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Today's Belize News: June 16, 2018 #531000
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials

The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro BTIA chapter brings people together ‘For the Love of San Pedro’
As crime continues to concern the business community on Ambergris Caye, the need to find a viable solution to its escalation has become a top priority. To start finding solutions, the Belize Tourism Industry Association San Pedro chapter (SP BTIA) held a public meeting with stakeholders on Thursday, June 7th at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. A group of dynamic citizens and speakers discussed the issue and shared their ideas towards the best way of dealing with the alarming situation threatening the island’s stability. The event which started shortly after 6PM was well attended by citizens from all corners of the island. BTIA’s Executive Director John Burgos gave the welcome remarks informing the audience the purpose of the gathering, which sought to set actions in place and try to alleviate the crime situation.

17 students receive their S.P.A.C.E. diploma
17 proud students from San Pedro Adult Continuing Education (SPACE) finished their secondary education and were awarded their diplomas during the sixth Commencement Exercises held on Sunday, June 10th at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. The graduating class of 2018 was honored before relatives and friends for achieving their goals of finishing high school. After the singing of the National Anthem, fellow graduate Michael Sosa delivered the Salutatorian remarks under the theme ‘A Lesson Learned in Time.’ He commended those who made an effort to encourage him and his classmates as it has led to their achievement.

Tropic Air and Copa Airlines announce interline agreement
Tropic Air and Copa today announced the commencement of an interline agreement that allows customers to purchase connecting flights on one ticket and receive boarding passes for all segments at their first check-in. Tropic serves 15 destinations from Belize’s Goldson International Airport which Copa serves nonstop from its home at Panama’s Hub of the Americas.

Still no official report on deadly fire that claimed four lives
Police and fire officials on the island continue investigating the cause of a tragic fire that sadly claimed the lives of four island residents early on Tuesday, June 12th in the Escalante Subdivision. The unprecedented tragedy started in a two-storey building where four out of six living on the upper flat perished in the blaze. 30-year-old Clara Bacab Nuñez and her son 14-year-old Allan Nuñez, daughter 6-year-old Mia Nuñez and niece 16-year-old Lidia Chelin Catzim Bacab were trapped in the inferno, while her husband David Nuñez and older son 16-year-old Samir Nuñez were able to get out badly injured. A family living downstairs, Tracy Cruz, managed to escape with her two young children after breaking the bathroom window.

Ambergris Today

What A Catch! - Lobster Season 2018 Officially Open
Lobster Season is Officially Open! Lobster Dip, Lobster Kebabs, Lobster Salad, Grilled Lobster, Lobster soup, Lobster, Lobster, Lobster!! The wait is finally over you can now endulge in all the delicous plates you can possibly dream of. Be sure to be a part of all the festivities taking place today starting at El Divino.

Tropic Air And Copa Airlines Partner To Make Flying Easier
Tropic Air and Copa today, June 15, 2018, announced the commencement of an interline agreement that allows customers to purchase connecting flights on one ticket and receive boarding passes for all segments at their first check-in. Tropic serves 15 destinations from Belize’s Goldson International Airport which Copa serves nonstop from its home at Panama’s Hub of the Americas.

Misc Belizean Sources


Ministry of Foreign Affairs Commends FCD after June 6th Incident in Chiquibul National Park
Following the apprehension of Guatemalan national Edras Geovani Cantoral Garcia, and Honduran national Elder Mauricio Diaz on June 6th, 2018 for environmentally-related offences, in the Chiquibul National Park, by a Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) Ranger Team, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs convened a high level inter-ministerial group – comprised of the Ministry of National Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development – to ascertain the facts of the incident. The high-level group confirms the following: Last Wednesday, June 6th, 2018, at around 10: 30 a.m., a group of park rangers from the co-managing organization FCD intercepted five persons in possession of endangered game birds in the Chiquibul National Park, 4km within Belizean territory.

South Cebada Conservation Post in the Chiquibul National Park inaugurated
The South Cebada Conservation Post in the Chiquibul National Park was officially inaugurated on June 14th. The post was constructed under the Chiquibul Forest Investment Initiative (CFII). The CFII is the Government of Belize's financial strategy for the conservation and protection of our natural resources through strengthening enforcement and protection of the Chiquibul, Vaca and Columbia Forests.

Weekly Cadet Practice
On Thursday June 14th 2018, Police officers from Caye Caulker Police Sub_Station held their weekly Cadet practice. During the gathering, foot drills discipline were taught. Thereafter, cadets went indoors and played table games.

FCD Executive Director visits Queens Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) headquarters
The Chiquibul National Park is a forested area designated as a Queens Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) site in 2016. Today FCD’s Executive Director and its partner organization Maya 2020’s Director Chris Minty visited the QCC headquarters and met with QCC’s CEO Dr. Greg Munro and Nathan McKenzie in London to appraise of the developments and challenges faced in this forest.

Art in the Park cancelled for June
Due to the slow moving wet weather system, June's edition of Art in the Park has been cancelled. We look forward to the next Art in the Park event on July 14th.

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"DO NOT BURDEN YOUR POCKETS WITH CLASSROOM EXPENSES" - Teachers Will No Longer Require The Practice Of Taking Money From Their Pockets Or To Fundraise To Enhance Their Classroom And To Produce Teaching Aids For Their Lessons! In a memorandum dated June 13th, 2018 the Belize National Teacher's Union states, "This correspondence serves as notification to our members that a final consensus has been achieved in reference to the issue of teachers spending large sums of monies, out of pocket, to enhance their classroom environment and to produce teaching aids for their lessons. After countrywide consultations, majority of you agreed that our teachers are much aggrieved by Management's continued disregard for Rule32(2) of the Education Amendment Rules of 2012 which details the responsibilities of Management, and specifically subsection (b) which states "the provision and maintenance of furniture, equipment, and materials (are) sufficient for the number of students there enrolled."

San Antonio United Pentecostal School culture day activities
The Institute of Archaeology along with the Institute for Social & Cultural Research are present at the San Antonio United Pentecostal School for their annual culture day activities

World Oceans Day Ceremony 2018
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.

Belize Makes Contribution to Guatemala for Volcan Fuego Relief Efforts
The Government of Belize has been heartened and inspired by the outpouring of sympathy and support displayed by Belizeans, non-governmental and faith-based groups in responding swiftly to send relief supplies, building material and funds to Guatemala to assist those affected by the eruption of Volcan Fuego. In solidarity with the people of Guatemala, the Government of Belize has decided to make a financial contribution of US$50,000 towards Guatemala’s relief efforts.

Inviting all carnival groups who are interested in taking part in Carnival 2018. Please register your group before the June 22nd deadline. Contact Dilan @ 672-1995 or visit the Corozal Town Council. Prizes for Senior and Junior groups.

Father's Day Wrestling Mania in San Pedro!
It’s time to treat the Father’s for a fun filled night at the Wrestling Mania Show today. Tickets will be for sale at the Hon. Louis Sylvester Sports Complex at 1P.M! Gates open at 7P.M, Show starts at 8P.M! Get ur tickets!!!!

Cebada Conservation Post Inauguration
The Cebada Conservation Post is finished. Looking good. Protect the Chiquibul! More pictures: from Omar Figueroa. "Yesterday June 14th, 2018 PACT travelled deep into the Chiquibul Forest for the inauguration of the Cebada Conservation Post. The inauguration ceremony was organized by PACT, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFESDI), Ministry of National Security, Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) and the Environmental Management Fund (EMF). The 20’ x 33’ conservation post was officially handed over by Hon. Dr. Omar Figueroa, Minister of State in the MAFFESDI and Hon. John Saldivar, Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Hon. Hugo Patt, Hon. Angel Campos and Hon. Frank Mena, several Government CEOs, Heads of Department, and personnel from the Forest Department, Belize Defence Force, Belize Police Department, FCD, PACT and the media. The CP will now be able to permanently accommodate a multi-agency enforcement team of twelve (12). Among its many features, it includes ample sleeping quarters, a water catchment system and an off-grid solar system to generate electricity for the CP.

Channel 7

Kill Thy Neighbor?
Last night, our headline story was the late breaking news of one man who was shot and killed by his neighbor on East Collet Canal, near to the Pound Yard Bridge. Well tonight, we can report that the victim is 50 year-old Jose Villanueva, and the man who police have detained for his shooting death is 57 year-old Manuel Pacheco, the well-known Jeweler who has his business place set up right next door. So, what happened, and why did it end up with 1 neighbor dead, and the other facing a possible murder charge? Well, our news team has been investigating, and Daniel Ortiz found out that the two had a long history of disputes:

Local Carrier Raises Airfares in Response to Fuel Prices
Fuel Prices are sky high and everyone's feeling the pinch, from households to commercial transport outfits. And, now, Belize's biggest airline, Tropic Air says it has to do something about it. Today, President John Greif told us Tropic's fares are going to increase with a fuel surcharge:... John Greif, President Tropic Air: "We have to put on sur charges soon as early as two weeks from now. We had an excellent year last year we had a 2% profit margin for all the capital investment we have, it just don't make any sense, so we can't stand any more increase in fuel prices. We don't have any choices."

Was San Pedro Fire Tragedy Preventable?
Could the four who perished in the San Pedro house fire have been saved if proper standards were in place? First, the house had only one working entrance and exit; second, the area had no fire hydrants. Eventually the Fire truck had to draw water from a pool, while a power washer from a nearby hotel helped control the flames. So was it a preventable tragedy? We spoke to the 4 term area representative about it:...

San Pedro Community Comes Together For Victims
Of course, to get working hydrants, San Pedro would probably first have to solve a ballooning water shortage problem. So that's probably not going to happen anytime soon. But, in the interim, they have lots of goodwill to get by on. Jules Vasquez saw today how the island is coming together to help the fire victims:... Jules Vasquez reporting: The dollar drive on Middle Street outside Reef Radio in San Pedro seemed to be doing especially well today.

Bail For Murderer Who Was Remanded For 7 Years +
Another accused murderer has gotten bail. Twenty-eight year old Mathew Moore who has been on remand from March of 2011, was offered a bail of $25,000 today. His attorney Oscar Selgado, successfully argued that he should be granted bail because his right to a fair trial within a reasonable time has been breached. Mathew Moore is charged with the murder of 29 year old Andrew Moses who was shot and killed in March of 2011. He was walking on Kraal road when his assailant shot him in his chest, abdomen and leg.

“Juniour” Says News Lands Minister is “Colleague Friendly”
And now for some more perspective on the unexpected ascent of Hugo Patt. The Two term representative from Corozal North now controls the second most powerful portfolio in Government - which is Natural Resources. For the past few days, we've been canvassing his colleagues who support his new portfolio assignment. Manuel Junior Heredia is one of them. We asked the 4 term rep if he would have wanted the portfolio for himself:...

Copa and Tropic Team Up
We met Heredia at a press briefing this morning in San Pedro Town. Tropic Air and Latin American powerhouse Copa Airlines have signed what's called an "interline agreement". It allows customers to purchase connecting flights on a single ticket, from, let's say, a South American city all the way to Placencia or San Pedro. Tropic Air and Copa reps explained it today at the Sunbreeze Hotel:... Christopher Didier- VP, Global Sales, COPA: "What this partnership gives us between Tropic and COPA is the ability for the costumer to book directly with his travel agency a domestic destination in Belize, not only Belize International Airport. Now, travel agencies will be able to book from any of the COPA destinations, in let's say here in San Pedro SPR, iata codes, so they will be able to fly from any COPA destination into San Pedro with a single process and it will be a single ticket."

Tropic Air Boss Says Basil Jones Airport Project Will “Never Happen”
And the busiest route for Tropic and Maya Island is from PGIA to San Pedro. But, if the Basil Jones Airport project on northern Ambergris Caye does go through - would it cut off the main source of revenue for Belize's local airlines? We got input from both sides:... Jules Vasquez- Reporter: "If a Basil Jones International Airport is built, then all of this goes to nothing because COPA could fly directly into the International Airport there. I am saying that, how do you all manage these competing interests, when clearly an international airport at Basil Jones would work against Tropic and Maya?" Hon. Manuel Heredia Junior- Minister of Tourism: "Definitely not Jules, under the present agreement with PGIA, any existing airline that is flying cannot divert to any other airport in Belize. This airport that we are doing is to one, have European charters coming in to Belize, to have private aircraft and then later on we will see if there are possibilities of new destinations..."

Sans San Pedro To PGIA Route, Air Infrastructure Network Would Collapse
The other issue with the proposal for a new international airport on Northern Ambergris Caye is that it could severely cut into one of the main routes for local carriers. This, in turn, could undermine the entire domestic air transport infrastructure. If it sounds a bit highfalutin, Grief broke it down into dollars and sense:... John Greif III, President Tropic Air: "The only two truly profitable airplane routes in Belize are Goldson to Placencia and Goldson to San Pedro. And Goldson to San Pedro is three or four times the volume of Placencia. Placencia adds a little more because it's a little more expensive per mile. But without those lengths, there is no more San Pedro to Corozal, there is no more Belize Municipal to PG, there is no more...any of the other domestic flights disappear. The backbone of Belizean aviation is essentially San Pedro to International. If that goes, so goes the industry."

Belize Helps Guatemala
Relief efforts continue in Guatemala after the Volcan de Fuego erupted on June 3rd - killing at least 110 people, while several are still missing. But there is hope for the survivors. As we told you, the Guatemalan Government has asked for assistance with supplies and equipment. Several countries including Belize and humanitarian organizations have answered their call. In a release sent out today by the Guatemalan Embassy, the Guatemalan Government thanks the Government and people of Belize for reaching out in this time of great need. Quote, "The Embassy of Guatemala would like to…highlight and re-iterate its heartfelt gratitude and appreciation ..."

Foreign Affairs Praises FCD For restraint In Fraught Border Encounter
But while there is fraternity in the face of a disaster, there also has to be vigilance to protect the borderline. 8 days ago, we told you how an FCD ranger team detained 2 Guatemalan poachers who were hunting wild birds in the Chiquibul National Park. The rangers retrieved a .22 rifle, 3 dead currasows, 1 dead crested guan, and rescued 2 scarlet macaw chicks. But more than that, they defused a dangerous situation without incident or loss of life. One of the poachers pointed the 22 rifle at them before abandoning the gun. They did everything right, and tonight the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is publicly commending them for their swift but restrained actions.

Defence Minister Says Public Education Begins
So while the ongoing Belize Guatemala dispute is playing out on the ground, all that will influence the outcome of Belize's ICJ referendum. As you know, Guatemala voted yes to the ICJ in their referendum. So, to ensure that Belizeans are properly informed to make their decision on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has starting planning its countrywide education campaign. National Security Minister John Saldivar told us more. "They have already began their consultations nationwide, I mean the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I can tell you that earlier, this is Thursday, earlier this week we had a workshop with our military personnel, we are discussing the issue, we are discussing the national security options that I have been advised to say would come out of the ICJ vote whether it is yes or no and we intend to travel the country as military and as national security personnel to talk with Belizeans on what are our perspectives on the ICJ issue."

Mediation Over Violence
Restore Belize and the Youth and Community Transformation Project today concluded a week long training on conflict mediation. 19 persons including social workers, police and youth officers participated. We dropped by to find out how mediation can reduce violence. Sandra Diaz - Cadle, Training Facilitator: "One of the 3 main tools that we focused on this week is one the whole effective communication, active listening, inquiry skills, how can they get information and learn to understand, move disputants from position to interest without mediators imposing their values, without mediators getting frustrated with the process and lastly the mediator as a facilitator."

Another Gun In a Church Yard
Police continue to remove some high powered pistols off the streets - and yesterday, one was found in a church yard. Officers from Precinct 1 acted on information and searched the grounds of the Baptist church on West Street. The cops found a 9mm Glock pistol and holster with 13 live rounds. The gun will be sent to the lab for further testing because it is suspected to have been stolen in a robbery.

Cane Farmers Applaud Santander
The cane farmers associations in the north are rarely in agreement with the Government of Belize - and most of the time, are blasting them for one thing or the other. But, not tonight. After a stern decision against Santander Sugar by Government's EPZ Committee, the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers association is patting GOB on the back. As we told you last night, the EPZ committee decided that Santander will NOT get a waiver to sell sugar locally, and the company will face the maximum fine for selling sugar without a permit. The President of the BSCFA told CTV-3 in Orange Walk yesterday it sounds good to him:..

European Union Celebrates Accompanying Measures
Of course, they did that because the world market for sugar has collapsed and sugar producers need to find new markets. So, right now, the stakeholders within the Belize Sugar industry are trying to navigate the treacherous waters that is the world market, where competition is stiff, and the supply of sugar is in overabundance. But, to help Belize make the transition where it can properly compete with other sugar producing countries, the European Union has invested 77 million Euros - or almost 180 million Belize dollars - in the north over the course of 12 years.

Channel 5

Businessman Jose Villanueva is Executed by His Neighbor, Jeweler Manuel Pacheco
Just before news time on Thursday, shots rang out on East Collect Canal near the Pound Yard Bridge which resulted in the murder of a mechanic. Several shots were fired [...]

Area Rep Manuel Heredia Jr. Expresses Shock and Condolences After Deadly San Pedro Fire
The worst fire tragedy in San Pedro occurred early on the morning of June twelfth in the Escalante Subdivision on the island where four persons were killed in the blaze. [...]

Minister Heredia Will Lobby for Portable Water on La Isla Bonita
The fire has sparked outrage by residents who say that the tragic death of the family could have been averted if appropriate fire-fighting equipment was available on the prime tourism [...]

NEMO and Private Citizens Offer Assistance to Fire Victim’s
Samir Nunez and his father David survived the inferno since they were able to get out of the burning building.  While the sixteen-year-old is at home with his relatives, David [...]

News Five Treks to South Cebada in the Chiquibul Forest
South Cebada is one of the most remote areas of the Chiquibul National Park. While it is deep inside the protected area and difficult to reach, it is also located [...]

Government Commends the Actions of FCD in Arresting Guatemalan Poachers
As you heard, manning the Chiquibul National Park poses a huge challenge to the relevant agencies, including Friends for Conservation and Development.  FCD rangers on June sixth spotted a group [...]

G.O.B. to Donate $100,000 to Guatemala for Volcano Relief
Guatemala was recently hit by the Volcan de Fuego that has caused the deaths of as many as one hundred and fourteen persons and untold damages to property and infrastructure. [...]

Accused Murderer Mathew Moore is Granted Bail after Years of Pretrial Detention
Twenty-seven-year-old Mathew Moore, accused of murder, was today granted bail. Moore, who has been behind bars waiting for trial since March 2011, was given bail in the sum of twenty-five [...]

Court of Appeal Reserves Decision in the Case of Gareth Hemmans Junior
The Court of Appeal today heard the case of thirty-two-year-old Gareth Hemmans Junior, who is convicted of attempted murder and is serving an eight-year sentence handed down in October of [...]

Tourism Minister Weighs in on Carla Barnett’s Departure from Ministry of Lands…
From assisting affected fire victims in the San Pedro fire to politics….the Belize Rural South area rep and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Manuel Heredia Junior, was also quizzed [...]

…But What does He Think About Her Replace at Lands Department?
Moving on from the exit of the senator, Manuel Heredia Junior went on to throw his support behind elected cabinet colleague Hugo Patt, saying that Patt’s integrity and political will [...]

100 Public Officers Recognized for Exemplary Service
The Ministry of the Public Service recognized dozens of outstanding public officers during an awards ceremony this evening in Belize City.  Policemen, firemen, and other employees from across various government [...]

Civic Center is Green lighted for Use as EOC at Disaster Time
With the hurricane season now underway, concerns about the use of the new Civic Center as the Emergency Operation Center for CEMO have been put to rest.  Late on Thursday, [...]

Tropic Air Joins Forces with Copa Airlines for Flights to South America
COPA airlines and Tropic Air have signed off an agreement that will potentially increase the number of visitors to Belize. COPA already has two weekly flights to Belize and will [...]

Another Airport on Ambergris Caye?
On Thursday, the Diario de Quintana Roo in Chetumal quoted the Honorary Consulate of Belize in Quintana Roo, saying that the construction of the international airport in San Pedro has [...]

More Boots on the Ground in Otoxha to Ward of Guatemalan Poachers
There has been an increase in military presence near the outskirts of Otoxha Village, in an area adjacent to the Guatemalan border.  The need for B.D.F. patrols to be deployed [...]

Mediation and Conflict Resolution Among Vulnerable Groups
The Youth and Community Transformation Project (YCT) and RESTORE Belize partnered to train nineteen service providers in conflict mediation. The social workers, community rehabilitation officers, police officers, and youth workers [...]


Belize City businessman murdered
Belize City jeweler, Manuel Pacheco, is in police custody for the late Thursday evening murder of businessman Jose Villanueva. Villanueva was fatally shot yesterday evening at his workplace on Collet Canal. Police believe that the shooter is Pacheco, who owns a jewelry store located next to Villanueva’s workplace. Hipolito Novelo found out more from Villanueva’s …

EU & Belize celebrate achievements under AMS
In 2006 the European Union implemented the “Accompanying Measures for Sugar” (AMS) project, to buffer the effects of Belize’s sugar losing its preferential treatment in the European market and to increase its competitiveness after the preferential treatment came to an end. Through this project, the European Union committed 72 million euros in grants to the …

BNTU: school preparation is not teachers responsibility
Often times, teachers take out a substantial amount of money out of their pockets to prepare their classes for the beginning of the school year, which is in September. This week Belize National Teachers Union, BNTU sent out a memorandum to teachers advising them not to continue to do so. Love News spoke to Elena …

BNTU shares its view on PSE’s results
Last week, the PSE results were released and the overall picture painted was not a very good one as more than half of the students who sat the exams scored less than satisfactory in all four subject areas. Love News asked Elena Smith, President of the Belize National Teachers Union, (BNTU) whether the results of …

Learning to settle conflicts
A five day conflict mediation training ended today in Belize City. The Youth and Community Transformation Project and RESTORE Belize collaborated to train nineteen service providers in conflict mediation. Participants included police officers, social workers and youth workers among others. Hipolito Novelo has the story. Hipolito Novelo: Resolving disputes is no easy task especially if …

The importance of recognizing public service officers
Public service officers who have served for more than thirty years were recognized today. The ceremony was held in Belize City as part of a week of activities leading up to Public Service Day on June 23. The theme this year is “The Belize Public Service – Moving towards the future with Innovation, Dedication, and …

GOB backs up FCD’s report
Nine days ago we told you about the two poachers who were caught inside the Chiquibul Forest by FCD rangers. The men, Guatemalan national Edras Garcia, and Honduran national Elder Diaz had killed four wild birds, three curassows and one Crested Guan, and had captured two scarlet macaw chicks. Today the Ministry of Foreign Affairs …

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Businessman kills his next-door businessman neighbor
he evening rush hour was still underway, shortly before 6:00 p.m., when gunfire erupted on Collet Canal. When the gunfire stopped, the lives of two middle-aged businessmen were destroyed forever. One man lay dead in a pool of his own blood in his yard, while his next-door neighbor was in handcuffs, the beginning of his entry into the criminal justice system. He will join a long line of accused murderers on remand at the Belize Central Prison. No one knows what could have triggered the violent outburst of jeweler Manuel Pacheco, who doesn’t live at the location but has a business there, but witnesses said he fired a number of shots at his next-door neighbor, Jose Villanueva, a car dealer and businessman who owned a small shop on Cemetery Road.

Tragedy: 4 persons perish in house fire in San Pedro
Two houses in the Escalante subdivision in San Pedro Town were gutted by a fire that occurred around 2:45 on Tuesday morning. The fire also claimed the lives of four persons, three of whom were children. According to Orin Smith, Station Manager of the Fire Department, the department’s branch in San Pedro received a call around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 45 minutes after the fire had started. By the time they arrived at the scene of the fire, the two homes were already engulfed in flames, which, due to the severe winds, had spread to a third building. A family of 4 and a family of 2 living in the two apartments in the concrete lower flat of the two-storey house were able to escape, but the wooden steps leading up to the upper flat caught fire, trapping Allan Nunez, a 14-year-old first form student at San Pedro High School; his mother, 36-year-old Clarita Bacab; his sister, 6-year-old Joycelyn Cal, and his cousin, 15-year-old Sherly Bacab, who all perished in the fire. Sherly had recently begun staying with her aunt and uncle.

PM Barrow reshuffles Cabinet
Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced via a government press release today that he has once again shuffled his Cabinet and re-assigned control over the the Ministry of Natural Resources, once described by him as “a hotbed of corruption,” when that portfolio was held by the Hon. Gaspar Vega, area representative for Orange Walk North, who resigned from Cabinet amidst massive corruption scandals. Today’s Cabinet reshuffle comes ahead of the Prime Minister’s own announced schedule for demitting office because of health problems, and his party’s election of a new leader to prepare for the general elections scheduled for 2020.

Brazen robber met his match in brave cop
A brazen robbery attempt was stopped by a brave policeman when a robber tried to rob a man who had just entered his vehicle on King Street at about 10:00 this morning. A security camera mounted from a business on King Street showed the robber walking hurriedly towards the driver’s side of the vehicle, because the driver had just entered his vehicle. The camera showed the robber yanking open the door and trying to pull the driver out of the vehicle. His victim, however, put up a struggle.

Dwayne Davis, 37, convicted of manslaughter for the death of Dr. Ivan Garcia, gets new sentence date
Basketball player Dwayne Davis, 37, who was charged with the murder of Dr. Ivan Garcia, had pleaded guilty to manslaughter on May 24 and he was to be sentenced today, Thursday. But after hearing pleas for mitigation on Davis’ behalf, Justice Adolph Lucas deferred the sentencing until Wednesday, June 20. Davis, in his plea, said he is neither gay nor bisexual, and Dr. Garcia was not his lover. He said he was simply trying to defend himself by fending off the sexual advances of Dr. Garcia. He pleaded with Justice Lucas for leniency and said that any consideration in that regard would be highly appreciated.

Maud Williams High School and Wesley College celebrate graduates
In Tuesday’s Amandala, we reported on the graduations of St. Catherine Academy, St. John’s College, and Edward P. Yorke High School, which all occurred in the first weekend in June. Just a few days later, Maud Williams High School held their graduation on Wednesday, June 6. Maud Williams’ top three students were Krisilia Torres, Unique Dominguez, and Keandra Martin. There were 32 graduates and the theme for their graduation was “Visionaries on a responsible mission.”

Orange Walk Belikin 8-Ball Billiards Tournament 2018
On Thursday, June 7, Nostalgia was the host of game #7 of the Orange Walk Billiards Association (OWBA) 21st Annual Belikin 8-Ball Tournament; and Team Chatta’s introduced Black & White Assassins to a 5-0 defeat in their first game of the season. These victories came from David “Nick Knock” McLaughlin, Miguel and Jose Chatta, Javier Witz and Argel Perrera. On Friday, June 8, the undefeated Hideout went up against one of the favourite teams to take the garland this year, the upstart Team Darvis, playing out of Tijuana. At the end of the game, it was Team Hideout with a 4-1 win over Team Darvis, with victories from Rudolph Jacobs, Kenneth Dawson, Evan Williams and Leroy Jacobs; while Team Darvis’ only victory came from Abimael Godoy.

Primary school football – Belize City and Belize District finals at the MCC
In some hectic primary school football action over the past few days at the MCC Grounds, the Belize City primary schools female (F) and male (M) champions were decided yesterday; and today they joined the Belize Rural champion teams in competing for the Belize District championship at the MCC. Belize City Championship In Belize City semifinals action on Tuesday of this week, (F) St. Luke Methodist won in penalties, 3-1, over St. John Vianney, after drawing 0-0 in regulation; (F) St. Ignatius won, 3-2, in sudden death penalties, after drawing, 1-1, with Holy Redeemer in regulation; (M) Queen Square Anglican dropped Ephesus SDA, 2-1, in regulation; and (M) Unity Presbyterian also won in regulation, 2-0, over Ebenezer Methodist.

2nd week of Belikin 8-Ball Billiards Tournament in Corozal
The Belikin 8-Ball Tournament 2018 continued this past weekend in Corozal Town. On Thursday, it was two teams playing out of the same house, Raul’s Cool Spot, Elite 7 vs Haneen Shattaz, whereby Haneen Shataaz had no mercy over the youths of Elite 7, defeating them by a score of 4 to1. Friday night’s game saw the home team, K & C Shooters vs Elite 7, where the home team was crushed without mercy by the youths of Elite 7, who won by a score of 4 to 1.

Cricket update
Greetings from the Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA)! We have come to the close of the Sir Barry Bowen Harrison Parks 2018 Cricket Regular Competition. We now go into the tie-breaker games, playoffs and finals. The results of the matches played on June 9 & 10, are as follows: Western Eagles won over Rural Mix with a score of 60 to 59, with 8 spare wickets. For Western Eagles, R. Ferguson top scored with 14 runs, and T. Samuel took 4 wickets. For Rural Mix, Eldon Hendy top scored with 19 runs, and Conway Jones took 2 wickets.

Editorial: Bones to dogs
Through the years, elected officials in Belize have usually felt the need to treat the Kremandala businesses with a kind of disrespect. Constitutionally, Belize’s elected officials are at a higher place than the free press is, because they form the legal, empowered government of sovereign, independent Belize. The independence constitution of 1981 allows for a free press, but that is done in a generalized manner. Because radio in Belize did not become free until 1989, references to the “free press” in the colonial (1862-1964) and self-governing colony (1964-1981) history of British Honduras/Belize were talking only about the newspaper industry. To the best of our knowledge, the first newspaper in the colony which was not owned and controlled by the colonial oligarchy was The Belize Independent, which was being published by H. H. Cain and the Cain family around the time of the Ex-Servicemen’s uprising in 1919. This was also a time of Garveyism in Belize. Paul Cain, a member of the Cain family who is in his eighties, has told us that Isaiah Morter, Belize’s first native, black millionaire assisted the Cain family to acquire printing equipment back in the early part of the twentieth century.

From the Publisher
My column for today features a letter written to Amandala in response to, and commentary on, a publisher’s column the previous weekend. This was early February of 1989, and the publisher’s column in question had appeared in the February 3, 1989 issue of Amandala. (That column was reproduced in our mid-week edition this week, and appears elsewhere in this issue.) The letter which follows was written by the late Raymond Barrow and first appeared in our February 10, 1989 issue. Mr. Barrow was a paternal uncle of Belize’s Prime Minister. Mr. Raymond Barrow was a senior public officer who went to study law in England when he was already in his forties, I would say. He qualified as an attorney and was a senior member of the Holy Redeemer Credit Union (HRCU) board.

Suggestions for John Paul Junior College
Dear Editor: As a student of John Paul Junior College, and on behalf of the rest of the students, I am pleased to acknowledge the important work of the college. I am proud to be studying at this institution and enjoy learning every day. The teachers are very good and helpful and always eager to guide us. I am glad being part of this family; it has taught me many useful things. However, I think that this school is just starting and it already has many interesting things to display and share with the students, such as the love they share among each other and the religious activities.

The loss of language
Dear Editor, While I was passing by the Mount Carmel Primary School, I overheard a teacher speaking Spanish during a math class. My curiosity didn’t come from hearing Spanish but from having heard inadequate Spanish. It came to my mind how unprofessional teachers are becoming in teaching the Spanish language. It is good to inculcate some Spanish, but teachers are teaching the children incorrect Spanish.

Justin is angry
Dear Editor Amandala, I am angry! Our national pride as Belizeans is slowly eroding. Belize, just as any nation, has problems. The issue at hand is collective, yet the people affected do not know how to deal with them. It is our duty to fix that and educate others and instill in them national pride. Schools overlook history classes that provide vital information about our country and how we got here. Unfortunately most folks tend to focus on themselves and not the whole. We see these problems as affecting “them” and not “me/us”

Gwen Liz students enjoy Calabash Caye on ecology trip
Dear Editor, My 3A1 class from Gwen Liz High School went on the best educational trip ever to Calabash Caye at the Turneffe Atoll, from May 9th to 12th. This trip was basically to learn about marine ecology, conservation and climate change. We were also there to learn about dolphins, lionfish, plastic pollution and other environmental topics. MCCAP (Marine Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation Project) and Ecology Project International (EPI) sponsored this course. The love that EPI and MCCAP showed us, was wonderful because we felt welcome. Everyone was friendly. They all showed that they cared and wanted us to have a meaningful experience.

Nation papers
I’ve been reading about, and listening to, the discussion on re-registration and citizens from Guatemala who don’t qualify, if we follow Belize’s Constitution A lot of Belizeans in the north have roots in Mexico. Spain, when it had Mexico under her heel, claimed Belize. A lot of Belizeans in the west and south have roots in Guatemala and Honduras. As far as we know, Honduras hasn’t seriously pressed any claim on Belize. A faction in Guatemala insists on such a claim, and that forces us into a tough decision. We make the decision we make not because we love Guatemalan roots less than we love our Mexican and Honduran roots.

I’m reflecting on the moments in history in the Los Angeles Belizean Community when the former and late Belize Ambassador of Trade, the Caribbean and Africa, Brother Adalbert Tucker, used to come in from Africa and the United Nations in the 1980s and meet with us Belizean youth at the time, like Brother Nuri Akbar and myself, in some serious and educational discussions. In chatting with Brother Nuri Akbar on several occasions, we both became saddened many times when we remembered being in the presence of such a giant of a Belizean like Brother Bert in terms of knowledge, history and consciousness, and how it all stopped and ended one day.

The Ineffective Renunciation of Guatemalan Citizenship: The Big Picture
The national identity of Belize is a complex, multifaceted construct that is continuously evolving. With a history amalgamated from numerous other nations and cultures, there are inevitably varied interpretations of what this identity is. Such contesting perceptions of Belizean identity have largely contributed to diverging policies on citizenship. On the one hand, at the heights of the immigration boom in the early 80s, we allowed unchecked, willful and wanton immigration, without considering the consequences of quick demographic changes on various aspects of life and society, and on the other hand, we stripped away the citizenship of some born Belizeans who became citizens of other countries.

Depositors asking court to close down Choice Bank
On Thursday, June 7, the Central Bank of Belize issued a press release announcing that it had placed the international offshore bank, Choice Bank Limited, under enhanced supervision due to the bank’s liquidity problems. On that same day, however, a fixed date claim was filed at the Supreme Court Registry by some of the bank’s depositors. The claimants in the lawsuit are seeking relief from the court to close down Choice Bank. The court document stated, “The Claimants seek the following orders pursuant to Section 105 of the International Companies Act, Chapter 270 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, read along with Section 131(a) of the Companies Act, Chapter 250 of the Substantive Laws of Belize and the inherent jurisdiction of the Court:

Export Processing Zone Committee says no to Santander Sugar
Today, Thursday, the Government Press Office issued a press release saying that based on its findings, there is no shortage of sugar in the domestic market and that the Export Processing Zone Committee (EPZC) had decided not to grant a waiver to the Spanish multinational company, Santander Sugar Limited, to sell sugar on the local market. Not only that: the EPZC had “decided to impose the maximum fine applicable under the EPZ Act” on Santander for “several violations” the company had committed.

Court of Appeal will decide on DPP’s appeal of Aracely Cahueque’s acquittal for abetment to commit murder
Yesterday, Tuesday, after a long delay, the Court of Appeal finally heard submissions from the applicant and the respondent in the case of Aracely Cahueque v The Queen. The panel of three judges who heard the submissions were the president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Manuel Sosa, and Justices Lennox Campbell and Madam Justice Minnet Hafiz-Bertram. The court indicated that it would hand down its ruling at a later date. Aracely Cahueque, a former Corozal beauty queen contestant, 22, at the time of the incident, was indicted on three counts of abetment to commit murder in relation to the murder of Raylene Dyer, 18, who was decapitated. Dyer’s body was never recovered and it is suspected that it was dumped into a river.

In the Court of Appeal, Corozal businessman Curtis Swasey and BTL battle over Mek Mi Rich
The Court of Appeal opened on Monday and the first case on its two-week calendar was the appeal of the Corozal businessman, Curtis Swasey, who won a claim in 2016 in the Supreme Court against Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL). Swasey claimed that BTL had pirated his lottery game show concept and shared the idea with Mek Mi Rich (MMR), a company jointly owned by Sanjay Hotchandani and Andre Vega, the son of former Deputy Prime Minister, Gaspar Vega. While Swasey has taken his case to the Court of Appeal and is seeking more than the $25,000 that the Supreme Court had awarded him, BTL has also filed an appeal against the Supreme Court judgment of Justice Courtenay Abel, hoping that the company could salvage its corporate image, which took a hit when it lost the case in the lower court.

The Reporter

San Ignacio teen raped
San Ignacio police have detained one man pending charges after he was found in a house alone with the minor, who reported that she was raped. According to police, on Wednesday cops visited a home in the Santa Cruz area of town on Mount Ebeneezer street after […]

Suspected drug plane spotted over northern Belize
Residents in the Corozal district, as well as local and Mexican news outlets, are reporting sightings of yet another suspected drug plane over northern Belize. According to reports, a low flying jet engine aircraft was spotted flying in close proximity of villages near the Rio Hondo River […]

Another minister of lands resigns
For the second time in a span of only two years, the Minister with responsibility for the Ministry of Natural Resources, which includes the Lands Department, a portfolio usually given to senior party officials, has abruptly resigned. On Tuesday, the office of the Prime Minister […]

Graduates and joblessness: what the stats say
An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 students will be making the transition in the coming weeks and months either to the world of work or to further education, and official labour force statistics suggests that they will be better off seeking higher education – after all, […]

It’s the heart more often than HIV
The world is embarking on a fast-track strategy to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, according to the United Nations Secretary-General, who presented his report on the global response to HIV this week, but there is something that has proven to be far deadlier, in […]

Belize city schools dominate top 10 PSE scores
The Ministry of Education has officially released the results of the Primary School Examination, which was administered countrywide on March 18 and May 4, 2018, showing that Belize city based schools claimed six of the top 10 scores countrywide. A total of 7,271 candidates registered for the […]

Belize faces heavy rains, possible flash-flooding from approaching tropical wave
Countries in Central America, including Belize, Nicaragua to Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and southeastern Mexico, as well as the Cayman Islands, and Jamaica are likely to experience heavy rains, isolated flash flooding and mudslides this weekend as a surge of tropical moisture around a tropical wave […]

Guatemala-born population in Belize more than 18,000
Although there may be undocumented and undetected Guatemalans living in Belize, official estimates published over the last 5 years by the Statistical Institute of Belize put the figure at an average of about 18,000, with 58 percent living in the Cayo District (over 10,000), where […]

Kaj Expressions owner featured as entrepreneur of the month
Khadija Assales, a mother of two and owner of Kaj Expressions, a jewelry story which sells unique hand crafted pieces has been recognized by the US embassy in Belize as the Young Belizean Entrepreneur for the month of June. Assales was selected as an exemplery role model […]

“Lower gas prices right around the corner,” says GOB
“World oil prices are reducing and Belizeans can expect to see a decrease in pump prices with the next shipment which is due by the end of next week,” the government of Belize said this week. GOB made the statement at the end of a press release […]

Belize abstains on vote to suspend Venezuela from OAS
For the second time in as many years, Venezuela has successfully garnered majority vote at the Organization of American States (OAS) to hold its seat as a member state, this time against a notion by the United States to have her suspended. This came amid […]

Four persons die in fire in San Pedro
Four persons, including a woman, her teenage son, her daughter, and niece were burnt to death inside their house in the wee hours of Tuesday in the Escalante housing sub-division of San Pedro, about four miles away from the centre of the town. The incident […]

Belizean to serve four life sentences for killing own family in Florida
Brian Omar Hyde, 22, a Belizean man who was arrested in Florida, USA for the grizzley 2015 murders of his aunt, cousin, her unborn child and her boyfriend; was sentenced to serve four concurrent life sentences in a Florida prison. In April, a panel of judges who […]

Man charged for the death of Philmore King
Only two days after the fatal shooting of Philmore King, police formally arrested and charged one man for his murder. On Monday, 19-year-old Darnell Arnold, a construction worker of mile 16 and half, Hattieville, appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser to answer to a single count of […]

Mother clarifies how 4-week-old baby got shot
To clarify rumors, speculation and misinformation, Tyreeka Welch spoke publicly to explain the circumstances which led to her four-week-old baby, Deshawn Dwehene, being shot to the back by his father with a pellet gun. According to Welch, contrary to news reports, her boyfriend Lincoln Dwehene did not […]

FACEBOOK is no longer a safe platform for children to browse. Some insensitive people in Belize are using Facebook for advertising explicit pictures of adult sex toys – penises, dildos, vibrators and more. This kind of advertising is not allowed on TV. It should not be allowed on social media. […]

Business robberies surge in the city
Belize city police are combating a surge in robberies, which has seen several business establishments, some in the busy downtown area, held up at gun point, culminating with an attempted car theft on King street Thursday morning. Last week, four stores on Albert street were […]

Has GOB sold the Belize Fire Department headquarters?
There is something afoot with the land where the Belize Fire Department’s headquarters occupies on Cleghorn street near Atlantic Bank Ltd., on Freetown Road, and word to the Reporter newspaper is that the land has been sold to the bank. While we could not get […]

Petrocaribe stops rolling in the Caribbean
In the face of several issues, the Venezuelan government is indefinitely suspending the Petrocaribe arrangement to eight Caribbean countries, including Belize. Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), the state-owned oil company, said this week that the suspension comes from rapidly decreasing oil output, which is making […]

Nurse killed in accident on Philip Goldson highway
Leimi Ewan, a surgical nurse and mother of two, died on Wednesday evening when she was flung from her car in a serious accident near mile 33 on the Philip Goldson highway. According to police, just before 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday, Ewan, 43, was driving […]

Neighbour kills neighbour
An alleged long-standing feud between neighbours came to a violent conclusion this week, leaving one man dead and another, a prominent business owner, in police custody pending charges for murder. On Thursday, just before 6:00 p.m., the proprietor of Pacheco’s Jewelry Shop on East Collet […]

GOB rejects Santander waiver
After over a month of consideration, the Export Processing Zone Committee (EPZC) has rejected Santander Sugar Limited’s application for a waiver to sell some 5,000 tons of sugar and 2,000 of molases within Belize. The Committee issued a statement on Thursday, June 14, explaining that […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Jose Villanueva shot and killed by businessman after argument
Police are investigating the murder of a man from Santa Elena town yesterday. According to […]

Belize Government donates $100,000 to Guatemala
The Government of Belize today announced that it has been heartened and inspired by the outpouring […]

Made in Belize Expo to be held tomorrow
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry invites the public to its first ever, Made […]

More showers heading our way this weekend
The National Meteorological Service is reporting that more wet and unstable conditions will continue. Cloudy […]

Man shot while socializing in Corozal
Corozal police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred in Calcutta village. The incident occurred […]

San Pedro man reported missing
On Wednesday, June 13, Alexer Savala Amaya, 58, a Honduran vendor of San Pedro town […]

Foreign Affairs Ministry commends FCD for detention of illegal Guatemalan farmers
Today, Belize’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a release commending Friends for Conservation and Development […]

Following fatal fire in San Pedro, Cabinet to roll out portable water pumps
Earlier this week a fire in the Escalante Subdivision of San Pedro town claimed four lives […]

Are you ready for Caye Caulker Lobster Fest 2018?
Belizeans and tourists are heading over to Caye Caulker for the annual Lobster Festival on […]

San Pedro Lobster fest kicks off today!
The San Pedro Lobster festival kicks off today on La Isla Bonita. Many Belizeans have […]

DPM says CitCo being spiteful
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber has condemned the Belize City Council for its decision to […]

13-year-old minor raped in Santa Elena Town
Police are investigating a rape incident in Santa Elena Town. According to police, on June […]

Ladyville teen reported missing
The family of Ladyville teen, Maria Teresita Obando is concerned since they haven’t seen or […]

Another suspected drug plane?
Last night, BBN received numerous reports of a plane flying low around 8:00 p.m. in […]

1 dead, 2 injured in fatal traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway
On Wednesday evening around 4:00, a fatal traffic accident in Rhaburn Ridge Village between miles 33 […]

PUP allows 6 candidates in convention race in Dangriga
The Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) has been criticized for many perceived shortcomings in its […]


Valentine Rosado: How a boy that couldn’t swim grew up to save the sea
Biodiversity scientist, documentary filmmaker and photographer, sustainable development advocate, conservationist, dive instructor, husband, father and all-around heck-of-a-guy Guadalupe “Valentine” Rosado was born and raised in the Corozal Bay. He grew up wanting to become a medical doctor, got good school grades and especially enjoyed science. His parents had no formal education beyond primary school but were very hard working. “Every day they reminded me of how important it was to study, and they gave me all the positive influence I needed. I worked like a man from an early age (the meat shop, and fish trade business is seriously hard work) and it made me appreciate the importance of studying and pursuing a career. I believe that it made me a stronger person and prepared me to take up tasks without complaining or feeling that I am above what needs to be done,” he recalls.

7 Ambergris Caye Restaurants Secret Special Request Options
Once you have lived on Ambergris Caye awhile, you get to know which restaurants have off-menu special request options. Aside from the ones I already knew about, I decided to ask a few Restaurants I was betting had secret tasty treats if they were willing to share. One of my favorite special menu items from Hungry Grouper is a good example of that. Chef Argyle does not always have freshly grated coconut on hand for his absolutely fabulous coconut crusted pork chops, but when he does it’s always my number one choice. He also does a tasty apple slaw salad that is not on the menu.

International Sourcesizz

Workers Flee and Thieves Loot Venezuela’s Reeling Oil Giant
Thousands of workers are fleeing Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, abandoning once-coveted jobs made worthless by the worst inflation in the world. And now the hemorrhaging is threatening the nation’s chances of overcoming its long economic collapse. Desperate oil workers and criminals are also stripping the oil company of vital equipment, vehicles, pumps and copper wiring, carrying off whatever they can to make money. The double drain — of people and hardware — is further crippling a company that has been teetering for years yet remains the country’s most important source of income. The timing could not be worse for Venezuela’s increasingly authoritarian president, Nicolás Maduro, who was re-elected last month in a vote that has been widely condemned by leaders across the hemisphere. Prominent opposition politicians were either barred from competing in the election, imprisoned or in exile.

Fourteen CARICOM countries prepare projects to mobilize “green funds”
Fourteen countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will design multiple projects to mobilize resources from international sources, which will allow them to improve the resilience and adaptation of their agriculture, food systems and rural communities to change climate. The projects will be possible thanks to a new fund created by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID). José Graziano da Silva, director general of FAO, and Luis Videgaray, secretary of foreign affairs of Mexico signed in Rome on Thursday the agreement that creates the fund, which will have an initial budget of US$500,000, contributed in equal parts (US$ 250,000 each).


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  • Jaguars at BFREE, Belize, 28 March, 2018, 1min. I was reviewing this clip from one of my camera traps when, after the jaguar passes, there are two separate vocalizations on the recording. Marilyn listened to the same clip and we wondered what would cause the jaguar to vocalize. When I played it again, Marilyn noticed there were actually two jaguars in the clip. One at the very beginning is only partially captured as it had moved quickly by the camera. The camera trap opposite this camera recorded three photos and a video but the cats were so close to it that the IR illuminator washes them out. But the photos do so the first jaguar and the video shows the second one.

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