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The San Pedro Sun

102 students graduate San Pedro High School in 2018
A total of 102 students received their high school diplomas at the 2018 San Pedro High School (SPHS) graduation ceremonies held at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium on Saturday, June 9th at 5PM. Mistress and Master of ceremonies – and fellow graduates – Briseidi Molina and Jaye Wagner presided over the event, in which students were honored in front of family and friends. After beautiful renditions of the Belize National Anthem and School Song, the Salutatorian Address was delivered by graduate Elisa Garcia. She welcomed everyone to the ceremony, commending all parents and teachers for their dedication and support. Garcia thanked everyone who helped her in the journey through her secondary studies, while encouraging her colleagues to continue working hard in their future endeavors.

Turtle nests threatened by development on Ambergris Caye
The 2018 sea turtle nesting season has commenced, and personnel from the Hol Chan Marine Reserve have been monitoring the first two nests found in northern Ambergris Caye. Despite this early spotting, marine biologists at Hol Chan are uncertain about the success of the season this year, due to the fact that improper garbage disposal and new construction/ development continue to threaten the future of the nesting grounds. They ask the general public visiting the beaches north of San Pedro Town to be extra cautious and to not interfere with any potential turtle nests.

San Pedro Police Department releases 2018’s first quarter report
The crime statistics for the first quarter of 2018 have been released by the San Pedro Police Department (SPPD). The report compares 2018’s major crimes to the same time period in 2017, and according to the figures, there is a decrease in figures, despite the spate of illicit activities lately registered on the island. During 2018, the cumulative statistics for January to April indicate that there were seven less major crimes committed than in 2017, which is equivalent to a 13% decrease.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro’s Top 2018 PSE Scorers
The Primary School Examination results are out and the students from San Pedro Town did an excellent job! The top scorers this year where Bryan Roca of San Pedro RC School (92% - 368/400 points), Gabriella Knox of The Island Academy (90.25% - 361/400 points) and Matthew Bradley of San Pedro RC School with (89.5% - 358/400 points). A total of 7, 271 students sat the PSE and this year the scores were considerably better in English, Math and Science. The Top Achiever for this year’s PSE was Haley Thurton of Hummingbird Elementary in Belize who scored a 96.5% (384/400points). The following are the results for schools here on the island:

San Pedro High School Graduates 102
Every year since 1976 when San Pedro High graduated eleven students, there has been a steady increase in enrollment up to this year when a record 102 graduated in full pomp and circumstances. Here are the highlights of the ceremony: Eloquent Emcees graduates Miss Briseidi Molina and Mr. Jaye Wagner eloquently carried the program along with joy and smiles and much charisma. Salutatory. Miss Elisa Garcia set a welcoming tone of celebration expressing pride and joy as the fruits of their labor. Diplomas and Awards. The honors of shaking the hands of the more than excited graduates were given to Board of Director’s Vice Chairman, Mr. Miguel Alamilla Jr.

Misc Belizean Sources

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The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Assists CITO in Building Maintenance
The Central Information Technology Office (CITO), formerly known as Belize National ICT Center, located at the corner of Mountain View Blvd and Dry Creek Street, Belmopan, was built in 2009 by the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and handed over to Belize in 2012. Since then, the Government of Belize has fully utilized the center by consistently enhancing the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and e-government services. In order to accommodate the growing ICT demands, the Government of Belize expanded the building from the original two-story into a three-story in 2014. Additionally, this building also continues to host the bilateral technical ICT Projects between the Governments of Belize and Taiwan.

ROTARY ORTHOPEDIC CLINIC
Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk will be the the nearest service to Corozal patients. Thursday, June 21st, 2018. (9:00 a.m. - Follow up patients) (10:30 a.m. - New Patients) - Pediatric Physical Therapist - Will see children who are in need of orthopedic care, knee, foot, and other types of bone problems and abnormalities.

Khadija Assales is our Young Belizean Entrepreneur!
For the month of June, we are excited to feature Khadija Assales as our Young Belizean Entrepreneur! Khadija Assales brings a whimsical and imaginative essence to her jewelry popularly known as Kaj Expressions. Her innovative, high-concept designs constantly step out of the traditional jewellery scope, utilizing unusual forms and materials. She finds much inspiration in the enchanting nature of the gem stones, sea glass, and lionfish which she uses to bring her ideas to life. Though most popularly known for her signature customized handmade name chains in her home land of Belize, KAJ clearly remembers the days when this was the furthest thing from the case. She was a young mother of two when she started her business, Kaj hurdled along the entrepreneurial track by participating in every event that came up, even if it meant travelling hours on the bus with her babies to be able to sell just a few pieces of jewelry at shows like the EXPO.

Golf Cart crash in San Pedro
Next time you are stopped by the traffic wardens for speeding or drinking and driving, Remember that this is what we are trying to prevent. Drive safely.

Jazz at the Radisson
Jazz in June!!

Belize International Jazz Festival 2018
Welcome for the Belize International Jazz Festival 2018..... Monday, June 18, 7pm

New Bridge for Cacao Farmers
Last week Friday, the Trio Farmers Cacao Growers Association and Ya’axché inaugurated a bridge which will improve access for 31 farmers growing cacao in the 936-acre agroforestry concession within Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve. So far 28000 fingers of plantains, 1050 pounds of corn, 1000 pounds of peppers and over 900 pounds of wet cacao beans have been harvested. In 2019, it is estimated that 90,000 pounds of wet cacao beans will be harvested as the cacao trees continue to mature. In anticipation of this, Ya’axché with permission from Belize Forest Department and financial support from the GEF Small Grants Programme constructed a bridge at the entrance of the agroforestry concession to facilitate timely transportation of cacao beans and other farm products especially during flooding.

GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE OF BELIZE RECOGNIZED FOR LEADERSHIP IN OFFSHORE OIL BAN: PRIME MINISTER BARROW ACCEPTS AWARD IN WORLD OCEANS DAY CELEBRATION CEREMONY
As part of national activities commemorating World Oceans Day 2018, Oceana in Belize and the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage officially recognized the Government and people of Belize for their collective leadership in establishing the world’s first indefinite moratorium against offshore oil. The Ocean Champion award was formally presented to Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Dean Barrow during ceremonies in Belize City on Saturday, June 9th, 2018. In presenting the award, Oceana’s Vice President for Belize, Janelle Chanona, emphasized that the significance of the moratorium cannot be overstated, given the daily dependence of tens of thousands of Belizeans on healthy marine resources. “We are world leaders,” said Chanona. “We are proudly loving and protecting the tens of thousands of Belizeans who depend on our world-renowned marine resources. This decision reflects the reality that we may be small but we are strong. And will continue to ensure that this law inspires others to follow the exemplary leadership of the Government and people of Belize.”

New Ambassador of Belize to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
New Ambassador of Belize to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Mr. Lawrence Sylvester presented his Credentials to Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Friday 8 June 2018, in Georgetown, Guyana.

Students and teachers educated on the Chiquibul-Mopan-Macal-Belize Rivers
The Chiquibul Forest has several natural and cultural intrinsic values. Water is one of those tangible values derived from this forest. An overall total of 8,286 students and 457 teachers are now educated on the Chiquibul-Mopan-Macal-Belize Rivers from both the Cayo and Belize Districts. This effort been possible through FYFFES, British Embassy and Sisters of Charity of Nazareth support.

Fire Destroys Two Homes in Escalante Subdivision
Two houses in the Escalante subdivision were completely destroyed by a fire early this morning. Firefighters have since put the blaze under control. However, unconfirmed reports from witnesses are that there are casualties.

A Cultural Day in San Antonio
The A Day in San Antonio event was yesterday, and the BTIA was their to get some pictures and raffle off many prizes. "BTIA Cayo Chapter 5 hrs · A Day in San Antonio: Culture, Nature & sports was a huge success! We thank ASK & Belize and all other organizers for bringing San Antonio even more so on the map. From Cultural Presentations to a Grand Cycling Competition, even our very own Tambola and Raffle were successes. We thank all our sponsors who helped in making this a day to remember."

Become a Wildlife Ambassador
Are you interested in becoming a Wildlife Ambassador for Belize? The wildlife of Belize could use your help. Contact the BWRC at bzwildlifeclinic@gmail.com for more information. "Belize's wildlife needs your help. Threats to wildlife abound, most of them are caused by us humans, and many could be relieved through better awareness and education. Do you want to be an Ambassador for Wildlife in your community? We are very excited to share this invitation for further education for interested individuals from communities all over Belize as part of BWRC's latest outreach program effort and in preparation for the Wildlife Response Workshop for enforcement entities and community ambassadors in October this year.

Experience Latin America
This three day event is taking place in London, UK from the 11 to 13 June 2018 and is being attended by BTB's Chairman, Mr. Einer Gomez, BTB's Director of Tourism Mrs. Karen Bevans and Caroline Parkin, Account Manager, Brighter Group, Marketing and Representation. This B2B event provides targeted 20 minute meetings, great networking opportunities, inspiring seminars and time for appointments with exhibitors.

Channel 7

Phylmore King Killed By Someone Who Knew Him, Family Says
Two young men were targeted for death in the comfort of their homes this weekend. 26 year old Phylmore King was sitting on his verandah when someone known to him shot him in the head, while 22 year old Eugene Henderson was sitting in cousin's couch when an intruder walked in and shot him in the head. King died, while Henderson somehow survived. We have both their stories, starting with King who was killed at around 7:45 on Saturday morning.:... Jules Vasquez reporting: Early on Saturday morning, police responded to a shooting at this home on Peter Lewis Street in Hattieville where they found 26 year old Phylmore King dead on his own veranda. The scenes of crime processed the scene of a veranda execution by someone familiar:

Man Shot In Head While Visiting Cousin For Memorial Svc.
Tragedy struck a Roaring Creek family for the second time this weekend. First, their loved one, 22 year old Oswald Arnold went missing 26 days ago and is feared dead, and then on Saturday night, his cousin, 22 year old Eugene Henderson Jr. was shot to the head. Remarkably, Henderson survived but he is in a bad way at the KHMH. Courtney Weatherburne has the story. A living room sofa now just a mound of ash in Natalee Arnold's back yard. Although the flames consumed it, Nothing can block out the frantic screams or erase the gruesome image of Eugene Henderson Jr. bleeding out on that couch after he was shot to the head.

Police Have A Suspect
And today police couldn't confirm the motive because they too are trying to put together why this Burrell Boom resident was targeted at his cousin's house in Roaring Creek. Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Is this type of what would be called aggravated burglary/ home invasion/ murder or attempted murder, is this indicative of vendettas or some sort of hit taken out on individuals?" Insp. Wilfred Ferrufino, CIB -Belize City: "There is nothing to indicate that at this point but I am sure the investigators are looking into the motive as you know Mr. Henderson is from Burrell Boom so I am sure the investigators are looking into the matter."

Teenaged Dad Shot His Infant Son With A Pellet Gun
Don't play with guns - that's a piece of advice all adults share with kids. But one teenaged father certainly didn't heed that warning, and his 4 month old baby boy suffered because of it. In this case, it was a pellet gun. On Saturday, 19 year old Lincoln Dwehene was at his Gales Point home with his 18 year old common law wife and their baby boy Dashawn. Dwehene went to get the pellet gun from the bedroom and according to police, he didn't know the safety wasn't activated, and pointed it at the infant. The gun went off - hitting him in the lower back. Police told us more about this case.

Armed Robbers Target Northside
Last week we showed you how the police had significantly stepped up their presence and patrols on Albert Street after a string of armed robberies. The immediacy of that presence was felt today when a vagrant snatched a handful of clothing from Juanita's store on Albert Street. MIT officers who are posted on the block set chase immediately and caught him one block away at the corner of Dean and Regent Streets. So while the increased presence on Albert Street is paying dividends in a safe downtown, armed criminals seem to now be looking for opportunities in less heavily patrolled areas - and that means the Northside of Belize City.

Shirtless Ladyville Robber Is From City
And police have charged a man for another robbery that happened north of the city. This one was at the Sky Complex in Ladyville on Friday morning. We told you how a trio of robbers worked together to hold up a cashier who worked for a collection company. They grabbed her money bag as she was walking 50 feet over to the Belize Bank. But a brave businessman took on all three men, and at least managed to get back half the money. He also grabbed the shirt off 21 year old Malik Humes, a resident of 2 Wagner's Lane in Belize City. Humes was caught shirtless on a bus in the Belama area coming down from Ladyville. He was charged with aggravated assault and theft when he appeared today before Chief Magistrate Fraser. He pleaded not guilty and because it is a firearm offence, she remanded him into custody until August 28.

Court Awards Baby Brenae Quarter Mil
3 months ago, we told you about the outcome of the lawsuit for 5 year-old Brenae Timmons. You'll remember her as the toddler who suffered severe injury in January of 2016 when the huge iron gate at the Samuel Haynes Institute in Belize City fell on top her. She and her mother went to visit her father, who works as a librarian on the compound, and in only a few minutes of unsupervised exploration, misfortune befell her. She's gone through several surgeries and months of rehabilitation, but her family says that she continues to suffer from deficits that will negatively impact her quality of life as she ages.

Mek Mi Rich Case Goes To Appeal
Viewers may remember the Mek Mi Rich case from the Supreme Court. Back in February of 2016, Justice Courtney Abel ruled that the owners of the Mek Mi Rich game show stole the idea of Corozal businessman Curtis Swasey, which they used to enrich themselves at his expense. Well, the Court of Appeal will decide if they will uphold that decision, or overturn it. Up until 2014, Swasey had been in constant communication with the technical team from BTL for over 2 years, to launch his lottery game, Super Slam Sunday. The way it was supposed to work is through SMS lottery texting, where BTL's entire customer base would be able participate in the lottery game through text messaging. Email correspondence between Swasey and BTL employees show that he was explaining how to make it work with BTL's infrastructure. But, before Super Slam Sunday could become a real thing, BTL ended the partnership, citing that his game did not align with their business strategies for that year.

Why Was Off-Duty Sargeant Shot?
A sergeant of police was shot in Belize City on Saturday night. 43 year old Shawn Walton was on Victoria Street visiting someone when he was grazed in the arm. Polcie told us more:.. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino: "He was visiting someone in the area and he was seated in his vehicle awaiting that individual and that was when he was injured. He felt a burning sensation on his arm and he realized that he was shot. He was taken to the hospital. We are seeking two persons in regards to that incident." "The investigation is still ongoing and we can't confirm at this point if he was indeed the intended target, but we are looking into it."

Fatal Horse and Buggy Accident
When we talk about fatal road accidents they usually involve motorized two or four wheel vehicles. But no motor was firing this weekend, when a mennonite on a horse and buggy was killed in a freak accident this weekend. Police told us more about the fatal accident in the Corozal District :... Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino: "Sometime around 9:30 on June ninth, Corozal police visited the New Land Community, this would be a Mennonite community and there they observed Isaac Nicholi, a thirty-eight-year-old teacher of Camp 112 of the New Land Community..."

Man Charged For Toledo Nightclub Stabbing
Early on Sunday morning in Bella Vista Village in Toledo, 25 year old Edwin Hernandez was stabbed to his back. Hernandez reported that he was standing outside Blue Sky Night Club at around 1:45 am when 39-year-old Honduran Martin Villatoro approached him and stabbed him. Hernandez was rushed to the Independence Poly Clinic and later transported to the KHMH where he is currently in stable condition. Villatoro has been formally arrested and charged for the Crime of Grievous Harm.

Mayor Beats Councilor In OW East Race
1800 voters came out in Orange Walk East yesterday to select their new PUP Standard Bearer. It was an interesting convention that pitted the incumbent Orange Walk mayor Kevin Bernard against one of his own town councillors Josue Carballo who was the PUP's losing candidate in that division in 2015. CTV-3 was there when the winner was announced:... Henry Charles Usher, PUP Chairman: "Receiving 827 votes was Mr. Josue Carballo. Receiving 935 votes is Mayor Kevin Bernard. So the new PUP standard bearer for Orange Walk East is Mayor Kevin Bernard."

Learning The Language, Made Easy
The Garifuna culture is the most celebrated in Belize, and known for its passionate, rhythmic music and dance along with a wide array of unique dishes, such as hudut, Sere or even Sahow. But what about the language? It was once spoken by many but in changing times, the language is being used less and less. That's why a group of passionate Garinagu are not about to let it slip away. Today they had an opening ceremony for a training workshop in the study of the Garifuna language. We stopped by to find out more about this effort. Abdul Nunez, President of BELADA CARIBE: "The purpose is to preserve Garifuna language, spirituality, culture, history and to look at the possibility if trying to make it an institutionalized initiative by partnering with the University of the West Indies Open Campus so we could make it a course study for adults and young people."

A Bridge Runs Across It
On Friday the Ya'axche Conservation Trust and the Trio Farmers Association inaugurated a brand new 65 foot bridge in the Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve. The bridge is much needed necessity in the upcoming Harvest season and takes a weight off the shoulders of the farmers who would often have to worry about not having access to areas due to flooding. Here's more on how many purposes this bridge serves A total of 31 Cacao farmers will positively benefit from the new bridge.

A Sunday Morning Shooting On Fairweather
There was a shooting on Fairweather Street on Sunday morning around 10:00 am. A man had just bought some tacos when a shooter came out of a school yard gunning at him. Police told us more: Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino, C.I.B., Belize City: "Nimrod Fitzgibbon, a twenty-seven-year-old resident of Supaul Street. He was suffering from a gunshot wound to the left leg. Mr. Fitzgibbon indicated that he had just purchased food at the corner of Armadillo Street and Dolphin Street and was making his way on bicycle on Fairweather Street when he observed an individual in the Queen's Square Primary School. He then heard shots and realized that he was injured. Police have not detained anyone so far and the matter is under investigation. There is no indication that it is gang related at this point."

Channel 5

Death Visited Philmore King at Residence in Hattieville
A Hattieville man was executed at his house in the village over the weekend. Before eight o’clock on Saturday morning, twenty-six-year-old Philmore King was shot to the back of his [...]

Father Accidentally Turns Pellet Gun on Baby Son; Will Charges Be Filed?
A most troubling report came out of the quiet village of Gales Point Manatee this weekend when it was discovered that a newborn had been injured in the lower back [...]

1 Held for Brazen Home Invasion, Shooting of Eugene Henderson Jr.
A third shooting on Saturday involved twenty-three-year-old Eugene Henderson Junior who has been transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The Burrell Boom resident was in Roaring Creek with family [...]

Di Creole Wagans Latest Target of Thieves
There has been a surge in dangerous daylight robberies of various stores in the downtown area of the City. In the past two weeks, Hofius, Nacho World, and M and [...]

¼ Million Dollars for Brenae Timmons, Victim of Iron Gate
Brenae Timmons, now five years old, was crushed by a heavy iron gate on the compound of the Pickstock Development Association, steps away from the Lake Independence Public Library where [...]

Pickstock Development Assn. and Contractor to Blame, But Will They Pay?
But it will not be as easy to collect the funds, as according to Musa, the Association, led by executive director Barbara Elrington, and Espat have made no overtures of [...]

Mek Mi Rich Litigants Back in Court
The Court of Appeal kicked off its June session this morning with the long-awaited appeal of Belize Telemedia Limited against Curtis Swasey. It concerns Swasey’s charge, made in 2015, that [...]

Did B.T.L. Illegally Share Confidential Information?
B.T.L.’s attorney Magalie Perdomo tried to persuade the Court of Appeal panel, as they had failed to do in the lower court, that Swasey’s idea was never truly his own. [...]

Mayor Tops Councilor to Join P.U.P. Ticket in Orange Walk East
Tonight we have news from both major political. The race to represent Orange Walk East in 2020 was a hotly contested campaign between P.U.P. Mayor Kevin Bernard and Councilor Josue [...]

Boots, Castro Confirm Others Want to Stand for U.D.P. Leader
Within the United Democratic Party, there is news that Corozal North’s Hugo Patt is offering himself for leadership of the party, but Patt says he has made no decision.  While, [...]

Boots Vows Third Time Will Not Be Charm for Gilroy Usher in Port
Long-time U.D.P. area rep for Port Loyola Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez thinks the P.U.P. made a mistake in endorsing Gilroy Usher for the Port. Martinez is retiring from electoral politics, but [...]

Off-Duty Policeman Shot; Shooters Evaded 3 Police Checkpoints
A police officer was shot while off-duty on Saturday night in the Victoria Street neighborhood.  Sergeant Shawn Walton was seated inside his vehicle when multiple shots were fired within proximity [...]

Nimrod Fitzgibbon Laywaited by Gunman near School
Twenty-seven-year-old Nimrod Fitzgibbon is recovering from a gunshot wound to the leg after coming under attack by a lone gunman on Sunday morning.  He was returning home on bicycle after [...]

Mennonite Teacher Trapped by Overturned Carriage, Drowns in New Land
A freak accident in the Corozal District has resulted in a teacher losing his life on Saturday morning.  Thirty-eight-year-old Isaac Nicholi, a Mennonite educator of New Land Community, was killed [...]

Life Sentences Times 4 for Brian Hyde
In April, a jury found him guilty of killing the family that took him in from Belize. Today, twenty-two-year-old Brian Omar Hyde learned that he will spend the rest of [...]

M.O.E. Begins Handouts of School Subsidy Countrywide
The Ministry of Education handed out close to three hundred thousand dollars in education subsidies for four-hundred and thirty-nine students in Rural Belize and four-hundred and ninety-six students in Belize [...]

Standard Accreditation for a Safer World
Saturday, June ninth is recognized as World Accreditation Day. It is a global initiative that was established by the International Accreditation Forum and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation to raise [...]

Citrus Growers Share Experience
One of the accredited organizations at today’s forum is the Citrus Growers Association.  Its Citrus Research and Education Institute’s plant pathology diagnostic lab is the first and only laboratory in [...]

P.M. Gets Award from OCEANA, Coalition
Prime Minister  on Saturday received a special award from Oceana in Belize and the Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage at the Belize Biltmore Plaza. The sculpture of a [...]

Over-40 Football Tops Sports Monday
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of weekend sporting activities….]

LOVE FM

Guatemala still reeling from deadly volcano
Guatemala is still reeling from the effects of Volcan Fuego, which erupted a week ago spewing rocks, gas and ash into the sky. Love News spoke with Guatemala’s Ambassador to Belize, George de la Roche Du Ronzet Plihal about the current situation in Guatemala. Guatemala’s Ambassador – George de la Roche Du Ronzet Plihal: “110 …

Mek Mi Rich case heard by Court of Appeal
In 2015, Supreme Court Justice heard a civil suit brought against telecom giant Belize Telemedia Limited by Corozal businessman Curtis Dale Swasey. He is accused BTL of breaching a non-disclosure agreement making it possible for the owners of Mek Mi Rich to use his idea and making themselves rich. According to Swasey, he came up …

New born baby boy shot
A four month old baby boy remains in a stable condition at the KHMH after he sustained injuries from a pellet gun. Good news is that doctors expect the child to recover. He was accidentally shot by his father on Saturday at their home in Gales Point Village.The child sustained injuries to the lower back. …

Hattieville villager murdered at his home
A nineteen year old has been charged for the murder of 26 year old Phylmore King, a construction worker, who was found dead at his home located on Peter Lewis Street in Hattieville Village. On Saturday morning, King was fatally shot while on his verandah. Investigators say the evidence is pointing at Darnell Arnold. Hipolito …

Belize City man lucky to be alive
A Belize City man is lucky to be alive tonight after there was an attempt on his life over the weekend. Twenty six year old Supal Street resident, Nimrod Fitzgibbon was shot to the left leg on Sunday morning. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino says that while no suspect has been identified, investigators are following all leads. …

Belize Bureau of Standards commemorates World Accreditation Day
Products must meet certain criteria in order to ensure that it is fit and safe for consumption. Accreditation is one of the components in arriving at that objective. World Accreditation Day is observed annually on June 9 to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation. Today, the Belize Bureau of Standards is commemorating World Accreditation …

UDP mourns the death of former Minister Samuel Rhaburn
Former Government Minister Samuel Rhaburn died yesterday at his home in Crooked Tree Village. The 74-year-old former two-time area representative for Belize Rural North was ill for some time. Rhaburn was elected as the area representative for Belize Rural North in 1984. Current area representative, Edmond Castro said Rhaburn was one of his mentors. Edmond …

Kevin Bernard wins PUP OW East convention
One hundred and eight voters were the deciding factor in this past Sunday’s PUP Standard Bearer convention in Orange Walk East. Orange Walk Town Mayor Kevin Bernard challenged councilor Josue Carballo to represent the People’s United Party in the division for the next general elections. Bernard garnered 935 votes while Carballo managed to obtain 827 …

Ministry of Education disburses subsidies to schools
The Ministry of Education has been offering school subsidies to students for the past nine years to assist them with fees for high school. At the inception of the programmme, students from the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts got the subsidies automatically while students in other districts had to be assessed. Today, the Ministry of …

Man fighting for his life after being shot to the head
A man is fighting for his life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after being shot on Saturday night. Police were called to a home in Roaring Creek Village, where they saw 23-year-old Eugene Alexander Henderson lying on a sofa in the living room with a gunshot wound to the head. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino …

Corozal teacher dies in an unusual incident
Teacher Isaac Nicholi died in an unusual incident over the weekend. It happened in the New Land Community in the Corozal District when he and another person were on a horse and carriage. Inspector Wilfred Ferrufino explained. …

Oceana honors Prime Minister Barrow
On Saturday, Oceana held an award ceremony in commemoration of World Oceans Day, where Prime Minister Dean Barrow was awarded. Janelle Chanona, the Vice President of Oceana, spoke about the importance of preserving our natural resources. …

Police office shot
43-year-old Sergeant Shawn Walton is at home recuperating after he was shot in Belize City. Walton was off duty at the time and he was inside a car on Victoria Street when shots rang out. He was shot to the forearm …

The Reporter

Armed robbery at Creole Wagans
Reliable information reaching the Reporter is that an armed robbery occurred this afternoon at D Creole Wagans on E Street, King’s Park area, Belize City. The information is that four persons entered the compound, at least one of whom carried a gun, and they got […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

San Estevan villager drowns while swimming in river
Melvin Omar Pineda Gutierrez, 19, a Honduran national residing in San Estevan village, Orange Walk drowned […]

Belizean man sentenced to four concurrent life sentences in US prison
Belizean national, Brian Omar Hyde, was today sentenced to four concurrent life sentences in prison for […]

Prominent journalist, Adele Ramos, wins map display competition
Prominent Belizean journalist, Adele Ramos, is being celebrated as the winner of the Physical Map Display […]

Corozal man killed in freak horse and carriage accident
A Corozal man was killed in a freak accident on Saturday around 9:30 a.m. involving his […]

Father shoots 4-month-old baby with pellet gun
A four month old baby from Gales Point village was shot to the back reportedly by […]

PUP hosts another round of conventions
The opposition, People’s United Party (PUP) held a contested convention yesterday to elect a Standard Bearer […]

Hattieville youth charged for the murder of Philmore King
Darnel Arnold, 19, resident of Hattieville village was charged on Sunday for the murder of Hattieville […]

Government recognized for leadership in Offshore oil ban
On Saturday, June 9, OCEANA held an award ceremony in correlation with the national activities […]

Belize City man shot in leg while riding bicycle
Yesterday morning, before 10:00 a.m., Belize city resident Nimrod Fitzgibbon, 26, was riding his bicycle near […]

BELTRAIDE to host disaster risk management workshop
BELTRAIDE in collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS), the University of West Indies […]

Police seek 2 suspects for shooting of police sergeant
According to police, two suspects are being sought for the shooting of police sergeant, Shawn Walton, […]

Tropical wave to bring heavy rains
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) today reported on a broad area of showers and thunderstorms […]

Belize represented at World Cup 2018 in Russia
The official ceremonies for the 2018 World Cup games in Russia kicks off inside the Luzhniki […]

Bureau of Standards hosts seminar for World Accreditation Day
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) held a sensitization workshop this morning for food industry […]

Ya’axché improves access to Belize’s first agroforestry concession
On Friday, June 8, Ya’axché Conservation Trust and the Trio Farmers Cacao Growers Association (TFCGA) […]

Taiwan Embassy donates $32,000 to CITO for building maintenance
The Central Information Technology Office (CITO), formerly known as the Belize National ICT Center, located […]

Belize city man shot on Fairweather street
Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred yesterday morning in Belize city. Shortly before […]

Man stabbed in Bella Vista, Toledo
Police are investigating a stabbing incident that occurred yesterday in Bella Vista, Toledo. According to […]

Below The Bar – Women’s representation in the National Assembly
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

Mixed reactions as Belizeans assist Guatemalan victims
Since last Sunday, images and videos of the catastrophic eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano have […]

Marconi Leal endorsed as PUP standard bearer for Belize Rural North
Yesterday afternoon, the People’s United Party (PUP) endorsed Marconi Leal as the standard bearer for the […]

International Sourcesizz

Mennonites mark 60 years in Belize
Sixty years ago, Mennonites from Chihua­hua, Mexico, crossed the Belize River and landed at a flat area now called the Mennonite Beach. What the settlers saw in 1958 was a dense rain forest on land they purchased to make into farms. Today, the drive to Mennonite Beach in Spanish Lookout passes fertile fields of beans and corn and cattle in pastureland. This year is the 60th anniversary of the arrival of Mennonites in Belize and the settlement in Spanish Lookout. The first settlers cleared the land and built homes, churches and schools. Many of the original settlers still live there, and they describe the difficult years in the beginning when life was hard and families with more resources shared with those who had less.

PREP VOLLEYBALL: Local teams join forces for mission trip
Top players from both the North Hardin Lady Trojans and Central Hardin Lady Bruins will play volleyball together this week during a mission trip to Belize. North Hardin coach Jessica Gunby organized the crew, which will spend a week touring Belize as they play nightly matches, share devotionals at their hotel and experience a new culture. “There was a need there to bring a volleyball team down, so I want to go there, take a group of girls and share devotionals with them each night and hopefully see my kid grow in their faith, as well as be able to go over there and share the love of God with the people in Belize,” Gunby said.

Caribbean storm system continues to have 20 percent chance of tropical formation
The National Hurricane Center Monday evening (June 11) continued to monitor a disturbance in the western Caribbean expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week. The system has a 20 percent chance of tropical development over the next five days, the Hurricane Center reported in its 7 p.m. update. A large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the western Caribbean was associated with a trough of low pressure. This area was expected to move westward over Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula over the next couple of days, and little development was expected as of mid-week.

Flooding rain to eye Central America to Texas regardless of tropical storm potential in Gulf, Caribbean
An area of disturbed weather in the western Caribbean Sea may cause flooding problems along its path to the Gulf of Mexico despite a small chance to organize into a weak tropical system this weekend. A broad area of drenching showers and strong thunderstorms is forecast to drift northwestward from the western Caribbean to the western Gulf of Mexico over the next five to seven days. Development seems unlikely over the next few days and may not occur at all, despite sufficiently warm waters, according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski. A non-tropical storm in the vicinity will create substantial wind shear from Central America and the western Caribbean to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Videos

  • Opening of the 2018 Hurricane Season, 4min. On May 25th, Alberto - the first subtropical storm - formed just a week shy of the official June 1st opening of the 2018 Hurricane Season. The National Emergency Management Organization-NEMO also gathered for its State of Readiness Meeting in preparation of the months ahead. Here’s more …

  • Seminar on the Patent Cooperation Treaty, 8min. Last Monday, the Belize Intellectual Property Office, BELIPO, hosted a Seminar on the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Our Belize Now Team was there and has this story ...

  • Garifuna Collective Represent Belize at WOMEX Celebration, 4min.

  • My private island in Belize and spearing lionfish?!?!?, 9min.

  • Belize 2017, 21min. SCUBA diving, sharks, Belize.

  • Miss Universe Belize Pagent, 43min.

  • Diving with my Grandpa in Belize, 4min.

  • Bruk It Down Jenny, 25min.

  • The Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza - Mango Tequila Shrimp recipe, 12min.

  • WORLD OCEAN DAY CLEAN UP 2018, 6min.

  • Miss Lobster Fest Contestants opening the dance floor, 2.5min.

  • Belize The Video, 4min.

  • Mermaid or Manatee, 2min. Manatees are linked to the folklore of the sea. It is thought that sailors, away at sea for far too long, deprived of female companionship, would mistake the manatee for a woman swimming. If you ask me that would take a lot of imagination, but who knows. They are gentle, and in their own way, beautiful. But, those sailors must have had powerful imaginations. What do you think? While in Belize, some of us got the chance to swim with one returning from a dive on the reef and another one visited dockside for several days.

  • Belize octopus, 1min.

  • DJI Mavic Air 4K | BELIZE Visuals | 2018, 4min. A video of all the drone shots i had captured while traveling in Belize. All shot on the DJI MAVIC AIR.

  • Ambergris Caye, Belize Travel Video - Swimming With Sharks In Shark Ray Alley & More, 4.5min. This trip was unforgettable. I had so much fun with my family here and can't wait to go back! My favorite experiences were swimming with sharks in Shark Ray Alley, visiting Secret Beach, and the chicken drop which is every Thursday in town. The Belize culture is so warm, welcoming, and funny. I love their sense of humor. :)

  • Making Tortillas, 1/2min. A great video of how to make tortillas in the Yucatec Maya village of San Antonio cayo .

  • A Day in San Antonio, 4.5min. We couldn’t resist coming to “A Day in San Antonio” for some cultural food and presentation. Think you could shell corn faster than these guys?

  • Re: Today's Belize News: June 12, 2018 [Re: Marty] #530933
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    Bereft of any conscience or concerns for women or children. I am ashamed.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/11/...nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=373046150612


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    Re: Today's Belize News: June 12, 2018 [Re: Katie Valk] #530941
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    Sounds like a sensible decision considering the abuse of these claims. 80% of these claims have been dismissed after investigation as false. The case load went from 5,000 in 2009 to 94,000 recently. It seems that immigration lawyers and advocates advise people on just what to say in order to qualify to apply for asylum. This triggers a legal process that last for several months and many disappear into the populace and don't even show up in court. Hundreds of new immigration judges have had to be appointed in an attempt to hear these cases.

    It seems to me that your indignation should be pointed toward the countries of these asylum seekers to enforce and strengthen their laws and not toward the most generous country in the world which is being overrun by illegals, asylum seekers and others who are taking resources which would be better used toward its own disadvantaged citizens. If we could now get some voter ID laws the political party which supports this would end their support because of the loss of benefit to them. MAGA


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    Yeah, I get you, its only rape and physical abuse of women, not important and certainly, its no longer US values to offer protection.


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    Re: Today's Belize News: June 12, 2018 [Re: Marty] #530952
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    This subject continues to come up as an attack on the United States or more specifically the current administration..... Does anyone remember our volunteer American School Teacher who was sent to Belize Central Prison for 5 years for working while her Tourist Visa had expired.....?? I have no horse in this race and I am not interested in arguing politics..... However, I believe strongly in obeying the law regardless of where you are...... The School Teacher, much like the family in this story have their reasons for breaking the law? Let's not forget there is the idea that the Father was arrested for committing a crime or they would have never been caught as illegals in the first place...... The law is the law..... Now with all that said we as people from any country must make decisions and laws that protect Human Rights..... I am against abuse towards anyone and any animal...... Therefore, the best solution is to change the laws..... Arguing with each other or blaming a specific government does not offer a solution.


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    Re: Today's Belize News: June 12, 2018 [Re: Judyann H.] #530958
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    Judyann, what many people don't realize is that these decisions have real consequences for citizens of the USA. I'll try to keep this short. Several years ago I ask my widowed sister-in-law when she was going to retire. She was probably 66 or so at the time. She told me never and that she would have to work until she died. Her circumstances are: she works for the city government as a teacher's aid making very little money. In MA when you work for the gov. you do not contribute to Social Security so her gov. pension would be all she would get and she never made much more than minimum wage. My brother also worked for the gov. and she would get almost nothing from his pension or social security.

    I told her, "that can't be we will go and see what programs you qualify for. Well I know my way around the city pretty well and know a lot of people. We spent all day. She did get fuel assistance and food stamps right away, but that did not amount to very much a month. The eye opener way when we went to Housing. At first they did not even want to give us an application. I talked to them and the story is for an older person or for anyone without young children you have a low priority for housing. Now she lives in one of my apartments and I charge her less than my costs, so I told Housing that I would except whatever they offered as rent if they would offer her a section 8 certificate, I would comply with their requirements. Her pension would not even cover the $600 a month I charge her so if this could be relieved from her she might be able to retire. In the Housing office where at least 15 mostly Hispanic young girls and at least that many children. They told me and I can understand that these girls had priority because they can not put children out on the street. Now of course I have no way of knowing the citizenship of these girls but it is pretty well known that most are not citizens. They informed me that the waiting list for housing for her was presently 6 years. My attorney's son was also the attorney for Housing so I ask for a petition and figured I could work around the waiting list.

    It was confirmed to me that it would not be possible and yes it was caused by illegal immigration. So there are consequences to our citizens and my sister-in-law who is in her 70's now gets up every day and goes off to work with no end date in site. I was told that I could put her out on the street and that would move up her priory, ya right. This is the unknown consequences of open borders and it must stop. Other consequences are medical and other resources. Don't forget we are talking about someone who goes to work everyday.

    Now back to my post. The 80% denied figure is a fact. The "advisers" tell them exactly what to say to ICE and then they are turned loose in the USA with no means to support themselves. To people life Kate if you question this then you are OK with rape and physical abuse but no other country in the world puts up with this so isn't the logical solution to lobby other countries to act legally to curtail this? When I questioned the last administration I was called a racist with no debate on the merits of my arguments. This is the way the Left deflects without debate. Well more people are realizing what is happening and maybe we can turn this around. So Kate will label me woman beater; homophobic, racist or what ever but never debate on the merits just criticize the greatest country in the world who has done more to protect others by far and paid for this in lives of their young and their fortune.


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    Re: Today's Belize News: June 12, 2018 [Re: Marty] #530975
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    Ragman.....You are preaching to the Choir here..... I agree whole heatedly....So sorry to hear about your family member......We use to provide Section 8 housing in our Rental homes in California, we understand how backwards the system can be.......With regard to the Physical abuse; and as sad as the abuse is in many Countries, it is important to take care of their own. It appears we just might be seeing that in Korea. It is refreshing to read that in my lifetime an agreement between North and South Korea is coming together. Those types of Government peace treaties will promote civil health and well being without the rest of the world having to care for their citizens or provide Asylum. Also in my lifetime the German wall came down and Russia became a democratic society..... Most of those citizens are living better lives and the countries are better for it....

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    Re: Today's Belize News: June 12, 2018 [Re: Marty] #530977
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    And then there is Venezuela, with great suffering and MILLIONS leaving for where ever they can make it. No food, no medicine, no money, 1,000% inflation, no nothing and what is happening to the common people to try to survive is horrible. The solution, print a new 20,000 bill and also as "Venezuela suffers from a severe shortage of cash, the country is attempting to boost public confidence by selling new zero-bolivar Karl Marx bills for 1,000 bolivars."

    Nicaragua falling back into being a hell hole after a few generations of freedom and relative prosperity, what where they thinking.....? Elections count and while no system is perfect some systems have a very very bad record in history. Still millions are lured into the trap of the government can provide everything.

    Enough on this.





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    yes let's leave it be... thanks...


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