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The San Pedro Sun

Minister of National Security meets with San Pedro BTIA
The crime situation on Ambergris Caye was discussed on Thursday, April 26th, during a meeting between the Ministry of National Security and the San Pedro Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (SP BTIA). Held at the conference room of the Sunbreeze Hotel, some of the topics discussed included the increase in tourism police, foot patrols, and police personnel on the island, 24-hour police manned substations, the introduction of a water-taxi boat manifest, better lighting on the roads, reducing gun-related issues and gang violence.

9- A-Side Football Tournament continues
San Pedro Sports Committee's (SPSC) 9-A-Side Football Tournament continued this weekend at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. During the second week of the tournament, seven matches were played in three different categories, which include: Under-13 (U-13), Under-15 (U-15) and the female category. Games continue this weekend, starting on Friday, May 4that 7PM with U-13 teams. San Pedro Pirates going against San Mateo F.C, followed by Los Catrachitos versus Atletico Madrid in the U-15 Category. The last match will feature Island Warriors #1 and Island Warriors #2 in the female category. The following day, Saturday, May 5th the last set of matches will be played, beginning with San Mateo F.C taking on Larubeya F.C in the U-15 category, and finishing in the female category with SPHS versus Ambergris Combined Force. All islanders are invited to come out and enjoy a fun weekend of football.

SP BTIA asks PUC to help resolve water supply issues in San Pedro Town
The San Pedro Belize Tourism Industry Association (SP BTIA) has issued a letter to the Public Utilities Commission requesting resolution between the two water service companies on Ambergris Caye, stating that for the last decade the island has been subject to extremely low to no water pressure not only during peak tourism season but is now becoming the norm in San Pedro Town. The two companies, Belize Water Service Limited (BWSL) and Consolidated Water Belize Limited (CWBL) each claim that the other company is at fault when it comes to the inadequate supply of water. In a long-term binding contract (2004-2026) it was agreed that BWSL would distribute water produced by CWBL to San Pedro Town and surrounding areas on Ambergris Caye.

Ambergris Today

Belize Participates In The Central American Council Of Tourism Ministers Meeting For Sustainable Tourism
Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, led an official delegation on April 27th to April 29th, 2018 to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to participate in the CVII Ordinary Meeting of the Central American Council of Tourism Ministers (C.C.T., for its Spanish equivalent), as well as the LI Ordinary Meeting of the Central American Tourism Promotion Agency (C.A.T.A., for its Spanish equivalent). Main areas of focus were the further development and promotion of intra-regional and multi-destination tourism within the Central American region, as well as, alignment of the region's tourism development agenda with the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Public Utilities Commission Approves Electricity Rate Increase
The price of everything is going up, fuel, butane, there was tax implementation on internet data and now electricity rates are going up. To add insult to injury the Statistical Institute of Belize is claiming that the cost of living is down! On a press release dated Wednesday, April 4, 2018, The Belize Electricity Limited announced that it had made its submission to the Public Utilities Commission requesting a change in electricity rates for the Annual Tariff Period July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. This request for a change in electricity rate is a result of increase in the cost of power purchased from power producers.

Misc Belizean Sources


CCRIF Scholarship Programme: Provides scholarships to individuals to pursue a masters degree in hazard/disaster related disciplines at Caribbean universities (other than UWI) as well as institutions the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. Deadline May 31, 2018. . CCRIF-UWI Scholarship Programm, Provides scholarships to students at UWI for undergraduate and post-graduate study in fields such as natural resource management, climate change, meteorology, geography/geology and civil/environmental engineering

Mrs. Ofelia Graniel passes away
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its sincere condolences to the Graniel family and friends on the passing of Mrs. Ofelia Graniel. May you all find the strength in each other to over come this loss. May her soul rest in peace. Funeral services are scheduled for today, May 3, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. at the San Pedro R.C. Church.

Belize Lobster Festivals 2018
Are you ready? Get ready! San Pedro Lobster Festival, Caye Caulker Lobster Fest and Placencia Lobsterfest, Belize planning time!

Power outage scheduled for portion Cayo District from 7:00am to 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 6th
To affect Unitedville to Arenal including Benque Viejo, San Ignacio, Santa Elena, Duck Run 1 & 2, Billy White, Georgeville, Central Farm, Esperanza, San Miguel, Cristo Rey, San Antonio, Santa Cruz, Bullet Tree Falls, Branch Mouth, Santa Familia, Calla Creek, Corozalito, Succotz and surrounding areas. BEL to conduct maintenance and testing of all equipment at the Mollejon Substation.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of Apr. 23rd thru Apr. 29th, 2018
A couple of days this week we experienced northeast winds when the fishery emptied a bit and created some tough fishing conditions. Everyone was able to land bonefish, but the tarpon and permit proved to be more difficult. Susan, Jake and Sara all managed to land their "first ever" bonefish and have vowed to come back and do it again.

World Press Freedom Day
Happy World Press Freedom Day to our Belizean press corps! "On World Press Freedom Day, we renew our commitment to promoting and protecting a free press -- an essential pillar of #democracy, and we honor journalists who have dedicated their lives to promote #transparency and #accountability throughout the world." -Secretary Pompeo

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Black Panther, Samson, The 15:17 to Paris, Pocahontas

San Antonio Women's Group
"A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform." - Diane Mariechild The organization that I am about to describe perfectly represents Marichild's above statement. The San Antonio Women's group has made a name for themselves through perseverance and hard work. Located relatively at the western entrance of San Antonio Village beside the United Pentecostal School, the organization of women continues to be a source of pride for our community. They are a true representation of women's power to create and transform; from a moderately unorganized group of family and friends they grew into a firmly planned entity.

Ministry of Health Benefits from Donation of Equipment to Support Vector Control Efforts in Belize
This morning, at a small ceremony held at the Ministry of Health conference room in Belmopan, various vector control equipment was officially handed over to the Ministry of Health by the Government of the United Kingdom. The donations were made possible through a partnership established with several Caribbean countries, including Belize, Public Health England, and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), to support vector control efforts. Three major outputs were agreed upon after that visit to specifically assist in strengthening surveillance and outbreak response in high-risk areas for Dengue and Zika: The piloting of an Aedes Mosquito Surveillance Program supported through the procurement of 30 Android-based tablets ...

Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, led an official delegation on April 27th to April 29th, 2018 to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to participate in the CVII Ordinary Meeting of the Central American Council of Tourism Ministers (C.C.T., for its Spanish equivalent), as well as the LI Ordinary Meeting of the Central American Tourism Promotion Agency (C.A.T.A., for its Spanish equivalent). Main areas of focus were the further development and promotion of intra-regional and multi-destination tourism within the Central American region, as well as, alignment of the region's tourism development agenda with the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mary Hill's Grand Annual Maypole Fair2018
Sunday May 13, 10am. Get Involved!

"Sparks" of Joy for Tapir Day
The Belize Zoo had their Tapir Day celebration over the weekend. They named the new baby 'Sparks,' and it fits perfectly. "We had a blast with lots of tapir themed fun, and, of course, the big reveal of the unbelievably enchanting baby tapir: SPARKS! At just three weeks old, and now weighing an impressive 30 pounds, little Sparks boldly follows mamma Navidad around inspecting every inch of his home, and does not shy away from his many fans.

BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge
Follow along and keep updated with the upcoming BTB-Love Belize Sea Challenge!

OCEANA E-Newslettter April 2018
Check out the latest edition of our Newsletter to see what we've been up to since the year began! You might even spot yourself in there!

BECOME A PARTNER: Ya'axch� Conservation Trust
Collaborate with us in working toward a shared vision. Partnerships allow us to have a greater impact in southern Belize. A very good example of a successful longstanding partnership is the one we have with the world's oldest conservation organization, Fauna & Flora International, who has been working with us since 1998. Discover how you can support our work by partnering with us.

Channel 7

Four Shot in Front of Chinese Store
Tonight, specialized Police operational units have city's gang hotspots on a tight leash after a night of wild gun violence in the Eastern Division last night. Five people were shot in the city - and there was a brazen attempt on a police officer's life in Burrell Boom. Fortunately, no one was killed - but four persons were injured in an attack that has shades of a mass shooting. It happened on Faber's Road just before 8:00 where two young men pulled up at a crowded Chinese Store and one of them just opened fire on a group of regular folks just lining up to buy. Cell phone video captured what happened next - and Courtney Weatherburne has the story:..

Pregnant Alley Preyed on Angel
But that wasn't the first shooting of the night in the city. The gunplay started at around 7:00 when 25 year old Hugh "Angel" Thomas Jr was driving his red Isuzu Trooper on Orange Street. That's the turf of the Taylor's Alley Gang - and just as he was passing Pregnant Alley a man strode out and opened fire on him. Police told us more: ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC, CIB, Eastern Divisio:n "Police visited the Karl Heuser Memorial Hospital where they observe a male person by the name of Hugh Thomas, a 25 years old Belizean suffering from a gunshot wound to the left side of his back. What police had gathered so far that Mr. Thomas was driving his vehicle on Cemetery Road heading towards Albert Street and whilst approaching Pregnant Alley a male person came out from the alley and fired several shots at his direction causing the above-mentioned injuries. He was admitted last night and he was treated and later discharged from the hospital. So far no one has been detained but police have taken 2 persons for questioning in regards to this shooting."

Police Take In Six Suspects In Taylor's Alley
And Taylor's Alley is one of the areas where police cracked down hard today in response to last night's violence. As we understand it, the Commander of Operations has launched a joint operations with all units and branches to reign in rival gangs in the city. This morning they were in Taylor's Alley where 6 persons were detained pending investigation into last night's shooting of Hugh Thomas, Jr. In the alley, Police also found a four foot tall marijuana plant which was uprooted and removed.

Walks Into Police Station, Opens Fire
Just as police were responding to those shootings last night in Belize City, there was another very disturbing one in Burrell Boom Village. A man tried to kill an on-duty police officer inside the Village Police Sub-station. It appeared as though the gunman had no reason to target the officer, other than trying to hurt him or worse. Daniel Ortiz has that story: This police station compound was the scene of a strange but deadly attack on an on-duty police officer. Fortunately, he escaped unharmed.

PUP Give Green Light To Gilroy, "Brakes" Candice
Last week we told you about the tensions building in the PUP around a contested convention for Port Loyola Standard Bearer. Newcomer and newly elected councillor Dr. Candice Pitts threw in her hat to challenge Standard Bearer Gilroy Usher Sr - who has been working in the division since 2011. Usher came close to beating the UDP incumbent in the 2015 general election - and it is widely believed that after years of chipping away - he could finally tip the scales in the next general election and win the division that the UDP has held since 2003.

City Administrator Faces Council Caucus Firing Line
And, this afternoon at the Belize City Council, it was another Candice - in this case, Candice Miller, the embattled City Administrator who was at the center of the controversy. We are told she made an appearance before the Council Caucus led by Mayor Bernard Wagner for a disciplinary hearing. Miller and her attorney, Magali Perdomo, made an appearance before the council, and at around 4 p.m. this evening, they exited, refusing all requests from the awaiting media for comment.

Man Gets Free on 2012 Businessman Murder
It was a high profile murder back in 2012 when businessman Jermaine McNab was killed inside his hardware store in Belize City. But, today, almost exactly 6 years later, the man accused of his crime walked free - acquitted of murder in a trial without jury. Anthony Carballo Junior - who was just 18 when he was first charged - walked free as a 24 year old today. The prosecution was forced to close its case after Carballo said that his confession statement was given after police tasered him. Justice Colin Williams ruled the caution statement inadmissible.

Garcia Got A Gun
Last night as they scrambled to contain any violence in response to the shooting, Police recovered a .380 pistol and arrested a man for it. 24 year old Nisani Daniel Garcia has been charged with kept unlicensed firearm and kept unlicensed ammunition. Police say that at 8:30 they responded to a shooting incident on Saint Jude's Street in the Back-A-Town area. They found Garcia stooping down at the back of the house, and then discovered a 380 Ruger pistol under a cement block about 10 feet from him. In court, Garcia pleaded not guilty to kept firearm and ammunition without a license. He was denied bail and remanded until July 12, 2018.

Charged For Killing Father-in-Law
Jose Ricardo Mendoza has been charged for the San Pedro killing of his father in law, Gaspar Vargas. They were hanging out, drinking but had a misunderstanding and Mendoza allegedly stabbed Vargas to the stomach. The report is that they had a history of disputes, but on Monday it ended it murder. Police told us more. ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC, CIB, Eastern Division: "The first stabbing incident happened in San Pedro, that was on Monday the 30th of April sometime after 2:00 pm San Pedro police visited the San Pedro Polyclinic where they observed Mr. Gaspar Vargas a Belizean unemployed of the San Mateo area suffering from an apparent stab wound to the center of his stomach. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the polyclinic..."

Why Was Owen Killed?
Police are looking for two Hattieville residents in connection with Owen Mcfoy's killing. He was gunned down on Tuesday night while he was watching a basketball game. At this time police say they don't have a motive. ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC, CIB, Eastern Division: "The investigation is pointing out that sometime earlier in the night, the deceased was socializing with family members and neighbors outside of the yard, they were watching a basketball game when suddenly they were approached by a male person who fired in their direction causing the fatal injuries to Mr. Mcfoy."

Police Have No Suspect For Williams Shooting
Did a gunman try to silence murder witness Jason Williams in Dangriga ? Police could not confirm this but Williams was a witness to the 2016 murder of Gerald "SHINEY" Tillett. And, on Tuesday night, he escaped with minor injuries after a gunman targetted him while he was gambling in a yard. Police told us more. ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC, CIB, Eastern Division: "Police visited number 24 Gumagarugu road where they observed Jason Williams suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the left side of shoulder, what police received from him is that he was socializing inside a yard along with two other persons when a person jumped the fence and fired several shots in their direction causing the injuries."

All Three Cell Breakers Re-Captured
They had three weeks of freedom, but now all three prisoners who escaped from the Corozal cellblock have been recaptured. 19 year old Johnito Matus was captured two weeks ago, and now Austin Sutherland and Marvin Pec have been picked up in Orange Walk. Police told us more today:... ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC, CIB, Eastern Division: "Reference the 2 escape prisoners from Corozal on yesterday's date at about 10pm they were captured in the burying ground in Orange Walk Town. As a result this morning Corozal police arrested and charged 2 of them Austin Sutherland and Marvin Pech for the crime of escape and damaged to property."

Keeping Mosquitoes In Check
The Ministry of Health will benefit from thirty thousand dollars' worth of vector control equipment donated by the British Government. The handing over was held this morning at the Ministry of Health Conference room - where the Director of the Vector Control Unit explained how the equipment will be used to curb mosquito borne diseases:... Kim Bautista, CO - Vector Control Unit: "We'll be piloting a project in Cayo, Orange walk and Corozal Districts where we'll be using a mobile base platform android base tablet. Using a collector app and incorporated with GIS to basically work in most of our major urban areas for the collection of data regarding infestation levels of AEDES mosquitos. What that will enable us to do is have real time data on what our primary target areas. By so doing, we'll be able to mobilize resources more efficiently..."

Belizeans Busted in Salvador With Big Bucks
Three Belizeans were stopped at the Monseñor Romero Airport in El Salvador for not declaring tens of thousands of US dollars in cash. They are Marlon Alberto Valle, Jessy Grabiel Ojeda, and Deymy Vanessa Rodríguez. Ojeda was born in Cayo while Rodriguez and Valle are naturalized Belizeans originally from Honduras. They were caught along with a Guatemalan. According to the report of the Office of the Prosecutor, they carried an approximate ten thousand dollars each. The names of the three other people were not disclosed.

ICJ - Public Opinion Divided
So, the Guatemalans said "yes" to the ICJ on April 15th, and next year on April 10th - Belizeans will get to have their say. Nationally, it's an existential decision that requires lots of reflection. But today on Albert Street, we found quite a few who already knew what they wanted. Sahar Vasquez has more:... Wednesday, April 10, 2019, is the day you will get to vote on this question. The vote will either be yes or no and today we found out that quite a few Belizeans actually want to go the ICJ court in Hague, Netherlands to settle this centuries-old dispute.

Educating About Health
AS you just saw in that extended commercial break, it's Education Month and to kick off the education festivities in Belize City a Community Health Fair was held. It was about educating the community on health. We stopped by and found out more. Darlene Lozano, Education Officer: "This is an event organized by the Belize District Education centre. It is the community health fair. We have invited fourteen different organizations. Both government and non-government to promote a healthy lifestyle, to spread an awareness of how to prevent illnesses and also for us to identify some of the symptoms. It is to help us to live a healthier lifestyle."

Understanding Agroecology
The Ya'axché Conservation Trust in southern Belize has partnered with Professor Jose Ruben Sanchez, a renowned plant genetic resources specialist from Cuba to pioneer an area called agroecology. It's all about climate smart farming practices and the protection of nature while getting a yield from crops. Thirty-five farmers and fifteen agriculture extension officers participated in last week's training session - and here's what they learned:

Sharon's Superstitious
Media personality Sharon Marin-Lewis is trying her hand at writing, and she has published her first book. It's called "Superstition: A Belizean Snapshot", and as the name suggests, it takes a look at some of the cultural superstitions that have persisted in Belizean society. Right now, her new book is being launched at the Image Art Factory in Belize City, and she's hoping that readers will pick it up to look up some of the enduring local myths that Belizeans still faithfully believe in.

Channel 5

Caught on Camera: 4 Shot by Gunmen Posing as Chinese Store Customers
News of a shooting incident on Faber's Road spread quickly across Belize City on Wednesday night, when it was discovered that three men had been injured while standing in front [...]

Ambush on Pregnant Alley Ascribed to Gang Rivalry
Just a few minutes before the daring assault on a group of men at Win Kee Saloon, Belize City police were busy securing a crime scene on Cemetery Road.� A [...]

Policeman Survives Hail of Bullets at Burrell Boom Station
The rash of shootings overnight was not limited to the Old Capital, as gun violence also found its way to Burrell Boom Village.� This time, however, the intended target was [...]

Killer of Owen McFoy Still at Large
A criminal investigation into the Labour Day murder of Owen McFoy, in the Windmill community of Hattieville, continues tonight, despite police not being able to make an arrest.� The thirty-year-old [...]

Ricardo Mendoza Charged for Murder of Father-in-law
Thirty-five-year-old Ricardo Mendoza remains in police custody, following the vicious stabbing of his father-in-law in San Pedro on Monday afternoon.� The pair had been known to have a troubled relationship [...]

Jason Williams Survives Shooting Attempt in Dangriga
Jason Williams, a resident of Dangriga, was lucky to have escaped with his life on Tuesday night when a gunman let loose a hail of bullets at him.� He did [...]

Candice Pitts Out of P.U.P. Port Loyola Race; She Lashes Out
It is now official: the People's United Party is continuing with businessman Gilroy Usher, Senior, as standard bearer in the Port Loyola division. Usher had been facing a challenge from [...]

Candice Miller Back to City Hall But Will She Keep Her Job?
Candice Miller was back at City Hall this afternoon, attorney Magalie Perdomo in tow. She spent upwards of a few hours in what appeared to be a closed-door session with [...]

Teachers Weigh Response to Salary Deduction Threat
News Five has confirmed with the Belize National Teachers' Union that there is an intention by school managements to dock a day's pay for teachers, between five and seven hundred [...]

Businessman's Accused Murderer in 2012 Acquitted
He was just eighteen when he was incarcerated for the murder of businessman Jerminie McNab at his store, Mobile Hardware, in Belize City. But today, Anthony Carballo Junior was adjudged [...]

Nisani Garcia Held for Unlicensed Weapon
Twenty-four-year-old Nisani Garcia was found with a loaded point three-eighty pistol in the area of Saint Jude's Street on Wednesday night by police responding to a shooting incident. Today, he [...]

Maya Mopan Village Complains About Logging by Neighboring Villager
There is concern by villagers in Maya Mopan, Stann Creek where for some time now, persons from neighboring Santa Maria Village have been illegally logging in the area. Today, Alcalde [...]

Who Re-Surveyed Village's Farm Land?
Alcalde Constancio Teul says that he is also reaching out to the Ministry of Natural Resources because two plots of land in Maya Mopan Village, where the illegal logging has [...]

On World Press Freedom Day, the Legacy of Philip S.W. Goldson
Today, Belize joins the rest of the world to commemorate World Press Freedom Day. May third is a day used to raise awareness of the importance of�freedom of the press [...]

Discussing Experts to CARICOM
Earlier this week, BELTRAIDE's Export Belize and the Directorate General for Foreign Trade held a roundtable meeting with private sector enterprises to share their experiences in exporting to CARICOM with [...]

Health Fair Opens Education Showcase
Health and education are not normally paired together, unless it's a subject in school. But the Belize District Education Center is kicking off the Education Showcase held every May by [...]

Healthy Living: Challenging the Chronic Lung Condition, Asthma
World Asthma Day is celebrated on May first. But what is really known about it? It's a lung condition that can be caused by any number of conditions. Healthy Living [...]


Three Men Robbed Chinese In Corozal
Yesterday afternoon three armed robbers targeted a Chinese store downtown Corozal. Shortly before 4:00pm, a female Chinese businesswoman and her 13 year old son were inside their establishment Chang Fa Restaurant and Bar located on Park Street North in Corozal Town, when three men wearing caps but no masks entered pretending to buy a juice. One of them, a tall male person of dark complexion then took out a firearm which appeared to be a 9mm gun, while one of the two other men of Hispanic descent took out a knife.

Ex-fugitives Plea Guilty to Escape At Corozal Magistrate's Court
This afternoon the two men who were on the run since April 11th after they pulled off a head-scratching escape from the Police Station's cell block #3 were back in court after they were caught in Orange Walk Town yesterday, Wednesday May 2nd. According to the Police, the men were spotted at one of the cemeteries in Orange Walk Town and the information was passed to the Police. The authorities acted quickly and cordoned the area before moving in to detain the wanted men.

Ambassador Alexis Rosado Says AG Should Respond To Chamber's Concern
The Chamber of Commerce has still not received a formal response to the concerns raised in multiple letters written to senior Government officials including the Prime Minister. Those concerns have to do with whether it has been unconstitutional for hundreds of Guatemalan citizens to be granted Belizean nationality, on the basis that they have signed a renunciation form in Belize. The belief is that they have given up their Guatemalan citizenship, but apparently that may be not be so, because the renunciation forms are not recognized in Guatemala and therefore the individuals could still be considered Guatemalans under their laws. It's a touchy issue that involves international and constitutional law, but even more so because with the ICJ referendum coming up next year the fear is that Guatemalan nationals can end up voting if they have obtained voter's IDs in Belize on the basis of their Belizean nationality.

Three Belizeans Charged For Money Laundering In El Salvador
Three Belizean nationals are tonight behind bars in El Salvador after they were caught with a large amount of money at an airport in that country. Reports from Salvadoran news 'La Pagina' indicates that the Attorney General's Office in El Salvador today ordered the capture of seven foreigners at the 'Monse�or �scar Arnulfo Romero airport' for the crime of special cases of money laundering. Among those detained were Marlon Alberto Valle, Jessy Gabriel Ojeda and Deymy Vanessa Rodr�guez, all of Belizean Nationality along with Abraham Felipe from Guatemala.

Belizeans To Pay More For Electricity
Tonight, we can confirm that electricity rates will be going up. In the beginning of April, we told you about a request made by Belize Electricity Limited to take up electricity rates. At the time, B.E.L. attributed the proposed rise to an increase in the cost of power purchased from producers and proposed an increase of seven-point one percent in the Mean Electricity Rate from the current 36.9 cents per kilowatt hour to 39.5 cents for July 2018 to July 2019.


Health fair held to encourage healthy lifestyle

onth under the theme "Literacy: A Ladder to Learning and Earning". Today, the Belize District Education Center is holding a health fair as a part of this month's activities. Love news was there and spoke with Darlene Lozano, Education Officer who spoke about the fair and the other activities �

NATS attendance decreased this year
The number of people who attended the National Agriculture and Trade Show this past weekend totaled 37,461. It is a decrease of 927 when compared to last year. The National Agriculture and Trade Show Committee attributes this decreases to the sustained social media campaign disseminating false information aimed at discouraging attendance at the show. This �

Tourism Minister attends regional meeting
Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia Jr., was in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic along with a delegation for the Ordinary Meeting of the Central American Council of Tourism Ministers. The regional meeting focused on the promotion of the Central American region as a multi-hub tourism destination. The Ministers also discussed how their regional goal �

BELTRAIDE is celebrating "National Competitiveness Month"
This month BELTRAIDE is celebrating National Competitiveness Month and will be holding several activities with the aim of improving Belize's competitiveness. The Export to CARICOM Roundtable was the first event which was held yesterday. Love news spoke with Melanie Gideon, the General Manager of BELTRAIDE, who said that the roundtable was a success. Melanie Gideon �

Candice Miller and attorney meet with CITCO

inistrator Candice Miller. Reports are that the council voted in favor to terminate Miller. Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: "That is an internal caucus matter, I cannot say yes to it or no to it but it is an internal matter �

No arrest in Dangriga Shooting
Meanwhile police in Dangriga continue to investigate the shooting that happened on the night of Tuesday May 1. Around seven o'clock Jason Williams was shot in the left side of his shoulder. ASP Cowo says no one has been detained so far. ASP Alejandro Cowo, CIB: "Sometime after 7:30 PM Police visited #24 Guamagarugu Rd. where �

Two sought for Mcfoy murder
Police are looking for two men from Hattieville Village as they continue to investigate the shooting death of Owen Eugene Mcfoy. The 30-year-old man was shot several times around nine o'clock on Tuesday night while he socialized with family and friends at a neighbor's house in the Windmill Area of Hattieville Village. Police say the �

Jose Mendoza Charged with killing his father-in-law
San Pedro Police have charged Jose Ricardo Mendoza for the stabbing death of his father-in-law Gaspar Vargas. The two reportedly got into a misunderstanding on the afternoon of April 30th and Mendoza is accused of stabbing Vargas in the center of his stomach. Police say by the time officers responded Vargas had been taken to �

What's in store for Belize ICJ referendum campaign?
Cabinet has set April 10, 2019 as the day that Belizeans will vote whether or not to take the dispute to the ICJ. According to Ambassador Rosado, the campaign is expected to intensify. Alexis Rosado, Belize Ambassador to Guatemala: "As you know we had a public awareness campaign ongoing since 2012 really when a referendum �

Electricity will increase by 4.4%
Consumers will soon see an increase in their electricity bill as a result of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approving a four point four percent increase in electricity. On April 1, Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) in their Annual Review Proceeding (ARP) requested an increase to the electricity rate from thirty-six dollars and ninety-nine cents per �

Belize's Ambassador to Guatemala addresses BCCI's concerns
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has written to the Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, with respect to the renunciation process that Guatemalan go through in order to acquire Belizean citizenship. The BCCI is of the view that the process is flawed and Guatemalans do not truly renounce their Guatemalan citizenship, especially since no similar action is taken in Guatemalan �

Belizeans arrested in El Salvador
According to a report from the Financial Investigation Unit in El Salvador, people from Belize, Honduras and Guatemala have been detained at the Monsignor Romero International Airport, for the crime of money laundering. According to the authorities �

Mayor Bernard Wagner speaks of Micah Goodin's outburst
It seems that Belize City PUP Councilor Micah Goodin has gone rogue. The newly elected councilor spoke against Mayor Bernard Wagner in a Facebook post claiming that Mayor Bernard does not listen and take advice. It is in this light that Goodin says he lost all confidence in the Mayor. Goodwin contemplated resigning saying that quote �

Armed gunman ambushes police officer in Burrell Boom Substation
There was an attack upon a police officer last night in Burrell Boom Village. A brazen, lone gunman walked into the police substation compound and fired at an officer who was on duty at the time. ASP Cowo spoke of what investigators have gathered on this case so far. �

Police believe Cemetery Road shooting is gang related
Just before the shooting on Fabers Road in Belize City, one Hugh Thomas was shot sometime after seven o'clock in the night while driving. ASP Cowo says that they have reason to believe that the shooting was gang related. ASP Alejandro Cowo, CIB: "Sometime after 7PM police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they observed a male person by the name of Hugh Thomas �

Four injured in shooting incident in Belize City; images caught on camera
Police are still trying to determine the motive behind the shooting incident that left three men and a woman hospitalized. That incident took place on Wednesday night shortly before eight o'clock at a Chinese store on Faber's Road �

PUP decides to endorse Gilroy Usher for Port Loyola; Candice Pitts vex
Gilroy Usher Sr., can breathe easier tonight after he received a letter from the People's United Party, indicating that he would be endorsed rather than face Dr. Candice Pitts in a convention for Port Loyola. In the letter, the PUP's Secretary General Linsford Castillo tells Usher that the party's Vetting Committee believes he is the best candidate to run in the division �


Owen McFoy murdered in Hattieville
Police are investigating another murder. On Tuesday May 1st, at about nine p.m., police were called to the Windmill Area of Hattieville Village due to a shooting that happened there. Owen Mcfoy had been shot several times to the body. Police say that McFoy was in a yard in Hattieville along with ot...

Man shot in Dangriga
There was another shooting in Dangriga, the third in a week. This victim has survived, however. According to police reports, sometime after 7 p.m., 32 year old Jason Williams was shot. Police say that Williams was socializing with some friends inside a yard on Isla Road when they heard two gunshots....

Man chopped in Maya Mopan
A police constable was brutally attacked in Belmopan by four men; two of the men chopped the officer to the head and foot. On Sunday, 27 year old police constable Brian Shal was attacked and chopped near his home in Maya Mopan while walking home with two of his cousins. According to Shal, they were...

Belmopan Squatters moving
Over the Labor Day holiday, squatters in the Belmopan Heights Area behind Doyle's Delight street began to dismantle the structures they had built on the reserve land . The squatters were spotted by residents of the area several weeks ago and were reported to authorities. The Belmopan City Council a...

Guatemalan using river to enter Belize drowns
A Guatemalan national using the Mopan River to enter Belize drowned. The drowning incident occurred on Labor Day in the Cayo District. According to police reports, 78 year old Juan Antonio Segura, a Guatemalan resident of Melchor de Mencos, had crossed over to Belize via the Mopan River. Police say ...

House fire on Cran Street
There was a house fire in Belize City on Labor Day as well. Sometime before 9 o'clock in the morning, a house situated at number 25 Cran Street was on fire. The fire started in the upper flat of the green and yellow two storey building. The fire was extinguished by personnel from the Fire Departmen...

A third PUP hopeful for Belmopan Constituency
Oscar Mira is throwing his hat into the political ring. With his extensive experience and knowledge in the field of National Security, having served in the Belize Defense Force for over two decades, Mira believes he is the candidate of choice to represent the residents of Belmopan. He is the third P...

COLA issues warning to GOB over ICJ Campaign
As we have reported, the date for Belize's referendum on whether or not to take the Guatemalan Territorial Dispute to the Internationl Court of Justice has been set for April 10, 2019. Government made the announcement on Monday and said via its press release that they will be stepping up campaigns on educating citizens ...

Belize City criminals targeting other districts in robberies
A Belize City resident has been charged in connection to A UNO gas station robbery that occurred last week. As we reported in last week's Monday news cast, a UNO Gas Station was robbed in San Ignacio. A witness pulled out his phone camera and captured the two robbers running from the UNO gas station ...

Customs Broker caught trafficking Cannabis
Corozal police have arrested a Customs Broker for a large quantity of marijuana. Early in the morning on May 1st, sometime after 3 a.m., police were conducting patrol on 7th Avenue in Corozal Town when saw 25 year old Javier Patrick Myers sitting in front of the bus terminal. Myers had a knapsack on his back, which police searched ...

Teen charged for Drug Trafficking
An 18 year old has been charged with Drug Trafficking. On Monday afternoon, police were conducting patrol on North Front Street when the saw 18 year old Shemaud Nunez. According to police, Nunez was walking on the sidewalk with a plastic bag in his hand ...

More Drug Trafficking arrests
Two persons were also arrested by Corozal police for Drug Trafficking. Police say that at 5:15 a.m., on Labor Day, they searched the residence of 18 year old Francis Chan, and found eight thousand and ninety grams of cannabis ...

9 MM Uzi Gun found
In the north of the country, Corozal police conducted operations on Labor Day. The officers searched an abandoned house in the Dominguez Layout area, which lead to the discovery of a 9mm Uzi pistol ...

Inmates Cleaning Belize City
Today, inmates from the Belize Central Prison partnered with Eastern Division Police Officers and the Region One community members to clean overgrown lots in Belize City that will be used for sporting activities. So far, the prison inmates have cleared lots in the Log wood area, Moya area and Mayflower Street ...

Twenty-one students from Belmopan graduated from a one day Doula Warriors Birth and Educational training held at the Western Regional Hospital today. Participants were trained to become Advanced Doulas and Lactation Consultants ...

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Wagner puts bukut on senior citizens - no more discounts
Last Thursday, Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner came down hard like a ton of bricks on the heads of the Belize City Property Owners. The hardest hit group amongst the property owners were the Senior Citizens. According to Wagner's pronouncements, the Belize City Council will no longer be affording any more discounts on property taxes. Prior to this announcement, the Belize City Council used to give discounts to property owners, as an incentive for them to pay. Back then the seniors were given a special discount on the property where they lived. For the senior citizens, the discount was like a Godsend, because those seniors are either on a fixed pension, or they depend on the generosity of relatives, or they live on the little rent they collect, or they live on a combination of two or more of the ways we've described.

Micah will not apologize to his Mayor Bernard Wagner or the PUP
We were elected on the platform of social infrastructure but the Mayor has apparently abandoned that ideology only days after tasting power. Strong words, but the post was taken down when Goodin's Facebook page was deactivated and he went into hiding. No one can and has been able to contact him. That is until Tuesday when Goodin contacted the administrator of NBZLive, Rhenea Nunez asking her to take down a post she had made about the entire situation. In the post Nunez said the relationship between Goodin and Wagner soured after Wagner refused to sponsor an event that Goodin was planning for the Fort George Constituency. Additionally NBZLive speculated of some sexual misconduct by Goodin against an employee of the council.

$80 million for Caracol Road upgrade
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has made an initial decision on an application by the Belize Electricity Limited for an increase in electricity rates. In a release the PUC noted that in its initial decision the PUC has approved a Mean Electricity Rate (MER) of $0.3862 per kilowatt-hour, representing a 4.40% increase in the MER. The current MER is $0.3699 per kilowatt-hour). The release continues to explain that the Commission approved various adjustments to Cost of Power, Regulated Asset Value (RAV) and other Regulated Values approved for the Full Tariff Period of July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2020.

Owen Mcfoy succumbs to gunshot injuries
On Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at about 9:20 p.m., Hattieville Police visited the Windmill Area in Hattieville. Upon arrival at the area, they observed Owen Mcfoy suffering from several apparent gunshot wounds to the body. Mcfoy was transported to the KHMH where he succumbed to his injuries on arrival. Initial investigation reveals that Mcfoy had gone to visit a neighbor who lives in front of him and was returning home with he was approached by a male person who fired several shots at him, causing the fatal injuries. Police are investigating.

Where did he come from?
Another thing that came out of last Thursday's press conference was the confirmation that Hubert Pipersburgh has been hired as the ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER at the Belize City Council. In layman's terms he is the PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER. Pipersburgh is a Belizean who lived in the USA for about 25years. We are not sure at what point he returned to Belize to live or what were the circumstances that caused him to be back home, but what we do know is that when he lived in the USA, he was not one of those Belizeans who spoke highly of Belize or the prospect of returning to Belize.

Howell Gillett works with Inmates to clear lots
In his continued effort of improving citizen security, the Director of Eastern Division Region One, Sr. Spt. Howell Gillett has gone on the task of clearing lots. A total of three lots between Logwood, Moya, and Mayflower streets were cleared with the help of inmates from the Belize Central Prison. These cleared lots will be used by the different communities. One use will be the playing of football and as a result, footballs and football equipment were donated to the areas.

United States Embassy opens its doors to 4-H youths
In Celebration of Earth Day last week, students and teachers from the National 4-H Youth Development Center in Belmopan were given a tour of the United States Embassy. Leading the charge for the tour was Charg� d'Affaires Adrienne Galanek, who also took time to make presentations to students. A statement from the public affairs section at the United States Embassy states: "we welcomed students from Belmopan's National 4-H Youth Development Center. American diplomats and our Belizean colleagues took the students on a STEAM tour of the Embassy, explaining the science and technology behind our IT, air conditioning, and water treatment systems, xeriscaping, our solar panels, and various art pieces around the Embassy."

48th National Agriculture Show held in Belmopan
Belize's 48th National Agriculture and Trade Show was successfully held on April 27th, 28th and 29th; bringing thousands together on a "Let's Get Growing" agenda. Once a year Belizeans from across the Country come together to appreciate our farmers and learn about agriculture. On Friday, three prominent farmers were awarded at the National Show Grounds for pursuing a life of bringing food to the Belizean table. Male farmer of the Year Mr. Baltazar Campos, who hails from Carmelita Village in the Orange Walk District, joined in with his friend Ms. Lorena Peralta, Female Farmer of the Year.

BEWU elects new executive
Energy Workers Union (BEWU) held its annual general meeting AGM yesterday, May 1, 2018, and elected a new executive team to serve for 2018 - 2021. Elected were : President- Garry Yearwood; Vice President- Mark Gladden; General Secretary- Mark Bowman; Asst Secretary- Janine Samuels; Treasurer- Oscar Gongora; Trustee- Vanessa Bowman; and Trustee- Emerson Castillo.

Belmopan City Council Update on Squatters' Situation
After eight families of squatters were given two weeks' notice on Friday, April 13 to vacate an area, the Belmopan City Council along with officers from the Belmopan Police and Human Development revisited the area on Monday, April 30. The area being illegally occupied is the Mount Pleasant Creek Reserve which acts as a water catchment where any form of development is prohibited. The area is also property of the Belmopan City Council.

Belize's exports to CARICOM has been declining
Belize's relationship with the Caribbean Community CARICOM has been brought to a new focus; especially for this week. The Directorate General for Foreign Trade DGFT and the Belize Development and Investment Service met with potential exporters in a round table on Wednesday morning at the National Emergency Management Organization NEMO headquarters in Belmopan to discuss trade with a trading bloc that now involves 12 million persons. Among the topics covered with them were trade opportunities and market access, challenges faced in entering CARICOM, logistics of exporting and the way forward in building public and private partnerships.

Belize in El Salvador for training against illegal trade
The 3rd Annual Regional Training against Illegal Trade and Customs Defraudation was held in San Salvador, El Salvador on April 25 and 26, 2018. There, Belize was represented by Sr. Spt. Howell Gillett, Commander of Eastern Division. Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and the United States of America also had representation at the training which was sponsored by Crime Stoppers.

Date set for ICJ Referendum
The Government of Belize has announced that the Cabinet has set a date for the referendum on the issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). In that referendum, the citizens of Belize will decide whether or not to take the dispute arising from Guatemala's claim to Belize's land and insular territories, and to the maritime areas pertaining to them, to the ICJ for final settlement. In accordance with the Special Agreement and its protocol, the referendum will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Port Loyola Organization for Women finds a home on Kraal Road
The Port Loyola Organization for Women, PLOW, inaugurated its new facility on Kraal Road on Wednesday, April 25. At the unveiling on its new headquarters, the Director of PLOW, Lauren Burgess-Eagan, shared with those in attendance her intentions from PLOW. According to Burgess-Eagan, "This building is going to be a lighthouse in a dark world. We are on the border of Queen Square and we are still in Port Loyola so we serve this area with love and joy in our hearts." It is a blessing for PLOW finding a place to call home as it has moved from location to location and from place to place, over the years of its existence.

WCS focuses on FRER, RZ's & SPAGs for Reef Week 2018
Since 2013, local and international conservation organizations in Belize, including the Wildlife Conservation Society, have been collaborating to celebrate Reef Week, where, individually and collectively, we create awareness of the ecological, economic and cultural significance and value of the Belize Barrier Reef to our country, as well as a number of environmental issues affecting this precious resource. The week of activities, supported by local businesses and the media, is held throughout the country, and coincides with International Year of the Reef, celebrated annually on March 10.

R.O.C. (Taiwan) terminates diplomatic ties with Dominican Republic
Since wresting away diplomatic ally Panama in June 2017, China has offered huge financial incentives to the Dominican Republic, successfully enticing it to end 77 years of ties with Taiwan on May 1. The Republic of China (Taiwan) is deeply upset by China's actions. To uphold both the nation's dignity and sovereignty, the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) announces the termination of relations with the Dominican Republic, effective immediately. This extends to the immediate termination of all cooperative projects and assistance. Embassy officials and staff of technical missions will also return to Taiwan.

Charged dropped against 15 in diplomat's home invasion
The number of persons accused of a home invasion in late 2015 has decreased drastically. Initially, 19 persons were charged in connection with the home invasion of Sarkis Bounehra, a Diplomat, where his watchman's wife was raped and his home was burglarized. Since the date of the incident to present, a number of persons saw charges of aggravated burglary and handling stolen goods withdrawn against them. On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, only 4 men still had charges against them. Those men included known criminal figure, Tyrone Meighan; brothers, John and Sheldon Grinage; and Brandon Baptist. A fifth man, Lane Grinage, cousin to the Grinage brothers, was once charged in relation to the home invasion but has since seen those charges withdrawn from against him. Despite those charges being withdrawn, he remains behind bars on another charge.

Teen kills teen at basketball game
Police are about to bring criminal charges against a 15 year-old male minor for the fatal stabbing of 15 year-old Arkel August, a resident of Kraal Road. Police say that around 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, they visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where they found August suffering from a stab wound to the left side of the chest. August's mother, Dana August, told the press that on that afternoon, he went out to the basketball court located at on the Wilton Cumberbatch Field, which is right around the lane from his house.

Corozal man shot in front of his son
Shortly before 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018, Mark Myvette, a 30-year-old resident of Corozal, was in his mother's yard at the corner of G street South and 5th Street South lane along with his 4-year-old son when he was shot. According to reports, someone exited a red van, fired several shots at him, and then made his getaway. He was shot to the left arm and transported to the Corozal Community Hospital for medical treatment. Police are investigating.

Denfield Davis walks from allegations of un-lawful sexual intercourse
Back in 2015, a 15-year-old minor accused Denfield Davis, a mechanic of Evergreen Street, of having sexual intercourse with her on four different occasions. Due to those allegations, Davis was arrested and charged with five counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and one count of grievous harm upon the minor. He was initially arraigned on January 5, 2015 and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until he was successful in securing bail through attorney Bryan Neal at the Supreme Court.

Motive unknown for murder in Dangriga
Police continue to look for one man who they want to question about the shooting murder of 42 year-old Gabriel Tex Laurie Jr., a resident of Dangriga Town. At around 10 a.m. on Friday, April 27, residents of the Wagierale area of Dangriga heard about 5 gunshots ring out. Wary residents remained inside their homes until they believed that the danger had passed. When they went searching for victims, they found Laurie at his front door suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck. He died right inside his house.

Jason Williams stable after being shot
According to police, at 7:26 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, police responded to a report of a shooting incident on Isla Road in Dangriga Town. Upon arrival at the location, they observed Jason Williams, a 32-year-old Belizean of a Dangriga address, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the left shoulder.

Jealousy leads to stabbing incident
Police officers visited the KHMH on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 3:23 a.m. There, they saw Joselyn Duarte, a 20-year-old Honduran national and resident of Freetown Road, suffering from stab wounds to her left upper shoulder and left upper wrist. She is listed in a stable condition. They also saw Manuel Jesus Acosta, 21, with stab wounds to the body. He is listed in a critical but stable condition.

Man caught with weed
At about 4:45 p.m. on Monday, April 30, 2018 while police were conducting a patrol on North Front Street, they observed a male person walking with a black bag in his hand. That person, later identified as Shemaud Nunez, was searched. The police discovered that the plastic bag contained 115.2 grams of cannabis. Nunez has since been arrested and charged for drug trafficking.

Policeman chopped in Belmopan
Belmopan police are investigating an incident in which one of their own was chopped multiple times with a machete. Reports to police indicated that on Monday April 30, police constable, Brian Shal, 27 and resident of the Maya Mopan area of Belmopan reported that on the day prior, Sunday 29th April, at about 8:20pm he got into an altercation with a group of four young men in the Maya Mopan area. During the altercation he was chopped to the head and left leg with a machete.

Two acquitted of robbery
Two men who were accused of assaulting and robbing 19-year-old Joshua Jones have walked free from the charges brought against them after Jones failed to show up in court. Jones, an unemployed resident of Belama, was robbed and beaten by two men on November 11, 2017. When his case was finally called to the Belize City Magistrate's Court on Thursday, April 26, 2018, he was a no show.

Bailed after allegations of shooting a man
At his bail hearing before Supreme Court Justice Colin Williams on Friday, April 27, 2018, Ezmir Garrido was granted bail on his charge of use of deadly means of harm. Garrido has been on remand since Friday, May 16, 2018 after he appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. He was charged with one count of use of deadly means of harm with a deadly instrument, a firearm, upon Reginald Garoy, a taxi driver.

19-year-old woman on remand after stabbing common-law husband
Renesha Alvarez, a 19-year-old unemployed of Holy Emmanuel Street, was taken to court on Friday, April 27, 2018 after accusations of causing harm to her common-law husband. Unfortunately for Alvarez, that charge of dangerous harm could very well be upgraded to murder if the conditions of her common-law husband should worsen. In court, Alvarez appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer who explained that a plea would not yet be taken since the matter is being dealt with on indictment.

Teenager charged for killing young man in San Pedro
Police have arrested and charged a male minor for the murder of Reniery Figueroa Garcia, a 25 year-old Honduran shop-owner from San Pedro, who was shot and killed inside his business place on the island. Police say that around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, they visited the San Pedro Poly Clinic, and that's where they found Garcia's body. Someone shot him in the head.

Police catch UNO San Ignacio robbers
An armed robbery at the UNO gas station in San Ignacio town has led to the detention of two men. The two masked men strolled into the gas station on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. and held up the cashier with a .9mm pistol. They made away with $33,000 in cash and checks and ran out of the establishment and escaped in a Geo Prism car. While the entire ordeal was caught on surveillance camera and civilians passing by, it was not as clear cut a case as it could have been since one of the robbers has an identical twin.

Uzi found in Corozal
A house search was conducted in Corozal on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. At about 9:00 a.m. on said date, Corozal police conducted a search in an abandoned house in the Dominguez Layout area. That search led to the discovery of one 9mm Uzi pistol, along with a magazine containing 12 live rounds of ammunition. No one was in the area so the items were labeled and deposited as found property.

Pursuit of car leads to drug bust
While operating a checkpoint at the Burrell Boom Junction on Friday, April 27, 2018, police officers attached to Ladyville noticed a vehicle stopping at a distance and making an about turn. This led to the officers pursuing the vehicle which ended at around mile 17. The vehicle somehow overturned and the three persons in the vehicle were badly injured. They have been identified as Jermaine Michael Sanker, David Donavon Morrison, and Diana Elizabeth Sutherland. Given their situation, the Fire Department had to be called to remove the persons from the vehicle.

Silk Grass Methodist School wins National Primary School girls softball championship
The 2017-2018 National Primary Schools Softball Championship was played on Friday 27th April, at Rogers Stadium in Belize City. In the championship game, Silk Grass Methodist Primary School representing the Stann Creek District defeated San Antonio Government School representing the Corozal District by the score of 3-2 to capture the national title. The winning pitcher was Sherilee Pixabaj and the losing pitcher was Yatana Mossiah. In the third place game, Belize Rural Primary School representing the Belize District defeated Forest Home Methodist School representing the Toledo District by the score of 13-1 to take third place.

Belize District Basketball Association forms Firms League
The Belize District Basketball Association at its Annual General Meeting held earlier in April, granted permission for the Firms Tournament to be an affiliated self-governing league. At a meeting held on Thursday 26th April, the new Belize District Basketball Firms League (FBL) endorsed a managing team: The Management team consist of Commissioner Mark Usher, Deputy Commissioner Berisford Codd, General Secretary Chyla gill and Treasurer Kenyon Wright.

Smart Belize Hurricanes pick up back to back wins in Pepsi Elite Basketball competition
The 2018 Pepsi national Elite Basketball League regular season competition continued over the weekend with a single game on the schedule and on Monday 1st May, also with a single game. On Monday 1st May, at the Belize Civic Centre, the Smart Belize Hurricanes picked up its second win in as many outings when it defeated the Digicell Belize City Defenders by the score of 80-60 to secure the second seed into the playoffs. The top scorers for the Smart Belize Hurricanes were Glency Lopez with 30 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists; Brian White with 15 points, 11 rebounds, an assist and a steal and Akeem Watter who contributed 8 points to go along with his 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals.

Salvation Army Primary School wins National Primary Schools boys' softball championship
The 2017-2018 National Primary Schools Softball Championship was played on Friday 27th April, at Rogers Stadium in Belize City. In the championship game, Salvation Army Primary School representing the Belize District defeated Xaibe Roman Catholic School representing the Corozal District by the score of 9-1 to capture the national title. The winning pitcher was Terrence St. Clair and the losing pitcher was Jeffery Rodriguez. In the third place game, Independence Primary School representing the Stann Creek District defeated Carmelita Government School representing the Orange Walk District by the score of 3-0 to take third place. The winning pitcher was Joshmar Almendarez and the losing pitcher was Lawrence Wade.

Words of Life With Pastor Barry Fraser
Sunday, May the 13th will be Mother's Day, so it is fitting we should begin to look at role models of Mothers found in the Bible. This week, let us consider Hagar: The Mother Who Endured. The story is found in Genesis chapters 16, 17, and 21. Please read it when you can.

Bernard Wagner out of Control
"Goodin claims to have lost all confidence in Mayor Wagner, whom he says does not listen and heed advice." (News 5) Bernard Wagner - Belize City Mayor: "Out of control�The barbarians are at the gate and they are hungry." (7 News April 6, 2018) "�he makes out checks to himself�" (7 News April 11, 2018) "He [Price] knew his people too well; they were indisciplined and lazy." (Godfrey P. Smith pg. 197)

Let's get ready to rumble!
I still recall a Belize Times headline following the 1997 municipal elections which read "Why Wait till '98?" History has recorded that indeed in 1998 the PUP went ahead and won 26 of 29 seats in the House of Representatives. And so the era of pillaging began, a period of rape which lasted ten solid years, from top to bottom, big to small; vile acts perpetuated by Town Council and Central Government officials alike, the real "rake and scrape of our assets", as we Creole call it. We lived through a PUP Government united in purpose to rob our country senseless; creating underhanded money schemes and promoting greedy land transactions which are now just seeing the light of day. My discourse today will consist of two parts; one a story of arrogance and the other on the topic of mud wrestling.

On January 9 this year around 7:50 p.m. we were all alerted by sirens and fire alarms. We were not sure what the sirens and alarms were all about, was it a fire warning? It could not be hurricane. What was all this noise about? Then we heard the police bullhorns alerting citizens of a possible tsunami threat. In the aftermath, many were and continue to declare that a tsunami threat is a new event for Belize. Whilst tsunami threats are not as common as the threats during our hurricane season, it is definitely not new. The last time a similar tsunami threat was issued on May 28, 2009 around 2:45 a.m. The 2018 and the 2009 tsunami alerts were the consequence of magnitude 7.6 and 7.3 earthquakes respectively that occurred along the Swan Islands Transform Fault as the result of strike slip faulting in the shallow crust near the boundary between the North America and Caribbean plates in the Western Caribbean Sea. Over the past 100 years, 9 earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater have occurred with 400 kilometers of the January 10, 2018 event.

Belize City Basketball is Alive Again 'Coope' Claims Ownership of the Fabulous Civic Center
Two of Belize's all-time great basketball icons laced up their sneaks to play in the official opening and first ever semi-pro game at the new Belize City Civic Center on Monday, May 30, but at the end of the night it was a young phenom who stole the show when he ripped the torch out of a legend's hands in a 20 point rout. Over 4,000 Belizeans made it out to the opening of the new Belize City Civic Center and all they could talk about after the game, other than the magnificent facility itself, was 20-year-old Glency "Coope" Lopez. Coope lit Civic on fire with a barrage of long range missiles and swift attacks that rendered 'Defenders' powerless.

Life Principles I Recommend
Do you have a personal manual of life principles to live by? What adages do you use to guide you in your everyday living? I'd like to share a list of 75 important life principles that I've learned at one point or another and it pertains to different areas of life from dealing with people, to our emotions, to life's challenges, to achieving success, to handling failure. While I have compiled a list of 75, today in this article I will share the first 25 and the rest in my next 2 upcoming articles. As you read each point, think about the truth behind each principle, how it applies to your life, and the actions you should take in light of it.

The Reporter

Man reportedly shot and killed in Belize City
A man was reportedly shot and killed tonight in Belize City. Unconfirmed but reliable reports are that the incident happened sometime after 8:00 p.m., near the junction of Central American Boulevard and claimed the life of a man identified as Jason. The victim reportedly suffered [�]

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Best of Belize: Vacation Homes, Treetop Villas, and Other Top Real Estate Listings
Belize isn't just for backpackers and off-the-beaten path adventure seekers anymore. The Central American country-which has long been a travel hotspot because of the Belize Barrier Reef, Mayan ruins, and cacao farms-is now welcoming a crop of luxury resorts and residences designed with discerning buyers in mind. From a private island to treetop villas, the following properties showcase the best of Belize-and make it easy to see why Christie's International Real Estate ranked Belize as one of the top places to buy real estate in 2017.

Shyne Talks B.I.G., His Brooklyn Roots & More In Red Bull Radio Interview
Shyne recently sat down with Max Glazer for an in-depth Red Bull Radio interview in which he discussed a number of topics including his Bad Boy days, NYC's link between rap and reggae, and the Notorious B.I.G. "The moment in time that defined me was the "Bad Boyz" video, but the song definitely was an undeniable song. I think I'm old timer status now but back in our time, we called that a banger, a missile. I'd never forget - with all the questions and associations and even criticisms, that I had to be the greatest thing ever, but I could never be greater than B.I.G. I don't think anyone could, certainly coming from New York..,"

The World's Best Private Islands And Villas According To Travel Experts
If your idea of a holiday is switching off, being one with nature and relaxing in an area off-limits to most people except for resort staff and a handful of guests, then a private island or secluded villa is your best bet. Gladden Private Island, Belize: This property in Belize touts itself as the world's most private island resort, and for good reason. The Gladden Private Island only allows two to four guests at a time, and while you're ensconced in the island's 3,000-square-foot villa, you'll never spot a neighbour. This island jewel is set in a swirl of turquoise and aquamarine lagoons fringed with coral and white sand in the heart of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System.


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