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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro rejects tourism development at Cayo Rosario
Tour guides and operators, concerned citizens, and activists expressed their sentiments against the building of over-the-water structures at Cayo Rosario, situated on the north-western coast of Ambergris Caye during a boat rally in front of the 10-acre island on Sunday, May 13th. Two days later, on Tuesday, May 15th, those same feelings were shared by hundreds of island residents and visitors during a public meeting held at the San Pedro Lions Den. Citizens on the island are outraged over the idea of the proposed tourism project on Cayo Rosario, which is located within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve extension. As a united voice, they sent a strong message to the investors behind the project and the National Environmental Advisory Committee (NEAC) who approved it. Islanders say they will not allow any development on the island that would jeopardize the sensitive marine environment or the livelihood of present and future generations of San Pedranos.

Island Invasion Mother’s Day edition rocks San Pedro
In commemoration of Mother’s Day, King of the Island Promotions threw a special party for island mothers on Saturday, May 12th inside Fido’s Courtyard. Dubbed ‘Mother’s Day Fete,’ the event was full of surprises and giveaways, along with great music by some of the best Deejays on the island. A large crowd began pouring into Fido’s around 11PM when the event officially started. The party featured a premier DJ line-up including DJ Chabo, DJ Biggz, DJ Odyssey, and Evolution Sounds. The latest summer tunes, including hip-hop, old school, reggae, pop, and dancehall had the crowd going till the wee hours. Fido’s bartenders kept the cocktails and ice cold beers flowing, adding to the festive atmosphere.

9-A-Side Football tournament heads to semifinals for U-15 and Female category; San Pedro Pirates champions of the U-13
After four weeks of games, the regular season of the San Pedro Sports Committee 9-A-Side Football Tournament came to an end this past weekend at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. The first set of matches were played on Thursday, May 10th, with San Pedro Pirates versus San Mateo F.C. The game ended in a 2-2 draw, but having collected the most points during the regular season, the San Pedro Pirates claimed the U-13 championship title. The second round of semifinals will be played on Sunday, May 20th, starting at 5PM with Atletico Madrid going against Larubeya F.C in the U-15 category, followed by SPHS girls versus Island Warriors #1 in the female category. The next match will feature Los Catrachitos taking on San Mateo F.C in the U-15 category. The last match of the weekend will be between Island Warriors #2 and Ambergris Combined Force in the female category. All islanders are invited to come out to the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town to support their favorite team during the semifinals. Food and drinks will be on sale during all games.

San Pedro Red Cross hosts second blood drive of the year
Nine pints of blood were collected on Saturday, May 12th following a blood drive held by the Belize Red Cross, San Pedro Branch. The drive took place at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, where volunteers and Belize Blood Bank personnel welcomed potential donors from 9AM to 3PM. Meanwhile, $212.50 was collected from a dollar drive held on the streets of downtown San Pedro. The majority of the potential donors made their way to the Polyclinic in the morning, answering the call to donate much-needed units of blood. They were reminded that their donation goes towards the Ambergris Caye’s reserves at the blood bank. This blood is then available for any islander who may need a blood transfusion in emergency situations.

Ambergris Today

Mrs. Martha Badillo – Mother Of The Year 2018
On Saturday, May 12, 2018, The San Pedro Town Council along with Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. hosted its annual Mother's Day Extravaganza at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex, where the mothers were greeted and presented with a special gift as they entered. It was a night filled with lots of laughter and entertainment. Mothers were serenaded by San Pedro's very own Wil & Dale featuring Mr. Fernando Trejo. El Buki imitator, Ismael Chacon delighted the crowd with popular songs as well. While Yaka’s Elite Dancers entertained with awesome choreographed dances. This year's Mother of the Year was 78-year-old, Mrs. Martha Badillo. Mrs. Badillo was born and raised in San Pedro Town and was married to fisherman, Mr. Ramon Badillo and had eleven children. Mrs. Badillo has always been dedicated to her family and her household. She was crowned by outgoing Mother of the year Mrs. Maria Elena Alamilla.

Cable Price Going Up Too In Belize!!!
You read that correctly, cable price is going up as well! Cable providers countrywide are advising their customers that there will be an increase in cable price effective June 1, 2018. In a press release sent out by the Belize Cable Television Operators Association (BCTOA) it states that it has been agreed by the member cable operators that the new rate for a basic cable package with a minimum of eighty (80) stations will be BZ$60.00 inclusive of General Sales Tax. This increase will come into effect as of June 1, 2018. Cable package sizes and offerings will vary by operator.

Fuel Prices Rise Again Due To Increase In World Oil Prices
There has been a steady increase in world oil prices over the past few weeks due to an increase in demand for the summer months. This has outstripped the ability of major oil producers to respond with sufficient increases in supply in time. The Government has engaged with the key importer, PUMA, to rationalize the delivery cost of the supply into Belize. This has resulted in the decreases in the prices of Premium and Kerosene which become effective as stated above. The Government of Belize is concerned, however, that recent developments in the Middle East and Iran, as well as the announcement of further sanctions against Venezuela, will result in a significant increase in world oil prices.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Movie Night at KoKo King
KoKo King's Family Night comes around again!! Featuring the new movies of ... EARLY MAN - Award winning Nick Park's latest venture is set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home. THE MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE Follow the young hero Thomas as he embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as "The Flare". Kids meals, popcorn, marshmallows and adult beverages available. Come and celebrate the long weekend with your family at the beautiful KoKo King!

Minister of National Security Visits Western Border Security Facilities Upgrade Project
On Wednesday, May 16th, the Minister of National Security Hon. John Saldivar visited Belize’s western border to observe the new project aimed at upgrading security at that border. As previously reported, the Belize Defence Force (BDF) Light Engineers are working on a project to repair, upgrade and consolidate security facilities at the Belize-Guatemala border at Benque Viejo del Carmen (Belize) and Melchor de Mencos (Guatemala). The works include improvements to fences, gates and other border security features. They are being coordinated in conjunction with the Belize Border Management Authority. The project is expected to take no more than six to eight weeks to complete. The works are not expected to disrupt the flow of traffic at the border.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of May 7th - May 13th, 2018
The bonefishing, as always, has been excellent again this week. The weather is also cooperating which makes for a great combination and puts many smiles on the anglers faces. First-time saltwater anglers can always find a Bonefish to hook into so they "Like the fish" can also "get hooked."

BWS at Ebenezer School Career Day
Career Day presentation at Ebenezer School by Belize Water Services

UN Migration Agency to Support Belize to Develop New Migration Policy
The Government of Belize and the UN Migration Agency (IOM) jointly launched on May 16th the development of a National Migration and Development Policy for Belize. The development of the national policy will be led by the Government of Belize through a Steering Committee chaired by the Department of Immigration and Nationality Services. In developing the policy, the Government of Belize requested technical assistance from the IOM in 2016, and a steering committee was formulated in 2017 to work alongside IOM in drafting the policy framework and to ensure that the policy is aligned with the Government’s development strategy and national vision.

2nd Annual Masquerade Gala
Saturday, May 19 at 6 PM. Are you ready to enjoy an evening wearing your best island formal? Create and wear your favorite mask and join us for an evening to play your favorite table games (craps, blackjack, and roulette). The top chip holders will win great prizes! Join us Great Gatsby-style for our 2nd annual Masquerade benefiting Hope Haven - Belize, SHINE, Raise Me Up, The Literacy Program, San Pedro Kids Club, Colleen's Kitchen at San Pedro Food Bank and a special silent auction benefiting ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary! If you missed out last year, now's your chance to see how we throw your favorite dress-up gala. You definitely don't want to miss out!

Caye Caulker Health Fair
Today is the last of the health fair come out and make the most of the last day. Dentistry: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon free Belize Medical Associates: Lab will be open from 7:00 a.m. to do blood work Doctors available for free consultation Dr. Cawich Dra. Cuellar Dr. Rosado Lab and pharmacy at discounted prices.

The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People Hosts International Task Force Business Meeting in Belize
The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) in collaboration with the Government of Belize convened their International Task Force Business Meeting at the Sandy Beach Women’s Cooperative Society Limited in Hopkins Village. The meeting was to commemorate the exceptional partnership with the Departments of Co-operatives and Agriculture in the management and implementation of projects funded by the organization. In 2010, Presbyterian SDOP selected Belize as a part of the new international funding strategy.

Hon. Edmund Castro Tours Belize Postal Service
Yesterday, May 16, 2018, Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, with responsibility for Postal Service, Hon Edmond Castro visited the Belize Postal Service Headquarters and General Post Office Compound in Belize City. He was welcomed by Post Master General James Gabriel, and other members of staff, who gave him a full tour of the offices and discussed with him matters relating to delivery of services to the public. One of the key issues discussed was the need to relocate offices and rehabilitate the main building, which is deemed to be in an unsatisfactory state.

BelizeINVEST, a unit of BELTRAIDE, participates at this year’s Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit held at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Miami, Florida, U.S.A
WhatsApp Image 2018-05-17 at 12.34.30 PMBelizeINVEST, a unit of BELTRAIDE, jointly with the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and in collaboration with the Caribbean Investment Promotion Agency (CAIPA) participate at this year’s Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit currently being held at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Miami, Florida, U.S.A as of May 16th – 18th, 2018. The event serves as a platform for various tourism and hospitality stakeholders to meet in discussing strategic investment opportunities available in the Caribbean. The event hosts in excess of three hundred (300) delegates with profiles ranging from prestigious Hotel Brands and Company Executives, Developers, Lenders, Real Estate & Financial Intermediaries, and Government & Tourism Officials amongst others.

Corozal ITVET
Good Morning Friends. We are thrilled to invite you once again to our annual Expo taking place on May 24, 2018. Food and drinks will be on sale. Make it a day and come see the displays our trainees have prepared for you all.

3rd ANNUAL FORWARD MOVEMENTS STREET FESTIVAL
SUGA CITY INVITES - 3rd ANNUAL FORWARD MOVEMENTS STREET FESTIVAL - MUSIC - CULTURE - ARTS - FOOD - DRINKS - FREE GIVEAWAYS. May 19th.

Corozal - PUBLIC ADVISORY - FORGERY OF DIPLOMA
It has been brought to the attention of the Board of Governors and Institutions' Administrators that copies of FAKE diplomas of Corozal Community College and Corozal Junior College have been presented for employment. In both cases, the copies of the fake diplomas have the forged signatures of the Institution's Administrator and Board Chairman. In those 2 cases, the copies of the diplomas presented were not authentic diplomas of our Institutions. Our Institutions only award original diplomas to successful candidates with the original signatures of our administrators, chairman and with the official seal. Employers are strongly advised to properly verify the authenticity of our original documents. Where needed, employers may contact us to verify information for authenticity of diplomas.

Fun moments at BEL Family Day

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
Peter Pan, The Cured, Pacific Rim, Terminal. *Francisco Puga (from Cancun) performing live on the big Stage Saturday Night at 9pm $25* **Please keep an eye on the movie times, as this is an irregular weekend. TERMINAL AND THE CURED are on Friday and Sunday ONLY**

A Day in San Antonio
June 10th, San Antonio Community Center.

Channel 7

Guatemalan Authorities Come Across Border To Inspect Works
This afternoon, the Guatemalan army and police were on the Belize side of the Benque border reviewing the work done by the BDF Light Engineering Company.  As we showed you on Monday, they’re installing fences and gates to ensure better crowd control at that official border crossing.  So what authority do the Guatemalans have to review their work?  Well, they made the request through the OAS to come and see what’s happening so that they can properly advise Guatemalans coming across.  The OAS set up meetings with Belizean officials and the Guatemalans.  The BDF engineer in charge briefed them - and the visit went smoothly, we are told - even if it did raise some eyebrows.

Defence Minister Reviews BDF Border Work
So, indeed, everyone is keeping an eye on the BDF’s border fence project - and that includes the Minister of National Security John Saldivar.  He took a closer look yesterday when he visited the area accompanied by CEO Felix Enriquez along with other BDF personnel.  A release says, “the improved security measures have become necessary due to the increasing volume of activity at the border, particularly trade, tourism and citizens crossing…Guatemala. The safety of Belizeans and visitors using the border crossing is also a concern that is being addressed in the upgrades being done by our ministry.

Police Have Murder Suspects, But No Charges Yet In Lipka Killing
And while they have what they believe to be the weapon, San Pedro Police still have not made any arrests in Lipka’s murder.  As we told you last night, two suspects are detained - and they were also recently charged for an ammunition offence.   But, the story goes much deeper than that because sources tell 7News that his shooting is being looked at as a professional hit, most likely done by a shooter who was flown onto the island. They still don’t know why he was killed, but the cops do know that he was a litigant in a recent lawsuit. Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Cowo told the media today that that they are looking for 3 suspects at this time:

No Suspects Yet For Shooting Mayor Khalid’s Home
Police are no closer to solving the shooting at the home of Belmopan Mayor Khalid Belisle. As we reported on Monday, the mayor and his fiancée were inside their Valencia Street home, and at around 10:30 p.m. they were awakened by a barrage of gunshots fired at the the house. The bullets pierced outer walls and a car door, but very fortunately, the couple escaped unharmed.  The cops said today that they are hoping that persons with information would come forward and help them to get to the bottom of the incident:

Video, But No Suspects For Torching City Employee’s SUV
And while that attack is on the Mayor of Belize’s Capital city - back here in the old capital - police also don’t have any clues as to who tried to torch City employee Sharlene Rudon’s vehicle.   She’s the Director of Administration and Human Resources at the Belize City Council - and a Molotov cocktail was thrown at her SUV in front of her home shortly after 6 staffers were fired.   The vehicle was damaged, but not destroyed. She signed at least half of the termination letters which went out last week Tuesday. But police aren’t completely clueless on this one: they do have surveillance footage which captured the arson attempt, and they are trying to identify the person caught on camera:

Police Have To Use DNA To Find Out Who Was Burnt In Home
And another case of arson is more confounding and sinister than that one.  As we showed you last night, it happened on the outskirts of Belmopan where 4 houses were burnt down, and a man’s charred remains were found in the rubble.  Those 4 structures were in a yard on Jordan Ranch road, which is an area of the old Banana Bank road, across the George Price Highway from the airstrip, at the entrance of Belmopan. It’s a case of arson - and whoever set the fire probably also meant to burn the person inside. So now it is also being treated as a murder.   But who is the person that was burned to death inside?

Hoper For Hypertensives
“Hypertension is a silent killer”: We hear it all the time, but many people especially those living with the disease, take it for granted. So today on World Hypertension Day the Ministry of Health hosted a seminar for food vendors to show them how they can help reduce cases of hypertension. Courtney Weatherburne has more. Usually when that mid-morning or late afternoon craving hits – a bowl of fruits wouldn’t be the first pick to satisfy that hunger. Many Belizeans would grab a serving of chips or chicharon among other salty or sweat treats. Well nutritionist Robyn Daly says all that salt is killing you.

IDB Wants Belize City “In the Zone”
If you live in a neighborhood where the corner store is right next to the corner bar, which is right across from the school, which is right down the street from the mechanic shop - then you’ll know why Belize needs zoning.   In Belize, we’ve never really had specific zones for commercial, residential and industrial, but that may be changing. The IDB funded a study for Belize about land use and now it seems it might actually be put to use. Today the City Council had a public meeting regarding zoning and we found out more,  Sahar Vasquez
“Explain to us what exactly you mean by zoning? Are you putting restaurants in one area, residents in one area?”

“Grabbaz” Use Golf Cart
San Pedro police have arrested and charged two men for attempted murder and use of deadly means of harm after a brazen and callous crime caught on surveillance camera.   Last Thursday morning at 4:00 am - two men were walking when two men rode up fast on a golf cart and simply knocked one of the men down.  He was flung to pavement while his friend stood by helpless as the men in the golf cart calmly came over and robbed him.  Even though he was knocked out, they calmly searched his pockets and then did the same to his friend.  After that they walked off with what they got and left.   The friend was then left to try and get help for his injured companion. Island police say they have charged two men, Denfield Tasher and Moses Mejia for attempted murder, and use of deadly means of harm.

Territorial Volunteers Reject PM’s Position On the ICJ
Yesterday at his press conference, Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s said that he personally supports a “yes” vote, so does Cabinet, and he thinks that Belizeans should be encouraged - not coerced - into voting to take Guatemala’s territorial claim over Belize to the ICJ. He also said Belize has a watertight case.   Well, for a long-time opponents of the ICJ like Wil Maheia - those are famous last words. The border activist and politician, was the first to respond and criticize the government for wanting to encourage a “yes” vote. Today, he sent this video from PG statement making his stance clear:

A Seine Byte Shooting
A man from Seine Byte Village on the Placencia Peninsula is hospitalized tonight for gunshot wounds he suffered after narrowly escaping what looks to be an execution attempt on his life. At around 7:30 p.m., 25 year-old Austin Williams was standing on a street on the south end of the village. He was in the company of another man, identified to us as Ralph Forbes, when a gunman came up from behind them and immediately turned his weapon on Williams.  That assailant shot him 2 times: 1 to the left upper back, and another to the lower part of his cheek. Police told us more:

Accountant Shot In Palmar
There was also a shooting in quiet Palmar Village in the Orange Walk District. It happened last night at 11:5 when 32 year-old Jose Oscar Santana was in his yard.  A gunman emerged from the bushes of an overgrown lot right next his property. The shooter opened fire on him, but Santana managed to get away with only a single gunshot wound on his right arm.  The cops told us today that they’re trying to get some answers: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "On yesterday's date shortly after 11:20 PM police responded to a shooting incident in San Jose Palmar village Orange Walk district where upon arrival met one Jose Santana who had one gunshot injury to the right arm. He reported that whilst in his yard moving towards the gate he heard several shots and realized that he was shot to the right arm. Mr. Santana lives opposite an unoccupied overgrown lot from where police conducted searches and recovered 8 expended 9mm shells."

Jack And Tan
There was also a broad daylight robbery in Trial Farm Village. Just before 11:00 in the morning, Two men strode into Tan Store, one them pointed a pistol at the proprietor, and then jumped over the counter and snatched $700 dollars from the cash register.

Police May Have To Rethink Manslaughter Charge
And keeping it in Trial Farm - police today discussed the accident involving Demetrio Pott that happened there three weeks ago.   The 47 year-old Caledonia Villager died earlier this week. Initially, police believed that he died from an alleged beatdown he received from men whose vehicle his brother crashed into. But now, the cops aren’t so sure. A post mortem indicates that he died from “whiplash syndrome”, and the cops told us today that they will be seeking the advice of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on how they should proceed. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "The post mortem reports for that is saying that he died from whiplash syndrome."

Team Effort To Find Guardado Killer
Moving now to the city, Police investigators had to work double duty to find the man who allegedly killed Daniel Guardado.  As we told you, police arrested and charged 21 year-old Benjamin Alexander Reid, a Banak Street Resident, for the murder of 43 year-old Guardado, the mechanic who was shot and killed on Partridge Street Extension.  He’s on remand at the Belize Central Prison because the cops think he was the shooter who senselessly gunned down Guardado, a working man.  Today, at the bi-weekly police press conference, the police spokesperson thanked the investigators for effort in aggressively pursuing all tips which led to this arrests:

Griga Ganja
Turning now to weed busts, yesterday morning at about 7:15, Dangriga police searched a bushy lot in the Rivas Estate Area of Dangriga town. They found about five pounds of cannabis stashed in the lot. The drugs were labelled as found property.

Pot Eena Peppa Bottle
In the city this morning, the catch was far smaller, but it had a homegrown feel when police found a stash of forty five dollar bags of weed in black pepper and coffee containers. The find was made on Jane Usher Boulevard in Debbie Copious’s room. The weed amounted to 42 grams.

Solved A Hilux Heist
Last year in December Abner Patt reported to police that his Toyota Hilux was stolen from in front of his residence. The police investigated and while they were not able to recover the vehicle, 6 months later but they charged 22-year-old Belize City resident Calbert Humes and charge him with vehicle theft.   He appeared today before senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. He pled not guilty to the charge and was released on a bail of $6,000 plus sureties of $3,000 each. His next court date is June 14th. 

Senator Val’s Ready To Rumble, No Matta What
Last night, we showed you our interview with PUP’s Valerie Woods, who is contemplating challenging her Senate colleague, Paul Thompson in a contested convention to be the Standard Bearer for the Albert Division. She has told us that she will make a final decision tomorrow, but we wondered. If she does challenge him, will that cause a rift in the party? These types of challenges can often turn messy for mass parties, with infighting erupting behind closed doors.  You’ll already seen something like that between Gilroy Usher Sr. and Dr. Candice Pitts, who made a statement blasting her party after it refused to allow her to challenge Usher in a contested convention.

Sparks Flew On Prom Night
Last week Friday night at 8:30 in Belize City, it was the usual frenetic hype at the Radisson for the SCA Prom.  But then suddenly, there was an explosion and sparks.  A camera-man taping the event captured it:.. So what cause the transformer to explode, leaving more than a thousand people without light?  Well, onlookers tell us that it’s aluminum streamers or confetti which bridged two electrical wires on the lamp-post and caused the transformer to go “boom!” BEL says it was caused by a balloon which touched the high voltage line.  BEL dispatched a crew and power was restored shortly after. Prom goers and their entourages are regularly warned to cut down on the confetti and balloons specifically because of this electrical hazard. 

A Fair For The Future
It was all about health today at the Constitution Park where the Gateway Youth Center hosted their 4th annual health fair. Now it’s hard to get a bunch of kids to listen to grown-ups talking about healthy tips on how to live a long life, but one of the main coordinators says it is definitely worth a try to get the message out there. Here is more. Erolyn Sebastian - Counselor, Gateway Youth Center: "This is Gateway’s 4th annual health fair, so every year we try to find a different location so we can touch base with different people in the community. We have different organizations and ministries here today, we have individuals from BFLA, from VCT, we have from OCEANA, Red Cross, BCVI and we have our Gateway youth center members out here, diabetes society, cancer society."

Law Enforcement Got Love For Students
Yesterday students at the Muslim Community School in Belize City received a huge donation of school supplies ranging from pencils to backpacks from the Coast Guard. We found out more about the inspiration behind the donation. Sr. Supt Howell Gillett - Commander Southside: “What we are doing here is to show that both governments are committed. The Belizean government, as well as the US government, are committed to helping young people to get to that next level which is becoming a positive role model, becoming a positive adult. This is just one of the many things we are doing in a partnership which happens to be at this time the US southern command and the Belize Coast Gaourd. We are so pleased to do this and we hope that this type of engagement can happen on all schools in region 1.”

PM Calls Hypocrisy On Immigration Criticism
Last night’s newscast was loaded with comments from Prime Minister Dean Barrow who had a scattershot press conference to discuss all things current.   Well, we have a bit more for you from that press conference, specifically, when he was asked about the wisdom of splitting the Immigration Department into 2.  Legislation has been passed to break that department into 2 separate Sections. The first will be in charge of granting nationality and passports, and the other will be responsible for immigration and border management.  Last week we had PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay’s harsh criticism of the Barrow Administration’s decision to do this.  He says it will allow the Immigration Department to become more vulnerable to the abuses and corrupt acts exposed during the Senate Hearings on Immigration. The Prime Minister was asked about that criticism, and he called it political opportunism:

PM on Palestine Slaughter
The Prime Minister was also asked to comment on the Israeli-Palestine territorial dispute that has once again become deadly. As we told you, the United States Government has upended decades of international consensus to let Palestine and Israel settle their territorial dispute over the Holy City of Jerusalem. It’s been a bitter dispute where these 2 Middle Eastern Countries have been fighting over who should be allowed to make Jerusalem their capital. On Monday, the US moved their Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, throwing support behind that country’s claim to the disputed city. ctical ways... that we can advance this friendship and this alliance.

Channel 5

Charges Re-Considered after Death of Demetrio Pott
Police and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions are in a pickle tonight because they are revisiting manslaughter charges slapped against three men in Orange Walk. Last Thursday, [...]

Trio Sought in Murder of “Monty” Lipka
There is some progress in the investigation into the brazen killing of American national Lamont Lipka in San Pedro. On Sunday night, the forty-nine-year-old restaurateur, better known as “Monty”, was [...]

Arson Confirmed, but Bruce Davidson Still Missing
There is another case that police are trying to crack and they are not getting any help from the results of an autopsy conducted on charred remains of a human [...]

Deputy PM Goes Down to Georgia; Police Hold Him over ‘Prank’ 911 Call
For weeks, there have been speculations about an incident in the State of Georgia involving Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber.  It happened on April twentieth, while he was on vacation [...]

Once a Guatemalan, Always a Guatemalan – Never a Belizean?
With the re-registration process due to start in July, some Guatemalans find themselves in an absurd situation, particularly those who acquired Belizean citizenship by way of renouncing their Guatemala citizenship. [...]

P.M. Issues Support for Belmopan Chief
A criminal investigation into an attack on the residence of Mayor Khalid Belisle in the Cohune Walk area of Belmopan is still open.  The split-level, two storey abode came under [...]

Police Chase Leads in Shooting at Mayor’s House
Police today gave an update on the shooting at the Valencia Street residence of Mayor Belisle. Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett confirmed today that the department is exploring a [...]

Territorial Volunteers Hit Back at P.M.
This afternoon, the leader of the Belize Territorial Volunteers, Wil Maheia, issued a video response to the pronouncements of Prime Minister Dean Barrow on the I.C.J. issue. Maheia also spoke [...]

Accountant Targeted in Palmar
A thirty-two-year-old accountant from San Jose Palmar Village in Orange Walk District was the victim of a shooting on Wednesday night.  Jose Oscar Santana says he was inside his yard [...]

Austin Williams in Gunman’s Crosshairs in Seine Bight
Austin Williams is tonight recovering at the Southern Regional Hospital, reportedly under police guard, following a shooting incident that occurred overnight in Seine Bight Village on the peninsula. Williams was [...]

Mistaken for Someone Else; Benjamin Reid Charged for Daniel Guardado Murder
As we reported on Wednesday, police arrested and charged Benjamin Reid for the murder of Daniel Guardado who was shot and killed on May fifth on Partridge Street Extension. Today, [...]

Will Sunshine Ask Again to Come In?
On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Courtney Abel crushed the hopes of Sunshine Holdings Limited to receive a share, or at the outside, all of the more than one hundred and [...]

P.M. Concedes Settlement Agreement Could Have Been Tighter
As has been noted, Sunshine Holdings did not get an exception in the 2015 settlement agreement for its debt as it was government-owned. The agreement explicitly obliged Government to take [...]

P.M. Does Not Support Embassy Moves but Cabinet Will Decide
On Monday, the United States inaugurated its embassy in Jerusalem, as the first country to relocate its headquarters from Tel Aviv, in the State of Israel.  On Wednesday, Guatemala followed [...]

Border Management Agency ‘Dragged Heels’ on Western Border Fence
Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, traveled to the western border on Wednesday to view firsthand security improvements that are taking place at the Benque/Melchor crossing point.  The infrastructure work [...]

In Honor of a Teacher
In light of teacher’s day celebration on Friday, we bring you a feature story of a young teacher described as an outstanding member of the Queen Square Anglican School teaching [...]

Belizeans Show Solidarity with Cuba
The average Belizean doesn’t know that much about the island nation of Cuba – perhaps that it is a socialist state in a mostly capitalist region of the world, or [...]

A Plan for the Old Capital
Over the years we have seen many instances of disruption to life in Belize City, as a result of mutually exclusive activities being forced to co-exist with each other – [...]

Work Starts ‘Soon’ on Dredging Yabra Canal
When last we left the situation of the Collet Canal, specifically the tributary that empties into the Caribbean Sea, the Belize City Council was beginning the process of draining out [...]

Picking Your Favorite Fisherman
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its partner agencies want to recognize fisherfollks who are doing good work in the fishing industry. Two outstanding fishers will be awarded along with [...]

To Your Good Health
The Gateway Youth Center held its annual health fair today at the Constitution Park in Belize City. A number of the organizations shared informational pamphlets, interactive games, as well as [...]

Healthy Living: the Link between ‘Pressure’ and Salt
Reducing the use of salt is a priority for health officials in Belize to prevent and contain the risk of heart diseases. The focus this year on the occasion of [...]

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International Hypertension Day: “Know your numbers”
Belize has a small population compared to the other Caribbean and Latin American countries, so two hundred hypertension-related deaths is considered a very high number. The Ministry of Health is doing what it can to reduce that figure and today it targeted food vendors in Belize City as part of World Hypertension Day. This year’s …

Gateway promoting healthy living
The topic of healthy living was also at the center of a fair put off by Gateway Youth Center. Reporter Johnelle McKenzie stopped by and filed this report.

Man got shot in his yard
Last night, a shooting incident occurred in San Jose Palmar Village located in the Orange Walk District. At this morning’s police press brief, ACP Joseph Myvett, Head of the National Crime Investigation Branch briefed the media on the incident. Police have no motive at this time as to why Santana was targeted.

BDF soldiers deployed to the border to bolster patrols
Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) has recently noted an increase in Guatemalan encroachment in the Chiquibul Forest. In fact, last week FCD discovered areas within the Chiquibul that had been surveyed. FCD believes these recent occurrences are as a result of a ‘yes’ vote to the ICJ in Guatemala. Guatemalans living along the borders …

Man narrowly escapes death
Austin Williams narrowly escaped death in a shooting incident which occurred last night in Siene Bight Village. At this morning’s press brief, ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of the National Crime Investigation Branch, spoke on the incident. Williams was admitted to the Southern Regional Hospital in a stable condition.

Increase of cable bill was inevitable
Your next month’s cable bill will be an additional thirty percent higher. That’s because the Belize Cable Television Operators Association will increase the cost of cable to sixty dollars per month. The increase comes as a result of the association entering into a copyright licensing agreement with programmers. But with the increase, customers can expect …

Another group of squatters in Belmopan being removed by Recondev
Several families have had their houses demolished and forced out of land they occupied in the J and W subdivision in the Maya Mopan area of Belmopan. We are talking about families that have squatted in lands within that area for five or more years. They are being moved by the Reconstruction and Development Corporation, …

PM Barrow explains why there is no need to amend the Maritime Act
In December of last year, PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay attempted to table a motion in the Senate to amend the Maritime Areas Act. That motion was voted down by the Government’s majority. The amendment sought Belize to claim its full twelve miles of territorial waters rather than the three miles it currently claims. If done, …

Is the charred remains that of Bruce Davidson?
At this morning’s press brief, ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of the National Crime Investigation Branch, gave an update of the charred remains that were discovered after fire personnel had extinguished a fire which engulfed four wooden houses on the Old Banana Bank Road on Tuesday. Police have not yet identified the charred remains; however, Bruce …

Benjamin Alexander Reid charged with the murder of Daniel Guardado
Police say that the murder of Daniel Guardado was a case of mistaken identity. At this morning’s press brief, ASP Alejandro Cowo, Head of Crime Investigation Branch, said that police was able to make an arrest with the help of the public.

Has the economy improved?
Is the Government broke? Yesterday at a press conference Prime Minister Dean Barrow refuted that claim, saying that the Government cannot possibly be broke if it has made available eight million dollars for the re-registration exercise and a further sum of two point five million dollars to fuel the ICJ referendum campaign. But has the economy improved? We asked the Financial Secretary Joseph Waight that question yesterday.

PM says BTL agreement “might have been far more tightly drawn so that the objective that I sought to achieve”
The nationalization of Belize Telemedia Limited came at a hefty price and that’s not including the millions of dollars in litigation fees. The complex legal war over the telecom giant spanned many years and the final battle of legal position was heard in the courtroom Justice Courtenay Abel who dismissed a claim brought by Sunshine …

PM says PUP’s claims are nonsense
An amendment to the Immigration, Belizean Nationality, and Passports Acts was successfully passed late in March. The amendment splits the functions of the Immigration Department. One half of the department will be responsible for granting nationality and passport while the remaining half will deal with immigration and border management. It is a move that the …

PM explains the peculiar situation of Choice Bank
Last month it was reported that Choice Bank Limited, an offshore banking company, is experiencing a liquidity crisis. At the end of the third quarter of 2017, Choice Bank considered itself the largest international bank in Belize with more than US$238M in total assets. However, in April Choice Bank told its customers that because recent …

Scammer used Belize to collect millions of dollars
Forty eight year old Brent Borland of Borland Capital Group has been charged by the US for defrauding investors. He used Belize to do so. Borland who operated an investment firm in New York City used investors’ money to live the life of the rich and famous, until he was caught by US authorities. He …

BTB Love Belize Sea challenge – an adventure like no other
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and Love FM are teaming up to bring you the first ever BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge, which is set to commence tomorrow. This kayak race will have paddlers going from Punta Gorda to Corozal. It is expected to be an adventure like no other. Love News spoke with RSV’s …


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HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN DEBRIS OF BELMOPAN HOUSE FIRE
A man died in a house fire that took place in the outskirts of Belmopan. According to reports, yesterday afternoon about midday, Fire Personnel responded to a fire on a farm located behind Christian Academy School. After fire personnel were able to put out the fire, they began to go through the debr...

PM IS ALL FOR A ‘YES’ VOTE IN ICJ REFERENDUM
The Belize/ Guatemala ICJ Referendum is scheduled for April the 10th of 2019 and Prime Minister Barrow believes that voting ‘yes’ at the referendum is the best choice for Belize. The PM held a press conference this morning in which he addressed several pressing matters. One of those matters was the ...

BELIZEAN GAS PRICES TO INCREASE AS WORLD PRICES DO
Last night we reported to you that Regular gasoline Prices at the pump in Belize will continue to increase as world prices also increase. Yesterday the Ministry of Finance issued a press release stating that in fact, as of midnight on May 16, regular gasoline in Belize City will go up by ten cents. ...

PM ON EDUCATION CAMPAIGN
On May 2nd COLA, Citizens Organizational for Liberty Through Action, issued a press release sternly urging the Government of Belize to not corrupt the ICJ Referendum Educational Campaign by using it as a tool to persuade Belizeans towards a yes vote. COLA stated and we quote, ‘we issue this warning...

Weed Plants found and destroyed
Lady Ville Police destroyed a large number of Marijuana plants found during an operation. Yesterday evening at about 3pm Lady Ville Police conducted a searched in the area of Old Salt Creek. As a result of the search police discovered 50 marijuana plants in buckets ranging from 3 inches to 2 feet in...

P.M. TALKS RENOUNCING GUATEMALA
Thousands of Guatemalan immigrants have gained Belizean citizenship without renouncing their Guatemalan citizenship. This is a matter of great concern to many Belizeans since both the national re-registration process and the Belize ICJ Refferendum are on the horizon. The Belize Chamber of Commerce, ...

PM On Voters Re- Registration
National Voters Re- Registration is scheduled to begin on July 2nd of this year. After almost 20 years the national voter’s list is being replaced by a new list. Current registered voters and new comers are being asked to visit a registration office nearby to register or re-register. The process is ...

PM SHARES CONCERNS FOR MAYOR BELISLE
Yesterday we reported to you that the house of the Mayor of Belmopan, Khalid Belilse was under gun fire late Monday night. We showed you footage of the bullet holes on his concrete house, his yard fence and even his fiancés vehicle. Mayor Belisle told us yesterday that he does not fear for his life ...

Who will Succeed P.M. Barrow?
PM Barrow has been serving as Prime Minister of Belize for the Past 10 years. In February PM Barrow indicated that he will be retiring even though he was not sure when. During that interview Barrow said that he will certainly leave at a time that gives his successor enough space to lead the Party in...

BELMOPAN POLICE MOTHERS DAY LUNCHEON
Yesterday the Belmopan Police Department held a Mother’s day Luncheon for its officers. The luncheon was held at the My Refuge Christian Radio Station in Roaring Creek. Along the mother’s day luncheon, 9 officers were awarded for their outstanding Performance. Plus News spoke to the Operating Commander of Belmopan, Sutherland who told us more about the luncheon

PM TO TAKE SURGERY
This morning the PM took some time to comment on his personal health. As most Belizeans are aware, earlier this year PM Barrow took several trips abroad for medical purposes. He separate occasions he left both Minister Hugo Patt and Minister Junior Heredia as acting Prime. PM Barrow told the media today that he is expected to return abroad for further checkup and a possible surgery

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PM announces timeline for leadership succession
Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, announced on Wednesday May 16 the timeline for the succession in leadership of the United Democratic Party to take place. He said that conventions will be set for representatives in the various constituencies to start in November and are to be concluded by the end of January early February of 2019. After this, delegate conventions will be held to select delegates that would attend and vote at the UDP National Convention. That process should be finished by March of 2019, thereafter the date for the leadership convention will be set and it is expected that it would be no later than May of that year.

CWU helpless for its fired members
The Christian Workers Union has been unable to get two recently fired employees of the Belize City Council reinstated. They first wrote a letter to the council and got no result and on Tuesday May 15, representatives of the union including President, Evan Mose Hyde and General Secretary, Floyd Neal were unable to get the council to budge. In a release to the media, the Belize City council explained that the meeting took place but that they will not be rehiring the two employees who are members of the union who were recently fired. All the council did was to wish them well. Of course this does not bode well for unionism in Belize since employees join unions for this very reason, to get protection from these kinds of arbitrary dismissals.

PM to vote YES to ICJ
“I am completely convinced that going to the ICJ and voting Yes is the correct choice for our country,” stated Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow at a press conference on Wednesday May 16th. He made the announcement after saying that the date for the referendum has been set for April 10th, 2019 in consideration that there is a re-registration exercise that is slated to commence in July of this year. By that time it is expected that the list of electors would be ‘robust.’ While the Prime Minister will be voting Yes to take the Guatemalan dispute to the ICJ he said that it is a particularly emotional issue and opinions are divided on going to the ICJ. PM Barrow stated that if we don’t go what would be the option? He said he could not come up with any other answer.

Shots fired at Mayor Khalid Belisle’s Home
Just around 10:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2018, shots rang out in the Cohune Walk Area in Belmopan City. The victim of the attack was Mayor of Belmopan, Khalid Belisle, and while he himself was not hurt, his house was shot at. There were at least 4 bullet holes in the walls of his home and another four in a car which was parked in front of the mayor’s home. Eight expended shells were recovered from the scene but have not yet led to any arrests or motive. According to Mayor Belisle, he and his fiancée had retired for the night just 30 minutes before when they were awoken by 4 loud bangs. “My fiancée and I were upstairs… and we heard four loud bangs, at least that’s what I could count.

San Pedro businessman shot in his business
Lamont Edward Lipka, an American businessman and owner of the Tropicana Restaurant and Bar in San Pedro, was shot and killed inside his business place, located in the island’s downtown area. The 49 year-old native of Texas, USA, was cruelly gunned down, as if the shooter’s one purpose was to end his life at all costs. Police say that at around 9:30 p.m., on Sunday, May 13, 2018, they received information of shots being fired at the business place, which is located on Coconut Drive. They responded and found Lipka’s lifeless body behind the cash register area of the Restaurant. He had suffered 6 gunshot injuries to the face, 1 to the right side of the neck, and another to the back of the neck.

BDF to Build Fence at Western Border
The Government of Belize has issued a press release stating that “The BDF Light Engineers will be working in conjunction with the Border Management Agency to improve the fences and gates to ensure better control at that official crossing point.” The decision to improve the fence comes from the need for effective border management and flow of traffic, which have sometimes been hard tasks to accomplish. Felix Enriquez, CEO, Ministry of National Security, comments that “For some time now there has been a general policy in place and a strategy to improve the way how things are managed at the border and while it is a national security issue, it is fundamentally to be managed by the Border Management Agency.

Fleecing of the Council - Wagner’s STRANGE Restructuring
The Belize City Council is currently in the middle of the strangest expense cutting and restructuring exercise in the history of public service. The Guardian has received reliable reports of cheques flying out of City Hall in the names of relatives and friends of the Councilors and the addition of several absentee workers on the payroll. With two former bankers sitting in the Mayor’s chair, it is mind blowing that the Council can attempt to pass off its recent acts as a cost saving restructuring exercise.

Alberts Division Mothers’ Day Party
Over 600 mothers from the Alberts Division gathered at the Tropicana Casino on Saturday night, May 12, for a good old fashion girls’ night out. The event organized by the Alberts Care Committee was a powerful demonstration of sisterhood and solidarity as the ladies were able to shed chains of self-consciousness, forget about their individuality and embrace a night of true bonding. Motherhood is a tough assignment and ladies rarely ever get a night off. Hon. Tracy Taegar-Panton invited the mothers of her division to a much needed night off. They left the children at home to attend the first ever event in the fabulous Tropicana Casino. The night began with a short greeting from Panton. She thanked the six hundred plus women for making it out and announced that the mic was open for karaoke.

Three ambassadors present credentials
On Monday May 14th, three ambassadors presented their Letters of Credence to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan. H.E. Dr. Franz Josef Kuglitsch, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria; H.E. Mrs. Zana Rudi, Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo; and H.E. Mr. Leszek Bialy, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland; all presented their credentials to the Governor General. They each conveyed on behalf of their respective countries well wishes to the Government and people of Belize and their commitment to ensuring continued peaceful and prosperous diplomatic relations with Belize.

BEL’s Family Day
Belize Electricity Limited held its Annual Family Day on May 12, 2018 at Kiki Witz in Belmopan. Employees from countrywide and their families enjoyed a day of fun, games and entertainment. Each year, employees compete under four house names, which represent retirees being honored at the event. The retirees honored this year were: Mr. Frank Ramclam, Mr. Peter Ciego, Mr. Jose Espat and Mr. Herman Flowers who each gave over 30 years of service to the company.

Cable going up
For years, from in the late ‘80s cable operators have been pirating signals from the US allowing Belizeans to enjoy almost 200 channels of various television channels. The practice was a simple one, operators would purchase channel packages in the US and simply amplify and multiply the signal and sell to subscribers in Belize. Those glory days are now fast coming to an end with the strict enforcement of copyright laws. On May 9th a letter from the Belize Cable Television Operators Association began to be circulated where they are telling subscribers that, “It has been agreed by the cable operators that the new rate for the basic cable package will be capped at BZ $60.00 inclusive of General Sales Tax.

Getting our exports to CARICOM
The Directorate General for Foreign Trade DGFT is in a new push this week to boost our exports by informing the private sector businesses on the export process, export documentations required, trade agreements and other essentials. Along with EXPORTBelize they will be conducting a Trade Clinic this Thursday at the La Inmaculada Credit Union in Orange Walk. Just last week the DGFT had met with its Public-Sector Partners to review Belize’s Draft Trade Policy as part of a mandate to enhance Belize’s export opportunities and for good reasons.

A time to honor our mothers out West
The San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council held a mother’s day special at the Cayo Welcome Center on Saturday night. Hundreds of mothers came out to celebrate their contributions to the Belizean society. Staff members from the Town Council based in San Ignacio had pooled their resources along with the local business community towards one hundred gift packages. These gifts were distributed to mothers on Saturday.

Belize represented at 37th Session of ECLAC
Belize had representation at the 37th Session of the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Havana, Cuba. The session lasted from May 7 to 11 and was attended by Hon. Erwin Contreras, Minister of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce. The Belize delegation also included Ambassador H.E. Annie Burns and First Secretary Shantal Marin from Belize’s Embassy in Cuba. The country representatives at the meeting approved 18 resolutions which focused on leaving no person behind in pursuit of the United Nations (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The group also reaffirmed a commitment to prioritize the needs of the Caribbean in the UN Framework.

Fuel price hike inevitable says PM
On Tuesday May 15 the Government of Belize announced yet another increase in the price of fuel. Regular gasoline will go up by 10 cents to $11.14 per gallon while diesel will go up to $10.60 up by 11 cents. Meanwhile premium will see a slight decrease of 3 cents to $11.36 per gallon and kerosene likewise will fall by 12 cents to $7.75 per gallon. Commenting on the price changes on Wednesday, Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow expressed that the country is going to be in for a difficult time as a result of global cost of oil increasing at what he referred to as an alarming rate. He said that geopolitical decisions of decreasing oil supply by OPEC as well as the country’s inability to secure fuel from Venezuela as a result of U.S. sanctions on that country has made the price surge.

G.R.E.A.T Program benefiting students in Spanish Lookout
The San Ignacio Police formation has conducted a Gang Resistance Education and Training Program G.R.E.A.T graduation in Spanish Lookout. A total of 136 students have graduated from the middle school curriculum of the G.R.E.A.T program. With that event, G.R.E.A.T has almost encompassed all schools within the 38 communities of the San Ignacio Police jurisdiction. Graduates have now been empowered to be more resistant to gangs, bullying and other negative influences and at the same time they have been equipped with life changing skills.

PUP Party Hack tells his troubles to Facebook
On Tuesday morning Joseph Nunez (aka Channel 3) did his lamentation of Clarence Thomas’ “A few troubles I’ve had.“ The only difference between Clarence and Joseph was, that Clarence’s song is about his troubles, while Joseph wrote about his on Facebook. Joseph started off by saying that he doesn’t usually put his business out in public, but he was doing so at this time because he needs a miracle. From what we gathered the context in which the word “miracle” is being used is to describe how badly he needs help. According to Joseph Nunez he attended Family Court last week Thursday, and he was told that he owes $5,200.00 in child maintenance bills.

Justices of the Peace to verify their status
The Attorney General’s Ministry informs that all Justices of the Peace, including Senior Justices of the Peace, must contact the Ministry to verify their JP status before July 31, 2018. This exercise is being carried out in preparation for the upcoming re-registration process by the Elections and Boundaries Department. All Justices of the Peace are required to provide some form of proof of their status. Kindly note that the JP certificate can be used as proof of status. Each person must also provide their contact information to the Ministry.

Lake I Resource Center nears completion
After a groundbreaking at the Lake Independence Resource Center in April 2016, progress on the construction has been slow. The center is a part of the Youth and Community Transformation Project, which exists to reduce the vulnerability of children and youth to crime and gang membership in the Collet, Lake Independence, Pickstock, and Port Loyola divisions of Belize City. It is being built under the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation.

Micah Goodin supports firings at City Hall
According to Micah Goodin, he stands with the Mayor when it comes to the termination of the City Administrator. He said he finds it ludicrous that she has gone on the media. According to him she is crying for her almost $100,000 per annum salary in addition to perks. He said that she was smiling all the way to the bank while her former bosses left the council saddled with debts upon debts. Micah said the amount of debts has afforded the new council to have less resources to assist people.

PUP wants to undo San Pedro elections
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin has begun listening to legal arguments in the election petition brought by the PUP to try to void the results of the 2018 Municipal Elections in San Pedro Town. The losing PUP 7 are alleging that there were discrepancies in the way the Elections and Boundaries officials oversaw the elections, and they suspect that they were cheated out of the Town Council Seats. The first day in court, which took place on Monday, May 15, was a marathon 8 hours. The litigants in this case are the politicians from the PUP 7 team who tried and failed to convince the island town electorate to put them into office. Those include Abner Andre Perez, the Mayoral Candidate; Dianeli Aranda; Johnnia Duarte Graniel; Urbina “Dina” Graniel; Marina Kay; Ruben Navidad; and Ian Pou.

Re-registration to cost 8 million dollars in first year
PM Barrow announced on Wednesday that the first year of the re-registration exercise will cost government some 8 million dollars to finance. Already the Chief Elections Officer and the Elections and Elections and Boundaries Commission have met with political parties to share the operational aspects of how the exercise will proceed. In the early months of re-registration, additional classrooms will be opened in order to accommodate the original mass number of people coming in to register. According to the Prime Minister the first list will be available by October of 2018. It is expected that by April of 2019 the list will be robust enough in order to have a valid referendum on the ICJ matter with Guatemala.

Renal Failure Prevention Project Nurses Recognized
An award ceremony was hosted on Monday, May 14, 2018 by the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The ceremony was held for dialysis nurses of the dialysis units from both Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City and La Loma Luz Hospital in Santa Elena, Cayo. Those nurses were recognized under the Renal Failure Prevention Project, an ongoing three year project with a total budget of approximately US$2.2 million.

Sunshine fails to get back 114 million from Ashcroft
Sunshine Holdings, the Government controlled company acquired from the Ashcroft Alliance during the fight over the ownership of BTL, has lost its lawsuit against the Alliance. Justice Courtney Abel has ruled that they will not get any of the 114 million dollars they were trying to get from the Alliance. In the last issue of the Guardian Newspaper, we told you about the opening arguments in this case. Dean Boyce, and the Trustees of the BTL Employees Trust, an Ashcroft outfit, received the last installment in their share of BTL settlement last year. This was compensation that the Barrow Government paid them for the 11 million+ shares in the telecommunication company that the Government took control over on behalf of the people of Belize.

Albert Jones Sr. confesses to murder of missing man
A Hattieville resident, 45-year-old Albert Jones Senior, is on remand after he allegedly confessed to the murder of Alaine Garcia, a mechanic of Hattieville. According to police, Jones Sr. confessed to the murder but the body of Garcia remains unfound. Jones Sr. appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford on Thursday, May 10, 2018 where he was read the charge of murder. Because the charge is an indictable offense, no plea was taken from him and will be tried at the Supreme Court. The magistrate explained that she could not grant him bail. As a result, he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until June 26, 2018.

Three charged for deadly beating after an accident
On Friday April 27th, 2018 a vehicle being driven by Demetrio Pott crashed into another vehicle in Trial Farm village in Orange Walk. As a result of the incident Demetrio and his brother were badly beaten by some men who were in the area. That beating landed Demetrio Pott at the hospital with serious head injuries to which he succumbed on Saturday may 12, 2018.

Arson and murder in Belmopan
Police in Belmopan are trying to ascertain the identity of a body that was found amidst the rubble of four wooden structures that were set ablaze on Tuesday afternoon. Reports are that fire personnel were called out to an area know as Jordan Road off the old Banana Bank road outside of Belmopan opposite the airstrip. On doing their work at the site firemen discovered the remains of a person who was burnt in the rubble. They were able to determine that all the structures were set ablaze at the same time

Belmopan resident bleeds to death
Quick action by Belmopan Police has led to the detention and charge of Roaring Creek resident Richard Hyde for the murder of Luis Monge. However; an entire community has been left in mourning following the killing of a well liked resident. Bar tender Luis Monge and his companion Dennis Monterrosa had come to the rescue of a woman, who had reported that her golden chain had been stolen while at the La Cabana Night Club. Both were stabbed on Zultana Street in the very early morning hours of last Friday.

Robbery and high speed chase in Belmopan
A robbery at a restaurant on Nim Li Punit Street in Belmopan just before 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018 led to a police chase. Police officers responded to the location after reports of a robbery and upon arrival at the scene, a white Ford Escape was seen leaving. The police pursued the car and the occupants fired upon the police leading them to return fire. A car chase soon ensued but ended with the vehicle being abandoned and later found in an off road in Cotton Tree Village. The vehicle has since been impounded but according to ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National CIB, because there was no license plate on the vehicle, no arrests have been made.

Charged for murder of Daniel Guardado
Daniel Guardado, who was a Belize City mechanic, was ambushed and killed on Saturday, May 5, 2018 on Partridge Street. Police now say that the alleged gunman has been captured. He has been identified as 21-year-old Benjamin Alexander Reid, a carver of Banak Street, Belize City. Reid appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 where he was read a single charge of murder. No plea was taken from him; due to the nature of the offense, he was denied bail and remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until August 16, 2018.

Dennis Matura freed from murder charge
Dennis Matura, who was accused of a murder in April 2012, has walked away from that charge. Matura was arrested and charged on April 10, 2012 for the April 4, 2012 murder of 23-year-old Michael James Garbutt, a deportee. The murder occurred in front of the victim’s relatives’ home on Albert Street in broad daylight. He was shot as many as five times, execution style, and died on the spot. As many as three persons gave police statements which led to the arrest of Dennis Matura, 19-years-old at the time.

Ex-common-law husband charged with deadly means of harm
Irvin Noralez is out on bail after he was charged with dangerous harm after leaving his ex-common-law wife, Nifa Ramos, injured during a stabbing incident. The 41-year-old caretaker of Anglican Cathedral College was arraigned on Monday, May 14, 2018 on two indictable offenses of dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm with a deadly instrument- a machete.

Ex-police officer charged with arson
Brandon Hertular, an ex-police officer who has been convicted before on a charge of theft, is facing a serious charge of arson. Hertular, who is now occupied as a fisherman, appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s court on Monday, May 14, 2018 on a charge of arson. The allegations against Hertular are that on May 2, 2018, he damaged a butane gas tank and several pieces of lumber. The items were all property of Sherlett Hyde and valued a total of $1,540.

High School student arraigned for allegedly stealing $15,500
A rburglary on April 22, 2018 at Kim’s Shop on Antelope Street saw a 4th form student in court on May 16, 2018. That student of a Belize City High School, Robert Lamb, 18, was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser where he was read a single count of burglary. The allegations against Lamb are that on said date, he entered the business and stole $15,500 cash from a gray safe, property of Jiabi Wong. Scenes of Crimes technician said that the burglar gained entry into the establishment by removing three wooden lovers from a window located by a storeroom.

Interdicted police officer on bail for traffic related offense
An interdicted police officer was charged for a traffic offense in which he is being accused of colliding into another vehicle at the entrance of the Los Lagos Community. After weeks of investigation and the victim’s recovery, police have since levied three traffic offenses against 32-year-old Sacario Cus, a police officer already on interdiction for a criminal offense. Cus appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Kadeen Palmer where he was read three traffic offenses of negligent harm, failure to report an accident, and driving without due care and attention.

Jedd Burgess and Micah Tillett awaiting bail hearing
Two Belize City men, who were students at the time of their arrest for murder, remain on remand at the Belize Central Prison awaiting a ruling as to whether or not they will be eligible for bail. They are 28-year-old Jedd Burgess and 23-year-old Micah Tillett. The duo was charged in September 2013 for the crime of murder for the shooting death of Jamaal Neal, who was gunned down on Banak Street.

William “Danny” Mason and employees to stand Supreme Court trial
A shocking look was what William “Danny” Mason displayed at the ruling of his preliminary inquiry when it was decided that he and his employees would be standing trial at the Supreme Court. Mason along with his four employees, Ashton Vanegas of Camalote Village, brothers Keiron and Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Henry Castillo, all of Roaring Creek Village, appeared before Senior Magistrate Merlene Moody in the Belmopan Magistrate Court.

Pastor bailed after charges of harm against two minors
Natalie Robinson, a 42-year-old pastor and resident of the Burrell Boom area, was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on two criminal charges of harm and wounding upon two minors. The pastor appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford on Monday, May 14, 2018 where she pleaded not guilty to the charges. There was no objection to bail and she was offered bail in the sum of $1,000 plus one surety of the same which she was able to meet. The pastor is due back in court on July 31, 2018.

Sandhill villager chopped to the neck
There was a chopping incident in Sandhill Village which has left one man hospitalized, pending surgery. That man is Ivan Hyde, a 26-year-old construction worker who was chopped to the neck. For that incident, Jude Joseph Moody, a 28-year-old fisherman also of Sandhill, has been arrested and charged. Moody was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Monday, May 14, 2018, represented by attorney Godwin Haylock. There, he appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where he was read three indictable offenses, neither of which a plea was taken for.

Shaylon Santos guilty of maim
Shaylon Santos remains on remand after he was found guilty of maim before Justice Francis Cumberbatch in the Belmopan Supreme Court. Santos is a 21-year-old resident of Teakettle and at 17-years-old, he was charged for chopping another Teakettle resident. Santos and Aldo Moro became involved in an altercation that left the victim with a chop wound to the head and the left hand completely severed at the wrist.

Six year old is injured during shooting incident
A shooting incident on Saturday, May 12, 2018 has left a 6-year-old injured. According to police reports, police visited the KHMH where they observed a male person by the name of Lamar Orellano who appeared to have gunshot wounds to the body. It was upon inspection of those wounds that the doctor classified them as remnants of a windshield that splintered and hit the minor to the upper right side of his back during the shooting.

Second man charged for shooting of Joshua Augustine
Two men have now been charged in connection with a shooting incident in which 21-year-old Joshua Augustine was shot at but missed. The shooting incident occurred on Saturday, May 5, 2018 on Police Street and this week, a second suspect was charged. Charles Young Jr., a mechanic and resident of Police Street appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Michelle Trapp where he was read a single charge of aggravated assault with a firearm upon Joshua Augustine.

Weed peddler caught by undercover cop
Emmerson Neal, a 33-year-old Belize City carpenter, is lucky to be home and not in jail after he pleaded guilty to supplying a controlled drug to someone else. Neal had initially pleaded guilty but changed his plea on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 when he appeared before Magistrate Michelle Trapp. The bust was made by an undercover police officer, Robert Chi, on Monday, November 8, 2017 during a sting operation in the Complex Area of Belize City.

Conorque floater gives Griga a 70 – 69 win over Hurricanes
In a do or die game for the Dangriga Dream Ballers after getting blown away last week in Belize City, Griga Dream Ballers had to defend home court if they wanted to live to see another day. They’re looking to redeem themselves and not let history repeat itself for the fourth consecutive year. While for the Smart Belize Hurricanes they too are chasing history as well, being the only team not to play a game 3 in the semi-finals and trying to do so in a hostile environment.

Belmopan Bandits whitewash Unitedville Rebels United in Cayo Softball competition
The Cayo Softball Association Senior Women’s competition continued on Sunday 13th May, 2018, at the Joan Garbutt Softball Stadium in Esperanza Village. In the first game of the day, the Belmopan Bandits behind the pitching of Keneshia Sutherland whitewashed the defending champions Unitedville Rebels United by the score of 2-0. The losing pitcher in the game was Shareenie Soberanis. In game two, Esperanza Wolverines edged out the winless Belmopan Capital City Emeralds by the score of 8-7.

Digicell Belize City Defenders defends home turf
In a must win game, Digicell Belize City Defenders were out to avenge their second consecutive loss on the island against the San Pedro Tiger Sharks, while making every effort to seal a victory on their home court. The home team jumped out to an early 27-21 lead to end the first quarter, with a hot start from Darwin and Jacob Leslie. San Pedro Tiger Sharks was able to narrow the gap to 1 point going into the half, trailing 44-43. San Pedro’s top scorer was Jihad Wright with the game high of 21 points, while tallying 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

Belize City Primary Schools Football Competition opens
The 2017-2018 Belize City Primary Schools Football competition opened on Monday 14th May, 2018, at the MCC Grounds. The schools competing in this year’s girls’ competition are Queen Square Anglican, Holy Redeemer, St. John Vianney, Salvation Army, Wesley Upper, Belize Elementary, St. Luke Methodist, St. John’s Primary and St. Ignatius. The girls are divided into two divisions.

Belize District won National Primary Schools Track and Field Meet
The Belize District captured the 2017-2018 National Primary Schools Track and Field Meet with a total of 22 medals. They were followed by the Stann Creek district with 19 medals and the by the Cayo District with 11 medals. The meet was held at the Marion Jones Sports Complex in Belize City.

Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle: The Belize Edition
The second edition of the Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle magazine was launched on Friday, May 11 and it highlights the cultural aspect of our Jewel, Belize. According to publisher and Creative Director at McNab Visual, Tanya McNab, the magazine contains everything one should do in different destinations. “It has everything from what you should do in different destinations and because we publish so often, you may see a San Pedro edition one time and you see a Cayo and out west another time. So, that is the only thing we have the opportunity to feature much more than we were in the past with just one and we have the opportunity five times.”

Three Fires in the Belize District leave 11 Homeless
A fire erupted in a wooden house on Friday, May 11, 2018. The home housed 9 people of which 4 children were inside a room at the time of the fire. According to Sharmane Bainton, one of the residents, she received a call just before 4:00 p.m. from her daughter who was at their home on Manta Ray Boulevard in Vista del Mar. That daughter was the one who helped to get all the children out of the house and while all of them made it out with their lives, they were not able to save anything else.

Words of Life With Pastor Barry Fraser
This week we look at another special mother, Elizabeth: The Mother Who Believed in Miracles Elizabeth was married to a priest named Zechariah, and in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 1, we learn that both Elizabeth and Zechariah were righteous before God, observing all of His commands. But Elizabeth was childless, and they were both old in age. Similar to people in Job’s day, people would have thought that sin prevented Elizabeth from bearing a child.

“We See them fighting for Power”
People often call eyes the windows to the soul. But what exactly do we see when we gaze into the eyes of another person? In fact, the eyes do provide lots of information about another person’s emotional state. (Phycology today, Google.com.bz). Look, I will never criticize any Belizean who demonstrates deep emotional passion in support of his/her political party of choice. Nothing wrong with that. But when this passion mutates into fanaticism and obsession I feel compelled to comment, since at a certain point the fanatic can become deceitful, vengeful and offensive. Recent examples of high profile citizens with these character traits are Matura, Gabb, Carter, Wade, and Lizarraga. I want to nominate Courtney as president of this distinguished group.

Life Principles I Recommend Part 3
Be kind for everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about… Being a genuine believer of this quote, I realize that my readers may be going through personal difficulties of many sorts. You may be at a point where, like me. You deeply question life. Have you ever thought about it? What is life? What are you supposed to do? We don’t come with manuals at birth teaching us at to be awesome human beings. I’ve realized that even though there’s no right or wrong way to live your life, there are certain universal principles that lead to a happy, wealthy, and healthy life.

The Reporter

Courts outlet in Belama reportedly robbed!
Reliable reports reaching the Reporter is that there was a robbery at the Courts outlet in the Belama area of Belize City sometime this afternoon. We understand that about $1,600 was stolen, along with personal items. We were also made to understand that two culprits […]

Man shot near Placencia; under police guard at Southern Regional Hospital
A man was shot this morning near Placencia village, Stann Creek. Austin Jason Williams is under police guard at the Southern Regional Hospital with gunshot wounds in his jaw and back. The details of what happened will be discussed in a Police-Media briefing later this […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Police find 50 marijuana plants in Old Salt Creek
Police are investigating the discovery of 50 marijuana plants in Old Salt Creek, Belize District. On […]

BBN Person of the Week: Abel Simpson Sr – The Insurance Guru of Belize
Abel Simpson Sr. is one of Belize’s most respected and experienced insurance advisor. This year, […]

Man shot in Palmar village, Orange Walk
Yesterday at around 11:15 PM, police received reports of a shooting incident in San Jose Palmar Village, […]

NEMO minister tours postal service
Yesterday, Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, with responsibility for Postal Service, Edmond Castro […]

Is the top brass in the Cayo’s Ministry of Works a normal Belizean?
For consecutive mornings now, a water truck can be seen wetting the full length of […]

15-year-old minor from Succotz village missing
Benque Viejo police are investigating the disappearance of a 15 year old minor. Succotz resident, Ebelita […]

14-year-old minor from Santa Elena missing
A 14-year-old minor from Santa Elena Town went missing this week in Cayo. According to reports, […]

Trial Farm Chinese store robbed at gunpoint
Orange Walk police are investigating an armed robbery of a Chinese store in Trial Farm, Orange […]

The Daily Telegraph: Belize is one of the world’s most underrated tourist destination
An article published on May 15, 2018, in the British Telegraph Newspaper, ranked Belize among 15 […]

UDP Timeline and real Belize politics
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

A Taste of Belize in Chicago
Belizean cuisine will be featured at this year’s ‘Taste of Chicago’ event being held on July […]

Corozal Community College warns of forged diplomas
Today, the Corozal Community College (CCC) issued a release warning the public that fake copies of […]

National Security Minister visit Western border Security Facilities upgrade Project
Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, visited Belize’s western border yesterday to observe the new project […]

Benjamin Reid charged for murder
Yesterday, police arrested and charged Benjamin Alexander Reid, 21, of Belize City for the crime of […]

Land titles for Government-led housing programs to be expedited
Today, Belize’s Commissioner of Lands issued a statement informing that to clear the backlog of […]

PM Barrow explains increase in fuel prices
Fuel prices once again went up this week and many Belizeans raged on social media, ranting […]

Blogs

The Hopkins Mango Festival is coming!
This year, hundreds of Belizeans and visitors alike descend to the seaside village on June 2nd and 3rd, ready to indulge in the over twenty varieties of mangoes that grow in the area. With names such as blue, Julie, Harry, #11 (a personal favorite), thunder shock, white, slippers, black, common, belly full, apple, and more, the fun is discovering new favorites and flavors. June 2nd will see Floyd Arana’s dory fishing contest starting at 6AM. The festival itself is officially slated to start at 11AM, with live cultural music playing as around 40 gaily decorated booths present their wares to those eager to enjoy every bit of Mango goodness and culture that Hopkins has to offer. From jewelry to arts and crafts, wood works and paintings, as well as prepared mango items, there will be tons to choose from! As we all know, being out in the hot sun imbibing and eating can be pretty exhausting, and well, festival organizers have thought of everything for this year. “Spa booths” offering massages or pedicures will be just the escape needed for those weary tootsies!

International Sourcesizz

Belize farm offers look into the world of spices
When vanilla begins to bloom in the summer months, farm workers at the Belize Spice Farm have only a six-hour window to pollinate the crop. They have six acres to cover and they do it all by hand, using toothpicks. If they’re too late, they’ll have to wait until the next flowering season because it blooms only once every year. “Harvest would be in November or December, and it takes about a whole year before we market them,” said Ancelmo Shol, who works on the farm and provides tours. The farm pollinates by hand, he said, because the female part of the flower is covered, which makes it difficult for bees or hummingbirds to do the job. To get around that, farmers use toothpicks to manually move pollen from the male part of the flower into the female part.

Kingston students help build home in Belize
Johs Erlandsen, of Kingston, a junior at Boston College High School, along with with other classmates, alumni and staff members, spent their April vacation helping construct a new home for Florence Baisa, a 72-year-old woman in Belize, Central America. The volunteers went to Belize to assist an organization called Hand in Hand Ministries to build a home for a family in need, reflect on their place in the world and pray together. Hand in Hand provides simple yet stable housing for people in Appalachia and Central America. The group built the 349th house for the Hand in Hand Ministry Building for Change Program. This was Miss Florence’s first home ever. BC High bought her a mattress, sheets, a pillow and comforter. Building for Change is committed to dignity one build at a time.

Sanibel Sea School to take teen campers to Belize
After a successful expedition in 2017, the Sanibel Sea School will once again offer an educational, biology-focused trip to Belize for teens over the summer. Open to participants ages 15-18, the program will run from July 30 to Aug. 8 and will include time spent in the jungle and on a remote island close to pristine coral reef habitat. "Last year, we saw monkeys, toucans, tarantulas and so much more," Director of Education Nicole Finnicum said. "In the jungle you are completely surrounded by creatures and you can hear and see them all the time."

Videos

  • Mr. Manuel Solis AKA Papa Sol, 2.5min. I am proud to introduce to you a very humble and energetic cultural ambassador, Mr. Manuel Solis AKA Papa Sol. Mr. Solis is from the village of August Pine Ridge and is well known for his traditional Hanal Pixan/Dia de los Muertos celebration. He has hosted over 900 students in his house and keeps working to preserve his culture.

  • Yucatec Maya tradition known as Wahil Kol Primicias, 3min. Nojoch Mak Manuel Solis explains to us the Yucatec Maya tradition known as Wahil Kol Primicias for the Milpa. The Wahil Kol Primicia is still done in northern Belize .

  • Jetz Mek explanation by Faustino Yam, 3min.

  • Town Hall Session on the Belize Guatemala Dispute and the ICJ Referendum, 2.5hr.

  • PATH OF THE RAINGOD PT1, 52min. by Carol Farneti Foster, Following water from the Mountains to the Ocean and showing how depending of it. Path of the Rain God Part 1 is the Maya Mountains in Belize

  • PATH OF THE RAIN GOD PT2 The River Valleys in Belize, 53min. Belize River Valleys. The water flowing from the mountains(Part 1) to the rivers. The animals and habitat that depend on it.

  • Journey Through The Underworld, 32min. Cave systems in Belize showing the wildlife and artifacts through scientists and Modern Maya Indian learning about his culture

  • Belize, 8.5min. Belize - Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye: Local Reef, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Great Blue Hole, San Pedro, Secret Beach

  • Belize District Festival of Arts 2018 Day 3 (Secondary) Morning Session Bird's Isle Belize City, 100min.

  • Meet The Legends "Hijos Del West" Youth Marimba Group, 15min. Learn how this vibrant Western Belize Marimba group gets their inspiration from. Meet Ivan Yacab, Hijos Del West Marimba Director and learn more from their humble beginnings. Did we mentione La Chatona? Benque Viejo most folkloric legend!

  • The Morning Show Discussion on BTB Sea Kayak Challenge, 12min.

  • BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge, 1/2min. Paddlers taking off from Punta Gorda. Seas are calm and the morning is cool. Today's leg is the second longest at just around 40 miles

  • Turneffe Island Resort, Turneffe, Belize, 2min.

  • Talk Ah Di Town May 17, 2018, 30min.

  • Morning Matters with Sharon Marin Luis, 63min.

  • OYE Town Hall Session & Guatemala Referendum Discussion, 108min.

  • Comprehensive National Master Plan (CNTMP) of Belize, 1min. The Economic Development Council (EDC) has completed a series of important videos highlighting the recently Cabinet-approved Comprehensive National Master Plan (CNTMP) of Belize.

  • Belize 2018 HD, 8min. Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye: Local Reef, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Great Blue Hole, San Pedro, Secret Beach

  • Dive With Roberta - Belize 2018 Group Trip, 23min. Scuba Shack Cozumel scuba diving group trip to Belize - April 21-28, 2018 on the Belize Aggressor - Group Leader - Roberta Cwiertnia. Come on, let's dive the world

  • Belize Island Paradise, 3.5min. More diving from Lighthouse Reef, Belize, April 2018.

  • Meet the Staff- Liberty Children's Home Belize, 2min. Meet our capable and caring staff at Liberty Children’s home. They work tirelessly every day to attend to the children’s physical, mental, and emotional needs. They are relentlessly and lovingly committed to the children and need your help to support their efforts.

  • My Vacation - You Better Belize It!, 16min. A few days in Belize and San Pedro, Central America! Staying at the Athens Gate Resort in May 2018! Got to see the Mayan Temples, Cave Tubing, and Kayaking! Spent my Cinco De Mayo exploring San Pedro!

  • Sakpakal is a Yucatec Maya dance group of Cristo Rey Corozal, 2min. Now, we present to you a group all the way from Cristo Rey. Sakpakal has been doing many performances throughout the year. The group consists of three generations of Yucatec Maya. This video features the youngest members of the group. The leader of the group is Jenny Uh.


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