national Raimund Adalbert Kobler and Amit Moryani in San Pedro and Orange Walk Town, respectively. Despite launching separate investigations [...]
Trafficking Claim Investigated by Ex-Jack Charles Employees Turned Alleged Thieves
Keyur Barot and Jitendra Kumar are former employees of businessman Jack Charles. The duo has been accused of stealing over sixty thousand dollars in proceeds from the wholesaler when they [...]
Trienia Young is New Registrar of Supreme Court
Trienia Marie Young is the new Registrar of the Supreme Court and Registrar General of Belize. The thirty-seven-year-old former head of the Police Prosecution Branch was sworn in on Wednesday [...]
Why Elvin Penner Was Never Charged
Elvin Penner’s political career is in tatters after he was booted from Cabinet in September of 2013 over the Won Hong Kim scandal. He narrowly survived a recall drive shortly [...]
Roger Tien’s ‘Special Access’ at Immigration Dept.
Roger Tien – he was directly invited to Belize by Minister of Economic Development Erwin Contreras on the basis of making investments here. And Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse agreed to [...]
Reforms Suggested for Public Service Commission
At least one member of the Senate Special Select Committee, Ashley Rocke, has gone on record to say he believes that public officers are more to blame than Government ministers [...]
Food Security Programs Implemented in Southern Schools
An initiative to strengthen food security programs has been ongoing since April 2016. Phase three of that project which involves its implementation stage was launched today in Belmopan between the [...]
The Great Pen Cayetano Paints Garifuna ‘Legacy’
Pen Cayetano wants to share the Garifuna culture with Belizeans this nineteenth. The renowned artist is opening an exhibition called ‘Legacy’ at his gallery in Dangriga. The collection of paintings [...]
Foreign Minister Elrington to Taiwan on Crime Issues
Taiwan is giving Belize one million dollars for crime-fighting and law-enforcement equipment. The Belize Police Department will acquire body cameras, motorcycles, handcuffs, drones, breathalyzer equipment and a cellebrite machine, which [...]
Healthy Living: Know Your Antibiotics and How They Work
It’s a major health concern that we don’t talk about enough. But this year, the World Health Organization is commemorating Antibiotics Awareness Week. It’s a global campaign to make people [...]
Godwin Hulse Says Questionable Guate-Belizeans Can’t Vote in I.C.J. Referendum
After a week’s hiatus, the Senate Special Select Committee returned with Minister of Immigration and Nationality Senator Godwin Hulse facing his Senate colleagues in the chair once again. Over three [...]
Immigration & Foreign Affairs Moving Slowly on Verification of Renunciation Process
That announcement came during an extensive discussion of the countries’ relations in terms of Guatemalans becoming Belizean citizens. Hulse told the Committee that previously, Guatemala simply accepted the Belizean renunciation [...]
Are ‘Canceled’ Nationalities, Passports Still Being Used?
The Minister of Immigration and Nationality, Senator Godwin Hulse, is the final authority on the granting of nationality certificates. In the Auditor General’s special report, two cases were cited of [...]
Recommenders for Nationality Must Come Out in the Open
In light of the many problems with recommenders for nationality and other Immigration problems, Minister Hulse readily agreed that a recommendation should be made that recommenders present themselves in person [...]
5 Years Later, Still No Solution on Peter Dahlstrom’s Citizenship by Marriage
As noted by Minister Hulse, the case of Swedish national Peter Dahlstrom was one of those that made the news. He married the sister of Kim Simplis Barrow more than [...]
Won Hong Kim Could Evade Gazette Publication for Nationality
P.U.P. Senator Eamon Courtenay questioned Minister Hulse on the matter of the composition of the Nationality Committee, which considers the qualifications of applicants, as well as the publication of names [...]
Opposition Leader demands Details from BIL
The leader of the Opposition, John Briceno, says that he will do everything in his power to obtain documents and information relating to Belize Infrastructure Limited, BIL. Two weeks ago, Briceno sent a letter to the Co-Chair of BIL, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber requesting documents such as copies of all audited accounts of BIL, […]
Briceno weighs in on the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting Belize’s Petition
Two days ago, we told you that the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition made by the Government of Belize on the ruling handed down by District of Columbia Circuit which enforced an $18.5 million London arbitral award against the Government. Government officials have said that the government will not pay the sum because the […]
Briceno comments on PAC
Last week Thursday the Public Accounts Committee, PAC, met after failing to do so on two prior occasions. Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber described the meeting as fruitful but the People’s United Party still has a problem with how the PAC is meeting. The meetings are held in Belmopan and in private. Today Leader of […]
Hulse supports Public Officers being Sanctioned for Wrongdoings
Earlier we mentioned that Minister Hulse stated his support to having sanctions placed against public officers who have committed illegal wrongdoing. Throughout the course of the hearings, the Committee has placed the question to members of the executive of the Ministry of Immigration who have appeared before them. When asked, Minister Hulse did not shy […]
Will Guatemalans with Belizean Nationality Vote in Belize’s Referendum?
Among the matters brought up by the Committee was the issue of Guatemalans obtaining nationality and renouncing their Guatemalan citizenship. While there was a lengthy discussion on that matter, of interest is a question posed by Senator Eamon Courtenay. He asked Minister Hulse about allowing Guatemalans who have obtained Belizean nationality to vote in the […]
Briceno: PUP has always taken a bi-partisan approach to Guatemala
Earlier in the week, we reported that the Guatemalan Government changed the date of its referendum to April 15 as opposed to March 11, 2018. This is the second time that the Guatemalans have changed the date and Opposition Leader John Briceno was not surprised. John Briceno, Opposition Leader “I think Guatemala has massive problems […]
Hulse probed by Senate Select Committee
Another question posed to Minister Hulse that has been posed to the present and past immigration directors surround the role and necessity of ministerial recommendations in applications for visas and nationality. For his part Minister Hulse said he does not support the practice. Mark Lizarraga, Senator “There was one letter I can recall Minister Contreras […]
Senior Manager of Social Security under Investigation
A senior manager of the Social Security Board has been placed on administrative leave while an internal investigation is ongoing. That investigation is a result of the arrest of Forty-five-year-old Chinese National, Yuanran Zheng who was charged with forgery after being caught attempting to obtain a Social Security card using a phony nationality certificate. While […]
Police Officers being Investigated for Misconduct
Two police constables attached to the Placencia Community Policing Unit have been placed on interdiction. Earlier this week, reports surfaced those police officers allegedly took nude pictures of boys. Today, Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the National Crimes Investigation Branch confirmed today that one of the officers was slapped with five disciplinary charges […]
Two Charged in connection with the Murder of Navarijo
A man and a woman have been charged with connection to the murder of 29-year-old Carlos Navarijo. Twenty-nine- year-old Jose Valladarez was charged with murder while 27-year-old Amelia Garrido was charged with abetment to commit murder. Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Joseph Myvett briefed the media. ACP – […]