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The San Pedro Sun

Belize featured in National Geographic guide to Top 50 dive destinations
Belize's barrier reef is to be featured in a National Geographic travel guide book to the top 50 dive destinations in the world. Professional dive master Chris Taylor and travel writer Carrie Miller of New Zealand arrived in Belize from Panama on Monday, May 28, for a week-long visit to research the Belize chapter of their travel guide commissioned by National Geographic to the top 50 destinations in the world. Belize is the ninth stop for this husband-and-wife team, who began their odyssey around the world in New Zealand in March this year, and have made their way across the South Pacific and up the coast of South America with their last dive destination before Belize being Curacao. They hope to complete their fact-finding tour by March 2019, at which time their book will be published by Random House.

9-A-Side football Tournament champions crowned
After seven weeks of play, the San Pedro Sports Committee 9-A-Side Football tournament ended on Sunday, May 27th at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town, and three champion teams were officially awarded their trophies The last match of the night saw Ambergris Combined Forced easily taking the female championship with a 4-0 score against Island Warriors #2, who had to settle for sub-champions. The first championship match was in the Under-15 (U-15) category, which saw Los Catrachitos going against Atletico Madrid. The match ended in a 2-2 draw, and so they moved to the penalty rounds to declare a champion. With a final 4-2 score, Los Catrachitos took the championship in the U-15 category, and Atletico Madrid settled for second place.

Ambergris Today

Belize Defence Force Addresses Illegal Farming Activities On Belizean Territory
The Ministry of National Security has deployed Belize Defence Force (BDF) assets to areas in southern Belize to investigate reports of cutting down forest areas for illegal farming. The first report to Belizean authorities was made late last week by Otoxha Village Alcalde, Mr. Santiago Peck. The villagers reported that they have come across several areas within Belize that appear to have been cleared by farmers from across the border. The BDF is in the area monitoring the situation and working with the area alcaldes and villagers to gather as much information as possible and offer security where needed.

De-Listing Of The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System As A World Heritage Site In Danger
he Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development and the Ministry of Natural Resources recently led a collaborative team comprising the Fisheries Department, Forest Department, Lands and Surveys Department, the Belize UNESCO Office and the World Wildlife Fund to implement a series of remedial actions to qualify the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System for de-listing from the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger.

Sunsets In Belize To Make The World Jealous
May sunsets are rivaling those of October in Belize, when we usually get the most spectacular views of the year. There is something in the air this month as all eyes turn to the west during sunset hour.

Misc Belizean Sources


Paint N Splash
Part 3 "Terrific Tarpon", See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday.

Belize Defence Force Addresses Illegal Farming Activities on Belizean Territory
The Ministry of National Security has deployed Belize Defence Force (BDF) assets to areas in southern Belize to investigate reports of cutting down forest areas for illegal farming. The first report to Belizean authorities was made late last week by Otoxha Village Alcalde, Mr. Santiago Peck. The villagers reported that they have come across several areas within Belize that appear to have been cleared by farmers from across the border. The BDF is in the area monitoring the situation and working with the area alcaldes and villagers to gather as much information as possible and offer security where needed.

Save The Date and Celebrate the 10th Flowers Bank Village Festival!
Save The Date and Celebrate the 10th Flowers Bank Village Festival on June 2nd!

On this Tree Tuesday, we are featuring the Rosewood tree (Dalbergia stevensonii)!
We are calling this tree Rosewood although its English name is Honduran Rosewood. Honduran in the name refers to Belize's previous name British Honduras where this species was first described in 1927. This particular species has not been recorded in the country Honduras. Due to the loss of forests in Mexico and Guatemala, wild places in southern Belize are now refuges for the species. Rosewood is prized internationally for its beautiful timber. The tree is a member of the bean family Fabaceae and can increase nitrogen in the soil. Consider planting rosewood; even better, include it as part of your agroforestry farm!

The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce Issues Update on the Sale of Sugar on the Local Market by Santander Sugar Ltd.
The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce is conducting consultations with the Ministry of Agriculture and other relevant stakeholders in its effort to formulate recommendations to the Export Processing Zone Committee on the sale of sugar on the local market by Santander Sugar Ltd. Santander Sugar Ltd. received Export Processing Zone (EPZ) status on February 17th, 2014 and was authorized by the Export Processing Zone Committee to "process raw sugar and molasses" for the export market. On January 11th, 2018 the company expressed interest to value-add its product to take full advantage of opportunities that may exist in the CARICOM Market.

The San Pedro Town Council would like to congratulate all the teams who participated in the latest tournament that the San Pedro Sports Committee organized for Under 13, Under 15 and Female category. The tournament concluded on Sunday, May 27th at the Ambergris Stadium where many spectators gathered to witness the grand finale! The tournament ended in grand manner with the distribution of trophies and medals to the winning teams. The San Pedro Town Council would like applaud the San Pedro Sports Committee, Sponsors and Teams for making this tournament a great success!

RADIO BAHIA 99.7 FM officially launches its application
It's now available on apple store or play store. It's free and easy to download! Give it a try. Streaming 24/7. Any business who would like to advertise on our app feel free to email our agent @[email protected] or call them at 665-5618.

Water Interruption Wednesday for Benque and Succotz
Belize Water Services informs its customers in Benque and surrounding areas that there will be an interruption in the water supply today, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The areas to be affected are Benque and Succotz. This interruption is necessary for the installation of a new water main. Due to the upgrade, customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration in their water supply when water is restored. Residents of these or nearby areas are advised that water is expected to be fully restored by 9:00pm. If they experience any water supply problems after that time, they should immediately call BWS' hotline at 0-800-CALL-BWS (0-800-225-5297) to report it.

Water Interruption Wednesday for parts of Belize Disctict
Belize Water Services informs customers in parts of Belize District, that there will be an interruption in the water supply today, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The areas to be affected are Biscayne, Gardenia, Sandhill, Maxboro, Burrell Boom, Fresh Pond, Los Lagos, Lord's Bank, Lake Garden, Vista Del Mar, Ladyville, Bella Vista, Belama (Phase 1 - 4), and West Landivar up to Princess Margret Drive. This interruption is necessary for the installation of a new water main. Due to the installation, customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration in their water supply when water is fully restored.

Channel 7

BDF Deployed to Investigate Incursions
Last night, we showed you what was happening in Otoxha, A Belizean Village in Toledo at the southwestern edge of Belizean territory. That's where villagers are saying that they've seen Guatemalan farmers pressing into Belizean territory and clearing land for farms. Well tonight, the Ministry of National Security is reporting that they've deployed BDF assets to the area to investigate and confirm these incursions for themselves. The Ministry notes that the first report reaching them of this activity was last week, when the Alcalde of Otoxha, Santiago Peck, first brought it to their attention. The villagers reported that they have come across several areas within Belize that appear to have been cleared by Guatemalan farmers.

Southside Swimming in Garbage
If you live on the southside of Belize City - your garbage may not have been picked up today. And here's why: City Hall owes Waste Control about a half a million dollars in arrears - which means they are 9 weeks behind on payments to the sanitation company. So - as it has done before - Waste Control is on go slow - and only picked up some of the garbage on the southside. It's a real headache for residents - who now have to bring back in their garbage so the stray dogs don't get to it, and find a way to store all that accumulating garbage. But it's nothing that new for city hall, where huge arrears to Waste Control has been a chronic problem for at least a decade.

Cops Split Open Man's Eyelid
Tonight, Lincoln Robinson Jr., a resident of the Queen Square area of Belize City is recovering from a very serious injury to his right eye - and he says its the police that did it. It happened early last Saturday, when 3 police officers from a specialized unit put a beatdown on him. Now, we warn that the photo of the injury to his eye is graphic, but we believe that we must show you the damage he suffered for context. He says that one of the officers kicked him so many times to his face, that his boot almost tore off his eyelid completely. His version of events are that he was coming from a female friend's house late on Friday night, early into Saturday morning, when he encountered these officers, who stopped him.

Man Walks for Slitting Throat in Santana
After spending 4 years on remand, 28 year-old Albert "Cat" Reid, is at home tonight after he was acquitted in a trial without jury of the 2014 murder of 57 year-old Maurice "Tuco" Young. It made major news back in May 2014 when Young was found dead in his back yard in the quiet and remote village of Santana, which is located on the Old Northern Highway. It was first murder in that community 5 decades or more. An onsite post-mortem determined that someone cut his throat. A few days later, Reid was arrested and charged with murder.

Alleged Child Rapists Get Off, Accuser Abroad
It made major news in 2011 when two grown men were accused of the gang rape of a 14 year old second form student. But tonight they are free - after a major mis-step in the prosecution's case. The rape happened in January of 2011 at the end of University Drive, in the West Landivar area of Belize City. At the time, the girl gave a statement saying that she had left school early and was playing video games at a male friend's house. She then asked for a ride home to Belama with then 22 year old Kevon Bardalez. She says she got into the car with him and his friend who was driving, 35 year old Jordy Rhaburn.

Fonso Will Stand Trial in Supreme Court
Alfonso Noble, the Editor of the Guardian Newspaper, and one of the UDP mouthpieces on WAVE RADIO AND TV, will stand trial for the accident in which he knocked down and killed Gilbert Myers. On Christmas Eve of 2016, Noble was passing an area between miles 3 and 4 on the George Price Highway when he hit Myers, a Hattieville Resident who was riding his bicycle on his way home. Noble was charged with manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention, and failing to provide specimen to police for testing.

GOB Says Santander Was Given Cease & Desist
Last night we told you about the uproar amongst cane farmers in the north after the learned that Santander - which is an export company - was selling sugar on the local market. Today the Ministry of Trade and Commerce sent out a statement saying Santander has admitted to selling 750 metric tons to one local distributor. They did that without any permit to do so, and the Ministry has asked the Customs Department to, quote, "determine a means to clear the local market from the sugar that had been supplied by Santander." End quote.

Robbers Make Off with 30k in PG Home Invasion
A pair of thieves stole over $30,000 in cash and items from a store in Punta Gorda, and, so far, Police have detained one man. The robbery played out like a home invasion - which is very unusual for the sleepy southern town. On Sunday morning around 9:00 at James Store on Jose Maria Nunez Street, owner Huigiang Chen was asleep in his bedroom. His wife Yanhi Huang came into the room but behind her were two men with handguns. They pointed the gun at Huang's head and demanded money. Chen then handed them a bag with $20,000 cash and his 9mm Beretta brand pistol, loaded with 15 live rounds.

Ghastly Backatown Attack
And from that PG home invasion and robbery to a home invasion and attempted rape in Belize City. 3 armed men tried to rape a pregnant women in the Backatown area! The special patrol unit were making their rounds in the neighborhood when their attention was drawn to a house. Police found the pregnant woman tied up and beaten on her bed. She was rushed to the hospital. Police are following leads that it may be her husband's ex-girlfriend who ordered this attack on her. We'll keep following the story.

Accused Murderer Admits Firearm Offence
Valentine Baptist: he is accused of the 2016 bold daylight killing of Devin Parham. Well, Baptist is back in court for firearm offenses, not for the murder charge. When he appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford, he changed his initial plea of not guilty to guilty of possession of an unlicensed firearm. The report is that police saw him throw a glock 9 millimeter pistol in a Plues street yard shortly after Parham was killed. On July 6th 2016, Parham was walking home on Cemetery Road - right in front of Habet Hardware with one of his cousins when a gun man opened fire on them from behind. His cousin escaped but Parham was killed. Senior Magistrate Ford sentenced Baptist to 2 years and stipulated that his remanded time is to be included in the sentence. Baptist has been in custody since July 8, 2016.

Cops Say Pen Gun, Artists Say Tattoo Instrument
A pair of cousins - who are tattoo artists - have been remanded to prison for firearm offenses. But they say police have it all wrong - their explanation is that this Pen gun police found in their Freedom Street home is actually a tattoo machine and not a weapon. But the police tested it and confirmed that it is capable of firing a point 22 round. So today Carlton Tillett and Dimitri Tillett were charged with kept prohibited firearm. They pleaded not guilty to the charge and they were remanded into custody until August 29. The police reported that they searched their house yesterday and found this brown and black homemade firearm between the wall and a speaker in one of the bedrooms.

YWCA Fight For Human Rights
The YWCA has launched a new project, it is called Addressing human rights for more equitable development. It sounds like a very involved and difficult plan but the team hopes to make a difference with this 4 component project. The main focus is on teaching young girls and women about their rights and training them to become leaders and advocates. We stopped by to find out more at the launch. Kiri Lizama, Project Coordinator, YWCA: "Today we are doing the official launching of the addressing human rights for equitable development project at the Y. It is an EU funded project and it is being implemented in 3 districts so in Cayo, Stann Creek and of course here in the Belize District."

Unesco Looking for Education Answers
For the last two days, education specialists from UNESCO and the technocrats of the Ministry of education have been in a workshop to improve Belize Education system. They're trying to Integrate Education for Sustainable Development into the country's education policies. As we all know, the country's education system is far from perfect, and so, to try and improve on its infrastructure, the Ministry invited the UNESCO specialists to examine it and implement elements of Education for Sustainable development in areas where it can actually benefit.

Machel in Belize, For Prom, Not Soca Concert
Soca Superstar Machel Montano is in Belize. Now you all may be thinking that he is 4 months too early for the September celebrations, but he isn't here for that, he's here for a graduate's prom entrance at Ecumenical School in Dangriga. Yes! a parent paid for Machel to come in and perform for his daughter's prom entrance. What a memorable entrance that will be !!! He arrived this afternoon but he and his crew had to rush off to an engagement so he didn't grant us an interview at the airport. There will be a press conference on Thursday in Dangriga.

Human Smuggling: 17 Central Americans Caught
Today, 12 Central American illegal immigrants appeared in San Ignacio Magistrate's Court charged for illegal entry. It's a routine charge, but not a routine case after police caught 19 persons total - 12 adults and 7 children - coming across the Western border illegally on Sunday night. The police caught them at a checkpoint on the Bullett Tree Road - coming down from Calla Creek - which borders Guatemala.

A Gun Called Jericho
ON Monday, CITY Cops found a gun near the corner of George Street and Rocky Road. Police got information about a suspicious person in black clothing in the area. Police went to check but they didn't find anyone, instead they found a Jericko brand 9mm pistol along with a magazine with no live rounds. No one was in the immediate area so the firearm was sealed and deposited as found property.

Nat Geo Dives Belize
The husband and wife team of Carrie Miller and Chris Taylor, who work for National Geographic are on an ambitious one year assignment - to cover the 50 most best dive destinations in the world. They are compiling National Geographic's first dive travel guidebook - and are on the society's longest assignment every. This week it's Belize and they told us why they are here:

Senior Diplomat Will Vote Yes to ICJ
He may be the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS - but Nestor Mendez is, foremost, a Belizean, and a senior diplomat who has represented this country at the highest level. Two weeks ago in Washington DC, he told the government press office why he passionately believes that Belize should go to the ICJ:… Mendez has made it clear that he plans to offer himself for the post of Secretary General of the OAS in 2020.

Fugitive Still Roaming Free
It has been 5 days since he escaped from police custody and the alleged teenaged killer Jordan Burns hasn't been caught. Police need your help to locate him. As we have reported, 18 year old Burns was charged for Carlton Moriera's murder. While police were escorting him with no handcuffs to the main police station, he slipped away and skipped through the main gate of the police station.

PSU Power Struggle, President Unfazed
Yesterday, we told you about the upheaval from last Saturday's Annual General Meeting of the Public Service Union. The President, Doreth Obermayer Cayetano, is facing a resolution calling for her immediate resignation based on a vote of no confidence. She has to work for her union as leader for an entire year with this draft resolution hanging over her head. As we reported, at the very end of the AGM, the Union's Resolution Committee, which is chaired by Jacqueline Willoughby, placed the resolution on the floor for discussion. All resolutions, which are given to the Committee by any PSU Member, must be put on the floor for debate, and put to a vote, no matter how frivolous they may be.

Channel 5

Trade Minister: Santander Jumped the Gun on Sugar Sales
Santander, the Spanish multinational operating in Valley of Peace, is again in hot water, this time for illegally producing and introducing plantation white sugar into the local retail market.� Tonight, [...]

Sugar Confiscated, Fine Coming
News Five understands that the supplier of the Santander sugar is DV Distributors, which may be connected to the Vega Empire. Santander's move to proceed with production and the retail [...]

Company Not Even Empowered to Produce Plantation White Sugar
Minister Panton says that Santander has met with the Ministry of Trade, but is also requesting a meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture, even though it has already violated the [...]

Sugar Associations Question Agriculture Minister
As the issue continues to heat up, three associations; Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, Progressive Sugar Cane Farmers Association and the Corozal Sugar Cane Farmers Association are seeking a meeting [...]

P.U.P.'s Jose Mai Sides with Cane Farmers
The Opposition People's United Party has weighed in on the topic, from differing angles. Orange Walk South area rep Jose Mai, who is a cane farmer and staunch supporter of [...]

Julius Espat Says Be Careful with Santander
Cayo South area rep Julius Espat provided an alternative view focusing on the economic development provided by Santander in his area. He notes that farmers in the Cayo District have [...]

Albert Area Rep Awaits Outcome of P.U.P. Showdown
P.U.P. caretaker Paul Thompson lost his initial bid to represent the Albert Division in 2015 when he ran against the then U.D.P. standard bearer Tracy Panton in the last general [...]

Corozal Lady Aspirant Challenges Party over Female Representation; Arthur Saldivar also Denied
In other political news, the People's United Party held a meeting today of the National Executive in Belize City. It debated several serious matters and heard from Thea Garcia Ramirez [...]

B.D.F. Investigating Illegal Incursions in Dolores, Otoxha
The Ministry of National Security has deployed Belize Defence Force soldiers to areas in southern Belize to investigate reports of Guatemalans cutting down forest areas for illegal farming. �According to [...]

Albert Reid Acquitted of 2014 Murder
Twenty-eight-year-old Albert Reid appeared before Supreme Court Justice Colin Williams today. He was accused of the May seventeenth, 2014 murder by stabbing of fifty-seven year old Maurice Young, also known [...]

Complainant's Absence Leads to Acquittal on Rape Charges
At the direction of Supreme Court Justice Colin Williams, a jury of nine today entered a verdict of not guilty in favour of forty-two-year-old Jordy Rhaburn and twenty-nine-year-old Kevon Bardalez. [...]

Father Charged with Incest
Up north, a twelve-year-old student has reported a most disturbing incident. While the incident allegedly happened months ago, it is only now being reported. The minor claims that in mid-February, [...]

30K Robbery at P.G. Chinese Store
A pair of thieves pulled off a robbery in Punta Gorda which netted them more than thirty thousand dollars. Over the weekend, Huigiang Chen of James Store reported that two [...]

National Geographic Writers to Feature Belize in Dive Guide
Belize's Barrier Reef remains a place of great interest to visitors, whether those come to relax or seeking answers to some of the great mysteries under the ocean waters. Now, [...]

Praise for Belize's Efforts to Heal Barrier Reef
The World Heritage Committee has signaled good news in respect to potentially removing the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System from the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in danger at [...]

2 Maud Williams High Boys Rewarding for Doing the Right Thing
Two students were recognized for doing the right things at their school. Darwin Beaton and Ashton Vernon were not always walking the straight and narrow, but when they got some [...]

Mexico Renews Trade Opportunities, Focusing on Eco-Friendly Products
More than ten entrepreneurs from Mexico were today at the Mexican Institute in Belize City for a trade mission. For years now, the Mexican Embassy in Belize has been facilitating [...]

Human Rights Training for Women and Girls
The Young Women's Christian Association today launched a new project AHRMED-Addressing Human Rights for More Equitable Development. Funded by the European Union, the initiative is expected to provide human rights [...]

Participants Will Help Teach Others
There are four components to the project that will see the five hundred participants then go out into their communities and engage other women and girls in gender and human [...]

Renewal of Support in Annual Cancer Walk
We have been covering the annual cancer walk for years now, and we do so again this year. The walk started in Ladyville with thousands trekking to Belize City to [...]

Journey Begins for Members of Police Youth Mentorship Program
Saturday was the first day of the second cohort of the Police Youth Mentorship Programme. Ninety-six mentorees from eight to seventeen years of age were matched with thirty mentors to [...]


PUP comments on Santander sugar issue
The Sugar Industry was discussed today at the People's United Party's Executive Committee meeting. The three sugar cane farmers association are not happy that Santander Sugar, based in the west, has submitted a request to sell its sugar on the local market. The associations believe that if granted permission to do so, the impact will �

Ministry of National Security address incursions by Guatemalan farmers
The Ministry of National Security is addressing reports of illegal farming in southern Belize near the border with Guatemala and has deployed personnel from the Belize Defence Force, BDF, to investigate these reports. Authorities first received reports from the Alcalde of Otoxha Village, Santiago Peck, who stated that they have encountered several areas within Belize �

National Geographic to feature Belize in travel guide book
Carrie Miller and Chris Taylor, two world-renowned National Geographic writers, are in Belize on a one-week working visit sponsored by the Belize Tourism Board. Belize is the ninth country the team has traveled to with forty-one to go. During their time in Belize, the team is expected to visit Belize's premier attractions. The Belize Tourism �

MOE to embark on Education for Sustainable Development
In September 2015, Belize along with other countries embraced a set of goals under the new sustainable development agenda in the hope of protecting the planet. The Ministry of Education is now looking to provide education for sustainable development. To this end, a two-day workshop was held at the Radisson Fort George where educators learnt �

UNESCO's proposes to remove Belize from in Danger list
UNESCO's World Heritage Center in a press release announced that it has made a draft recommendation for the removal of Belize's Barrier Reef Reserve System from the list of World Heritage in Danger. The draft recommendation will be reviewed by the World Heritage Committee at its upcoming meeting in Manama, Bahrain in late June, where �

12-year-old accuses father of rape
Corozal police are investigating another case of rape. Police report that on Monday, a twelve year old girl, in the company of her mother, reported that her father had raped her. The child says it happened on February 13 of this year. The child took a medical exam which confirmed that she had been carnally �

Two Schools receive hand out from two schools
Sagitun Banana Farms has lent a helping hand to two schools in the Belmopan area. Pauline Soberanis Tillett has the story. Sagitun Banana Farms Ltd. donated bananas to two primary schools in Belmopan. The two schools are United Evergreen Primary and St. Martin Government School in the San Martin Area of Belmopan. The donation is �


Santander accused of invading local sugar market
Santander, the multinational sugar-producing company that began operations in the Cayo District in 2012, may be violating the terms of its EPZ arrangement with Belize by selling its sugar on the local market. Reports in the local media are highlighting the fact that Santander has apparently begun viewing the local market as just another market where it can garner a quick profit by selling its sugar below the controlled price set by government for local sugar producers. The move by the giant multinational company, which has its origin in Spain but has large regional investments in Guatemala, has caught local sugar producers by surprise.

3 charged with robbery of Jolli Bee's Restaurant
The police's investigation of a robbery at Jolli Bee's Restaurant, located at the corner of Amara Avenue and Cemetery Road has led to the arrest of three men. They are Lemar Lamb, 19; his brother, Robert Lamb, 18; and Iwin Palma. They pleaded not guilty to 5 counts of robbery when they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. They were remanded into custody until August 28. The incident occurred on Saturday, May 26. Three men entered the restaurant, one of them armed with a firearm. They stole a cash register containing $1,200 from the restaurant.

18-year-old charged with Oscar Rosado's murder
Brandon Hughes, 18, a resident of Aloe Vera Street, was charged with the murder of businessman Oscar Rosado, Sr., 70, when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser. No plea was taken from him because the offense is of an indictable nature. It was also not possible, because of the nature of the offense, for the court to offer Hughes bail. He was remanded into custody until July 25. The incident for which Hughes was charged - a robbery which culminated in the killing of Rosado - occurred around 1:30 p.m. on April 23 at Rosado Hardware Supplies, located on Cemetery Road next to Lord Ridge Cemetery.

Alleged murderer, Jordon Burns, 19, escapes police
Last Wednesday, just as things seemed to have been returning to normal in Belize City after a long, murderous weekend, gun violence struck again, claiming the life of another innocent, productive citizen. Shortly after the lunch hour Wednesday, a number of police vehicles were seen swarming into Lakeview Street, in the Mayflower Street area, which is the turf of the Ghost Town Gang, following the fatal shooting of Carlton Moreira, 34, a plumber and longtime resident of the area.

Carlos Panti, "the Caveman," dies in road collision
Well-known tour guide operator Carlos Panti, 47, also known as "the Caveman," of San Ignacio, was driving his vehicle to San Ignacio from Benque Viejo Del Carmen, on the George Price Highway, when he lost control of his vehicle, which overturned in front of Logs Cabin. When the vehicle overturned, Panti was thrown out and suffered head and body injuries when he landed on the pavement. He died almost immediately. Police found Panti lying face-down on the pavement, about 10 feet away from his vehicle, with massive injuries.

Chief Justice to rule on PUP San Pedro municipal election petition
Attorneys representing the Opposition People's United Party (PUP)'s San Pedro municipal election petition made final submissions today in the courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, who, at the end of today's hearing, indicated that he will issue his ruling in the next two weeks. Attorney Eamon Courtenay, SC, appeared for the petitioners, the six PUP San Pedro Town Board council candidates and their mayoral candidate, while attorney Estevan Perrera defended the UDP San Pedro mayor and his six councilors. Solicitor General, Nigel Hawke appeared for the Attorney General of Belize, Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai and Returning Officer Catharine Cumberbatch, who has been named in the election petition as an interested party.

Another legend passes, football great, Nelson "The Roo" Robinson
We first received the sad news on Saturday evening from Yabra football icon, Jerome "Pealoff" Mejia; and this morning, a very close friend of The Roo's, Bert Dougard visited Amandala to inform us of his passing in Brooklyn, New York. A survivor of heart surgery some years ago, The Roo reportedly took ill sometime last week, and a close relative confirmed to us today that he passed away on Friday night. As the outstanding goalkeeper for the 1963 Brodies team that dethroned the BEC "Missiles" for the Belize City football championship, Nelson "The Roo" Robinson later became the starting goalie for a number of All Belize selections; but he actually rose to immortality in Belize football lore with a spectacular save in a big game at the MCC Grounds, when fans saw him acrobatically turn his body in mid-air to snatch a curving shot that had seemed a certain goal. It was a save that football fans, those who witnessed it, have never forgotten.

Is the NEBL championship dance too big for the Cinderella team?
Game 2 of the Pepsi NEBL Finals will take place on Friday, June 1, as Smart Belize Hurricanes will try to sweep the series and grab their second NEBL championship in the past 3 years. Their city counterparts, DigiCell Belize City Defenders will be forced to defend the city in order to keep their championship hopes alive and extend the series to a decisive game 3. Their two regular season match-ups witnessed two blowout games, with both teams winning at home. In the first game, Defenders won by 18 points, only to be blown out by 20 points by Smart Belize Hurricanes in the last regular season game in the inauguration of the Belize Civic Center.

Belize District F.A. weekend football program
Good evening, Football Family! See below the upcoming schedule of the Belize District Football Association (BDFA) activities for this weekend at the MCC. Inter-Office Thursday, May 31 7:00 p.m. - Ramada Gray Enterprise/ brothers Habet vs Atlantic Insurance 9:00 p.m. - Simon Quan vs Tourist Village FC U-13

FFB Inter-District quarterfinals end; 2 City teams clash in semifinals
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) Inter-District Club Competition 2018 completed its 2nd leg of quarterfinals with all 4 games played yesterday, Sunday. At the MCC Grounds, it was 1-1 between FC Elite and Valley United FC from Belmopan. Jason Sanchez (2') put the visitors in front, but Tyriq Ciego (23') equalized from the penalty spot for FC Elite, who advance by 3-2 aggregate to the semifinals. Meanwhile, in an all-Orange Walk affair at the Louisiana Field, it was Progresso FC, 3-0, over Trinidad FC, with goals from Walter Robles (36' & 46+') and Gabriel Perez (71'). Progresso advances on 3-0 aggregate.

Editorial: The Guatemalan volcano
Outside of the World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945) years, 1968 was the most sensationally turbulent year internationally of the twentieth century. Inside the colony of British Honduras, which had become self-governing in January of 1964, official release in late April 1968 of American mediator Bethuel Webster's Seventeen Proposals sparked riots in Belize, then still the capital of the colony. The response of the ruling People's United Party (PUP) was to organize a Police Special Forces unit, for the purpose of controlling such riots in the future, which became known as the "paramilitary." Once the PUP government formally rejected the Webster Proposals, things quickly settled down, even though bloody violence erupted to the north of us in Mexico City in the days leading up to the September 1968 Olympics, while to the east of us across the Caribbean Sea an uprising took place on the University of the West Indies campus in Mona, Jamaica, and in the capital city of Kingston itself, when the Guyanese professor, Walter Rodney, was refused re-entry into Jamaica by the Hugh Shearer government in October of 1968.

From The Publisher
As the years go by, students of history like myself usually end up with many books in our collection. We also end up with lots of publications of various kinds, and pieces of publication which we find ourselves absolutely unable to consign to the garbage heap. This is because such publications and pieces of publications contain information and records we consider precious. Over the last three weeks or so, I've been moving, with assistance, from my old office in a rented building on the eastern side of Partridge Street back inside the Kremandala yard to a new office. I've run across material that I thought I had lost, such as the July 5, 2001 pages from The New York Review of Books which revealed previously unknown (at least in Belize) information about Edward Marcus Despard, who was Superintendent of Belize in the late 1780s and early 1790s, a critical period in the history of the Settlement of Belize.

What Dean Barrow wants, Dean Barrow gets �
Dear Editor, I would like to comment on the Belize/Guatemala referendum and going to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The government has recently announced re-registration to clean up the voters' list, to make sure all those on the list are actually eligible and legal to vote, and all information is up to date for the upcoming ICJ referendum. A noble endeavor, except they have already made it illegal from the start by allowing naturalized Guatemalans to be included on the voters' list. Another one of the government's attempts to convince us once again that yes, two wrongs do make a right. I will explain the reason I say this.

Criminal lawyers really need to pause
Some people who commit murder might savor the headiness of being known by the world, if that is their game. But it really must be a life of hell. You might get off in court, but you'll know jail time and other deprivations. And yes, it must be terribly uneasy for the conscience with such a sin. We know the story about Cain, how God cursed him after he killed Abel. But human beings are sometimes hard in the head. We fail to grasp the lesson, or we forget. Or life is so frustrating, so without hope, that we lose all love for others. There is a moment of gratification, and then it's over.

Assad Shoman. Guatemala's Claim to Belize -The Definitive History- Historically, Belizeans have been hearing phrases like "The Anglo-Guatemalan Dispute" and the "Belize-Guatemala Territorial Differendum", all of which, describing a centuries-old dispute, can be summed up as "The Belize Question", which has seen several publications on the subject, and I am especially intrigued by an American lawyer, William Bianchi, who asked the question in 1959 in his book Belize: The controversy between Guatemala and Great Britain over the territory of British Honduras in Central America: "Who can guarantee that the march of history will not overtake the law of today and transform it into the relic of tomorrow; that it will not produce or create any new legal doctrine or doctrines to justify Guatemala in demanding and acquiring the disputed tract?"

Recent revelations of the records of the Belize City Council during the term 2015-18 indicate how urgent and desirable reform has become throughout our public sector management. I believe the founding members of the UDP like Joe Andrews and Shubu Brown would never have imagined that unelected functionaries of their party would be pocketing salaries like what are paid in the mighty economies of the world. These men were patriots so their imaginations soared to the glorious sacrifice for the benefit of fellow Belizeans and not for personal financial enrichment. How would they now react to the information that an unelected bureaucrat was contracted to earn thirteen thousands per month? Shubu would scowl and condemn with an historical note: the first UDP mayor earned one hundred and fifty per month for two years.

Sandhill resident Jermaine Rhaburn, 27, killed in hit-and-run accident
Jermaine Rhaburn, 27, a resident of Sandhill, who was a construction worker at E Tech in Belize City, was found lying face down, unconscious, on the road in an area between Miles 1 and 2 on the Old Northern Highway, in Sandhill by someone who was passing by. That person called the police and then a BERT ambulance went to the scene and took Rhaburn to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. However, Rhaburn succumbed to his injuries about midday yesterday. Rhaburn's family believes that he was knocked down by a vehicle while he was walking home at about 4:00 yesterday morning, Sunday, on the Old Northern Highway, in the village.

Ladyville resident who claimed he is a doctor remanded for psychiatric evaluation
The charge for using insulting words is a misdemeanor, but when Keith Staine, 43, a resident of Ladyville, told Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford that he is a cardiologist and a medical practitioner, she immediately had doubts about his sanity. Staine was accused of calling his neighbor, Myra Castellanos, a wh*re and a b***ch and telling her that he would "deal with her." Staine pleaded not guilty to the charge. He said that it was he who was being harassed by Castellanos.

Bartender shot during armed robbery in San Pedro Town
Osner Campos 26, a bartender at Wayo's Bar, located in Boca Del Rio, is recovering at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in a stable condition from a gunshot injury that he suffered in the back of his head. Two men have been detained in connection with the incident. Information to us is that, at about 11:30 last Friday night, Campos was at work with a fellow bartender when two armed men of Hispanic descent entered the bar. One was armed with a pistol and the other with a sawed-off shotgun.

Farmer released on $7,500 bail for sexual offenses
Jose Angel Martinez, 55, a farmer of St. Margaret Village, who was remanded to prison after he was arraigned on two counts of sexual assault, one of them for an act of assault against a woman, 28, and the other for an act of sexual assault against the woman's 6-year-old daughter, was released on a bail of $7,500 that was offered to him today by Justice Colin Williams. The bail was granted on the condition that Martinez does not contact or interfere in any way with the complainants; that he attends Belmopan Magistrate's Court on each and every adjournment date until the case has concluded; that he reports to the police station in St. Margaret Village twice every week; and that he does not leave Belize without the court's permission.

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Man reportedly shot in Belize City
Reliable reports indicate that a man was shot a few minutes ago in Belize City. Preliminary information is that the shooting occurred in the vicinity of Holy Emmanuel Street. The Reporter will have on this breaking story later.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Santander Sugar Ltd. issued with letter to cease from sale of sugar in local market
Today, the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce informed that it is conducting consultations with the Ministry of Agriculture [�]

PUP rejects Pat Andrews and Arthur Saldivar
People's United Party (PUP) hopefuls looking to represent the part in Belmopan, Patrick Andrews and Arthur [�]

Jermain Rhaburn's death caused by hit and run
Hit and run victim Jermaine Rhaburn's postmortem results confirm he was killed by multiple blunt [�]

San Pedro bartender survives being shot to the head in robbery
A San Pedro bartender, who was shot to the head over the weekend in a robbery [�]

Murder was the case in Rudolph Kelly's death, police say
Rudolph Kelly, the cab driver who was found dead in his car with cut wounds [�]

Inattentive officer causes killer of Boledo winner to escape
Jordan Burns, 18, of Mayflower street in Belize city who was arrested and charged for [�]

St. Martin's Credit Union hosts 69th AGM
Last week Friday, May 25, 2018, the only credit union in San Ignacio and Santa [�]

Police searching for suspects that robbed PG Store of over $30,000
Police are investigating an armed robbery at James store in Punta Gorda (PG). On Sunday morning [�]

Father rapes 12-year-old daughter in Corozal
Corozal police are investigating a report of incest. Yesterday, a 12 year -old student and [�]

Inattentive officer loses Boledo killer
Jordan Burns, 18, of Mayflower street in Belize city who was arrested and charged for [�]

St. Martin's Credit Union hosts 69th AGM
Last week Friday, May 25, 2018, the only credit union in San Ignacio and Santa [�]

Police searching for suspects that robbed PG Store of over $30,000
Police are investigating an armed robbery at James store in Punta Gorda (PG). On Sunday morning [�]

Father rapes 12-year-old daughter in Corozal
Corozal police are investigating a report of incest. Yesterday, a 12 year -old student and [�]

British TV series 'Our Girl' to feature Belize
British television series, Our Girl, which airs on BBC One is returning for its fourth [�]

Belize Audubon Society hosts 49th Annual General Meeting
The Belize Audubon Society (BAS) held its 49th Annual General Meeting on Friday May 25, at [�]

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System has substantially met indicators for de-listing
The Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development and the Ministry of Natural [�]

Ladyville Police remove illegal firearm and ammo off the streets
On Sunday at around 5:30 p.m., Ladyville police found a 9mm pistol with (10) 9mm rounds [�]

Santander selling sugar in Belize without permit says sugar association
Santander Sugar Group, located in Valley of Peace, Cayo is a Guatemalan investment sugar mill [�]

BDF addresses illegal farming activities by Guatemalan farmers in Southern Belize
The Ministry of National Security today informed that it has deployed Belize Defence Force (BDF) [�]


The Hopkins Mango Festival is coming!
As if thoroughly understanding my complete and utter devotion to the delicious fruit, one of my favorite destinations in Belize has even come up with a festival celebrating all things Mango. Known as Mangu in the Garifuna language, the fruit is the center of attention in Hopkins, Stann Creek. Eight miles south of Dangriga and four miles off the highway, Hopkins is referred to as the top cultural destination in Belize, and with good reason. Its approximately 1,500 inhabitants are warm and friendly, their vivacious personalities just embracing visitors to Hopkins' shores. 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.

Exciting News in Conservation!
When a group of concerned citizens gathered with boats, snorkel gear and lots of energy, it was in an effort to clean up the lagoon waters of Ambergris Caye. Around 40 people, from all walks of life, made sure they did an excellent job of cleaning our all-important mangroves. 5000 pounds (yes, FIVE THOUSAND!) of trash later, and the mangroves are breathing easier, ready to become proper nurseries for young marine life. Awesome job everyone, and thank you for helping to clean our environment!! Led by Addiel U. Perez, a Ph.D. student of El Colegio de la Frontera Sur and a BTT research associate, a research team recently identified bonefish pre-spawning activity in two sites in Northern Belize. This discovery represents a major step forward in bonefish research along the Belize-Mexico border, as it is the first time pre-spawning behavior has been documented in the region.

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A New Place to Stay on Belize's Ambergris Caye
The fast-growing destination of Belize has a new boutique lodge in its portfolio. The Diamond Lodge has opened its doors just outside the heart of San Pedro Town on increasingly hip Ambergris Caye in the north of Belize. The property, which opened in the first quarter of 2018, features nine rooms, each with a king bed and shower room. Diamond Lodge's amenities include a private pool, an in-house chef and a "mini-spa" called Art of Touch Spa.

Containers of books headed to Zambia and Belize
Mission Cry just sent one shipping container to Belize and another to Zambia. But what makes these massive crates so special? "Those are filled with about a half million dollars worth of used Bibles and Christian books ranging anywhere from Bibles to seminary books by Christian authors for Christian education, and those are sent around the world for free distribution." Jason Woolford of Mission Cry has been working with Mission Cry, donors in the United States, and on-the-ground missions organizations around the globe to put Christian literature in the hands of believers desperate for a closer relationship with God. Their goals have been high, but that doesn't mean they're impossible to reach.

The 8 Best Beaches For Summer 2018
Whether you count the warm temperatures or the advent of Memorial Day weekend, there is no question that summer 2018 is officially here. In honor of my favorite season, I asked a panel of experts from around the world for their favorite beaches. We've got hidden getaways in Greece, one of the best surf spots in the United States and some drool-worthy white sand in Zanzibar. Basically, whether you like to suntan or snorkel, this curated list has you covered wherever you are in the world. Time to get your wanderlusting on. The Cayes of Belize are home to the second largest barrier reef in the world. They are perfect for activities like sailing and snorkeling, and also offer camping.

Latin America And The Caribbean Economic Outlook For 2018
Economic growth in the Caribbean and Latin America is expected to increase to about 2.7 per cent on average by 2020, aided by an improvement in global economic conditions and commodity export prices. Possible increases in commodity export prices might help to improve growth in commodity exporting countries. Most non-commodity exporting countries in the Caribbean and Latin America have been recording positive economic growth and are expected to continue on the positive growth trajectory in 2018 as a result of infrastructural expansion and increased provision of tourism services. Economic growth in the Caribbean and Latin America is expected to improve in 2018 after falling short of its two per cent target by only materialising growth of 0.9 per cent on average in 2017. Economic growth was more than projected in Brazil but was offset by a greater than expected contraction in Venezuela. Although below target, the 0.9 percent growth in 2017 was the first sign of positive economic growth for the region since 2014, according to a World Bank report.

The Many Narratives of Growing Up With Central American Roots
Growing up in Los Angeles, Iliana Guevara would often feel conflicted about her Guatemalan-American identity. People would always ask her where Guatemala was, or were simply confused she wasn't Mexican like the majority of the Latinx immigrant population in L.A. "After a while, nobody knew where [Guatemala] was and I kept saying, 'Oh you know what, it's better to say I'm Mexican.' And so I became Mexican for a while," says Guevara, a 30-year-old filmmaker, of her childhood.

IDB/OECD projects tax-revenue uptick in 2018 for Latin America and Caribbean
At the 30th regional seminar on fiscal policy in Santiago, Chile, from May 26 to 27, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released its "Revenue Statistics in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2018", which details how tax-revenues have shrunk in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries since 2016 but are projected to grow from 2018 and beyond. The 308-page report, which covers 25 LAC countries and includes Guyana for the first time, is produced jointly by the Inter-American Centre of Tax Administrations (CIAT), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Centre for Tax Policy and Administration and the OECD Development Centre.

Commentary: The constitution is the supreme law of Belize like most democratic countries in the world
By Wellington C. Ramos. The constitution of Belize and most democratic countries in the world is the supreme law of the nation. When a person is elected to office, he or she must swear that they will abide by the laws of the constitution and execute them. If any person violates the laws of the constitution, he or she is subject to some form of disciplinary action. For that to happen, the citizens of the country must demand that action be taken against the people who violate their nation's constitution. If the citizens of the country do not demand that action be taken against the individual or individuals who violate the constitution then nothing will be done about it.


  • Mexican Embassy's Mission Trip, 38min.

  • 10th Annual Flowers Bank Village Festival, 32min.

  • National Youth Orchestra - Improving & Composition Workshop, 44min.

  • My work in the Museum of Belize! with Angela Gegg, 2min. Such a special day for me as I got to visit the Museum of Belize where I met these amazing ladies and saw my artwork in the permanent collection, alongside some of Belize's finest. Over the years my work has been featured in books, calendars and galleries all over the Caribbean; but to see my work in the actual museum of my hometown means the world to me .

  • Mother's Day Celebration, San Antonio, Belize, May, 2018, 5min.

  • Bot Fly video, 3min. This happens a lot in rural areas in Central America and livestock can be really victimized by those flies. So, a simple trick farmers use when they see it on their horses, cows, etc, is to put some used engine oil where the larvae are located. That makes them get suffocated and they come out and die on the oil outside.

  • NEMO Training, 2.5min. With the hurricane season fast approaching, the National Emergency Management Organization hosted a two-day training on the 24th and 25th of May. The purpose of the session was to harmonize the various committees with key frontline and support personnel that will be deployed in the event of a national emergency.

  • Belize 2018 - Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye, 2min. Scuba trip to Placencia, Belize. Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye Wall.

  • Shark Ray Alley, Belize | January 2018, 2min. Shark Ray Alley, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize. January 2018.

  • Great Blue Hole, Belize!, 4min.

  • Belize Defence Force Hosts Energy and Water Conservation Policy Seminar, 2min. Belize Defence Force Hosts Energy and Water Conservation Policy Seminar in Belize City. U.S. Army South is the lead executive agent of this U.S. Southern Command sponsored professional military engagement.

  • The Impacts of Climate Change on the Marine Sector in Belize, 1.5min. Climate change is impacting marine ecosystems and the livelihoods of fisherfolks in Belize. Some of the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems are: Coral bleaching, an increase in tropical storms and heavier rainfall. These result in physical damage to coral reefs, seagrass beds, and coastal mangroves which are major habitats for important fisheries resources. Rising temperatures directly affect the metabolism, life cycle, and behavior of marine species.

  • Accion Deportiva May 29, 60min.

  • Police Check Point May 29, 40min.

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