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The San Pedro Sun

Belize Barrier Reef System awaits removal from World Heritage Site in-danger list
A draft decision has been published on the World Heritage Center’s (WHC) website supporting the notion to remove the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (BBRRS) from the in danger list. The announcement was made after the World Heritage Committee found that the actions implemented by the Ministries of Fisheries, Forestry, Environment, Sustainable Development and Natural Resources along with the Belize UNESCO office and the World Wildlife Fund have now substantially met the indicators for de-listing. The final decision of the WHC will be made this year at its 42nd annual meeting to take place from the 24th of June to the 4th of July in Bahrain, an Arab constitutional monarchy in the Persian Gulf.

Smart Belize Hurricanes blow out Digicell Belize City Defenders in game one of the NEBL finals
The Smart Belize Hurricanes won the first game of the 2018 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) finals on Friday, May 25th, against the Digicell Belize City Defenders. With this win, Hurricanes are just one game away from being crowned NEBL 2018 Tournament Champions. The Defenders must win the upcoming match in order to extend the competition to a third decisive championship game. Game two of the NEBL finals will take place on Friday, June 1st at the Belize City Civic Centre, starting at 9PM. Smart Belize Hurricanes will try to capture another whirling victory and grab their second NEBL championship. The Smart Belize Hurricanes became champions of the NEBL in 2016, after defeating San Pedro Tiger Sharks 98-92 at the Belize Elementary School Gymnasium in Belize City.

Ambergris Today

Nemo Holding Pre-Hurricane Season Planning Meetings
With the official opening of Hurricane Season 2018 only one day away, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has been holding a number of planning meetings in preparation for it. Last Thursday, May 24th, a meeting was convened to address Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA) in order to harmonize the various committees with key frontline and support personnel that would be deployed in the event of a natural disaster.

Misc Belizean Sources


Government of Belize Press Office PUBLIC ADVISORY
The public is advised that the following persons are no longer employees of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Lands and Surveys Department, and thus are not authorized to conduct business on the Ministry’s behalf: 1. Evrit Matute 2. Noel Centeno 3. Gustavo Gongora 4. Miguel Lopez 5. Manolo Toledano 6. Marla Longsworth

rinidadian Soca Star, Machel Montano in Belize
From grand prom entrance to building a music school, there’s been a lot of speculation as to why Trinidadian Soca Star, Machel Montano, is in Belize. The superstar himself explained the reason for his visit in an Instagram post on Wednesday. Montano says he was moved by his visit to Ecumenical High School on a previous trip and promised them to return and host a special concert which he plans to fulfill on prom night. Read the full post below: machelmontano: "Last September, I was in Belize to perform at the Soca & Jazz Festival on Independence Day. I arrived a few days before the concert, and Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow (@shyne_bz) had been showing my team and I this beautiful country, and taking us all over to engage with communities.

MeN at WorK ArT ExhibiT
The National Institute of Culture & History through the Corozal House of Culture presents MeN at WorK ArT ExhibiT on Friday June 8th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at our Corozal House of Culture. Featured displays will carry through June 22nd.

Belize Natural Farmers
Don't forget our monthly public meeting at Hode's place in San Ignacio. This Saturday 10am. There will also be a workshop "Introduction to Organic Ag" at 1:30pm. Hope to see you all there! Come learn more about our CSA (Community Assisted Agriculture) or join as a shareholder and start getting your share of healthy 100% naturally grown organic foods!

Martins Community Festival
June 2 & 3, Mahogany Street, 10amtil 6pm, no cover charge.

PACT receives Belize’s National Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plan
PACT was presented with an official copy of Belize’s National Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plan (NBSAP) 2016-2020 during the launch of the document hosted today by the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries, Environment and Sustainable Development. The NBSAP outlines the country’s 20 national biodiversity targets which we have all been working to achieve as we committed to. For its part, PACT has and will continue to prioritize biodiversity and ecosystem protection for financing through its investment program.

September Celebrations Theme Competition 2018 Opens
The National Celebration Commission announces the 2018 September Celebrations Theme Competition. All Belizeans living at home or abroad are invited to submit their ideas for the theme of the 2018 September Celebrations in commemoration of the 220th Anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye and the 37th Anniversary of Belize’s Independence. The theme should not be more than ten (10) words. Multiple entries are allowed and the winner will receive a cash prize of $1000 and an invitation to the official ceremonies during September.

BELTRAIDE completes Business Development Training at the Kolbe Foundation
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service ( BELTRAIDE) through its technical units ; the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC ) and the Small Business Development Centre Belize (SBDCBelize) conducted another round of trainings with the Kolbe Foundation- Belize Central Prison with a focus on business development. The programme ran from March 7th to April 25th 2018 and began with sessions on conversational skills needed for effective communication, resume building, financial literacy and money management. SBDCBelize delivered sessions on business development geared at exposing participants to the concept of entrepreneurship and developing a viable business. These sessions included: entrepreneurship lab, business model development, introduction to book-keeping, marketing your business and costing and pricing.

Made in Belize Expo
The 2018 Made in Belize Expo will be Saturday, June 16th, at the Agricultural Show Grounds. There will be a ton of Belizean artists and entrepreneurs there. They'll have food and games throughout the day.

The Pacific Journal Art Show
The Pacific Journal, an art show by Amal Assales, will be shown today, Friday, June 1st, at the Soul Project. If you haven't seen Amal's work yet, it's worth checking out.

Water Interruptions in Belize City Today
Belize Water Services informs customers in parts of Belize City, that there will be intermittent interruptions in the water supply today, Friday, June 1, 2018, starting at 8:00am. The area to be affected is Holy Emmanuel Street. These intermittent interruption is necessary improve water pressure. Due to the upgrades, customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration in their water supply when water is fully restored. Motorists are being advised that Holy Emmanuel Street will be closed. Customers are advised that water is expected to be fully restored by 6:00pm.

2018 Children's Essay Contest
Kindly note that the deadline for submissions has been extended to June 15th, 2018.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
A Wrinkle in Time, Unsane, Thoroughbreds, Tomb Raider

Channel 7

High Noon Hold-Up At Hofius
Daring gunmen did the unexpected today when they attempted to rob Hofius Hardware which is in the epicenter of Belize City's downtown. It happened at around noon - which is also rush hour. At about 12:48, two men strode into Hofius and one of them pulled out a chrome .38 pistol and pointed it at the cashier. That's when his accomplice, opened the cash register and snatched over a thousand dollars in cash along with some checques. Police could not say for sure how they escaped - but we are told the business has no security cameras. And that may be because, previously, it would be unthinkable for an armed robbery to occur at high noon in the heart of the city's commercial center.

Armed Robbers Terrorize City’s Commercial Center
A few hours later around 4:00, there was another armed robbery on Albert Street, and it happened right next door to our studio on Albert Street at a recently opened restaurant called Nacho World.. The owner was behind the counter, when 2 men walked in. She was expecting that they would order food, but as soon as they got inside, one of them pulled up his shirt to cover his face. That told her that a robbery was going down - and that's when she saw that one of the men had a gun. Reports are that she immediately told them that she would not resist, and handed over the money she had, begging them not to hurt her.

Alleged Killer Remanded
Last night, we told you how police made a rapid arrest for Tuesday's murder of 30 year-old Erbin Garrido. Well, 37 year-old Anthony Bennett, the man who police believe was the killer, is at the Belize Central Prison tonight. Bennett, an AC Technician from Mahogany Street who also uses the name "Velasquez", was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford this morning on the single charge of murder. Because this is a capital offense, he was remanded to prison, until his next court date on August 17th.

Cayo Cops Caught Kyne’s Killer
Police have charged a Roaring Creek man for killing Kyne Gentle. 10 days ago, the 28 year old Ruta Maya paddler was in front of a San Ignacio nightclub when a man carrying a sawed off shotgun shot him multiple times. Tonight, police say that shooter is 23 year old Hugh Middleton - but they don't know why he did it:.. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "The only matter would be the arrest of Hugh Middleton for the crime of murder in regards to the shooting death of Kyne Gentle, which occurred some few weeks ago on Hudson Street in San Ignacio Town."

August Somehow Survives Five Shots
Kyne Gentle was from Esperanza - and last night there was an execution attempt in that western village. A gunman emptied out a clip on 28 year old Joseph August - who took five shots to the upper body, but somehow survived and is in stable condition tonight. Police told us more: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "One Joseph August was inside a yard in Esperanza village when he was approached by a lone gunman on motorcycle who fired several shots at him, five of which caught him in the upper body. Upon the police's examination of the scene..."

Will GOB Stop Santander Sugar Invasion?
Last night we told you about Santander's press release apologizing for violating the terms of their EPZ license. One of the requirements of this EPZ status is that they can only export their sugar, not sell it locally. But, that is exactly what they did: Santander sold over 200 tonnes of their plantation white sugar to one distributor and it ended up on store shelves in the north. When the cane farmers in the north got wind of this, they raised an angry red flag. Now Customs is out confiscating all of Santander's sugar from the local market - even though the company has volunteered to pull it themselves. Today Minister of State for Trade and Investment Tracey Panton for said that the EPZ committee will decide on the way forward.

Learning Business Behind Bars
Today 16 participants graduated from Beltraide's business development program. The participants learned all about proper business management and all the key skills needed to run a successful business. But these graduates aren't the conventional students - they come from the school of hard knocks, or maybe even the University of Adversity. Courtney Weatherburne went to the ceremony at the Kolbe foundation to find out how they learned about business behind bars: Rosalilia Castillo is an entrepreneur. She owns a small corn tortilla factory in Santa Elena. Castillo is one of 15 participants who graduated from a 5 week BTEC training on business development.

The Purpose Of Prison
CEO of the Kolbe Foundation Virgilio Murillo also gave a few remarks at the graduation ceremony. He drew his inspiration from the Nelson Mandela rules as it relates to the treatment of prisoners. Murillo says this training course ties into the idea of rehabilitation. Virgillo Murillo, CEO, Kolbe Foundation: "The treatment of prisoners should emphasize not their exclusion from the community but their continuing part in it."

Jordan Burns, Did Police Help Make Him Bad?
And one new prisoner joining their ranks is Jordan Burns. The teenager was arraigned yesterday for the murder of a man twice his age, Carlton Moreira. It was a shocking crime because Moreira was from the Mayflower neighborhood - and so was Burns. Supposedly, the 18 year old killed the older man because Moreira had stopped Burns from robbing a friend. And because of that, Moreira was dead in just a few hours. But - if he did indeed do it - how does an 18 year old end up so armed, deadly and quick to kill? Well, there are probably many, many circumstances that converge to create a teenaged killer - and police are a part of the mix as well...

Cayo Cops Confrontation Being Reviewed By DPP
And another reason the cops lose respect in communities is because the public perception is that they don't play fair: That there's a law for police, and another for civilians. That's how one of their own feels tonight after a constable publicly pulled a gun on him and cocked it. That would land you in jail, but this police constable got a disciplinary charge and is now back at work at the same station with the cop who he allegedly pulled the gun on. Today we asked the head of National Crimes Investigation about it:..

Stash Spot Eena Church Yard
If you think a church yard would be the last place anyone would think about hiding drugs and guns, think again, no amount of prayers and gospel readings will keep those crafty drug peddlers from trying to safe guard their stash. This morning around 9:00 in Belize City, SPU officers searched a church yard on Causarina Street in the Martins area and found a transparent ziplock bag with 9mm ammunition. The bag was buried in some bushes under a coconut tree.

The Study Of Special Ed
As a part of Education month, the Ministry of Education has hosted several events targeted at assisting teachers and students. The main focus has been literacy and to end off the month they had one last conference but this one was about special education. The event was called Building Bridges and it drew upon a line up of presenters from Belize, Australia and the United States. We found out from two experts about the importance of this special education conference. Candy Armstrong, Director Education Support Services/Ministry of Education: "Today we have a building bridges conference. It is a partnership between the Ministry of Education and The University of Nevada Las Vegas..."

Tobacco, Heartbreaker, Life-Taker
Belize joined the rest of the world today in observing World No Tobacco Day under the theme, "Tobacco Breaks Hearts". The World Health Organization says that between the year 2000 up until last year, the amount of cigarette and tobacco smokers has decreased from 27% of the world's population to about 20%. Health professionals view the change as an improvement, but that number is still too high, especially because an estimated 7 million people die annually from tobacco related illnesses, such as the different forms of cancers associated with prolonged use.

Hon. Campos Clueless on Chrystal’s Quick Climb to Top
That event gave us an opportunity to ask Dr. Angel Campos, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Health, about a rumbling we've heard in the pharmaceutical community. 7News has learned that 25 year-old Chrystal Samouge, a junior pharmacist, has been installed at the Ministry's Chief Pharmacist. We're told that she is the Ministry's former assistant procurement manager, a post she held for less than a year. Information to 7News is that before that, she worked as a regular pharmacist at Belize Medical Associates, and some of her colleagues have grumbled that she is much too inexperienced to be holding a such a senior post.

Awarding The Creative Spark
Today at the Michele Perdomo Art Center at SJC, a total of 52 awards were distributed to students. These awards were for those who had captured something no math or science test can: the spark of creativity. We stopped by and spoke to a proud teacher about all the unique pieces his students created. Yasser Musa, SJC Teacher: "We have tried to look at all the different elements of creativity that we see from our students whether it is visual art, painting, drawing, graphic design..."

A Roof Over Their Heads…
Last month, we showed you how members of the business community teamed up to donate a police booth to the officers on West Canal. Officers at crime hotspots like that one are placed there to stand guard on an almost permanent basis, and to shelter from the sun and the rain, they have to hide under tents, which don't offer any real protection So, now those on Orange Street, right at the mouth of the infamous Taylor's Alley - which has seen multiple homicides - have gotten one of their own. It's a donation from Brothers Habet, who wanted to show these hard-working officers some appreciation for their efforts.

Police Promote Peace Rocky Road
And, while there is a booth for Taylor's Alley - going back to Rocky Road, that area now has its first Police Cadet Corps. The Commander of the Eastern Division Region 1 is reporting that there are now 20 children who have joined the Police Cadets - and here you can see them standing proudly at attention in a neighborhood yard. The intention is to engage them positive activities. The Commander promises to reach out to the children in all the different neighborhood in Region 1.

Cops Calling Kids In Ghost Town
And going to another neighborhood that is a gang stronghold, police hope to make inroads with the youths on Mayflower Street. Today, the Southside Commander gave 30 kids in the Mayflower area forms to join the Police Cadet. After the children were given the forms they were treated to a fun afternoon of play in a bouncy house. Gillett hopes that by making these early interventions, he can change the perception of the police and alter the trajectories of those who may otherwise be led astray.

Uno Mas Pistola Para Policia
And while community policing is one side of the equation, enforcement is the other, and Police are reporting another gun taken off the street. At around 5:10 this morning, officers from Eastern Division Region 3's Quick Response Team searched a bushy lot in the Mile 8 community on the George price Highway. The officers found a shiny black 9mm pistol along with 2 magazines and 20 live rounds of ammunition. No one was in the area, and so, the cops are treating it as found property. It will be packaged and taken to the ballistics lab for analysis.

Dutch Coaches Train HS Coaches
23 Secondary school football coaches are getting some international level coaching instruction from two Dutch coaches who are in Belize. Now, even though they didn't make this year's World Cup - the Dutch orange-men are some of the greatest artists of the beautiful game. But, Jan Derks and Stanley Menzo say they aren't teaching the high science just yet - this is more about the basics:… The course started on Sunday and finished today.

And, that's it for 7news tonight, thanks for joining us, with your news I am Indira Craig. We leave you tonight - as we have been doing all this week with highlites of those winning kids at the Festival of the Arts Showcase. Tonight here are the best from Toledo and Corozal. Enjoy and join Courtney Weathernburne back here tomorrow.

Channel 5

Government Weighs Decision on Santander Violations
Will the Spanish sugar-producing company, Santander, be fined for violating the conditions of its Export Process Zone certificate for releasing plantation sugar in the local market? We asked that question [...]

Pharmacies Closed Down for Infringements of Law
The Ministry of Health has been closing down pharmacies across the country. Today, News Five confirmed with Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero that four pharmacies in the Cayo [...]

Hofius Hit in Lunch Time Robbery
One of the biggest department stores was jacked today in downtown Belize City. The brazen robbery took place during the lunch hour when Hofius on Albert Street was open for [...]

Accused Killer in Custody for Kyne Gentle Murder
Twenty-eight-year-old Kyne Gentle was shot and killed in San Ignacio on May twenty-first, as he stood outside of Blue Angels Nightclub.  It is not known why the tri-athlete was marked [...]

Anthony Bennett to Court for Erbin Garrido Murder
Thirty-seven-year-old Anthony Bennett is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after being arraigned for murder earlier today.  The Mahogany Street resident is accused of fatally shooting Erbin Garrido inside [...]

Joseph August Survives Shooting in Esperanza
Joseph August, a resident of Esperanza Village, Cayo was recently released from prison where he had been incarcerated after being accused of murder of a relative also from the village.  [...]

Cop Faces Internal, Court Charges for Police Station Altercation
A police officer is in trouble tonight in the wake of a domestic dispute in front of the police station. A verbal exchange between the pair of officers attached to [...]

Behind Prison Walls, Preparation for New Businesses
Fifteen inmates have completed a five week business development course at the Belize Central Prison. They are preparing for life after lock-up.  The prison, through the Kolbe Foundation, carries out [...]

Who’s the Right Choice for P.U.P. in Belmopan?
On Wednesday night, we told you about the controversy surrounding the Belmopan constituency for the People’s United Party. Arthur Saldivar and Patrick Andrews were both rejected from running in the [...]

Tortilla Factory Targeted with Bomb
Police are said to be investigating an attempt to set a popular tortilla factory in Santa Elena Town on fire this morning. Rony’s Tortilla Factory is originally from Orange Walk [...]

Prices Down, So Are Exports, but More Coffee Machines Imported
The latest economic report is a mix of news, good and not so good. Though as we reported on Wednesday night, fuel prices have gone up seven times since the [...]

No to Tobacco; It’s Not Good for Your Heart
A 2014 survey has shown that twelve percent of young people between the ages of thirteen and fifteen have consumed a tobacco product and it is believed that those numbers [...]

With Hot and Dry Forecast, Watch Out for Drought
On Wednesday you heard the National Met Service say that the climate outlook for the next few months will see below normal temperatures and below normal rainfall. In putting together [...]

1 Year On, Alvarene Burgess’ Explosive Appearance before Senate
After thirteen months of testimony from over forty witnesses, close to half a million dollars spent and many Wednesdays full of drama and intrigue broadcast live to a captive nationwide [...]

The Very Best of High Schools’ Festival of the Arts
After almost a week of performances in dance, song and drama, the National Festival of Arts today featured the high school competition. Fifteen presentations from schools across the country took [...]

Building Bridges to Children with Special Needs
Earlier today, dozens of stakeholders in the education sector gathered in Belize City for the annual Building Bridges Conference.  It’s a symposium which focuses on special education and access for [...]

Healthy Living: Kickboxing as Stress Reliever, Weight Loss Agent
It’s a stress reliever that helps you lose weight and teaches you important life skills. Sounds too good to be true? Well you can decide for yourself. Tonight in Healthy [...]


Accused murderer remanded
Thirty-seven year old Anthony Bennett was charged with the murder of 30 year old Erbin Enrique Garrido when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. He is accused of killing Garrido on Tuesday night. The police said that when they responded to a report of shots being fired in the Set Site area of …

Rains are expected to be below normal in first three months of the season
And as the heat is expected to continue, what of the rains for this season? Climatologist Ronald Gordon says it is expected to be below normal in the next three months. Ronald Gordon, Climatologist, National Meteorological Service: “Ok in terms of the rainfall, our projection for June, July, August it is showing below normal rainfall for …

SJC big-up students’ creativity
Students of St. John’s College were awarded for their impressive creativity such as best graphic design, painting, photography, video blog, dramatic skit to name a few. Love News spoke with Yasser Musa, Lecturer at St. John’s College, about the course. Yasser Musa, Lecturer, SJC: “We’ve combined both the History and Art Department, the work that we …

Police make an arrest in Garrido’s Murder
Police have moved swiftly to make an arrest in the latest murder in Belize City. A construction worker was gunned down inside his home last night. Reporter Johnelle McKenzie has the story. The ongoing gun violence continues to claim lives and disrupt families. 30-year-old Erbin Enrique Garrido, a construction worker, is the latest victim who …

PUP Chairman explains party’s position
On Tuesday, the People’s United Party held an executive committee meeting in which it was decided that the application submitted by Jason Patrick Andrews to participate in the party’s Belmopan convention would not be accepted. The committee also did not entertain the application by Arthur Saldivar who remains on probation after his suspension was lifted. …

University of Nevada assists Belizean teachers
The Ministry of Education in collaboration with the University of Nevada which is located in the USA is holding a conference focusing on Special Education under the theme “Building Bridges”. Dr. Candy Armstrong, Director of Education Support Services at the Ministry of Education spoke about the conference. Dr. Candy Armstrong, Director of Education Support Service: …

Shooting in Esperanza Village
A man was shot last night in Esperanza Village, Cayo. The latest victim of gun violence has been identified as Joseph August. He was alone when a lone gunman appeared and blasted about a dozen 9mm bullets in his direction. ACP Joseph Myvette briefed the media this morning. ACP Joseph Myvette: “Upon police arrival their investigation …

School field trip goes wrong; students get stuck in Chiquibul Forest
A school trip has gone horribly wrong for some students of Ladyville Evangelical Primary School. Two buses filled with students, parents and the principal are stuck, unable to make it back through the rough road which the heavy rains have made worse. The school’s standard six students embarked on a field trip to the FCD …

Minor relief expected for ongoing heat
The rainy season is upon us and you probably are looking forward to the showers to cool down the excessive heat that is being felt across the country. But, we suggest to keep those fans plugged in and running because, according to the men and women at the National Meteorological Service of Belize, the rainy …

Prisoners given a chance to dream again
Beltraide has been equipping entrepreneurs with the necessary skills to take their business to the next level. Beltraide has now extended their service to prisoners as well. Today was the culmination of the five-week training course and it concluded with a short graduation ceremony that was held at the Kolbe Foundation. Johnelle McKenzie reports.

Police Officer pulls on gun on another officer
A police officer is being investigated after allegedly pulling a gun inside the San Ignacio Police at another police officer. The accused is PC Leonard Benjamin and the incident is said to have happened yesterday. The altercation reportedly stems over a relationship with …

Maja Jones withdraws application for standard bearer
Major Lloyd Jones says he will not contest the PUP’s convention in Belize Rural North. Jones announced his decision on his Facebook page saying quote, “This morning I withdrew my application (without prejudice) for standard bearer for Belize Rural Nort …

Former Prime Minister comments on increasing cost of living
We also asked the Right Honorable Said Musa for a comment on the recent increase of fuel prices and, in general, the increasing cost of living. Said Musa, Former Prime Minister of Belize: “Fuel is a really dangerous product not only in terms of it’s volatility but also in terms of it’s effect that it has on the entire economy, particularly on the productive sector, all the farmers are affected by it, all the taxi drivers …

Said Musa says ‘yes’ to the ICJ
April 10, 2019, is the day that registered voters in Belize will go to the polls to participate in the referendum and decide whether to give permission to the Government to take Guatemalan’s claim on Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) …

Minister provides update on Santander sugar dilemna
Yesterday Santander Sugar Limited issued a press statement apologizing for what it described as an ‘oversight’ after its sugar was discovered in the local market. The problem is that for Santander to sell sugar on the local market it needs a waiver from the EPZ committee and …

Belize imported more goods than it exported in April
Belize continues to import more goods than it is exporting. That is what the numbers are showing for the month of April, according to the Statistical Institute of Belize. The total imports for that month are valued at over 150 million dollars …

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BDF deployed to stop illegal land clearing at border
The Ministry of National Security has tasked the Belize Defence Force to the southernmost parts of the Toledo District to investigate reports that they have been getting that there have been illegal incursions in Belizean territory. Residents of Toledo are reporting that Guatemalan farmers have been clearing land in Belize, near the border, in an attempt to set up agricultural plots. The first report of this occurrence to the Belizean authorities was last week. It was made by Santiago Peck, the Alcalde of the Mayan Village of Otoxha, which is close to Toledo’s border with Guatemalan territory. The villagers reported that they have come across several areas on Belize’s side of the border which were cleared, most likely by farmers on the other side.

Albert Reid is acquitted of murder
Another accused suspect of murder is free after his murder trial, a trial by judge without jury, ended in his acquittal on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 before Supreme Court Justice Colin Williams. Albert Reid, the 28-year-old accused of the May 17, 2014 stabbing murder of Maurice Young, a 57-year-old resident of Santana Village, Belize District walked free from Supreme Court on Tuesday.

City Hall is Malpago
The Belize City Council may be about to face its greatest challenge of its first hundred days in office. That challenge is as a result of non-payment for one of its sanitation contracts. The particular contract is its GARBAGE COLLECTION CONTRACT with the Belize Waste Control Limited. They are 9 weeks behind on those payments. This particular challenge could be said to be of the PUP’s own making since it was a previous PUP City Council that placed the council under the (hammer) of this heavy contract. Although the present members of this particular council were not the actual council members, who signed the contract, they are the ones who are now in charge and they must take responsibility for the bill they have accrued over the last 9 weeks that’s about to soon turn 10 weeks.

Not even the PUP want Arthur
When not even the PUP wants you, then you must really be up that proverbial creek, heading towards the deep end without a paddle. Unfortunately for Arthur Saldivar he is in that very position. On Tuesday of this week he was given some good news and some bad news. First for the good news. He was informed that the suspension banning him from being a candidate had been lifted. Arthur was then given the bad news. He was informed that he would not be allowed to contest the convention to become the PUP’s Belmopan Standard Bearer for the next General Election. The latter must have been such a shocking blow to Arthur, because he is now talking about challenging the PUP in court over its decision of not allowing him to run.

Santander violates EPZ status and sells sugar locally
Last week, sugar from the Santander group which is producing sugar out of the Cayo district began to make its way into the local market, specifically in the Corozal and Orange Walk districts. This sent players in the sugar industry in the north into a scramble to try to determine what was happening and had representatives of the three cane farmers associations requesting an audience with the minister of Agriculture. Since the original complaint, the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce on Tuesday May 29th issued a release in which it clarified that Santander sugar should not be in the local market. It states that Santander Sugar Ltd is operating under an Export Processing Zone status since February 17th, 2014 and was authorized by the Export Processing Zone Committee to “process raw sugar and molasses” for the export market.

Belize Reef to be taken off the Endangered World Heritage Site List
Personnel from the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, and Sustainable Development and the Ministry of Natural Resources have been working to implement a series of remedial actions to qualify the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System for delisting from the list of World Heritage Sites that are in Danger, a list it has been on since 2009. This initiative has been done in collaboration with the Fisheries Department, Forest Department, Lands and Surveys Department, the Belize UNESCO Office and the World Wildlife Fund. So far, a draft decision has been published on the World Heritage Centre’s website. That draft serves to notify that the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996, has met the necessary signs to be delisted.

Acquitted of rape, complainant absent in Court
The crown, represented by Kileru Awich, wanted to discontinue a case of rape against two local musicians because the complainant is currently abroad but because a jury of 9 was already chosen, Supreme Court Justice Colin Williams instructed the jury to enter a verdict of not guilty against the accused. In 2011, Kevon Bardalez, now 29, had been accused of raping a 14-year-old student inside a car on University Drive in Belize City. Jordy Rhaburn, now 42, was charged with abetment to rape for allegedly holding down the victim.

Attorney General’s Ministry Clarifies Concerns on Justices of the Peace Verification
Belmopan. May 30, 2018. The Attorney General’s Ministry informs the public, particularly all Justices of the Peace (JP), that the Ministry is the only regulatory body for JPs. Verification is to be done directly and only with the Attorney General’s Ministry. In reference to the re-verification process being carried out, JPs are reminded that the deadline to verify your status is on July 31, 2018. Persons who do not do so by the deadline will no longer be able to exercise their authority as a Justice of the Peace.

BWS takes the PUC to court
The Belize Water Services Limited (BWS) and the public utilities regulator, the Public Utilities Commission, (PUC) are locked in a court battle after the country’s water company decided that it does not want to reduce water rates by 6.39%. They are trying to get the Supreme Court to void the PUC’s annual rate review proceedings of this year, in which the regulator assessed the company and decided that the Belizean public needs a slight ease on the water bill.

Calla Creek Village Council does clean-up
Like clock-work and as planned, the Calla Creek Village Council conducted a river clean-up from Clarissa Falls to the Hammock Bridge this past Sunday. The council has released photos of the garbage collected and being deposited at the Western Sanitary Landfill. A release from the Calla Creek Village Council, thanks it’s many supporters such as the Blancaneux Lodge Green Team , Black Rock (Manager Mr. Petier and Mrs. Petro Steunenberg) and the Friends for Conservation and Development for their support in making the clean-up a success.

Sixth National Climate Outlook Forum
The official opening ceremony for the 6th National Climate Outlook Forum was held at the George Price Center for Peace and Development in Belmopan on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. The National Meteorological Service of Belize’s Climatology and Climate Services unit organized the forum, which had participation from over 60 persons from various sectors.

Instruments now in place to safeguard Credit Unions
Over the next few weeks Credit Unions across the Country will be holding their Annual General Meetings. As a result members are now being encouraged by the Belize Credit Union League to come out to these AGMs’ to get a chance to participate in the democratic process, in electing their governing bodies. In the Cayo District, one such Credit Union, the St. Martin’s Credit Union held its 69th Annual General Meeting at the Sacred Heart Junior College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town on Friday.

Customs work on more efficiency
In an effort to make the Belize Customs and Excise Department more efficient in their duties, representatives from the World Customs Organization have come to Belize City for a week-long workshop. These representatives have come to give advice on revisions to be made through the time release programme. During this workshop, the participants will study how long it takes for goods to be cleared once it arrives in country- this is called time release. Besides only making that observation, the goal of the Time Release Study is to determine where bottle necks are in the system and best ways to release goods in an expeditious manner.

Fifty-nine Forest Rangers Sworn-in as Special Constables
On Friday May 25th 59 Forest Rangers of both government and forest co-management agencies were sworn-in as Special Constables following two weeks of intensive training at the Belize Police Academy. The training, which began on 14th May, 2018, culminated with Forest Rangers being sworn-in to exercise greater authority to arrest and seize for forest, protected areas, and wildlife-related crimes.

Upgrade of 67.5 miles of Philip Goldson Highway
The Government of Belize through the Ministry of Works has signed a US$2,152,926.00 contract for studies for the upgrading of 67.5 miles on the Phillip Goldson Highway from miles 24.5 to 92. The contract also entails a feasibility study and design plan and will see the upgrading of the bypass road in Corozal as well. As part of the contract, a consultancy will be carried out within the next 10 months and will be done by Mott McDonald Limited. The consultancy will include a climate vulnerability assessment, traffic analysis, environment and social impact assessments, climate adaptation measures, drainage design, and road safety initiatives.

IICA holds accountability seminar in Belmopan
The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture IICA, held its yearly accountability seminar at the National Headquarters of the Department of Agriculture in Belmopan on Wednesday morning. One of the main goals of the session was for IICA to give account to its main stakeholders regarding the significant achievements for 2017 and plans for 2018.

Mark King takes Moses Sulph to court
Mark King, the Former UDP Area Representative for Lake Independence, is currently suing the so called grassroots activist Moses Sulph for slander. The Politician says that Sulph unfairly maligned his character and that of his company in a Facebook post. Readers may know that King is the owner of several companies in Belize, including Brints Security, the entity that is at the center of this dispute. On January 18th, 2018, Sulph made a post on Facebook accusing Mark King of taking advantage of his Brints Security Employees by shorting them of the pay they should actually be getting for the long hours they’ve worked.

Belize to make it on National Geographic
Two world-renowned National Geographic writers, husband and wife team Carrie Miller and Chris Taylor, are in Belize for a week-long tour of the travel and dive aspects of Belize. Miller and Taylor, who are being sponsored by the Belize Tourism Board, are working to gather information from 50 countries in the world about the top 50 best dive and travel destinations. That information will be compiled into National Geographic’s first travel and dive guidebook.

Chief Justice to rule on PUP election petition
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin is in the process of deliberating how he will rule for the PUP’s Election Petition against the San Pedro Election Results. Mayor Daniel Guerrero and his UDP team won, but the PUP’s want to get the Municipal Elections for that town voided. They want a second chance at municipal government in San Pedro. Readers will remember that it is the PUP 7 Team that are the petitioners in the lawsuit. They include the Mayoral Candidate, Abner Andre Perez, Dianeli Aranda; Johnnia Duarte Graniel; Urbina “Dina” Graniel; Marina Kay; Ruben Navidad; and Ian Pou.

PUP show no respect for women candidates -women within the PUP complaining
At a meeting of the PUP National Executive, on Tuesday of this week, another woman scolded the PUP for paying lip service to women’s participation in politics. This time it was Thea Garcia Ramirez of Corozal, who recently lost her bid to become the party’s Standard Bearer in the Corozal Bay Division. Ramirez was the first female chair of the Northern Caucus and was also the chair of Corozal Bay Executive. She has now resigned from both positions. However, before her exit, she gave a review of her experience as a woman in politics in the PUP. Garcia Ramirez told the PUP National Executive that the party needs to seriously work on making women equal in the party and that the PUP is a long way from the constitutionally mandated thirty percent threshold of women’s participation.

RESTORE Belize’s Readathon and Essay Competition
With Education Month being celebrated in May, a month of activities has been carried out under the theme “Literacy: A Ladder to Learning and Earning.” As such, RESTORE Belize has been actively involved in the key events the Youth Innovation Challenge, the 4th Biennial Teacher Education Conference, and RESTORE Belize’s Readathon and Essay Competition.

YATA and RESTORE Belize Holds Walls Down event in Port Loyola
A Walls Down event was held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 through the collaborative efforts of Youth Advocacy through Arts (YATA) and RESTORE Belize. The Department of Youth Services (DYS) and Saint John’s College Junior College (SJCJC) were also a part of the initiative. According to RESTORE Belize, “It was the first in a series of planned community building events with safe spaces for children as the focus.”

Teenager charged with murder recaptured after escaping police custody
Carlton Jarrett Moreira was killed in the area of Lake View Street at around 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Police responded to reports of the shooting and that is when they observed the lifeless body of a male person with two apparent gunshot wounds to the head. The body was identified as that of Moreira, a plumber and resident of Lakeview Street.

Man chopped in the head in Guinea Grass
A misunderstanding in Guinea Grass on Saturday, May 26, 2018 soon turned violent, causing one man to be chopped in the head. Police officers visited with Northern Regional Hospital and it was there that they met the victim, 20-year-old resident of Guinea Grass, Orange Walk, Aurelio Armando Pop. Pop was observed with an apparent chop wound to the head. He has since been discharged from the hospital where his wounds were classified as wounding.

Erbin Garrido killed in his home
Erbin Enrique Garrido, a 30 year-old resident of the Set Site area off Holy Emmanuel Street in Belize City, was shot and killed inside his home on Tuesday night. Family members of the father of 4 suspect that the gunman was someone he knew, and that he may have allowed that assailant inside his house. Police have since arrested and charged 37 year old Anthony Bennett an electrician of Mahogany Street for Garrido’s murder.

Fake cops at fake checkpoint steal from NICH Employees
On Thursday, May 24, 2018 at about 10:30 a.m., Ladyville police acted on information received of a robbery on the Maskall Road in the Belize District. Those police officers visited mile 22 on the old Northern Highway where three men reported that upon approaching 4 miles from the Sandhill Village junction, they observed a police checkpoint. There, they saw a male person dressed in black clothing and another dressed in camouflage searching an SUV. They proceeded to approach the checkpoint and as a result, the individuals stole a Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol containing ten 9mm live rounds and a manila envelope containing $4,615, properties of NICH. The robbers proceeded to steal the occupants’ cell phones.

Heartbreaking images
On Monday night we were sent three photographs of a recent victim of a murder that occurred in San Ignacio. The photographs appeared to have been taken either at the San Ignacio Morgue or Emergency Room. They were not the type of photos that passersby would have taken. These pictures appear to have been taken by person(s) who had enough time to lift the persons clothing to expose the gunshot wounds to the body and then turn the body over to expose the back of the head where it appears the victim had been shot. In one the photographs the lower part of person is seen standing beside the victim’s body. That person standing appears to be a police officer. We have based our assumptions based on the clothing that person was wearing.

Two cases of Incest in Corozal
On May 24, 2018, a minor female student of Paraiso Village, Corozal District visited the police station accompanied by her mother. The student reported that whilst at home, her father touched her inappropriately. In a similar case, on May 28, 2018, a 12-year-old student visited the Corozal Police Station in the company of her mother and reported that on February 13, 2018, her father had sexual intercourse with her. A medical examination was conducted on the minor where the doctor certified that the minor was carnally known. Police are investigating both cases.

Jermaine Rhaburn dies of undetermined circumstances
A 42-year-old Sandhill resident has lost his life and while it is not certain what exactly happened, police assume that he may have fallen out of the back of a vehicle. Jermaine Rhaburn was found in a semiconscious state in the middle of the road with head and body injuries. According to police reports, at about 4:45 a.m. on Sunday, May 27, 2018, police visited an area between miles 1 and 2 on the Maskall Road in Sandhill. There they observed a man of Creole descent laying face up in the middle of the road with injuries to the head and body. This person appeared semiconscious and was identified as Jermaine Rhaburn.

Thieves busted after robbing Jolli Bee’s Restaurant
On Saturday, May 26, 2018, the Jolli Bee’s Restaurant on Amara Avenue was held up by three male persons while the manager, Delip Kumar, and several medical students of Indian descent were inside. The students were having lunch when three male persons, one armed with a firearm, entered and held up Kumar, the students, as well as two other employees present at the time. Several items including cell phones, cash from the cash register, and monies from the victims were stolen.

Dwayne Davis pleads guilty to manslaughter of Doctor
The 2012 murder of naturalized doctor Ivan Enrique Garcia Gomez inside his home has seen Dwayne Davis pleading guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter. Davis, 37, was arrested the day following the murder after giving a confession statement. He confessed to putting the doctor to sleep and then hitting him in the head with a can of beans, a blow which claimed his life. Davis’s trial before Judge Adolph Lucas, a trial without jury, began on May 3, 2018. It was during that trial that Davis changed his plea from not guilty of murder to guilty of manslaughter.

Osner Campos survives bullet to the head during armed robbery on San Pedro
A robbery in the Boca del Rio area on San Pedro on Friday, May 25, 2018 has left a 26-year-old bartender lucky to have escaped with his life. Osner Campos, a bartender at Wayo’s Bar, was found at the San Pedro Polyclinic by police officers with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. According to Campos, he and another bartender were working at the bar when two men entered the establishment. One of the men was armed with what appeared to be a nine millimeter gun while the other held a sawed off shotgun.

Popular tour guide Carlos Panti dies in traffic mishap
Family and friends gathered at the residence of Miriam Velencia in San Jose Succotz on Monday to celebrate the life of Carlos Panti. For many years Panti had been giving tours to countless visitors at the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave systems and residents of Succotz are still shocked at his sudden departure. Panti left his home in Benque Viejo to work in San Ignacio when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving. The tour guide and father of three perished in the traffic accident on Sunday, May 27, 2018 after his silver Isuzu Trooper overturned and he was flung a few feet away from the vehicle; he perished on the scene and was pronounced dead at the San Ignacio Community Hospital.

Police officer walks from charges of unlawful sexual intercouse
Rupert Thomas, a 35-year-old police officer and resident of Seine Bight, has been released from a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse; a charge dating back to 2013 when he was accused of raping a 15-year-old minor in Dangriga. On May 23, 2018, the victim, now 20-years-old, took the stand in the Dangriga Supreme Court before Justice Denis S. Hanomansingh. She stated that she does not want to testify against the accused and with that, the case against Thomas was discontinued. The DPP entered a nolle prosequi against him. Justice Hanomansingh informed the accused that he was free to go.

Robbery nets over $30,000 in cash and valuables
At about 9:00 a.m. on May 27, 2018, police responded to a robbery at James Store on Jose Maria Nunez Street in Punta Gorda Town. Upon arrival, Huigiang Chen reported that while he was sleeping in his bedroom, his wife, Yanhi Huang, knocked on his room door. As he opened the door, two male persons armed with handguns entered his room, pointing their firearms at his wife’s head.

Smart Belize Hurricanes blast Digicell Belize City Defenders in game one of the Pepsi National Basketball League finals
The 2 game in the best of three format Pepsi National Elite Basketball League 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. The 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 Centre. Game 1 of the finals saw another blowout game, where Smart Belize Hurricanes trounced on Digicell Belize City Defenders, winning by 29 points while holding the Defenders to a season low, 41 points. This was the largest margin of victory in the NEBL Finals. Regular season MVP, Nigel Jones, and two-time Finals MVP, Darwin “Puppy” Leslie will both need to show up big for game 2 to keep their championship run going.

Unitedville Rebels United halts the Bandits Express in Cayo Softball
The 2018 Cayo Softball Association Senior competition games continued on Sunday 27th May at the Raymond Garbutt Sr. Softball Stadium in Roaring Creek Village In the first game of the day, Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy defeated Belmopan Emeralds by the score of 8 runs to nil. The winning pitcher was Shadalee Ho and losing pitcher Aludy Arthurs. In game 2, defending champions Unitedville Rebels United, won over the Belmopan Bandits by the score of 7 runs to 6 runs. The winning pitcher was Shareenie Soberanis and losing pitcher Keneshia Sutherland

Ebenezer Methodist School boys lead in primary schools football competition
The Belize City Primary Schools Football competition continued at the MCC Grounds on Thursday 24th May, with four games on the schedule. In the first game in the girls’ competition, St. Ignatius School defeated St. Luke Methodist School by the score of 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by Reyannie Duran of St. Ignatius School. In the second game in the girls’ competition, Wesley Upper School and St. John’s Primary School played to a 0-0 draw.

1 Shot/1Kill FC clips the Ladyville FC in Rural Central Football
The Belize Rural Central Football Competition continues at the Ladyville Football Field. On Sunday 27th May, in the first game played, 1 Shot/1Kill defeated the defending champions Ladyville FC by the score of 5-1. The goals for 1Shot/1Kill were scored by Dylan Belisle (2), Kevin Young (2) and Charles Canton, while the only goal of the game for Ladyville FC was scored by Tyrone Parchue. In game two, BATSUB won over Eagles FC via the default route.

Words of Life With Pastor Barry Fraser
Here is a Biblical prescription for life: “They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.” Ezekiel 47:12. Often naturally occurring medicines work better and more gently than man-made concoctions. Ginger has long been accepted as a natural treatment for nausea. Several modern studies have confirmed that ginger can even work better than modern nausea medicines.

Godfrey P. Smith writes on pg. 202: “Salvadoran President Fidel Sánchez had apparently agreed with the Guatemalans to participate in a joint invasion of Belize on the understanding that its surplus population could occupy Belize.” Gurkhas and Harrier fighter jets protected us, not Wil! While the Guatemalan authorities disrespect our borders, tens of thousands of illegal Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans pour into our country. Our population is a tiny 366,954 compared to Guatemala’s 16.58 M, Honduras’ 9.11 M & El Salvador’s 6.35 M. We need the ICJ to force Guatemala to respect 1859, 1931 & our borders! That is the issue in a nutshell! STOP THE FLOOD BEFORE THEIR NUMBERS SURPASS OURS… That is the real danger, a threat to our very existence as a country! Existential threat in every way, by every measure!

Raiding the barn
Like many political observers, I am following with keen interest the battle being waged in Belize City between Thompson and Woods in the Albert division and between Pitts and Usher in Port. I have also been updating you on the confrontation between the two PUP contestants for OW East. What the public is not seeing, however, are the hostilities covertly raging within the hierarchy of the People’s United Party. From what I hear, Hon. Hyde seems to be consolidating his base for an eventual ascension to the top seat in the PUP. You see, some people think that as December 2020 draws nearer, Briceño will back out again and abandon ship once the waters get dicey or iffy.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Why do bad things happen to good people? Just last week, I saw hundreds of people on my facebook timeline mourning the loss of a beautiful young woman, not yet thirty years old, who died as a result of cancer. The recurring question being, why? As young people, we are constantly trying to make sense of our world. As we try to establish our own principles and values in life, sometimes things happen, that shake our beliefs at their core. Does good really overcome evil? Does justice prevail? Do good things really come to those who wait? Is honesty really the best policy?

What is Narcissistic Abuse?
Narcissistic abuse falls under the umbrella of psychological or hidden abuse. Bree Bonchay is a licensed psychotherapist with over 18 years of experience working in the field of mental health and trauma recovery. She is also the founder of WNAAD (World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day) which occurs on June 1st every year, established in 2016, WNAAD is a growing global movement to raise awareness of narcissistic abuse and also providing public pathology education, resources for survivors, and effect policy change.

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Major Lloyd Jones withdraws candidacy for PUP Standard Bearer in Belize Rural North
Retired Ports Commissioner, Major Lloyd Jones has withdrawn his candidacy for PUP Standard Bearer in the Belize Rural North constituency. The withdrawal came an hour ago via a Facebook post, in which Jones mentions that he will not comment any further on the matter, out of respect for PUP) Leader John Briceno, until June 11. […]

Three robberies in one day!
Two business establishments were reportedly held up and robbed earlier today, and a third robbery was reported a short while ago. Earlier police confirmed that two men entered Hofius store on Albert Street around 12:48 p.m., and stole more than $1,000 in cash and cheques. […]

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NEMO hosts final planning meetings for hurricane season
The 2018 Hurricane season will open on Friday, June 1, 2018. The National Emergency Management Organization […]

BTL pulls plug on advertising with the KREMANDALA empire
Reports reaching BBN from reliable sources within both Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and KREMANDALA indicate that […]

Jordan Burns charged for escaping from Police custody
18-year-old Jordan Burns, a resident of Mayflower Street in Belize City had been arrested and charged […]

Armed robbery at Hofius store today
Belize City police are investigating an armed robbery at Hofius store today. According to police reports, […]

Santander recalls sugar distributed in local market
Yesterday, Santander Sugar Ltd issued a statement saying that it regrets the actions that led to […]

Police officer requests court action against colleague
Last week Thursday, May 24, 2018, it was alleged that PC Leonard Benjamin attached to the […]

Esperanza man shot five times to the body and still lives
BBN reported last night that around 9, police received information about a shooting incident in […]

September Celebrations Commission announces theme competition
The National Celebration Commission today announced the 2018 September Celebrations Theme competition. All Belizeans living […]

Belize’s exports continue to fall
For the fourth month straight, Belize’s exports have earned less revenue than they did last […]

Belize represented at regional meeting for business service centers
Representatives from Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) are in the Dominican Republic participating […]

Esperanza man shot multiple times
Reports to BBN indicate that a man from Esperanza village, Cayo was shot last night. […]

World No Tobacco Day observed
A new report demonstrates that the use of tobacco is falling, but more is […]

Mexico retaliates against US for increasing import taxes
In response to the United States Government imposing taxes on Mexican imports containing aluminum […]

Public advisory from the Ministry of Natural Resources
The public is advised that the following persons are no longer employees of the […]

The PUP must do better to support women candidates
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking […]

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The 10 Best Places to Retire Overseas in 2018
Retirees can choose to live or retire in any country in the world. A move to a new country can allow you to live better, reinvent your life and have a grand adventure. Here are ten global destinations to consider for retirement. 6. Ambergris Caye, Belize. For many, the retirement dream is all about the Caribbean, and nothing else will do. If your overseas retirement fantasies are similarly aquamarine and sandy, put Ambergris Caye at the top of your list. The diving and snorkeling, the color and clarity of the water and the abundance and variety of sea life in this country is unparalleled.

5 Reasons This Little-known Island in Belize Should Be Your Next Vacation
Caye Caulker is a tiny limestone island about 20 miles off the coast of Belize. Whether you’re visiting Caye Caulker for the day or planning to spend a week, know there’s plenty to do. Here are five reasons to seriously consider Caye Caulker for your next vacation. 1. The Split. Rumor has it that a hurricane in the early 1960s split the island in two, while others contend the divide was man made. 2. Cars are prohibited Most people get around by foot or bike. In fact, full-sized vehicles are prohibited. Fortunately, most hotels and hostels come with complimentary bikes, which make getting around the 5-mile long island easy and a great workout. 3. The unique – and affordable – cuisine.

Qualifying for loans has grown tougher in the past decade
Most foreign buyers purchase real estate internationally with cash. But there are other ways to buy property overseas, such as borrowing from a local lender, obtaining financing through the seller or developer, and tapping your IRA. Some options are easier than others, but all three come with challenges. American April Hess borrowed from a Belize bank to finance the construction of her house on Panama's Pacific coast. The most the Belize bank was willing to lend was 50 percent of the property's value. Hess obtained a 30-year mortgage, but the terms include a five-year renewable balloon, meaning she must requalify every five years.


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