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#527372 - 11/29/17 06:43 AM Today's Belize News: November 29, 2017  
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The San Pedro Sun

Mercury in Fish from the Macal River and Other Rivers
The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Department of Environment and the Belize Electric Company Limited (BECOL), has completed another assessment of mercury levels in fishes from the Macal River, Mopan, Belize and New River. The following Advisory is being issued to guide the public on the amount of fish that can be eaten safely to avoid ill effects due to mercury exposure.

San Pedro celebrates 33 years of township
The town of San Pedro celebrated 33 years of being a municipality on Monday, November 27th. To commemorate the day, The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) held official ceremonies at the Central Park, featuring informative booths showcasing the different services offered at the SPTC, along with colorful art presentations and images depicting the old and present-day San Pedro. Present at the celebration were students from the different island schools, specially invited guests, and past Mayors. Master of Ceremonies, Jorge Aldana officially started the event shortly after 10AM by welcoming the audience in attendance. Mayor Daniel Guerrero then shared a few words regarding the day’s festivities. “We have seen a huge transformation since San Pedro’s evolution from a fishing village to the tourist mecca it is today,” said Guerrero. “Today, we are the fastest growing municipality in the country with a growth rate of 17% per year and the destination with the most hotel rooms in the country,” Guerrero stated that all island residents should feel proud of the achievements and development the island has been through. He encouraged everyone to continue being part of the town’s success, which according to him is on the right path.

Ambergris Today

Mercury Reported In Various Rivers Of Belize
The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Department of Environment and the Belize Electric Company Limited (BECOL), has completed another assessment of mercury levels in fishes from the Macal River, Mopan, Belize and New River. On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, the following Advisory was issued to guide the public on the amount of fish that can be eaten safely to avoid ill effects due to mercury exposure.

Belize Tourism Board Launches Cruise Ship Application
As a part of its continuous efforts to foster the development of our dynamic Tourism Industry and keep stakeholders informed, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) launched its BTB Cruise App on Monday, November 27, 2017. The Cruise App aims in establishing a mobile presence in the Cruise Industry and is designed to share the cruise ship schedule with our valued stakeholders. In developing this modern and user friendly hybrid mobile app for IOS and Android devices, it will display all cruise ship calls scheduled to Belize as well as notify its users of any changes or cancellations.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Renewing Accommodation Licensing Advisory
Please be advised that all Accommodation Licenses expire on December 31, 2017. Applications for renewal are now being accepted at BTB's Belize City and San Pedro Offices. Any Accommodation who fails to complete the entire renewal process before December 31, 2017 and continues to operate is deemed to be operating illegally.As per Section 27(1) (j) of the Hotels and Tourist Accommodation Act (HTAA), it is an offence to operate without a valid license and a person found guilty of said offence is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, or to both such fine and term of imprisonment.

Middle Island Neighborhood Watch Cleanup
Ambergris Caye is a bustling, growing island community. Some areas have more public services than others. The “Middle Island” area begins about 4 miles north of town and extends an additional 4 miles. There are no public services for cleaning beaches or roadsides in this area. Residents, via their Middle Island Neighborhood Watch group decided to tackle the problem of beach and roadside trash. The program has been a smashing success. Outlined below is a brief story of what we’re doing on both beach and road in our neighborhood. We found that the more we accomplish the more support we receive. The cleaner the area is, the longer it stays clean. The community is coming together in a really good way and the results are significant.

Mercury in Fish from the Macal River and Other Rivers
The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Department of Environment and the Belize Electric Company Limited (BECOL), has completed another assessment of mercury levels in fishes from the Macal River, Mopan, Belize and New River. The following Advisory is being issued to guide the public on the amount of fish that can be eaten safely to avoid ill effects due to mercury exposure. Macal River Fish: Analysis from this mercury testing indicated that only two fishes (Botasis and Shortfin Molly) had levels of mercury above the recommended safety level. All other captured fishes tested were below the mercury safety level for consumption however they must be consumed with some caution especially Bay snook which was found to be slightly under the safety level. The public is therefore advised not to eat more than six ounces for both Botasis and Bay snook weekly. For Shortfin Molly, no recommendation is given since it is a small aquarium fish not eaten by the public.

New BTIA Chapter for Corozal
New members have been selected for the Corozal Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA). Congratulations and we hope to hear more from these new members on things happening in Corozal District to help with Tourism.

"25 Acts of Green" - ACT 6:
In September, we participated in the annual International Coastal & Riverways Cleanup. We decided to stay at "home" (in Belmopan), where the enthusiasm from some students of Kuxlin Ha Government School rubbed off on us while cleaning up the creek-side in their community. Thanks to the following students AND their parents: Lucas Caal, Maylee Caal, Carlos Coc, Reynaldo Coc, Gregoria Choco, Elsy Shal, Christina Rivas, Ethan Theus, Andy Shal, Emily Cal, Triston Coc, Marlon Canti, Chepe Choc, Weiner Denis, Pearl Lo, Tanya Pop, Ilalia Coc, Deverlyl Valladares

The G.R.E.A.T. Volleyball CUP competitions continues with games being played Weekly
On Monday November 27th, 2017 ladyville Cadet hosted Hattieville cadets at the ladyville Basketball court and at the conclusion , the hosting teams were victorious in both Male and female matches. Next game will be held on Wednesday 6th December, 2017 commencing at 4:00 p.m., at Samuel Haynes sporting facility in the, St. Martin's area ,Belize City between Precinct Two and Ladyville.

4th Annual FST Science Open Day and Expo
The Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) of the University of Belize (UB) held the 4th Annual FST Science Open Day on November 22, 2017 at the UB Central Campus. The expo involved participation of the FST’s Agricultural Department; Engineering Department; Science Department and the Math, Physics & Information Technology Department. The purpose of the event was to highlight the programs of UB, the work of our students and to get people interested in science from an early age. Students from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions were invited to attend the science fair. Stakeholders and partners from Government and the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) also brought out their staff to participate in the event. Students could see firsthand the technology and work available in this field.

Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico students excel
The staff and faculty of Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico congratulates all its students who excelled in the June 2017 CSEC sitting. San Roman, Corozal District

San Pedro Boat Holiday Parade
Boat Captains: We now have more chances for you to win! We have $10,000 in CASH PRIZES for three categories: General Grand Prize: $5,000 Grand Prize (category open to all boats) • Small Boat Best of Show: $3,000 Grand Prize (boats up to 28ft) • Best Charity Boat: $2,000 Grand Prize (charity-sponsored boats only) Registration is open NOW! Message us to register your boat for the 2017 San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade! Are you a charity and need a boat sponsor? Message us and we'll find a boat for you! The Holiday Boat Parade is Saturday, December 16 this year. Don't miss out!

Verdes FC vs Bandits SC (PLB)
Sunday, December 3 at 4 PM - 7 PM. Norman Broaster Stadium San Ignacio, Belize. The National Channel

Oceana presents "Voices of Our Ocean" Art Competition
Coming to the Toledo District. If interested, email our field representative at rmendez@oceana.org

Are you ready to Rock for the Reef?
An all star lineup of Belizean artists will take center stage at the Memorial Park in Belize City on Saturday, December 9th at 2pm. THIS IS A FREE CONCERT. Free snacks and swag bags (while supplies last).

Art exhibition by Pen Cayetano in San Pedro
Belizean Arts is hosting an art exhibition by Pen Cayetano and pre-opening night for Diamond Lodge Boutique Hotel and Spa (opposite San Pedro Hardware) on the 9th December for 5-9 pm. Glen Wilson is a great supporter of the arts and also of Belize including finanacing a road in San Mateo, Feeding programs scholarships etc. All proceeds from the bar will be donated to his foundation.

Splashers
Join us on Thursday to paint “Fancy Fish” at Crazy Canucks! 2pm-4pm...make sure to sign up!

Head of the Caribbean Regional Office for the European Investment Bank Visits Belize
Today, November 28, officials from the Ministry of Works and the Ministry of Transport met with Mr. Rene Perez, Head of the Caribbean Regional Office for the European Investment Bank, to look at potential projects for financing by the Bank. The Government of Belize (GOB) officials included Hon. Rene Montero, Minister of Works; Hon. Edmond Castro, Minister of Transport & National Emergency Management; Mr. Errol Gentle, CEO in the Ministry of Works; Ms. Ruth Meighan, CEO in the Ministry of Transport and National Emergency Management; and Mr. Lennox Bradley, Chief Engineer in the Ministry of Works.

EU Funds Improvements to Four Rural Water Systems in the Stann Creek District
The Public is hereby informed of the contract signature for water system upgrades for the villages of Hopkins, Hummingbird Community, Middlesex and Pomona. These projects are financed by the European Union and the Government of Belize with funds from the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) 2013. The overall objective of BAM is to foster social and economic development leading to the reduction of poverty, focusing on workers and families in the banana belt. The Hopkins village water system upgrade Phase-2 costs BZ$2 million. The contract will include the rehabilitation of the existing well system, the installation of 9km of transmission pipelines, the construction of 55,000-gallon reinforced water tank, the construction of a new pumphouse and chlorination building, and the installation of 10km of distribution pipelines including residential and commercial metering. These Phase 2 works complements the ongoing works through the Phase-1 project, which costs BZ$2.4 million, which will result in an upgraded Hopkins Main Street and a new water system main pipe along the main street.

Belize Bank Statement re: Background on UHS debt in light of the CCJ's ruling.

Are you a Belizean Musician? Are you looking for ways to better promote yourself and your music?
EXPORTBelize, BELTRAIDE, in partnership with the Office of the Music Ambassador and NICH has an opportunity for you! Come on out to our Artist Outreach Mixer at the Banquitas House of Culture on the 7th of December, 2017 at 6:30pm to connect with other musicians and to talk about how you can promote yourself on our Artists.bz Platform FOR FREE!

Belize Water Services Limited and BEL Open Joint Utility Office in Benque
Customers can now easily access BEL and BWS services at the new Joint Utility Office in Benque Viejo del Carmen

Miss Teen 2017
The Miss Teen 2017 is this Saturday in Benque. It starts at 7:00pm at the Cancha Marshalleck.

Belize Children's Project Saves Kerisa
The Belize Children's Project flew little Kerisa up to treat her severe case of scoliosis. She's on the road to recovery. "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."

Consular Spotlight!
Embassy Belmopan issues thousands of non-immigrant visas to Belizeans who want to travel to the United States for tourism, education, temporary work, or onward travel to other destinations. Occasionally, we encounter applicants who are using their visas to do extraordinary things. In October, we met three members of the 12-person Benque Marimba Youths Los Hijos Del West musical group who were invited to attend and perform at See & Taste Belize in Miami, Florida. The group was invited by Nich Belize on behalf of the Belize Consul in Miami. The members who traveled to Miami included Emil Hernandez at the marimba melodies position, Mark Coyoc at the drums, and musical director and founder Ian Yacab at the bass guitar. Through their participation in the festival, they were able to meet other Belizean artists and artisans, including The Garifuna Collective, as well as culinary masters from Belize. Mr. Yacab stated that their participation in the festival gave them a unique cultural exchange experience towards and appreciation of their cultural heritage, and they are proud cultural ambassadors of arts and culture for the community that they represent, Benque Viejo Del Carmen. Mr. Yacab wishes to thank each and every one who made this trip possible.

Channel 7

Cabinet Says "No" to 90 Million for Bze. Bank
Cabinet met today in Belmopan - and according to unofficial reports - members decided unanimously that the UDP Representatives in the House will vote "no" to paying 90.6 million dollars to the Belize Bank. The Prime Minister will outline the formal position tomorrow at a press conference. As we have reported, the CCJ granted permission for the Belize Bank Limited to enforce a 2013 arbitration award against the Government of Belize. That was 6 days ago, and since then, 9 UDP Representatives have gone on record to say they will vote against paying. Today, when they left Cabinet we asked if they had been persuaded otherwise - and while they all deferred to the PM - it's clear that, coming out of that meeting, the hardline was firmer than ever. We start with Wilfred Elrington who had told us over the weekend that he would vote against paying:...

Former AG Says He Wouldn't Recommend CCJ to Other Nations
And there's one more dimension to this ongoing ordeal. Yes, the UDP members are going to reject the payment, but there's also major shade being thrown at the highest court in the land, the Caribbean Court of Justice. Last week it was Party Whip Michael Finnegan and today it was former Attorney General Wilfred Elrington. Now, Elrington just lost a case involving a personal business dealing at the court earlier this month - and he said he got a raw deal from a court whose competence he clearly was not impressed with:... Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs: "It is ironic that it is under our administration that we signed on to the CCJ." Jules Vasquez: "You voted for it, you were UDP."

Belize Bank Says Central Bank Would Frown On Non Payment
And, defending its own position, today, the Belize Bank issued a three page press release, tracing the entire history of the debacle, right back to the start of the Universal Health Services project back in 2001. The bank says, quote, "the current administration has adopted a belligerent approach to the Bank's debt from the beginning." It concludes, quote, "the Bank Looks forward to the government now settling this debt after years of unnecessary litigation to recover the funds, which at the end of the day were lent from funds deposited with the Belizean Bank by Belizean depositors. The Central Bank of Belize would take a very stern view indeed of any licensed bank not seeking to recover such a debt." End quote.

Ruthless Robbery Caught On Security Camera
Tonight, there is shocking security video of a ruthless robbery which happened on King Street in Belize City last night at 10:00. Captured from the Mikado building, it shows two unsuspecting female tourists walking on King Street towards Albert Street in front of Monica's Pawn shop. That's when two men pull up quickly on bicycles. One of them snatch the purse of the woman on the right, while the other wrestled away the purse from the woman on the left. We see the women on the right putting up a fight, and trying to challenge her attacker, who then uses his bicycle to throw her to the ground. She falls backward, and he dashes off against traffic. Undeterred, her friend sets chase - and eventually two of them do, but the robber is gone.

Appeal Rejected: Former Police Firearms Examiner Must Serve His Time
Former police firearms examiner Orlando Vera lost his appeal today, and will have to serve his two year sentence in prison. In a 43 page judgement handed down today, Justice Herbert Lord dismissed the appeal of the Magistrates Court decision to convict him for abetment to pervert the course of justice. His attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, had argued that the sentence was harsh and excessive and that a fine would have been more appropriate. Justice Lord said that the sentence could have been up to 5 years and he cannot agree with the appellant's counsel that a fine would have been more adequate given the circumstances of the trial and the harm to the justice system.

The Multitudes Did Not Come Out To The Assembly Stairs
The National Evangelical Association of Belize today held a family values rally in Belmopan. The event has been in the planning stages since July, and it had already been postponed once. So, we expected them to show the muscle of the masses today, but Jules Vasquez found no such thing: Jules Vasquez reporting: It wasn't exactly Jesus and the multitudes this morning on the National Assembly Stairs. But that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the speakers or the small audience of about 50. Bathed in the light of the truth but seeking some respite from the sunstroke - inducing heat. And while we saw familiar faces such as Patrick Menzies, there seemed to be a contingent of US men of the faith - a welcome showing, on this day when NEAB needed all the help it could get:

Charged For Slapping Cricket Referee
A woman who roughed up a referee at a cricket match was taken to court today. It happened back in June in Bermudian Landing at a match between Summer Fever and Lemonal. The umpire Herbert Escarpeta reported that after he made a call he was attacked by irate fans. One of them slapped him across the face - and he recognized her as 43-year-old domestic worker Yolanda Banner. She was charged with common assault and appeared in court today. She pled not guilty and was released on bail of $550 dollars. Her case is adjourned until the 29th of January, 2018.

Judgement Reserved in Claim/Counterclaim Attempted Murder Case
Justice Adolph Lucas today reserved his decision for December 7 for 20 year old accused Inmas Espinal. He is charged with the attempted murder of Jose Antonio Saravia - who claims that back in 2012 - he was passing by Epinal's house when Espinal came out with a knife and stabbed him once in his abdomen. Espinal said that it is Saravia who attacked him with a pint bottle. He said Saravia broke the bottle across his head. Espinal claims he picked up the broken bottle and stabbed Saravia once once in his abdomen. The Doctor who examined Saravia, testified that there were two stab wounds to his abdomen. The trial began on November 3 and Saravia was cross examined for 14 days by Espinal's attorney Hubert Elrington.

Coro North Rep. Says Customs Has To crackdown On Contraband Passing Through His Village
For the past few night we've had a lot of reports on a place called "Estero" in the Corozal District. Police and customs have made two significant weed busts, presumably coming across from Mexico. It's an illegal border crossing and a contraband hotspot - right up the road from Patchakan. Now, Patachakan is home to the UDP area Representative Hugo Patt - in fact the road to Estero passes in front of his house. Today we asked him about the contraband culture and the Customs Department:... Hon. Hugo Patt - Corozal North Representative: "It is a concern that all of us share within the vicinity. Patchakan being the area where the entry point and the exit point. I am really glad as well that the police are intervening because the issue with not only contraband, but the issue with allege drugs and even when police has caught an amount of drugs that are coming through that area is concern for all of us. I had a meeting with the village council of my particular community and they were expressing that concern. As we speak we have some marathons being organized and it is never safe when you see vehicles coming out - it's a cat and mice game and so it is unsafe for all of us. But I know Customs for a fact is doing extra work in the area and so is the police department."

Single Mother and Child Homeless After Fire
Keeping it in the Corozal District, early on Saturday morning a fire destroyed a house in Corozal Town. 28-year-old Nirsa Gomez who lived there with her child - and, luckily, they weren't at home at the time of the fire so no one was injured. But a whole lot was lost. One of the residents who witnessed the fire told CTV-3 that the fire team's response was very poor. Alfredo Gibson, Resident: "I saw flames and the house was on fire. When we went over people were already starting to gather around. People were trying to help out the fire because the other neighbor was in a tight position because her house would have been blazed too. We tried to help and they called the fire service but the fire service was very poor. It reached very late. Almost half an hour."

Frightening Mercury Levels in River Fish
Tonight, the Ministry of Health, the Department of Environment and BECOL is giving another update on the levels of mercury in fish of the Macal, Mopan, Belize and New Rivers. In the Macal, only two types of fish: Botasis and Shortfin Molly had levels of mercury above the recommended safety level. All other fishes tested were below the mercury safety level. but that doesn't mean it's all clear. The advisory says they must be consumed in moderations especially Bay snook which was found to be slightly under the safety level. So, you're advised not to eat more than six ounces of both Botasis and Bay snook weekly. The Shortfin Molly is not a factor since it is a small aquarium fish not eaten by the public.

A Truck to End Drain Pain
Last year in December we told you about a vacuum truck the City Council got. Workers spent a while learning how to use the complex piece of machinery and the hard work has paid off. This morning they took to the streets to test out the truck by cleaning drains and 7News was there to witness the vacuum truck work its magic. Councillor Willougby told us more about the truck and its great capability. Phillip Willougby, Belize City Counsellor: "This vehicle will now be in the hands of the city and the flood mitigation unit that is housed within the counsel for our staff to utilize on a daily basis." "What we have done to this end is we have zoned the city into several different zones and within those zones we created quadrants. Our technical staff since then have been collecting data. The data will be plugged into different data sets for the sanitation department, the works department, the flooded unit, the traffic department, etc. Thereafter then we generate a schedule whereby all the departments then go in based on the information and execute whatever needs to be done within those quadrants."

What Logistics And Mobility Really Mean
Today the Ministry of works held a National Workshop on what sounds like a very complicated subject. It's called "Integrated and Sustainable Logistics and Mobility Policy." We found out that it's not as complicated as it sounds. The CEO explains: Errol Gentle, CEO, Ministry of Works: "The workshop we will be discussing both the logistics and the mobility. The mobility is getting the road done. The logistics we are looking at the transportation of goods. We need to put policies in place that will ensure there is a smooth movement of people and of goods throughout the country, throughout the region. How can we improve, for example, movement of goods along the highways through our borders? How can we improve the movement of goods, movement of services, provision of services through the ports or through the airports?"

Getting Technical With Sound
In March, NICH began a 14-week Audio Technician course. The idea was to teach and certify the participants to be sound engineers. It's not easy work, and proof of that is in the numbers: it started off with 40 people and only 22 were left standing at the end. But after about 14 weeks of intense training the 22 students graduated with a head full of new knowledge last week Tuesday. The instructor told us more about the course and its importance today. Whitfield Welch, Bliss Institute Sound Engineer: "They got real intense training on each of the equipment that we use from speakers to microphones. We did not just use microphones. We went through a whole lot of microphones so they know what to expect when they see a microphone. They could tell you what that microphone can do without seeing the microphone so to me that is what a real sound engineer is about. It is a person who analyses before he gets to the job."

Dangriga Dance X
And tonight we close once again with highlites of the annual Dance X Festival which was held last week. This time the highlites are from Dangriga at the Ecumenical College where dancers from Belize City, USA, Dangriga and Cayo performed. We leave you with that, enjoy and join me back here tomorrow.


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Channel 5

P.M. to speak Wednesday, but Cabinet says no to U.H.S. and Belize Bank
Cabinet met in Belmopan this morning, ahead of a scheduled press conference for ten o’clock in Belize City on Wednesday, to discuss government’s position on the pending ninety million dollar [...]

Former A.G. turns on C.C.J. after court reversal
Perhaps the biggest proponent for Belize’s signing on to the Caribbean Court of Justice as its final appellate jurisdiction in March 2015, was former Attorney General Wilfred Elrington.  He was [...]

Elrington cites hostile treatment and laziness in writing decisions
According to Elrington, the C.C.J. leaves a lot to be desired, particularly since there is a total of five jurists presently sitting on its bench. He says that only one [...]

Does Eamon Courtenay have unfair advantage at Port-of-Spain?
Elrington was critical of the court saying that the four-member CCJ is unwelcoming and has arguably had the most contact with Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay who has appeared before the [...]

Belize Bank defends loan note, sledges Gov’t.
In anticipation of Wednesday’s announcement, The Belize Bank Limited is speaking out on the ninety million dollar judgment ordered by the Caribbean Court of Justice.  Much of the Bank’s three-page [...]

P.U.P.’s party caucus to meet, will votes count?
As it relates to the position of the People’s United Party, that will be taken on Wednesday afternoon at a parliamentary caucus. The party leader, John Briceño, returned to the [...]

Women robbed and assaulted on camera on King Street
Murders may have blessedly slowed to a trickle, but that doesn’t mean crime has abated in the Old Capital. Two robbers took advantage of an opportunity on Monday night, but [...]

Corozal North rep hails Police, Customs assault on Estero
There has been a noticeable increase in the number of contraband seizures reported in the Corozal District within the past few weeks.  That’s because customs and police have been working [...]

Who’s stealing from Cayo Magistrate’s Court
There is a report tonight coming out of the Cayo District that a significant sum of money is allegedly missing from the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court.  Those monies, according to [...]

Supreme Court turns down appeal in evidence tampering case
For more than six months, the former Ballistic Examiner, Orlando Vera has been behind bars following a conviction for perverting the course of justice in the Michael Moderi gun related [...]

Former student to learn fate in attempted murder case next week
At the age of fifteen years, Inmas Espinal, then a second form student at Canaan High School, was arrested charged and remanded to prison for the March fifteenth, 2012 attempted [...]

Police make weed bust on Orange Walk Bus
More than seven pounds of marijuana was found on a public bus at the Orange Walk Town bus terminal this morning. But according to police, no one is claiming responsibility [...]

Evangelicals say God is on their side at family values protest
While government Ministers met in cabinet over at Independence Plaza a small group of protestors were opposing the recently passed marijuana legislation to decriminalize possession of less than ten grams [...]

City Council turns on jet vacuum drain cleaner
CEMO was out in the City today testing its brand new 2017 jet vacuum cleaner. The high tech piece of equipment will be used to clean out the drains and [...]

Japanese make building donation for O.W. high school
On Monday, the government of Japan donated one hundred and seventy-five thousand dollars for a garbage truck; today it was the Bishop Martin High School to benefit from a brand [...]

Works wants to get Belize moving
The Ministry of Works, in partnership with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, held a national workshop on Integrated & Sustainable Logistics and Mobility Policy today in [...]

Is F.F.B. presidential election already decided?
The Football Federation of Belize is hoping that the third time is the charm on Saturday, when it seeks once again to elect a president. In May of 2016, after [...]

Training complete for sound engineers
Over the summer, NICH hosted a three and a half month workshop to train interested persons in sound engineering. The audio training workshop was intense and covered a number of [...]

CTV3

Will Parliament Vote For or Against $90 Million Dollars Payment To Belize Bank
Cabinet met today for a regular session, but on the agenda for discussion was anything but an extraordinary matter. The main topic was the $89 million dollars which the Caribbean Court of Justice ordered the Barrow Administration to pay to the Belize Bank, as part of a $35m loan guaranteed by the Government for the Universal Health Services under the former Musa Administration, but which Prime Minister Dean Barrow refused to honor upon taking office in 2008. The Bank appealed the rulings of the Courts in Belize, and won a favourable decision before the Privy Council. The matter was then challenged before the CCJ, and last week they ruled that the Privy Council’s decision was proper, which meant the Government is expected to pay. But the matter is not that simplified, because through all the years the payment was held back, it accumulated interest of over $50 million dollars.

Mercury Detected In Species Of Fish, MOH Issues Advisory
Traces of mercury were detected in a few species of fish that come from the Macal, Mopan, Belize and the New Rivers. Therefore, the Ministry of Health along with the Department of Environment and the Belize Electric Company Limited (BECOL) has issued a public advisory on the required amount of fish that can be consumed on a weekly basis to avoid the harmful effects brought about by being exposed to mercury.

LOVE FM

To Pay or Not to Pay?
Will the Government of Belize respect the Caribbean Court of Justice by paying the ninety million dollars to the Belize Bank? It was last week that the Caribbean Court of Justice overturned the decision of the Belize Court of Appeal and ordered Government to pay the Belize Bank. Today’s Cabinet meeting discussed the judgment. Love […]

CCJ’s reports Twenty Percent Increase in Cases
For the judicial year 2016-2017 the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is reporting a 20 percent increase in the number of matters filed before it than the previous year. In its annual report, the Trinidad-based CCJ indicated cases were filed from four Caribbean countries that are signatories to the CCJ’s Appellate jurisdiction, Dominica, Barbados, Guyana, […]

Elrington laments over CCJ’s Judgment
This month, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has made two ruling against the Government of Belize. On November 7, the CCJ also ruled against Minister Wilfred Elrington in his capacity as an attorney. The case was between Elrington’s Law Firm and Progresso Heights which surrounded a disagreement involving a real estate deal. In June […]

Hugo Patt on Border Infractions
The Minister of State in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Hugo Patt, spoke to the media about the recent illegal transshipment of drugs and contraband activities which have been occurring in the North. Hugo Patt – Minister of State in the Ministry of Natural Resources “It is a concern that all of us share within […]

Sugar Production surpasses Projection
Between 2016 and 2017 sugar production for the Caribbean surpassed its projection of 406,000 tonnes by 12,000 tonnes. The Sugar Association of the Caribbean says that the figures affirm the region’s capability to supply the regional market, estimated at 320,000 tonnes for both brown and white sugar. For its 67th Annual Board Meeting, association members […]

NEAB holds Family Values Rally
Today, the National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) held a Family Values Rally in front of the National Assembly to create awareness that the family is being eroded. The President of NEAB, Pastor Lance Lewis said that the church has a message for the nation, that is, “God wants to see the family together because […]

Bishop Martin High School receives funds for Classroom from Japan
As part of its Grassroots and Human Security Project, the Embassy of Japan in Belize yesterday gifted Bishop Martin High School with more than two hundred thousand dollars. The monies will be used to construct a classroom building for the growing school in Orange Walk Town. During a short ceremony yesterday, Principal, Luis Pook expressed […]

Tourists Robbed on King Street
A surveillance camera attached to one of the businesses on King Street, Belize City, caught two persons being robbed by two men on bicycles. The two women who are believed to be tourists were walking on King Street when the two men approached them from the rear. The video shows that the robbery occurred at […]

National Workshop to establish a Sustainable Transport Plan
The Ministry of Works is holding a two-day national workshop on integrated and sustainable logistics and mobility at the Bull Frog Inn in Belmopan. It is believed that this will help to advance our national and regional objectives of a sustainable transport plan. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, ECLAC is partnering with […]

Vacuum Truck: To Alleviate Flood Problems in the City
Last year the Belize City Council acquired a Vacuum Truck under the Flood Mitigation Project. Several trainings with regards to how to properly operate the vacuum truck have been carried out and today City Councilor Phillip Willoughby was with some of the trainees on King Street where the capabilities of the truck were put to […]

Espinal charged with Attempted Murder
In a trial without a jury, Justice Adolph Lucas today reserved his decision for December 7 for 20-year-old Inmas Espinal, charged with the attempted murder of Jose Antonio Saravia. The incident occurred between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on March 15, 2012 on Rose Cousin Street. Saravia testified that he was passing by Epinal’s house when Espinal came out […]

Umpire Assaulted by Fan at Cricket Game
Police have charged a 43-year-old woman for allegedly assaulting the umpire of a cricket game. She is Yolanda Banner, a domestic worker of Lemonal. She was charged with common assault. She pled not guilty to the charge when she appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser. She was released on a bail of five […]

Toledo Institute for Development and Environment holds Fisher’s Forum
Fishers of Port Honduras and Sapodilla Cays Marine reserves participated in a fisher’s forum held in Punta Gorda. Correspondent Paul Mahung reports. Paul Mahung, Love FM “The coordinator of the event last Thursday was TIDE’s manage access officer Ryan Moore. Ryan Moore, TIDE “The Toledo Institute for Development and Environment held a manage access fisherfolk […]

Twenty-Two Persons completed an Audio Training
Last week, twenty-two persons successfully completed a live audio training course. The course ran for five months and it was facilitated by Whitfield Welch, audio engineer at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City. Whitfield Welch “We went through everything pertaining to a sound system. It starts with the source which will […]

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Fredezia April Lambey and Josette Allendi McGann get highest CSEC and CAPE scores
The results of the 2017 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) are in. The top student, Fredezia April Lambey, hails from the Independence High School. She obtained fifteen grade (1) passes at the General Proficiency level in Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English A, English B (Literature), Information Technology, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Office Administration, Principles of Business, Social Studies, Spanish, Electronic Document Preparation and Management and Human and Social Biology. She received one grade (2), in Physics. Lambey also achieved first place in Office Administration and Social Studies.

Lieutenant Colonel Charlton Roches target of audit report
An audit of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) has revealed questionable practices which can be traced to payments made to Charlton Roches, a Lieutenant Colonel of the BDF. Roches is a majority shareholder of a company with the name Belize Jungle Experience Ltd., and the payments that were made to him were for services that were provided to support a jungle training exercise for the German army. The report, which presented several findings and recommendations, advised that “The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) needs to be consulted if in fact there are civil and or criminal offences that may have been committed.”

Clinton Arthur Davis, 54, murdered
The wife of real estate agent Clinton Arthur Davis, 54, and the couple’s four children, got the sad news at about 11:30 on Friday morning that the land consultant of Mile 5, George Price Highway, who had gone missing recently, was dead. The owner of Davis Beach was found in a pool of water on his beach property. A bad odor emanating from the area caused a worker of the nearby Old Belize Marina to look across to the adjacent Davis Beach, where he saw the body floating in the water. Police were alerted and they went to the scene and secured the area, after which an onsite autopsy was carried out. After the autopsy, Davis was buried on his property.

Barrow dodges the media
Last Wednesday, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) dropped the hammer on the Government of Belize, ordering Government to cough up over $90 million to the Belize Bank to settle the outstanding debt of the Universal Health Services (UHS), now the Belize Healthcare Partners Limited (BHPL). One day after the judgment, Prime Minister Dean Barrow skipped town. Belize learned the whereabouts of its PM via a press release which stated that he was heading to Houston, Texas, to “attend a private function”, details of which have not been made known. Today, Barrow was scheduled to return to the country, and Amandala and several media houses camped out in the boiling noonday sun at the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA), with the hopes of getting a response from the Prime Minister about our latest massive loss in the international courts.

The strange case of the missing Indian medical student
On Friday police reported that he had been missing since November 9, but Amandala can today confirm that Indian national, Maninder Singh, 21, was never missing. Today, our newspaper contacted Keisha Lyn Belezaire, the administrator for the Central America Health Sciences University, also known as the Belize Medical College, situated on the Burrell Boom road, where Singh was a student. Belezaire revealed that after the school filed a missing person’s report, Singh emailed the administration explaining that he was not missing, but instead had withdrawn from the school because he did not have the finances to further his studies.

Bishop Ann Henning Byfield comes to Moments of Inspiration
Bishop Anne Henning Byfield and seven pastors of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E) of the United States will be visiting Belize from Thursday, November 30, to Tuesday, December 5. Virginia Echols, the host of Moments of Inspiration on KREM Radio on Sunday mornings from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., told us today that the visit of the bishop and the pastors was made possible through the collaborative efforts of Moments of Inspiration and the A.M.E. Church. The bishop and pastors will be special guests on the Moments of Inspiration show, on Sunday, December 3rd, and they will be delivering inspirational messages in different churches in Belize during the rest of their stay.

Semifinals completed; the stage is set for PLB Finals game 1
The Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season is now down to two teams, Belmopan Bandits SC and Verdes FC, after completing the second leg of the semifinals series this past weekend. With 6-goal margins from their first games of the semifinals, both the Bandits and Verdes coasted through their semifinals home game, to set the stage for what has become perhaps the most anticipated finals showdown in years. On Saturday night at their Isidoro Beaton Stadium, home standing Belmopan Bandits SC jumped to a 2-nil first half lead, and cruised to a 3-1 victory over a game San Pedro Pirates FC. Top Honduran striker Georgie Welcome struck twice (3’ & 34’) for the Bandits in first half, and Jerome “Jarro” James added another (51’), while talented midfielder Jesse Smith (47’) scored for the visitors. Despite the aggregate 9-1 result from the two semifinal games, the Bandits suffered some setbacks, as both captain Elroy Smith and midfielder Khalil Velasquez were red-carded by referee Fareed Ahmad, and should be unavailable for the Finals game 1. San Pedro’s Hector Martinez was also ejected, but he will serve his suspension at the start of the Closing Season.

Belmopan FA 1st Division Amateur weekend results, standings
The Belmopan Football Association (BFA) 1st Division Amateur 2017-2018 Opening Season Tournament continued over the weekend with Week 7 games on Friday and Sunday, November 24 and 26, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium. In the opener on Friday, (Group A) Capital United crushed Camalote Warriors, 6-1, with goals from Ashton Hyde (17’ & 60’), Alex Cornelio (22’) and Julian Maldonado (37’, 78’ & 81’); while Norman Neal (30’) got the only goal for Camalote. And in the nightcap, (Group A) Juventus FC prevailed, 4-1, over Maya Mopan Rangers. Juventus goals were by Alance Ayala (41’ & 46’), Levi Pixabaj (50’) and Rai West (83’); while Edward Arthurs (65’) scored for the Rangers.

1st semifinals results in BFA – Saldivar Kids, Youth & Female Cup Late Tournament 2017
The 1st round in the best-of-2 games semifinals of the Belmopan Football Association’s (BFA) Hon. John Saldivar Kids, Youth and Female Cup Late Tournament 2017 took place on Saturday and Sunday, November 25-26, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium. Two semifinal games each were played in the U-13 and U-15 categories on Saturday; and the two U-17 semifinals were played on Sunday. The 2nd round of the semifinals comes up this weekend:

Weekend Warriors Sunday Race results – November 26
Here are the results from racing held yesterday from Leslie’s Imports through the Boom/Hattieville road to the Philip Goldson Highway and back, for 50 miles. The race, for Weekend Warriors (WW) Open A/B/C categories, started at 8:40 a.m. with 32 riders; 28 finished the race. Finishing order was: 1st place – KENROY GLADDEN (Kulture Megabytes, 2:17:40); 2nd Warren Coye (Santino’s, 2:19:14); 3rd Windell Williams (Smart, 2:20:32); 4th Gilberto Acosta (Santino’s, st); 5th Palas Joseph (Lampaz, 2:21:08); 6th Collet Maheia (Kulture Megabytes, st); 7th Kent “Bob” Gabourel (Kulture Megabytes, st); 8th Alvan Gillett (Kulture Megabytes, st); 9th Mark Reid (Santino’s, 2:21:43); 10th Barney Brown (Scotiabank, st)...

Editorial: Belizean health care
Every day in Belize, families are having to make stressful financial decisions which have to do with health care. Poor families don’t have to make any decisions: they have to go to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), wait their turn, and hope for the best. Rich people don’t have to make any decisions: they automatically take their loved ones to one of the private hospitals, and they plunk money down on whichever private hospital’s barrel head. (No money, no care.) Very rich people may fly out their loved ones to the mighty U. S. of A. The reality is that the “in-between” people are the ones who have to be making financial decisions in health care crises. In-between Belizeans may have enough money to seek, in the first instance, the relative comforts of a private hospital for their loved ones, but the bills can pile up so fast, the health crisis may become so serious, they often have to run to KHMH, the public hospital. You may say that such a person who could not sustain the expenses at one of the private hospitals, hung his/her hat too high when he/she went there in the first place, but in matters of health, usually the first thing we think of is not the cost, but rather the need for the best treatment and most comfortable environment possible.

Belizean Softball Greatness In Retrospect!
The 1960s, 1970s and part of the 1980s culminated the historical period of Belizean softball greatness that continues to be talked about today in Belizean circles both at home in Belize and in the Belizean diaspora abroad. It was a golden age of Belize’s sporting greatness; a period of highly developed sportsmanship that was achieved through hard work and a high level of performance that appears to be unattainable today in all levels of sports in Belize. In this classic photo of the legendary Belizean women of softball greatness in the 1960s, it depicts a positive image of a world champion that had dominated softball in the Caribbean and Central America, beat the dynamic Jamaican teams in Caribbean softball tournaments, and recorded for the former “British Honduras” that is today known as “Belize”, the most accomplished sports history. We here at Belizean Legends are inspired to chronicle these historic achievements. These were ordinary Belizean women of the 1960s who practiced hard and played to win. They appeared to be some of the best in the world that played the game, and they are to be honored and remembered.

Belize, a Nation (Still) in the Making
We take a look at the interview we did with one of our own Assistant Professor and researcher Dr. Candice Pitts about her research entitled “Belize a nation (still) in the making” which was published in the international Journal on contemporary writing Wasafari Journal. Beka Lamb is a Belizean Classic that is centered on pre-independent Belize. The author, Zee Edgell, illustrates an accurate picture of the social and political fabric of that era. Dr. Candice Pitts, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Belize, made a profound analysis on the Beka Lamb classic and the role women have played in Belizean struggle for independence and shows that although they played an essential role it’s overshadowed. She compares the different characters and expounds on how they “fit” or “fight” the patriarchal society. The protagonist, Beka, is portrayed as an activist against this mentality. Dr. Pitts also used the National Anthem and Flag to demonstrate that only men are honored and women are marginalized.

Plane found destroyed suspected to be drug plane
Police are investigating the wreckage of a plane that was found in a cornfield in Hill Bank, Orange Walk District, yesterday afternoon. Residents who saw a suspicious plane in the area on Saturday alerted the police, and a combined patrol consisting of police and soldiers of the Belize Defence Force went to the area to see what was happening. No one was found in the area when law officers arrived on the scene.

Nijah Brandon, 23, construction worker, charged with possession of counterfeit currency
Belize counterfeit currency in the denomination of $50 notes is circulating in Belize City. This morning, Nijah Brandon, 23, a construction worker of La Democracia, appeared before Magistrate Michelle Trapp, who read to him a charge for possession of counterfeit currency, knowing that it was not genuine. Police have alleged that at around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 23, Brandon had two Belize counterfeit $50 notes in his possession. Police said that they went to the upper flat of a wooden house, located at 13 Pelican Street, and saw Brandon sitting on a sofa.

Espat says Barrow has to pay Ashcroft’s bank 90 mil
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruling in favor of Lord Michael Ashcroft’s Belize Bank, a 90-million-dollar judgment against the Dean Barrow-led government of Belize, has generated defiant comments from government ministers, who are insisting that they will vote against the government making the payment. A ranking leader of the People’s United Party, Hon. Julius Espat, commented this week on the government’s claim that they would resist the payment of the government-guaranteed loan from the Belize Bank to the then Universal Healthcare Partners Limited now operating under the name of Belize Health Care Partners. “Under the Finance and Audit Act in 2010, that the Prime Minister did himself, it says it’s a criminal act if you don’t follow the rules and regulation. So if he doesn’t go to Parliament and he doesn’t get it passed, he is doing an unlawful act and the punishment is jail.

Sexual abuse reported at Immigration Department’s Northern Border Station
Two weeks ago we reported on the matter of three police officers from the Independence Police Formation who were accused of raping two women who were in their custody. Today, there is another very serious allegation of sexual abuse coming out of another governmental institution. Amandala has been reliably informed that a senior male Immigration officer of over two decades, who is attached to the Northern Border Station, has been accused by a junior female Immigration officer of grave sexual misconduct. Information to Amandala is that two weeks ago the two were working the night shift at the northern border when the incident occurred.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

European Union funds water systems improvement in rural Stann Creek
The Government of Belize Press Office today informed the public of a contract signature for […]

Shotgun found in Franks Eddy Village, Cayo
Special Branch personnel conducted a search in an open lot […]

House of Mennonite farmer burns down
Abram Wiebe, 54, a Belizean Mennonite farmer of Camp 50, Indian Creek Village, Orange Walk […]

Health advisory warns not to eat certain fish from Macal and other rivers
The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Department of the Environment and the Belize […]

Cool weather to continue
The 24-hour forecast is for mostly fair and cool conditions to continue across the country. […]

Tim’s Store in San Ignacio Town robbed last night
According to reports, last night Tim’s Store in San Ignacio Town was robbed by three […]

Man charged for possession of counterfeit currency
Yesterday, Nijar Brandon, 23, of Democracia Village was charged for the possession of counterfeit currency. […]

Several UDP and PUP parliamentarians say no to $90 million payment
Since the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled that Belize should pay Belize Bank over […]

International Sourcesizz

Antivirus inventor John McAfee, 71, went on a naked shooting spree because the 'Belize government wants to assassinate him'
John McAfee went on a naked shooting spree in September because he thought Belizean intruders were breaking into his home. The antivirus software inventor started firing bullets into the walls and ceiling of his Tennessee home when his aggressive dogs started barking wildly. At the moment they started barking the 71-year-old was in the middle of a romp-session with his 34-year-old wife Janice, according to Newsweek. '[He] thought he heard a movement in the crawl space under our bedroom and in the attic,' Janice said in a statement to the FBI. 'He then fired his gun into both areas.'

Videos

  • This Week in Education, 4.5min. This Week in Education. Featuring teacher Sharmane Parham of Forest Home Methodist School and Telesforo Paquil of St. Peter Claver R.C. School.

  • Fryjacks from Belize, 2.5min. Fry jacks are a traditional dish in the Belizean cuisine. They are deep fried dough pieces served as a breakfast or dinner item, my 4yr old sister had fun making festive fryjacks today, after all there is an art in making fryjack.

  • Young, brilliant minds to shape our future!, 3min. In our third Universal Children's Day video, Aejalee Thurton, a student of Belize High School, interviews the Rt. Reverend Bishop Philip Wright, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese.

  • Men on Violence against Women, 30min.

  • Public Service Workers Trust, 25min.

  • Lineated woodpecker, 1/2min. today's visitor to the yard

  • CARICOM Regional Commission on Marijuana, 6min. Antigua & Barbuda, Guyana, St. Vincent & the Grenadines are among the first countries to host CARICOM’s Regional Commission on Marijuana; and on Thursday, November 23rd, Belize welcomed the group to host National Consultations on the widely-debated Cannabis plant. Here’s what we learnt…

  • Inauguration of Sporting Complex in Punta Gorda, 4min. The Residents of Punta Gorda Town officially inaugurated their new Sporting Complex on Friday, November 17th, and our Belize Now team was there to witness the event.

  • Inauguration ceremony at the Our Lady of Guadalupe RC Primary School, 4min. On Wednesday, November 23rd, the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture along with the Social Investment Fund held an inauguration ceremony at the Our Lady of Guadalupe RC Primary School in Altamira Village, Corozal. The ceremony, marking the completion of a $1.2million dollars school expansion project, was in celebration and gratitude for the new model Pre-School Building and an extensive extension to the Primary School Building on the Compound.

  • Tourists robbed in downtown Belize City, 1/2min.

  • Country Foods Belize Ad, 1min.

  • Loving Belize 10 Tourist Advice, Education, Punta Gorda, Belize City, San Pedro Co, 33min. This is a special dedicated to showing you just what Belize has to offer its children. In this of Loving Belize, you are taken to Punta Gorda to met 95 year old musical artist Paul Nabor, a man with an amazing life story who has traveled . Welcome to 6 of the documentary series Loving Belize. In this you are taken on a fishing adventure with Little Kitchen Adventure tours with .

  • Conheça o Coral Caye Belize, 1min. eu sonho de viver momentos inesquecíveis em uma ilha privativa pode se tornar realidade. Produto que faz parte do The Family Coppola Hideaways

  • Belize Vacation 2017, 3min.

  • Police Check Point Talk Show November 28, 60min.


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