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#527285 - 11/25/17 06:43 AM Today's Belize News: November 25, 2017  
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The San Pedro Sun

SPTC hosts Horse Shoe competition
The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) organized a horseshoe competition on Saturday, November 18th at the Central Park. A total of eight teams joined in the tournament, which started shortly after 1PM. After five plus hours of intense horseshoe hurling, the top three teams taking the prizes for the evening were Alejandro Mejia’s team in third, Frank Edward’s team in second place and Darwin Williams’ team in first. Each team consisted of two players having to win in the best of three games for a chance to play in the championship. One by one, teams began to get eliminated. Mejia and his comrade played hard to stay in the game, but after a couple defeats, they settled for third place.

Canadian National remains in critical condition after boat accident in Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker resident, 61-year-old Canadian Guy Smith has been placed in an induced coma as he continues to receive medical treatment following a boat accident on Friday, November 17th on the west coast of Caye Caulker. Smith and his 19-year-old son Travis Smith were aboard a dinghy (small boat) when a large vessel belonging to Koko King Restaurant accidentally collided with them. An unconscious Smith was taken to the Caye Caulker Polyclinic where he was briefly treated before being transported to Belize City for further treatment. While he remains in dire condition, Travis was transported to Mexico by his mother, where he has been treated and is recovering.

CCJ orders GOB to pay $88 million to Belize Bank
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ordered the Government of Belize (GOB) to pay a sum of $88 million plus interest and costs to the Belize Bank. The verdict was made on Wednesday, November 22nd, when the CCJ overturned a ruling by Belize’s Court of Appeal, regarding the controversial Universal Health Services (UHS) loan agreement signed by the previous administration with the said bank. The decision of the arbitration calls for payments to be made immediately or in less than 30 days if a deadline needs to be enforced. GOB has expressed extreme disappointment over the judgment made by the CCJ. In a press release, GOB stated that it is at a loss to understand this latest decision by the Court. The note continues by saying that to make matters worse, ‘Belize Bank earlier sold the UHS assets to Belize Healthcare Partners Limited for approximately $39 million, and yet still claimed the award money from the Belizean people in the same amount.’

Finals draw near for the San Pedro Volleyball Tournament playoffs
The San Pedro Volleyball Tournament playoffs continued this past weekend at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium in San Pedro Town. The first round of matches was played on Saturday, November 18th, starting at 1PM, with the semifinals of the Female Primary School Category. The first game saw San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) girls taking on the Holy Cross girls. It was a tight match between both teams, but in the end, the SPRCS girls came out victorious after winning three out of the four sets (23-25, 25-18, 25-22, and 25-13). With this win, the SPRCS girls advance to the finals in their category. Games continue this weekend, on Saturday, November 25th and Sunday, November 26th, starting at 1PM. Islanders and volleyball enthusiasts are invited to come out and support their favorite team.

Ambergris Today

Whale Shark Spotting Off Ambergris Caye
Whale Sharks season in Belize is from March to June, that’s when the tours are set for visitors to head to sea and catch a glimpse of the migratory sharks that are passing through Belize. But this lucky fisherman and his guests had a close encounter with this amazing and friendly Whale Shark just off the coast of Ambergris Caye. YES! This beautiful sea creature was spotted right in front of San Pedro Town on Wednesday, November 22, 2017!. It’s a rare sighting, as the sharks are mostly encountered in the deep waters of southern Belize. Local fisherman Cord Oliva was very excited to share this video on his Facebook feed.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Fire destroys Seine Bight building
On 22.11.2017, Seine Bight and Placencia Police visited the Palacio`s Temple located on the Main Road in Seine Bight Village, where a thatch building measuring 100 x 40 feet was engulfed in flames. The building, valued at $110,000 was completely destroyed. The building was not insured and the cause of the fire is unknown. The building was owned by Mary Palacio.

Jankunu Festival Dec. 23 in San Pedro
The Jankunu is a satirical dance where individuals dress like English colonial slave masters with a pink face mask, and dance off-beat to a fast tempo drum beat. The dance has been traditionally held on the slave off days of Christmas Night and New Year’s Day.

Reusable bamboo straws
Meet this clever entrepreneur, Mark Jacobs who came to special deliver our reusable bamboo straws for Coolcoconuts! The perfect eco-friendly solution to plastic straws. He handmade these.

Chief Meteorologist Attends Fifty-Seventh Session of Caribbean Meteorological Council
Belize’s Chief Meteorologist, Catherine Cumberbatch, returned earlier this week from Antigua, West Indies, where she attended the Fifty-Seventh Session of the Caribbean Meteorological Council and Related Meetings. The Caribbean Meteorological Council meets once a year, usually in a different Member State. Prior to the meeting of the Council, there is a two-day meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), followed by a one-day meeting of the Heads of National Meteorological Services.

Opening ceremony for the San Narciso Polyclinic
Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Patrick Faber, and other Ministers attended the official opening ceremony for the San Narciso Polyclinic, Corozal Town.

Prime Minister Departs the Country on Personal Leave
The Office of the Prime Minister informs that the Hon. Dean Barrow left the country today to attend a private function in Houston, Texas. The Prime Minister returns to Belize on Monday, 27th November, 2017. In his absence, the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Patrick Faber, will act as Prime Minister.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in San Pedro
Mark your calendars for December 3rd! The San Pedro Town Council invites everyone to come out and witness the Annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree at the Central Park, starting at 6:00 p.m. There will be entertainment by the schools of San Pedro and a live steel band by Pandemonium Steel Band! There will also be refreshments and surprises! Hope to see you there! Bring the whole family and take your picture in front of the Christmas Tree! See you there!

BELTRAIDE and TNC hold Seaweed Cultivation Training
EXPORTBelize, a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), held an all women Seaweed Cultivation Training from November 21st– November 23rd at Little Water Caye. This training provided both a theory session along with hands on experience to fisher women in seaweed farming and cultivation. This initiative was one of many activities under a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed in November 2016 between BELTRAIDE and TNC. A key objective of this MOC is to support fisheries diversification through the development of a sustainable seaweed industry in Belize.

Institute of Archaeology Report: Thursday 24 November 2017
The Nohoch Cheen, ATM and Barton Creek Archaeological Reserves are open. The Xunantunich Archaeological Reserve is open with pedestrian crossing only on the ferry.

The Bram
“It is the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the Christmas season. The mahogany workers are coming home from camp to families they have not seen for months. The women and children are looking forward to the festivities ahead. What made those festivities in the Christmas season so exciting? The Bram, of course. And what, might you ask, is the Bram? The Bram is a spree traditionally done during the Christmas season. It is like an exodus of people dancing in the streets from one house to the next, the goal of which is to spread the merrymaking by singing, dancing and playing music at each house as a sign of good cheer. Traditionally, bramming occurred in Belize City (old Belize Town) and in the villages along the Belize River Valley; and later in most other Kriol (Creole) communities in Belize. As urban Belize City embraced less traditional Christmas celebrations, the Bram became relegated to the countryside where it still relishes a critical presence…….”

Channel 7

Father of Four Found Dead: Land Dispute?
53 year old Clinton Arthur Davis was found dead on his property at mile 4 on the Western Highway today - right beside Old Belize. Davis was last seen on Tuesday and since then his family had been looking for him. Well at midday they found his body thrown in the swamp. 7News was first on the scene and Courtney Weatherburne has the story: Clinton Arthur Davis had been living on this seafront property for about 32 years. He developed this prime land into his estate - an area he called Davis Beach. Davis cared for and protected his land because it meant so much to him. But it's on that same property that he was found dead this afternoon. Shocked and dismayed, Davis' family try to find comfort in each other's arms.

For PUP The Ay's Have It
It's been all the news this week: on Wednesday, the Caribbean Court of Justice granted permission for the Belize Bank Limited to enforce a 2013 arbitration award against the Government of Belize to the tune of 90.6 million Belize dollars. But, it has to be paid out of the consolidated revenue fund - and the only way to get money out of that fund is with the approval of parliament. The Minister of Finance, Prime Minister Dean Barrow is now required to take it to Parliament for approval - but tonight, there is some doubt as to whether the house would approve it: for the first time in Belize's parliamentary history, the "nay's" could have it. That's after we tracked down four ranking UDP representatives yesterday and they all made the most remarkable declaration: they say that when the Prime Minister brings the motion to the House of Representatives they would vote against it.

Four More UDP Reps Say Nay to 90 Million
And so while Espat says he will vote in favor of a motion to pay out the 90 million dollars and extinguish the debt, tonight, there are four more UDP Representatives who are saying emphatically that they will vote against it. 7News polled Corozal Bay Representative and Minister of Health, Pablo Marin, Belize Rural North Representative, Edmond Castro, Corozal North Representative, Hugo Patt, Dangriga Representative Frank Pawpa Mena, and Corozal Southwest Representative Dr. Angel Campos by phone today. We asked them by phone if they would vote for or against paying the 90 million. Here's what they said.

House Hysteria? PM H-Town Bound
And what does the Prime Minister think of all this? Is he entertained, encouraged, or alarmed? Well, we wouldn't know - he hasn't commented, and tonight he's out of the country. An official release announced that he left the country today to attend a private function in Houston, Texas. He returns on Monday, and Deputy PM, Patrick Faber, will act in the interim.

Belmopan OC Overseeing Bridge Repair
Four men died in less than 24 hours on the St, Margaret's Bridge last weekend. In total there were three accidents on the bridge - where, in all three cases, vehicles plunged off the embankment into a creek below. Last night on the news, you saw Ministry of Works CEO Errol Gentle say blame the drivers, not the road or the bridge. Taking a slightly more compassionate approach, today the Belmopan commander - who is responsible for policing that stretch of road - said that urgent upgrades of the signage and reflectors will soon be completed:... Supt. Howell Gillett - O. C, Belmopan Police Station: "Accidents, yes indeed some of them might have been caused because of speeding or unfamiliarity with the area but also or attendant to that they needed some addressing of the signals and the different signage before the approach of the bridge and that is being done, I believe either today or tomorrow the Ministry of Works has pledged to complete the rails to both approaches of the bridge and that would render it better for road users. But we still ask people not to drink while driving and we still ask people to respect the speed limit for villages which is 55 miles per hour and if you are unfamiliar with an area it is best you drive with caution. I believe those accidents could have been prevented if the things that I referenced earlier were adapted on those days."

BDF & Friendly Forces Train for Kingpin Capture
For the past 19 days, soldiers from Jamaica, Canada, and the US have been in Belize for an annual joint military training. It's called Operation "Tropical Dagger", and the idea is to prepare these different militaries to work together against terrorism and transnational organized crime. For this month-long training, instructors are here from the Canadian Land Forces, with observers from Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana and Jamaica. And today there was more observer: the Belize media. We went out to Chan Pine Ridge, Orange Walk where we saw how these militaries would work together to capture a cartel kingpin, if he was ever to try and hide out in Belize. Daniel Ortiz has that story:

BDF Commander Cagey on Incriminating Audit
So, while the Acting BDF Commander was eager to talk about this training, he was not so forthcoming about last year's jungle training with the German Army. That's the one where the Auditor General is trying to find out if BDF Lieutenant Colonel Charlton Roches used his inside connections to have his company benefit from a troop of German soldiers who trained in Belize. Our information is that he was the BDF Assigned Liason Officer for the German jungle training in 2015, 2016, and 2017. He is also the majority shareholder in his company, called Belize Jungle Experience, which was contracted to provide logistical support for the German soldiers who came to train here. In the leaked portion of the Auditor General's report says, quote, "Lt Col Roches should be questioned about his dealings with the German Army to ascertain how the Jungle Package being offered by the BDF ended up into private arms via a company that he directed."

Garbage Truck Flips
And 18 wheeler flipped this evening on the roundabout in Hattieville Village. Images posted on social media show the truck on its side. It's one of those garbage disposal trucks that goes to the sanitary landfill at mile 21. It appears to have been loaded and headed westbound to the dump when it came around the roundabout with too much speed, and toppled over. We have confirmed that the driver escaped unhurt. It deposited a huge amount of garbage on the shoulder of the road which is now being cleaned.

Health Fair About Youth Health Fears
They say youth is wasted on the young - well at least that's what the old folks say. For the young, you can't tell us much - especially about our health since that's almost guaranteed when you're 25 and under. But when those years start racking up, so do the health issues: chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and the list goes on. That's why the Ministry of Health is hoping to get the attention of the youth with early messaging and intervention. That did that today with a youth health fair. The organizers told us more:.. Robyn Daly - Nutritionist, MOH: "We are looking at mental health which affects a lot of our youths as we look at, you know, how healthy their mind is. We are looking at nutrition of course, what they are eating. And of course, we are looking at drug abuse..."

US Philanthropist Talking A Risk On At-Risk Youth
And just about a half mile away, the youth apprenticeship program was working with another kind of youths - the ones who are 'at-risk". And while that's an easy label, the hard part is turning that risk into promise. That's just what one US philanthropist is doing. Amy Giuliano came from Hawaii to invest and offer mentoring to a number of participants in the program. She told us why:.. Four of those who excelled in the program got the resources to open their businesses.

Dance X In Excess
The 8th Edition of Dance X continues tonight with more stellar performances from our Belizean dancers as well as from Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, and the US. Tonight Trini dancers from the Astor Johnson Dance Theatre will take the stage along with others. We spoke to a few of the dancers at a pre-show event for kids this morning. Dance X continues tomorrow in Dangriga, Orange Walk, and Belize City.

Not A Mirage, A Motorbike
Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett knows how to press the private sector for donations to his formation. Her met the owner of Mirage Store at a Governor General's cocktail and has been pestering him since to buy a motorbike for the Belmopan cops. Today he got the bike, and the Mirage owner told us he was only too happy to help:… Gillett says that the motorbike will be used in rural areas where there are no serviceable roads, common in areas between Belmopan and Cotton Tree.

Weather and Disaster Experts Traveling
Chief Meteorologist Catherine Cumberbatch was in Saint John's Antigua for all of last week. She was there to attend the 57th Session of the Caribbean Meteorological Council and Related Meetings. The chief meteorologists discussed the impacts of the past hurricane season, which viewers know was particularly active with major hurricanes that devastated Caribbean island nations. The meteorologists also discussed the impacts of the rainy season. So while the Chief Meteorologist was in Antigua, Colin Gillett, the Deputy National Emergency Coordinator, and Suleima Celiz, the Orange Walk District NEMO Coordinator were in Mexico City last week Wednesday and Thursday.

NDACC Has Its Doubts About Decriminalization
In last night's news, we had a cross section of perspectives on marijuana use, its decriminalization and the possibilities for legalizaiton. But throughout the debate, we didn't head from the National Drug Abuse Control Council. That's the body charged with getting youths and adults to stop using, or minimize usage of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and other harder drugs. But, now that one more drug has been legalized what does the NDACC think. We asked the Director today:..

The Wider Cannabis Conversation
And now going back to the larger conversation on marijuana perspectives from Belize, we have the rest of our story on the consultation sessions that the CARICOM Commission on Marijuana held in Belize. It was an all-day session, and due to time constraints, we were only able to provide you with a few soundbites yesterday. Here now is the full story: The Commission will now move on to another Caribbean nation, but there is a liaison officer out of the Solicitor General's Office who will take any additional comments or views from Belizeans.

Channel 5

Julius Espat Says P.M. Must Confront U.H.S. Debt
The House of Representatives is scheduled to meet for a final time before year’s end sometime in early December.  Until then, the Barrow administration is forced to stare down an [...]

P.U.P. Rep Accuses U.D.P.’s of “Diversion;” Says His Party Made Errors Too
The P.U.P. Cayo South Area Representative is not known for mincing words.  So, in true Julius Espat fashion, he says that in the face of all the chatter in the [...]

U.H.S. ‘Came Up,’ but Belize Must Pay
But what Espat will readily agree to is the fact that UHS has since changed hands and has gone on to become an entirely new company with different ownership, all [...]

The Government’s “Catch-22”
When asked whether members of the U.D.P. government abstaining from supporting the motion is tantamount to a vote of no confidence, Espat says that they would, for all intents and [...]

Clinton Davis Discovered Dead near City Estate
Fifty-three-year-old Clinton Arthur Davis is the latest victim of murder in the Old Capital. Around noon today his partially decomposed body was found face down with an abrasion to the [...]

B.D.F. Trains with International Partners; Criminals Targeted
Belize may not have fought any wars in its young existence. But every day of their lives, the more than thirteen hundred men and women of the Belize Defence Force [...]

Audit of Jungle Experience Continues as Owner/Soldier Sent on Leave
While the Force was busy training with its international partners, a prior such training involving German soldiers and the costs asked for by a senior officer’s private company remains under [...]

“Tropical Dagger” Targets Terrorism, Transnational Crime Training
The Tropical Dagger Joint Military Training exercise has been ongoing since November fifth, with the participation of security forces from Jamaica, Canada and the United States of America. According to [...]

Uniform Diversion Investigation Stalled
No charges have been laid, but interest is still high in the case of used battle dress uniforms and discarded outboard engines that had been property of the Belize Defence [...]

Education Minister Makes Plea for Help; Takes Shots at Teacher’s Union
At the annual CXC ceremony on Thursday in San Ignacio, Minister of Education Patrick Faber addressed the gathering, directed a portion of his speech at parents, school administrators and teachers, [...]

Answers Coming on BIL and Civic
Co-Chair of Belize Infrastructure Limited, Patrick Faber, says that he has not seen any letter from Leader of the Opposition John Briceño where he requested information about contracts put to [...]

New Management Will Make Civic “World-Class” for Entertainment
So when will the much anticipated and controversial Civic Center be completed? There were reports it was supposed to have been done in October, but Co-Chair of BIL Patrick Faber [...]

Spreading Wings of Excellence in CSEC, CAPE Exams
On Thursday, we showed you the top students in this year’s CXC exams where more than one hundred and eighty students were recognized for good grades in the CSEC and [...]

To Youths’ Good Health
A national youth health forum was held today in Belize City. The event brought together students from various high schools to discuss health challenges affecting them and the youth population [...]

Apprenticeship Program Finding New Entrepreneurs
Earlier today, a handful of young men and women was recognized by the Youth Apprenticeship Program for having completed a three-month program in entrepreneurship.  This morning, certificates were handed out [...]

Turning the “Comfort” of Tattoos Into a Business
Joshua Hyde, a young tattoo artist from Hattieville, is one of four participants to be recognized for outstanding commitment to excel in the program.  His reward for doing so was [...]

Dance X 2017 Rocks the Bliss
The seventh annual Dance X opened on Thursday night in Belize City at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts with a free show featuring Anabella Pareja from Mexico and [...]

LOVE FM

Julius Espat: GOB has to pay the $90 Million
On Wednesday the Caribbean Court of Justice overturned the decision of the Belize Court of Appeal and ordered Government to pay the Belize Bank a little over ninety million dollars, an arbitration award that was granted to the Bank since 2013. The debt was incurred under the Said Musa administration who guaranteed a loan between […]

BDF’s Audit Report Still under Investigation
An investigation is still ongoing with regards to what was revealed by an audit report on the Belize Defence Force Fund. We have only seen a portion of that report but as we have been reporting since last month, the audit revealed several discrepancies and questionable financial transactions. The portion of the report we have […]

Belize Infrastructure Limited Accounts Questioned
Co-chair of the Belize Infrastructure Limited and Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber says he still has not received the letter sent by Opposition Leader John Briceno. That letter was sent on November first and was addressed to the DPM. In it Briceno demanded copies of all audited accounts of BIL, a list of all projects […]

When is the Grand Opening of the Civic?
And while on the subject of BIL, we also asked DPM Faber about the Civic Center. A few months back, contractors had said they would complete the building by September but yesterday the DPM said it will be done by December as had initially been planned. Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber “The projection was for […]

A Family Grieves the Loss of their Love One
A family is distraught after their loved one was found dead. 54-year-old Clinton Arthur Davis, a husband and father of four, was found on his property where he lives with his family at five and a half miles on the George Price Highway. According to his daughter, Leanne Davis, her dad went missing on Tuesday. […]

Security Forces from the Region in Belize
Tropical Dagger’, that’s the codename given to a joint military training being conducted by the Belize Defence Force along with security forces from Jamaica, Canada and the United States of America. The training which was designed to improve operational readiness, effectiveness, and inter-operability within partner nations began on November 5. Instructors from Canadian Land Forces […]

Family Homeless after Fire
Today a family in Sandhill Village was disposing of everything that was destroyed during a fire yesterday morning. Goldburne Reed says that he and his family of four were not at home when the fire broke out. The neighbors quickly alerted the National Fire Service but when firefighters arrived on the scene, the fire was […]

Fatal Accidents Raise Safety Concerns
Dangriga Police have expressed concern following an increase of traffic incidents within their jurisdiction. Harry Arzu has more in this report. “Another person lost his life as a result of injuries sustained from a road traffic accident that occurred on Wednesday night on George price drive here in Dangriga. Superintendent of Police Leslie Wade tells […]

Youth Apprenticeship Program offering Hope for the Less Privileged
Life can be hard, especially for young persons who are faced with challenges whether it is as school dropouts, becoming pregnant at a young age or finding oneself on the wrong side of the law. The Youth Apprenticeship Program works with youths in these categories to make life better for them to the point where […]

Hackathon’s Second Pitch
On November 13, a total of five teams competed in a first pitch Hackathon Competition that was held by the Small Business Development Center Belize (SBDC) of BELTRAIDE and sponsored by Belize Electricity Limited (BEL). From the first competition, three teams advanced to the second pitch which was held today, namely, Galen University, Corozal Junior […]

Belize Represented at Technical Meeting held in Mexico
Deputy National Emergency Coordinator Colin Gillett and Orange Walk District Coordinator Suleima Celiz represented Belize at a technical meeting for the Mesoamerican Network for Integrated Risk Management held in Mexico City. The Mesoamerican Network for Integrated Risk Management is a component of the larger Mesoamerica Integration and Development Project which includes all Central American countries […]


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$90 mil battering for Belize
On November 9, the Government of Belize (GoB) paid out US $78 million to a Michael Ashcroft group as final compensation for the nationalization of Belize Telemedia Limited. Barely two weeks after that massive payout, GoB is now faced with the grim reality that it will have to cough up over BZ$90 million more, to yet another Michael Ashcroft entity, the Belize Bank Limited. On Wednesday, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) sided with the Belize Bank Limited, which had secured an arbitration award against GoB since 2013 before a Tribunal of the London Court of International Arbitration.

Two accidents at St. Margaret; one-lane bridge claims four lives
Last weekend’s Garifuna Settlement Day celebration was marred by two road traffic accidents that resulted in four fatalities at the same location, less than 24 hours apart. In the wake of those two tragic accidents over the long Garifuna Settlement holiday weekend, the Ministry of Works, Belmopan police, and Cisco Construction have teamed up today to increase the safety of drivers using the one-lane bridge at St. Margaret, on the Hummingbird Highway, by placing the necessary signs on the approach to the bridge and erecting a guard rail. The latest and most horrific accident occurred on Sunday afternoon, and it resulted in the deaths of three men. The men had spent a part of their weekend celebrating Garifuna Settlement Day in Dangriga Town.

University of Belize holds business expo at Princess
The University of Belize (UB) held a business expo today at the Princess Hotel, at which students from the university showcased their inventions and a number of established businesses promoted their products and services. Bernard Watler, UB’s Dean of Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, told Amandala that the University of Belize has been holding the business expo for the past 10 years, but it has grown and the university needed a bigger venue than their campus to hold the event. “The prestige that comes along with it makes it fitting for us to have a venue like this now to showcase the students’ talents,” Watler said.

The Immigration Department did not contact me for any advice, said Solicitor General
Today, the Senate Special Select Committee held its fortieth sitting to investigate the findings of the special audit which documented some of the darkest days at the Immigration Department, between the years of 2011 and 2013. Today’s session, however, was off to an unusual start, because this morning the committee met privately with the head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Kent Clare. We say unusual because the committee’s Terms of Reference call for the hearings to be held publicly. It has not held a private sitting previously.

Corozal woman– shot after refusing to provide murder suspect’s alibi — dies
While many spent Sunday, November 19, celebrating the settlement of the Garinagu in Belize, Corozal resident Brenda Jandrez, 22, took her last breath of life. Jandrez was shot once in her stomach at around 8 o’clock on Wednesday, November 1, while lying in her bed with her boyfriend at her home on Mahogany Street in Corozal Town. An armed assailant had pushed his hand through her window and fired a single shot. Jandrez was rushed to the Corozal Community Hospital, and later transported to the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk Town and thereafter to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), where she had been fighting for her life for 18 days.

A former cop turned UBAD member reflects on his times
Salim Malik went from being a member of the British Honduras Police Force to becoming a card-carrying member of the United Black Association for Development (UBAD). Amandala asked Malik how he made such a transition from being a law enforcement officer to joining the radical UBAD group. “In 1969, I enlisted in the British Honduras Police Force and at that time UBAD was on the scene. Whenever they had political meetings out at Court House Wharf — that’s what they used to call BattleField Park back then — they used to send us out there for crowd control. All the policemen they used to send out there would stand far away, because UBAD was considered radical boys. I was one of the only ones who used to go around the rostrum,” Malik said.

2017 9th Annual brothers HABET Table Tennis Team League concludes!
The 2017 9th Annual brothers HABET Team League concluded this past weekend, November 18 & 19, after 7 weeks of intense competition. This year saw participation from over 60 players and 17 teams, making this our largest team tournament to date. November 18th final Round Robin Results were as follows: Division 1: Hurricane defeated Racqueteers, 3-1. Division 3: Cho Le Cho def. SJC Wildcats, 3-1; Smashers def. VAV, 2-0. The top four teams in each division then proceeded to play on Sunday, November 19.

Playoff favorites, Verdes and Bandits win by 6-goal margins in PLB semifinals game 1; on pace to finals showdown
-The home and away semifinals in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season got under way over the weekend with game 1, but for all intents and purposes, the “fat lady” has sung for this one; it’s over for BDF FC and San Pedro Pirates FC, both of whom lost their home games by 6-goal margins to the two top seeds in the PLB semifinal playoffs on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. #2 seed Verdes FC was the odds on favorite when they visited #3 seed BDF FC at the MCC Grounds on Saturday afternoon for game 1 of their semifinal series, but few fans expected the onslaught that occurred. First half ended 2-1 in favor of Verdes, but it was all Verdes in second half.

Leal’s Football Cup 2017 climaxes; Sandhill Blue Hawks are first champions
Postponed from last week due to inclement weather, the inaugural Leal’s Football Cup 2017 Football Tournament finally came to a climax yesterday, Monday, November 20, at the Sandhill Football Field. Nine (9) teams had participated in the senior football tournament, which began back on August 13, with all games being played in Sandhill. Those teams were: Corozalito, Maskall Strikers, Hattieville YSC, Ladyville FC, Sandhill Scorpions, Sandhill Blue Hawks, Burrell Boom, Lucky Strike, and Sandhill New Site Warriors. Four teams saw action yesterday, two in the third place (consolation) match, and two in the championship game. The opening match for third place saw Ladyville FC crushing Lucky Strike, 5-1, with Shawn Young netting 4 goals for the winner, and Matthew Leal getting the other; while the lone goal for Lucky Strike was by Fredrick Garbutt.

CONCACAF Women’s Football Day in Belize a success
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) would like to thank all those who made CONCACAF Women’s Football Day in Belize a success. We had participants from the districts, with a total of thirty-six girls. The girls participated in a festival and in a match, 11 vs 11. The following girls were selected to be a part of the National U-15 Team: Jada Zuniga, Geidy Andrades, Ruzelia Parham, Alahnie Bainton, Evania Sarceño, Margarita Coh, Georgelli Acosta, Babee Lopez, Tanya Teul, Aaliyah Herbert, Theresita Cucul, Carlene Tillett, Tanya Garbutt, Rinelva Ico, Elisa Coy, Tiana Rowley, Shemeria Orellano, Davan Nelson, Jazanni Rodriguez, Gabriela Mendoza, Ahniyah Cocom.

Editorial: Financial concussions for The Jewel
In the last few weeks, the public finances of Belize have been hit by several devastating blows to the head. We are no financial experts at this newspaper, but we have to believe that these blows represent some palpable danger to Belize’s currency peg, which is officially two Belize dollars to one American, in the cumulative sense and in the foreseeable future. Let’s give you an idea of how weak and ignorant we Belizeans are at the base of our socio-economic pyramid. No one here has ever said when it was exactly that we were told to begin celebrating Columbus Day in British Honduras. All we know is that it had to have been the British colonial authorities here who instructed us to begin celebrating, because they are the ones who declared October 12 an annual public and bank holiday. We know that when the British first declared the Garifuna Settlement Day holiday in 1941, it was a holiday only for the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts, where most of the Carib population lived at the time. In 1977, a self-governing Belizean government extended the holiday to the entire nation of Belize.

From The Publisher
The Guatemalan claim to Belize, the racist, aggressive Guatemalan claim to Belize, was a very big issue for the leadership of the UBAD movement, which became the UBAD Party in August of 1970 in the immediate aftermath of the sedition trial and acquittal of myself and the late Ismail Omar Shabazz. It is impossible to recreate for you the nature and nuances of party politics in British Honduras during the 1960s, one reason being that what is Belize today was so different in population composition back then. Very big people (I would feature the major Christian churches) and very rich people in Belize have almost no visibility here with respect to the activities of the major political parties. But the Christian churches are very influential in our party politics because they control so many votes, and the big-time capitalists (very rich) write the large checks which the two major parties use to finance their campaigns.

An open letter to the U.S. Secretary of State
Please share my open letter to the United States Secretary of State with your readers. Secretary Tillerson: I write to you as President Trump has yet to appoint an Ambassador to Belize. In a democracy when the government does wrong it is the responsibility of the citizen to speak. Thus I request you review diplomatic immunity for U.S. Army Captain Justin Guidry. The military officer was involved in an October 7th traffic accident near Belize City that killed Samantha and Deanna Castillo and Martha Vasquez. According to news media accounts, witnesses claim Captain Guidry was both speeding and passing on a curve when the head-on collision occurred. Guidry was whisked from the accident scene and avoided a blood-alcohol test by Belize authorities. Guidry was quickly transferred out of Belize purportedly with a claim of diplomatic immunity thus escaping any charges or liability that might arise from the traffic accident.

Calls for marijuana clarification
Dear Sir, I am a bit curious about GOB’s intentions. Are we decriminalizing marijuana, or are we legalizing ten grams of marijuana? Methinks that decriminalizing means that if you are caught with ten grams or less you will only be fined and not incarcerated. No criminal record. This does not mean you can have it in your possession. Legalizing ten grams of marijuana means you can have it legally in your possession and the police cannot prosecute you for it. This is a very tricky path for GOB. Decriminalization carries a lot less stigma than legalization. Nobody cares to see anybody smoking pot freely, especially the church groups. Consumption of any mind-altering substance is a problem for society.

Corrections to ACB article
Dear Editor, I refer to an article in the Amandala dated November 17, 2017, entitled “Where is the Association of Concerned Belizeans (ACB) now?” I wish to point out two inaccuracies in the article on page 55. Firstly, I have checked with Dylan Vernon and he informed that he was never a member (active or inactive) of the ACB. This is in relation to the sentence which states: “This is the present status of some of the more prominent members of the ACB who were engaged in the war to being down the Musa/Fonseca government…”

Please address the carnage on our highways!
Dear Sir, I would be honoured for you to grant me a small section within the most prominent newspaper to voice my concern on a topic that has been plaguing me for some time now. This is a matter of public policy concern that hardly gets any public discourse. I speak of the almost weekly carnage of road traffic accidents that plague our highways. I share common sentiments as many Belizeans on the issue of crime and violence within our country, and I applaud the efforts of the Police Department in addressing this situation. However, there seem to be limited efforts being done to address the carnage of traffic accidents on our highways and at times on the streets of our cities and towns. Just as the murder rates are increasing, there is a continuous rise in the number of deaths as a result of road traffic accidents. At writing this piece on November 20, 2017, there are unconfirmed reports of the 3 deaths on the Hummingbird Highway.

UDP spent: PUP must step up
Most everyone knows that this UDP is spent. It happens in every life. Properly, we should keep our pataki with our belongings, by the door. Stubbornness is a quality not even prized in mules. We should be ready at all times, to leave. There are two recent aberrations on our political scene – 2012, when the PUP shouldn’t have come close; and 2015, when the UDP shouldn’t have won. There are people in the PUP who really think that their near miss in 2012 indicated that their 1998-2008 regime was on the right path. They couldn’t be more wrong. The PUP came close in 2012 because the UDP, the “Our Turn” party, really messed up badly. It is a fact that national coffers weren’t exactly bursting with cash when they took over. But the bigger story is that they were way too busy hating.

My reflections on Jeremy A. Enriquez’s book, “To Educate a Nation”
I ask permission from the elders to speak. I will draw on the conversations that I have had with my mother, Ethel Bernadine Ellis, and her brother, Simeon Sampson, about their experiences while their father, Simeon Marcus Sampson, taught in Barranco, Hopkins and Seine Bight during the period 1919 to 1957. My father, Godsman Ellis (deceased), taught in the villages of Dolores, Toledo District, in 1950; August Pine Ridge, Orange Walk District, in 1952-53; and Succotz, Cayo District, in 1954-57. In addition I was privy to reflections of Mrs. Bernadine Avila, whose father taught in the villages of Chunox, Progresso, and San Estephan. Uncle Clifford Palacio and his wife, Aunt Rita Palacio (deceased), who were both teachers in Bullet Tree Falls, Uncle Eugene Hernandez (deceased) and his wife, Felicia Hernandez (my godmother), who taught in Santa Familia and Santa Elena also shared with me their reflections of their teaching experiences in those communities. Their shared reflections have deepened my appreciation of the noble sacrifices of Garifuna teachers and their families.

At Pen Cayetano Studio Gallery, The Legacy of the Garifuna People opens
Shortly after 4:00 p.m., beneath a brilliant Dangriga sky, the artist Pen Cayetano climbed on the stage in his yard. Some of his guests were already seated. Two very young boys sat with their drums between their legs, waiting. The drums came to life as Pen Cayetano broke out in song. After singing in Garifuna, he addressed his audience, telling them about a part of the journey that he has made in becoming an artist. Pen Cayetano said it was very hard to be an artist down here. “People used to say to me, ‘Hey man, why you noh goh work, find a job and do something. Yu to idle.’ So I went all the way from here to Corozal to look for a job, and I found a job to cut cane,” he related.

Hubert “Fiddle” Richards missing since Thursday, November 16
It has been exactly one week since a senior citizen left his home and has not returned. According to police reports, at around 6:30 a.m. on November 16, Hubert “Fiddle” Richards, 83, left his home in Sandhill on a bus en route to Belize City. His granddaughter, Kenisha Richards, today told Amandala that he went to Belize City to visit his wife, Gertrude Richards, at her home in Coral Grove, Belize City. After spending some time with his wife, Richards headed to his grandson’s barbershop on Mahogany Street, where he had his hair cut. Thereafter, he said that he was heading for the bus stop to go home.

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The body of a British woman who worked as a volunteer at the Liberty Children’s Home in Ladyville was found decomposing inside an apartment she rented on Perez Road, Ladyville. Michelle Anison, 46, was late in paying her rent and was not answering her cellphone, so her landlady decided to pay her a visit at home. When the landlady arrived at apartment #6 and called out for Anison, she did not get a response. Upon checking further, the landlady was overwhelmed by a foul smell coming from Anison’s apartment. Upon entering the apartment, the decomposing body of Anison was discovered lying face-up with multiple stab wounds in the body. Anison’s personal identification documents were missing, as well as her Nissan SUV.

Customs charges Minister of Labor Hugo Patt’s brother, Edgar Patt, for contraband beer
Villagers of Patchakan, in the Corozal District, became riled up over the long weekend after a vehicle which was being chased by customs officers overturned. Villagers made off with some of the load of contraband beer, which the vehicle was carrying. The incident occurred on Monday, around 9:30 p.m., when customs officers chased down Edgar Patt, who, according to the Customs and Excise Department, was on its way back from making an illegal crossing at a place called “Estero.” Patt, a brother of Minister of Labor Hugo Patt, reportedly lost control of his vehicle and ran off the road, slamming into a lamppost. Customs officers found Patt trying to hide his contraband beer in a cane field, and they took possession of them.

A former cop turned UBAD member reflects on his times
Salim Malik went from being a member of the British Honduras Police Force to becoming a card-carrying member of the United Black Association for Development (UBAD). Amandala asked Malik how he made such a transition from being a law enforcement officer to joining the radical UBAD group. “In 1969, I enlisted in the British Honduras Police Force and at that time UBAD was on the scene. Whenever they had political meetings out at Court House Wharf — that’s what they used to call BattleField Park back then — they used to send us out there for crowd control. All the policemen they used to send out there would stand far away, because UBAD was considered radical boys. I was one of the only ones who used to go around the rostrum,” Malik said.

Corozal woman– shot after refusing to provide murder suspect’s alibi — dies
While many spent Sunday, November 19, celebrating the settlement of the Garinagu in Belize, Corozal resident Brenda Jandrez, 22, took her last breath of life. Jandrez was shot once in her stomach at around 8 o’clock on Wednesday, November 1, while lying in her bed with her boyfriend at her home on Mahogany Street in Corozal Town. An armed assailant had pushed his hand through her window and fired a single shot. Jandrez was rushed to the Corozal Community Hospital, and later transported to the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk Town and thereafter to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), where she had been fighting for her life for 18 days.

The Reporter

Police arrest and charge suspect for double chopping
Belize City police have charged a Belize City resident who allegedly inflicted multiple chop wound to two individuals while they were socializing at a residence on Central American Boulevard early on Tuesday morning. Aymon Flores, 22, was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer last Wednesday […]

Police arrest and charge suspect for double chopping
Belize City police have charged a Belize City resident who allegedly inflicted multiple chop wound to two individuals while they were socializing at a residence on Central American Boulevard early on Tuesday morning. Aymon Flores, 22, was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer last Wednesday […]

Wedding crasher is charged with wounding a woman
A fight broke out at wedding held at the YWCA on November 18th and an alleged wedding crasher currently faces a number of wounding charges, after getting into a fight with a woman. After a night on lock down at the police station, 26-year-old Lennox […]

Corozal woman succumbs to gunshot injuries
The investigation into a shooting incident which happened over two weeks ago in Corozal town has been updated to a murder investigation after Brenda Jandrez, 22, died from her injuries over the weekend. Police are now seeking two suspects, who were previously in police custody […]

Missing man’s family seeks help
The family of an elderly Belize City man are worried after he reportedly went missing on Thursday afternoon en-route to his home in Sand Hill Village. Hubert Richards, 83, was last seen alive on November 16th, in the Coral Grove Area of Belize City after […]

Arsonist sets fire to house and vehicle in Mahogany Heights
Hattieville police are searching for a man suspected of setting fire to a house and a vehicle in the Mahogany Heights village early Friday morning. According to police, around 3:00 a.m. last Friday, a man dressed in full black was seen running away from the residence of […]

Farmers & BSI finding the sweetest sugarcane to harvest first
The 2017-18 sugar cane harvest is about to start next month, but with Belize no longer having access to preferential markets and guaranteed quotas a premium prices, the open competition of the world market has growers and processors united to find ways to get the […]

CARICOM and Cuba expand trade relations
The CARICOM (Caribbean Community) and Cuba now have expanded trade opportunities in each other’s territories, through the signing this week of a second Protocol to an existing Agreement. The protocol to the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreemen allows for Cuba to expand duty-free access to […]

DPM has no response to opposition over BIL complaints
Opposition leader, John Briceno, has raised public concern that Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber has not acknowledged receipt of a letter he sent questioning projects done by Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL). Briceño wrote to Faber on November 1, requesting key pieces of information regarding BIL, […]

British minister says Caribbean needs to forget about reparations
While Belize is preparing to rejoin the fight for reparations for the legacy of slavery, the government of the United Kingdom is encouraging the entire Caribbean to abandon the reparations movement. In his trip to Jamaica last week, UK Minister of State with responsibility for […]

Doing Business Report to Belize: Pick Up The Pace
Last week’s article focused on one of Belize’s “priority sectors”, renewable energy. The sole purpose of that piece was to highlight the immense potential for business growth that the Belizean economy has in that sector and many others. Clearly, along with renewable energy, most would probably already be aware of […]

Sixth US airline to stop flying to Cuba in a year
Alaska Airlines has become the sixth United States carrier in a year to cut its flights to Cuba. The airline, based in Seattle Washington, confirmed this week that that its last flight to Cuba will be on January 22, 2018. The decision came after a […]

GOB inaugurates expansion of Corozal pre-school
Hundreds of children in the Corozal district now have greater access to early childhood education through the expansion of the Our Lady of Guadalupe (OLOG) Primary R.C. School Extension and new pre-school building, courtesy of the Government of Belize. GOB held the official inauguration ceremony […]

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence
“Leave No one Behind – End Violence against Women and Girls is the theme of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based violence, which the National Women’s Commission launched at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City on Thursday afternoon, November 23. The NWC […]

Supreme Court names new Registrar General
Trienia Marie Young, the former Head of the Police Prosecution Branch has been sworn in as the new Registrar of the Supreme Court and the Registrar General of Belize. Young reported in on Thursday, November 17th, for her first day on the job. She succeeds […]

What is glaucoma and how can it affect vision?
Glaucoma is often associated with increased eye pressure. It is a collection of diseases that have irreversible damage to delicate nerve fibers and the optic nerve which sends information to the brain. Often referred to as “the silent thief of sight,” it causes major, irreversible […]

Safety First
On the way to Stann Creek there is a narrow bridge that links the Hummingbird Highway across St. Margaret’s Creek. The bridge, if we can call it that, is just a slab of reinforced concrete connecting the separated portions of the highway. It has no protective rails, and while it […]

Losing streak continues $360 Million lost in litigation
The Government of Belize, this week, sustained its latest in a series of court battle losses, totaling over $360 Million. On Wednesday, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) overturned the Belize Court of Appeal’s ruling in the case of GOB vs. the Belize Bank on the controversial Universal Health Services […]

KHMH CT-Scanner busted
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital confirmed on Thursday that its Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner, an essential imaging machine used for X-Rays and internal scans, has broken down. Credible reports to the Reporter indicate that the malfunctioning machine has left hundreds of patients without access to […]

Guatemalans enter Belize illegally
Five days after a team of Guatemalan soldiers and camera crew illegally crossed the border into Benque, Belize’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release with brief details about the incident. On Wednesday, the Ministry’s press release stated that Benque police had notified them […]

Medical reports confirm women were “carnally known” during police detention
The Belize Police Department is “still investigating” a report from two women who say they were raped by police while they were held in custody at the Independence police station more than two weeks ago. The only new information police did reveal this week is […]

Bridge gets upgrade after 4 fatalities
Following a Garifuna Settlement Day weekend which recorded three tragic accidents resulting in four fatalities at the same one-laned bridge in Saint Margaret’s village, new signs, markers and rails are being put in place to prevent any further accidents there. The signs and markers were […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

NEMO officials attend Mesoamerican risk management meeting in Mexico
Deputy National Emergency Coordinator Colin Gillett and Orange Walk District Coordinator Suliema Celiz represented Belize […]

PM Barrow departs country on personal leave
The Office of the Prime Minister informs the public that PM Barrow left the country […]

Another case of alleged police brutality in San Ignacio Town
A family in San Ignacio contacted BBN today to express their discontent with the San […]

Faber to Musa, “You should be ashamed”
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber has condemned former Prime Minister Said Musa over remarks made […]

Indian student missing
Today, Talins Lima, Student Service Officer at the Belize Medical College on Burrell Boom Road, […]

Thatch building valued at over $100K catches fire in Seine Bight
On Wednesday evening around 3, Seine Bight and Placencia police visited the Palacio`s Temple located on the […]

Man dies in fatal traffic accident in Dangriga
On Wednesday night around 9:45, police responded to a traffic accident on Miles 1 & 2 on […]

UDP ministers will vote ‘No’ to paying UHS debt
Four UDP ministers, in interviews with Channel 7 News, said that they would vote “no” […]

San Antonio villagers concerned about dead dogs in community
Villagers in San Antonio, Cayo are requesting assistance from the relevant authorities regarding dead dogs […]

Indian Honorary Consul donates motorcycle to Belmopan police
The Belmopan police formation continues on their work of proactive community policing. Today, the Honorary […]

Fair weather to prevail
The 24-hour forecast is for mostly fair and dry conditions to prevail. Sunny skies are […]

Delmar Ortega charged for fatal traffic accident
On November 11, 2017, Mark Leslie and his common-law-wife, Myrna Vasquez were involved in a […]

Blogs

Myth: Thanksgiving in Belize Just Wouldn’t Feel like THANKSGIVING!
There is nothing Black about this Friday. The weather is glorious on Ambergris Caye. Perfect for just about everything. Especially Thanksgiving and the massive amount of food that comes along with this CLASSIC American holiday. Now I know what some of you might be thinking… “It just wouldn’t be the same to celebrate Thanksgiving in the Caribbean” I TOTALLY challenge that. Yesterday I had turkey, stuffing, pumpkin-y desserts, sweet potatoes and more – TWO TIMES. I watched the Macy’s Day parade on TV, I saw the Brussels Griffon win the National Dog Show… Football was ALL OVER the TV, I enjoyed friends and family, I took a late afternoon nap… So what was I missing? The cold weather? YES I WAS!

Visit Northern Belize (Corozal)
The Northern interior of Belize is a treasure trove for culture lovers, naturalists, and Archaeology fans. Between Mexico, Ambergris Caye Corozal's turqoise shores and diverse landscape from beaches and historical sights to a nature reserve draw visitors in search of a relaxing, less touristic escape. And, is the birthplace and home of the Mestizos (Maya and Spaniard culture). Today, the district encompasses a diverse population of ethnic backgrounds that have blended to give the people a distinctively relaxed outlook on life, making Corozal a tranquil paradise. The warm and welcoming locals makes this haven the perfect getaway destination. At sunset, you may want to enjoy the weather in at Miami Beach waterfront view among the breathtaking sunset view. Corozal, has a ferry that take's you 30 minutes to Sarteneja Village and 2 hours to San Pedro Ambergris Caye. Sarteneja Village is a quite slow paste village. It is one of the Belize's traditional home made sailboats. Sarteneja village is known for fishermen to catch big on fishing. They, also transport vegetable's to San Pedro Ambergris Caye. Very Cheap price's at the lagoonside.

Stuff that is almost ready and stuff that isn’t in San Pedro, Belize
Progress has a speed all its own on Ambergris Caye. Sometimes you can watch for years as projects go up around you. Slowly. Very slowly. Resorts and condo projects for example. Some have been in the building stage since long before we got here and look like they will still be in the building stage long after we are gone. In between, they may experience a bankruptcy or two, experience a resurrection by the hand of a financial angel, all sorts of curious financial intrigues. And hardly a wall gets poured as rebar returns to rust. Then there are things that actually look like they are getting done. Small things, in the current scale of island projects. Here’s an easy one: The Central Park Christmas Tree.

International Sourcesizz

‘New and better deal’ needed for climate resilience in Caribbean, UN chief tells donor conference
Caribbean countries need “a new and better deal” – one that includes access to concessional finance and adequate insurance – if they are to build climate resilience, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday at an international conference to mobilize support for the reconstruction of communities devastated by a series of powerful hurricanes. “During my visits to Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda, I saw a level of devastation that I have never witnessed before in my life,” Guterres said, noting that in these islands alone, damage is estimated at $1.1 billion, and total economic losses at $400 million. This year’s Atlantic hurricane season was particularly active, with storms having been more frequent, and stronger. Of the 13 named storms, eight were hurricanes and of those, four were major hurricanes, including Irma and Maria. Across the entire Caribbean region, there was tragic loss of life and widespread devastation

Thanks to program that started in Belleville, this Belize girl got her spine repaired
Born with a life threatening case of scoliosis, Kerisa Guild, 7, traveled 2,500 miles to stay with a Mount Vernon family for a severe spinal surgery she wasn’t able to receive in her home country of Belize. Kerisa is one of nearly 500 children helped by the Belize Children’s Project, according to the founder Eugene Verdu, of Belleville. This year, the program reached its 40th anniversary with the Belleville Rotary Club providing orthopedic care to children in need from the Central American country.

CCJ reports increased workload during 2016-17
The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is reporting a 20 per cent increase in the number of matters filed before it than the previous year. According to the newly released Court’s annual report for the 2016-7 judicial year, cases were filed from Dominica, Barbados, Belize and Guyana, the four countries that are signatories to the CCJ’s Appellate jurisdiction. The CCJ, established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court, has an Original and Appellate Jurisdiction but also serves as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC) that governs the 15-member regional integration movement, CARICOM. While most of the CARICOM countries are signatories to the Original jurisdiction, only Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana have signed on to the Appellate jurisdiction.

Videos

  • We enjoyed this lovely presentation by pre-school students at Our Lady of Guadalupe R. C. Primary School in Corozal, 2min. They wowed us this week during the inauguration of their new school building courtesy the Social Investment Fund!

  • Belize Now Discusses the Belize Building Act Amendment, 7min. A Bill to amend the Belize Building Act was passed earlier this year in the House of Representatives. Belize Now found out what changes have been made through the new legislation.

  • SAGA Humane Society Belize, 1min.

  • Harvest Caye, Belize, 11min.

  • VerandaTales (November 24, 2017), 20min.

  • CHUNOX ST. VIATOR HIGH SCHOOL HAS A NEW SCHOOL BUILDING, 5.5min. Today the Chunox Saint Viator Vocational High School located in the Corozal District officially introduced a new addition to the school. Since their establishment in 2004, the institution has come a long way and continues to grow as it provides relevant education to its students. Our news team attended the special ceremony today and filed the following report.

  • Children take over for International Children’s Day Part 1, 27min.

  • Children take over for International Children’s Day Part 2, 15min.

  • Children take over for International Children’s Day Part 3, 14min.

  • Ballet Folklórico del Colegio and Bachilleres de Tabasco, 17.5min.

  • Belize Travel Teaser, 1min.

  • Flight To The Blue Hole From Ambergris Caye, Belize 86th Country Visited 11 23 17, 14min.

  • Belize Reef Flight, 2.5min. Aerial Drone View of Belize Barrier Reef. 3 sisters explore reef. Phantom 4 Pro drone flies above. We are miles from shore.

  • Sunset Ballet - Bird's Eye View Lodge, Crooked Tree Lagoon, Belize, March 2017, 3min.


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